Daily Archives: June 6, 2008

Multi-pass erase for iPhone

MacNN | Rudimentary multi-pass erase for iPhone

As the 3G iPhone is set to be unveiled on Monday, many users will switch out their first edition models, and with concerns about recoverable user data, users should be prepared for how to ensure that their data is gone for good.

CNET writes that it is possible to perform a rudimentary multiple-pass wipe of data during the restore process to ensure personal data is eliminated, even when it appears to be missing from the iPhone post-restore.

The process involves creating three playlists that have the same physical size as the entire user data set on the iPhone. Users should also change all passwords from within the iPhone. Once these steps are complete, the iPhone can be restored.

Upon restoring the phone, users uncheck every sync option, and then synchronize the first music list. Once the list is synced, users move onto the second, and then the third, unchecking the previous list as they go. In essence, the synchronizations wipe the previous set of data consecutively, muddling recoverable data with each pass.

Users then restore the iPhone after the final list has been synced, which can be done from another computer to ensure that no personal data is being loaded onto the device”

(Via macnn)


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Amazons Web Site takes Friday off!

Amazons Web Site Goes Down: An Unplanned Event – Bits – Technology – New York Times Blog


Amazon’s site is back up again. A statement and some factual details from an Amazon spokesman have been added below.

The Web site of Amazon.com, the Web’s biggest retailer, was down and unavailable for two hours today.

On an Amazon discussion forum for sellers, a post entitled “Amazon Un-Planned Event (06/06)” says that the company is “currently investigating an issue that has impacted the availability of the Amazon.com website.”

“Engineers are actively engaged in resolving this issue and we will provide an update once the issue is resolved,” the post says. “We appreciate your patience during this time.”

The post was dated 10:37 West Coast time.

An Amazon spokesperson said this afternoon, “Amazon’s systems are very complex and on rare occasions, despite our best efforts they may experience problems. We work to minimize any disruption and to get the site back as quickly as possible.”

The spokesman said that Amazon’s international sites and Web services such as S3, which many Web sites use for back-end functions like serving up large amounts of data, were not affected.

Outages among major Web companies like this are rare nowadays. Back in 1999, eBay went down for 22 hours, costing it millions in revenue.”

(Via nytimes )

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Customize your iPhone ringtones!

Customize your iPhone ringtones with iToner 1.0.7

Ambrosia Software, Inc. has announced the release of iToner 1.0.7. This update of the highly popular iPhone custom ringtone transfer tool offers support for iPhone OS 1.1.4, along with other bug fixes and improvements. Exempt from per-ringtone fees, iToner lets you easily transfer your own MP3, AAC, WAVE, and AIFF audio files to your iPhone, and enjoy them as custom ringtones. Simply drag and drop your favorite audio files onto the elegant and familiar interface, and click the Sync button. Your custom ringtones are instantly accessible from your iPhone.

I’ve been using iToner for some time now, and have found that the Super Mario Brothers Underworld Theme is a pretty decent ringtone. Or, if you’re the type who forgets to shut off his ringtone, using the sound of chewing popcorn while in a movie theater or shouting an “Amen!” while in church can spare you some embarrassment. And while each update to the iPhone OS seems to break iToner, Ambrosia tends to be very quick with the updates.

Three free ringtones are included with iToner, recorded from an instrument called the mbira. With a very distinct and pleasing sound, all three are very unique ringtones for your iPhone.

The iToner 1.0.7 update is free for all registered users, and may be downloaded from Ambrosia.

iToner 1.0.7 features the following improvements and changes:

  • Fixes with iTunes compatibility. iToner should no longer prevent iTunes from removing iTMS ringtones.
  • Fixed crash when syncing with iPod touch from iTunes..
  • Various fixes and enhancements.

iToner costs $15, requires Mac OS X 10.4.10 or later, and is a Universal Binary application.

Product [iToner]

(Via Appletell.)

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Apple megastore in Vegas?

Apple megastore in Las Vegas CityCenter in 2009?


CityCenter is a massive new multi-use building project designed by architectural rock star Daniel Libeskind. It is currently under construction in Las Vegas, and — according to AppleInsider — the jewel in this glittering crown will be a supermassive Apple Store, located directly in the front of the complex right along Las Vegas Boulevard.

Quoting “people familiar with the project”, AppleInsider claims that the store will boast over 20,000 feet of floor space on two levels. The article is accompanied by architectural renderings, though none of them feature any giant white apples or other clues as to the exact placement of the store.

