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Spotify vs Rdio (Australian Edition) Review.

After several months of trying out both, I have settled on Spotify as my winner of the streaming apps. I have also briefly tried out MOG, which was ok but not to my liking. On the surface the scores make it look like it was a very close battle, and in reality it was… but mainly because Spotify has not been able to replicate their excellent desktop app on the mobile, making the experiance on Spotify feel second rate. This is amplified by the fact that the desktop app is FREE, while the mobile app is $12/month. I think Spotify has their priorities around the wrong way, new features and the best experience should go to those paying. In contrast, the difference between the mobile app and desktop versions on Rdio are minimal, and there are constant updates, 1-2/month meaning that any bugs are normally quickly resolved, and new features constantly added. If Spotify are able to close the gap between the desktop and mobile versions, then they will easily pull away from the competition. But as it stands, there is very little to separate the two mobile apps. It came down to better radio implementation, slightly cheaper price and more logical playlist management, which tipped the scales towards Spotify. But if you only plan on using your mobile and never the desktop, then Rdio could be the better choice.

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Best Video Players for iPad – Mini Review

Have you got a bunch of videos, movies, TV shows that you have converted into a non-Apple friendly format?
Do you want to play these back on your iPad, without having to convert them first?
Well, thankfully there are now a whole heap of Apps that enable you to do this…. and this is a short review of the ones I have had a play with.

It’s Playing (4.0 Stars) $1.99

This is my personal favorite at the moment, mainly for the audio boost function.
  • Additional Audio boost function allows you to increase volume above standard iPad volume
  • Same for Brightness
  • Some nice swipe iPad gesture controls
  • Lots of extra manual controls
  • Plays back pretty much every format you can throw at it
  • On 1st geniPads video can be a little choppy at times (although latest update seems to fix this)
  • Not a huge fan of how files are shown, prefer a video preview icon tile layout.

How to Disable the Laptop Screen in Lion, when running an External Display

In Snow Leopard, it was possible to have your laptop open, running an external display, but have the laptop’s display off. This had the big advantage of all the GPU power being used to run just the external monitor, and also meant that you could run your external at its native resolution. But for some strange reason Apple disabled this feature in Lion. So now the only way to do this was to close the lid on you laptop… which often results in over-heating. Thus to get back to the joys of a cool laptop and open that lid, use this following hack, which was posted on the Apple support forums by user chenga.8.[Macworld via Apple Discussions]. Read More…

How to Change iTunes Store Countries and Still Update Your App’s

UPDATE: It seems that Apple has fixed this issue, as all my apps are now appearing and updating via iTunes, so hopefully this is the same for everyone else. About time Apple !

UPDATE 2: So it seems I was premature in my praise of Apple and the issue is not actually fixed (see comments). At this stage my feeling is that I can now update my app’s by taking advantage of the “bug” that allows the iPhone/iPad to still update app’s I purchase from the old country store. Looking back my Mac started updating these apps about the time I enabled wi-fi sync on those devices, so perhaps this is a possible work around ?

Are you moving country?

Did you buy a whole heap of apps in your old countries iTunes store ?
Then you probably know the pain that many others are suffering.
Due to some crazy “un-apple” like reason you cannot update those app’s in your new country. The most frustrating thing is that iTunes will recognize when there is an update and tell you, but when you hit the update button, you get a nice screen telling you that all your apps are unto date… yet a notification badge will appear on you app’s menu bar, telling you other wise.
The most frustrating thing is that you have no idea which app needs updating.
You like most will then contact Apple support, which will then give you the silly work around of login back into your original country, changing all your credit card details and information back to exactly how they were before you moved, and then updating. Lets not even mention the fact that this may not be possible if you cancelled your old bank account. Read More…

Unlocked iPhone 4S Pricing Leaked on Australian Apple Store

Its not listed in most online Apple Stores yet. But the Australian Store does have the official prices for the new iPhone 4S unlocked direct from Apple.

Here is the break down:
16Gb  $799 (approximate €579 €629, US$775) NB: iPhone 4 originally sold at $859
32Gb $899 (approximate €650 €739, US$870) NB: iPhone 4 originally sold at $999
64Gb $999 (approximate €725 €849, US$967) Read More…

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