Terrified Chinese iPhone worker kills himself after prototype misplaced

A video screen grab obtained by the Southern Metropolis Daily purporting to show Foxconn employee  Sun Danyong being let into a room to be questioned on July 15.   Photo is a video screen grab showing Sun Danyong being ushered into a room to be interviewed.Last week, a 25-year-old communications worker died in an “apparent suicide” after losing track of a prototype iPhone built by Foxconn, his employer, for one of the most secretive companies in technology. It was only a matter of time.

First, a recap: Sun Danyong’s death came after a case of prototype iPhones he was charged with shipping to Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino ended up short by one. Sun couldn’t produce the device and claimed not to know what had happened; security officials at Foxconn, the manufacturer of Apple’s iPhone and Sun’s employer, didn’t buy his story. At all. Continue reading “Terrified Chinese iPhone worker kills himself after prototype misplaced”

Guide: Enable MMS on iPhone 3GS 3.0 AT&T

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For one reason or another AT&T really does not want iPhones to have MMS on their network until the end of summer.  They have been trying pretty

darn hard to stop this, even disabling it on some of the people who enabled it!  However if we can change the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) in AT&T’s database it should not get disabled, as AT&T will not know you have an iPhone.

This task will involve Social Engineering; to edit their database, while this is not illegal AT&T may complain to you. Continue reading “Guide: Enable MMS on iPhone 3GS 3.0 AT&T”

OS X Snow Leopard 10A411 Brings a Few Minor Changes

Yesterday’s release of OS X Snow Leopard Build 10A411 to developers has sent those with access to the new version searching for changes since the last update. Given that the previous seed had occurred only five days earlier, the changes found so far in the latest build are unsurprisingly minor for the most part. Here are a few of the changes observed so far:

QuickTime X Interface: QuickTime X has been updated from version 10.0 (42) to 10.0 (47) and adds a new “glossy black” look to the navigation interface.

Dock Contextual Menu Font: The font used for Dock contextual menus appears to have reverted to the “Leopard-style” larger non-bold text


10A411 on left, 10A402 on right.

Trashing Files from Stacks: Trashing files from Stacks in Grid view now properly deletes the selected files.

Dock Exposé Across Spaces: Dock Exposé reportedly now displays windows from all Spaces upon activation.

New Safari Build: Safari has been updated to version 4.0.3 (6531.4). There is no word on any visible changes since the previous build.

Apple Tweaks visuals in Snow Leopard

Apple on Thursday evening delivered to developers a new build of its forthcoming Snow Leopard operating system that addresses a number of outstanding bugs but also delivers a couple of interface tweaks.

“This Snow Leopard Developer Preview Update is recommended for all users running the Snow Leopard Developer Preview Build 10A394 or later,” Apple said. “This update includes general operating system fixes for stability, compatibility, and security.”

The new build, labeled 10A402a, weighs in at roughly 1.3GB and was distributed via Snow Leopard’s Software Update mechanism. It’s the second such build to arrive in that manner in as many weeks, signaling ongoing tests to the new version of the system’s automatic software updater.

In their brief experiences testing the new build, people familiar with the software claim it to be more responsive overall, as Apple focuses on optimization and stability ahead of a release planned for this fall.

Additionally, developers have noticed a couple of obvious interface tweaks, the first of which has seen the Dock’s contextual pop-up menus re-skinned in a charcoal motif with white text. In previous builds, these menus were know to sport the same interface as traditional Finder contextual menus, which include black text on a platinum backdrop.Snow Leopard

Apple may also be fiddling with the design of other Mac OS X interface elements, such as slide knobs, which now appear to feature a deeper, more vibrant shade of blue.

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Wow, Some changes there eh. Lets see what we get in the next build.

Apple Blames Overheating iPhone on Weather, Oleophobic bad?

Don’t worry, everybody, your iPhone baking itself to a crisp is no cause for panic, now that Apple has found the culprit: the weather and your heartless negligence. Apparently you’ve been leaving your brand new iPhone 3GS in a hot car, and the warm sensation you feel any time you hold the phone has nothing to do with beefed up processors or inadequate cooling. Phew, glad that’s all sorted and now nobody will have any problems with self-destructive iPhones they paid hundreds of dollars for. Besides, it serves you right.

