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Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2008.12.24

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iPhone 3G - now at WalmartWalmart Posts iPhone Ads in Stores Ahead of Launch

iPhone Alley's Edward Kirk reports:

"Walmart has finally openly confirmed an eventual launch of the iPhone 3G in their stores in the near future. Still not providing a formal announcement of any kind, stores have began displaying advertisements for the device in their stores that read 'iPhone 3G: Now at Walmart' ahead of the scheduled roll-out.

Leaked Walmart Memo Spills iPhone Plans

Walmart's iPhone Pilot Launch memoIDG News Service's Agam Shah reports:

"Speculation surrounding Wal-Mart carrying the iPhone reached fever pitch on Wednesday, with a leaked memo saying the retailer would start selling the smartphone on Dec. 28.

"The memo, which has been published on Engadget, states that an 8 GB iPhone 3G will be priced at $197, and a 16 GB iPhone at $297, with a two-year cell phone contract with AT&T. Speculation last month suggested Wal-Mart would sell a 4 GB iPhone 3G for $99, so the higher prices could come as a disappointment. Intial [sic] reports of an Apple-Wal-Mart allaince [sic], however, centered around a $2 discount."

ChangeWave Survey Shows BlackBerry, iPhone Battle Raging On

PR: Rockville, Maryland, December 23, 2008 - Research In Motion (RIMM) and Apple (AAPL) continue to dominate the consumer smart phone market, according to the latest ChangeWave survey. The survey shows Apple enjoying another good quarter in the aftermath of its 3G iPhone release.

But while RIM sales momentum has been sluggish in recent quarters, its new BlackBerry product launches have unleashed a jump in consumer planned buying that suggests a full-scale battle with Apple for market supremacy in 2009.

But are the new BlackBerry products strong enough to capitalize on the increased consumer interest?

The ChangeWave survey of 3,803 cell phone owners, has taken a close look at smart phone market trends, including consumer reaction to RIM's launch of the BlackBerry Storm and how it compares to the Apple iPhone. The December 9-15, 2008 survey was conducted just weeks after the Storm's initial release.

Smart Phone Market Demand

The overall growth rate for the smart phone market has contracted since the previous survey, but it's still positive despite the recessionary climate. A total of 12.2% of respondents plan on buying a smart phone over the next 90 days, 0.3% more than previously.

Current Market Share: RIM vs. Palm vs. AppleCurrent Market Share: Apple vs. RIM vs. Palm. While RIM (41%) is still the consumer market share leader, it has fallen 1-pt since our previous survey in September to its lowest percentage of the last 12 months.

At the same time, Apple (23%; up 6-pts) has witnessed explosive growth - up 6-pts just since September. Importantly, its overall market share has more than doubled in the past six months - a direct result of the July release of the 3G iPhone.

Taken together, Apple and RIM now control two-thirds of the smart phone market, as smaller/weaker players such as Palm (9%) have proven unable to compete.

Next 90 Days - Winners and Losers. The picture going forward points to changes in the smart phone market. RIM (39%; up 9-pts) shows real momentum due to its slew of new product launches - e.g., the Storm, Bold, Pearl Flip - and appears capable of giving Apple a real run for its money in the first quarter of 2009.

Future Smart Phone Buers: RIM vs. Palm vs. AppleMoreover, after the huge wave of enthusiasm generated by the 3G iPhone launch, Apple consumer planned buying (30%; down 4-pts) appears to have settled down somewhat.

In short, as the first quarter approaches, the ball has shifted back into BlackBerry's court in the form of a big uptick in consumer interest which they can potentially capitalize on. But is the new RIM lineup of consumer products strong enough to take full advantage of their increased demand?

BlackBerry Storm vs. The iPhone

The current survey took a close-up look at the reaction of 61 owners of the new BlackBerry Storm, and compared the results to a similar survey in July 2007 of new owners of the original iPhone.

Customer Satisfaction. The overall satisfaction rating given by new owners of the Blackberry Storm can, at best, be characterized as lukewarm. One in three Storm owners (33%) said they were Very Satisfied with their new model, well below the 52% Very Satisfied rating given by all current owners of BlackBerry smart phones.

Simply put, the Storm satisfaction rating is similar to that of mid-tier smart phone manufacturers like Nokia (32%), Motorola (32%), HTC (31%) and Samsung (30%). While far from bad, it's mediocre - which means it's a potential concern regarding RIM's head-to-head battle with Apple.

