Thursday, July 31, 2008

Nullriver Introduces 3G/EDGE Tethering App for iPhone [Updatedx3]

Nullriver, Inc. has released NetShare onto the iTunes App Store this evening (via iPhone Alley). The $9.99 application promises to allow you to share your iPhone's network connection with your computer.

Share your iPhone's EDGE or 3G... [ Full story from MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors ]

Apple releases patch for critical DNS flaw

Apple releases a security update for its Tiger and Leopard operating systems to patch a critical Domain Name System flaw, along with a dozen other updates. [ Full story from CNET News.com ]

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Freddie issues incentives for avoiding foreclosures Freddie Mac is doubling the amount of money it pays loan servicers for each successful mortgage workout among other measures to keep struggling borrowers out of foreclosure, it said Thursday. The mortgage... [ Full story from SFGate: Business & Technology ]

Apple resolves DNS spoofing vulnerability in 2008-005

Apple on Thursday unveiled Security Update 2008-005, offering users protection against several major vulnerabilities, some of which affect many different platforms. The most major problem solved relates to Domain Name spoofing wherein a maliciously crafted website, coming in the form of a trusted website, would be substituted, allowing it to collec... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Jade 1.2 adds Flickr, EXIF, save features

DataMind has announced Jade v1.2, an update to its digital image processing and browsing software. Added in v1.2 are an upload to Flickr feature, EXIF data support, new save features and more. Jade is also available as an Aperture plug-in, iPhoto image processor and iPhone application. Jade offers one-button automated image enhancement and batch-pr... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Apple’s cash pile may soon exceed Microsoft’s

Apple Inc. shareholders haven't had much to carp about, with the stock up 1,474% since 2003... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Nullriver Introduces 3G/EDGE Tethering App for iPhone [Updatedx2]

Nullriver, Inc. has released NetShare onto the iTunes App Store this evening (via iPhone Alley). The $9.99 application promises to allow you to share your iPhone's network connection with your computer.

Share your iPhone's EDGE or 3G... [ Full story from MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors ]

ARM’s new architectural licensee is likely Apple

A new architectural licensee revealed by mobile-chip designer ARM might just be an old friend: Apple... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers iFunds iPhone games publisher ngmoco

ngmoco, a new publisher of games for iPhone, has raised a Series A round of financing led by premier venture capital firm... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Apple security update patches critical DNS flaw

Apple released a security update that fixes a DNS vulnerability, among 12 other fixes. [ Full story from Macworld ]

Tether your iPhone, wirelessly. Maybe.

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PaceCalc figures time, distance, pace data on iPhone

Runners, bikers and swimmers have a new iPhone tool, PaceCalc, allowing them to track distances, times and pace. PaceCalc, by Maverick Software, calculates results using time and distance data to provide pace. Athletes can also put distance and pace to calculate time or pace and time to calculate distance. The software offers live recalculating as ... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Nullriver Introduces 3G/EDGE Tethering App for iPhone [Updated]

Nullriver, Inc. has released NetShare onto the iTunes App Store this evening (via iPhone Alley). The $9.99 application promises to allow you to share your iPhone's network connection with your computer.

Share your iPhone's EDGE or 3G... [ Full story from MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors ]

Microsoft examines threats posed by Google, Apple

Formalizing some of the issues Microsoft touched on during its analyst meeting earlier this month, the report also reveals how much it spent to acquire Sidekick maker Danger. [ Full story from CNET News.com ]

Nullriver Introduces 3G/EDGE Tethering App for iPhone

Nullriver, Inc. has released NetShare onto the iTunes App Store this evening (via iPhone Alley). The $9.99 application promises to allow you to share your iPhone's network connection with your computer.

Share your iPhone's EDGE or 3G... [ Full story from MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors ]

Opinion: Apple’s unforgivable DNS delay

Apple’s responseâ€"or lack of oneâ€"to a serious DNS bug has shredded the security goodwill the company earned over the years, John C. Welch argues. [ Full story from Macworld ]

Scott McNulty, signing off

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I'm not used to writing about myself here on TUAW. I'm usually not the story, but just this once we thought it would be appropriate to break with tradition.

After 3.5 years here at TUAW (here's my first post), and serving as lead blogger for a good portion of that time, I will be moving on to other things (perhaps bigger, if I'm lucky, but it is hard to think that they will be better. If they are just as good I'll count myself as a lucky fellow indeed).

