TechTool 4.5.3 Released

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Date: Friday, July 27th, 2007, 12:32
Category: Software

On Friday, software firm Micromat released version 4.5.3 of TechTool, its best-selling utility software for the Mac. The new version, a 25.6 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:
-Updated Volume Structures and Optimization routines.
-Updated Volume Journaling feature for Intel-based Macs.
-Integration of the TechTool Pro 4 Security Patch.
-Added compatibility for new Macintosh models up through June, 2007.
-Other minor changes and feature enhancements.
TechTool Pro 4.5.3 retails for US$98.00 and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and TechTool Pro 4.5.1 to run. The software is coded as a Universal Binary and runs at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
If you’ve tried the new version and had either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know in the forums.


Tutorial for Creating Custom Ringtones from iTunes Previews Goes Live

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Date: Friday, July 27th, 2007, 10:21
Category: iPhone

When the iPhone was released a month ago, the body politic was not enamored to find a lack of custom ringtones. In fact, they were irked. Maybe this was a feature that was yet to be released in a future software update or Apple was working out a contract with a ringtone provider.
It could have been anything.
Still, there’s a vacuum to fill and Erica Saldun of The Unofficial Apple Weblog fame has stepped in with a killer tutorial as to how to create ringtones for your iPhone via the previews on the iTunes Store:
“1. Create a new playlist. Drag unpurchased songs from the iTunes store into your playlist. The songs will retain their “Add Song” buttons and their price within the playlist.
2. Export your playlist. Select the playlist in the sources column. Control-click/Right-click the playlist name and choose Export Song List from the pop-up menu.
3. Save the playlist as plain text. Select Plain Text from the Format pop-up and save the playlist file to your desktop.
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TinyBuddy Yet Another AIM Client for iPhone (from AOL)

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Date: Friday, July 27th, 2007, 09:19
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There’s a new web-based instant messaging client for the iPhone, and it’s kind of, sort of, from AOL. It’s TinyBuddy, written by AOL employee James Burke and hosted by the AOL Greenhouse.
It’s not an official AOL project, but Burke’s used his up-close knowledge of how AIM works to make a instant-messaging client for iPhone that’s a bit different than all the others when it comes to security.

iPhone Central: TinyBuddy: AIM for iPhone from AOL, sort of

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New iMac Chiclet Keyboard Leaked

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Date: Friday, July 27th, 2007, 09:08
Category: iMac

See that? That’s the rumored, “super slim,” brushed aluminum keyboard said to be accompanying Apple’s new iMac computer. It certainly appears to share the key design of the MacBook like we heard but seeing “Photoshop” in the exif data doesn’t give us a high degree of confidence here. Regardless, a forum jockey over at the Rhapsody Apple forum in Hong Kong will sell you the keyboard (s/he has more than one) for 1,200 of the local stuff or about $153.40.

There’s a pretty convincing five photo gallery apr√©s jump. Right down to the Apple Development Team sticker on the bottom (with serial and barcode) thats bound to get someone fired.
Do you love it or hate it?

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Manga Comes to iPhone

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Date: Friday, July 27th, 2007, 08:39
Category: iPhone

About a month after its release, the iPhone is still soaked in geek appeal. Bring one out in public and people will want to play with it and the owners have the coolest nerd toy of the moment. The iPhone could get even geekier as Japanese telecom software manufacturer Voice Bank announced that it had inked a deal with the Digital Manga Association to format Japanese comic books for the iPhone.
According to, Voice Bank has created a converter that shrinks the manga page format down to the iPhone’s resolution.
Voice Bank has stated that it’s currently looking for a distribution partner in the United States.
Cool stuff. Granted, sitting on the subway reading through manga probably isn’t the best way in the world to keep your lunch money, but I’ve only read the first three collections of “Death Note” so far, so this is compelling…
Let us know what you think in the forums.


Apple May be Under Deadline to Fix iPhone Security Hole

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Date: Friday, July 27th, 2007, 08:22
Category: iPhone

Apple may be under the gun to repair an iPhone security hole announced on Monday by security group Independent Security Evaluators.
The group, which discovered a security hole in which the iPhone could be manipulated into sending personal data from the handset provided the iPhone accesses a malicious web site, has promised to show how the hack was performed at the upcoming Black Hat 2007 security conference in Las Vegas next week.
According to Macworld UK, Apple is under pressure to release a first software patch for the handset. Historically, this task has been traditionally assigned to wireless carriers, a common task with mobile phones. Unfortunately, this also seems to have proven a heavy task for a wireless carrier to take on, as carriers have sometimes proven slow to patch software even in cases where prominent bugs are known.
“Right now other smart phones are full of vulnerabilities and they are not getting patched,” said Robert Graham, CEO of Errata Security. “This is actually a good test to see if Apple can do this better than the mobile carriers.”
Rumors have also surfaced that Graham’s business partner, David Maynor, who became infamous in 2006 by discussing details as to problems with Apple’s wireless cards, could be readying a “zero-day” iPhone attack. Via an e-mail interview, Maynor has hinted that this may happen; “We are trying to get something ready but there are no guarantees it will be stage-worthy in time,” he said. “After last year… we make sure that it’s painfully obvious or we don’t do it.”
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.
And if you have thoughts on the iPhone or what you’d like to see in the first software update for the device, let us know in the forums.


CoolBook Updated to 2.3, Receives Santa Rosa Support

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Date: Friday, July 27th, 2007, 07:30
Category: Software

On Thursday, developer Magnus Lundholm released CoolBook 2.3, the latest version of his shareware CPU frequency, voltage and temperature monitoring program.
The new version, a 325 kilobyte download, adds updated documentation as well as full support for Apple’s recently-released backlit LED screen MacBook Pro laptops with Intel’s Santa Rosa hardware improvements.
CoolBook 2.3, which retails for a US$10 shareware registration fee, requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and an Intel-based Mac to run.
If you’ve tried the program and have either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know over in the forums.