Initial Consumer Satisfaction: iPhone vs. BlackBerry StormFor comparative purposes, here's how the BlackBerry Storm's favorability ratings stack up against those of the original iPhone (taken in a survey of new iPhone owners in July 2007, less than a month after its initial release).

As the chart shows, the original iPhone's Very Satisfied rating (77%) was more than double that of the new BlackBerry Storm (33%). Importantly, the Storm's Unsatisfied rating (14%) is three times higher than that of the original iPhone (5%).

Note that 4% of new buyers report they've already returned/exchanged their Storm, or are Very Likely to return it. Another 7% say they're Somewhat Likely to return or exchange it.

BlackBerry Storm: Key Likes and Dislikes

Respondents were asked what they liked best and disliked most about the Storm. The results show that RIM made the right choice in producing a touch screen phone, being that it's a highly popular option in the smart phone market. One-in-two (49%) say Touch Screen Interface is what they like best about their BlackBerry Storm. Other key likes include Screen Size (46%) and Screen Resolution (43%).

At the same time, the touch screen interface represents one of the BlackBerry Storm model's biggest Achilles heels. Regarding dislikes, Lack of a QWERTY Keyboard (21%), Touch Screen Interface (20%) and Difficult to Use (20%) were top issues, along with Short Battery Life (21%).

Summary: The smart phone market is now dominated by two companies - Apple and Research In Motion. According to our survey results, the Apple iPhone trails the RIM BlackBerry in terms of current market share - but the iPhone has experienced strong growth since its inception and explosive growth since the release of the 3G model in July 2008.

Going forward, RIM is showing a surge in momentum due to its slew of new product launches - and appears capable of giving Apple a strong challenge in 2009. But the real test in a cutthroat market is how satisfied consumers actually are with their new models.

In this survey, we found the BlackBerry Storm's satisfaction rating to be middle-of-the-road - lagging behind the average rating for other RIM BlackBerry models. It's not that the BlackBerry Storm is a bad phone. It's just that the initial launch has glitches which have resulted in a mediocre satisfaction rating.

Competitive pressures may have caused the Storm to be launched before it was quite ready for primetime. But if RIM can rapidly fix its initial glitches and bugs, the survey shows that this new offering - along with RIM's other recently released models - will provide accelerated momentum for RIM in 2009.

The iPhone Is Apple's Netbook: Almost Half of iPhone Traffic via WiFi

ReadWriteWeb's Frederic Lardinois says:

"According to the latest report from AdMob, 42% of all requests from iPhones to Admob's partners worldwide are coming in over WiFi instead of through the networks of mobile operators. This puts the iPhone in a league of its own, given that on average, AdMob is only seeing about 10-20% of all requests from WiFi capable phones actually coming in from WiFi networks. From T-Mobile's Android phone, for example, only about 10% of all requests were made on WiFi.

"The iPod touch and the PlayStation Portable come in at number two (28%) and three (13.1%) with respect to WiFi usage in the US....

"Steve Jobs once said that the iPhone is Apple's netbook, and this usage data does lend some credence to this...."

iPhone Users Lean Heavily on WiFi for Web Access

Computerworld's Gregg Keizer reports:

"More than 40% of all US traffic last month between Apple Inc.'s iPhone and the world's largest mobile ad network took place over WiFi connections, not over AT&T's cellular data network, AdMob Inc. said today.

"During November, 42% of the iPhone connections to AdMob's 6,000 advertising partners were over WiFi, said the company in its most recent metrics report.

"iPhone users' heavy reliance on wireless is part of a growing trend, according to the report...."

iPhone 3G Third Most Important Business Technology Products of 2008

Tech Republic's Jason Hiner says:

"The unrelenting pace of innovation in the technology industry continued its march in 2008. Here is a look at the 10 technology products that had the most important impact for businesses....

"3. Apple iPhone 3G

"The iPhone is one of only three products that made this list for the second straight year....

"However, BlackBerry Bold is rated #1 this year."

iPhone Named Top Web Platform of 2008

ReadWriteWeb's Richard MacManus says:

2008 has seen a proliferation of new Web platforms, including a few major ones built using open standards. In this final instalment of our series of top products of 2008, we choose the top 10 Web platforms of the year.

1. iPhone SDK

ReadWriteWeb named Apple as our Best BigCo of 2008, largely due to the iPhone platform. ....

