iPhone, WII Highlight New Sensitivity to Touch

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Date: Tuesday, June 26th, 2007, 08:56
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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.

SiliconValley.com – Takahashi: Giving tech a new feel

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First iPhone Retail Units Arrive in America

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Date: Tuesday, June 26th, 2007, 08:08
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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.

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HungryFlix.com Announces Downloadable Content for iPhone

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Date: Monday, June 25th, 2007, 13:16
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On Monday, online video distributor HungryFlix.com 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.

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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 boston.com, 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.

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Apple Releases Security Update 2007 – 006

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

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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.

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Safari 3.0.2 Beta Released

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

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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.

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Updated VMWare Fusion Beta Released

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Date: Friday, June 22nd, 2007, 15:27
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On Thursday, virtualization software outfit VMWare released Fusion 1.0b4.1, an updated beta of its Fusion software.
According to Macworld News, the new version, a 171 megabyte download, updates the USB manager to accommodate changes in both the Santa Rosa-based MacBook Pro laptops as well as the Mac OS X 10.4.10 update.
Full details can be found over at the product’s web page. Fusion requires an Intel-based Mac and Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run. The program is available as a pre-order for US$39.99.
As always, if you’ve done the gerbil routine and played with the new version, let us know how it went, good or bad.

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iPhone Guided Tour Now Online

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Date: Friday, June 22nd, 2007, 13:24
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Reader Michael Long just pointed out the following:
A twenty-minute Quicktime guided tour of Apple’s new iPhone is now available online at their web site, illustrating nearly all of the phone’s features and functions. Go and see the tour here.
If you’re curious and can’t get enough of the iPhone between now and the 171 hours until it’s released, take a gander.

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PureMobile Offering Unlocked iPhones

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Date: Friday, June 22nd, 2007, 08:44
Category: iPhone

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The iPhone’s coming out in a week.
You already knew that.
And whether it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread or not, you already have a clear idea as to what you want from the device. For those of you who demanded an unlocked unit, your prayers may be answered.
According to cnet’s news blog, retailer PureMobile looks to be touting unlocked eight gigabyte iPhones on its web site.
If completely kosher, an unlocked iPhone could be used on any GSM carrier as opposed to running exclusively on AT&T’s network.
Currently, the web site only declares that the iPhone is “coming soon” and doesn’t offer a price, but alerts the user that shipping will either be US$19 or US$29 depending on delivery speed selected.
Though an impressive idea, it’s also important to note that an unlocked iPhone will be subject to the same quibbles as all other unlocked phones in that while it will be able to make calls without any problems, data features won’t work out of the box. To date, no alternate carriers have come forth with any plans regarding this issue.
Stay tuned for further details on this developing story.

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iPhone to Integrate YouTube Access

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Date: Thursday, June 21st, 2007, 10:22
Category: iPhone

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While it’s unknown as to whether the iPhone will walk the dog or consistently predict tomorrow’s winning lottery numbers, it will be able to access YouTube content.
According to cnet’s Crave blog, the upcoming cell phone will feature “a special YouTube player that you can launch right from the home screen.” Leaked photos have also shown a specific “YouTube” button in the main menu interface.
The iPhone is slated for release on Friday at June 29th at 6 PM at various AT&T and Apple retail locations. Check your local outlet for additional details.

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