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Reports Surface of iPhone Batteries Not Fully Charging

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Date: Thursday, July 12th, 2007, 08:12
Category: iPhone

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Getting back to the iPhone, the guys at iPhone Atlas and MacFixIt are reporting that a surprisingly high number of iPhone owners have stated that their batteries aren’t charging completely. In these cases, the universal plug icon fails to appear, which brings into question whether the battery itself is fully charging.
The iPhone Atlas article recommends charging the iPhone for at least 10 hours as a means of optimizing the unit’s battery life. If this has taken place, try restoring the device as well as fully draining the battery and recharging.
In some cases, iPhones have been failing to charge unless they were turned off, then plugged into a wall outlet. Should this happen, the article recommends contacting Apple for possible repairs or a warranty replacement.
If any of you have seen this on your iPhone, let us know in the forums.

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Microsoft Office 2004 Updated to Version 11.3.6

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Date: Thursday, July 12th, 2007, 08:32
Category: Software

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Late Wednesday, Microsoft released version 11.3.6 of its Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac suite. The new version, a 15.4 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
Improvements for Excel 2004
-Security is improved: This update fixes vulnerabilities in Excel 2004 that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer’s memory with malicious code.
Improvements for Entourage 2004:
-Microsoft Exchange public folder data loss issue is fixed: This update fixes an issue that causes data loss when public folder users who have a permission level of “Editor” or greater use Entourage to empty the cache for all public folders on the server running Exchange Server.
-Japanese postal code dictionary is updated: The Japanese postal code dictionary is updated with the latest information as of May 2007.
The update can be downloaded directly from Microsoft’s web site as well as through the Microsoft AutoUpdate application, which is typically found in Mac OS X’s Applications folder after the software has been installed.
Microsoft Office 2004 requires Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later to run and varies in price depending on the version purchased.
If you’ve had either a positive or negative experience with the new version of Office 2004, let us know in the forums.

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Apple Releases QuickTime, iTunes Updates

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Date: Wednesday, July 11th, 2007, 17:12
Category: Software

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Late Wednesday, Apple released updates to two of their core programs; QuickTime 7.2 and iTunes 7.3.1.
QuickTime 7.2, which is a 33.8 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
-Support for full screen viewing in QuickTime Player.
-Updates to the H.264 codec.
-Numerous bug fixes.
-Export for iPhone (exports .m4v video).
-Export for iPhone (Cellular) (exports .3gp video).
QuickTime 7.2 requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run.
iTunes 7.3.1, which was also released today, is a 51.4 megabyte download and adds the following fixes and changes:
-Improvements to the iPhone service activation.
-Fill iPhone synching with music, TV shows, movies, podcasts and photos.
-Improved wireless sharing between photo libraries and Apple TV devices via iTunes.
-Fix to a problem in iTunes 7.3 when the iTunes Library was accessed.
iTunes 7.3.1 requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run.
Both programs can be updated via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.
If you’ve seen any major changes on your end once these programs have been installed, let us know via the forums.

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Rumor: Apple Prepping Touch-Screen Controlled iPods for August

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Date: Wednesday, July 11th, 2007, 10:29
Category: Rumor

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It came from Rumorville, so it must be true:
An article over at DigiTimes has cited that Apple has ordered a batch of touch-screens earmarked for future generation iPods from Taiwanese manufacturer Wintek.
The article quotes an anonymous source which claims that Apple is about to launch a next-generation iPod video next month. Such an iPod would sport a touch screen panel similar to the iPhone’s.
DigiTimes also pointed out that Apple seems to be lining up touch-screen component deals with other manufacturers and has a similar arrangement with Balda, another touch screen manufacturer.
Neither Apple or Wintek were able to provide comments regarding the speculation.
If you have comments or ideas about this, feel free to discuss them in the forums.

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Updated: JPMorgan Retracts “iPhone Nano” Analyst Prediction

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Date: Wednesday, July 11th, 2007, 09:06
Category: iPhone

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If it sounded too good to be true, it was.
According to Engadget and several other outlets, yesterday’s optimistic comments from JPMorgan analyst Kevin Chang have been retracted by the company.
The rebuttal took place in the form of a document put forth by the firm’s North America Equity Research division. Here, JPMorgan states that the firm “has not been able to independently confirm” Chang’s comments without a second source and mentions that a “lower-end iPhone appearing in the near-term would be unusual and highly risky.”
Also mentioned in the document are several suggestions that a “high-priced, non-subsidized 3G model” will surface “in the first half of 2008.”
Full images of the retraction can be found here courtesy of The Unofficial Apple Weblog.
Update: An article over at TimesOnline states that a well-placed source at JPMorgan claimed the retraction was “completely erroneous” and that the firm stood by the original comment.
“In no way are we retracting what Mr Chang said,” the source said. “We express our view through research documents, and the way the market reacts to them is a function of the market.”
The disparity has been noted as two analysts’ views differing on the information at hand when analyzing Apple’s stock.
If you have thoughts or comments on this, let us know what you think by way of the forums.

