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SoonR Announces Remote File Access, Skype for iPhone

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Date: Monday, July 23rd, 2007, 11:59
Category: iPhone

On Monday, SoonR announcd that its remote file service was now functional with Apple’s iPhone.
SoonR’s software connects mobile phones with data stored on both Macs and PCs. According to Macworld News, users can share more than 40 document types via a slideshow-style interface. The service also integrates with Outlook e-mail, shared calendars and contact information.
For users looking to make Skype-based calls from their iPhone, SoonR can use a Mac or PC to bridge the call and enable this feature via the SoonR Talk program.
SoonR, like the iPhone, currently uses AJAX, which allows the software to scale fonts and pictures as needed. This comes in handy when rotating the iPhone from vertical to landscape mode as well as panning out and zooming in on an image through the iPhone’s pinch action.
SoonR currently offers basic accounts for free and plans to offer premium services in the future. The company’s software is currently still in the beta testing stage and can be downloaded from here.
If you’ve tried SoonR or have ideas or feedback, feel free to throw in your two cents in the forums.


Cisco Bug Found in Flooded WLAN

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Date: Monday, July 23rd, 2007, 07:29
Category: iPhone

Following up on last week’s report that several of Apple’s recently-released iPhone handsets may have caused Duke University‘s wireless network to be overloaded with batches of wireless base stations becoming inaccessible. Network provider Cisco, which provides most of the university’s infrastructure, seems to be the culprit.
According to Macworld UK, Tracy Futhey, chief information officer for Duke University, stated that ‚ÄúEarlier reports that this was a problem with the iPhone in particular have proved to be inaccurate.‚Äù The statement illustrated that the iPhone is fully operable on the university’s wireless network and that Apple, Cisco and Duke were able to work together to identify the source of the problem, which was caused by a Cisco-based network issue.
In a statement released to Macworld, the network provider cited that “Cisco has provided a fix that has been applied to Duke’s network and the problem has not occurred since.”
If you have any thoughts or feedback on this, let us know over in the forums.


Cortado Offers Free Mobile E-Mail Service for iPhone

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Date: Friday, July 20th, 2007, 12:17
Category: iPhone

On Friday, Cortado announced that the company has introduced its free mobile e-mail service to the iPhone.
According to MacNN, the package includes a personal e-mail address, professional spam filter, virus protection and 20 megabytes of storage space.
The program can be used in conjunction with and synchronize with iCal and Mac OS X’s Address Book program. Cortado’s service uses Microsoft Outlook Web Access and the company has spublished setup instructions to get the phone up and running through iTunes here.
If you have any thoughts or ideas on this, let us know in the forums.


Top Three Notebook Drives Duke It Out

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Date: Friday, July 20th, 2007, 10:51
Category: Hardware

The guys over at Bare Feats have ran a full comparison between the Western Digital Scorpio 250 gigabyte 5,400 rpm drive, the Seagate Momentus 7200 160 gigabyte 7,200 rpm drive and the Hitachi Travelstar 7K200 200 gigabyte 7,200 rpm drive.
The full rundown is available here and if you’re interested in upgrading your MacBook or MacBook Pro’s SATA hard drive, take a look.
If you’ve come across a killer hard drive or have thoughts or opinions on this, let us know in the forums.


Opera 9.22 Released

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Date: Friday, July 20th, 2007, 08:55
Category: Software

Late Thursday, Opera Software ASA released version 9.22 of its popular Opera web browser.
The new version, an 11.3 megabyte download, sports the following fixes and enhancements:
-Fix to allow toolbars to use bold fonts again.
-Tabs can be dragged between windows using the Windows panel again.
-Info panel title now correctly displays Web page title and mail subjects that contain HTML.
-Scripting and display fixes for the Silverlight plug-in.
-Multiple stability fixes.
-Improved stability and performance of BitTorrent.
-Fixed an issue that could occur when removing a specially prepared torrent transfer, as reported by iDefense.
-Prevented an issue where data URLs could be used to display the wrong address in the address bar.
-Improved the display of long domain names in authentication dialogs. Long domain names will now scroll instead of using ellipsis.
-Added Trustcenter class 3 G2 root certificate.
-Fixes for a problem with certificate import from PKCS #7 Signed and Netscape Multicert files.
Opera 9.22 requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later to run and is available for free.
If you’ve tried the new version and have either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know in the forums.


The Apple Core: Touchscreen Differences Examined

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Date: Friday, July 20th, 2007, 02:35
Category: The Apple Core

With differences in the iPhone touchscreens coming to life such as a checkered background and differences in brightness, it appears that some users received the better components while others became stuck with the wares of a lesser component maker.
PowerPage head honcho Jason O’Grady looks into the Apple discussion boards on the topic and looks to see whether both recipients of the “5-series” and “7-series” components are reporting similar problems over in The Apple Core.
If you’ve seen any problems on your own iPhone touchscreen or have thoughts or ideas on this, let us know in the forums.


Skype Reaches Version

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Date: Thursday, July 19th, 2007, 08:20
Category: Software

It’s up to a fairly complex version number, but it tends to work well and has proven incredibly useful.
Skype, the long-standing Voice over Internet Protocol client, has been updated to version The new version, a 29.7 megabyte download, offers improvements in both audio quality and bandwidth management optimizations.
The program is available for free, though the service charges a given rate for computer-to-land-line and computer-to-cell-phone calls and international calling.
Keep in mind that the new version is still in its beta stages, so a little caution might be a good idea.
Skype requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new version and had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know in the forums.


Firefox Released

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Date: Thursday, July 19th, 2007, 08:01
Category: Software

Late Wednesday, Mozilla released Firefox, the latest version of its popular Firefox web browser.
The new version, a 17 megabyte download, repairs the following security issues:
-XPCNativeWrapper pollution.
-Unauthorized access to wyciwyg:// documents.
-Remote code execution by launching Firefox from Internet Explorer.
-File type confusion due to %00 in name.
-Privilege escalation using an event handler attached to an element not in the document.
-Frame spoofing while window is loading.
-XSS using addEventListener and setTimeout.
-MFSA 2007-18 Crashes with evidence of memory corruption.
Firefox 2.0.05 requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later to run and is available for free.
If you’ve tried the new version and had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know in the forums.


Certain iPhone Cameras Producing Greenish Tint in Photos

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Date: Thursday, July 19th, 2007, 07:40
Category: iPhone

Getting back to the iPhone, a number of users have reported that the built-in cameras are producing a greenish tint on certain captured photos.
According to the guys at iPhone Atlas, the problem seems intermittent and could possibly indicate that different component manufacturers were used, resulting in different qualities on the shipping product.
Various readers have pointed out that the greenish tint can be resolved through Photoshop’s white balance tool as well as iPhoto’s enhance tool.
If you’ve seen this on your end or have another solution or workaround, let us know in the forums.


iPhone Unlocking Team Reaches SIM Card Milestone

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Date: Wednesday, July 18th, 2007, 13:37
Category: iPhone

The guys over at the iPhone unlocking project (available with a simple Google search) took on a sizable task when the handset was first released.
Despite having yet to completely unlock the handset, the team has reached a significant milestone in releasing iASign, a piece of software that purportedly allows users to work with prepaid Cingular, AT&T and AT&T MVNO SIM cards. According to Engadget, the program will allow users to pick up an iPhone without a contract, install their current SIM and be able to use the phone via a current contract without signing up for a new one.
For the brave of heart, the iASign download link can be found here.
If you’ve tried the program or have your two cents to chip in about unlocking the iPhone, let us know over in the forums.