A closer look at the gaggle of Apple hardware updates today shows a rather useful change to both Time Capsule and the Airport Extreme base station.

MobileMe members can access any file on a hard drive connected to either product via the internet. The older versions allowed hard drive sharing to people on the same network. Now the feature has been extended to allow you to get these files from anywhere.

You initiate the sharing by registering your Airport Extreme or Time Capsule with your MobileMe account. When you are away from your Mac, that hard drive will show up in the Finder sidebar. The drive must be a USB drive — there is no support for either flavor of Firewire on the AE or TC.

Image Metrics, the leading provider of facial animation solutions to the entertainment industry, announced that London-based visual effects studio Double Negative (DNeg) is the first beta customer for its new ”self-service” performance transfer offering revealed at SIGGRAPH 2008. This new offering will enable Double Negative to bring portions of Image Metrics’ proprietary facial animation process in-house, giving the studio more creative control while generating a greater return on investment from more efficient facial animation production.

During an interview for the British press, visual effects artist Mike Fink dropped word that he is working on dinosaur effects for Terrence Malick’s upcoming feature “Tree of Life” says Hollywood Elsewhere.

“We’re just starting work on a project for Terrence Malick, animating dinosaurs, the film is Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn. It’ll be showing in IMAX — so the dinosaurs will actually be life size — and the shots of the creatures will be long and lingering” was apparently the original quote in Empire Magazine.

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