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Fake Steve Jobs is NO more……

Dan Lyons, the author behind Fake Steve Jobs.
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Fake Steve Jobs is no more.

Dan Lyons, the former Forbes writer and soon-to-be Newsweek writer, announced Wednesday in a rambling post that he’s shutting down the tech industry phenomenon known as The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs. After it launched in 2006, the blog quickly became a must-read for anyone intrigued by Apple, its mercurial founder, and Silicon Valley in general.

Lyons played up some of the well-known traits of Jobs and Apple, such as the CEO’s preference for mind-altering substances earlier in his life and the company’s obsession with secrecy, to great comic effect. But he also wrote withering posts about other tech companies and executives from Jobs’ point of view. The anonymous nature of the blog sparked a frantic guessing game as to the author’s identity, which was won by The New York Times in August 2007.

Fake Steve became the main character in a humorous book called Options, but after Lyons was outed the blog seemed to lose some of its immediacy within the tech zeitgeist. Recent guest posts from the likes of Fake Jerry Yang never really generated any buzz, and Lyons’ decision to leave Forbes for Newsweek had already put the future of the blog in question.

Lyons intends to start a new site under his own name in the coming weeks.

(Via – CNET)

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The MobileMe changeover: Everything you need to know

The MobileMe changeover: Everything you need to know
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Apple’s switch from .Mac to MobileMe and all its new features is fast approaching. Read up on what the new service brings, what you need to do to prepare, and a few of the catches and .Mac features that Apple will retire.

Now that we know exactly when Apple will take .Mac out behind the woodshed and flip the switch on MobileMe, it’s time to make sure we have packed our bags properly for the move. After all, you don’t want to show up in Apple’s green new pastures to find out that you forgot all your bookmarks or you can’t use your .Mac MobileMe account to chat anymore. We have rounded up everything you need to know, including a few overlooked gotchas, about switching from .Mac to MobileMe.

The basics
Let’s start by getting some of the rudimentary stuff out of the way. These things may seem obvious to some of you in the audience, but you don’t want to be “that guy” who forgot something that even grandma nailed without a hitch.

If you currently have a .Mac account and sync information periodically, it’s a good idea to sync all your Macs before Wednesday evening at 6pm PT. The MobileMe upgrade and account changeover should go smoothly, but considering .Mac’s sketchy reliability in the past, there’s no sense in inviting trouble.

A potentially significant catch that some .Mac customers will need to factor into their plans is that support for Mac OS X 10.3 Panther will be joining .Mac behind the aforementioned woodshed. Once MobileMe takes the throne, only Mac OS X 10.4.11 and higher are supported, and Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard is, of course, “strongly recommended to allow you to take full advantage of all that MobileMe has to offer.”

Last on the list of basics for MobileMe is to make sure you have a copy of the latest shipping version of Safari, Firefox, or Internet Explorer, the only three browsers that MobileMe officially supports. It’s reasonable to assume that other browsers based on WebKit and Gecko (OmniWeb, Camino, and Flock to name just a few) may work at least decently with MobileMe’s web services, but you’ll likely run into the CYA “this browser don’t play well with our toys” disclaimer.

Get all the Info HERE!

(Via Infinite Loop)

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Macally PowerLink: 3-in-1 battery pack

Macally PowerLink: 3-in-1 battery pack

Macally is promising a new product for your iPhone or iPod (coming soon!) that combines an emergency battery pack, data cable, and flash drive all in one.

Called PowerLink, the device will power your iPhone or iPod if the built-in battery dies, though Macally doesn’t specify for how long. You can also connect one end to your iPhone/iPod, and the other to your computer, and the device will work like a short, rigid data cable. Thirdly, PowerLink contains a 2GB everyday flash drive.

While not the most attractive thing in the world, it is functional, and could get you out of a jam on a back-country road with a dead iPhone battery. Sure, there are plenty of other battery pack options for iPhone and iPod, but none with with all the extras.

Macally hasn’t announced a release date yet, but the product will be available for $50.

(Via (TUAW))

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Walt Mossberg on Fox Business – Reviews iPhone 3G (video)

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See video HERE!!

The Woman reporter is a bit odd…..

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More info from Apple about iPhone3G

D3957FC6-9005-496B-AA0C-4E3E7C2887EC.jpgiPhone syncs with your PC or Mac using iTunes, just like an iPod. Get ready by organizing your content now. When you get your new iPhone, you’ll be able to text, email, surf, watch, and listen in minutes.

