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Apple Offers Additional Details on iPhone Quirks

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Date: Friday, August 3rd, 2007, 15:58
Category: iPhone

On Friday, Apple updated its Knowledge Base library article regarding current issues facing iPhone owners. The full article can be found here, but the guys over at iPhone Atlas have pointed out some interesting tidbits:
“Sound from receiver is muffled or too low: ‘Make sure the receiver is over your ear. Move it around until it is in a spot that produces the clearest sound.’
Low microphone volume: ‘If you are using a third-party iPhone case, make sure it is not covering the microphone. Try making some calls without the case to see if a caller can now hear you more clearly.’
Display image issues: ‘This can include white screen, bright or dark pixels, lines in video, or sections of video missing. Turn iPhone off and turn it on again.’
No cell signal strength anywhere: ‘Check to make sure you‚Äôre in an area with network coverage.’
Battery life seems short: ‘If you are charging using your computer, don‚Äôt connect iPhone to your keyboard.’
No sound through stereo headset: ‘Unplug and reconnect the headset. Make sure the connector is pushed in all the way.'”
The article doesn’t mention if any of these variables change with the iPhone 1.0.1 Update which came out this week and essentially focuses on human factors that can go wrong with iPhone usage.
If the Knowledge Base article provided any solutions that were eluding you, let us know in the comments or forums.


Apple Releases itunes 7.3.2

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Date: Friday, August 3rd, 2007, 08:26
Category: Software

Late Thursday, Apple released iTunes 7.3.2. The new version, a 33.8 megabyte download, resolves stability and performance bugs.
Beyond this, specific details as to the update have yet to be released. The update comes on the heels of the first iPhone update and may help with communication between iTunes and the best-selling handset.
iTunes 7.3.2 requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later and QuickTime 6.5.2 or later for audio playback and QuickTime 7.1.5 or later for video playback.
If you’ve downloaded the new version and can cite specific changes or have feedback about it, let us know in the comments or forums.


Parallels Desktop for Mac 3.0 Build 5060 Released

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Date: Thursday, August 2nd, 2007, 15:44
Category: Software

Late Thursday, virtualization software maker Parallels released Parallels Desktop for Mac 3.0 build 5060. The new build, an 82 megabyte download (courtesy of VersionTracker), offers the following fixes and enhancements:
-Major enhancements to the look and feel of Windows programs in Coherence.
-Coherence support for Exposé and Transparent Windows.
-Support for overlapping several Windows and Mac windows in Coherence.
-Ability to silently boot into Coherence mode.
-Linux PC and virtual machine migration to your Mac using Transporter.
-Ability to change your VM’s disk format using the updated Image Tool.
-Ability to change Sound Devices ‘on the fly’.
-iPhone support in Windows. iTunes in Windows can connect to your iPhone.
Parallels Desktop for Mac retails for US$79.99 for new users and is available for US$49.99 for upgrading users. The software requires an Intel-based Mac and Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new build, which is still in a beta stage, and have anything to say about it, positive or negative, let us know in the comments or forums.


iFixit Launches iPhone Parts Store

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Date: Thursday, August 2nd, 2007, 13:31
Category: iPhone

iFixit, the “Mac + iPod do-it-yourself” company, has announced that it has opened a new store stocked with both iPhone parts as well as repair guides. The outfit has stated that it carries components such as batteries, displays, case components, front and rear bezels and logic boards.
The iPhone Fixit Guide, which provides detailed pictures and instructions as to how to replace components, is available for free here.
Interestingly enough, the iFixit folks are also showing users how to remove the built-in camera on their iPhone units, as secure work sites frequently forbid cell phones and handsets with included cameras. The full guide for removal can be found here.
This may not thrill Apple, but it’s nice to see a third party get involved.
If you have any thoughts or feedback on this, let us know in the comments or forums.


Microsoft Delays Release of Office 2008 for Mac

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Date: Thursday, August 2nd, 2007, 12:32
Category: Software

On Thurdsay, software manufacturer Microsoft announced that it would delay the release of its long-anticipated Office 2008 for Mac suite until mid-January of next year.
According to Macworld News, the suite, which will be Intel-native, was originally scheduled for release in the second half of 2007. Representatives have stated that the software will go to manufacturing this December and be released at the next Macworld Expo in San Francisco.
“We made the decision to do this so we could give users the type of quality that they deserve,” said Craig Eisler, general manager of the Macintosh Business Unit. “This is a quality-driven decision.”
Eisler also commented that changes, such as Apple’s hardware switch to an Intel-based architecture and new Office file formats, made the originally scheduled release that much more difficult. Transitions such as a change from FreeScale’s CodeWarrior to Apple’s Xcode system to build the software became necessary and added to the duration of the project.
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Apple Releases Safari 3.0.3 Beta

