Some screenshots of Apple’s Snow Leopard have shown up online. The screenshots show that “Save as Web Application…” has been added to Safari 4 and Address Book now has hooks into Microsoft Exchange.
The “Save as Web Application” isn’t too surprising, with Google Gears and Firefox 3 now having similar functionality that web developers can use for their web applications. The Microsoft Exchange support is nothing new either since Apple has already said that Snow Leopard would have Microsoft Exchange support.
There really isn’t anything too surprising in these screenshots at all. But, we all know how much we enjoy looking at screenshots of OS X builds with the “About This Mac” up.
I absolutely love the idea of geotagging, the ability to look back at old photos and be able to know exactly where you were when you took that picture could be incredibly useful when years and years have passed and you need to figure out what exactly is in a picture.
Well geotagging is coming to the iPhone. In the latest beta of the 2.0 (5A292g) firmware distributed to select enterprise beta testers has had a new preference added called “Location Services” and within the Camera app some geotagging hints have turned up.
When the “Location Services” feature is turned on and you take a picture using the iPhone’s Camera app it asks to check for your current location and one would assume that when firmware 2.0 is released it will add that data to the pictures metadata.
Firmware 2.0 for the iPhone is going to be huge and is turning out to have way more features than I could have ever imagined.
The Boy Genius Report spent a little bit of time messing around with the latest iPhone SDK and if you remember a little while ago they were saying that there was YouTube support in Safari? Well it is finally here, what it actually does is when you visit a web page with a YouTube video embedded in it, it shows you a preview image of the video where the video would be with flash support (instead of that dreaded blue ?) and if you tap on it the video opens up in the YouTube browser. Once you are done with the video you click “Done” in the upper left hand corner and you go right back to the web page you were visiting.
So everyone out there who was a little upset when they found out that background apps weren’t allowed may not have to complain for too much longer, The Unofficial Apple Weblog has revealed that the most recent build of the iPhone SDK supports the UIApplication delegate class, which includes methods that apply to gaining and resigning “active” status.
Although there isn’t any documentation on it this could indicate support for background apps.
This makes me very happy but at the same time makes me wonder if this is just Apple building the SDK so that internally they could use the public iPhone SDK to build all of the Apple coded apps. This way Apple employed developers would be able to use the SDK that everyone else uses without having to do any tricks to make background apps work.
Opera claims that the new version is 50% faster than Opera Mini 4.0. URL auto complete has been added along with the ability to save web pages on to your phone for offline viewing (something I’d really love to see in MobileSafari for the iPhone). You can also now upload and download files to web pages allowing you to fairly easily do things like photo blog.
9 Days ago I told you about how Lost had taken over my life and how happy I was that ABC was doing HD streaming on their website. Well yesterday we find out that CBS is testing HD streaming on their website.
Currently the video is only in 480p and there isn’t much up yet but they say that 720p AND 1080p are coming soon.
Hulu has also been testing HD on their site as well, in 360p, 480p, and 720p. Only certain videos on Hulu are available in 720p and I’m assuming that only certain videos on CBS will be available at 720p as well.
This is a wonderful time for media, with all of these wonderful free ways of accessing the shows that we all love it’s just great, if only there was a free/cheap way of getting all of these shows in high quality on my AppleTV, but I guess I’ll have to wait until Apple decides to do something about that.
The Boy Genius Report has been able to get a hold of iPhone firmware 2.0, I’m not sure whether or not they know someone who was accepted into the beta or if they got a hold of it in some other way but they have a huge gallery of screenshots from the new firmware.
Looking through the screenshots I’ve been able to find out some interesting little bits of information.
It looks like to access the application store, you have to be connected to a Wi-Fi network, although that could change in future releases.
The calculator in the new firmware has an advanced version with much more functionality.
The Wi-fi settings now allows you to see a list of known networks.
So here we have a video of Android actually working on a phone. It looks pretty interesting, (not the phone, that looks a little ugly to me) the interface is rather interesting, I don’t think I like the dock at the bottom of the home screen, I would rather have icons laid out on the entire screen.
But, this is Android running on an actual phone which is pretty great, even though it is running a little sluggish. I hope that this Android thing really starts to heat up the mobile space because for too long customers have had to deal with crappy phones, hopefully this, along with the iPhone and similar cell phone OS’s we will begin to see phones that a little bit more intuitive and much easier to use.
Free and legal peer to peer downloads sounds like a great idea right?
Of course it does, too bad it isn’t going to happen any time soon.
Qtrax made a big splash a few days ago when it promised free and legal iPod compatible music that was ad supported.
Unfortunately not a single of the big 4 labels have signed on with Qtrax to deliver such music.
Basically Qtrax is just an application that is a front end for the Gnutella P2P network. They promised that the music, even though wrapped in DRM, would be working with iPods soon.
I highly doubt that such a service would ever exist, at least for a few years anyway.
The only thing that makes me wonder is why so many websites, such as TechCrunch, Wired, etc. actually believed that this service was actually legal and that all of the labels were signed on. TechCrunch even went so far as to say “Told you so.” It really makes me wonder if you can trust some of these websites.
I guess if you want to download the Qtrax application and use it to play music, go right ahead. The website says that they are activating Qtrax accounts in stages, you can interpret that as you’d like.
Hulu is now offering HD videos using H.264 encoding and taking advantage of the latest version of Adobe Flash allowing for H.264 playback.
Currently the selection of HD videos is very limited only offering a hand full of movie trailers. I assume that eventually they will begin offering other content as well, I sure hope so at least, I would love to be able to watch The Office and other shows in HD on my computer.
The videos have a 1280×720 resolution and require a 2.5 Mbps Internet connection. Oddly the embed feature is missing from the HD videos, if it was there I would embed one of the HD videos but instead I guess I’ll just throw in an episode of Heroes.
I do really wish that NBC would come back to iTunes, I miss being able to watch my NBC shows on my iPod, but Hulu is good for what it is, I guess I’ll just have to deal.
Last night Mozilla released the first beta of Firefox 3.0. The beta is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux at Mozilla’s download site in 20 different languages.
Remember that this is still beta software so don’t expect it to work flawlessly. Many websites and extensions don’t work very well with the browser.
The browser has seen many improvements on the features side but nothing that really seems to stand above the rest as a “killer” feature.
With some time the application will exit beta stage and undoubtably will work much better but for now I suggest you look at the release notes, maybe download it to try it out, but most likely you will end up going back to trusty old Firefox 2.