updated 02:30 pm EDT, Wed March 21, 2007
3Dconnexion SDK for Mac
In brief: MacNN reviews iLuv's iPod battery, 3Dconnexion prepares a Mac SDK for its controllers, prices drop for OWC's Quad Interface systems, and NewerTech batteries become RoHS-compliant. MacNN contributor Lee Meredith has reviewed the i603 by iLuv, a battery booster for the 30GB iPod video. Owners can increase music playback to as much as 42 hours, and video playback upwards of six. It comes in black or white, and uses a silicone case to protect its chrome shell from damage. A bundled AC adapter can be used to charge an iPod away from a computer. iLuv is selling the product from its website for $65.
Mac SDK coming soon from 3Dconnexion
3Dconnexion has announced the impending release of a software development kit for the Mac, which should be ready as a free download on March 30th. A Windows version is already available. The company produces a variety of 3D controllers, generally aimed at professionals using CAD and 3D rendering programs. Models range from portable, $200 SpaceTraveler to the $400 SpacePilot, which has its own LCD and a host of secondary buttons.
OWC cuts prices on Quad Interface drives
Other World Computing has reduced the cost of its Mercury Elite-AL Pro Quad Interface drives, so named because they include eSATA, USB 2.0 and FireWire 400/800 ports. The 250 and 320GB versions are $10 less, while the 500GB model has been cut by $30. The biggest reductions are on the 400 and 750GB drives, which are $50 and $40 less respectively. Mac versions ship with Prosoft's DataBackup II software.
NewerTech batteries receive RoHS certification
NewerTech sends word that its replacement batteries are now compliant with the RoHS (Reduction of Hazardous Substances) standard. While only used by the European Union, RoHS seeks to minimize the harm caused by battery disposal, which often leaves dangerous chemicals seeping into the ground. NewerTech batteries are claimed to be mercury-free, and buyers can use the packaging to return their original batteries for safe disposal at no extra cost.