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Users Report MobileMe Phishing Scam

Monday September 8, 2008 9:55 am PDT by
Various users are reporting receiving phishing attempts regarding Apple's Mobile Me services. Dear Apple Online Member, Thank you for choosing Mobileme. Unfortunately there has been a problem processing your billing information for the month of Sept, 2008. Please review our billing requirements at KW: Billing. To ensure that your service is not interrupted, please visit our secure server...
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iPhone 3G Now Available At Best Buy

Monday September 8, 2008 8:47 am PDT by
As of yesterday, Best Buy is offering the iPhone 3G at Best Buy Mobile stores. While the launch is lacking the fanfare of the original AT&T and Apple iPhone 3G launch, we've heard reports that Best Buy had extra staff in some locations in anticipation of heightened store traffic. Best Buy's distribution of the iPhone 3G had been rumored. Still outstanding from the original rumor...

Users Report AT&T Data Outage [Updated]

Wednesday September 3, 2008 7:45 am PDT by
Users are reporting via AT&T's and MacRumors' forums a major data outage for much of the eastern half of the United States. The outage, which appears to have begun early this morning seems to be affecting both 3G and EDGE connections. Voice and SMS communication is unaffected. Users have been reporting the issue from as far west as Missouri and Illinois, as far north as New Hampshire, and as ...

Orange France Capping iPhone Speeds

Tuesday August 26, 2008 10:49 am PDT by
Orange France is admitting that they are capping iPhone 3G speeds to 384kbps; this as a recent survey has showed significant regional differences in speed. Orange will be bumping the cap to 1Mbps on September 15, however that cap is still under HSDPA's theoretical maximum and less than what European T-Mobile users have been experiencing (up to 1.8 Mbps). [IT Wire via France Info...

Firm Tests iPhone 3G Antenna, Says It's OK

Monday August 25, 2008 10:15 am PDT by
Swedish website Gtesborgs-Posten is reporting that tests of the iPhone's antenna are "completely normal," which may go to counteract suspicions that ongoing connectivity issues are due to the iPhone's antenna. The test was conducted by Bluetest, a small company that sells test chambers for wireless devices with small antennas, and the results were compared to a Sony Ericsson P1 and a Nokia...
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DataCase Provides File Storage And Viewing On iPhone

Monday August 18, 2008 6:37 pm PDT by
Users waiting for Apple to enable the iPhone to provide easy portable file storage can now use DataCase [$6.99, App Store] by Veiosoft. What really takes the cake, however, is that DataCase also facilitates viewing of many common files (Office, PDF, text, images, audio, video, and html) on the iPhone itself for on-the-go access. I have found the application very easy to use. Upon launching...

Adobe To Drop PowerPC Support For After Effects CS4

Saturday August 16, 2008 7:53 pm PDT by
Adobe has announced its intention to drop PowerPC support from After Effects CS4. By focusing on Intel Macs, we save a huge amount of engineering and testing time. This means that we will be able to complete more features for a larger group of customers and deliver the best release possible. Plus, some CS4 technology is so new that it never existed on PowerPC Macs. Adobe believes that by removing ...

iPhone 2.1 Beta 4 Seeded, Removes Push Notification Service

Saturday August 16, 2008 7:12 pm PDT by
Apple has seeded iPhone Firmware 2.1 Beta 4 to developers. As usual, Apple describes the content of the update as "bug fixes." Interestingly, Apple has pulled the push notification service in this release "for further development." The capability was announced at Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference Keynote in response to requests for background process support for third party iPhone...

T-Mobile To Offer Android-Based Phone By Christmas

Friday August 15, 2008 2:49 pm PDT by
T-Mobile will be the first carrier to offer an Android-based mobile phone, according to a report by the New York Times. The phone will be manufactured by HTC and will likely draw comparisons to Apple's iPhone. The high-end phone is expected to match many of the capabilities of Apples iPhone and other so-called smartphones that run software from Palm, Research in Motion, Microsoft and Nokia to...

