Apple Publishes Five New Patents, Three Relating to Wi-Fi iPod Systems

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Date: Thursday, August 30th, 2007, 12:50
Category: Patents

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On Thursday, the United States Patent and Trademark Office published five new Apple patents under the titles “Methods and apparatuses for pixel transformations, Interface for defining aperture”, “Power management in a portable media delivery system”, “Dynamic power management in a portable media delivery system” and “Media delivery system with improved interaction.”
According to MacNN, the final three patents focus on Wi-Fi functionality in an iPod. Such a feature has been anticipated for some time and may come to light with the new iPods due out on September 5th.
Patent details are as follows:
“iPod Wi-Fi: Power management in a portable media delivery system”
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California Law May Ban Cell, Laptop Use in Cars by Teen Drivers

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Date: Thursday, August 30th, 2007, 09:12
Category: Legal


A new bill which just passed the California assembly on Monday by a 62-5 vote may ban California drivers under 18 from using a cell phone, pager, text messaging device or laptop while driving.
The amendment aims to improve driver safety, one of the cited studies finding that while teenagers make up 6% of licensed drivers, they compromise 16% of auto accident fatalities.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the bill, which was previously approved by the state senate, will head back there for expected final approval of amendments before being placed on Governor Schwarzenegger’s desk. It’s unknown as to whether the Governor is expected to sign or veto it.
Opponents of the bill have argued that other distractions, such as CDs and music, continue to exist. Others have cited that hands-free devices, help remove the danger from using a device such as a cell phone in the car.
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DLO Releases OpenFM Application

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Date: Thursday, August 30th, 2007, 08:49
Category: Software

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Filling in the category of “unexpected but kind of neat”, accessory manufacturer DLO has released OpenFM. The application, which is available for free, functions as a web site and allows web-based and iPhone users in the United States to find top-performing radio frequencies in their area.
OpenFM allows users to search by zip code or city/state and pulls up results from an active database of licensed FM broadcasters. According to MacMerc.com, the program uses a set of algorithms to match the database’s information against known locations of radio towers to determine the best FM frequencies to use. Returned results are categorized from “Best Bet” to “Good” to “OK”.
In addition to the iPhone application, DLO has also announced that it will be offering a web-based version as well as a widget version of OpenFM for Mac and Windows in the coming weeks.
If you’ve tried OpenFM or similar programs and have feedback, let us know in the comments or forums.

http://www.dlo.com/openfm/openfm_web.tpl

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AirPort Extreme Base Station with 802.11n Firmware Updated to 7.2.1

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Date: Thursday, August 30th, 2007, 08:32
Category: Software

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Late Wednesday, Apple released version 7.2.1 of its 802.11n-based AirPort Extreme Base Station firmware. The update, a 4.6 megabyte download, brings the base station units up to the latest certified 802.11n draft as well as includes bug fixes and security updates.
The update requires AirPort Utility 5.1 or later to be installed as well as an AirPort Extreme Base Station with 802.11n and can be downloaded directly or through Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.
If you’ve tried the new version and have either positive or negative feedback of any kind about it, let us know in the comments or forums.

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