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Apple Byte: You e-mail us and we answer!

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Brian digs in to viewer e-mails and we show you two applications that will make your life that much easier.

[ Music ] ^M00:00:06 >> What's happening? I'm Brian Tong, and welcome to the Apple Byte. With our CNET offices closed for the holidays, we decided to read off your emails and showcase a few apps. Now, we've had more than a few people ask us this. Brendan Houslehousen [assumed spelling] -- I hope I didn't butcher your name, dude -- he writes, "Hey Brian. I would like to know if Apple will add a turn by turn solution to the iPhone." Well, Brendan, currently Apple has said nothing about doing it on their own, but two GPS companies, TomTom and Telnap, have both said they're working on it. Now, we haven't seen a single demo, and it's been about six months since we've heard from them, so I'm hoping to see it, but it looks like it's a ways away. Okay, Yuvraj [assumed spelling] writes, "Hey, I want to know how to delete synched photos on the iPhone 3G." Well, unfortunately Yuvraj, you can't delete them. When your iPhone is connected to your computer, and you're synching photos specifically from your computer's collection, it's only a one-way synch. So if you're running out of space, when your iPhone is plugged in, go to the photo tab of iTunes and make some changes. ^M00:01:02 Okay now, let's look at an iPhone application that I'm excited about. ^M00:01:06 This one is a web app, so go to Safari and punch in m.tivo.com. For all you TiVo users out there, it allows you to do basic searches, but more importantly, set up your TiVo to record TV shows that you find out about later. It's pretty clean. It could be a little easier to use, but I'm happy with it, and I'm sure you will be, too. ^M00:01:26 Okay. A lot of people have also written in about apps they can use to back up their computer to an external hard drive without using Time Machine. The utility that I recommend is Carbon Copy Cloner. It's free, and you'll get a file for file copy of your computer that is also bootable from that external drive. So just select the source disc, then choose the target disc you're copying to, and carbon copy away. If that didn't make sense, just write me. Okay, back to the email. Sean S. says, "Hello CNET. Maybe I'm missing this feature, but how do you cancel a text message mid-sending? I have done this on other phones, but I have no clue how to do it on the iPhone. Please help." Okay Sean, I feel like I'm saying no a lot today, but on the iPhone, you can't do it. It's not possible. So just make sure that you realize that special someone will actually be able to read that drunken text you sent at two A.M. All right guys, next week will be our special MacWorld preview edition, so make sure you tune in for that, and email us at the Apple Byte at CNET.com. Tell what you'd like to see in future shows. I'm Brian Tong for CNET.com. Thanks for watching and come back next time for another byte of the Apple. ^M00:02:32 [ Music ]

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