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CNET editor James Kim, family missing

11/30, 10:55pm

James Kim Missing

CNET senior editor James Kim, his wife Kati, and daughters Penelope as well as Sabine are missing after a trip to Seattle, according to a notice on the company's Crave blog. The family was to have returned on Sunday but has not been heard from since then. An official missing persons investigation has been opened and the San Francisco Police Department is asking those with information about the family's whereabouts to call 415-558-5508 during business hours or 415-553-1071 at other times. Portland police can be reached at 503-823-4000. The family was driving a silver 2005 Saab station wagon with the California license plate "DOESF."

As fellow members of the technology news community, our hearts go out to friends and family of James and we hope for the safe return of him and his family.

Apps: Advanced Web Ranking, Photopolis

11/30, 5:50pm

Advanced Web Ranking

    UniSudoku 1.6 ($15) adds the ability to resize the puzzle game as desired, and adds a new 'very hard' puzzle level. The game features unlimited puzzle generation, easy undo/redo, digit highlighting, a rotating board, and more. UniSudoku 1.6 also adds keyboard shortcuts and an option to reset the high scores as well as the best times. [Download - 492KB]
    Second Life Notifier 1.0b1 (free) enables users to track who is logging on and off of Second Life without having to launch the application. The software maintains its own list of who is online, and alerts users when a friend logs on or off. Features include Growl support to send visual notifications, as well as audio alerts and a bouncing icon in the dock. [Download - 390KB]
    Advanced Web Ranking 5.0 ($price) updates the search engine ranking management software with user profiles, customizable filters, triggers, and more. The utility is designed to help check Web site position on all major search engines, and allows users to export rank data. The latest release also features a new Project Manager, as well as the ability to display report information in other printable reports. [Download - 15.2MB]
    Relationship 1.0 beta ($40, $30 for introductory beta) is an easy-to-use relationship management application for home-based or small businesses that works with Mac OS X. Relationship 1.0 manages contact information, titles, campaigns, and resources while allowing users to send emails and adding attachments as well as notes to contacts. [Download - 2.1MB]
    Photopolis 1.0 (free) is a novel photo viewing application that extracts the date that each photo was created to form a 'house' of photos. Four houses per month are created resulting in a checker-board arrangement of houses in a city, with straight streets representing years and cross streets representing months. [Download - 5.7MB]
    iRooster 2.2 ($10) is a free update for existing users of the alarm clock software that features full Intel-Mac compatibility as a Universal Binary. The latest revision also improves the user interface, and enhances wake-from-sleep as well as Snooze functionality. iRooster 2.2 requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later and iTunes 6.0 or newer. [Download - 1MB]

Cingular adopts Motorola KRZR

11/30, 5:30pm

Cingular adopts KRZR

Motorola's popular KRZR phone is coming to Cingular. Though no official announcement has been made, the phone has made an appearance in a Cingular Rolling Stone ad, and the provider is listed as an option in a Motorola newsletter page. Inquiries made by Crave indicate that the phone should be available sometime next year. The KRZR K1 is equipped with features such as a two megapixel camera, streaming audio and video, and a microSD slot through which you can load MP3 and AAC/AAC+ files.

DivX launches Stage6 video upload site

11/30, 5:00pm

DivX launches Stage6

DivX has released Stage6, a video upload service designed to compete with current popular sites such as YouTube. While a number of sites already support the DivX namesake codec, Stage6 keeps uploads intact rather than downgrading them to Flash or another video format, according to Electronista. Users have the option of integrating DRM into work to secure videos from copying outside of initial browser downloads. The company hopes to offer movies as well as TV shows on a download-to-own basis as a long-term strategy, but has thus far published no major partners. Additionally, Apple recently secured a critical patent that may enable the Cupertino-based company to collect royalties from all music and video download sites, which would hamper efforts by companies such as DivX.

