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Steve Jobs Passes Away, We Take Leave

As many of you already know, Steve Jobs has passed away.

We’d like to say thank you to Steve for pushing humanity forward. We’ll forever be different thinkers, forever be foolish, and forever be hungry.

Tech Tribe News has also taken a leave of absence from the website effective immediately. We hope that in the future we can relaunch our website.

Thank you.

Special Event From Apple Sept.1 Announced

Yes, like always, Apple has sent out its invitations to select media outlets for a “special event” on September 1st.

This time however, it seems the rumors are at an all time high. Expectations of the event include the fourth generation iPod Touch (with Retina Display and dual cameras for FaceTime), cloud support for iTunes, $0.99 TV shows and TV show rentals, a touch screen iPod Shuffle, and a $99 Apple TV (possibly rebranded iTV).

Also, could there be a relation between this event and Lady Gaga’s appearance at Cupertino headquarters? Some hope so, most hope not.

On a side note: our site has been lacking lately. Recently, we’ve been lucky to receive a lot of new viewers, and while our lives move forward, there simply wasn’t much time for covering news stories. Starting September 1st, we will be back in force! Thanks for sticking with us.

Alas, whatever we do see, surely will create waves and will be covered by us.

Until September 1st, cheers!

Apple Begins “Free Case” Program, Delays White iPhone Further

Apple as promised started their “free case” program today for iPhone 4 users.Previously last week, Apple promised that  users

experiencing reception issues would be able to receive a free “bumper” or other select third party case.

To get your free case, you can download an iPhone app from the App Store (iPhone 4 only), and select from the following cases (pictures available in app):

I personally went with the Incase Snap Case (clear) because I use Incase for everything else. Cases will ship within 3-5 weeks.

Apple also delayed the white iPhone even further today. Previously stating the iPhone would be available at the end of July, it has now been pushed back into “late this year”. The difficulty comes in the paint color, which has not yet been match to the uniform white color that Apple uses on everything else. Apple also does not want the iPhone to yellow in color due to heat.

Apple To Hold Invite Only Press Conference Friday, Address Antenna Issue?

Since the iPhone 4’s launch, it has been plagued with various complaints over the iPhone’s cellular antenna, and Apple seems like their finally going to address it.

The real story begins at the products launch. During the Keynote, Steve Jobs glorified the new stainless steal band around the iPhone 4. The trick to fitting all the new hardware into the iPhone was the fact that the steel band was able to be used as the iPhone’s 3 antennas. Shortly after product launch it was discovered that in holding the iPhone, one might cover up the break in the steel band on the lower left corner of the iPhone which for some caused a severe signal degradation, some resulting in data connection loss and dropped calls.

It was downplayed for a short time.

After much press, Apple released it’s take on the iPhone’s antenna issues, stating that “a software bug” had caused an incorrect

display of bars on the phone, leading to the decrease. Apple promised a software fix in the next few weeks.

And then the email hit.

Immediately following the real or fake (no one is sure) Steve Jobs email to a customer telling them to “calm down, we’re working on a fix”, Consumer Reports stated that they would no longer recommend the phone for purchase.

The agreement between MOST engineers is that the iPhone 4’s steel band may or may not be a flawed design, but the easiest(and financially best) way to fix the problem is to offer free bumpers (Apple’s iPhone case) to anyone experiencing the problem.

The latest bit of news comes our way from Apple. A press conference will be held Friday, July 15th to address the issue. Some expect a recall, and some expect free bumpers.

Mozilla Wants “Firefox Home” on App Store

Firefox wants their own web browser on the App Store following Opera’s recent (approved) success: Opera Mini.

The Mozilla App, dubbed “Firefox Home”, is set to be a weird, almost incomplete browser that is meant to sync your tabs, bookmarks, and history between your iDevice and your computer. It is expected to browse the rest of the web however. It has yet to be approved as of writing. VIDEO after the break:

Mac Mini Updated; Pretty Sweet

Apple silently updated their Mac Mini today, drastically redesigning the majority of it.

The list includes:

– 2.4GHz or 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
– 1.4″ thick Unibody enclosure
– NVIDIA GeForce 320M Graphics Card
– Built-in Power Supply
– HDMI port and Mini DisplayPort
– Removable bottom panel shown here:

Back ports include: Ethernet, FireWire 800, Four USB 2.0, SD card slot, Audio Line out, HDMI, Mini Displayport.

However, the base price of the Mac mini has increased to $699, though that includes more hard drive space, faster graphics and the features listed above.

iPhone 4 Introduces “FaceTime”, HD, iOS 4

Like we didn’t already know this would happen…..

Apple today revealed their (already stolen…) iPhone 4 at WWDC. Along with iPhone OS 4 (previously announced),  the list of features seems to be endless this time around. Here’s the rundown from WWDC 2010:

Facetime

With just a tap, you can wave hello to your kids, share a smile from across the globe, or watch your best friend laugh at your stories — iPhone 4 to iPhone 4 over Wi-Fi. And it works right out of the box. No other phone makes staying in touch this much fun.

iPhone 4 has two cameras: One on the front, which focuses on you. And one on the back, which focuses on everything else. FaceTime lets you switch back and forth between them at any time during a video call. All you have to do is tap a button.

Retina Display

The Retina display on iPhone 4 is the sharpest, most vibrant, highest-resolution phone screen ever, with four times the pixel count of previous iPhone models. In fact, the pixel density is so high that the human eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels. Which makes text amazingly crisp and images stunningly sharp.

HD Video

Shoot your own movies in high definition (720p). Capture impressive video even in low-

light settings, thanks to the advanced backside illumination sensor and built-in LED flash. Then edit and create your own mini-masterpiece right on iPhone 4 using the new iMovie app — with Apple-designed themes, titles, and transitions. It’s coming soon to the App Store for $4.99.

Take beautiful, detailed photos with the new 5-megapixel camera with built-in LED flash. The advanced backside illumination sensor captures great pictures even in low light. And the new front-facing camera makes it easy to take self-portraits.

Apple A4 Processor

Apple engineers designed the A4 chip to be a remarkably powerful yet remarkably power-efficient mobile processor. With it, iPhone 4 can easily perform complex jobs such as multitasking, editing video, and placing FaceTime calls. All while maximizing battery life.

Gyro + Accelerometer

iPhone 4 is the first phone with a built-in-three-axis gyroscope. When paired with the accelerometer, it makes iPhone 4 capable of advanced motion sensing such as user acceleration, angular velocity, and rotation rate. Translation: More motion gestures and greater precision for an even better gaming experience.

Price

iPhone 4 will come in white & black with a 16GB model ($199) and a 32GB model ($299), and the iPhone 3GS (8GB) drops to just $99. Anyone with a contract ending in 2010 is eligible NOW.