The CityCenter project has been controversial in Las Vegas; six workers have died on the project since it began, and construction workers walked off the project last Monday after union safety negotiations with the general contractor failed, though they returned the next night. The project is due to be completed in the fall of 2009, at which point the new Apple megastore will join the two existing Apple Store locations on the Strip. (AppleInsider incorrectly states that there are three locations, but the third Apple Store in Nevada is actually in Reno, on the other side of the state.)

Speaking as a resident of Sin City, I’m not sure if CityCenter is going to be a beautiful hypermodern arcology to rival Tokyo’s Roppongi Hills, or just another big ugly thing for drunken idiot turistas from the Midwest to throw up on. But if they’re really putting a ginormous Apple Store front and center, I’ll be out front on opening day with the rest of the rubes.

(Via (TUAW))

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Where to get the best WWDC Live Coverage

Where to get the best WWDC Live Coverage.


Thanks MacBlogz!

Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference is an annual event showcasing everything Apple and Development related. Every year, thousands of top industry professionals and Apple enthusiasts get together in San Francisco, CA at the Moscone West. 2008 is the first year where this event has sold out, largely in part to the brand new “iPhone Development Track” Apple is focusing on this year.

Although we wish we could attend WWDC this year, we simply weren’t able to make it happen. (”sigh”) But, that doesn’t mean we aren’t going to follow it from our favorite neighboring sites !!! Below is a list of our 3 favorite sites offering live WWDC coverage and links to their live updates page.

Where to get the best WWDC Coverage.
Site Coverage Offered Direct Links
MacRumors Live Coverage, Twitter, RSS, Spoiler Free Direct: http://www.macrumorslive.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/macrumors
Spoiler Free: http://www.macrumors.com/2008/06/02/wwdc-2008-spoiler-free-keynote-stream/
Gizmodo Live Coverage Direct: http://gizmodo.com/5013241/apple-wwdc-liveblog-monday-june-9
Engadget Live Coverage, Twitter, RSS, Spanish Direct: http://www.engadget.com/2008/06/09/steve-jobs-keynote-live-from-wwdc-2008/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/engadget

More coverage:
Site Coverage Offered Direct Links
TheDigitalLifestyle Video (30,000 viewer cap, opens at 9am Pacific) Direct: http://www.thedigitallifestyle.tv/2008/05/live-wwdc-video-coverage.html
iLounge Live Coverage Direct: http://www.ilounge.com/
The Cult of Mac Live Coverage Direct: http://www.popularmechanics.com/blogs/technology_news/4266929.html

Enjoy !!!

(Via MacBlogz.)

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Tons of pics from WWDC

Check them out HERE


Thanks Macnn!

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CableBox organizes all your power cords !



CableBox: a cleverly designed container that organizes the loose and tangled power cords found behind the TV, next to the computer and underneath one’s desk. The Bluelounge CableBox eliminates the nagging issues that result from “cable clutter”, including dust accumulation, unsightliness and fire risk. The CableBox, offered in white or black, retails for $29.95 USD and is available for purchase through bluelounge

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All The 3G iPhone Rumours! as of 6-6-08

3G iPhone Rumour Roundup

3G iPhone Rumour Roundup

A compilation of the most likely webular gossip

You may have noticed a few rumours flying about the Internet recently concerning the 3G iPhone. And by ‘a few’, we mean millions. In fact, the last time we saw such a randy bandwagon attitude, the Circle Line got closed.

In our efforts to pick the truth out of this mess, like sweetcorn from poo, we bring you the 3G iPhone rumour round-up. Which will prove true and which false come Monday? Ladies and gentlemen, place your bets…

Rumour 1: Apple makes order of 10 million 3G handsets to be made. OLED Screen included?
That’s the word on the Google Street anyway, with Gartner analyst Ken Dulaney reporting Apple demanded the making of the machines according to sources he’s “become aware of in Asia.”
Dulaney also claimed that the handset would use an OLED screen, a solution to the power-hungry 3G chip.

Rumour 2: It’ll have a front mounted camera
It makes a lot of sense for a front-cam, what with 3G allowing for video calls with both other iPhoners and computer-based iChat users.
With the technology fitting into Apple’s values of stylish communication, we can’t see how it’s not a possibility.
We can all imagine an Apple advert with its whimsical guitar strains, showing how easy it is to use iChat to talk to your contact Chloe face-to-face about the new Macy Gray album you bought the other day, or your favourite Starbucks blend, can’t we?

