Philly’s Mayor Street in line for an iPhone (since 3:30 a.m.)

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Date: Friday, June 29th, 2007, 11:52
Category: iPhone

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The morning news on NBC 10 had a clip showing Philadelphia Mayor John Street waiting in line at a downtown AT&T store since 3 a.m. awaiting his iPhone. He will have someone pinch-sit while he goes about City business but will be back in line before the store opens up again at 6 p.m. (Thanks Kenn Marks, picture courtesy of The Consumerist)
Update: Video is posted here.

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PowerPage Wants to Hear From You…

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Date: Friday, June 29th, 2007, 11:48
Category: iPhone

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Apple’s iPhone is merely hours from release and the reports of lines forming have been impressive to say the least.
From my own end, about 25 people have camped out with chairs and umbrellas around the Clarendon Apple Store in Arlington, Virginia while reports have come in from reader Jonathan Collis that a man and his two kids were spotted with chairs outside the HarborEast AT&T store in Baltimore, Maryland at 7:45 A.M.
If you’re in line or know someone who’s camped out for an iPhone, we’d love to hear what you have to say about this.
And once you gets your hands on one, what’s the first thing you’re going to do with it?
As always, your two cents are more than welcome…

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RadTech Announces 22 Products Now Available for iPhone

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Date: Friday, June 29th, 2007, 10:15
Category: iPhone

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On Friday, accessory maker RadTech announced that no less than 22 products – 15 legacy iPod and audio solutions as well as seven iPhone-specific products, were now available for purchase.
The iPhone-specific products include an iPhone version of the company’s ClearCal cases as well as six protective cases from the Gelz line. Where the ClearCal case is concerned, the device acts as a toughened, optically-correct protective film that covers the iPhone’s display screen and uses a specialized silicon adhesive that both hides scratches and abrasions and can be removed and reapplied.
ClearCal is available today and retails for US$9.95.
The Gelz line, available in six colors, are composed of low-tack silicone and function as impact-absorbing devices.
RadTech’s legacy “works with iPhone” products include wall and vehicle chargers, charge and sync cables, line-level audio/video cabling, audio splitters, extension cables, dock port protective inserts, retractable ear buds and in-ear musician’s monitors created by Westone Labs.

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Apple to Allow Additional iPhone Purchases on Launch Day

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Date: Thursday, June 28th, 2007, 13:52
Category: iPhone

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In a press release issued today, Apple announced that users would be allowed to purchase up to two iPhones (one for themselves and one for a friend) come launch day tomorrow.
The company also declared that iPhone training would be available come Saturday in its retail store locations.
For full details and links, check out Jason O’Grady’s Apple Core blog.
And just out of curiousity, how many of you will be buying an additional iPhone for a friend or loved one?

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Apple Releases SuperDrive Firmware Update 2.1

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Date: Thursday, June 28th, 2007, 08:57
Category: Software

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This has nothing to do with the iPhone, so bear with me here:
On Wednesday, Apple released SuperDrive Firmware Update 2.1, an update which improves the readability of certain CD media on the given MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops:
-MacBook Pro Core Duo (15 -inch 1.83GHz, 2.0GHz, or 2.16GHz)
-MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo (15 -inch 2.16GHz or 2.33GHz)
-MacBook Core Duo (13 -inch 1.83GHz or 2.0GHz)
-MacBook Core 2 Duo (13 -inch 1.83GHz or 2.0GHz)
The update requires Mac OS X 10.4.4 or later to run and is available as a 12 megabyte download. Owners of qualifying MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops can also find the update via Mac OS X’s built-in Software Update feature.
If you’ve tried the new firmware and have either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know.

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Apple Releases Pro Application Update 2007-001

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Date: Thursday, June 28th, 2007, 08:31
Category: Software

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Late Wednesday, Apple released Pro Application Update 2007-001. The update, which accompanies a series of updates released for Final Cut Studio 2, make changes to underlying frameworks and shared components used by the suite’s applications.
The upgrade features the following fixes and improvements:
-Apple ProRes 422: Delivers improved encoding performance for Power Mac G5 computers.
-ProAppsEffects: Delivers filter improvements for Motion 3.0 and Final Cut Pro 6.0 customers.
-PluginManager, FxPlug, ProFX, and FxPlugWrapper: These shared components deliver updates to Effects Support, 3D Support, and Versioning Support.
-Helium.framework: Delivers improvements for SmoothCam. This update is required for customers using Motion 3.0 and Final Cut Pro 6.0.
The Pro Application Update is available here through a simple web form and can also be found via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature provided Final Cut Studio 2 has been installed on your Mac.
Final Cut Studio 2 requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 and retails between US$499 and US$1,299 depending on upgrade pricing.
If you’ve tried the new update and have either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know.

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Macworld Posts iPhone First Look

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Date: Thursday, June 28th, 2007, 07:05
Category: iPhone

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The staff over at Macworld, compiling every bit of iPhone knowledge they could get their hands on, has posted a seven page first look at Apple’s upcoming handset.
The guide covers an overview, included hardware, upcoming accessories, the device’s interface, customizable settings, service and activation, phone features, music and video features, web browsing, e-mail, SMS, YouTube, maps functions and other features.
While it may not answer every question you have, it’s a good read and puts everything, including product shot close-ups of ports and connectors, out there for you to look over.
Take a look and good kuck if you’re lining up to snag one tomorrow.

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Adobe Releases Photoshop Lightroom 1.1 Update

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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