Parallels Desktop for Mac Build 5120 Beta Released

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Date: Monday, August 27th, 2007, 08:56
Category: Software

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Late Friday, virtualization software maker Parallels released Parallels Desktop for Mac 3.0 build 5060. The new build, an 87.1 megabyte download (courtesy of VersionTracker), offers the following fixes and enhancements:
-Automatically file sharing between the Windows and Mac OS X operating systems.
-Improved Coherence feature wherein a Windows application can also be minimized into Mac OS X’s Dock.
-Modified Shared Folders feature wherein Windows’ “My Documents” folder displays the same contents as Mac OS X’s home folder.
Parallels Desktop for Mac 3.0 requires an Intel-based Mac and Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run. The software retails for US$79.99.
If you’ve tried the newest build and have either positive or negative feedback, let us know in the comments or forums.

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New Jersey Teen Unlocks iPhone

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Date: Monday, August 27th, 2007, 07:08
Category: iPhone

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Back when I was 17, I spent my summer vacation working in a Burger King in Fall River, Massachusetts by a 400 degree machine that spat grease and fired compressed, heated steam at my polyester-clad self. It was about then that I realized I never wanted to do this again and that I felt really bad trying to push Disney’s “Pocahontas” merchandise on people.
George Hotz had a different experience. A 17-year-old Glen Rock, New Jersey resident, became the second person to unlock Apple’s iPhone and use it on an alternate wireless network from AT&T, in this case T-Mobile.
According to the Associated Press, Hotz commented that the unlocking takes about two hours and involves an amount of soldering according to his blog.
Hotz was able to confirm the hack by installing a reporter’s SIM card inside the iPhone and placing a call on the T-Mobile network using the reporter’s account.
With regard to instructions for people looking to unlock their own iPhones, Hotz has posted early versions on his blog, but cautions that the hack is complicated, requires skill with both soldering and software and that missteps may render the iPhone useless.
Neither Apple or AT&T have provided comments regarding the unlock and Hotz has stated that neither company has been in touch with him.
Hotz’s hack leaves most of the iPhone’s functions intact, but disables the visual voicemail feature.
Unlocking a cell phone falls into strange legal territory and last year the Library of Congress specifically excluded cell-phone unlocking from the coverage of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Hotz himself stated that he spent about 500 hours on the project since the iPhone became available, working with a wider community over the Internet.
“Some of my friends think I wasted my summer but I think it was worth it,” he told The Record of Bergen County, which reported Hotz’s hack Friday.
Hotz heads for college on Saturday. He plans to major in neuroscience at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

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Apple in Talks Regarding South Korean iPhone Provider

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Date: Friday, August 24th, 2007, 14:59
Category: iPhone

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On Friday, South Korean mobile service provider KT Freetel announced that it’s currently in negotiations with Apple to act as an iPhone carrier.
According to CNN Money, the deal, like Apple’s deal with AT&T in America, would provide a contract in which KT Freetel would be the exclusive wireless carrier for the iPhone in the country.
Apple is in simultaneous negotiations with several cell phone carriers in Europe with plans to extend to these markets in the final months of 2007. The company has stated that it plans to bring the phone to Asian markets sometime in 2008.
Got an opinion on this or how Apple should proceed into the Asian markets? Let us know over in the comments or forums.

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Guides to Loading NES ROMs to iPhone Posted

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Date: Friday, August 24th, 2007, 08:25
Category: iPhone

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The iPhone remains unassailably cool these days and a new, playable Nintendo Entertainment System emulator for the device doesn’t hurt either. iPhoneNES, which has been demonstrated as a proof-of-concept, has been updated from version 0.01 to a release candidate and can be downloaded as a binary release or in source code form.
For people looking to get iPhoneNES up and running on their iPhone and load NES ROMs onto the device, Gizmodo has posted a full guide as to how to load the ROMs via FTP of all things.
Keep in mind that a few pieces of software will need to be initially installed, chief among them being the recently-famous Installer.app. A similar set of instructions has also been published via heart attacked’s instructions over at the iPhoneAlley forums.
It’s tinkering and once again, it’s the kind of change that the next iPhone firmware update is going to hate and perhaps wipe out, but it’s still classic Nintendo on your iPhone. That being said, good luck and have at it.
If you have any suggestions or ideas regarding this, let us know in the comments or forums.

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AT&T to Abandon Line-Item Paper Phone Bills

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Date: Friday, August 24th, 2007, 07:53
Category: iPhone

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In response to customer complaints about excessively long and detailed phone bills, including the infamous YouTube video in which blogger Justine Ezarik received not just a phone bill, but a FedEx package containing a 300 page itemized bill, AT&T has stated that it will remove itemized detailing for future bills.
According to Macworld UK, AT&T sent along the following text message to current iPhone owners: “We are simplifying your paper bill, removing itemized detail. To view all detail, go to att.com/mywireless. Still need full paper bill? Call 611.”
AT&T spokeman Mark Siegel pointed out that the company has always offered a summary bill, although users could choose to hang a line-item bill sent along. A third alternative of a pure online bill has also been offered in which users could view their usage details as well.
The company has stated that it’ll be changing the default billing option for iPhone users. New iPhone users who’d like a detailed paper bill will be charged US$1.99 a month per phone line. Current iPhone users who’d like to make changes to their existing account(s) will be charged US$1.99 for the detailed paper bill after September 28th.
If you’ve seen the text message for the billing change appear on your iPhone or have an opinion or feedback about the situation, let us know in the comments or forums.

