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Sweet Little Utility: BluePhoneElite

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Normally, new bits of software don’t warrant a normal posting on this site, but I’ve just found a little Mac OS X utility that’s awesome! The utility is called BluePhoneElite. If you have a Bluetooth phone that is compatible with iSync (you’ll have to check the site for exact compatibility details), this little thing is a gem!

Depending on your phone’s level of compatibility with Bluetooth and such, you can:

  1. Have an alert show up on your screen when someone calls you, listing their name, phone number, and picture — pulled straight from your Address Book!
  2. Send SMS messages straight from your computer!
  3. Show you your signal strength and remaining battery life in either your dock, your menubar, or both!

Now, my Motorola v330 isn’t officially supported by iSync or BluePhoneElite. However, I hacked in support for my phone into iSync 2.0 last week. When I installed BluePhoneElite, it picked my phone right up — no problems.

Very, very cool.

Ryan Parman

is an engineering manager with over 20 years of experience across software development, site reliability engineering, and security. He is the creator of SimplePie and AWS SDK for PHP, patented multifactor-authentication-as-a-service at WePay, defined much of the CI/CD and SRE disciplines at McGraw-Hill Education, and came up with the idea of “serverless, event-driven, responsive functions in the cloud” while at Amazon Web Services in 2010. Ryan's aptly-named blog, , is where he writes about ideas longer than . Ambivert. Curious. Not a coffee drinker.