Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Apple to hold Mac-related media event next Tuesday

Apple will hold a Mac-related event for media and analysts... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Apple releases Safari Beta Update 3.0.3

Apple today released Safari Beta 3.0.3 which... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Apple releases iPhone 1.0.1 firmware

Apple today released iPhone 1.0.1 firmware which includes... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Twitter undo AppleScript

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If you use Twitter via the web, you can simply click the trash can next to that last tweet that had a typo or - *gasp* - you realized all too late shouldn't be public. If you use something like the TUAW favorite Twitterrific from the Iconfactory, however, you're at a loss, as it features no such trash can. Fortunately, Daniel Jalkut (of such fine Red Sweater Software products as MarsEdit, FlexTime and FastScripts) has posted enough embarrassing tweets to warrant the creation of a Twitter undo AppleScript that automates the deletion if your previous tweet, and he is provided it free of charge from the Red Sweater Blog.

By default, all you need is Jalkut's excellent FastScripts product (either the commercial version or its free little brother), and you can simply follow his brief instructions to get set up with a Twitter safety net. Note that if you use external apps like Twitterrific you won't actually see the tweet disappear from your account. However, if you see the delete confirmation that Jalkut's script is designed to display upon successful operation, the tweet should actually have been deleted and you can check your actual Twitter.com account page to be sure.
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Apple's first iPhone software update addresses security, bugs

Apple on Tuesday evening addressed concerns about potentially dangerous security holes in the mobile version of its Safari web browser with the first ever software update to its new iPhone handset. Targeting vulnerabilities that could be exploited... [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

Oh EA, where art thou?

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Remember back at WWDC when EA announced they were coming back to the Mac in a big way? Well several of our readers did, and have written in to point out that it's the end of July and EA on the Mac is nowhere to be seen. Back in June Macworld reported that EA would be bringing four popular franchises to the Mac starting in July, and that these would be released simultaneously with their PC counterparts thanks the the Cider technology. Well Peter Cohen at Macworld recently noticed that Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is shipping for the PC, but the Mac version is nowhere to be found (it's not even listed among the options on platforms page). This sets a very bad precedent for the return of EA to the Mac. And so Mac gamers are forced to ask: oh Electronic Arts, where art thou?

Thanks to everyone who wrote in!
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Apple releases iPhone 1.01 firmware

Apple today released an iPhone firmware update via its iTunes software, which it says brings several bug fixes. Though the company did not specify the bug fixes or additional features, if any, the company has provided the update to all customers who sync their iPhone with iTunes, offering the ability to download the software or download and install... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Apple shares drop--yet again--on rumors

Apple sells 3 billion songs via iTunes

Apple today announced that more than three billion songs have been purchased and downloaded from the... [ Full story from iPodNN | The iPod News Network ]

Apple to host Mac event next Tuesday

Apple Inc. is gathering analysts and members of the media for a Mac-related press event to be held at the company's headquarters in Cupertino on Tuesday, August 7th, AppleInsider has been told. Unlike past events in which the company drafted and i... [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

Apple: Pro Application Support 4.0.1

The Pro Application Support update "improves general user interface reliability for Apple's professional applications." [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

iPhone: 24hr ship times; iPhone hacks

In brief: iPhone customers are now being told by Apple's online store that the cellular handset ship... [ Full story from iPodNN | The iPod News Network ]

iPhone fixes we want to see

We've got a month's worth of steady iPhone use under our belt. And while we're impressed with Apple's flashy mobile device, we still see features that could be added and areas that could be improved. Macworld editors weigh in with their proposals for building a better iPhone.

[ Full story from Macworld ]

Microsoft releases Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac 2.0 (Beta)

Microsoft today released Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac 2.0 (Beta) which... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Big Blue rules for Second Life could set precedent

A businesses grapple with the emergence of social networking technologies, experts say they may be more likely to follow IBM's lead with employee guidelines. Then come the monitoring systems [ Full story from IT World Canada: Daily IT NewsWire ]

Apple Releases Airport Extreme Update 2007-004

Apple released an AirPort Extreme Update, 2007-004, on Tuesday. The update is "recommended for all Intel-based MacBook, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini computers and improves the reliability of AirPort connections," according to Apple
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

Apple iPhone Halfway Hacked

Well, we're getting there. A hacker named "ozbimmer" has managed to fool his iPhone into placing calls on the Australian Telstra telephone network, although he hasn't managed to receive calls as yet. [ Full story from Extremetech ]

Briefly: AirPort Extreme update, Microsoft RDC for Mac 2.0 beta

Apple on Tuesday afternoon release a software update for certain Intel-based Macs that include AirPort Extreme functionality. Meanwhile, Microsoft has taken the wraps off a new beta of its Remote Desktop Client that lets Mac users connect remotely to... [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

Featured links from the CNET Blog Network--July 31

Everybody likes Mozy--except me. Part 1--Online off-site backups are a good thing. Mozy may not be your best choice, however.

