updated 02:55 pm EDT, Tue March 20, 2007
LG hybrid HD; Xacti DV
In brief:LG is readying a hybrid HD drive for computers, Sanyo brings its new Xacti cameras to the States, TECSoft trains for AppleScript and Automator, and Tables customers get a bonus. Leaked at CeBIT, new information indicates that LG is preparing a computer drive which will be able to read both Blu-Ray and HD DVD discs; on top of this, it will be able to burn 25GB Blu-Ray discs at 4x speed, finishing in 24 minutes. 50GB discs will write at 3.5x while HD DVD discs will be read-only. The GGW-H10N is based on the Super Multi Blue hybrid movie player, and should be priced in the same $1,200 range when it ships in May.
New Xacti cameras coming to the US
Sanyo has confirmed that its newest Xacti cameras, the CG6 and CG65, should be leaving Japan for the US beginning in April. The CG65 is notable for encoding with the H.264 codec, preferred by Apple for both QuickTime and iPods. Using the format, an 8GB SDHC card should be able to hold as much as 10 hours of 640x480 video. By contrast, only eight hours of MPEG-4 can be recorded with the CG6. The cameras will cost $330 and $400 respectively.
AppleScript and Automator workshops
Beginning April 12th in New York City, TECSoft will be hosting a number of workshops devoted to teaching AppleScript and Automator. Despite the nature of the languages, TECSoft says that the workshops are aimed at beginners, and will require no previous programming experience. Attendees will be able to create their own code for real-world applications. Ticket prices start at $199 for the Automator workshops, and $995 for two days of the AppleScript workshops.
Bonuses for Tables users
Customers interested in the Tables spreadsheet program are eligible for a pair of bonuses. Ending tomorrow, the coupon code "jubilee" will cut the price by 25 percent per license (normally $52); users who already have Tables, meanwhile, are eligible to win an iPod shuffle in a drawing. Contestants must have bought their licenses prior to March 15th. The software runs on systems using Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later.