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CoolBook Updated to 2.3, Receives Santa Rosa Support

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Date: Friday, July 27th, 2007, 07:30
Category: Software

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On Thursday, developer Magnus Lundholm released CoolBook 2.3, the latest version of his shareware CPU frequency, voltage and temperature monitoring program.
The new version, a 325 kilobyte download, adds updated documentation as well as full support for Apple’s recently-released backlit LED screen MacBook Pro laptops with Intel’s Santa Rosa hardware improvements.
CoolBook 2.3, which retails for a US$10 shareware registration fee, requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and an Intel-based Mac to run.
If you’ve tried the program and have either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know over in the forums.

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PulpMotion Gains iPhone Export, Other Features

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Date: Thursday, July 26th, 2007, 15:29
Category: Software

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On Thursday, software company aquafadas released version 1.2.5 of PulpMotion, its slideshow and presentation suite for Mac OS X.
The new version, an 89 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
-Improved the quality of images in exported videos by reducing the flickering due to the high resolution of some images.
-Improved the way the MediaManager loads its assets.
-Added the ability to have multiple iTunes libraries in the media manager.
-Added the ability to export video for the iPhone.
-Added several presets in Custom Quicktime export.
-Extended compatibility with Final Cut.
-New ability to access individual sample images from videos stored in iDive. A number indicates the presence of sample images, and a double click on such a media brings the list of all accessible images.
-Added a new startup check that will prevent incompatible themes from being loaded.
-Updated French, Danish, Italian and Japanese localization.
-Fixed a problem in the MediaManager that would prevent photos from loading.
-Added support for aliases in the iPhoto library. The Media Manager will now properly browse iPhoto libraries whose content has not been consolisated under the iPhoto .
-Fixed a problem where exported videos would not import in Final Cut Pro because of a wrong timebase.
-Improved image quality in a number of themes. Reduced flickering of moving objects.
-Suppressed some pixellated sprites.
-Fixed a problem where images with rotation metadata would display properly in preview but export with the wrong rotation angle.
-Fixed a full screen problem with the News themes.
-Fixed various theme settings.
PulpMotion requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run and retails for US$45.
If you’ve tried the new version and have either positive or negative feedback, let s know in the forums.

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The Apple Core: iPhone AC Adapter Woes

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Date: Thursday, July 26th, 2007, 11:02
Category: The Apple Core

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Back to the iPhone, a number of failures have been reported with Apple’s included iPhone AC adapter for the handset.
In the case of PowerPage staff member Rob Parker, the adapter apparently went belly up a week after bringing it home on June 29th. He apparently isn’t alone as the devices are garnering a higher failure and return rate than expected.
For full details as well as links to discussions about the topic, check out the latest Apple Core web blog.
Also, if you’ve seen this on your end or have ideas or workarounds for the problem, let us know in the forums.

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Delicious Library Updated to 1.6.5

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Date: Thursday, July 26th, 2007, 09:17
Category: Software

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On Wednesday, software company Delicious Monster released version 1.6.5 of the shareware favorite,
Delicious Library. Delicious Monster allows Macs with webcams to scan the bar codes of any book, movie, music CD or video game, then creates an archive based on background information from the Internet. Additional features help keep the library organized and reseller’s tools allow for items to be quickly posted for sale online.
The new version, an 11 megabyte download, repairs an issue with looking up library items by title or creator under Mac OS X 10.4.10.
Delicious Library 1.6.5 requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later to run and retails for US$39.95.
If you’ve tried the new version and have either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know in the forums.

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Suit Filed Against Apple and Sony Regarding Battery Burn

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Date: Thursday, July 26th, 2007, 07:52
Category: battery

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As much as you may like your Mac laptop, things will occasionally go wrong. A Japanese couple living in Tokyo are filing suit against Apple and Sony regarding a PowerBook G4 battery that burst into flames in April of 2006.
According to the International Herald Tribune, the couple is suing for “over” two million Yen (about US$16,700) in damages. The suit alleges that the man suffered burns to his finger while using the laptop an his wife endured mental distress due to the incident.
The battery comes from a batch of more than 10-million Sony-made notebook batteries that were recalled in 2006. Sony has stated that battery problems were caused by microscopic metal particles insider the battery that caused the unit to short circuit.
Since the recall, Sony has stated that it will improve battery design, production and inspection methods to prevent a recurrence of fires in their batteries.
If you have any thoughts about this or have seen something similar on your end, let us know over in the forums.

