Rumor: AT&T Stores May Begin Selling Refurbished iPhone 3G Units for US$149

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Date: Tuesday, March 17th, 2009, 08:18
Category: iPhone, Rumor

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AT&T store locations in the New York and New Jersey region appear to be getting their hands on a stock of refurbished 16GB iPhone 3G units. While this isn’t unusual, the guys over at Boy Genius Report appear to have gotten some screenshots of shipping manifests citing a US$149 price tag.
The deal seems to require a 2-year contract and customers must be opening a new activation, as the refurbished units are not available for upgrades and are limited to one per customer.
If anyone catches wind of this in the tri-state area, please confirm this and let us know in the comments or forums.

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Bodybugg Review – Weight Loss 2.0

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Date: Tuesday, March 17th, 2009, 02:47
Category: Review, Software

By David Klein
One can argue that dieting is extremely challenging for the average person. In my opinion the biggest problem is the lack of data. Manually counting calories consumed and burned is a meticulous process that is virtually impossible to do with a pencil and paper. Also, how can you be sure your numbers are accurate? Now, we have the hardware to help us lose weight: the Bodybugg (below). Using this technology truly is a new generation of dieting: weight loss 2.0.
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iFixIt Disassembles iPod Shuffle, Posts Report

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Date: Monday, March 16th, 2009, 12:13
Category: iPod shuffle

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The uber-geeks of iFixIt.com have completed a full teardown and report of Apple’s recently-released third generation iPod Shuffle music player and discovered the following items of interest, as mentioned over on the Apple Core:

  • Normal headphones can be used without any adapters, except that the user cannot do anything except play music (no pause or volume control).
  • The battery is extremely tiny — about the size of a dime — and consequently has a paltry capacity of 73 mAh. That’s less than half the size of the batteries used in previous shuffles.
  • The weight of the entire shuffle is less than 11 grams, but the headphones add another 9 grams.
  • The rear cover and clip weigh as much as the rest of the shuffle.
  • With the casing removed, the electronics and battery weigh only 4 grams, less than the weight of a single sheet of paper.
  • There is only one screw in the shuffle.
  • The shuffle is not too challenging to open, but the rear cover can deform easily if the user is not careful while opening it.
  • If you’ve had a chance to pick up and play with the new Shuffle, let us know in the comments or forums.

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    Rumor: iPhone OS Update Could Bring Copy and Paste, Multitasking Features

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    Date: Monday, March 16th, 2009, 08:19
    Category: iPhone, Rumor

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    It came from Rumorville, so some of it may be true: Per a live episode of the Diggnation video podcast recorded at Austin’s South by Southwest festival, Digg founder and show co-host Kevin Rose claimed to have confirmation that Apple will release copy and paste and multitasking features for the iPhone OS 3.0 software on Tuesday.
    To select text, he said, users would double-tap on a word to bring up the iPhone’s magnifying glass and then extend the “quotes” to cover the necessary text and perform the relevant action. It’s currently unknown as to whether this would be limited to copying and pasting or would include cutting text outright.
    Rose also hinted that many of the software efforts in the year since iPhone 2.0 will bring the device up to the level of the Palm Pre, which while unreleased has a number of software advantages over Apple’s platform. Rose then made mention of “multitasking” before being interrupted during the segment.
    Finally, Rose offered only moderate hope that Apple would incorporate video capture for the iPhone, explicitly warning that it wouldn’t be part of the feature set for 3.0.
    Rose has had a mixed track record for Apple-related rumors: while he accurately leaked the fourth-generation iPod nano and key components of iTunes 8, he has also been inaccurate regarding Blu-ray support and some iPhone features in the past.
    Separately, web site Gizmodo also claimed to have two similar tips relating to copy-and-paste that were received independently from Rose’s comments.
    Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and let us know what you think in the comments or forums.

