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Macintosh 2.0

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Date: Monday, July 2nd, 2007, 13:15
Category: iPhone

If the iPhone is version 2.0 of the Macintosh computer, then the 4GB iPhone is the second coming of the original 128k Macintosh. Product reviews seem to bear this out: The iPhone is phenomenal, while falling short. A vision of the future, hampered by the constraints of current technology.
The iPod was doomed to the same slow death as the PDA. Almost everyone carries a mobile phone and increasingly, they can do it all. Horrid little convergence devices that live in your pocket. Connected to a network with operating systems that remind me of the screen menus built into my TV set.
Enter the iPhone: iPDA, iCamera, iWebrowser and iPod. It is the handheld computer that Microsoft could not envision. Just like the original Macintosh, it is running well out on the edge of the curve teetering on a technological reality that barely meets the requirements. Cellular network speed, fixed battery and memory all stretched to the limit. It’s the screen baby, supported by an intuitive touch interface and slick animated graphics. Crack one open and it is nearly one third battery. The remaining two thirds are just pure magic.


Five Free iPhones Being Given Away in Upcoming Contests

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Date: Monday, July 2nd, 2007, 12:45
Category: iPhone

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Jason Calacanis, the CEO and co-founder of Weblogs, Inc., has just posted that he’s come into possession of no less than five eight gigabyte iPhones to give away in upcoming contests.
The contests themselves are currently up in the air and he’s taking suggestions via his web site.
Take a look and see what you think.
Also, standing at the end of his driveway waving torches and pitchforks isn’t a valid (or legal) option, so you might have to think of a plan b.


Manufacturers Unveil New iPhone Cases

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Date: Monday, July 2nd, 2007, 09:29
Category: iPhone

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The iPhone has arrived.
And with it, a variety of accessories, peripherals and companion products.
According to Macworld News, three companies unveiled the following new cases for iPhone:
-Leather Folio: A US$39.95 case made of ballistic nylon and a nappa leather exterior with a custom leather interior. The unit includes a belt or strap attachment and “push-through” hole for headphone access.
-Fitted Sleeve: A US$34.95 leather case with a suede interior. The Fitted Sleeve is available in black, brown and pink colors.
-Sport Case: A US$34.95 case featuring an adjustable velcro armband, neoprene hand strap and belt attachment. The case also includes a camera lens opening, direct access to the iPhone’s screen controls and access to the dock connector.
Protective Cover: A US$29.95 form-fitting rubber slipcase for the iPhone. The Protective Cover is available in red, blue and black colors.
-Anaconda 5: A US$44.95 case made from ballistic nylon, the unit features neoprene and is lined with scratch-resistant material. The Anaconda 5 can attach to a belt loop, backpack or laptop bag via a velcro latch.
-Sport Armband: A US$29.99 neoprene case. The Sport Armband is machine washable, available in black and gray and includes a pocket for key or earbud storage.
-Slim-Fit: A US$29.99 leather case with a removable belt clip. The Slim-Fit allows an iPhone to be removed through a mesh base and also features a padded exterior for additional protection.
-Acrylic Case: A US$29.99 hard, acrylic case that allows for full access to an iPhone’s keys, ports and screens. The Acrylic Case also includes a belt clip that can serve as a kick stand for video viewing.


Perian 1.0 Released

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Date: Monday, July 2nd, 2007, 08:13
Category: Software

Late Friday, the Perian team released version 1.0 of Perian, the open-source QuickTime components effort that allows QuickTime to support and play a variety of additional formats beyond what it would normally be able to handle.
The new version makes the following fixes and changes:
-Added support for Matroska/mkv.
-Integrated a52codec.
-Added subtitle support.
-Added support for .gvi (avi wrapper from Google Video).
-Changed distribution to a Preference Pane in order to make installation simpler and configuration possible in the long term.
-Changed installation directory from /Library/QuickTime to ~/Library/QuickTime.
-Fixed avi/flv over http.
-Added support for Windows Media Audio in AVI.
-Added support for MPEG-1 layer 2 audio.
-Added support for the ADPCM audio codec in FLV.
-Added Vorbis decoder.
-Added support for Fraps FPS1.
-Added support for VP3.
-Added support for i263.
-Added support for HuffYUV.
-Added support for MPEG-1/2 video in AVI/MKV.
-Fix opening AVIs with VBR audio for which there is no available decoder.
-Fix crash with DVI ADPCM.
-Fix multichannel audio descriptions in AVI.
-Faster opening of AVI files.
-High profile H.264 support.
-Full MPEG-4 video support in .mp4.
-Altivec & SSE2 colorspace conversion.
-Fix DV in type 1 AVIs.
Perian is a 2.2 megabyte download and requires 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.


