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Apple and Cisco Discussing Ways to Make Respective “iPhone” Devices Cooperate

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Date: Wednesday, April 18th, 2007, 15:55
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Despite the near-legal-battle that ensued over the “iPhone” name a few months ago, Apple and Cisco have revealed that the two firms are looking to make their respective iPhone devices interoperable (Cisco’s device is a VoIP-based telephone and is currently on the market while Apple’s iPhone is currently in development).
The firms, which settled their dispute out of court, reached an accord in which each company has the right to use its name on its products according to AppleInsider. One condition of the agreement was for the two companies to investigate possibilities for interoperability in the areas of security as well as consumer and enterprise communications.
Last week, Cisco Chief Development Office Charlie Giancarlo revealed that Apple CEO Steve Jobs had held discussions with Cisco’s team as to how to make the iPhone compatible with Cisco’s consumer and business products.
“We’re optimistic, but it’s still early,” said Giancarlo, adding that ways in which the companies’ products can work together “are now being investigated by both technical teams.”
Giancarlo commented that the discussions are more centered around making Apple’s iPhone work with Cisco products and allowing the iPhone to work with Cisco’s corporate desk phone systems and have both sets of devices be capable of services such as instant messaging and teleconferencing.


TuneView Now Available in Black, Receives Firmware Update

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Date: Wednesday, April 18th, 2007, 10:42
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Third party peripheral maker KeySpan has announced that it has released its TuneView remote control in black as well as updated it associated firmware.
The TuneView, which retails for US$179, functions as a remote control for fourth and fifth generation iPods as well as the iPod Nano and iPod Mini models and features a built in LCD screen that users can use to navigate through an iPod’s contents and doesn’t require a line of sight to interact with the iPod according to Macworld News.
The firmware, which reached version 1.2, is a 282 kilobyte download that allows for quicker scrolling through an iPod’s menu, improves wake-on-sleep performance and adds the ability to just to a specific first letter on a list of files. The updater applies to both the TuneView remote itself as well as its dock connector, which is updated in a separate process from the remote control.
If you’ve tried the new firmware and had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.


Saitek Releases Obsidian Scroll-Touch Wireless Mouse

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Date: Wednesday, April 18th, 2007, 09:51
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On Tuesday, Saitek‘s US division released the Obsidian, a new wireless mouse that replaces the standard scroll wheel with a touch-sensitive scroll pad and seam-free top buttons.
According to Electronista, the Obsidian also features hidden navigation buttons in the concentric patterns on the mouse’s sides and operates on two lithium-ion batteries as well as an included recharge cradle and spare battery pack. The mouse is managed by a 1,000 DPI sensor and functions on the Mac OS X, Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems.
The Obsidian will be available via Saitek and retailers for US$50.


Blue Raven Begins Selling Replacement iPod Batteries

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Date: Wednesday, April 18th, 2007, 08:08
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On Tuesday, Blue Raven Technology announced that it had released a complete line of iPod batteries for first through fifth generations iPods as well as the iPod Mini. The batteries will be available at birck and mortar and online locations such as CompUSA, Micro Center and Amazon.com according to iLounge and claim to offer an additional 30% more capacity than Apple’s standard iPod battery.
The company claims replacing the iPod’s battery to be easy and inexpensive, the kit including tools and instructions as to how to perform the procedure.
Prices start at US$29.95 before shipping and handling.


Arkansas to Implement iPods and Wired School Bus in Technology Program

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Date: Wednesday, April 18th, 2007, 07:16
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Arkansas’ Sheridan school district will be trying something different in order to get the most out of the three hour daily commute some of its students have to endure in order to get to classes. The Aspirnaut Initiative, a three-year trial, will bring laptops, wireless Internet access and iPods aboard Sheridan’s Bus 46, wherein the students will use iPods to listen to educational podcasts and “high ability” students will be provided laptops to go online and use web-based learning tools according to ars technica.
During this time, students may be able to receive course credits for time spent learning on the bus and at the end of the trial period, students who complete the program would be allowed to keep the iPods and laptops.
The program, which is funded by donations from Vanderbilt University (the idea is the brainchild of biochemist Bill Hudson) and fund-raising, will limit its efforts to Bus 46 and may have greater success than efforts to raise funds entirely through taxes and public funding, wherein a recent Michigan effort came under fire for its attempts to allocate US$38 million for a technology program wherein the highlights included providing an iPod for every student in the state. The effort was defeated during legislative debate and three lawmakers who had received a compensated research trip to Apple’s headquarters came under fire to pay back the air fare.
Still, if it works, this could be something cool and at least that much more productive than the buses we rode to school on so many years ago.