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Best freeware of 2007

I’m a big fan of freeware and often enjoy nice compiled lists of great freeware. Lifehacker just published a great list called ‘2007 Guide to Free Software and Webapps‘ and I found at least a couple of new programs (SyncToy 2.0 and AutoHotkey). The list is divided into 20 categories so it’s easy to go through.

Lifehacker’s 2007 Guide to Free Software and Webapps [lifehacker.com]

Firmware Hack Transforms Your iPod 5G Into an iPod Touch (Kind of)

Hackers l3lack J4ck, The Revival and djdut2000 have put together yet another modified iPod firmware, this time to mimic the iPod touch interface in your iPod 5G. In fact, it has a bit of the touch and a bit of the iPod Classic, as the other screenshots show:
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Obviously, it’s not going to be the same thing without real on-screen touchy-touchy action but the results seem quite good. In fact, even while it has some little bugs that are being resolved now, it looks surprisingly polished to me. However, like all non-Apple modifications, be aware that this may void your guarantee, render your iPod useless and make lightning fall from the sky and disintegrate you. [Bryce Bender]

Slick LCD from Dell

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Dell announced that they will start selling a new cool LCD display called The Dell Crystal Display. It’s a 22″ screen featuring a maximum resolution of 1680 x 1050 display, a 2ms response time, and integrated webcam and speakers. It’s also their first monitor to feature a DisplayPort connection. Nice design usually comes with a stiff price tag, and that is also the case with the Crystal display – $1 199.

Dell 22″ Crystal Display with DisplayPort [direct2dell.com]

iPhone 2.0

An anonymous mail send to fosfor gadgets (but feeling is that it’s legit) we got today state that Steve Jobs will present a major upgrade of the iPhone software during his keynote on MacWorld where we will get new functions such as:

– Groundbreaking new games
– Camera video recording
– Flash support
– MMS capabilities
– Copy & Paste and more…

The iPhone hardware will also get a small upgrade with a new 16GB version and (finally!) 3G support for both the 8GB and 16GB version.

Next iPhone software update to allow copy-paste

Apple will release an iPhone software update during MacWorld Expo 2008, well informed sources confirmed MacScoop. But it appears that the unpolished iPhone sofware version recently leaked on the Internet doesn’t include all the features of the final release.

The reports we obtained claim that the software update will add copy-paste, which is one of the most requested features by iPhone users, and will provide a few other user interface improvements.

Additionally, the update should provide better stability and performance for the device which sometimes suffers from UI glitches and application hangs in its current version.

Sources also confirmed recent reports claiming that a soon to be released iPhone software update will offer very improved Google Maps with localization and hybrid view, mass SMS sending and multi-page editable home screen.

It is not out of question that other, non revealed yet features, appear with this update. Be sure that we’lll keep you updated in case we obtain more information.