New “Send to Web Gallery” Option on iPhone Appearing Elusive for Some

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Date: Thursday, August 9th, 2007, 08:10
Category: iPhone

Following up on Apple’s stealth software update for the iPhone in which users found themselves with a “Send to Web Gallery” option within the Camera application.
The guys at iPhone Atlas are reporting that the feature is being picky about where it appears and may only be enabled if users have a .Mac account set up for their iPhone. Additional reports state that the iPhone required a full reset in which both the sleep and home buttons are held down simultaneously until the Apple logo appears.
Appearing as something of a surprise in recent days, the “Send to Web Gallery” option allows iPhones to post an image to an updated .Mac picture gallery. Apple has recently modified the .Mac accounts and included updates for the new iLife 2008 suite, which includes changes to iPhoto and iWeb that allow for a wider degree of online gallery editing by both the owner and guest users.
If you’ve seen this feature appear on your iPhone (or if it seems to have gone missing), let us know in the comments and forums.


Apple Releases Boot Camp 1.4

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Date: Thursday, August 9th, 2007, 07:30
Category: Software

Late Wednesday, Apple released version 1.4 of its public beta of Boot Camp software. Boot Camp, which has been out since 2006, allows Mac users to create separate Windows partitions on their hard drives and install either Windows XP or Windows Vista, which can be booted into and used as an operating system.
The new version, a 347 megabyte download, sports changes to the following categories:
-Boot Camp control panel.
-Keyboard support.
-Windows drivers.
-Support for the latest Mac models.
Boot Camp 1.4 requires an Intel-based Mac, Mac OS X 10.4.6 or later and a full version of Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2, Windows XP Professional Edition with Service Pack 2, WIndows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Business, or Windows Vista Ultimate.
If you’ve tried the new version of Boot Camp and have any kind of feedback about it, let us know in the comments or forums.


Apple Stealth-Releases Gigabit-Equipped AirPort Extreme Base Station

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Date: Wednesday, August 8th, 2007, 13:42
Category: wireless

Between the quiet Mac Mini updates and this, Apple qualified for its stealth ninja merit badge yesterday. Amid the updates, the company also released a new AirPort Extreme Base Station now featuring gigabit Ethernet ports onboard.
According to Macworld News, the revised wireless router still functions on the 802.11b, g and n protocols and features a USB port as well as three switched gigabit Ethernet ports. The unit remains priced at US$179.99 and is available immediately.
As always, let us know what you think via the comments of forums.


Apple Releases iPhoto 7.0.1 Update

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Date: Wednesday, August 8th, 2007, 09:09
Category: Software

On Tuesday, literally only a few hours after announcing its iLife 2008 software suite, complete with a new version of iPhoto, Apple release the iPhoto 7.0.1 software update.
The new version, an 8.8 megabyte download, addresses issues associated with publishing photos from an upgraded iPhoto library to .Mac Web Gallery.
iPhoto 7.0.1 requires Mac OS X 10.4.10 and iPhoto 7.0 to run.
If you’ve tried the new version and had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know in the comments or forums.


FreshBattery Introduces “Legacy” Battery Line

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Date: Wednesday, August 8th, 2007, 08:15
Category: battery

On Tuesday, FreshBattery announced a new Legacy line of batteries. The units are designed to provide batteries for laptop models that have been discontinued for three to five years, including older PowerBooks and iBooks.
According to Macworld News, the company claims that the batteries are designed to meet or exceed the original manufacturer’s specifications. In the case of a Legacy battery for an original PowerBook G4, FreshBattery has substituted the original 3600 mAH cells with 4400 mAH cells, resulting in a battery that adds an additional 40 minutes of run time between charges.
FreshBattery currently produces a battery range that covers the original “Clamshell” iBook G3s and goes back as far as the Wall Street and Pismo-era G3 PowerBooks. The Legacy battery line is currently priced under US$100 and available immediately.
If you have any thoughts or feedback about this or your laptop’s battery, let us know in the comments or forums.


iPhones Receive “Send to Web Gallery” Feature

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Date: Wednesday, August 8th, 2007, 08:31
Category: iPhone

This was a bit sneaky, but it could be cool.
Per yesterday’s product announcements, Apple also mentioned a redesigned .Mac system wherein users can use iLife 2008 to submit photos to shared web galleries through an e-mail address. This feature can prove handy with an iPhone and Apple apparently had this in mind.
The guys over at iPhone Alley have noticed that since the announcement, various iPhones (perhaps just the ones that have gone through the first iPhone software update) now feature a “Send to Web Gallery” button. The button can be used in the iPhone’s Camera or Photo application and syncs photos in almost real time as opposed to syncing it through a Mac and uploading the image from there.


