iPhone OS 3.0 Beta Bricking Pirated iPhones

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Date: Monday, March 30th, 2009, 10:56
Category: Hack, iPhone

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This was sort of to be expected, but it’s interesting.
According to the Los Angeles Times, users installing a pirated version of Apple’s upcoming iPhone OS 3.0 firmware are finding their iPhone handsets effectively bricked, wherein the handset loads to the activation screen.
At this point, they’re in trouble.
Per the story, the version of iPhone OS 3.0 floating around the Web checks with the mother ship to make sure that the user has an active and paid up Apple Developer Connection account.
Once in place, there’s no way to roll back to version 2 of the software.
As mentioned on the Apple Core, a few YouTube videos have sprung up purporting to offer solutions. The first suggests that you can simply disconnect from the Internet when interfacing with iTunes to bypass the authentication process. The second video involves data files and appears far more involved.
Fortunately, users can get their iPhone swapped out under warranty at the Apple Store, or pony up the US$100 for an ADC account in order to resolve the issue.
If you’ve seen this issue on your end, please let us know in the comments or forums.

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Skype for iPhone Expected Tomorrow

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Date: Monday, March 30th, 2009, 06:33
Category: iPhone, Software

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Months after an initial preview at CES in Las Vegas, Skype for iPhone is expected to hit Apple’s App Store sometime tomorrow.
According to C|NET, which was able to sit down and play with the application, the program will sport standard features generally found in mobile applications as well as a few iPhone-only perks.
For starters, the screens are well organized and use the iPhone’s ability to add filters, for instance, to sort your contacts alphabetically, or by who’s online. The application also allows for chatting and a relatively cheap per-minute fee to landlines. The application only allows calls if you’re in range of a Wi-Fi network and calls will not work over the cell phone network on the iPhone (but chatting will.) Assuming your connection is solid, you can dial a number or quickly call a contacts stored in your address book. iPod Touch users will need earphones with an embedded mic to talk. During a call, users can mute the line, go on hold, or put the call on speakerphone.
The current build of the program can accept incoming conference calls. While you won’t be able to initiate a call, users will be able to jump on one if a buddy invites you in.
Features missing from the first release of the app on the iPhone include SMS, setting up a conference calling group, purchasing SkypeOut credit directly, and being able to field a second incoming Skype call are a few as well as file transferring and getting Skype voicemail.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and let us know what you think of Skype on the iPhone in the comments or forums.

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Mozilla Releases Firefox 3.0.8 Update

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Date: Monday, March 30th, 2009, 06:16
Category: Software

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On Wednesday, Mozilla.org released version 3.0.8 of its Firefox web browser.
The new browser, a 17.3 megabyte download, boasts two unspecified security changes.
The program requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.
If you’ve tried the new browser and have any feedback about it, let us know over in the comments or forums.

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