Ecamm Works Out iPhone Videoconferencing Hack During “Iron Coder” Contest

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Date: Monday, August 13th, 2007, 12:06
Category: iPhone

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It’s not for sale yet, but it’s as shrewd as it gets.
Apparently the guys at Ecamm Network attended the C-4 developer conference and during the “Iron Coder Live” event, crafted a quick mirror-based hack to allow for videoconferencing via an iPhone.
According to Mac Daddy World, the hack was based around a quick program installed into the iPhone (after the iPhone jailbreak tool created by the iPhone Dev Group was installed) that worked with the camera function to provide the videoconference. The iPhone was then set to speaker mode and a series of Huckleberry mirrors acted as a periscope of sorts with the software reorienting the image and allowing for the image to appear correctly.
Since a picture’s worth a thousand words:


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No software or source code has been made available, but it’s a clever workaround and will hopefully inspire a cool product.
If you’ve seen anything like this or come up with a cool iPhone camera workaround of your own, let us know in the comments or forums.

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The Apple Core: MagSafe Hits the Road and Other Alternatives

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Date: Monday, August 13th, 2007, 11:28
Category: The Apple Core

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You love your MacBook and/or MacBook Pro.
And one of the things you’re probably fond of is the MagSafe power adapter, which made tripping over the power cord about a thousand times less disastrous.
Despite providing an excellent charging solution for everyday use, Apple left out airplane travelers for seven months before releasing a MagSafe Airline Power Adapter and has yet to release an adapter for usage in a car.
In today’s Apple Core, PowerPage head honcho Jason O’Grady looks at the first third party solution and discusses some killer devices for getting juice to your Mac while on the road…

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Nova Media Releases message2net 1.2.3

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Date: Monday, August 13th, 2007, 09:39
Category: Software

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Late last week, German software firm Nova Media released message2net 1.2.3, the latest version of its SMS management software. The updated package, a 2.9 megabyte download, boasts the following fixes and changes:
Address Book support:
Search for a name and get the associated mobile phone numbers displayed in a snap without the need to open Address Book.
Multipart SMS-support:
Don’t stop at 160 characters. Just continue typing with multipart SMS support. There is a limit of 10 SMS you can sent in a row, however.
Group SMS:
Share your insights with group SMS. message2net supports sending one message to 10 people at once, so there is no need to leave someone in the dark.
Easy SIM-management: With message2net is is simple as drag and drop to copy names and associated numbers from your Address Book to the SIM-card and vice versa. Or just add a new number to your already existing contacts.
New supported phones:
-Siemens BenQ S81
-Siemens BenQ S88
-Siemens BenQ SX1
-Motorola KRZR K1
-Motorola RAZR V3xx
-Motorola RAZR V6maxx
-Motorola V980
-Nokia 6085
-Nokia 6131
-Nokia 6233
-Nokia N76
-Nokia N93i
-Samsung Z150
-Samsung Z400
-Sony Ericsson P1
-Sony Ericsson P910i
-Sony Ericsson W200i
-Sony Ericsson Z610i
Improvements:
-GUI improvements.
-Easy product activation and de-activation.
-Improved sorting system.
-Adressbook pictures used, if available.
-Dock-icon displays numer of unread messages.
-Multiple recepients are displayed and saved for a message.
-Send SMS messages to pstn phones (if these support this function) general bug fixes and improvements.
Message2net 1.2.3 retails for 8.95 Euros plus tax and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run. The program is a universal binary and runs at native speed on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
If you’ve tried the new version of message2net or have a preferred Mac-SMS package, let us know in the comments or forums.

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Users Point Out iPhone Volume Issues

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Date: Monday, August 13th, 2007, 08:30
Category: iPhone

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Either the iPhone’s the greatest thing since self-slicing bread or the worst thing ever.
It seems to come down to the individual unit itself.
The guys over at iPhone Atlas are reporting that dozens of iPhone owners have expressed concern with the volume from their iPhone’s earpieces, speakerphone, ringer and alert sounds. In these cases, the volume has proven below normal and the quick fix of setting the volume to the maximum level has sometimes resulting in a severe echoing noise.
Currently available fixes are as follows:
-Apple’s recently-released iPhone Update 1.0.1 seems to have provided a volume boost to some users.
-Performing a restore function can sometimes result in a temporary volume boost.
-Connecting to a stereo or Bluetooth headset can result in higher volumes for calls, but doesn’t address the problem at its core.
Per the article, the problem seems to affect specific iPhones rather than every unit, even though some readers have reported that their replacement units exhibited identical problems.
If you’ve seen this problem on your iPhone or have ideas regarding a workaround or fix, let us know in the comments or forums.

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Adium 1.1 Released

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Date: Monday, August 13th, 2007, 08:38
Category: Software

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Over the weekend, Adium, the open-source instant messaging client with support for multiple programs (including AOL Instant Messenger, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, Yahoo! Google Talk, Bonjour, etc.) was updated to version 1.1.
The new version, a 14 megabyte download, boasts the following new features and changes:
-Rewritten tabs using PSMTabBarControl (Kent Sutherland, mentored by David Smith).
-Tabs can now be oriented vertically or horizontally (#3372).
-Tabs handle overflow better, by showing a “chevron” (») pop-up menu (#12).
-Improved drag & drop behavior with tabs (#2555).
-Improved tab length calculation (#6775).
-Tabs can display the number of unread messages Contact List.
-Horizontal autosizing of the contact list is now more accurate (#6618).
-Added an animated transition for contact list sorting (#5633) Hi, LH. Xtras.
-StatusItem can now be customized via .AdiumMenuBarIcons AdiumXtras (#7237).
-Improved Adiumy emoticon text equivalents (#6327).
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