Apple releases iTunes 10.6 with 1080P skills

Apart from a new Apple TV, a new iPad, a new iOS update and a host of other updates, Apple has also released iTunes 10.6 to the public that gives you the power to do 1080p. There’s also improvements for iTunes Match included. You can download the update either from Software Update or from here.

Apple rolls out major update for Final Cut Pro X

Apple has just released a significant update to its video editing software Final Cut Pro X, delivering a number of new editing features, including multicam editing that automatically syncs up to 64 angles of video and photos, broadcast monitoring, Thunderbolt support and support for Adobe Photoshop imports. The software also advances XML 1.1 support for better plug-in compatibility, and it supports media re-linking while boasting enhanced chroma keying with edge quality, light wrap and color sampling.

The powerful Angle Editor allows you to dive into your Multicam Clip to make precise adjustments, and the Angle Viewer lets you play back multiple angles at the same time and seamlessly cut between them.

Final Cut Pro X builds upon its robust, one-step chroma key with the addition of advanced controls including color sampling, edge adjustment and light wrap. You can tackle complex keying challenges right in Final Cut Pro X, without having to export to a motion graphics application, and view your results instantly with realtime playback.

More information available here.

Apple seeds OS X 10.7.3 build 11D42 to devs

Stepping aside for a moment from the extravagant Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Apple has put developers to work by seeding the latest build (11D42) of OS X 10.7.3, bringing along the usual bug fixes and much more. Weighing in at 989.75 MB (for those updating from 10.7.2 and 1.26 GB for those updating from any previous version of Mac OS X Lion), the release notes point to the addition of  Catalan, Croatian, Greek, Hebrew, Romanian, Slovak, Thai, and Ukrainian language support, as well as addresses issues when using smart cards to log into OS X, has resolved issues authenticating with directory services and addresses compatibility issues with Windows file sharing. Developers have been asked by Apple to specifically focus on Spotlight, Safari, Address Book, iCal and Mail.

Samsung releases list of devices to get official Android 4.x Ice Cream Sandwich update

Samsung Electronics has today released — much to the delight of Samsung device holders worldwide — a list of mobile devices that will be receiving the much awaited Android 4.x Ice Cream Sandwich update officially.

According to their press release, the Galaxy S II, Galaxy S II LTE, Galaxy Note, Galaxy R, and Galaxy Tab 10.1/8.9/7.7/7.0+ will be the first ones to get the Android 4.x Ice Cream Sandwich update in the Galaxy series of devices from Samsung. The Korean company will begin rolling out the update to the said devices between January and March of next year (2012).

Announcements regarding update schedule will be made separately for each upgradeable device and will be according to “market situation” and “carrier requirements”.

From Samsung Electronics’ Official Global Blog:

Samsung Electronics plan to provide the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for GALAXY devices. The platform update for GALAXY S II and GALAXY Note will start in the first quarter 2012, and other GALAXY devices will soon follow.

The ICS-upgradable devices are the GALAXY S II, GALAXY S II LTE, GALAXY Note, GALAXY R, GALAXY Tab 10.1, GALAXY Tab 8.9, GALAXY Tab 7.7, and GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus.

Almost all the Galaxy smartphone/tablet owners all over are rejoicing with this news, even though some Galaxy devices were not mentioned by Samsung, including my own Galaxy Ace. But nonetheless, it’s a welcome start and it won’t be long before Samsung adds more and more devices to its update fold and roll out the latest Android offering to majority of the eligible devices under their banner.

Gmail for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch gets major update

Google has begun rolling out a major update for its Gmail client for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch with a host of new features up its sleeve. First up, users can now set a custom signature for messages. This is one feature which had huge demand all around. Next comes the ability to set up a vacation responder to make things easier for you when you are out holidaying. Both of these new features will be available via the gear icon at the top of the app’s new menu.

The update also includes support for nested labels and the usual “bug fixes and UI improvements”.

Also, a new Scribbles feature allows you to open a canvas, draw a picture or sketch with multiple colors, brush sizes and line elements, and attach it to a message within Gmail. Scribbles is now available in both the Gmail iOS app and Gmail mobile web app.

