I just wanted to let you all know that the new version 1.2 of my SMS scripts for Address Book is available from the web page. This should correct most of the problems some of you have experienced with the scripts. The scripts should now be able to process numbers in almost any format, and will also accept phone number entries with custom labels.
Though it’s a slight departure from previous designs, I think that the K700i looks great. I don’t quite understand the whole “dual face” thing that SE is trying to push (the idea that it “looks” like a camera on one side, and a phone on the other), but whatever.
What I do miss from the T61x is the indentation up the sides of the phone. As I wrote in the T616 review, this made the phone feel secure in your hand, something that is difficult to do with such a small device. That’s not to say that the K700i doesn’t feel good in the hands, quite the opposite actually, but the automatic comfort of the T61x is notably absent.
Read the full review at JustinBlanton.com
The K700i is S///’s new mobile phone that features:
Rogue Amoeba has just unveiled Audio Hijack Pro 2, a major upgrade to our popular audio recording and enhancing tool. Record and enhance any audio with Audio Hijack Pro – it’s the cornerstone of your digital audio experience. Read More…
Jon’s Phone Tool (JPT) uses a Bluetooth mobile phone, your Mac’s modem, or speakers to dial the phone. JPT can also make calls via Vonage, Ovolab Phlink, Parliant’s PhoneValet, an Asterisk PBX server, or X-Lite by Xten Networks, Inc., a free SIP softphone for use with many VoIP services. You can enter a number manually or you can use the integrated search tools to find numbers in your Address Book, Microsoft Entourage, Now Contact, or Palm Desktop databases. You can also search various websites and with the included contextual menu, you can even select a number just about anywhere and instantly dial it using JPT.
Thanks to MW reader Travis Walls for pointing out that the Salling Clicker–a Bluetooth app that turns your mobile/pda into a remote control for your Mac–makes a wonderful remote for the Airport Express. Travis wrote:
I love the APX. I hear everyone complaining about the lack of a remote and I laugh as I search for a song on my iBook from my Nokia 3650. Apple won’t usually do things if they know someone else already has a solution and they don’t think they can do it better. Using Salling Clicker is like having iTunes on my phone.
I must admit I’d quite forgotten about the Salling Clicker when I hooked up my Airport Express and had quite overlooked that somewhere along the line (I used SC last with my T68i) Jonas Salling added a boat-load of new features including the ability to browse and search your iTunes music visually on your mobile.
A reader wrote in suggesting the MacTruck as an alternative to QuickerTek’s PowerBook handle. While the MacTruck looks like the invincible case for a PowerBook, it doesn’t solve the problem that I have. I like to wander around in conferences, and being a small guy, I don’t like toting a lot of stuff around with me. If PowerBooks had battery lifespans comparable to Centrinos, I could just carry the laptop for most of a conference. As it is, I minimally need to carry the PowerBook, the charger, and a spare battery, which is really too much. Since the MacTruck weighs in at 2.4kg (about 5lbs), it weighs as much as the PowerBook does, it’s clearly way too much. (Source: Ted Leung’s BLOG)
Snaggy and Nitrozac wrote an interesting article on how to extend iSight’s capabilities with some nifty programs, add-ons, and apps. Go ahead, dust it off and enhance your relationship with your iSight:
How many times do you do it a month? Oh I know, I know, it used to be every day; sometimes even two or three times a night! Alas, those passionate feelings have probably faded a little with time, and that feverish desire you once felt has moved into the comfortable blahs, or worse, you barely think of each other with techno-lust anymore.
Admit it. You are completely bored with your iSight. Your impulsive, giddy love affair has all but dried up, now that the reality of video chatting has settled in. To paraphrase the band Talking Heads, you may find yourself in front of a beautiful geekosphere, and you may find yourself on some beautiful bandwidth, but you may ask yourself: where is my useful device? Is this my beautiful iSight? How did I get here? My God! What have I done?
You’re having a mid-shelf-life crisis.
Here’s where we can help. Consider us your personal tech-therapists, willing to help you rekindle that passion, to bring you and your gorgeous hardware back together, to show you some new positions, wild variations, and maybe even how to swing a little with a three-way…
Derrick Story BLOGs his experience setting up a new PowerBook with the new Apple Setup Assistant:
As part of my preparation for a new book I’m working on, I did some research on the process Apple is currently using to get new owners up and running as fast as possible. Last night I looked over a friend’s shoulder during the unveiling of a sleek 15″ PowerBook, and I noticed something I don’t remember from before.
The Set Up Assistant presented a screen that asked, “Do you already have a Mac?” If you click on the “yes” radio button, it walks you through the process off connecting the existing Mac to the new one via FireWire Target Mode. The assistant then lets you choose the information you want to transfer to the new computer. This utility dramatically reduced set up time. The only gotcha was that Apple doesn’t provide you with the FireWire cable, so hopefully existing Mac owners have one dangling around the house.
A recent observation by Engadget is that the XM Satellite Radio‘s artist and song information streamed on the display of your XM receiver is in XML format. So what, you say? Engadget wants XM Radio to set the data free: “If XM has this data in XML form, why can?t we point our RSS readers at a program guide to see what’s on or what?s coming up?”
As I veteran of XM Radio for two and a half years, I say Amen! And while they’re at it, XM needs to allow desktop streaming of their stations like Sirius does…