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All the World’s a Stage

Ever wanted to learn to play “Tom Sawyer” or “Limelight” on the guitar? Ever dreamed of being Alex Lifeson on stage ripping out hit after hit? Well you’ll most likely never make it on stage but at least now you can play exactly like Alex. Garageband ’09 has added new lessons for both songs from one of Rush’s greatest albums, Moving Pictures.

You can buy both new lessons in Garageband ’09 for $5 each

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Upgrading to Mac OS X Snow Leopard was simple easy and quick

Everything went smoothly, all of my apps worked great. Loved the subtle interface changes, loved how quick everything loads. I really like the sharing features in itunes 9 and the new quicktime interface is great.
All was well on my MacBook Pro until I got to work and tried to mount my dev platform using MacFusion.

MacFusion now refuses to complete a connection to a remote server.

With the help of a post I found at Racker Hacker,
you can fix this in two steps:

First, quit MacFusion.

Second, open System Preferences and then open the MacFUSE pane. Check the “Show Beta Versions” box and click “Check For Updates”. Go ahead and update MacFUSE.

Third, open up a terminal and do the following:

rm /Applications/Macfusion.app/Contents/PlugIns/sshfs.mfplugin/Contents/Resources/sshnodelay.so

Your MacFusion installation should now be working on Snow Leopard. My SSH and FTP seem to work fine now.

Thanks Racker Hacker

A variety of iPhone users are are reporting that new MMS features have been enabled on their handsets in advance of AT&T’s official start date of September 2

By Prince McLean

Apple added new MMS support to iPhone 3.0 to allow users to send pictures, video and audio recordings, contacts, or locations from Maps via 3G-capable iPhones. However, use of the new feature requires operator support.

AT&T, apparently afraid that millions of new iPhone 3.0 users would completely ransack its existing MMS service, reportedly decided to put opt-out service codes on all of its iPhone users’ accounts until the company could beef up its network to accommodate the new demand.

In announcing its plans to enable the feature for iPhone users, AT&T explained, “It was important to give our customers a positive experience from day one. We support more iPhone customers than any other carrier in the world so we took the time necessary to make sure our network is ready to handle what we expect will be a record volume of MMS traffic. We truly appreciate our customers’ patience and hope they’ll understand our desire to get it right from the start.”

Rather than turning on MMS service for millions of American iPhone users all at once, AT&T has been selectively activating users across the country. Once activated, iPhone 3G and 3GS users should see a new “Cellular Data Network” menu item within the General/Network page of the Settings app and a new camera icon within the Messages app for sending photos.

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Posted by Soulskill on Slashdot.

Apple just finished their latest press event, and they revealed a number of new services and features for their products. They kicked things off by saying that iPhone OS 3.1 is now available. It will add the Genius recommendation technology to the App store, giving users suggestions on which apps they might find useful based on what others with similar needs use. They’re also adding 30,000 ringtones that users can purchase. Next, they announced iTunes 9, which will use Genius to make mixes by analyzing songs in your library to see which go well together. iTunes is also seeing UI improvements for things like app management, and syncing utilities. You’ll be able to easily transfer apps, music, and videos from one of your local devices to another, and there is integrated support for Twitter and Facebook if you want to send music as a gift. Another big new feature: iTunes LPs. These LPs will be a digital album with cover art, lyrics, videos, and other customized content created by the artists themselves. Moving on, they showed off a few new games: an Assassin’s Creed sequel, an FPS called Nova that had impressive graphics and multiplayer capability, Riddim Ribbon, a futuristic driving/music game that lets you remix your songs by how you navigate the course, and Madden NFL 2010. Next, Apple announced a price cut for the 8GB iPod Touch and a doubling of available storage for the other models. It’s also getting OpenGL 2.0. The iPod Classic is getting a storage upgrade from 120GB to 160GB. In addition, there are headphones that have a controller for the Shuffle. Finally, Jobs got down to his “one more thing”: Apple will now be building a video camera into the back of every iPod Nano. Apparently it will be a simple matter to sync videos to your computer or put them up on YouTube, and they’re building in an FM radio as well. A detailed liveblog of the event with a ton of screenshots is available at Engadget.

