TECH BYTES: Apple changes its App Store

May 6, 2009 7:37:50 AM PDT
Blackberry aims to improve its touchscreen; plus, Apple changes its app store. It's all in Wednesday's Tech Bytes.

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  • /*Blackberry8? aims to improve its touchscreen. The company's CEO says it is developing a new and improved version of the Blackberry Storm -- its first attempt at touch technology. The device has been a success based on sales, but was heavily criticized when it was released. No word on when this new storm might hit stores.

  • /*Apple*/ is reportedly adding a parental control system to its iPhone App Store. All iPhone applications will be rated in one of four age categories: Four plus, 9 plus, 12 plus and 17 plus. That could help clear the way for Apple to sell new programs aimed at an older audience. The music and videos Apple sells already have ratings.

  • Finally, /*Beatles*/ fans have to wait until September to play the band's songs on "Rock Band." But now we know they'll be able to play in style. These two new Beatles - themed guitar controllers will go on sale when the game does. They are designed to look like the guitars played by John Lennon and George Harrison. They will sell for $99 dollars.

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