On Wednesday, Microsoft announced that its first service pack for its Windows Vista operating system will be released in the final quarter of this year with the company shipping a beta next month to 10,000 to 15,000 testers.
The update, according to cnet, will include operating system updates, bug fixes, and enhancements to improve performance, reliability and application compatibility of Vista.
David Zipkin, senior product manager for Microsoft, stated that while Microsoft has garnered a reputation for sneaking fixes into system updates and that these updates have caused headaches in the past, “anything that works on Vista is going to keep on working on SP1.”
Microsoft has also announced that it will release a third service pack for Windows XP which will include previous service packs as well as a small number of new fixes.
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A six-minute video posted on the iPhone Unlocking blog shows John McLaughlin, founder of Uniquephones, using a software unlock to allow his iPhone to function on the Vodafone wireless network to make two phone calls using the handset.
The video, which was shot using a Nokia N95 cell phone, demonstrates McLaughlin hooking the iPhone to a Windows PC, running a software program, resetting the iPhone twice as part of the process, then hooking it to a Mac, synching it to iTunes, swapping in a Vodafone SIM card and placing two calls.
According to Macworld News, Uniquephones already unlocks phones from several manufacturers, including Nokia and Motorola and cites about 60% of its customers as being in the United States.
A picture’s worth a thousand words, so here’s the YouTube video of the demonstration in action:
McLaughlin had reportedly planned to post his company’s iPhone unlocking method on the iphoneunlocking.com web site last Saturday, but stated that he feared legal action from AT&T Wireless if he posted the software. McLaughlin, having received a phone call at 3:00 AM in Belfast from a representative of O’Melveny & Myers, a law firm acting on AT&T’s behalf, stated that the caller said his company would be distributing and infringing upon the copyright of Apple’s intellectual property should he begin selling the software to iPhone subscribers.
As of Tuesday, McLaughlin has stated that he’s still undecided as to whether he’ll distribute the software, but claims that the video shows the the process is possible.
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On Wednesday, Sierra Wireless introduced its new AirCard 880U and 881U model USB modems.
According the Macworld News, the new modems are designed around the High Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA) protocol and can function at a theoretical upload speed of two megabits per second and can download at 7.2 megabits per second. The units are also compatible with the HSPDA, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS and GSM networks.
Where regional access is concerned, the 880U is optimized for use in Europe and Asia while the 881U is optimized for use in North America. Both models feature their own internal batteries to ensure sufficient power in peak or fringe area transmission requirements. The units also feature power control, a patent-pending antenna that Sierra Wireless claims boosts data performance and an architecture geared towards data traffic management.
Final pricing for the USB modems has yet to be announced and may be set by the cell service carries that resell the units to their customers.
If you have any thoughts on this or a favorite USB modem of your own, let us know in the comments or forums.
You may love your iPhone, but a surprisingly high number of users are reporting that their handsets are currently offering a shorter-than-previous battery life after installing the recently-released iPhone 1.0.2 firmware update.
According to iPhone Atlas, more than a dozen users have corroborated the issue via a discussion thread on the Apple web site.
Some of the more notable comments include the following:
-‚ÄúBefore the update, there was one time I had 12+ hours of using the iPod with over two days standby. Now after the update, I get about two days standby with 5 hours mixed usage.‚Äù
-‚ÄúIn 1.0.1 I was getting over 2 days standby and 6-7 hrs of misc. use. Now at 1.0.2 I can barely get 6 hrs of use and recharging every day. I‚Äôve tried a deep cycle with no change.‚Äù
Other issues that have emerged appear to include an overly eager battery indicator. In these cases, users have reported the battery indicator suddenly jumping approximately 20% when connected to power, the end result being the user feeling they have a fuller charge than may actually exist.
Some users have reported success in restoring the iPhone by clicking “Restore” under the “Summary” tab and running the process.
If you’ve seen this or anything similar with your iPhone since the 1.0.2 or have ideas for a fix or workaround, let us know in the comments or forums.
You can’t please all the people all the time.
Apple is facing yet another class-action lawsuit over its iPhone handset. The most recent action comes on behalf of New York state resident Herbert H. Kliegerman, who cites that the company failed to adequately disclose to its customers that the iPhone would be locked to AT&T’s network and that using the handset would incur substantial data roaming charges.
According to AppleInsider, the nine-page complaint, filed Monday in New York Supreme Court, accuses Apple of engaging in deceptive and misleading practices by failing to properly disclose that the iPhone would only work with AT&T SIM cards and that unlock codes would not be provided to bring the device to alternate carriers.
In the complaint, Kliegerman cites a week-long trip to Mexico, where he used his iPhone to check e-mails and go online. He did so, according to the suit, after reading a statement on Apple’s iPhone website stating that “[y]ou can browse the Internet and send emails as often as you like without being charged extra.”
Upon his return, the plaintiff claims he received a bill from AT&T with approximately US$2,000 in international data roaming charges. Kliegerman then stated that, being a frequent traveler, he returned the iPhone to AT&T in order to obtain an unlock code for the iPhone, but was told that these would not be provided to him.
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