Friday afternoon Apple links, O.J. Simpson edition

I know you've all missed my shining wit and charm over the past week, but luckily, it's Friday afternoon. Friday afternoon means fresh-squeezed Friday links and Apple tidbits. Now, I'm not saying I posted these, but if I had, here's how I would have posted them: HangZhou Night Net

Apple is no stranger to being on the receiving end of lawsuits, but a recent lawsuit naming Steve Jobs as a defendant might not be quite what the company is used to. Specifically, the recent suit brought by plaintiff and prison inmate Jonathan Lee Riches alleges that O.J. Simpson has been working as Steve Jobs' hitman since 1985. The entire suit is worth a read, since it contains gems such as Riches talking about how he "negotiated a plea bargain with Steve Jobs while he sat in Cinderella's castle in the Magic Kingdom." I wish I could make this stuff up. Lots of iPhone bricking stories have been floating around after the 1.1.1 update was released, but very few of those involved iPhones made out of bricks. I'm speaking, of course, about LEGO bricks, which an artist has used to make a model of the iPhone. The form factor is right, but the graphics on that model are still a bit lacking.What happens when you need to take pictures in dark places with your iPhone? Well if you're most people, you're out of luck. But one enterprising iPhone owner has cobbled together an iPhone flash from some LEDs and an old car charger. Judging by the pictures, it works very well. There's no word yet on what it does to battery life, or whether it will ever be commercially available.Along with all of the other updates released this week, Apple upgraded the Firmware Restoration CD to version 1.4. The CD can be used to fix up your Intel Mac after a botched firmware update, and now supports 2007 MacBooks as well as 8-core Mac Pros. If you actually need it, it's a 30MB download and can be used to create a CD on either an Intel or PowerPC Mac. On the more serious side of things, everyone's favorite analyst Gene (Herman to his friends) Munster is reporting that the iPhone price drop has given sales of the device a swift kick in the rear. Demand has apparently increased between 70 and 100 percent—much higher than first expected. The increased demand won't do much for the September quarter, but the holiday quarter is going to be even sweeter if those numbers continue to hold.

That's all I've got for today. Have a wonderful weekend, but do try to keep any children or loved ones away from O.J. Simpson. And keep those suggestions for Friday links rolling in, too!

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