updated 09:15 am EDT, Tue June 26, 2007
Apple TV pocket guide
In brief: A site catalogs Desi music available from the iTunes Music Store, a gas pricing widget debuts just in time for summer travel, an Apple TV pocket guide offers "missing manual"-type instruction for the home entertainment device, and the notMac challenge to create an alternative to .Mac has raised more than $7500 in prize money.... An independent Web site, Desi Hits, lists various Desi tracks available for purchase from the iTunes Store. The site catalogs Bhangra and Urban Desi styles of music from artists like Raghav, Jay Sean, The Bilz, Bally Sagoo, 50 Cent and the Mims. The site also allows search by artist or track title. [corrected]
Gas pricing widget debuts
PocketMac Gas Pump Genie is a free, new Mac OS X widget that allows Mac users to search for the best gas prices in their neighborhood, all from within Dashboard. The tool allows users to search by zip code for the best regular or diesel gas prices in their area. The developers say "If you know where to look, you can save as much as 50 cents a gallon every time you fill up. If your car takes 13 gallons, that means every time you fill up you save $6.50. For the average commuter, that comes to $26.00 a month or $312.00 a year."
Apple TV Pocket Guide published
Peachpit has published the Apple TV Pocket Guide, a $15 guide with various guidance on Apple TV usage. Among the instruction points: connect your Apple TV to your television and home network, navigate your way around the Apple TV menus and use the Apple Remote. move content from your iTunes Library to the Apple TV, stream content from a friend's computer to your TV, and create high-quality movies from DVDs you own to play on the Apple TV. The book is written by Jeff Carlson and is available immediately.
notMac Challenge prize over $7,500
The notMac Challenge -- launched to to generate incentive for the developer community to create an easy-to-use replacement for Apple's .Mac service -- has topped $7,500 in prize money. The organizer of the drive says "Since Apple decided to start charging for dotMac, I've spent $495 to keep some useful files remotely accessible on my iDisk and sync my bookmarks, address book and calendar between computers. While I find these features incredibly useful and convenient, I have no need for any of dotMac's web-based services, and as a result, I don't think I've been getting a good value from Apple."