November 2007 Archives
Apple recently released a firmware update for the 5G and 5.5G iPod line which caused a bit of a stir due to reports that upon installing the latest update, the contents of their iPod were completely wiped out.
The problem, as some suggest, is due to iTunes which should be version 7.5 when installing the 1.2.2 firmware update, but others refute this claim saying that they themselves, having used lower version of iTunes, were able to update their firmware without a hitch. Others, on the other hand, point the blame on Windows saying that if you’re not using Windows XP with SP 2, chances are you’ll face the same dilemma. While there are no concrete evidence pointing to one or the other as being the true culprit, we know this much: installing the 1.2.2 firmware update via iTunes 7.5 on a Windows XP with SP 2 machine will not result in any problems.
All settled then, right? Well, not quite. I am qualified to update my iPod’s firmware based on the criteria I mentioned above, but to my surprise, iTunes is not detecting the availability of a firmware update saying that my 1.2.1 firmware is the latest. Holy crap! What happened to 1.2.2? Did Apple suddenly decide to pull it out due to reports of it erasing content on updated iPods? Well, one things for sure, 1.2.2 has only become more controversial.
iPod Touch and iPhone users are gaining in number, and it looks like there’s no stopping the jailbreak-wagon anytime soon. With Apple setting February next year as the target date for their iPhone/Touch SDK release, developers are still having a field day in creating various unofficial applications for Steve’s hi-tech toys. Someone even developed local icons for Filipino Touch/iPhone users.
This is why I strongly back the idea of open-source or at the very least, the availability of SDK tools for developers. This will pave the way for more applications to be developed that will cater to everyone’s needs across the different regions all over the world. More people with technical skills will be allowed to create software that can address the needs of individuals within their location and not wait for someone from the other side of the globe to come out with a version that doesn’t quite exactly fit the bill.
Blackberry mobile phones get the Facebook treatment with an application that enables it to easily upload photos and receive messages and new notifications while you’re on the go. Onscreen icons greatly add to the whole experience making essentially every feature of Facebook available on your Blackberry. You can send invites and even accept friend requests on the fly eliminating your downtime from Facebook when a computer with an internet connection isn’t available. This free application can be downloaded from both Facebook and RIM, but data charges do apply when using it.
With the immense popularity of social networks such as Facebook and Friendster here in our country, this could be the start of a new trend that enables mobile devices as tools in keeping people connected to their accounts. Though there have been attempts in the past such as Friendster Mobile, the Facebook app for Blackberry phones is thus by far a more complete package for those totally hooked on the whole social network thing. An S60-compatible version for Friendster, MySpace or Facebook would be great, don’t you think?