Hulu Plus released, as well as iPhone/iPad app.

It has been rumored for a while, and now it is finally official the new Hulu subscription service, as guessed it is called Hulu Plus. For US$9.99 per month, you’ll get ad-supported access to the full current seasons of most shows and full back seasons of select shows. Included in the price is also the brand new Hulu Plus apps for the iPhone and the iPad.

According to Hulu the apps work over either WiFi or 3G, though the iPhone version requires iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4.

While many current Hulu are worried that everything on Hulu will become subscription only “Hulu stresses that Hulu Plus is not a replacement for the standard Hulu service, but rather an additional service.” So then you might be wondering why Hulu Plus is still an “ad-supported subcription product,” after all if you are paying for the services then shouldn’t the contents be free? Apparently not; Hulu says that the ad revenue helps it keep its subscription fees low.

Right now Hulu Plus is only availably for those few who have been invited, if you are interested you can sign up for a chance to test the service. The Hulu Plus App has also been released on iTunes, and will work over WiFi and 3G.

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Copy videos from iPhone to iPad

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Now the the iPhone finally records videos in a decent quality, a lot of people are starting to wonder if it is possible to transfer the videos from the iPhone to the iPad.

The answer to that is simple, of course it is possible, in the eyes of the iPad the iPhone and all other iPhones are registered just as any other camera would. You will need the iPad Camera Connection Kit however for this to work.

If you have the Connection Kit, then simply connect the iPhone’s USB cable between the iPhone and the USB camera connector attached to your iPad. The iPad’s Photos then launches with the Camera tab selected. Any movies you’ve created with iMovie and then exported to the iPhone’s Photos app will be available to copy to your iPad. Just tap the movies you want to copy to the iPad and tap the Import button in the upper-right corner of the iPad’s screen.

This awesome feature will allow you to watch your movies on the bigger iPad screen, unfortunately since Apple still hasn’t released iMovie for the iPad, for now all you can do is watch these movies, hopefully in the future we will be able to edit them as well.

Ducati commercial shot entirely on iPhone 4

We all knew it would happen sometime, and here it is, the first commercial shot entirely with the iPhone 4. Ducati took the jump and shot the whole commercial for the Ducati Multistrada motorcycle on the iPhone 4.

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is basically a race to the top of a mountain up a mixture or twisty roads and dirt. It’s one of the most exciting and challenging races in the world of motorsports and shooting it is a challenge usually involving helicopters. The crew shooting for Ducati manages to capture “156 Turns” of the race, interviews, and on-bike camera using multiple iPhone 4s and their built-in HD video cameras, which shoot in 720p at 30fps.

According to the producers, the only changes they made to the movie was to use stabilization in post-production to produce the effect of using a real camera.

iMovie running on iPhone 3GS…

When Apple introduced iMovie for the iPhone we were told that it would only run on the iPhone 4 with iOS 4 installed. Now however Redmond Pie has posted avideo of iMovie running on the iPhone 3GS.

The site claims that the application runs “almost perfectly” on the iPhone 3GS, while other users have even been able to get it running on the older 3G version, though they did note some crashes. Since everyone thought that iMovie would utilize the higher RAM and faster processor of the iPhone 4, it is rather interesting to see the App working on the older devices. People are starting to speculate that the only reason why Apple told us we need the new iPhone 4 is that they want to force us into updating our phones.

According to David Romhan Torres all you need to do in order for the app to run on the older phones is to modify the info.plist file and change the Minimum system version to 3.0.0 and front-facing-camera to false. Due to Apple regulations we can’t tell you more specifically how to do this, but we are sure a quick google search will help you.

No iOS 4 for the iPad until November.

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When the iOS 4 was introduced we were told that the iPad would see an update in firmware during the summer and autumn, well now it seems as if we may not see iOS 4 for the iPad until November. While this still hasn’t been confirmed by Apple, the rumors do seem to be pretty solid, they stem from from a report that’s outlining advertisers’ plans for Apple’s iAd program which is pointing to signs that the new ads won’t market to iPad users until iOS 4 becomes available for it in November.

As we all know, iAds will become available for the iOS apps on the iPhone and iPod touch beginning July 1. However according to Advertising Age “some [developers] are weeks — perhaps months — away from having an iAd in the system.”  furthermore they add that “most advertisers won’t be there on July 1; there just isn’t enough time”.

The report continues saying Apple is doing “all the technical production of iAds, and telling agencies it will take six to eight weeks to produce an ad after the creative is produced.”

What this means for the iPad is that we most likely won’t see iAds until November, which also means we won’t see the new iOS 4 on the iPad until later this year. But the developments are certainly something to keep an eye on!

Top 5 Terminal commands!

This is the first post in a new weekly series!

Each week we will post a new TOP 5 list, if you have any suggestions for a TOP 5 just leave a comment and we will take your suggestions into consideration!

This week we will look at the TOP 5 Terminal Commands:

*WARNING*

Since these commands all deal with Terminal, unless you know exactly what you are doing we strongly suggest that you create a back-up before trying them

5. Get a massive Dock

If you want giant-sized magnified Dock icons, then follow these simple steps:

1. Enable Magnification in System Preferences > Dock,

2. In Terminal type:

defaults write com.apple.dock largesize -int 512; killall Dock

Top 25 terminal tips: mssive dock

If you do it correctly then this command will increase the maximum icon size to 512×512 pixels. You can substitute another figure if you wish, but don’t go any higher than 512. To switch this effect off, just return to the Dock’s preferences and move the Magnification slider back.

