Here’s an annoying problem with a surprisingly simple solution. After upgrading to 1.1.3, many users found they could no longer properly sync their iPhones. If your iPhone or iPod touch develops a missing pairing record problem, you can fix things by…rebooting your computer. If this saves anyone else an hour or two of head-scratching, tech support and google-fu, then my job is, as they say, done.

Rejoice UK readers — there’s more overpriced easily accessible video programming available on our delectable iTunes Store: Wallace and Gromit (which I’ll confess to buying right now – a poor show of form, given my loathing of iTunes’ DRM love-in) and a whole plethora of Warner Bros content consisting of:

  • Friends
  • Wonder Woman
  • V: The Complete Series
  • Babylon 5
  • West Wing
  • The Jetsons
  • The Flintstones
  • Martin

Note: This update does NOT fix the conflict between AE and QuickTime 7.4 that we reported here. Adobe’s recommendation is still to avoid the 7.4 QuickTime update.

Good news users of Adobe After Effects CS3 (8.0) who are running Leopard — 8.02 is now available and it fixes many of the compatibility issues between the two programs. It also introduces native support for Panasonic P2 equipment.

The Read Me has all the details, but in addition to fixing issues with preserving underlying transparency and properly supporting PSD files with layer groups, 8.02 adds OpenGL support for supported cards under OS X 10.4.10 and OS X 10.5.x.

After that the DGA signed a deal with the AMPTP, moguls have agreed to meet with WGA leaders for some informal meetings. And this had just began but there’s already some great news, in the form of another sign of good will from the WGA : After having taken the increase on DVD residuals off the table already back in October, they’re now taking off one of the things the AMPTP found objectionable : Animation and Reality jurisdiction.

The sequel to Dark Crystal, titled Power of the Dark Crystal has been in development for almost a year now. In fact, it was last February that Henson Company announced animation director Genndy Tartakovsky would be helming the project, which would mesh puppetry with CG creations in an effort to recreate the majesty of The Dark Crystal without the cost of all of those massive set pieces.

Not long ago there was some disappointing news; that it looked like Power of the Dark Crystal was heading straight to DVD, and would contain more animation than previously expected. To say this is greatly disappointing news is an understatement, so we decided to dig further, where we’ve discovered a lot of rumor and misinterpretation.

As you probably have heard by now, it’s Oscar nominations day, and Hollywood is all a-buzz.

But up here in the Bay Area, there are some pretty happy people as well.

That’s because the folks at Lucasfilm divisions Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound were honored with a total of six nominations Tuesday.

ILM was nominated for its visual effects work on both Transformers and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.

ILM’s John Knoll and Hal Hickel, who were nominated for their work on both of the two previous Pirates films, and who won the Oscar last year, were nominated again for the third Pirates movie.

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