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Date: Thursday, August 2nd, 2007, 08:48
Category: Software

On Tuesday, Apple released a public beta of Safari 3.0.3, the next version of its proprietary web browser. Safari 3.0.3 requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later to run.
The new browser, a 14 megabyte download, features security component updates found in the recently-released Security Update 2007 – 007 update. With the update, Mac OS X components such as bzip2, CFNetwork, Core Audio, cscope, gnuzip, Kerberos, mDNSResponder, PDFKit, PHP, Quartz Composer, samba, WebKit, and WebCore receive additional stability and security.
As with all betas, Safari 3.0.3 is still a work in progress, so be careful and be sure to have an alternate browser lined up just in case.
If you’ve tried the new version and have either positive or negative feedback, throw in your two cents in the comments or forums.


Apple Preps Developers for Mac OS X 10.4.11 Update

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Date: Wednesday, August 1st, 2007, 10:30
Category: Software

Late Tuesday, Apple began informing select developers that there will be at least one more maintenance update to Mac OS X 10.4 prior to the planned release of Mac OS X 10.5 this October.
According to AppleInsider, developers have yet to begin receiving the first pre-release seeds of the software version.
Sources close to the project have stated that an unresolved third-party webcam bug that arose with Mac OS X 10.4.10 may be targeted. The bug prevents third-party webcams from being detected as USB audio devices, thereby making them inaccessible as a USB audio device except when running under the Parallels Desktop for Mac virtualization software.
The webcam bug appears to only surface on Intel-based Macs. Apple has yet to comment on the issue or submit a fix for it.
Stay tuned for additional details as they emerge and if you’ve found problems or workarounds for bugs in Mac OS X 10.4.10, let us know in the forums.


iPhone Update 1.0.1 Released

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Date: Wednesday, August 1st, 2007, 09:58
Category: iPhone

With the iPhone about a month into its product cycle, Apple has just released the first firmware update for the best-selling handset.
According to Gizmodo, the update, which is available through iTunes, makes the following changes and adds the following features:
Impact: Visiting a malicious website may allow cross-site scripting.
Description: Safari’s security model prevents JavaScript in remote web pages from modifying pages outside of their domain. A race condition in page updating combined with HTTP redirection may allow JavaScript from one page to modify a redirected page. This could allow cookies and pages to be read or arbitrarily modified. This update addresses the issue by correcting access control to window properties. Credit to Lawrence Lai, Stan Switzer, and Ed Rowe of Adobe Systems, Inc. for reporting this issue.
Impact: Viewing a maliciously crafted web page may lead to arbitrary code execution.
Description: Heap buffer overflows exist in the Perl Compatible Regular Expressions (PCRE) library used by the JavaScript engine in Safari. By enticing a user to visit a maliciously crafted web page, an attacker may trigger the issue, which may lead to arbitrary code execution. This update addresses the issue by performing additional validation of JavaScript regular expressions. Credit to Charlie Miller and Jake Honoroff of Independent Security Evaluators for reporting these issues.
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Apple Releases Security Update 2007 – 007

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Date: Wednesday, August 1st, 2007, 08:13
Category: Software

On Tuesday, Apple released Security Update 2007 – 007, a collection of updates for the Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) and Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) operating systems.
The update, which ranges between 14.2 megabytes and 63.3 megabytes depending on which version you download, applies security fixes to the following system components:
-Core Audio
-Quartz Composer
Security Update 2007 – 007 also incorporates the security fixes found in previous version of Apple’s security patches.
Users will need to have Mac OS X 10.3.9 installed for the update to be functional on the Mac OS X 10.3 operating system and Mac OS X 10.4.10 installed for the update to be functional on Mac OS X 10.4. The patch can be obtained through Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.
Given that this is a substantial update no matter how you slice it, any and all feedback would be appreciated. Let us know how the patch treats your computer over in the forums.


Apple Releases AirPort Extreme Update – 2007 – 004

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Date: Wednesday, August 1st, 2007, 08:14
Category: Software

Late Tuesday, Apple released AirPort Extreme Update – 2007 – 004, a small update geared towards improving the reliability of wireless connections on the Intel-based MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops as well as the Mac Mini desktops.
The update is a 745 kilobyte download and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.
Users can also find the patch through Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.
If you’ve tried the update and had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know in the forums.