Apple Drops 40Gig AppleTV, and price of 160Gig Model.

Apple TV BannerLooks like the AppleTV is getting some attention after being ignored during the Music event Apple just hosted. Apple has done away with the 40Gig AppleTV and slashed the price of the 160Gig Model to US$229. Perhaps they are clearing inventory in preparation for a new AppleTV? It seams lately all other Apple Products have been getting all the love maybe we can look forward to a revision of the AppleTV.

Apple TV PriceWhatever apple ends up doing one thing is for sure they need a Software update, even if its only to add support for the new iTunes LP format. It would be nice to be able to browse all that new content on my Big Screen.

I know of several people that don’t understand the AppleTV but I love mine, what are your thoughts on apples Media device?

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iPhone OS 3.0 Downloaded and installed

Earlier this morning I posted about how to monitor for the release of the 3.0 Version of the iPhone OS using geektool.

http://kaotickreation.com/2009/06/17/iphone-os-3-0/

Versions AvaliableIf you didn’t get a chance to actually set this up but were wondering what would happen once the OS was released here is the after image. Remember I set it up to basically show me all versions available and before 10AM PST it was showing me there was 2 versions available for the 3GS and that was it, now it shows versions for all devices

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TomTom Coming to the iPhone

Looks like TomTom will be creating a new application for the iPhone OS 3.0, I’ve been considering getting a GPS device for my car so I don’t have to constantly look at my iPhone when I’m trying to locate a new place.

However it looks like the new iPhone OS 3.0 will be offering turn-by-turn navigation. And with TomTom creating an application to run on the phone you know your getting a great product. They are also offering a dock that allows you to attach your phone to ether the windshield or dashboard to offer handsfree viewing of the phone.

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No word on price yet, although I’m guessing its going to be up there in order to not hurt sales of there hardware devices. I’d be willing to pay up to $60 for this product. but we’ll find out soon. Launch date is scheduled for June 17th along with the availability of the iPhone 3.0 software.

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Logitech G15 Keyboard Support for OS X

g-15hel-storSo you have a G15 but cant use the LCD or G Keys because your on a mac? I recently discovered if you load the GamePanel for the G13 it will recognize the G15 and allow you to use both the G keys and the LCD display.

You can download the software from here. Once installed it should detect your G15 and apps should start running on it immediately.

I purchased a G15 a few years ago so I have the older G15 with the flip display, I’m not sure if this will work with the newer one. although checking Logitech’s page for the G15 they now say the new one supports OS X, Please let us know your experiences with this device.

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Its a Jailbreak!

So I was browsing TUAW (The Unofficial Apple Weblog) the other day and noticed a post about iNdependence 1.4 beta, This version of iNdependence has been updated to work with the latest firmware (1.1.4 as of this writing).

Having never attempted a Jailbreak I decided to give it a shot and was incredibly surprised at how easy the process really was.

In case you’re not aware, iNdependence is an open source application destined to “Jailbreak” the iPhone or iPod Touch.

First head over to the iNdependence Google code page for the latest version (please note for version the iPhone firmware version 1.1.4 you need the Beta v1.4 version of iNdependence.) You will have to drag the application over to the /Applications directory. If you try to run it from the disk image you will receive an error.

The next step is pretty straight forward. Simply launch iNdependence and under the “Jailbreak” tab click the button to Jailbreak your phone. Next go to the SSH tab and install SSH and SCP. This is a simple click of a button, you will be asked to restart your phone about 3 times. Do this by holding the sleep wake button and sliding the slider to confirm a power off. Turn the phone back on with the sleep wake button each time.

You now have a Jail-broken phone that you can SSH to with your terminal application. The next step is to download the latest version of installer.app from the apptapp.com page. This application will allow you to install additional applications.

Once you have installer.app you can either use iNdependence to upload it to your phone or filezilla. I used Filezilla because I did this on lunch break at work during this part of the process. Simply connect using SCP over SSH2 to your phones IP address. You can locate your phones IP address by going to Settings > Wi-Fi – then click the little > next to the network you’re currently connected to. Now you want to upload the installer.app folder to /Applications

Next you need to set the proper permissions. You can either do this from Filezilla or you can SSH into the phone and run the following commands:

  • chmod 777 /Applications
  • chmod 777 /Applications/Installer.app
  • chmod 777 /Applications/Installer.app/Installer

Once this has finished, restart your phone once more. You should have a new Icon on your home screen named Installer. The first step I would go about from here is to install the community sources package. You can do this by launching Installer. Next touch the install button near the bottom. Now scroll down to “Sources” and select the Community Sources package. Now touch the install button in the top right corner of the screen to install the package.

That’s it!

Feel free to browse all the applications and install the ones you wish. Another thing to note is after 1.1.3 applications are executed as the mobile user not the root user. Because of this older applications may not function properly until the developers update their applications.

If you have any questions regarding the above process please feel free to email me and I’ll answer your questions or help you find the answers if I don’t know.

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Till next time

//Brandon Leon

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