Holiday Smackdown: iPod touch vs. Zune

Forbes' Asher Hawkins says:

"My name is Asher, and I'm a recovering iPod junkie. Last fall I kicked my three-year habit when the earphone jack on my black, 30-gigabyte iPod Classic came loose, leaving me with fuzzy sound on the right side. I didn't have time to get it fixed - and funny enough, after a few days I didn't much miss it.

"Even so, when an editor asked me to compare Microsoft's Zune to Apple's iPod touch, I was sure my affinity for any and all hardware incubated in Cupertino, Calif., (I've been a Mac user since age 5) would destroy my objectivity.

"Having given my disclosures, here's my verdict: The Zune is pretty nifty. The Touch, however, is a superfluous addition to Apple's iPod roster...."

More Evidence for 'iPhone nano'

Register Hardware's Tony Smith reports:

"Another day, another tantalising implication Apple's about to announced the iPhone nano.

"This time, it's from iPhone case maker XSKN. It doesn't have a picture of the product, but it does have a section on its website with exactly that name. It's present alongside 'iPhone 3G' and 'iPhone 1st Gen', along with sections devoted to HTC phones, BlackBerries, all the iPods and more."

Apps & Services

SimCity Comes to the iPhone

PR: EA Mobile, a division of Electronic Arts Inc. today announced the availability of SimCity for the iPhone and iPod touch. SimCity provides an addictive environment for players to construct, manage and even destroy their own dream city, all in the palm of their hand.

SimCity for iPhoneSimCity for the iPhone and iPod touch takes mobile games to a whole new level, said Adam Sussman, VP Publishing Americas and Asia for EA Mobile. Easy to learn, a lifetime to master, its one of the largest mobile games ever produced, providing our customers with hundreds of hours of great gameplay.

Build an entire metropolis on your iPhone, from budgets to bulldozers, taxes to tornadoes, everything is in your control and the skys the limit. With SimCity, you can make your city look stunning by incorporating contemporary landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and the Washington Monument. Strike the perfect balance between industrial and residential zones to keep your city thriving, manage utilities like water and garbage, and even control traffic to keep your citizens happy. Ready for a change? Just tap the screen to call in a disaster and watch UFOs rain destruction upon your citys foundation!

SimCity is available globally from the Apple App Store on iPhone and iPod touch, or by simply visiting eamobile.com from an iPhone.

Editor's note: I don't even want to think about how many hours I've spent playing SimCity, starting with the black-and-white version on my Mac Plus. Every improvement in processing power and screen resolution has only made it more fascinating. It will be interesting to see how SimCity fares on the small screen - even lower resolution than the original Macintosh. dk

Kraft Foods Launches iFood Assistant for iPhone and iPod touch

PR: Kraft Foods has announced that iFood Assistant, a new application for iPhone and iPod touch that offers users access to food and meal planning ideas, is now available on the Apple App Store. Unlike similar Web Apps that only link to external Web sites designed to be viewed on an iPhone, iFood Assistant is a resident program that can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and installed on any iPhone and iPod touch. A first for any food or consumer packaged goods company, the launch of iFood Assistant represents the latest in Kraft's commitment to providing innovative solutions for consumers' busy and increasingly wireless lifestyles.

iFood Assistant"People's lives are becoming increasingly complex and they're looking for relevant content and solutions to make their lives easier," explains Ed Kaczmarek, director of innovation, new services at Kraft. "We've worked with top interactive agency Genex, a division of Meredith Corporation, to create this dynamic iPhone application that answers the call with not only recipes and food ideas, but meal planning and preparation advice across many categories and consumer brands."

Fresh features of iFood Assistant include:

  • Over 7,000 tested, searchable recipes with clear, step-by-step instructions - also includes an alternate horizontal view to follow along while cooking
  • Users can review comments on recipes and share with others
  • Shopping lists with nearby store recommendations and the ability to add custom ingredients
  • High quality video demonstrations with easy to follow instructions
  • Useful tips and shortcuts to aid on-the-go consumers like the "Dinner Tonight" and "Recipe of the Day" sections that feature daily recipes

iFood Assistant seeks to fill a consumer need for convenient mobile solutions that extend beyond the store shelves. The application itself has been designed as an agnostic platform with the flexibility to evolve with partners joining to provide relevant content, solutions and tools that can be integrated into the application. For more information, guided tour videos and to inquire about partnership opportunities, visit iFoodAssistant.com

iFood Assistant is available for $0.99 from Apple's App Store.

