Verizon and Vonage to Face Off in Patent Infringement Suit

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Date: Wednesday, February 21st, 2007, 12:41
Category: News

Voice over Internet Protocol carrier Vonage and long-standing telephone carrier Verizon will lock legal horns in court this June. The suit, filed by Verizon under the claim that Vonage had violated several of its patents, specifically the technology Vonage uses to connect calls from Internet Protocol-based phones to traditionally networked phones.
Vonage has denied any form of patent violation and cites that most of its technologies are standards-based as well as widely available throughout its industry. In a sample cited over on ZDNet’s coverage, Vonage has stated that it used voice gateways available from Cisco to route voice traffic over the Internet and connect its phone calls to regular phone networks.
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Dear Apple, Fix iSync for S60.

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Date: Wednesday, February 21st, 2007, 09:02
Category: Mobile Phone

You’re not imagining it, iSync really is broken for S60 V3 devices.
It used to be that iSync would push over a little binary that ran a daemon to negotiate iSync communication between your Mac and your S60 handset, which dutifully listened for iSync connections and did a sync.
Now, this process has been broken from the start, due to completely obliterating speed dials and contact groups on the handset. It also blows away custom ringers on contacts and groups because it completely trashes the database on the handset with each sync.
But it gets worse. Much, much worse.
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VLC HDTV Streaming Guide Published

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Date: Wednesday, February 21st, 2007, 09:25
Category: How-To

The guys over at The Unofficial Apple Weblog have pointed out a cool tutorial by Erica Sadun over on
The tutorial is a full guide demonstrating how two Macs, one equipped with an EyeTV-compatible tuner and driver software and both equipped with the open source VLC media player, can set up an active video server to record HDTV content from one Mac and stream it to other Macs and PCs throughout the house.
Once complete, users can configure VLC to act as a web-based remote control, flipping channels on other computers throughout the home or network while the server pushes the content through.
The guide is a few pages, complete with full tutorials and visual guides. Older Macs can be used as a server, Saldun referencing as to how even a 733 MHz Power Mac G4 was capable of performing the task.
Read it over and see what you think. And if you’ve built or been involved with any similar projects, let us know.


PowerBookResQ Now iResQ

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Date: Wednesday, February 21st, 2007, 08:17
Category: News

According to an article on MacMinute, long-standing Mac community staple PowerBookResQ, which made its mark by offering US$99 service on damaged Macintosh laptops with three way overnight shipping included, has changed its name and is now known as iResQ.
The change reflects the company’s pursuit of a wider market, a revamped web site now offering additional services for iPod, the upcoming iPhone as well as ink and toner sales. The company will continue to operate with included three-way overnight shipping included but will add two additional service levels, one for US$49 and another for US$29.


Kandalu X Cube Utility Allows iPod Backup, CD Cover Creation

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Date: Wednesday, February 21st, 2007, 08:57
Category: Software

UK-software firm Kandalu has released the first version of its Kandalu X Cube software utility.
The program allows users to copy music on their iPod over to their computer and vice versa via iTunes. Users can also create a CD cover from selected iTnes songs in Microsoft Word featuring the artist, track and album information found in their iTunes music library.
Kandalu X Cube is available for a US$28 shareware registration fee and is a 4 megabyte download courtesy of MacUpdate.
The program is a universal binary and runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
Give it a try and if you have an opinion about what you see, let us know.