PowerPage Podcast Episode 52

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Date: Thursday, July 26th, 2007, 09:37
Category: Podcast

PowerPage Podcast LogoEpisode 52 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (1:23’14, 29.6MB, AAC).
Your panel: Jason O’Grady, Rob Parker, Youngmoo Kim and Chris Barylick.
Topics include: Apple’s Q3 2007 financial results and AT&T’s Q2 results. The first reporting periods after the iPhone launch. We also discuss “what’s on your Mac?”
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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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Delicious Library Updated to 1.6.5

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Date: Thursday, July 26th, 2007, 09:17
Category: Software

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On Wednesday, software company Delicious Monster released version 1.6.5 of the shareware favorite,
Delicious Library. Delicious Monster allows Macs with webcams to scan the bar codes of any book, movie, music CD or video game, then creates an archive based on background information from the Internet. Additional features help keep the library organized and reseller’s tools allow for items to be quickly posted for sale online.
The new version, an 11 megabyte download, repairs an issue with looking up library items by title or creator under Mac OS X 10.4.10.
Delicious Library 1.6.5 requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later to run and retails for US$39.95.
If you’ve tried the new version and have either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know in the forums.

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Suit Filed Against Apple and Sony Regarding Battery Burn

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Date: Thursday, July 26th, 2007, 07:52
Category: battery

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As much as you may like your Mac laptop, things will occasionally go wrong. A Japanese couple living in Tokyo are filing suit against Apple and Sony regarding a PowerBook G4 battery that burst into flames in April of 2006.
According to the International Herald Tribune, the couple is suing for “over” two million Yen (about US$16,700) in damages. The suit alleges that the man suffered burns to his finger while using the laptop an his wife endured mental distress due to the incident.
The battery comes from a batch of more than 10-million Sony-made notebook batteries that were recalled in 2006. Sony has stated that battery problems were caused by microscopic metal particles insider the battery that caused the unit to short circuit.
Since the recall, Sony has stated that it will improve battery design, production and inspection methods to prevent a recurrence of fires in their batteries.
If you have any thoughts about this or have seen something similar on your end, let us know over in the forums.

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Apple Reports US$818 Million Profit for Third Quarter

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Date: Wednesday, July 25th, 2007, 16:03
Category: Finance

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On Wednesday, Apple reported its third quarter financial results. The company stated a profit of US$818 million (or US$0.92 per diluted shared) on US$5.41 billion in revenue for the third quarter.
The results show a marked increase as opposed to a profit of US$472 million (or US$0.54 per diluted share) on US$4.37 billion for the third quarter of 2006.
Apple shipped more than 1.76 million Macs in the third quarter, demonstrating 33% growth compared with Q3 of 2006 as well as 9.8 million iPods, representing 21% growth from a year ago.
Specific iPhone sales numbers were kept under wraps, although Apple CEO Steve Jobs stated he hopes to sell the one-million iPod by the end of its first full quarter, ending September 29th.
Other highlights included the following:
-This quarter yielded the highest revenue in Apple history.
-Representatives cited continued strong demand for the iPod.
-Strong revenue and a favorable commodity market.
-Strong demand for the MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops.
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iPhone Unlocking Effort Reports Progress, Web Server Functionality

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Date: Wednesday, July 25th, 2007, 13:21
Category: iPhone

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The guys over at the osx86.hu hackintosh blog have reported that their efforts to run various open-source applications from the iPhone are proving successful.
According to Electronista, the group has built and run several programs for the device, including a functional Apache web server for hosting sites. Other tools such as Python’s programming language, the vim text editor and assorted utilities have been compiled into binaries and run on the device.
In addition to sorting out how to create an ad-hoc network from AT&T’s EDGE network that other computers can user to surf the Internet, the group claims it’s learned more about how the handset handles and locks out non-AT&T wireless services and SIM cards. Attempts to route around this code sets off a function that identifies the effort as “odd behavior” and closes down unlocking techniques.
Though considered a potential barrier, the find helps indentify what mechanisms an iPhone uses. Last week, the same group announced they had been able to bypass iTunes activation and created a program called iActivator, which can purportedly bypass iTunes via a convenient interface.
If you have any thoughts or ideas on this, let us know over in the forums.

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Chinese iPhone Ripoff

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Date: Wednesday, July 25th, 2007, 11:31
Category: iPhone

CECT, one of the most prolific rip-off artists in China (the world?), has released another Apple iPhone clone.
Apparently, the CECT P168 wasn’t enough for the clone factory, they had to have another go at the iconic Apple iPhone. The CECT 599 rocks a slightly smaller 3.2 inch 240×400 touchscreen display, but loses the navigation hard keys in favor of a more iPhone-esque minimalistic style.
For about $150 USD, you get Bluetooth, 1.3 megapixel camera, stereo speakers, and the ability to play video files (but only as big as 176√ó144 pixels) – all in a 90 gram body.