Choose Fresh Produce with In Season for iPhone and iPod touch

In Season for iPhone and iPod touchPR: Ohio based Light Year Software introduces "In Season", their new produce shopping guide for the iPhone and iPod touch. Leveraging the iPhone's unique interface, In Season features a database of common fruits and vegetables with information about when they are in season. Additionally, the guide includes great background information about the food, how to pick the most exceptional selections at the market, as well as how to best store them at home.

Light Year Software LLC introduces "In Season", their new produce shopping guide for the iPhone and iPod touch. Leveraging the iPhone's unique interface, In Season features a database of common fruits and vegetables with information about when they are in season.

Most Americans have forgotten what good produce tastes like. Our modern supermarkets sell fresh produce that is bred for heavy yields, shipment and shelf life, but not necessarily taste. And, there is the expectation that everything is available all year long.

In Season aims to help change that by showing when fresh fruit and vegetables are at their peak. The guide includes great background information about the food, how to pick the most exceptional selections at the market, as well as how to best store them at home.

Feature highlights include:

  • Features database of the most common fruits and vegetables that are in season
  • At-a-glance, displays when fresh fruit and vegetables are at their peak
  • Includes great background information about the selected food

Seasonal produce always tastes better and costs less because supply is higher. Farmers and distributors alike spend less money and effort getting the food to market. And locally grown produce is even better, since it travels a shorter distance and farmers can offer heirloom varieties that typically cannot survive a long trip to market.

By buying fruits and vegetables when they are in season, consumers eat better tasting food, reduce their carbon footprint, and best of all, save money at the same time.

Supported Languages: US English

System Requirements: iPhone or iPod touch 2.2

Pricing and Availability:

In Season 1.0 for iPhone is only $1.99 and available exclusively through Apple's App Store.

HP Introduces Free Photo Printing App on App Store

PR: HP has announced HP iPrint Photo, a free application available on the Apple App store that gives iPhone and iPod touch customers the ability to easily print photos anytime, anywhere.

HP iPrint Photo is the first photo printing application of its kind and allows for quick and easy wireless printing of 4 x 6-inch photos from an iPhone or iPod touch to most HP inkjet printers connected to a local Wi-Fi network. The application is fully compatible with Apple's Bonjour technology and uses the innovative Multitouch interface for the easiest and fastest wireless iPhone or iPod touch print experience.

"Today's news demonstrates how HP is enabling customers to turn special moments captured on the go into high-quality photos," said Vyomesh Joshi, executive vice president, Imaging and Printing Group, HP. "More than any other company in the world, HP has re-imagined, reengineered and reinvented the power of printing with exciting new technologies that address real customer needs."

The HP iPrint Photo application provides customers the freedom and flexibility to wirelessly print the millions of photos that have been captured on iPhone or iPod touch devices. It will be showcased for the first time at the 2009 Macworld Conference & Expo and the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

"There's a major shift happening in the mobile domain today," said Rob Enderle, president and principal analyst, Enderle Group. "Annual camera phone device shipments are exploding on a worldwide basis, and mobile photo printing is quickly growing. Until now, customers had no easy way to print the special moments captured on their iPhone or stored on their iPod touch."

HP iPrint Photo is available at no charge from Apple's App Store.

Watch 'Live TV' on Your iPhone with Free App

PR: equinux has announced the free iPhone app "Live TV", a program designed to watch live TV on your iPhone. "Live TV" shows all TV channels that the TV software, The Tube receives. "Live TV" gets live TV signals via Placeshift in the same wireless local area network (WLAN) as your Mac. The easily operable user interface allows users to choose all channels directly on their iPhone.

"Live TV" shows the current TV channels that The Tube provides in the same WLAN in an optimized resolution for your iPhone. As soon as your iPhone is registered with The Tube, you'll be able to watch all available channels on your iPhone with a simple click. And you can also change channels in "Live TV" just that easily.

"With 'Live TV' we're opening up an entirely new media experience on iPhone", said equinux CEO Till Schadde. "'Live TV' underlines our technical innovation and our commitment to the field of media."

The perfect TV experience for the rest of us

To open up the mobile TV experience to a broader audience, equinux now delivers its TV solution TubeStick hybrid together with its ultimate media center software MediaCentral as a Special Edition and lowers the regular price to only $99 starting immediately.

"Live TV" will soon be free to download from the iTunes App Store. To be able to enjoy live television on your iPhone with "Live TV", you'll need the TV software, The Tube 2.9.2. The Tube is delivered with the TubeStick, the TV receiver from equinux and currently supports more than 20 different TV receivers including those from Hauppauge.

