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Jul 31 2009

iPhone 3GS special edition for China: No WiFi and Chinese words at the back

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Rumor said Apple will partner with Chinese operator China Unicom to bring iPhone 3GS officially to China. No official announcements has been made, but negotiations seems goes well. There are some new photos of iPhone 3GS special edition for China today.

You will see the Simplified Chinese at the back saying this is WCDMA mobile phone by Apple. In the settings menu, there are no Wi-Fi option available. It’s not sure whether it is software or hardware disabled. It is required by the Chinese government. Mobile phone in China cannot have Wi-Fi connectivity.

We are not sure how much it will sell in China, but rumor said the price can be lower than US$44. Since China is a huge market, it’s just like another gold mine for Apple.

[via WeiPhone]

Jul 31 2009

In Holland a 3G iPhone is caused of fire inside a car – ไอโฟน ไฟไหม้ ในรถ ที่ ฮอลแลนด์

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ruly amazing images from those reported on an iPhone 3G that has led to a small fire inside a car, completely ruining the passenger seat.

The unfortunate Pieter C. had left the iPhone in the car for a few hours and on his return he immediately noticed a huge “stain” of black smoke on the glass front. The device was not connected all’accendisigari the car and was left in stand-by. However, a case brought White Belkin, who probably did not allow a sufficient passage of air in such a way as to enable a self-cooling.

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Currently Pieter blame attaches to T-Mobile, since the network was the only at that time were using in some way, the iPhone, the remotest causing overheating.
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via iSpazio [translated by google]

Jul 30 2009

[News] ระวัง!!! iPhone ถูกแฮคได้ด้วย SMS – Charlie Miller to Demonstrate iPhone SMS Hack at Black Hat Conference Today

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รายงานข่าวล่าสุด สองนักวิจัยเผยค้นพบช่องโหว่ของฟังก์ชันการส่งข้อความ SMS บน iPhone ที่เสี่ยงต่อการถูกแฮคเข้าไปควบคุมการทำงานของระบบได้
โดยการเปิดเผย ครั้งนี้ เกิดขึ้นในงานประชุมสัมนาในหัวข้อเกียวกับระบบรักษาความปลอดภัยในโลกไซเบอร์ ทีมีชือว่า Black Hat ซึ่งจัดขึ้นในลาสเวกัส
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Charlie Miller และ Colin Mulliner ผู้เชี่ยวชาญระบบรักษาความปลอดภัยพบช่องโหว่ในวิธีจัดการของ iPhone กับการส่งข้อความ SMS
ซึ่งเปิดโอกาสให้แฮคเกอร์สามารถเข้าควบคุมการทำงานของมือถือ iPhone ได้อย่างสมบูรณ์ โดยการแฮคจะมาในรูปของการกระหน่ำส่งข้อความ SMS

หลังจากที่เจาะเข้าไปใน iPhone ได้แล้ว แฮคเกอร์จะสามารถควบคุมการหมุนหมายเลขของมือถือ การเยี่ยมชมเว็บไซต์ต่างๆ ตลอดจนกล้องของ iPhone
แถมยังสามารถส่ง ข้อความ SMS อันตรายไปยังเจ้าของ iPhone รายอื่นๆ เพื่อเข้าควบคุมเครื่องในลักษณะเดียวกันได้อีกด้วย Miller กล่าวว่า “ช่องโหว่นี้ถือว่า
ซีเรียสมาก เพราะวิธีเดียวที่คุณจะป้องกันได้คือ ปิดมือถือ iPhone ของคุณซะ เพราะอาจมีใครบางคนสามรถเข้าควบคุม iPhone ทุกเครื่องทั่วโลกได้อย่างรวดเร็วด้วยวิธีนี้

มิลเลอร์ยังกล่าวอีก ด้วยว่า “ในโลกของธุรกิจ ช่องโหว่นี้มีมูลค่า (ในทางมิชอบ) เพราะถ้าหากคุณสามารถยับยั้งการตัดสินใจ หรือการรับสายของคู่แข่งได้
สำหรับช่องโหว่ของระบบรักษาความปลอดภัยบนมือถือเป็นเรื่องใหญ่ ซึ่งไม่มีทางที่จะปิดมันเป็นความลับนี้ได้”