Another notable and highly requested change is a new notification sound on iOS 5, making it easier to tell when you’ve received an email

That’s quite a lot of features packed in a single update. But it doesn’t end here. Google’s mentioned in their blog post that they are continuing to work on some of the most requested features from users including multiple login support, banner notifications, and a “send as” feature to allow you to send mails from multiple accounts within the app.

You can download this awesome Gmail app for iOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch) from iTunes.

iTunes 10.5.2 arrives with several improvements and fixes

Weighing in at a hefty 257MB, iTunes 10.5.2 has arrived with a slew of improvements in iTunes Match and bug fixes all around.

The update also fixes an audio distortion issue which Apple says occurs when playing or importing certain CDs.

Release notes follow:

What’s new in iTunes 10.5.2

iTunes 10.5.2 includes several improvements for iTunes Match and fixes an audio distortion problem when playing or importing certain CDs.

iTunes 10.5.1 also included:

• iTunes Match. Store your entire music library in iCloud, including music you’ve imported from CDs, and enjoy your collection anywhere, anytime, on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, computer, or Apple TV.

• iTunes in the Cloud. iTunes now stores your music and TV purchases in iCloud and makes them available on your devices anywhere, any time, at no additional cost.

• Automatic Downloads. Purchase music from any device or computer and automatically download a copy to your Mac and iOS devices.

• Download Previous Purchases. Download your past music, TV, app, and book purchases again, at no additional cost. Previous purchases may be unavailable if they are no longer on the iTunes Store.

• Sync with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 5.

• Wi-Fi Syncing. Automatically sync your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iTunes any time they’re both on the same Wi-Fi network.

For information on the security content of this update, please visit: support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

iTunes 10.5.2 requirements

Hardware:

• Mac computer with an Intel, PowerPC G5 or G4 processor and 512MB of RAM

• To play Standard Definition video from the iTunes Store, a 1.0GHz PowerPC G4 or faster processor and 512MB of RAM is required.

• To play HD video, an iTunes LP, or iTunes Extras, a 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or faster processor and 1GB of RAM is required.

• Screen resolution of 1024×768 or greater; 1280×800 or greater is required to play an iTunes LP or iTunes Extras

• Broadband Internet connection to use the iTunes Store

• Apple combo drive or SuperDrive to create audio, MP3, or back-up CDs; some non-Apple CD-RW recorders may also work

• Apple SuperDrive to back up your library to DVDs; some non-Apple DVD-RW drives may also work

Software:

• Mac OS X version 10.5 or later

• Safari 4.0.3 or later

• 200MB of available disk space

• iTunes in the Cloud and iTunes Match availability may vary by country.

For more information

Using iTunes: Open iTunes and choose Help > iTunes Help. Type a question in the search field, or click “What is iTunes?” or a help topic.

Latest product news: See the iTunes website at www.itunes.com. For the latest information about iPod, see www.apple.com/ipod. For the latest information about iPhone, seewww.apple.com/iphone. For the latest information about iPad, see www.apple.com/ipad. For the latest information about Apple TV, see www.apple.com/appletv.

iTunes Store billing questions: See www.apple.com/support/itunes/store.

Using your iPod with iTunes: Open iTunes and choose Help > iTunes Help or iPod User Guide, or see the documentation that came with your iPod.

Using your iPhone with iTunes: Open iTunes and choose Help > iTunes Help or iPhone User Guide, or see the documentation that came with your iPhone.

Using your iPad with iTunes: Open iTunes and choose Help > iTunes Help or iPad User Guide, or see the documentation that came with your iPad.

Using your Apple TV with iTunes: Open iTunes and choose Help > iTunes Help or Apple TV Setup Guide, see the documentation that came with your Apple TV, or seewww.apple.com/support/appletv.

Additional help with iTunes, iPod, iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV: Open iTunes and choose Help > iTunes Help or Apple Service and Support

iOS 5.1 beta 2 hits through

Apple has seeded iOS 5.1 beta 2 to developers, bringing along the ability to allow users to remove images from their iCloud Photo Stream along with the usual bug fixes.

