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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iTunes String Files Reveal Interesting Possibilities

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Date: Friday, August 10th, 2007, 13:28
Category: iPhone

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iTunes may have a few tricks up its sleeve in the near future. The guys over at DownloadSquad have apparently gone digging through the Localizable.strings file on iTunes 7.3.2 and pulled some interesting results according to iPhone Atlas:
/* ===== iPhone Game Item Strings ===== */
“4329.001″ = “Are you sure you want to remove the selected game from your iPhone?”;
“4329.002″ = “Are you sure you want to remove the selected games from your iPhone?”;
We did a little more digging, and found some other interesting entries:
“4320.077″ = “Voice Memos”;
“4320.079″ = “The iPhone “^1” contains new voice memos. Would you like to move these voice memos to your iTunes library?”;
“4320.080″ = “Moving voice memos to your iTunes library…”;
and
“4320.295″ = “You must connect using FireWire to update the iPhone “^FILENAME”.”;
“4320.296″ = “You must connect using FireWire to restore the iPhone “^FILENAME”.”
The strings don’t point to anything specific, but could provide hints that the program will voice memo or Firewire support while the iPhone may be receiving additional game support.
Nothing definitive, but it could point the way to some cool stuff down the road.
Let us know what you think in the comments or forums.

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The Apple Core: Apple Extends Multi-Touch Trackpad Patent

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Date: Friday, August 10th, 2007, 12:52
Category: The Apple Core

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Apple patents being the order of the day, it looks like the company has extended a patent for a multi-touch interface on upcoming notebooks. The initial drawings in the patent display a widened trackpad that can be used by both hands.
Take a look at today’s Apple Core for the full details and if you have some thoughts of your own on this, let us know in the comments or forums.

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Apple Files Ambient Noise Recording Patent for Handheld Devices

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Date: Friday, August 10th, 2007, 09:22
Category: User Interface

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The iPhone and iPod can already do a fair amount, but tend to lead to an insular experience (the conventional logic being that if I’m rocking out to Air Supply on my iPod, then so is the rest of the world. The same goes for the iPhone.)
This may change soon, as Apple has recently filed a patent that with the United States Patent and Trademark Office that posits the idea of passing external/ambient noise through a device’s headphones as opposed to strictly audio from the device.
According to MacNN, the patent describes a situation in which the user could flick a switch that would shut down audio from the device and instead pick up sounds such as voices or the sounds of nearby traffic. The patent, entitled “Presentation of audible media in accommodation with external sound”, lays out a situation in which the user can flip back and forth between their music and outside sounds, the technology perhaps even enhancing outside sounds, picking up ambient noise through a microphone and amplifying it through the headphones.
The headphones would be able to simultaneously record ambient noise, allowing for both live music playback from the device as well as recording of external noises or conversations.
Not a bad idea if it works out. Still, the technology is already here in the form of knowing when to put the headphones away and listen to friends, co-workers, employers, significant others and oncoming traffic.
Your two cents, as always, are more than appreciated in the comments and forums.

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Apple Offering Additional Help with iPhone Dead Spots

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Date: Friday, August 10th, 2007, 08:03
Category: iPhone

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A group of iPhone users have reported that their handsets have permanently lost responsiveness to touch inputs across parts of the screen – generally about half an inch from the top and bottom of the screen.
According to AppleInsider, the problem remains even after the iPhone has been reset, updated with the 1.0.1 firmware software and cleaned. Most reported instances of this case have required replacements from Apple, whose technical support representatives have become “very familiar” with the touch screen failures and appearing to be bypassing the usual protocols for sending out replacements.
In several cases, customers who took their iPhones into Apple Store locations received brief inspections and three-day repair cycles from Apple. Per the stated US$29 iPhone rental, one customer mentioned that he’d successfully negotiated a waiver of the fee during the repair cycle.
Although Apple hasn’t officially commented about it, the unresponsive touch screens represent the second major hardware anomaly affecting the iPhone, the first being a wide variety of failed AC adapters that shipped with the iPhones.
If you’ve seen the touch screen problem on your end or have an idea or workaround, let us know in the comments or forums.

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Apple Releases MacBook Pro Software Update 1.1

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Date: Friday, August 10th, 2007, 08:21
Category: MacBook Pro

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Late Thursday, Apple released the MacBook Pro Software Update 1.1 patch. The update, a 14.7 megabyte download and can also be located through Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.
The update provides bug fixes and stability improvements with Apple’s Motion 2 and Motion 3 software suites and is recommended for the 2.2 and 2.4 GHz MacBook Pro units. Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later is required to install and run the update.
Please let us know if you’ve installed the update and had either a positive or negative experience with it. If you have any stories or feedback, let us know in the comments or forums.

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Jax 1.0.1 Released

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Date: Thursday, August 9th, 2007, 13:44
Category: Software

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On Wednesday, software maker JoeSoft released version 1.0.1 of Jax, its iTunes plug-in application. Jax, which retails for US$49.95, allows users to perform actions such as loading YouTube videos into iTunes to be played back on a video iPod, Apple TV or iPhone, dig up information on performers via Music Map, customize album covers, use new iTunes visualizers and locate song lyrics.
Jax 1.0.1 incorporates the following changes and fixes:
-Overall improved performance and stability.
-Support for iTunes 7.3.2.
-Video conversion support for iPhone.
-Updated “BeComposed” visualizer.
-Previewing songs from “Artists” tab in “Music Map” has been fixed.
Jax 1.0.1 is a 23.1 megabyte download (courtesy of VersionTracker) and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and iTunes 6.4 or later.
If you have any feedback about the new version of Jax, let us know in the comments or forums.

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Duck Hunt for iPhone Released

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Date: Thursday, August 9th, 2007, 13:08
Category: iPhone

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Give someone a little free time and they might do something interesting with it. Deron Dantzler has apparently written an iPhone version of Nintendo’s classic “Duck Hunt” game.
The game, which was rewritten in JavaScript, took him about a week. Citing himself as a novice and inviting comments and code fixes where applicable, the source code can be found here.
Check out Dantzler’s blog entry for full details ad he recommends Appleopolis as a means of adding web applications and installing them in the launcher.
I currently lack an iPhone, so I can’t really tell you how well the game works, but give it a shot and let me know what you think. And even if Apple only allows iPhone development through its web interface, there’s a slew of cool stuff coming out for it.
If you see anything nifty or have feedback about Duck Hunt for the iPhone, let us know in the comments or forums.

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