The Tube is the most innovative and modern TV solution for Mac users. The Tube brings digital and analog TV to your Mac. You can watch live television, pause running shows (Timeshift), go through the TV listings in the electronic program guide (EPG) and schedule recordings. With Placeshift, you can stream live TV to friends via iChat and enjoy Live TV on your iPhone. The Tube is the only TV application with TubeTalk live-chat and a lot of other amazing community features. With the web service, TubeToGo, you can watch and program recordings via the internet on your iPhone or iPod touch online. The Tube supports more than 20 TV devices and is localized in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

Smartsheet Announces iPhone Support

PR: Smartsheet.com, a collaborative work management company, launched support for the leading smart phone platforms, including iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Mobile. The new offering makes it possible for Smartsheet subscribers to securely access their information from the convenience of their mobile device.

Smartsheet Mobile provides users with the means of accessing any Smartsheet or Smartsheet Report in real time via their mobile browser. No installation is required; customers simply click on the Customer Login button on at smartsheet.com

Smartsheet Mobile allows knowledge workers to view the current state of personal and shared work items and to retrieve frequently accessed information such as status, customer information, or reference materials. A 30-day free trial of Smartsheet Mobile is available with new accounts.

"Today's mobile worker needs convenient access to information regardless of location," said Mark Mader, CEO of Smartsheet.com. "Smartsheet Mobile is designed to provide those users with an experience tailored for the compact screen of the iPhone and BlackBerry."

Smartsheet's own research, based on surveys of its customer base, indicated that users have a preference for mobile tools. For Smartsheet users, the ability to view the current state of personal and shared information led the next closest action by a factor of 4:1. In order of what functions Smartsheet users stated they would most frequently use from their mobile device:

  • View sheet or report (64%)
  • Edit existing information (15%)
  • Send information or request an update on existing information (14%)
  • Add new information (7%)

"I'm feeling less and less compelled to bring my laptop everywhere," said Brad Jefferson, CEO of Animoto.com. "Today's mobile devices are as robust as PCs and mission-critical work applications - like Smartsheet - are now accessible from virtually anywhere."

Take a Note Overcomes iPhone Notes Limitations

PR: Readdle announces the release of its brand new Take a Note iPhone application. Take a Note overcomes two major limitations of the built in iPhone Notes by providing access to notes from any Macintosh or Windows computer. Take a Note supports voice, drawing and photo memos in addition to text notes. Users can copy whole folders with text, sound or image files to their devices and they will be instantly transformed into new notes.

Take a NoteReaddle announces the release of their brand new Take a Note iPhone application, that overcomes two major limitations of the built in iPhone Notes by providing the access to individuals notes from any Macintosh or Windows computer and supporting voice, drawing and photo memos in addition to text notes.

Take a Note has everything that an iPhone or iPod touch user needs for his note taking on the go: four types of notes, custom categories, search, send by email functions and a user friendly interface.

What makes Take a Note unique is the ability to connect to the iPhone as shared network drive and browse the notes as text, sound and image files, copy these files to the computer and even add existing text documents as new notes. Moreover, users can copy whole folders with text, sound or image files to their devices and they will be instantly transformed into new notes.

"The major limitation of the iPhone Notes is that all notes are locked to the iPhone. With our new Take a Note application, users have access to all their notes as files that they can freely backup, delete and edit," explains Alexander Tyagulsky, Readdle CMO. "Have a note on your computer that you want to get on your iPhone? Just create new text file on your device running Take a Note and copy&paste note text there."

Take a Note is available for $4.99 exclusively at the App Store.

David Pogue's iPhone: The Missing Manual App

PR: Missing Manuals, a publishing division of O'Reilly Media, dedicated to producing beautifully written, easy-to-use manuals for popular consumer software and hardware products, has announced the release of its first iPhone App, iPhone: The Missing Manual.

iPhone: The Missing Manual AppThis new App makes it possible to read and intelligently browse New York Times columnist David Pogue's best-selling book - iPhone: The Missing Manual, Second Edition (O'Reilly, $24.99) - anytime, day or night, on your iPhone. Indeed, for everyone getting or giving an iPhone over the holidays, learning how to use your new iPhone has never been easier with this handy new App.

