iPods to Become Flight Data Recorders

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Date: Thursday, February 22nd, 2007, 09:08
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Flight is reporting that U.S. light aircraft manufacturer LoPresti Speed Merchants plants to include the iPod into its “Fury” model’s avionics system.
The iPod, which will be outfitted with specialized softwre, will act as a hard disk (or “black box”) and be able to record more than 500 hours of flight time data. Collected data samples can assist with training, system analysis, crash investigation and other purposes. Should the iPod work in the Fury, it could be deployed as a flight data recorder in other models of light aircraft.
In addition to acting as a replacement black box, complete with iPod dock connector, the iPod can function as an audio recorder and capture two-way cockpit and cockpit tower conversations for later analysis.
“This is the perfect marriage of a consumer product to the aviation market” commented R.J. Siegel, vice president of operations for LoPresti. “The iPod has an ideal product spec for aviation. It’s light and small, with very low power requirements and a simple interface. There are thousands of developers passionate about writing applications for the iPod. With such a large body of programmers we literally have no idea what the next great aviation application may be.”


Democracy Player Receives Important Bug Fix in New Version

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Date: Thursday, February 22nd, 2007, 08:15
Category: Software

Democracy Player, the popular open source media player program in the vein of VLC, has been updated to version
The new version, an 8.9 megabyte download, repairs bugs between the program’s python code and Mac management favorites such as Growl and Camino.
Other repaired bugs included a Linux error that prevented preferences from being saves and a Windows bug in which the player window couldn’t be resized.
In addition to acting as a media player, Democracy also acts as an RSS-enabled television program of sorts, chasing after preferred updated content and putting it aside in an iTunes playlist fashion for the user.
Democracy Player requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later and QuickTime 7 to run. The program is donationware, so if you like it, chip in a few dollars online to the authors.
If you’ve had either positive or negative experiences with the new version, let us know.


Apple and Cisco Reach Settlement Regarding iPhone Trademark

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Date: Thursday, February 22nd, 2007, 08:00
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On Wednesday, Apple Inc. and Cisco Systems announced that they have reached a settlement over the much-contended “iPhone” trademark.
While details of the settlement are sparse, the announcement cited that both companies acknowledge that trademark rights to the name have been granted and each side will dismiss legal actions regarding the trademarks.
Cisco had filed suit against Apple in January for infringing on its iPhone name trademark, a property Cisco claimed it purchased the rights to via its 2000 acquisition of Infogear. In late 2006, the company began selling a dual-mode VoIP-based cordless handset based on the iPhone name.
Additionally, “Cisco and Apple will explore opportunities for interoperability in the areas of security, and consumer and enterprise communications.”
All other details of the agreement remain confidential and no major feature changes or deviations from Apple’s anticipated June release date have been announced regarding the iPhone.