A PTA for the 21st Century--A new model for educational philanthropy provides small-dollar donors with big-smile results.

Disaster preparedness for organizations--Glaskowsky provides an overview and pointers for disaster-preparedness planning.

The ironic rise of the Mac among open source developers--The Mac has become commonplace at open source conferences. Why is such a closed platform a massive hit among freedom-loving developers?

[ Full story from CNET News.com ]

Microsoft Releases Universal Remote Desktop Connection

As promised earlier, Microsoft released the Universal Application beta version of its Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) client for Mac OS X, version 2.0
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

Airport Extreme Update 2007-004

Apple has posted an update to Aiport Extreme. This update is recommended for all Intel-based MacBook, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini computers and improves the reliability of AirPort connections.

The 745KB download is available at Apple's... [ Full story from MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors ]

Apple releases AirPort Extreme Update 2007-004

AirPort Extreme Update 2007-004 is recommended for... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

EDN’s look inside Apple’s iPhone shows quite impressive accomplishments

Compare the iPhone disassembly imagery to that of the Compaq iPaq 3835... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

MS improves Office Open XML translator

The Microsoft Mac Business Unit has released a new beta edition of the Office Open XML converter for Mac OS X, which can translate Office 2007 for Windows documents to a format that is compatible with Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac and Microsoft Office v. X for Mac. The tool can perform conversion on a per-document basis, or do batch conversions. Th... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Apple iPhone Halfway Hacked

Well, we're getting there. A hacker named "ozbimmer" has managed to fool his iPhone into placing calls on the Australian Telstra telephone network, although he hasn't managed to receive calls as yet. [ Full story from eWEEK Technology News ]

News: MS offers Mac RDC 2.0 beta, PowerPoint converter

Microsoft is offering a beta version of Remote Desktop Connection 2.0 for Mac, now a Universal Binary, and has expanded its Open XML File Converter to support PowerPoint.

[ Full story from Macworld ]

MS releases Universal RDC Client for Mac 2.0b

Bringing Intel optimization and Remote Desktop Protocol 6.0 support to the product, Microsoft's MacBU has shipped a free beta edition of Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac 2.0. The tool lets you connect to a Microsoft Windows-based computer and work with programs and files on that computer from your Mac. The new release is a Universal Binary,... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Apple shares take 3% hit amid speculation about iPhone production cut [UPDATED]

Apple shares took a 3% dip Tuesday amid speculation... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

RDC Client for Mac 2.0b: Universal Binary

Bringing Intel optimization and Remote Desktop Protocol 6.0 support to the product, Microsoft's MacBU has shipped a free beta edition of Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac 2.0. The tool lets you connect to a Microsoft Windows-based computer and work with programs and files on that computer from your Mac. The new release is a Universal Binary,... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Microsoft Office Open XML File Format Converter for Mac 0.2 (Beta)

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Today not only marks the release of a new beta Remote Desktop client from Microsoft, but also a new beta Microsoft Office Open XML File Format Converter for Mac 0.2 (Beta). What the heck is this? It converts Office files that use Microsoft's new Open XML file format (i.e. files created in Office 2007 for Windows) into a file format that Office 2004 for the Mac can read. This release promises improved conversion of files containing inline graphics, amongst oth er things.

Since this is a beta Microsoft warns that all files might not be converted correctly. They suggest you open the file and make sure it looks like it should.

Update: As was pointed out in the comments, this only converts Word and PowerPoint documents.
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The Clockwork Pismo

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If one were to draw a Venn diagram of my interests this clockwork Pismo mod would fall squarely in the overlapping circles of 'Steampunk' and 'Apple tech.' Tom Mordasky at MacMod.com took some broken clock gears, aluminum, a sharp knife or two and created a thing of beauty. Pictured above, before he applied some glossy paint, this Pismo (which is a G3 Powerbook, for those of you who are only familiar with Apple's more recent metallic efforts) looks like something Jules Verne would be proud to write with.

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New OOXML translator offers better conversion

The Microsoft Mac Business Unit has released a new beta edition of the Office Open XML converter for Mac OS X, which can translate Office 2007 for Windows documents to a format that is compatible with Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac and Microsoft Office v. X for Mac. The tool can perform conversion on a per-document basis, or do batch conversions. Th... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Bear raid squashes Apple

Apple (AAPL) shares dropped nearly 6 points in the space of 90 minutes... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Stocks Rise After GM Earnings

Stocks rose moderately Tuesday on strong earnings from General Motors Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc., but gave up sharp early gains as investors grappled with mixed economic data. Though the Commerce Department's year-over-year core personal... [ Full story from SFGate: Business & Technology ]

Apple patent app reveals intelligent keyboard

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Apple patent app reveals intelligent keyboard

Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac 2.0 (Beta)