This one kind of came in the back door and caught a few people off guard. If you’ve seen this on your iPhone since yesterday’s product announcements or have your two cents to toss in about it, let us know in the comments or forums.


Apple Updates Front Row, Aperture Applications

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Date: Tuesday, August 7th, 2007, 15:09
Category: Software

In addition to its iMac, Mac Mini, iLife and .Mac updates, Apple also quietly updated its Front Row and Aperture applications.
Front Row 1.3.1, which is available as a 4.5 megabyte download (courtesy of VersionTracker), improves iPhoto compatibility.
The new version requires Mac OS X 10.4.7 or later to run and can be downloaded via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature on Front Row-equipped Macs.
Aperture 1.5.4 serves as a required update for iLife 2008 and allows users to import images directly from iPhoto ’08 and to share Aperture images with iLife ’08 and ‘iWork ’08 applications via the Media Browser.
The Aperture 1.5.4 update is available here and requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new versions and had either a positive or negative experience with them, let us know in the comments of forums.


Apple Releases Updated iMacs, .Mac, Mac Mini, iLife ’08

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Date: Tuesday, August 7th, 2007, 12:50
Category: News

On Tuesday, Apple brought out a slew of new products in its summer dog and pony show at company headquarters in Cupertino. Taking the stage, CEO Steve Jobs brought out the following:
-The new iMac is thinner and now features aluminum and class:
-Revised iMac comes in 20 and 24 inch screen sizes. The unit features an audio input and output, three USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 400 and 800 ports, Gigabit Ethernet and video out. Apple has retained the slot-loading drive along with the built-in iSight and internal microphone.
-The displays apparently have a glossy sheen to them with Jobs claiming the new design is better for displaying photos and movies.
-Apple has released a new keyboard to complement the iMac. The new device appears to have special dedicated keys such as brightness controls, Expost, Dashboard and media controls.
-The new iMac ad can be seen here.
-A new wireless keyboard and “Mighty Mouse” are also available. Both devices operate on the Bluetooth 2.0 protocol.
-The new iMacs are now based on upgraded Intel Core 2 Duo processors and are clocked from 2.4 to 2.8 GHz. Apple has also upgraded RAM support up to 4 gigabytes and included ATI Radeon HD 2400XT graphics systems. Users can now install internal hard disk drives up to 1 terabyte . The new iMacs feature built-in 802.11n wireless networking.
-The new iMacs are available in a US$1,199 configuration (20; display, 2.0 GHz processor, 250 GB hard drive), a US$1,499 configuration (20″ display, 2.4 GHZ, processor and 320 GB hard drive) and a US$1,799 configuration (24″ display, 2.8 GHz, unsure of the hard drive size).
-All models are immediately available.
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Apple Faces Patent Infringement Suit Over iPhone Keyboard Technologies

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Date: Tuesday, August 7th, 2007, 10:24
Category: Legal

On Monday, Apple was notified this its iPhone handset allegedly infringes on a 2004 patent issued to Florida-based SP Technologies, LLC.
According to MacNN, the patent outlines a “method and medium for computer readable keyboard display incapable of user termination.” SP Technogies is currently asking that Apple pay what it considers to be “reasonable royalties” for each iPhone sold and is also seeking a permanent injunction against the Cupertino, California-based firm in order to prevent the use of its intellectual property in the popular handset.
SP Technologies has cited Apple’s “willful and deliberate” infringement of its patent, as described in the complaint, which was issued on August 2nd in a federal court in Tyler, Texas.
Should Apple be found guilt of the charges described in the complaint, the company could be forced to pay punitive damages equal to three times the economic the plaintiff can prove it has suffered.
In the past year, Apple has filed dozens of patents related to the iPhone and its unique touch-screen and gesture-based technologies.
Have two cents to throw in about this? Let us know in the comments of forums.


NES Emulator for iPhone in the Works

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Date: Tuesday, August 7th, 2007, 08:29
Category: iPhone

In spite of the unlocking efforts, the pros and cons and everything else centering around the iPhone, it’s nice to know that someone’s working on bringing something incredibly fun as well as capable of wasting vast amounts of time to the handset.
According to the guys at The Unofficial Apple Weblog, a programmer referring to himself as “stepwhite” has ported the InfoNES core over to the iPhone, allowing the device to run emulation for classic Nintendo ROMs such as Super Mario Brothers, Zelda and Punch Out.
The emulator is currently still in progress and too slow to run at a playable speed.
Take a gander at the YouTube video and if you have thoughts, feedback or ideas on this, let us know in the comments of forums.