Full of humor, tips, tricks, and surprises, iPhone: The Missing Manual App, just like Pogue's book, covers iPhone 3G and teaches you how to extend iPhone's usefulness by utilizing its links to the Web as well as its connection to Macs or PCs; how to save money using Internet-based messages instead of phone calls; and how to fill the iPhone with TV shows and DVDs for free. Instead of fumbling around with your new iPhone, take advantage of iPhone: The Missing Manual App.

Best of all, the new App is available now for a limited time at an introductory price of $4.99 (which will increase to $9.99). The iPhone: The Missing Manual App was built by Lexcycle, creators of the popular Stanza App, so you get the same rich reading experience (including live linking and cross references) as when you read our other books on Stanza.

In total, more than 700 of O'Reilly Media titles are currently available for sale as DRM-free PDFs and Ebook bundles. In addition, all 18 of our Head First books will be available in PDF form within the next 24 hours.

David Pogue, Yale '85, is the weekly personal-technology columnist for the New York Times and an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News. With 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's best-selling how-to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "for Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music); in 1999, he launched his own series of complete, funny computerbooks called Missing Manuals, which now includes 30 titles.

Mint.com Introduces Free iPhone Personal Finance Application

PR: Mint.com, a leading personal finance service, has announced the release of a free application for Apple iPhone users available on the iPhone App Store.

This application gives Mint.com's 650,000 users mobile access to the award-winning website's services, including on-the-go access to bank account balances, credit and debit card charges, status versus their monthly budgets and performance of their investment accounts. "We're excited to be bringing easy and effective money and budgeting management to the iPhone platform," said Aaron Patzer, founder and CEO. "We're totally committed to giving our users access to their financial information anytime, anywhere."

This iPhone app is the latest in a series of mobile features introduced by Mint.com. The service was the first to provide free SMS text message alerts of upcoming bills, low balances and bank fees on accounts at over 7,500 US financial institutions.

Incoming SMS text services were added last month, allowing users to check account balances in any of their bank, credit card or investment accounts by texting BAL to MyMint (696468). Recent Mint.com research indicated that its users had not found a mobile personal finance application that met their needs.

Over 70% of active Mint.com users said they used "no mobile money management service" as of September, 2008. At the same time, over 90% of users believed that they would use a mobile Mint.com application - with 30% saying they'd use it daily or several times per day. This level of activity would represent another breakthrough by Mint.com in bringing easy-to-understand and readily accessible personal finance information to more Americans. The application released today gives users the ability to stay on top of their total financial situation, whenever and where ever they are. Once the user has created their free Mint.com account at http://www.mint.com , they simply download the free iPhone app from iTunes to get access to:

Up-to-the-minute account balances for all their bank, credit card and investment accounts. All recent transactions across all of those accounts, automatically categorized. Status on spending versus personalized budgets, and cash flow. Investment performance.

Alerts on bills due, unusually large expenses and deposits.

The application also provides exceptional data security. Not only is the application password protected, but users can disable iPhone access at any time from the Mint.com website should their phone get lost or stolen.

Dialectic Telephony Software for iPhone

PR: JNSoftware LLC announces the immediate availability of Dialectic v1.3, a significant update to the popular telephony tool for Mac OS X. Dialectic v1.3 brings many new features and enhancements including support for Google's GrandCentral service, Yahoo! Messenger voice out calls, and the magicJack device.

Dialectic provides systemwide dialing of phone numbers to dozens of devices & services such as Bluetooth mobile phones - including the iPhone, landlines, several IP phones, many VoIP services, advanced telephony hardware such as Ovolab Phlink, Parliant PhoneValet, FRITZ!Box, and more. With advanced features including a robust AppleScript dictionary, a built-in web server, and Bonjour support, Dialectic can be extended to support virtually any device or service.

Integration with leading contact management applications including Marketcircle Daylite, Microsoft Entourage, Now Contact, Palm Desktop, FileMaker Pro, ProVUE Development's Panorama and other databases as well as Apple's iCal and Address Book make Dialectic an invaluable tool for casual users as well as business professionals.

In addition to dialing, Dialectic provides many other key features including incoming call detection, call timers, innovative while you were out notes, and a global Address Book menu for quickly accessing - and acting on - all your contact data including email, instant messaging, postal addresses, URLs, notes, & phone numbers. Intuitively create new email messages, look up addresses on a map, copy data to the clipboard or insert it into your current document. It's fast & useful as well as fun & easy.

