Fring lets you call from iPod Touch or iPhone over Skype

Fring Enables VoIP Calls Over Wi-Fi for iPhone with Skype Support – Mac Rumors

Can call directly using iPhone to another person with iPhone running Fring
– Call MSN or Skype users that are using their computer
– Call using Skype account, which allows you to have your own Skype number and at a discount rate for international calls
– Receive phone calls using Skype with your own custom Skype number
– Basic chat functions with most chat platforms, such as AIM, Yahoo and ICQ

Maybe Apple fixes the MacBook Air video issues

You can only hope. Right now, you can’t even playback a YouTube video without the processor overheating and making it obsolete.

Apple Releases MacBook Air Software Update to Address Video Playback – Mac Rumors

This update is recommended for all MacBook Air computers, and addresses issues with video playback and processor core idling.
Third-party software that modifies processor operating characteristics such as frequency and voltage is not supported and should be removed before installing this update.

Hey this seems to really work. Instead one processor shutting down and becoming unusable, it looks like things slow down. For instance using Skype, before, I would get 320×480 video but one processor would stop and things slow. Now I get vmuch slower 160×120 video at 4 fps but it keeps running. Thanks Apple!

iPod updates coming in a few weeks

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Digg.com’s Kevin Rose has posted a new blog entry and YouTube video claiming to have knowledge of upcoming iPod updates with a significant number of details:

– Revamp of entire iPod line.
– Small cosmetic changes to Touch, Nano to see significant redesign (see above)
– iPods to see fairly large price drops to distance itself from the $199 iPhone.
– iPod touch 2.1 software, iPhone to get update very soon after.
– iTunes 8.0 (“it’s a big update w/new features”).
– All of this coming in the next 2-3 weeks.
– Blu-Ray support coming in Mac OS X 10.5.6

iPhone 2.0.2 and Apple plans to sell 40M iPhones in next 12 month

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Apple plans to build 40 million to 45 million iPhone 3Gs in the 12 months through August 2009, according to a person familiar with the company’s plans.
The article goes on to say that daily production of the iPhone 3G is now at 150,000 units per day

Apple in a very Microsoft-like way ships 2.0.2 but it is unclear what it fixes or breaks. Best to be more specific than less where millions and millions of geeks are involved. Supposed perhaps to fix 3G issues but not clear. Doesn’t fix the “Black screen of death” which causes the iPhone to “hang”:http://blogs.zdnet.com/Apple/?p=2106 on startup when a third party applications crashes.

Personally I’ve learned that loading lots of third party applications definitely causes the iPhone to crash so I limit myself to a small handful of my favorites and then delete ones after I try them. The best ones are Pandora, Simplify, Shazam for music. Then for games, it is the car racing game, Tris which is a Tetris clone. For games I just pick anything that has 4 star or more and which are in the top 50. Seems to work pretty well.

Best Buy to Sell iPhone 3G

Best Buy to Sell iPhone 3G Nationwide [Official] – Mac Rumors

Best Buy is expected to announce that they will begin selling the iPhone 3G next month, according to AppleInsider.

The announcement should come as early as Wednesday and represents the first time a 3rd party U.S. retailer will be selling Apple’s iPhone. The iPhone will reportedly be sold in 970 Best Buy stores in addition to 16 Best Buy Mobile specialty outlets starting on September 7th.

iPhone and iPod Touch Firmware 2.0.1 available

It is a 256MB download, so hope you have a fast connectionApple Releases iPhone Firmware 2.0.1 – Mac Rumors

Not clear what has changed, but early claism are

– Backup process for the iPhone is much faster.
– Netshare still works
– SMS typing faster

Apple releases iPhone 2.0.1 Software Update – AppleInsider has a forum thread and here is what users are seeing:

-Contacts are now more responsive.

Sync problems are fixed. It will backup the first time you sync after the update. The updates after that for me have only synced data in about 15 seconds rather than requiring a backup on every sync before.

fixed the lagging keyboard in e-mail and texting

iPod lags are much improved as well.

Email loads appear to be quicker.

Browsing names in the address book, switching between the keypad, addressbook, voicemail is instantaneous. Thank God! Much faster all-around. The camera boots up in half the time it used to.

New MacBooks coming

Too sad that we need MacBook now rather than waiting two weeks!

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Signs are starting to appear that Apple may be prepping for a revision of their Mac laptops in the near future. Following up a previous Commercial Times report that pointed to a Q3 (July-September) order for MacBook displays, the paper now reports that Apple has increased its order of “notebook-use printed circuit boards” by 20% this quarter.

Meanwhile, Apple has notified Best Buy that they would have limited MacBook shipments over the next two weeks. While retail inventories alone aren’t typically an accurate predictor of Apple product refreshes, combined with these other reports it may be more suggestive.

Apple has been rumored to be working on new aluminum MacBook Pro designs that will adopt features of the current iMac and MacBook Air. Intel’s recent Montevina introduction also provides Apple with suitable processor upgrades to power new laptops.

1M iPhones and 10M app downloads

Wow, at this rate of 10 apps per new iphone, this is going to be an amazing platform. The lower price I’m sure really helped. Hope I get mine soon. (Despite the short battery life and I’m going to love the white color!)

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Despite long lines and activation troubles, Apple announced today that they sold its one millionth iPhone 3G on Sunday, only three days after its initial launch on Friday, July 11th. In the press release, Steve Job points out that it took 74 days to sell the same number of the original iPhone.

New MacBooks July-September?

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While Montevina’s speed upgrades are also said to be modest, it has also been rumored that Apple will be revamping the physical design of their next notebooks to bring them in line with the current iMac and MacBook Air. Recently leaked photos depicting a more tapered design of the MacBook Pro are believed to be real. Apple’s next laptops are rumored to arrive sometime during Q3 2008 (July-September).

Best way to get an iPhone 3G is to order from an AT&T Store

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Turnout appears to be heaviest at Apple’s retail locations, however many AT&T locations still be managing to sell out in under an hour. At stores where stock has run out AT&T is accepting orders that will arrive within the next few days. Alleyinsider surveyed 10 AT&T stores in the New York City area. All 10 were out of iPhone stock today.