iTunes has sold over 25 billion songs

Posted on February 7, 2013

iTunes being the world’s most popular online store for music, movies, and TV, has set a record of having 25 billion songs sold. iTunes user named Phillip Lüpke from Germany was gifted by Apple with a €10,000 iTunes gift card for downloading 25 billionth song, the song “Monkey Drums” (a Goksel Vancin Remix) by Chase Buch, was the lucky 25 billionth song downloaded by Phillip.


According the the Cupertino based company, an average of over 15,000 songs are downloaded from iTunes every minute, and man that is a whole lot of songs! Even Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, have said that iTunes was so successful that downloads from the store was “on a scale we never imagined possible.”

iTunes was first launched back in January 9, 2001, and with help from the iPod, it has changed the way we download music, how we access it, and even helped launched careers, and ultimately, iTunes has changed the entire music industry for the better.

“In a lot of ways, iTunes has leveled the playing field for musicians. Whether you’re unsigned, indie, major, whatever—it’s the place most people go to buy digital music. iTunes doesn’t exclude any musicians simply because they’re not yet established or popular.” – Wesley Schultz, guitarist and lead vocalist of The Lumineers

MultiMAN 04.19.04 now available

Posted on February 6, 2013

Multiman 04.19.04 is now available for download. Looks like Deank has been pretty busy these days, just as when Multiman 04.19.03 was released just a few days ago, he comes up with another update for his popular PS3 file manager with Multiman 04.19.04. The support for PSOne games has been improved in multiMAN 04.19.04 so you can be able to play more PSOne titles on your PS3.

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Here are some of the updates included in the Multiman 04.19.04 update:

* Added support for BIN+CUE PS1 games with AUDIO tracks
* Added Smooth/Full-Screen options for PS1 games in “Settings”
* Added 4 new translation labels
* Updated Showtime to 04.01.480

* When creating backups from PS1 discs, CUE+BIN+toc files will be created
* Improved PS1 CUE files processing
* Updated 8 language files

Download multiMAN 04.19.04 UPD Here.(14.47MB with CEX/DEX/STEALTH updates included)

Download Showtime 04.01.480 Here. (5.57MB)

As usual, Here’s how to install the Multiman 4.19.04 update:

1. Extract the files
2. Copy and paste the PKG file to the Root of your USB stick or External HD (use the CEX version, the DEX version is for people running DEX duh)
3. Insert your USB stick or External HD to your PS3
4. Go to Game -> Install PKG files, then look for the PKG you just downloaded and Run it.
5. Just wait for it to finish
6. And your done!

Be sure check back here to get the latest Multiman updates!


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The new 128GB iPad with Retina display is now available, just as exactly as reported last week.

128GB iPad now available from the Apple store

The new 128gb iPad is priced at $799 for the WiFi only model, and if you want to have 4G LTE connectivity, you would need to dish out $929 for the WiFi + cellular model. The WiFi only model currently ships in 1-3 business days while the WiFi + cellular model ships in 3-5 days. Although you should also expect the 128gb iPads to be available at your local retail store to avoid the long wait for your iPad.

128GB iPad now available from the Apple store

So if you are one of those who need such a big bump on storage space for their iPads, you can now finally get your new 128gb iPad from your local retail store or get one online from the Apple Store.

Yep you read that right, Grand Theft Auto 5 will be hitting store shelves on September 17, 2013. This is a long delay from it’s original launched window of spring this year, much to the dismay and anger of fans, there’s really not much we can do but wait it out.

Grand Theft Auto 5 release date: September 17, 2013Image Courtesy of Rockstar

Atleast Rockstar has already released a statement about GTA V’s delay. debunking conspiracy theories about having an ulterior motive behind the delay.

Here’s Rockstar’s word about the GTA 5’s delayed launch date:

Hey all, we understand many of you guys are disappointed with this news – unfortunately sometimes such delays are necessary in all forms of entertainment, and especially in the case of a game experience as massive and complex as GTAV. However this does not give you free reign to be abusive in comments. The general rules of common courtesy, decency and behavior as listed above the Comment Box still apply here, therefore anyone continuing to post abusive comments will have their privileges suspended.

Also:

To those of you saying or seeing various conspiracy theories about there being some other ulterior motive for this delay, rest assured that they’re all nonsense – literally the only reason we’ve delayed the release is because we want the game to be as good as it needs to be.

For those of you asking about the official box art, that will be coming out a bit later as well.

Thank you all for understanding.

Read the entire post here.

