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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Microsoft Delays Release of Office 2008 for Mac

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Date: Thursday, August 2nd, 2007, 12:32
Category: Software

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On Thurdsay, software manufacturer Microsoft announced that it would delay the release of its long-anticipated Office 2008 for Mac suite until mid-January of next year.
According to Macworld News, the suite, which will be Intel-native, was originally scheduled for release in the second half of 2007. Representatives have stated that the software will go to manufacturing this December and be released at the next Macworld Expo in San Francisco.
“We made the decision to do this so we could give users the type of quality that they deserve,” said Craig Eisler, general manager of the Macintosh Business Unit. “This is a quality-driven decision.”
Eisler also commented that changes, such as Apple’s hardware switch to an Intel-based architecture and new Office file formats, made the originally scheduled release that much more difficult. Transitions such as a change from FreeScale’s CodeWarrior to Apple’s Xcode system to build the software became necessary and added to the duration of the project.
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Apple Releases Safari 3.0.3 Beta

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Date: Thursday, August 2nd, 2007, 08:48
Category: Software

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On Tuesday, Apple released a public beta of Safari 3.0.3, the next version of its proprietary web browser. Safari 3.0.3 requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later to run.
The new browser, a 14 megabyte download, features security component updates found in the recently-released Security Update 2007 – 007 update. With the update, Mac OS X components such as bzip2, CFNetwork, Core Audio, cscope, gnuzip, Kerberos, mDNSResponder, PDFKit, PHP, Quartz Composer, samba, WebKit, and WebCore receive additional stability and security.
As with all betas, Safari 3.0.3 is still a work in progress, so be careful and be sure to have an alternate browser lined up just in case.
If you’ve tried the new version and have either positive or negative feedback, throw in your two cents in the comments or forums.

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Apple Preps Developers for Mac OS X 10.4.11 Update

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Date: Wednesday, August 1st, 2007, 10:30
Category: Software

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Late Tuesday, Apple began informing select developers that there will be at least one more maintenance update to Mac OS X 10.4 prior to the planned release of Mac OS X 10.5 this October.
According to AppleInsider, developers have yet to begin receiving the first pre-release seeds of the software version.
Sources close to the project have stated that an unresolved third-party webcam bug that arose with Mac OS X 10.4.10 may be targeted. The bug prevents third-party webcams from being detected as USB audio devices, thereby making them inaccessible as a USB audio device except when running under the Parallels Desktop for Mac virtualization software.
The webcam bug appears to only surface on Intel-based Macs. Apple has yet to comment on the issue or submit a fix for it.
Stay tuned for additional details as they emerge and if you’ve found problems or workarounds for bugs in Mac OS X 10.4.10, let us know in the 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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Apple Releases Security Update 2007 – 007

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Date: Wednesday, August 1st, 2007, 08:13
Category: Software

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On Tuesday, Apple released Security Update 2007 – 007, a collection of updates for the Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) and Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) operating systems.
The update, which ranges between 14.2 megabytes and 63.3 megabytes depending on which version you download, applies security fixes to the following system components:
-bzip2
-CFNetwork
-Core Audio
-cscope
-gnuzip
-Kerberos
-mDNSResponder
-PDFKit
-PHP
-Quartz Composer
-samba
-WebKit
-WebCore
Security Update 2007 – 007 also incorporates the security fixes found in previous version of Apple’s security patches.
Users will need to have Mac OS X 10.3.9 installed for the update to be functional on the Mac OS X 10.3 operating system and Mac OS X 10.4.10 installed for the update to be functional on Mac OS X 10.4. The patch can be obtained through Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.
Given that this is a substantial update no matter how you slice it, any and all feedback would be appreciated. Let us know how the patch treats your computer over in the forums.

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Apple Releases AirPort Extreme Update – 2007 – 004

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Date: Wednesday, August 1st, 2007, 08:14
Category: Software

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Late Tuesday, Apple released AirPort Extreme Update – 2007 – 004, a small update geared towards improving the reliability of wireless connections on the Intel-based MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops as well as the Mac Mini desktops.
The update is a 745 kilobyte download and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.
Users can also find the patch through Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.
If you’ve tried the update and had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know in the forums.

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Mozilla Releases Firefox 2.0.0.6

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Date: Tuesday, July 31st, 2007, 12:55
Category: Software

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On Monday, Mozilla.org released version 2.0.0.6 of its Firefox web browser.
The update comes just a few weeks after a recent security update, the 2.0.0.6 version patching the following bugs:
-Unescaped URIs passed to external programs.
-Privilege escalation through chrome-loaded about:blank windows.
According to Macworld News, the patch will also be seen in upcoming versions of Mozilla’s Thunderbird and SeaMonkey programs.
Firefox 2.0.0.6 is a 17 megabyte download and requires Mac OS X 10.2. or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new version and seen either positive or negative changes, let us know in the forums.

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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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