AGTL (geo-caching tool) 0.6.1.2 released
Daniel Fett has released an update to AGTL, the Advanced Geocaching Tool for Maemo: Just a quick update - version 0.6.1.2 of the Advanced Geocaching Tool is released. It contains two bugfixes: Scrolling in the options window [and] Downloading of waypoints. The new update is now available from Extras-testing, testers are welcome.
eSpeak speech synthesiser now with GUI
Amanda Lam has released eSpeak, a Python client for the eSpeak voice synthesizer: You can now download this app from maemo extras-devel repository. This app is a very rough one and it will take some time to fix the major issues before it can be practically usable. Feel free to report issues and suggest enhancements that you would like to have. eSpeak is currently available in Extras-devel (usual warnings and disclaimers apply), testers and contributors are welcome.
FeedingIt, RSS reader, new version has widget
FeedingIt, an RSS reader for Maemo 5, now has a desktop widget in its latest release: That's right, the new version of FeedingIt, 0.6.2, is ready for testing. It has been in the Extras-Devel repository for a while. The main change in this version is the addition of a home-screen widget. This widget displays the number of unread messages for the top 8 feeds, even when the main application is not running. It also integrates a scheduler to enable regular automatic updates that will be running in the background (no need to leave the application running to get the updates). Double-clicking one of the feed titles will open the main application to display this feed.URL=http://feedingit.marcoz.org/news/?p=8
gPodder 2.6 with various Maemo 4 & 5 improvements released
Thomas Perl has posted an overview of some of the new features of the gPodder 2.6 release: gPodder 2.6 (an app for Maemo that can subscribe to and download podcasts, YouTube videos and tracks from Soundcloud) has been released today. The package is in Extras-Testing, so please test it and vote for it! A package for Diablo (Maemo 4, N8x0) is also available already, and includes some Diablo-specific fixes (the "New episodes available" selection was broken, but works correctly now).
Dealing with Facebook chat's unmerged contacts
A recent change to Facebook Chat's XMPP servers meant that previously merged contacts became "unmerged", as all your friends' identifiers changed. Marco Barisione has put together a little tool to remerge them: some changes in the Facebook XMPP servers lead to the unmerging of the Facebook contacts that were merged with local contacts in the N900 address book. To fix this problem I wrote the small utility Facebook migrator, now available in Maemo extras-testing, that automatically merges back your contacts. Please remember that extras-testing contains unstable software and mine is not an exception!
fMMS getting improved notifications UI
Nick Leppänen Larsson, the erstwhile developer of fMMS, has been working on improving its integration with the Maemo 5 UI; including the "message received" notification sysem. Daniel Would's blog post about using notifications from Python was credited with making it possible.