Apple COO Reaffirms June Release Date for iPhone

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Date: Wednesday, February 28th, 2007, 13:12
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According to an article on, Tim Cook, Chief Operating Officer of Apple Inc. cited that the iPhone remains on track for a June release according to comments made before the Goldman Sachs 2007 Technology Investment Symposium Conference.
Cook also mentioned that it was still too early to tell if the iPhone would take sales away from the iPod given its added functionality as a music and video player. “The iPod is being sold for a wide variety of uses. We’ll see what happens,” Cook said, adding that Apple has so far sold 90 million iPods since October 2001.


SeisMac 2.0 Utility Released

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Date: Wednesday, February 28th, 2007, 09:09
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Daniel Griscom has released SeisMac 2.0, a freeware Cocoa-based Mac OS X application that allows any Sudden Motion Sensor-equipped iBook, PowerBook G4, MacBook or MacBook Pro to record seismograph data. The program, which accesses these sensors, displays captured data in real time with three axis acceleration graphcs being displayed as SeisMac takes 200 data samples per second on each axis.
The new version of SeisMac includes the following changes:
-Pause the display to study an event
-Scroll back in time to see older data
-Time labels tell exactly when an event occurred
-Enlarge or contract the graph, both vertically and horizontally
-Copy, print or save the screen
-Adjust the sample rate from 10 to 500 samples per second
-“Out of Range” arrow appears when the graph goes off the screen
-Runs on non-SMS machines using test data
SeisMac 2.0 is a 287 kilobyte download and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.


How to Turn an iPod Mini Into a Flash-Based iPod

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Date: Wednesday, February 28th, 2007, 08:32
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Not for the faint of heart, Mark Hoekstra of has published a full step by step guide as to how to replace the hard drive within your iPod Mini with a solid state Compact Flash card.
The reasons for this are relatively clear: the iPod Mini, despite being a sturdy device, was discontinued a while ago with the units coming of age. If and when they do fail, the two major issues are the battery and internal microdrive having gone south.
Though the batteries can be replaced for about US$30, the microdrive is another story. With Flash-based memory prices falling, a Compact Flash card makes sense. New capacities range as high as 137 gigabyes on these cards and Hoekstra sees no reason why this shouldn’t work.
Once again, for the brave of heart and those whose iPod Mini warranties expired a while ago, it’s a good read and could be a fun project.
If you’ve tried this or anything similar, let us know how it turned out.


Missing Sync for BlackBerry Public Preview Released

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Date: Wednesday, February 28th, 2007, 08:39
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Mark/Space, makers of the “Missing Sync” series of utilities that allows Macs to communicate with a slew of PDAs and other devices, has released a public preview of its upcoming Missing Sync for BlackBerry software.
Like the other titles in the Missing Sync software family, Missing Sync for Blackberry allows the user to synchronize contacts, calendars, dates and notes. Additionally, BlackBerry Peal and BlackBerry 8800 owners will be able to use the preview to synch iPhoto albums and iTunes playlists provided the tracks being transfered aren’t protected by DRM code.
The final version of the Missing Sync for BlackBerry is estimated for the end of the first quarter of 2007. The software is a 9.1 megabyte download and requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 and a BlackBerry running version 4.0 or later of its operating system to run. Keep in mind that the software is still in beta and the download process invites the user to look over a list of known bugs, so some caution might be advised before installing this on your Mac.
If you have any experiences with the public preview, positive or negative, let us know.