The rumor mill seems unwilling to stop when it comes to iPhone and Apple is again in the headlines with the iPhone Nano popping.
Apple may unleash a smaller (and cheaper) handset in the not too distant future in order to grab a sect of market share not interested in the relatively pricey iPhone.
News bugs report that Apple’s long-awaited miniature version of the iPhone, combining the functionality of the 3G beast with an iPod Nano, has surfaced in China.
It’s also got dual-band GSM connectivity and dual SIM support (which is a big hit over in Asia) as well as a VGA camera, so it looks like these knock-off artists have slimmed down the phone’s specs as well.
However, there is some reason to believe that the iPhone Nano is coming, and it would make sense to use the two year anniversary of the original iPhone to make such an announcement.
So, if the iPhone Nano does land next month, then it wouldn’t be totally out of the blue… but don’t hold your breath.
Many people who bought the iPod touch later regretted their decision as the iPhone, with similar performance but phone capabilities. Fortunately a new piece of software has been released which comes at least some way to bridging the divide.
The Truphone currently only lets you ring other Truphone and Google talk users via a WiFi network. (So slightly more limited than an iPhone as you need an available connection) This is all via VOIP so once you have converted your iPod Touch to an iPhone you will be able to make 100% free calls to other users Truphone.
Truphone have also announced that the app they have created to allow calls from an iPod Touch, will soon be able to make calls to landlines and mobiles, pricing structures are currently in discussion.
Truphone for the iPod Touch is free to download from the iTunes App Store and once you’ve installed it all you need to start making free calls on your iPod Touch is a headset with microphone and headphones, which you can buy at electronic retailers or the Apple Store.
PixelPipe is a unique Web 2.0 service which can send your media to over 45 unique destinations. You can send to one or many, the choice is yours. Pixelpipe allows you distribute all forms of media across the web – Images, Videos as well as Audio Clippings.
The web-interface is elegant, non-cluttered and easy to use. Once you add pipes (associate various services) uploading multimedia content is basically a matter of few clicks.
Current list of supported services via Pixelpipe:
Photo & Video: Flickr, Picasa, YouTube, Photobucket, Nokia Ovi, Phanfare, Smugmug, vimeo, ImageShack, Pikeo, webshots, kyte, FotoTime, Zooomr, Fotki, DRR.net, 23hq, 72 photos, ipernity, Viddler
Micro-Blogs: twitter, Pownce, FriendFeed, TwitPic, Seesmic,
Social Networks: Facebook, Friendster, imeem, Vox, bebo, Hyves.nl
Blogs: Blogger, TypePad, WordPress, MoveableType, tumbler, LiveJournal, Atom, MetaWeblog
Photo Printing/Sharing: Kodak Gallery, Shutterfly, photobox
Online storage: box.net, Acrobat.com
Generic: FTP, Email
You can use various desktop & mobile tools to get your media online.
To name a few here are some free tools available:
# Pixelpipe Uploadr: This includes some nice features such as the ability to add your titles, tags and even rotate in advance of uploading. There’s no support for video at this time
# Picasa: Add a button to upload from within Picasa on your desktop.
# Windows XP Web Publishing Wizard: (Not compatible with Vista) This enables simple upload directly from Windows Explorer using a built-in wizard.
# Fotofox: Firefox 3 extension, supports drag and drop upload of photos, naming, tagging and privacy
It also tool to upload via iPhone.
Complete list of free tools from PixelPipe is available here: Free Tools
While not everybody will need Pixelpipe and almost no one will use all the pipes offered by Pixelpipe, its certainly an extremely valuable resource to (lazy) folks who wish to maintain an updated album in multiple sites.