Apple tonight released iPhone Software Version 1.0.1, which according to the company is dedicated solely to “bug fixes,” specifically security patches related to iPhone’s Safari browser.
The free download, available through the Check for Updates feature in iTunes 7.3, patches five security issues related to maliciously created web sites, including cross-site scripting, code execution, cross-site requests, masquerading web site URLs, and unexpected application termination. No additional features appear to have been added to the iPhone beyond Safari security fixes. Running the application results in verification of the iPhone’s existing software, then an update of the software to version 1.0.1 (1C25).
Sergio Technology has added its iBuddy, iSpin, and iH-100 iPod accessories to its lineup of products. The iBuddy is a mixer-style accessory that features the ability to mix between two audio sources, charge up to two iPods while mixing, and switch between two set of effects programs. The iSpin offers the same functions as iBuddy, but adds a “Spin” dial in the center of the system, replacing the Flange/Autophase adjuster found on the iBuddy. Both products sport two iPod Docks, as well as two auxiliary inputs, and a line level output. The iH-100 is a media center for iPod, and features an iPod Dock, an FM radio, infrared remote control, a USB port for iPod sync, S-Video out, and a line input for other audio sources. All three products come in black or white; pricing and availability information was not available.
WindSolutions has introduced its CopyTrans Doctor iPod repair tool. The software, which is still in Beta, is able to find errors on the iPod’s disk and fix them, find songs listed in the iPod’s library but not on its disk, and vice versa. In addition, WindSolutions plans on adding the ability to recover accidentally deleted songs from the iPod in the coming days. CopyTrans Doctor v0.95 is available to Windows users as a free download from the company’s website.
Eight Mile Style LLC and Martin Affiliated LLC, music publisher and copyright manager for rap artist Eminem, have filed a lawsuit against Apple in U.S. District Court in Detroit, claiming the company violated copyrights by allowing unauthorized sales of the artist’s works. The lawsuit is a possible sign of things to come as artists fight for a larger share of revenues from digital download sales, reports the Detroit News. “There are a number of unresolved issues,” said Owen Sloane, of Berger Kahn, who has negotiated recording deals for artists such as Elton John, Kenny Rogers and Bonnie Raitt. “You’re going to see more of these suits.” The suit alleges that although Apple pays a portion of the revenues from Eminem downloads to recording label Universal Music Group, Eight Mile Style and Martin Affiliated have never authorized Universal to allow the downloads. Apple has yet to comment on the suit.
Apple has announced that the iTunes Store has now sold more than three billion songs. The store debuted on April 28, 2003, and sold its one billionth song on February 22, 2006 — the two billionth song was sold prior to Steve Jobs’ keynote address this January. Its catalog currently features over five million songs, 550 television shows, and 500 movies. “We’d like to thank all of our customers who have contributed to this incredible milestone,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of iTunes. Based on data from market research firm NPD Group, iTunes recently surpassed Amazon and Target to become the third largest music retailer in the US.
Findley Designs has updated its iPod Access utility to version 4.1. The application allows users to transfer music and videos to and from the iPod, features iTunes integration, and is available for Mac OS X and Windows. The new version, free for registered v4.0 users, adds iPhone support, as well as faster iTunes integration and numerous bug fixes, according to application’s website. iPod Access v4.1 is a $9 upgrade for iPod Access v1.x, v2.x and v3.x users, the full version sells for $20.
Just released in the United States, and appearing in certain overseas iTunes Stores as well, Electronic Arts’ new The Sims Pool ($5) offers 9-ball, 8-ball, and trick-shot pool modes, in addition to character customization and currency systems inspired by the company’s The Sims games. The game’s designed to be played with a single thumb on the Click Wheel, and promises realistic physics, graphics and sound effects.
Updated: A First Look at The Sims Pool is now available.
Brookstone has introduced its BoomBucket Music System for iPod, a weather resistant, bucket-shaped portable speaker system. The BoomBucket features a locking clear cover for the iPod Dock compartment, the ability to charge the iPod while docked, a rechargeable battery, two full-range powered speakers, and an included remote control. The Brookstone BoomBucket Music System for iPod is available now and sells for $150.
A patch has been released that enables the Apple TV to boot from its internal drive, but use an external USB drive as primary storage. The hack requires a ssh-enabled Apple TV, an Intel-based Mac or Unix system, an installed version of Mac OS X 10.4 for Intel, an original, unmodified copy of the “mach_kernel.prelink” file from the Apple TV, and an external USB drive formatted using “Journaled HFS+.”
A system preference file found in the iPhone’s firmware lists several applications, including unit converter, translation, world clock, and radio, that aren’t currently on the handset. It is unknown whether these listings are placeholders for future iPhone applications.
Erica Sadun from TUAW has written a brief tutorial explaining how to create iPhone ringtones from iTunes Store preview clips. The procedure requires access to the iPhone’s file system.
USA Today has listed Apple CEO Steve Jobs at number three on its list of the Top 25 Most influential business leaders of the last 25 years. Ahead of Jobs on the list are Microsoft’s Bill Gates and former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan.
