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Intel Capital to Invest US$218.5 Million in VMWare

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Date: Monday, July 9th, 2007, 09:34
Category: Finance

In other news, Intel Capital, Intel’s investment wing, has announced that it will invest US$218.5 million in emulation software make VMWare.
The investment will occur within VMWare’s Class A common stock, which is subject to customary regulatory approval.
According to Macworld News, this will allow Intel Capital to own about 2.5% of VMWare’s outstanding common stock and an Intel executive is expected to be appointed to VMWare’s board of directors in return.
VMWare is currently nearing an official release of its Fusion emulation software for the Mac OS X platform. The software will retail for US$79.99 and is currently being offered at a pre-order price of US$39.99. Additional details regarding the current beta, which entered final candidate status last week, can be found here.


iPhone Users Reporting Excessive Operating Temperatures

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Date: Monday, July 9th, 2007, 07:52
Category: iPhone

In spite of how genuinely cool a device may be, problems are bound to occur at some juncture. According to iPhone Atlas, a number of users have reported that their iPhones are generating an uncomfortable amount of heat from their units under various circumstances.
Like other consumer electronic devices, excessive temperatures can lead to erratic behavior and potentially damage component surfaces.
The reader reports point to the following circumstances where the iPhone’s temperatures have become excessively hot:
-While charging.
-When being used while charging.
-While using Wi-Fi while on phone calls.
-When the iPhone is performing multiple simultaneous functions.
The article then offers the following advice to help keep the iPhone’s temperatures down:
-Remove the case, which can prevent heat from dissipating properly. Silicon covers tend to act as insulators and can retain additional heat within the iPhone.
-Activate Airplane mode, which powers down various parts of the internal circuitry and helps keep the phone cool.
If these steps have been taken and your iPhone is still operating at excessive temperatures, be sure to contact Apple in order to see if repairs or a warranty replacement might be applicable. And if you’ve seen this from your own iPhone or have a suggestion or workaround, let us know.


The Apple Core: Hackers Unite

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Date: Friday, July 6th, 2007, 15:34
Category: The Apple Core

As mentioned before, the iPhone is Jason’s baby. He hankered for one for months, snagged it the first day it came out and has focused on it since.
In the eighth entry of the iPhone Diary, The Apple Core focuses on the interest and efforts from the hacker community. From the prominent effort to unlock the iPhone to more flexible calling plans to released/leaked firmware to component studies, the entry points to everything that’s out there and currently in the works for the most lusted-after handset on the market.
And if you have any ideas or tips about hacks in the works, let us know.


VMWare’s Fusion Reaches Final Candidate Status

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Date: Friday, July 6th, 2007, 13:39
Category: Software

Fusion, the upcoming emulation software by VMWare, reached Final Candidate status on Tuesday. The new version, a 159 megabyte download, features the following fixes and changes:
-Improved Unity feature: Bug fixes have been added to Fusion’s Unity component, which allows for features such as drag and drop and launching Windows applications on the fly or from the Dock. Experimental support has been added for Unity on Windows Visa, Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003.
-Improved Mac integration: Mac OS X-style shortcuts such as Command-Tab, Expose and keyboard shortcuts have been updated and optimized.
-Enhanced Boot Camp performance: The new version improves disk performance on Boot Camp partitions and allows for faster Windows application launch times.
-Better support for Mac OS X Leopard: VMware Fusion has improved experimental support for running your favorite virtual machines on Mac OS X Leopard.
-Experimental 3D support for MacBook and Mac Mini: The release restores experimental 3D support to Macs with Intel GMA 950 integrated graphics cards.
-Improved USB compatibility: Beta 4.1 and the Release Candidate restore USB compatibility with Santa Rosa-based MacBook Pros and Mac OS X 10.4.10.
Fusion is expected to ship later this year and is available as a US$39.99 pre-order. The software will sell for a full retail price of US$79.99 and requires an Intel-based Mac and Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the release candidate and have positive or negative feedback about it, let us know.


iBook G3 Becomes Book and Server

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Date: Friday, July 6th, 2007, 11:53
Category: Hack

I was never this optimistic when my iBook G3 croaked a few years back, but a user over on Chaos Blog 2.0 has apparently taken a 500 MHz iBook G3 with a broken screen and turned it both into a book and a server.
After removing the non-functioning screen and trimming down the essentials of the case, the author then wrapped the remaining iBook in a hardcover casing and connected the unit to a Firewire hard drive.
Perhaps the most impressive part is that he was able to retrofit the power supply to another part of the laptop and cut the footprint down by half. The blog posts step by step instructions, complete with pictures, so if you have several free hours, the tools on hand, a somewhat-croaked iBook and a soldering gun, you can pull off a similar feat.
As always, if you have a cool fix, hack or workaround of your own that you’ve done with your Mac laptop, let us know about it.


