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First iPhone Retail Units Arrive in America

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Date: Tuesday, June 26th, 2007, 08:08
Category: iPhone

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The first retail units of Apple’s upcoming iPhone handset have finally arrived in the United States this past weekend. An unknown number of units were quietly delivered to a handful of drop locations to be distributed to nearly 2,000 Apple and AT&T locations.
According to AppleInsider, the iPhones arrived via a Hong Kong-based air courier which services Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. The cargo arrived in enough time to clear customs as well as sort through any unexpected delays.
Sources stated that each shipment was greeted by armed personnel that had been hired by Apple through the courier’s ground handling agent and then cleared by the Transportation Security Administration. The units were then broken down and loaded onto outbound ground transportation.
It’s currently unclear as to where the iPhones will be stored over the next few days before they go on sale Friday at 6:00 PM, albeit they could wind up in the stockrooms of various retail locations. In the meantime, Apple has reportedly begun informing its retail personnel that no cameras of any kind — such as cell phone cameras or built-in iSight cameras on laptops, will be allowed within stock room areas of its retail locations.
No matter how you slice it, Friday should be interesting.

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New iLuv Cases Ship with Built-In Backup Battery

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Date: Tuesday, June 26th, 2007, 07:29
Category: iPod

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On Monday, accessory outfitter iLuv announced that it had released the i604, a new line of silicone cases designed for the iPod with video that also offer built-in backup batteries.
According to MacNN, the battery’s manufacturer, easyishop, claims thebattery can almost double the iPod’s standard battery life to a duration of about 42 hours. The case is also designed to allow a cable to pass through without the need to remove it as well as full access to the Click Wheel, headphone jack and Hold switch.
The i604 retails for US$64.99 and is available in black and white and also ships with a USB power adapter for the unit.

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PowerPage Forums Return

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Date: Monday, June 25th, 2007, 13:49
Category: Announcement

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After a fairly long hiatus, the PowerPage forums have officially returned and are up and running.
Once again, you can discuss all things Apple, Mac, portable, software, iBook, iPod, iPhone, hardware, mods, hacks, fixes, workarounds, opinions and whatever else is on your mind. The forum also features a buy and sell section as well as a stolen laptop registry where you can submit the information for a stolen Mac laptop that might have gone missing and hopefully the PowerPage community will be able to help out.
If you’re going to participate, there are a few rules to follow. PowerPage has existed as a community for 12 years now and is based on an interest in the Mac, mobile technologies and where all this is headed. You guys have always piped up with a comment, idea, suggestion or opinion and that’s kept things going. Still, it only takes a few jerks to ruin a conversation, so be warned that the forums will be monitored and anything severely off-topic, insulting to another user or smacking of spam will receive no more than one warning before being banned.
The goal isn’t to establish anything authoritarian or too tightly controlled, but something that can be participated in and enjoyed by everyone as well as serve as a great resource created by a community that’s interested in something and has suggestions as to how to make a good thing better.
So, without further ado, the forums are open and waiting.
Have at it.

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HungryFlix.com Announces Downloadable Content for iPhone

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Date: Monday, June 25th, 2007, 13:16
Category: iPhone

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On Monday, online video distributor HungryFlix.com officially announced support for Apple’s upcoming iPhone handset. The site, which distributes user-submitted content, currently supports formats for devices such as the iPod, Apple TV and the Sony PSP.
HungryFlix currently sells its downloadable content at prices starting at US$0.99 and features feature length and short films, documentaries, animations, special interest titles, sports, how-to and music videos.

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AT&T to Impose US$175 Early Cancelation Fee for iPhone

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Date: Monday, June 25th, 2007, 09:20
Category: iPhone

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You’re looking forward to the iPhone‘s release on Friday.
And you’ve given somewhat consideration to naming your first-born child “iPhone”.
According to an article on boston.com, this might be an expensive choice to get out of.
In addition to spending US$50 million to beef up its wireless network, the Boston Globe has discovered that AT&T plans to charge customers who break their two-year iPhone contracts a US$175 early termination fee. While an early termination fee is somewhat common, these are usually put into place to help wireless providers recoup subsidies and discounts offered to customers agreeing to go with the service.
According to JupiterResearch analyst Michael Gartenberg, who termed the early termination fee “a little odd”, the fee seems like a bid by AT&T to boost its revenues by providing an obstacle to cancelation and hanging onto more affluent customers for as long as possible.
AT&T has yet to disclose how it will handle or charge customers under existing contracts who want to upgrade to the iPhone early and swap out their current plan in exchange of one offered with the iPhone.

