The Apple Core: 10th Anniversary of Blogging? Try 12th…

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Date: Monday, July 16th, 2007, 08:25
Category: The Apple Core

The Wall Street Journal published a story this weekend about how blogging just turned 10 years old in which they give credit to Jorn Barger for starting the first blog in 1997. WSJ also mentions David Winer, father of Dave’s Scripting News, and Cameron Barrett, who started CamWorld saying “by widespread consensus, 1997 is a reasonable point at which to mark the emergence of the blog as a distinct life-form.”
Duncan Riley’s notes that Justin Hall began an online journal with dated daily entries on January 10, 1996 (which Wikipedia agrees with) and that both Hall and Dave Winer started in 1996.
I take issue with both of their reports because there were a number of people blogging before this and I’m one of them.
Read more about it in my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: Over 150 iPhone Apps Now Available for iPhone

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Date: Monday, July 16th, 2007, 08:57
Category: The Apple Core

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The iPhone’s been out for the better part of a month now and there are some great included features as well as features that seem to have gone missing. And when people spend US$499 to US$599 (before sales tax, keep in mind) on a handset, they’re bound to want to do everything they can with the item.
This is where the third party developers come in.
In less than a month, about 150 applications have surfaced for the iPhone, allowing for new features such as e-mail management, web browser fixes, widget workarounds and Microsoft Exchange server access.
Not content with what’s out there, PowerPage head honcho Jason O’Grady has full links to the list of currently available applications via his blog over on The Apple Core.
If there’s something you want to do with your iPhone that you didn’t think was possible to take, take a gander at the blog and the lists.
In the meantime, I’ll hold off on the iPhone until it can teach my basset hound to tap dance (if it can’t do that, then what good is it?)
If you have any thoughts or ideas on this, let us know over in the forums.

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Apple Confirms iPhone Battery Software Bug

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Date: Monday, July 16th, 2007, 08:05
Category: iPhone

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No matter how much you love your new iPhone, there may be some bugs to sort out.
As the result of a survey held over at The Cell Blog in which over 60% of respondents mentioned that their iPhone didn’t display a fully charged battery, a new comment has emerged.
An Apple PR representative responded with the following: “Your battery is fully charged, but the UI (User Interface) is just not correctly reflecting this. We expect to fix this in a software update.”
No word has been given as to when to expect the software update and Apple apparently has yet to publish any information regarding this bug.
If you’ve seen something similar to the bug in your experience with your own iPhone or have thoughts or ideas about this, let us know over in the forums.

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Guide Posted for Adding Custom Ringtones/Tweaks to iPhone

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Date: Friday, July 13th, 2007, 13:31
Category: iPhone

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When the iPhone shipped a few weeks ago, it arrived without custom ringtones. I’ve told a few people who’ve groused about it that Apple might be sorting out an arrangement with a ringtone provider and that this might be taken care of in the first software update.
They weren’t terribly happy with that answer and I wasn’t that happy to give it. For US$499 and US$599, this seemed like a basic feature that should have been covered.
The guys over at iPhoneAlley may have a solution in the mean time. According to a guide that was just posted, a user named “Mubs” recently submitted a full tutorial to the site’s forums as to how to install custom ringtones to your iPhone.
It’s a bit technical and not for the faint of heart, but site head Michael Johnston reported that it worked perfectly on his iPhone and this is good enough for me.
So, if you get a chance, check it out and let us know how it goes in the forums.

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iPhone Battery Details Explained

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Date: Friday, July 13th, 2007, 10:03
Category: iPhone

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We’ve been talking about the iPhone battery a fair amount this week and while there’s apparently no clear explanation as to whether there’s a bug in the software that controls it’s charge, the guys at Macworld were able to get to the bottom of the battery’s specific functions and expected life span in this article by Jason Snell.
Here, Snell explains that while the iPhone’s battery – like any other – can be expected to eventually die, reports by outlets such as CNET that the battery will last for about 400 charges or two years of use are being debunked.
Apple marketing vice president Greg Joswiak went on the record to comment that the iPhone’s battery can be expected to lose about 20% of its overall capacity “after 400 full charge and discharge cycles.”
Joswiak then went on to explain that “topping a battery off”, or recharging it from three quarters to full, qualified as a quarter charge cycle.
Joswiak also commented that tips toward battery conservation had been posted on the iPhone web site and that use and performance would vary from user to user.
For users needing to replace their battery a few years down the line, Apple will apparently offer a battery-replacement program, replacing batteries that die young and are under Apple’s warranty for free.
If you have any ideas on this or have seen some strangeness via your own iPhone battery, let us know over in the forums.