From one point of view it is rather annoying having to wait for another 4 months for Grand Theft Auto V to be released, but its one thing to know that the game creators are willing to make delays in an effort to smooth out any problems or glitches before the game is released, rather than release a faulty game just to be able to release it in an earlier timeframe. So if you ask Tech4idiots, this move by Rockstar makes total sense. (But please don’t delay it anymore further)

So while we’re here, lets enjoy watching these Grand Theft Auto 5 trailers in the meantime. =)
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Note: This only works on on the iPhone 5 and 5th generation iPod Touch.

When you are recording a video and you want to grab a snap picture of what you are recording but you don’t want to pause or stop recording, don’t fret because T4I has the solution for that.

How to take a picture while recording video on your iPhoneImage courtesy of Gizmodo


Sadly, this does work not on my iPhone 4s. And also on iPads, and most probably older generation iPhones, iPods and iPads. So why post a how to about this? Because the iPhone 5 and 5th generation iPod Touch can. So it’s good to know that this function is native to these iOS devices (because there’s probably an App for that already).

Anyway, so here’s how to snap a picture while recording video on your iPhone

1. While recording video, simply tap the small camera icon on the lower left of the screen and it will automatically grab a picture of what you are recording without having to pause or stop your video recording.

And that’s it! It’s that simple. Really.

Why they did not make this feature available for all iOS devices eludes me, but who knows, on the next iOS update, they could make this available for everyone.

MultiMAN 04.19.03 update now available

Posted on February 4, 2013

Good guy Deank is back again with another update to his popular PS3 homebrew file manager Multiman with the Multiman 04.19.03 update.

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Here are some of the updates that comes with the Multiman 4.19.03 update

* Added support for BIN+CUE PS1 games with AUDIO tracks
* Added Smooth/Full-Screen options for PS1 games in “Settings”
* Added 4 new translation labels
* Updated Showtime to 04.01.480

Download multiMAN ver 04.19.03 UPD here. (14.48MB and Includes CEX/DEX/STEALTH updates)

Download Showtime 04.01.480 [CEX].pkg here. (5.57MB)

Here’s how to install Multiman 4.19.03:

1. Extract the files
2. Copy and paste the PKG file to the Root of your USB stick or External HD (use the CEX version, the DEX version is for people running DEX duh)
3. Insert your USB stick or External HD to your PS3
4. Go to Game -> Install PKG files, then look for the PKG you just downloaded and Run it.
5. Just wait for it to finish
6. And your done!

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Yes, you read that right, WSJ is confirming the announcement of the PlayStation 4 during Sony’s upcoming February 20th event. This news confirms the rumors behind the video teaser that Sony has released a few days ago:


The reports from WSJ also mentioned that the PS4 would have more “Social Gaming Aspects” focusing on how players would be able to “interact with the machines”. So far everything is in line with the rumors that the PS4 is going to be announced ahead of E3. Which I think would be a great move from Sony after the delays with the PS3 a few years ago.

Looking forward to the PS4? I know I am.

Apple HQ replica in Minecraft

Posted on January 30, 2013

Minecraft fans do tend to overdo themselves from time to time, and this is definitely one of them. Reddit user Sam2Schwab has created an awesome replica of the entire Apple campus with amazing detail block by block. Complete with Steve Job’s pictures hanging on the walls of his office.




The build includes something which he calls the 1 infinite loop, which includes a working binary computer with a functioning code-entry security system with alarm. Which makes some sense because it is reported that the project is part of his Discrete mathematics course, most probably for extra credit. Also, the creator of this awesome Apple HQ replica notes that he did not use any third-party apps for this.


This real-world replica of Apples HQ and one that is an awesome example of what Minecraft players can create in this awesome block-based building game. And I thought the shelter I built in Minecraft was already awesome and now I see this. I wonder how many hours he has put in to making this awesome Minecraft replica of Apple HQ.

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Apple: 128gb iPad available next week

Posted on January 29, 2013

Cult of Mac reports that Apple has officially announced that they are going to start selling 128gb iPads next week. The 128gb versions will be for the fourth generation iPads, for both WiFi only and cellular models. The newer 128gb iPads will be available by February 5, and the pricing model starts at $799 for the WiFi only iPad and $929 for the WiFi + Cellular model.

Probably the iOS 6.1 update just released today was in line for preparing the iOS to handle devices with bigger memory capacity.

So does this mean a 128gb iPhone is on the works? And do you really need all that space? We’ll see.

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