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iPhoneDrive 1.0 Out the Door

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Date: Wednesday, July 11th, 2007, 08:01
Category: iPhone

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On Tuesday, software company Ecamm Network released iPhoneDrive 1.0, a US$9.95 utility that allows users to use their iPhones as hard drives and drag and drop files to the device, similar to the iPod’s disk use feature.
The software is available as a fully active seven day demo and is available as a 486 kilobyte download.
iPhoneDrive requires Mac OS X 10.4.10 and iTunes 7.3 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the demo version or have any comments, let us know in the forums.

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Myvu “Solo” Now Available Through Web Site

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Date: Wednesday, July 11th, 2007, 07:56
Category: Hardware

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In other news, one of the cooler accessories for the iPod just became more accessible. The Myvu, an eyewear system that attaches to the iPod and simulates a 27″ video screen being viewed from about six feet away, is being introduced in a more affordable “solo” edition.
According to Macworld News, the Myvu solo retails for US$199.95 and arrives without the power pack and premium travel case found with its “fully loaded edition” cousin. The Myvu solo edition includes the eyeglasses, in-ear noise-reducing earbuds, inline audio and picture controller and microfiber protective sleeve and lens cloth.
Myvu has states that the “solo” edition is now available from its web site (which still lists it as “coming soon”) and is available through the Apple Store and ZoomSystems-based automated retail systems found in airports and Macy’s department stores.
If you’ve tried the Myvu system and have comments about it, get it off your chest in the forums.

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iPhone-Optimized Wi-Fi Finder Released

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Date: Tuesday, July 10th, 2007, 11:38
Category: iPhone

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Perhaps one of the coolest features of the iPhone is its Wi-Fi capability, which handily trumps its EDGE data speeds provided a nearby Wi-Fi location is accessible.
According to Macworld News, the folks at JiWire (which serves as a mobile broadband advertising network that also provides a search engine pointing to accessible Wi-Fi locations) have released an iPhone-optimized version of their Wi-Fi location search engine.
The engine itself functions passively with no software to download or install but functions as a web site capable of detecting when an iPhone accesses it and includes optimized code specific to the handset. JiWire boasts that its Wi-Fi Finder tool lists 150,000 accessible Wi-Fi networks in 135 countries worldwide.
If you’ve had success with JiWire’s web site or know of a similar tool for finding publicly accessible hot spots, let us know in the forums.

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Analyst Cites Apple as Designing Cheaper, iPod-Nano-Based iPhone

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Date: Tuesday, July 10th, 2007, 10:48
Category: iPhone

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The good news: The iPhone is out and people seem to like it.
The bad news: It doesn’t come with its own two bedroom apartment As a result, you’re going to be forming a relationship with your friend’s couch over the next month.
This situation may improve within a few months, as Kevin Chang, an analyst for JPMorgan was recently quoted as claiming that Apple plans to launch a cheaper version of the iPhone in the fourth quarter.
According to Reuters, the revised iPhone would be based on Apple’s current iPod Nano digital music player. Chang cited sources within the supply channel who asked not to be named and pointed towards a patent filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office dated July 5th. The patent application detailed a multifunctional handheld device with a circular touch pad control similar in appearance to the scroll wheel on the iPod Nano.
To date, Apple has declined to comment on the rumors.
Chang has also stated that Apple would do well to follow up the iPhone with a cheaper version priced around US$300 or lower. The current, first revision iPhone retails for US$500 and US$600 for the four and eight gigabyte models, respectively.
If you have any thoughts or ideas on this, let us know.

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Missing Sync for Palm OS 6.0.1 Beta 4 Released

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Date: Tuesday, July 10th, 2007, 08:04
Category: Software

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Late Monday, Mark/Space released the fourth beta of its Missing Sync for Palm OS 6.0.1, its synchronization utility for communication between Mac OS X and Palm OS-based devices.
The new beta, a 42.1 megabyte download (via VersionTracker) offers the following fixes:
-Fixed crash when opening video conduit settings (localized versions).
-Fixed View Readme for localizations.
-Fixed location of “day” in French.
Missing Sync for Palm OS retails for US$39.99 for new users (US$24.95 for upgrading users) and requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later to run.
No word has been given as to when the final version of the Missing Sync for Palm OS 6.0.1 upgrade will be released.

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