Oh Snap! Amazon has Fox and ABC episode purchases for 99 cents.

Hot on the heels of Apple’s 99 cent episode renting announcement, Amazon has matched Apple by offering those same episodes for the same price.

It isn’t immediately clear if these are for permanent download or just for streaming like AppleTV. (it says “Own Episodes” but I think only Windows and Tivo can download for offline viewing).

Via Engadget. Read more

Plex 9 and new Plex iOS app detailed

That September 1st surprise from Plex is a new iOS app that allows iPod touch, iPhone and iPad to be both media devices as well as remotes for the TV.  CrunchGear got a hands on look before launch.  For those who use a Mac as their mediacenter, this news may be as exciting as a $99 iTV.

Plex, if you aren’t aware, is a mediacenter built off of the original XBox MediaCenter  Open Source code. Read more

Apple patents disabling unauthorized iPhone use. Taking photos and GPS coordinates of perps?

Although the original patent appears to be focused on stolen phones and methods of finding the people who stole them (and getting the phone back), Slashdot opines (seriously?!) that Jailbreakers could fall into Apple’s net:

“Apple yesterday applied for patent to allow remotely disabling electronic devices when ‘unauthorized usage’ is detected. The patent application covers using the camera to take pictures of the unauthorized user and using GPS to determine location, and it involves ascertaining whether the phone has been hacked or jailbroken, using that as criteria for detecting ‘suspicious behavior.’ The patent would allow the carrier or any other ‘authorized’ party to disable or restrict the functionality of the device. Is this Apple’s latest tool to thwart jailbreaking?”

Maybe a little net can come out of the phone too? Or poison gas?

“But I wanted to FaceTime over 3G?!” Too bad punk!

Mac OS X 10.6.5 build frequency ramps up

Apple has seeded a second build of Mac OS X 10.6.5 to developers.

iPhoneinCanada.ca informs us that this new version fixes two outstanding issues noted within the last build and seemingly notes no new matters that need resolving.

The current build focuses on AFP, Mail, Printing, 3D Graphics, QuickTime, and X11. It weighs in as a 558MB download.

“Apple began the seeding OS X 10.6.5 project in July 2010. The first two builds were seeded in August 2010 with the build period expected to last into Fall 2010,” the report informs.

From the seed notes:

Known Issues

* None

Focus Areas
* 3D Graphics
* AFP
* Mail
* Printing
* QuickTime
* X11

OWC eSATA sex-up your all-new 27-inch iMac

C’mon all you performance junkies, come get yourselves hooked-up for eSATA connectivity on your new iMac, thanks to Other World Computing and its brand new OWC Turnkey Upgrade Installation Program for the Mid 2010 Apple iMac 27″.

The scheme makes it possible for iMac users to have an eSATA port professionally installed on their iMac. This lets them use an OWC Mercury Extreme Pro Solid State Drive up to 480GB, a larger capacity hard drive up to 2TB, and/or OWC Memory Upgrades up to 16GB.

The new professional installation service program offers multiple configuration options starting at $169 with a 48 business hours or less installation turnaround and includes complete shipping options along with OWC’s renowned warranty coverage.

OWC will begin taking orders for its Turnkey Upgrade Installation Program for the Mid 2010 Apple iMac 27″ beginning on Tuesday, August 3.

“We are quite pleased to record another innovation in the Mac industry by offering the first eSATA interface for an iMac,” said Larry O’Connor, Founder and CEO, Other World Computing. “By offering this performance enhancement along with faster, bigger, and better options for memory and storage, an OWC upgraded iMac truly will be the best performing iMac a user can own.”

More details.