Friday, July 30, 2010

headphoned 1.9 for the N900 is now in Extras-Testing

The beloved Headphone Daemon, who usually sleeps in the darker corners of your N900 and makes sure that you do not embarrass yourself in front of other passengers or pedestrians with whatever kind of experimental music you happen to listen to when the headphones are accidentally unplugged (also known as public transport situations) got a small facelift (also known as code change).

A few changes that have accumulated over the last few months have now been packed up into the shiny new 1.9 release:

  • Support for libplayback / whitelisting (by Faheem Pervez)
  • Support for pausing Martin Grimme's MediaBox
  • Detect headphoned disconnect during active calls and send pause command after the hangup

The last one in this list might be of special interest to some of you who have complained about headphoned not working when the headphones are unplugged during a call. This won't happen now, as headphoned now monitors the call status via D-Bus and keeps track of active calls. When the headphones are unplugged while a call is active, the pause signal will not only be sent right away, but also a second time when the call gets disconnected. This work for all types of voice calls, and should work for video calls as well (untested).

During the summer holidays, I have had less time to do more development and releases, but things are starting to move slowly again - expect new releases of packages like gPodder and MaePad in the upcoming weeks. I'd also love to port gPodder to Harmattan and add a fancy new MeeGo Touch UI on top of it (in March I said that Maemo 6/MeeGo is for later this year - which might be very soon now), so you can all enjoy your favourite podcatcher with the usual native UI support. Let's hope that the Harmattan SDK and/or Harmattan developer images get released for the N900 soon (and then the Python bindings soon afterwards - the PyMaemo team was very fast in previous release cycles), so the community developers have enough time preparing their apps for the next big release.

For now, please test and enjoy this new headphoned release, and don't forget to vote for and comment on the package once you have verified the new release from Extras-Testing.

Monday, July 26, 2010

The Box-Office Beat

Not even a blonde-turned-brunette Angelina could top Leonardo at the box office this weekend. Inception was the top flick yet again. See what other movies made the big bucks...


1 - Inception: $43.5 M

2 - Salt: $36.5 M

3 - Despicable Me: $24.1 M

4 - The Sorcerer's Apprentice: $9.7 M

5 - Toy Story 3: $9 M

6 - Ramona and Beezus: $8 M

7 - Grown Ups: $7.6 M

8 - The Twilight Saga: Eclipse: $7 M

9 - The Last Airbender: $4.2 M

10 - Predators: $2.9 M

Monday, July 19, 2010

The Box-Office Beat: Inception Takes the Top Spot

Leonardo DiCaprio wows the crowd in Inception, the number one movie at the box office this weekend. See what other movies made the big bucks...


1 - Inception: $60.4 M

2 - Despicable Me: $32.7 M

3 - The Scorcerer's Apprentice: $17.4 M

4 - The Twilight Saga: Eclipse: $13.5 M

5 - Toy Story 3: $11.7 M

6 - Grown Ups: $10 M

7 - The Last Airbender: $7.5 M

8 - Predators: $6.8 M

9 - Knight & Day: $3.7 M

10 - The Karate Kid: $2.2 M

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Gwyneth Paltrow on the Cover of Vogue


Gwyneth Paltrow returns to Vogue on the cover of the upcoming August age issue. The actress and lifestyle blogger takes her star power to the kitchen and invites Contributing Editor Jonathan Van Meter to a personal cooking lesson.

Paltrow’s cookbook, My Father’s Daughter, will be published next spring by Grand Central Publishing. It is meant to “channel the ethos of my father by sharing the greatest gifts that he imparted to me. Invest in what is real. Drink while you cook. Make it fun.”

See the article HERE.

*Photo Courtesy of Mario Testino for Vogue