Tuesday, November 9, 2010

eBuddy Messenger Gets Redesigned Buddy List

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eBuddy Messenger for the iPhone has been updated with a redesigned buddy list and copy & paste support.

eBuddy Pro: The best chat experience for AIM, MSN / Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo, Facebook Chat, GTalk, MySpace, Hyves and ICQ – all in one buddy list!

THEMES
Personalize your chat experience with colorful high quality themes.

PUSH NOTIFICATIONS NOW UP TO 7 DAYS
Stay online and get Push Notifications for incoming messages even when you exit the app.

SET YOUR DISPLAY PICTURE
Easily change your display picture at anytime, either from your camera or library.

SEND PICTURES
Share all the latest pictures and images with your buddies during a chat.

CHAT FEATURES
- Landscape mode – type with a horizontal keyboard
- Easily switch between chats by swiping your screen
- Shake your iPhone or iPod Touch to send a buzzer
- Get new message alerts and typing alerts in the chat screen
- Get one buddy list for AIM, MSN/Live Messenger, Yahoo, Facebook Chat, GTalk, MySpace, Hyves and ICQ buddies

What's New In This Version:
- Speed improvements
- Redesigned buddy list
- Display pictures in the buddy list
- More emoticons for MSN (Windows Live Messenger)
- Improved chat & emoticons menu
- Copy & paste of chat bubbles
- Option to set your Push Notifications to 'Max'

You can purchase eBuddy Pro Messenger from the App Store for $4.99. There is also a free version available.














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Apple Acquired Wi-Gear, Plans Its Own Bluetooth Headphones?

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Apple has purchased Wi-Gear, the company behind the iMuffs Bluetooth headphones for iPod and iPhone, according to 9to5Mac.

A source tells 9to5Mac that Apple scooped up a small Bluetooth wireless headphone designer in San Francisco two months ago for an undisclosed sum.

The company is now closed…

Apple plans to build its own stereo Bluetooth headphones for future iOS devices and MacBooks with technology and expertise from Wi-Gear. As you’ll recall, Apple didn’t have a great amount of success with its own Bluetooth mono headset and instead of building in-house for their new stereo product, decided to pick up the small Wi-Gear outfit.

9to5Mac was able to find that Wi-Gear co-founder Michael Kim is now an iOS Bluetooth Engineer at Apple via his LinkedIn page.






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Bill Campbell Cut Ties With Google Over Apple Rivalry

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Bill Campbell, a close adviser and confidant to some of the Valley's best-known figures, reveals that the rivalry between Google and Apple forced him to cut his ties with the former.

Mr. Campbell also confirmed for the first time that the growing rivalry between Google and Apple made his position as an adviser to both companies untenable. As we reported in March, Mr. Campbell chose to cut his ties to Google, a company where he played an instrumental role. (Mr. Schmidt, Google’s chief executive, in an interview with Fortune once described Mr. Campbell the following way: "His contribution to Google – it is literally not possible to overstate. He essentially architected the organizational structure.")

"I don't do much for Google anymore," Mr. Campbell said. While he still talks to Eric Schmidt once in a while, "the Android competition has changed the whole dynamic. I don't want to be a burden to either company. I don't want to be a focal point for any dissent."




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BeejiveIM for iPad Removes ICQ Support

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BeeJiveIM for iPad has received an update that removes ICQ support. Strangely they haven't removed references to ICQ from the app description yet.

Stay connected to all your instant messaging buddies on your iPad through a single intuitive app! BeejiveIM (pronounced \bē-hīv\ IM) keeps you in touch with your friends on AIM/MobileMe, MSN/Windows Live, Yahoo!, GoogleTalk, Facebook, MySpace, ICQ and Jabber... all at the same time, all on your iPad.

BeejiveIM Key Features:
- Reliable and efficient networking: be connected 24/7, and it's gentle on your battery.
- Be connected even after you close the application. Get notified instantly when you get a new message with Push Notifications.
- Works with multiple IM networks, multiple accounts per network: AIM/iChat, MSN, Yahoo!, GoogleTalk, Facebook IM, ICQ, Jabber, and MySpace IM.
- Send and receive files, including pictures and voice notes. View and forward received documents.
- Desktop-like instant messaging with all of your IM buddies from a single intuitive user interface.

What's New In This Version:
- Message status indicators for sending messages
- Updated VoiceNotes support for Bluetooth. Also updated to use wav files for better compatibility with other platforms
- Various UI enhancements

- REMOVE ICQ SUPPORT

You can purchase BeejiveIM for iPad from the App Store for $9.99.




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Adobe: Apple is Inciting Negative Campaigning Against Flash

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Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch believes Apple is inciting and condoning negative campaigning against Flash, according to comments made in an interview with Fast Company.

Lynch first addressed negative press surrounding a recent Ars Technica test that found the MacBook Airs battery life was reduced by up to two hours when Flash was installed.

"It's a false argument to make, of the power usage," Lynch explains. "When you're displaying content, any technology will use more power to display, versus not displaying content. If you used HTML5, for example, to display advertisements, that would use as much or more processing power than what Flash uses."