Photos taken using iOS 5.1 can be deleted from Photo Stream on your device and will be removed automatically from Photo Stream on your other iOS 5.1 devices. Older photos can be manually deleted from your iOS 5.1 devices.

You can download the 801MB heavy update from the Developer Center which also includes updates for Apple TV and Xcode (4.3).

Release notes:

Notes and Known Issues

 

The following issues relate to using the 5.1 SDK to develop code.

Accounts

When creating an iCloud account, you can use any Apple ID as long as it is a full email address and not a MobileMe account. If you have a MobileMe account, you can move that account to iCloud. You can find more information at: http://me.com/move

APIs

  • The NSNetService class and CFNetService APIs do not include P2P interfaces by default. To browse, register, or resolve services over P2P interfaces, an application needs to use the Bonjour DNSService*() APIs noted below.
  • Setting the interfaceIndex parameter to kDNSServiceInterfaceIndexAny in the following API’s will not include P2P interfaces by default. To include P2P interfaces, you must now set the kDNSServiceFlagsIncludeP2P flag when usingkDNSServiceInterfaceIndexAny or set the interfaceIndex to kDNSServiceInterfaceIndexP2P. The affected APIs are:
    • DNSServiceBrowse
    • DNSServiceRegister
    • DNSServiceResolve
    • DNSServiceRegisterRecord
    • DNSServiceQueryRecord

GameKit

FIXED: App icons and profile photos are not loading in apps using Game Center.

iCloud Photo Stream

NEW: Photos taken using iOS 5.1 can be deleted from Photo Stream on your device and will be removed automatically from Photo Stream on your other iOS 5.1 devices. Older photos can be manually deleted from your iOS 5.1 devices.

iCloud Storage

  • Provisioning profiles must be enabled for iCloud in the iOS Provisioning Portal. To enable a provisioning profile for iCloud, navigate to the App ID section of the iOS Provisioning Portal and configure your App ID for iCloud. After enabling the App ID for iCloud, regenerate your provisioning profiles to enable them for iCloud.
  • The setSortDescriptors: method of NSMetadataQuery is not supported.
  • In iOS 5, files that are protected via Data Protection cannot be used with iCloud Storage APIs.
  • File names are case-insensitive in Mac OS X but case-sensitive in iOS. This can lead to problems when sharing files between the two using iCloud. You should take steps on iOS to avoid creating files whose names differ only by case.

Movie Player

Starting in iOS 5.0, in order to facilitate finer-grained playback control, a movie player is not automatically prepared to play upon creation. Call the prepareToPlay method to prepare the movie player. For more information, see MPMoviePlayerController Class Reference

Music Player

Using shake-to-shuffle causes Music app to freeze and playback to stop.

Security

In iOS 5, signing certificates with MD5 signatures is not supported. Please ensure that certificates use signature algorithms based on SHA1 or SHA2.

Setup Assistant

NEW: Immediately after completing the Setup Assistant, it may re-appear and show the wifi screen and/or final “Thank You” screen. The workaround when in this loop is to reboot the device.

SpringBoard Lock Screen

NEW: The lock screen can intermittently get in a state where double-clicking the home button will no longer bring up the camera button. To get out of that state, you need to restart the device.

