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The INQ Social Phone and iTunes Duplicate Removal

I’ve been using Three’s new Social Networking INQ mobile phone for the past week or so. Pretty funky, in a walled garden kind of way . So out of the box (for 79 euro pay as you go) you get a mobile phone with full integration into Bebo, Facebook, Skype and Windows Messenger.

None of these services impose a data fee for Internet access so these services are essentially free, once you stump up for the price of the phone and any calls you make on it.

Facebook social network integration (I presume bebo is the same, but I don’t have  bebo account) means you get real-time status updates and messages and are able to respond online. Similarily with Skype. Facebook integration allows very simple publishing of photos to the Facebook photo site.

Both the Skype and Facebook contact lists are integrated into a single contacts list so you can choose to contact people using a free service as opposed to a paid text or phone call.

The device itself was commission for Three specifically so doesn’t come with any branding other than the Three logo and you won’t find it on any other network.

Whats missing? Well twitter integration would be nice and the camera is a low res 3.2MP and the optics are average to poor. Getting you existing contacts onto will also be a trial if like me your address won’t all fit onto an existing SIM.

Apart from those minor hiccups this is a great way to keep your favourite social network updated in real time.

Remove Your Duplicate Songs from iTunes

This article talks about a manual method that doesn’t require software. It first removes the duplicate links and then gives some advice on remove the actual duplicate files. Its a bit brute force for my liking (all that copying libraries seems a bit risky).

These are more detailed instructions that warn about accidentally deleting duplicates that aren’t actually duplicates.

If you are on a Mac you should also try out this Dupin script, which does a lot of the heavy lifting.

Here is the official line from Apple, but beware you make eliminate duplicates that aren’t duplicates following these instructions (find duplicates finds by track name, so may find the same track on different albums).

Clone Remover (for Windows) looks like a more generic solution to duplicate files, but has a specific iTunes mode. This is trial ware and will cost you $32 eventually.

Finally Tune Up is free for 30 days and does the same thing.

Three.ie – Competition Winner Week 3

Winner of a set of Klipsch headphones and a Sony Ericsson C902 phone is, Sarah McCloskey from Waterford.

Sarah did great review of ScanSound Unilateral headphones.


The discovery of this useful technological accessory was key to finding a more complete listening experience for my two children who have unilateral hearing (i.e are deaf in one ear). Regular two channel stereo headphones were far from ideal for them and as much of our ‘entertainment’ type listening today involves a stereo or surround but my children have been missing out on typically 30-50% of the available sounds. Whether listening to a guitar solo or the canned laughter of a cartoon, I became aware that they were not hearing large chunks of the total sound experience due to their hearing impairment.
I recall my own mono listening days and reflecting on that painful memory was determined to source a headphone that would allow my children to have the same privilages in entertainment sound as those of us with bilateral (both sided) hearing. This process proved to be far from simple. Utilising search engines including google gaining information was largely inadequate. I eventually disvcovered only one non-specialist manufacturer that provided two channel stereo sound via a single earpiece.
Priced very reasonably from $10-$20 per unit, scansound, a company based in the USA, provide a wide range of this type of earphone. I purchased 5 units, given the tendency of children to lose or damage itmems so easily. The units were dispatched in a tmely fashion and were delivered within a week and although ‘bubble wrap’ was the extent of their packaging the goods arrived in good condition. The package included a variety of removable ear bud covers which included a very broad spectum of sizes from child to adult which meant individual fitting for both children was extremely simple and essentially they were very comfortale. They also came with the standard 3.5mm jack connection.
In my own test of the headphones; I found the quality of sound to be reasonable, but not fantastic. The sound level was only moderate also. However both these points have to be taken with a pinch of salt as in this case the only real judges had to be the children. Their opinions were confirmed to be highly positive. They both immediately noticed that they where hearing elements of songs that they had not heard previously on either their beloved mp3 players or nintendo DS lites. Additionally for people with hearing in one ear what is the point of headsets with two ear pieces, one just hangs lose, unused. They completely fell in love with them. Also I noted on reflection that there might well have been a cap on the sound levels in the one ear to ensure no damage was incurred in the good ear and therefore might well have been intentional although I can not confirm this.
To date my children have continued to used the scansound headphones and have managed to keep them safe and in one piece even when they have travelled or when they have changed them from between various electronic devises. I felt that I must highlight that such an option is available out there for children or adults with unilateral hearing and even if this just means that when some other parent searches google they will find this small review, at least it may help a little in their search.

Cuil.com, PutPlace Promotion and Skype Out

Cuil.com – Building a better search engine

If you want to try out cuil.com visit http://cuil.com.

PutPlace – A Free Offer for Newstalk Listeners

PutPlace launched its paying service quietly last week.  PutPlace.com offers secure online backup for home users so they can keep their valuable photos, music, documents and videos safe from disk crashes, theft, coffee spills and computer viruses.

Normal users get a 30 day  trial and then must signup for the full paying service. But The Right Hook listeners can avail of a free service from now until Christmas fby  registering using the promotion code “hookie”. See

http://putplace.com/hookie

for all the details.

Three – Call Phones abroad with Skype

The new Skype service from Three allows you to “Call Phones Abroad” using Skype. The cost for these calls is deducted from your Skype credit immediately after the call terminates so you call immiediately work out the costs. Some minor gotchas to the service,

  • Skype Out addresses in your Skype addressbook do not appear on your phone. Instead you use the “Call phones Abroad” menu entry (bottom left of the Skype phone application). This allows you to look up numbers in your local address book on your phone.
  • Call credit on Skype expires if no calls are made in an 180 day period, so make sure not to lodge too much credit if you don’t plan to use the service regularily
  • Call quality can be patchy as you are using the Skype network

Note: You do not incur data-plan charges when you use the Skype service on Three.

Zyliss Potato Peeler – I want one