Apple iPhone v1.0.1 Update now available

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Jul 312007
 

Apple iPhone

Apple has released an update for the iPhone. This update is only available through iTunes, and will not appear in your computer’s Software Update application, or on the Apple Support Downloads site.

The update features five security patches and there are no new features.

To confirm that you have updated your iPhone, navigate to Settings and click on General and then on About. The version should read 1.0.1 (1C25) after the update.

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Apple iMac announcement scheduled for August 7

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Jul 312007
 

Apple

Apple has announced that it will hold a product presentation on Tuesday August 7th. The focus will be on the Mac, lending credence to the rumours that have been swirling around that Apple was finally about to revamp its iMac lineup. Expected are new 20 and 24-inch models featuring a brushed aluminum enclosure, a new keyboard with additional media controls and Intel Santa Rosa processors.

Updates to iLife and iWork could also be unveiled at the announcement. But Apple representatives have apparently confirmed that there will not be any iPhone or iPod announcements.

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Glofiish X800 approved by FCC

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Jul 312007
 

glofiish X800

The FCC has given its approval to the E-TEN Glofiish X800, paving the route for its arrival in the US.

According to the user manual posted, the Glofiish X800 sports some impressive specs (and slightly different from what was first reported). Powered by a 500MHz Samsung processor and Windows Mobile 6 Professional, it will come with 64MB RAM and 256MB ROM, a 2.8-inch VGA screen, tri-band HSDPA/UMTS and quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth 2.0+ EDR, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, built-in GPS module (using the SiRFStar III chipset), both a 2MP auto-focus camera and VGA camera for video calls, a microSD slot. All this comes in a device that measures 113.5 x 60.5 x 15.8mm.

Probably the only things missing on the X800 are a numeric keypad and a QWERTY keyboard.

Hopefully we will soon find out what carriers (if any) will offer the Glofiish X800.

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Apple iTunes sells 3 billionth song

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Jul 312007
 

Apple

Apple issued a press release announcing that the iTunes Store has now sold more than three billion songs. “We’d like to thank all of our customers who have contributed to this incredible milestone,”said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of iTunes.

Apple sold its first billionth song back in February 2006 and the two billionth song mark was announced back at this year’s MacWorld keynote.

Launched back in April 2003, the iTunes Store is now the third largest music retailer in the US.

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SBSH announces updates to PocketBreeze and MyList

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Jul 312007
 

SBSH Mobile Software has announced updates for two of its applications. SBSH PocketBreeze 5.3 and SBSH MyList 2.1.05 for Windows Mobile Professional and Classic devices are now available. SBSH PocketBreeze is a plugin that places your most important information (including your calendar, tasks and inbox) on your Today screen. As the name implies, SBSH MyList is a list manager application.

SBSH PocketBreeze 5.3 adds full integration with SBSH MyList, letting you manage lists from your Today screen. The Notes tab has been enhanced to support multiple file formats such as text files, Word documents, Excel workbooks and more. It also features a new advanced folder scanning configuration for better note management, a rewritten Notes tab engine, and d-pad navigation support for the Notes and Contacts tab search panels.

SBSH MyList 2.1.05 adds new features such as a new progress bar on the main view to let you see at a glance how many items on that list are completed, support for cut, copy and paste to change list locations, and a number of bug fixes.

Both SBSH PocketBreeze 5.3 and SBSH MyList 2.1.05 are available from our affiliate PocketGear. SBSH PocketBreeze sells for US$19.95 and SBSH MyList is available for US$14.95.

Samsung unveils first SGH-i600 Windows Mobile 6 ROM upgrades

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Jul 312007
 

Samsung SGH-i600

If you use a Samsung SGH-i600 and live in the Netherlands or Russia, you can now download the free Windows Mobile 6 upgrade. Localized versions for a number of other European countries (including Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and others) should follow shortly. Note that the upgrade requires a PC with Windows XP and ActiveSync 4.x.

the::unwired also reports that Samsung will also now offer the i600 with Windows Mobile 6 preinstalled.

The site and the upgrade will only be available for i600 users until October 31st, 2008. Better hurry up – You only have more than a year!

Hopefully this also means that Samsung will provide a Windows Mobile 6 upgrade for the SGH-i607 (the US Blackjack version).

Source: the::unwired

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More details about the upcoming O2 Cocoon

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Jul 302007
 

O2 Cocoon

The O2 Cocoon is expected to make its debut in the UK in August. In preparation, O2 has launched a sitelet dedicated to it and that reveals a few more details about it. O2’s Innovation Lab worked with design agencies to create… the O2 Cocoon. One of the most advanced music phones on the market. With the sleekest design, hiding all its technology under a pure, white shell. It comes alive with LED lights showing who’s calling or what’s playing. And it goes to sleep in its own Nest.

The Cocoon’s multimedia functions take center stage on the web site. It will have dedicated music keys on the side, an adapter that will let you plug in a second set of headphones, and external speakers. Preloaded media content includes tracks, videos and ring tones from Ash, The Doors and Paolo Nutini. The outer shell is an LED display that can show you who is calling or texting, music information and has icons that light up when you miss a call, get a message or when the battery runs low. It also comes with a dock called the Nest that lets it work as an alarm clock (with snooze button) as it recharges the battery.