เขา ยังอ้างอีกด้วยว่า ได้แจ้งให้ Apple ทราบเกี่ยวกับข้อผิดพลาดดังกล่าวเป็นเวลาเดือนกว่าแล้ว แต่ทางบริษัทยังไม่ได้ออกแพตช์ เพื่ออุดช่องโหว่การโจมตี
ในลักษณะดัง กล่าวแต่อย่างใด ทั้งสองยังเปิดเผยอีกด้วยว่า ช่องโหว่ดังกล่าวสามารถใช้ได้กับมือถือทีทำงานด้วยระบบปฏิบัติการ Android และ Windows Mobile

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Jul 30 2009

Paparazzi has captured the newest photo of Steve Jobs leaving Apple headquarters

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We haven’t seen Steve Jobs for a long time. He didn’t appear in the public since he went for sick leave. Source has just captured the newest photo of Steve Jobs leaving Apple headquarters in Cupertino at 3:00pm today. He looks okay. Guess what, this photo is taken with an iPhone…

[via TMZ]

Jul 30 2009

Apple News | Apple Releases MobileMe iDisk App for iPhone, iPod

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Apple has released MobileMe iDisk, an application which lets you view and share the files on your iDisk right from your iPhone or iPod touch.

Log in with your MobileMe username and password and you’ll see a list of the folders and files on your iDisk. Select a file to view it on your iPhone. To share a file with someone else, just tap the share icon, choose your recipients, and MobileMe iDisk will send them an email with alink to download your file directly from MobileMe.

You can assign a password to keep your files secure and event limit the number of days the download will be available.

- View files on you iDisk
- Access Public folders
- Easily share files from your iPhone
- Quickly access recently viewed files
- View iPhone supported file types – including iWork, Office, PDF, QuickTime and more
(Files larger than 20 MB may not be viewable)

MobileMe iDisk is available for download free from the Apple App Store.

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Jul 29 2009

Instapaper Pro v2.1 Released, Now Supports Twitter And Tumblr Sharing

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The popular offline web page viewer, Instapaper Pro, has just received a relatively useful update that adds a bunch of new features, including the ability to share articles on Tumblr and Twitter.

Instapaper Pro is an easy-to-use app for the iPhone and iPod touch that allows you to conveniently save web pages for later viewing.  The app is able to save pages in graphical or text mode, star recommended articles, save your position, adjust text and font sizes, and so much more.  Instapaper Pro is a must-have app for anyone who is constantly on-the-go and just can’t find time to read important articles during the day.

Instapaper Pro v2.1 now features the ability to share articles on Tumblr or Twitter with built-in client support, send articles to supported Twitter apps if you have them installed, email articles without leaving the Instapaper, non-article screens no longer rotate, interface and speed improvements, and fixed a common crash from the previous version.  It’s worth noting that this version now requires iPhone OS 3.0.

The update hasn’t quite propagated to all servers yet, so if you don’t see the new version just check for updates on your device.  Otherwise you can wait it out, it will show up in iTunes soon enough.

Instapaper Pro v2.1 is now available in the App Store for $4.99.  A free version is available, but it is lacking many of the features contained in the Pro version, and it is ad-supported.

Embedded below is a video demonstration of some of the features introduced in the previous Instapaper Pro v2.0 update.

Jul 29 2009

Apple fans tell you why they use the Mac – แฟนพันธ์ุแท้ แอ๊ปเปิ้ล บอกว่าทำไมพวกเข้าถึงใช้ แมค

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What is the best way to spread the love of Mac? YouTube video, probably. CBGFilms has put all the videos by other Mac users into one video, to tell you the reason why they use the Mac instead of PC. It sounds like Laptop Hunters, but this video is produced by real users with no scripts. Apple may consider this as the new commercial.

[via TUAW]

Jul 29 2009

Apple News | EA Announces Madden NFL, FIFA Soccer

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EA Mobile has announced that Madden NFL, FIFA Soccer, and many more titles are headed to the iPhone and iPod touch.