Rumour 3: It’ll cost £100
Now this is more like it. The kind of iPhone rumour we want to hear, this one promises (okay, claims) to save us a shed-load of cash.
Reports from the Times online suggest that the 3G iPhone will go on sale in the UK for an entirely affordable 100 English pounds. Mounting a sales boosting strategy after the slow uptake of the first gen iPhone, Apple has apparently brokered new deals with operators by ditching its fixed price exclusive partner business plan and letting operators subsidise the cost of the handset to boost chances of meeting its 10million iPhone sales target for 2008.

Rumour 4: It’ll come in rainbow colours
The story goes that the next-gen blower will come in three colours – red, white and black. A series of ads popped up online a couple of weeks back at iPhonehellas.gr highlighting the phone’s svelte colourfulness, though judging by some of the tag lines (“Extremely slim”, “Make your choice” and “Three colours. Three ways of life”), it’s more likely knocked out by a student who knows a lot about Photoshop and not much about advertising. The red one of the three looks pretty tasty, but we’re not holding our breath. That’s dangerous.

Rumour 5: It’ll be quicker than broadband
Australian website ChannelNews is claiming a senior executive at operator Telstra blabbed: “We know what is coming we have seen the new device and it will be available on our network as soon as it is launched in the USA.
“By Xmas this phone will be capable of 42mb/s which will make it faster than a lot of broadband offerings and the fastest phone on any network in the world.” Pretty damned sweet, we think you’ll agree.

Rumour 6: It’ll look different
Pictures leaked a short while ago look suspiciously similar to the touted 3G design changes we’ve been hearing so very much about.
Key design changes include a larger, more curved back, more room around the earpiece that’s roughly big enough to house, say, a front facing camera for video calls (see above), and what is being described as a “non-recessed” headphone jack.
Real or not, this is the most convincing image we’ve yet seen to tally with the speculated features of the fast approaching 3G Jesus phone.

Rumour 7: More new looks?
Will the 3G version be “radically different” to the 2G? According to a gaggle of particularly probing online sleuths, it could well be a clamshell design to allow for a bigger-than-the-current 3.5-inch screen or alternatively a slider model sporting a full QWERTY keyboard.
An Asian analyst was quoted as expecting to see “multiple versions” to cater to customers who want a music and video device, those who want pure communication (hence the slider and keyboard) and those after a laptop substitute (hence the clamshell and bigger screen). The line between Macbook and iPhone is blurring…

Rumour 8: It’ll have GPS
3G allows for a much wider array of applications, and one hotly tipped for iPhone 2 is GPS, with proper satnav built in. This would no doubt boost the blower’s target audience (to taxi drivers), and if battery life is improved we could all be but a short way from Steve Jobs enthusiastically barking directions during long drives. You’ll probably always end up at the Apple store, though.

Rumour 9: It won’t be 3G at all
If Apple pulls the rug from under us and releases an iPhone 2.0 that isn’t 3G, then all this hype will have been for nothing. We bet Apple fanboys would still buy it in their droves, though. Us? We’d probably go on a murderous rampage.
So, what do you reckon Jobs will reveal Monday? A 3G rainbow-hued iPhone with GPS, fully compatible with iTunes UK movie and game downloads, and tea making abilities? Or a new tab design for Safari?

(Via t3.com.)

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Get Info On Any Mac Ever Made, EVER!

MacTracker X – Get Info On Any Mac Ever Made
5534683D-A00A-46C5-A885-14DB34A0E5AF.jpgMacTracker X 5.0.3 is an excellent free application for OS X, that provides detailed information on every Apple computer ever made. It includes items such as processor speed, memory, optical drives, graphic cards, supported Mac OS versions, expansion options and much more.

Also included in the application is information on Apple mice, keyboards, displays, printers, scanners, digital cameras, iPod, Apple TV, iPhone, AirPort Base Stations, Newton and Mac OS versions. Search by processor type, date introduced, your color labels, comments and much more.


(Via Cool OSX Apps.)

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The Banners were hung at the Moscone West with care, In hopes that St. Steve soon would be there…

WWDC – OS X Banners Hanging at Moscone West.


Apple has already hung banners for “OS X iPhone” and “OS X Leopard” at the Moscone West in getting ready for the annual Worldwide Developer Conference.

This is the first time attendance at WWDC has sold out, largely in part because of the popularity of the iPhone development platform and the SDK release earlier this year.


The Leopard banner reads: “The world’s most advanced Operating System” and the iPhone banner reads: “The world’s most advanced mobile platform.”

via Crunchgear

Via MacBlogz

Via gizmodo

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