Get a Mac ads from the UK and Japan ••DRAFT••

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Date: Monday, July 16th, 2007, 14:54
Category: Fun

It looks as if you hosted the Eight original ones as quicktime. They were on the powerpage on April 2, 2007 here is your Archive location
I moved the four new Get a Mac Ads from Japan to your public folder as requested the “OfficeGood” 6MB and “MovieGood” 6MB were translated by Coal on June 7th and “bloated” 12MB was done on the 18th and “practicedrawing” 12MB on the 19th hope you find this satisfactory. you might also want to link to the new UK ones also just so your readers get to see those also without taking up your bandwidth . Some of these would play well in the US I wonder why we do not get some of these scenarios here.

AT&T May Offer Discounted Data-Free iPhone Plan

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Date: Monday, July 16th, 2007, 13:03
Category: iPhone

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When enough customers get irked about something, a company usually works to accommodate then.
AT&T is no exception. According to Electronista, the provider may offer a low-cost data-free plan for iPhone users who threaten to drop their accounts.
Specifically, if a client calls complaining about Internet performance over its EDGE network, AT&T sales agents have apparently been offering to lower their monthly bills to US$40 as opposed to the current US$60/month minimum in exchange for dropping the unlimited data plan and SMS text messaging features.
Other features that arrived with the iPhone and its initial service plan will remain. Subscribers will still be able to use the iPhone’s Wi-Fi feature for browsing as well as have e-mail and YouTube access. Other features that will remain the same include 5,000 night and weekend minutes as well as 450 daytime minute. Visual Voicemail is disabled under the revised contract and the US$40/month fee tacks on minor service fees as well as charges 25 cents for each text message if a separate text bundle isn’t included within the revised account.
For subscribers failing to pass AT&T’s credit check during the activation process despite owning an iPhone, AT&T has quietly instituted GoPhone plans for these users. The GoPhone plan functions as a simplified prepay plan. Up to this point, AT&T had required that virtually all its plans include data and SMS features.
Not a bad alternative if you feel the iPhone’s data functions aren’t up to snuff, but not perfect either. As always, feel free to toss around your ideas and thoughts in the forums.

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World of Warcraft 2.2 to Feature MacBook-Specific Improvements

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Date: Monday, July 16th, 2007, 08:07
Category: Software

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In other news, Blizzard Entertainment has released a new beta version of its World of Warcraft massive multiplayer online role playing game.
The version 2.2 beta, which according to Macworld News, has yet to be released to the public, will include changes such as bug-fixes, revised items, player balancing and the ability to capture gameplay footage via QuickTime.
The new version will require Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later and QuickTime 7.1.6 or later to be able to make use of the new QuickTime functionality.
Perhaps the most interesting new change for portable users are graphics optimizations that are being made. The new version will incorporate changes which utilize AltiVec on PowerPC-based Macs and SSE on Intel-based Macs. The changes are expected to yield performance boosts on Macs wherein vertex animation shaders aren’t available such as the Mac Minis and MacBooks, which use Intel integrated video systems as opposed to specific graphic cards.
If you have any thoughts or ideas on this, let us know over in the forums.

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The Apple Core: 10th Anniversary of Blogging? Try 12th…

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Date: Monday, July 16th, 2007, 08:25
Category: The Apple Core

The Wall Street Journal published a story this weekend about how blogging just turned 10 years old in which they give credit to Jorn Barger for starting the first blog in 1997. WSJ also mentions David Winer, father of Dave’s Scripting News, and Cameron Barrett, who started CamWorld saying “by widespread consensus, 1997 is a reasonable point at which to mark the emergence of the blog as a distinct life-form.”
Duncan Riley’s notes that Justin Hall began an online journal with dated daily entries on January 10, 1996 (which Wikipedia agrees with) and that both Hall and Dave Winer started in 1996.
I take issue with both of their reports because there were a number of people blogging before this and I’m one of them.
Read more about it in my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: Over 150 iPhone Apps Now Available for iPhone

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Date: Monday, July 16th, 2007, 08:57
Category: The Apple Core

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The iPhone’s been out for the better part of a month now and there are some great included features as well as features that seem to have gone missing. And when people spend US$499 to US$599 (before sales tax, keep in mind) on a handset, they’re bound to want to do everything they can with the item.
This is where the third party developers come in.
In less than a month, about 150 applications have surfaced for the iPhone, allowing for new features such as e-mail management, web browser fixes, widget workarounds and Microsoft Exchange server access.
Not content with what’s out there, PowerPage head honcho Jason O’Grady has full links to the list of currently available applications via his blog over on The Apple Core.
If there’s something you want to do with your iPhone that you didn’t think was possible to take, take a gander at the blog and the lists.
In the meantime, I’ll hold off on the iPhone until it can teach my basset hound to tap dance (if it can’t do that, then what good is it?)
If you have any thoughts or ideas on this, let us know over in the forums.

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Apple Confirms iPhone Battery Software Bug

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Date: Monday, July 16th, 2007, 08:05
Category: iPhone

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No matter how much you love your new iPhone, there may be some bugs to sort out.
As the result of a survey held over at The Cell Blog in which over 60% of respondents mentioned that their iPhone didn’t display a fully charged battery, a new comment has emerged.
An Apple PR representative responded with the following: “Your battery is fully charged, but the UI (User Interface) is just not correctly reflecting this. We expect to fix this in a software update.”
No word has been given as to when to expect the software update and Apple apparently has yet to publish any information regarding this bug.
If you’ve seen something similar to the bug in your experience with your own iPhone or have thoughts or ideas about this, let us know over in the forums.

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