Gizmo Project Adds AIM and MSN Support

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Date: Wednesday, June 13th, 2007, 14:29
Category: Software

On Monday, SIPphone announced that Gizmo Project, the company’s free Voice over Internet Protocol program, was now able to communicate with AOL Instant Messenger and MSN Messenger contacts.
Like other Voice over Internet Protocol programs, Gizmo Project allows users to transmit and receive voice data, essentially making the data connection into a telephone. According to Macworld News, Gizmo Project users receive free voice mail and conference calling features with their accounts and can purchase “call in” and “call out” features that allow each user to have a phone number as well as call land line and mobile phone connections.
SIPphone has commented that the new feature is change that’s been completed on the server end and a download of the latest version of the client software isn’t necessary. The company has also stated that it plans to add similar features for communication with Yahoo Messenger, Google Talk and iChat contacts.
Gizmo Project is an 18.5 megabyte download and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run. The program is a Universal Binary and functions at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
If you’ve tried the new features and have either positive or negative feedback about them, let us know.


“Get Ready” Email Offers Additional iPhone Details

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Date: Wednesday, June 13th, 2007, 08:19
Category: News

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A mass email sent out by Apple and AT&T entitled “Get Ready. iPhone is coming July 29th” lists several suggestions as to how to prepare for the device’s arrival. Broken down into “Contacts,” “Calendar,” “Email,” “Photos,” “Music and Video,” and “iTunes Account” sections, the message explains how each category works on the iPhone.
According to an article on iLounge, the e-mail explains how each user will need to create an iTunes account in order to set up the iPhone.
The section by section breakdown:
Apple recommends getting your contact information up to date and prep your address book program (such as Address Book, Entourage, Outlook Express, etc.) to automatically synch with the iPhone.
The e-mail cites that the iPhone can import events from programs such as iCal or Entourage on the Mac or Outlook on the PC by synching the iPhone with your computer. Appointments can also be directly entered into the iPhone itself.
The announcement mentions that the iPhone can automatically synch e-mail account settings through iTunes and that popular email services such as Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, AOL and .Mac Mail as well as POP and IMAP-based email will work on the iPhone. The iPhone will be able to automatically retrieve email on a set schedule if desired.
The iPhone can display photos synched to the device via iTunes and iPhoto. On the Windows end, users can synch images to the iPhone from Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Photoshop Album or any picture folder. Apple suggests creating a test album of 50 to 100 photos as a test bed for the function.
Music and Video:
Like several of the other major features, the email cites that iTunes will be required to synch music and video to the iPhone. Apple suggests making a playlist of your favorite songs in advance.
iTunes Account:
Perhaps the most interesting part of the e-mail, users will need to create an iTunes account in order to set up the iPhone. Once the iPhone is in hand, fire up iTunes to create an account. Also double check your user name and password if any of these are in question for a smooth setup process.


Opinion: Safari: Apple’s New Platform?

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Date: Wednesday, June 13th, 2007, 08:31
Category: Opinion

Reader Tristan Louis has submitted a link to a thoughtful blog post regarding Apple, Safari, development for the iPhone, iTunes, Software Update and infiltration into the Windows platform via its new services and devices. He raises some good points and the entry is worth the read:
Yesterday’s announcement of Apple launching its Safari web browser for the Windows platform was a bit puzzling and I wasn’t sure of what to make of it at first. So I decided to read more about it and then install it.
Of course, day one is always amusing. First, it’s clear that the security claims are not fully justified. And moving from the confines of the OS X world, which is generally like a meticulously cleaned up suburban neighborhood into the wilds known as the world of Windows was bound to test some of Apple’s mettle when it comes to security. But that’s really besides the point: the software is not a full released
version and one can hope that it will be improved upon further down the line (then again, hope springs eternal.)
But all this is really besides the point. In order to see what is happening, one must start thinking about why would Apple think about a new browser today.
For the full blog entry, click here.
If you have an opinion on this, let us know.


Santa Rosa MacBook Pro Benchmark Tests Updated

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Date: Wednesday, June 13th, 2007, 08:05
Category: News

The guys over at have added to their battery of tests on the newly-released Intel Santa Rosa-based MacBook Pro laptops. The new round of tests still focused on 3D gaming ability, the new MacBook Pro units running titles such as Prey and Quake 4 appreciably faster than the previous revisions.
As expected, the current MacBook laptop came out on the low end, its integrated Intel GMA 950 graphics chip holding it back despite BareFeats’ installing two gigabytes of RAM.
More reports are due to come as the site compares the MacBook Pro’s available 7,200 RPM 160 gigabyte drive to the 5,400 RPM 120 gigabyte model as well as runs comparisons of the same applications under both Parallels Desktop for Macs 3.0 and Apple’s Boot Camp.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.