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Archive for October, 2010
Fortune, in an article today describing the long and winding relationship between Apple’s Steve Jobs and Verizon’s Ivan Seidenberg, claims they’ve confirmed a Verizon iPhone is coming in ‘early 2011″.
According to the story, Verizon passed on the iPhone in 2005 because Steve Jobs wanted too much control over where it was sold, too high a cut of service fees, and wanted to take on too much of the customer relationship. When Seidenberg tried to revisit the idea in 2007, just prior to the original iPhone launch, Jobs had concerns about CDMA not being a global standard. 4G LTE plans weren’t enough to jumpstart the discussions back then.
Lowell McAdam, who will succeed Seidenberg at some point next year, contacted Jobs again in late 2007, when AT&T’s network was already suffering under iPhone demand, to make sure they ‘weren’t missing something,’ something which McAdam says Jobs agreed with in principle.
It took until October 2010 for Apple and Verizon to come together at all, and only for iPad 3G + MiFi bundle sales, but it was an important first step. And the iPhone?
people familiar with its development say it is a fait accompli. Verizon, sources say, will sell its own version of the iPhone 4, which will work on Verizon’s CDMA-based 3G network. Unfortunately for globe trotters, the first version of the phone likely won’t be built to work outside the U.S. — it probably won’t carry a special chip that can turn it into a ‘world phone.’ However, it may have some of the features on the iPad distributed in Verizon’s stores, like live TV for customers of the FiOS cable service.
The whole article is worth a read, and also includes a lot about Verizon’s relationship with Google and Eric Schmidt, and their current use of Android as an alternative to iPhone (though in the current quarter it hasn’t brought in anywhere near the amount of net subscribers).
(Via The iPhone Blog.)
AmpliTube 2 arrives today with new effects, recording, bounce to audio, export/import, practice tools, and in-app purchase of extra stomp modules. I’ve been playing with a pre-release version for the last few days. Combined with an audio interface like IK Multimedia’s own iRig, AmpliTube 2 turns your iPhone or iPod touch into a handheld, pocket-able workstation.
Boonana Trojan Horse Removal Tool is a free product by SecureMac to remove the Boonana trojan horse, trojan.osx.boonana.a.
The trojan is spreading through social networking sites, including Facebook, disguised as a video. The trojan is currently appearing as a link in messages on social networking sites with the subject ‘Is this you in this video?’
When a user clicks the infected link, the trojan initially runs as a Java applet, which downloads other files to the computer, including an installer, which launches automatically. When run, the installer modifies system files to bypass the need for passwords, allowing outside access to all files on the system. Additionally, the trojan sets itself to run invisibly in the background at startup, and periodically checks in with command and control servers to report information on the infected system. While running, the trojan horse hijacks user accounts to spread itself further via spam messages. Users have reported the trojan is spreading through e-mail as well as social media sites.
The java component of the trojan horse is cross-platform, and includes other files that affect Mac OS X as well as Microsoft Windows. There have been reports of similar behavior in recent trojan horses targeting Microsoft Windows, but they have not included cross-platform capabilities until now. The trojan attempts to hide its internet communications and actions through obfuscated code spread through multiple files, and will attempt to contact additional command servers if the primary servers are unavailable.
This trojan horse is currently in the wild affecting users of both operating systems. This free trojan horse removal tool will quickly audit the system for the trojan horse and remove the files.
(Via MacUpdate – Mac OS X.)
Yahoo! recently released its latest update to the Yahoo! Messenger 2.0 [App Store link] application for the iPhone. This app lets you connect with your IM friends and make free voice and video calls to everyone on your Messenger account. You can also use it to make low cost calls to land line or mobile phones, as well as make calls to PCs and Android devices.
Being able to make video calls is a welcomed addition to an already popular application on iOS devices, and is especially useful if you’re looking for a quick way to connect with friends visually. In this article, I will go over all the new features associated with this application.
Gear Thieves Will Think Twice
New products day or what?!
Obviously spinning off the bike lock thing ROCKLOCK is a terrific idea that is waaaay overdue!
Okay, so this is not gonna stop seasoned criminals from haulin’ off your gear, BUT I kinda think this will keep some ‘honest’ people honest– which is all locks do, and prevent many of those quick phantom, would-be heists that have been known to occur between sets.
AND… if you somehow manage to lose those keys during a break, ROCKLOCK will also double as the capo you can’t lose;)))
(Via Strat-O-Blogster Guitar Blog.)