Here are some new trailers of note for you to enjoy at your leisure:

The Eye – Remember that movie where Seth Green got a hand transplant or something, and it turned out to be the hand of a madman? Well, Alba was in that and now she stars as a blind gal in this retelling of the old classic transplant-from-the-wrong-person tale. It looks pretty cool except I’m sure the ghosts turn out to be her friends, just like every lame ghost movie nowadays.
Due out February 1, 2008

I’ve been saying it for years: one day space will attack us.

And now, finally, prophecy is coming true….sorta.

Accordinto today’s headlines (and I am not making up the wording of this, I promise): “A black hole in a ‘death star galaxy’ blast[ed] a neighboring galaxy with a deadly jet of radiation and energy.

Yes, space and ground telescopes captured images of this cosmic violence, the likes of which no human has ever seen before. The images show the galaxy shooting a stream of deadly radiation particles into the lower section of the other galaxy, which is about one-tenth its size. Both are about 8.2 billion trillion miles from Earth, orbiting around each other.

Recently, mega-publisher Electronic Arts announced they would be giving away a free game to anyone who needed to have their faulty Rock Band guitar replaced. Naturally, the cynical gaming community assumed that profit hungry EA would be handing out free copies of a 3-year old sports title or a cheap download.

However, EA released the list of games they will be giving away today, and it is suprisingly good. Among the titles EA will let gamers choose from are a number of 2008 sports games including skate., The Simpsons Game, Medal of Honor: Airborne, and Command and Conquer 3. So if you were one of the unlucky ones who received a broken guitar and were unable to fully rock out, consider this a nice early Christmas present. Just make sure you get your pick in by January 11th, or you miss your chance.

Dubai, known for it’s extravagant real estate properties and oil money, has officially made themselves the coolest Emirate of all seven of the United Arab Emirates by deciding to build a real life Jurassic Park.

The Park, named “Restless Planet” will have Dinosaur animatronics designed by Tokyo-based (natch!) team Kokoro and will be housed in a 75 meter dome.

Their website boasts it to be “the world’s ultimate theme ride back into the mists of time.”

What would a Yule be without stories of everyone’s favorite jolly old Christmas mascot suffering an onslaught of verbal, physical and sexual assaults? Well, a joyous time of peace and love to all mankind, really. But since that’s not the case, TheFeed presents this very special holiday report: Santas Under Attack ’07 Live!

In Rio de Janeiro, an actor dressed as Santa Claus almost didn’t make his scheduled appearance at a Christmas party to deliver presents to children when the helicopter he was traveling in came under fire from local drug gangs. It’s believed that the Grinch-ish Li’l Ze’s and Knockout Neds assumed that the chopper was a police vehicle and opened fire.


Once upon a time the Mac vs. PC debate found a kind of synecdoche in the FireWire vs. USB debate. FireWire had been invented by Apple way back in 1986 essentially to replace SCSI. USB 1.0 arrived on the scene in 1995 from Intel, Microsoft, and a few others. Somewhat ironically, however, it was the original iMac that gave USB a needed kick-start in adoption. In any case, for a while there was a clear sense that FireWire was the Mac peripheral interface in contrast with the Wintel USB, and even now FireWire 400 tends to outperform the higher-spec’ed USB 2.0 on Macs in the real world. Nonetheless, with Apple moving to Intel there has a been a notable shift in Cupertino away from the interface Apple invented (witness the USB-only iPods), and with the forthcoming USB 3.0 standard and the increasing prevalence of eSATA the future looked somewhat bleak for FireWire.


A while back, we reported on a study that (not only had all kinds of holes in it, but) claimed the iPhone’s keyboard was two times slower than other phones. But as many commenters said, the keyboard just requires practice.

And there’s no better way to get it than to jump into a typing tutor. We’ve seen one before for the iPhone, but reader Travis (thanks!) sent us a tip about TypingWeb.com’s free iPhone tutor (just go to their site on your iPhone, and enter some information to create an account), and I was impressed by how smoothly it worked. During the Basic test, I moved pretty quickly– a nice 36 words per minute. But on the Advanced test, they throw all kinds of things at you (including intentionally misspelled words, so you have to dodge Apple’s corrections), and I dropped down to about 16 wpm.


We’ve posted a couple of times about “virtual” GPS solutions for the iPhone that depend on cell tower identification, but now The partfoundry has announced the real deal. They will be offering a GPS dongle for the iPhone based on the SiRF Star III chipset. Needless to say this will require a jailbroken phone and the software “will be open source/community based.” They’ve already got a prototype working (video embedded after the jump) that can report its location and send it to the Google Maps application.

If you’ve been wondering when we’d see a security update for Mac OS X Leopard: you can stop holding your breath. Apple has just pushed out Security 2007-009 for Mac OS X 10.5.1. So what’s been fixed? According to the release notes:

  • Core Foundation
  • Flash Player Plug-in
  • Quick Look
  • Safari
  • Shockwave Plug-in
  • and plenty more

The update, which as ever is recommended for everyone running the latest big cat, weighs in at 35.6MB. If you’re wanting to go ahead and install the update without waiting, you’ll want to run over to the Apple Support site and grab the file, or simply run Software Update on your system. As with all OS X updates, we’d strongly suggest you have a working backup before installing on any mission-critical system.

Over at MurphyMac, Murphy has posted a great tutorial about the new Leopard selection tools for Preview.app. As usual, there’s an excellent screencast that walks you through the entire process. The new “Extract Shape” tool lets you draw a rough outline around an object and then use selection handles to fit the outline to the shape. The screen cast then goes on to describe how you can matte around the selection to control the edge texture. It’s a tidy and easy-to-follow technique that seems to produce nicely trimmed results.

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