Class Action Suit Filed Against Apple Over iPhone Battery

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Date: Tuesday, July 31st, 2007, 15:30
Category: Legal

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A class-action law suit has been brought against Apple and AT&T accusing the company of unfairly steering its user base towards buying frequent and expensive iPhone battery replacements via a non-replaceable battery.
The suit, represented by lead plaintiff, Illinois-based Jose Trujillo, alleges that the lithium-ion battery found in the current version of the iPhone will exhaust itself in approximately 300 charges – roughly a year of consistent use. The situation thereby guarantees that users will need to have the battery replaced on a yearly basis, a situation that could have been avoided via an easily accessible battery compartment.
According to Gizmodo, Trujillo has stated that the customer is essentially tricked into buying a unit wherein users can’t easily replace the battery by on their own:
“Unknown to the Plaintiff, and undisclosed to the public prior to purchase, the iPhone is a sealed unit with it’s [sic] battery soldered on the inside of the device so that it cannot be changed by the owner,” the suit notes.
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Mozilla Releases Firefox 2.0.0.6

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Date: Tuesday, July 31st, 2007, 12:55
Category: Software

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On Monday, Mozilla.org released version 2.0.0.6 of its Firefox web browser.
The update comes just a few weeks after a recent security update, the 2.0.0.6 version patching the following bugs:
-Unescaped URIs passed to external programs.
-Privilege escalation through chrome-loaded about:blank windows.
According to Macworld News, the patch will also be seen in upcoming versions of Mozilla’s Thunderbird and SeaMonkey programs.
Firefox 2.0.0.6 is a 17 megabyte download and requires Mac OS X 10.2. or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new version and seen either positive or negative changes, let us know in the forums.

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Compeq Wins iPod Board Contract, Will Begin Production in September

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Date: Tuesday, July 31st, 2007, 11:41
Category: iPod

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Getting back to the iPod, Compeq Manufacturing has apparently signed a contract to produce circuit boards for future Apple iPods.
According to DigiTimes, which cites sources close to the deal, the Taiwanese manufacturer will begin ramping up production of rigid-flex PCBs in August and commence full-scale production come September.
The company is also said to have been validated to produce both the boards and some of the interconnecting parts in the iPhone, adding the firm to a short list of companies that can be used for expanded iPhone production or as a backup should the need arise.
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iPhone Firmware Files May Provide Hint to Upcoming Features

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Date: Tuesday, July 31st, 2007, 09:07
Category: iPhone

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Despite the fact that an iPhone software update would be more than welcome right about now, some interesting clues have emerged with regard to where Apple might be taking the iPhone in the near future.
The guys at iPhoneology appear to have located some goodies via a trek through the iPhone’s firmware files. According to this screenshot, the following files may point toward some upcoming widgets or new applications altogether:
com.apple.unitconverter
com.apple.widget.phonebook
com.apple.widget.translation
com.apple.widget.worldclock (potentially different from the Clock application)
com.apple.mobile.radio
Even if many of these files are just ports from the Mac OS X 10.4 Dashboard, the mobile.radio file could suggest the possibility that Apple is looking to stream radio or come out with their own FM tuner for the handset.
Apple has yet to announce a release date for its first software update, so it’s anyone’s guess as to what the future holds at this point.
If you have any thoughts, ideas or theories of your own on this, let us know over in the forums.

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myPhone

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Date: Tuesday, July 31st, 2007, 08:00
Category: iPhone

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OK, I was the last PowerPage editor to succumb and drove to the Christiana Mall in Delaware on the 4th of July to wait in line for 10 minutes with about a dozen folks for the 50 remaining iPhones at the Apple Store there.
Most bought two.
As an existing AT&T customer, I had no problems activating and for the most part the iPhone is everything I expected and less. It took me about 20 minutes to investigate and use every last nook and cranny of the iPhone. It is that good an interface. Does it lead me to conclude that it falls short in terms of what it can do? Sure, but one can always hope for a bit more in a software update or two and even more in the next generation.
Am I disappointed?
Hell, no!
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Apple Releases Pro Application Support 4.0.1 Update

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Date: Tuesday, July 31st, 2007, 08:39
Category: Software

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Late Monday, Apple released version 4.0.1 of its Pro Application Support software.
The update, a 7.6 megabyte download, improves interface reliability for Apple’s professional applications such as Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Pro, Motion, Soundtrack Pro, DVD Studio Pro, Aperture, Final Cut Express HD, Soundtrack, Logic Pro and Logic Express.
As with most Apple updates, users can snag the software via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature provided one or more of Apple’s professional applications have already been installed.
The update requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new version and have either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know in the forums.

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Mac OS X 10.4.10 Power Issues and Workarounds

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Date: Monday, July 30th, 2007, 15:31
Category: Software

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A group of users have reported a wide variety of issues since installing Mac OS X 10.4.10. Chief among these concerns is power issues, wherein the system will report that a USB device is drawing too much current.
According to MacFixIt, the issue can be resolved by disconnecting additional USB devices from the same USB bus or adding an externally powered USB hub to the mix to supplement the power.
Others have reported success in downgrading to Mac OS X 10.4.9. For those new to the Mac or nervous about the process, MacFixIt has also posted a full tutorial as to how to back up your data, reinstall Mac OS X and get back to a version of the operating system without this problem.
If you’ve seen this problem or have another idea or workaround, let us know over in the forums.

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Bejeweled Comes to iPhone

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Date: Monday, July 30th, 2007, 12:13
Category: iPhone

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On Monday, PopCap Games announced that the company has launched a custom version of its Bejeweled puzzle game for the iPhone.
The game is being offered for free to users who log on to the company’s web site via an iPhone.
According to MacNN, the iPhone version of the game, which incorporates the handset’s display and input controls, was developed in cooperation with developer Arkadiusz Mlynarczyk, a programmer who’s worked with iPhone games before.
If you’ve tried the iPhone-specific version of Bejeweled, let us know in the forums.

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The Apple Core: Apple TV USB Port Hacked

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Date: Monday, July 30th, 2007, 12:42
Category: The Apple Core

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Hacks not being limited to the iPhone, a group of users over at Apple TV Hacks managed to find a way to get the built-in USB port on the Apple TV.
Jason’s got the full details over at The Apple Core, albeit the patch is pretty rough and for the tech-brave-of-heart at this point.
Take a look and if you have any ideas or comments on this, let us know in the forums.

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#iphone-dev Team Compiles First Third-Party App for iPhone

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Date: Monday, July 30th, 2007, 08:10
Category: iPhone

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Whether Apple hit on the perfect combination of software for the iPhone or not, the guys over at the Slashdot, the group has released the standard “Hello, world” application (picture here) and cites that the application is both native to the iPhone and uses the device’s GUI.
The crack opens up development for anyone who wants to write a program for the device, even though they’ll still have to install the iPhone “Toolchain”, write the application, compile it, translate it and install the application to the iPhone.
Take a look and see what you make of it. The road to new third-party applications on the iPhone isn’t an easy or smooth one at this point, but it’s being created nonetheless and may lead to some very cool things…
Feel free to chip in your two cents on this over in the forums.

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