Two Weeks Later: MobileMe's Uptime Calculated (96%)

Tuesday August 12, 2008 3:22 am PDT by
Two weeks after Apple announced that all MobileMe systems were up and operational after a rocky transition, there continue to be sporadic reports around the web of various service outages inclusive of a 4.5 hour mail outage yesterday. But has MobileMe gotten more reliable? According to Apple's MobileMe status history, there have been approximately 13.5 hours of various downtime over the past...
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Google Translate For iPhone

Tuesday August 12, 2008 2:50 am PDT by
Google has released an iPhone version of Google Translate. Google Translate is a web service that translates text between languages using computer algorithms and while its accuracy has room for improvement, it is generally accurate enough to get simple points across when no other resources are available. Google Translate for iPhone is optimized for speed, supports all of the existing Google...
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IBM Previews Lotus iNotes For iPhone

Sunday August 10, 2008 11:27 am PDT by
IBM has launched a website previewing their forthcoming version of specialized Lotus Notes access for the iPhone. Dubbed IBM Lotus iNotes 'Ultralite', the web-based application built on Lotus Domino Web Access will provide corporate email, calendar, and contacts in a specially formatted iPhone version. Several preliminary screenshots are available, though IBM notes they are subject to change. ...

Security Update 2008-005 Released, Addresses DNS Vulnerability

Thursday July 31, 2008 7:46 pm PDT by
Apple has released Security Update 2008-005 via Software Update. The update patches several vulnerabilities including a much-publicized DNS/BIND server vulnerability where an attacker could cause a Mac OS X DNS server to direct clients to forged websites. The update is available in the following versions: - Mac OS X Leopard (65 MB): Requires 10.5.4 - Mac OS X Tiger (Intel) (143 MB):...

Intel Chipsets To Stay, Larrabee GPU In Apple's Future?

Thursday July 31, 2008 4:44 pm PDT by
Arstechnica is refuting recent claims that Apple may be considering dropping Intel chipsets for those made by competitors AMD or VIA or perhaps their own custom chipset. In a mix of speculation and rumor, Ars believes that Apple will stick with Intel chipsets due to upcoming Intel-unique technologies such as Nehalem and its upcoming QuickPath interconnect and Larrabee, a forthcoming...

Firewire Specification Approved For Speeds Up To 3.2 Gigabits/sec

Thursday July 31, 2008 9:25 am PDT by
IEEE has approved a new version of IEEE 1394, better known to Apple users as Firewire. The standard, known as 1394-2008, encompasses all prior Firewire technology and provides complete specifications for speeds of 1.6 Gigabits/second and 3.2 Gigabits/second, which TG Daily notes utilizes the existing 9 pin cables of Firewire 800. Firewire 400 devices have become widespread in the computer...
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iPhone 3Gs Developing Body Cracks?

Wednesday July 30, 2008 4:28 pm PDT by
Growing threads in our forums and the Apple Discussion Forums are pointing to what may be an issue with the plastic casing of some iPhone 3Gs. The majority of the reports revolve around the white 16 GB model; however, a few users of the black model have reported cracks in their casings as well. See the gallery below for a sample of images from our forum: ...
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Share Apps Between iPhones - No Hacks

Saturday July 26, 2008 4:21 am PDT by
Multi-iPhone households have likely already been thrust into the dilemma of whether or not to purchase their favorite iPhone applications multiple times for multiple iPhones in their possession (but synced to multiple iTunes libraries, as in a family situation). Now, one user has discovered a way around the predicament. The solution uses the abilities currently present in iTunes to authorize...

Apple Looking For iPhone Security Engineer

Thursday July 24, 2008 7:48 pm PDT by
Apple is on the hunt for an iPhone Security Engineer, according to a job posting on their website. Apple's CoreOS organization is looking for an exceptional individual to validate the security architecture for the iPhone. As an implementer of advanced technologies in OS X, you will have the opportunity to have a major impact on Apple's embedded operating system products. The discovery, originally ...

New 324-Node Mac Pro Cluster In The Works At Va Tech

Thursday July 24, 2008 7:20 pm PDT by
Virginia Tech is building another Mac-based supercomputer, this time out of Mac Pros. According to ArsTechnica, Virginia Tech's Center for High-End Computing System is building a new cluster using 324 Mac Pro towers that will have a theoretical computing capacity of 29 teraflops. The system will be used to study two main areas: power-aware software systems that can adjust performance...

Extended MobileMe Email Outage Due To Server Issue

Tuesday July 22, 2008 6:29 pm PDT by
Apple has posted a support document suggesting that the continuing MobileMe email outage affecting 1% of MobileMe users is due to a "serious" issue with one of their mail servers. Affected users have been unable to send or receive email since the tumultuous MobileMe transition began over 5 days ago. We understand this is a serious issue and apologize for this service interruption. We are working...