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iResQ Announces iPhone Repair Service

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Date: Thursday, August 23rd, 2007, 14:53
Category: iPhone

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On Thursday, Missouri-based repair outfit iResQ announced that the company has begun offering iPhone repairs.
“Per customer demand, we’ve redesigned our packaging to accept several combinations of iPhones and/or iPods. Customers with multiple items can use one iBox to get the broken units to us” said Kyle Baccus, Operations Manager at iResQ.
iResQ has stated that iPhone repairs will be performed within 24 hours of receipt at the iResQ repair facility in Kansas City and that customers are provided with the appropriate shipping materials as well as pre-paid labels to send the units along.
Representatives form the company have stated that the iPhone is a more complicated repair than a typical iPod repair, but the outfit has already repaired dozens of broken screens and anticipates LCD assembly to be the mainline repair for the iPhone.
iResQ is presently a PowerPage sponsor.
If you have any thoughts, ideas or experience with iResQ, make your voice heard in the comments or forums.

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Apple Releases iMovie 7.0.1 Update

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Date: Thursday, August 23rd, 2007, 14:48
Category: Software

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Late Wednesday, Apple released iMovie 7.0.1, a 9 megabyte download for its entry-level movie editing program.
The new version, which is also available through Mac OS X’s Software update feature (provided iMovie 7 is already installed) addresses issues associated with publishing to .Mac web galleries as well as provides stability fixes and tackles other associated issues.
iMovie 7.0.1 is currently part of Apple’s iLife ’08 suite, which retails for US$79 for a single copy and US$99 for a five user family pack.
The program requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 as well as an Intel-based Mac, a dual 2.0 GHz or faster Power Mac G5 or a 1.9 GHz or faster iMac G5 to run.
If you’ve tried the update and noticed any significant differences, let us know in the comments or .

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Users Report Boosted WiFi Range via iPhone 1.0.2 Update

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Date: Thursday, August 23rd, 2007, 09:03
Category: iPhone

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When Apple released its iPhone 1.0.2 firmware update a few days ago, specific fixes provided by the update were kept vague. Outside of the words “bug fixes”, users have been left to discover what specific performance elements the patch improved or altered.
According to MacRumors, several users have reported that their iPhones are now able to connect to wireless access points that were once regarded by their iPhone handset as out of range.
“My WiFi reception is definitely better,” commented a user identified as schulzmc said Tuesday. “While in my office I have never been able to connect to the hub in the conference room down the hall [but after the update] I was surprised that the Edge connection seemed faster, until I realized I was connected to the WiFI hub with two bars. For me, this is a huge issue, as I was preparing to try to deal with whatever hassle it would take to get the WiFI connection extended to my office area.”
Mixed reports have surfaced as to other changes provided by the update. Some have reported increased speakerphone volumes while others have stated that this setting has remained the same.
Others, who added non-Apple-sanctioned software or hacks to their iPhones to achieve results such as custom ring tones have reported problems which pushed them to restore their handsets to a factory default state.
The update is automatically downloaded when the iPhone is connected to a Mac or PC and iTunes is opened. Users can then choose whether or not to apply the 3.7 megabyte download.
If you’ve seen any changes, positive or negative, that have stemmed from the iPhone 1.0.2 update, let us know in the comments or forums.

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Apple Chooses European Providers for iPhone

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Date: Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007, 08:07
Category: iPhone

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If you were curious as to which providers Apple would go with per its upcoming European release of the iPhone, the vote is in.
On Tuesday, sources told the Financial Times that a deal was signed between T-Mobile of Germany, Orange of France and O2 in England. According to the article, the three operators will hand over 10% of the revenues made from calls and data transfers through iPhone traffic.
The operators are stated to officially announce the partnerships at the IFA trade fair in Berlin at the end of August, although T-Mobile, Orange and O2 declined to comment as of yesterday.
The iPhone is currently slated to launch in Europe this autumn to the UK, French and German markets with further European and an Asian rollout taking place in 2008.
If you have any ideas or feedback on this, let us know in the comments or forums.

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iPhone 1.0.2 Update Released

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Date: Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007, 08:09
Category: Software

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Late Tuesday, Apple released iPhone Update 1.0.2, the second major firmware update for its popular iPhone handset.
The new software, which can be downloaded by connecting the iPhone to your Mac or PC, selecting the iPhone in iTunes and clicking the “Update” button, is a 3.7 megabyte download and applies the following cryptic changes according to Apple: ‚Äúthis version of the software includes bug fixes and supersedes all previous versions.‚Äù
According to iPhone Atlas, the update erases hacks, forcing the code into a recovery and then restoration mode, thereby removing non-Apple-sanction modifications as well as third-party installed applications.
This feat is accomplished via a validation process performed on the iPhone. If the validation fails, the iPhone then moves into recovery and restoration mode, prompting iTunes to download a 92 megabyte version of the 1.0.2 software update to bring the iPhone in line with the current software revision.
Albeit Apple has been vague about specific fixes, some iPhone Atlas readers have reported a significantly louder maximum volume on the device. Other users have reported that the iPhone version of Safari (or MobileSafari) now smoothly scrolls pages as they’re loading, where before scrolling on a still-loading page had been jerky or nonexistent.
Reports are still coming in and if you guys have tried the new update and seen any changes whatsoever, let us know in the comments or forums.

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