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Daily Tip: How to downgrade from iTunes 10.5 beta on a Windows PC

Having second thoughts about iTunes 10.5 beat and wondering how to downgrade back to 10.3 on Windows? If you decided to take the plunge and try out the beta of iOS 5, you must also have upgraded your iTunes software to 10.5 beta. We have already covered how to downgrade your iPhone from iOS 5 to iOS 4.3.3 but what if you want to downgrade iTunes too? Well below is a guide to help you do just that.

A word of warning; before you start. This worked for me and should work for you too however there is always an element of risk, especially if you have a lot of content stored in iTunes. If you still want to go ahead and try it, read on after the break!

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German vandals deface new flagship Hamburg Apple Store with a Windows logo

A couple of cheeky German guys decided to have a bit of fun this weekend by defacing the under construction Apple Store in Hamburg with a Windows logo.

Now before we get too upset by this, when we say deface it, it was more a bit of fun with no permanent lasting damage. Posing as a couple of construction workers, they climbed a ladder and pieced together a poor attempt at a Windows Logo.

In fact if you wanted to be really mean, you could say that this is an excellent deterrent to any would-be thieves! Take a look at the video after the break!

[9to5Mac]

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AirPlay now available in Windows Media Center

AirPlay is now available for your Windows Media Center box. It was only a matter of time after the AirPlay encryption keys were cracked that we would start to see AirPlay appearing on other platforms. Now it has been ported to the very popular Windows Media Center.

Developer Thomas Pleasance has put together a simple install package that does its magic and sure enough, once installed, your Media Center box appears on your iOS device as AirPlay capable.

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Apple updates MobileMe control panel for Windows, improves Outlook reliability issues

Apple has released an update to its MobileMe control panel specifically for Windows machines. The update (Version 1.6.6) is aimed at Outlook users who have been experiencing problems syncing their calendars with the MobileMe web app calendar.

The new update fixes issues and improves reliability for the new MobileMe Calendar in Outlook.

If you have been experiencing any problems with MobileMe and Outlook on your Windows PC recently, make sure you download the update!

[Apple Support via 9to5Mac]

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greenpois0n RC 5 iPhone, iPad iOS 4.2.1 untethered Jailbreak for Windows now live

If you've been waiting on the Windows version of greenpois0n RC5, the iOS 4.2.1 untethered Jailbreak for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad then good news -- it's live!

Ally's already posted how to jailbreak iOS 4.2.1 iPhone, iPad untethered via greenpois0n for the Mac and the Windows version shouldn't be too different. If you have any trouble just read through the comments or check out the Jailbreak Forum.

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Microsoft planning attack on iPad

Microsoft has started it's war against Apple's iPad, handing their reseller partners material to show their customers pointing why the iPad is not the solution they should be using for their enterprise needs. Distributed starting around December of last year, the material lists reasons why people should either move away from the iPad for enterprise needs or why they should not go towards the iPad in the first place.

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Apple updates Time Capsule, AirPort routers to fix AirPlay bugs

Apple released firmware updates for both the AirPort Wi-Fi router and Time Capsule router + hard drive combo today to version 7.5.2, in part to fix AirPlay bugs that prevented some users from properly streaming content from their iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to their Apple TV.

  • General fixes to Wi-Fi base station stability
  • General fixes with USB interoperability including connection to external storage devices
  • Fixes some issues with NAT port mapping settings
  • Disables TKIP security with 802.11n rates per the Wi-Fi Alliance specifications

Apple also updated the Airport Utility for both Mac and Windows to version 5.5.2.

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Screens VNC client for iPad, iPhone now in App Store

Screens from Edovia is a new, gorgeously designed, super simple VNC client that brings your Windows, Mac, or Linux desktop to your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. I had the good fortune to test drive it through the beta cycle and it really is the closest thing to a Back to my Mac-style, "it just works" experience on iOS. Features include:

  • Universal - Screens will run on both iPhone and iPad - one app for both devices.
  • Easy to Use - Screens is the easiest, most user friendly VNC client for iOS.
  • Secure - Screens can connect to your computer through a SSH Tunnel so your session is encrypted and safe.
  • Pull-to-Dock - Your Dock is hidden? No problem! Screens can make it appear with a simple flick!
  • Multi-Touch - Screens supports many multi-touch features your already use on your trackpad.
  • Screens Connect - Make your computer available from anywhere. Easy as flicking a switch! No messy router setup. (Requires OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard)

It's on introductory sale right now so if you act fast, you can save $10 off the regular price.

Screenshots after the break. If you want to run your desktop -- or server room -- from your lounge chair, and do it in pixel-perfect style, check out Screens. And after you do, come back and tell me what you think.

[$14.99 on sale - iTunes link]

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Microsoft: The iPad is cannibalizing Netbook sales

Microsoft has officially conceded the fact that the Apple's iPad is eating into Windows-powered netbook sales, according to Gavriella Schuster, General Manager for Windows product management with Microsoft:

But the success of the Apple iPad, and the impending Google Android tablets, are beginning to threaten Windows' hold on the "and" PC market. These [Netbooks] are definitely getting cannibalized. These are really a second device. But they are getting cannibalized.

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