TUAW's destiny is now in the very capable hands of Dave Caolo and Mike Rose. TUAW will continue to grow by leaps and bounds under their leadership, and it will bring you all the great tips, tricks, and Mac news you have come to expect.

Read on for more of this treacly goodbye post.

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iPhone Publisher Ngmoco Gets Kleiner Perkins Funding

Publisher ngmoco, the recently founded iPhone exclusive publisher headed by former EA vet Neil Young, has announced that it has secured a round of funding from venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, the investor group behind Apple's $100 million iFund to seed third party iPhone development. Former EA CCO Bing Gordon recently announced he had joined the firm as partner. With the ngmoco funding, Gordon will also become a member of the publisher's board. No other ...

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DIY wi-fi, Vista in disguise, 3G iPhone and more...

DIY wi-fi, Vista in disguise, 3G iPhone and more...Stories of the Month - July 2008

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iPhone Push Notification API released to select developers

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CrunchGear notes that a version of the iPhone Push Notification Service API has been released to "a handful" of developers, and, according to them, will "surely" be released to everyone when iPhone OS 2.1 is released.

If you remember our WWDC keynote coverage (around 11:05 a.m.), the Push Notification Service maintains a connection with third party servers to alert you via an icon badge, custom sounds, or text alerts.

An app that uses this feature isn't really running in the background, but instead sort of registering itself with a metaphorical "hotel operator" that lives in your phone. Once there's something new to tell you, the hotel operator notifies you.

Hopefully this has little effect on battery life, but without actual, real-world use, it's hard to say.

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The strange economy of the App Store

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A few App Store apps have already gotten the public browbeating for tweaking their prices, and here's another: as Johnathan notes, there's a new app on the top of the heap in the paid pile, and apparently the only reason "Units Convertor" (sic) is there is because it used to be free.

We can't necessarily call them out for switching just to sit on top -- what would you do if you had a free app that was being downloaded like crazy and decided you wanted to make some money from it? But being that free apps far outweigh paid apps in terms of distribution, even the #21 free app can quickly jump to the top of the paid pile. We've already posted about how developers might be getting a raw deal out of the App Store (and some publishers have told us personally that they agree), but the economics are very interesting in there right now -- you've got a basically free economy, and considering th at most of the apps out now are easy to make, it's just as likely that you'll see a free version of an app that does the same thing as a paid app.

Of course, what's happening in there actually mirrors what's happening out here with software: some of the best applications around are actually being given away for free. We're still in a strange place with the App Store and its pricing, and you have to think that eventually things will settle down and the developers who deserve to get paid will.
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KPCB adds gaming company to iFund list

A gaming company has been chosen as the next iPhone developer to receive money from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, an announcement reveals. The venture capital firm has agreed to provide ngmoco with Series A money from the iFund, a $100 million pool created to boost companies interested in developing native applications for the iPhone. Althoug... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Apple Provides iPhone Developers with Daily Download Stats

Apple is now offering registered iPhone developers with daily download statistics on how well their applications are doing in the App Store.

Before today, most developers had been left in the dark about their applications performance... [ Full story from MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors ]

HTC's 3G iPhone rival out in 30 countries already

HTC said 50 operators have launched the Touch Diamond in 30 countries so far, and HTC plans to put out 4 or 5 more Diamond handsets. [ Full story from Macworld ]

Apple seeds developer tools for background-conscious iPhone apps

Apple has equipped some of its developers with the tools needed to begin authoring iPhone applications that can receive data over the internet, like instant messages, even when they're not running. The capability to produce these applications, som... [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

PandaWare updates Simple Help Editor to v3.0

The PandaWare Company has released a major update to its Simple Help Editor. Simple Help Editor is a program designed to help developers easily create help systems for both Mac and Windows applications. Version 3.0 adds the ability to add custom HTML to help content pages, giving users a lot of flexibility in formatting and styling. There are a few... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

iPodObserver - ARM May Have Chip Deal with Apple

ARMComputer chip maker ARM recently struck an architecture licensing deal with an unnamed company, and many in the industry are speculating that company could be Apple
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Telefonica loses profits despite aid from iPhone

Spanish carrier Telefonica has reported a decline in its second-quarter profits despite the help of the iPhone, according to published results. Profits dropped 20 percent in Q2 over the same period a year ago, with net income sliding to $3.21 billion from $4.01 billion. This still beats the predictions of a Bloomberg survey however, which had sug... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Update: GyazMail 1.5.8

