Roxio Announces Popcorn 3

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Date: Friday, August 17th, 2007, 13:50
Category: Software

Earlier today, software company Roxio announced the it would be releasing Popcorn 3, its video conversion and disc burning software for the Mac at the end of the month.
According to Macworld News, the new version will provide a simplified interface, TiVoToGo burn support that will allow some TiVo-branded digital video recorders to transfer saved shows to their Mac via a user-selected format.
Other upcoming features are as follows:
-A new Media browser will allow the user to find and preview video files.
-A program known as Disc Cover RE will let users create and print labels and inserts for their DVDs.
-Users can now create bookmarks and preserve existing chapter markers in their files.
-Play and resume features have been added. This will allow Popcorn to pause a process in the middle of a conversion and help your Mac with other processor functions.
-Support for the Elgato Sytems Turbo.264 coprocessor, which can help speed up video conversions.
-A Quality Preview feature will let users see 15 seconds of video to gauge whether the quality and format they’ve selected are appropriate.
-Batch DVD and video playback conversion features have been added.
-New presets have been added for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, iPod, iPhone, Apple TV and BlackBerry.
-Support has been added for Dolby Pro Logic II and users can now create four-hour DVDs on a single 4.7 gigabyte DVD.
Roxio has stated that users of Toast 7 and 8 and Popcorn 1 and 2 will be able to directly unlock the upgrade version of Popcorn 3, which will be sold through the company’s web site for US$29.99.
Popcorn 3 will require a Mac running Mac OS X 10.4.10 or later, a G4, G5 or Intel-based processor, QuickTime 7.1.6 or later, 300 megabytes of hard drive space and up to 15 gigabytes of temporary free disk space available to convert videos.
If you have any ideas or feedback on this, let us know in the comments or forums.


Steps for Dealing with a Cracked iPhone Screen

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Date: Friday, August 17th, 2007, 09:49
Category: iPhone

You have your iPhone. And odds are, you’re pretty fond of it. Still, which the iPhone’s screen can take an admirable amount of abuse, it’s not invincible.
The guys over at iPhone Atlas have put together a quick guide outlining the best procedures for dealing with a cracked iPhone screen should the occasion arise:
-First, a repair/replacement from Apple can run between US$200 and US$250. The iPhone is covered under a standard limited one-year warranty for defects, but is not eligible for AT&T’s wireless phone insurance, which retails for US$5 a month and provides replacements in the case of loss, theft, accidental physical or liquid damage and mechanical and electrical failures after the manufacturer’s warranty period has termed.
-An Apple FAQ list has stated that the company will repair your 4 GB iPhone for US$199 or your 8 GB iPhone for US$249 plus US$6.95 in shipping and handling should your iPhone require service for any reason outside of battery replacement (an US$86 service).
While it can be presumed that this service covers screen cracks, Apple’s FAQ states that ‚Äúservice may not be available if your iPhone has been damaged due to accident or abuse.‚Äù
-Reports have come in to the iPhone Atlas web site that Apple representatives at the Genius Bar have replaced cracked screens for free. This is a nice gesture, but don’t count on it and it seems only likely to occur if the user can prove that the screen was damaged during routine use.
-A variety of do-it-yourself kits have become available and range from US$150 to US$200. Other third party firms have begun to sell replacement iPhone components such as the screen and its associated parts. Installation isn’t for the timid of heart and will violate any remaining Apple warranty.
-Credit card protection is also available. American Express offers a Gold Rewards Card, which includes a purchase protection plan that will repair or replace certain items or reimburse the policy member for the amount charged to the card at up to US$1,0000 per occurrence. The policy will also activate if the item is stolen or accidentally damaged up to 90 days from the date of purchase.
Had any experience with this on your end or have a story to offer? Let us know in the comments or forums.


Apple Releases iWeb 2.0.1 Update

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Date: Friday, August 17th, 2007, 08:07
Category: Software

Late Thursday, Apple released version 2.0.1 of its iWeb application, the WYSIWYG web content creation tool included with iLife 2008.
The update, which is about an 11 megabyte download, repairs an issue with upgrading and publishing iWeb 1.x web sites and is currently available through Mac OS X’s Software Update feature. iWeb 2.0.1 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.
Like any update, if you’ve tried the new version and have any kind of feedback regarding it, let us know in the comments or forums.


Waav Introduces AirBox Units as iPhone Compliment

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Date: Friday, August 17th, 2007, 07:10
Category: wireless

On Thursday, Waav, a mobile technology provider, announced that it’s been selling its AirBox units to iPhone owners as a means of providing in-car Wi-Fi access to the Internet while on the road.
The AirBox, which retails for US$499.99 and US$1,099.99, provides a bounce point for wireless Internet access as well as faster data speeds than AT&T’s EDGE network as well as other services for when a call is in place on an iPhone.
A bit on the pricey side, but if in-car wireless access is proving crucial, this might be the best thing out there.
If you have thoughts or feedback, let us know in the forums.