Despite showing a clear disapproval of Apple’s App Store guidelines, the developers of VLC Media Player for iOS still have a binary available through iTunes, at the time of this writing. Following news that Apple had been sent a formal notification of copyright infringement for not allowing other means of distributing VLC Player except for its App Store, the application was expected to disappear from iTunes listings.

Basically, it says that since VLC Player is free software licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL), Apple cannot restrict the means of distributing the app.

Yet it does, Denis-Courmont stressed last week, by applying Digital Rights Management (DRM) protection, which prevents users from freely sharing iOS applications that are distributed through the iTunes App Store. More »

This step-by-step guide presents the safest procedure to be used when you want to restore your iPod to its factory settings.

If you have an iPod, you must have come across at least one of the following problems: your iPod freezes while playing a movie or song, does not respond to any of your commands, or just goes blank and nothing you tried brings it back to life.

If you haven’t experienced any of these problems until now you are a lucky guy/girl and this guide is not for you. You may still hang around though, reading the rest of the article, just in case your iPod will one day decide to show you its ugly face.

Almost all these problems appear because all Apple iPod devices’ firmware. An iPod’s firmware is a layer between its hardware and software which is closely tied to your iPod’s hardware and it basically controls all its basic functions from the moment you power it up. More »

Addressing owners of an iPod nano (5th generation), or iPod shuffle (3rd generation), and users of, iTunes 9, iTunes 8 for Windows, and iTunes 8 for Mac, Apple has posted a short guide on removing the VoiceOver kit from one’s computer.

While introducing its third-generation iPod shuffle last year, Apple revealed that the screen-less player used VoiceOver, a Mac OS X-specific feature, to speak out the names of playlists and songs to the user. “VoiceOver tells you the name of the song and who performs it. It also announces your playlists. So while you’re listening, you can keep running, walking, lifting, or biking,” Apple said.

However, upon setting up their iPod for use with a computer, customers must first download the VoiceOver Kit to their computer. “By downloading VoiceOver Kit to your computer, your iPod will announce the names of your songs, artists, and playlists,” Apple Support document HT3507 reveals. “If you no longer wish to use the VoiceOver feature on your iPod and want to remove the VoiceOver Kit from your computer, follow the steps below,” Apple states. The following steps are then provided for each supported OS. More »

Now that the highly anticipated iOS 4 is out for the iPhone and iPod touch, the next thing owners of a supported device need to know is how to download and install the software. As Apple puts it, “Updating is easy,” really easy!

First off, let’s see the products that are compatible with this software update. Apple claims that the supported devices are the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch 2nd generation, and iPod touch 3rd generation (late 2009 models with 32GB or 64GB).

Some iOS 4-specific features are unavailable with older devices. For example, Multitasking, Bluetooth keyboard support, Home screen wallpaper, and Data protection are not available for the iPhone 3G. They are, however, for the iPhone 3GS. A complete list of iOS 4 specifics (including full changelog) is provided here. Now, let’s move on to the steps iPhone and iPod touch users need to take to start enjoying these new additions. More »

On April 8th, 2010, at its Cupertino campus in California, Apple previewed iPhone OS 4.0, the latest version of the software powering not only iPhones and iPod touches, but also the iPad. The fourth version of the iPhone software would be released to the iPhone userbase in summer, Apple said, while iPad owners would be able to apply the update, which enables multitasking and other new features, in Fall 2010.

Via an uber press release posted yesterday, Apple goes through all the major announcements made during the Town Hall keynote address delivered by Apple CEO Steve Jobs, alongside the company’s SVP of iPhone Software, Scot Forstall, and its SVP of Worldwide Product Marketing, Phil Schiller. The iPhone OS 4 software preview saw the release of a beta version of the software to registered iPhone developers. According to the Mac maker, “The iPhone OS 4 beta release includes an updated Software Development Kit (SDK) with over 1,500 new Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and over 100 new features that will be available to iPhone and iPod touch users this summer.”

The report continues to enumerate key new features included in the new beta software, such as: More »