Monthly Archives: May 2011

Lodsys dispute Apple response !

So for those who have been following the recent Apple / Lodsys patent debacle, Lodsys have today responded with ‘Apple is not “undisputedly licensed” with rights that extend to 3rd party Developers’ therefore refuting Apple’s recent public response – see here.

The update on the Lodsys blog goes on to say ‘Developers relying on Apple’s letter do so to their own detriment and are strongly urged to review Apple’s own developer agreements to determine the true extent of Apple’s responsibilities to them.’ So where does this leave the developers ? Well currently it would seem Lodsys means business and is standing its ground (shock horror) !

With WWDC 2011 just round the corner will Steve Jobs go as far as to make a public statement to the developers/press ? Or is IOS 5 going to resolve this issue (for future apps) by offering developers an alternative to the Lodsys patent ? We will just have to wait and see…..

You can read the Lodsys LLC blog post here.

Apple iWork Now Available For iPhone & iPod touch Users

Apple® today announced that its groundbreaking iWork® productivity apps, Keynote®, Pages® and Numbers®, are now available for iPhone® and iPod touch®, as well as iPad®. Created for the Mac® and then completely redesigned for iOS and Apple’s revolutionary Multi-Touch™ interface, Keynote, Pages and Numbers allow you to create and share stunning presentations, beautifully formatted documents and powerful spreadsheets on the go. iWork apps are available on the App Store™ for £5.99 each to new users and as a free update for existing iWork for iPad customers.

“Now you can use Keynote, Pages and Numbers on iPhone and iPod touch to create amazing presentations, documents and spreadsheets right in the palm of your hand,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “The incredible Retina display, revolutionary Multi-Touch interface and our powerful software make it easy to create, edit, organize and share all of your documents from iPhone 4 or iPod touch.”

Keynote, Pages and Numbers import and export documents from iWork for Mac and Microsoft Office; print wirelessly using AirPrint™; and include beautiful Apple-designed themes and templates. All iWork apps now include improved document management with thumbnail images that let you find your files quickly, organize them and group them into folders using intuitive gestures. From the Tools button in the toolbar, you can easily share any presentation, document or spreadsheet without leaving the app.

Keynote makes it easy to create impressive presentations, complete with animated charts and transitions. You can play your presentation in Full Screen view on the stunning, high-resolution Retina™ display or connect to a projector or HDTV for a large audience. Available separately, the Keynote Remote app allows your iPhone or iPod touch to control a Keynote presentation on any iOS device or Mac.

Pages is the most beautiful word processor ever designed for a mobile device and has everything you need to create amazing documents. Pages takes full advantage of the high-resolution Retina display on iPhone 4 and iPod touch so you can see all the detail and richness of your documents. To make working with text easy on iPhone and iPod touch, Smart Zoom automatically zooms in to follow the cursor while you’re editing and zooms back out when you’re done.

Numbers uses Multi-Touch gestures and an intelligent keyboard to help you create compelling, great-looking spreadsheets with over 250 easy-to-use functions, flexible tables and eye-catching charts. Just like Pages, Numbers takes advantage of the high-resolution Retina display and Smart Zoom to make working with text and cells on iPhone 4 or iPod touch easy.

Pricing & Availability
Keynote, Pages and Numbers are universal apps that run on iPad and iPad 2, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, and iPod touch (3rd & 4th generation). Keynote, Pages and Numbers are available from the App Store for £5.99 (UK) each for new users, or as a free update for existing iWork for iPad customers. Keynote Remote is sold separately via the App Store for 59p (UK).

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced iPad 2 which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

Apple plan to unveil Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5 and iCloud at WWDC 2011

WWDC2011_LogoApple are planning to unveil Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5 and iCloud at WWDC 2011 next week. The company revealed its plans via an official press release this morning.

At the keynote, Apple will unveil its next generation software – Lion, the eighth major release of Mac OS® X; iOS 5, the next version of Apple’s advanced mobile operating system which powers the iPad®, iPhone® and iPod touch®; and iCloud®, Apple’s upcoming cloud services offering.

StartSSL – Need a Free SSL Cert ?

Well that annual event of renewing my SSL cert came around once again *sigh* , you know that email ‘Your SSL cert is about to expire, click here to renew for £ … ‘. After listening to a recent podcast (as I do most days whilst driving back and forwards to work) the subject of Domain and SSL providers came to my attention.

I have always purchased my domains and SSL certs from whomever is the cheapest (don’t we all ?) but due to the recent bad press of my current provider I decided to sniff out other SSL signing companies when StartSSL popped up in the search results. Well after a few minutes and reading the site I found they offer a basic Free (Class 1) cert – which for my use (non commercial, no E-commerce) was just dandy !

I set about creating my key and csr and whoa, less then 15 minutes later I had an email confirming my certificate was ready to go, so I logged in pulled the cert down and installed into Apache.

So here we are 1 Year Free (Class 1) certificate installed, working and simple as running a bath ! So if you are looking for a simple, easy and free* way to get those SSL certs StartSSL is on my list of highly recommended, go check them out.

*Obviously these guys offer more than just Free certs, and a good way of supporting this service would be purchasing or using other services they provide. So play fair.