Friday, August 31, 2007

Third iPhone software SIM unlock team claims September 1st release

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The two big teams claiming iPhone software SIM unlock solutions (iPhoneSIMfree and UniquePhones) have been a bit mum of late, but while iPhoneSIMfree's hack is supposedly due by tomorrow, if you're the type to believe the hype you read on internet forums, then you just might have a free (as in beer) alternative. Unknowns the Deathcorp team claim tomorrow September 1st will also mark the wide public release of their iPhone SIM unlock software, which is supposedly going to be distributed with no charge to you. As usual, we'll be there to sort the fact from the fiction.

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Xsan offers Scientists Ideal Research Environment

The research scientists at Columbia University’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society keep way ahead of the global warming curve. Thanks, that is, to the Xsan that hosts their data library. A powerful and freely accessible online tool, the data library lets researcher “view, manipulate, and download more than 400 climate-related data sets. At least 60,000 users from more than 120 countries use the library each year, and they can depend on Apple’s solution to help them quickly locate and download the data they need.� [ Full story from Apple Hot News ]

News: Analyst: iTunes pricing spat with NBC could hurt Apple

An analyst says NBC may lose millions by its decision to not renew its iTunes Store contract, but the move may help undermine Apple's aspirations of dominating online videos the way it does digital music.

[ Full story from Macworld ]

Mac Gems: LaunchBar 4.3.2

If you haven't tried LaunchBar yet, you really should. It continues to be one of the most perfect Mac productivity utilities ever devised.

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Refurbished MacBook, iMac, highlights

Apple is offering reconditioned products via its online store from nearly every corner of its Mac business. Refurbished MacBooks are available for as low as $949, while guaranteed good-as-new iMacs are priced from $849. The company is even offering its top-end Mac Pro workstations at discounted rates to price conscious shoppers. Refurbished MacBook... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Autoblog Green Podcast #11

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As we head toward the Frankfurt Motor show, AutoblogGreen Podcast #11 is filled with talk about what we'll see at the show. There've been lots of developments from European manufacturers, and we're eager to see those cars up close. Sam also got the chance to attend a GM Powertrain event at their Milford proving grounds where he was able to drive some of the new engine technologies around, including HCCI. While there, he a lso snagged interviews with Paul Najt and Uwe Grebe talking about the work they've been doing developing new GM powertrains. It's 36 minutes this week, and we've fixed the RSS and audio issues from the last couple episodes. Thanks for listening!

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From the Lab: Testing iLife's system requirements

iLife '08 sports some pretty steep system requirements, particularly for the new version of iMovie. If you're wondering how well Apple's new digital lifestyle suite runs on an older Mac, wonder no more -- Macworld Lab Director James Galbraith has the results of our latest tests.

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Australia ISP adds Mac support line

Overseas internet service provider iiNet today launched the first ever technical support line dedicated to Mac users in Australia. The company's CEO said his company formed the service for the growing number of customers using Macs. "The number of iiNet customers who use Macs is increasing [...] this new support line is about extending our already ... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Joystiq Podcast 015 - Truly Outrageous edition

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Apple CEO Steve Jobs slams door on NBC

Here's the latest advice from Silicon Valley to Hollywood: Don't cheat on Steve Jobs and then... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Disney Channel continues to back iTunes

In the wake of NBC's announcement that it plans to pull its content from the iTunes Store and Apple's subsequent announcement that it would cancel the broadcaster's contract, other providers of for-purchase content available through iTunes have lined up to express their continued support and media availability. Disney Channel executives, for instan... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

More business apps: WebEx’s PCNow comes to Apple’s iPhone

The online collaboration company WebEx has launched an iPhone-compatible... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Disney Channel: We still love iTunes

In the wake of NBC's announcement that it plans to pull its content from the iTunes Store and Apple's subsequent announcement that it would cancel the broadcaster's contract, other providers of for-purchase content available through iTunes have lined up to express their continued support and media availability. Disney Channel executives, for instan... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

News: Google Desktop adds support for nine languages

Google Desktop for the Mac has been improved with support for nine additional languages and other refinements in its latest beta release.

