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FB expands across apps
Facebook has announced Facebook Connect for the iPhone, which allows developers to add Facebook compatibility to a variety of iPhone apps. The new technology allows apps to share social information via Facebook across multiple platforms. Apps will be able to add Facebook's social aspects in differing ways. Facebook Connect will allow Urban Spoon and Movies by Flixster users to read and share reviews with Facebook friends. Who has the Biggest Brain will allow sharing scores of fellow Facebook users and a user's Facebook account can be used to locate friends using maps on Whrrl.
Shuffle has DRM issues
Apple's new iPod Shuffle has added a new layer of hardware DRM, possibly preventing third-party companies from reverse-engineering the Shuffle technology in order to build headphones. Electronic Frontier and iLounge have discovered an Apple authentication chip DRM (Digital Right Management) requirement that will mean third-party headphone makers will have to pay fees for the authentication chip and design headphones with the chip included. The authentication chip provides a legal means to prevent headphone makers from reverse-engineering the Shuffle output to create a set of headphones that work with the new iPod. Apple could sue any companies that attempted such an effort for DCMA violations.
Flickr client for Mac
Eternal Storms on Friday launched the full version of its Flickr image client for the Mac, Flickery. Originally released in May 2008 as a public beta, the finished product comes complete with several added features and bug fixes. New functions include the ability to browse and add to groups, to view contact's favourites and photosets, and support for multiple photosets or groups at once. In addition, fixes have been made to performance and memory issues when adding photos for upload, and to a variety of bugs. Performance improvements have also been made that were mentioned by public beta testers.
Madness '09 for iPhone
FSportsNow had released Madness '09, an NCAA tournament brackets application for the iPhone and iPod touch. The program enables users to track and create pools, send and receive invitations, and score the results. Features include real-time scoring of all games in the 2009 NCAA college basketball tournament, a scoreboard that shows the number of correct picks, total points, and current rank, and an invites screen where users can receive invitations to join pools created by other people.
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