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Microsoft promised us some goodies this week, and they just delivered on that promise. The long awaited (at least by me) Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac 2.0 (Beta) is now available for download. This is a beta, but in my limited testing it is much, much faster (as one might expect). New in this Beta, which expires on March 31, 2008 are:
  • Universal Binary (hurrah!)
  • Works with Vista, and used the new Remote Desktop protocol
  • Multiple session support (this is a big deal, though I can't actually figure out how to connect to more than one machine at a time)
  • Better printer support, better UI
Overall, this looks to be a solid update to Microsoft's free Windows Remote Desktop Mac client.
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AAPL Drops Following iPhone Cutback Speculation

Apple's stock began sliding down after analysts at Miller Tabak & Co. speculated that the company is drastically cutting back its iPhone production. The firm claimed that the iPhone maker is cutting back its output from 9 million units to 4.5 million
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

iTunes Store Tops Three Billion Songs


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Apple announced today that they have sold over 3 Billion songs through the iTunes store.

Â"WeÂ'd like to thank all of our customers who have contributed to this incredible milestone,Â" sa... [ Full story from MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors ]

iTunes Store Tops Three Billion Songs

Music fans have now downloaded and purchased more than three billion songs from the iTunes Store, and “we’d like to thank all of our customers who have contributed to this incredible milestone,� said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of iTunes. The world’s most popular online music, TV, and movie store, iTunes features a catalog of more than five million songs, 550 TV shows, and 500 movies, and it recently surpassed both Amazon and Target to become the third largest music retailer in the US. [ Full story from Apple Hot News ]

Apple shares take 3% hit amid speculation about iPhone production cut

Apple shares took a 3% dip Tuesday amid speculation... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Apple exec: iPhone software update due soon

Speaking to analysts for RBC Capital Markets this week... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Report: O2 has won exclusive rights to Apple’s iPhone in UK

O2 expects the launch of broadband and Apple's iPhone to maintain... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

New York not down with Apple's iPhone repair costs

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If you felt a bit snubbed after reading up on just how much loot you'd be paying out if and / or when your dear iPhone does break, you're not alone by a long shot. Reportedly, New York's Consumer Protection Board "issued a letter to Apple's CEO Monday asking for the iPhone to be a little more consumer-frie ndly," noting that the $79 charged to replace the battery, $29 "loaner fee" for using a temporary handset, and the ten-percent restocking fee were all asking too much. Moreover, the CPB suggested that "consumers should be able to replace the battery themselves," which admittedly seems to be a (somewhat) common belief. Granted, not all of these requests are exactly rational, but more importantly, we highly doubt his Steveness is gonna go change up price schemes to appease a few disgruntled board members, amiright?

 

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Autoblog Green Podcast #9 - Ford's hybrids and hydrogen

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This week, Sam brings back two interviews - one with Ford's Scott Staley about what's going on in Hybrid land, which is then balanced by a conversation with John Lapetz that pulls back the curtain on the hydrogen research that's been going on in Dearborn. Also touched on are the Chevy Volt and the EFlex architecture itself, set to go into series p roduction in 2010. Things move from the EFlex to the challenge of bringing Li-Ion batteries to market. Ford also announced that there will be an experimental program with Southern California Edison, which will essentially serve as a real-world test for plug-in capable Escape hybrids. It's 53 and a half minutes this week, dig in!


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iPodObserver - iTunes Store: Over 3 Billion Served

Apple announced on Tuesday that the iTunes Store has sold more than three billion songs. The news comes only days after the company reported strong third quarter earnings and that its music business is up 33 percent compared to last year
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

Apple sells 3 billion songs via iTunes

Apple today announced that more than three billion songs have been purchased and downloaded from the iTunes Store, making iTunes is the world's most popular online music, TV and movie store. The company's catalog features over five million songs, 550 television shows and 500 movies and iTunes recently surpassed Amazon and Target to become the third... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

News: iTunes Store tops 3 billion songs

The iTunes Store topped 3 billion songs, according to Apple.

[ Full story from Macworld ]

The ironic rise of the Mac among open source developers

Apple’s iTunes Store passes three billion songs sold milestone

Apple today announced that more than three billion songs have been purchased... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Jobs among 25 most influential leaders

Apple CEO Steve Jobs is among the most the 25 most influential business leaders of the past 25 years, but is still behind Microsoft's Bill Gates and Federal Reserve chairman's Alan Greenspan. As ranked by USA Today's Money section editors and reporters, the report notes that Gates, who founded Microsoft and used tough business tactics to dominate ... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Monday, July 30, 2007

Podcast - Mac Geek Gab #113: Batteries, Security, College, and Hosting

Opening up the show to a few extended discussions about security, batteries, hosting and more, John and Dave dig deep for you while making sure to translate it all back into human
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

Businesses having second thoughts about Vista

Fewer companies are eyeing a move to Windows Vista than seven months ago, according to a new survey by patch management vendor PatchLink Corp. More said they will stick with what they have or move to Linux or Mac OS X.