4. Kill a process

If you are having problems with a process and want to restart it, simply open the Terminal and type the following(Note that process names are case-sensitive):

killall [process name]

3, Autoplay movies in QuickTime X

QuickTime X has no Preferences, which also means that you can’t force QuickTime to Auto-play a movie when you open the application, which is where Terminal comes into play,  to make a movie automatically start playing when you open it, type the following command in Terminal:

defaults write com.apple.QuickTimePlayerX MGPlayMovieOnOpen 1

2. 2D Dock

This next command is very popular among people running Leopard who don’t like the 3D feel of the dock. The command will change the 3D dock to a flat 2D version. Once again simply type the following in the Terminal:

defaults write com.apple.dock no-glass -boolean YES

To make the changes work just restart the dock by typing:

killall Dock

1. Quit Finder like any other app

With this handy command, you can quit out of Finder in the same way you would any other app:

defaults write com.apple.finder QuitMenuItem -bool YES; killall Finder

Top 25 terminal tips: quit finder

If this command is used correctly then a Quit option now appears at the foot of the Finder menu.

If you want to remove it then simply type:

defaults write com.apple.finder QuitMenuItem -bool NO; killall Finder

Additional suggestion:

This last addition is more of a fun command. The “say” command makes your mac repeat what you type, simply open terminal and type:

say this blog rocks

of course you can add anything after say but you must type “say”

Apple sells 1.7 Million iPhone 4 units

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Earlier we posted that Apple has sold 600,00 iPhones through pre-orders, then we wrote that estimated sales were rumored at 1.5 Million units, now Apple has officially announced the actual sales figures from the first three days of sales worldwide.

In a press release, Apple announced that, as of Saturday, June 26, it had sold over 1.7 million iPhone 4 units. As if that doesn’t sound awesome enough, if you do the math then that means the device was selling at a rate of nearly seven per second.

According to Apple CEO, Steve Jobs “This is the most successful product launch in Apple’s history,” he then adds that the sales have exceeded even their own hopes and dreams. Steve did add that they “apologize to those customers who were turned away because we did not have enough supply.”

AppleInsider notes that the iPhone 4 numbers “shatter last year’s record, when the iPhone 3GS sold a million units in its first three days.” It is interesting to add that the original iPhone in 2007 took 74 days to reach its first million buyers.

Amazon updated Kindle App now plays video!

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Yesterday Amazon updated their already rather popular Kindle App for the Phone, iPod touch and iPad. The update includes the ability to play video and audio clips within Kindle books. Best of all, it doesn’t require downloading an update to the app itself.

Even though there are currently only 13 titles available in the store which embed video and audio, we are sure more will soon be available.

“We are excited to add this functionality to Kindle for iPad and Kindle for iPhone and iPod touch,” said Amazon Kindle director Dorothy Nicholls. “This is just the beginning, we look forward to seeing what authors and publishers create for Kindle customers using the new functionality of the Kindle apps.”

The new audio-video functionality is already ready to go in the latest 2.1.1 update of Kindle, a universal 6.6MB app that runs on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. That update also brought optimizations for the iPhone 4’s Retina Display, and more is coming with the next release, including instant word lookup (from an included dictionary as well as via Google or Wikipedia) as well as “Search Inside The Book” on the iPad.

And then there was the “iPad Velcro”….

First there was “velcro” then there was the “iPad” and now there is the “iPad Velcro” iPad owner Jesse Rosten had the brilliant idea of combining velcro with the iPad in order to create an amazing iPad holder. In the video above Rosten shows different places where you can attach the iPad with velcro, both in the car and on the wall.

The video is just magical, in fact, the video’s so good that Apple themselves have chosen to highlight it on the official iPad webpage…

Can’t wait for the white iPhone 4? Just make your own!


We didn’t write this article, it is simply reposted from Engadget.com

With the help of iFixit’s teardown guide, we decided to take the plunge with our steaming hot Chinese delivery — a white front cover (with a shiny proximity sensor area above the earpiece), a white back cover (with “XXXXX” marked as the model number, ergo a prototype), and a Retina Display unit. Alas, there weren’t any white buttons in stock at the time, but let’s pretend this black-and-white combo is the new cool. Read on to find out how the surgery went.

Replacing the back cover is hardly a challenge — just remove the two screws at the bottom and then slide the cover up, but to get to the front cover you’ll need to take out most of the components. We’ll be honest with you: dissecting a brand new toy isn’t exactly the most pleasant experience in the world. Even with a brilliant teardown guide, there’ll always be somewhere that requires super delicate fiddling. For instance, we struggled with removing the battery and the front cover due to some nasty double-sided tape, so we had to poke around extra carefully to avoid any damage. At one point, we spent about 20 minutes wondering why the logic board wouldn’t go back in, only to realize that a well-disguised screw was in the way. Other than that, we’d say this was a pretty straightforward mod (so long as you keep track of all your screws, of course).
Once fitted, we were saddened to find out that our white covers weren’t complete — the front one’s missing an earpiece grill, whereas the back cover lacks a lens cover and a LED diffuser. We did consider cannibalizing the original black covers, but the small parts needed were strongly glued on. Ah well, considering the mod’s in full working order (discounting the infamous antenna issue), we’ll make do with this and avoid touching the lens.