Annotation Edit integrates with FCP

11/30, 4:55pm

Annotation Edit 1.1

Berlin-based zeitAnker has released Annotation Edit 1.1, the first official release of the software for professional subtitling, captioning, and video annotation. Annotation Edit 1.1 caters to video/DVD-production and educational environments, offering tight integration with Apple's Final Cut Pro software and DVD Studio Pro with 'flawless' export, according to zeitAnker. The application can import style as well as position of DVD Studio Pro tracks, SSC closed captions, and STL EBU. Annotation Edit 1.1 also exports multi-track QuickTime data, and offers automatic audio spotting. The software requires Mac OS X 10.4.5 or later with QuickTime 7.1 or newer, runs natively on Intel-based Macs as a Universal Binary, and is available for $350.

Supernova Screen allows projection in daylight

11/30, 4:30pm

Supernova projector screen

Though many people would like a home projector, the presence of windows often washes out the resulting image. Danish company DNP claims to have solved this problem with the new Supernova Screen, which uses a filter to absorb light from off-angles. A reflector behind the filter displays the intended image. The company argues that this can produce twice the brightness and a tenfold increase in contrast, allowing projectors to be used near windows, under harsh lamps, or even outdoors in midday sun. DNP is selling the Supernova in retractable and non-retractable versions up to 150 inches in size. Pricing information is not readily available, however.

Universal ShapeShifter, Mighty Mouse

11/30, 4:25pm

ShapeShifter, Mighty Mouse

Unsanity has released new Universal Binary versions of Mighty Mouse and ShapeShifter. ShapeShifter 2.4, a free update, lets users change the overall appearance of their Mac using 'themes', including the look of windows, menus, apps, buttons, absolutely everything. The new version now requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later, now supports windows with a "Unified" toolbar, supports "Application" iContainers, uses less memory, and more. The system haxie is available for $20. Unsanity's Mighty Mouse 1.3 is a free update to the cursor customization tool: allows you to customize your cursors with style--without modifying any system files. Users can customize all kinds of cursors available in the system, including the Arrow, I-Beam, Alias, Copy, Move and the Wait cursors. Any cursor can be animated; users can also import pre-made ones available at the company's website. Version 1.3 is a Universal Binary, runs on Mac OS X 10.3 or later, automatically handles cursor image masking, and more. Mighty Mouse is priced at $10.

80% pick iPod as first choice player

11/30, 4:20pm

80% choose iPod first

In a recent survey conducted by Reuters 80 percent of respondents chose an iPod as their first choice of player, and 70 percent declared the iPod their first choice without being prompted. Interestingly, 35 percent of people expressing interest in the Zune see it as an upgrade to an existing player, as opposed to 18 percent who see the iPod as a step up from the other options. Only seven percent of the survey group chose the Zune, according to Electronista, and ABI Research less than a month ago predicted that as many as 58 percent of current iPod owners would defect, as well as 59 percent of the rest of the market.

Apple 'switch' rates underestimated?

11/30, 4:15pm

Apple 'switch' rates

Industry watchers may have underestimated the switch rates of Windows users who will purchase Apple systems after Apple unveils Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard with Boot Camp next spring. Research firm Needham & Co. today raised its price target on Apple shares to $115 from $90 to reflect a more 'realistic' reading of the switch rates as a result of the Mac's ability to run Microsoft Windows. "Subsequent events, most importantly stronger than anticipated growth in Mac shipments in June and September, indicate that our interpretation of the survey results that triggered our upgrade was conservative," said Needham & Co. analyst Charles Wolf. The change comes after the research firm conducted a survey in May to measure the possible impact of the Mac's forthcoming ability to run Windows apps on the switch rate of Windows users.

DivX launches YouTube rival, Stage6

11/30, 3:30pm

DivX launches Stage6.com

DivX has launched Stage6.com, a video upload site targeting competitors such as YouTube and Revver. Though many sites already support DivX's proprietary codec, Stage6 is distinguished by keeping uploads intact rather than converting them to Flash or another downgraded format. Users will additionally have the option of applying DRM to their work, preventing others from copying videos outside of initial viewing. The eventual goal of this is to offer shows and movies for sale, but no official partners have been announced as yet. Visitors can, however, already watch free clips from G4TV in their own channel.

