As the first splinters of sunlight spread their warmth on the south bank of the River Thames on Thursday, it became clear that after more than a century, the vision of Victorian engineer Alexander Stanhope St. George had finally been realized.

In all its optical brilliance and brass and wood, there stood the Telectroscope: an 11.2-meter-(37 feet) long by 3.3-meter-(11 feet) tall dream of a device allowing people on one side of the Atlantic to look into its person-size lens and, in real time, see those on the other side via a recently completed tunnel running under the ocean. (Think 19th-century Webcam. Or maybe Victorian-age video phone.)

Jason O’Grady revives rumors of a tablet Mac in his ‘The Apple Core’ blog today with claims that the long-rumored Mac Tablet would finally be arriving later this year.

Specifically, he believes that Apple will announce a 12″ or 13″ tablet “in the fall” of this year. The Mac Tablet will reportedly run full Mac OS X, have a slot loading Superdrive, an ‘iPhone-type’ GPS chip and an Intel Core Duo processor.

Rock ‘n roll legend and Devo founder Mark Mothersbaugh stopped by X-Play the other day and dropped the word that three Devo tracks are coming to Rock Band, including anti-anthem “Through Being Cool!”

Mothersbaugh said they three songs were coming to the game, “And we re-recorded one.”

“They wanted ‘Through Being Cool’ for some reason, which is kind of odd because its all synth solos,” Mothersbaugh said. “So we re-recorded it. My brother Bob, who’s our guitar player, played all my synth solos, synth leads, as guitar leads, so it would relate to the game better, and then we recorded one of those little crazy endings that they put on it.”

An unusually-large shipment of 188 mysterious containers has arrived in North America from Apple’s manufacturing partners in China. The contents? “Electric computers,” a term that Apple has never before used on its customs declarations.

Additionally, 67 of the containers were destined for Canada, landing in Vancouver, BC.

These containers are not to be confused with Apple’s regular flotilla of shipping destined for the west coast. Typically, those containers are labeled as having “desktop computers” inside on their customs forms. speculates that each container could contain up to 40,000 units of new iPhones. If true that would come out to be about 7.5 million units.

In what must come as somewhat, yet not completely, surprising news, it seems people are already starting to line up at Apple’s flagship 5th Avenue store in New York for the next version of the iPhone — supposedly being announced on June 9th. According to our friends at Engadget Mobile, the line is already about 60 people deep but some waiting seemed confused as to what they were actually waiting for – although others did think they were in line for the new iPhone 2.0.

With all of the excitement about the 3G iPhone, one question you should ask yourself is “Am I actually in an area with AT&T HSDPA 3G service?” After all, a 3G iPhone will only poke along at EDGE (or even, God forbid, GPRS) speeds unless it is in a 3G service area.

Fortunately, AT&T Wireless has a list of the major markets that have HSDPA service. Unfortunately, you have to go through the list by state and city name before you can actually click on a map and see if your house or office is in a zone of 3G love.

AT&T announced today that about two-thirds of its U.S. network will enjoy download speeds of 1.4 Mb/s and upload speeds of 500 to 800 Kb/s by June 30.

Compared to the actual throughput of the EDGE network, it could be about 15 times faster.

According to the press release, 275 markets will be ready by the end of June. As to which cities and towns those are, Ma Bell is silent. It expects to have its nationwide network entirely 3G-enabled by the end of the year. The upgrade is part of a $20 billion network overhaul which has been in the works since 2005.


A new beta of Apple’s iPhone Software v2.0 Update released privately to a select group of enterprise partners this week adds a few new preferences and the beginnings of geo-tagging support for the handset’s Camera app.

People familiar with the release, reportedly labeled build 5A292g, say location-aware services such as “Maps” and “Camera” now ask the user’s permission before transmitting data used to identify their current geographical location.

The addition as it applies to the Camera application is interesting in that it suggests Apple is actively working on adding support for geo-tagging photographs, those people say.

The next Narnia story, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, is already on the way and is in preproduction. The third in the series, which is chronologically the fifth, picks up three years after Prince Caspian, and sees the return of characters such as Lucy (Georgie Henley) and Edmund (Skandar Keynes), as well as Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes). Unlike Lion and the new Prince Caspian, the next film, slated for a May 2009 release, will take place on a boat. Contingent on ongoing success, according to an announcement by Johnson at the San Diego Comic-Con, the series will continue with new installments coming out every May.

Powerful computer processors combined with a technology background and an interest in visionary art have turned Goa Lobaugh’s childhood dream of creating visual effects into a profitable reality.

Lobaugh, owner of Liquid Buddha Studio in Ashland, interweaves the intricacies of “sacred geometry” and digital animation to create special effects for film, broadcast and other media.

Although this artistic and spiritual approach to digital animation is something of a niche market, Liquid Buddha has garnered several high-profile clients, including HeartMath, a company that sells stress relief products; the WingMakers, a Web site that offers inspirational art and music; an international dance for peace event called EarthDance; and author and musician James Twyman, who hired Lobaugh to create visual effects for two films (“Indigo Evolution” and “The Moses Code”).

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