It seems the Vatican has approved the use of iPads to replace the Missal during Mass, with Rev. Paolo Padrini, a consultant with the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Social Communications launching his own (unofficial) iPad App in July. Would be interesting to see if it gets App store approval and what rating it gets…
TidBITs reports on some unused dialogue boxes in iPhoto ’09 that seem to indicate future iPhone (and even iPod Touch) revisions might enable GPS tracking to keep a log of your route information. The dialogues include the text
Activate the location application on your iPhone or iPod Touch. Once selected, any available location information will be transferred to your iPhoto library and associated with the photos in the selected event(s).
Select an iPhone or iPod Touch from your list of named devices. Once selected, the appropriate information will be transferred to your iPhoto library and associated with the photos in the selected event(s).
So, to kick off 2009 most interestingly to me we have
- 17 inch unibody MacBook Pros with optional glossy screens (for an extra US$50), with a built-in (ie non-removable) 8-hour battery that apparently lasts 1000 cycles before dropping to 80% capacity (as opposed to some 300 or so for existing laptop batteries
- iPhoto ’09 with face detection and recognition (used for both creating albums of people and ensuring the slideshow doesn’t crop out faces), geotagging, Google Maps and support for uploading to MobileMe, flickr and FaceBook (including tagging people with their FaceBook info). Also themed slideshows and maps in printed books. I hope FaceBook are ready for the onslaught 🙂
- Dropping of iTunes DRM, with your existing songs ‘upgradable’ to DRM free for US$0.30 each as they become available
- “Learn to play” music instruction for guitar and piano in GarageBand
BTW, has anyone else noticed the spoonerism that gives you Schil Philler?
The Apple University Consortium has announced innovation Seeding Grants, primarily aimed at students. Participants are provided with a mentor, equipment and resources to complete the project and must share progress via a blog with the ultimate outcome being licensed via open source, creative commons or similar licensing.
Although for a while there have been unofficial ways to get books printed from iPhoto in Australia, printing of Books and Calendars is now officially supported in Australia with iPhoto ’08 (if you order anything please feel free to comment and let us know how it goes).
You will need to run Software Update to get iPhoto 7.1.2 though.