Apple Announces iTunes 9, “LPs,” Video Camera For the iPod Nano

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

The new iTunes 9 offers special “iTunes Extras” as free downloads with the purchase of “iTunes LP” albums or movies. The new free bonus content is delivered as a self-contained website of bonus materials, making it easy to author.

Apple rivals DVD with new iTunes Extras for movies and albums

Comparing Microsoft and Apple Websites’ Usability

‘In the article entitled Apple vs. Microsoft — A Website Usability Study, Dmitry Fadeyev, co-founder of Pixelshell, compares Apple’s and Microsoft’s web sites from a usability perspective, and Apple is the winner. Scott Barnes, PM at Microsoft, agrees with him and suggests the problem is because various site sub-domains have different management.’

Lollapalooza: Prepare for the show with iPhone apps

For anyone trying to navigate Lollapalooza 2009, one of the biggest music festivals in the U.S, running August 7-9 in Grant Park, Chicago, Jim Dalrymple (www.loopinsight.com) reports that there are several iPhone apps for that. Read more…

Using SlideShow Pro and ExpressionEngine

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We recently completed this photography web site (http://www.impressionsbysydney.com). Sydney (our client) had a site that was built completely in Flash. She was unable to update the site without contacting a web guy. This was frustrating and expensive for her and caused her to not update the images on her site often.

She requested a simple clean look and the ability to update everything on the site dynamically. She also didn’t have a giant budget.

We decided on SlideShow Pro and SlideShow Pro Director to provide a simple upload process, an easy way to edit slideshows, image orders, thumbnails and the overall presentation of her photography.

Secondly we chose ExpressionEngine as a way to edit the site copy, quotes, navigation, and a few homepage links.

Scott and I were pleasantly surprised at the timeline we were able to hold as we developed the site and how easily these two tools integrated to fulfill our particular needs. Our biggest difficulties came trying to install ExpressionEngine on Godaddy where our client hosts her site. We worked through the issues but lost some sleep reading through forum posts from others installing on Godaddy.

Overall, we’re happy with the project and and the experience we gained.

Lost your iPhone?
I found this blog reviewing the “Find my iPhone” feature on Apple’s MobileMe Service. Read More >

DAZ Studio 3 Box

DAZ 3D (www.daz3d.com) has announced a new free version of its
3D art and animation package, DAZ Studio 3, as well as the debut of
its enhanced, professional-quality toolset, DAZ Studio 3 Advanced,
whic is targeted to 3D animators, designers and illustrators.

DAZ Studio 3 offers improved OpenGL preview display with new camera
and light pointer tools, depth of field and support for version 8.5
of Pixar’s RenderMan compliant 3Delight render engine. This tool is
designed to allow hobbyists to create digital art and animation using
their choice of virtual people, animals, props, vehicles, accessories
and environments. Users can select their subject and/or setting,
arrange accessories, setup lighting and immediately begin to create
artwork.

DAZ Studio 3 Advanced adds a set of new professional-level tools
including advanced render effects and shaders, COLLADA import/export,
animation keyframe editing, figure mixing and support for 64-bit
systems.

Now available forMac OS X 10.4 or higher, DAZ Studio 3 is free to
registered DAZ 3D members. DAZ Studio 3 Advanced, priced at
US$149.95, comes pre-configured with DAZ 3D content that is ready to
be loaded and rendered at the push of a button.

For even further advancement of 3D content creation, DAZ 3D
additionally offers the DAZ Studio Advanced Bundle, which couples DAZ
Studio 3 Advanced with a suite of DAZ 3D advanced content creation
plug-ins, including: Figure Setup Tools, 3D Bridge for Photoshop, FBX
Exporter and Multi-Layered Image Editor. The DAZ Studio Advanced
Bundle costs $499.95.