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Mac App Store Set to "Open Soon"

It has been a few weeks since we last heard anything about the Mac App Store, but last night Apple emailed developers enrolled in the Mac development program to let them know that the store would be “Coming Soon.”

The email from Apple noted, “The Mac App Store will be open soon, providing customers around the world a new way to explore and purchase apps made just for Mac. Ensure your app is ready when we open the Mac App Store — submit it for review today.”

The email went on to tell developers what they needed in order to submit Mac apps, “Log in to the Mac Dev Center for details on setting up an iTunes Connect account, creating Apple-issued Mac Distribution Certificates, and preparing your apps for the review process.”

When the Mac App Store was first detailed back in October, Steve Jobs said the store would be opened within 90-days. If this email confirms Apple’s plans, then we could see a Mac App Store in December or early January.

via 9to5 Mac


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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:

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iFixit Cracks Open the New Apple TV, Photos Galore

Apple TV 2nd generation teardown
(Images courtesy of iFixit)

While some of us are still waiting for the FedEx truck to arrive with our new toy (er… Apple TV), others have been lucky enough to score theirs already, including the cats over at iFixit, who have taken their precision scalpels to the little black box and have the photos to prove it.

iFixit has completed a teardown of the new second-generation Apple TV
, barely on store shelves yet and with many preorders still jetting around the country en route from China. So what did they find?

In addition to that which is already known — namely that the little box contains HDMI, optical digital audio, Ethernet and Micro USB ports in addition to an internal power supply (yay!) — the new Apple TV draws only 20 percent of the power used by a Mac mini. That should provide some joy to your electric bill, and maybe even the tree-hugging environmentalists as well.

Like the previous Apple TV, there are no outside visible screws to be had — the iFixit team had to make a go of it with metal spudgers to pry the case apart, which wasn’t a heart-pounding nightmare after all. After removing a thermal pad and a few #1 Phillips screws, it appears there may actually be a standard dock connector inside as pictured here — though what, if any, use it may have remains unknown.

Apple TV 2nd generation dock connector?

The most exciting find with the new Apple TV is a Samsung K9LCG08U1M NAND Flash chip, which means the ATV box is equipped with 8GB of RAM. That should come as good news to those already planning to jailbreak the box and possibly add custom apps to it, since 8GB of storage should be more than sufficient for the iOS 4.1 running the box, a buffer to stream HD video and plenty of extra space to spare — particularly when the competing Roku streamer box gets the job done with a paltry 64MB.

Apple TV 2nd generation 8GB RAM

The real question is, can the average user service the new ATV by themselves? “We awarded the 2nd generation Apple TV a coveted Repairability Score of 8 / 10 due to its ease of disassembly, minuscule power consumption, and highly recyclable construction,” iFixit notes, with a 10 being the easiest to repair.

Apple TV 2nd generation open

Now where’s that doggone FedEx driver? Our spudgers are getting twitchy! In the meantime, check out all of the photos at iFixit’s website

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Viacom Doesn't Like TV Rental Plan Either; CBS Possibly Open To It


Apple’s 99 cent rental plan just isn’t getting a whole lot of love from TV execs.  Yesterday it was Jeff Zucker and now Viacom and CBS aren’t exactly giving the new plan hugs and kisses either. 

“The 99-cent rental is not a good price point,” stated Viacom CEO Philipe Dauman.  “It doesn’t work for us.”

Viacom operates cable networks such as Comedy Central and Nickelodeon, and Viacom “invests heavily to produce its content,” notes Dauman.  Viacom is looking to up its investment in original content.

“We value our content a lot,” said Dauman.  “We don’t think Apple has it quite right yet.”


Over at CBS, CEO Les Moonves, is still being a bit wishy-washy about the subject.  Moonves expressed compliments toward Apple, but wants to see how the other networks involved, fare first.

“What we said to them — and the Apple guys are terrific and obviously the application is terrific — is let us see what happens,” noted Moonves.  “There are two networks in and two networks not in.  Let’s see what happens and maybe we’ll talk again in January, maybe we’ll talk again next year.”

As for the networks that have actually agreed to the deal so far, FOX and ABC, COO of FOX, Chase Carey said “I think we have to be willing to test some things,” and that they were willing to take a “short-term” risk on the rental plan.

Walt Disney Co. CEO Robert Iger wants his company to be a leader in adopting digital technology.  “We made a decision five years ago — actually when I got this job — that we would be much better off aligning with technology companies than fighting them,” he said.

“We think the rest of the studios will see the light and get on board pretty fast,” noted Apple CEO Steve Jobs on September 1st.

Time will certainly tell!

via AppleInsider

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Google to Offer Open Source "Wave in a Box"

The Wave is not over–er, the Google Wave that is. Sure, Google announced a while ago that development on Google Wave is no longer, but that was just for the standalone product. Actually, Google is thinking it will expand up to 200,000 lines of code they’ve already open sourced on the Wave and offer it up in “Wave in a Box.” Yep.

So, developers, what does this all entail? The box will have an application bundle with a server and a web client that supports real-time collaboration (like that in Google Wave), a full-featured wave panel with support for threaded conversations, client-server protocols, support for importing wave data from, and gadget, robot and data API support. Oh, there’s more than that, too.

The project will not be the Google Wave that users have all come to, well, ignore. Instead, it will give developers a way to run wave servers and host “waves” on their own hardware. And here we can’t help but imagine a bunch of developers riding a surfboard across a sea of binary and Ajax code.

Anyway, if this is your sort of thing, check out more in the Wave Protocol Forum. As Google says in their blog, “Wave on.”

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