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    Apple Faces Suit Over Exploding iPod Touch

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    Date: Monday, March 16th, 2009, 07:55
    Category: iPod Touch, Legal

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    A mother from Ohio has launched a suit against Apple claiming her son’s iPod touch media played exploded in his pants, caught fire, and left him with serious burns is currently seeking US$225,000 in damages from the company.
    According to Macworld UK, the suit claims the 16GB iPod touch exploded while inside the 15-year-old boy’s pants pocket.
    The complaint states that the boy was sitting at his desk at school when he “heard a loud pop and immediately felt a burning sensation on his leg.” When he stood up, the suit says, he realized the device was on fire.
    “[He] immediately ran to the bathroom and took off his burning pants with the assistance of a friend,” the lawsuit states. “The Apple [iPod Touch] had burned through [his] pants pocket and melted through his Nylon/Spandex underwear, burning his leg.”
    The boy is said to have suffered second-degree burns along with other “physical and mental conditions which will cause him to suffer pain, mental distress, emotional distress, and otherwise for the rest of his life.”
    The family is currently demanding US$75,000 in “compensatory damages,” US$75,000 in “punitive damages,” and US$75,000 in legal fees and other “special damages.”
    The suit names both Apple and the group of 10 employees who were at the Apple Store when the device was purchased as defendants.
    The suit can be read in its entirety here.
    If you have any thoughts or opinions about this, please let us know in the comments or forums.

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    Google Launches Google Voice

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    Date: Friday, March 13th, 2009, 15:08
    Category: Google, News

    This week Google launched the latest of its technology services, Google Voice, an online voicemail service that promises “one phone number for all your phones, for life”. However, Google Voice did not originally sprout from Google’s tech labs, it started out as GrandCentral. The GrandCentral service was launched in 2006 and was acquired by Google in 2007 for US$50+ million. Shortly after the acquisition, Google shut down the creation of new accounts, so only then current subscribers (like myself) have been able to use the service.
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    Now after nearly two years, the wait is over…almost. Google has spent a lot of time rewriting GrandCentral to give it that special Google “glow” and is available to current GrandCentral subscribers only. Google will be doling out new accounts over time. Logging into your GrandCentral account will may prompt you to “upgrade” to Google Voice and migrate your data. If you don’t already have one, you will need to create a Google account to do this. Once complete, you will be deposited into your new Google Voice Inbox and will have to recreate your custom greetings and assignments. The migration does not, however, appear to transfer your GrandCentral contacts or any messages you had in your inbox, but you can still log into your GrandCentral account separately to access those. Google Voice will use your Google contacts, if you have any, so you will need to recreate any missing contacts there. Any new calls you get to your GrandCentral number will be deposited in the new Google Voice Inbox.
    All the original features are there, call-screening, custom greetings for different groups of contacts, sending SMS and email notices of received calls, and forwarding calls to other phones. With the launch of the new service, Google has added new features such as Voicemail Transcription which converts your voicemails to text and can be searched and tagged within Google Voice. You can now use SMS to send messages from your Google Voice number, rather than using one number for voice and a second for texting. This was one of the biggest complaints from GrandCentral users. SMS messages sent through the service will also be searchable and taggable. And competing directly with services such as Skype, Google has added conference calling with up to six people, with recording features, as well as an international calling service with rates similar to Skype’s. Your balance, as well as the ability to add credit through Google Checkout, are in the Google Voice sidebar.
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    It may have taken a long time, but the service seems to be mature enough now with the added features to be a suitable replacement for most people’s current voicemail services. It is especially compelling if you are already using other Google services, such as GMail, with it’s combined contacts and searching capabilities. Like Google’s other services, Google Voice will be FREE, except for the international calling feature, which is making the new service a highly prized commodity among online users. Account invitations offered by various news sites have already been spoken for and can be found on eBay for as much as US$650! I will be putting the new service through it’s paces to see if it is worth trying to switch over again and trying to get people to use the new number. Wish me luck!

    Rumor: O2 May Drop iPhone 3G Prices in May Prior to Release of New Model

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    Date: Friday, March 13th, 2009, 08:27
    Category: iPhone, Rumor

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    UK phone carrier O2 may drop prices on Apple’s iPhone 3G handset come May according to Mobile, a regional technology-centered magazine. The publication cites exclusive information, pointing to the device becoming free with £35 or £45 per month subscriptions. The 8GB iPhone is currently available for free with £45 and £75 plans, while the 16GB model is free only at the £75 level.
    The purpose of such a move is thought to be aimed at clearing inventory space ahead of a new generation of iPhone, which is generally expected to be released in June or July in the same manner as the first and second generations of the handset’s hardware. Mobile sources also claim that Apple is in negotiations with O2 rival Orange, which may finally result in a second official carrier for the UK.
    Additional information on a new generation of iPhone hardware is expected on March 17th, when Apple will preview its iPhone OS 3.0 firmware at a press event in Cupertino. Potential features may include true background processesing, vector-based GPS positioning, and possibly tethering or MMS messaging.
    Some analysts and sources have speculated that Apple may intend to release a cheaper companion iPhone, serving a role similar to the iPod nano in comparison to the iPod classic.
    Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and please let us know what you think in the comments or forums.

