Graphic Collective intros Graphic Cling iPod skin

Graphic Collective has introduced Graphic Cling, a protective skin that fits all 4G iPods. It uses static electricity to cling to the MP3 player's front and back, with openings in the front for the LCD and the click wheel. The iPod's top and bottom are left open for access to the ports. Graphic Cling comes in eight different designs, with two available in each US$10 package. Graphic Collective offers free shipping on its Web site.

New Gefen device extends FW 800 signals up to 300ft

Gefen has released its new FireWire Extender 800, a sender and receiver system that uses multimode fiber optics cables to relay signals up to 300 feet from the source without degradation. FireWire 800 can be typically extended up to 15 feet from a computer before signal quality degrades. Pricing is US$899. Gefen sells two-strand fiber optic cables, which are required to use the FireWire Extender 800, in 30-foot ($149), 60-foot ($189), 100-foot ($229), 150-foot ($309) and 300-foot ($509) lengths.

Apple to present Tiger at Bio-IT World Conference

Bio-IT World Conference + Expo, which will be held May 17 to 19 in Boston, has announced its educational conference line-up. Elizabeth Kerr, Apple's Director of Science and Technology Markets, is among the speakers scheduled for the conference. On May 18, she will present "Apple and Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger: Energize Your Workflow," a session dedicated to "an overview of Mac OS X Tiger and its relevance to the drug discovery process." In addition to demonstrating such Tiger features as Spotlight, Kerr will also focus on Automator, another Tiger technology that helps streamline repetitive tasks, Xgrid-based distributed computing and other Apple software relevant to scientists and IT managers.

Timbuktu Pro 8.0 increases security, more

Netopia Inc. on Tuesday released an upgrade to Timbuktu Pro, the company's remote control software that enables network administrators to operate or observe computers from a distance, as well as speak to users, send instant messages with attached files and folders and more. Version 8.0 enhances Timbuktu's security by offering a standards-based, integrated Secure Shell client that encrypts and compresses data streams.

Redesigned MUG Center offers latest MUG news

The Macintosh User Group (MUG) Center Web site, which recently received a makeover, features a smorgasbord of new information this week, including a new User Group Report filed by editor Chuck Joiner. This time, he chats with Dennis Sellers of Macsimum News, DealMac's Dan de Grandpre and Cocoa Heads' Mark Dalrymple. It's available in streaming QuickTime or as an MP3 or Podcast download.

Impression 2.7 enhances UI, will raise price, more

Babel Company on Tuesday released Impression 2.7, the latest version of the developer's backup software. This free update for current users features a reworked user interface, the ability to disable file segmentation in file copy mode, an auto-burn option for unattended backups to optical media, a new bookmark editor and more. The full software is US$25, but it will go up to $50 on April 1. Mac OS X v10.3.x is required, but Impression 2.61 is still available for those using v10.2.

Rolling cube slideshow app CubeMovie goes HD

Shareware developer Benoit Joossen on Tuesday released version 3.0 of CubeMovie, a utility that uses your pictures to create a slideshow in which the images seem to move around on cubes. This upgrade adds support for the high-definition 16:9 format introduced in iMovie 5.0, in addition to the ability to export slideshows as Keynote presentations. CubeMovie offers picture-cropping capabilities, a headline design tool and over a dozen settings for customizing slideshows. This is a free update for registered users. The full software is US$12 and requires Mac OS X v10.2. Joossen warns that "HD formats may not be supported in older hardware."

Time mgmt app TimeCache adds iCal integration, more

The PandaWare Company on Tuesday introduced TimeCache 6.0, the latest version of its time and expense tracking solution. This upgrade adds integration with iCal and Address Book as well as a new invoice feature for creating and tracking invoices. In addition, it offers a redesigned data entry interface, more ways to customize reports and extra options for tracking data. TimeCache 6.0 is free for users who purchased TimeCache 5.2 on or after Dec. 1, 2004, while those who purchased it before that date can upgrade for US$25 through March 31. The full software is $50 and requires Mac OS X v10.2.

AudioOutfitters debuts clearCase for iPod

AudioOutfitters on Monday debuted clearCase, its latest accessory for iPod and iPod mini. It's made of clear acrylic and features openings at the top and bottom for access to the ports as well as an opening for the click wheel. The clearCase comes with a detachable clearClip as well as a lanyard and is available in three sizes, one that fits the mini as well as models for the 20GB and 40GB 4G iPods. The version for the 40GB iPod will ship in March, but the rest are available now. Pricing for all of them is US$18.99.

ZyGoDigital releases ZyGoAudio codec to clients

San Diego, Calif.-based ZyGoDigital on Monday released its new audio codec, ZyGoAudio, to its custom development clients, including the Missile Defense Agency and Air Force Research Laboratory. ZyGoAudio was designed for use with the company's ZyGoVideo QuickTime codec, which can stream a broadcast to computers and handheld devices with the ZyGoCaster application. ZyGoDigital's custom solutions feature the ability to add XML annotations to video streams, the ability to alter compression settings during an event and more. The developer says it is working toward two-way video conversations between multiple field locations. ZyGoVideo Pro 2.5 is US$99 by itself or $129 bundled with the compression software HipFlics.

Traktor DJ Studio supports Internet streaming, more

Native Instruments on Monday released version 2.6 of Traktor DJ Studio, its DJ software for mixing tracks live or in a recording studio. This upgrade offers support for the Icecast streaming server protocol, which enables streaming performances live over the Internet. It's also compatible with Stanton's FinalScratch 2 hardware, for mixing with CD players and turntables, and it enables integrating external audio signals directly into the mix with a third dedicated channel.

AnchorFree offers free Wi-Fi in 4-block SF area

Sunnyvale, Calif.-based AnchorFree on Monday announced the creation of a free Wi-Fi hot zone in San Francisco's Marina district, along a four-block area of Chestnut St. between Fillmore and Scott Streets. Anyone with a Wi-Fi-capable device, including an Apple computer equipped with AirPort or AirPort Extreme, can use the service indoors or outdoors. The company said it launched the service in response to city mayor Gavin Newsom's 2004 announcement that "we will not stop until every San Franciscan has access to free wireless Internet service."

KeynotePro intros KeyStation, MetroBlue templates

Keynote theme developer Keynote Pro has released MetroBlue for iDVD as well as KeyStation and KeyStation HD, a pair of hybrid themes aimed at users who want to create interactive Keynote-based presentations for kiosks. Taking advantage of the Interactive and Kiosk-mode options that became available in Keynote 2, both themes include fills and palettes, button elements and pre-sized navigation tables.

CMS WebEdition 3.2 conforms to W3C WAI rules, more

Canadian developer WebEdition Software Ltd. on Thursday released version 3.2 of WebEdition, its browser-based content management system (CMS). The upgrade adds the ability to generate XHTML code that incorporates services for checking a Web site's accessibility under the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) guidelines. In addition, WebEdition 3.2's WYSIWYG editor now includes such features as extended language settings and table and cell summary options, which enhance screen readers used by Web surfers with vision impairment.

Onkyo intros remote interactive dock for iPod

Onkyo Corp. on Friday introduced a remote interactive (RI) iPod dock that interfaces with the company's line of receivers and audio-video systems. It recharges the MP3 player in addition to offering a remote control for piping the iPod's music through the audio system -- Onkyo noted that "the dock also offers additional operability," but did not elaborate on specifics, saying that such information "will be announced in due course." Pricing was also not announced and a product page is not yet available on the company's Web site, but Onkyo did say that it will ship the RI iPod dock in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Japan in mid-2005.