Sonnet Technology has announced that it will be releasing its FireWire/USB ExpressCard/34 peripheral for Mac OS X 10.5-equipped MacBook Pro notebooks this October.
The card, which works with the ExpressCard/34 slot found on Apple’s MacBook Pro laptops, features one USB 2.0 port and two FireWire 400 ports. Sonnet has announced a US$69.95 price tag for the device.
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On Thursday, Missouri-based repair outfit iResQ announced that the company has begun offering iPhone repairs.
‚ÄúPer customer demand, we‚Äôve redesigned our packaging to accept several combinations of iPhones and/or iPods. Customers with multiple items can use one iBox to get the broken units to us‚Äù said Kyle Baccus, Operations Manager at iResQ.
iResQ has stated that iPhone repairs will be performed within 24 hours of receipt at the iResQ repair facility in Kansas City and that customers are provided with the appropriate shipping materials as well as pre-paid labels to send the units along.
Representatives form the company have stated that the iPhone is a more complicated repair than a typical iPod repair, but the outfit has already repaired dozens of broken screens and anticipates LCD assembly to be the mainline repair for the iPhone.
iResQ is presently a PowerPage sponsor.
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Late Wednesday, Apple released iMovie 7.0.1, a 9 megabyte download for its entry-level movie editing program.
The new version, which is also available through Mac OS X’s Software update feature (provided iMovie 7 is already installed) addresses issues associated with publishing to .Mac web galleries as well as provides stability fixes and tackles other associated issues.
iMovie 7.0.1 is currently part of Apple’s iLife ’08 suite, which retails for US$79 for a single copy and US$99 for a five user family pack.
The program requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 as well as an Intel-based Mac, a dual 2.0 GHz or faster Power Mac G5 or a 1.9 GHz or faster iMac G5 to run.
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When Apple released its iPhone 1.0.2 firmware update a few days ago, specific fixes provided by the update were kept vague. Outside of the words “bug fixes”, users have been left to discover what specific performance elements the patch improved or altered.
According to MacRumors, several users have reported that their iPhones are now able to connect to wireless access points that were once regarded by their iPhone handset as out of range.
“My WiFi reception is definitely better,” commented a user identified as schulzmc said Tuesday. “While in my office I have never been able to connect to the hub in the conference room down the hall [but after the update] I was surprised that the Edge connection seemed faster, until I realized I was connected to the WiFI hub with two bars. For me, this is a huge issue, as I was preparing to try to deal with whatever hassle it would take to get the WiFI connection extended to my office area.”
Mixed reports have surfaced as to other changes provided by the update. Some have reported increased speakerphone volumes while others have stated that this setting has remained the same.
Others, who added non-Apple-sanctioned software or hacks to their iPhones to achieve results such as custom ring tones have reported problems which pushed them to restore their handsets to a factory default state.
The update is automatically downloaded when the iPhone is connected to a Mac or PC and iTunes is opened. Users can then choose whether or not to apply the 3.7 megabyte download.
If you’ve seen any changes, positive or negative, that have stemmed from the iPhone 1.0.2 update, let us know in the comments or forums.
In other news, accessory manufacturer Bexy has shipped its iMirror wireless remote control docking station.
According to Electronista, the iMirror is designed to both play music as well as interact with the rest of an entertainment system. The user operates the iMirror via a remote control that controls both the iPod and surrounding components (such as a tv, speakers or receiver), the iMirror displaying information back via an LCD display.
Once docked for the first time, the iMirror will load the iPod’s title information to the remote control and allow for operation within a range of 150 feet.
The iMirror’s docking station is compatible with most dockable iPod models and features S-video, RCA stereo, and line-in inputs as well as an earphone jack and mini-USB port that allows for iTunes synchronization.
The iMirror retails for US$150 and will be on store shelves this September.
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If you were curious as to which providers Apple would go with per its upcoming European release of the iPhone, the vote is in.
On Tuesday, sources told the Financial Times that a deal was signed between T-Mobile of Germany, Orange of France and O2 in England. According to the article, the three operators will hand over 10% of the revenues made from calls and data transfers through iPhone traffic.
