TechCrunch is reporting today that an iPhone App that utilizes the Apple Push Notification system to let you know you have new Gmail is about to hit the app store. The app, called GPush, is developed by Tiverias Apps, and gives Gmail users an instant notification that new mail has arrived. iPhone users will still have to read their mail, either in a browser or the Apple Mail client, but the notifications will be essentially instant.

It’s an interesting development, given how badly other Google-related apps have fared of late on the iPhone. The developers of the app say it has been sitting unapproved for a month, and they are wondering about the timing of it suddenly being blessed. 

Of course this app was not likely to get AT&T all hot and bothered, so it is not a perfect test of a seismic shift in the attitudes around Apple, but any change in the way the App Store works will be interesting to watch.

GPush will be US$0.99 for a week, then will be sold for $1.99 after.

(Source: Wired.com)

1 Sea mammal blowhole. Any animal that spends appreciable time in the ocean should be able to extract oxygen from water via gills. Enlarging the lungs and moving a nostril to the back of the head is a poor work-around.

2 Hyena clitoris. When engorged, this “pseudopenis,” which doubles as the birth canal, becomes so hard it can crush babies to death during exit.

3 Kangaroo teat. In order to nurse, the just-born joey, a frail and squishy jellybean, must clamber up Mom’s torso and into her pouch for a nipple.



(Source: bx.businessweek.com) One needs the combination of technology and creativity to be an animator, writes Yogendra Kalavalapalli.

Does getting enthused and motivated seeing the inanimate come to life on screen make one eligible for a career in the animation world? Is it okay if glamour sweeps you off your feet, prodding you to make forays into the field?

‘NO!’

“It is a wonderful field. But you don’t have to come because it involves glamour or making money. If that’s the motivation, I don’t know how long you can survive in it,” Anand Gurnani, CEO of AnimationXpress.com says. Watching television and animation does not necessarily mean one can create or enjoy creating animation, he says.

(Source: Forbes.com) The great economist Arthur Laffer long ago observed that high rates of taxation don’t always correlate with high levels of government revenue. If the tax–or price–put on certain activities is too high, individuals will often change their behavior to avoid paying it.

Legislators have for the longest time resisted Laffer’s reasoning, and, as evidenced by the electorate’s willingness to elect politicians eager to increase taxes, voters aren’t completely sold either. But as individuals, on the micro level, it seems we’re all correctly enthralled by the “Laffer Curve.”


(Source: scifiscoop.com) When Fox announced ‘Avatar Day‘, a day (August 21, 2009) when select cinemas and IMAX® theaters around the world would screen extended footage of James Cameron’s Avatar, lots of people became very excited indeed.

Today some of that excitement has waned with the news that Fox has confirmed to various theater owners that screenings will only be held in Digital IMAX locations and a few very large non-digital centers.

The report comes from Jim at MarketSaw who confirms he’ll now miss out on the screening in his area.  It seems that now, so too will I.

Boy Genius Report has received a tip from a “pretty reliable source” claiming to have knowledge of several new features to be included in iTunes 9. The rumored features include support for Blu-ray media and visual organization of iPhone and iPod touch applications within iTunes, as well as some form of social networking/media integration.

One of the new additions to iTunes is said to include Blu-ray support which lines up nicely with a recent Apple Insider report about Apple integrating Blu-ray into their new iMac line-up. Something else that will most likely make a bunch of people happy is that we’ve been told iTunes 9 will finally include the ability to visually organize and arrange your iPhone and iPod touch applications. Something that wasn’t so clearly described was some kind of Twitter/Facebook/Last.fm integration. Maybe broadcasting what song you?re playing to your friends?


(Source: TUAW) Earlier this summer I took a paperless vacation abroad, thanks to my iPhone and Evernote. I could have done a digital boarding pass for extra efficiency, but I was happy enough with my experience. The digital boarding pass is a matrix code sent to your phone or PDA via online check-in, saving time and benefiting the environment and those without a printer (also, printers just love to run out of ink at the most inopportune time). Continental, American and Northwest offer the digital boarding pass option (here’s a good run-down on how they work).

Now, the privately-held USAA Bank intends to let customers deposit checks via a pending update to the bank’s iPhone app. According to the New York Times, the feature will require customers to photograph both the back and front of the check with their iPhone’s camera. From there, they simply send the images to the bank via the app and presto, the check is credited to that customer’s account. They can then void and destroy the paper check; it’s no longer needed.

Fraud is an obvious concern, but one of the bank’s executive vice presidents, Wayne Peacock, says they’ve got the necessary security measures in place. Specifically, the service will be limited to customers who are both eligible for credit and insured by the bank. All told, about 60% of current customers meet the threshold for acceptance, according to Mr. Peacock.

    
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