Apple to Expand iPhone Sales to Authorized Business Partner Channel

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Date: Wednesday, August 15th, 2007, 08:14
Category: iPhone

Since its introduction, it hasn’t been a challenge to get your mitts on an iPhone. Still, additional purchasing options never hurt.
According to The iPod Observer, Apple is now allowing the iPhone to be sold through consultants and other value added providers currently participating in the Apple Authorized Business Agent Program.
The change, which might be seen as a ramping up in production for the iPhone, could also be an effort to test the waters before instituting a wider-scale iPhone sales program. Should such an effort prove successful, iPhone sales could then expand into additional channels such as online and catalog-based authorized resellers.
To date, Apple has sold approximately 270,000 iPhones and expects to sell one million units by the end of its September quarter.
If you have any thoughts or feedback on additional iPhone retail outlets, let us know in the comments or forums.


Energizer to Release Energi To Go Systems for iPods

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Date: Wednesday, August 15th, 2007, 08:21
Category: iPod

On Tuesday, battery maker Energizer announced this is would be bringing its Energi To Go power systems to dock-connecting iPods this fall.
According to Engadget, the Energi To Go Portable Power for iPod will be powered by a pair of AA batteries, sport a “flip design” that allows it to double as a stand and will feature a “patented intelligent control chip that maximizes power transfer to the iPod.”
Energizer has stated that the Energi To Go system will be able to provide “more than 46 hours” of power to an iPod Nano and “more than 32 hours” of power for an iPod video.
The device will retail for US$29.99 and include the charger as well as two complimentary Energizer e2 lithium AA batteries upon its release.
And no matter how well the device works, I still love that bunny…
If you have any ideas or feedback, let us know in the comments or forums.


iPod Nano Battery Replacement a Snap

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Date: Tuesday, August 14th, 2007, 15:24
Category: iPod

Rob’s iPod nano Timeline:

September 7, 2005– In an event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Steve Jobs introduces the iPod nano and the Motorola ROCKR to the world. Later that day, I drive to the Apple Store at King of Prussia and grab a black 8GB nano. My life is forever changed.

February, 2007 – After more than a year of heavy use, my nano has lost some of its original battery capacity (Apple claimed 14 hours) but is still providing several hours of enjoyment on a single charge.

July, 2007 – My nano’s battery is showing signs of failing as it now only lasts for a couple of hours on a fresh charge and will die overnight if left unplugged.

August, 2007 – I search online for iPod batteries and convince myself that I can do the surgery after seeing a very thorough instructional video from Newer Technology.

Click on the headline to read more about Rob’s battery installation…


Microsoft Office 2004 Updated to Version 11.3.7

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Date: Tuesday, August 14th, 2007, 13:53
Category: Software

On Tuesday, software giant Microsoft released version 11.3.7 of its Office 2004 for Mac productivity suite. The new version, an 8.6 megabyte download, repairs a security vulnerability in which malicious code can be inserted.
The update can be downloaded directly from Microsoft’s web site as well as through the Microsoft AutoUpdate application, which is typically found in Mac OS X’s Applications folder after the software has been installed.
Microsoft Office 2004 requires Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later to run and varies in price depending on the version purchased.
If you’ve had either a positive or negative experience with the new version of Office 2004, let us know in the forums.


Flip4Mac Beta Released

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Date: Tuesday, August 14th, 2007, 12:51
Category: Software

It’s one of the most useful chunks of shareware out there and where Windows Media Player for the Mac went south so many years ago, this filled in perfectly.
Flip4Mac, the popular shareware collection of Windows Media components for QuickTime, has been update via a public beta of version of the software.
The new version, a 7.6 megabyte download, repairs an issue with failed export functions after installing QuickTime 7.2.
Flip4Mac is available for free but can go as high as US$179 depending on the version purchased. The new version requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later and QuickTime 6.5.1 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new version or have two cents to chip in about Flip4Mac, let us know in the comments or forums