Briefly: Apple patents; anti-Zune ad

11/30, 2:25pm

Patents, anti-Zune ad

In brief: The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office has published two Apple continuation patents titled 'Method and apparatus for binding user interface objects to application objects' and 'Camera latch'.... The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office today also published Apple's patent application titled 'Object graph editing context and methods of use,' which relates to the field of object oriented application programming environments for applications accessing databases.... A new mock ad has surfaced on YouTube depicting a small child who received a Microsoft Zune for Christmas instead of an iPod.... Apple has updated its 'My Info' page by allowing users to edit their Apple ID email addresses.... The Iconfactory has released Renaissance Finance, the latest collection of its Renaissance family of royalty-free stock icons that extends the original collection into the realm of finance and commerce.... Luxology this week announced that archit4ctural visualization firm Cityscape has selected modo software for its work on the New Tate Modern 2. [updated]

i.Sound Plasma speaker system

11/30, 2:00pm

i.Sound Plasma speakers

The i.Sound Plasma is a portable speaker system that puts on an electromagnetic display in time with your music. As a beat hits, bolts of electricity pulse from the center of the globe. Multiple globes can be swapped in and out to allow for different appearances. The system is designed primarily for iPods (a stand is included), but can be used with any device that has a headphone jack, including computers, handheld consoles, and other MP3 players. Music is emitted from four separate speakers. i.Sound is selling the Plasma for $150 in black or white, but The Sharper Image has it on sale for $100.

HandStands debuts iPod cord manager

11/30, 2:00pm

iPod cord manager debuts

HandStands today began taking pre-orders for The Core, its new patent-pending cord management system designed for iPods, cellular phones, and other digital devices. HandStands' new cord management accessory is designed to keep headphones from tangling by wrapping the cord around a 23.5 x 34.5mm 'core' holder. The Core features two channels on both ends where cords are easily inserted. Users can wrap the cable around the Core's center and then lock it securely in place using the channels on both ends. The Core is slated for shipment in mid-December for $5, with 3-packs priced at $13.

NI offers ABSYNTH 4.01 demo, update

11/30, 1:50pm

ABSYNTH 4.01 demo, update

Native Instruments has released a demo version of ABSYNTH 4, its fourth generation semi-modular software synthesizer that is renowned for its unique evolving sounds and textures. The new version offers extended sound design and performance capabilities through a new customizable signal flow; additional oscillator, waveform and envelope features; and a completely revised modulation concept. Numerous usability improvements, including a new KORE-compatible sound browser, provide a more convenient creative workflow. The ABSYNTH 4 demo version is now available as a free download; the demo version is based on the latest 4.0.1 version of ABSYNTH, which brings several enhancements and optimizations. The full version is $340; it requires Mac OS X 10.4.x and a G4/1.4 GHz or Intel/1.66GHz Mac.

HP to unveil iMac competitor with Vista

11/30, 1:45pm

HP takes on iMac

HP is developing the IQ770, a new all-in-one PC nicknamed "Crossfire" to coincide with the official release of Windows Vista. The new system is expected to represent both a showcase for Vista's features as well as a direct challenge to Apple's emblematic iMac, and will be the first widely available touchscreen desktop to ship with a stylus that allows owners draw directly on the adjustable 19-inch widescreen LCD, according to Engadget. The design will also include Vista Home Premium's Media Center software as a core focus of the design, using an integrated ATSC tuner for HDTV broadcasts. An integrated 1.3-megapixel webcam will also take advantage of video chat in Windows Live Messenger. The company will officially unveil the IQ770 in January at a price of $1,800, just it in time for Vista's January 30th launch.

