Toshiba Releases 320 Gigabyte Notebook Hard Drive

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Date: Tuesday, August 21st, 2007, 07:05
Category: hard drive

I have nothing but good things to say about my MacBook.
To date, it’s been tough, resilient, scrappy, good at locating wireless networks and has yet to let me down.
I just wish the hard drive was bigger.
On Monday, Toshiba announced a new 2.5″, 320 gigabyte SATA notebook hard drive. According to the guys over at Engadget, the MK3252GSX features a pair of 160 gigabyte platters which spin at 5,600 rpm with an eight megabyte buffer.
Albeit Fujitsu is currently offering a 300 gigabyte model, Toshiba’s offers a faster drive speed (5,600 rpm as opposed to 4,200 rpm and a lower size profile as well as the additional 20 gigabytes).
The MK3252GSX is expected to begin shipping in November when Toshiba puts them into mass production.
Price and availability details have yet to be announced.
Stay tuned to the PowerPage for further details as they become available and if you have any thoughts on this, let us know in the comments and forums.


iPhone Salling Clicker Development Tutorial Posted

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Date: Tuesday, August 21st, 2007, 07:47
Category: iPhone

The iPhone is cool, but it doesn’t have everything.
Including salling clicker applications which act as a remote control for the device’s functions.
An IBM Senior Software Engineer by the name of Jack Herrington has just posted a full tutorial as to how to create a sailing clicker application for your iPhone using PHP and XML.
The process begins by using a program called the iUI toolkit, which builds an interface similar to a web site and then allows you to follow the instructions from there.
Not for the techie faint of heart, this one takes some doing, but could yield a pretty cool remote control program of sorts for your favorite new cell phone when it’s all said and done.
If you’ve tried the tutorial or seen a similar effort in the works, let us know via the comments of forums.


SpamSieve Updated to 2.6.4

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

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.


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

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 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.


Apple Trots Out Refurbished iPhones

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

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.


Meeting Steve Jobs

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

The image “” 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.”

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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

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

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.


Roxio Announces Popcorn 3

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Date: Friday, August 17th, 2007, 13:50
Category: Software

Earlier today, software company Roxio announced the it would be releasing Popcorn 3, its video conversion and disc burning software for the Mac at the end of the month.
According to Macworld News, the new version will provide a simplified interface, TiVoToGo burn support that will allow some TiVo-branded digital video recorders to transfer saved shows to their Mac via a user-selected format.
Other upcoming features are as follows:
-A new Media browser will allow the user to find and preview video files.
-A program known as Disc Cover RE will let users create and print labels and inserts for their DVDs.
-Users can now create bookmarks and preserve existing chapter markers in their files.
-Play and resume features have been added. This will allow Popcorn to pause a process in the middle of a conversion and help your Mac with other processor functions.
-Support for the Elgato Sytems Turbo.264 coprocessor, which can help speed up video conversions.
-A Quality Preview feature will let users see 15 seconds of video to gauge whether the quality and format they’ve selected are appropriate.
-Batch DVD and video playback conversion features have been added.
-New presets have been added for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, iPod, iPhone, Apple TV and BlackBerry.
-Support has been added for Dolby Pro Logic II and users can now create four-hour DVDs on a single 4.7 gigabyte DVD.
Roxio has stated that users of Toast 7 and 8 and Popcorn 1 and 2 will be able to directly unlock the upgrade version of Popcorn 3, which will be sold through the company’s web site for US$29.99.
Popcorn 3 will require a Mac running Mac OS X 10.4.10 or later, a G4, G5 or Intel-based processor, QuickTime 7.1.6 or later, 300 megabytes of hard drive space and up to 15 gigabytes of temporary free disk space available to convert videos.
If you have any ideas or feedback on this, let us know in the comments or forums.


Steps for Dealing with a Cracked iPhone Screen

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Date: Friday, August 17th, 2007, 09:49
Category: iPhone

You have your iPhone. And odds are, you’re pretty fond of it. Still, which the iPhone’s screen can take an admirable amount of abuse, it’s not invincible.
The guys over at iPhone Atlas have put together a quick guide outlining the best procedures for dealing with a cracked iPhone screen should the occasion arise:
-First, a repair/replacement from Apple can run between US$200 and US$250. The iPhone is covered under a standard limited one-year warranty for defects, but is not eligible for AT&T’s wireless phone insurance, which retails for US$5 a month and provides replacements in the case of loss, theft, accidental physical or liquid damage and mechanical and electrical failures after the manufacturer’s warranty period has termed.
-An Apple FAQ list has stated that the company will repair your 4 GB iPhone for US$199 or your 8 GB iPhone for US$249 plus US$6.95 in shipping and handling should your iPhone require service for any reason outside of battery replacement (an US$86 service).
While it can be presumed that this service covers screen cracks, Apple’s FAQ states that ‚Äúservice may not be available if your iPhone has been damaged due to accident or abuse.‚Äù
-Reports have come in to the iPhone Atlas web site that Apple representatives at the Genius Bar have replaced cracked screens for free. This is a nice gesture, but don’t count on it and it seems only likely to occur if the user can prove that the screen was damaged during routine use.
-A variety of do-it-yourself kits have become available and range from US$150 to US$200. Other third party firms have begun to sell replacement iPhone components such as the screen and its associated parts. Installation isn’t for the timid of heart and will violate any remaining Apple warranty.
-Credit card protection is also available. American Express offers a Gold Rewards Card, which includes a purchase protection plan that will repair or replace certain items or reimburse the policy member for the amount charged to the card at up to US$1,0000 per occurrence. The policy will also activate if the item is stolen or accidentally damaged up to 90 days from the date of purchase.
Had any experience with this on your end or have a story to offer? Let us know in the comments or forums.