[ Full story from Computerworld Macintosh News ]

Apple ships Pro Application Support 4.0.1

Apple today released Pro Application Support 4.0.1, which improves general user interface reliability for Apple's professional applications and is recommended for all users of Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Pro, Motion, Soundtrack Pro, DVD Studio Pro, Aperture, Final Cut Express HD, Soundtrack, Logic Pro and Logic Express. The 7.6MB update requires Ma... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Tenacious hacker brings the iPhone keyboard to a Nokia N800

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iPhone in cake form

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Analyst: iPhone is Harry Potter "squib" of cellphones

Apple and AT&T may have produced marketplace magic in the past, but a new report claims that the firms' iPhone child may lack the gifts of its parents. Timing the introduction of his report just after the release of the final Harry Potter book, Ca... [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

Apple Posts Pro Application Support Update 4.0.1

Apple posted the Pro Application Support Update 4.0.1 on Monday. The update "improves general user interface for all users of Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Pro, Motion, Soundtrack Pro, DVD Studio Pro, Aperture, Final Cut Express HD, Soundtrack, Logic Pro and Logic Express," according to Apple
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Apple releases Pro Application Support 4.0.1

Apple has released Pro Application Support 4.0.1... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Apple Releases Pro Application Support 4.0.1

Apple released Pro Application Support 4.0.1 today:

This update improves general user interface reliability for Apple's professional applications and is recommended for all users of Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Pro, Motion, Soundtrack ... [ Full story from MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors ]

Apple patent app describes future iPhone with multimedia data walkie-talkie capability

Future iPhones could utilize technology that converts text to voice messages... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Worst lawsuit ever

Open man pages from Xcode

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Toxic Software's posted a useful little script if you spend any amount of time in Xcode-- because manopen is having trouble with Leopard, John punched up a shell/Applescript to open man pages directly from within Xcode's command line. It's tiny (and doesn't really do much-- just opens an Xcode Help menu item), but it seems useful-- straight from the command line, you can break out the man pa ge within a GUI, and just keep right on coding.

Because the script uses UI scripting, you've got to enable an option in Universal Access preferences, but then just toss the script in your PATH and you're good to go. I can't imagine it's hugely relevant for everyone out there (I haven't put anything together from the command line in Xcode in a while), but anyone building stuff there will probably appreciate it.

And if viewing pretty man pages from the command line is your thing, Atomicbird Software came up with a script that breaks out man pages in PDF form. If you love working from the command line but love reading man pages in something a little easier to browse, today's your lucky day.
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CRN: Apple's Growth Brings Frustration and Halos to Channel Partners

Apple's explosive growth has been generating frustration amongst some of its channel partners. Others, however, have seen a halo effect, according to CRN News on Monday
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TMO Quick Tip - Managing Your Startup Items

Every time you start up your Mac and log into your user account, there may be several applications that start up, too. Auto-launching applications when you log in can save you from having to manually launch programs, but some apps add their own items to that list -- and they don't always let you know that they have
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FirstEdge 3 Gets Intel Mac Support

MYOB announced the immediate availability of FirstEdge 3 on Monday. The new version of the small business accounting and management application is now Universal Binary, allowing it to run natively on PowerPC and Intel-based Macs
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

PopCap brings Bejewelled to iPhone

PopCap Games today launched a custom version of its flagship game, Bejewelled, for Apple's iPhone. The game is available free of charge to iPhone users who log onto the company's website via the Safari Web browser on the cellular handset, offering the original match-3 puzzler title customized with Web 2.0 capability to take advantage of the iPhone'... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Unsupported apps found in iPhone firmware

Applications not actually available on the iPhone have been found in the device's firmware, according to an observer. In the process of searching through the iPhone's system preference files, the individual discovered five unusual listings within ìDefault ApplicationState.plistî: com.apple.unitconverter com.apple.widget.phonebook com.apple.widg... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

iPhone: 24-hour shipments; iPhone hacks

In brief: iPhone customers are now being told by Apple's online store that the cellular handset ship... [ Full story from iPodNN | The iPod News Network ]

PopCap's Bejeweled free on iPhone

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PopCap Games released a free web-based version of Bejeweled for Apple's iPhone, available via the Safari browser. Take note, this is not a downloadable game, thanks to Apple's insistence on web-based third party apps, so the game actually plays inside the phone's browser. GameDaily spoke with PopCap's Greg Canessa about the project and detail s of the web-based format here.

We've seen what World of Warcraft looks like on the iPhone - and there are already a good deal of web-based iPhone games out there - but Bejeweled is arguably the first polished iPhone-"native" game out there. With the handheld's accelerometer and multi-touch display, we'd love to see what sort of games developers could develop using an actual SDK. Until then, we'll settle for web-based Bejeweled (which you can test out using Safari by going here).
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Binaries, source outed for first 3rd party iPhone app

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Bonjour for Windows 1.0.4 released

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Apple has released a new version of Bonjour for Windows, 1.0.4, just in case you're zero-configuration networking with any Windows PCs in the area. There's no changelog available, but this version dropped as a preview onto the ADC page last month, and apparently "includes Windows Vista support and various other bug fixes and enhancements."

