According to several rumors it appears that Skype will be making a major announcement about video calling from iPhone during CES ’11.
The first site to report on the rumor was Engadget which picked up on the fact that Skype will be participating in a CES panel discussion titled “Video Calling Gets Ready for Primetime.” Of course, panel discussions usually include participants from a number of companies, so that’s not enough to base a rumor on.
The kicker was an email received by the team that contained a link to a help document on Skype’s site. The title? “How do I make video calls with Skype for iPhone?” While a search of the Skype site didn’t reveal that document to your humble TUAW correspondent, we trust our sister site enough to believe that they had access to it.
If you have ever needed any help with your iDevice then you will know that the best site to visit is iFixit.com Now they have have just released a new iPad app that aims to be a free, easily-referenced glossary for their healthy library of open source self-repair manuals for every gadget under the sun: from the first generation iPod to the new, nigh-un-self-serviceable MacBook Air.
Even if you don’t need help right now then I would still download the App!
Earlier this morning, Apple announced that it expects the iOS-based Apple TV to pass the one million mark in units sold sometime later this week. The release also notes that iTunes users are renting/purchasing TV episodes and movies by the truckload (400,000 and 150,000 per day, respectively), although it’s a bit ambiguous as to whether all those cited transactions involve an Apple TV or not — our guess is ‘not.’
At a run rate of one million units sold in just one quarter — aligning nicely with JMP Research’s estimates from October — the new version of Apple’s ‘hobby’ seems to have more momentum than the original Apple TV did in the marketplace. With the lower price point of $99, the tight integration with AirPlay-enabled iPads and iPhones, and the inclusion of Netflix streaming, the Apple TV matches up pretty well with other video devices at its price point.
An update to Apple’s popular Remote application just went live in the App Store. Version 2.1 brings several new features to the table including AirPlay video support and Internet radio control. I’m not entirely sure what Apple is getting at with their “AirPlay video support to control iTunes on your computer to stream videos to an Apple TV” feature. It sounds a little Rube Goldbergbut I look forward to giving it a spin.
Here’s a complete list of the new 2.1 features, courtesy of Apple:
AirPlay video support to control iTunes on your computer to stream videos to an Apple TV
Internet radio control to play thousands of internet radio streams in iTunes on your computer
The ability to control iTunes on your computer to play Movies and TV shows that are rented from the iTunes Store
Addresses issues connecting to an iTunes library or Apple TV
According to a report from 9to5Mac, stock of iWork ’09 is running low at retail Apple Stores. Meanwhile, Apple’s online store auto-completes “iWork 11” as a possibility when searching for “iWork”. While none of these findings are particularly conclusive, we have heard that Apple is planning on launching iWork ’11 alongside the Mac App Store.
As we reported in the past the promotional materials for the Mac App Store have shown the three iWork applications, Pages, Keynote, and Numbers, available on an individual basis for $19.99 each, below Apple’s current $79 price for the complete retail box suite.
As we previously reported, EA dropped prices on most of its iOS apps this week, and that sale sent shockwaves through the App Store’s holiday season. We’ve seen tons of awesome new apps hit the store in the past few weeks, but if you look at the Top Paid apps right now, most of them are older EA favorites. EA currently has six of the top 10 apps on the store (with Battlefield: Bad Company 2 leading the way — a big name title released for just 99 cents), and it’s peppered throughout the rest of the top 50 as well. The biggest recent release on the list is probably Infinity Blade, which, despite extremely solid reviews and lots of press about its release, is currently down at number 16.
In short, EA has kicked off a price war, and there’s a time limit on this one. Apple is freezing the charts on December 23rd, which means that any games in the top 200 at that time will remain there over the all-important Christmas holiday, the point at which we’ve seen the biggest jumps in App Store sales (due to all the new hardware out there under the tree).
At least one big publisher has already responded in kind — Gamevil has announced a price drop on many of its apps, including the just-released Illusia and Nom, although it couldn’t make it down to the 99 cent price that EA is offering. I would say look out for more big sales in the next few days. Companies have had a lot of success with App Store sales in the past, and as we get closer to that holiday freeze and the ensuing burst of sales, they’re much more likely to start pulling out the big guns.
An update for iTunes has just hit Software Update, and although version 10.1.1 includes no new features, it does address a couple of issues and that may cause problems with syncing and quitting unexpectedly.
The release notes for 10.1.1 list the changes:
• Addresses an issue where some music videos may not play on Macs equipped with NVIDIA GeForce 9400 or 9600 graphics.
• Resolves an issue where iTunes may unexpectedly quit when deleting a playlist that has the iTunes Sidebar showing.
• Fixes a problem where iTunes may unexpectedly quit when connecting an iPod to a Mac equipped with a PowerPC processor.
• Addresses an issue where some music videos may not sync to an iPod, iPhone, or iPad.
Download the latest release via Software Update on your Mac, or from Apple’s website.
As promised Apple will release the Mac app store 90 days after the “back to Mac” event, and now it seems as if they kept their word, earlier today Apple released an official press release about the Mac App stores release on January 6th.
CUPERTINO, California—December 16, 2010—Apple® today announced that the Mac® App Store℠ will open for business on Thursday, January 6. By bringing the revolutionary App Store experience to Mac OS® X, the Mac App Store makes discovering, installing and updating Mac apps easier than ever. The Mac App Store will be available in 90 countries at launch and will feature paid and free apps in categories like Education, Games, Graphics & Design, Lifestyle, Productivity and Utilities.
We are really looking forward to this release, how about you, drop us a comment.
Like the network’s Web site, the new app lets users choose a preference between the national or international editions of CNN headlines. Users can view top headlines in a grid, a list, or via a slideshow. Stories offer text, related video, and the ability to share the content via e-mail or social networks. Stories can be saved for later perusal—although an initial test of the app revealed that only the text, not the video, of a saved story was available for offline viewing.
CNN’s app also features optional push notifications for breaking news, and features a list of stories viewed by the user. The live video option doesn’t include feeds from CNN’s cable networks, but instead offers raw live footage of breaking news and other major events.
CNN App for iPad is free, and compatible with iPads running iOS 3.2 or later.
An update for Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 (14.0.2) boasts improved reliability when accessing Office for Mac through third-party applications, a fix for problems with Microsoft’s AutoUpdate program and improved stability for Outlook 2011.
The Office for Mac 2011 14.0.2 Update includes the following improvements. Improvements for all Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 applications:
Reliability is improved when you open Office for Mac documents by using third-party applications: This update fixes an issue that causes Office for Mac documents not to open by using certain third-party applications.
Office for Mac Updater request users to close Microsoft AutoUpdate during the update process:This update fixes an issue that causes Office for Mac updater to request users to close AutoUpdate when the Office updater is running. When the users close AutoUpdate, the updater also stops the Office update process.
Improvements for Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011:
Stability is improved: This update fixes an issue that causes Outlook to crash or close unexpectedly sometimes when you import a .pst file that contains categories. Specifically, categories that have no category names assigned to them.
The update is available now through MacUpdate, where we were tipped off about it, or it should eventually appear in the AutoUpdate.