[ Full story from Macworld ]

Apple iTunes Store to stop selling NBC television shows

Apple on Friday afternoon issued a press release confirming that it will indeed halt sales of NBC television shows through its ubiquitous iTunes download service beginning with the upcoming television season. The move, the company explained, follo... [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

iPodObserver - iToner Adds Custom Ring Tones to iPhone

Ambrosia Software announced the immediate availability of iToner 1.0 on Friday. iToner is a Mac OS X-based application that adds custom ring tones to Apple's iPhone without requiring any special hacks
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Apple pulls NBC TV shows from iTunes Store after NBC demands more than double price increase

Apple today announced that it will not be selling NBC television shows... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Update: REALbasic Plugin Collection 7.5

Monkeybread Software's extensive collection of REALbasic classes and controls adds TCP/UDP/AppleTalk classes, a class for calling Realbasic code from Javascript code, and more. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Update: FileWave 3.0.1

The cross-platform automated software distribution and management system adds fixes for displaying Mac OS 10.4.10 and Windows Vista, XP, and 2000 from the FileWave Admin application, plus improved performance for FileWave Server and FileWave Admin. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Amazon MP3 store soon, to undercut iTunes?

Amazon's MP3 music store may finally be available next month with prices lower than those at Apple's store, according to a report from the New York Post. The newspaper cites anonymous industry sources who claim that the often-delayed store will launch the week of September 17th, carrying protection-free tracks from EMI as well as Universal and in... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Apple to launch ringtone service for iPhone users

Apple during its media event next Wednesday plans to unveil a new ringtone service that will allow iPhone users to turn almost any song sold through iTunes into a ringtone for an additional fee, according to the NY Post. While the exact pricing fo... [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

News: Sony throws in the towel on Connect music store

Sony's three-year effort to beat Apple's iTunes Music Store is over. The company will shutter its Connect music store and adopt Windows Media DRM.

[ Full story from Macworld ]

iPodObserver - iPhone Custom Ring Tones in the Works

Apple has been working with the major record labels to bring songs as custom ring tones to the iPhone, and may be ready to make an announcement as early as next Wednesday's special media event. The ring tones will be available through the iTunes Store, and customers will be able to choose which part of a song they want for their customized ringer
[ Full story from The Mac Observer ]

Apple Macs return to Best Buy in major way; new ministores a hit

The Macintosh has landed at Best Buy - again... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Longtime Windows sufferer quickly becomes elitist Mac snob

Receiving a new primary computer for me has always been somewhat bittersweet... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

iPhone gets more business apps

Apple's eagerly anticipated handset continues to see more corporate functionality lined up for its UK release later this year

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Photos of the month - August 2007

Mash ups, avatars, iMacs, sonar experts and Google Earth

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SanDisk CEO flashing forward to phones

With Apple's stronghold on the MP3 player market, Eli Harari is looking to mobile phones, which require more and more of SanDisk's flash memory. [ Full story from CNET News.com ]

The 2008 iPhone display? Sharp's next gen multi-touch LCD revealed

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Want to see the glass behind the iPhone's multi-touch panel? Well this ain't it, it's better. Sharp -- one of Apple's iPhone panel providers -- just unveiled their newest 3.5-inch, 320 x 480 pixel resolution multi-touch panel which does what its predecessor did in just half the thickness. The new 1-mm depth was achieved by integrating the photodetector into each pixel while incorporating scanning functionality for fingerprint authentication or barcode and business card scanning. Right, with the appropriate underlying software of course. Sharp expects to adapt the new technology to multi-touch, glass panels as large as 12.1-inches. Sample LCDs will be made available in September before mass production beings in the Spring of 2008.
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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Hardware unlocked iPhone locked again after update

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Beware brave hardware unlockers -- and we mean that, you're brave to void warranty and risk handset failure to use the precious -- if your iPhone is at version 1.0 when you start your task updating it to 1.02 may erase all your hard work. Apparently Sergeij2000 over at the Hackint0sh discovered this the hard way while upgrading his unlocked iPhone and had to unlock it once again -- though he does mention that the modem did seem to stay unlocked. We expect the same will hold true for the software unlocks once rolled out -- and likely TurboSIM as well -- but hopefully a few clever solutions will appear to save us from the vicious circle we're bound to spiral into. Our only bit of advice for the short term is to let new updates soak for a few days letting the early adopters take the brunt of the grief.

