POP Phone Bluetooth — six colors are available
Native Union

The clever designers at Native Union missed an opportunity to name their unusual new Bluetooth handset the HeadTurnerBT, or the DoubleTakeBT, or, even better, HoldThePhoneBT. POP Phone Bluetooth is fine, but it doesn’t approach a name that describes the looks people give you when they see and hear you talking on a colorful retro handset that has no curly cable or actual telephone attached.

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Free Calls to Japan

On March 15, 2011, in Features, by Owen Rubin

While MyMac typically does not publish press releases, I thought the information from one I received today to be important enough to post here, given the crisis in Japan.

The international calling iPhone app ChatTime today announced that they are making all calls to Japan, from all the countries that they support, free until the end of March in response to the international crisis.

While AT&T and Verizon have announced that they are also allowing free calls, the ChatTime app is not just for  US users, but for users all over the world that have friends and family there that they are worried about.

ChatTime is a unique third party calling app for the iPhone that allows you to call international numbers at drastically reduced rates. ChatTime does not use VoIP, a system plagued with connection problems, but rather uses the carrier networks themselves. This means that the call has the same quality as one placed directly through your carrier, at a fraction of the price. It does this by making a local call instead of an international one, and then passing it through a private high speed network to the country of origin, where it makes another local call. In countries that incoming calls are free, the outbound call can be converted to an incoming one in order to prevent minute usage.

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The Book of Wireless, 2nd Edition

On February 29, 2008, in Book Review, by David Weeks

The Book of Wireless, 2nd Edition
A Painless Guide to Wi-Fi and Broadband Wireless
by John Ross

Nostarch Press
January 2008, 336 pp.
ISBN-10: 1-59327-169-7
US $29.95

According to the back cover, John Ross’ The Book of Wireless, 2nd Edition is targeted at readers who want a broad overview of the whys, wherefores, and hows of wireless networking. That’s a big order to fill in 336 pages, including table of contents and index.

Here’s a brief list of topics Ross covers in The Book of Wireless (BoW2 from hereon):

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