SpamSieve Updated to 2.6.4

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Date: Monday, August 20th, 2007, 15:13
Category: Software

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Getting back to basics, Michael Tsai’s must-have shareware program, SpamSieve, has just been updated to version 2.6.4. The new version, a 3.9 megabyte download, makes the following fixes and improvements:
-Made more accuracy improvements for messages with attachments.
-Fixed a bug that could cause crashes when processing messages containing PDF attachments.
-Updated localizations.
SpamSieve is available for a US$30 registration fee and requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later to run. The new version can either be downloaded directly from the web site or brought up to the current version via the program’s built-in update feature.
If you’ve tried SpamSieve 2.6.4 and have any feedback about it, let us know in the comments or forums.

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First “No-Hacking-Skills-Required” Tutorial Posted to Allow iPhone Third-Party Apps

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Date: Monday, August 20th, 2007, 13:53
Category: Hack

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If you’ve been determined to muck about with your iPhone, possibly violating its warranty and hack it so it can run third-party applications, this might be what you’re looking for.
The guys over at Gizmodo have posted a full tutorial as to how to install third-party applications on your iPhone via a program called Installer.app for the iPhone.
User-friendly but not for the faint of heart, this doesn’t have Apple’s blessing and may require resetting your iPhone if things go south.
That being said, this is also the least techie way of getting to a point where you can place third-party applications on your iPhone.
Be careful. Have fun. And let us know how it works out in the comments or forums.

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Apple Trots Out Refurbished iPhones

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Date: Monday, August 20th, 2007, 13:26
Category: Uncategorized

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It’s been remarked that the iPhone is cool.
And a tad expensive.
I don’t own one yet, but my pre-purchase budgeting has me hunting squirrels with a pointy stick as opposed to running out to Safeway to meet my nutritional needs.
As of a few hours ago, Apple recently added the iPhone to the refurbished section of the Apple Store. The handsets are now being offered at US$399.99 for a four gigabyte model and US$499.99 for an eight gigabyte model.
According to MacNN, the offer includes free shipping, a one-year limited warranty and telephone support.
Still, it’s US$100 off and might be worth a gander.
If you have any thoughts or feedback on this, let us know via the comments or forums.

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Meeting Steve Jobs

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Date: Monday, August 20th, 2007, 09:46
Category: Sighting

The image “http://www.myiphone.com/gallery/files/2/SimonSteve.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.WiebeTech (and former NewerTech) CEO James Wiebe blogs about his impromptu run-in with Steve Jobs back in the day:

Steve Jobs walked into the room, as all oxygen in the room exited simultaneously.
We were seven feet apart.
He said: “We don’t like it when you introduce accelerator cards which are faster than our computers.” (At that time, I was the CEO of Newer Technology, which ultimately sold somewhere around 150K+ CPU accelerator cards for Macs.)
Well, that was a nice Howdy Do.

Vincent Nguyen, Editor of MyiTablet (formerly MyiPhone), SlashGear and SlashPhone shares a similar story about his meeting with The Steve.

So when I got to meet Steve at D5 the other day, I was like a kid on Christmas morning again (only with less egg-nog). I almost expected an Apple-flavored electric shock when we shook hands; what I didn’t expect was to get slapped with a legal threat.
Turns out, Steve isn’t such a great fan of MYiPhone as we are about the phone itself. His comment to me about the site was “I recommend you changing the name, we have a team of lawyers to go after that kind of stuff.”

We Be James :: Meeting Steve Jobs; Newer Technology

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Users File Second Class-Action Suit Over iPhone Battery

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Date: Monday, August 20th, 2007, 08:00
Category: Legal

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You can’t please them all.
A second class-action law suit has been filed against Apple and AT&T accusing the companies of failing to inform its iPhone customers that fees of more than US$100 would be needed to replace the battery as well as maintain service.
The suit, which according to Computerworld, was filed last Monday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California by Sydney Leung, is purported to represent a group that could represent hundreds of thousands of iPhone owners. Leung’s case seeks more than US$5 million in compensatory and punitive damages and a court conference to discuss the matter has been set for November 28th.
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Handbrake Updated to 0.9.0

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Date: Monday, August 20th, 2007, 08:22
Category: Software

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Handbrake, Eric Petit’s open-source DVD ripping/conversion utility, has been updated to version 0.9.0.
The new version, a 4.5 to 5.6 megabyte download (depending on version), adds the following features and changes:
-User experience is improved through a re-envisioned Mac interface and a Windows interface that’s been rebuilt from the ground up.
-Picture quality is improved through better image scaling, better deinterlacing, new filters for denoising, deblocking, inverse telecine, and new presets devoted to high quality settings.
-Speed improvements due to updated copies of x264 and ffmpeg. This includes improved multi-threaded encoding for the iPod.
-Compatibility is improved through new presets for devices like the iPhone and PSP. As well, HandBrake now supports DTS as an audio source and has limited support for .VOB and .TS file containers as input. Most excitingly, HandBrake can now output to the Matroska (MKV) file container.
-Stability has been improved due to countless bug fixes (including audio drop and mp2 issues). Handbrake also has optional support for MP4 files larger than 4 gigabytes.
Handbrake 0.9.0 requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later to run and is available for free.
If you’ve tried the new version and have either positive or negative feedback, let us know via the comments or forums.

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