The POP and IMAP email client adds improved handling of attachments, IPv6 addressing priority in environments where IPv6 addressing is active, improved compatibility with WebKit in Leopard and Safari 3.1, and other changes. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Inside iPhone 2.0 review series: the new iPhone 3G hardware

Apple has significantly improved upon last year's original iPhone while extending many of the benefits of its newest model to existing users in the form of the iPhone 2.0 software update. AppleInsider's week-long "Inside iPhone 2.0" series will prese... [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

AT&T takes wraps off Text Accessibility Plan for iPhone 3G, price hike included at no extra charge

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Just like the original, AT&T now has a so-called TAP (Text Accessibility Plan) all set up for the iPhone 3G that'll offer unlimited messaging and data to folks with disabilities. Interested parties do need to fill out a qualification form, meaning that your average able-bodied customer isn't going to be able to get in on the service -- and unfortunately, it's undergone the same $10 facelift that the regular plans have suffered, meaning subscribers will now be paying $50 a month ($65 for enterprise use) instead of the $40 that was being charged previously. By the way, we're shaking our fists at the heavens right now, cursing inflation, market forces, and corporate greed.
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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Apple: iTunes 7.7.1

"iTunes 7.7.1 includes fixes to improve stability and performance." [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Palringo multi-service IM, MMS client for iPhone

Palringo this week released its free rich messaging application for the iPhone that supports a variety of popular IM services. Available now from Apple's App Store, the Palringo client enables picture messaging, text-based messaging and, soon, vocal instant messaging over the iPhoneís data connection. Palringo integrates with several existing, popu... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Photoshop Lightroom 2 Improves Image Editing, More

Photoshop Lightroom 2Adobe announced the immediate availability of Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 on Tuesday. The new version of the professional digital image editing and composition application includes enhanced non-destructive editing tools, improved RAW image support, and an updated interface
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Apple releases iTunes 7.7.1

Apple released an update to iTunes providing fixes to improve stability and performance. [ Full story from Macworld ]

Palringo multi-messaging IM client for iPhone

Palringo this week released its free rich messaging application for the iPhone that supports a variety of popular IM services. Available now from Apple's App Store, the Palringo client enables picture messaging, text-based messaging and, soon, vocal instant messaging over the iPhoneís data connection. Palringo integrates with several existing, popu... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

iPhone's GPS may be trouble for some users

The iPhone 3G's inclusion of real GPS navigation was initially viewed as a boon, but one blogger is concerned that users' photo-taking activities could compromise the wellbeing of those involved. Blogger Kelso of Kelso Cartography notes... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

iTunes 7.7.1 update now available

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Apple just released an update for iTunes. The release indicates that iTunes 7.7.1 "includes fixes to improve stability and performance." You may recall that the last update for iTunes (7.7) was released on the iPhone 3G release date.

You can download this iTunes update by opening Software Update (Apple menu > Software Update).

Thanks, Michael!
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Apple Releases iTunes 7.7.1 Update

Apple has released an update to iTunes to version 7.7.1. The update promises fixes to improve stability and performance. iTunes 7.7.1 is currently available in Apple's Software Update.

Use iTunes 7.7 to sync music, video, and more w... [ Full story from MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors ]

Could NVIDIA chipsets replace those from Intel in next-gen Macs?

One high-tech journalist is making a compelling argument for why chipsets from graphics chip designer NVIDIA stand the most likely chance to replace those from Intel in Apple's next-generation Macintosh computers. In a report earlier this week, A... [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

NVIDIA candidate for new Mac platform?

Apple's rumored non-Intel mainboard platform may primarily involve a change of suppliers to NVIDIA rather than any kind of custom development, PCPer suggests. The enthusiast site notes that Santa Clara, California-based NVIDIA has been developing its first nForce mainboard chipset for Intel-based notebooks, currently codenamed MCP79, with the aim ... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Apple posts Lexmark Printer Driver 1.1

Apple has released Lexmark Printer Driver Update 1.1, which includes the latest drivers for the Lexmark line of printers. The 71MB update was released Tuesday and is only visible when a Lexmark printer is connected, or a print queue has been created for an earlier Lexmark driver. The update is available through Software Update or can be downloaded ... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Mark/Space offers up Missing Sync for Symbian

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New life for old Macs

Just because you’ve upgraded to a new Mac doesn’t mean your old machine is finished. James Dempsey has several suggestions for ways that creative professionals can squeeze more life out of aging hardware. [ Full story from Macworld ]

Two auto performance meters for iPhone

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AT&T updates iPhone plan for hearing-impaired

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Back in April we noted that AT&T was offering a Text Accessibility Plan for hearing-impaired customers that offered unlimited SMS and data for $40 per month. Now that the 3G iPhone is out, the plans have been updated. Original iPhone customers can still get it for $40, but the 3G crowd is going to have to pony up another Hamilton, bringing the total to $50 per month (Enterprise customers can get the plan for $65). Both plans charge 40 cents per minute for voice calls and include Visual Voicemail.

