Updated: Newly Discovered Hacks Allow for Third Party Control of iPhone

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Date: Monday, July 23rd, 2007, 14:01
Category: iPhone

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A group of researchers working for Independent Security Evaluators have stated they’ve discovered a way to take control of Apple’s newly-released iPhone by way of a WiFi connection or tricking users into visiting a web site containing malicious code.
The hack also purportedly allows access to the personal information stored on the handset.
“Once you did manage to find a hole, you were in complete control,” said Charles A. Miller, principal security analyst for the Baltimore-based firm.
According to The New York Times, the company has alerted Apple to the vulnerability.
Miller demonstrated the hack by pointing his iPhone’s web browser to a specific web site. Once the site had loaded, the iPhone followed a set of instructions that transmitted a set of files over the web site. These files included recent text messages as well as contact information stored within the iPhone.
“We can get any file we want,” said Miller.
Miller also commented that this was representative of cell phones, which are now essentially full-grade computers, having computer-level problems. Though not the end of the world, users should be careful about accessing random public WiFi networks and which web sites they visit.
Per CNET’s Crave blog, a second exploit has also been found via this method:
“A second exploit developed by the researchers caused the iPhone to make a system sound and vibrate for a second after visiting a maliciously coded Web site. The same exploit could also dial a phone number, send a text message, or turn on the microphone to eavesdrop remotely on conversations within the room.”
Apple has yet to respond as to when a software patch or upgrade will be released to resolve the issue.

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The Apple Core: 6G iPod Interface Video Leaked

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Date: Monday, July 23rd, 2007, 12:38
Category: The Apple Core

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Yet again, someone snagged my iPod a few weeks ago.
I hope they’re enjoying it.
Despite the urge to run out and replace it with an iPod Video, there’s the rumor that Apple is coming out with a sixth generation iPod next month. Even though this is unconfirmed and has been bandied about the knitting circle for a long time, some leaked video of its new interface is now available over at The Apple Core.
Take a look, see what you think and let us know over in the forums.

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SoonR Announces Remote File Access, Skype for iPhone

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Date: Monday, July 23rd, 2007, 11:59
Category: iPhone

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On Monday, SoonR announcd that its remote file service was now functional with Apple’s iPhone.
SoonR’s software connects mobile phones with data stored on both Macs and PCs. According to Macworld News, users can share more than 40 document types via a slideshow-style interface. The service also integrates with Outlook e-mail, shared calendars and contact information.
For users looking to make Skype-based calls from their iPhone, SoonR can use a Mac or PC to bridge the call and enable this feature via the SoonR Talk program.
SoonR, like the iPhone, currently uses AJAX, which allows the software to scale fonts and pictures as needed. This comes in handy when rotating the iPhone from vertical to landscape mode as well as panning out and zooming in on an image through the iPhone’s pinch action.
SoonR currently offers basic accounts for free and plans to offer premium services in the future. The company’s software is currently still in the beta testing stage and can be downloaded from here.
If you’ve tried SoonR or have ideas or feedback, feel free to throw in your two cents in the forums.

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Cisco Bug Found in Flooded WLAN

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Date: Monday, July 23rd, 2007, 07:29
Category: iPhone

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Following up on last week’s report that several of Apple’s recently-released iPhone handsets may have caused Duke University‘s wireless network to be overloaded with batches of wireless base stations becoming inaccessible. Network provider Cisco, which provides most of the university’s infrastructure, seems to be the culprit.
According to Macworld UK, Tracy Futhey, chief information officer for Duke University, stated that ‚ÄúEarlier reports that this was a problem with the iPhone in particular have proved to be inaccurate.‚Äù The statement illustrated that the iPhone is fully operable on the university’s wireless network and that Apple, Cisco and Duke were able to work together to identify the source of the problem, which was caused by a Cisco-based network issue.
In a statement released to Macworld, the network provider cited that “Cisco has provided a fix that has been applied to Duke’s network and the problem has not occurred since.”
If you have any thoughts or feedback on this, let us know over in the forums.

