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

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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.

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

Posted by reverseengineer in Apple Inc., Hacks, iPhone, News, Updates & Patches.

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.

Google Calendar interface for iPhone upgraded September 26, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Announcements, Apps, iPhone, Updates & Patches.
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The Google Calendar graphic interface has just been upgraded to have an iPhone-specific look when using the popular phone.

Being tailored for the iPhone, it’s now a perfect fit, and can show distinctive colors based on your calendar preferences. iPhone users can just point their Safari browsers to http://calendar.google.com.

For more info just head on over to the Official Gmail Blog here.

Heads-up: MacBook/MacBook Pro update September 25, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Announcements, Apple Inc., Downloads, Hardware, Notebooks, Updates & Patches.
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Apple’s just issued MacBook/MacBook Pro Update 1.0 via Software Update.

This update enables file system journaling on MacBook and MacBook Pro notebook computers. Some MacBook and MacBook Pro systems were shipped with file system journaling turned off. Journaling is recommended on all Mac computers as a preventative measure against file corruption.

Eh? The 660KB download is explained further on the Apple Support Page here.

MacADoodleTransfer September 22, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Announcements, Meta, Milestones, New Stuff, Updates & Patches, Wala lang.

Not quite Mac-related news, but important just the same:

I’d like to just announce that MacADoodle is joining the Inquirer.Net blog network soon, and it’ll put this little Mac blog within the reach of a much wider audience, not just that lovable little enclave of Mac fanatics (and bashers) who currently read it today.

The Inquirer.Net website is the largest news portal in my country, with 1.8 million uniques and 25 million pageviews a month from across the world. It’s the online presence of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the largest and most influential newspaper we have here, but it’s much more than just a digital version of the newspaper. It has its own writers and staff, and more updated, dynamic content than the paper itself.

We’re currently exporting the archives and testing the waters at the moment, and we’ll make a formal turnover soon. This is basically just a heads-up, so you know what’s happened if this site stops updating all of a sudden. Even with the transfer, it’ll largely be the same old site, maybe with a few new features and a slightly different look, so don’t worry. Anyway, I’ll make sure you guys know the new URL and feed for MacADoodle as soon as it firms up, but for now, monkey business as usual.

I’d just like to say too that MacADoodle is proud that Inquirer.Net asked us to join their network. I hope this is the start of something bigger and better. A big MacADoodle Slobbering Thank You in advance to the site and to Mr. JV Rufino and Mr. Joey Alarilla, both rabid Mac users themselves (Joey’s just got on the boat, actually, and he’s been scratching his head saying to himself, where has the Mac been all my life?)

Anyway, yun lang po.

The Ringtone Wars continue: iTunes 7.4.2 update September 18, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in iPhone, iTunes, Updates & Patches.

Ten days after the last update, iTunes goes through another one today – motivated by the continuing struggle for and against ringtone usage and creation.

iTunes 7.4.2 for Mac and Windows is up, and claims to address an issue with creating ringtones using iTunes Plus song purchases. It also includes bug fixes to improve stability and performance. (Nice doublespeak, Apple.)

The 7.4.1 update killed the workaround devised by some users to create their own ringtones, but we all knew that was a temporary thing, and now Apple has responded to subsequent workarounds. The usual suspects are working on a cure as we speak, and the battle continues. Sigh.

Update available through the usual sources.

Software update for new iPods available September 17, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in iPods, Updates & Patches.
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Apple‘s just released a software update for the 3G iPod nano, iPod Classic and iPod Touch.

The iPod_26.1.0.1.ipsw update “fixes bugs”, and is available only by syncing a new iPod on iTunes. The update cannot as yet be downloaded directly from the Apple website nor through Software Update. So those who can, please do.

iMac update available September 16, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in iMacs, Updates & Patches.
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Apple‘s just issued iMac Software Update Ver. 1.1 for the new aluminum iMacs. The usually loquacious company says

This update provides important bug fixes and is recommended for 20-inch and 24-inch iMac models with 2.0, 2.4, or 2.8GHz processors.

Gee, thanks for that. Other sites say that the update fixes monitor concerns and upgrades the the ATI Radeon HD cards that ship in the iMacs. Available through Software Update, or directly here.

I haven’t updated yet (requires a restart, and I wanted to post this first just in case it tanks the computer), but will do so after posting and tell you what improvements show up, if any.

UPDATE: Didn’t tank. No visible improvements either. Will keep looking.