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Rumor: iPhone Data Plan May Retail for US$30 a Month

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Date: Wednesday, May 30th, 2007, 14:57
Category: Rumor

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With less than a month to go before its release, the iPhone rumors have been almost nonstop. A recent but fairly credible entry is now claiming that AT&T will require customers to purchase an unlimited data plan with each iPhone sold.
Additional details can be found at Jason’s ZDNet Blog The Apple Core.
If you’ve heard anything about this either way, let us know.

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Google Eyeing Facebook According to Odds-Makers

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Date: Wednesday, May 30th, 2007, 08:22
Category: Fun

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Someone once said that gambling was the finest thing a person could do, provided they were good at it.
Granted, this is paraphrasing, but the same logic still applies; if there’s something interesting out there, people will bet on it, especially if there’s something to win in the end.
Gambling and game site bodog.com has placed odds on which companies Internet giant Google will probably buy next.
Leading the pack is Facebook, the social networking web site that currently stands only second to MySpace. Bettors have currently placed five to one odds in the business and financial section with speculators offering seven to one odds that Google will buy out CNet Networks and the Associated Press.
It’s speculation, but it’s interesting. If you have any ideas or opinions about this, let us know.

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iTunes 7.2 Released

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Date: Wednesday, May 30th, 2007, 08:28
Category: Software

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In the midst of yesterday’s update-o-rama, Apple released iTunes 7.2, the newest version of its cross-platform media jukebox program.
The new version, a 29.2 megabyte download, allows users to preview and purchased Digital Rights Management (DRM)-free iTunes Plus music from participating music labels. These files have been encoded at higher bit rates and have been tagged as sounding better while selling for a slightly higher price on the iTunes Store (US$1.29 as opposed to US$0.99 for a standard file).
DRM-free music provides no usage restrictions and is part of a deal Apple penned in April with EMI and other participating labels to begin offering unrestricted music via its online marketplace.
iTunes 7.2 requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run. The program can be downloaded from the iTunes web site or snagged through Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.
If you’ve tried the new version and have positive or negative feedback about it, let us know.

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Apple QuickTime 7.1.6 Security Update 1.0 Posted

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Date: Wednesday, May 30th, 2007, 08:54
Category: News

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On Tuesday, Apple released a security update for its QuickTime media software. The patch, a 1.4 megabyte download, repairs two issues in which an outside user could both execute malicious code as well as access critical information on a Mac.
According to Macworld News, the outside code issue could have been triggered via a specifically-crafted Java applet, which could trigger arbitrary code. Apple has apparently added a supplemental validation process for Java applets to work against this.
A second exploit, which also used a hole in Apple’s then-current QuickTime for Java code, could allow a web browser’s memory (i.e., “history”) to be read by a Java applet. The fix clears the browser’s memory prior to allowing it to be accessed via Java applets.
For more information on Apple QuickTime 7.1.6 Security Update 1.0, click here.
The update can also be accessed via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run.
If you’ve downloaded the update and have positive or negative feedback either way, let us know.

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Rumor: iPhone May Ship With Added Features

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Date: Tuesday, May 29th, 2007, 12:04
Category: Rumor

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While this definitely comes from Rumorville, you can’t say it isn’t interesting:
A recent blog entry may be confirming Apple’s history of under-promising and then over-delivering on its final product in order to win over a potential market, as the post mentions all sorts of goodies that may be en route for the iPhone. Perks such as boosted wireless support, additional software and rebates via an AT&T contract have surfaced and while they may not all be true, could point towards some cool extras that may be in the works.
For the full story, check out the Apple Core blog and let us know what you think.

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Cool Pick: WiFind

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Date: Tuesday, May 29th, 2007, 11:54
Category: Software

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In other news, reader David Blumenstein pointed out WiFind, a shareware utility from TastyApps that supplements the airport menu in Mac OS X.
Here, a user can click on the wireless network selector and observe additional information such as signal strength and whether or not a given network is open or locked.
WiFind is a 481 kilobyte download for the demo version and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run. The program retails for an US$8.00 registration fee and is coded as a universal binary capable of running at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
If you’re tried WiFind and have either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know.

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Parker Sets About Spring Cleaning

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Date: Tuesday, May 29th, 2007, 10:19
Category: Software

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PowerPage Associate Editor Rob Parker has apparently embarked upon spring cleaning and sent this image along to demonstrate what Unsanity’s utilities can do:


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This effect is achieved via a combination of utilities called ShapeShifter, ClearDock and MightyMouse, which allow for the Mac OS X interface to be customized. The theme shown above is called Eternal 1.2 and the MightyMouse cursor set is known as “lambda”.
The programs are currently coded as universal binaries and run at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
Not bad, especially considering when Apple first released Mac OS X, the company had tightened controls as to how appearances could be altered, the classic Kaleidescope program dropping by the wayside.
If you’ve found any cool hacks or ways to change your system’s appearance outside of the standard Mac OS X controls, let us know.

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Quanta Wins Contract for Second-Gen iPhone

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Date: Tuesday, May 29th, 2007, 08:22
Category: News

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On Tuesday, Taiwanese financial newspapers the Commercial Times and Economic Daily News reported that laptop PC manufacturer Quanta will start producing an initial run of five milion second generation of iPhone handsets this September.
According to Macworld UK, Apple is slated to take delivery of the units. The second generation iPhone will reportedly sport a revised outer design to appeal to different markets.
In the resulting statement, Quanta commented that it is taking measures to attract new business and contracts, but declined to offer current details, as agreements with customers are confidential.
An anonymous source within the company stated that the firm has yet to win orders for the iPhone, but that the company is competing for such orders.
Currently, Hon Hai Precision Industry (a.k.a. “Foxconn”) is believed to be the principle manufacturer of the iPhone. No comments were available, as customer order information is kept confidential.
The iPhone is slated to ship in June.

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BackRow Developer’s Kit for Apple TV Emerges

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Date: Tuesday, May 29th, 2007, 07:23
Category: Software

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Developer Alan Quatermain has released a software development kit for Apple TV plug-ins. The BackRow Developer’s Kit program allows users to create custom menu interfaces and other software compatible with Apple TV. The package includes templates as well as framework code to begin working on projects.
Full information can be found on the project’s web site and the current version of the BackRow Developer’s Kit is available as a 1.0 megabyte download.
A sample movie of the software in action can be seen here.
This isn’t for the techie faint of heart, but it is interesting and may allow you to do something new with your Apple TV.
If you’ve played with this and have an opinion about it either way, let us know.

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ModBook to Ship with Additional RAM, BTO Options

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Date: Monday, May 28th, 2007, 10:48
Category: News

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Axiotron‘s long-awaited ModBook, the first mainstream tablet version of a Mac via converted MacBook laptops, will arrive with additional RAM as well as other build-to-order options according to jkOnTheRun.
Recently, pre-order customers received an e-mail from the ModBook group outlining facts such as shipping dates, a complimentary upgrade from 256 megabytes of RAM to 512 megabytes of RAM and that build-to-order options such as a 7,200 RPM hard drive, second hard drive (in lieu of the optical drive) and three gigabytes of RAM could be purchased with the current order.
Finally, the pre-ordered ModBooks will be based on the current MacBook laptops that were released by Apple only a few weeks ago. Units are expected to ship by the end of July.

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