AT&T Under Fire for iPhone Termination Fees

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Date: Thursday, July 12th, 2007, 11:11
Category: iPhone

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Despite the favorable reviews it’s received in the few weeks since its debut, the policies surrounding the iPhone came under fire yesterday when Representative Edward J. Markey (D-Malden), chairman of a House subcommittee on telecommunications and the Internet, had some choice words about AT&T’s termination fees.
According to The Boston Herald, Markey criticized AT&T’s US$175 early termination fee as well as AT&T acting as the exclusive provider for the iPhone until 2012 in yesterday’s hearings.
During his speech, Markey described the iPhone as akin to the Eagles’ song, “Hotel California”, in which “You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave – you’re stuck with your iPhone and you can’t take it anywhere.‚Äù
The comment arose during a hearing to decide whether Congress should grant the cell-phone industry’s wish of being allowed to pre-empt states from regulating wireless phone companies. Individual state public utility commission currently hold the authority to regulate both the terms and conditions of wireless service agreements.
If you have any ideas or thoughts on this, let us know via the forums.

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PowerPage Podcast Episode 51

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Date: Thursday, July 12th, 2007, 11:02
Category: Podcast

PowerPage Podcast LogoEpisode 51 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (1:03’53, 22.7MB, AAC).
Your panel: Jason O’Grady, Rob Parker and Youngmoo Kim.
Topics include: QuickTime 7.2 and iTunes 7.3.1 updates and we review the first two weeks with iPhone.
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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iPodVolumeBooster 1.3 Released

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Date: Thursday, July 12th, 2007, 10:42
Category: Software

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I’m not sure how useful this is, but it could be cool. Hans-Peter Dusel’s iPodVolumeBooster program has just been updated to version 1.3. The program acts as a workaround for the volume-limited iPods sold in Europe and works around the 100 decibel sound output restriction.
The program itself alters a database used by the iPod, thereby allowing with MP3 and AAC song files to remain unaltered.
Version 1.3, a 1.1 megabyte download, repairs the following bugs:
-iPodVolumeBooster now recognizes titles on the iPod.
-The new version now recognizes external iTunes music libraries.
iPodVolumeBooster is available for free and requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new version and have feedback about it, let us know in the forums.

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Reports Surface of iPhone Batteries Not Fully Charging

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Date: Thursday, July 12th, 2007, 08:12
Category: iPhone

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Getting back to the iPhone, the guys at iPhone Atlas and MacFixIt are reporting that a surprisingly high number of iPhone owners have stated that their batteries aren’t charging completely. In these cases, the universal plug icon fails to appear, which brings into question whether the battery itself is fully charging.
The iPhone Atlas article recommends charging the iPhone for at least 10 hours as a means of optimizing the unit’s battery life. If this has taken place, try restoring the device as well as fully draining the battery and recharging.
In some cases, iPhones have been failing to charge unless they were turned off, then plugged into a wall outlet. Should this happen, the article recommends contacting Apple for possible repairs or a warranty replacement.
If any of you have seen this on your iPhone, let us know in the forums.

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Microsoft Office 2004 Updated to Version 11.3.6

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Date: Thursday, July 12th, 2007, 08:32
Category: Software

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Late Wednesday, Microsoft released version 11.3.6 of its Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac suite. The new version, a 15.4 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
Improvements for Excel 2004
-Security is improved: This update fixes vulnerabilities in Excel 2004 that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer’s memory with malicious code.
Improvements for Entourage 2004:
-Microsoft Exchange public folder data loss issue is fixed: This update fixes an issue that causes data loss when public folder users who have a permission level of “Editor” or greater use Entourage to empty the cache for all public folders on the server running Exchange Server.
-Japanese postal code dictionary is updated: The Japanese postal code dictionary is updated with the latest information as of May 2007.
The update can be downloaded directly from Microsoft’s web site as well as through the Microsoft AutoUpdate application, which is typically found in Mac OS X’s Applications folder after the software has been installed.
Microsoft Office 2004 requires Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later to run and varies in price depending on the version purchased.
If you’ve had either a positive or negative experience with the new version of Office 2004, let us know in the forums.

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