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    OmniWeb Updated to 5.9.1

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    Date: Friday, March 13th, 2009, 08:12
    Category: Software

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    Early Wednesday, Omni released version 5.9 of its OmniWeb web browser. The new version, a 23.1 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

  • Auto-closing tab drawer: If the tab drawer was automatically opened when you created multiple tabs, it will now automatically close when you return to a single tab. (If you manually opened the tab drawer, it will stay open until you manually close it.)
  • Added support for three-finger swipes on recent laptops: swiping left and right goes back and forth in history; swiping up and down switches to the previous or next tab.
  • You can now send the current web page to OmniFocus (using its clippings service) without having to select some text on the page first. Please note that this feature requires OmniFocus 1.6 (or later).
  • Navigating web pages using speech recognition works once again. (Speech recognition must be turned on in System Preferences, as well as being enabled in OmniWeb’s General Preferences. You can then say the name of a link to follow it, or use built-in commands link “new tab”, “next tab”, “go back”, etc.)
  • Reimplemented the Summarize toolbar item.
  • Dragging the last tab out of a window will now close that window.
  • Added support for download links which use the HTTP Content-Disposition header.
  • Added support for the JavaScript print action (window.print()).
  • OmniWeb no longer displays an empty page when it receives a HTTP 204 “no content” status code. This fixes bugs with several rating systems.
  • Using Click-Hold to activate the context menu in browser windows is now disabled by default, since that breaks compatibility with some web pages which want to see the mouse-down event immediately (before we determine that it’s actually a click-hold event). You can turn Click-Hold back on by setting the hidden ActivateContextMenuWithClickHold default.
  • Added Release Notes to the Help menu.
  • Fixed a bug where clicks would land in the wrong place if a hidden location bar was temporarily visible (because you were editing it with Command-L) and you clicked in the browser (causing it to hide again).
  • The Open window can now be closed by pressing the Escape key (in addition to Command-W). The window’s tab cycle also now includes all its controls.
  • Bookmarklets are now labeled properly when dragging them to the favorites bar.
  • Command-Shift-Left Arrow now performs the standard text editing behavior of selecting to the beginning of a line of text, rather than taking you back to your start page.
  • If your navigation bar is hidden and you press Shift-Command-F to go to the search field, OmniWeb will no longer show and hide the navigation bar before showing it yet again.
  • Tweaked the favorites bar background.
  • Updated the default start pages.
  • Localization updates for Simplified Chinese, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Swedish.
  • OmniWeb 5.9.1 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.
    If you’ve played with the new version and noticed any major improvements or shortcomings, let us know in the comments or forums.

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    Roxio Toast Titanium 9.0.5 Update Released

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    Date: Friday, March 13th, 2009, 07:36
    Category: Software

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    On Thursday, Roxio released version 9.0.5 of its Toast Titanium authoring software. The new version, available here, adds the following fixes and changes:

  • Resolves issue where distortion may be recorded when using system audio capture.
  • Resolves issue where waveform may not be drawn correct after updating to Mac OS X v10.5.6.
  • Toast 10 Titanium requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.
    If you’ve tried the update and have any feedback about it, let us know in the comments or forums.

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    Apple Holds iPhone OS 3.0 Media Event on the 17th

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    Date: Thursday, March 12th, 2009, 14:56
    Category: iPhone, Software

    The word is out that Apple will be holding a media event on March 17th to showcase the iPhone OS 3.0 software. Rumors of what was expected to be in the next major release, as well as possible new iPhone features, had started making the rounds in the last couple of weeks, showing up on blogs such as Derek Underwood’s.
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    Is important to note that this event is not to release the software, but merely to offer a glimpse of what Apple is working on, probably to generate some buzz for the possible release of the next iPhone model at WWDC. The event will be held at Apple’s Town Hall building at 10 am PST on that Tuesday. No word as to who will be doing the presentation, but the money is on Phil Schiller.
    This is sure to generate some excitement leading into the summer as this “sneak peek” may offer some hints as to what the next iPhone hardware will have to offer.

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