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iPhone Sand Sculpture

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Date: Sunday, July 22nd, 2007, 22:53
Category: iPhone

The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs

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Pogue on AT&T’s iPhone Bill: Hateful and Pythoneseque

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Date: Sunday, July 22nd, 2007, 22:47
Category: iPhone

Classic Pogue and absolutely true. I was waiting for someone else to figure out AT&Ts hateful and Pythoneseque bill (couldn’t have said it better myself, David). David does just that, right after the jump…

I just got my first AT&T bill for my iPhone…
It’s a staggeringly, hatefully complex document, designed by some Monty Pythoneseque committee in charge of consumer confusion.
For starters, although I signed up for what iTunes told me was a $60 plan (450 minutes, unlimited Internet), the bill says I have a $40 voice plan and a $20 Internet plan, and lists them on separate pages.
The first bill, believe it or not, comes to $150. It’s filled with unexplained services and features that were never mentioned during the signup process, like MEDIA MAX, EXPD M2M, VOICE PRIVACY, and AT&T DIRECT BILL.

iPhone+AT&T Bill=Uh-Oh РPogue’s Posts РTechnology РNew York Times Blog

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Honey I Shrunk the MacBook Pro 85W MagSafe Adapter

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Date: Sunday, July 22nd, 2007, 21:44
Category: Accessory


It only took ‘em a year and a half to do it, but the ginormous monstrosity that is Apple MacBookPro 85W MagSafe power adapters have finally seem to have been reduced to a more manageable size. (Scale comparison above.) The same $80 that before got you the rather large 1st gen A1172 brick will now bring you home a 2nd gen MA938LL/A

Apple’s MacBookPro 85W MagSafe adapter finally shrunk – Engadget

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Cortado Offers Free Mobile E-Mail Service for iPhone

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Date: Friday, July 20th, 2007, 12:17
Category: iPhone

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On Friday, Cortado announced that the company has introduced its free mobile e-mail service to the iPhone.
According to MacNN, the package includes a personal e-mail address, professional spam filter, virus protection and 20 megabytes of storage space.
The program can be used in conjunction with and synchronize with iCal and Mac OS X’s Address Book program. Cortado’s service uses Microsoft Outlook Web Access and the company has spublished setup instructions to get the phone up and running through iTunes here.
If you have any thoughts or ideas on this, let us know in the forums.

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The laser etched iPhone

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Date: Friday, July 20th, 2007, 11:03
Category: iPhone


With a 35W Epilog laser 40% power, 100% speed with a 600dpi vector art image (AI) works great for laser etching an iPhone. The material on the back is a nice plastic that etched white-ish.

A video of the relatively short etching process is available on their site.

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REVIEW: Futura Laptop Desk

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Date: Friday, July 20th, 2007, 10:42
Category: Review

Anyone who uses a PowerBook or MacBook for any extended period of time know the amount of heat that they generate. If you plan on using a MacBook on your lap (which is forbayed by Apple) you need to use some sort of a stand to protect your, ahem, nether region from all the heat and EMFs that it generates.

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A cool new stand that I’ve been using is the Futura Laptop Desk from LapWorks. Similar to its Laptop Desk 2.0 and UltraLite siblings, the Futura has a dual-purpose design: a) to provides an ergonomically-sound workspace across the lap, and b) to fold into a wedge-shaped stand for use at a desk. Pictured above is the Futura in the opened configuration which leaves enough room on the side for a mouse pad and a mouse.
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Although it looks more like a futuristic mountain biking helmet, make no mistake, this is an excellent notebook stand. I don’t really use mine much in the opened configuration but instead prefer to use it in the folded “stand” position.
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Futura features several open ventilation slots which allow air to enter from underneath and rubber pads create an extra 1/8-inch air space to let air circulate under the notebook. Visible in this third picture is the adjustable “kick stand” leg which allows you to adjust the amount of angle in the stand to suit your needs.
My favorite feature in the Futura stand, hands down, is the weight and slim profile. It weighs just 16.25 ounces and folds in half to 11 x 10.75 inches and half of an inch thick so you can easily stow it in your bag with your MacBook and you’ll barely notice that it’s there.

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