Missing from the Treo: Instant Messaging Client

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Date: Wednesday, December 21st, 2005, 22:50
Category: Mobile Phone

verichat.jpgOne of the most surprising software omissions from my new Verizon Treo 650 is an IM client. If there was ever a perfect device to stay connected via IM, it’s the Treo. Shortly after noticing the omissions I embarked upon a hunt to find the best IM client for Palm OS devices. That hunt wasn’t exactly easy because there are literally dozens of IM clients out there.
PDA Apps’ VeriChat is pretty much the ultimate Instant Message client for the Treo 650 smartphone. VeriChat is an always-on, unified IM client for Palm OS that works great with the Treo 650. VeriChat works with a persistent wireless data connection (GPRS, CDMA 1xRTT, or CSD) to give you an always-on IM presence on the Yahoo!, ICQ, MSN and AOL chat networks.
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The In-Dash iPod

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Date: Wednesday, December 21st, 2005, 19:21
Category: iPod

ipod-indash-03.jpgPowerPage reader Geert Matton submits this piece on his excellent iPod install in his car.

I’m an Art Director for TMP in Belgium and I wanted to integrate my iPod into my 2004 Audi A2 and do it in a way that I would be able to use the full potential of my iPod and in a nice way, no haywire of cables. This is what I came up with…

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An Open Letter to Steve Jobs on Aperture

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Date: Wednesday, December 21st, 2005, 07:56
Category: Software

I am a Mac/Apple evangelist. A certified, grade A Mac zealot – and a photographer. Your marketing materials for Aperture had me so excited for yet another groundbreaking product from the greatest minds in the computer industry.
So far I have been reasonably satisfied with the output from Adobe Creative Suite 2, Bridge and the Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) format.
I really tried my best to make Aperture sing but the quirks, pauses, US$400 to upgrade my video card, and twice-a-day crashes drove me nuts. However, the output is where the rubber meets the road. Only one word can describe the output from Aperture: Atrocious.
You be the judge…
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What is Your Apple Highlight of 2005?

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Date: Wednesday, December 21st, 2005, 07:06
Category: News

Macworld UK has posted an interesting reader poll. The results, so far:
Intel announcement (243) 21%
Mac OS X Tiger (232) 20%
iPod nano/video (202) 17%
Mac mini (160) 14%
iMac G5 & Front Row (119) 10%
Soaring Apple stock (70) 6%
Quad-core G5 (80) 7%
Podcasting (48) 4%
Mighty Mouse (15) 1%
iLife ’05 (16) 1%
(Contributed by Neal Hoskins)