Splice Music, a Flash-based online sequencing tool, opened to the broad Internet public about a year ago. It's free, although registration is required, and filled with thousands of sound samples and remixable songs, all licensed under various Creative Commons licenses, meaning that they're available for you to recombine. It's a fun place to start for old-school analog musicians who've never played with a sequencing program before. (And who don't have a Mac with Garage Band preinstalled.)
Quoth Homer: "Oh, people can come up with statistics to prove anything, Kent. Forty percent of people know that."
Something's a little weird about the data reported earlier this week by Net Applications, a Web traffic research firm, on global operating-system share. Net Applications tracks what types of computers are accessing the Web sites of its global network of clients, and it thinks that Mac OS X share is flat this year, while Windows Vista use is soaring.
Filemark Maker is a new Mac OS X application that converts various file formats into data URLs, which can be stored locally as bookmarks on the iPhone (see our separate coverage on turning Web pages into locally stored bookmarks). Currently supported file formats include .doc, .xls, .rtf, .txt, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif, .pdf, or .html.
The process works like this:Set Safari as your default Web browser (in Safari, go to Preferences > General > Default Web Browser) Download the Filemark Maker application Drag any .doc, .xls, .rtf, .txt, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif, .pdf, or .html onto the application icon … Read more
eBay has certified iPhoneAppLab's "iPhoneMyeBay" iPhone-optimized Web app for use with its services. In the words of the developer:
"eBay has put the application through rigorous QA testing and said that it meets it qualifications for working with eBay APIs and providing users of the applications all the benefits available."
Most importantly, however, this means that users can now actually bid on eBay items through the Web app. The bidding words on all auction types, and you can use a regular bid or "Buy It Now."
Ian Howells, Alfresco's chief marketing officer, did some analysis of the company's customer and user community, and I found the results interesting. I've been hearing rumblings for some time that Windows increasingly serves as a great evaluation platform for open source, but most companies use Linux when they're serious and want to go into production. Ian's data confirmed this, and more. (Zmanda has published data that corroborates our findings.)
First of all, the Alfresco data shows that Windows is plays a healthy role in the open source ecosystem. (In the graph, Windows = green, and Linux = blue, in case you can't see it well.) We have plenty of companies going into production with open-source Alfresco sitting on top of closed-source Windows. From my work with SugarCRM, JasperSoft and others, I know the same holds true for them. I don't suspect that this is going to change anytime soon.
Windows plays a large role because it's the OS sitting on the most desktops. But when customers are serious about production, the majority favor Linux. Again, I think you'd find very similar results were you to talk with MuleSource, Funambol, SugarCRM, etc.… Read more
Paving the way for genuine, binary applications that run on the iPhone (and don't originate from Apple), developer "Nightwatch" has created, compiled and actually run a basic "Hello World" application natively under the stripped-down version of OS X that ships on the iPhone.
The new development is part of the "iPhone binutils" project, with a stated goal of producing a high quality set of binary utilities for the Apple iPhone, primarily an assembler and linker.
Click on the following link using an iPhone: Tip Calculator
Then press … Read more
We previously reported on Talkety, a Web-based VOIP service that works to some extent on the iPhone. In a nutshell, the service works as you'd expect: some slight delay, but overall decent voice quality.
We've now received word that a new version of Talkety is on the way, with significantly enhanced iPhone support. A project manager told us:
"We are at the moment developing a special version of Talkety for the iPhone, which will for example store your iPhone telephone number, so you do not have to choose it before dialing, it will allow synching of your … Read more
We previously profiled two Web-based IM apps optimized for the iPhone, TinnyBuddy and JiveTalk. Both function well, but have interfaces that can be sluggish in the iPhone's browser.
EDGE access on the iPhone is for the birds, at least when it can be avoided. To help you find more Wi-Fi access points, JiWire has introduced an iPhone-optimized version of its hotspot location service. By visiting JiWire.com on an iPhone, you will be presented with a location (city, state or ZIP) search prompt. Wi-Fi location details are linked to the iPhone's built-in maps and phone dialer.
A posting on the JiWire site reads:
"Search results are presented in a compact and fast-loading format optimized for the iPhone's screen. Clicking "Previous" and "Next&… Read more