The release is good, of course, not only for Vista, but also for Windows 2000/2003 and XP. Additionally, Apple's covering their 64-bit bases as well-- they've got a 64-bit compatible release ready too. Like it or not, we can't all be on a Mac all the time, and fortunately, Bonjour makes networking without the hassles possible on both platforms.

[via Ars Technica]
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Binaries, source outed for first 3rd party iPhone app

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In which, iPhone apps are built

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It turns out that creating new GUI iPhone apps is both harder and easier than you expect. Saturday night when the first iPhone UI app proof-of-concept appeared, I was tied up with family. I frantically emailed Mike Rose begging him to get a post out, which, wonderful man that he is, he did. Sunday, I grabbed what time I could, intent on testing out the new developer toolchain produced by Nightwatch and company. In summary: if you can wait for an already-compiled binary toolchain to emerge, do so.

The developers have done all they can to make building the tools as simple a process as possible. The folks on the irc.osx86.hu #iphone-uikit channel are helpful and supportive. But the bottom line is pre-alpha means pre-alpha. There many rough compiling patches along the way where I ended up hitting my head against the wall, convinced I could never get the tools built. I had to edit the source several times to get it to compile on my Intel Mac Mini.

Continue reading In which, iPhone apps are built

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iPhone v. Q – War in the backwoods of Mississippi

Apple convinces us to wait for Gen 2

Register Hardware reader Brett Brennan recently joined good friend Pat Coggins, the CTO of CATs Communications â€" a company that specializes in using wireless networks and GPS for real-time tracking applications - for a hunting trip of sorts. Here's the report from the field.…

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Apple iPhone Bluetooth Headset: light and simple, but fails to deliver iPhone’s full potential

Apple's first accessory for the iPhone is its minimalist Bluetooth headset.... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Apple TV external USB hard drive support enabled via third-party patch

A few months back, AppleTVHacks.net and FatWallet set up a bounty... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Hot Forum Topic - The Mac Pro Roadmap

Today TMO readers are taking a good hard look at Apple's Mac Pro and debating what the company may have in store for desktop users
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InfoSpace unveils Find It! for iPhone

InfoSpace today released Find It! for Apple's iPhone, allowing owners of the new cellphone to access... [ Full story from iPodNN | The iPod News Network ]

Apple, Dell ramp up 20-inch LCD orders

Apple and Dell are driving a resurgence in demand for 20-inch computer LCDs, according to claims made by Taiwan display market insiders. Although most computer monitor producers are now focusing almost exclusively on 19-inch and 22-inch widescreen displays, the two American firms have placed orders that are expanding the relatively small market fo... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Unsupported widgets, apps listed in Apple's iPhone firmware

References to several unsupported widgets and at least one new application have been discovered within Apple's iPhone firmware, leading to speculation that some of the hidden features could be unlocked with a future iPhone software update. While r... [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

Adium, the Mac-based instant-messaging king

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Safari, meet Cover Flow

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I'm not sure why eye candy gets such a bad reputation-- we all need a little beauty in our lives, and no UI designer should ever argue that a "cool!" factor is a bad thing to have, when you've already hit all the other bases. Cover Flow is a p erfect example. When people made their wishlists before iTunes 7, I don't know anyone that said they wanted a visual way to browse their albums. But everyone loved the Cover Flow plugin, and now those designers are working for Apple.

So Jimmy G has an idea: why not add Cover Flow functionality into Safari? You could browse updated versions of your bookmarks just like you browse your albums in iTunes. I'm not sure I'd implement it exactly the way he has (click the pic above to see a bigger version), as if I'm browsing my web visually, I'd rather more real estate was given to the pages themselves. But it's an interesting idea.

And I think we could use a little more color in the web browsing experience-- the space between the browser tabs, if you will. If you're a Firefox user you really should try out the Tab Effect; it lets you flip between tabs like a rotating cube. It's actually a little much to use all the time, but it's a cool idea, at least. And the PicLens plugin for Safari also puts a little oomph in your picture browsing-- it can create slideshows of Flickr pictures with just a click. You may think it's superfluous (and yes, if your app doesn't function already, it is) but we all need a little bit of eye candy now and again.

Thanks, Jimmy!
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Use (almost) Leopard's SysPref icon

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If you're at all like me, you didn't wait for too long after the last Stevenote to scour the Internet for that "blades of grass" Leopard wallpaper, just so you too could pretend it was October already and you were using 10.5.

Those of you out there (I have no idea how many of you there are-- we're all Mac nerds, right? ...right?) will have to join me in applauding reader Sebas tiaan, who noticed that there was a new System Preferences icon in the latest Leopard build, and put it up for download. Spreading the actual icon (and the actual wallpaper, actually) is a no-no, but Sebastiaan's icon is only based on the same design, and not a copy of the icon itself.