MacWorld is reporting that the following titles were announced at the Game Developers Conference.

- Tiger Woods PGA Tour (Spring 2010)
- Wolfenstein RPG
- FIFA Soccer
- Madden NFL
- NBA Live
- Spore Creatures
- Mystery Mania
- American Idol
- Command & Conquer
- SSX (a snowboarding game)
- Need for Speed
- The Sims 3.

EA Mobile will also release the following board games for the iPhone:
- Connect 4
- Battleship
- Risk
- Monopoly “classic”
- Trivial Pursuit (April 2010)
- Clue.

No word on any dates other then those marked.

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Jul 29 2009

Apple Says Jailbreaking Aids Drug Dealers, Catastrophic CyberAttacks

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Apple is making preposterous claims in its effort to prevent jailbreaking from becoming a legally acceptable practice.

Security researcher Christopher Soghoian reports that in a recent filing with the copyright office, “Apple has argued that consumers who wish to jailbreak their mobile phones and change the device’s unique serial number must be drug dealers or other criminals.”

[E]ach iPhone contains a unique Exclusive Chip Identification (ECID) number that identifies the phone to the cell tower. With access to the BBP via jailbreaking, hackers may be able to change the ECID, which in turn can enable phone calls to be made anonymously (this would be desirable to drug dealers, for example) or charges for the calls to be avoided. has also found some more ridiculous accusations in which Apple suggests jailbroken iPhones would be used to cause catastrophic damage to cellular networks.

“a local or international hacker could potentially initiate commands (such as a denial of service attack) that could crash the tower software, rendering the tower entirely inoperable to process calls or transmit data,”

“Taking control of the BBP software would be much the equivalent of getting inside the firewall of a corporate computer — to potentially catastrophic result.”

“The technological protection measures were designed into the iPhone precisely to prevent these kinds of pernicious activities, and if granted, the jailbreaking exemption would open the door to them.”

Fred von Lohmann, is an attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a group founded to protect the rights of individuals. He notes that there are over a million jailbroken iPhones and this has never happened.

Apple’s argument would make open source platforms such as Android a menace to society as well. Saying that a jailbroken iPhone should be illegal because its possible to do something illegal with it sounds like a very weak defense.

You can read more about the EFF’s case against Apple here

via iClarified

Jul 28 2009

Apple Rejects Removes all Google Voice Apps for iPhone from iTunes App Store

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Apple has systematically removed and/or rejected all Google Voice apps for the iPhone (and iPod touch) from the iTunes App Store, whether by Google themselves or by third party developers.

Rejection is something we’ve all become very familiar with since the inception Apple’s App Store. However, Apple picking off the two Google Voice applications that were already available in the App Store (GV Mobile and Voicecentral) along with flat out rejecting Google’s official application, is something else.

It all started with Sean Kovacs’ GV Mobile client, which originally became available last week (according to Kovacs after being approved by Apple VP Phil Schiller himself), being yanked from the App Store for allegedly duplicating the iPhone’s calling and text messaging features. When Apple contacted Kovacs, no specifics were given on what needs to be changed to get his app back into the store and Kovacs claims Apple refused to send an e-mail to confirm that GV Mobile was yanked. The following is from Kovacs blog:

Richard Chipman from Apple just called – he told me they’re removing GV Mobile from the App Store due to it duplicating features that the iPhone comes with (Dialer, SMS, etc). He didn’t actually specify which features, although I assume the whole app in general. He wouldn’t send a confirmation email either – too scared I would post it. I’ll see what I can do to get it back up there gang…

Voicecentral has since also disappeared from existence within the App Store. They have been less vocal as there is not a single mention of the disappearance on their website.

Is this Apple’s doing or more of a carrier-forced rejection? TiPb thinks the carriers are pulling Apple’s rejection strings on this one as Google Voice has the potential to hit the carriers where it hurts – free SMS messages, cheaper phone calls, etc…

What do you readers think about these rejections?

[Via AppleInsider]