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iPhone Codes Leaked

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Date: Friday, July 13th, 2007, 09:53
Category: iPhone

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Although the iPhone is still being unlocked, there’s still some cool hacks for you to try on your own.
The thoroughly-awesome Erica Sadun over at The Unofficial Apple Weblog discovered that certain Nokia phone codes were effective on an iPhone. She then Googled some other Nokia codes and found them to work as well.
So, for your edification:
“*3001#12345#* and tap Call. Enter Field Mode.
Field mode reveals many of the inner settings of your iPhone, specifically up-to-date network and cell information.
*#06# Displays your IMEI. No need to tap Call.
IMEI is the unique identifier for your cell phone hardware. Together with your SIM information it identifies you to the provider network.
*777# and tap Call. Account balance for prepaid iPhone.
*225# and tap Call. Bill Balance. (Postpaid only)
*646# and tap Call. Check minutes. (Postpaid only)
These three are pretty self explanatory.
*#21# and tap Call. Setting interrogation for call forwards.
Discover the settings for your call forwarding. You’ll see whether you have voice, data, fax, sms, sync, async, packet access, and pad access call forwarding enabled or disabled.
*#30# and tap Call. Calling line presentation check.
This displays whether you have enabled or disabled the presentation of the calling line, presumably the number of the party placing the call.
*#76# and tap Call. Check whether the connected line presentation is enabled or not.
State whether the connected line presentation is enabled or disabled. Presumably similar to the calling line presentation.
*#43# and tap Call. Determine if call waiting is enabled.
Displays call waiting status for voice, data, fax, sms, sync data, async data, packet access and pad access. Each item is either enabled or disabled.
*#61# and tap Call. Check the number for unanswered calls.
Show the number for voice call forwarding when a call is unanswered. Also show the options for data, fax, sms, sync, async, packet access and pad access.
*#62# and tap Call. Check the number for call forwarding if no service is available.
Just like the previous, except for no-service rather than no-answer situations.
*#67# and tap Call. Check the number for call forwarding when the iPhone is busy.
And again, but for when the iPhone is busy.
*#33# and tap Call. Check for call control bars.”
Give it a shot and let us know what comes up on your end over in the forums.

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Apple Releases MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.3

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Date: Friday, July 13th, 2007, 09:16
Category: MacBook Pro

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Late Thursday, Apple released its MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.3 patch, a firmware update designed to repair a display glitch found on some 15″ MacBook Pro laptops running at 2.2 and 2.4 GHz.
The update is a 1.8 megabyte direct download (it can also be found and downloaded via the Software Update feature) and requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later to run.
If you’ve installed the firmware update and have thoughts or feedback about it, let us know in the forums.

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Netscape 9.0 Beta 2 Released

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Date: Friday, July 13th, 2007, 08:26
Category: Software

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On Thursday, Netscape released the second public beta of its upcoming Netscape 9.0 web browser for the Mac. The new beta, a 16.7 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
-Visual Refresh – Netscape Navigator 9′s theme has been updated to save screen-space and leave more room for the websites you visit.
-URL Correction – Navigator 9 will automatically correct common typos in URLs. For example, if you accidentally type googlecom, Navigator will fix it be to google.com.
-The browser will watch for nearly 30 different types of common mistakes and correct them for you (asking you to confirm, if you choose to enable confirmation).
Click the jump for the full story…

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AT&T Under Fire for iPhone Termination Fees

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Date: Thursday, July 12th, 2007, 11:11
Category: iPhone

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Despite the favorable reviews it’s received in the few weeks since its debut, the policies surrounding the iPhone came under fire yesterday when Representative Edward J. Markey (D-Malden), chairman of a House subcommittee on telecommunications and the Internet, had some choice words about AT&T’s termination fees.
According to The Boston Herald, Markey criticized AT&T’s US$175 early termination fee as well as AT&T acting as the exclusive provider for the iPhone until 2012 in yesterday’s hearings.
During his speech, Markey described the iPhone as akin to the Eagles’ song, “Hotel California”, in which “You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave – you’re stuck with your iPhone and you can’t take it anywhere.‚Äù
The comment arose during a hearing to decide whether Congress should grant the cell-phone industry’s wish of being allowed to pre-empt states from regulating wireless phone companies. Individual state public utility commission currently hold the authority to regulate both the terms and conditions of wireless service agreements.
If you have any ideas or thoughts on this, let us know via the forums.

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PowerPage Podcast Episode 51

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Date: Thursday, July 12th, 2007, 11:02
Category: Podcast

PowerPage Podcast LogoEpisode 51 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (1:03’53, 22.7MB, AAC).
Your panel: Jason O’Grady, Rob Parker and Youngmoo Kim.
Topics include: QuickTime 7.2 and iTunes 7.3.1 updates and we review the first two weeks with iPhone.
Subscribe to the PowerPage Podcast directly in iTunes or add the Podcast RSS feed to the newsreader of your choice.
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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