"An iPhone for the world is on its way"
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An iPhone for the world is on its way
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>> What's up, I am Brian Tong and welcome to the Apply Byte. It is all the good and bad inside the world of Apple, so let us get to it. We have not talked about this because of the timing of the show, but OTR global reported last week that Apple is planning to manufacture a world load phone that would be compatible with both Verizon CDMA 2000 network and current GSM-UMTS carriers like AT&T. Now, you can thank Qualcomm for its hybrid chip that will enable the iPhone to work not only on the two carriers, but pretty much every other carrier outside of the United States as well. Nothing is confirmed, but the report also says production will start in Q3 of next year conveniently around the time AT&T's exclusivity with Apple is believed to expire. The Droid is out now and it is a great phone, but there is still plenty of you Verizon people drooling for Apple's crown jewel and I would switch over the second it happens. What you Apple Byters think, let us know. Now, if you have been debating about jail breaking your iPhone, you might not want to after new malware called iPhone Privacy.A is allowing hackers to access user's personal data. Non-jail breaking phones are not vulnerable, so you guys are all safe, but people who have installed SSH to gain remote access capabilities and have not changed their default password, you guys are open to attack, so change your password. Mine is [inaudible] on all my accounts. Now, Mac OS X 6.2 has been released and after a bunch of back and forth it has now been confirmed that support for Intel Atom processors is gone. So, those of you running Mac OS X on your Notebooks, do not update. Anyone running a Hackintosh pretty much knows what they are doing, but it is such a small percentage of users and there is no way it is really affecting Apple's bottom line. The big A is just turning people off to OS X. They might have wanted just a little taste of it on a lower cost PC before making the jump down the road. And you know what this smells like people, oh yeah, a bad apple, but hey, that is how Apple rolls. You can love it, leave it, or just hang on it like we do. All right, let us check out our iPhone app of the week. I thought we do something a little different and I know a lot of you love taking pictures especially with the holidays, so I wanted to focus on a few photo apps that will enhance how you use your iPhone or iPod Touch for existing pictures. Now, the first one is Snapture. There is no zoom on the iPhone, but this $1.99 app gives you the ability to zoom in and then touch the screen to take a picture. It is a digital zoom, so it is not going to be as clean as an optical one, but it is better than no zoom and a feature that takes three rapid shots in a row is really nice. Now, we also know there is no flash on the iPhone, so check out iFlashReady for 99 cents. It adds a software-based flash and typically it will give you better results by focusing on the shade of the individual pixels instead of adjusting sliders after the photos are even taken. I got to tell you, I think this thing works pretty well. There is also a lot of editing apps out there, but I like this one, it is free, it is called Photoshop.com Mobile and it comes to you from Adobe. You might have heard of them and it is really a bunch of simple adjustments like cropping, exposure and pre-set color effects with a simple clean interface and it is free. So, try those out and I am sure there is plenty of others that you all use and feel free to send them along so we can showcase your favorites as well. And finally, we will keep on taking care of you with a special give away for three Apple Byters. Our good friends at Kensington have hooked us up with three nightstand charging docks, so ditch your alarm clock and use your iPhone instead. It comes with a free rise and shine app with the really cute name with three different display modes. You can tap to find out the weather and the dock keeps the iPhone standing upright while charging. So, really cool stuff and to win, you guys have to watch last week's episode and tell me what is my beloved game from ngmoco and we will enter you in the random drawing to win. All right, this is going to do it for this week's show, send me your questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. I am Brian Tong, thanks for watching and come back next time for another bite of the Apple.
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