updated 10:00 am EDT, Thu October 26, 2006
"Chameleon" iPod patent
Briefly: A new US patent application reveals Apple's possible plans for a new iPod; the filing describes the chameleonic nature of a next-generation touch-screen iPod that will be able to transform itself from being a music player to PDA to photo album and a cellular phone. Apple also filed two other continuation patents titled 'Method and apparatus for configuring a computer' and 'Presenting compatible components and system conditions for computer devices.' A related patent was additionally filed under 'Method and apparatus for providing compatible components for purchase.'... The BMG Japan Catalog is now available on the iTunes Store in Japan.... Apple announced it will open a new retail store, ABQ Uptown, in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. MDT; the store is located at 2240 Q Street NE, Suite D.... DVcreators.net has released its After Effects 7 PowerStart DVD ($80), a next-generation training tool for mastering Adobe's sophisticated motion graphics software.... Omnipilot has launched a new Agency Users Group and is celebrating its 10-year Lasso anniversary with specials that expire at the end of the month.