Apple, Dell, Sony now Part of Bluetooth Suit

From Seattle P.I.

The non-profit Washington Research Foundation sued Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Samsung Electronics Co. and Nokia Oyj over Bluetooth in Seattle federal court in December. Apple, Dell and Sony were added as defendants March 15, along with Logitech International SA, Motorola Inc., Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB, Toshiba Corp. and Plantronics Inc., court papers show.

The suit threatens the ability of the computer and device makers to deliver wireless capabilities to customers.

The companies are accused of infringing four patents covering technology that lets users exchange data among mobile phones, personal computers and other devices without using cables.

The Seattle-based foundation, which has generated more than $150 million for the University of Washington, is asking for money damages and a court order barring the sale of products that use the patented technology.

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Prosoft Announces Data Backup 3

From Macworld

Prosoft Engineering today announced the availability of Data Backup 3, the latest iteration of its award-winning backup software. Data Backup 3 is a powerful utility that allows you to backup, restore and synchronize your valuable data with minimal effort. Whether you are a new computer user or a seasoned professional, Data Backup 3 offers you just the right amount of power, flexibility and ease-of-use to help protect your files fast.

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A Designer’s Random Thoughts on the Adobe CS3 Launch

From Macworld

You would have to be living under a rock not to have caught yesterday’s massive roll out of Adobe’s revised product line, with a wide range of software now falling under the “Creative Suite” monkier. My “day job” as it were, is as a motion graphics designer, designing content primarily for television, although I do have an interest in other aspects too such as print.

As someone who’s job depends on Adobe’s products, I found a lot of interesting things in yesterdays rollout. Before I begin though I have to say; hats off to Adobe. I have given them a hard time on this blog before, but the new creative suite is massive and must have taken a tremendous effort to deliver that many product updates while transitioning to a new platform at the same time. They certainly deserve kudos for that.

So without further ado, and in no particular order here are some details about the various releases you might find interesting.

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Adobe PS CS3: Top 5 Standout New Features

From Zoom In

Upon first digging into Adobe Photoshop CS3, a few features have really popped out at me as incredibly useful. I would like to offer a brief overview of some of these new ways of attacking your creative challenges using the latest version of Adobe's flagship app.
My current favorite five new PsCS3 features in order are:

1. Nondestructive Smart Filters
2. Quick Selection Tool & Refine Edge
3. Photomerge with advanced alignment and blending
4. Automatic layer alignment and blending
5. Vanishing Point with adjustable angle

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Mark/Space Ships Missing Sync for BlackBerry

From MacObserver

Mark/Space Inc. announced Tuesday that The Missing Sync for Blackberry, synchronization software for Mac OS X, is now shipping.

The Missing Sync for BlackBerry provides reliable synchronization of contacts, calendar events, tasks, memos, and for multimedia-capable BlackBerry devices, photos, podcasts and music via USB.

"The software will also download selected albums containing podcasts and unprotected songs from iTunes to the microSD card on multimedia-capable BlackBerry devices. The user simply checks off the playlists they want downloaded to their microSD card, and The Missing Sync for Blackberry copies them over automatically during the next sync," the announcement said.

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Newlaunches lists 10 Apple flops... but wait, maybe it's just one

From MacMerc

A recent post to Newlaunches.com entitled Top 10 Apple products which flopped gives the run down on some products Apple might like to forget. Also important to note is that the Motorola ROKR is not an Apple flop, it's a Motorola flop--Apple merely licensed iTunes to Motorola for use on the ROKR.

(Shawn's Comment: But Apple was responsible for the look and feel of iTunes on the ROKR. They knew it was going to suck but they still allowed Moto to release it)

Once you eliminate the products that were produced by a very different Apple...

(Shawn's Comment: And why would you do that? The list isn't "Top 10 Apple Flops not developed by Steve Jobs". Some folks seem to think it's bad to point out Apple's flaws and flops. But it shows what Apple tries to do and shows that, 9 times out of 10, they get it right)

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What's Unique to Photohop Extended?

From John Nack on Adobe

I'm often asked what features of the CS3 release are unique to Photoshop Extended. This edition of starts with all the capabilities of Photoshop CS3* and extends them (hence the name) with the following.

