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Date: Tuesday, July 31st, 2007, 08:00
Category: iPhone

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OK, I was the last PowerPage editor to succumb and drove to the Christiana Mall in Delaware on the 4th of July to wait in line for 10 minutes with about a dozen folks for the 50 remaining iPhones at the Apple Store there.
Most bought two.
As an existing AT&T customer, I had no problems activating and for the most part the iPhone is everything I expected and less. It took me about 20 minutes to investigate and use every last nook and cranny of the iPhone. It is that good an interface. Does it lead me to conclude that it falls short in terms of what it can do? Sure, but one can always hope for a bit more in a software update or two and even more in the next generation.
Am I disappointed?
Hell, no!
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Bejeweled Comes to iPhone

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Date: Monday, July 30th, 2007, 12:13
Category: iPhone

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On Monday, PopCap Games announced that the company has launched a custom version of its Bejeweled puzzle game for the iPhone.
The game is being offered for free to users who log on to the company’s web site via an iPhone.
According to MacNN, the iPhone version of the game, which incorporates the handset’s display and input controls, was developed in cooperation with developer Arkadiusz Mlynarczyk, a programmer who’s worked with iPhone games before.
If you’ve tried the iPhone-specific version of Bejeweled, let us know in the forums.

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#iphone-dev Team Compiles First Third-Party App for iPhone

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Date: Monday, July 30th, 2007, 08:10
Category: iPhone

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Whether Apple hit on the perfect combination of software for the iPhone or not, the guys over at the Slashdot, the group has released the standard “Hello, world” application (picture here) and cites that the application is both native to the iPhone and uses the device’s GUI.
The crack opens up development for anyone who wants to write a program for the device, even though they’ll still have to install the iPhone “Toolchain”, write the application, compile it, translate it and install the application to the iPhone.
Take a look and see what you make of it. The road to new third-party applications on the iPhone isn’t an easy or smooth one at this point, but it’s being created nonetheless and may lead to some very cool things…
Feel free to chip in your two cents on this over in the forums.

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Tutorial for Creating Custom Ringtones from iTunes Previews Goes Live

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Date: Friday, July 27th, 2007, 10:21
Category: iPhone

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When the iPhone was released a month ago, the body politic was not enamored to find a lack of custom ringtones. In fact, they were irked. Maybe this was a feature that was yet to be released in a future software update or Apple was working out a contract with a ringtone provider.
It could have been anything.
Still, there’s a vacuum to fill and Erica Saldun of The Unofficial Apple Weblog fame has stepped in with a killer tutorial as to how to create ringtones for your iPhone via the previews on the iTunes Store:
“1. Create a new playlist. Drag unpurchased songs from the iTunes store into your playlist. The songs will retain their “Add Song” buttons and their price within the playlist.
2. Export your playlist. Select the playlist in the sources column. Control-click/Right-click the playlist name and choose Export Song List from the pop-up menu.
3. Save the playlist as plain text. Select Plain Text from the Format pop-up and save the playlist file to your desktop.
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Manga Comes to iPhone

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Date: Friday, July 27th, 2007, 08:39
Category: iPhone

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About a month after its release, the iPhone is still soaked in geek appeal. Bring one out in public and people will want to play with it and the owners have the coolest nerd toy of the moment. The iPhone could get even geekier as Japanese telecom software manufacturer Voice Bank announced that it had inked a deal with the Digital Manga Association to format Japanese comic books for the iPhone.
According to Tech.co.uk, Voice Bank has created a converter that shrinks the manga page format down to the iPhone’s resolution.
Voice Bank has stated that it’s currently looking for a distribution partner in the United States.
Cool stuff. Granted, sitting on the subway reading through manga probably isn’t the best way in the world to keep your lunch money, but I’ve only read the first three collections of “Death Note” so far, so this is compelling…
Let us know what you think in the forums.

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Apple May be Under Deadline to Fix iPhone Security Hole

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Date: Friday, July 27th, 2007, 08:22
Category: iPhone

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Apple may be under the gun to repair an iPhone security hole announced on Monday by security group Independent Security Evaluators.
The group, which discovered a security hole in which the iPhone could be manipulated into sending personal data from the handset provided the iPhone accesses a malicious web site, has promised to show how the hack was performed at the upcoming Black Hat 2007 security conference in Las Vegas next week.
According to Macworld UK, Apple is under pressure to release a first software patch for the handset. Historically, this task has been traditionally assigned to wireless carriers, a common task with mobile phones. Unfortunately, this also seems to have proven a heavy task for a wireless carrier to take on, as carriers have sometimes proven slow to patch software even in cases where prominent bugs are known.
“Right now other smart phones are full of vulnerabilities and they are not getting patched,” said Robert Graham, CEO of Errata Security. “This is actually a good test to see if Apple can do this better than the mobile carriers.”
Rumors have also surfaced that Graham’s business partner, David Maynor, who became infamous in 2006 by discussing details as to problems with Apple’s wireless cards, could be readying a “zero-day” iPhone attack. Via an e-mail interview, Maynor has hinted that this may happen; “We are trying to get something ready but there are no guarantees it will be stage-worthy in time,” he said. “After last year… we make sure that it’s painfully obvious or we don’t do it.”
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.
And if you have thoughts on the iPhone or what you’d like to see in the first software update for the device, let us know in the forums.

