MobileChat AIM Client Released for iPhone

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Date: Wednesday, September 5th, 2007, 08:24
Category: iPhone

For anyone who ever wanted to use their iPhone as an AOL Instant Messenger device, the guys over at twenty08 have announced the release of MobileChat, their first AIM client for the handset.
According to MacSlash, the program can be installed via NullRiver‘s AppTapp Installer and worked with from there. The program’s source code is also available for download, review and tinkering with on your end.
MobileChat is currently still a beta and a few minor glitches have been reported to date. Users can also take a look at ApolloIM, another open source iPhone AIM client.
If you’ve tried either of these programs or have feedback of any sort, let us know in the comments or forums.


Third Class Action Suit Emerges Over iPhone Battery Replacements

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Date: Wednesday, September 5th, 2007, 07:52
Category: Legal

A third class action law suit regarding the iPhone battery has emerged. The new case, filed by a Mr. and Mrs. Stiener, cite that the battery in the iPhone will only last for 300 cycles before being completely exhausting. According to the complain, the battery would cost US$115 to replace as well as the time necessary to wait for a replacement.
The couple alleges that by not placing a warning about this apparent limitation in or on its packing materials, Apple and wireless carrier AT&T have violated both good faith and the California Commercial code, which demands that manufacturers in the state honestly reflect how their products will perform in real-world conditions. The Stieners have gone on record to state that the two companies responsible for the iPhone and its service meant to defraud customers.
According to The iPodObserver, the nine-page argument that the case is using as its central core is being written by the Hoffman and Lazear as well as Folkenflik and McGerity law firms. Both of these firms handled a similar suit regarding the iPhone battery in mid-August. If found guilty, Apple and AT&T would be forced to pay restitution to any affected customer in the state of California.
If you have any ideas or feedback on this, let us know in the comments or forums.


Another Bulging MacBook Pro Battery

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Date: Wednesday, September 5th, 2007, 00:27
Category: battery

Here’s another picture of a bulged MacBook Pro battery from PowerPage reader “Abe.”


I called Apple on Monday and got a replacement with a pre-paid airbill for the return today. Zero problem with them on the phone. Once I told them what had happened he did not even ask any questions. Said a new one is on the way. That makes me think there have been many and that they’d rather keep it quiet. Anyway, these pics on the old and the replacement should give you an idea of how much it expanded. It measures more and a quarter of an inch of expansion right in the middle.

Three more pics after the jump…


Nokia N95 – A Mac User’s Perspective

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Date: Tuesday, September 4th, 2007, 23:51
Category: Mobile Phone


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Having recently sold my iMac G5 I can now say my MacBook Pro has truly become my desktop replacement. That said, I often don’t want to lug the silver slap around town but would still like to surf, email and keep in touch with all my elife. As a Euro user iPhone is an option quite yet but I wanted to try out the mobile platform after many years of owning a simple mobile phone.
Enter the Nokia N95. This unit has been reviewed and out since March 2007 so I thought by now with firmware and software updates I would give it a go. I also need a phone that would work between two European networks from one provider so Vodafone was the carrier of choice in this case.
The N95 was released on 26 September 2006 and features a unique two-way slider. Slide it down to reveal a standard keypad, slide it up to reveal multimedia controls (play, pause, etc.)
The N95 is a Symbian-based smartphone that features integrated GPS, HSDPA, 802.11g WiFi, Bluetooth, 160GB HDD, microSD slot and a 5MP still/video camera with flash, digital zoom and a lens cover. The 2.6-inch QVGA screen and standard 3.5mm audio jack round out this mobile powerhouse. The N95 costs US$750 (€550) and is available unlocked directly from Nokia.
The phone wasn’t originally destined for the US but there was such a demand for its full-featured package Nokia sold it unlocked in the U.S. This review is based on the original international version.
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Palm Kills the Foolio

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Date: Tuesday, September 4th, 2007, 22:31
Category: Gadget

Palm Inc. (PALM) said Tuesday it will take a charge of less than US$10 million as it cancels a planned new companion device for its Treo smartphone. Dubbed the Foleo, the sub-notebook-like device was referred to as the Foolio by its critics because it was sort of a smartphone and sort of of a laptop ‚Äî but didn’t really have the functionality of either. (Thanks Vic)

Palm CEO Ed Colligan just posted a message to the company’s official blog stating that they’ve decided to cancel the Foleo mobile companion “in its current configuration” in order to “focus all of our energies on delivering out next generation platform and the first smartphones that will bring this platform to market.” In a way we’re sort of disappointed that we’ll never at least get to play with one and put it through its paces, but it’s definitely the right move — Palm needs to focus on one thing right now, and that’s coming out with a category-killing smartphone.

Engadget :: Palm kills the Foleo dead

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(more…) to Offer iPhone Unlocks Starting Tomorrow

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Date: Tuesday, September 4th, 2007, 12:29
Category: iPhone

Either ultra-confident in their legal team or just confident altogether, has announced that it will begin offering unlocks of Apple’s iPhone starting September 5th.
According to MacNN, the company won’t sell directly to iPhone owners and will only interact with iPhone resellers. Interested parties can expect to pay US$36 per phone for the first 50 licenses and US$25 per phone for 5,000 or more licenses. The service will have resellers and end users intall a .app file on the iPhone which will connect to iPhoneSIMfree’s back offices to enter information. This application can then be launched via the iPhone’s Wi-Fi feature, thereby completing the unlock.
iPhoneSIMSfree has demonstrated the unlock to CNN, which interviewed software consultant Brett Schulte. The unlock demonstration is said to have only taken about two minutes and allowed Schulte to swap an AT&T SIM card with a T-Mobile card.
Apple has declined to comment.
To date, iPhoneSIMfree has stated that they cannot guarantee that the unlock will remain through future firmware updates released by Apple. The unlock is current through version 1.0.2 of the iPhone firmware, but future updates may circumvent the unlock and return the handset to running exclusively on the AT&T wireless network.
If you have any thoughts or feedback on this, let us know in the comments or forums.


