Pro Applications Update 2008-02
Apple just released an update to their Pro Application support for Mac OS X. According to Apple, this update “improves reliability for Apple’s professional applications.” This update is recommended to all users of Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Server and Logic Studio. Final Cut Pro 6.0.4 and Compressor 3.0.3 are applications included in the update.
You can download this update by opening Software Update (choosing Software Update from the Apple menu) or by downloading the installer package from the Apple Support Downloads site. You can visit the Pro Applications support note for more information about this update.
$179 DXG-567V HD camcorder uploads right to YouTube
Uh oh, DXG’s creeping its way up into luxury territory. Earlier this year, we saw the outfit dish out a craptacular $149 HD camcorder, and just a few months back we were introduced to the $169 DXG-569V. Now, it’ll take another Hamilton in order to rightfully claim its newest unit, the DXG-567V. The pocket-friendly cam is available in four different hues, ships with rechargeable AA batteries and uploads directly to YouTube and other video sharing sites without much hassle at all. DXG claims that this bugger captures video at 1,280 x 720 (30fps), but even at $179, we have our doubts about the overall quality. Better watch out though, by this time next year you’ll see DXG perched up beside Sony, Panasonic and the rest of the respected gang.
Users Search for IPhone Almost 7 Million Times in April
Speculation of the upcoming iPhone 3G led to a massive amount of searches for Apple’s popular device in April, according to research firm comScore.
The researcher said that 1.3 million people conducted 6.9 million searches for iPhone-related terms during the month. Not surprisingly, “iPhone” led the search terms with 1.5 million searches, but other high ranking terms included “iPhone update” (151,000), “iPhone 2.0” (75,000) and “iPhone 3G” (60,000).
“Search is frequently a harbinger of purchase intent,” said Dan Lackner, comScore senior vice president. “The increase in volume of iPhone searches demonstrates just how heavy that interest has been for the next generation of Apple’s popular phone — even when its existence was still just a rumor.”
(Via PC World)
Apple plans cheaper nano, raises iPhone orders
Apple plans to introduce a low-cost iPod nano later this year, and has raised its iPod and iPhone orders in anticipation of strong summer sales, an analyst warns.
FBR analyst Craig Berger reports Apple to have ordered production of over 15 million iPhone 3G’s and 2 million more old model iPhones this year – well above the quantity the company’s been counting on selling this year.
He also reveals Apple to have ordered about 15 per cent more iPods to be produced in the third quarter, and believes Apple is also preparing to introduce iPod classic and iPod touch upgrades. The most likely launch point for these is probably September.
The analyst also claims Apple has increased its Mac orders: Laptops up 10 per cent from his last check and desktops up 20 per cent. This may reflect the imminent release of new Intel processors designed to drive Mac upgrades as the critical US education buying season approaches.
(Via 9 to 5 Mac)
Microsoft, then and now
Man, who could have predicted back in 1978 that this collection of nerds, dweebs, and hippies would come to rule the desktop? A time when a PC in every home was just a vision and 640KB of memory ought to be enough for anybody. That’s the original Microsoft “family” re-photographed 30 years later (minus Bob Wallace who died in 2002) in preparation for Bill Gates to slip into tomorrow’s smoking jacket of retirement. It’s better than a gold watch we guess.
Useful Gadgets – The SATA HDD Multi Function Dock
Check out this SATA HDD Multi Function Dock from the guys over at Brando.
It is compatible with 2.5″ and 3.” inch SATA HDD’s and connects to your PC via USB.
It comes with a one touch backup function and there is also a built in 2 port USB hub and a multi card reader.
Here’s the specs.
- Supports both SATA 2.5″ HDD and 3.5″ HDD
- PC connection: USB 2.0
- 2-port USB hub
- 4-Slot Card Reader
- Standable, convenient and trendy design
- One Touch Backup function
- Power LED indicator
- Support Windows 2000/XP/Vista, Mac OS 9.X or higher
- Dimension: 165.5 x 110 x 102mm
- Weight: 236g
Supported Card Types
- SD / SDHC / *Mini SD / *Mini SDHC / *T-Flash Card / *Micro SD / Extreme SD / Extreme III SD / Ultra II SD / MMC 1 / MMC 2 / MMC 4.0 / RS MMC / HS RS MMC
- CF 1 / CF 2 / Extreme CF / EXtreme III CF / Ultra II CF / HS CF / MD
- MS / MS DUO / MS PRO / MS PRO DUO / MS MagicGate / MS MagicGate PRO / MS MagicGate DUO / MS MagicGate PRO DUO / Extreme MS PRO / Extreme III MS PRO / HS MS MagicGate PRO DUO / MS ROM / MS Select
The SATA HDD Multi Function dock is available to buy online for $53 from Brando.
R2-D2 and Darth Vader USB Hubs
I’m quite happy with my current Belkin hub/dock, but anyone of these two cool Star Wars USB hubs would be more than welcome in case of a switch.
Both hubs, one in the shape of R2-D2 and one Darth Vader bust, will light up their eyes, move their heads and play sound effects every three minutes when being connected to a computer. The sound effects can be switched off.
The Star Wars USB Hubs measures 90(D) x 100(W) x 150(H) mm and will cost around $66 when they are released in Tokyo next month.
Yahoo letter clarifies Google, Microsoft deals
Yahoo letter clarifies Google, Microsoft deals
Yahoo CEO Jerry Wang and Chairman Roy Bostock on Wednesday sent a letter to shareholders explaining the June 12th deal with Google, as well as clarifying its negotiations with Microsoft, who recently made a bid for the search and advertising giant. Yahoo writes that the “carefully structured” agreement with Google will add $250 to $450 million in incremental operating cash flow for the company during its first year of operation.
The deal has Yahoo providing algorithmic and sponsored search results as usual, in addition to ads from Google displaying alongside Yahoo search results. Cash flow from advertisers to Google, back to Yahoo will supposedly strike “the right strategic balance” by enhancing the company’s financial results, while also helping it achieve a position as a common “starting point” for internet users. Yahoo hopes this approach will give the company a “must buy” for internet advertising from the point of view of prospective clients.
Yahoo assures investors that the deal compliments its overall revenue generation strategies that the company is already pursuing, and any subsequent deals with Microsoft or others would not be jeopardized. Yahoo did add, however, that the agreement with Google would add more shareholder value than the Microsoft search-only hybrid proposal.
After a number of meetings with Microsoft, Yahoo concluded that the software giant’s proposal was inadequate, due to forfeiting a large amount of control over company operations, as well as insufficient profitability for the company and shareholders. Microsoft would maintain veto control over company actions, and would hold Yahoo to a 10-year arrangement where all search business would be dependant on the former company.
The note also addressed billionaire Carl Icahn’s efforts to undermine the authority of the current Yahoo board. Yahoo simply addressed the matter, putting Icahn in a bad light, saying that Icahn – as well as any board put forward by the investor – would not care about the future of Yahoo itself once the deal had gone through. Yang and Bostock put it to investors whether they want a board who cares about the future of the company, or merely drones who will offer no beneficial agenda.