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Om Malik: When Vonage goes portable "[T]he company had developed a Beta version of a "softphone" a piece of software that resides on a PDA (read Pocket PC) or a Laptop and can connect to the internet using a WI-Fi connection. This also comes with its own phone number and can be mapped with your […]

I’ve mentioned Helium a couple of times as my favorite music management app. It still has a few flaws but the developers are working on it: BPM automatic calculation (great for Tracktor DJs, this feature doesn’t work well right now) External data queries to retrieve artist info, style, tone and more from Allmusic.com and other […]

Michael Sippey: "Where it shines, though, is its application and use of photo metadata. Adding categorization to photos is a drag-and-drop action, or a right-click action, or a menu-driven keyboard aware action — on a single photo or multiple photos at once. Recognizing that facial recognition software hasn’t quite migrated to the desktop, Adobe has […]

In the last 10 days or so Trillian Pro 2.0 and Helium 1.7.1 were released. Essential software in both cases. Trillian’s meta contacts are useful, while Helium’s album cover management is quite cool. As to Skype, no I didn’t try it yet (last week was spent struggling with, then making tons of phone calls with […]

If, like me, you download all the feeds you subscribe to in a single directory, you might want to group them by "Feed Name" (a custom field), rather than "From". Keeps things tidier and easier to follow. Thanks Greg!

This release adds offline posting, draft mode, NNTP support, as well as many small bug fixes and improvements. And I don’t know whether that’s new or not, but I just saw in feed options that you can select whether you want to treat modified items as new or not.

To demonstrate the new SDK, they mention spellcheck, which clearly belongs in an IM app.

"You may have seen notlong.com

CMS Watch: "Now Ektron is offering browser-based image editing as an extension to its nearly ubiquitous rich text editor, eWebEditPro. That means it could be showing up in a CMS near you before too long. Like all approaches to browser-based decentralization, there are ample opportunities for abuse here — you don’t want everyone editing images […]

This application lets you create forms in Visual Studio with a tablet PC or pointing device. I’d love to see such an app work on top of Powerpoint and Visio for rapid but clean-looking visual prototyping with my new Aiptek Hyperpen tablet. The fact is, I can’t draw straight lines but I find early propotyping […]


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