Steps for Dealing with a Cracked iPhone Screen

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Date: Friday, August 17th, 2007, 09:49
Category: iPhone

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You have your iPhone. And odds are, you’re pretty fond of it. Still, which the iPhone’s screen can take an admirable amount of abuse, it’s not invincible.
The guys over at iPhone Atlas have put together a quick guide outlining the best procedures for dealing with a cracked iPhone screen should the occasion arise:
-First, a repair/replacement from Apple can run between US$200 and US$250. The iPhone is covered under a standard limited one-year warranty for defects, but is not eligible for AT&T’s wireless phone insurance, which retails for US$5 a month and provides replacements in the case of loss, theft, accidental physical or liquid damage and mechanical and electrical failures after the manufacturer’s warranty period has termed.
-An Apple FAQ list has stated that the company will repair your 4 GB iPhone for US$199 or your 8 GB iPhone for US$249 plus US$6.95 in shipping and handling should your iPhone require service for any reason outside of battery replacement (an US$86 service).
While it can be presumed that this service covers screen cracks, Apple’s FAQ states that ‚Äúservice may not be available if your iPhone has been damaged due to accident or abuse.‚Äù
-Reports have come in to the iPhone Atlas web site that Apple representatives at the Genius Bar have replaced cracked screens for free. This is a nice gesture, but don’t count on it and it seems only likely to occur if the user can prove that the screen was damaged during routine use.
-A variety of do-it-yourself kits have become available and range from US$150 to US$200. Other third party firms have begun to sell replacement iPhone components such as the screen and its associated parts. Installation isn’t for the timid of heart and will violate any remaining Apple warranty.
-Credit card protection is also available. American Express offers a Gold Rewards Card, which includes a purchase protection plan that will repair or replace certain items or reimburse the policy member for the amount charged to the card at up to US$1,0000 per occurrence. The policy will also activate if the item is stolen or accidentally damaged up to 90 days from the date of purchase.
Had any experience with this on your end or have a story to offer? Let us know in the comments or forums.

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Apple Releases iWeb 2.0.1 Update

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Date: Friday, August 17th, 2007, 08:07
Category: Software

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Late Thursday, Apple released version 2.0.1 of its iWeb application, the WYSIWYG web content creation tool included with iLife 2008.
The update, which is about an 11 megabyte download, repairs an issue with upgrading and publishing iWeb 1.x web sites and is currently available through Mac OS X’s Software Update feature. iWeb 2.0.1 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.
Like any update, if you’ve tried the new version and have any kind of feedback regarding it, let us know in the comments or forums.

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Software Glitch Shuts Down Part of Skype Network

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Date: Thursday, August 16th, 2007, 11:37
Category: Software

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A blog entry over at VoIP software maker Skype‘s company blog has revealed that a bug is currently affecting the firm’s network (specifically, logging in) and appears to be affecting its European user base, according to Macworld News.
The company, which has temporarily disabled downloads of its software, has stated that it expects to have the problem resolved within 12 to 24 hours. Users are advised to leave their Skype client running so they can be logged back in once the bug has been dealt with.
American users do not seem to be experiencing the problem and company officials were unavailable for comment.
If you’ve seen this problem on your end or have an idea or a workaround, let us know in the comments or forums.

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Opera 9.23 Released

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Date: Thursday, August 16th, 2007, 11:17
Category: Software

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On Wednesday, Opera Software released version 9.23 of its web browser.
The new version, an 11.3 megabyte download, fixed four crash bugs located using Mozilla’s jsfunfuzz tool and repairs a stability issue with the Speed Dial feature.
Opera 9.23 requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later to run and is coded as a Universal Binary capable of running at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
If you’ve tried the new version and have feedback about it, let us know in the comments or forums.

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Wi-Fire Antenna Offers Wireless Ranges Up to 1,000 Feet

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Date: Thursday, August 16th, 2007, 09:56
Category: Software

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Wi-Fi’s never lacked for strength and unless you went by “Hef”, consistently wore a smoking jacket and were concerned about the state of the Grotto for your next party, you probably never pushed the range limits of your wireless system within your home.
The Wi-Fire, a recently released USB wireless antenna by hField Technologies, may be able to offer a considerably longer range than a conventional internal AirPort card.
According to Macworld News, the Wi-Fire which functions as a directional high-gain antenna with 802.11 b and g support, can function up to 1,000 feet away from a base station.
The card, which measures 3″ x 4″ x 3/8″, folds up when not in use and can be perched near a laptop when needed.
The Wi-Fire is immediately available and retails for US$79.
If you have any thoughts on this or have tried similar wireless antennas, let us know in the comments of forums.

