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iPodLinux Installer 0.3 Released

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Date: Monday, July 30th, 2007, 08:40
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For the techie brave-of-heart, a software developer identifying himself only as “Mr. Gecko” has released version 0.3 of the freeware iPodLinux installer program. The new version, a 3.7 megabyte download (courtesy of MacUpdate), lets users install Linux on 5G and 5.5G iPods and adds the following changes:
-Now it knows what iPod version you have.
-It finds where your iPod is located, in case it is /dev/disk2, it will still install.
-If you’re able it installs the bootloader and Linux does not work try renaming your iPod to a simple name like “Your iPod” (no quotes).
iPodLinuxInstaller 0.3 is available for free and requires Mac OS X 10.1 or later, AppleScript and a Macintosh-formatted iPod to run.
If you’ve tried the new version or have comments about Linux on the iPod, let us know over in the forums.


TechTool 4.5.3 Released

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Date: Friday, July 27th, 2007, 12:32
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On Friday, software firm Micromat released version 4.5.3 of TechTool, its best-selling utility software for the Mac. The new version, a 25.6 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:
-Updated Volume Structures and Optimization routines.
-Updated Volume Journaling feature for Intel-based Macs.
-Integration of the TechTool Pro 4 Security Patch.
-Added compatibility for new Macintosh models up through June, 2007.
-Other minor changes and feature enhancements.
TechTool Pro 4.5.3 retails for US$98.00 and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and TechTool Pro 4.5.1 to run. The software is coded as a Universal Binary and runs at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
If you’ve tried the new version and had either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know in the forums.


Tutorial for Creating Custom Ringtones from iTunes Previews Goes Live

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Date: Friday, July 27th, 2007, 10:21
Category: iPhone

When the iPhone was released a month ago, the body politic was not enamored to find a lack of custom ringtones. In fact, they were irked. Maybe this was a feature that was yet to be released in a future software update or Apple was working out a contract with a ringtone provider.
It could have been anything.
Still, there’s a vacuum to fill and Erica Saldun of The Unofficial Apple Weblog fame has stepped in with a killer tutorial as to how to create ringtones for your iPhone via the previews on the iTunes Store:
“1. Create a new playlist. Drag unpurchased songs from the iTunes store into your playlist. The songs will retain their “Add Song” buttons and their price within the playlist.
2. Export your playlist. Select the playlist in the sources column. Control-click/Right-click the playlist name and choose Export Song List from the pop-up menu.
3. Save the playlist as plain text. Select Plain Text from the Format pop-up and save the playlist file to your desktop.
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Manga Comes to iPhone

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Date: Friday, July 27th, 2007, 08:39
Category: iPhone

About a month after its release, the iPhone is still soaked in geek appeal. Bring one out in public and people will want to play with it and the owners have the coolest nerd toy of the moment. The iPhone could get even geekier as Japanese telecom software manufacturer Voice Bank announced that it had inked a deal with the Digital Manga Association to format Japanese comic books for the iPhone.
According to Tech.co.uk, Voice Bank has created a converter that shrinks the manga page format down to the iPhone’s resolution.
Voice Bank has stated that it’s currently looking for a distribution partner in the United States.
Cool stuff. Granted, sitting on the subway reading through manga probably isn’t the best way in the world to keep your lunch money, but I’ve only read the first three collections of “Death Note” so far, so this is compelling…
Let us know what you think in the forums.


Apple May be Under Deadline to Fix iPhone Security Hole

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Date: Friday, July 27th, 2007, 08:22
Category: iPhone

Apple may be under the gun to repair an iPhone security hole announced on Monday by security group Independent Security Evaluators.
The group, which discovered a security hole in which the iPhone could be manipulated into sending personal data from the handset provided the iPhone accesses a malicious web site, has promised to show how the hack was performed at the upcoming Black Hat 2007 security conference in Las Vegas next week.
According to Macworld UK, Apple is under pressure to release a first software patch for the handset. Historically, this task has been traditionally assigned to wireless carriers, a common task with mobile phones. Unfortunately, this also seems to have proven a heavy task for a wireless carrier to take on, as carriers have sometimes proven slow to patch software even in cases where prominent bugs are known.
“Right now other smart phones are full of vulnerabilities and they are not getting patched,” said Robert Graham, CEO of Errata Security. “This is actually a good test to see if Apple can do this better than the mobile carriers.”
Rumors have also surfaced that Graham’s business partner, David Maynor, who became infamous in 2006 by discussing details as to problems with Apple’s wireless cards, could be readying a “zero-day” iPhone attack. Via an e-mail interview, Maynor has hinted that this may happen; “We are trying to get something ready but there are no guarantees it will be stage-worthy in time,” he said. “After last year… we make sure that it’s painfully obvious or we don’t do it.”
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.
And if you have thoughts on the iPhone or what you’d like to see in the first software update for the device, let us know in the forums.


