Another Input Device, Another Awful Name

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Date: Thursday, October 19th, 2006, 10:00
Category: Peripheral

logitech-400.jpgLogitech have announced a new computer control device. The NuLOOQ (eughh!) navigator is a stationary control device, about the size of a bissected tennis ball. It has a multi-dimensional ‘navring’, allowing 360 degree pan and zoom and a touch sensitive circular disk, called the *cough* tooltuner for fine control.
Using the hand you don’t use to control your mouse, it allows you to adjust brush sizes by 1 pixel increments in Photoshop, or text attributes in InDesign, timelines in video/audio apps or control your system volume using the touch sensitive circular disk.
Nudging the grey ring forwards, backwards, up, down, or twisting it clockwise or counter clockwise, allows you to instinctively navigate your way around your digital pictures, illustrations, documents and (if that’s your thing) spreadsheets.
A click or tap on the top plate can execute undo and redo commands, access Photoshop tools, or play/pause a video/audio track. Pre-programmed macro commands could also be triggered using this method, for regularly-used keyboard or mouse-click sequences.
The NuLOOQ’s web page has more information, and an interactive demo.
One important question the Logitech site doesn’t seem to address is, with both of my hands now being used to control my computer, how am I going to supply my face with sandwiches and coffee?

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The Apple Core: Apple announces fiscal Q4-2006 earnings

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Date: Thursday, October 19th, 2006, 09:48
Category: The Apple Core

q4-06-player.jpgApple yesterday announced preliminary financial results for its fiscal 2006 fourth quarter ended September 30, 2006. They also noted that the preliminary results may be subject to “significant adjustment” as a result of a likely restatement of historical results.
The company posted revenue of $4.84 billion and net quarterly profit of $546 million, compare to revenue of $3.68 billion and net profit of $430 million in the year-ago quarter. CFO Peter Oppenheimer anticipates revenue of $6.0 to $6.2 billion for the first fiscal quarter of 2007.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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