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Apple on Third Party iPhone Apps/D Conference Transcript

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Date: Thursday, May 31st, 2007, 08:43
Category: News

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And now, the iPhone-related news:
According to CNet, during an interview with Wall Street Journal columnist Walt Mossberg at the paper’s D Conference, Apple CEO Steve Jobs mentioned that while the iPhone won’t ship with support for third party applications, Apple is open to the idea and is working to make this possible later in 2007. Jobs implied that there were concerns about security issues, which could have added to the delay.
Despite a direct question during the interview, Jobs did not mention an exact release date for the device.
A full transcript of the event can be found over at Engadget while a web clip can be seen below:



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Cool Find: Safe Sleep 1.0

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Date: Thursday, May 31st, 2007, 08:32
Category: Software

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It may not be iPhone-related news, but developer Tomis Erwin may have come up with something useful.
SafeSleep 1.0 is a free AppleScript front-end that taps into various Terminal commands to improve upon Mac OS X’s sleep features. Here, the computer can save the contents of the memory to the hard drive before shutting down the computer. This features is also available on other operating systems and is known as “Hibernation” or “Suspend-to-disk”.
The program requires a laptop running Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run and is a 21 kilobyte download courtesy of MacUpdate.
Give it a shot and if it works out for you or goes south in any way, let us know.

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Apple Adds YouTube Support, BTO Options for Apple TV

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Date: Wednesday, May 30th, 2007, 17:49
Category: News

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On Wednesday, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced that the company would be adding YouTube support to its Apple TV device via a free software update available in mid-June.
According to Macworld News, users will be able to select YouTube from the Apple TV’s main menu, then browse through content from the YouTube web site. The company stated that it would gradually add the most current and popular YouTube content over time until the entire catalog was offered this fall. The content will be gradually converted via Apple’s supported H.264 video codec.
All content uploaded from June on will be automatically encoded under the H.264 protocol, making it compatible with the Apple TV.
In an anticipated move, Apple also announced that it would be offering a larger hard drive as a build-to-order option through the Apple Store. A new configuration will include a 160 gigabyte hard drive, which will be four times the capacity of the current hard drive.
The 160 gigabyte configuration retails for US$399.00.

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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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