Apple on Third Party iPhone Apps/D Conference Transcript

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


Apple Adds YouTube Support, BTO Options for Apple TV

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Date: Wednesday, May 30th, 2007, 17:49
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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.


Apple QuickTime 7.1.6 Security Update 1.0 Posted

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Date: Wednesday, May 30th, 2007, 08:54
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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.


Quanta Wins Contract for Second-Gen iPhone

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Date: Tuesday, May 29th, 2007, 08:22
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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.


ModBook to Ship with Additional RAM, BTO Options

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Date: Monday, May 28th, 2007, 10:48
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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.


Apple Releases Security Update 2007-005

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Date: Thursday, May 24th, 2007, 16:41
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On Thursday, Apple released Security Update 2007-005, an update designed to repair element of Mac OS X with a specific fix centered on the iChat instant message program.
According to Macworld News, the update specifically fixes a potential buffer overflow exploit in the UPnP IGD (Internet Gateway Device Standardized Device Control Protocol) code used for port mapping functions within the iChat program. If exploited, a user could trigger an overflow and cause applications to terminate as well as arbitrary code to be executed in addition to denial of services.
An additional vulnerability was discovered in the port mapping code used in home NAT gateways via Mac OS X’s dDNSResponder function. Once again, an outside user could trigger a similar overflow as the iChat bug and cause applications to terminate, arbitrary code to be executed and denial of services.
Additional fixes have been provided for the following system functions:
The update requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run and is available both through the Software Update feature or via Apple’s Support Downloads page.
If you’ve installed the update and have either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know.


Sony-Ericcson Joins WiMAX Forum

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Date: Thursday, May 24th, 2007, 12:22
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On Thursday, Sony-Ericsson announced that it has become part of the WiMAX Forum, a consortium of companies working on an updated wireless Internet protocol.
According to MacNN, no hardware updates or new products have been announced, but it’s likely that Sony-Ericsson will begin to upgrade their products to take advantage of faster speeds.
WiMAX, also known as both a 4G technology and 802.16e, offers multi-megabit connection rates over a wider terrain of areas where slower connection rates were necessary. The protocol also helps avoid data bottlenecks in situations where a large number of users accessed a given network.
Though still new as a protocol, telephone provider Sprint has announced that it will launch a WiMax network in the United States by mid-2008.


Sony/British Telecom to Beef Up PSP Communication Features

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Date: Thursday, May 24th, 2007, 08:26
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Stepping away from the iPhone for just a second, British Telecom and Sony Computer Entertainment have recently penned a four year contract to develop extra communications features for the Sony PSP.
The PSP, which debuted about two years ago, has shipped 24 million units across its global markets.
According to the British Telecom Group, Sony will pair with British Telecom to integrate video and voice products to the PSP in the near term. The two companies will work towards features that allow the PSP to enable calls and messages to PCs, land lines and cell phones.
If you have an opinion on this, let us know what you make of it.


iPhone Demand May Exceed Supply

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Date: Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007, 11:08
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A recent survey by the Channel Checkers research firm shows that demand for Apple’s upcoming iPhone may exceed the available supply when the device is released next month.
In a survey of 36 storers, 64% of outlets questioned replied that they had a waiting list while the remaining 36% would sell the iPhone on a first come, first serve basis. According to MacsimumNews, the average waiting list numbered about 25 people. In one case, an outlet in New York City reported that it currently had 1,979 people on iits waiting list. Another cited its waiting list as numbering in the thousands.
The report also stated that Apple’s iPhone manufacturer, HonHai, had experienced some part delays and that its initial 12 million unit run wouldn’t be available until mid-June.
Conventional wisdom says to call ahead and try to get your name on the list come June. And if you can’t snag one on opening day, there’ll be plenty more where it came from.
Still, out of curiosity, who’s planning on camping out for one and just how far are you willing to go to snag one on the first day it becomes available?


Intel to Stop Using Lead Components

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Date: Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007, 11:31
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On Tuesday, microprocessor giant Intel announced that its entire processor line would be lead-free from later this year on.
Beginning with the upcoming Penryn processor line, the company’s 45-nanometer chips will go lead-free. The 65-nanometer chips will follow suit later in 2007 according to Macworld News.
Though extremely useful as a manufacturing component thanks to its electrical and mechanical properties, lead remains a toxic metal and a point of contention between environmental groups and IT manufacturers.
In 2005, Intel announced that the company had invested US$100 million in the development of a lead alternative to used as solder for its chip line. The company stated that its goal at the time was to be lead-free by 2010 and the firm took its first steps towards this end by beginning to remove lead from its products in 2002. By 2004, the company had reduced its lead content to 0.02 grams of solder used for its chips.
Per Tuesday’s announcement, the company announced plans to replace its tin-lead solder component with an alloy consisting of tin, silver and copper. The change in materials should not affect performance or when upcoming products arrive to market.