USB Tethering Solution for the Treo 700p

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Date: Tuesday, June 20th, 2006, 09:00
Category: Mobile Phone

treo700p-100.jpgA PowerPage reader just IM’d me with a nice USB tethering solution for the Treo 700p. It’s kind of pricey at US$25, but there’s a 14-day trial and it’s worked quite well for him during the trial. He tracked the software down because he’s been unsuccessful getting Bluetooth to tether.
The software comes with EV-DO scripts for both Verizon and Sprint and according to the reader it “seems to get pretty warm during heavy data transfers. Not MacBook warm though.” Transfer rates are all over the place, but he’s been able to get better than 1Mb in Chicago.

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T-Mobile Releases Sidekick 3 SmartPhone

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Date: Tuesday, June 20th, 2006, 08:55
Category: Mobile Phone

sidekick3.jpgT-Mobile today announced the Sidekick 3 smartphone and Engadget has a bunch of hands-on photos. I just hope that T-Mo fixed the swiss cheese security protecting their Sidekick Web portal.

As promised, our initial impressions of the new T-Mobile Sidekick 3…First off, the Sidekick 3 is really just an evolution and enhancement of its predecessor (just as the SKII was with the original Sidekick). It’s about 20% smaller (it’s definitely more pocketable), and finally has Bluetooth, a memory card slot, and a better camera,Just as the Sidekick II was with the original Sidekick, the Sidekick is at heart just an evolution and enhancement of its predecessor. The big improvements? Bluetooth, a memory card slot, a better camera, more memory, a music player, and a trackball. There haven’t been any major changes in the UI (mainly a few tweaks here and there), and you may or may not like the new keyboard (we liked it, but you’ll just have to try it yourself and see), but the biggest disappointment is the display, which is still a paltry 240 x 160 pixels and still looks sorta washed out to our eyes.

T-Mobile Sidekick 3 hands-on! – Engadget Mobile

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Bill Gates All Hands Email

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Date: Tuesday, June 20th, 2006, 08:06
Category: News

gates.jpgIf you haven’t yet, you really should read Bill Gates’ all hands email announcing his departure as Chief Software Architect of Microsoft in 2008. What’s even funnier though is ValleyWag’s line-by-line interpretation of said email.

Another official memo, another official string of bull: After his retirement announcement, Microsoft founder Bill Gates sent an all-hands internal memo that the press passed around this weekend. The Valleyspeak dialect has a native speaker up in MS’s Redmond HQ, so pay attention to what Gates says and what he means.

Valleyspeak: Bill Gates’s internal e-mail – Valleywag

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The ‘Mac OS X Closed by Pirates’ Myth

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Date: Tuesday, June 20th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Opinion

There are two elements to this myth. The first is that Apple has actually closed open source development for its kernel, or plans to do so; the second suggests that the reason for this has something to do with Mac OS X being used by pirates on generic PC hardware.
Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted

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The Apple Core: iChat AV needs a rewrite

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Date: Tuesday, June 20th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Software

ichat-icon.jpgiChat was once the pantheon of instant messaging clients with its delicious aqua interface, no obnoxious ads (like AIM) and a simple ease-of-use that’s undeniable. But since the release of iChat AV (a.k.a. version 3) the application has added features at the expense of reliability.
First came the addition of audio chat, which was novel, then came the addition of video chat which had the potential to turn every Mac into a video phone. Everyone I know rushed out to buy Apple’s US$149 FireWire iSight camera (myself included) just for iChat AV, but it wasn’t long before the number of video icons in my buddy list started to dwindle.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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