 

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Apple Store currently offline [UPDATE: 10:41pm EDT: Store back online]

Apple's online store is currently displaying the familiar message... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Capuccino iTunes Skin 0.8.2 Released

Tired of the brushed-metal look of iTunes? Change the look of your favorite music player to "capuccino" with Capuccino iTunes Skin 0.8.2 for Mac OS X. To install:Click right button of the mouse... [ Full story from iPod Hacks ]

Apple dropped on $720K lobbying this year

Apple played heavily in the political arena in the first half of this year, spending $720,000 on lobbying the federal government. The Associated Press reports that the company lobbied Congress on legislation designed to update the U.S. patent system. "Trade groups for high-tech industries favor legislation that would help weed out bad patents by al... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Apple's Pages '08 is All Grown Up

News: Computerworld: The iPhone at two months

After two months of steady iPhone use, Computerworld's Michael DeAgonia concludes that Apple's latest device continues the company's tradition of rocking industry complacency, with the brilliance of the iPhone shining brighter the more you use it.

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Review: Mac mini Core 2 Duo

The latest Mac mini models have made some impressive gains in terms of performance, without gaining bulk or higher price tags. Still a great bargain, especially for those who already own a mouse, keyboard, and display, the Mac mini's size and price allow it to fit into spaces and budgets that other Macs cannot.

Mac mini Core 2 Duo 2GHz (4.0 Mice) Best Current Price: $794.00 (via ProductFinder)
Mac mini Core 2 Duo 1.83GHz (4.0 Mice) Best Current Price: $594.00 (via ProductFinder)

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Podcast: Speculating on Apple's latest mystery announcement

Apple's latest mystery announcement, Vista's new attempt to catch on, and a slew of great new gadgets hit the stores. [ Full story from CNET News.com ]

Stocks Are Mixed Amid Economic Worries

Stocks finished a back-and-forth session mixed Thursday as investors grappled with weaker-than-expected economic data and weighed the chances of the Federal Reserve lowering interest rates. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is expected to speak Friday at the... [ Full story from SFGate: Business & Technology ]

Asian financials may pace U.S. brokerages declines

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Asian financial stocks are expected to fall on Friday after Lehman Brother Holdings Inc. said profits of major U.S. brokerages may hurt by rising credit costs and Freddie Mac said second-quarter net income slipped 45%. [ Full story from MarketWatch.com - Top Stories ]

Stocks end mixed on worries about economy, credit market

Dow slips 51; tech sector fares better with gains by Sigma Designs, Apple, Cisco Systems

Stocks finished a back-and-forth session mixed today as investors grappled with weaker-than-expected economic data and weighed the chances of the Federal Reserve lowering interest rates.

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News: ConceptDraw Project 4 coming in September

ConceptDraw Project 4 is a major new release of the project management software from CS Odessa, coming to Mac and Windows in mid-September.

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iPodObserver - Nokia's Zune-Like Marketing Unlike Apple's

Nokia is already taking aim at Apple's iPhone in Europe, but they've taken the wrong marketing approach, according to Blackfriars' Marketing on Thursday
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Stocks Fluctuate Amid Economic Worries

Stocks finished a back-and-forth session mixed Thursday as investors grappled with weaker-than-expected economic data and weighed the chances of the Federal Reserve lowering interest rates. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is expected to speak Friday at the... [ Full story from SFGate: Business & Technology ]

iPod gets local nuisance to pipe down

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Every urban neighborhood has its characters and unique personalities that add to the flavor of the place. In Sunset Park, Brooklyn, where I live now, the accordion guy who plays Spanish folk tunes near the subway is a fixture, and he gives a friendly nod or a "Buenos Diaz" every morning. Back in the old 'hood -- Park Slope, PRB (people's republic of Brooklyn) -- one of the local folks has apparently been contributing a rather bitter taste.