Six more pictures after the jump…

CECT rips off the Apple iPhone, again – CECT 599

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Fake Chinese iPod?

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Date: Wednesday, July 25th, 2007, 10:34
Category: iPhone

A reader sent in this photo of a supposedly Chinese iPhone, but KennMSr calls it a…

FAKE!
That picture has to be a photochopped image because the iPhone is on display at an Apple store (notice the black security tether). 
Unless Apple made the U.S. iPhones language agnostic (like all Macs) – but there has been no mention of this feature.
Besides, if that was the case then the carrier logo still would probably be AT&T not ChinaMobile – even though they’re the world’s largest cell carrier with 296M subscribers.

Anyone want to translate the screen for us?
Keep in mind, like the crashed iPhone picture, it’s really easy to add a photo to iPhone (via iPhoto or Aperture) and display it in full screen mode.
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Going back to the Crack?

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Date: Wednesday, July 25th, 2007, 09:00
Category: iPhone
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I’ve been a Crackberry addict for about eight years, back when they only did email. My 7250 died this week (In the eight years, I’ve had three blackberries), so I took it as a sign that God really is an Apple user and I needed to take a hint. I had a Blackberry 7250 with Verizon EVDO and got an iPhone 8GB to replace it.
While AT&T’s coverage isn’t as good for me, that’s clearly a “your mileage will vary” point and not my focus.
Please understand my perspective: I’m a road warrior powergeek type that uses this stuff for his job, not fun. I’m looking at this as someone who has to travel/fly every other week to places with no Wifi.
0) Wireless tether
On the Blackberry, I could tether via parallels, and share my network to my Mac. I can’t even dial out using the iPhone. Believe it or not, it’s still possible to end up in places that don’t have Wifi or Ethernet. Yeah it’s slower, but it’s better than nothing. If you don’t understand the “why” on this, you’re lucky.
1) Find
I already posted this, but where’s spotlight? On my Blackberry, I can find a message, contact, etc..
2) Check mail
Blackberry does a good job of pushing data to you when you get an email. It’s one of those things you get spoiled with. iPhone won’t let me check faster than every 15 minutes unless I manually check. I guess they’re compensating for the slower network, but to not giving me a choice irks me. I don’t want to switch to IM for this, cause the business world is still email, I just want more periodic checking options.
3) Auto-spellcheck UI
This is the dumbest thing I’ve seen on the iPhone. I use a lot of TLA’s and abbreviations in my emails. And I’m looking at the keyboard to type, not the screen (Blackberry was a different story, but I had haptic feedback). So when I hit the space bar, don’t AUTO-correct what you think I meant. I have to re-read the whole email to make sure that it didn’t decide to change SAN with sans just because I hit the space bar to continue to the next word.
4) Mark All As Read
I get a ton of SPAM. And I have no interest in going through them all to mark them as read individually (20+ every time I check mail). But if I leave it be, iPhone lists my new messages at a 100 in no time. Just give me a mark all as read button, and even if I can’t get the junk filter, it will at least clear the new email alert.
If Apple told me, you’ll have these things when the next OS comes out, I’d be totally cool. But with the policy of not talking about new features, even the obvious ones, I have a hard time seeing the justification in hanging on to a product to hope that it catches up to the competition. I understand not talking about the double secret probation super cool feature sets, but I have a hard time understanding why they can’t say, yeah, our bad, you’ll have find soon. No comment, makes no sense.
Outside of those initial reactions, I really like the iPhone. But those five things are each small walls in converting over, and might be large enough to force me to go back to crack, despite how happy I was to get off it.
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Instructions Posted for Tethering Laptop to iPhone EDGE Network

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Date: Wednesday, July 25th, 2007, 08:13
Category: iPhone

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A tutorial has been posted on crea.ations.net demonstrating how to hack your iPhone to distribute an EDGE network that can then be tapped into as an ad-hoc network via your laptop.
The trick, which stems off the “jailbreak” hack used for unlocking custom ringtones on the iPhone (posted on Hack the iPhone), provides steady EDGE network access without using a WiFi network. The hack isn’t for the faint of heart, so read up on it to make sure you know what you’re doing.
Check out the YouTube video to see EDGE in action on an iBook G4 laptop.
If you have any feedback or ideas of your own, make them heard in the forums.

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Apple Introduces AppleCare for iPhone

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Date: Wednesday, July 25th, 2007, 08:35
Category: iPhone

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On Tuesday, Apple released details regarding AppleCare for the iPhone. According to The Unofficial Apple Weblog, AppleCare, which is available for US$69, extends “hardware repair coverage” for an additional year (bringing the total to two years if purchased.)
The warranty extension also applies to Apple’s iPhone Bluetooth headset. Full details are available on the web site and previously mentioned elements such as Apple leasing out loaner iPhones for US$29 if your handset goes in for repair still apply.
If you have any thoughts or ideas about this, let us know in the forums.

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