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Apple Releases Updated iMacs, .Mac, Mac Mini, iLife ’08

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Date: Tuesday, August 7th, 2007, 12:50
Category: News

On Tuesday, Apple brought out a slew of new products in its summer dog and pony show at company headquarters in Cupertino. Taking the stage, CEO Steve Jobs brought out the following:
-The new iMac is thinner and now features aluminum and class:
-Revised iMac comes in 20 and 24 inch screen sizes. The unit features an audio input and output, three USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 400 and 800 ports, Gigabit Ethernet and video out. Apple has retained the slot-loading drive along with the built-in iSight and internal microphone.
-The displays apparently have a glossy sheen to them with Jobs claiming the new design is better for displaying photos and movies.
-Apple has released a new keyboard to complement the iMac. The new device appears to have special dedicated keys such as brightness controls, Expost, Dashboard and media controls.
-The new iMac ad can be seen here.
-A new wireless keyboard and “Mighty Mouse” are also available. Both devices operate on the Bluetooth 2.0 protocol.
-The new iMacs are now based on upgraded Intel Core 2 Duo processors and are clocked from 2.4 to 2.8 GHz. Apple has also upgraded RAM support up to 4 gigabytes and included ATI Radeon HD 2400XT graphics systems. Users can now install internal hard disk drives up to 1 terabyte . The new iMacs feature built-in 802.11n wireless networking.
-The new iMacs are available in a US$1,199 configuration (20; display, 2.0 GHz processor, 250 GB hard drive), a US$1,499 configuration (20″ display, 2.4 GHZ, processor and 320 GB hard drive) and a US$1,799 configuration (24″ display, 2.8 GHz, unsure of the hard drive size).
-All models are immediately available.
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Apple Faces Patent Infringement Suit Over iPhone Keyboard Technologies

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Date: Tuesday, August 7th, 2007, 10:24
Category: Legal

On Monday, Apple was notified this its iPhone handset allegedly infringes on a 2004 patent issued to Florida-based SP Technologies, LLC.
According to MacNN, the patent outlines a “method and medium for computer readable keyboard display incapable of user termination.” SP Technogies is currently asking that Apple pay what it considers to be “reasonable royalties” for each iPhone sold and is also seeking a permanent injunction against the Cupertino, California-based firm in order to prevent the use of its intellectual property in the popular handset.
SP Technologies has cited Apple’s “willful and deliberate” infringement of its patent, as described in the complaint, which was issued on August 2nd in a federal court in Tyler, Texas.
Should Apple be found guilt of the charges described in the complaint, the company could be forced to pay punitive damages equal to three times the economic the plaintiff can prove it has suffered.
In the past year, Apple has filed dozens of patents related to the iPhone and its unique touch-screen and gesture-based technologies.
Have two cents to throw in about this? Let us know in the comments of forums.


NES Emulator for iPhone in the Works

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Date: Tuesday, August 7th, 2007, 08:29
Category: iPhone

In spite of the unlocking efforts, the pros and cons and everything else centering around the iPhone, it’s nice to know that someone’s working on bringing something incredibly fun as well as capable of wasting vast amounts of time to the handset.
According to the guys at The Unofficial Apple Weblog, a programmer referring to himself as “stepwhite” has ported the InfoNES core over to the iPhone, allowing the device to run emulation for classic Nintendo ROMs such as Super Mario Brothers, Zelda and Punch Out.
The emulator is currently still in progress and too slow to run at a playable speed.
Take a gander at the YouTube video and if you have thoughts, feedback or ideas on this, let us know in the comments of forums.


Next-Gen iPod to Feature 16 GB of NAND Flash Memory

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Date: Tuesday, August 7th, 2007, 07:55
Category: iPod

Albeit Apple’s next generation iPod may be about a month away from release, the new model could feature some interesting changes. According to , which cites “sources at Taiwan-based component makers,” the “new iPod video” will incorporate 16 gigabytes of NAND flash memory.
The report also states that concerns are present that, in addition to the incorporation of NAND flash memory in the new iPod as well as a recent power outage experienced by
Samsung Electronics’ fabrication facilities, component makers have expressed concern regarding the overall NAND flash supply.
Apple’s current generation of video ipods is among the last of the firm’s devices to employ a 1.8″ hard disk drive. Since its introduction of the iPod Nano in 2005, Apple has shifted the memory base of its handheld devices to solid-state NAND flash memory. The new design would allow for increased durability in the iPod, remove moving parts from the unit, pave the way for smaller form factors and allow for a longer battery life.
The DigiTimes report makes no mention as to whether the 16 gigabyte video iPod would include a touch-screen interface similar to the iPhone’s.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and we’ll be covering the Apple product release as closely as possible today.
If you have any ideas or thoughts on this, let us know in the comments or forums.


