iFixit Launches iPhone Parts Store

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Date: Thursday, August 2nd, 2007, 13:31
Category: iPhone

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iFixit, the “Mac + iPod do-it-yourself” company, has announced that it has opened a new store stocked with both iPhone parts as well as repair guides. The outfit has stated that it carries components such as batteries, displays, case components, front and rear bezels and logic boards.
The iPhone Fixit Guide, which provides detailed pictures and instructions as to how to replace components, is available for free here.
Interestingly enough, the iFixit folks are also showing users how to remove the built-in camera on their iPhone units, as secure work sites frequently forbid cell phones and handsets with included cameras. The full guide for removal can be found here.
This may not thrill Apple, but it’s nice to see a third party get involved.
If you have any thoughts or feedback on this, let us know in the comments or forums.

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iPhone Update 1.0.1 Released

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Date: Wednesday, August 1st, 2007, 09:58
Category: iPhone

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With the iPhone about a month into its product cycle, Apple has just released the first firmware update for the best-selling handset.
According to Gizmodo, the update, which is available through iTunes, makes the following changes and adds the following features:
Safari
Impact: Visiting a malicious website may allow cross-site scripting.
Description: Safari’s security model prevents JavaScript in remote web pages from modifying pages outside of their domain. A race condition in page updating combined with HTTP redirection may allow JavaScript from one page to modify a redirected page. This could allow cookies and pages to be read or arbitrarily modified. This update addresses the issue by correcting access control to window properties. Credit to Lawrence Lai, Stan Switzer, and Ed Rowe of Adobe Systems, Inc. for reporting this issue.
Safari
Impact: Viewing a maliciously crafted web page may lead to arbitrary code execution.
Description: Heap buffer overflows exist in the Perl Compatible Regular Expressions (PCRE) library used by the JavaScript engine in Safari. By enticing a user to visit a maliciously crafted web page, an attacker may trigger the issue, which may lead to arbitrary code execution. This update addresses the issue by performing additional validation of JavaScript regular expressions. Credit to Charlie Miller and Jake Honoroff of Independent Security Evaluators for reporting these issues.
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iPhone Firmware Files May Provide Hint to Upcoming Features

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Date: Tuesday, July 31st, 2007, 09:07
Category: iPhone

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Despite the fact that an iPhone software update would be more than welcome right about now, some interesting clues have emerged with regard to where Apple might be taking the iPhone in the near future.
The guys at iPhoneology appear to have located some goodies via a trek through the iPhone’s firmware files. According to this screenshot, the following files may point toward some upcoming widgets or new applications altogether:
com.apple.unitconverter
com.apple.widget.phonebook
com.apple.widget.translation
com.apple.widget.worldclock (potentially different from the Clock application)
com.apple.mobile.radio
Even if many of these files are just ports from the Mac OS X 10.4 Dashboard, the mobile.radio file could suggest the possibility that Apple is looking to stream radio or come out with their own FM tuner for the handset.
Apple has yet to announce a release date for its first software update, so it’s anyone’s guess as to what the future holds at this point.
If you have any thoughts, ideas or theories of your own on this, let us know over in the forums.

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myPhone

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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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