Leaked iPhone Firmware Files Point to Possible European Carriers

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Date: Thursday, July 5th, 2007, 07:35
Category: iPhone

After less than a week out in public, the iPhone firmware has apparently been leaked over the Internet and is currently under review by anyone who cares to look it over.
According to Engadget, a forum post over at Hackintosh disclosed that the following files were found within the iPhone’s firmware:
It’s currently believed that the files point to possible European wireless carriers for when the iPhone is released to these markets later this year.
More information on this as soon as it becomes available.


Poll: First Changes for iPhone?

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Date: Wednesday, July 4th, 2007, 07:19
Category: Poll

It’s the Fourth of July and a holiday here at the PowerPage, but with iPhones in hand and the better part of a week to play with them, we wanted to know what you’d change in the first major software update:

What Improvements Would You Like to See in the First iPhone Software Update?
Improvements in the activation service through iTunes.
Improvements to correspond with AT&T’s boosted EDGE network.
Ability to use iPhone as an Internet connection while docked with laptop.
SMS photo send support.
Wider access to third party applications outside of web tools.

That being said, have a safe and happy Fourth, wherever you are.


BMW Confirms iPhone Integration for Future Models

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Date: Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007, 11:56
Category: iPhone

Via a brief announcement posted on its web site, auto manufacturer BMW has confirmed reports that it would be the first to offer full iPhone integration with its cars.
According to iLounge, the company has noted that cars currently equipped with the iPod/USB interface (namely the 3 and 5 series manfactured from March, 2007 on; the X5 series manufactured from April, 2007 on and the 6 series manufactured from September, 2007 on) will be able to use the iPhone with music and Bluetooth hands-free calling.
The company has promised additional details in the near future.


Ecamm Releases Call Recorder for Skype 2.1

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Date: Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007, 11:02
Category: Software

On Tuesday, Ecamm Network released Call Recorder for Skype 2.1. Call Recorder for Skype functions as an add-on for the Skype Voice over Internet Protocol program and allows users to record and archive their conversations.
The new version, a 1.4 megabyte download, adds the following features and changes:
-Adds an option to automatically discard short recordings.
-Adds an option to keep the Call Recorder window in the foreground during Skype calls.
-Call Recorder will now properly respect Skype’s mute button.
-Fixes a recording problem which could cause distorted sound when using certain input and output devices on a Power PC Mac.
-Fixes a warning message that could be displayed while recording voicemail messages with Skype v2.6 or later.
-Fixes a problem which caused the Call Recorder windows position to be forgotten after quitting Skype.
-Fixes an issue with default encoding settings on newer Macs.
-Fixes an issue which could cause Skype to hang after a conference call.
Call Recorder for Skype retails for US$14.95 and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later and Skype 1.4 or later to run.
As always, if anything good or hideous comes out of your experience with the new version, let us know.


Apple Releases Audio Update 2007-001 Patch

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Date: Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007, 08:22
Category: Software

On Monday, Apple released Audio Update 2007-001, a small software patch that resolves a “popping” sound that might be heard on some external speakers connected to Intel-based Macs.
The update is a 660 kilobyte download via Apple’s web site and is also available through Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.
Users will need to have Mac OS X 10.4.10 already installed before using this update.
If you’ve had either a positive or negative experience with Audio Update 2007-001 on your Mac, let us know.


Apple Fleshes Out iPhone Battery Replacement Program Details

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Date: Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007, 08:15
Category: iPhone

Apple has updated its iPhone support web site, offering supplemental details regarding its iPhone Battery Replacement Program.
According to MacNN, the replacement terms state that if your iPhone battery demonstrates a diminished ability to hold an electrical charge, Apple will repair the iPhone for a service fee of US$79 plus US$6.95 shipping and handling, bringing the total to US$85.95. The repair process requires about three business days.
Apple has also noted that the iPhone’s data will not be preserved, so be sure to sync your iPhone to iTunes before sending it in.
If you’ve been having trouble with your iPhone’s battery or have an idea or workaround regarding it, let us know.