And even if you aren't into deluding yourself about your version of OS X, it's still a good looking icon. Changing the icon yourself is possible, but using CandyBar is infinitely easier. You too can pretend, at least for a few months until Leopard actually releases, that you're a Leopard-using rockstar.
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Xbox 360 price drop revealed in Wal-mart brochure?

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iFuntastic 2.0 enables mortals to mod their iPhone

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Telstra iPhone SIM hack video

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Although the voiceover on this YouTube video was almost too soothing to listen to, the demo being explained definitely got our excitable attention. We're not sure about this hack's details, but the user demonstrating his iPhone's non-AT&T outgoing call usage here gets two thumbs up from us. Apparently, his iP hone was modified to allow non-AT&T SIMs to make outgoing calls on the Telstra network, although no incoming calls were demo'ed in the video. From watching it, wethinks registration on any GSM network would probably be possible. And catch that authentic GSM radio noise interference that's clearly audible.

[Thanks, Greg]

 

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BAE to build new big guns

Louisville Courier-Journal, KY -The new technology requires fewer sailors to operate the guns and will significantly reduce overall crew requirements. BAE currently employs more than 300 ...<br><img src="/images/chart_7777cc3.gif" class="ticker-icon" width="14" height="12"><a href="http://finance.google.com/finance?q=OTC:BAESY&client=news" class="rich">OTC:BAESY</a><a href="http://www.itweek.co.uk/computeractive/features/2195103/mac-beginners" id=r-8_0>Apple Macs for beginners</a><br>IT Week, UK - 22 minutes ago<br>Macs and Windows PCs both have processors, memory to act as temporary working space and hard disks for storage. Both have USB sockets for connecting ...

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Fox Cities families open their homes, hearts for black youths

Appleton Post Crescent, USA -Fran Dagesse, a middle school technology education teacher, said he posed the possibility of hosting a child to his wife and daughters A Allison, 11; ...

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Friday, July 27, 2007

TimeDrawer: document versioning before Leopard

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TimeDrawer looks like a very interesting document versioning utility that gives you a preview of Leopard's forthcoming Time Machine functionality. It installs as a system preference and "stores your files everytime you update them." It allows you to go back and visually ascertain the differences in previous versions with an Expose-like modal interface (though obviously a far cry from Time Machine's groovy out-of-this-world thing). You activate the interface with a contex tual menu, so you can see changes in files on your desktop or within a given folder, etc.

There have been some previous document versioning applications like Versomatic, but TimeDrawer's interface looks very slick. On the other hand, it's hard to imagine TimeDrawer will last long once Leopard is released (except maybe for those who stick with Tiger, which it requires). On the positive side, TimeDrawer does not require an external drive like Time Machine.

TimeDrawer is now in beta and is a free download from ONERIVER software

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Webjimbo 1.0 released

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We last mentioned Webjimbo when it was in closed beta. Now the clever application that allows you to access your Yojimbo notes over the internet by turning your Mac into a mini web-server has been released. Your notes appear in any web browser in an interface that looks very much like Yojimbo on the desktop. Version 1.0 adds support for passwords and viewing encrypted notes, which was missing in the beta. Also tantalizing is the promise of a future iPhone optimized version ("stay tuned"), which s hould help make up for the deficiencies of the woeful included Notes application.

The same warnings apply as before. You're only able to edit in plaintext and there are security considerations any time you run your Mac as a server. Nonetheless, if you want access to your Yojimbo notes on the go, Webjimbo could be just the ticket.

Webjimbo is $29.95 and a demo is available.
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Apple co-founder Woz backs Internet video venture

An Internet video brainchild of three twentysomething former University of California... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Dailymotion launches iPhone version of its website

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Apple's MacBook Pro 85W MagSafe adapter shipping now

iPhone Tales of Woe: Booting to Single User

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A short while back, Digg hosted a link to this crashed iPhone showing single user mode. In that case, the error message stated that the iPhone couldn't "exec /bin/sh for single user: No such file or directory." Now that the iPhone has been thoroughly hacked, this error has evolved somewhat.

Last night, TUAW friend DrunkDwarf crashed his iPhone but since he'd actually installed a copy of /bin/sh his error was somewhat different. Instead of complaining that it couldn't find /bin/sh, his iPhone simply... ran it. Not that this was much better news. Without a keyboard and no way to attach one, DrunkDwarf was a bit out of luck. He ended up having to do a restore.

