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iTunes to add unlimited downloads for purchased music, MobileMe going free?

When headlines began cropping up about unlimited iTunes music downloads, we'll admit it raised a few eyebrows in the DS bunker. As it turns out, though, the "unlimited" isn't about an all-you-can-download music buffet, or even the Lala-powered iTunes streaming service you might be waiting for. No, it's about being able to re-download songs you've already purchased through iTunes with less hassle....

Angry Birds Christmas update will be free for Halloween buyers

There's no denying that Angry Birds is an addictive little game -- and an unbelievably popular one at that. Sales are still going strong in just about every mobile platform's app store and seasonal versions are have fans clamoring for more. Well, good news, Birds lovers! If you ponied up your hard-earned 99 cents for the iOS Halloween version you're getting a special gift in your digital stocking...

iOS 4.2.1 out today, brings multitasking to iPad

Let the iTunes-powered updating begin: iOS 4.2.1 is here, and ready to install on your Apple device. If you own an iPhone 3, 3GS, 4, iPod touch 2nd gen or newer, or an iPad, you're good to go. Among the big additions to iOS this time around: multitasking and app folder support for the iPad. There's also AirPlay and AirPrint for even more cord-free computing action on your handheld and Game Center...

VLC now available for iPhone, iPod touch

Last month, VLC made the jump from desktop to iPad -- and now the app has gone universal. iPhone and iPod touch users can now download the popular player from the App Store. 9to5 Mac has gone hands-on already, and the experience looks very smooth -- at least with their sub-5 minute test videos. We're curious to see how it handles larger files and high-def content. We'll have our own hands-on...

The most common words used in 1-star and 5-star App Store reviews

I'm not quite sure if this one counts as 'news', and you'll probably want the 30 seconds of your life back afterwards, but anyway: Marco Arment (of Tumblr and Instapaper fame) has compiled a list of the most commonly used words in 1- and 5-star App Store reviews. In true American style, awesome and worth are at the top of the 5-star list. As Marco points out, it's very nice to see simple so...

ZumoCast streams all your music and movies to your iPhone or iPad

Do you have more music and movies on your hard drives than you can squeeze onto your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad? I've got good news! ZumoCast has progressed beyond beta and is now available for download on the App Store! Grab both the ZumoCast server app for your computer and the mobile app for your iOS device, and you're good to go. There's nothing to configure beyond picking which folders...

Phoneable lets you sync your iPhone or iPod with multiple iTunes libraries

Don't get me wrong, I like my iPod touch -- there are just certain restrictions which can sometimes hamper the experience. Say, for example, you've got computers in two different locations (maybe one at home and another at work). You'd like to be able to sync all your music on both systems using iTunes, but you can't. At least you're not supposed to be able to, but a free Windows app offers...

Hamster batch converts your video files for free

Like many of the apps in this category, Hamster Free Video Converter utilizes the open source FFmpeg to handle video conversion. Unlike a lot of others, it's got a simple, easy-to-use interface which even the most casual users should be able to manage. Just follow the tabs! Step 1: choose a video or multiple videos (Hamster does batch conversions, too!). Step 2: select your desired format...

The workers assembling your next iPhone now have to promise not to kill themselves (seriously)

The Chinese workers who assembled this product signed a pledge agreement not to attempt suicide or violent rampage. It's not quite the sort of assurance that a company like Apple would ever want to print on their packaging, is it? It certainly doesn't jive well with the happy indie music for which Apple TV ads have become so well known, but it's exactly what's happening right now in Shenzhen,...

TeamViewer releases iPhone remote support app, and it rocks

TeamViewer has always been a great, no-fuss way to connect to remote computer systems. With the (sort-of) recently added presentation features, voice and video chat, and improved window sharing options, version 5 of the desktop app is the best release so far. And now -- despite what my pal Constantin at TeamViewer told me a bit over a year ago -- they've launched an iPhone app [iTunes web...

Ubuntu 10.04 supports iPhone and iPod Touch out-of-the-box

For there to be any chance of "the year of Linux on the desktop" ever becoming a reality, certain things have to happen. One of those things (like it or not) is for a major distribution to support the most popular portable media players on the planet -- the iPhone and iPod Touch. And it looks as though Canonical has stepped up to the plate. According to reports at Ubuntuforums, Lucid Lynx...

Gull1hack 'jailbreak' for iPhone shows how little users care about security

Jailbreaking iPhones and iPod touches is nothing new. It's been going on for ages, and it'll probably never stop. What needs to stop, however, is the carelessness people display when they do things like installing apps or unlocking devices. Recently, a developer released Gull1hack, which was reported to unlock the iPhone 3.1.3 firmware. As it turns out, there's no actual jailbreaking going on....

Songbird 1.4.1 for Windows lands, with iPod sync and CD ripping

The Windows version of Songbird, an open-source music app, just hit version 1.4.1 and introduced some very attractive new features. Foremost among Songbird's latest batch of goodies is support for external storage devices. You can sync songs (and playlists) on some devices using the MSC (Mass Storage Class) add-on, and there's even an iPod Device Support extension that makes your iPod show up in...

Off the Clock: RealPlayer SP downloads and converts web videos (even SFW ones!)

Believe me, I'm as shocked as anyone to be writing this post, but RealPlayer SP ships with a substantially reduced amount of suck compared to previous versions. Yes, the new version sucks so much less that I'm actually ok with using it to download and convert web video. There are still glimpses of the past, of course. The installer does offer a toolbar (at least it's Google and not Ass...er,...

Updating your iPod Touch to OS 3.1 - now 50% cheaper!

It might not have been worthy of a mention at Apple's iPod extravaganza, but owners of existing iPod Touch models running 2.x software will be pleased to hear that the update to OS version 3.1 has been slashed in price by 50%! The update previously retailed at $9.95 and can now be purchased for $4.95 - UK users now pay £2.99 instead of £6.99. Version 3.1 includes genius mixes,...