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Class Action Suit Filed Against Apple Over iPhone Battery

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

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

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

On Monday, Mozilla.org released version of its Firefox web browser.
The update comes just a few weeks after a recent security update, the 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 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.


Compeq Wins iPod Board Contract, Will Begin Production in September

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

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

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.widget.worldclock (potentially different from the Clock application)
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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Date: Tuesday, July 31st, 2007, 08:00
Category: iPhone

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

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.