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Shades of the PSP! Downgrading from 1.1.1 September 30, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Because You Can, Hacks, iPhone.
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The intrepid gang at iPhone Dev have made a downgrade routine from Firmware Update 1.1.1 back to 1.0.2. It’s a bit complicated (they even recommend using a stopwatch at one point), but it works. They are currently working on a reunlock, bless ’em. See the magic here.

(Hah. Knew they’d pull through!)

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iPhone Firmware 1.1.1 at a glance September 29, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Hacks, Infographics, iPhone, Updates & Patches.
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(Via WIRED)

Free Wes Anderson short film on iTunes Store September 28, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Free Stuff, iTunes Store, Movies, Quicktime, Video.
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A 13-minute short film by director Wes Anderson called The Hotel Chevalier is now up for free on the iTunes Store, starring Jason Schwartzman and Natalie Portman. It’s supposed to be a prologue/companion piece to Anderson’s forthcoming film The Darjeeling Limited.

Nice the things you find on iTunes, although Portman fans are specially excited about this one because it marks the first time on film Natalie shows up in her birthday suit, wearing nothing but bruises.

Download it here.

(Hmm. So let’s see you not click on the link now.)

Heads-up: More updates than you can shake a stick at September 28, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Apps, Updates & Patches.
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In the aftermath of the new firmware update for the iPhone, there’s been a flood of other updates for iLife and iWeb that haven’t been given much attention. (Actually, these might be not too late-breaking; dunno if I’ve been slacking on Software Update, but I haven’t seen news of these floating on the web. Whatever.)

Scared to update Keynote right now, since I have a big presentation this afternoon, so I’ll do it later. Did the others yesterday, details on the changes later (iMovie‘s much better now). As usual, no detailed info about any of them from Apple at the moment.

Am too rushed now to type them out neatly, so just look at the pics for the details of what they are and how big the downloads will be (check the relevant dates). The first batch (in the Installed Updates pic below) I installed yesterday, but forgot to blog about them.

All in all, nine updates. Wowza.

The iPhone Unlocking Saga, Star Wars Style September 28, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Diversions, Funnies.
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Gizmodo‘s got a great piece on the unlocking timeline done Star Wars style. Hilarious post. Great for relieving the tension while we all worry about the firmware update. Hey, I find it funny! If you don’t, TFSU!

ScreenCap of The Day: The True Face of Fear September 28, 2007

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Breaking news: new iPhone update released; relocks errant phones! September 28, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Apple Inc., Hacks, iPhone, News, Updates & Patches.
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The new iPhone Firmware 1.1.1 has been released, and reports are trickling in that it does disable third-party apps, and makes users undergo a second reactivation procedure that requires a genuine AT&T SIM chip. Lots of folk are getting “Incorrect SIM” errors. Ayayay! It looks like it’s back to the drawing board!

It’s a carrot-and-stick thing: the new features from the firmware update are tempting to get, but the price you have to pay is enormous. The only solution seems to be: don’t update then. Sit and wait. More news when we get it.

(Via Engadget)

UPDATE: Detailed, updated, and dismaying testing reports on Gizmodo. * bites nails *

iWow is right! September 28, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Audio, iTunes, Music, Share/Freeware, Updates & Patches, Utilities.
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One of the Doodler‘s most-favorite-of-all-time-extreme-to-the-max apps is the SRS iWow Plug-in, which tweaks audio from iTunes to create fantastic audal soundstages and environments that make you disbelieve that all this goodness is actually coming from your two cheap, tinny, bargain speakers. The plug-in lets you adjust bass, focus, stereo separation, and definition from your own preferences or the built-in presets and make you feel like you owned Wharfdales.

It’s certainly a plug-in I can’t imagine being without. It’s the best US$20 I ever spent.

Well, SRS has an update available for download as we speak. iWow 2 now lets you save your personal presets, and adds  auto-presets based on the material you’re playing (“Cruise Control”), and more of its own. Best of all, it adds Movie Mode, which has the ability to create. Virtual. Surround. Over. Headphones. (Granted, this is only with the SRS 360 Headphones, but still…)

It usually sells for US$29.99, but the introductory promo gives it to you at US$19.99, with upgrades for old users at US$11.99. There’s even a Free Trial, which I urge you to take so you can be a true believer.

Go get SRS iWow 2 here. iWow indeed.

Pink Pod September 27, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Alternatives, iPods, Issues, iTunes Store.
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The US retail chain Target is selling a special edition pink iPod shuffle, complete with a US$15 iTunes Store Gift Card for US$79, with a portion of the proceeds of up to US$25,000 going towards The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

It is yet unclear whether or not this is just a clever (and worthy) repackaging, or if it’s a partnership with Apple, but whatever the case may be, we should have more of these.

(Via AppleInsider)

[Quick Aside: As a professional editor, I’m compelled to point out a typo in the product name. Target, “shuffle” is not supposed to be capitalized. The weird Apple Capitalization Rules extends to its other products, which among others states that the second letter is usually the one that should come in caps – iPod, iMac, iTunes, or that words coming after iPod or Mac should never be capitalized – iPod shuffle, iPod nano, iPod classic, iPod touch, Mac mini.]

The One September 27, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Alternatives, Announcements, Hardware, iMacs, The Other Side of the Fence.
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It seems the fading Gateway still has some fight left in it. The former computer giant has unveiled its contender for the iMac throne with something Gateway calls, simply, One.

Tale of the tape:

  • 3.6″ thick all in all
  • 19-inch widescreen LCD
  • 2 models at US$1300/US$1800
  • 1.5GHz/2GHz Core 2 Duo
  • 2GB/3GB memory
  • 320gb/500gb hard drive
  • special online-only model at US$1500
  • all black front
  • metal shell
  • all cords and most ports out of sight (all on the power adapter)
  • side-mounted slot-loading DVD burner
  • no announced date of availability, but soon

Now call me silly, but doesn’t that look like something we all know?