Beware Country-Specific iTunes Stores
If you buy an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, and you happen to be a user of the iTunes Store in more than one country, take note which country's store you're viewing in iTunes when you plug in the device for the first time. This will be the country the device will register with, and you will be forever barred from purchasing or even updating free apps from anywhere else. The only way out is to delete everything on the device and do a full restore.
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Apple just doesn't stop. Hot on the heels of last week's iLife and iWork updates, the company released General Support Update 2009-001. The company has also launched SecurityCare, a new service-based program that guarantees subscribers a worry-free computing experience. Plus, speculation abounds about a possible meeting between Steve Jobs and ex-Microsoft executive Charles Simonyi. In the iPhone world, it appears that Apple has started purging poorly performing apps from the App Store, though we're sure that the new Invisibility, which alerts you to the presence of unwanted people, will make the cut. In other news, Glenn Fleishman reports on the end of 802.11b, Adam looks at the announcement of a "green" printer from Epson and finds some potential privacy concerns within iPhoto '09, and Jeff Carlson reports on the separate ventures of the now-estranged SmileOnMyMac founders. We also note the release of OmniWeb 5.9.2.
Apple has released the first general Mac OS X update of 2009, with regrettably terse release notes.Show full article
OmniWeb may be free, but The Omni Group hasn't ceased development, releasing an update that adds support for the Gopher protocol.Show full article
Alarming reports of two computer industry heads partaking in recent space expeditions have set the tech industry ablaze with speculations.Show full article
In an attempt to improve the efficiency and overall health of the App Store, Apple has announced it will be purging apps that are failing to prove their worth.Show full article
The original flavor of Wi-Fi, 802.11b, expired at the end of March 31st, 2009. It's time to upgrade.Show full article
Tired of buying ever more consumables - ink, toner, and paper - for your printers? Epson has a new printer that reduces its environmental footprint by "consuming" and "regurgitating" its own printouts.Show full article
No, the recently released Invisibility app doesn't make you invisible. Rather, it helps you slip away from people you want to avoid by using publicly broadcast identifiers and traces from online sources to warn you of their presence. It's the start of asocial networking.Show full article
Apple aims to eliminate security concerns for worried Mac users with a new, premier offering.Show full article
The co-founder of SmileOnMyMac has left the company and started his own firm, immediately offering a trio of applications with features guaranteed not to be found anywhere else.Show full article