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Fannie, Freddie face $4.7 billion in subprime losses: Citigroup

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could have $4.7 billion in unrealized losses from the deterioration in subprime mortgages, Citigroup's fixed-income strategy team estimated on Friday. [ Full story from MarketWatch.com - Top Stories ]

iPO Review - iKaraoke TunePrompter

iKaraoke TunePrompter is a new free program from Griffin Technology for Mac or PC that lets you create your own surprisingly good karaoke videos quickly and easily
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Apple to first launch iPhone in ‘major’ European countries later this year

Apple will unleash its iPhone into the European market during... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Class-action iPhone battery lawsuit filed

The first class-action lawsuit related to Apple's iPhone has been filed, with the plaintiff alleging (falsely) that the battery enclosed in the iPhone "can only be charged approximately 300 times before it will be in need of replacement, necessitating a new battery annually for owners of the iPhone." As reported by Gizmodo, the iPhone's battery is ... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Apple releases Bonjour for Windows 1.0.4

Apple has released Bonjour for Windows 1.0.4, an update to the company's zero-configuration networking software that enables automatic discovery of computers, devices, and services on IP networks. Bonjour uses standard IP protocols to allow devices to automatically discover each other without the need to enter IP addresses or configure DNS servers.... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Attacks likely against unpatched Mac OS Samba bug

Symantec is warning that an unpatched Mac OS Samba bug similar tot he one discovered in May is a likely attack vector, now that the popular Metasploit hacking framework has added an exploit that targets it.

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iTunes Japan: Free Friday Update

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Every week, the Japanese iTunes store updates later than the stores for the rest of the world. Because of this, the iTunes Single of the Week for Japan lags behind other countries. Here is this week's offering for you to download and enjoy.

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Secret Notes: Brushed aluminum iMac's keyboard apparently revealed

Engadget has received photos of what it suggests may be the keyboard that will accompany Apple's forthcoming brushed aluminum iMac, currently expected to debut August 7. [ Full story from Think Secret ]

InfoSpace unveils Find It! for iPhone

InfoSpace today released Find It! for Apple's iPhone, allowing owners of the new cellphone to access the company's Find It! service for free. InfoSpace Find It! is a local search application that distills millions of listings into six categories tailored to the on-the-go user, including: Dine Out, Go Out, Shop, Travel, Health, and Services. The iPh... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Apple now worth double Dell’s market value

On October 6, 1997, in response to the question of what he'd do if he was in charge of Apple... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Hot Forum Topic - What Makes a Mac a Mac?

Today TMO readers are discussing exactly what it is about a Macintosh computer that sets it apart from the rest of the PC industry
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Apple releases Bonjour for Windows 1.0.4

Apple has released Bonjour for Windows 1.0.4... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

News: With Black Hat approaching, is iPhone patch coming?

Apple is not saying whether it will patch a flaw in its iPhone before it is disclosed at Black Hat next week.

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News: NAMM: Yamaha releases updates for Mac OS X

Summer NAMM, the industry music show, has kicked off and Yamaha is one of the first out of the gate with some updates for Mac using musicians.

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U.K. stocks close lower in worst week since 2002

LONDON (MarketWatch) -- British stocks couldn't sustain an early advance Friday, wilting for the second straight session alongside the U.S. stock market, as global credit jitters continued to reverberate. Cadbury Schweppes Friday added to credit market woes by delaying the sale of its U.S. beverage arm that makes Dr Pepper and Snapple. [ Full story from MarketWatch.com - Top Stories ]

Apple, others hurt by new Energy Star terms?

Many computer makers can no longer receive the blessing of an Energy Star label, according to new guidelines set out by the US government. New conditions that took effect last week are meant to encourage use of more efficient power-supplies and CPUs as well as enhanced sleep modes, but have set out conditions that most current desktops and noteboo... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Hacha readies ultrathin PC20 portable media player

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Apple iPhone grabs 1% of Q3 07 worldwide smartphone market in one and a half days

Apple sold 270,000 iPhones in its third fiscal quarter... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Update: Desktop Transporter 2.5

The remote desktop viewing and control software adds bookmarks, the ability to wake sleeping Macs, AppleScript support, NAT-PMP support for automatically configuring the necessary port forwarding, and other changes. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

10 commandments of Mac optimization

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Jason Swadley of InsanelyMac.com let us know about his posting of the Ten Commandments of Mac Optimization (I especially enjoyed the HotWp1 joke). The list is an interesting one, because it's a good mix of actual software tips, and what you might call mindset suggestions. On the pra ctical tips side, Swadley recommends apps like Onyx and AppFresh, to keep your Mac running so fresh and so clean clean. I agree, too, with his tip about periodically taking stock of installed apps, and pruning the tree, so to speak. Like him, I tend to download and try out lots of stuff, and so it's worth it, maybe once every two weeks, to run back through the Applications folder and clear out (with AppZapper, of course) what I'm not using anymore.

But Swadley's other tips are for a much more holistic form of Mac optimization. He talks about removing peripherals that aren't used, buying every piece of software you find useful, and even not coveting your neighbor's Mac (because upgrading your own older machine might be more optimal than carting around a brand new release that you won't use half of).

I like it- - it's definitely a more widespread version of these kinds of lists than I'm normally used to, and all the tips are certainly good ones, even if you've heard them all before.
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Only 'major' EU countries to be in second iPhone rollout

Is your country 'major' enough?

Apple will unleash its iPhone into the European market during the fourth quarter of 2007. But, it seems not all European consumers will be granted access to the must-have gadget this side of Christmas.…

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Only "major" EU contries to be in second iPhone rollout

Is your country "major" enough?

