updated 04:45 pm EDT, Fri July 6, 2007
Contest; SmartDisk bought
In brief: We review a macro photography book, a tutorial has instructions for converting POP accounts to IMAP (paying particular attention to usage on the iPhone), WiebeTech is running a contest for users who can guess where their products appear in the new Transformers movie, a flickr page has pictures of the iPhone UI design team, and Verbatim has acquired the hard disk assets of SmartDisk .... We've posted a review of Closeup Shooting: A Guide to Closeup, Tabletop, and Macro Photography, a new book by Cyrill Harnischmacher that deals specifically with photographing teeny, tiny things and getting close and personal with your subjects. Chapters cover lenses, tripods and mounts, lighting, studio, travel, and underwater photography, in addition to very useful tricks and tips. The sample photographs are beautiful and informative. The book is priced at $25.
Turning POP to IMAP for the iPhone
AllForces.com has posted a tutorial for converting POP email accounts to IMAP. This allows email to be checked on multiple devices (including the iPhone) without needing to make changes in the various locations. The author writes: "With IMAP, all email stays on the server. If you delete an email on the iPhone, it is deleted when I get to my computer. I only have to do things once and that's the beauty of it." The tutorial includes screenshots for making the transition in Mail.app. Of course, this tutorial depends on whether or not your mail server supports IMAP.
WiebeTech Transformers contest
WiebeTech products appear in the new Transformers movie, and guessing where in the film the products are located will enter you into a drawing for a prize package loaded with Transformers and WiebeTech merchandise. The Prize Package includes a WiebeTech RTX100-Q with 250GB drive, Transformers action figures, games and other goodies. Entries close Saturday, July 21, 2007 at 12:00 a.m. CST. The winner will be announced July 31, 2007.
Pictures of the iPhone UI designers
A few flickr shots have been posted of the iPhone's user interface designers. According to Italian mag setteB.IT. The team includes Arno Gourdol who has worked at Apple since 1992 to Cupertino, on the interface of Mac OS 7.5, 8, 9 and Mac OS. He's the head of the Human Interface department, which carries a headcount of 70 employees.
Verbatim acquires SmartDisk hard disk assets
Verbatim Corporation and its parent company Mitsubishi have announced the purchase of substantially all of the assets of SmartDisk Corporation's external hard drive (HD) and digital imaging business. The acquisition, which includes physical assets, patents, trademarks, technology, engineering and marketing expertise, was effective on June 30, 2007. The purchase price has not been disclosed. NPD reported that SmartDisk had a 16 percent market share in the US retail portable drive market in 2006.