Mac | Life has a huge roundup of “25 iPhone Power Tips”– just in case you’ve been living under a rock since late June, here’s everything you missed about the iPhone, from how to unstick a stuck slider, to using aluminum foil to insulate an audio cable from the iPhone’s signal, to where to go for iPhone 411.

Yep. It happens that fast. As soon as word got out about iPhoneSimFree offering unlocking services for the iPhone, AT&T jumped on it. A second company (iPhoneUnlocking) also announced they had a software-only solution, but according to a press release, they claim to have been contacted by AT&T’s law firm to prevent the release of their unlocking service.

The sale of unlocking codes is on hold after the company received a telephone call from a Menlo Park, California, law firm at approximately 2:54 a.m. this morning (GMT).

Engadget posts confirmation that iPhoneSimFree can provide a software application that will completely unlock the iPhone, allowing you to use other mobile network’s SIM cards.

The six-man team has been working non-stop since launch day, and they’re officially the first to break Apple’s SIM locks on the iPhone. It’s done. Seriously. They wouldn’t tell us when and how they would release it to the public, but you can certainly bet that they’ll try to make a buck on their solution (and rightly so).

Engadget posts screenshots and notes from the install. Some highlights:

Several sites (Engadget, Crave) are reporting that Apple will indeed be holding a media event on September 5th, 2007 at 10 AM Pacific. (as predicted by Arstechnica)Apple has been rumored to beholding a media event to launch the new iPods. Rumors have pinpointed both revised Nanos as well as a full-screen touch iPod.

The invite depicts “Cover Flow”, which is expected to be arriving with the new OS X based iPods. The iPods have been the subject of a number of recent leaks (Nano photos, Interface Videos) which have attracted the attention of Apple Legal.

German magazine Capital is reporting (google translation) that talks between Apple and Volkswagen are in an early stage for a so-called “iCar”.

According to a Volkswagen company spokesperson, the two company heads held talks a few days ago in California on more heavily incorporating Apple products in Volkswagen’s compact cars.

Apple already has a dedicated page for the integration of its iPod products into automobiles. Recently, Apple has worked with BMW for iPhone integration in 7-series models.

Note: The term “iCar” is said to be a preliminary designation for the project, much in the way that the AppleTV was first designated “iTV”.

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A hacker has found a way to pull the raw data off of the iPhone’s LIS302DL, a 3-axis accelerometer that’s currently used for noting when you’re looking at Safari vertically or horizontally. A few hackers, like the folks behind Tilt, have been able to catch the iPhone noting the change itself, but this is the first time, I believe, that we’re seeing live data come right off of the unit at a high sampling rate, enabling Erling to pull off the magic seen above.

And the best part: source code is up on the site. iPhone programmers, start your engines– we’ve got a whole new interface to work with.

Does the functionality on this phone look moderately familiar to anyone? Everything from scrolling pictures with one finger, auto-landscape mode when turned sideways, screen look and feel, etc. When questioned during the press event about how this phone looks a little like the iPhone (i.e. exactly like it) Nokia’s Exec VP said, “If there is something good in the world then we copy with pride.”

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If you’re planning to do some traveling, you might want to bookmark your destinations on your iPhone. Here are the steps:

Launch Google Maps.
Enter the zip code of your destination city.
Once it has been found, create a bookmark.
Repeat for each stop you’ll make.

Now, when you’re jonesing for a venti iced green tea latte in a strange place, simply launch Maps, click Bookmarks and then your location. You’ll be sippin’ in no time.

Creation TV posted a video interview with Star Trek star William Shatner, in which he again talks briefly about his feelings regarding J.J. Abrams upcoming Star Trek movie. Here is a transcript of the videos, cortesy of Sci Fi Pulse.

Presenter: Can I ask you about Star Trek XI? Are you honestly disappointed or is this just shtick, which you two (Shatner & Nimoy) have?

William Shatner: I really am disappointed.

Presenter: Should we start the letter writing campaign for you? We want you in it.

William Shatner: Yeah call. Look up Paramount get a hold of J.J. Abrams and just let him have it!

The effects in Stardust, an enchanting summer escape film, might not push the state of the art, but clever techniques made it possible to create a well-designed, 800-shot fantasy film that holds its own, even with a less-than-magical budget.

Matthew Vaughn of Layer Cake fame directed the fantasy romp, and Peter Chiang, a BAFTA nominee for his effects work on The Borrowers, supervised the visual-effects shots. Seven London-based studios contributed visual effects, with Double Negative handling around half the shots — including those with the pirate airship piloted by Robert De Niro’s cross-dressing Captain Shakespeare, CG terrains, and the green fire of Michelle Pfeiffer’s witch, Lamia.

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