3D DeskCam Could Scan Facial Features for Login

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Date: Thursday, March 29th, 2007, 15:33
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In “hey, that might be pretty cool when it comes out” news, Toronto-based Bioscrypt has announted that its 3.5″ tall, half-inch wide 3D DeskCam could scan the user’s face and authenticate access to a computer using this method.
Using an infrared system, the camera uses approximately 40,000 identification points along a person’s face according to ZDNet’s Security Blog. The unit focuses on a user’s forehead, eye sockets and nose bridge and can differentiate identical twins and professional face molds according to Ryan Zlockie, Bioscrypt’s director of product management.
The camera can also differentiate casual changes, such as if a user hasn’t shaven their facial hair for a few days. A user who undergoes an extensive change, such as plastic surgery, will have to reregister with the system.
Applicable uses for the camera currently include security, identification and creating a 3D avatar for interactive applications such as instant messaging and multiplayer gaming.
The 3D DeskCam is scheduled to be released in the second half of 2007 with a target price of US$350. This price could be reduced to around US$200 if produced in larger volumes.
No word of Macintosh drivers have been released to date.

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Microsft Releases iPod-Focused Update for Vista

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Date: Wednesday, March 28th, 2007, 12:03
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On Tuesday, Microsoft released a software update to its Windows Vista operating system designed around fixing a problem between its newly released operating system and Apple’s iPod. The bug, which has appeared for some users, places the iPod at risk of corruption should the user choose to eject the iPod using Vista’s Safely Remove Hardware option.
To date, Apple has warned Vista users to eject iPods from within iTunes according to iLounge. Recent updates to iTunes have focused on making the iPod behave better within Vista.
The update can be found using the update.microsoft.com web site and may prove useful if you’re currently running Windows Vista under Apple’s Boot Camp or under a virtualized environment such as Parallels, CrossOver or VMWare.
If you’ve tried the update and had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.

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AT&T Cites One Million iPhone Inquiries

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Date: Wednesday, March 28th, 2007, 07:59
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AT&T, which has recently folded in provider Cingular as the company’s mobile unit, claims that it has received about one million requests for information regarding Apple’s upcoming iPhone according to Chief Operating office Randall Stephenson on Tuesday at the CTIA wireless technology conference keynote.
A story on Reuters claims that while Cingular isn’t accepting advance orders for the phone, which is slated for release this June, a staggering number of visitors have gone to an information section on their web site to leave their e-mail addresses and receive additional information about the device.

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Adobe Announces Creative Suite 3, Provides Details as to Features

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Date: Tuesday, March 27th, 2007, 09:21
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On Tuesday, Adobe announced the details of its long-awaited Creative Suite 3 product group. The launch, the largest in Adobe’s history, will ship six different configurations of the software:
-Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium (US$1,799)
-Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Standard (US$1,100)
-Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Premium (US$1,599)
-Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Standard (US$999)
-Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium (US$1,699)
-Adobe Creative Suite 3 Master Collection (a collection of all of Adobe’s applications as well as development tools). (US$2,499)
At its most basic, Adobe Creative Suite 3 offers the Photoshop CS3, InDesign CS3, Illustrator CS3, Flash CS3 Professional and Dreamweaver CS3. The applications will
be available as universal binaries and run at native speeds on PowerPC and Intel-based Macs, a first for Adobe. The programs are due to ship in April according to MacNN.
In addition to standard 2D design, Adobe has offered help in the 3D sphere with Photoshop CS3 Extended, which allows for work, texture editing and export support on 3D images and formats. Photoshop CS3 Extended also includes video format and layer support to allow users to edit video files on a frame by frame basis according to Macworld News. Edited video can then be exported into a variety of formats, including Flash, which can then be ported over to projects such as web sites and presentations.
For the full story, click here…

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Call Recorder for Skype 2.0 Released

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Date: Tuesday, March 27th, 2007, 09:52
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Ecamm Network, makers of nifty third party utilities such as iGlasses and iChatUSBCam, has released Call Recorder for Skype 2.0.
The new version, a free update for registered users, is available for US$14.95 to new users and allows users to record both incoming and outgoing Skype calls and videoconferences in Apple’s QuickTime format according to Macworld News. Audio files can be compressed down to MP3 and AAC formats to save space or left uncompressed for the best possible quality.
Call Recorder for Skype 2.0, which is coded as a universal binary, requires a PowerPC or Intel-based Mac, Mac OS X 10.4 and Skype for Mac 2.5 or later to run. A 1.8 megabyte demo version of the software can be downloaded here.

