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Apple intros iPhone accessories – MacNN

Apple today made one of the final introductions for the iPhone in advance of its 6PM launch, introducing the accessories that will be available in shops and through the online Apple Store later today. Most notable are previously unannounced accessories: the Bluetooth Travel Cable (pictured right, $29) is meant for travelers who need to charge the Apple-made Bluetooth headset and iPhone at the same time, while the now confirmed Dual Dock ($49, left) adds the same headset slot to the company’s desktop cradle. A TTY Adapter ($9) lets the deaf attach Teletype into the phone to communicate with others.

Owners of existing Universal Dock accessories for the iPod will also have a native fit for the device. The Universal Dock Adapter 3-Pack ($9) lets the iPhone work in Apple’s own dock or most accessories. Most devices should work properly without triggering the wireless-free Airplane Mode; supporting speaker docks can even be used as speakerphones, Apple says. Users also have the option of manually overriding the alert at the risk of creating potential interference during calls.

The Bluetooth headset announced at Macworld in January is now rated at 5.5 hours of continuous talk with 72 hours of standby; it ships for a relatively high $129 but includes both the Dual Dock and the Bluetooth Travel Cable. Other announcements today include replacements for the iPhone’s bundled Dock ($49), USB cable ($19), Stereo Headset ($29), and direct compatibility with the existing iPod-oriented USB Power Adapter ($29).


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Camfrog Allows Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing to Use Sign Language Live Over The Internet

Wednesday June 13, 2007

AUSTIN, Texas, June 12 /PRNewswire/ — Thousands of deaf and
hard-of-hearing users have discovered Camfrog (, a free
computer program that allows real-time two-way video communication over the

Until now, the choice of free online video communication for the deaf and
hard-of-hearing communities has been limited to one-way video communication or
pre-recorded videos. Now, by downloading free Camfrog software, users can sign
to each other through the live video link between their computers, just like
communicating in person.

Users can choose to sign with one person at a time in complete privacy or
they can join a public video chat room to join group discussions in sign

“When we created Camfrog, we didn’t consider how useful the program would
be for people who use sign language,” said Camfrog co-founder Jon Hundley. “As
more deaf and hard-of-hearing users joined the Camfrog community, we were
impressed with how they adapted the program for signing, and how useful it has
become for them. There’s even a sign now for Camfrog that one of our users

Camfrog users can make their own chat rooms or join existing audio and
video chat rooms hosted around the world. Users can post a profile, block
unwanted members, and have multiple simultaneous chats. Those who create their
own chat rooms can remove anyone using inappropriate language. The most
popular room for signing on Camfrog is the appropriately named SignLanguage

The basic version of Camfrog is free. A premium version, Camfrog Pro,
which lets users view up to 100 video windows at once, costs $49.95.

To download Camfrog, visit

About Camfrog

Camfrog (, launched in 2003, is a free software program
that allows live audio and video conferencing. Users can view photos and
profiles of other members, keep a “friends” list to see who is online, and
conduct video, audio and text chats with individual or multiple users at once.
The Pro version includes additional features. Camfrog works with Windows XP,
Windows Vista and Apple MacOS X.