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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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Third Gen iPod touch - More Power, More Storage, Still NO Camera(?!)

Apple just announced the new, third generation iPod touch during their It's only rock and roll, but we like it special music event. The big news?

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iPhone 3.1 Now Live! Go Get It!

Apple, following their announcement at the It's only rock and roll, but we like it special music event, has just posted iPhone OS 3.1, promoting it's Genius App Recommendations, Genius Mixes, Downloadable Ringtones ($1.29 - ouch!), and support for iTunes 9's App Management feature.

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iTunes 9 Leaks... on iTunes?

And the iTunes leaks continue, this time with iTunes 9! Apple says [iTunes link]:

The world's No.1 music store just got a makeover. With the iTunes Store's beautiful new look, everything you love- music, movies, TV shows, apps, games, podcasts and audiobooks - is even easier to explore.

What's next?!

[Thanks Wesly in the Live Blog for the tip!]

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Apple Launches iTunes LP

Well well well! Lools like iTunes has skipped ahead and pre-announced iTunes LP, the rumored "Cocktail" album format from Apple.

Apple [iTunes link] says:

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