Apple will unleash its iPhone into the European market during the fourth quarter of 2007. But, it seems not all European consumers will be granted access to the must-have gadget this side of Christmas.…

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Light Crafts LightZone

LightZone is a Java-based photo editor for Mac and Windows. It is not a pixel-based image editor similar to Photoshop; LightZone is based on light values and shapes. It is a photographer's tool to imp... [ Full story from MacNN | Product Reviews ]

Cadbury Schweppes halts sale of beverages arm

LONDON (MarketWatch) -- Cadbury Schweppes on Friday became the latest victim of the global credit crunch, halting the sale of its U.S. division that makes Snapple because of worries that potential buyers would have trouble getting funding. [ Full story from MarketWatch.com - Top Stories ]

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Today's most poetic video: Beowulf

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When push comes to shove on the floors of a comi c book convention, nothing can defend your nerd pride like claiming favor to Beowulf. The mere mention of its name will send Doctor Who cosplayers running for cover behind the nearest collectable bust vendor. It's only fitting that both the film and game trailer debuted today at Comic-Con.

Ubisoft has made quite a show out of the San Diego convention, revealing their nerd trifecta of Heroes, Lost and of course, Beowulf. While this first glimpse doesn't feel particularly inspiring, it's not nearly as tacky as the CG effects in the film itself.
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Free TV spotlighted on iTunes store

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Reader Matthew kindly sent us a tip (thanks!) that the TV Shows section of iTunes is currently featuring a five page listing of free television episodes available for download. As you might expect, lots of it is junk-- apparently Scott Baio has another television show, and someone thought it was a good idea to call it "Scott Baio is 45... and Single," but there are some shows worth watching in there, including a BSG wrapup (hey, gotta watch something to hold us over), a few Gray's Anatomy shows, and the pilot of Jericho (those are all iTunes links).

So if you're looking for some free quality video (or just something to play on your iPhone for that trip you're about to head out on), looks like the iTunes store has it.
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GameTap and Codemasters team for two-year deal

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How I got DemoApp to Work on the iPhone

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Earnings alert: Comcast net up, but shares down

Apple execs talk product transitions, iPhone expansion, more...

With most of the attention surrounding Apple's third quarter earnings on Wednesday focusing on iPhone metrics, several interesting revelations by members of the company's executive team have gone largely undocumented. During a 60-minute conference... [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

Earnings alert: XM Satellite quarterly loss narrows

Do You Really Want an iPhone?

Without a doubt, Apple's iPhone is one of the most compelling new electronic devices in years. I'd love to have one--but am I willing to pay $500 or $600 for a first-generation device? Would I shell out $150 to exit my current Sprint Nextel contract to switch to AT&T, the iPhone's exclusive carrier?...
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Apple will sell its millionth iPhone well before September 30th

Apple Inc. said it sold 270,000 iPhones on June 30... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

3M, Apple, others buck market downtrend

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iPhone Purity Test

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Dvorak tries a Mac... he likes it!

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As most everyone reading this no doubt knows, John Dvorak hasn't exactly shown much love to Macs (and all things Apple) over the years. Mac fanboys may now want to brace themselves, however, as it seems Dvorak has had a change of heart -- sorta. While he still has "no plans to move to the Mac platform for my personal use," Dvorak has apparently been using a Mac for the past few months and, shockingly, admits to liking it. Of course, he isn't quite exuberant in his praise, calling the system he's been using (an iMac) "not half bad," adding that "i t's very quiet, and it performs as well as the PC on general office applications." He also found that "the interface is slicker," and that he didn't get the feeling that the computer was going to " start acting weird because of some virus, spyware, or endless Firefox loading procedure." But other than that, he says, he "cannot see much of a difference between the Mac and PC." He even apparently found doing some things on the Mac, like burning CDs, "convoluted." Despite that, he says he has taken to recommending Macs to friends and neighbors, although we somehow suspect he won't go so far as to recommend an iPhone anytime soon.

 

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Update: Kerio MailServer

Kerio Technologies updated its corporate messaging and groupware server with support for both Mac and Windows users to synchronize email, calendar, and contacts with the iPhone. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Apple now worth more than HP

Thanks to a major boost in share price after a rosy earnings report, Apple's worth as a public company is now higher than that of Hewlett-Packard and quickly closing in on other tech giants like Intel and IBM. With shares of AAPL hovering around $145, the company's market cap sits at about $127 billion, surpassing HP's $124 billion. Intel sits at a... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Analyst Shaw Wu Raises AAPL Target to $185 Following Q3 Report

American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu is optimistic enough about Apple's prospects that he raised his target price for the company's stock from US$165 up to $185. The increase follows Apple's strong Q3 earnings report that showed strong Mac sales
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Analyzing Apple's Future Profitibility

Apple seems to be able to weather the buffeting storms of the stock market and temporary bad news because they have synergistic portfolio of products that work together and can survive ups and downs better than the company could when it was Mac only, according to Business Week
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