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iTunes String Files Reveal Interesting Possibilities

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Date: Friday, August 10th, 2007, 13:28
Category: iPhone

iTunes may have a few tricks up its sleeve in the near future. The guys over at DownloadSquad have apparently gone digging through the Localizable.strings file on iTunes 7.3.2 and pulled some interesting results according to iPhone Atlas:
/* ===== iPhone Game Item Strings ===== */
“4329.001″ = “Are you sure you want to remove the selected game from your iPhone?”;
“4329.002″ = “Are you sure you want to remove the selected games from your iPhone?”;
We did a little more digging, and found some other interesting entries:
“4320.077″ = “Voice Memos”;
“4320.079″ = “The iPhone “^1” contains new voice memos. Would you like to move these voice memos to your iTunes library?”;
“4320.080″ = “Moving voice memos to your iTunes library…”;
“4320.295″ = “You must connect using FireWire to update the iPhone “^FILENAME”.”;
“4320.296″ = “You must connect using FireWire to restore the iPhone “^FILENAME”.”
The strings don’t point to anything specific, but could provide hints that the program will voice memo or Firewire support while the iPhone may be receiving additional game support.
Nothing definitive, but it could point the way to some cool stuff down the road.
Let us know what you think in the comments or forums.


Apple Offering Additional Help with iPhone Dead Spots

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Date: Friday, August 10th, 2007, 08:03
Category: iPhone

A group of iPhone users have reported that their handsets have permanently lost responsiveness to touch inputs across parts of the screen – generally about half an inch from the top and bottom of the screen.
According to AppleInsider, the problem remains even after the iPhone has been reset, updated with the 1.0.1 firmware software and cleaned. Most reported instances of this case have required replacements from Apple, whose technical support representatives have become “very familiar” with the touch screen failures and appearing to be bypassing the usual protocols for sending out replacements.
In several cases, customers who took their iPhones into Apple Store locations received brief inspections and three-day repair cycles from Apple. Per the stated US$29 iPhone rental, one customer mentioned that he’d successfully negotiated a waiver of the fee during the repair cycle.
Although Apple hasn’t officially commented about it, the unresponsive touch screens represent the second major hardware anomaly affecting the iPhone, the first being a wide variety of failed AC adapters that shipped with the iPhones.
If you’ve seen the touch screen problem on your end or have an idea or workaround, let us know in the comments or forums.


Jax 1.0.1 Released

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Date: Thursday, August 9th, 2007, 13:44
Category: Software

On Wednesday, software maker JoeSoft released version 1.0.1 of Jax, its iTunes plug-in application. Jax, which retails for US$49.95, allows users to perform actions such as loading YouTube videos into iTunes to be played back on a video iPod, Apple TV or iPhone, dig up information on performers via Music Map, customize album covers, use new iTunes visualizers and locate song lyrics.
Jax 1.0.1 incorporates the following changes and fixes:
-Overall improved performance and stability.
-Support for iTunes 7.3.2.
-Video conversion support for iPhone.
-Updated “BeComposed” visualizer.
-Previewing songs from “Artists” tab in “Music Map” has been fixed.
Jax 1.0.1 is a 23.1 megabyte download (courtesy of VersionTracker) and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and iTunes 6.4 or later.
If you have any feedback about the new version of Jax, let us know in the comments or forums.


Duck Hunt for iPhone Released

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Date: Thursday, August 9th, 2007, 13:08
Category: iPhone

Give someone a little free time and they might do something interesting with it. Deron Dantzler has apparently written an iPhone version of Nintendo’s classic “Duck Hunt” game.
The game, which was rewritten in JavaScript, took him about a week. Citing himself as a novice and inviting comments and code fixes where applicable, the source code can be found here.
Check out Dantzler’s blog entry for full details ad he recommends Appleopolis as a means of adding web applications and installing them in the launcher.
I currently lack an iPhone, so I can’t really tell you how well the game works, but give it a shot and let me know what you think. And even if Apple only allows iPhone development through its web interface, there’s a slew of cool stuff coming out for it.
If you see anything nifty or have feedback about Duck Hunt for the iPhone, let us know in the comments or forums.