CoolBook Updated to 2.3, Receives Santa Rosa Support

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Date: Friday, July 27th, 2007, 07:30
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On Thursday, developer Magnus Lundholm released CoolBook 2.3, the latest version of his shareware CPU frequency, voltage and temperature monitoring program.
The new version, a 325 kilobyte download, adds updated documentation as well as full support for Apple’s recently-released backlit LED screen MacBook Pro laptops with Intel’s Santa Rosa hardware improvements.
CoolBook 2.3, which retails for a US$10 shareware registration fee, requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and an Intel-based Mac to run.
If you’ve tried the program and have either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know over in the forums.


PulpMotion Gains iPhone Export, Other Features

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Date: Thursday, July 26th, 2007, 15:29
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On Thursday, software company aquafadas released version 1.2.5 of PulpMotion, its slideshow and presentation suite for Mac OS X.
The new version, an 89 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
-Improved the quality of images in exported videos by reducing the flickering due to the high resolution of some images.
-Improved the way the MediaManager loads its assets.
-Added the ability to have multiple iTunes libraries in the media manager.
-Added the ability to export video for the iPhone.
-Added several presets in Custom Quicktime export.
-Extended compatibility with Final Cut.
-New ability to access individual sample images from videos stored in iDive. A number indicates the presence of sample images, and a double click on such a media brings the list of all accessible images.
-Added a new startup check that will prevent incompatible themes from being loaded.
-Updated French, Danish, Italian and Japanese localization.
-Fixed a problem in the MediaManager that would prevent photos from loading.
-Added support for aliases in the iPhoto library. The Media Manager will now properly browse iPhoto libraries whose content has not been consolisated under the iPhoto .
-Fixed a problem where exported videos would not import in Final Cut Pro because of a wrong timebase.
-Improved image quality in a number of themes. Reduced flickering of moving objects.
-Suppressed some pixellated sprites.
-Fixed a problem where images with rotation metadata would display properly in preview but export with the wrong rotation angle.
-Fixed a full screen problem with the News themes.
-Fixed various theme settings.
PulpMotion requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run and retails for US$45.
If you’ve tried the new version and have either positive or negative feedback, let s know in the forums.


Delicious Library Updated to 1.6.5

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Date: Thursday, July 26th, 2007, 09:17
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On Wednesday, software company Delicious Monster released version 1.6.5 of the shareware favorite,
Delicious Library. Delicious Monster allows Macs with webcams to scan the bar codes of any book, movie, music CD or video game, then creates an archive based on background information from the Internet. Additional features help keep the library organized and reseller’s tools allow for items to be quickly posted for sale online.
The new version, an 11 megabyte download, repairs an issue with looking up library items by title or creator under Mac OS X 10.4.10.
Delicious Library 1.6.5 requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later to run and retails for US$39.95.
If you’ve tried the new version and have either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know in the forums.


iPhone Unlocking Effort Reports Progress, Web Server Functionality

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Date: Wednesday, July 25th, 2007, 13:21
Category: iPhone

The guys over at the osx86.hu hackintosh blog have reported that their efforts to run various open-source applications from the iPhone are proving successful.
According to Electronista, the group has built and run several programs for the device, including a functional Apache web server for hosting sites. Other tools such as Python’s programming language, the vim text editor and assorted utilities have been compiled into binaries and run on the device.
In addition to sorting out how to create an ad-hoc network from AT&T’s EDGE network that other computers can user to surf the Internet, the group claims it’s learned more about how the handset handles and locks out non-AT&T wireless services and SIM cards. Attempts to route around this code sets off a function that identifies the effort as “odd behavior” and closes down unlocking techniques.
Though considered a potential barrier, the find helps indentify what mechanisms an iPhone uses. Last week, the same group announced they had been able to bypass iTunes activation and created a program called iActivator, which can purportedly bypass iTunes via a convenient interface.
If you have any thoughts or ideas on this, let us know over in the forums.


Chinese iPhone Ripoff

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Date: Wednesday, July 25th, 2007, 11:31
Category: iPhone

CECT, one of the most prolific rip-off artists in China (the world?), has released another Apple iPhone clone.
Apparently, the CECT P168 wasn’t enough for the clone factory, they had to have another go at the iconic Apple iPhone. The CECT 599 rocks a slightly smaller 3.2 inch 240×400 touchscreen display, but loses the navigation hard keys in favor of a more iPhone-esque minimalistic style.
For about $150 USD, you get Bluetooth, 1.3 megapixel camera, stereo speakers, and the ability to play video files (but only as big as 176√ó144 pixels) – all in a 90 gram body.

Six more pictures after the jump…

CECT rips off the Apple iPhone, again – CECT 599

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