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PDASmart Now Offering 100 GB Hard Drive Option for 5G iPods

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Date: Tuesday, March 27th, 2007, 08:49
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On Monday, third-party parts and repair provider PDASmart announced that it had begun providing 100 gigabyte hard drive upgrade installations for Apple’s fifth generation iPod (also known as the “Video iPod”).
According to iLounge, the upgraded hard drive can be installed on the 60 and 80 gigabyte fifth generation iPods without any modifications while a new rear casing is required to allow a 30 gigabyte fifth generation hard drive to be installed.
The do-it-yourself upgrade kit for the 60 and 80 gigabyte iPods is priced at US$275 and includes the 100 gigabyte Toshiba hard drive while the upgrade for the 30 gigabyte iPod is only available via mail-in service and is priced at US$300.
If users aren’t confident about their ability with the do-it-yourself kit, they can also send their 60 or 80 gigabyte iPod in for an additional US$10 shipping charge and have the work performed by PDASmart.
The replacement hard drive are protected by a year’s warranty from Toshiba, PDASMart providing a 90-day warranty on their work.
If anyone’s had any experience with this or upgrading their own iPod, let us know.

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TechRestore Now Offering Apple TV Upgrades

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Date: Tuesday, March 27th, 2007, 07:20
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On Monday, TechRestore (a PowerPage sponsor) announced that it was now offering hard drive upgrade services for Apple’s newly-released Apple TV device.
The upgrade, which is available via overnight delivery (or via the customer’s own delivery methods), ranges from US$99.99 and provides the following prices:
-60GB Storage Upgrade: $99.99
-80GB Storage Upgrade: $149.99
-100GB Storage Upgrade: $169.99
-120GB Storage Upgrade: $179.99
-160GB Storage Upgrade: $219.99
And, for the true techie die-hard, Engadget has published a full guide as to how to disassemble and upgrade the hard drive on your Apple TV with the help of a 3.5″ hard drive to a 2.5″ hard drive adapter…
If you have any feedback or ideas about this, let us know.

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Nike to Include iPod Sensor in Entire Running Shoe Line

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Date: Monday, March 26th, 2007, 08:25
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Last week, Nike CEO Mark Parker confirmed that his company would be including Nike+ iPod sensor technology in all of its running shoes by the end of 2007.
Since its introduction in May of 2006, the Nike+iPod hsa proven popular with runner, the Nike+ sensor embedded within the shoes measuring data such as distance traveled and how many calories have been burned. Users can then control the track, volume and other playback settings via their iPod Nano with specialized software announcing significant points such as milestones achieved throughout their workout.
The current Nike+iPod Sport Kit retails for US$29.99 via Apple’s online store and includes a sensor that can be inserted into a Nike+ shoe.
If you have any comments or feedback about this, let us know.

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Griffin Ships 2G Nano-Compatible iTrip

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Date: Monday, March 26th, 2007, 08:28
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On Monday, Griffin Technology announced that the firm has begun shipping its recently updated iTrip Nano, an FM transmitter for the second generation iPod Nano.
Like similar devices, the iTrip draws power from the iPod but also features a mini-USB port that allows the iTrip to charge while being used.
According to Macworld UK, the iTrip uses Griffin’s SmartDisplay technology, which allows the user to configure the iTrip via the iPod’s display.
The iTrip for iPod Nano retails for US$49.99.

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Apple TV Xvid Crack Appears on Forums

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Date: Friday, March 23rd, 2007, 14:24
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A popular discussion forum may already have the crack posted for Apple’s recently-released Apple TV media device to play the Xvid video codec.
The Something Awful thread can be found here. It’s technical, not really for the faint of heart and may not last very long until Apple posts a fix, but they appear to have it working and running a bootleg episode of “Lost”, so there you have it.
If anyone has any ideas or feedback about this or anything they may have done with their own Apple TV unit, let us know.

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