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Sometimes you’re listening to a song and you think you have the lyrics right, but can’t be sure. The free app, Lyricus could be the solution to your problem. This app available here will automatically post the lyrics of your favorite tunes.

Lyricus is a pretty fun tool, but the only problem is that a lot of times you already know the lyrics to your fav songs on iTunes. It’s still pretty fun anyway, and for free you really can’t complain.

Lyricus

Next-Gen iPod Nano To Be Multi-Colored?

iLounge.com is reporting some interesting rumors as to the details of the next generation iPod Nano. If you’re to believe what iLounge is saying, then Apple looks to be going in a completely new direction with the next iPod Nano. The rumors state that the body of the new iPod Nano is going to bear a resemblance to the Zune Flash. The screen will get a transformation to the 1.5:1 widescreen which is the same ratio as the iPod Touch, and iPhone. According to iLounge’s sources, the change was implemented to give better access to video watching. To view videos you’d simply turn the iPod Nano sideways to view.

Next Gen iPod Nano

There were rumors that the next-gen iPod Nanos would be released in multi-colors. According to iLounge, these claims could be entirely false. But then again all of the rumors that iLounge has released could be entirely false. But it’s fun to think about anyway.

MacBook Update Rumors

Seth Weintraub over at Computerworld.com has apparently gotten insider information as to the details of the new line of Macbooks. Of course you probably want to know what these new features are, so here’s a list of the rumored MacBook updates:

- The new MacBook and MacBook Pro models are slimmer, with a more rounded body
- The trackpad is made of glass, to allow multi-touch and gestures
- The body is more ‘green’, as it’s made from a single piece of aluminum. Along with the body, the manufacturing process has changed

Weintraub also states that the updated MacBooks will be available sometime at the end of September.

I’m kind of dissappointed in the updates from Weintraub. If they were to have made the entire keyboard out of glass, and made the keys customizable that would have been something. Of course, slimmer is nearly always better, and a glass trackpad will be easier to use.

MobileMe Fiasco Coming To An End?

If you’re one of the 1% of MobileMe users who were experiencing problems with the service, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Apple has released a support document stating that effected MobileMe users should now have their accounts back. So all of the MobileMe emails received since July 18th will be viewable.

Unfortunately for Apple users, all emails prior to that date are unavailable. Here is Apple’s official announcement: “As a first step toward restoring service, we restored web access to a portion of your MobileMe Mail account at 10:00 p.m. PDT, July 25. You can now log into me.com, and use the Mail web application to access all the messages you have received since the July 18 service outage. You can also compose, send, and receive new messages as normal. Please note that this interim solution does not provide access to any email messages received or saved before the outage began on July 18.”

Also as a temporary precaution, Apple doesn’t want anyone changing their MobileMe password, emails, or storage allocation.

Ballmer Shows Respect To Mac Products

You gotta love it when the goings-ons of a company gets leaked to the public. Probably my favorite rumor to come out of Microsoft, was that a majority of their employees actually use Linux on a day-to-day basis instead of Windows. Now it looks like a memo from Ballmer to some of his employees has surfaced. In the memo, Ballmer talks about the recent success Apple has had with their products:

Apple: In the competition between PCs and Macs, we outsell Apple 30-to-1. But there is no doubt that Apple is thriving. Why? Because they are good at providing an experience that is narrow but complete, while our commitment to choice often comes with some compromises to the end-to-end experience. Today, we’re changing the way we work with hardware vendors to ensure that we can provide complete experiences with absolutely no compromises. We’ll do the same with phones—providing choice as we work to create great end-to-end experiences.

Could this be hinting at a plan for Microsoft to get involved with hardware? They technically have already begun with video games, and trying to make their presence in the music player industry. Of course providing an end-to-end experience is easier said than done.

New 3G iPhone TV Advertisements

Like Apple really needs to advertise the 3G iPhone. Considering only three Apple stores have any stock left in the country, I’d say word of mouth has done well enough so far. Apple apparently isn’t satisfied, and has unleashed three new commercials showing off what the 3G iPhone is all about. Take a gander and see what you think.