Apple iPhone

iPhone Software Version 2.0 Has Hidden 3G On/Off Option

This is a screenshot from iPhone software 2.0 Beta 5 that will show up if you are using an iPhone with 3G (obviously not yet released), it will not show up on an EDGE iPhone. The preference is hidden inside of /Applications/

The image above seems to reveal that the 3G chipset still may not give the battery life that Apple would like so they are giving 3G iPhone owners (when it is released) the option to fall back to EDGE speeds for increased battery life.

Currently I am expecting an iPhone with 3G to be released sometime between June 15 and July 15.

This information has been confirmed by MacRumors.

Microsoft Zune

Microsoft Zune Surpasses 2 Million Sales

The Microsoft Zune is the number two digital music player in the United States, we already know that the Apple iPod is number one but just how far behind is the Zune?

Turns out that the Zune is REALLY far behind, since its launch in November 2006, the Zune has sold 2 million units, by comparison Apple sells about 2.65 million iPods per month.

The Zune is actually selling faster than the iPod did when it was first released, it took the iPod a full 2 years to sell 2 million units, Microsoft has beaten that time by 5 months or so.

Microsoft has already announced that games will be coming to the Zune soon and just recently the Zune Marketplace was updated to offer TV show downloads. although the Zune may eventually takeover Apple’s top spot it still could take many many years. The Zune is one heck of an alternative though and if sales continue to do better and better you may actually be able to squirt songs to others on the bus someday soon (that’s if people actually decide to leave the Wifi on).


Apple iPhone

iPhones “Currently Unavailable” In UK and US Online Apple Stores

So here is something weird, iPhones are mysteriously “Currently Unavailable” in the US and UK online Apple Store. One would expect to see a new iPhone soon, mostly because generally when supply begins to dry up on specific Apple product that usually is the first sign of a new generation of that product.

But, what is so curious about this is that there has been no announcement by Apple regarding any type of event, Apple usually gives the press one weeks notice on events like this. I don’t think Apple would want their supply of iPhones to be completely gone for one week or more but I also don’t think that Apple would release an updated iPhone without any type of event around it.

Unless of course there is absolutely nothing changed in the hardware except maybe the 3G chipset and possibly a better battery to get the same type of battery life out of the 3G chipset as Apple was able to do with the EDGE chipset.

Of course this isn’t a tell tale sign that a new iPhone is coming out but it is very strange that Apple would let their supply dry up like this.

US Apple Store
UK Apple Store

Apple Downloads

Sun Microsystems Releases Open Source Free Virtualization for OS X

Sun Microsystems has recently updated their xVM VirtualBox software, with one HUGE new feature.

Mac OS X is now supported by xVM VirtualBox. That means that Sun Microsystems is the first to offer open source virtualization to Mac OS X. The software comes in two versions, free for all,  a licensed version that has some advanced features which are only free to individuals and not to businesses.

The new and improved (sorry for the PR speak but it just sounds nice) VirtualBox 1.6 now comes with seamless windowing for Solaris and Linux guests, SATA support for up to 32 hard disks per VM and a programming interface for Web services.

Unfortunately Mac OS X is not supported as a guest OS, I think that may have a lot to do with OS X’s terms of service, but overall this is a pretty solid product.

I can’t wait to see some benchmarks on this compared to VMware and Parallels.

Sun xVM VirtualBox 1.6

AMD Microsoft XP

Some AMD Based Computers Having Problems With XP SP3

The much anticipated Windows XP Service Pack 3 was recently pushed into Windows Update and is now causing a lot of headaches of AMD CPU users.

One user reported “I just installed Windows XP SP3 and after completing the processes and when the system reboots, the system cannot proceed to lad the Windows. It just displays the flash screen of Windows then after it reboots again.”

According to Jesper Johansson, a former program manager for security policy at Microsoft, the problem is affecting only AMD equipped PCs sold by HP (and a few other manufacturers), because HP deploys the same image to Intel based computers that they do to AMD based computers.

These AMD computers have the intelppm.sys driver installed and running. That driver provides power management on Intel based computers.

So hopefully if you are having this problem you are pointing your finger in the right direction, not towards Microsoft but towards your PCs manufacturer. I have installed Service Pack 3 on two computers and both of them are running as smooth as they ever have.

Jesper’s Blog

Microsoft Office

Microsoft’s $59.95 Microsoft Office Ultimate Offer Ending Soon

I talked about the “Ultimate Steal” last September, the Ultimate Steal is an offer to college students with a valid .edu email address and a course load of at least 0.5 credits (although I’m not sure if they would actually be able to check how many classes you are taking, the .edu email address may be enough) for Microsoft Office 2007 Ultimate (which retails for $680) for $59.95, that’s about a 91% discount off of the retail price.

Well I am just reminding all of you about this because the promotion is going to end on May 16.