Lynch said several studies have confirmed Flash's higher battery life but did not point to any study in particular. The Adobe CTO also expressed concern with Apple's behavior in recent months.

"I just think there's this negative campaigning going on, and, for whatever reason, Apple is really choosing to incite it, and condone it," Lynch says. "I think that's unfortunate. We don't think it's good for the web to have aspects closed off--a blockade of certain types of expression. There's a decade of content out there that you just can't view on Apple's device, and I think that's not only hurtful to Adobe, but hurtful to everyone that created that content."

"That's what upsets me the most," he says. "That people put energy into making this stuff, and now some percentage of viewers can't see it anymore because one company chooses so. That's just totally counter to our values."




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Apple Patent Reveals Scrollable Menus & Toolbars

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Apple may be planning scrollable menus and toolbars for its new version of OS X and iOS, according to a European patent filing found by Patently Apple.

To begin with, Apple states that their invention provides a novel method for presenting a menu in a graphical user interface. The menu includes several selectable menu items that are assigned in a particular order for scrolling through a selection window based on user input. In some embodiments, each of the menu items is associated with a command. When a menu item is in the selection window, a user could select the menu item in order to perform the command associated with the menu item.

The menu items may be displayed as standard text items in some embodiments (e.g., "File", "Save", "Print", etc.) or may be displayed as icons (e.g., icons representing various tools, such as drawing tools, video editing tools, etc.).

You can read a much more detailed description of the patent at this link...



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New Browser Builds On Facebook, Twitter And Google

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RockMelt recently announced a limited beta availability of its new browser, designed for how people use the Web today. The company has re-imagined the browser for modern Web users, building in the Web's most popular services. RockMelt enables you to interact and share with friends on Facebook, Twitter and other sites instantly from anywhere on the Web. RockMelt is built on top of Chromium, the open source project behind Google Chrome™, making it fast, secure, and reliable.

RockMelt was founded by Tim Howes and Eric Vishria in November 2008 and is backed by some of the Web's greatest innovators, including the father of the browser, Marc Andreessen.

"Today's Web users need a browser that does more than just navigate pages. RockMelt helps people do the things they do every single day -- keep up with their friends, share, get updates, and search," said Vishria, RockMelt's co-founder and CEO. "We are very excited to begin offering early access to the RockMelt beta as we begin the race to our first million users."

"RockMelt is onto something huge. They've rethought the browser around the massive shifts in user behavior that will drive the Web over the next decade," said Andreessen, general partner, Andreessen Horowitz. "RockMelt is the freshest, most innovative take on browsing since browsers were created. Eric and Tim have built an outstanding team that will continue delivering breakthrough innovations."


A New, Personalized Browser Backed by a Cloud Service
RockMelt has re-imagined the browser experience around how people use the Web today. Logging into RockMelt, through Facebook Platform, unlocks your personal Web experience, where you'll find Facebook, Twitter, and other popular social and Web services directly integrated into the browser. Your friends, feeds, and favorite services are always available, wherever you are online. And because RockMelt is the first browser backed by a cloud service, the experience can go wherever you go.


RockMelt's Key Features Include:
* Your Friends. RockMelt integrates your Facebook friends directly into the browser, so you're always ready to chat, share a video, or keep up on what your friends are doing, wherever you are on the Web.
* Easier, Faster Sharing. RockMelt builds sharing directly into the browser, allowing you to update status, tweet, or share content on Facebook, Twitter and other services with just one click. No more wading through a different share widget on each site, or copy-pasting URLs.
* Your Favorite Sites. RockMelt is the first browser with push notifications. It keeps track of your favorite sites for you, alerting you when a new story comes out, a friend posts new pictures, or a new video is available, freeing you up from checking the same sites multiple times a day.
* Speedy Search. RockMelt has completely rethought the search experience in the browser, enabling you to get to the right search result radically faster. You get the same great results and suggestions from Google, but RockMelt allows you to quickly flip through results and find just the one you want, without having to click back and forth through a laundry list of URLs.

RockMelt is available for both Mac and Windows.
A Safe, Secure and Fast Web Browser, Built on Chromium
In addition to leveraging Chromium, the foundation of Google Chrome, RockMelt also utilizes open APIs that enable powerful, stable integration with the services people love from Facebook, Twitter, Google, and others.

"RockMelt simply would not be possible without all the great work that has come before us. In particular, we'd like to thank Google for the Chromium open source project, Apple for starting WebKit, and Facebook and Twitter for their APIs, help and support. We are proud and deeply grateful to be able to build on the shoulders of these and other giants," said Tim Howes, RockMelt's Chairman, CTO and co-founder.

RockMelt Backed by Industry Innovators
Along with Andreessen, RockMelt is backed by some of the technology industry's greatest innovators, including Bill Campbell, chairman of the board and former CEO of Intuit, and Apple board member; Ron Conway, legendary angel investor in Google, Facebook, Twitter, and others; Diane Green, co-founder and former CEO of VMWare; Ben Horowitz, general partner at Andreessen Horowitz and former CEO of Opsware; and Josh Kopelman, managing partner at First Round Capital.



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