The Apple Core: Hackers Unite

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Date: Friday, July 6th, 2007, 15:34
Category: The Apple Core

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As mentioned before, the iPhone is Jason’s baby. He hankered for one for months, snagged it the first day it came out and has focused on it since.
In the eighth entry of the iPhone Diary, The Apple Core focuses on the interest and efforts from the hacker community. From the prominent effort to unlock the iPhone to more flexible calling plans to released/leaked firmware to component studies, the entry points to everything that’s out there and currently in the works for the most lusted-after handset on the market.
And if you have any ideas or tips about hacks in the works, let us know.

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The Apple Core: Jason Runs the iPhone Gamut

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Date: Thursday, July 5th, 2007, 13:19
Category: The Apple Core

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The iPhone is Jason’s baby. It’s that simple. Back at Macworld Expo this January, during Jobs’ keynote speech, he sat next to me and mentioned that if Apple was selling the iPhone that day, he’d head out the door that very moment to get one.
It was then that I was thankful that he probably couldn’t marry an iPhone – or at least not legally.
Six days after its release, he’s kept a journal of his findings over at The Apple Core. The logs include the positive and negative points, accessories, occasional weirdness and cool little discoveries about the handset.
Take a gander and if you have any thoughts or ideas about your iPhone, let us know.

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First iPhone Reviews Begin to Emerge

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Date: Wednesday, June 27th, 2007, 08:31
Category: The Apple Core

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The very first iPhone reviews have begun to hit the mainstream media as Apple’s non-disclosure agreements have recently expired.
The first pieces, penned by New York Times journalist David Pogue and Wall Street Journal columnist Walter Mossberg, respond positively to the device, generally calling it a capable, durable machine with a good feature set.
For full details and links, check out The Apple Core and if you happen to snag an iPhone on Friday, let us know what you make of it.

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O’Grady’s Perspective on the WWDC Keynote

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Date: Tuesday, June 12th, 2007, 08:34
Category: The Apple Core

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PowerPage head honcho Jason O’Grady discusses this year’s lack of new hardware at the Worldwide Developers Conference among other points over at The Apple Core.
I don’t always agree with Jason on everything, but he has a point. In years past, Apple has also used the keynote speech to release new hardware or more groundbreaking news. This year’s seemed more focused on Leopard’s eye candy and ensuring its developer community that it’d be able to write programs for the iPhone.
Take a look and if you have an opinion about the keynote, we’d love to hear it.

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The Apple Core: More on Maynor

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Date: Tuesday, March 6th, 2007, 08:33
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David MaynorLast summer, David Maynor announced an exploit for Mac OS X and Apple’s AirPort drivers that would allow third party code to be run. The hack was proven to work, but became controversial when a third party wireless card and third party drivers were involved with the exploit.
Maynor’s first video has been scrutinized and it is now known that the first hack did not involve a third-party wireless card. It appears to be fraudulent. Check the video after the jump.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: The DVD-R media that destroyed my SuperDrive (photos)

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Date: Tuesday, February 20th, 2007, 03:00
Category: The Apple Core
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Yesterday I inserted a blank DVD-R disc into my MacBook Pro (2.33GHz Core 2 Duo) like I’ve done dozens of times before. But this time was different. This time it destroyed my SuperDrive.
After I inserted the blank DVD-R media I didn’t immediately notice that it didn’t mount in the Finder and promptly forget about it. About 20 minutes later when I noticed that it didn’t mount I pressed the eject key on the keyboard and heard a horrible crumpling sound. I got chills as I watched the disc above slowly come out of my SuperDrive.
When the disc came out of my drive the white thermal printing was mostly de-laminated from the top of the disc surface. About half of the white thermal surface had peeled off inside the SuperDrive mechanism. Note: that is not a label that I installed or some sort of a sticker, it’s the white thermal printable top coat that ships from the manufacturer on the media.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: Apple legal set sights on PocketMac

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Date: Friday, February 2nd, 2007, 11:28
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No one knows the wrath of Apple’s legal department better than yours truly, that’s why I’ve been especially sensitive of the company’s legal tactics over the past few years.
You’ll remember Apple’s voracious defense of the iPhone interface by shutting down iPhone theme designs released for competing phones like the BlackBerry, Palm, Windows Mobile, RAZR, etc. What’s wrong with that case is that Apple legal has threatened Web sites that simply link to or post screen shots of the cribbed iPod UI.
The most recent target of Apple’s legal beagles is PocketMac, a publisher of Mac smartphone sync software…
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: Apple pays ‘Asteroid’ legal fees; a timeline

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Date: Tuesday, January 30th, 2007, 11:48
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A Santa Clara County Court ordered Apple, Inc. to pay the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) over US$700,000 in legal fees associated with the defense of three popular Mac-oriented Web sites (PowerPage, Apple Insider and Think Secret) in response to reports published about an unreleased Firewire breakout box for GarageBand, code-named “Asteroid.”

“We are very pleased, as this will go a long way towards keeping EFF on the forefront of impact litigation defending the rights of online journalists and others,” EFF Staff Attorney Kurt Opsahl wrote in an email. “Bloggers break the news, just like journalists do. They must be able to promise confidentiality in order to maintain the free flow of information. Without legal protection, informants will refuse to talk to reporters, diminishing the power of the open press that is the cornerstone of a free society.”

Read more including a timeline of the Asteroid legal case on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: Why iPhone should remain closed

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Date: Friday, January 26th, 2007, 14:55
Category: The Apple Core
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Readers of this blog know that I’m a big fan of the Treo and still believe it to be the best smartphone for Mac users. However when people ask me what I think about my Treo, I usually respond: “The best thing about the Treo is that you can install any software you want on it. But the worst thing about the Treo is that you can install any software you want on it.” My Treo is a veritable bouillabaisse of software from vendors around the planet and I’m starting to wonder about the wisdom of this approach.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: 10 reasons why pre-announcing the iPhone was brilliant

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Date: Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007, 10:21
Category: The Apple Core

Yesterday I posted a story by Mike Elgan at Computerworld who listed six reasons why it was a mistake to make the iPhone keynote at Macworld. Although pre-announcing a new product is a radical departure for Apple, there is some logic to it in this case. Here are 10 reasons why announcing the iPhone six months early was a stroke of genius by Steve Jobs…
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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