Adobe Releases Photoshop Lightroom 1.1 Update

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Date: Wednesday, June 27th, 2007, 12:05
Category: Software

Late Tuesday, Adobe released version 1.1 of its Photoshop Lightroom image editing program.
The new version, a 22.5 megabyte download (direct link courtesy of VersionTracker), offers the following fixes and improvements:
-Flexible image management for multi-computer workflows
-Improved Noise Reduction and Sharpening technology
-New camera support
Photoshop Lightroom retails for US$199.00 and is available for a 30 day trial period. The program is coded as a Universal Binary capable of running at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware and requires Mac OS X 10.4.3 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new version and have feedback about it, let us know.


iPhone Family Plan, Activation Details Released

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Date: Wednesday, June 27th, 2007, 08:15
Category: iPhone

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Following up our coverage of the iPhone service plans lately, Apple and AT&T have released details as to the Family Plan as well as activation for the iPhone itself. The guys over at Macworld News got a hold of the additional details to help fill in the blanks:
With regard to the Family Plan, the contract stipulates that the iPhone arrives with one line. Additional lines are US$29.99 per line.
Apple’s iTunes continues to act as a central hub for devices and users will have to register their iPhones through the program. The company has stated that the registration process will take only a few minutes as users choose a service plan, authorize a credit and activate the iPhone. The process requires an Internet connection, iTunes Store account or major credit card, valid Social Security number (AT&T’s requirement), iTunes 7.2, a Mac or PC with a USB port and Mac OS X 10.4.10 or later or Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or later.
Stay tuned for more details as become available.


iPhone Mania

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Date: Tuesday, June 26th, 2007, 14:47
Category: iPhone

The carnival comes to town on Friday. Round and round she goes and where she stops, nobody knows. Be certain of just one thing, initial stock will sell out. Come Monday, after all the cotton candy and fireworks are gone, what will the iPhone business look like?
The Good: Industrial design and ease of use. Forget about the touch screen vs. micro keypad debate. The iPhone itself will be a killer gadget and price will not be an obstacle. As an object and a tool, the iPhone will set the bar, just like the iPod.
The Bad: The iPhone could have problems. Apple kinds of problems. Touch screens that don’t work or that crack. Unacceptable battery life. Basically design and quality control issues that come with secrecy or rushed development. Rapid deployment and aggressive damage control is the only way to handle a glitch with a product that has seen this much hype.
The Ugly: AT&T. They were lousy at wireless, I know, I was once a customer. After selling the mobile business to Cingular they have bought back the baby and the bath water and are in the midst of re-branding. Apple did not have the clout to break the mobile phone model that plagues the US market. Supposedly “free” phones linked to two year contracts “locked” to a single provider. Wireless with strings attached. At least the iPhone will not be customized and crippled by AT&T, as are most handsets. If all phones were sold independently and unlocked, the iPhone would be bigger than the iPod. Look to be pushed towards the high end service package at $100/month. It really hinges on AT&T, unless or until another Apple handset becomes available with an alternate service provider.


iPhone Service Plan Details Announced

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Date: Tuesday, June 26th, 2007, 09:42
Category: iPhone

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You’re ready for the iPhone.
According to Macworld UK, some of you have already started camping outside the Fifth Avenue Apple Store in New York.
The rest of you might be planning to call in sick on Friday with a newly invented disease that has absolutely nothing do to with wanting to snag an iPhone.
More importantly, Apple and AT&T have revealed the details for the three service plans they’ve created for the iPhone.
According to iLounge, all three plans include unlimited data, Visual Voicemail, 200 SMS text messages, rollover minutes and unlimited mobile-to-mobile calling.
Plan 1 (US$60/month):
-Includes 450 anytime minutes and 5,000 night and weekend minutes.
Plan 2 (US$80/month):
-Includes 900 anytime minutes and unlimited night and weekend minutes.
Plan 3 (US$100/month):
-Includes 1,350 anytime minutes and unlimited night and weekend minutes.
The plans are based on a two-year contract with AT&T and include a one-time US$36 activation fee.
The announcement also mentioned that family plans were also available, but didn’t offer details as to these.
For everyone camping out or eager to snag an iPhone come Friday afternoon, good luck and let us know how it goes.


iPhone, WII Highlight New Sensitivity to Touch

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Date: Tuesday, June 26th, 2007, 08:56
Category: iPhone

It’s been a very good year for touch and movement in the latest and greatest tech products.

A trio of technologies – touch screens, accelerometers and force feedback – have been around for a long time, but sort of as the Rodney Dangerfield of the industry. They’ve just never gotten much respect.