The Cocoon is also expected to come with HSDPA and quad-band GSM/GPRS support, 2GB of memory, a 2.1-inch QVGA display, 2MP auto-focus camera, Bluetooth, an RDS-compatible FM radio tuner, and a microSD slot.

The O2 Cocoon is expected to be available for as low as £129 (with service contract).

AVING Global News also has a couple more pictures of the O2 Cocoon.

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HTC building new factory in Shanghai

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Jul 302007
 

HTC

According to DigiTimes (I did not find a corresponding press release on the HTC web site), HTC announced today that it will build a new plant in Shanghai. The factory should be completed to start operations in the second half of 2008. HTC plans to spend US$15.5 million on the construction.

The news was part of an announcement around HTC’s financial forecase for the third quarter. Hui-Ming Cheng, HTC’s CFO, indicated that HTC expects revenue growth of between 5 and 9 percent but slightly lower gross profit margins.

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SkweezeIt Freeware from John Cody

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Jul 302007
 

John Cody wrote SkweezeIt! to address an annoyance of his: I was tired of reading the brief summaries often found in RSS feeds. To read the full details of a story, you often have to click the “Read More Online…” link at the bottom of the RSS summary, but these links often point to a full-size webpage which can be very painful to load into Pocket Internet Explorer. Gadgetorama is guilty of this offense so this utility could be quite useful until I find the time to revamp the site to be more mobile device-friendly.

His application solves the problem by intercepting a request to launch Pocket Internet Explorer and asking the user if they want to Skweeze it? If the answer is yes, the request will be passed to Skweezer so that it can be formatted for a mobile device. If not, it will simply let the request to launch PIE go ahead.

Note that this useful little program will require that you edit your registry file. If you’re not comfortable doing that, leave a note in the forums to convince John to turn this into a fully packaged application with desktop installer, CAB file and the support you have come to expect from OMNISOFT.

SkweezeIt! works on both Windows Mobile smartphones and Pocket PCs with versions 2003 and up.

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AT&T Treo 750 Windows Mobile 6 ROM upgrade leaked

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Jul 292007
 

Palm Treo 750

Back in March, Palm confirmed that it would offer a Windows Mobile 6 upgrade for the Treo 750. Since then, things have been quiet. But that could change very soon. Why? An AT&T Treo 750 Windows Mobile 6 upgrade has been leaked, confirming that the upgrade is in the works. An official announcement could be just around the corner.

The unofficial upgrade contains the following versions:

  • Windows Mobile 6.0 AKU 0.2.4 Build 17746
  • CE Image: 1.25
  • Radio FW: 1.47.25.00

Note: This is an unofficial release so don’t expect any support from either AT&T or Palm if you decide to use it and things go wrong!

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TechFaith announces low-cost 3G mobile phones

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Jul 282007
 

According to DigiTimes, TechFaith Wireless is planning two new low-cost 3G handsets in emerging markets such as India, Russia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. Prices will range from US$120 to US$150.

Both will be candybar form factors using the Qualcomm single-chip MSM 6245 solution. Further details on the phones are not available yet.

DigiTimes suggests that this pricing strategy could also start a price war among OEM mobile phone manufacturers. Now if only we could do something to trigger a price war for mobile phone rates in Canada…

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iPhone SIM card hack

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Jul 282007
 

A video has surfaced on YouTube demonstrating an iPhone SIM hack that allows the use of a SIM card to make outgoing calls on the Australian Telstra network. Incoming calls, SMS messages or data service are possible (yet?). Details of the hack itself were not revealed but data from both an AT&T and Telstra SIM cards was used to create a new SIM card.

Source: Engadget Mobile

New iMac keyboard spotted?

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Jul 272007
 

New Apple iMac keyboard?

It’s a slow news day when rumours of a new keyboard makes the front page!

Engadget has landed pictures of the rumoured redesigned keyboard for the upcoming iMac. Supporting the rumours that the new iMacs will feature a brushed aluminum enclosure, the keyboard has the same finish. It also looks incredibly thin. The command key has also lost the Apple logo.

I will admit I’m not sold on it. Maybe once I see it in the flesh (or aluminium?)…

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Weekend fun: Kung-Fu Fighting

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Jul 272007
 

Kung-Fu Fighting

Anyone else see that title and want to break out into song? grin

In Kung-Fu Fighting, you are the last living pupil of the late Kung-Fu master Kong Chen. After turning down an assignment from the Kai-Chiang family, they kidnapped your girlfriend. It’s up to you to free her. Rescuing her out of the hands of the Kai-Chiang won’t be easy. You will have to fight your way down from the roof to the caves below the mansion, dodging countless enemies and traps. At the end of each of the six floors you must defeat one of the Kai-Chain bosses. Each boss has extraordinary powers and you will need all your martial arts skill to conquer him! After each level you participate in a bonus game to gather extra points and perhaps even an an extra life!

The game features video-captured characters, moves and weapons, 6 levels with their own bosses, 3D-rendered backgrounds and effects, and more.

Kung-Fu Fighting is available for US $14.99 for Pocket PC devices and US$12.99 for Smartphone devices from our affiliate Clickgamer. A trial version is also available.

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