Apple Files Patent for Multi-Sided, Touch-Screen iPod

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Date: Thursday, May 10th, 2007, 15:04
Category: News

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The iPod line might be about to take a turn in a new direction. A patent filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office on January 5th reveals that Apple is looking to create a handheld device that uses both a small front-side display but receives input through a touch and force-sensitive back-side interface.
Such a device, as described in the patent, would allow for a wider amount of the display to be used to show information while the second display could be exclusively utilitzed for data input, according to an article on AppleInsider.
Take a look and see what you think.

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Office 2007 File Converters Abound

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Date: Thursday, May 10th, 2007, 11:35
Category: News

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PowerPage associate editor Chuck Freedman brought this to my attention and it’s a good point: Microsoft Office 2007 has introduced the Microsoft Open Office XML Format (.docx) which is not compatible with older versions of the suite such a Office 2004. The Mac version of the new suite (Office 2008) is not expected to ship until the second half of this year. Chuck then mentioned that people are currently sending out file attachments in this format and the end result was making him slam his head against his desk in appreciation.
The guys over at creativetechs have completed a full roundup of conversion options that are both currently available as well as on the horizon:
-Microsoft will be shipping a free Office 2007 converter that’s due any day now. Details are provided in their Mac Mojo blog.
-Panergy Software has released their docXConverter utility. This program, which retails for a US$20 registration fee, allows .docx files to be opened in almost any text editor or inserted in Quark, InDesign or other graphics documents. The free trial allows users to convert up to 20 documents before pushing the user to register the program.
-Docx-converter.com is a free web-based service that allows users to convert a .docx file into an HTML file. Users can upload their files and the read the converted copy in a web browser. This text can also be copied and pasted and a Mac OS X Widget is also available for download.
If you’ve run across this problem or any other solutions/workarounds, please let us know.

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Announcement: Joost Offer Continues

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Date: Thursday, May 10th, 2007, 09:03
Category: Announcement

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You people are demented.
And that’s a good thing.
We’re now at 245 requests for Joost invitations and if you haven’t gotten yours yet, I’ll get it out as soon as I can today.
For the time being, if you’d still like an invitation, let me know via the comments (don’t post your e-mail in the comment itself, as spam-bots like to collect addresses where possible and usually use publicly viewed fields like this). The only proviso is that Joost only runs on Apple’s current Intel-based hardware, so if you have an older machine, you might have to borrow a friend’s Mac to try it out.
If you’ve gotten the Joost invitation and had a chance to play with it, feel free to chip in your two cents.

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Adium Updated to Version 1.0.3

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Date: Thursday, May 10th, 2007, 08:00
Category: Software

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Adium, the free multi-client instant messaging application (or the Mac’s best answer as to how you can make a client compatible with AIM, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, Yahoo!, Google Talk, Bonjour, Novell Groupwise and Lotus Sametime, still make it sound like a squawky bird and have it be cool), has been updated to version 1.0.3.
The new version, a 13.2 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and enhancements:
-Fixed a major memory leak after closing chats present since Adium 1.0.
-Updated to libpurple 2.0.0 (from libpurple 2.0.0 beta).
-Improved retrieval of MSN buddy icons.
-Fixed setting our own buddy icon in some situations in which it would not be set previously.
-Fixed determination of encoding for some AIM profiles and messages (#6839).
-Added NAT-PMP support, significantly improving AIM File Transfer, AIM Direct-Connect, and more when behind an Apple Airport Express or Extreme router.
-Fixed Direct IM images sent to iChat users after pasting from the clipboard.
-Fixed the dropdown menu shown when there are multiple destination contact. choices for an outgoing message. It previously could display a contact different form. the one to which the message would actually be sent.
-Fixed reversion of privacy settings to “Block Certain Contacts” for ICQ and Yahoo accounts (#4770).
-Fixed a crash which could occur when waking a system which had gone to sleep while Adium was conencting.
-Fixed import of logs via Spotlight (#6287).
-Fixed printing of logs (#5617).
-Fixed a crash which could occur after finishing indexing of chat transcripts.
-Fixed an exception when importing Fire contacts.
-Fixed display of bold in the Chat Transcript viewer.
-Fixed a crash which could occur with certain font related problems.
-Improved performance when pasting or dropping large images for use as contact icons or account icons (#6729).
-Fixed incorrect shadow drawing in some situations in the contact list (#5232).
-Suppressed a spurious warning message when connecting to ICQ in some situations (#6533).
-Fixed iTunes away status when nothing is playing (#5899).
-Fixed cascading a message windows when ‘open new chats in tabs’ is disabled. (#4451).
-Allow ` in Jabber / XMPP usernames (#6690).
-Improved icons for SIMPLE, QQ, and Zephyr, using Pidgin’s icons.
-Various localizability improvements.
-Switch to Smart Crash Reports for crash reporting. This will only do anything if Smart Crash Reports is installed (see www.smartcrashreports.com); Adium does not install it.
-(French) Fixed Encryption preferences.
-(German) Fixed advanced messages preferences (#6781).
-(Portuguese) Fixed Personal preferences.
-(Turkish) Fixed a crash on first launch.
-Updated Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Dutch, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, and Turkish translations.
The program requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new version and have either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know.

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