Forums roundup: Members speculate about the possible use of IBM Cell technology in future Macs.... Gaming fans discuss Nintendo's new "Revolution" console.... Another thread includes discussion of the new Playstation 3 from Sony.... Gamers are also discussing the new Xbox 360 and the E3 video game expo in general.... Mac OS X Tiger users look at the various text smoothing options in the new operating system.... Some users express disappointment with Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger.... Mac OS X 10.3 users respond to the recent release of Konfabulator 2, with mixed feelings.
The Cobb County School District says recent articles and editorials in the Marietta Daily Journal have misrepresented facts by suggesting that Superintendent Joseph Redden could have secured a better deal for Cobbís laptop computer initiative than it received from Apple. The newspaper reported that Henrico County, VA schools signed a lower-cost contract with Dell Computer to continue that school districtís four-year-old laptop initiative. "The newspaper is wrong to suggest that Cobb County could have secured the same deal that Dell agreed to with Henrico. As the newspaper is fully aware, Dell is one of four vendors that did bid on Cobbís plan to provide laptops to teachers, upgrade middle school labs, and establish four high school pilot sites where the district will test the concept of issuing laptops to students. Dellís proposal for the four-year lease came in $3.6 million higher than Appleís."
Mariner Write 3.7 ($60) adds Japanese language support, updates for Tiger, a Menu command to access the user help forum, and more to the word processor. MacJournal 3.1.1 ($30) fixes a number of bugs, including problems with the splitter position in the journals drawer, smart quotes and Entourage, and the "Backdate" button in the LiveJournal panel. [Download - form] Mediaboard ONE 1.0.2 ($30) is the second preview release of the media cataloging and asset management application built for Mac OS X. The update adds support for professional imaging file formats (such as Canon Raw and Photoshop files), adds support for PostgreSQL database servers, brings a new picture viewer and enhancements to the movie viewer and over 50 other new features. [Download - 2.7MB]
PodGear today announced the launch of the FirePower World Tour, a new 110Ė240 volt AC iPod charger with lightweight international plug attachments. "The launch of the FirePower World Tour means that iPod users need not worry about the frustrating problem of keeping their iPod charged when travelling abroad," the company said. The device allows users to charge any dockable iPod in over 150 countries using its multi-plug attachment system. The package includes UK, US, European and Australian adaptor plugs, which are interchangeable with the push of a button. FirePower World Tour is available now from several UK retailers for the suggested retail price of £20.
Burning Love yesterday presented its summer 2005 collection of iPod Pouches. Corduroys in dark-blue, orange and turquoise, green velvet and imitation jaguar make up our new collection. "Complement your iPod, don't over-dress it ... That's the motto we used for our new 2005 models ... No matter if you like the extreme or suttle look, Burning Love Pouches are shure to draw eyes on your gear." Burning Love iPod Pouches cost $13 each, and are handmade in Germany.
Apple and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission today disclosed a voluntary recall of rechargeable batteries for Apple's iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 computers (also see CPSC report). The recall covers roughly 128,000 units in the U.S. and was prompted by six reports worldwide (two in the U.S.) of the batteries overheating. The recalled lithium ion batteries are used with the following computers: 12-inch iBook G4, 12-inch PowerBook G4 and 15-inch PowerBook G4. The recalled batteries include those with model numbers A1061, A1078 and A1079 and serial numbers that begin with HQ441 through HQ507 or 3X446 through 3X510. No other PowerBook or iBook batteries are involved in this recall. Consumers are advised to stop using the recalled batteries immediately and contact Apple to arrange for a replacement battery, free of charge.
iPod news: Tunewear has announced the Aluminum Clipwear for iPod shuffle, providing a rugged aluminum shell and convenient access to controls.... Burning Love yesterday presented its summer 2005 collection of iPod Pouches.... Participants of Resource Investor's reader survey can win an Apple iPod or iTunes voucher.... ZappTek yesterday announced the release of iPod It 2.4.3 ($15), a free update for current users.... PsiberAudio yesterday released its much anticipated PAS2 & PAS2+ preamps, featuring built-in iPod cradles and audiophile grade power supplies.
Participants of Resource Investor's reader survey can win an Apple iPod or iTunes voucher. First prize is a 20GB Apple iPod with a $50 iTunes voucher. Second prize is a 4GB Apple iPod mini with a $20 iTunes certificate. The survey reportedly takes 3-5 minutes to complete, and requires registration with the site. Only 5,000 entries will be accepted, at which point winners will be selected. ResourceInvestor is a free online news service for financial professionals and other stakeholder who participate in the mining, drilling and piping sectors.
Tunewear has announced the Aluminum Clipwear for iPod shuffle. Clipwear forms an external shell for rugged use of the iPod shuffle, taking on drops, dents and scratches. The clip opens up to a 30į angle, allowing it to attach to belts, pants, and bags. The hook on the end of the clip makes sure it does not slip off. Aluminum Clipwear has a durable steel spring and horseshoe shape stopper which holds your iPod shuffle without slippage. Furthermore, the clip part has a strap loop. The strap loop can be used to hang your iPod shuffle around your neck with a long strap (not included). A hole on the back allows full access to the slider switch. Each clip will sell for $15.
In brief: Google on Thursday introduced a personalized Google portal home page.... REAL Software announced today that REALbasic 2005 ($400) will ship next month and will be updated every 90 days via the company's Rapid Release Model.... According to Unsanity, despite what Apple's Knowledge Base Article says, Repair Permissions does not repair permissions on any third party software.... America Online has launched Netscape 8.0, breathing new life into the browser that had all but disappeared.
Dartware today launched its InterMapper Appliance, a compact computer that comes with the InterMapper networking software pre-installed for simple deployment. The appliance bundles an unlimited version of Dartware's InterMapper software and a 1.25GHz Mac mini (with 1GB of RAM and Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger). The company says the device can monitor thousands of devices. InterMapper's active maps can provide a visual, realtime view of traffic flows through and between critical network devices and links. The bundle also includes a separate InterMapper Remote license and a twelve-month maintenance contract for the software. The InterMapper Appliance is available now for $3,300 and will monitor an unlimited number of devices.
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Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive,¬†Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk¬†Drive,¬†GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN
MIT demoes 'Eyeriss' AI chip for mobile
At the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco this week, MIT researchers presented a new chip designed specifically to implement neural networks. The researchers claim that "Eyeriss" is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU, so it could enable mobile devices to run artificial-intelligence algorithms such as Siri or Cortana, rather than uploading all data to a remote server for processing. http://bit.ly/1TISJBe
Pocket for iOS adds readability settings
Offline reader iOS app Pocket has updated, with reader-friendly changes. With the new revision, premium subscribers can adjust character spacing, and choose from eight new fonts including one that makes it easier for sufferers of dyslexia to read saved content. The app itself is free, with a premium subscription available for $5 a month, or $45 a year. http://apple.co/1KuILBl