Contacts
iPhone syncs with the address book you already use on your computer — Address Book or Entourage on a Mac, or Outlook or Outlook Express on a PC. If you keep your contacts on the web using Yahoo! Address Book or Google Contacts, iPhone syncs with them, too. To get ready for iPhone, organize your contacts in one of these applications and make sure they’re up to date with the latest phone numbers and email addresses. If you don’t have contacts on your computer, you can enter them directly into iPhone.

Calendars
iPhone uses iTunes to sync with the calendar application you already use on your computer — iCal or Entourage on the Mac, or Outlook on a PC — just as it does with your contacts. If you don’t already use one of these applications to manage your appointments, now is a great time to start, so you’ll be ready to sync when your iPhone arrives. If you choose not to use a calendar program, that’s OK. You’ll be able to enter appointments directly into the iPhone calendar.

Email
iPhone works with the most popular email systems — including Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, AOL, and MobileMe. iTunes makes email setup on iPhone easy by automatically syncing the settings from email accounts stored in Mail on a Mac or Outlook on a PC. Don’t worry if you’re not using one of these email services: iPhone also works with almost any industry-standard POP3 or IMAP email system.

And so much more……..

Get All your iPhone3G info HERE

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Japan will(not) be buying the iPhone 3G?!?!? huh?

Who knows what the Japanese will do????
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June18th 2008, this Article appeared on TechOn:

Survey: 91% of Japanese Will Not Buy ‘iPhone’
See Full Article HERE

July 9th 2008, this Article appeared on Bloomberg:

IPhone Fans in Tokyo Queue to Buy Handset 3 Days Before Sale
(Is this the 9% lining up?)

Hiroyuki Sano is so keen to own Apple Inc.’s new iPhone he started queuing outside Softbank Corp.’s main store in Tokyo three days early. He’s not alone.

About a dozen likeminded fans turned up around the same time yesterday, according to Sano, a 24-year old computer science student. He won the right to be the first person in Japan to buy the handset on July 11 after beating them in a game of rock- paper-scissors, he said.

“I’ve been looking forward to this since the first iPhone came out in the U.S.” in June 2007, Sano said in an interview today. He traveled 350 kilometers from Nagoya, in central Japan, to queue for the handset. “The first thing I’ll do is try the GPS function and Google Maps.”

About 20 people equipped with folding chairs and snacks were lined up in front of Softbank’s Omotesando store in downtown Tokyo, as of noon today.

Softbank, Japan’s third-largest mobile-phone carrier, will sell the iPhone 3G in the country from 7 a.m. on July 11 for as low as 23,040 yen ($215). Apple will introduce the handset, which works on faster third-generation wireless networks, in 22 countries on that date.

The touch-screen device combines an e-mail-equipped handset with the iPod media player and allows users to download new software from Apple and third parties. Unlike most phones in Japan, the iPhone 3G lacks a removable battery and cannot receive digital television broadcasts or act as an electronic wallet.

“The handset’s biggest strength is in its software, so people who only look at hardware and functions are missing the point,” said Ryo Shimizu, explaining professional interest prompted him to get in line yesterday with three employees.

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NEW Apple MacBook Pro casing design revealed!!!!

Apple’s next-gen MacBook Pro casing design revealed
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Photos that reveal the industrial design of Apple Inc.’s next-generation MacBook Pro notebooks have been making the rounds on the Internet since late last week, AppleInsider has learned.

People familiar with the ongoing development of the new 15- and 17-inch professional notebooks are now confirming that an image of an unfamiliar and deconstructed Apple notebook enclsoure published by a Chinese blog on Saturday is in fact that of an authentic next-generation 15-inch MacBook Pro shell.

Although the enclosure shown in the photo appears to be a slightly dated prototype that has somehow found its way into the wild, casings currently sitting in Apple’s labs are said to be nearly identical, as the overall design has not changed.

The photos show a trademark aluminum Apple notebook enclosure that appears slightly thinner than the one employed by the current MacBook Pro. The edges of the casing are also more tapered, somewhat akin to the design of the company’s relatively new 13-inch MacBook Air.

Also visible from the photo is a small rectangular recess on the bottom casing, about three quarters of the way up on the right hand side. People familiar with the design say this recess will be fitted with a latch in the shipping product that will release the notebook’s long and narrow battery cover.