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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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Chinese iPhone Ripoff

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Date: Wednesday, July 25th, 2007, 11:31
Category: iPhone

CECT, one of the most prolific rip-off artists in China (the world?), has released another Apple iPhone clone.
Apparently, the CECT P168 wasn’t enough for the clone factory, they had to have another go at the iconic Apple iPhone. The CECT 599 rocks a slightly smaller 3.2 inch 240×400 touchscreen display, but loses the navigation hard keys in favor of a more iPhone-esque minimalistic style.
For about $150 USD, you get Bluetooth, 1.3 megapixel camera, stereo speakers, and the ability to play video files (but only as big as 176√ó144 pixels) – all in a 90 gram body.

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CECT rips off the Apple iPhone, again – CECT 599

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Fake Chinese iPod?

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Date: Wednesday, July 25th, 2007, 10:34
Category: iPhone

A reader sent in this photo of a supposedly Chinese iPhone, but KennMSr calls it a…

FAKE!
That picture has to be a photochopped image because the iPhone is on display at an Apple store (notice the black security tether). 
Unless Apple made the U.S. iPhones language agnostic (like all Macs) – but there has been no mention of this feature.
Besides, if that was the case then the carrier logo still would probably be AT&T not ChinaMobile – even though they’re the world’s largest cell carrier with 296M subscribers.

Anyone want to translate the screen for us?
Keep in mind, like the crashed iPhone picture, it’s really easy to add a photo to iPhone (via iPhoto or Aperture) and display it in full screen mode.
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Going back to the Crack?

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Date: Wednesday, July 25th, 2007, 09:00
Category: iPhone
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I’ve been a Crackberry addict for about eight years, back when they only did email. My 7250 died this week (In the eight years, I’ve had three blackberries), so I took it as a sign that God really is an Apple user and I needed to take a hint. I had a Blackberry 7250 with Verizon EVDO and got an iPhone 8GB to replace it.
While AT&T’s coverage isn’t as good for me, that’s clearly a “your mileage will vary” point and not my focus.
Please understand my perspective: I’m a road warrior powergeek type that uses this stuff for his job, not fun. I’m looking at this as someone who has to travel/fly every other week to places with no Wifi.
0) Wireless tether
On the Blackberry, I could tether via parallels, and share my network to my Mac. I can’t even dial out using the iPhone. Believe it or not, it’s still possible to end up in places that don’t have Wifi or Ethernet. Yeah it’s slower, but it’s better than nothing. If you don’t understand the “why” on this, you’re lucky.
1) Find
I already posted this, but where’s spotlight? On my Blackberry, I can find a message, contact, etc..
2) Check mail
Blackberry does a good job of pushing data to you when you get an email. It’s one of those things you get spoiled with. iPhone won’t let me check faster than every 15 minutes unless I manually check. I guess they’re compensating for the slower network, but to not giving me a choice irks me. I don’t want to switch to IM for this, cause the business world is still email, I just want more periodic checking options.
3) Auto-spellcheck UI
This is the dumbest thing I’ve seen on the iPhone. I use a lot of TLA’s and abbreviations in my emails. And I’m looking at the keyboard to type, not the screen (Blackberry was a different story, but I had haptic feedback). So when I hit the space bar, don’t AUTO-correct what you think I meant. I have to re-read the whole email to make sure that it didn’t decide to change SAN with sans just because I hit the space bar to continue to the next word.
4) Mark All As Read
I get a ton of SPAM. And I have no interest in going through them all to mark them as read individually (20+ every time I check mail). But if I leave it be, iPhone lists my new messages at a 100 in no time. Just give me a mark all as read button, and even if I can’t get the junk filter, it will at least clear the new email alert.
If Apple told me, you’ll have these things when the next OS comes out, I’d be totally cool. But with the policy of not talking about new features, even the obvious ones, I have a hard time seeing the justification in hanging on to a product to hope that it catches up to the competition. I understand not talking about the double secret probation super cool feature sets, but I have a hard time understanding why they can’t say, yeah, our bad, you’ll have find soon. No comment, makes no sense.
Outside of those initial reactions, I really like the iPhone. But those five things are each small walls in converting over, and might be large enough to force me to go back to crack, despite how happy I was to get off it.
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