Apple Offering Additional Help with iPhone Dead Spots

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Date: Friday, August 10th, 2007, 08:03
Category: iPhone

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A group of iPhone users have reported that their handsets have permanently lost responsiveness to touch inputs across parts of the screen – generally about half an inch from the top and bottom of the screen.
According to AppleInsider, the problem remains even after the iPhone has been reset, updated with the 1.0.1 firmware software and cleaned. Most reported instances of this case have required replacements from Apple, whose technical support representatives have become “very familiar” with the touch screen failures and appearing to be bypassing the usual protocols for sending out replacements.
In several cases, customers who took their iPhones into Apple Store locations received brief inspections and three-day repair cycles from Apple. Per the stated US$29 iPhone rental, one customer mentioned that he’d successfully negotiated a waiver of the fee during the repair cycle.
Although Apple hasn’t officially commented about it, the unresponsive touch screens represent the second major hardware anomaly affecting the iPhone, the first being a wide variety of failed AC adapters that shipped with the iPhones.
If you’ve seen the touch screen problem on your end or have an idea or workaround, let us know in the comments or forums.

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Duck Hunt for iPhone Released

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Date: Thursday, August 9th, 2007, 13:08
Category: iPhone

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Give someone a little free time and they might do something interesting with it. Deron Dantzler has apparently written an iPhone version of Nintendo’s classic “Duck Hunt” game.
The game, which was rewritten in JavaScript, took him about a week. Citing himself as a novice and inviting comments and code fixes where applicable, the source code can be found here.
Check out Dantzler’s blog entry for full details ad he recommends Appleopolis as a means of adding web applications and installing them in the launcher.
I currently lack an iPhone, so I can’t really tell you how well the game works, but give it a shot and let me know what you think. And even if Apple only allows iPhone development through its web interface, there’s a slew of cool stuff coming out for it.
If you see anything nifty or have feedback about Duck Hunt for the iPhone, let us know in the comments or forums.

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New “Send to Web Gallery” Option on iPhone Appearing Elusive for Some

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Date: Thursday, August 9th, 2007, 08:10
Category: iPhone

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Following up on Apple’s stealth software update for the iPhone in which users found themselves with a “Send to Web Gallery” option within the Camera application.
The guys at iPhone Atlas are reporting that the feature is being picky about where it appears and may only be enabled if users have a .Mac account set up for their iPhone. Additional reports state that the iPhone required a full reset in which both the sleep and home buttons are held down simultaneously until the Apple logo appears.
Appearing as something of a surprise in recent days, the “Send to Web Gallery” option allows iPhones to post an image to an updated .Mac picture gallery. Apple has recently modified the .Mac accounts and included updates for the new iLife 2008 suite, which includes changes to iPhoto and iWeb that allow for a wider degree of online gallery editing by both the owner and guest users.
If you’ve seen this feature appear on your iPhone (or if it seems to have gone missing), let us know in the comments and forums.

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iPhones Receive “Send to Web Gallery” Feature

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Date: Wednesday, August 8th, 2007, 08:31
Category: iPhone

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This was a bit sneaky, but it could be cool.
Per yesterday’s product announcements, Apple also mentioned a redesigned .Mac system wherein users can use iLife 2008 to submit photos to shared web galleries through an e-mail address. This feature can prove handy with an iPhone and Apple apparently had this in mind.
The guys over at iPhone Alley have noticed that since the announcement, various iPhones (perhaps just the ones that have gone through the first iPhone software update) now feature a “Send to Web Gallery” button. The button can be used in the iPhone’s Camera or Photo application and syncs photos in almost real time as opposed to syncing it through a Mac and uploading the image from there.


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This one kind of came in the back door and caught a few people off guard. If you’ve seen this on your iPhone since yesterday’s product announcements or have your two cents to toss in about it, let us know in the comments or forums.

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NES Emulator for iPhone in the Works

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Date: Tuesday, August 7th, 2007, 08:29
Category: iPhone

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In spite of the unlocking efforts, the pros and cons and everything else centering around the iPhone, it’s nice to know that someone’s working on bringing something incredibly fun as well as capable of wasting vast amounts of time to the handset.
According to the guys at The Unofficial Apple Weblog, a programmer referring to himself as “stepwhite” has ported the InfoNES core over to the iPhone, allowing the device to run emulation for classic Nintendo ROMs such as Super Mario Brothers, Zelda and Punch Out.
The emulator is currently still in progress and too slow to run at a playable speed.
Take a gander at the YouTube video and if you have thoughts, feedback or ideas on this, let us know in the comments of forums.

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Hackers Extract Main iPhone Key, Reach New Milestone

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Date: Monday, August 6th, 2007, 09:58
Category: iPhone

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Approximately six weeks after the iPhone’s release, the iPhone Dev Team has announced that the group has reached a new milestone in its goal of unlocking the iPhone by extracting the full contents of the device’s radio memory. Discovery of this code allows for a “true unlock” that can pull the iPhone away from running exclusively on AT&T‘s wireless network.
The group has created a program called NOR Dumper to allow others to continue work on unlocking the iPhone and, according to Gizmodo, intends to release the program’s source code at a later date when they feel the program is in a more mature state.
Stay tuned for further details as they emerge.
If you have any ideas or opinions about the iPhone unlocking effort, let us know in the comments or forums.

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Apple Offers Additional Details on iPhone Quirks

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Date: Friday, August 3rd, 2007, 15:58
Category: iPhone

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On Friday, Apple updated its Knowledge Base library article regarding current issues facing iPhone owners. The full article can be found here, but the guys over at iPhone Atlas have pointed out some interesting tidbits:
“Sound from receiver is muffled or too low: ‘Make sure the receiver is over your ear. Move it around until it is in a spot that produces the clearest sound.’
Low microphone volume: ‘If you are using a third-party iPhone case, make sure it is not covering the microphone. Try making some calls without the case to see if a caller can now hear you more clearly.’
Display image issues: ‘This can include white screen, bright or dark pixels, lines in video, or sections of video missing. Turn iPhone off and turn it on again.’
No cell signal strength anywhere: ‘Check to make sure you‚Äôre in an area with network coverage.’
Battery life seems short: ‘If you are charging using your computer, don‚Äôt connect iPhone to your keyboard.’
No sound through stereo headset: ‘Unplug and reconnect the headset. Make sure the connector is pushed in all the way.’”
The article doesn’t mention if any of these variables change with the iPhone 1.0.1 Update which came out this week and essentially focuses on human factors that can go wrong with iPhone usage.
If the Knowledge Base article provided any solutions that were eluding you, let us know in the comments or forums.

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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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