Are your iTunes tracks heading cloudwards? We may find out as soon as next month. Elsewhere, Kodak faces off in a “say cheese” battle against Apple and RIM, and the iPad’s glass is put to the test. The remainders for Friday, March 25, 2011 will bend before they break.
Apple Pushing Labels for April Music Locker Launch (The Music Void)
One music news site claims that Apple will launch an online music locker service on the back of a revamped MobileMe in April, but that Cupertino is waiting on getting all the music labels signed up. However, the service may face a tough uphill climb for former geeks who, like me, have probably remained wary of lockers ever since high school.
Kodak Win in Picture-Preview Patent Fight With Apple, RIM Worth $1 Billion (Bloomberg)
We’re on the edge of our seat. Will a ruling by the U.S. International Trade Commission on Friday award Kodak a win in
its patent suit against Apple and RIM? Kodak CEO Antonio Perez thinks victory is assured, saying in an interview that his company “deserves to win” the dispute, which could be worth $1 billion in royalty payments. If Apple wins, however, it gets to rebrand those picture-worthy occasions as “iPhone moments.”
(Apple also got some good news on the patent front Friday. As
IDG News reports in a story on the Kodak dispute, an ITC judge said Apple does not infringe on five Nokia patents. So win some, lose some.)
iPad 1 vs iPad 2 strength test (YouTube)
Just how strong is the iPad 2’s glass compared to the original iPad’s glass? We know you’ve been dying to find out, so we turn it over to the team at iFixYouri.com, who put it to the test by seeing if they could snap the glass by hand. That is…I’m not sure I have the words. I hope they wore safety goggles.
360 Web Browser 3.0 – The newest version of Digital Poke’s Web browser for iOS devices adds an iPad-optimized interface, Dropbox support, AirPrint capability, the ability to zip and unzip files, and more. $1.
LED Flare 2.0 – The latest update to Mother Tucker’s free app, which lets you easily the LED flash on the iPhone 4, brings landscape view support and a gesture-based interface for activating the flash.
Dupin Lite 1.0 for Mac – A $8 lite version of Doug Adams’s Mac app for locating duplicate iTunes tracks is now in the Mac App Store. It contains all of the full app’s core functionality for roughly half the price.
iScrapbook 3.2 – The latest update to Chronos’s $50 digital scrapbooking software for the Mac features an all-new welcome window with built-in help features, the ability to easily duplicate multiple albums, the ability to flip bezier shapes horizontally and vertically, and more.