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Apple Byte: We read your mail and show off some iPhone apps

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Apple Byte: We read your mail and show off some iPhone apps

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The Apple Byte answers your burning questions and drops a few hot apps on you.

[ music ] ^M00:00:05 >> What's up? I'm Brian Tong, and welcome to the Apple Byte. With Thanksgiving keeping us away from the office, we thought we'd do a few different things today. So we're showcasing some cool iPhone apps, and some of the mail that you've sent us. Now we've had a ton of great feedback, but we're here to help you all, so let's see what we can do. Michelle Zao asks hey Brian, what case do you have for your iPhone, and is it available in pink? Well it's an In Case iPhone 3G slider, it comes in pink, and they just launched a ton of cool colors, like a metallic, gold, and silver, plus they did a really cool artist collaboration with [inaudible]. You should check those out, I love their cases. Now Pedro writes, hey Tom. I'm planning to buy an iPhone next month, can you check out when is the new iPhone 3G or 4G coming out? Can you also tell me some new updates and features that the new iPhone 4G will have, like the camera, video, etcetera. All right, what's up Pedro? I'm Brian, Brian, but I have been told that Tom and I do look alike. Now there's no word on a 4G iPhone, but whatever comes next, they got to give you some multimedia messaging, and copy and past at the very least. So I'll keep my eyes out for you, but I don't see a 4G any time soon. Peter Zoziack [assumed spelling] dropped us a line about Dial Zero. It's another fantastic free app. He says this app gives you phone numbers to every major company and organization in the world, and shows you how to contact the person directly, so you don't have to listen to the automated voice prompts, cause we hate those. Well guess what, PC? I already had it on my phone. But you guys should really check it out. It's totally cool, but I've never used it. Okay, speaking of apps, CNET's own Jessica Dulcort has a sweet one for you, it's editing photos on your iPhone. Let's check it out. >> Taking photos on your iPhone is one thing, but taking good photos is another. You may be no Anzel Adams, but with editing apps you can make the pictures you store and take with your iPhone much, much better. I'm Jessica Dulcort from cnetdownload.com, bringing you a first look at version 1.0 of Picolli [assumed spelling]. One of Picolli's strong points is how user friendly it is. You press the plus sign to pick a photo from your camera roll, or to take a new photo. Then you tap the top right button to choose your filter. You can adjust brightness and contrast, sharpen the image, rotate it, or add a few color effects. Some of the effects include a slider, so you can play around with the range for adjustment. After previewing the changes, you'll be able to save or to reject them. As with most photo editing apps for iPhone, Picolli saves a copy of the altered image alongside the original, so you can gain a sepia photo for instance, without permanently losing your original color image. Picolli costs about five dollars from the iTunes app store. It's a good buy for those of you who frequently email or upload photos that you take on your phone, because it'll help improve the quality of what you send, without you first having to offload it onto your desktop editor. I'm Jessica Dulcort, and you're looking at Picolli for iPhone, version 1.0. >> Thank you Miss Jessica. Now back to the emails. Marcos asks, every time I connect my iPhone to my MacBook Pro, it opens iPhoto. Is there any way to turn this off, because it really bothers me. Well the quick answer is yes. When you connect your iPhone, the computer sees it as a camera, so that's why iPhoto opens. But you can change that. If you have iLife 08, you'll want to go into the preferences of iPhoto, make sure you're in the general tab, and find the option that says connecting camera opens. You have a drop down menu, and choose no application. Now if you have an earlier version of iLife, you'll need to find the app called Image Capture, go into its preferences, and make the same changes. And for all my Windows buddies out there, because I look out for you, an app won't automatically launch when you connect your iPhone, it'll just ask you to open it as a drive when you connect it. And yes, I said Windows buddies. Okay, now it's time for the iPhone app of the week, brought to you by our friends at download.com. Check this out, it's called the first true musical instrument created for the iPhone. It's from a group called Smule [assumed spelling], and it's ninety nine cents. So what you'll see is there are these four holes that represent different notes that you can play. It's called the ocarina, and I'm just gonna rest it on my thumbs and forefingers so I can play these notes. Different combinations create different notes, and I guess we'll just give this a try. Okay, I have some sheet music, and you guys upstairs, I want to see if you can guess this, okay? ^M00:04:25 [ music ] ^M00:04:34 Okay, what do you think? >> I have no idea what you played. That was horrible. Sorry. >> Thanks, that was actually a musical masterpiece. It was Cannon in D, [inaudible], did you hear that? They actually have sheet music for this stuff, ranging from Amazing Grace to the Zelda theme song. So check out this app and others, from our friends at download.com. And yeah, I'll do my best to you know, get better at this thing. Okay, you know we want to hear from you. So email us at theapplebyte@cnet.com. Next week we will be back to our normal show, our normal schedule with all the goodies that you expect. I'm Brian Tong for cnet.com, and thanks for watching. We'll see you next time for another byte of the apple. ^M00:05:11 [ music ]

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