The New York Times City Room blog tells the story of the Park Slope sidewalk ranter, a dedicated Mets fan who, from his seat in front of a deli, would harangue passing Yankees fans with racial epithets and slurs. Nothing seemed to quiet this guy down. Nothing, that is, until a distinctive pair of white earbuds appeared... and now there is peace and quiet.

Only in New York. At least, for the sake of everyplace else on earth, I hope that it's only in New York.

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A match made in hell: Microsoft eying RIM?

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A match made in hell: Microsoft eying RIM?

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Stocks retreat on renewed credit concerns

Dow off 14 points amid uncertainty about Fed's intentions on interest rates

Stocks fluctuated today as investors grappled with weaker-than-expected economic data and weighed the chances of the Federal Reserve lowering interest rates.

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Apple AirPort Can Be Grounded with IP Header Hole

Attackers can exploit Apple's AirPort Extreme wireless routers using the IPv6 protocol. [ Full story from eWeek Infrastructure ]

iPodObserver - Computerworld On iPhone: Best. Phone. Ever.

After years of abject hate for cell phones and their designs, Computerworld's Michael DeAgonia found what he was looking for in Apple's iPhone. He calls it the "Best. Phone. Ever."
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Planbook: Lesson planning for teachers, Mac style

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News: MacPractice announces DR and Imaging for dentists

MacPractice DR adds digital radiography and imaging to MacPractice DDS, the dentists' office management package for Mac OS X.

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Associated Press delves into legalities of iPhone unlocking

With several iPhone unlocking methods gaining traction over the past week, the Associated Press has done some investigating into the legalities of the matter and is reporting that unlocking the phone for one's personal use appears to be legal. On ... [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

iFuntastic all growed up, hits version 3

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Apple sued for alleged violation of accessibility laws at retail store

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Keynote bug: Spontaneous reboots

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Despite Keynote's maturity, a significant bug remains. Several users are reporting that pressing the "Play" button after composing a project causes the machine to immediately reboot.

From what's been reported so far, it seems to be limited to laptops, specifically iBooks and MacBooks, with and without an external monitor attached. At this point, no fix has been found.

Have any of you experienced this problem? Can you lend a hand in the troubleshooting?

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Apple and Volkswagen Discuss an iCar

Apple CEO Steve Jobs and Volkswagen's chief Martin Winterkorn met recently in California to discuss possibilities for an "iCar" that feature products made by Apple, according to the Associated Press in Berlin on Thursday. Nothing concrete has developed so far
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Hot Forum Topic - What's Your Sub-notebook Dream Machine?

Today TMO readers are discussing what features they would like to see in a sub-notebook portable computer from Apple
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New: WriteBD 1.0

Software Architects introduced WriteBD, which makes it possible to read and write to rewritable (BD-RE) Blu-ray discs using the standard Mac Finder interface. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Easypano ships Panorama2Flash for Mac

Easypano today released the Mac version of Panorama2Flash, an application designed to help batch convert spherical and cylindrical panoramic images to Flash panoramas. The latest revision allows users to customize the viewer size, supports showing as well as hiding the loading bar, and enables users to tailor various items like pa/tilt and rotating... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

ADRs lose ground; financials hit on Lehman broker downgrade

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- U.S.-listed securities of overseas companies fell Thursday, as financial companies weakened in line with Lehman Brothers cutting profit estimates for major U.S. securities firms and Freddie Mac reporting lower earnings. [ Full story from MarketWatch.com - Top Stories ]

Migrating to a new Mac - say hello to a Mac Switcher

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Migration AssistantWell, what better way to introduce myself but to sing the praises of the almighty Mac! I'm Jason Clarke, and I'm brand new to TUAW, although I've been writing over on sister-site Download Squad for a couple of years now. I was also briefly the lead blogger for The Unofficial Microsoft Weblog, until it was rolled into Download Squad. Despite my checkered past, this post is going to be me preaching to the choir, so consider yourself warned.