Hackers Could Crack Finish Unlocking iPhone in Three to Seven Days

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Date: Friday, July 6th, 2007, 08:35
Category: iPhone

A representative of the group working to unlock Apple’s recently-released iPhone handset claims that the project could be finished in as little as three to seven days according to Macworld News.
‚ÄúWe believe it will be easy. We are privately aware many of the iPhone engineers came from other handset manufacturers, and we understand their design techniques fairly well,‚Äù stated a group member identified as “gj”, who has been communicative with the media throughout the effort.
An unlocked iPhone would allow the handset to function with providers other than AT&T. AT&T has penned a five-year deal to exclusively sell the iPhone within the United States.
By Tuesday night, the iPhone unlocking effort had cracked the iPhone’s activation process, having written tools that would allow them to activate an iPhone without Apple’s iTunes software. The iPhone’s activation process relies on a software token sent from iTunes to Apple. Apple then signs the token and returns it to the iPhone, which activates the iPhone’s capabilities. Recently developed tools written by the project allow a software token from an activated iPhone to be used to activate multiple iPhone units. The token itself is not being provided with the tools that have been developed so far.
IIf you don’t have a known token (which does contain identifying information) you won’t be able to use the tool,” gj said.
An alternative tool developed by a hacker known as “DVD Jon”, allows for the iPhone to be activated without iTunes and initiates certain functions, such as the iPod and Wi-Fi systems. The hack currently doesn’t allow for the phone capabilities to be activated, but is seen as a step in the right direction.
A rumored software update which was anticipated yesterday could undo some of the project’s work and patch security holes as well as areas that have been worked with for the effort. No firm date has been released as to when the update could be expected.
If you have any thoughts, ideas or workarounds about this, let us know.


Apple Releases iPod Reset Utility 1.0.2

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Date: Friday, July 6th, 2007, 08:25
Category: iPod shuffle

Late Thursday, Apple released iPod Reset Utility 1.0.2, a restoration utility for first and second generation iPod Shuffle units. The program is designed to completely reset the device, erasing all data and reinstalling the following software for the unit to run:
-iPod shuffle (1st Generation) – iPod Software version 1.1.5
-iPod shuffle (2nd Generation) – iPod Software version 1.0.3
The iPod Reset Utility 1.0.2 program is a 3.5 megabyte download (courtesy of VersionTracker) and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the program and have either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know.


Mossberg Posts iPhone Flash/Loaner Discoveries

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Date: Thursday, July 5th, 2007, 15:13
Category: iPhone

I’ll say this about Walt Mossberg: Sometimes he comes up with some really interesting tidbits. I can’t quite say if I’d want him covering my back in a bar brawl, but he does the Wall Street Journal proud, whatever his bar brawl abilities may happen to be.
In Mossberg’s recent Questions About Apple’s iPhone column, Mossberg mentions that the iPhone will be able to play additional Internet video format via an Adobe Flash plug in that Apple plans to add through an early software update.
The guys at iLounge have made a good point in illustrating that Apple’s lack of Flash support in the Safari web browser for the iPhone has been a point of contention in early reviews about the device.
Mossberg’s column also mentions a cool tidbit about Apple extending loaner iPhones to its users for US$29 should your iPhone require repairs.
The column is a good read, especially with more people becoming interested in the iPhone and having questions as to its basic features, what can be done with the calling plans and what’s possible in terms of overseas calls, so give it a once-over if you have a moment.


DIY iPhone Earbud Modification Tutorial Materials Posted

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Date: Thursday, July 5th, 2007, 14:02
Category: iPhone

One of the complaints that have followed the iPhone is the earbuds shipped with the unit. Like the iPod’s earbuds, they were apparently better suited to the guys out in Cupertino than their customers and it’s been noticed.
Unfortunately, there’s currently few (if any) third party alternatives to these earbuds, especially if customers want to keep the mic and music toggle options built into Apple’s headphone cable. Finally, a “non-standard, standard” jack makes things that much harder.
The guys over at Engadget have thrown together a tutorial video featuring James Papadopoulos, who shows you how to install a pair of third party headphones with a little confidence and some soldering. It’s somewhat for the brave of heart, but it the iPhone’s earbuds were driving you nuts, this might come in handy:

If you have any ideas or workarounds of your own to the earbud issue, let us know.


The Apple Core: Jason Runs the iPhone Gamut

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Date: Thursday, July 5th, 2007, 13:19
Category: The Apple Core

The iPhone is Jason’s baby. It’s that simple. Back at Macworld Expo this January, during Jobs’ keynote speech, he sat next to me and mentioned that if Apple was selling the iPhone that day, he’d head out the door that very moment to get one.
It was then that I was thankful that he probably couldn’t marry an iPhone – or at least not legally.
Six days after its release, he’s kept a journal of his findings over at The Apple Core. The logs include the positive and negative points, accessories, occasional weirdness and cool little discoveries about the handset.
Take a gander and if you have any thoughts or ideas about your iPhone, let us know.