updated 02:05 pm EDT, Thu March 15, 2007
Verizon EVDO Rev. A
In brief: Verizon ships an EVDO Revision A modem for ExpressCard systems, a new tutorial guides Avid editors to Apple, PC Magazine gives tips on copying music from an iPod, and ModBooks come to Canada. Verizon Wireless is shipping an ExpressCard version of the V740, manufactured by Novatel. The modem should allow MacBook Pro users to tap into Verizon's EVDO Revision A network, enabling real-world download speeds up to 800Kbps, with an upload capacity of 400Kbps. To use the card, Mac owners require either a separate driver or Apple's WWAN update. The card costs $180 with a two-year contract at Verizon's website, but a similar arrangement is $110 at 3GStore.
Avid2FCP weens Xpress users onto Apple
Though Avid's Xpress Pro is one of the industry standards for video editing, some users may want or need to learn Apple's Final Cut Pro. For this a website called Avid2FPC has been launched, featuring a Q&A forum with editors like Martin Baker, Jude Cotter, and Victoria Parks-Murphy. Articles introduce Final Cut features, and further suggest tips and tricks for the software. The site is also searching for new FCP users willing to document their progress in a blog.
Copying music from an iPod
Copying music to an iPod is simple, but to deter piracy, the reverse has generally been made difficult; PC Magazine has written a guide to make legitimate copying easier. The least expensive option is to copy the encoded files and re-import them into iTunes, but software such as Music Rescue can copy both the music and playlists to any machine with less trouble.
ModBooks are Canada-bound
The maker of the ModBook, Axiotron, has signed an agreement with Techappia to begin selling the product in Canada. No dates or prices have been set. The ModBook is essentially a MacBook converted into a tablet, eliminating the physical keyboard, and adding a touchscreen and stylus. Users rely primarily on Apple's Inkwell system for quick function access. Buyers also have the option of a GPS receiver, and replacing the combo drive with a 6x DVD burner.