To be eligible for the plans customers have to complete AT&T's disability certification forms (PDF link). These plans are apparently only available on the iPhone.

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Dell Studio 17 quickly hacked to run OSx86

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Mac 101: organize Spotlight results

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Welcome to another entry in our series for new Mac users: Mac 101. This installment brings us to the preference panel of Spotlight, OS X's integrated search that makes finding that needle in your hard drive's haystack as easy as pie (clearly, it doesn't protect against mixed metaphors).

You're familiar with the way Spotlight returns results, but did you know that you can change the order in which those results are shown? Read on to find out how (and why you might want to do this).

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Camp Tune lets you adjust your Boot Camp partition

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Paragon software has made available a pre-release version of Camp Tune, a new utility for resizing your Boot Camp partition without destroying data. While the Leopard version of Disk Utility is now able to perform partition resizing, it is not able to resize a Boot Camp partition without erasing it (although you could back it up and restore it if needed). Camp Tune runs as a bootable Linux-based CD which allows you to boot your Mac and reallocate disk space between your Boot Camp and HFS partition.

Camp Tune for Mac is presently in pre-release and is being offered as a free download (registration required). The download is a disk image that must be burned to a CD or DVD. Needless to say, you should have a backup for both partitions before using any software of this sort.

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Dear Auntie TUAW: Is My 2.0 iPhone Slow and Buggy?

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Dear Auntie TUAW,

I've been looking to see if there was a post about this, but have people been noticing that the 2.0 firmware on their original iPhones has made them slow, partially responsive, and more buggy? I'm looking for a way to downgrade mine until they get it figured out. Thanks!

Signed, David C.

David, read on for the answer from Auntie TUAW.

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Apple: MobileMe Mail, contact and calendar sync now working for all users

Apple's "David G." is back online over at Apple.com with another MobileMe update... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Apple’s white iPhone 3G case prone to hairline cracks?

Are white iPhone 3Gs prone to hairline cracks? According to reports... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Apple releases Lexmark Printer Driver 1.1

Apple today released Lexmark Printer Driver 1.1... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Is ARM’s secret architecture licensee Apple?

In a repeat run of the announcement of ARM's second quarter financial results... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

ProVUE releases Panorama Enterprise Server for Mac OS X

ProVUE Development announces the release of Panorama Enterprise Server, the first totally RAM-based... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

ARM Announces Major New Licensee, Is it Apple?

9to5mac points to a recent ARM announcement that the company has secured a major architectural licensing deal with an "unnamed OEM" (original equipment manufacturer). This broad architectural license allows the manufacturers to develop their own imp... [ Full story from MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors ]

iTunes App Store Breaks 1000 iPhone App Mark

As Fortune reports, the number of iPhone applications available for download in Apple's iTunes App Store hit 1001 on Monday night--twice the number available at launch two weeks ago. Roughly 20%... [ Full story from iPod Hacks ]

NY Bar Association to continue Mac-free policy

Lawyers taking bar exams in New York have once again foregone the use of a Mac this year, according to information from the state's Board of Law Examiners. Since 2003, people taking the exam have been given the option of using special software, which can be preloaded on notebooks for answering the essay and MPT sections of the test. The Board has... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

ComChart debuts iPhone-ready medical app

ComChart has released v9.3g3 of EMR, its medical records software. The program is designed to reduce the amount of paper used in a clinic or hospital, providing access to patient information such as medications and test results. Users can additionally schedule future appointments and fax or print out prescription requests for pharmacies.... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Computerworld: Deploying the iPhone 3G for business

In part one of a three-part series on enterprise iPhone deployment, Computerworld’s Ryan Faas looks at how best to activate, configure and deploy the iPhone 3G. [ Full story from Macworld ]

Apple says MobileMe transition complete, lost messages recovered [u]

Apple said Tuesday evening that it has rid Mobile Me of the kinks and bugs that plagued its launch from the onset nearly three weeks ago and will now focus on improving other areas of the service. Most importantly, the Cupertino-based company said... [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

iPodObserver - Activating, Configuring and Deploying iPhone in a Business Environment

