Adobe has released an open beta of Digital Editions for Mac, an upcoming software package that allows users to read and manage eBooks as well as other digital publications.
The software can function as both an Internet application as well as work offline, supporting both PDF and XHTML-based publications. The Digital Editions beta is a 2.5 megabyte download that includes Flash Player 9 and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run.
Macworld editor Jason Snell was able to do something we’d all like to be able to do; get our mitts on the iPhone and play with it a bit. An article over at Macworld News describes his experience along with the good and bad of one of Apple’s most anticipated new products.
Check out what he had to see after the jump…
The nigh-irrefutable MacFixIt.com has a report on both PowerPC and Intel-based Mac laptops failing to go to sleep when the lid is closed or involuntarily waking from sleep when the lid has been closed.
The article cites that the problem is often caused by interaction with peripheral devices such as USB, FireWire, Bluetooth, displays and even power connections.
Check out the jump for a full list of available fixes and workarounds.
New York Times columnist (and one of the few people who were able to get their hands on the new iPhone at Macworld Expo – Apple’s prototype units were encased in glass and surrounded by large crowds eager to grab a glimpse) has extended the information available regarding Apple’s upcoming iPhone on his blog, taking on a second round of questions.
The updated entry provides the following tidbits as well as others:
-Apple is currently undecided as to whether to allow users to set iPod-playable songs as ring tons.
-The iPhone will support games purchased from the iTunes Store that currently work with the video iPod.
-The iPhone doesn’t currently support Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connections.
-The iPhone currently lacks speed-dial features.
-The iPhone should, in theory, support Google spreadsheets as well as Microsoft Word documents.
-The iPhone will allow users to zoom in on text and images.
-The final version of the iPhone will feature a login system similar to the one currently installed on iPods.
-The iPhone will feature a polycarbonate screen similar to the one found on the iPod but with a substantially improved coating.
-The iPhone’s multi-touch screen is only operable via contact with bare skin.
-The iPhone ships with stereo ear buds that include a microphone and a switch on the cord, but will work with any iPod-compatible earphones.
-Pogue commented that while the screen is “very bright”, the “virtual keys” make the keyboard slower to access than the built-in keys on a device like a BlackBerry, although the keys are more responsive than those found on such a unit.
The investigation, according to a story on financial industry news web site MarketWatch, will focus on former Apple attorney Wendy Howell and a grant of 7.5 million stock option shares to Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs at a company meeting in October of 2001.
Howell claims she was ordered to make changes in order to grant Jobs the stock options by Nancy Heinen, a member of Apple’s general counsel team. Heinen departed Apple in May of 2006 for reasons unrelated to the events in question while Howell was fired from the company in December of 2006 for reasons relating to the stock options issue.
Last month, Apple stated that an independent internal investigation revealed that the October, 2001 meeting had never taken place and that grant terms weren’t set until December, 2001.
The U.S. Attorney’s office has begun its own investigation into Apple’s backdated stock option grants and Jobs has claimed he was unaware of the falsified incident. Apple later cancelled the grant, rendering the decision of no financial gain to Jobs. Apple’s own internal investigation has cleared the CEO and the rest of the company’s current management team from any wrongdoing.
The stock grant would have been worth about $20 million to Jobs, who currently holds more than five million shares of Apple stock worth more than $500 million.
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San Francisco — With Macworld Expo winding down, it’s time to honor the best of the best. These companies went beyond what was expected for a trade show presence and offered something great to the people who came by.
So, without further ado, O’Grady’s PowerPage presents this year’s awards:
More after the jump…
San Francisco — Further details have emerged regarding Apple’s upcoming Apple TV set top media device, due to be released this February for US$299. A first look over at Macworld News describes how the device, once hooked up, will appear in iTunes under the source list, much like a mounted iPod or other device currently does now. Select the Apple TV icon and you can choose which data is synched to the Apple TV from your Mac (such as movies, TV shows, music, playlists and photos).
Apple currently estimates that the 40 gigabyte hard drive that ships with the Apple TV can hold 50 hours of video data or 9,000 songs or 25,000 pictures.
In environments where more than one computer is present, the Apple TV will synch with one computer to store data on its hawrd drive but will also link with up to five other computers and stream data from them using an 802.11n networking protocol for wireless synching as well as an Ethernet connection when applicable.
The Apple TV will only synch with iTunes libraries once it’s received permission from the user. When the Apple TV tries to connect, it displays a PIN code to the TV screen that must be entered for the Apple TV to synch with the library.
Apple has taken an unexpected stance with the included USB port on the Apple TV device, booth representatives citing that the port will be unable to connect to an external hard drive and is for “maintenance use only”.
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An article on Canoe Network helps flesh out the conflict between Cisco and Apple over the dispute between the iPhone name and the suit Cisco has filed against Apple claiming it violated one of its trademarks.
In the suit, filed Wednesday, Cisco asked a judge to forbid Apple from using the name “iPhone”, which Cisco has held as a trademark since 2000.
According to the article, Apple initially inquired after Cisco to acquire or license the rights to the iPhone name. Upon refusal of these names, Cisco claims that Apple embardked on a campaign of “confusion, mistake and deception” and created a shell company called Ocean Telecom Services LLC to sidestep these challenges.
In an application submitted to the U.S. Patent and Trade office during March of 2006, Ocean Telecom described itself as a foreign company offering services in Trinidad and Tobago.
As of Thursday, an Apple spokeswoman declined to comment on Ocean Telecom,
In spite of criticism form both sides, Apple recently calling Cisco’s lawsuit as “silly”, Cisco spokesman John Noh claimed that Cisco was still willing to negotiate with Apple with regard to the name. Noh claimed that Cisco executives would like to let Apple use the term “iPhone” on the condition that the companies’ phones be able to communicate with each other.
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San Francisco — The new AirPort Extreme Base Station, which will feature a backwards-compatible 802.11n networking protocol, will also include a USB Disk sharing feature called AirPort Disk according to an article on The Unofficial Apple Weblog.
The feature can wirelessly share USB hard drives (including both the 1.1 and 2.0 standards) as well printers (even if the devices are connected through a USB hub). A Bonjour connection can allow allow access to devices via AFP and SMP while a setup utility can configure the drive to automatically mount volumes when the user boots or logs into the computer. Access to specific files and folders can also be restricted and controlled. The setup utility, which only works with the new Base Station router, is available on the software CD that ships with the unit.
The new AirPort Extreme Base Station will be available in February and retail for $179.