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Top 10 Apple Products which Flopped

From NewLaunches

Apart from phenomenal products like the iPod, iMac and Macbooks, Apple in its 30 year old history has churned out super flop products too. Here is a list of 10 products in reversing order from Apple which fizzled in the market.

(Shawn's Comment: Sadly, I remember each and every one of them....)

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Entertaining Backup

From DigMo

Digital photographs have become the most valued files on any home computer yet few people actually take time to back up their images on a regular basis. This tutorial seeks to create not only a valuable back up but also a DVD that will entertain and allow easy cataloging of your photos. This tutorial uses iDVD’s ability to add additional content to DVD disks.

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At Cell Show, a Rare iPhone Glimpse

From Forbes

Even the FCC chairman appears to have iPhone fever.

The new cell phone from Apple Inc. made a rare public appearance Tuesday during the keynote session at the CTIA Wireless 2007 trade show. It lasted just moments, but it was easily the highlight of an otherwise uneventful morning.

When AT&T Inc. Chief Operating Officer Randall Stephenson pulled out the gadget during his speech, the audience snapped to attention and the room lit with camera flashes.

And while Apple made sure to whisk the closely guarded device away from the convention center right after the speech, another keynote speaker managed to get his eager hands on it backstage beforehand: Kevin Martin, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

"He spent more time with it than I did," Stephenson said in an interview afterward. For a minute, "It seemed like he wouldn't give it back," Stephenson joked.

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Don't Lend Eddie Griffin Your Car....

especially if it's a million dollar Enzo Ferrari.

This is what it's supposed to look like:

Look what happens after Eddie is done with it. :(

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Premiere Pro CS3 to Feature Blu-ray Output

From Macworld

With Device Central CS3 also announced today, Adobe has shown its commitment to delivering content to mobile devices. That commitment continues with Premiere Pro. Now you can use Adobe Media Encoder to export 3GPP and H.264 video optimized for playback on mobile phones, iPods, PSPs and other mobile devices.

Premiere Pro works with DV, Digital Betacam, HDV, DVCPRO HD, HDCAM, 2K and 4K film scans and other formats. The integration with Photoshop allows you to import and animate Photoshop layers and with After Effects integration you can drag and drop or copy and paste, clips and timelines between Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects.

Multicam editing, native HDV editing, advanced keyframe controls and professional color correction round out the features of Premiere Pro CS3 for the Mac.

Premiere Pro CS3 is built for Apple’s Intel Macs and is expected to ship in the third-quarter of 2007. When it ships Premiere will cost $799.

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Creative Suite 3 Largest Release in Adobe's History

From Macworld

With the release of Creative Suite 3 on Tuesday, Adobe has completed the largest software release in the company’s history. This release also sees the integration of the Adobe and Macromedia brands and products into a tightly integrated suite.

“Over the past 25 years our technology has redefined industries,” Caleb Belohlavek, Adobe’s Director of Creative Solutions, told Macworld. “Our mission has been to revolutionize how the world engages with ideas and information. Our goal is to continue to be on the cutting edge of innovation and drive more powerful solutions to our customers.”

Creative Suite 3 comes in six configurations, covering the spectrum of creative professionals. The configurations are Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium and Design Standard editions; Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Premium and Web Standard editions; and Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium. Rounding out the product line is Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection which combines 12 of Adobe’s new design and development applications in a single box.

Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop Extended offer One-Two Punch

From Macworld

Adobe first told users that it planned to deliver two versions of Photoshop earlier this month. While Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop Extended will share many of the same features, the applications will be marketed to separate industry groups.

“What we’re seeing in the market has been accelerating in the last few years,” Kevin Connor, senior director of product management for digital imaging at Adobe, told Macworld. “Photoshop is being used in a much wider array of workflows and there’s been pressure on Photoshop to do more in those spaces.”

The new markets Adobe is reaching out to with Photoshop Extended include professionals in architecture, engineering, medicine, and science. Photoshop CS3 Extended includes the same tools as Photoshop CS3 plus a new set of capabilities.