Apple has added a wealth of features in iPhone 2.0 software to make it enterprise ready. While arguments linger on the suitability of the iPhone for enterprise and comparisons to the BlackBerry continue, for those IT managers who want to properly deploy the iPhone, Ryan Fass at Computerworld...
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Apple seen as likely new ARM licensee

Chipmaker says "a leading handset OEM" has signed up for a far-reaching architectural license to the company's mobile-chip designs, following Apple's acquisition of P.A. Semi. [ Full story from CNET News.com ]

OrionGadgets ships new leather cases for iPhone 3G

iPhone accessory-maker OrionGadgets has announced four new leather cases for the iPhone 3G. All four of the new cases feature soft leather construction, belt clips and free shipping to the US and Canada. The Leather Horizontal Pouch Type Case, available in red, ($25) features a magnetic fastener for opening and closing the case. The Horizontal Pouc... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

ARM gives license to mystery phone maker

Mobile chipmaker ARM has handed out a mystery architecture license for its processors, the company revealed Wednesday while discussing its latest quarterly results. The company unusually declines to say which manufacturer it may be but notes that the particular licensee is a "leading handset OEM [original equipment manufacturer]" and that the deal... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Apple: Lexmark Printer Driver 1.1

...includes the latest drivers for Lexmark printers [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

StuffRadar 1.1 divides categories, adds due dates

Developer Synium says it has released a v1.1 update to StuffRadar, its debut iPhone application. The software keeps track of various personal possessions, namely books, movies, music and games. Items are entered via an Internet search, and can be divided into Library and Wish List categories. Owned items can be marked as borrowed from someone el... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Hot Forum Topic - Reader Poll: iPhone 3G Purchases

Today TMO readers are talking about how many iPhone 3G purchases they plan to make before the end of 2008. Take the reader poll and let us know what your buying plans are
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iPodObserver - iPhone 3G Cases Cracking

iPhone 3GApple replaced the metal back on the original iPhone model with a colored plastic back on the iPhone 3G, and after little more than two weeks on the market some owners are reporting that the back on their new iPhone is cracking. Apparently the issue is more prominent on the...
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iPhone 3G owners reporting mysterious cracks

Cracks have been developing on iPhone 3Gs belonging to a number of owners, according to media and customer reports. The damage appears to consist mostly of hairline fractures, typically around the volume and vibrate controls, but also in some cases around corners, speakers or the headphone jack. Affected models also appear to be white as a majori... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Apple says MobileMe transition complete, lost messages recovered

Apple said Tuesday evening that it has rid Mobile Me of the kinks and bugs that plagued its launch from the onset nearly three weeks ago and will now focus on improving other areas of the service. Most importantly, the Cupertino-based company said... [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

iLuv offers iPhone 3G cases

iLuv is offering new cases designed to fit the iPhone 3G. [ Full story from Macworld ]

Apple: MobileMe now fully-functional

Apple's beleaguered MobileMe service should now be fully operational, according to a status update. Following almost three weeks of difficulties, the company says it has resolved the vast majority of Mail issues, in particular webmail and message history issues that have persisted for 1 percent of MobileMe subscribers. Despite this a chatline has... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Rogers paying ‘significant’ subsidy on 3G iPhones

Rogers Communications is paying a hefty but unspecified subsidy on every iPhone it sells, Still, it may well be worth it. According to its latest quarterly report wireless data revenue was up 34 per cent in the latest quarter, not counting the just-released iPhone [ Full story from IT World Canada: Daily IT NewsWire ]

Mark/Space Intros Missing Sync for Symbian

Mark/Space announced the immediate availability of The Missing Sync for Symbian devices on Wednesday. The application lets Mac users synchronize data from Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Motorola devices with their Mac
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iPhone 3G: From 'must have' to 'maybe later'

Apple has screwed up the emotional connection to its products by reminding us of all the technology involved to make them work. I just want beautiful things. [ Full story from CNET News.com ]

3G iPhone: From "must have" to "maybe later"

Apple has screwed up the emotional connection to its products by reminding us of all the technology involved to make them work. I just want beautiful things. [ Full story from CNET News.com ]

Dell to launch MP3 player, claims mole

PC manufacturer back onstage with another DJ Ditty?

