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Portables (Apple)

Submission + - Unlocked iPhones officially available in Germany (t-mobile.de)

LKM writes: "It's finally happened: officially unlocked iPhones can be bought. T-Mobile sells them for 999 Euros in Germany, due to a lawsuit by Vodafone D2. Here's the press release (Google Translation). German iPhones bought after 19.11.2007 can be unlocked for free. Let's see how long it takes for hacks to appear which replicate the official unlock, resulting in hacked iPhones that can be updated."

Submission + - Ars Technica's Review of Mac OS X Leopard (arstechnica.com)

LKM writes: "This is it. The one you've been waiting for. The definitive Review of Mac OS X Leopard. John Gruber writes about the review: "Six major releases of Mac OS X. Six times, the same guy has written the best review." The guy's name is John Siracusa, and the review can be found over at Ars Technica. Quote from the part about improvements to the Mac OS X file system:

"With the addition of a public API for asynchronous file system notifications, Mac OS X has finally achieved feature parity with BeOS in all major areas of file system technology. There were compromises along the way, but also many advances. BeOS never had a persistent log of file system events, nor did it provide metadata indexing on non-BFS volumes. Leopard provides that and more (Spotlight can actually search across servers now too), all with a collection of extremely conventional userspace libraries and daemons running on top of only the barest few kernel hooks.

It's often seemed as if Apple has had to be dragged kicking and screaming into the future of file system technology, but at least it has finally come around. Yes, there have been bumps in the road, and things surely have not turned out exactly the way I expected them to. But in the end, it's the results that count."
If you're only going to R one FA this year, make it this one."

Portables (Apple)

Submission + - Officially unlocked iPhones, native iPhone SDK (iht.com)

LKM writes: "When Apple chose Orange as their partner in France, they forgot to put a small detail into the press release: The iPhone will be available unlocked in France.

Apple said Tuesday that it had signed France Télécom's wireless unit, Orange, to be the U.S. company's exclusive seller of the iPhone in France, agreeing for the first time to sell a version of the device that consumers can use on any network.

The move, which ended a month of speculation, is a concession to a French law that forbids bundling the sale of a mobile phone and a mobile operator. Orange plans to sell both a version of the iPhone locked to its network in France for 399, or $560, and an unlocked version, which will cost more, an Orange spokeswoman, Béatrice Mandrine, said.

In other interesting iPhone news, Apple has announced a real SDK:

We want native third party applications on the iPhone, and we plan to have an SDK in developers' hands in February. We are excited about creating a vibrant third party developer community around the iPhone and enabling hundreds of new applications for our users. With our revolutionary multi-touch interface, powerful hardware and advanced software architecture, we believe we have created the best mobile platform ever for developers.

It will take until February to release an SDK because we're trying to do two diametrically opposed things at once — provide an advanced and open platform to developers while at the same time protect iPhone users from viruses, malware, privacy attacks, etc. This is no easy task.

Only one question remains: What will we complain about now?"


Submission + - Sony BMG: Ripping CDs is Stealing! (arstechnica.com)

LKM writes: "Sony seems to think we should not be allowed to rip CDs we own to our iPods. In fact, doing so is stealing, and we should all re-buy songs, preferrably one copy for each device. Says Jennifer Pariser, the head of litigation for Sony BMG:

"When an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song. Making a copy of a purchased song is just a nice way of saying 'steals just one copy'."
I guess somebody should tell Sony about all the devices Sony produces that allow this stealing to occur!"

Portables (Apple)

Submission + - Duke to Apple: "Never Mind." (duke.edu)

LKM writes: Turns out, unlike reported earlier it wasn't the iPhone that brought down Duke's network, after all.

Cisco worked closely with Duke and Apple to identify the source of this problem, which was caused by a Cisco-based network issue. Cisco has provided a fix that has been applied to Duke's network and there have been no recurrences of the problem since.

Let's see if this gets reported as widely as the original story.


Submission + - iTunes sales not plummeting after all

LKM writes: "A blog post on the Forrester site (the people putting out the original report) just confirmed that iTunes sales are not, in fact, "plummeting" or "collapsing." They write:
We put out a simple little report about iPods and iTunes based on credit card transactions and publicly stated Apple data. And for those who aren't Forrester clients, I blogged the highlighs. In case you are wondering, we ran the report by Apple, and they declined to comment.

Since then:
  • The New York Times ran a little fairly balanced pieced on the research. This got us on the media's radar screen. Then . . .
  • A UK outfit called The Register and Bloomberg decided to dive in and highlight one finding of the report — that iTunes sales had dropped in the first six months of this year. We got treated to wonderful headlines about iTunes sales "collapsing" and "dropping" and "plummeting" and so on. Now for the record, iTunes sales are not collapsing. Our credit card transaction data shows a real drop between the January post-holiday peak and the rest of the year, but with the number of transactions we counted it's simply not possible to draw this conclusion . . . as we pointed out in the report. But that point was just too subtle to get into these articles.
  • Apple's stock actually did plummet — 3%.
The Courts

Submission + - Apple not going after the Term "Podcast" a

LKM writes: "Matt Deatherage of MDJ and MWJ actually took the time to read the full text of Apple's cease and desist letter and figured something out: Apple isn't going after the use of the term "Podcast."
Apple hasn't said word one about tens of thousands of people using the term "podcast," despite Apple's "iPod" trademark and its claim on "Pod" as a portable audio player trademark as well. Apple took action against Podcast Ready because the firm, formerly known as Infostructure Solutions, was attempting to trademark the terms "Podcast Ready" and "MyPodder." That would mean that other companies who wanted to use the term "podcast ready" would have to license it from Infostructure Solutions, even though the term is obviously and admittedly based on Apple's "iPod" trademark. Apple cannot allow companies to register a variant on "myPod" as a trademark if it's defending its own "iPod" trademark.

The article's full text can't be read online unless you subscribe to MDJ's trial subscription."

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