Today was a very happy day for me, because my MacBook Pro that I've been eagerly anticipating arrived. I've been a very happy Mac user since I received my first MacBook, about 4 months ago. Now, receiving a new primary computer for me has always been somewhat bittersweet; the excitement of the new machine is always offset by the pain of migrating from the old one.

When migrating from and old to a new Windows machine, I would always plan for two days of hell, followed by two weeks of minor (and sometimes major) aggravation when some utility that I needed in that moment had yet to be installed or configured. I had heard that Macs have a migration assistant, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Find out what happened (as if you don't already know) after the jump.

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Apple AirPort Can Be Grounded with IP Header Hole

Attackers can exploit Apple's AirPort Extreme wireless routers using the IPv6 protocol. [ Full story from eWEEK Technology News ]

Freddie Mac Profit Down 45 Percent in 2Q

Freddie Mac, the nation's second-largest buyer and guarantor of home mortgages, said Thursday its second-quarter profit fell 45 percent as it had to record larger provisions on its books for bad loans. The McLean, Va.-based company said it recorded a $... [ Full story from SFGate: Business & Technology ]

Apple AirPort Can Be Grounded with IP Header Hole

Attackers can exploit Apple's AirPort Extreme wireless routers using the IPv6 protocol. [ Full story from eWEEK Security ]

Windows laptops can’t compete with Apple’s well-crafted MacBook, MacBook Pro

Apple's well-crafted machines have been gobbling up market share... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Freddie Mac profit slips 45% on credit provisions

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday that its second quarter net income slipped 45% primarily due to a higher provision for credit losses and mark-to-market losses on credit-related items. [ Full story from MarketWatch.com - Top Stories ]

Content: Get Family Guy on Your Xbox Live

Fox's Family Guy is headed to Xbox Live. The first two seasons will be available for purchase for 160 Microsoft points (about US $2) per episode. The series has yet to hit rival VOD Apple's iTunes.... [ Full story from Kotaku ]

SolutionBase: Joining Macs to Windows networks

The first step in optimizing Mac use is ensuring Apple systems can share resources with Windows systems. In addition to ensuring Mac users can access files and printers on Windows systems, technology professionals can configure Windows systems to access files and printers on Macs. Erik Eckel offers a look at what's involved. [ Full story from TechRepublic.com ]

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Apple Posts AirPort Extreme (802.11n) Base Station Update

Apple released AirPort Extreme Base Station (with 802.11n) Firmware update 7.2.1 on Wednesday. The update adds 802.11n Draft 2.0 certification
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Nokia Wades into New Music, Gaming Services

Nokia revealed a new online music store, new handsets and a global gaming service as it takes on Apple. [ Full story from eWEEK Desktops & Notebooks ]

AirPort Extreme Base Station Firmware 7.2.1

Apple has released a firmware update for the AirPort Extreme Base Station with 802.11n.

The AirPort Extreme Base Station with 802.11n* and Firmware 7.2.1 is Wi-Fi certified for 802.11n* draft 2.0. This update also includes bug fixes a... [ Full story from MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors ]

What would the iCar be like?

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IPhone Hackers Could Face Legal Battle

Hackers have figured out how to unleash Apple's iPhone from AT&T's cellular network, but people hoping to make money from the procedure could face legal problems. At least one of the companies hoping to make money by unlocking iPhones said it is... [ Full story from SFGate: Business & Technology ]

IPhone Hackers Could Face Legal Battle

Hackers have figured out how to unleash Apple's iPhone from AT&T's cellular network, but people hoping to make money from the procedure could face legal problems. At least one of the companies hoping to make money by unlocking iPhones said it is... [ Full story from SFGate: Business & Technology ]

Vodafone Germany surprises with its own visual mailbox

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While not the same as the iPhone's visual voicemail, we're pretty sure Vodafone Germany subscribers will be happy to check this out. When new voicemail messages arrive, they are dropped on the handset via MMS as an audio clip. Users can then listen to their voicemail on the handset by simply clicking the user's message they are not screening interested in hearing. This free service is available now for all Vodafone contract subscribers, with CallYa customers getting it this fall. Who said good things don't come for free?