Kenwood reveals miniature 10GB hard drive jukebox

11/30, 1:25pm

Kenwood 10GB Media Keg

Kenwood has just added the diminutive HD10GB7 to its Media Keg line of audio players. The device is the world's smallest hard drive-based player, Kenwood proclaims; it holds a full 10GB of MP3/WMA music or JPEG photos despite measuring only 2.4 inches at its largest dimension. The company additionally promises uniquely high-quality sound through Supreme, an interpolation technology similar to the X-Fi technology used in Creative's Xmod. This latest Media Keg inherits the features of previous models and connects to the company's USB-equipped stereos to load music directly from CDs and MiniDiscs, bypassing a computer entirely. Available in black or white trim, the HD10GB7 launches in December for $345.

Dutch group postpones iPod levy

11/30, 1:00pm

iPod levy postponed

Dutch industry group SONT has postponed a looming expansion of an old levy that would include digital music players -- such as Apple's iPod -- and hard-disk video recorders. The group is instead electing to wait for the European Commission to make a recommendation. The tax would range from a few euros to tens of euros per electronic device, according to Reuters, and is designed to compensate artists for private copying of protected works. Opponents to the proposed levy, which was originally introduced on blank cassettes in the 1960's, claim it is outdated and has no place in the 21st century. Those adverse to the extended tax also say consumers already pay a copyright fee when they purchase music, and that they should not be forced to pay again when burning music or transferring it to an iPod or cellular phone.

Bushnell preparing ONIX GPS with XM Radio support

11/30, 12:50pm

Bushnell ONIX 400CR GPS

Seeking a high-end counterpart to its previously revealed NAV 500 and ONIX 200 receivers, Bushnell is developing the ONIX 400CR GPS handheld. The new model will be one of the few mapping units to provide explicit support for satellite radio, supporting not only XM Satellite Radio's weather radar service for live updates but also XM's entertainment-oriented services. The system is also the largest of the new Bushnell devices and has a 3.5-inch touchscreen enclosed by a shock- and waterproof rubberized shell. It ships preloaded with maps of North America and accepts downloads of aerial and satellite photography for real-world navigation, according to the company. An introduction of the ONIX 400CR is expected at CES 2007 with a formal release planned for February at a price of $499. Click through for a complete photo.

Survey: Games, DVD main reason for HDTV sets

11/30, 12:50pm

Survey: TV not selling HD

Most people are not buying HDTV sets to watch HD broadcasts, reveals a study by Frank Magid Associates (published in Marketnews.ca). Of the American shoppers surveyed, only 47 percent bought an HDTV in order to watch subscription channels; the majority were content to use their sets with DVD players or game consoles. This is actually lower than the 63 percent figure from two years ago, when there were also fewer HD channels in operation. Magid attributes this to a lack of quality programming in many markets, as well as high costs and overly complex payment plans. Some respondents believed they were already watching HD broadcasts just by buying a TV -- but even those subscribed to HD channels are often choosing to watch Standard Definition instead. Fifty percent of that group spends a quarter or less of its time viewing HD, whereas eight percent watches it exclusively, and 14 percent watches half to three-quarters of the time.

4th Dimension 2004.5 fixes Mac OS X bug

11/30, 12:30pm

4th Dimension 2004.5

4D today announced the release of 4th Dimension 2004.5, a standard maintenance and bug-fix release for 4th Dimension 2004 users. Among the over 100 bug fixes in 4D 2004.5 is a critical fix for a rounding and truncation issue encountered in Mac OS X 10.4.8 on the Mac-Intel platform. The developer said that 4D 2004.5 delivers a complete fix for this issue without the need for external patching solutions. "Developers rely on 4D 2004 to deliver mission critical business solutions," noted Brendan Coveney, president and CEO, 4D, Inc. "With version 2004.5, we're delivering on our commitment to ensure developers continue to build high quality, high performance solutions on the latest computing platforms." Licensed 4D 2004 users can download the free update via ftp. Pricing starts at $350 for 4th Dimension 2004.