Shape Services Announces IM+ for Skype for iPhone

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Date: Tuesday, August 14th, 2007, 08:33
Category: iPhone

On Monday, Shape Services announced its IM+ for Skype for iPhone, a program that allows iPhone users to access the Skype VoIP network.
According to Macworld News, IM+ for Skype currently functions on other mobile devices such as BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Palm OS, Symbian and J2ME. Once a user has logged in, they receive full access to their Skype accounts and can make voice calls through their SkypeOut credit balance.
Where the iPhone is concerned, the software is currently in a public beta testing stage. Users can access the service by pointing their iPhone Safari browser to
Shape has stated that the application functions on any network and doesn’t specifically require a Wi-Fi connection to work.
If you’ve tried this and have any feedback, positive or negative, let us know in the comments or forums.


Flexible, Biodegradable Battery Technology Revealed

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Date: Tuesday, August 14th, 2007, 08:53
Category: battery

As much as you convince yourself that you’re living in the future, or at least a pretty sophisticated present, the batteries say otherwise. Open up an iPhone or MacBook and you’re greeted by a fairly large battery that occupies space and adds to the device’s weight.
This may be about to change, as new research is suggesting that carbon nanotube technologies may be the key to implementing flexible batteries and supercapacitors capable of shrinking down devices even further.
According to Ars Technica, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnica Institute and MIT have developed a new material that can eliminate several of the old constraints within a battery, especially where the need to create two electrode layers and two charge-holding layers with an insulating layer in the middle and the lack of flexibility this historically provides.
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Apple Releases AirPort Base Station Update 2007-002

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Date: Tuesday, August 14th, 2007, 08:48
Category: Software

Late Monday, Apple released its AirPort Base Station Update 2007-002 software.
The fix, a 7.7 megabyte download, includes fixes and updates for the following wireless-related applications:
– AirPort Utility.
– AirPort Disk Utility.
– AirPort Base Station Agent.
The revision brings the AirPort Utility program up to version 5.2.1 and supports Apple’s current wireless router lineup such as the AirPort Extreme Base Station with 802.11n, AirPort Extreme Base Station and AirPort Express Base Station. Per Apple’s specifications, the software requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later to install and run.
If you’ve installed the new version and have either positive or negative feedback, let us know in the comments or forums.


Ecamm Works Out iPhone Videoconferencing Hack During “Iron Coder” Contest

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Date: Monday, August 13th, 2007, 12:06
Category: iPhone

It’s not for sale yet, but it’s as shrewd as it gets.
Apparently the guys at Ecamm Network attended the C-4 developer conference and during the “Iron Coder Live” event, crafted a quick mirror-based hack to allow for videoconferencing via an iPhone.
According to Mac Daddy World, the hack was based around a quick program installed into the iPhone (after the iPhone jailbreak tool created by the iPhone Dev Group was installed) that worked with the camera function to provide the videoconference. The iPhone was then set to speaker mode and a series of Huckleberry mirrors acted as a periscope of sorts with the software reorienting the image and allowing for the image to appear correctly.
Since a picture’s worth a thousand words:


No software or source code has been made available, but it’s a clever workaround and will hopefully inspire a cool product.
If you’ve seen anything like this or come up with a cool iPhone camera workaround of your own, let us know in the comments or forums.


The Apple Core: MagSafe Hits the Road and Other Alternatives

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Date: Monday, August 13th, 2007, 11:28
Category: The Apple Core

You love your MacBook and/or MacBook Pro.
And one of the things you’re probably fond of is the MagSafe power adapter, which made tripping over the power cord about a thousand times less disastrous.
Despite providing an excellent charging solution for everyday use, Apple left out airplane travelers for seven months before releasing a MagSafe Airline Power Adapter and has yet to release an adapter for usage in a car.
In today’s Apple Core, PowerPage head honcho Jason O’Grady looks at the first third party solution and discusses some killer devices for getting juice to your Mac while on the road…