Apple updates Airport client software/silences loud Superdrives

Apple released Airport Client Update 2009-002  today fixing some minor issues in Snow Leopard’s wireless access software.  A restart is required.

Update: Apple also released MacBook Pro EFI 1.8 firmware update for MacBook Pro 5,1 and 5,2.  The update will require subsequent installation of Superdrive Update 3.0 which will quiet the DVD drive during startup and on wake from sleep.  ***ALSO BEWARE OF THE LOUD BEEP DURING THE UPDATE***

 

Is Nuance/Dragon stealing your iPhone's contacts? (Updated with response from Nuance)

Update: Nuance has responded to these concerns in the comments.  For their side of the story on this, hit up their page on the matter.

Dragon’s Dictation iPhone app, which we posted about last night, is getting some poor ratings in Apple’s comments.  The app works really well, so what’s the major gripe?  Turns out most of the negative comments involve the EULA which states that Nuance…

“collects and uses: the names of individuals and companies that appear in your address book in order to improve the quality of service…”

“You acknowledge and agree that Nuance may collect the names of individuals and companies that appear in your address book and the Speech Data as part of the Service and that such information shall only be used by Nuance or third parties acting under the direction of Nuance pursuant to the confidentiality agreements as identified above.”

Oh, and everything you say is obviously uploaded to Nuance.  Obviously, some people might take issue with the company that pulls all of your contacts and uploads them to their server.  Perhaps Nuance needs to be more clear about this policy, rather than burying it in the EULA.

So, read the EULA  before installing the Free Dragon iPhone app.  Perhaps Dragon will have a sans-contact-sharing option in an upcoming version.


 

TechCrunch guides Apple's purchase price of Lala down to $17 million

Since the purchase of Lala late last week by Apple, the topic of discussion is how much Apple paid for it and what they plan to do with the music streaming company.  We heard yesterday from Peter Kafka at Media Memo that the price was $80 million and that Warner music alone got $10 million of their investment back. 

Today, TechCrunch is saying that Apple only paid $17 million for Lala and since they had $14 million in cash, the “rest” of the company was only valued at $3 million.  If this information is accurate, it would lend to the idea that Apple is purchasing companies like this for the engineering talent and experience. 

Apple purchased a similar-size organization called PlaceBase earlier this year.  There is some speculation that this purchase was a talent-based purchase as well, as the company had some financial issues.

Dragon Dictation for iPhone – speak your texts, emails, anything…

This is great: Dragon Dictation has come to the iPhone, a superb solution that lets you speak your text/emails into your Apple mobile.

This App is powered by Dragon Naturally Speaking – the same highly-effective speech to text engine which powers MacSpeech (itself a life-saving product for many, particularly those with damaged/broken arms).

How it works:

  • Dragon Dictation for iPhone allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages, with the company claiming this is up to 5 times faster than typing on the keyboard.
  • Voice-to-text transcriptions that may be sent as SMS, Email, or pasted into any application on your iPhone using the clipboard
  • Convenient editing feature that provides a list of suggested words
  • Voice driven correction interface
  • You can dictate anything and drop it anywhere using the iPhone clipboard feature. Start, stop, start again: long e-mails, short messages, a note, a post, whatever you want.

 

With Dragon Dictation you can also update your Facebook status, send notes and reminders to yourself, or Tweet to the world

Developer caught scamming reviews gets thousand apps pulled from App Store

Short version: App developer Molinker hires army of reviewers to rate up their apps.  Developer gets caught by bloggers who write nasty emails to Phil Schiller. 

Phil Schiller replies confirming “Yes, this developer’s apps have been removed from the App Store and their ratings no longer appear either.”

Apple drops all 1,000+ of their apps from the App Store.  Bloggers rejoice.

Long version