Dialectic Key features:

  • Mac OS 10.4 & 10.5 Leopard Compatibility
  • Universal Binary
  • AppleScript Automation & Extensibility
  • Quick & Easy Integration With:
    • Address Book
    • Marketcircle Daylite
    • Microsoft Entourage
    • Now Contact
    • Palm Desktop
    • FileMaker Pro, ProVUE Development's Panorama & Other Databases
    • Launchers such as Butler, LaunchBar, & Quicksilver
  • Systemwide Dialing via Contextual Menu or Services Menu * Voice Activated Dialing
  • Incoming Call Detection & Auto Redial on Busy
  • Call Timer, Log, Notepad, & While You Were Out Notes
  • Systemwide Quick Dial Numbers (Speed Dial)
  • Supports Dialing With:
    • Bluetooth Mobile Phones - Including the iPhone
    • Landlines
    • IP Phones from Cisco, Snom, & Others
    • Advanced Telephony Products Including Asterisk, FRITZ!Box, magicJack, Ovolab Phlink, & Parliant PhoneValet
    • VoIP Services Such as BroadVoice, CallVantage, Speakeasy.net, ViaTalk, Vonage, & Many More!
    • VoIP Softphones Including CounterPath Softphones, Gizmo, iSoftPhone, JackenIAX, LoudHush, ohphoneX, QuteCom, Skype, WengoPhone, Yahoo! Messenger & More!

What's New in Dialectic v1.3:

  • Added GrandCentral as a native Dial Method allowing multiple configurations
  • Added Yahoo! Messenger & QuteCom to the supported softphones available in the Softphone Dial Method
  • Added magicJack dialing support using the AppleScript Dial Method * Added incoming call monitors for acting on incoming calls to FRITZ!Box devices, Skype, & SIP-based softphones
  • Added option to close the main window after dialing
  • Added option to float the main window over all other windows
  • Added option to open a new While You Were Out note on incoming call detection
  • Added option to copy the found contact results of a lookup to the clipboard
  • Added location parameters to both the Dialectic remote HTTP server dial command and to the dialectic URI scheme's dial command to specify the Location to use for the number specified in the command
  • Added a confirmation when changing the number of call log entries to remember if the new number would cause the log to be truncated (also increased the maximum call log length to 10,000 entries)
  • Improved compatibility with Mac OS X 10.5.6
  • Improved responsiveness to dial commands from outside sources (e.g., when dialing from the AB Plugin, if Dialectic is not already launched, the number will be dialed properly once Dialectic fully loads)
  • Improved dialing long numbers when using the Modem Dial Method (e.g., numbers that include calling card, PIN, and other numbers)
  • Improved international number formatting in the Address Book menu
  • Improved creation of Daylite tasks on incoming calls when Daylite is set as the caller ID lookup source
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the application to crash when using the modem to dial
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the application to crash on launch on systems with French as the primary language
  • Made many minor code optimizations and improvements.
  • Added more commands to the AppleScript dictionary
  • Updated & augmented the documentation
  • Posted more resources on the resources page including a plugin for NetworkLocation by Centrix and more

Minimum System Requirements:

  • Mac OS X 10.4.9 (Tiger) or higher including Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)
  • Universal Binary for PowerPC and Intel-based Macs

PSYCLOPS to Unveil Interactive iPod nano 4G Accessories at Macworld 2009

PR: PSYCLOPS, developer of kid-friendly iPod accessories with access to an online interactive music and dance community, will debut its new iPod nano 4G silicone sleeves at Macworld 2009 in San Francisco from Jan. 5-9, 2009.

PSYCLOPS silicone sleeves fit perfectly around the iPod nano 4G and offer stylish protection while providing a colorful eye-catching appearance. In addition, each sleeve unlocks access to PSYCLOPS HeadQuarters a fully interactive age appropriate multiplatform online music and dance experience. Visitors that stop by PSYCLOPS booth #4204 in the North Hall will be able to view the new sleeves, as well as experience the online music and dance virtual community at PSYCLOPS HeadQuarters.

PSYCLOPS HeadQuarters is a kid-friendly virtual community where visitors create their own original customized PSYCLOPS avatars and place them into a video complete with hot music beats and spectacular dance moves. With each iPod silicone sleeve, users can create and share unlimited music and dance videos. The website provides a truly multiplatform experience where kids can share their killer music video creations by uploading them to their iPods, sharing them via their social networking page or emailing the videos to friends and family. This is the first time an iPod-centric product has offered such capabilities.

PSYCLOPS executives will be on hand for meetings from Jan. 5-9 at the company's booth #4204 in the North Hall of the Moscone Center, near the Mac Music Studio. PSYCLOPS invites press and prospective business partners to schedule meetings prior to the show or visit the booth.

