Skype 2.6 for Mac Beta Hits, Adds Call Transfer Feature

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Date: Wednesday, April 11th, 2007, 09:24
Category: Software

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Skype has just announced a public beta of its 2.6 version for the Mac OS X platform. The new version, a 29.6 megabyte download, adds the following new features:
-User reminders and notifications for events such as appointments.
-Call Transfer feature to bounce a call over to current Skype contacts.
-Public chats can now be joined.
-Chat typing indicator to see when others are writing messages
-Skype Prime services access.
-Automatic Update now allows client to upate without having to visit a web site to download a new version.
-DTMF tones for automatic answering services available also during Skype-to-Skype calls.
Skype 2.6 requires an 800 MHz G4, G5 or Intel processor, Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later, 512 megabytes of RAM, 40 megabyes of free hard disk space and a microphone to run. The software is a universal binary and runs at native speeds on both the PowerPC and Intel-based hardware architectures.
If you’ve tried the new version and had a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.

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Opera Browser Hits Version 9.2

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Date: Wednesday, April 11th, 2007, 09:25
Category: Software

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On Wednesday, Opera Software released version 9.2 of its free web browser.
The new version, an 11.2 megabyte download, incorporates new features such as Speed Dial (a means of accessing favorite web sites in newly opened ab windows, then clicking on a site thumbnail to open a web site) as well as integrated BitTorrent support, content filtering, Widget support, a fraud protection scheme, IRC support and support for multiple search engines according to Macworld News.
Opera is programmed as a universal binary and runs at native speeds on both the PowerPC and Intel hardware architectures. The browser requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback about it, let us know.

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MGM and United Artists Join iTunes Store

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Date: Wednesday, April 11th, 2007, 09:33
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MGM and United Artists movies have started appearing on Apple’s iTunes Store this evening. The new movies are listed amongst the New Releases (iTunes link) on iTunes.

Popular MGM Titles include (iTunes links) Mad Max, Bulletproof Monk, Rocky, Pieces of April, The Thomas Crown Affair, Dances with Wolves, and Robocop. Meanwhile, only one United Artists movie (Ronin) has been added so far.

Mac Rumors: MGM and United Artists Join iTunes Store

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SanDisk and Yahoo Team Up to Develop iPod Competitor

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Date: Wednesday, April 11th, 2007, 08:31
Category: News

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Storage technology firm SanDisk and online search giant Yahoo have released an iPod competitor in the form of SanDisk’s Sansa Connect music player.
The Sansa Connect, priced at US$249.99, ships with a 2.2″ LCD screen, weighs 15.2 ounces and ships with an eight gigabyte Flash-based hard drive as well as a microSD memory card slot according to Macworld UK.
Unlike the iPod, the Sansa Connect features full Wi-Fi support, the device allowing access to Yahoo’s free and paid services such as Launchcast Internet radio, Flickr photo galleries and Yahoo Messenger. The player supports both the MP3 and WMA file formats. Users can also access Yahoo’s Music Unlimited To Go service to wirelessly download music directly to the device.
While Microsoft’s Zune music player added the much-touted “music beaming” feature in which users could wirelessly share songs, the Sansa Connect focuses on allowing users to view recommendations from friends and other Sansa Connect owners as opposed to sharing content.
No word has been given regarding Mac drivers or support for the Sansa Connect.

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iTunes Store Begins to Supply HD News Podcasts for Apple TV

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Date: Wednesday, April 11th, 2007, 07:27
Category: News

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On Tuesday, news site Washingtonpost.com began offering high-definition podcasts formatted for download and viewing on HD TV sets as well as Apple’s newly released Apple TV device. These files, which are shot with high definition cameras and encoded at 720p and include documentary pieces such as Ben De La Cruz’s “Being a black man” series, coverage of Chad’s Darfur refugee series and ongoing coverage of the emerging 2008 presidential campaigns according to MacNN.
The content is free and the move represents the first move by a major news organization to format content for the Apple TV, which was released to the market a few weeks ago.

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