The Apple Core: All the Protection Your iPhone Can Get

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Date: Tuesday, September 4th, 2007, 12:26
Category: The Apple Core

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One of my tech clients called last night and dropped one of those sort-of-hopeless problems in my lap. His beloved iPhone had been in his gym bag and decided to mate with the contents of a bottle of Gatorade.
Despite the blissful encounter, it wouldn’t turn on. And aside from telling him to dry it out and take it to the Apple Store, there wasn’t much I could do at the moment, much less over the phone.
PowerPage head honcho Jason O’Grady probably loves his iPhone even more than my client, perhaps to an irrational degree. Still, after a four-foot drop in which his iPhone suffered a few nicks, Jason’s decided to wrap his first-born digital baby in a ToughSkin for iPhone from Speck Products.
For the full details and his impressions, check out The Apple Core.
If you have a preferred iPhone skin, case or protection system of choice, let us know about it over in the comments or forums.


O2 Rumored to Have Locked Down European iPhone Deal

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Date: Tuesday, September 4th, 2007, 08:23
Category: Rumor

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With the iPhone due for release to the European markets in the next few months, the question as to which wireless carriers will be chosen to support the device has created fevered speculation.
According to Mobile Today, a major retailer stated that wireless carrier O2 has “taken the deal on the table from Apple”. Rather than haggling over strict terms, the company may have accepted an initial offer.
So far, no official statements have been made to confirm the deal, although there is a rumor that such an announcement would be made at O2’s opening of its Carphone Warehouse store in the Oxford Street area.
Apple has not responded to calls for comment.
If you have any thoughts or ideas about this, let us know in the comments or forums.


Adium X Updated to 1.1.2

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Date: Tuesday, September 4th, 2007, 08:49
Category: Software

On Monday, Adium X, the open-source instant messaging client with support for multiple programs (including AOL Instant Messenger, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, Yahoo! Google Talk, Bonjour, etc.) was updated to version 1.1.2.
The new version, a 13.9 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
-Added preference to turn off the contact list animations (Preferences->Advanced->Contact List).
-Option+Close now closes all other tabs.
-Fixed a memory leak and potential visual glitch when viewing tooltips for contacts.
-Fixed display of AIM contacts after they return from being mobile via ‘forward to mobile’.
-Fixed retention of the ‘docked’ status of the contact list across launches.
-Fixed drawing glitches and improved performance in the Events preferences pane and Events tab of the Get Info window.
-Fixed default showing of offline contacts, which was turned on in 1.1. As of 1.1.2, this is off by default, as it was in versions of Adium prior to 1.1. This can always be changed from the View menu.
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Labor Day: 30 Years of Not-Quite-Wisdom

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Date: Monday, September 3rd, 2007, 09:03
Category: Opinion

Welcome to Labor Day, 2007, here on the PowerPage.
The puppy in the picture has nothing to do with the iPhone.
With the rest of the country going through a national holiday, we’ve decided to do the same and queue up stories for tomorrow. Or at least use the opportunity to form a crude shanty town around our local Apple Store locations in anticipation of whatever they release by way of the new iPods at the special event slated to occur this week.
My 30th birthday was four days ago and, looking back at things, this was definitely one of the best ones I’ve ever had. Granted, I think I fit somewhere in the genus “Geezer” at the moment, but I’m calling it awesome on the whole. Between friends, family, assorted geekery and a cake that can become breakfast for a week (when you’re over 18, this is allowed) and a Clocky robotic alarm clock that flees from you via its wheels when you go to hit the snooze bar a second time, I’m calling myself ahead for the moment.
Here’s what I’ve learned in 30 years (there’ll be news galore tomorrow):
-The PowerBook 5300 series was a cruel, cruel joke and any remaining units should be hurled into the sea or the molten core of Mount Doom at the first available opportunity.
-When smoke rises from a SyQuest EZ135 drive you’ve hooked into a laptop running Windows 95, you’ve done something wrong.
-The eMac is a boat anchor. Anyone who tries to convince you is lying or already has too many anchors for their boat.
-Friends with OCD make for a strange mix. For this, I’m citing a friend who, in the dead of night, decided to get up and spend two hours reorganizing my living room. Upon waking up and wandering into the room, I found he’d moved my furniture, hooked up an unused speaker system to my tv and sorted my DVDs by title, genre and quality. He’s a good friend, but will one day reorganize and glue my office’s rolling chair to the ceiling to improve the room’s feng shui.
-Richard Dreyfuss probably fulfilled his role in the universe when he volunteered to be shark bait in the first “Jaws” movie.
-If you date a girl who’s willing to spend part of a weekend you to solder points on a circuit board, you’ve earned geek points.
-Jonathan Ive remains the best thing to happen to Apple’s design division. And if Apple needs to give him his own island-nation to keep him on staff, they should do so.
-There’s a good reason to have kids: their toys are going to be even more awesome than anything you grew up with. Never forget this.
-Perhaps the best thing ever:

-The top five arcade games of the 80’s, in no meaningful order: 1.) Dragon’s Lair. 2.) Spy Hunter 3.) Paperboy. 4.) Robocop. 5.) Gauntlet.
The Mighty Boosh and Elephant Larry remain some of the best comedy to come around in a long time.
-The iPhone seems to be running on the “Six Million Dollar Man” and “Bionic Woman” development cycle. Give it time, training and enough interest from the development community and they will make it the coolest thing ever. On the day the iPhone becomes truly mighty, it will get its own Steve Austin-esque track suit.