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What's up? Brian Tong here and welcome to the Apple Byte. It's all the good and bad inside the world of Apple so let's get to the show.
The latest beta Apple's iPHONE OS 3.2 for the iPAD was recently released and the rumor sites have been digging deep to find new clues. 9 to 5 Mac has found icons in the SDK related to video chatting and Erica Sadun [assumed spelling] found API's that test if the IPAD has a front facing camera, zoom, and a flash. Now we know the IPAD doesn't have a camera, but video chatting is in the future pipeline for Apple's mobile devices, and it could possibly make it in the next gen iPHONE. The Photos App was also included in the beta SDK, and a fun new feature will be the ability to have a different lock screen from your home screen wallpaper on the IPAD. Now, I know you probably don't care about that, but honestly I do because it gives me a chance to have different pictures of my two favorite people. And, even if some people were disappointed by its lack of features, a change wave of survey shows that thirteen percent of respondents are somewhat or very likely to buy an iPAD. That's higher than the nine percent of people who responded to a similar survey prior to the launch of the original iPHONE, and, if I do the math correctly, Apple will sell one hundred million iPADs. Not really. But, you know, actually they might just do that. Now AT&T has been getting butchered by users especially in San Francisco and New York for its coverage, but a new PC World test has now put the iPHONE's care at the top of their thirteen city test on 3G performance for download speeds, upload speeds, and reliability. AT&T has touted their constant relative network upgrades, and you can see some of the drastic improvements for some of those cities compared to their tests last spring. Now I've told you guys I've seen better performance a couple of shows ago. Sure, this survey is only thirteen cities, but does this, and will this, change your mind about AT&T and using future devices on their network? Let us know, and we'll show off the Apple Byter nation's thoughts next week.
And the iTune music store-that money making machine-deserves a congratulations reaching its ten billionth song download in revolutionized digital music distribution. So we had to give them some props[assumed spelling] even if I'm buying all my music from Amazon Music Store.
All right. Let's take out a tip from our least favorite seated [assumed spelling] employee for making your computer experience a little more productive.
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Brian Tong here with CNN.com, and we're all doing so many things with our computers with multiple windows everywhere. Wouldn't it be nice if could just keep a specific window, like iCHAT or Hulu on top, no matter what? Well that's why I'm here, and we'll show you free solutions for both your MAC and PC. Now for the MAC, check out this utility from Infinite Labs called Afloat. Once it's installed, you'll see new window management options available to you with this cloud icon. I'm in iCHAT right now, and I'm constantly getting IM's while I'm working, but I hate switching between apps to get to them. Go to "window" in the menu bar and select "keep afloat." Now no matter what app I'm working in, it stays on top. And for all you hot key kings, press CTL, CMD, and A to use this feature.
You can also make the windows translucent and then turn opaque when you're using it, so that's a pretty cool feature.
Form [assumed spelling] a PCP's check out the DeskPins from Elias Fotinis.
Once installed, you can access it by clicking its icon on the notifications area of your task bar. You'll see a little thumbtack, and, if I want to make sure I can see this entire episode from Hulu without anything getting in the way, I'll click on it to pin it, and it stays on top of any other app I'm using. And, if you want to be a hot key freak, CTL and F11 brings up the pin, and CTL and F12 remove it. So there's your "how-to" tip for keeping the windows you want on top of everything else. Use it wisely.
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Thank you, skunk hair guy. All right, Apple's once again making sure you know who runs the App Store in this week's bad apple. The Big A recently removed over five thousand apps that they considered overtly sexual. Some of the apps included photos of the women in bikinis or lingerie-is that how you say it? I don't even know what that is. But one of the Apple Byte's own app of the week, Wobble, was taken down as well. So what if you can make body parts jiggle? It doesn't even have pictures of women in the app. So, while they took down those apps, wholesome family apps like Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Challenge and Playboy are still alive and kicking on the App Store. Apple, you may want to protect your image, and as Phil Schiller [assumed spelling] said in the New York Times, "Put the needs of kids and parents first." But you guys are idiots. Really. It's comforting to know that Father Jobs and the rest of you will always be looking out for us in the Apps Store. Maybe an explicit section for apps with another password and actually allowing adults and parents to decide what content is acceptable for their kids and themselves to access makes more sense. But you know, that would just be too hard to program and guess what, we're throwing out the bad apple.
All right. I'm done. I'm keeping my Wobble, and if there's one thing you can't take away from me, it's my Wobble. All right. That's going to do it for this week's show . Send me you emails to the firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm Brian Tong. Thanks for watching and come back next time for another bite of the apple.
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