Skype 2.6 for Mac Released

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Date: Wednesday, May 16th, 2007, 13:24
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On Wednesday, Skype released the final build of Skype 2.6, its Voice over Internet Protocol software for the Mac. The new version, which is available as a free 30.4 megabyte download, includes a new call-transfer feature currently unavailable on its Windows client as well as stability fixes, a public chat feature and a chat typing indicator within its instant message component to allow users to see when the other person is typing a message.
According to MacNN, Skype 2.6 also features support for DTMF tones for automatic answering services which are available during Skype-to-Skype calls. The update also improves how event reminders are handled and users can make calls to standard land lines and cell phones via the program’s Skype In and Skype Out services.
Skype requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new version and have something to say about it, let us know.


Amazon to Offer DRM-Free Digital Music

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Date: Wednesday, May 16th, 2007, 13:02
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On Wednesday, announced that it plans to launch a DRM-free online music store later this year. The site would sell audio content in a straight MP3 format without any Digital Rights Management protection constraints built into the files sold according to Macworld News.
This news follows announcements by EMI and Apple in April that the companies would be selling online music content free of Digital Rights Management code. Amazon’s tactic would allow the songs and albums sold through its music store to be played by almost any device that could read and play the MP3 file format. Purchased songs could also be stored to an iPod or other digital music player as well as burned to CD-ROM.


PageSender Updated to Version 4.0.1

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Date: Wednesday, May 16th, 2007, 09:45
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Maybe a quick software update’s good for the ego. Or at least it keeps you honest. Less than two weeks after the widescale release of PageSender 4.0, SmileOnMyMac has released version 4.0.1 of its PageSender fax program, which functions as an extended set of tools for Mac OS X’s built-in fax features.
PageSender retails for US$39.95, allows users to send and receive faxes from any program as well as automate when faxes are sent and received.
The new version adds the following features and changes:
-Address Book panel works in Carbon apps (e.g. Word, FileMaker Pro, etc.)
-Live addressing works in Carbon apps.
-Cover page messages can have returns.
-Create new recipients by clicking in the address list.
-MaxEmail and EasyLink work as selected.
-Fixed problem with quitting PageSender Fax Center.
-Other minor fixes and improvements.
PageSender 4.0.1 is coded as a Universal Binary and can function at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware. The program is a 6.6 megabyte download and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new version and can offer feedback or impressions, let us know.


Apple Scales Down Pricing on European MacBooks

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Date: Wednesday, May 16th, 2007, 08:32
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More cool overseas tidbits today as AppleInsider is reporting that the European markets have seen the prices of MacBook laptop units drop 70 Euros down to 1,049, 1,249 and 1,449 Euros depending on the model MacBook being purchased.
The change comes on the heels of yesterday’s product refresh for the MacBook line. The new units feature faster processors, larger hard drives, more advanced wireless capabilities and additional RAM among other changes.
Interestingly, a rumor has surfaced from the Italian user base that the newest MacBooks may be using a brighter display for its 13.3″ screen. In its product announcement, Apple Italy listed a 250cd/m2 brightness figure for its high-end 2.16 GHz black MacBook model. Apple had not specified this change in its more widespread press release regarding the update, but has suggested that the brightness of its display helped sell the unit.


Apple Trims iPod Shuffle Pricing in UK Markets

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Date: Wednesday, May 16th, 2007, 07:59
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A good thing just got a bit cheaper across the Atlantic. Macworld UK is reporting that Apple has reduced the price of its iPod Shuffle music player from 55 Pounds to 49 Pounds, a reduction of about 10%.
Last month, Apple cut the price of its video-enabled iPod model by 10 to 20 Pounds depending on capacity.
The price cuts are seen as a means of maintaining demand for the products, especially since a product refresh of the units isn’t expected until the end of the summer.
If you’ve seen this reduction or any similar offers in your neck of the woods, let me know.