Apple may seek video, music royalties

11/30, 12:25pm

Apple may seek royalties

A recent out-of-court settlement between Apple and the owner of the patent that covers the downloading of music and video could allow the Cupertino-based company to collect royalties on every music and video download. Michael Starkweather -- the attorney who wrote the patent -- suspects that the document has just overcome its first major legal victory. "I believe that, with this patent in hand, Apple will eventually be after every phone company, film maker, computer maker and video producer to pay royalties on every download of not just music but also movies and videos," said Starkweather, who wrote the patent in 1996 for a Vermont inventor who he says originally didn't show interest in patenting the idea or understand its value. The concept consisted of a desktop computer holding multiple songs with an interface allowing a hotel guest to select three songs and play them on an electric grand piano.

Median releases MP3 player with VoIP support

11/30, 12:15pm

Median VoIP MP3 Player

Median on Thursday unveiled what it says is the first VoIP-ready music player, the MX-400M. The jukebox plugs directly into an Internet-connected computer's USB port and adds voice over IP telephony functions to the system, even assigning a fixed phone number to the player to simplify receiving calls regardless of which computer is in use. The MX-400M is also a full-featured media player, Median adds, and can play back videos, photos, and FM radio. An SD card slot expands the flash storage built into the player by as much as an additional 2GB. Median is shipping the player today in 1GB ($140) and 2GB ($160) editions.

LaCie debuts Huby FireWire, USB hub

11/30, 12:05pm

LaCie debuts Huby

LaCie today unveiled its Huby combination FireWire and USB hub created exclusively for the company by French designer Ora-to. The new device features a round shape and a glossy white polycarbonate finish with eight flexible cables protruding from the base. The hub features eight glowing LEDs in white, violet, green, red, yellow, orange, blue, and pink. Two FireWire ports and four USB ports provide connectivity for both mediums alongside one upstream port for each technology. The unit is available for pre-order for $80, and includes a USB fan as well as a small USB light. It also ships with two USB 2.0 cables (type B male-type A male); one USB 2.0 cable (type A male-type mini B male); two USB 2.0 cables (type A male-type A female); two FireWire 6-to-6 pin (male-male); one FireWire 4-to-6 pin (male-male); a USB extension cable; a FireWire extension cable; and external power supply.

HP planning "Crossfire" iMac rival

11/30, 11:40am

HP iMac Rival

HP is developing an all-in-one PC to coincide with the official release of Windows Vista, documents obtained by Engadget reveal. Nicknamed "Crossfire," the IQ770 is expected to represent both a showcase for Vista's features as well as a direct challenger to Apple's emblematic iMac. The design will be the first widely available touchscreen desktop and will ship with a stylus to let owners draw directly on the adjustable 19-inch widescreen LCD. Vista Home Premium's Media Center software will also be a core focus of the design, using an integrated ATSC tuner for HDTV broadcasts. An integrated 1.3-megapixel webcam will also take advantage of video chat in Windows Live Messenger.

Details and photos of HP-specific features, such as a Dashboard-style interface and the hardware specifications, follow after the jump.

O2 launching XDA Zinc in 2007

11/30, 11:30am

O2 preparing XDA Zinc

British carrier O2 is preparing to launch a new Asus smartphone, the XDA Zinc, in January of 2007. The Register notes that it was once known by the codename "Mars 2" when it was under review by the Federal Communications Commission in the United States. The phone should be functionally similar to the XDA Mini S, but will have a sharper two megapixel camera, a faster 520MHz processor, larger buttons on its QWERTY keyboard, and support for 802.11b/g WiFi. It will also be a tri-band GSM unit, which should allow roaming across many different regions outside the United Kingdom. No costs have been announced.

Gefen amp brings A/V to 8 displays

11/30, 11:00am

Gefen ships new amp

Gefen has begun shipping its 1:8 Component Audio Distribution Amplifier engineered to deliver high definition video as well as digital and/or analog audio to eight separate displays. The new device is designed to support today's component video sources with true high definition capability, delivering resolutions up to 1080p for highly defined visuals. The rack mountable unit provides one analog audio input and eight outputs with one digital S/PDIF input and eight outputs. The 1:8 Component Audio Distribution Amplifier is priced at $800, and ships with one 6-foot RCA component audio cable as well as a 5v power supply to drive the distribution system.