New “Send to Web Gallery” Option on iPhone Appearing Elusive for Some

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Date: Thursday, August 9th, 2007, 08:10
Category: iPhone

Following up on Apple’s stealth software update for the iPhone in which users found themselves with a “Send to Web Gallery” option within the Camera application.
The guys at iPhone Atlas are reporting that the feature is being picky about where it appears and may only be enabled if users have a .Mac account set up for their iPhone. Additional reports state that the iPhone required a full reset in which both the sleep and home buttons are held down simultaneously until the Apple logo appears.
Appearing as something of a surprise in recent days, the “Send to Web Gallery” option allows iPhones to post an image to an updated .Mac picture gallery. Apple has recently modified the .Mac accounts and included updates for the new iLife 2008 suite, which includes changes to iPhoto and iWeb that allow for a wider degree of online gallery editing by both the owner and guest users.
If you’ve seen this feature appear on your iPhone (or if it seems to have gone missing), let us know in the comments and forums.


Apple Releases Boot Camp 1.4

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Date: Thursday, August 9th, 2007, 07:30
Category: Software

Late Wednesday, Apple released version 1.4 of its public beta of Boot Camp software. Boot Camp, which has been out since 2006, allows Mac users to create separate Windows partitions on their hard drives and install either Windows XP or Windows Vista, which can be booted into and used as an operating system.
The new version, a 347 megabyte download, sports changes to the following categories:
-Boot Camp control panel.
-Keyboard support.
-Windows drivers.
-Support for the latest Mac models.
Boot Camp 1.4 requires an Intel-based Mac, Mac OS X 10.4.6 or later and a full version of Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2, Windows XP Professional Edition with Service Pack 2, WIndows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Business, or Windows Vista Ultimate.
If you’ve tried the new version of Boot Camp and have any kind of feedback about it, let us know in the comments or forums.


Apple Releases iPhoto 7.0.1 Update

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Date: Wednesday, August 8th, 2007, 09:09
Category: Software

On Tuesday, literally only a few hours after announcing its iLife 2008 software suite, complete with a new version of iPhoto, Apple release the iPhoto 7.0.1 software update.
The new version, an 8.8 megabyte download, addresses issues associated with publishing photos from an upgraded iPhoto library to .Mac Web Gallery.
iPhoto 7.0.1 requires Mac OS X 10.4.10 and iPhoto 7.0 to run.
If you’ve tried the new version and had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know in the comments or forums.


iPhones Receive “Send to Web Gallery” Feature

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Date: Wednesday, August 8th, 2007, 08:31
Category: iPhone

This was a bit sneaky, but it could be cool.
Per yesterday’s product announcements, Apple also mentioned a redesigned .Mac system wherein users can use iLife 2008 to submit photos to shared web galleries through an e-mail address. This feature can prove handy with an iPhone and Apple apparently had this in mind.
The guys over at iPhone Alley have noticed that since the announcement, various iPhones (perhaps just the ones that have gone through the first iPhone software update) now feature a “Send to Web Gallery” button. The button can be used in the iPhone’s Camera or Photo application and syncs photos in almost real time as opposed to syncing it through a Mac and uploading the image from there.


This one kind of came in the back door and caught a few people off guard. If you’ve seen this on your iPhone since yesterday’s product announcements or have your two cents to toss in about it, let us know in the comments or forums.


Apple Updates Front Row, Aperture Applications

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Date: Tuesday, August 7th, 2007, 15:09
Category: Software

In addition to its iMac, Mac Mini, iLife and .Mac updates, Apple also quietly updated its Front Row and Aperture applications.
Front Row 1.3.1, which is available as a 4.5 megabyte download (courtesy of VersionTracker), improves iPhoto compatibility.
The new version requires Mac OS X 10.4.7 or later to run and can be downloaded via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature on Front Row-equipped Macs.
Aperture 1.5.4 serves as a required update for iLife 2008 and allows users to import images directly from iPhoto ’08 and to share Aperture images with iLife ’08 and ‘iWork ’08 applications via the Media Browser.
The Aperture 1.5.4 update is available here and requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new versions and had either a positive or negative experience with them, let us know in the comments of forums.


NES Emulator for iPhone in the Works

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Date: Tuesday, August 7th, 2007, 08:29
Category: iPhone

In spite of the unlocking efforts, the pros and cons and everything else centering around the iPhone, it’s nice to know that someone’s working on bringing something incredibly fun as well as capable of wasting vast amounts of time to the handset.
According to the guys at The Unofficial Apple Weblog, a programmer referring to himself as “stepwhite” has ported the InfoNES core over to the iPhone, allowing the device to run emulation for classic Nintendo ROMs such as Super Mario Brothers, Zelda and Punch Out.
The emulator is currently still in progress and too slow to run at a playable speed.
Take a gander at the YouTube video and if you have thoughts, feedback or ideas on this, let us know in the comments of forums.