Updated VMWare Fusion Beta Released

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Date: Friday, June 22nd, 2007, 15:27
Category: Software

On Thursday, virtualization software outfit VMWare released Fusion 1.0b4.1, an updated beta of its Fusion software.
According to Macworld News, the new version, a 171 megabyte download, updates the USB manager to accommodate changes in both the Santa Rosa-based MacBook Pro laptops as well as the Mac OS X 10.4.10 update.
Full details can be found over at the product’s web page. Fusion requires an Intel-based Mac and Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run. The program is available as a pre-order for US$39.99.
As always, if you’ve done the gerbil routine and played with the new version, let us know how it went, good or bad.


iPhone Guided Tour Now Online

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Date: Friday, June 22nd, 2007, 13:24
Category: iPhone

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Reader Michael Long just pointed out the following:
A twenty-minute Quicktime guided tour of Apple’s new iPhone is now available online at their web site, illustrating nearly all of the phone’s features and functions. Go and see the tour here.
If you’re curious and can’t get enough of the iPhone between now and the 171 hours until it’s released, take a gander.


PureMobile Offering Unlocked iPhones

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Date: Friday, June 22nd, 2007, 08:44
Category: iPhone

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The iPhone’s coming out in a week.
You already knew that.
And whether it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread or not, you already have a clear idea as to what you want from the device. For those of you who demanded an unlocked unit, your prayers may be answered.
According to cnet’s news blog, retailer PureMobile looks to be touting unlocked eight gigabyte iPhones on its web site.
If completely kosher, an unlocked iPhone could be used on any GSM carrier as opposed to running exclusively on AT&T’s network.
Currently, the web site only declares that the iPhone is “coming soon” and doesn’t offer a price, but alerts the user that shipping will either be US$19 or US$29 depending on delivery speed selected.
Though an impressive idea, it’s also important to note that an unlocked iPhone will be subject to the same quibbles as all other unlocked phones in that while it will be able to make calls without any problems, data features won’t work out of the box. To date, no alternate carriers have come forth with any plans regarding this issue.
Stay tuned for further details on this developing story.


Solar Jacket for iPods, Cell Phones in the Works

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Date: Friday, June 22nd, 2007, 08:36
Category: iPod

This may not be next on your shopping list, but it could be interesting:
Italian fashion company Ermenegildo Zegna Holditalia SpA (Zegna) recently demonstrated the Solar JKT, an outdoor jacket lined with wearable electronics such as two solar modules in the coat’s collar that can turn solar energy into electricity. According to Playlist, the stored electricity is then routed by conductive textile cables to a buffer battery which can be used to charge a device or store power.
The battery, which measures 70 millimeters by 60 millimeters by 13 millimeters, weight about 100 grams and requires about four to eight hours to load. Once full, a device such as a mobile phone or iPod can be charged in less than four hours through a five volt connection for USB devices and a six volt connection for mobile phones.
The jacket is currently being developed by Interactive Wear AG and Innovative Solarprodukte GmbH (Solarc).
No details have emerged as to pricing and availability, but the Solar JKT coat is expected within the second quarter of 2008.