updated 06:15 pm EST, Tue February 27, 2007
Scotsys Apple events
In brief: Scotsys today announced that it will hold three free Apple events in the month of March, Sony unveiled six new digital voice recorders with double the memory of previous models, the BBC is planning to launch an on-demand TV service that uses software only available to Windows users, and Prosilica has begun shipping a 30fps 2-megapixel CCD camera. The three events to be held by Scotsys include "Shoot Like a Pro" with Aperture and Colin Prior, one of Britain's leading landscape photographers; and "Like iPod? Love Mac" for two in-store events with a live DJ, GarageBand demos, and free iLife training with every Mac. A prize draw is scheduled at each event with a Numark iDJ and two 30GB iPods for the winner.
Sony digital voice recorders
Sony has introduced a new line of digital voice recorders designed for all walks of life, with six new models enabling users to take dictation. The company's ICD-SX57 and ICD-SX57DR9 models have up to 256MB of flash memory and offer more than 90 hours of recording time in the Long Play mode, while its ICD-SX57 and ICD-SX57DR9 recorders offer compatibility with Dragon NaturallySpeaking speech recognition software from Nuance Communications. Further models include the ICD-P520 and ICD-P530F with Sony's new Digital Voice Editor 3.0 software, enabling users to create podcasts.
BBC to launch non-Mac on-demand TV service
The BBC is set to launch an on-demand TV services that is incompatible with Mac OS X, and one UK user has initiated a petition to encourage the news organization to support other operating systems. The petition reads: "We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to prevent the BBC from making its iPlayer on-demand television service available to Windows users only, and instruct the corporation to provide its service for other operating systems also."
Prosilica ships 30fps 2-megapixel CCD camera
Prosilica has begun shipping the latest addition to its line of GigE Vision cameras, offering its 2-megapixel GE1650 that provides 12-bit image data running 30 frames per second at 1600x1200 resolution. The new camera utilizes a Kodak KAI-2020 progressive scan CCD sensor with electronic shutter suitable for capturing high-speed motion events, according to the company, with a gigabit Ethernet interface to provide plug-and-play usage.