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Virtual PC 7.0.3 Update Released

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Date: Thursday, August 16th, 2007, 08:06
Category: Software

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On Wednesday, Mirosoft released version 7.0.3 of its Virtual PC emulation software for the Mac that allows users to run Windows and x86-based operating systems on older PowerPC-based hardware.
The update, a 16.7 megabyte download, repairs a vulnerability in which an outside party can overwrite contents of your computer’s memory with malicious code.
Virtual PC retails for US$129 and requires Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new version or have thoughts about Virtual PC in general, let us know in the comments or forums.

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Skype 2.7 Public Beta Released

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Date: Wednesday, August 15th, 2007, 13:17
Category: Software

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On Wednesday, Skype released a public beta of version 2.7 of its self-titled Voice over Internet Protocol software.
The new version, a 31.8 megabyte download, adds the following features and changes:
-Now you can organise your contacts into as many groups as you need. While there are some pre-defined groups (like Online, Recently Contacted, Address Book Contacts), you‚Äôre free to add new ones that suit your life. This is very useful to those who are very popular and have a contact list with hundreds of people. Explore this feature under the cogwheel icon on the main screen and selecting “Show Contact Groups”.
-See your Apple Address Book contacts in Skype Рeasily call or SMS anyone who has a phone number in their address-book profile. When sending a SMS, just make sure the number you’re sending to can receive SMS.
-Create and manage public chats by clicking on Chats in the menu bar and choosing Start Public Chat. A public-chat assistant will walk you through the necessary steps.
-Auto Redial for busy or unconnected calls. When your call hits the busy signal, Skype will give you the option of automatic redial every two minutes until the call goes through. This setting can also be adjusted in Skype > Preferences > Calls.
-Easy sound controls – when you need to tweak the sound level during a call, use a simple slider in the call window, or change your device by clicking this icon.
-Overhauled file transfer – wearing a more fashionable jacket, file-transfer now looks elegant and acts even nicer, especially when receiving many files at once.
Skype 2.7 requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run and is coded as a Universal Binary which can run at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
If you’ve tried the new version and have any kind of feedback, let us know in the comments or forums.

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Apple to Expand iPhone Sales to Authorized Business Partner Channel

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Date: Wednesday, August 15th, 2007, 08:14
Category: iPhone

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Since its introduction, it hasn’t been a challenge to get your mitts on an iPhone. Still, additional purchasing options never hurt.
According to The iPod Observer, Apple is now allowing the iPhone to be sold through consultants and other value added providers currently participating in the Apple Authorized Business Agent Program.
The change, which might be seen as a ramping up in production for the iPhone, could also be an effort to test the waters before instituting a wider-scale iPhone sales program. Should such an effort prove successful, iPhone sales could then expand into additional channels such as online and catalog-based authorized resellers.
To date, Apple has sold approximately 270,000 iPhones and expects to sell one million units by the end of its September quarter.
If you have any thoughts or feedback on additional iPhone retail outlets, let us know in the comments or forums.

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Microsoft Office 2004 Updated to Version 11.3.7

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Date: Tuesday, August 14th, 2007, 13:53
Category: Software

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On Tuesday, software giant Microsoft released version 11.3.7 of its Office 2004 for Mac productivity suite. The new version, an 8.6 megabyte download, repairs a security vulnerability in which malicious code can be inserted.
The update can be downloaded directly from Microsoft’s web site as well as through the Microsoft AutoUpdate application, which is typically found in Mac OS X’s Applications folder after the software has been installed.
Microsoft Office 2004 requires Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later to run and varies in price depending on the version purchased.
If you’ve had either a positive or negative experience with the new version of Office 2004, let us know in the forums.

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Flip4Mac 2.1.3.3 Beta Released

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Date: Tuesday, August 14th, 2007, 12:51
Category: Software

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It’s one of the most useful chunks of shareware out there and where Windows Media Player for the Mac went south so many years ago, this filled in perfectly.
Flip4Mac, the popular shareware collection of Windows Media components for QuickTime, has been update via a public beta of version 2.1.3.3 of the software.
The new version, a 7.6 megabyte download, repairs an issue with failed export functions after installing QuickTime 7.2.
Flip4Mac 2.1.3.3 is available for free but can go as high as US$179 depending on the version purchased. The new version requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later and QuickTime 6.5.1 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new version or have two cents to chip in about Flip4Mac, let us know in the comments or forums

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