Grantwood Technology has released its redesigned Shoe Pouch for Nike+iPod in eight colors. The Shoe Pouch enables runners to use the sensor from the Nike+iPod Sport Kit with regular athletic shoes. The new design of the pouch, available in black, red, hot pink, neon green, teal blue, navy blue, purple, and gray, features reinforced loops, high-quality neoprene and stitching, and a Velcro strip covering the slit where the sensor is inserted. “We have sold over 25,000 black Shoe Pouches to date, and we are pleased to build on our success by announcing that our latest design now comes in a total of eight colors,” said Michael Banks, MD, co-founder and CEO of Grantwood Technology, LLC. The Shoe Pouch is available now for $8.
PopCap Games has launched a custom version of its puzzle game Bejeweled for the Safari browser on the iPhone. This customized version of the game, which can be played for free by visiting the company’s website, has been optimized to take advantage of the iPhone’s unique display and input controls. “We’re excited to be providing the most popular puzzle game of the 21st century to users of the most advanced mobile device yet created,” said Andrew Stein, Director of Mobile Platforms for PopCap. “We wanted to give the hundreds of thousands of iPhone users a fun, fast gaming fix—and at no cost, no less.”
New York Times columnist David Pogue and John Gruber of Daring Fireball are reporting that iPhone customers’ AT&T bills contain overly lengthy explanations of data usage. Writes Pogue, “I get six pages of listings of data tidbits that the iPhone has downloaded in the form of email and Web pages–kilobyte by kilobyte! Every graphic on every Web page, every message sent or received–it’s all carefully listed by date and time.” Gruber confirms the excess, stating that his own data listing “weighs in at 45 pages.” It is important to note that while lengthy, the listings provide no specifics of browser activity. For environmentally conscious iPhone owners who would like to enroll in paperless billing and avoid receiving pages of data transfer listings, you can sign up for the free service at att.com/mywireless.
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Parliant has introduced PhoneValet Anywhere for iPhone, an iPhone-specific web application that ties in to the company’s PhoneValet Message Center software to offer call history, voice messages, and recordings from your home and office phone lines on the iPhone. PhoneValet Anywhere for iPhone is a $60 server upgrade for existing PhoneValet Message Center 5.x customers. PhoneValet Message Center 5 requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher, and sells for $170. [via MacMinute]
A notable amount of iPhone owners have reported problems with the device’s included AC adapter. Jason O’Grady for ZDNet has posted a similar report, with not only his colleague’s but also his and his wife’s adapters failing. According to reports, the adapters suddenly fail to charge the iPhone, yet the same USB cable that fails when used with the iPhone AC adapter continues to charge the iPhone when connected to a computer or an iPod AC adapter. Several owners have reported success in returning the misbehaving adapters to Apple for replacement units.
Security researchers are set to reveal details of a previously-reported security flaw in the iPhone next week at the Black Hat 2007 conference, leading to speculation that Apple may update the device to patch the vulnerability in advance of the event. Apple hasn’t said whether a patch will be delivered prior to when the researchers are expected to disclose their findings. Robert Graham, CEO of Errata Security, said, “Right now other smart phones are full of vulnerabilities and they are not getting patched. This is actually a good test to see if Apple can do this better than the mobile carriers.” If and when a patch is released, it will be the first software update for the iPhone, which went on sale nearly a month ago.
Offering residents of the United Kingdom an opportunity to try out the iPhone for themselves, UK-based Apple reseller Computer Warehouse has sent out an e-mail and updated its website to note that the company has an 8GB iPhone on display at its Brentford showroom. Although it remains unknown what carriers will offer the iPhone in the UK, it is possible that Apple could sell the iPhone through Apple Authorized Resellers such as Computer Warehouse, or again rely exclusively upon its own retail locations and those of its European partners. Since Apple’s retail presence in Europe is limited by comparison with the United States, a wider early rollout to resellers is a legitimate possibility.
iSkin has announced that its iSkin revo for iPhone case is now available. The case includes a silicone protector, a touch-compatible privacy film, and a ViSOR, a clear polycarbonate scratch resistant guard that snaps to the front of the case to protect the iPhone’s screen. When the iPhone is in use, the ViSOR can be easily clipped to the back instead. In addition, the silicone material used in the case features an embedded anti-microbial agent to inhibit the growth of microbes. The iSkin revo for iPhone is available in six duotone designs — rah, zarah, mojavi, nighthawk, blade, and diablo — and sells for $40.
Apple has been granted a patent that would allow for walkie-talkie-like transmission of data over a voice channel. This would enable data such as text messages to be sent from phone to phone without the need for a backend server, something current SMS text messaging requires.
Attempting to extrapolate sales data from Apple’s third quarter results, Business 2.0 writer Philip Elmer-DeWitt has estimated that Apple sold 206,000 Apple TVs during the third quarter.
Italian site Macitynet has tested the iPhone with the TomTom 910 navigator, connecting the mobile using both Bluetooth for phone functions and through the Dock Connector for iPod control.
Kognition Design is offering carbon fiber fifth-generation iPod covers for $20.
Nike has announced that Nike+iPod runners have now logged over 22 million miles, making Nikeplus.com the “world’s largest online running destination.” New website functionality coming later this summer includes a new challenge feature that will provide users with more options and customization tools, as well as new “virtual” marathons. “Nike+ is changing the running experience. It’s a great motivational tool to get people out for a run. It’s attracting and connecting thousands of new runners each day, with members from more than 160 countries,” said Trevor Edwards, Nike’s Vice President of Global Brand and Category Management. The Nike+iPod system, introduced in July 2006, allows users to track time, distance, calories burned, pace, and other data through their iPod nanos, and on Nikeplus.com.