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Apple "It's only rock and roll, but we like it" Keynote Podcast Now Available on iTunes

Apple has posted their all 850MB of their "It's only rock and roll, but we like it" special music event to their Apple Keynote podcast feed [iTunes link]. And, wow that was fast. Usually we get a streaming version from QuickTime Apple Events first, then the iTunes podcast later. This time, no waiting (but also no streaming version -- yet!)

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Celebrating 10 Years of Smartphone Communities

Ten years ago today, 9/9/99, our fearless leader Marcus Adolfsson launched VisorCentral.com - a community providing news, reviews and forums focused on a single product: the Handspring Visor.  The Visor, you may recall, was the PDA that was destined to start the smartphone revolution with the VisorPhone.

Ten years later, we have grown from that single small site to a network of seven different communities, each focused on a core brand of smartphone and dedicated to providing everything a user could need or want to know about their smartphone - from news to chat, reviews to ringtones, podcasts to apps, accessories to wallpapers. The Smartphone Experts Network has over 1.8 million members in our forums; on any given day there are thousands of users logged in: finding help, talking about the latest news, reviewing products, and more. We still have plenty of active members that signed up literally within days of our 9/9/99 launch. Millions of visitors every month come to us to find out the latest information for their smartphone.

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iTunes Launches Facebook Fan Page, Offers 20 Free Songs

Wow. Apple's iTunes Store now has a Facebook Fan Page. During today's It's only rock and roll, but we like it special music event, Apple announced iTunes 9 and said it allowed users to share via Facebook. Apparently you can share some love for iTunes right back.

And if you do, you can get 20 free songs by indie artists. The process sounds hecka convoluted, but TUAW takes you through it admirably.

Let us know if you become a fan, and get your music!

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Apple Releases MobileMe Control Panel for Windows 1.5 with Improved Calendar and Bookmark Sync, Windows 7 Support

Attention iPhone users on Microsoft Windows, Apple's MobileMe News "blog" has announced an update to the MobileMe Control Panel:

With the new MobileMe Control Panel for Windows version 1.5 you can assign your primary MobileMe calendar to sync with the default calendar in Microsoft Outlook. Any other MobileMe calendars you have will continue to sync with Outlook and appear as separate calendars. The new control panel also delivers improvements for syncing bookmarks between Internet Explorer and Safari, and provides compatibility with Windows 7.

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iPhone 3.1: Remotely Set a Passcode Lock via MobileMe

Apple's MobileMe News "blog" is touting a new feature: you can now remotely set a passcode lock with Find My iPhone and iPhone 3.1:

With Find My iPhone, you can help protect the information on a missing iPhone by remotely assigning a four-digit passcode lock. This is especially useful if you've never set a passcode before or if you want to set a new one.

This is a nice half-way ground between leaving it wide open, or having to wipe it clean, if you can't find it but aren't sure you've personally lost it.

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iPhone OS 3.1 and Unlocking Don't Mix Well: Yet...

Now that the dust is starting to settle after the return of Steve, we would like to take a moment and issue another friendly reminder to all of you who currently using an unlocked iPhone 3G or the 3GS - do not install the iPhone 3.1 update via iTunes. You will lose your unlock and it may be permanent as Dev Team's MuscleNerd stated on Twitter earlier today:

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blockquote>3G+3GS unlockers..you must not update to official 3.1! unlock needs pre-hacked 3.1 with 04.26.08

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Steve Jobs Returns to Keynote Stage

Steve Jobs isn't the story. But he's the story. And today, arguably the most important and influential CEO in technology returned to the stage he's so effectively owned. And he owned it once again.

Sure, he let Phil Schiller and Jeff Rubin do some of the work, but he's been doing that for a while now. Was the reality distortion field back in full effect? Well, given no iTablet, no iPod touch video, and looking -- in his own words -- vertical, we got Steve Jobs, and it was good to see him back in action.

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iPod nano, Has Video Camera and FM Tuner, Will Travel!

So, as part of the It's only rock and roll, but we like it special music event, Apple pretty much gave the one big feature everyone wanted for the third generation iPod touch... to the nano instead.

  • Camera and mic for video (with nifty iChat style special effects!)
  • VGA 640x480 recording, H.264
  • Sync photos and video to PC (iPhoto on Mac)
  • FM Radio + Live Pause, Tagging
  • Nike +
  • Genius Mixes
  • VoiceOver
  • Still nanochromatic in wide color range
  • $149/$199 for 8GB/16GB

Still, sounds like a jogger's, or ultra-light traveler's dream music player, with a great amount of convergence built in... What do you think?

More pics after the break!

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Yes, Ruby, iTunes 9 Kills Palm Pre Sync Dead. Again.

Yes folks, given the release of iTunes 9 today, our sibling site PreCentral.net rushed out to check and surehawtdang, Palm Pre sync is deader than dead dead... again!

Will Palm, also again, pick up this latest, brick filled gauntlet from Apple and re-enable Pre Sync, maybe on the molecular level this time?

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iTunes 9 Now Available for Download

Sure, iTunes 9 leaked on... iTunes mere moments before Apple's It's only rock and roll, but we like it special music event got underway, but now you can have it -- not just look at it. Hit up Software Update, and if that still shows the old 8.1.2 version, go directly to http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/ and get your groove on.

New features include:

  • In-iTunes App Management (YES!)
  • Improved Syncing Options
  • Genius App Recommendations
  • Genius Mixes
  • Share via Twitter and Facebook
  • DVD-style Extras
  • New, Redesigned Store

And no, you don't need iTunes 9 to download iPhone 3.1... but you know you want it!

More pics after the break!

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