MLB ready for iPhone

MLB At Bat for iPhone

6A9E0526-DA22-4B47-8359-1061C4E61388.jpgWe’ve been running running a few App Store roundups covering applications announced for the iPhone App Store, but as TUAW’s resident seamhead I can’t help but call one out for special attention. It was demoed at the WWDC keynote and now Macworld has a close look at the upcoming MLB At Bat application. It will be available at launch and provide near real time “wireless score access and in-game highlights for every game on the MLB schedule” for only $4.99 for the rest of the season.

Apparently the video highlights will be available in two versions: one high-bandwidth version for wifi and a lower bandwidth version for EDGE (they haven’t said which version the 3G iPhone will load). For the future they’re looking into bringing the Gameday service to the iPhone which opens the possibility of Gameday Audio. For the real baseball fanatics out there this would be an absolutely killer app, especially for those of us away from our home team’s broadcast area. Imagine being able to listen to any game on your iPhone from anywhere; that’s close to baseball nirvana. And though things are looking rather bad at the moment: Go ‘Stos!

(Via (TUAW))

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Geeky Clocks – The Around Clock

Geeky Clocks – The Around Clock

Check out this geeky clock, the Around Clock.

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The Around clock from Lexon is an analogue clock in the shape of the cylinder.

The time is displayed on the cylinder with numbers and markings, the clock rotates to show the time via the red wire.

The Around clock comes in a choice of black or white and is available to buy online for $45 from Singulier

(Via Geeky-Gadgets)

An introduction to Growl

Mac Basics: an introduction to Growl

A Cool little program and a great read!

Guest poster Dan Foy from Macsimum News gives us an overview of Growl. You can read his original post here on Macsiumum News!

an introduction to Growl

You’re working on a project at work, and you hear the “bing” of Mail, telling you there’s a new e-mail. You are confronted with the question, “Do I stop what I’m doing and see if the e-mail is important, or do I take a chance and keep working on my project?”

What if you didn’t have to? What if a little box popped up on the side of your screen with a summary of the e-mail, giving you a short-term look at the e-mail so you can decide if it’s important or not?
Believe it or not, the software that does that is already here. And it’s free (donations are accepted).
It’s called Growl. Growl is a notification system for Mac OS X: it allows applications that support Growl to send you notifications (took the description right off their web site because I couldn’t have said it better myself).

I had heard of Growl, but didn’t see much use for it until I accidentally installed it. Yes, I accidentally installed Growl. I don’t even know what program installed it for me (which I don’t like, but I seem to recall an installer asking me if I wanted to install Growl, so I must have said “yes.”)
Anyway, all of a sudden, I started seeing notifications when my RSS reader, the open-source Vienna, downloaded new articles. Thought that was pretty handy. I could tell when there were new articles without bumping down to the bottom of the screen and making the dock appear (Vienna has a number notifier in its dock icon and I keep my dock hidden). Saves time.
So I started investigating and found Growl in my System Preferences (in the Other category at the bottom). After some exploration, I found that there is a plugin for Apple’s Mail program that allows Growl to notify you of new e-mail.

And there are a whole bunch of other programs that are either written to work with Growl, and for some others there are plugins.

But the one that really helps me is the Mail plugin. My day job is at a newspaper. I do page design for my home paper and tech support for several other papers. As part of that, I get an enormous amount of e-mail from the Associated Press. Most of if deals with their web-based video network, and for some reason, they can’t just send me the important stuff, they send me an email every time they post a new video.

I have them whisked off to a folder in Mail, but it “bing”s every time one of those e-mails come in and I don’t always have time to see whether or not it’s important. But I want to know immediately if someone is having a problem related to their deadlines.
Growl shows me who the email is from and allows me to more-easily ignore the AP stuff.
And that’s just one example. I also use Semulov, which unmounts volumes. Now when a volume unmounts, I see it in a Growl notification.
I’m sure you can come up with many other uses, but I just wanted to introduce you to this cool little program.

(Via The iLife)

Easy iWeb Publisher – Upload iWeb To ANY Host

Easy iWeb Publisher – Upload Sites Created With iWeb To ANY Host
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Easy iWeb Publisher 3.0.1 is an excellent free application for OS X, that allows you to easily upload iWeb sites to the web host of your choice. It will quickly upload a file or the contents of a folder via FTP. Once configured, uploading a web site created in iWeb is as easy as dragging a folder on to the Easy iWeb Publisher icon in the dock.
Get it HERE!