The cover spans the entire length of the notebook and comprises approximately 25 percent of the bottom casing, bleeding out and over one edge. Once removed, it will not only provide access to the MacBook Pro’s battery but also its hard disk drive, those same people say. The change appears to reflect a similar move for the 13-inch MacBook in 2006.

It’s unclear whether Apple’s decision to make the hard drive more readily accessible will ultimately allow users to perform their own upgrades without voiding warranties. Similarly, it’s unclear if the move will make it trivial for users to pop out their traditional hard disk drives (HDDs) and replace them with solid state drives (SSDs) as flash media storage becomes more affordable.

The photo of the new MacBook Pro’s top shell is not particularly revealing, and also largely mirrors that of the MacBook Air. The recessed Apple logo contains three holes that are further recessed to the depth of the Apple logo’s leaf. In the shipping product, it’s speculated these holes (and the leaf) will be hollowed out so that light from the notebook’s LED-backlit display can shine through and illuminate the same kind of a semi-transparent white Apple logo seen on today’s models.

Back in April, AppleInsider was first to report that Apple’s existing MacBook and MacBook Pro notebooks would be the last of their breed, as both product families were destined for major design changes that would see their appearance mirror that of the August 2007 aluminum iMacs and January 2008 MacBook Air.

Among those reported changes were instances of matte black on portions of the casings (keyboards), the adoption of oversized trackpads, and a move away from plastic enclosures on the MacBook and towards ones constructed from more eco-friendly materials such as aircraft-grade aluminum and stainless steel.

The report also mentioned that while the footprints of the notebooks would remain largely unchanged, Apple had conducted “some trimming around the edges, similar to — but nowhere near the same magnitude — as what was accomplished with the MacBook Air, and to a lesser extent, the rear of the aluminum iMacs.”

These changes aside, rumor has it there may be some additional surprises in store when Apple gets around to refreshing its MacBook lines in the coming months. AppleInsider is working to sort out those details and hopes to have some additional information on the matter once the iPhone 3G frenzy settles down.

(Via AppleInsider)

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Steve Jobs’ stubborn? Naw

Steve Jobs’ stubbornness makes the world go round.

“Inspiration for a good business idea can strike anytime, but only a lucky few will ever see their brainchild become a smashing success. Even fewer have the guts to hold on to their idea in the face of skepticism and adversity while resisting change from outside forces.”

Switched has recently taken a look at the 10 most stubborn people in tech, siting Steve Jobs as number 1. In the past it had seemed as though Microsoft would remain as the dominant force in the industry, but since Jobs took over Apple again in 1996, the brand has become synonymous with innovation. The iMac in 1998 re-established Apple as a major player and the rest has been history.

Others to make the list include, Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist.org, Drew Curtis of Fark.com, and Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com. Everyone to make this prestigious list has proved that with the right amount of determination anything is possible. So kudos Steve, for your tenacity and relentless ambition that has made all of our lives that much better.

Full article here.

(Via MacBlogz)

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iTunes App store to launch tomorrow?

iTunes App store to launch tomorrow?
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Officially speaking, the new app store should launch on Friday, ready for the public to take advantage of the new functionality when the iPhones get made available. However, unnamed sources/rumourmongers/voices in the wind are suggesting that it might launch tomorrow, Thursday, at 5pm GMT.”

(Via Shiny Shiny)

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BlackBerry Thunder more like a Thumper!

BlackBerry Thunder not ready

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Just when we were finished telling you that the BlackBerry Thunder’s haptic touch screen keyboard was the greatest thing evar, it turns out that things may be a bit of a mess over in RIM development land. According to one of Boy Genius’ sources, the BlackBerry Thunder is lagging far behind on development time and is “in no way shape of form market-ready.” And that awesome keyboard? Not so awesome. Reports are that it’s annoying to type on and the screen ripples when the touchscreen is pressed. Meanwhile, UI response times are pretty bad, buttons don’t click right, and RIM’s new touch-and-drag method of selecting items isn’t up to snuff. In short, says BGR’s source, “Most of the people who have handled it thinks it’s a joke.” We haven’t seen the thing ourselves lately, but if this report is true, it looks like you’ll be waiting a while before you get your hands on a Thunder.

(Via Engadget)

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