Its true that Apple doesn’t allow you to use the screen grab application (‘Grab’) to capture your screen while using their DVD Player application. It has something to do with them wanting to play nice with the studios so they can sell more crap through the iTunes store. But this isn’t a problem for you because you have many alternative options. You can use an alternative DVD player or you can use an alternative screen capture utility.

I deleted this from EG, thought I’d post it here instead.   With a storyline more coherent than any of Gore Verbinski’s movies… 

Mac News

Apple is likely to introduce two (one minor, one major) iPhone revisions along with a major Apple TV update in 2008 according to Goldman Sachs analysts.

These conclusions are based on meetings with “key component suppliers and manufacturers” in Asia.

The two iPhone revisions are predicted to be
- Increase in Flash storage (minor update, earlier in the year)
- 2nd Generation iPhone with 3G and could have a different look (major update, second half of year)

Meanwhile, the Apple TV is expected to see changes in 2008 that “could include an LCD display”. Other notes include scarce information about the long rumored sub-notebook from Apple with the possibility it may be delayed due to design issues.

Analyst reports have typically been very inconsistent with the accuracy of their predictions, though we have not heard much from David Bailey of Goldman Sachs before.


Engadget posts a photo claiming to be an upcoming TomTom GPS module for the iPhone.

The poor quality image depicts a small add-on device which plugs into the bottom of the iPhone. Meanwhile, the screen shows a typical GPS view.

The validity of the photo itself is difficult to assess, however, its been rumored that select developers may already have access to Apple’s upcoming SDK. It’s conceivable that Apple has selected key hardware manufacturers to ready new iPhone accessories.

Dear Nmancer,I need to take some stills from my tv show and the best way (if I were on a PC) would be to play the discs on my desktop DVD player and save the paused images as image files. Since the Mac does not seem to support this feature, and I’m told their screen capture system does not work with DVD player, what might you recommend?Yours,TechImpaired

There’s some bad news for PS3 owners. The hoped-for patch to make Guitar Hero 3 guitars compatible with Rock Band has been put on hold, maybe forever. The culprit appears to be Activision, publishers of Guitar Hero 3.

According to a statement from Harmonix and MTV Games, makers of Rock Band:

The compatibility patch was submitted, approved and had been scheduled for release by Sony on Tuesday, December 4. Unfortunately, Activision objected to the release of the compatibility patch. The patch remains with Sony, but we have been told that it will unfortunately not be released due to Activision’s continued objection.

Producers worried stars may not show up

Golden Globe noms will be announced Thursday, but this year there’s double the suspense: not only who will be nominated, but who will attend.

The Globes, to be telecast Jan. 13 on NBC, has asked for a waiver from the Writers Guild of America in order to allow guild scribes to pen the kudocast’s script, but few expect it will be granted.

So will the stars — both presenters and nominees — be willing to cross the picket line?


According to Gamespot, Blizzard, creators of World of Warcraft, are developing a new MMO.

The confirmation comes by way of a Blizzard community representative, who shot down speculation that a recent spate of hiring at Blizzard was because the company was working on a Warcraft expansion.  ”No, it is an unannounced next-gen MMO,” the rep said. “And that doesn’t mean an expansion for World of Warcraft either.”

So there you have it. A new Blizzard “Next-Gen” MMO has been confirmed but is not announced. When we get more details, we’ll share ‘em with you.


We reported Steven Spielberg’s growing interest in gaming at E3, and now the title of the game blocks game he revealed at the convention has slithered out. It is now referred to as called Boom Blox, according to a schedule for the upcoming Game Developers conference in San Francisco.

Here’s what we learned about Boom Blox at E3:

  • The game will be centered around moving and building blocks and is influenced by games like Tetris and the infamous board game Jenga.
  • The blocks interact with each other based on a real physics model.

In just over a week, the eagerly anticipated film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece Sweeney Todd will hit theaters. A fresh take on this haunting thriller begins like any other film – the credit sequence. Fans of Tim Burton know that his sequences always are intriguing to the eye and Sweeney Todd’s opening sequence follows suit.

Click here to watch!

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