(Via Cool OSX Apps)

Sprint’s $130 Samsung Instinct

Sprint’s $130 Samsung Instinct twists free

Mossy don’t like it, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t put finger to screen and give Samsung’s new Instinct a test of your own. Particularly if you’re a fan of Sprint either by choice or by contract. Available now and right on schedule for $129.99 (with 2 year contract and $100 mail-in rebate), not the original $200 bounced around initially. With Sprint trying hard to position the Instinct as an iPhone killer, we guess they really didn’t have a choice but to undercut it in price.

(Via Engadget)

Why Apple iPhone wannabes don’t cut it (it’s the software, stupid)

MacDailyNews
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Apple’s influence on high-tech markets has long exceeded the company’s relatively small market share, and nowhere is that more obvious than in the wireless phone market. Barely a year after it introduced the original iPhone, Apple (AAPL) has redefined the wireless handset,” Stephen H. Wildstrom reports for BusinessWeek.

“And with the impending shipment of a new version that should put the iPhone in the mainstream of consumer and business markets worldwide, Apple is extending its sway over much larger players such as Nokia and Samsung,” Wildstrom reports.

“The most immediate impact of the iPhone has been on hardware design, encouraging a rash of imitators with big touchscreens,” Wildstrom reports. “That includes the new Samsung Instinct, which Sprint Nextel has been billing as an iPhone killer.

(Via macdailynews )

iTunes – five billion sales!

iTunes Store cracks five billion sales mark
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Total, worldwide music sales at the iTunes Store have crested the five billion songs mark, Apple has announced. The store was first launched in April of 2003, and currently hosts over eight million tracks from major and independent labels; it is also hosted in close to two dozen countries, ranging from Canada and the United States to Japan and Australia. Apple additionally claims that it is selling or renting 50,000 movies per day, drawn from a library of more than 2,000 titles. Only 350 of these are in HD resolutions.

(Via MacNN)

Sydney Apple store opens

Sydney Apple store opens

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Amid jubilant scenes, the Sydney Apple Store opened its doors Thursday night, bringing to 215 the number of Apple-owned retail stores worldwide. Customers waited in impressively long queues right around the block—some of them overnight—but in the end, it seemed, they were happy to be part of the experience.

Prior to the actual opening, staff could be seen inside clapping and cheering and taking part in what appeared to be motivational chants. Clearly the Store has been as eagerly anticipated by its employees as by its customers. An Apple spokesperson said that the company was looking for a particular personality type for its Store employees, and hired accordingly. So no, there was no Kool-Aid involved.

A few minutes before opening what appeared to be the majority of the store’s staff if not all of them ran around the block, getting the queue worked up about the impending opening. Not that that was necessary. By all reports the queue had been an all-night party for Mac fans.

High-fives and t-shirts for the first customers through.

When the doors did open at 5pm each of the first 2,500 people through the door was handed an exclusive t-shirt to commemorate the date the Store opened, and to prove they were there. In truth, not much reward for queueing overnight, but that wasn’t really the point. (When I left at 5:30 they had not yet run out of t-shirts and people who had been queueing only a short while were receiving them.)”

(Via macworld )

In Ten Years Time, Will Apple Be the New Microsoft?

In Ten Years Time, Will Apple Be the New Microsoft — an Abusive Monopoly?
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Ian Betteridge raises a good point regarding Apple’s absolute control over what will be distributed through the iPhone App Store:

While Apple has a relatively low market share and there’s plenty
of choice of platform, the control that Apple has over the third
party application market really doesn’t matter. If a really cool
application appears that Apple refuses to sanction, its developers
can just up-sticks and move to S60, or Java, or (if they’re nuts)
Windows Mobile and reach an equally large audience.

But what happens if Apple’s market share grows to the point where
it has a monopoly — 70-, 80- or even 90% market share? That might
take ten years, but it’s certainly not beyond the realms of
possibility, and it’s certainly something that Apple would like to
have.

I agree that the current App Store model simply wouldn’t scale — at least legally — to that sort of market share. But I think (a) it’s the sort of problem that’s good to have; and (b) I question whether the handheld market will ever settle around one monopoly software platform the way desktop PCs did.

(Via Daring Fireball)

Firefox 3 Racks Up 8 Million Downloads, so far…

Firefox 3 Racks Up 8 Million Downloads on Its First Day

C1266726-6344-4CF9-A933-127A997B6E68.jpgMozilla shatters all expectations by recording a whopping 8 million downloads of its Firefox 3 web browser in the first 24 hours of its release. The company waged a worldwide campaign to be the most-downloaded software application.

(Via Wired News)