updated 06:00 pm EDT, Wed May 6, 2009
OS X update, 300K SMS
In Brief: A rumor suggests Apple may be ready to release Mac OS X 10.5.7 as early as Friday. A California teen claims to have sent and received over 300,000 text messages on an iPhone in one month, while AdWhirl now serves over 200 million advertisements from App Store titles. seyDoggy has released a new Ultimate Theme for RapidWeaver, TW002 r4. Laserface Jones has won the uDevGames 2008 competition, while Pogo Stylus has announced the $500 Art Challenge for creations produced on the iPhone. CalDigit is offering discounts on its HDPro RAID storage systems, along with a price reduction for VR mini pre-orders. Meanwhile, TechForEducators has added Steve Wozniak to its board of advisors.
A "super-secret" Apple source has told Mac Life that the upcoming Mac OS update, 10.5.7, is scheduled for public release on Friday. Build 9J58 was seeded to developers on Wednesday, April 29th, and fixes bugs with iChat and Safari. Many expect 10.5.7 to be the last Leopard update before its successor, Snow Leopard, hits the market.
A teen from Sacramento County in California, Crystal Wiski, claims to have sent and received over 303,000 text messages in one month from her iPhone, according to CNET. Despite reading or sending an average of 7 messages every single minute, including multiple recipients, Crystal allegedly gets As in school and works 40 hours every week. "I'm popular," she said. "I can't help it."
seyDoggy has announced TW002 r4, a new Ultimate Theme for RapidWeaver 4. The theme supports ExtraContent, with controls over header height, width, split navigation, colors and fonts. Each of the three ExtraContent areas are vertically scalable and can be used to personalize or customize the previously unreachable pages. TW002 r4 requires RapidWeaver 3.6.7 or 4.x and carries a price of $20.
AdWhirl (previously AdRollo) has announced that it now serves over 200 million monthly advertisements on the iPhone and iPod touch platforms. The ads are contained in apps downloaded from the App Store, enabling developers to retain control over ad content or switch between different networks. Developers can serve ads from AdMob, Quattro Wireless, Videoegg, Jumptap and Mobclix, while Millenial Media and Google Adsense will be available soon.
Laserface Jones has won the uDevGames 2008 contest in the Overall Best Game category. The game is described as an old-school arcade shooter, with inspiration drawn from Gradius, Life Force, Contra, Battlestar Galactica and Emerson Lake & Palmer. The developer, Justin Ficarrota, previously won with his Kill Dr. Coté title. The competition aims to encourage new and original games created by independent developers for the Mac platform.
CalDigit is offering two promotion on several of its products, with up to $1,200 off (PDF) HDPros and a $100 discount for pre-orders of the new VR mini. The HDPro integrates eight drive bays into a RAID storage system, with an Intel XScale processor, at least 256MB of cache and available capacities up to 12TB. The device offers RAID 0, 1, 5, 6 and JBOD configurations with transfer rates up to 440MB/s. The VR mini contains two drives and connects via Firewire 400/800, USB 2.0 and eSATA.
The creators of Pogo Stylus have announced a $500 Art Challenge. Users can draw, sketch or doodle on the iPhone using the Pogo Stylus, with the submissions judged by artistic skill, presentation and creativity/originality. Submissions can be sent to email@example.com or uploaded at www.tenonedesign.com/contest and must be in by 11:59 p.m. EST on July 1st, 2009.
TechForEducators has announced that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has joined the company's board of advisors. Wazniak is said to have made significant contributions to the Los Gatos School District, providing the school with hands-on teaching and equipment donations. He is also the founding sponsor of the Tech Museum of Innovation and the Children's Discovery Museum in San Jose. TechForEducators aims to improve the performance of educators through sales of hardware, software, electronic learning aids, microscopes and other materials.