 

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AirPort Extreme update offers security fix

Apple today released an update to its advanced wireless router to bring it up the latest 802.11n wireless specification and to fix design issues with older versions of the router. AirPort Extreme Base Station Firmware version 7.2.1 is now Wi-Fi certified for 802.11n draft 2.0. The free update, the company said, also includes bug fixes and security... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Yeah, about that Nokia iPhone -- they were trying to demo touchscreen Symbian S60

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So yeah, we talked to Nokia today about that iPhone knockoff of theirs. Turns out they totally neglected to mention that they were trying to show off the iPhone-esque software, not the iPhone-esque hardware. The concept they were driving at is they want to take Symbian S60 into the wonderful world of touchscreen, and that kind of input system they demoed could show up on any form factor device. Why they decided to show off said S60 touchscreen software on a total ripoff of the iPhone (and not, say, on some mockup N-series device) is a little less clear, but it certainly made for some hilarious fodder this morning. Seriously though, don't forget to check the video, you can almost hear the soothing sounds of the iPhone ad mandolin playing.

 

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NFL and DirecTV partner on streaming games

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NFL Sunday ticketYou can now watch NFL football over the interwebs, free from regional restrictions! Excited? We thought so -- here's what you'll need. First, sign up for DirecTV's Sunday Ticket ($269/year). Second, add in the "SuperFan" program (an additional $99/year). Third, you'll need a Windows PC (sorry Mac users). Once all that is squared away, you can enjoy watching live games webwide in Internet Explorer. Meh, says we, especiall y when you look at MLB.TV. Admittedly, the SuperFan package is required for HD delivery of the games on DirecTV anyways (which the internet feed definitely won't be), so chances are that football nuts may already have these packages lined up. The NFL is keeping tight control over their content, but this is a step in the right direction. Meanwhile, "misplacing" a Slingbox at your buddy's place in another region is looking better and better.

 

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Apple releases AirPort Extreme Base Station with 802.11n Firmware 7.2.1

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Apple: AirPort Extreme Base Station with 802.11n Firmware 7.2.1

"... is certified for 802.11n draft 2.0. The update also includes bug fixes and security updates." [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Librarian Pro: Keep track of your media and more on Mac and PC

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Reminder: talkcast tonight at 9:30, win a copy of Awaken

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Don't forget, our weekly talkcast will be kicking it Wednesday style tonight at 9:30 pm ET. We'll be introducing TUAW's newest bloggers (ooo!), welcoming special guests (aah!) and giving away a couple of delightful prizes (wow!). You need to register for a Talkshoe PIN prior to the show, so go ahead and do that now. We'll wait. Might as well download the Gizmo Project SIP client too; that way you can dial in to the show without paying SkypeOut or toll charges, or burning your cellphone minutes (you can always listen for free via the Talkshoe c lient, and if the stars align you can chat back with the embedded Shoephone VoIP tool).

Thanks to the fine folk at Embraceware, our two trivia contest winners tonight will receive licenses for Awaken, the iTunes alarm clock tool, at the end of the show. Awaken is also up on MacZot today at a $5 discount, if you don't trust your Mac trivia mojo. Besides, if you buy a license now, you can set your alarm so you remember to join the talkcast! See how it all fits together?

Thanks Jerry & Hakim for tonight's giveaway!
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Apple issues iPhoto, AirPort Extreme software updates

Apple over the course of the past 24 hours has released two small software updates -- one targeting that latest version of its iPhoto application and a second aimed at its 802.11n AirPort Extreme Base Station. iPhoto 7.0.2 Released late Tuesday... [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

Team unlocks iPhone via software

Hackers claim to have successfully unlocked Apple's iPhone without modifying any hardware. The iPhon... [ Full story from iPodNN | The iPod News Network ]

iPhone 101: Bookmark travel destinations

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I did some traveling this summer (with two toddlers, so don't be envious). Certain that I'd need to conduct a search or two, I bookmarked my destinations on my iPhone, and you can do the same. Just follow the steps:

  1. Launch Google Maps.
  2. Enter the zip code of your destination city.
  3. Once it has been found, create a bookmark.
  4. Repeat for each stop you'll make.