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Apple Issues Heat Advisory for iPhone 3GS

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Whether anecdotal reports of iPhones overheating are true or not, Apple has taken them seriously enough to reveal the presence of a temperature warning screen for the iPhone 3G and 3GS.


Here’s the deal: an unknown but probably very small number of iPhones have been affected by overheating, to the point that some white iPhone 3GSes have allegedly turned pink. Sascha Segan, our phone analyst, said he hasn’t seen any such problems with his iPhone 3GS, however. Continue reading “Apple Issues Heat Advisory for iPhone 3GS”

Apple Prepares iPhone SMS Patch

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The flaw could enable a hacker to gain remote control of the device using the iPhone’s text-messaging capabilities. It works by exploiting a weakness in the iPhone’s SMS protocols and could allow cybercriminals to track the phone’s location by tapping in to its GPS features, remotely activate the microphone for eavesdropping, or transform the handset into a botnet used for sending spam or committing online crime, or instigating a distributed denial of service attack that could bring down a website. Continue reading “Apple Prepares iPhone SMS Patch”

iPhone 3GS new feature: iDrain

Many of us 3G owners came to accept limited battery life as a trade-off for all the amazing things it did. So cheers erupted in offices nationwide from those of us eagerly following tweets and live blogs when Apple announced the new incarnation.
The company listed several new intriguing features, including video, increased storage, a faster processor, a better camera, hands-free voice control and, yes, longer battery life. Apple’s press release touts the souped-up battery longevity.
iPhone 3GS is not only faster, but with longer battery life you can watch more videos, listen to more music, browse the Internet or keep using your favorite apps even longer.
Well, as my colleague David Sarno points out here, not really.

battery-usageMany of us 3G owners came to accept limited battery life as a trade-off for all the amazing things it did. So cheers erupted in offices nationwide from those of us eagerly following tweets and live blogs when Apple announced the new incarnation.

The company listed several new intriguing features, including video, increased storage, a faster processor, a better camera, hands-free voice control and, yes, longer battery life. Apple’s press release touts the souped-up battery longevity.

iPhone 3GS is not only faster, but with longer battery life you can watch more videos, listen to more music, browse the Internet or keep using your favorite apps even longer.

Continue reading “iPhone 3GS new feature: iDrain”

Apple’s ‘active packaging’ tries to reinvent the box

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Electronics packaging has been growing steadily smaller and less annoying over recent times, but here comes Apple adding complexity where we didn’t know it was needed. The bright sparks at Cupertino envision powered, data-transmitting boxes that will ensure the device within is fully juiced, packing the latest firmware, and capable of pumping out video demos so that the packaging needn’t get in the way of wooing customers. Sure, up-to-date firmware and a full battery sound nice, but we can’t help but wonder about the price premium we’d have to swallow to be able to see our new toy dancing before we’ve even set it free from its box.

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RunPee Bathroom Break Tool Releases iPhone App

RunPeeiPhone/iPod Touch only: Remember previously mentioned RunPee.com, the ingenious website that tells you when to head for a bathroom break during a movie so you don’t miss any good parts? The site has released its first mobile version for iPhone users.

Built on the same premise as the website, RunPee’s iPhone app tells you the most opportune times to head out for a bathroom break (e.g., @ 35 mins.). Like the site, RunPee Mobile also lets you know how long each “PeeTime” lasts, and what happened while you were away.

The application also has a built-in timer (which you can start at the beginning of the movie) that will keep track of all RunPee times so you can decide whether to go then or, well, hold it until the next designated break time. It will also tell you which movies have extra scenes after the credits.

The creators are also working on more features that will be rolling out “every few weeks,” including a friendly vibrate reminder to alert you a few minutes before a RunPee time.

RunPee Mobile’s iPhone application is compatible with the iPhone (O.S. 2.2.1 or later) and iPod Touch, and costs 99 cents.