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Tracking Thieves with ‘Find my iPhone’

An anonymous reader wrote in to say “A friend of mine who just got an Iphone 3GS and has Mobile Me just used the “Find my iPhone” feature to track down his lost and subsequently stolen iPhone. This story involves three nerds wandering sketchy streets with a Macbook, and ends with a confrontation at a bus stop.”

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Apple’s $30 apology for iPhone activation delays?

iPhone 3G S users are still experiencing delays activating their new smartphones, but Apple apparently wants to make it up to users. As a way of apology for the delays, the same e-mail said Apple plans to offer customers a credit iTunes Store credit for “the inconvenience this delay has caused.”

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iPhone 3G S Can Record 720p HD Video, But Doesn’t

Apple has thus far decided not to take advantage of these HD capabilities for video recording, as the iPhone 3G S video camera will only capture clips in VGA-quality.

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Kindle, Zune DRM Restrictions Coming Into Focus

It’s not news that the media you buy for both Kindle and Zune are protected by DRM. Readers are sending in stories of some of the ramifications of that fact. First, Absentminded-Artist notes an account at Gear Diary recounting what an Amazon rep told one user about download limits on Kindle books. “One facet of the Kindle’s DRM has reared an ugly head: download limitations. Upgraded your iPhone recently? Bought a new Kindle? You may not be able to reload your entire library. There’s an unadvertised flag: ‘You mean when you go to buy the book it doesn’t say “this book can be downloaded this number of times” even though that limitation is there?’ To which [the rep] replied, ‘No, I’m very sorry it doesn’t.'” Next, reader Rjak writes “DRM is a bad idea, poorly implemented. One of the many many valid reasons to drop Zune and it’s marketplace is the DRM validation error you see below. The vast majority of the music I had purchased last year is completely gone. There’s no refund, the music doesn’t exist on the service anymore, the files are just garbage now. Here’s the error (screen capture): ‘This item is no longer available at Zune Marketplace. Because of this, you can no longer play it or sync it with your Zune. There might be another iteration of it available in Zune Marketplace.'”

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Apple rejects C64 emulator without any good reason

iPhone developer Manomio has been secretly working on a major App Store project for the past year that has just been completed, but may never see the light of day in its current form.

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iPhone 3GS: 54% faster than the 3G, 11% faster than the Pre

FTA: “The new 3GS renders web pages 54% quicker, on average, than the old iPhone 3G. The 45% clock speed boost alone isn’t enough to generate such a large performance increase, this is a new microarchitecture. Also, note that the 3GS’ performance mimics that of the Palm Pre – another Cortex A8 based phone.”

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iPhone 3.0: All the Small Things

Since Apple hasn’t given us a comprehensive list of all the little changes in iPhone 3.0, users have taken it upon themselves to compile the treats they’ve found in the new software, some of which are actually quite nice.

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iPhone 3GS Teardowns Reveal Underclocked CPU And More

The urge to be first is a strong one, and just as strong in the tech world as elsewhere. Both iFixit and Rapid Repair, companies that specialize in repairing broken gadgets, have got their hands on the new iPhone 3G S and have torn them apart and photographed the process.

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FCC To Probe Exclusive Mobile Deals

On Tuesday, we discussed news that four US Senators would be looking into the exclusivity deals between carriers and cell phone makers. Apparently, they didn’t like what they heard. Reader Ian Lamont writes with an update: “The Federal Communications Commission is planning on launching an investigation into exclusive handset deals between mobile carriers and handset makers. In a speech on Thursday, acting FCC Chairman Michael Copps said the agency ‘should determine whether some of these arrangements adversely restrict consumer choice or harm the development of innovative devices, and it should take appropriate action if it finds harm.’ It’s not hard to imagine who might be targeted — at a separate Senate Committee on Commerce hearing on Thursday, much of the discussion centered on AT&T’s exclusive deal to carry the iPhone. AT&T claimed ‘consumers benefit from exclusive deals in three ways: innovation, lower cost and more choice,’ but carriers and senators from states with large rural populations disagreed, saying that their customers had no choice when it came to the iPhone — it’s not available because AT&Ts network doesn’t reach these areas. One panelist also brought up the Carterfone precedent (PDF), which concerned an ‘electrical acoustic coupling device’ that a man named Tom Carter developed in the 1950s to let field workers make phone calls using a radio transceiver connected to AT&T’s phone network. AT&T, which was then a monopoly, claimed no foreign devices could be connected to its network, but lost when it challenged the Carterfone in court. The result spurred innovation such as the fax machine.”

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FCC To Probe Exclusive Mobile Deals

On Tuesday, we discussed news that four US Senators would be looking into the exclusivity deals between carriers and cell phone makers. Apparently, they didn’t like what they heard. Reader Ian Lamont writes with an update: “The Federal Communications Commission is planning on launching an investigation into exclusive handset deals between mobile carriers and handset makers. In a speech on Thursday, acting FCC Chairman Michael Copps said the agency ‘should determine whether some of these arrangements adversely restrict consumer choice or harm the development of innovative devices, and it should take appropriate action if it finds harm.’ It’s not hard to imagine who might be targeted — at a separate Senate Committee on Commerce hearing on Thursday, much of the discussion centered on AT&T’s exclusive deal to carry the iPhone. AT&T claimed ‘consumers benefit from exclusive deals in three ways: innovation, lower cost and more choice,’ but carriers and senators from states with large rural populations disagreed, saying that their customers had no choice when it came to the iPhone — it’s not available because AT&Ts network doesn’t reach these areas. One panelist also brought up the Carterfone precedent (PDF), which concerned an ‘electrical acoustic coupling device’ that a man named Tom Carter developed in the 1950s to let field workers make phone calls using a radio transceiver connected to AT&T’s phone network. AT&T, which was then a monopoly, claimed no foreign devices could be connected to its network, but lost when it challenged the Carterfone in court. The result spurred innovation such as the fax machine.”

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