Thanko VIGLBL01 Head Mounted Display

11/30, 10:55am

Thanko video glasses

Thanko's new VIGLBL01s attempt to remedy some of the problems of competing video glasses. The Thanko pair weighs only 4.6 ounces, and the display won't easily wash out in the presence of sunlight or strong artificial light sources. The projected image is equivalent to a 37-inch TV viewed from six-and-a-half feet away. The glasses also come with a variety of connectors, including composite cables, and a minijack for video iPods. A lithium ion battery gives the 01s approximately four to five hours of continuous usage, after which they can be recharged via USB or an AC adapter. The glasses are on sale now for 29,800 yen ($255).

Garmin readying nuvi 670 GPS with real-time guides

11/30, 10:55am

Garmin nuvi 670 in Works

The navigation expert Garmin plans to introduce a rare take on the traditional information provided by GPS units, according to the CES 2007 honorees list. Unlike most receivers, which either display only pre-recorded map information or else must link to a satellite radio service, the upcoming nuvi 670 (pictured) will integrate with Microsoft's MSN Direct to provide real-time information relevant to the driver's location. In addition to essential services like traffic and weather conditions, the nuvi 670 can also overlay fuel prices, movie showtimes, and other data for nearby points of interest. The company plans to officially unveil details of its new receiver at the CES show in January.

Lilt 1.0 utilizes light, motion sensors

11/30, 10:50am

Lilt 1.0 for Mac portables

Jonathan Nathan has released a final version of Lilt 1.0, a unique tool for Macs that feature light and/or sudden motion sensors. Lilt utilizes the ambient light and sudden motion sensors found on recent portable Macs to trigger actions such as launching applications, files, or scripts. By launching a script Lilt can do some amazing things. "Wave your hand over the light sensors (located under the speaker grills) and play your next iTunes track. Tilt the computer back and put your machine to sleep. The possibilities are endless." It requires Mac SO X 10.4 or later and ships a Universal Binary for native performance on Intel- and PowerPC-based Macs. It also requires a Mac with light and/or sudden motion sensors. A 15-minute time limit can be removed by registering the software for $5.

FutureBASIC 4 doubles compiler speed

11/30, 10:50am

FutureBASIC 4 release 4

Staz Software today released FutureBASIC 4 Release 4, an update to the BASIC language compiler for Mac programmers that boasts double the compile speed of the previous version. Faster compilations are the result of streamlining the compiler's workflow and modernizing the source code, according to the company, and a new group of commands optionally replaces the INDEX$ series of statements. The new CFIndex commands offer increased speed and easier localization with the use of Core Foundation strings instead of Pascal Strings. The update also includes a new CFIndexSort to automate sorting. Numerous bug fixes include repairs to the Find/Change routines, modifications to the Edit and Script menus, mouse wheel support for the project window, and a general 'smoothing' of other minor inconsistencies. Work on the Intel compiler is still underway, according to Staz. FutureBASIC is available for $170, with a yearly subscription renewal priced at $100. The IDE requires Mac OS 9.2 or later or Mac OS X 10.2 or later.

VidShare displays iPod media on TVs

11/30, 10:40am

VidShare for iPod debuts

Advanced Technetix has launched VidShare (pictured at right) for users of Apple's iPod digital media player, a universal AV + S-video cable that enables iPod users to display their photos, full length feature films, music videos, television shows on virtually any television. Compatible with IPod video and IPod Photo, iPod users. Additionally, VidShare also allows IPod users to "push" their music through any standard stereo receiver. No further information was available on pricing or availability (and the company's website was not updated). The company already offers an iPod visual remote, whic allows users to control an iPod without removing it from a user's pocket or bag; it offers an LCD display with full menu functionality and control as well aspecially designed Sound Isolating Earbuds to deliver maximum volume and high performance sound qualtiy. The remote does not require batteries, drawing minimal power from iPod. It supports all iPods with Dock Connector.

