updated 05:50 pm EST, Sun February 25, 2007
Apple's Oscars iPhone ad
Briefly: Apple is reportedly planning on airing an iPhone commercial during Sunday's Oscars Awards, while a two students are in prison after allegedly attacking a teacher over the confiscation of an iPod. Meanwhile, one reader has posted a workaround for the compatibility issues between the new 802.11n AirPort Extreme and Microsoft's Xbox.... Apple is planning on airing a commercial for the iPhone during Sunday's Oscars presentation, according to one Web report. Apple has allegedly devised a teaser ad made specifically with the movie awards ceremony in mind, which begins at 8 pm ET. Few other details are known about the spot, but Apple has typically shied away from producing single-run TV spots, since its historic 1984 TV ad during the Super Bowl, according to Electronista. The commercial would also come months in advance of the actual release, a rarity for the company.
Teacher's broken in iPod-related attack
Two students are now behind bars, after snapping a teacher's neck in an attack allegedly connected to the confiscation of an iPod. According to a local television report, the attack happened after 60-year-old Frank Burd confiscated an iPod from one of the students who was using it in class. The 14-year-old returned later with an 11th grader and pushed Burd, who struck his head on a locker. Burd, who broke his neck in two places, showed no sign of paralysis, but will will undergo surgery on Monday.
The popular math and photography teacher reportedly took the iPod from his student during class, although the specific circumstances were not given. The confrontation, which was caught on videotape, took place Friday morning; 17-year-old Donte Boykin was taken to Northwest Detectives in handcuffs on Friday evening, shortly after arresting the 14-year-old, according to the report.
802.11n AirPort Extreme/Xbox workaround
One reader has posted a workaround for using his new Apple 802.11n Airport Extreme router with Microsoft's Xbox gaming console. The incompatibility, noted in many online reviews, prevents the Xbox from joining 802.11n networks created by Apple's new router, but can be resolved by using the 802.11b/802.11g network mode (without 80211n compatibility) and WPA Personal encryption options--both of are revealed by using a hidden keyboard shortcut.
"It turns out that Microsoft and their little xbox 360 does not support the new 802.11n protocol or any compatible variation of it," the reader wrote in his report. "So, after reading many forums and lots of experimentation I finally came across a good workaround which has solved the problem until an Xbox 360 dashboard / firmware update occurs."
Specifically, from within Apple's new Airport Utility, users can use Option-Click on the radio setting button to get the hidden choices, including a 802.11b/802.11g-only wireless networking mode. The report notes, however, that it will limit each device to 54Mpbs, slower than the faster 802.11n networking touted by Apple.
In addition, users must set the encryption to WPA Personal--also only available via option-clicking the setting--and reserve an IP address for the gaming device. The report also noted that that in the NAT (network address translation) options, users must select that IP as the "Default Host" to avoid issues with XBox Live functionality.