This is a tremendous deal especially if you are one of those who NEEDS to use Office and one of those alternatives (OpenOffice) isn’t good enough for you, I understand how you feel, I would rather not be the weird one who used that OTHER program but unfortunately I don’t really want to spend any money on my word processor. But, if you want to pick it up head on over here, and again, valid .edu email address and 0.5 credit course load.

Apple Beta Gaming iPhone Media YouTube

iPhone 2.0 Beta Gets YouTube Support in Safari

The Boy Genius Report spent a little bit of time messing around with the latest iPhone SDK and if you remember a little while ago they were saying that there was YouTube support in Safari? Well it is finally here, what it actually does is when you visit a web page with a YouTube video embedded in it, it shows you a preview image of the video where the video would be with flash support (instead of that dreaded blue ?) and if you tap on it the video opens up in the YouTube browser. Once you are done with the video you click “Done” in the upper left hand corner and you go right back to the web page you were visiting.

The Boy Genius Report

Apple AT&t Cell Phones iPhone

AT&T Tells Employees No Vacations Between June 15 and July 12. 3G iPhone?

So, there’s this memo that you may or may not have heard about yet that was sent to AT&T retail store employees that basically says that employees can’t take vacations between June 15 and July 12.

Last year a similar thing happened where employees couldn’t take vacations between June 15 and July 15, and we got the iPhone on June 29. So one would expect that this memo means that we should be seeing the next generation iPhone around the same time as we saw the original iPhone last year.

The memo cites “an exciting Summer Promotional Launch,” as the reason for why employees aren’t allowed vacations during that time. I’m assuming that it doesn’t mean they are going to be coming out with a crazy new flip phone, no this is probably pointing towards the iPhone.

iPhone Pictures

Media Zune

Zune Update 2.5 Adds Purchasing of TV Shows to Zune’s Feature List

Microsoft’s Zune 2.5 update launches today and with it will come purchasable TV shows and more social features.

You can now view friends Zune cards inside of the Zune software instead of using your browser to view them. There is also a return of auto playlists and the introduction of gapless playback. Dynamic friends list that shows what they are listening to. Integration with Windows Live Messenger showing you “now playing” to your chat buddies.

The bid deal in this update is the video store, which has 4,800 music videos and downloadable TV episodes for $2 each. Current partners include:

  • NBC (surprise, surprise, they left iTunes for the Zune Marketplace?)
  • Nickelodeon
  • Comedy Central
  • Cartoon Network

There is no sharing of video content between players and no word on whether or not that is coming but, hey, that would pretty awesome.

Overall I think that Microsoft is pretty consistent with improving the whole Zune experience. If the software worked on the Mac I might even consider getting one (and I’m a die hard iPod fan).

Cell Phones Mobile Video

HTC Announces The Touch Diamond

Today HTC announced the Touch Diamond, a touchscreen phone that looks gorgeous and is pretty darn thin. Here’s the official specs:

  • Size: 102 x 51 x 11.33mm
  • Weight: 110g
  • WCDMA / HSPA: 900/2100MHz. HSDPA 7.2Mbps and HSUPA
  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
  • 3.2 megapixel camera with video calling
  • 4GB internal storage, 256MB flash, 192MB RAM
  • Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR
  • 802.11b/g Wifi
  • GPS
  • 900mAh battery
  • up to 4 hours of talk time
  • up to 300 hours of stand by time (100 with push email)

It won’t be out for another couple of months in the US but for a Windows Mobile phone, it looks good.

Videos and more pictures after the jump…


New CyberSurge Design

I’ve been spending the past couple of days setting up this new design for CyberSurge. I’m using the Red Three Theme from Desktop Vibes.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think about the new theme. If you are curious why I changed the theme it’s because the old one was feeling a bit stale to me and I felt like I was in need of a change. There are still a couple of things I want to do with the theme, hopefully all of the changes will be completed by the end of the week.

I wasn’t sure whether or not to go live with it today but even though there are a couple of things I need to do but I figured to put it up anyway, mostly because the things that I’d like to do either people wouldn’t notice or wouldn’t really care about (although I feel they need to be done).

Computers Notebooks PC Video

Lenovo IdeaPad U110, 2.4lbs 11.1″ Notebook Shown On Video

Lenovo’s IdeaPad U110 is 2.4lbs, it features an Intel Core 2 Duo L7500 (1.6GHz) processor, 2GB memory, 120GB HDD, 11.1-inch widescreen WXGA display, Bluetooth, Wifi, dual-layer DVD burner, 1.3 megapixel web cam, and priced at $1,899.

The notebook looks to be very competitive with the MacBook Air (which I’m sure a lot of people will compare it to) the pricing seems very reasonable for what you get, although I’m not sure what I think about the standard 4-cell battery that is only rated at 2 hours of use, if I was to purchase this I would probably spring for the 7-cell battery.

The notebook also has 3 USB ports, VGA, Firewire, Mini-PCIe / ExpressCard slots, 6-in-1 card reader, audio in and out, along with stereo speakers.

Lenovo IdeaPad U110