VMWare 1.0.51348 Officially Released for the Mac

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Date: Monday, August 6th, 2007, 14:06
Category: Software

On Monday, virtualization softare maker VMWare released version 1.0.51348 of its Fusion software for the Mac.
Similar to other virtualization software packages, VMWare allows users to run alternate operating systems such as Windows and Linux distributions on Intel-based Macs at native speeds. Other features, such as Unity, allow users to run and minimize Windows applications from the Mac OS X Dock. According to Macworld News, VMWare also supports 64-bit memory addressing support and offers ;experimental” support for the upcoming Mac OS X 10.5 operating system as well as 3D graphics support.
VMWare 1.0.51348 currently retails for US$79.99 and requires an Intel-based Mac with 512 MB of RAM, 275 MB of hard disk space for the application, 1 GB of hard disk space for each virtual machne and Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the commercial version of VMWare or have an opinion on virtualization in general, let us know in the comments and forums.


Hackers Extract Main iPhone Key, Reach New Milestone

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Date: Monday, August 6th, 2007, 09:58
Category: iPhone

Approximately six weeks after the iPhone’s release, the iPhone Dev Team has announced that the group has reached a new milestone in its goal of unlocking the iPhone by extracting the full contents of the device’s radio memory. Discovery of this code allows for a “true unlock” that can pull the iPhone away from running exclusively on AT&T‘s wireless network.
The group has created a program called NOR Dumper to allow others to continue work on unlocking the iPhone and, according to Gizmodo, intends to release the program’s source code at a later date when they feel the program is in a more mature state.
Stay tuned for further details as they emerge.
If you have any ideas or opinions about the iPhone unlocking effort, let us know in the comments or forums.


Rumor: New iMacs Due Out Tomorrow, iPods in September

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Date: Monday, August 6th, 2007, 08:09
Category: Rumor

There’s a reason a ladies’ sewing circle has typically been referred to as an epicenter of local gossip: because the subject matter is pretty interesting.
Keeping this and the rumor mill in mind, Apple is expected to refresh its iMac line via its product presentation tomorrow. Confirmed details about the new iMacs have yet to be released, although the guys at Gizmodo and Engadget were able to debunk rumors that the iMacs will be modeled after brushed aluminum while the MacBooks would be receiving a Santa Rosa architecture and an even-smaller Mac Mini with a larger hard drive would be hitting the market.
A source close to the situation has stated that “the new iPods will be rolling around mid-September”.
Still, it’s only 24 hours off and there should be some thing cool to emerge from it.
Stay tuned to PowerPage for live coverage and if you have any thoughts on tomorrow’s happenings, let us know via the comments or forums.


Poll: Was the iPhone 1.0.1 Firmware Update Helpful?

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Date: Friday, August 3rd, 2007, 15:31
Category: Poll

With the iPhone 1.0.1 Firmware Update a couple days old, we want to hear what it did to your iPhone, be it good, bad or uneventful. It’s time for complete honesty, guys and if you have specific details, please share them in the comments or forums:

Was the iPhone 1.0.1 Firmware Update Helpful?
The update took care of all my problems.
The update took care of some of my problems.
I still have the same problems.
The update created new problems.
The update added some cool new features.
I’m returning my iPhone.
Apple owes me a pony. And a hug.


Apple Offers Additional Details on iPhone Quirks

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Date: Friday, August 3rd, 2007, 15:58
Category: iPhone

On Friday, Apple updated its Knowledge Base library article regarding current issues facing iPhone owners. The full article can be found here, but the guys over at iPhone Atlas have pointed out some interesting tidbits:
“Sound from receiver is muffled or too low: ‘Make sure the receiver is over your ear. Move it around until it is in a spot that produces the clearest sound.’
Low microphone volume: ‘If you are using a third-party iPhone case, make sure it is not covering the microphone. Try making some calls without the case to see if a caller can now hear you more clearly.’
Display image issues: ‘This can include white screen, bright or dark pixels, lines in video, or sections of video missing. Turn iPhone off and turn it on again.’
No cell signal strength anywhere: ‘Check to make sure you‚Äôre in an area with network coverage.’
Battery life seems short: ‘If you are charging using your computer, don‚Äôt connect iPhone to your keyboard.’
No sound through stereo headset: ‘Unplug and reconnect the headset. Make sure the connector is pushed in all the way.’”
The article doesn’t mention if any of these variables change with the iPhone 1.0.1 Update which came out this week and essentially focuses on human factors that can go wrong with iPhone usage.
If the Knowledge Base article provided any solutions that were eluding you, let us know in the comments or forums.


Timex Announces iPod-Controlling Watch

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Date: Friday, August 3rd, 2007, 14:00
Category: iPod

Following Nike‘s lead, watch manufacturer Timex has announced their own iPod accessory, an advanced sports watch called the iControl that operates as a wireless operating device for the iPod and is compatible with the iPhone when the handset is set to airplane mode.
According to Macworld UK, the iControl boasts features as a 50-lap memory recall chronograph, multi-mode countdown time, two interval timers and three different alarms. The iControl can also perform functions such as playing and pausing music, adjusting volume and tracking forward and backward along the iPod’s play list.
The iControl is part of Timex’s Ironman collection of sports watches and also features a night light, three year battery life and water resistance up to 100 meters. Timex has announced that the device is now available in the United States from Timex and Apple, retails for US$125 and is available in gray, black, pink, blue, orange and green.
Have your own two cents on this? Let us know what you think over in the comments and forums.