Pogue on AT&T’s iPhone Bill: Hateful and Pythoneseque

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Date: Sunday, July 22nd, 2007, 22:47
Category: iPhone

Classic Pogue and absolutely true. I was waiting for someone else to figure out AT&Ts hateful and Pythoneseque bill (couldn’t have said it better myself, David). David does just that, right after the jump…

I just got my first AT&T bill for my iPhone…
It’s a staggeringly, hatefully complex document, designed by some Monty Pythoneseque committee in charge of consumer confusion.
For starters, although I signed up for what iTunes told me was a $60 plan (450 minutes, unlimited Internet), the bill says I have a $40 voice plan and a $20 Internet plan, and lists them on separate pages.
The first bill, believe it or not, comes to $150. It’s filled with unexplained services and features that were never mentioned during the signup process, like MEDIA MAX, EXPD M2M, VOICE PRIVACY, and AT&T DIRECT BILL.

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Cortado Offers Free Mobile E-Mail Service for iPhone

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Date: Friday, July 20th, 2007, 12:17
Category: iPhone

On Friday, Cortado announced that the company has introduced its free mobile e-mail service to the iPhone.
According to MacNN, the package includes a personal e-mail address, professional spam filter, virus protection and 20 megabytes of storage space.
The program can be used in conjunction with and synchronize with iCal and Mac OS X’s Address Book program. Cortado’s service uses Microsoft Outlook Web Access and the company has spublished setup instructions to get the phone up and running through iTunes here.
If you have any thoughts or ideas on this, let us know in the forums.


The laser etched iPhone

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Date: Friday, July 20th, 2007, 11:03
Category: iPhone

With a 35W Epilog laser 40% power, 100% speed with a 600dpi vector art image (AI) works great for laser etching an iPhone. The material on the back is a nice plastic that etched white-ish.

A video of the relatively short etching process is available on their site.

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Opera 9.22 Released

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Date: Friday, July 20th, 2007, 08:55
Category: Software

Late Thursday, Opera Software ASA released version 9.22 of its popular Opera web browser.
The new version, an 11.3 megabyte download, sports the following fixes and enhancements:
-Fix to allow toolbars to use bold fonts again.
-Tabs can be dragged between windows using the Windows panel again.
-Info panel title now correctly displays Web page title and mail subjects that contain HTML.
-Scripting and display fixes for the Silverlight plug-in.
-Multiple stability fixes.
-Improved stability and performance of BitTorrent.
-Fixed an issue that could occur when removing a specially prepared torrent transfer, as reported by iDefense.
-Prevented an issue where data URLs could be used to display the wrong address in the address bar.
-Improved the display of long domain names in authentication dialogs. Long domain names will now scroll instead of using ellipsis.
-Added Trustcenter class 3 G2 root certificate.
-Fixes for a problem with certificate import from PKCS #7 Signed and Netscape Multicert files.
Opera 9.22 requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later to run and is available for free.
If you’ve tried the new version and have either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know in the forums.


Skype Reaches Version

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Date: Thursday, July 19th, 2007, 08:20
Category: Software

It’s up to a fairly complex version number, but it tends to work well and has proven incredibly useful.
Skype, the long-standing Voice over Internet Protocol client, has been updated to version The new version, a 29.7 megabyte download, offers improvements in both audio quality and bandwidth management optimizations.
The program is available for free, though the service charges a given rate for computer-to-land-line and computer-to-cell-phone calls and international calling.
Keep in mind that the new version is still in its beta stages, so a little caution might be a good idea.
Skype requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new version and had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know in the forums.


Firefox Released

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Date: Thursday, July 19th, 2007, 08:01
Category: Software

Late Wednesday, Mozilla released Firefox, the latest version of its popular Firefox web browser.
The new version, a 17 megabyte download, repairs the following security issues:
-XPCNativeWrapper pollution.
-Unauthorized access to wyciwyg:// documents.
-Remote code execution by launching Firefox from Internet Explorer.
-File type confusion due to %00 in name.
-Privilege escalation using an event handler attached to an element not in the document.
-Frame spoofing while window is loading.
-XSS using addEventListener and setTimeout.
-MFSA 2007-18 Crashes with evidence of memory corruption.
Firefox 2.0.05 requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later to run and is available for free.
If you’ve tried the new version and had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know in the forums.


Certain iPhone Cameras Producing Greenish Tint in Photos

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Date: Thursday, July 19th, 2007, 07:40
Category: iPhone

Getting back to the iPhone, a number of users have reported that the built-in cameras are producing a greenish tint on certain captured photos.
According to the guys at iPhone Atlas, the problem seems intermittent and could possibly indicate that different component manufacturers were used, resulting in different qualities on the shipping product.
Various readers have pointed out that the greenish tint can be resolved through Photoshop’s white balance tool as well as iPhoto’s enhance tool.
If you’ve seen this on your end or have another solution or workaround, let us know in the forums.


Second Gen iPhone in September?

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Date: Wednesday, July 18th, 2007, 15:55
Category: iPhone

Remember all those version 2 iPhone rumors rumbling about back in May. Well, they’re back and running amuck in Taiwan. According to DigiTimes, Taiwan’s Chinese-language Commercial Times says that Taiwan’s Wintek has gained the touch-screen panel orders for the second-gen iPhone. The report claims that Wintek has already begun test production in small volumes with Apple intent on selling their newest model of the iPhone in September for somewhere between $249 and $299. Unfortunately, the article doesn’t state where this flavor of the iPhone will be sold.

Second generation iPhone for $249 in September? – Engadget

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iPhone Unlocking Team Reaches SIM Card Milestone

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Date: Wednesday, July 18th, 2007, 13:37
Category: iPhone

The guys over at the iPhone unlocking project (available with a simple Google search) took on a sizable task when the handset was first released.
Despite having yet to completely unlock the handset, the team has reached a significant milestone in releasing iASign, a piece of software that purportedly allows users to work with prepaid Cingular, AT&T and AT&T MVNO SIM cards. According to Engadget, the program will allow users to pick up an iPhone without a contract, install their current SIM and be able to use the phone via a current contract without signing up for a new one.
For the brave of heart, the iASign download link can be found here.
If you’ve tried the program or have your two cents to chip in about unlocking the iPhone, let us know over in the forums.


Parallels Desktop for Mac 3.0 Build 4560 Released

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Date: Wednesday, July 18th, 2007, 08:08
Category: Software

Late Tuesday, software company Parallels released build 4560 of its best-selling Parallels Desktop for Mac emulation program.
The new build, an 83.2 megabyte download (courtesy of VersionTracker, adds the following fixes and changes:
-Better customizability of SmartSelect for easier app/file integration.
-Faster & smoother Boot Camp partition use.
-Much smoother fullscreen transitions. No more flickering or lagging redraws.
-Improved Parallels Tools for Linux…we’ve added a Time Sync tool.
-The return of the Parallels Image Tool!
-A beefed up Parallels Explorer that makes sharing files and working with non NTFS drives easier. Sharp new graphics too.
-More powerful Snapshot manager that gives you greater control over how snapshots -re created and deleted.
-Minor tweaks and fixes.
Parallels Desktop for Mac 3.0 retails for US$79.99 and requires an Intel-based Mac and Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new version and have either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know in the forums.