First iPhone Drop and Scratch Test Results Emerge

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Date: Monday, July 2nd, 2007, 08:40
Category: iPhone

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You’ve had your iPhone for three days now and things are looking up. The device is still shiny and life is good.
You may have even been spotted skipping.
Of course, that good feeling tends to come to an end when your cool new item meets gravity, which then introduces it to the ground at 9.8 meters per second squared, either scratching the cool new item or rendering it non-functional.
The guys over at PC World recently put together a short video simulating several tests the iPhone can go through, such as rubbing up against change and keys in your pocket, short drops onto carpet and linoleum and longer drops onto a concrete surface.
Click the link to find out how the iPhone did and if you have any iPhone drop stories of your own to share, please let us know.


To the Center of an iPhone…

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Date: Saturday, June 30th, 2007, 11:55
Category: iPhone

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With your new iPhones in hand, the first thing you might not want to do is take them apart, especially after the lines and the waiting involved.
Reader Garrison Gunter thought otherwise and sent us this Flickr-based galleryvia J.C. “Sorcier” and his L’Apple Caf√© section.
And for those of you planning to embark upon this yourself, Anandtech has posted its iPhone “vivisection” gallery, complete with more thorough descriptions of each part of the process.
Given that someone snagged my cell phone over the weekend and I’m getting a replacement shipped along today or tomorrow, my brain kind of seizes up at the idea of dissecting your brand-new iPhone, but it’s a cool new tech device and the more you know about it, the better…


iPhone unboxing gallery

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Date: Friday, June 29th, 2007, 20:37
Category: iPhone


I’ve posted a gallery of iPhone unboxing photos.

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D.C. iPhone Line – Gallery Two

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Date: Friday, June 29th, 2007, 20:55
Category: iPhone

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I’m home from the Clarendon Apple Store iPhone line, complete with hundreds of people and a line that extended most of the length of the outdoor shopping center.
Apple, having cordoned the area off, handled the crowds well by allowing only a select number of people in the store at any given time and handing out both complimentary water and coffee to everyone who’d been waiting.
Take a gander and let us know what you think.
If you were able to pick up an iPhone of your own today, let us know what you make of it, no matter how trivial the details may seem.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for iPhone news come Monday!


D.C. iPhone Line Kicks Into Full Gear

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Date: Friday, June 29th, 2007, 14:23
Category: iPhone

Just outside of Washington, D.C. and under a gray, drizzling sky, more than 100 people are lined up outside the Clarendon Apple Store waiting for the iPhone. Some have been here since approximately 9:00 P.M. last night with Kevin Towson, a 38-year-old law enforcement officer taking premiere spot at the front of the line.
With the line stretching almost halway around the length of the outdoor shopping center, many in folding chairs, reading magazines and listening to iPods to pass the time, he’s not alone.
With less than three hours to wait, Apple employees shuffle back and forth, the store having closed at 2 P.M. to prep for the launch. Outside, the people in line talk quietly to themselves, this only being broken by occasional pairs of Apple employees, one with asking if people want bottles of water and the other with a hand truck, walking up and down the line.
“This does everything about half as well as it should,” says Jason Miller, an environmental engineer from Arlington, Virginia. Happily reclined in a lounge chair, he states that he’s happy to trade away his Treo and that someone threw an unidentified cell phone into the street earlier before running out into the street to retrieve it. What he wants is “a smart phone that’s a little smarter than what’s out there on the market.”
Glenn Sparico, a local teacher, grins sheepishly at a generic LG cell phone, which he claims he may sell for “oh, like a dollar.” Citing its bulky feel, clumsy web browser and lack of a capable contact manager or calender program, he states that he wants a calendar and contact manager that can handle more than 1,000 contacts instead of the current 225 person limit as well as a better way to sync data.
Keith Washington, a photographer from Washington, D.C., is also among those giving up a Treo in favor of an iPhone. Fed up with slow performance and dropped called, he smiles when he claims “it does everything that you don’t want it to do.” When asked if $499 is an excessive amount to spend on a phone, he cites that his Treo was about the same price when he originally purchased it.
Rounding out the group, Pete Jensen, who runs a helicopter program for a Washington, D.C. hospital, claims that “Today, I’ve got three things in my pocket. Tomorrow, I’ll have one.” Giving up an iPod, a PDA and a cell phone, he’s happy to have the pocket space back if one device can provide it.
A picture’s worth a thousand words and the first gallery can be found here.


Philly’s Mayor Street in line for an iPhone (since 3:30 a.m.)

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Date: Friday, June 29th, 2007, 11:52
Category: iPhone

The morning news on NBC 10 had a clip showing Philadelphia Mayor John Street waiting in line at a downtown AT&T store since 3 a.m. awaiting his iPhone. He will have someone pinch-sit while he goes about City business but will be back in line before the store opens up again at 6 p.m. (Thanks Kenn Marks, picture courtesy of The Consumerist)
Update: Video is posted here.