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Apple Reports US$818 Million Profit for Third Quarter

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Date: Wednesday, July 25th, 2007, 16:03
Category: Finance

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On Wednesday, Apple reported its third quarter financial results. The company stated a profit of US$818 million (or US$0.92 per diluted shared) on US$5.41 billion in revenue for the third quarter.
The results show a marked increase as opposed to a profit of US$472 million (or US$0.54 per diluted share) on US$4.37 billion for the third quarter of 2006.
Apple shipped more than 1.76 million Macs in the third quarter, demonstrating 33% growth compared with Q3 of 2006 as well as 9.8 million iPods, representing 21% growth from a year ago.
Specific iPhone sales numbers were kept under wraps, although Apple CEO Steve Jobs stated he hopes to sell the one-million iPod by the end of its first full quarter, ending September 29th.
Other highlights included the following:
-This quarter yielded the highest revenue in Apple history.
-Representatives cited continued strong demand for the iPod.
-Strong revenue and a favorable commodity market.
-Strong demand for the MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops.
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iPhone Unlocking Effort Reports Progress, Web Server Functionality

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Date: Wednesday, July 25th, 2007, 13:21
Category: iPhone

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The guys over at the osx86.hu hackintosh blog have reported that their efforts to run various open-source applications from the iPhone are proving successful.
According to Electronista, the group has built and run several programs for the device, including a functional Apache web server for hosting sites. Other tools such as Python’s programming language, the vim text editor and assorted utilities have been compiled into binaries and run on the device.
In addition to sorting out how to create an ad-hoc network from AT&T’s EDGE network that other computers can user to surf the Internet, the group claims it’s learned more about how the handset handles and locks out non-AT&T wireless services and SIM cards. Attempts to route around this code sets off a function that identifies the effort as “odd behavior” and closes down unlocking techniques.
Though considered a potential barrier, the find helps indentify what mechanisms an iPhone uses. Last week, the same group announced they had been able to bypass iTunes activation and created a program called iActivator, which can purportedly bypass iTunes via a convenient interface.
If you have any thoughts or ideas on this, let us know over in the forums.

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Instructions Posted for Tethering Laptop to iPhone EDGE Network

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Date: Wednesday, July 25th, 2007, 08:13
Category: iPhone

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A tutorial has been posted on crea.ations.net demonstrating how to hack your iPhone to distribute an EDGE network that can then be tapped into as an ad-hoc network via your laptop.
The trick, which stems off the “jailbreak” hack used for unlocking custom ringtones on the iPhone (posted on Hack the iPhone), provides steady EDGE network access without using a WiFi network. The hack isn’t for the faint of heart, so read up on it to make sure you know what you’re doing.
Check out the YouTube video to see EDGE in action on an iBook G4 laptop.
If you have any feedback or ideas of your own, make them heard in the forums.

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Apple Introduces AppleCare for iPhone

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Date: Wednesday, July 25th, 2007, 08:35
Category: iPhone

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On Tuesday, Apple released details regarding AppleCare for the iPhone. According to The Unofficial Apple Weblog, AppleCare, which is available for US$69, extends “hardware repair coverage” for an additional year (bringing the total to two years if purchased.)
The warranty extension also applies to Apple’s iPhone Bluetooth headset. Full details are available on the web site and previously mentioned elements such as Apple leasing out loaner iPhones for US$29 if your handset goes in for repair still apply.
If you have any thoughts or ideas about this, let us know in the forums.

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The Apple Core: iPhoneMyeBay.com

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Date: Tuesday, July 24th, 2007, 12:04
Category: The Apple Core

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The iPhone is Jason’s obsession, but he might have something here.
On Tuesday, iPhoneAppLab released the first eBay certified application for the iPhone, allowing users to watch and bid on auctions from the handset.
For full information, links and details, check out The Apple Core .
And, with any luck, the iPhone application that teaches your cat to unload groceries from your car after you go food shopping ships next week.
If you have any thoughts or ideas about iPhoneMyeBay.com, the iPhone or grocery-unloading cats, let us know in the
forums.

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