iPhone OS 3.0.1 – Does It Really Fix Anything?

On Friday, Apple released iPhone OS 3.0.1 for iPhone devices. The release was apparently put out in response to a vulnerability pointed out during the Black Hat Security Conference. To install the “patch” for this vulnerability, iPhone owners must download an entirely new version of the iPhone operating system (230 megabytes) rather than just being able to install a smaller patch.

However, there are rumors floating around the Web that the patch only fixes one of two separate vulnerabilities exposed at the Black Hat conference. The first vulnerability, known as the Miller hack, is apparently what the new OS patches. However, another vulnerability, referred to as the Miras/Lackey hack is still open and can potentially effect any phone on a GSM carrier (not just the iPhone). About the Miras/Lackey hack, @musclenerd says “3.0.1 doesn’t begin to fix them.”

It will be interesting to see if any patches or fixes come out to close the hole exposed by Miras and Lackey, how long it takes to do so, and from where the patches will come (will the phone companies themselves release them, or will they come from the manufacturers).

Two Things the ZuneHD Should Have

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the new ZuneHD that Microsoft is planning to release. Overall, I am impressed by the announced improvements to my favorite little portable media player. However, there are two features I think are absolutely necessary in order for the Zune to have a chance of taking a bigger bite out of the iPod market.

Otterbox – Protect Your iPod or iPhone

I have had an iPhone for about two months, now. When I first got it, I was told that I should pick up the Otterbox Defender case to protect it. I ordered one and was immediately impressed. In fact, I was so impressed, that when we got iPod Touches for our kids’ birthday, the first (and only) accessory we ordered for them were Otterbox Defender cases. We also bought one for the 3rd generation iPod Nano that was handed down to my wife after the iPod Touches were received.

TweetDeck vs. Seesmic – My Opinion

There are a handful of various desktop applications that can be used to track Twitter on your computer. In this article, I will be comparing two of those applications: Seesmic Desktop and TweetDeck. For the purposes of this review, I am using TweetDeck 0.6.2 and Seesmic Desktop 0.2.1.

On the surface, both applications are very similar. Listed below are some of the general features you’ll find in both TweetDeck and Seesmic.

Apple’s Major Announcements During WWDC 2009 Keynote

Apple held the keynote kick-off of its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) with a few major announcements. However, not much of it was really earth-shattering.

I followed the WWDC keynote via gdgt’s live blog and ArsTechnica’s live blog. Both Web sites did a good job of reporting what was going on, complete with photos of the presentation.

Microsoft Announces HD Zune

Microsoft announced today that the new incarnation of the Zune will feature a touch screen, HD radio and HD video out (720p), among other things. The Zune HD will also feature a Web browser with a QWERTY keyboard. Strangely absent from the list of new features is bluetooth support.

At this time, that’s about all that’s been officially released about the Zune HD, but I’ll be interested to see how this shapes up. I honestly don’t understand why bluetooth (A2DP) is not being added to the new Zune, as that’s one of the big ticket items still missing from the iPhone and iPod Touch. If Microsoft were to introduce more high-quality games and add support for bluetooth stereo headsets and bluetooth file transfer, the Zune HD could finally begin to rival the iPod.

I have to admit, though, that the HD radio tuner built in is kind of cool. I still think that Microsoft needs to develop its own app store for the Zune, though.

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