PSYCLOPS is a fresh and exciting character-based multiplatform product and online experience for kids 8-14 years old. The first hip PSYCLOPS characters to hit the dance battle scene are Ike and Syndi, who find their likeness in vibrant and distinctive PSYCLOPS protective cases for the iPod nano 3G. Together with a complimentary interactive web-based music and dance community site, PSYCLOPS HeadQuarters, PSYCLOPS is an exciting iPod product and truly customizable online experience like nothing else available today. At PSYCLOPS HeadQuarters, users can join an interactive community, create their own avatars, dance moves and music, and share their unique dance videos with family and friends via email or by downloading to their iPod.

Launched by Los Angeles-based PSYCLOPS LLC, PSYCLOPS cases and online site are kid-safe with age appropriate content.

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The Sharper Image Debuts New Stylish iPod and iPhone Cases

PR: The EnE Group LLC, under license by The Sharper Image, has unveiled the next-generation of cases and accessories for the Apple iPod and iPhone. The new Sharper Image suite of cases will breathe new life into iPods and iPhones with aesthetic and technology enhancements. Users will soon have a first glance at the dazzling cases featuring built-in speakers, extended play with chargers, duo-colored flaps with swivel covers and new rugged silicone and plastic cases at Macworld in San Francisco, January 5-9, 2009.

"What distinguishes The Sharper Image iPod and iPhone cases is the fact that they are not your typical protective pouches, but rather uniquely designed cases meant to maximize the digital listening and viewing experience," said Federico de Bellegarde, vice president of Licensing at The Sharper Image. "We're very excited to bring a variety of innovative, patented durable cases to give music lovers a much wider selection than what they are used to seeing in the market."

Turn up your music with The Sharper Image Speaker Case

The Sharper Image Speaker Case for all iPod models combines the lightweight functionality of a protective case with two built-in speakers for rich sound quality. The sleek and durable design will be available in black, white and pink, making it accessible to a wide audience in virtually any home, office, commuter or travel setting. The detachable rubberized viewing stand allows users to share their favorite tunes and videos with others. An added earphone jack on the case allows for private listening as well.

The Sharper Image Speaker Case will retail at $39.95.

Additional power hours with The Sharper Image Charger Case

The Sharper Image Charger Case for the iPhone looks like a standard leather case - but in fact contains a fully rechargeable lithium battery in this compact design. Ideal for the iPhone road warrior, this case provides six to eight hours of additional iPhone power for extended use. The on/off switch turns on the charger only when necessary and it comes with a USB cord to charge the battery with any USB-compatible device, including computers and USB car and wall chargers.

The Sharper Image Charger Case will come in black leather and will retail at $79.95.

Change your iPod flavor with The Sharper Image Duo Flap Case

The latest fashion design for iPhone and iPod users is The Sharper Image Duo Flap Case that provides two looks in one case. Featuring durable nylon material in stylish shades of gray, orange and blue, the Duo Flap Case includes a swivel cover mechanism to switch the front cover of the case. The case also includes a wrist strap and carabiner belt loop/belt clip.

The Sharper Image Duo Flap Case will retail at $29.95.

Stylize your grip with The Sharper Image ABS Plastic Case and Silicon Case

For the more active lifestyle, The Sharper Image ABS Plastic Case and Rugged Silicon Case offer high fashion with ultimate functionality and protection. The ABS Plastic Case is made from heavy duty ABS plastic material that provides the highest level of protection from damage and scratches. The Rugged Silicon Case features a unique box-patterned design for the ultimate grip factor.

Both cases come with a holster clip for active use. In addition, the patented rotating belt clip can be attached either to the case itself or on the holster - allowing for two different uses for each case.

The ABS Plastic Case and the Rugged Silicon Case both retail at $29.95 and are offered in black, clear and pink.

The Sharper Image Sport Kit is for the ultimate iPod techie!

The Sharper Image will also offer a unique 10-piece multipurpose sport and travel kit that will include: Three rugged silicon cases and one clear plastic case, a holster, a rotating belt clip and armband attachment, a neckband lanyard, a bicycle adaptor and a car air vent clip.

This Sport Kit is ideal for die-hard iPod users, and will retail at $49.95.

The Sharper Image suite of iPod and iPhone cases will be available for all iPod models (Classic, Nano and Touch). Consumers will be able to purchase the cases at major retailers in the second quarter of 2009.

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