The operators are stated to officially announce the partnerships at the IFA trade fair in Berlin at the end of August, although T-Mobile, Orange and O2 declined to comment as of yesterday.
The iPhone is currently slated to launch in Europe this autumn to the UK, French and German markets with further European and an Asian rollout taking place in 2008.
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Late Tuesday, Apple released iPhone Update 1.0.2, the second major firmware update for its popular iPhone handset.
The new software, which can be downloaded by connecting the iPhone to your Mac or PC, selecting the iPhone in iTunes and clicking the “Update” button, is a 3.7 megabyte download and applies the following cryptic changes according to Apple: ‚Äúthis version of the software includes bug fixes and supersedes all previous versions.‚Äù
According to iPhone Atlas, the update erases hacks, forcing the code into a recovery and then restoration mode, thereby removing non-Apple-sanction modifications as well as third-party installed applications.
This feat is accomplished via a validation process performed on the iPhone. If the validation fails, the iPhone then moves into recovery and restoration mode, prompting iTunes to download a 92 megabyte version of the 1.0.2 software update to bring the iPhone in line with the current software revision.
Albeit Apple has been vague about specific fixes, some iPhone Atlas readers have reported a significantly louder maximum volume on the device. Other users have reported that the iPhone version of Safari (or MobileSafari) now smoothly scrolls pages as they’re loading, where before scrolling on a still-loading page had been jerky or nonexistent.
Reports are still coming in and if you guys have tried the new update and seen any changes whatsoever, let us know in the comments or forums.
A group working to unlock the iPhone and thus allow it to run on wireless carriers outside of AT&T is claiming success. Contributors to the Finding JTAG blog are citing a successful unlock of the iPhone via a “hardware hack”. According to iPhone Alley, the hack involves removing a piece of hardware that’s temporarily installed in the iPhone that is temporarily installed into the iPhone during the time involved in unlocking the handset. Once the hardware is removed, the iPhone can function normally using any wireless carrier’s SIM card.
The group has provided the following YouTube video as a means of proving the group’s claim and demonstrating the hack in action as a successfully unlocked iPhone accesses the T-Mobile network:
The group has also stated that while their hack currently involves removing hardware through taking apart the iPhone and soldering certain components, they hope to have a software version available soon as well as instructions for the hack posted next Tuesday.
Cool to see this in action and it’ll be interesting to see where this goes. Stay tuned to the PowerPage for more details as they emerge and if you have an idea or feedback about unlocking the iPhone, let us know in the comments or forums.
The click-wheel was pretty cool. And having a small extension on your headphones to flip between iPod tracks worked out nicely.
But life isn’t complete until clenching your teeth controls the music you’re listening to.
According to Yahoo News, Japanese researchers have developed a head gear system that uses a combination of infrared sensors and a microcomputer that lets the user choose iPod tracks by clenching their teeth. Once in place, the computer can interpret actions such as clenching one’s teeth for a second as a track selection, differentiating it from chewing or talking and work from there.
The development team, which is based out of state-run Osaka University, has stated that it hopes to put the device to commercial use and believes it can eventually be adapted to run cell phones, wheelchairs and other products. The device would allow for a completely hands-free system as well as allow disabled users access to a wider range of technologies.
Other possible uses for the device could include a click interface, such as users clenching their teeth to switch move between pages on a PowerPoint document.
No details have been provided as to when the device could come to market.
Cool idea and it’d be interesting to see this in action. If you have any ideas or feedback, let us know in the comments or forums.
On Tuesday, tech manufacturer Samsung introduced a new 1.8″, 150 gigabyte hard drive designed for portable devices such as Apple’s iPod.
According to Macworld UK, the new Spinpoint N2 drive functions at 4,200 revolutions per minute. The drive can hold as many as 40,000 MP3 files or 100 high definition quality movies.
The company is expected to use the new drives in its video camcorder, MP3 and PMP devices.
No word has been given as to whether the drive will be featured in a future generation of iPod, which may be moving towards Flash-based drives for all models.
If you have an opinion or feedback on this, let us know over in the comments or forums.