Spybot Search & Destroy has for years been a household standard in free antispyware protection. Originally winning respect for offering comprehensive malware-slashing features that competing software lacked, Spybot Search & Destroy has lost this advantage, as most reputable antivirus programs have added similar features. This First Look video takes you on a features tour, and hits upon the pros and cons that may have you standing by the sought-after program or searching for a spyware-busting alternative.
The iPhone's virtual keyboard has some interesting methods for improving typing accuracy. As previously reported, it can dynamically change the "hot zone" for for a given key to be larger if it expects you will type said key next. If, for example, you type "fiel," the iPhone will automatically increase the size of the "d" key's hot zone (since no common words other than "field" start with "fiel"). This way, even if you don't precisely hit the "d" key, the iPhone will be able to … Read more
QuickTime 7.2, released yesterday, adds the ability to export iPhone-compatible video files -- if you've purhcased QuickTime Pro for $30, that is. There are two new formats offered:"Movie to iPhone" "Movie to iPhone (Cellular)"
The first exports video at 480x266 pixels, reducing file size and quality the the maximum level allowed by the iPhone (the device supports up to 1.5 Mbps throughput and 30 frames per second). The second delivers a much smaller file that is meant for delivery over EDGE.
Getting movies onto your iPhone with QuickTime 7.2 is easy. … Read more
iPhones, like most other data-enabled phones from AT&T, have a built-in email-to-text address:firstname.lastname@example.org
Sending a message to this address (replace "yournumber" with your line of service number -- full number including area code with no dashes and no preceding "1") will result in a text message arriving on your iPhone through the built in SMS application. Text messaging charges apply.
Note: For unknown reasons, this feature may not work for all AT&T subscribers. If you receive a bounce-back, try calling AT&T's technical support for assistance. … Read more
Several readers have asked if the iPhone supports languages other than English. Jeffrey Williams writes:"Here is a question I have not seen addressed anywhere: does the iPhone support ideographic languages like Chinese and Japanese? OS X support for display and input of these languages is quite good, and my Treo runs an OS extension that allows for using these languages. If someone sends a Chinese SMS to an iPhone, can it be displayed?"
The answer is that while the iPhone cannot accept input text in languages other than English and currently offers no options to display interface … Read more
We previously noted that the iPhone is significantly hampered with regard to Bluetooth connectivity. Under Mac OS X, Apple's Bluetooth File Exchange cannot send files to the iPhone and iSync cannot be used to synchronize with the iPhone. We've also yet to hear of a Windows utility that can perform an Bluetooth-based synchronization or exchange with the iPhone.
The iPhone can however, integrate easily with most cars' hands-free Bluetooth systems. We've identified some compatible systems, and instructions for a few.
Toyota (Prius and other models) The iPhone integrates well with this system. Instructions for pairing from iPhone … Read more
Searching for a viable VOIP solution for the iPhone, we recently gave Talkety a test run. In a nutshell, the service works as you'd expect: some slight delay, but overall decent voice quality.
To sign up, you simply enter a login name and password as well as your name. You're then prompted to enter your iPhone's phone number, at which point you'll receive a phone call from Talkety asking you to enter a verification code. You'll be given a free .50 British pound credit to experiment with the service.
To make a call, you fill … Read more
TUAW has instructions for using prepaid service with the iPhone. Essentially, connect a just-purchased iPhone (or one with an inactivated SIM card) to your computer and begin the iTunes activation process, then enter 99-99-9999 as your social security number. Your credit will (obviously) be denied, and you will be presented with options to go to an AT&T store and put down a deposit, or choose an AT&T prepaid plan, allowing you to "auto pay in advance each month for service using a credit or debit card."
The prepaid plans appear to be unique to … Read more
The iPhone has Bluetooth 2.0 EDR built-in, but so far it seems to carry little functionality outside use of accessories like the Apple Bluetooth headset.
Apple's Bluetooth File Exchange for Mac OS X cannot send files to the iPhone stating "Device does not have the necessary services."
iSync for Mac OS X cannot be used to synchronize with the iPhone via Bluetooth, delivering the message "iSync can not connect to this device."
We've yet to hear reports of Windows applications that can successfully interact with the iPhone via Bluetooth.
So, what can be … Read more