Apple this week announced it had hired Papermaster away from IBM, where he led that company’s server operations. Papermaster is to replace Tony Fadell (who resigned Apple this week) as head of Apple’s iPod group. (Senior Vice President of Devices Hardware Engineering).
Russian software developers Macvide have introduced their Flash to video conversion utility for Macs, called (appropriately enough) FlashVideo Converter 2.2.
The software allows easy conversion of Adobe Flash SWF and FLV files to video, exporting to myriad formats including MP4, MOV, 3GP and MPEG.
We looked at the growing importance of video games in terms of dollars earlier on today. Now a clutch of reports underline Apple’s growing impact on that sector as the company surfs the digital tidal wave.
With sales of the device already creating a global audience in excess of 10 million users developers have a viable potential audience to which to sell their advanced mobile gaming experiences.
“Apple has become our biggest customer. We also believe we are the biggest or second biggest publisher on the iPhone in terms of revenues generated,” Gameloft CFO Alexandre de Rochefort said.
We believe that the reported cut-back in planned iPhone production isn’t reflective of the recession on the economy, but instead a reaction to delays reaching a deal to bring the device into China.
These claims emanate from an analyst firm we don’t often see associated with Apple, so it’s a moot point as to whether it’s even worth taking those claims seriously.
The software comes from conentious Swedish torrent site The Pirate Bay, and has been expected since 2006 when BitTorrent purchased uTorrent and promised to develop a Mac version.
However, BitTorrent is warning that the alpha software isn’t really ready for release right now (it’s buggy and doesn’t entirely work), but its existence does at least prove a Mac version of the software is in development.
– Curved iPod nano with horizontal screen
– Price cuts across iPod range
– iPod touch to be reduced in price
– iPod range to use price to differentiate from iPhone
– iTunes 8 (big update, new features – subscription services anyone?)
– New point upgrade of Mac OS X imminent
– Blu-Ray soon
Watch what he has to say after the break.
The BBC will introduce an all-new version of its iPlayer catch-up TV service online tomorrow, calling this iPlayer beta 2.0. The new service will offer all the existing features of the increasingly popular catch-up television service, but adds a variety of useful widgets, including RSS feeds, and a new More Like This widget at the bottom of the page.
iPlayer also offers much-improved video performance – 640 pixels wide, up from the previous 512 pixels – a 25% size increase. BBC has also combined radio and television within the service, and also introduced a range of personalisation features for users. For example, iPlayer will remember which shows a user has recently played, so when new episodes of those programmes become available they’ll automatically show up in the Last Played widget.
“One of our most common feature requests is for an indication of whether a given programme is scheduled to appear in iPlayer or not,” the BBC reveals. iPlayer 2.0 will offer a full schedule view showing all programmes that were on TV and radio, with an indication of which are available for viewing in iPlayer now, which are coming soon, and which (usually for content licensing reasons) are not scheduled for iPlayer.
For users hoping to use iPlayer to catch up on last night’s TV the BBC has introduced a dedicated widget for that purpose on its homepage.
Anthony Rose, Head of Digital Media Technology, BBC Future Media and Technology, added: “iPlayer gets five million page views per day now, which the BBC thinks will double when it adds radio, and then double again over the next few months.”
There have been over 100 million requests to view programmes since BBC iPlayer launched. In May alone, there were 21.8 million requests to view, some 700,000 per day on average.
The new-look service, which launches in beta tomorrow, will ‘dual run’ alongside the existing iPlayer for the next few weeks.
The new-look BBC iPlayer will be available on other platforms for TV catch-up, including the Apple iPhone & iPod touch, and the Nintendo Wii. Audio on demand and live streaming will become available in due course.