Along with across-the-board updates to its Mac desktop computers, Apple today quietly introduced a new version of its Airport Extreme Base Station, featuring a new dual-band Wi-Fi mode that improves wireless performance on recent computers that share networks with devices such as the iPhone and iPod touch. The new dual-band support lets 802.11b/g devices, such as older computers, the iPhone, and the iPod touch, connect using the 2.4GHz wireless band, while simultaneously allowing 802.11n devices, such as modern computers and the Apple TV, to connect over the higher-speed 5GHz band, ensuring the fastest possible wireless performance for all devices on the network. In addition, the new Extreme offers guest networking features, support for up to 50 devices, the ability to share an external USB printer or hard drive—including over the Internet via a MobileMe account—and more. Apple’s new Airport Extreme Base Station is available now and sells for $180; the same dual-band and other features were added to the company’s Time Capsule wireless backup routers, which remain priced at $299 for the 500GB model and $499 for the 1TB model.
Tapulous has released Tap Tap Revenge 2, the sequel to its original Tap Tap Revenge game that saw over one million downloads in its first month. Tap Tap Revenge 2 features a completely new gaming engine with improved graphics and effects, new “tap and hold” and “multi-tap” features for more varied gameplay, and a five game modes, including a Kids mode, Challenge mode, Two-Player Split-Screen, Online, and Career modes. The game also features a download catalog featuring over 150 free new songs, including tracks from artists such as Daft Punk, Weezer, Death Cab for Cutie, Crystal Method, and others. In addition, Tapulous promises to add more free tracks every Thursday. Tap Tap Revenge 2 is available now as a free download from the App Store.
According to the latest statistics released by Net Applications, the iPhone accounts for roughly two-thirds of all mobile browsing. Apple’s handset is listed as having a 66.61% share of the mobile browsing market, followed by Java ME with 9%, Windows Mobile with 6.91%, and Symbian OS with 6.15%. Interestingly, Google’s Android operating system was equal with Symbian, and has grabbed a 6.15% share of the market since its release in October. Net Applications notes that although Android and Blackberry are rapidly gaining market share, this doesn’t necessarily mean that iPhone use is shrinking, due to the rapid growth of the overall market.
An independent developer has released BookmarkiTunes, a new utility that lets users create and organize a wishlist of items they want in the iTunes Store. Users can drag-and-drop any link, including text and images, into the application to add that item to the list, or can also copy and paste in iTunes links. The application attempts to automatically discover the name of the item, but users may also edit the name directly, and add a description for each item on their list. Each item remains in the application, with a link back to iTunes, until it is deleted. BookmarkiTunes is available now as a free download for Mac and Windows.
Tagtraum Industries has released beaTunes 2.0, the latest version of its iTunes library management tool. Version 2.0 features a completely rewritten internal database, lower memory consumption, the ability to recognize multiple iTunes libraries, faster analysis on Windows machines, tonal key detection, a second BPM detection algorithm, addition inspections for fixing metadata, an updated UI, and more. BeaTunes 2.0 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later, or Windows XP/Vista, iTunes 8.0.2 or later, and sells for $32; a free 14 trial is also available, along with a $12 upgrade for version 1.x users.
Location Clothing has introduced its Hero 3 ICU iPod Jacket. The Hero 3 features a dedicated iPod pocket and controls integrated into the sleeve, allowing for use of the iPod without the need to expose it to the elements. Other features include a double-hood system with built-in reflective goggles, Azaleum Outdoor Protect two layer fabric for maximum water repellency and breathability, and the Recco Avalanche Rescue System. Location’s Hero 3 ICU iPod Jacket is available now and sells for £140, or roughly $197.
A group of iPhone developers has succeeded in getting Mac OS System 7 to run on the device, and has posted a number of photos showing the software in action. The application uses code from the QEMU processor emulator, and the “About This Macintosh” screen shows the device as a Macintosh Plus. Classic Mac applications MacPaint, MacDraw, and Calculator are all shown to load and run properly, although there is currently no way to enter text. The developers hope to launch the code soon; due to Apple limitations on emulation, it is unclear whether the code will be released on its own, allowing official iPhone developers to build and run it on their own devices, or whether it will be released as a standalone application for jailbroken devices. [via BoingBoing Gadgets]