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Setting up an Automated Workflow to Convert Files for Apple TV on OS X

From Vallery.Net

With the arrival of my Apple TV yesterday I needed a solution to get my Xvix/WMV/Divx files converted and imported into iTunes so that I can watch them. I already have Quicktime Pro, which with the recent release added the ability to “Export to Apple TV”. Since I have a lot of files, and no desire to sit around and convert these one at a time, it seemed like a perfect job for automator. I figured someone out there at some point had to have done something similar so I did a bit of google searching and found the required automator actions. Using the actions I found combined with the sample workflow they have already created for you, it is trivial to set-up a workflow that will convert to the Apple TV format and then import the file into your iTunes library. With a slight modification you can set it up a plug-in and attach it to a folder action. Now I have a simple drop folder on my desktop that launches quicktime pro and converts the file to an Apple TV viewable format, imports the file into iTunes, and cleans up after itself.

Here is a simple step-by-step guide to walk you through what I did.

100GB Upgrade for 5G iPod Available

From TUAW

So you've got an 80GB iPod, but it's bursting at the seams with all of those movies. Wouldn't an extra 20GB be handy? Check out this hard drive upgrade from PDASmart. For $275US, you can get a 100GB upgrade for the 30GB, 60GB or 80GB iPods with video. The drive is a brand new Toshiba MK1011GAH, and includes warranties from both the manufacturer and PDASmart.

Note that the 30GB upgrade will include a higher capacity battery and a new back for the iPod, as its size will be increased to that of an 80GB iPod. They offer a mail-in service as well. Be the hippest geek on your block!

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Adobe to take Wraps Off Creative Suite 3

From CNET

Adobe Systems on Tuesday plans to launch Creative Suite 3, a showcase for the company's merger with rival Macromedia that is designed to smoothly combine Web design with content creation.

Creative Suite 3, which focuses on print designers, multimedia editors and Web designers, was two years in development. CS3 comes in six editions, though customers can also individually purchase updated applications, such as Photoshop, Illustrator or Flash.

The estimated price for Creative Suite 3 Design Standard is $1,199 and for the Design Premium version, $1,799. The Web-oriented editions cost $999 for Web Standard and $1,599 for Web Premium. The CS3 Production Premium is $1,699. And the Master Collection, the most comprehensive package, is $2,499.

The Design and Web editions will begin shipping in April, while the Production Premium and Master Collection editions will ship this summer, said John Loiacono, senior vice president of Adobe's Creative Solutions Business Unit.

AT&T Receives 1 million Inquiries on iPhone

From iLounge

Cingular, now a unit of AT&T, has received about 1 million requests for information on Apple’s upcoming iPhone, according to AT&T Chief Operating Officer Randall Stephenson. Cingular, which is being rebranded as AT&T, will be the exclusive U.S. carrier of the device. While Cingular, nor Apple, are currently taking pre-orders, Cingular has a section on it website inviting visitors to submit their email addresses to receive information about the phone when it is released. “One million people have asked us to call when this phone is available,” Stephenson said at the CTIA wireless technology conference.

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PhotoShop World Conference and Expo Sold Out

From Macworld

The organizers of the of the Phoshop World Conference & Expo announced on Monday that the show, scheduled for April 4-6 in Boston, is sold out. The conference will be held at the John B. Hynes Convention Center.

"The fact that Photoshop World is sold out for the first time ever just shows the incredible interest in Photoshop CS3, and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom – Adobe’s new workflow application for pro photographers – which are both playing a starring role in this year's conference,” said Scott Kelby, the conference technical chair.

Even thought the conference is sold out, the Tech Expo will be open to the public on Thursday April 5th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Exhibitors include: Adobe, Microsoft, Epson, CDW, Canon, Dell, Wacom, Corel, on0ne Software, and iStockphoto.

(Shawn's Comment: Just like I predicted on last week's show :) )
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Maxtor OneTouch III 300GB FireWire / USB 2.0 External HD - $125 shipped

From DealNews

The Maxtor OneTouch III 300GB FireWire/USB 2.0 External Hard Drive, model no. STM303004OTAB05-RK, costs $124.99 at newegg.com. Shipping adds $8.52, but you can pay via PayPal and use coupon code "PAYPAL10" to bag free shipping. This drive features a 16MB cache and runs at 7200 rpm.

