Apple Snags Interference Prevention Patent for iPhone

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Date: Thursday, May 31st, 2007, 12:22
Category: News

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Even if some of us are a tad skeptical as to whether the iPhone can possibly live up to its hype, Apple seems to have added some pretty cool new technologies to it. A recently granted patent made only a few weeks before the January Macworld Expo, where the iPhone was announced, demonstrates what Apple planned to do about the iPhone potentially interfering with other peripherals within a certain range of the device.
According to electronista, a small detector chip installed within the iPhone’s hardware could be trained to recognize certain classes of devices and warn the user if these devices could interrupt the iPhone’s main signal. The warning could take place via either an audio or visual cue, as described in the patent and Apple notes that an updated list could be provided in order to prevent false positives.
The hardware can also be used to help maintain a clean signal according to the write-up. Onboard software can continuously readjust the device’s antenna to keep an optimal signal for the user.
Albeit the patent doesn’t specifically refer to the iPhone, Apple may be able to license the technology as well as use it in additional products down the line.

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Fabrix Introduces Additional Laptop Case Designs

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Date: Thursday, May 31st, 2007, 11:42
Category: Cases

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On Thursday, Fabrix introduced two additional designs to the Delux Laptop Case Collection.
The new designs, “Floral Explosion” and “Black Beauty”, sport a summer look and are available for the 13.3″ MacBook, 15.4″ MacBook Pro and custom sizes for non-Mac customers.
Prices for the cases begin at US$40.90 and customers can also order an iPod sleeve for only US$12.90 with each laptop case ordered.

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PowerPage Podcast Episode 45

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Date: Thursday, May 31st, 2007, 10:30
Category: Podcast

PowerPage Podcast LogoEpisode 45 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (42’23, 15.07MB, AAC).
Your panel: Jason O’Grady, Rob Parker, and Chris Barylick.
Topics include: Apple TV being upgraded with larger 160GB hard drives and support for YouTube videos later this summer, iTunes 7.2 with iTunes Plus, Western Digital shipping their 250GB, 5400RPM Scorpio notebook hard drive and Microsoft’s new Surface computer.
Subscribe to the PowerPage Podcast directly in iTunes or add the Podcast RSS feed to the newsreader of your choice.
Thank you to The Tragically Hip for allowing us use their music in the podcast. Check out their new album World Container in stores now.

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Firefox 2.0.0.4 Released

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Date: Thursday, May 31st, 2007, 08:35
Category: Uncategorized

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On Wednesday, mozilla.org released Firefox 2.0.0.4, the latest version of its free web browser.
The new version, a 17 megabyte download, adds Windows Vista-specific fixes and enhancements, provides support for the Afrikaans and Belarusian localizations and repairs the following security holes:
-XUL Popup Spoofing
-XSS using addEventListener
-Path Abuse in Cookies
-Persistent Autocomplete Denial of Service
-Crashes with evidence of memory corruption (rv:1.8.0.12/1.8.1.4)
Firefox 2.0.0.4 requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new version and have feedback about it either way, let us know.

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Apple on Third Party iPhone Apps/D Conference Transcript

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Date: Thursday, May 31st, 2007, 08:43
Category: News

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And now, the iPhone-related news:
According to CNet, during an interview with Wall Street Journal columnist Walt Mossberg at the paper’s D Conference, Apple CEO Steve Jobs mentioned that while the iPhone won’t ship with support for third party applications, Apple is open to the idea and is working to make this possible later in 2007. Jobs implied that there were concerns about security issues, which could have added to the delay.
Despite a direct question during the interview, Jobs did not mention an exact release date for the device.
A full transcript of the event can be found over at Engadget while a web clip can be seen below:



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Cool Find: Safe Sleep 1.0

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Date: Thursday, May 31st, 2007, 08:32
Category: Software

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It may not be iPhone-related news, but developer Tomis Erwin may have come up with something useful.
SafeSleep 1.0 is a free AppleScript front-end that taps into various Terminal commands to improve upon Mac OS X’s sleep features. Here, the computer can save the contents of the memory to the hard drive before shutting down the computer. This features is also available on other operating systems and is known as “Hibernation” or “Suspend-to-disk”.
The program requires a laptop running Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run and is a 21 kilobyte download courtesy of MacUpdate.
Give it a shot and if it works out for you or goes south in any way, let us know.

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