Now, when you're jonesing for a venti iced green tea latte in a strange place, simply launch Maps, click Bookmarks and then your location. You'll be sippin' in no time.
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Logitech Launches Two New USB Headphones

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Review - MailTags 2

Apple's Mail application offers some pretty powerful tools for organizing your email, but it could do so much more. Thanks to indev software's MailTags, it does
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Apple to launch iTunes TV service in U.K.

Service will compete with broadcasters like Channel 4 and the BBC that have launched their own on-demand services in the last year. [ Full story from ZDNet News - Front Door ]

Popcorn 3 expands DVD options, more

Roxio has released Popcorn 3, the latest version of its Mac video conversion software. In particula... [ Full story from iPodNN | The iPod News Network ]

iTunes adds free music from Paul McCartney

Apple's iTunes Store is offering a free song and video by Beetle member Paul McCartney for one week ... [ Full story from iPodNN | The iPod News Network ]

Report: flash memory overflow without Apple

Service will compete with broadcasters like Channel 4 and the BBC that have launched their own on-demand services in the last year. [ Full story from ZDNet News - Front Door ]

Nokia Wades into New Music, Gaming Services

Nokia revealed a new online music store, new handsets and a global gaming service as it takes on Apple. [ Full story from eWEEK Technology News ]

Source: flash memory overflow without Apple

Flash memory producers could actually suffer from oversupply this fall without Apple's help, say new estimates from southeast Asian researchers. Although initial reckoning suggested that Samsung's unprecedented factory power cut and the subsequent loss of millions of chips could have reduced world supply of NAND flash by as much as 20 percent, the... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Nokia Wades into New Music, Gaming Services

Nokia revealed a new online music store, new handsets and a global gaming service as it takes on Apple. [ Full story from eWEEK Wireless ]

Nokia Wades into New Music, Gaming Services

Nokia revealed a new online music store, new handsets and a global gaming service as it takes on Apple. [ Full story from eWEEK.com Messaging and Collaboration ]

MTV And RealNetworks Hope To Spoil Apple

The music channel and the digital media firm target Jobs; analyst not sure it's enough. [ Full story from Forbes.com News ]

Universal To Set Its Music Free

The world's largest music company will sell restriction-free music downloads at Amazon.com and other online vendors. But not at Apple's iTunes store. [ Full story from Forbes.com News ]

Skim 0.7 update

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Since we last mentioned the Skim PDF reader and annotating application it has grown considerably and the newly released version 0.7 adds bevy of new features. Since that early release back in April they've added considerably to the markup and searching tools (including live search of the document with context in addition to searching just the annotations). There's also greatly expanded AppleScript support and a presentation mode. The crazy keyboard shortcut system we com plained about before has also been simplified and improved. In short, Skim is getting better by leaps and bounds and is definitely worth another look if you regularly need to read and markup PDFs. While you can still only highlight PDFs with selectable text (i.e. PDFs that are not just scans), the anchored note and box features make marking up even image PDFs easier.

Skim remains open source and thus a free download from SourceForge.

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SCPlugin: Subversion client plugin for the Finder

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Most developers these days use a version control system to keep track of changes in their code, and Subversion is probably the most popular. While there are some slick Mac clients available, some folks have wanted a solution that integrates with the Finder like the Windows client TortoiseSVN integrates with the Windows shell and the SCPlugin brings exactly that. While they still have some features on the wish list (e.g. repository browsing), the developers think the newly released version 0.7 is "ready to be your one-and-only Subversion interface." It offers contextual menu control for common operations as well as icon badging to help you see file status visually.

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