Parallels Adds Mac Pro, Leopard and Windows Vista Support

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Date: Thursday, September 7th, 2006, 15:49
Category: Software

Parallels is releasing a new build of Parallels Desktop for Mac that is fully compatible with the new Mac Pro tower, Mac OS X 10.5 ‘Leopard’ and they’ve even added “experimental” support for guest Windows Vista Beta. The Vista feature means that Mac users can now experiment with Windows Vista without having to compromise the stability of your “real” PC. Download the 22.5MB update here. Pretty cool…

Update Release Candidate of Parallels Desktop for Mac


Apple Upgrades iMovie Trademark

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Date: Thursday, September 7th, 2006, 09:20
Category: Trademark

On August 22, the European Office of Harmonization published Apple’s latest trademark/service mark application number 005269221 for “IMOVIE.” The European filing was prepared by Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP of London which notes no priority filing. However, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office officially lists Apple’s iMovie as a registered trademark under application number 2,723, 051 dating back to July 2003 in addition application number 75/782,838 officially registered in China dating back to August 1999. So what’s changed?

The difference in this new filing in contrast to Apple’s original filing is that the original filing only listed International Class 9 covering computer hardware and software whereas the new European filing lists additional International Classes 38, 41 and 42 which cover the following: communications and telecommunications services, entertainment and education services; provision of electronic publications (not downloadable); providing on-line electronic publications and computer hardware and software consulting services; rental of computer hardware and software apparatus and equipment.

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Miuro: your iPod, on wheels!

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Date: Thursday, September 7th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Gadget

Fresh from the ‘Who the heck would buy one of those?’ department, reports: [edited]
The Miuro turns an iPod music player into a dancing boombox-on-wheels. The 14-inch-wide machine from ZMP blares music as it rolls and twists from room to room.
The $930 (yes, you DID read that right, ed.) Miuro — short for “music innovation based on utility robot technology” (ouch! ed.) — responds to a handheld remote control and WiFi trasmissions from a PC to play music from iTunes and other programs.
At a demonstration in Tokyo, the 11-pound Miuro did a preprogrammed dance, rolling about and pivoting to music.
“This is a robot version of music-on-the-move that’s so popular,” said Miuro designer Shinichi Hara, who also creates album jackets for Japanese pop stars. “I designed it to have a gentle look because it becomes a part of everyday life by integrating robotics and music,” Hara said.
The robot went on sale Thursday in Japan by Internet order, and overseas availability is expected in the second half of 2007. ZMP is hoping to sell 10,000 Miuros in the first year, targeting sales of more than $8.5 million.
ZMP President Hisashi Taniguchi said robotic technology adds another convenience to mobile music. “The robot helps you listen to music wherever you are without even thinking about it,” he said. “Sometimes I don’t even have the energy to put on a CD.”
Separately sold options add a camera and sensors to the robot so it will map out its own position and remember routes.
Contributed by: Brett Jordan


Apple to offer Disney-only movies?

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Date: Thursday, September 7th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

Variety magazine is reporting that is preparing to enter the movie download market this week with a new service. The interesting part is that it claims that Apple’s service will only offer movies from Disney (at least initially)…
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.