Watch out Apple, because Dell is poised to unveil an MP3 player and music downloads service, according to company insiders.…

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SEC extends limits on naked short selling

The Securities and Exchange Commission has extended an order designed to prevent so-called naked short selling in stocks of major financial companies, including mortgage giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Originally a 10-day emergency order set to expire July 31, it now will run through Aug. 12 and won't be extended further. [ Full story from MarketWatch.com - Top Stories ]

John Carmack planning a "graphical tour-de-force" for the iPhone

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Ah, game developers (especially EA game developers, of which id software's John Carmack is now one, after their announcement at E3 that they'd work together to publish games). They thrive on hype, and live, it seems sometimes, off of speculation. That's probably why Carmack has told Forbes that not only does he love his iPhone, and not only does he not want to "announce anything specifically," but id wants to mak e a game for the iPhone and "it would be," according to Carmack, "a graphical tour de force." See what we mean? Ah, game developers.

Anna Kang, who's the president of id Mobile (no relation), says that any id game they might be working on for the iPhone wouldn't be a new IP, so that puts it very much in the range of a Doom, Wolfenstein, or Quake game, and considering that another Wolfenstein sequel is being worked on right now, that probably makes it the most likely.

For his part, Carmack sounds really excited to have the iPhone as a platform (especially since he hasn't always seen eye-to-eye with Apple) -- he equates it in terms of power to a PS2 or Xbox, and says that a company could easily shell out $10 m illion on an iPhone game, be it a first person shooter or a deep MMORPG. But he admits that the 99-cent sales in the App Store can't support that yet, and it probably wouldn't be the best thing for id Mobile to pour their resources into something like that quite yet. Nevertheless, we'll wait and see what they come up with.

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Video: Blackberry KickStart 8220 flip

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Sure, you've read the KickStart 8220 preview and seen plenty of snaps, but video is still the only way to demonstrate some features of a device. Especially when it's not yet available in shops. Fortunately, Kevin Michaluk over at CrackBerry put together almost 9-minutes of moving pictures demonstrating two-handed Suretype thumbing, the 8220's more deeply inset trackball, and slick OS 4.6 action. He even went head-to-head with the iPhone 3G to demonstrate the KickStart's Internet browser. But enough with the words eh, video after the break.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

SEC extends restrictions on short-selling

Federal regulators on Tuesday extended through mid-August a temporary order banning a certain kind of short-selling of the stocks of mortgage finance companies Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and 17 large investment banks. The Securities and Exchange Commission said... [ Full story from SFGate: Business & Technology ]

Apple Completes MobileMe Mail Service Restoration

Apple has reported on their MobileMe status blog that they have now restored Mail service, including historical messages, to all of those affected by the MobileMe mail outage.

Thank you all for your extreme patience during this trying... [ Full story from MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors ]

How to configure and deploy the iPhone 3G for business, part 1

Before the iPhone will ever rival the BlackBerry in the workplace, IT admins will have to figure out how to best activate and deploy it to their workers. In a three-part series, Computerworld's Ryan Faas explains how it's done. This is part 1, which focuses on activation and configuration.

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Electronics can sap school budgets; six tips for saving

Tight budgets or not, college students will spend more money on electronics in their back-to-school purchases this year than on apparel and apartment furnishings, underscoring the lofty place PCs, iPhones and other gadgets have taken on students’ must-have lists. [ Full story from MarketWatch.com - Top Stories ]

MobileMess fallout: Is Apple’s rapid growth really a curse, putting ‘it just works’ at risk?

Apple has staked its reputation on tight control of a few carefully designed, faultlessly executed products... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Night Productions releases free Pref Setter 2.0 for Mac OS X

Night Productions has released Pref Setter 2.0. Pref Setter is a utility for editing... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Apple releases Aperture 2.1.1

Apple has released Aperture 2.1.1 which supports general compatibility issues, improves overall stability, and... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Luminair allows iPhone to control DMX stage lighting

SyntheFX has released a handy iPhone app for A/V and theater professionals. Luminair 1.0 allows remote control of intelligent DMX512-A lighting systems via the iPhone. DMX is a widely-used standard for digital control of stage lighting, special effects and fog machines. Luminair uses Artistic Licence's Art-Net protocol through a Wi-Fi connection to... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Sophos Pursues Rivals With Plans to Buy Utimaco

Sophos' bid to buy German data encryption vendor Utimaco will help the company compete against McAfee and Symantec in endpoint security. Meanwhile the two market leaders are building up their own data loss prevention product line.
- As the race to put more security technologies on the endpoint continues, Sophos needs to add strong encryption and data leak prevention technologies to its portfolio if it wants to continue building momentum. Enter Utimaco Safeware. Sophos announced plans July 28 to pursue the German data security...
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