Xcode/Developer Tools

  • NEW: This preview release of Xcode 4.3 is distributed as a single application bundle, Xcode.app. Delivering the Xcode tools in a single app bundle allows Xcode to be installed directly from the App Store, without the additional step of running the Install Xcode app. To install Xcode during the preview period, double-click to open the downloaded DMG file, and drag the Xcode.app file to your Applications folder.Within Xcode, you can launch additional developer tools, such as Instruments and FileMerge, via the menu item Xcode -> Open Developer Tool. You can then pin the tool on your Dock for access when Xcode is not running. Not all of the tools previously included in the Xcode installer are bundled in this preview release.
  • In the iOS 5 development tools, it is possible to extract APIs used by an application and have them checked for use of private APIs. This option is offered when you validate your application for app submission.
  • FIXED: A bug in the documentation organizer causes an exception when you type in any field in the content area. To prevent the need to log into the developer website from Xcode, download documentation sets locally using Xcode’s documentation preference pane and enable the ‘Check for and install updates automatically’ checkbox as a workaround.
  • FIXED: “uninstall-devtools” script mistakenly removes files and packages even if Xcode is still running. Be sure to quit any running copy of Xcode before starting the “uninstall-devtools” script.
  • FIXED: The Network Link Conditioner daemon cannot be launched after installing the Networking Link Conditioner without a reboot. You can manually workaround the issue with a restart or by the following command: sudo launchctl load /system/library/launchdaemons/com.apple.networklinkconditioner.plist.]

 

Angry Birds 2.0: New bird, new levels, unlocked episodes

It’s that wonderful time of the year when everyone tries to make everyone happy, spread love and harmony, and of course give someone something new.

Rovio has pushed out an update to the world’s most popular game Angry Birds, updating it to version 2.0, bringing along new menus, graphics, a new bird, unlocked episodes and 15 special “birdday” themed levels.

Angry Birds 2.0

It must be noted that it is not a new title but merely an update to the existing Angry Birds game. To keep the new and not-so-skillful players have, the game has now all the episodes unlocked, thus allowing you to start from anywhere inside the game, though you must still unlock the levels yourself (15 new levels added).

Apart from that, there’s also a new bird in town, Orange in color, and has the ability to expand and destroy the level structures when it hits something.

Achievement updates are also there to allow dedicated fans and players to show their commitment to the rest of the gaming community.

In addition to the new in-game updates there are also a couple of “birdday”celebrations throughout the world. One happens to be a special presentation by Rovio’s own Peter Vesterbacka, at the Apple Store in Ginza, Japan.

You can download Angry Birds for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch for just $0.99

Apple updates iBooks to version 1.5, brings in major changes

Apple has updated its iBooks application for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch to version 1.5, bringing along a host of changes in the app including a new nighttime reading theme for a better digital reading experience in the dark, a full-screen option to focus on content and remove the tool bar, page numbers, and other distractions, new “beautiful covers” for classic titles, popup footnote support, and an improved annotation system.

Apart from these cool new additions, the update also features some performance and stability enhancements.

iBooks 1.5 adds the following new features as well as some stability and performance improvements:

• Nighttime reading theme makes reading books in the dark easier on the eyes.
• Full-screen layout lets you focus on the words without distraction.
• iBooks now features an improved selection of fonts, including Athelas, Charter, Iowan, and Seravek.
• Beautiful new classic covers for public domain books.
• Support for pop-up footnotes, included in select iBookstore titles.
• A redesigned annotation palette makes it easier to choose a color for your highlighted text.

Google+ for iOS updated, brings along full resolution photo uploads and more

Google has brought in a welcome update to its Google+ iOS app, updating it to version 1.0.7.2940 and bringing along some new features, including full resolution photo uploads, search, photo +1s, and the usual bug fixes and performance enhancements.

You can update your app from the App Store or download it for free on your iPhone, iPad and/or iPod Touch if you haven’t already.

Safari 5.1.2 out now with bug fixes

Apple has updated Safari to version 5.1.2, bringing along some minor bug fixes which previously affected users’ browsing experience on the browser. The fix enhances your Safari with:

Improved stability
Address issues that could cause hangs and excessive memory usage
Address issues that could cause webpages to flash white
Allow PDFs to be displayed within web content

You can download the updated Safari either from Software Update or from this direct download link.

Google Search for iPad and iPhone updated

Google has updated its Google Search iOS app for iPad and iPhone (available on the App Store), bringing in an improved design (UI) for the iPad and full-screen mode support for search results and pages on the iPhone. The app now also has Instant Previews and Google Instant baked into the iPad version.

Apart from that, the app also features some regular bug fixes.

The app is now universally available for download from iTunes.

Few screenies..

 iPad Screenshot 5 iPad Screenshot 2

..and a video: