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Waterfield Launches New Line of iPhone Cases

Waterfield, a well known and trusted name in the case accessory market, has put its sewing talent to the task of clothing the iPhone. And they didn't disappoint.

The case maker is introducing three new styles sure to appeal to different tastes, whether you want a basic slipcase to carry around, toss in a bag, or wear on your belt. Good stuff.

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Apple Releases iPhone Update 1.0.1

Gentlemen, start your downloading! Upon docking my iPhone I nearly spewed Coke Zero through my nostrils when a message popped up alerting me to a firmware update for iPhone, version 1.0.1. According to the documentation this is almost entirely a bug fix and little else. Correction It's a security fix for several recently published Safari vulnerabilities.

Bummer. I was expecting some value added goodness.

UPDATE: Apple has posted documentation for this update here.

UPDATE 2: Since installing this update the Mail app has become alarmingly unstable. It seems to freeze up often. On the plus side IMAP folder support appears to have improved, allowing full server-side folder browsing. Nice, but I can do without the crashy crashy.

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Apple Readying First Software Update for iPhone

AppleInsider reports that Apple may be readying its first major software update for iPhone, set for release very soon now. According to the article, Apple VP Greg Joswiak told analysts that it expects to release an update soon. Exactly what may be contained within the update remains uncertain. It could simply be a package of bug fixes, or a mashup of new applications and features.

We'll be watching.

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NASA Says iPhone Has The Wrong Stuff

Officials within NASA's Outsourcing Desktop Initiative For NASA (ODIN) program have rejected iPhone for use as a corporate communications device, opting instead for RIM's Blackberry 8800 series. NASA deemed iPhone "not to be enterprise ready", which is a reference to corporate deployment, not the starship Enterprise.

The space agency is in the process of selecting a Smartphone to employ with its fleet of workers, and is giving serious nods to the Blackberry 8800 and the Palm Treo 750. The news means, unfortunately, iPhone won't be seen in launch control any time soon.

Ground control to Major Tom.....

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Brando Offers User Replaceable Battery, Patience Required

Brando is now offering a fully user-replaceable battery kit, available for the low price of just $20. The kit includes one battery, a screwdriver, spacer, and instruction manual. Be warned, replacing the battery on your own is not for the faint of heart. It requires lots of patience and practice.

Boy Genius recently bricked his beloved iPhone while trying to swap out back covers. An act that he came to regret.

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Office 2.0 Conference Attendees to Receive Free iPhones

Organizers behind Office 2.0 Conference have come up with an ingenious, if costly, incentive to drive attendance to their upcoming developer/partner conference. Registered attendees and speakers will receive free 4GB iPhones. Where do I sign up? Well not so fast. A single attendee registration costs $995 through July 31 (that's tomorrow), after which the registration price jumps to $1,495. If you're a developer living in the Bay area, and had already planned to attend O2O, this is a no brainer. However, this conference price (even with iPhone) seems unusually high to me.

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Chapura Announces FoldedMirror for iPhone

Chapura has added a new application to its product lineup, called FoldedMirror. What this application does is enable iPhone users to connect with Outlook Calendar and Contacts folders right from their device, by mirroring data created on a PC running Microsoft Outlook. A host PC is required, with Outlook running at all times, in order for this process to work. FoldedMirror doesn't come cheap, however. A single user license will set you back $49.95. Ouch!

I haven't yet put this software to the test since I already use a hosted Exchange account but it looks very promising. You can read the full press release here.

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Hackers Release "Hello World" Binaries, First Third Party iPhone App

Today iPhone is one step closer to gaining third party software support, unofficially of course. Hackers from the #iPhone IRC channel managed dissect embedded OSX's source libraries and create a basic proof of concept application that does nothing more than display the words "Hello World". The devs have now released these source binary files on public servers, available for anyone to download.

This is by no means the final solution in opening iPhone to software developers (that will come only through Apple), but I'll take third party software any way I can get it. Even it is the result of a raped and violated hack 'n slash effort.

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EfkSoft Unveils iPhoneRingToneMaker, Custom Ringtone editor

Tunji Afonja from Efiko Software informs me that he has created a new custom ringtone application that enables iPhone users to roll their own ringtones, bypassing Apple's lame default set of barely audible tones. Thank God someone developed this software. The Marimba sound is getting on my nerves!

UPDATE: Matt Miller has posted a walkthrough video showcasing the features of iPhoneRingtoneMaker.

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C|Net Compares Apples to Oranges, With iPhone vs.Nokia N95 Shootout

I don't know about you, but I just can't get enough of pointless product comparisons. It's like watching a building burn to the ground. They have a certain hypnotic effect that seizes your attention and keeps you fixated on each biased point. So it comes as no surprise when major media companies engage in lame attempts to grab our eyeballs with idiotic iPhone vs. insert something here as a way of generating ad revenue. Hey, someone has to click on those Google ads to keep the lights on.

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