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Podcast #161: Apps on Apple TV and Microsoft Slated to Open Store Across From Apple Store

Looks like the iOS implementation on the Apple TV can be jailbroken to install apps. Too bad you can’t actually launch the apps with a Launcher. Fingers crossed for a Launched on the Apple TV soon.

Microsoft decides to throw the retail gauntlet down and plans on opening a store across from the Apple Store in the Mall of America. Will there be a dance off? A stare down? Can we get our listeners to walk into the Microsoft Store and ask for an iPhone? Only time will tell.

And finally, the iPad has a faster adoption rate than DVD. That’s insane!

Plus, we answer your hard-hitting Facebook and Twitter questions.

This week’s Battlestar Applactica picks:

Captio – $.99

Nike+ GPS – .99


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Fuze Meeting Lets You Host Meetings from Your iPad


Fuze Meeting is a new application for the iPad, created by Fuze Box, that lets you create and host meetings right from your device. While other conference/meeting tools like WebEx and Go to Meeting have existed on the iPad for a while now, many have lacked the ability to host a meeting on the device.

Fuze Meeting on the iPad allows you to host meetings and access presentation files from Keynote on your iPad or through presentations stored on your Dropbox account. In the meeting, you can also bring up Word documents, PDFs, movies, images; and, you can use a faux laser dot on the screen to show audience members exactly what you’re talking about in a document, PDF, or other material that can be presented with Fuze Meeting. Using the iPad you can join in on the conference call, or you can use in-meeting chat or instant messages to talk to your audience.

Fuze Meeting is available now on the App Store [iTunes link] with a 30-day free trial of the Fuze Meeting service. More information can be found on the Fuze Meeting website, or in the Fuze Meeting for iPad introduction video below.

via VentureBeat


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Facebook May Have Blocked API Access from Ping

It appears the mystery as to why Facebook Connect was available, and then not available, has a little something to do with blocked API access. According to sources at All Things D, Facebook denied Apple’s Ping access to the application programming interface that would allow users to search for their friends, which left them with only a few friends willing to respond to their emailed Ping requests. Normally, this kind of API access is open and doesn’t require any kind of permission, but when it’s being accessed numerous times at a very rapid rate (like, say, 160 million at a time), it’s natural for Facebook to put a screeching halt to the requests and focus on protecting their users data.

Other sources added that Apple went and allowed access to the Facebook APIs anyway, and that made Facebook block it because that kind of access violated its terms of service. The same TOS that holds on to our precious photos and embarrassing wall posts.

Earlier today, Facebook said that it ” believes in connecting people with their interests and we’ve partnered with innovative developers around the world who share this vision. Facebook and Apple have cooperated successfully in the past to offer people great social experiences and we look forward to doing so in the future.”

It’s all hearsay at this moment in time. Apple still included the ability to find Facebook friends in its demo at the music event, but even though our emails are teasing that Facebook Connect is possible, it’s just not happening. We’ll keep you updated as this story progresses.

Follow this article’s author, Florence Ion, on Ping.


Portal 2 Multi-Player Co-Op Images From PAX

If you couldn’t get up to Seattle this weekend to check out the Portal 2 demo at PAX, you’re in luck. We got new images of Portal 2’s co-op mode.

We could make a witty joke about cake or monsters. But at this point, you just want to look at the pictures. Here you go. All the photos can be embiggened by clicking on them.



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