Skype 2.8 for Mac adds screen sharing, better audio and video

By on July 22, 2009 at 3:03 PM.

Skype 2.8 for Mac adds screen sharing, better audio and video

Who doesn’t love a little bit of Skype action? If you’re a Mac user, though, Skype 2.8 Gold adds (or improves on if you were using a beta version) some awesome features like screen sharing (you can even share just a part of your screen for privacy reasons), Skype Access, and improved audio and video support. Skype Access is a way to pay for Wi-Fi hotspot access using your Skype account balance which can simplify things for those on the move we guess. Here’s a couple more updated features:

  • Improved chat management (sort chats, set priorities)
  • Quick add (self explanatory but let’s you add new people to chats)
  • Mood message chat (“it’s a bit like Twitter”)
  • Support for large profile pictures
  • Hidden avatars in incoming contact requests
  • Add notes to contacts

Skype 2.8 Gold is available for download immediately from Skype’s website.

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Get 'em while they're hot: 200 Sensobi invites for BGR readers

By on July 20, 2009 at 12:57 PM.

Get 'em while they're hot: 200 Sensobi invites for BGR readers

While the address book is hardly one of the BlackBerry OS’ weakest links, it’s also pretty ordinary as far as we’re concerned. On a device that lends itself to communications more so than any other there’s plenty more that RIM could be doing in the space. As such, it’s understandable that many are excited for Xobni’s forthcoming BlackBerry offering, which we briefly checked out a couple of months ago. Xobni knocked it out of the park with its Outlook offering and while we have high hopes for it’s BlackBerry app as well, it looks like another company has swooped in with a beta app that aims to tackle the same problem.

Sensobi, currently in private beta, labels its offering “a better address book for your BlackBerry.” That tag line is relatively mild but the company’s potential affect on the way you communicate most definitely is not. The app takes a completely different approach to contacts compared to the BlackBerry address book by providing easy access to communication history. By selecting a contact, you can quickly see a call and email log encompassing all recent conversations. In other words, you can prep for a call in a fraction of the time it took before. Using a ranking system, Sensobi will also let you know when there’s a contact you should get in touch with. Then there’s one of our favorite features, which brings your active contacts — contacts with whom you’ve communicated in the last 30 days — to the top of the list and provides a preview of your most recent exchange (see the top right image above).

Seeing is believing however, and “private beta” means nothing to BGR readers… At least the ones who act fast. The Sensobi team has set up a special invite link for you guys and it’s good for 200 downloads. So what are you waiting for? Hit the read link to get in on the action and let us know what you think.

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Mark/Space issues Missing Sync beta for Palm Pre

By on June 12, 2009 at 3:20 PM.

Mark/Space issues Missing Sync beta for Palm Pre

Following a promise made to the always impatient Interwebs, Mark/Space has stayed true to its word and issued a public beta version of Missing Sync for the Palm Pre. The web-famous sync utility that always comes to the rescue for Mac users is now at version 1.0b but it’s (nearly) fully functional and of course free to try. So what can you sync? Contacts, Music, photos, ringtones, files, calendar items, videos and podcasts are all covered in this release. Soon to be added to this generous list is Safari bookmarks, though the forthcoming MyBookmarks app is a prerequisite so we’re not quite there yet. As has become expected, Missing Sync for the Pre does include proximity sync, which will sync up your Pre when it is detected on the same network as your Mac. Sweet. Requirements include Pre OS 1.0.2+, OS X 10.5.6+, iTunes 7.4+ and a few other notes depending on what you want to sync. Want to buy it after you try it? $40 gets you in the door and gets you the release version as soon as it comes out.

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Roadsync 4.0 for S60 brings HTML email support to exchange sync

By on November 16, 2008 at 11:52 AM.

Roadsync 4.0 for S60 brings HTML email support to exchange sync

It took a third-party developer to bring push HTML email support to the world’s most popular smartphone OS. We’re not sure how to feel about that but the bottom line is Dataviz has done what no one else could do to this point with the latest version of its widely-acclaimed Roadsync solution. Roadsync is not the first S60 application to support HTML email – ProfiMail by Lonely Cat Games has supported HTML email for a very long time – however this is certainly the first application to add HTML support to Exchange which is still one of the most popular mobile email / PIM sync facilitators in the world. Also, the native S60 email client kinda sorta attempts to provide a workaround by including the original HTML files it parses as attachments, allowing the user to open them in the S60 web browser. Regardless of whether or not you think that solution is laughable, the native email client doesn’t support Exchange. Nope, that just leaves RoadSync; one of the most popular Exchange solutions available for S60. It provides a direct connection to your Exchange server and supports active email sync, contact sync (with photo support), calendar sync, task sync, access to global address lists and even remote wiping. At $50 for a single user license, Roadsync is certainly not cheap. It does however, come with a more-than-ample 30-day free trial and a 30-day money back guarantee on top of that. In other words, you have 60 days to decide if Roadsync is right for you. Fair enough.

[Via IntoMobile]

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Wrike and Intermedia to launch ContactSync, Exchange/Outlook sync tool for G1 Android

By on October 17, 2008 at 12:03 PM.

Wrike and Intermedia to launch ContactSync, Exchange/Outlook sync tool for G1 Android

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When you sit down and compare Android to the various mobile platforms, the lack of Outlook/Exchange sync support is one of Android’s most notable deficiencies. Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, S60 and even the iPhone support Microsoft Exchange but not Android. Stepping up to address at least part of this shortcoming in Android are Wrike and Intermedia. These two small companies have collaborated and produced ContactSync, a  wireless tool that will sync your phone contacts with the contacts on your Exchange server. This is a relatively basic application at this point offering only one-way syncing from your Exchange server down to your phone. Future versions will be expanded to include full two-way syncing that will merge and not duplicate contacts. We know it won’t knock your socks off as the ultimate Exchange sync tool that propels Android over the top, but you have to give it credit for being an admirable start. Once the G1 is in the hands of the people and demand for Exchange support increases, we expect developers, like Wrike and Intermedia, to step up and give us the full two-way Exchange tool for which will be clamoring.

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OTA Sync with Zimbra now available for the 3G iPhone

By on August 30, 2008 at 2:48 PM.

OTA Sync with Zimbra now available for the 3G iPhone

Zimbra, an open source messaging and collaboration suite, announced this week the availability of Zimbra Mobile for the iPhone 3G. Zimbra users sporting the latest iPhone have enjoyed full two-way OTA synchronization of email, calendars, and contacts as well as a photo sync feature that allows photos associated with iPhone contacts to sync with the Zimbra Address book. New features added to this latest release include improved push email performance and OTA syncing with multiple calendars and address books. Very cool for you iPhone 3G/Zimbra users if you haven’t taken the plunge with MobileMe or Exchange.

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