Now they’re being hailed for kicking off a new era in personalized computing, one in which you have a more intimate connection with the gadget you’re using. Consumers nowadays are seeking a visceral, physical relationship with their electronic devices.

The Apple iPhone’s use of a touch screen to dial numbers is inspiring other cell phone makers to employ the screens as well. Particularly useful is the concept of “multi-touch,” where the screen can sense touch from multiple fingers. – Takahashi: Giving tech a new feel


First iPhone Retail Units Arrive in America

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Date: Tuesday, June 26th, 2007, 08:08
Category: iPhone

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The first retail units of Apple’s upcoming iPhone handset have finally arrived in the United States this past weekend. An unknown number of units were quietly delivered to a handful of drop locations to be distributed to nearly 2,000 Apple and AT&T locations.
According to AppleInsider, the iPhones arrived via a Hong Kong-based air courier which services Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. The cargo arrived in enough time to clear customs as well as sort through any unexpected delays.
Sources stated that each shipment was greeted by armed personnel that had been hired by Apple through the courier’s ground handling agent and then cleared by the Transportation Security Administration. The units were then broken down and loaded onto outbound ground transportation.
It’s currently unclear as to where the iPhones will be stored over the next few days before they go on sale Friday at 6:00 PM, albeit they could wind up in the stockrooms of various retail locations. In the meantime, Apple has reportedly begun informing its retail personnel that no cameras of any kind — such as cell phone cameras or built-in iSight cameras on laptops, will be allowed within stock room areas of its retail locations.
No matter how you slice it, Friday should be interesting.

(more…) Announces Downloadable Content for iPhone

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Date: Monday, June 25th, 2007, 13:16
Category: iPhone

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On Monday, online video distributor officially announced support for Apple’s upcoming iPhone handset. The site, which distributes user-submitted content, currently supports formats for devices such as the iPod, Apple TV and the Sony PSP.
HungryFlix currently sells its downloadable content at prices starting at US$0.99 and features feature length and short films, documentaries, animations, special interest titles, sports, how-to and music videos.


AT&T to Impose US$175 Early Cancelation Fee for iPhone

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Date: Monday, June 25th, 2007, 09:20
Category: iPhone

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You’re looking forward to the iPhone‘s release on Friday.
And you’ve given somewhat consideration to naming your first-born child “iPhone”.
According to an article on, this might be an expensive choice to get out of.
In addition to spending US$50 million to beef up its wireless network, the Boston Globe has discovered that AT&T plans to charge customers who break their two-year iPhone contracts a US$175 early termination fee. While an early termination fee is somewhat common, these are usually put into place to help wireless providers recoup subsidies and discounts offered to customers agreeing to go with the service.
According to JupiterResearch analyst Michael Gartenberg, who termed the early termination fee “a little odd”, the fee seems like a bid by AT&T to boost its revenues by providing an obstacle to cancelation and hanging onto more affluent customers for as long as possible.
AT&T has yet to disclose how it will handle or charge customers under existing contracts who want to upgrade to the iPhone early and swap out their current plan in exchange of one offered with the iPhone.


Apple Releases Security Update 2007 – 006

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Date: Monday, June 25th, 2007, 08:14
Category: Software

On Friday, Apple released Security Update 2007 – 006 via both its web site as well as Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.
The new update, a 2.2 to 4.5 megabyte download depending on the version of Mac OS X installed on your computer, provides changes for WebCore, Mac OS X’s HTML layout engine and WebKit, Apple’s application framework that serves as an underpinning for the Safari web browser.
According to Macworld News, the update repairs flaws in which malicious web site code can be executed that could lead to problems such as applications unexpectedly terminating and executing arbitrary code.
The update requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 on the Mac OS X 10.3 (“Panther”) end and Mac OS X 10.4.9 on the Mac OS X 10.4 (“Tiger”) end.
As always, if you’ve installed the new update and noticed any appreciable difference in how your Mac operates, let us know.


Safari 3.0.2 Beta Released

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Date: Monday, June 25th, 2007, 08:22
Category: Software

Late Friday, Apple released version 3.0.2b of its Safari web browser. The most recent release of the public beta for the new browser, the new version adds the following fixes and changes:
-Latest security updates
-Improved stability
-Improved WebKit support for Mail, iChat and Dashboard
Safari 3.0.2b is currently available as a free download for Mac OS X, Windows XP and Windows Vista. The browser requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later to run on Mac OS X and weighs in at a 14 megabyte download.
If you’ve tried the new Safari beta and had either positive or negative experiences with it, let us know.