iPhone patent hints at iPod mini shape

11/30, 10:35am

iPod mini Phone Patent

Apple is in the later stages of finalizing its cellphone design, according to a U.S. patent granted to the company this morning. The patent, which was filed on August 7th of this year, refers to a "handheld computing device" cellphone and media player combination with a radio-transparent shell that reflects a handset near the end of its development cycle, according to Electronista. The filing appears to confirm key aspects of the company's anticipated iPhone design, and greatly resembles the iPod mini or second-generation iPod nano with its construction from a "seamless tube" of ceramic materials such as aluminum that house internal components for both media playback and RF wireless communication.

Pioneer DVD recorder with 1080p upscaling, 500GB DVR

11/30, 10:35am

Pioner 1080p DVD Player

Pioneer today released a range-topping DVD and DVR hybrid recorder dubbed the DVR-940HX. As it uses a newer core chipset than previous models, it has enough performance to upscale DVDs even to the full 1080p resolution of newer HDTV sets, according to Pioneer. A second but equally central feature is its recording ability: the 500GB internal hard drive can capture up to 1422 hours of standard-definition video and is used to provide disc-to-disc DVD recording. External SATA and USB ports give the 940HX additional storage as well as the ability to load music or photos.

Also built into the design for the European market is a DVB-T tuner to receive the continent's Freeview digital broadcasts. While input is limited primarily to analog sources such as RCA, S-video, and SCART, the device includes HDMI output to display the full 1080p image and has DV input for viewing home movies directly from attached cameras. Pioneer offers its player for 1,999 ($2,629) in Europe; a North American equivalent is likely but has not been revealed.

Briefly: patent; Guy's interview w/Woz

11/30, 10:25am

Patent, Intel VP on Mac

In brief: The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office today published Apple's continuation-in-part patent application titled 'Handheld computing device,' relating to enclosures of portable computing devices and methods of assembling portable computing devices.... Apple evangelist Guy Kawasaki has posted a video interview with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak about various topics including the engineer's youth, the early days of Apple, and where Wozniak is now.... Intel senior vice president Pat Gelsinger recently described using a Mac as a 'religious experience,' revealing that he has owned an Apple system since the inclusion of the Intel chip and that he is purchasing one such system for his wife.... Other World Computing (OWC) is offering free exhibit hall passes for the Macworld Conference & Expo through its OWC e-commerce portal.... Scotsys has opened a new Apple Premium Reseller store at 95-97 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh in Scotland to join its sister store in Glasgow which opened earlier this month.

Elecom launches mouse with changing shape, touchpad

11/30, 9:40am

Elecom Touchpad Mouse

Japan's Elecom today revealed its flagship travel mouse, the M-D!3UR. The controller's distinctive shape is meant to provide the best aspects of both desktop and laptop mice, according to Elecom: the back of the mouse rotates 180 degrees, creating either a more natural angle when the mouse is in active use at a desk or a flatter surface for storage.

Other elements of the controller reflect its performance-oriented design, the company says. A touchpad replaces a physical scroll wheel, eliminating the common problem of accumulating dirt inside the shell. The D13UR is also a high-precision laser mouse and connects wirelessly to a host PC through a 2.4GHz RF adapter, a slot for which is included in the base of the mouse for portability. The input device ships within a few days in black, silver, and red colors for the equivalent of $68 US; it should be available for import from GeekStuff4U soon.

dvGarage offers Conduit for FCP, Motion

11/30, 9:15am

Conduit for FCP, Motion

dvGarage today announced that Conduit 1.5, its nodal compositing plug-in, is now available for Apple's Final Cut Pro 5.1.2 and Motion 2. Conduit 1.5 utilizes Apple's FXPlug technology to combine high-end nodal compositing with high-performance Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) acceleration, providing Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion 2 users with a powerful variety of visual effects compositing tools that render in real-time. In addition, Conduit 1.5 is bundled with a free three-month Pixel Corps membership (a $200 value), an hour of video training and a quick start guide. Conduit relies on the GPU, which is often much faster than the computer's own Central Processing Unit (CPU) when calculating visual functions, according to the developer. It features real-time HD performance, advanced color correction capabilities, film-class color precision, flexible node-based workflow, artifact-free color manipulation, advanced keying capabilities for both HD and DV footage, multipass and visual effects compositing functions, and compatibility with High Dynamic Range images. Conduit is available now as a Universal Binary for $150 and requires Mac OS X 10.2.5.