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Apple Releases Security Update 2007 – 006

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Date: Monday, June 25th, 2007, 08:14
Category: Software

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On Friday, Apple released Security Update 2007 – 006 via both its web site as well as Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.
The new update, a 2.2 to 4.5 megabyte download depending on the version of Mac OS X installed on your computer, provides changes for WebCore, Mac OS X’s HTML layout engine and WebKit, Apple’s application framework that serves as an underpinning for the Safari web browser.
According to Macworld News, the update repairs flaws in which malicious web site code can be executed that could lead to problems such as applications unexpectedly terminating and executing arbitrary code.
The update requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 on the Mac OS X 10.3 (“Panther”) end and Mac OS X 10.4.9 on the Mac OS X 10.4 (“Tiger”) end.
As always, if you’ve installed the new update and noticed any appreciable difference in how your Mac operates, let us know.

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Safari 3.0.2 Beta Released

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Date: Monday, June 25th, 2007, 08:22
Category: Software

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Late Friday, Apple released version 3.0.2b of its Safari web browser. The most recent release of the public beta for the new browser, the new version adds the following fixes and changes:
-Latest security updates
-Improved stability
-Improved WebKit support for Mail, iChat and Dashboard
Safari 3.0.2b is currently available as a free download for Mac OS X, Windows XP and Windows Vista. The browser requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later to run on Mac OS X and weighs in at a 14 megabyte download.
If you’ve tried the new Safari beta and had either positive or negative experiences with it, let us know.

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Updated VMWare Fusion Beta Released

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Date: Friday, June 22nd, 2007, 15:27
Category: Software

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On Thursday, virtualization software outfit VMWare released Fusion 1.0b4.1, an updated beta of its Fusion software.
According to Macworld News, the new version, a 171 megabyte download, updates the USB manager to accommodate changes in both the Santa Rosa-based MacBook Pro laptops as well as the Mac OS X 10.4.10 update.
Full details can be found over at the product’s web page. Fusion requires an Intel-based Mac and Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run. The program is available as a pre-order for US$39.99.
As always, if you’ve done the gerbil routine and played with the new version, let us know how it went, good or bad.

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PureMobile Offering Unlocked iPhones

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Date: Friday, June 22nd, 2007, 08:44
Category: iPhone

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The iPhone’s coming out in a week.
You already knew that.
And whether it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread or not, you already have a clear idea as to what you want from the device. For those of you who demanded an unlocked unit, your prayers may be answered.
According to cnet’s news blog, retailer PureMobile looks to be touting unlocked eight gigabyte iPhones on its web site.
If completely kosher, an unlocked iPhone could be used on any GSM carrier as opposed to running exclusively on AT&T’s network.
Currently, the web site only declares that the iPhone is “coming soon” and doesn’t offer a price, but alerts the user that shipping will either be US$19 or US$29 depending on delivery speed selected.
Though an impressive idea, it’s also important to note that an unlocked iPhone will be subject to the same quibbles as all other unlocked phones in that while it will be able to make calls without any problems, data features won’t work out of the box. To date, no alternate carriers have come forth with any plans regarding this issue.
Stay tuned for further details on this developing story.

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Solar Jacket for iPods, Cell Phones in the Works

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Date: Friday, June 22nd, 2007, 08:36
Category: iPod

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This may not be next on your shopping list, but it could be interesting:
Italian fashion company Ermenegildo Zegna Holditalia SpA (Zegna) recently demonstrated the Solar JKT, an outdoor jacket lined with wearable electronics such as two solar modules in the coat’s collar that can turn solar energy into electricity. According to Playlist, the stored electricity is then routed by conductive textile cables to a buffer battery which can be used to charge a device or store power.
The battery, which measures 70 millimeters by 60 millimeters by 13 millimeters, weight about 100 grams and requires about four to eight hours to load. Once full, a device such as a mobile phone or iPod can be charged in less than four hours through a five volt connection for USB devices and a six volt connection for mobile phones.
The jacket is currently being developed by Interactive Wear AG and Innovative Solarprodukte GmbH (Solarc).
No details have emerged as to pricing and availability, but the Solar JKT coat is expected within the second quarter of 2008.

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