updated 10:40 am EST, Mon November 19, 2007
iPhone mags; SpaceNav
In brief: iPhone versions of popular magazines appear online, the SpaceNavigator controller gains Leopard support, and Fastmac iPod repairs extend to cover Classics and 3G Nanos. Zinio, a company specializing in online publishing, is now offering free online editions of popular magazines for users of the iPhone or the iPod touch. Titles include the likes of American Photo, Car & Driver, NME, Popular Mechanics and Playboy. Site visitors select a magazine by scrolling through thumbnails, and then tap on links in a table of contents to jump to pages. Alternately, users can browse all the pages at once and zoom in to the ones they want to read. Each page is a replica of the print copy.
SpaceNavigator controller gains Leopard support
3Dconnexion, builders of the SpaceNavigator 3D mouse, have announced that the device is now compatible with Mac OS X Leopard. No particular enhancements have been put in place, but the controller is said to be compatible with a number of programs running on the new OS, including Maya, Google Earth, Photoshop CS3 Extended, ArchiCAD 11 and QuickTime VR. Personal and Standard Editions of the mouse cost $60 and $100, respectively.
Fastmac expands iPod repairs
Accessory and repair specialist Fastmac has expanded its iPod repair program, which now covers two of Apple's latest iPods, the Classic and the third-generation Nano. Should users scratch or break their LCD screens, they can have Fastmac send a do-it-yourself kit, or they can mail iPods to Fastmac directly, who will diagnose, repair and clean iPods and send them back within 24 hours of having received them. Nano LCD repairs cost $50, while Classic services cost $60; same-day repair and return costs an extra $40.