Matrox offers multi-display Mac support

11/30, 9:10am

Multi-display Mac support

Matrox Graphics has announced that its DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go are now compatible with select Mac systems. From the Graphics eXpansion Module (GXM) product line, both DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go are palm-sized boxes that connect externally to a notebook or desktop computer and uniquely allow users to attach two or three monitors respectively for an incredible multi-monitor configuration. DualHead2Go enables a fully symmetric dual-monitor setup for Mac notebooks or desktops, while TripleHead2Go can be used to work with a triple-monitor setup. Both offer professionals a larger workspace for managing multiple projects or office applications simultaneously. Graphics eXpansion Modules (GXM) are external devices that are simple to setup, according to the company and require no hardware or software configuration. Matrox DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go are now shipping for $170 and $300, respectively. [corrected]

Griffin ships iTalk Pro for iPod, Nano

11/30, 8:55am

Griffin iTalk Pro for iPod

Griffin Technology today announced that its new iTalk Pro has shipped to stores. iTalk Pro "combines simplicity with versatility, to allow iPod users to faithfully record under real-world conditions," the company said. "It's the most compact configuration possible, eliminating the need for extra cables and adapters." The iTalk Pro, which plugs directly into the iPod's dock connector, offers one-touch operation and can record in stereo or mono. It features built-in twin microphones that record in stereo at 44.1kHz to yield professional, CD-quality recordings. iTalk Pro also features a stereo 1/8-inch (3.5 mm) input jack to accommodate external microphones for greater stereo separation. The device also offers adjustable gain settings for control over the volume. The iTalk Pro work with the iPod video and second-generation iPod nano; it is priced at $50.

Apple patent furthers evidence of cellphone work

11/30, 8:50am

Apple Cellphone Patent

Apple is in the later stages of finalizing its cellphone design, according to a US patent granted to the company this morning. The patent, which refers to a radio-transparent "handheld computing device" cellphone and media player combination, was only filed on August 7th of this year and appears to confirm key aspects of the company's hotly anticipated iPhone design. As described, the future device will greatly resemble the iPod mini and second-generation iPod nano, consisting of a "seamless tube" of a material such as aluminum that houses internal components for both media playback and wireless communications, including a hidden antenna.

Notably, though included illustrations show a design nearly identical to the iPod mini, Apple takes care to note that the control scheme is not limited to the company's signature click wheel and may include input devices such as a cellphone keypad, a trackball similar to that of the BlackBerry Pearl, or others that suit the needs of the future phone. While the filing provides new insight into the iPhone's aesthetics, questions still remain about software functions such as iChat-style messaging and exact controls. A photo from the patent follows after the jump.

Intego's Mac virus tools for servers

11/30, 8:40am

Mac server virus tools

Intego today released VirusBarrier Server and VirusBarrier Mail Gateway, two new programs that provide protection from Mac viruses on computers running Mac OS X Server. These two programs allow network administrators to protect their Mac networks from viruses, protecting all files on a server, and providing full protection from viruses that transit through Mac OS X Server's built-in e-mail server. Both applications are Universal binaries, fully compatible with both PowerPC- and Intel-based Macs. VirusBarrier Server automatically scans every file that is copied to a Mac OS X Server computer where it is installed, as well as any files that are launched on the server. If viruses are found, infected files are quarantined, and logs can be sent to administrators alerting them of this activity. VirusBarrier Server can also be set to run scheduled scans of both local and network volumes.

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