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Your Photos in a Museum?

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Do you think your photographs are good enough to put in a museum? Me neither but Museumr is still kinda fun. :)

Disable Integrated iSight Cameras

From MacOSXHints.com

I've been moved to action on this because of a recent NSA security document that states that it is not possible to disable the iSight cameras integrated into Apple computers without also disabling things like USB keyboards and mice. This is simply not true. When a program from OS X (Tiger at least) needs to access the integrated iSight camera, it has to call the QuickTimeUSBVDCDIgitizer.component. This file is located in the /System » Library » QuickTime folder.

Simply deleting this file will prevent any program from being able to access it.

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The Injectionist

Have you eve seen a comedy about torturers? Did you know they are unionized? Have dating issues? Sore feet? Job advancement problems?

Neither did I until I watched "The Injectionist"...

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Star Trek: The Original Series Beams back into iTunes

From iLounge

Apple, which had quietly dropped “Star Trek: The Original Series” from its roster of iTunes downloadable programming, looks to have returned not only to iTunes the first season of this series but also a remastered version as well. This remastered version (which costs $56.99 as a season pass for the first season) has “dozens of new and higher-detailed visual effects” blended into the episodes.

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10 Geek Details on Apple TV

From iLounge

Six months after it was announced, Apple TV is finally here, and of course, our testing is well underway. In order to canvas a variety of different televisions and possible usage models, iLounge’s editors have assembled a robust testing environment for our two Apple TV units: four computers, five HDTVs ranging in size and resolution, one widescreen non-HDTV, and audio receivers with and without optical audio inputs. Prior to our final review, we wanted to share some of our preliminary findings for those who are interested.

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QuickerTek offers 802.11n for Mac mini

From Macworld

QuickerTek announced the availability of an IEEE 802.11n wireless networking upgrade kit for Apple’s Mac mini. The $180 kit enables Intel-based Mac minis to work at the faster wireless networking speeds allowed by Apple’s new AirPort Extreme Base Station and other devices that employ the draft networking specification.

The card offered by QuickerTek occupies the same slot as the factory card provided by Apple for the Mac mini. It’s backwards-compatible with 802.11b and 802.11g standards, and also includes an antenna — instructions for installation are included, along with the tools you need.

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Movie Trailers

I *love* movie trailers. I can and have wasted a great deal of time watching them. But I *hate* when they give so much plot away.

A perfect example are the Spiderman 3 trailers.

The one on the Apple Trailer Page shows the story as we are pretty sure we know it so far. But the one on this page should have a huge "SPOILER ALERT" button on it because it gives away a *crucial* plot point!

Why do movie studios do that? I really get the feeling that there's no reason for me to go to the theater to see the movie now - I'll just wait for it to come out on DVD....

How-to: Upgrade the Drive in Your Apple TV

From Engadget

While thousands of people were enjoying their Apple TVs last night, we decided to take ours apart for some pictures and to upgrade the drive. Seriously, 40 GB is smaller than our iPod and we don't like to have to pick and choose what to sync. While there is little doubt that this will void our warranty, isn't it worth it?We decided to double the size of the HDD from 40 GB to 80 GB; we picked up a new 5400 RPM IDE laptop drive and went to town.

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Griffin Ships iTrip for 2G nano

From PlayList

iPod accessory-maker Griffin Technology on Friday began shipping its popular iTrip FM transmitter for the second generation iPod nano.

The new iTrip has been redesigned to “fit the sleek lines” of the new iPod nano. The iTrip allows users to play their iPod music through the car stereo or home stereo system. Among its other features the iTrip has DistortionFree technology, which provides automatic volume adjustment for the cleanest possible sound.

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Apple TV Diary: Out of the Box

From Macworld

Apple has Apple TV and, thanks to a fortuitously timed vacation by Macworld’s Editorial Director Jason Snell—fortuitously timed for me, that is—I’m the lucky soul who gets first crack at this set-top box. Over the next several days, I’ll take my first—and subsequent—cracks at exploring Apple TV’s many wonders. In this installment, we’ll look at the first out-of-the-box experience.

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