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18 Year Old Invents SMS-Based Car Anti-Theft System

Rock­et­boom Field Cor­re­spon­dent Ruud Elmen­dorp speaks with Mor­ris Mbet­sa, the 18 year old inven­tor of a sys­tem that allows you to mon­i­tor your car via SMS.

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Los Angeles Dodgers iPhone Wallpaper

In cel­e­bra­tion of the Dodgers win­ning 2 con­sec­u­tive games against the NL’s #1 team, the 97–64 Cubs… at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, here’s a lit­tle some­thing to show some Dodger Blue pride in you. I’m not bag­ging on or taunt­ing any Cub­by Fans out there, but you have to admit, the Cub­bies are well favored going into this series. That, and they had home-field advan­tage.

Any­ways, I’ve had this wall­pa­per a while back on my reg­u­lar desk­top from Man­dolux (Man­do Gomez—great pho­tog­ra­ph­er by the way)1. I have cropped it a cou­ple of weeks back when I got my iPhone. I thought I’d share it with my fel­low Dodgers every­where:

Let’s go Dodgers! Go Blue!

  1. In case you want it for your desk­top as well, Man­dolux’ orig­i­nal Dodgers/2K7 wall­pa­per. []

Obama iPhone and iPod Touch App

Woah. As if hav­ing the cre­ative likes of Obey Giant (Shep­ard Fairey), ISO50 (Scott Hansen), and Sarah Sil­ver­man weren’t enough, a cou­ple of iPhoneDe­v­Camp alum­ni vol­un­teered to cre­ate an iPhone and iPod Touch appli­ca­tion for Barack Oba­ma.

You’ll have instant access to Barack­’s posi­tions on impor­tant issues, as well as local and nation­al cam­paign news as it hap­pens. Pho­tos and videos from the cam­paign trail are all here, too.

  • Call Friends: A great vol­un­teer­ing tool that lets you make a dif­fer­ence any time you want by talk­ing to peo­ple you already know. Your con­tacts are pri­or­i­tized by key bat­tle­ground states, and you can make calls and orga­nize results all in one place.
  • Call Stats: See nation­wide Oba­ma ’08 Call Friends totals and find out how your call totals com­pare to lead­ing callers.
  • Get Involved: Do more. Find and con­tact your local Oba­ma for Amer­i­ca HQ.
  • Receive Updates: Receive the lat­est news and announce­ments via text mes­sages or email.
  • News: Browse com­plete cov­er­age of nation­al and local cam­paign news.
  • Local Events: Find local events, share by email and get maps and direc­tions.
  • Media: Browse videos and pho­tos from the cam­paign
  • Issues: Get clear facts about Barack Oba­ma and Joe Biden’s plan for essen­tial issues fac­ing Amer­i­cans.

I won­der how the McCain camp will fol­low up on this. For some rea­son, every time I asso­ciate John McCain and the web, I seem to refer to Mike David­son pun­ish­ing McCain’s web team for hot link­ing images on John McCain’s MySpace page. Clas­sic.

Any­ways, enough of the rem­i­nisc­ing. I com­mend the iPhoneDe­v­Camp alum­ni amongst the oth­er 4 who vol­un­teered their time to the project. It tru­ly gives some boost and good press to the iPhone devel­op­ment plat­form and its every­day appli­ca­tion; whether it be check­ing your health, to learn­ing why to vote for a pres­i­den­tial can­di­date.

The app is avail­able at http://my.barackobama.com/page/content/iphone

Apple Recalls iPhone 3G Ultracompact USB Power Adapter

Apple recent­ly post­ed a notice that it is recall­ing the ultra­com­pact USB pow­er adapters that came with the iPhone 3G.

Users with ultra­com­pact pow­er adapters should imme­di­ate­ly stop using them until they exchange them for a new, redesigned ultra­com­pact adapter.

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Sync iPhone and Google Calendar via NuevaSync

I have been tin­ker­ing around try­ing to get GCAL­Dae­mon work­ing again after the update to Leop­ard, but it just has­n’t been the same from its for­mer self of 1‑to‑1 sync. Thought you can find dif­fer­ent appli­ca­tions that may allow you to do this, it’s one thing to get it for free and do through the pow­er of the crowd. But things have been look­ing grim late­ly as get­ting GCAL­Dae­mon to work with Leop­ard is still up in the air. Enter Nueva­Sync.

Nueva­Sync allows direct, over-the-air, native syn­chro­niza­tion of cer­tain smart phones and PDA devices with pub­lic PIM, and cal­en­dar­ing ser­vices includ­ing Google Cal­en­dar. Nueva­Sync does not need any soft­ware installed on your device because it uses syn­chro­niza­tion pro­to­cols that are already built in.

I had giv­en it a chance. It requires you signup w/ nuevasync.com. Yah, I know its anoth­er account to keep track of from the many ser­vices out there, but hey… if it works—it works. The set­up is pret­ty sim­ple. You pret­ty much just have to fol­low the instruc­tions which were writ­ten in terms of a 7th-grader—easy enough.

A cou­ple of facts that I found out along with Nueva­Sync’s FAQ:

  • It cur­rent­ly sup­ports the fol­low­ing mobile devices:
    • Apple iPhone 2.0, iPhone 3G and iPod Touch 2.0
    • Win­dows Mobile based PDAs and smart­phones
  • You’ll be doing push/fetch to Nueva­Sync’s “Exchange Serv­er”
  • Adding an alarm noti­fi­ca­tion on an event will default to a “Pop-up” reminder in the even­t’s Google Cal­en­dar (gCal) ver­sion. Vice-ver­sa; you’ll need to select “Pop-up” as the type of remind when cre­at­ing the event in gCal in order to have it also avail­able in your iPhone.
  • Hav­ing your iPhone’s set­ting of “Push to OFF” and “Fetch to Man­u­al­ly” will still enable to Nueva­Sync to per­form its job while allow­ing you to save your iPhone’s mojo.
  • It can sync to mul­ti­ple cal­en­dars under your gCal account of those Cal­en­dars you have a per­mis­sion to write to. You may find out which ones via going to the Nueva­Sync sta­tus page.
  • Even though you can sync with mul­ti­ple cal­en­dars, cre­at­ing an event in your iPhone would default to your main cal­en­dar. This you can say would be a step back if your try­ing to keep things very orga­nized and cat­e­go­rize your events (i.e. Per­son­al, Work, Project A, Project B, etc.).

Sounds good right? So, if you aren’t real­ly using more than one cal­en­dar or don’t care if the events from your write-per­mit­ted cal­en­dars are merged togeth­er into one in your iPhone, I’d def­i­nite­ly rec­om­mend you to give Nueva­Sync a try. But don’t wor­ry, they have that item in their TODO:

So when will you sup­port mul­ti­ple cal­en­dars on the Apple devices?
Soon, it’s one of our top new fea­ture pri­or­i­ties.

Any­ways, I hope this helps. Please do let me know if you hap­pen to find new, inter­est­ing things about it. Have a good sync!