MobileChat AIM Client Released for iPhone

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Date: Wednesday, September 5th, 2007, 08:24
Category: iPhone

For anyone who ever wanted to use their iPhone as an AOL Instant Messenger device, the guys over at twenty08 have announced the release of MobileChat, their first AIM client for the handset.
According to MacSlash, the program can be installed via NullRiver‘s AppTapp Installer and worked with from there. The program’s source code is also available for download, review and tinkering with on your end.
MobileChat is currently still a beta and a few minor glitches have been reported to date. Users can also take a look at ApolloIM, another open source iPhone AIM client.
If you’ve tried either of these programs or have feedback of any sort, let us know in the comments or forums.


Third Class Action Suit Emerges Over iPhone Battery Replacements

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Date: Wednesday, September 5th, 2007, 07:52
Category: Legal

A third class action law suit regarding the iPhone battery has emerged. The new case, filed by a Mr. and Mrs. Stiener, cite that the battery in the iPhone will only last for 300 cycles before being completely exhausting. According to the complain, the battery would cost US$115 to replace as well as the time necessary to wait for a replacement.
The couple alleges that by not placing a warning about this apparent limitation in or on its packing materials, Apple and wireless carrier AT&T have violated both good faith and the California Commercial code, which demands that manufacturers in the state honestly reflect how their products will perform in real-world conditions. The Stieners have gone on record to state that the two companies responsible for the iPhone and its service meant to defraud customers.
According to The iPodObserver, the nine-page argument that the case is using as its central core is being written by the Hoffman and Lazear as well as Folkenflik and McGerity law firms. Both of these firms handled a similar suit regarding the iPhone battery in mid-August. If found guilty, Apple and AT&T would be forced to pay restitution to any affected customer in the state of California.
If you have any ideas or feedback on this, let us know in the comments or forums.


Another Bulging MacBook Pro Battery

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Date: Wednesday, September 5th, 2007, 00:27
Category: battery

Here’s another picture of a bulged MacBook Pro battery from PowerPage reader “Abe.”


I called Apple on Monday and got a replacement with a pre-paid airbill for the return today. Zero problem with them on the phone. Once I told them what had happened he did not even ask any questions. Said a new one is on the way. That makes me think there have been many and that they’d rather keep it quiet. Anyway, these pics on the old and the replacement should give you an idea of how much it expanded. It measures more and a quarter of an inch of expansion right in the middle.

Three more pics after the jump…