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Quanta Wins Contract for Second-Gen iPhone

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

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.


BackRow Developer’s Kit for Apple TV Emerges

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

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.


ModBook to Ship with Additional RAM, BTO Options

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

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.


iPhone Spotted in Silicon Valley Restaurant

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Date: Monday, May 28th, 2007, 10:26
Category: Sighting

The folks at GeekNUZ have posted a quick story in which the author and a friend spotted an Apple employee using an iPhone out in public:
“So I was at a local restaurant with my friend Philip here in silicon valley when I noticed that the man behind me in line was holding an iPhone!!! I had to lean over and sneak a peek, of course, and saw that he was navigating a page with lots of text. I think it was a website. Then he clicked over to some sort of list – was it bookmarks or an options menu? I couldn’t tell. Even from two feet away, however, the screen appeared crystal clear with the tiny font text. The phone itself looked like I remembered seeing it at MacWorld a few months ago-same size, shape, and it wasn’t protected with any sort of case. (The screen itself cannot have any sort of covering on it, according to the rep I spoke to at MacWorld) He was quite unabashed about the fact that he had it. When he sat down at the table in front of me he had it out most of the time while he was dining and was taking pictures of the person he was with and was talking about the functions of the phone. I approached him and asked if he was an Apple Employee who works on the phone, to which he replied “yes.” So I went on and gave him my schpeel spiel (thanks Jeremy) about why they should allow third party software on the stupid thing, to which he replied with a blank, and mostly disinterested, look. He said to me “yea, as far as I know they’re not allowing that yet.” Anyhow, he was nice enough and I hope he takes the comment to someone who cares. Check out the candid pics I took (with my SE K750). Even though it’s got a 2mp camera the lighting wasn’t optimal in the restaurant so they’re a bit grainy, but still worth it! iPhone in the wild!”
Pictures can be seen here and here.
Thanks again to GeekNUZ and if you seen an iPhone in the wild, send in pictures or video (provided you’re not disturbing someone else’s privacy/being a nuisance) and let us know.


“Amnesty Bin” Contest Winners Announced

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Date: Monday, May 28th, 2007, 09:51
Category: Fun

Ok, the results are in and the judges have chosen the five best comments to the Microsoft “Amnesty Bin” contest.
As mentioned in Friday’s article, the “Amnesty Bin” is a large plastic bin located in the Microsoft Zune development team’s headquarters. Employees have been encouraged to ditch their current iPods and go exclusively with the Zunes they’ve been working on.


Whether this has been a joke or a morale booster, no one’s quite sure.
So, here we go with the top five comments which we feel best describe the situation:
“How to get iPods for free.” – Sharpe
“We bit off more than we could chew.” – Drew Skinner
“And every night after Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer went home, the Zune team would go and get their iPods back from the bin.” – Geekmouth
“I thought it was a battery recycling bin for older iPods…” – airboyd
“15 Down….50 Million to Go….” – Dave
“Fill this bin by noon or Ballmer dies.” – Samuel Maffei
Thanks for participating and if anyone has a contact within the Zune team’s offices that can shed more light on the Amnesty Bin, we’d love to hear about it.
Congratulations to the winners and if your entry wasn’t selected, we’ve got plenty of chances for fame, fortune and cool prizes in the future.


Early Version of G4FanControl Now Available

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Date: Monday, May 28th, 2007, 08:59
Category: Software

Software developer Andrea Fabrizi has released G4FanControl 0.2, a small utility that can be used to specify a certain minimum temperature limit that much be reached before the fans on an iBook G4 or PowerBook G4 laptop start up (note: Apple sets the default temperature limit to 60° on these units).
The G4FanControl utility is run out of Mac OS X’s Terminal program and users need to be logged in as root. Default temperature limits will be restored by Mac OS X in the event of a reboot.
To download the software and give it a try, click here.
If you’ve tried the utility and have feedback either way, let us know.


Microsoft “Amnesty Bin” Comes to Life

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Date: Friday, May 25th, 2007, 11:36
Category: Fun

An “iPod Amnesty Bin” has surfaced over at the Microsoft Zune development headquarters. Here, a plastic bin with a photo of a green apple and the words “Bite me” have been placed out in public, employees being challenged to willingly give up their iPod players.


Per the above image via Flickr, not many have.
According to Macworld News, Apple has declined from commenting, but a spokesperson for Microsoft expressed that she felt the bin might be either a joke or a morale booster for the Zune developers.
Though the Zune player was introduced with moderate, but not overwhelming, success, Microsoft has been working up marketing campaigns around currently available units and released a pink version of the player that’s outsold its white and brown models. A new television commercial also highlights features unique to the device such as wireless song sharing and a built-in FM radio tuner. The company will also offer a “Halo”-themed Zune along with its release of “Halo 3″ later this year.
Also, PowerPage would like to announce a caption contest for the Amnesty Bin photo. While we can’t guarantee cash and riches, the top five will be posted for all to see, thus gaining the respect and admiration of your fellow Mac-heads. Let’s see what you guys can come up with.
As always, your two cents about this would be appreciated.


Cool Apps Receive Timely Updates

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Date: Friday, May 25th, 2007, 10:16
Category: Software

It’s been a little while since we did a software roundup, but several incredibly useful applications have just received updates within the past few days.
Here we go:
iSale 4.1:
One of the quintessential Mac tools for eBay, iSale has been updated to version 4.1. The new version, a 57.9 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and features:
-New: Support for uploading your pictures to Picasa Web Albums.
-New: Support for new USPS shipping options.
-New: Auctions can be deleted from within groups.
-New: Auctions can be moved into groups in bulk.
-New: Auctions can be selected and deleted in bulk.
-New: A list of selected auctions can be printed.
-New: The selling date of an item is automatically added to the buyer’s Address Book entry.
Click the jump for the full story…


Poll: Your WWDC Wish List

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Date: Friday, May 25th, 2007, 10:11
Category: Poll

With Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference just a few weeks away, what would you guys like to see come out of the event?:

What new products would you like to see come out of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference next month?
An updated MacBook Pro with a Santa Rosa chip architecture.
An upgraded Mac Mini.
An upgraded iMac.
An Apple subnotebook.
Additional iPhone accessories.
A revamped/widescreen iPod.
Additional tools and accessories for the Apple TV.
I want a pony. More than anything in this world.


Apple Notebook Sales Jump 94% for April

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Date: Friday, May 25th, 2007, 08:24
Category: Uncategorized

Apple’s laptop retail sales jumped 94% for the month of April according to an NPD report.
For the full story, check out Jason O’Grady’s Apple Core web blog and if you have an opinion, we’d love to hear it.