Macintosh 2.0

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Date: Monday, July 2nd, 2007, 13:15
Category: iPhone

If the iPhone is version 2.0 of the Macintosh computer, then the 4GB iPhone is the second coming of the original 128k Macintosh. Product reviews seem to bear this out: The iPhone is phenomenal, while falling short. A vision of the future, hampered by the constraints of current technology.
The iPod was doomed to the same slow death as the PDA. Almost everyone carries a mobile phone and increasingly, they can do it all. Horrid little convergence devices that live in your pocket. Connected to a network with operating systems that remind me of the screen menus built into my TV set.
Enter the iPhone: iPDA, iCamera, iWebrowser and iPod. It is the handheld computer that Microsoft could not envision. Just like the original Macintosh, it is running well out on the edge of the curve teetering on a technological reality that barely meets the requirements. Cellular network speed, fixed battery and memory all stretched to the limit. It’s the screen baby, supported by an intuitive touch interface and slick animated graphics. Crack one open and it is nearly one third battery. The remaining two thirds are just pure magic.


Five Free iPhones Being Given Away in Upcoming Contests

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Date: Monday, July 2nd, 2007, 12:45
Category: iPhone

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Jason Calacanis, the CEO and co-founder of Weblogs, Inc., has just posted that he’s come into possession of no less than five eight gigabyte iPhones to give away in upcoming contests.
The contests themselves are currently up in the air and he’s taking suggestions via his web site.
Take a look and see what you think.
Also, standing at the end of his driveway waving torches and pitchforks isn’t a valid (or legal) option, so you might have to think of a plan b.


Multi-Touch On MacBooks In October

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Date: Monday, July 2nd, 2007, 11:45
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Back on June 20, I reported that there’d be new, slimmer MacBooks coming in October that along with being made from new materials would also feature some “speeds and feeds” updates to the internal components. Today, another “trusted source” told us this was correct and added that the iPhone’s multi-touch technology is theoretically supposed to roll out with all the new laptops, including those coming out in October. The feature will be built into the touchpads, allowing you to navigate through your notebook’s files, applications, etc. the same way you can on the iPhone.

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Manufacturers Unveil New iPhone Cases

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Date: Monday, July 2nd, 2007, 09:29
Category: iPhone

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The iPhone has arrived.
And with it, a variety of accessories, peripherals and companion products.
According to Macworld News, three companies unveiled the following new cases for iPhone:
-Leather Folio: A US$39.95 case made of ballistic nylon and a nappa leather exterior with a custom leather interior. The unit includes a belt or strap attachment and “push-through” hole for headphone access.
-Fitted Sleeve: A US$34.95 leather case with a suede interior. The Fitted Sleeve is available in black, brown and pink colors.
-Sport Case: A US$34.95 case featuring an adjustable velcro armband, neoprene hand strap and belt attachment. The case also includes a camera lens opening, direct access to the iPhone’s screen controls and access to the dock connector.
Protective Cover: A US$29.95 form-fitting rubber slipcase for the iPhone. The Protective Cover is available in red, blue and black colors.
-Anaconda 5: A US$44.95 case made from ballistic nylon, the unit features neoprene and is lined with scratch-resistant material. The Anaconda 5 can attach to a belt loop, backpack or laptop bag via a velcro latch.
-Sport Armband: A US$29.99 neoprene case. The Sport Armband is machine washable, available in black and gray and includes a pocket for key or earbud storage.
-Slim-Fit: A US$29.99 leather case with a removable belt clip. The Slim-Fit allows an iPhone to be removed through a mesh base and also features a padded exterior for additional protection.
-Acrylic Case: A US$29.99 hard, acrylic case that allows for full access to an iPhone’s keys, ports and screens. The Acrylic Case also includes a belt clip that can serve as a kick stand for video viewing.