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Well shit me, less than two months into retail life and Apple have kicked off selling refurbished handsets! Has there really been that many burnt out sensors and factory rejects to refurbish? Man I’d be pissed if I shelled out $600 on June 29th.


Get the full story and comments at Engadget.

Are these factories infested with creepy crawlies or what? I’ll say it for the third and final time – quality slide!

FYI, this is post no. 100, a mini blogging milestone for Jim Bytes. To those regular readers, thanks, and keep reading!


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….now that I’ve got your attention 😉 check out the video of this new owner as she undresses her iPhone and takes you through it’s activation and some of the much talked about features. Enjoy!

Unboxing the iPhone – WirelessInfo.com

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Tom makes some great points in his post today about the looming disaster that could be Friday’s iPhone launch in the US. I’ve always been fond of my Nokias and having read his info I’m rethinking my next upgrade, even if only half turns out to be true.


How will the contracts work here (if they ever decide on a provider), and just how much money will we have to send Apple’s way?

And what about support? If Tom’s source is right it makes me wonder if the Techmeme story of a few weeks ago showing the AT&T iPhone Support manual the employees were receiving in training was a very deliberate leak.

Think about it. As that support manager you’ve got to impress the boss on launch weekend so to keep down the no. of incoming calls would you leak the handbook your employees received? That should cut the no. of calls around activation and navigation annoyances ….mmmmm. iphone youtube noelia ron paul frank rich myspace paris hilton skyblog dailymotion descargar facebook videos music bebo google

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Today’s free Metro paper reports in a gadgets for 2007 feature that the Zune MP3 player and so called “iPod killer” from Microsoft wont be available in Ireland until next October so we’ve quite a wait to find out how rubbish it is or otherwise.

On the plus side, someone is listening as the Zune social site has showed some improvement since my last visit before the holidays, though it still takes too long for the flash to load. Kudos when and where it’s due I guess!

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One of the top stories on Digg and other tech news sites today tells the story of a guy who bought a “refreshed” ( read refurbished ) laptop from a London based Apple store only to find a desktop folder full of porn images when he got home. Apparently an Apple tech didn’t quite do his job right and the 11 year old intended owner had a lucky escape when dad had to reformat himself at home.

Apple sells refreshed laptop filled with porn to 11 Year Old Girl

It’s a worrying trend as this is yet another example of standards slipping at Apple. It’s only about 6 weeks since we saw about 1000 iPods ship infected with a Windows virus thanks to an infected pc at the manufacturing site.

Apple accessories are outselling Zune units themselves this week and Apple are struggling to keep up with the demand. It seems like the world and his dog wants an iPod this Christmas too. My concern is, after so much success in recent years, it would be a real shame to see more serious cock ups in the run up to the holidays, as they rush to stock the shelves and neglect the basics that’s made their name, like build quality.

Let’s hope nobody opens a video iPod under the tree this holiday season to find it preloaded with “Debbie does Dallas” or worse !

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