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Input Devices

Submission + - 3D rotating mouse from Cylo Technology

Cylotech writes: "Cylo Technology from Sydney, Australia has developed a unique rotating mouse which has 3D input capabilities as well as allowing super-smooth scrolling, jog wheel and knob-twiddling par excellence.

The 3style mouse was exhibited in prototype form at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas where it caused a minor sensation, with a couple of commercialisation deals in the wings following the show.

The mouse is the brainchild of Industrial Design graduate and User Interface Designer Laurence Crew who has been working on the project full time since late 2005, founding Cylo along the way. According to Laurence, "Although it is a tough road being a small startup in this game, the response along the way has been fantastic and this has helped to keep the momentum going".

The mouse is expected to be on the market around late 2007 somewhere in the $100 range.

See www.cylo.com.au/products.html including a newly uploaded demo video via YouTube."
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Why Steve Isn't Going to Upset the DRM Apple Cart

BSDetector writes: It seems that the Steve Jobs and Apple veneer may be cracking for all to see. In an article in the UK Guardian

http://technology.guardian.co.uk/weekly/story/0,,2 012883,00.html/

Charlie Demerjian from the Inquirer is quoted as saying '...called Jobs "the lowest form of hypocrite"'. Another telling quote from Torgeir Waterhouse of Forbrukerradet (Norway's consumer council) is that 'FairPlay is an illegal technology whose main purpose is to lock the consumers to the total package provided by Apple by blocking interoperability.'

Based on this article, it appears that the cult of Steve may have to deal with the barbarians at the gate more than than ever.

Submission + - Microsoft claims IBM is blocking OOXML

walterbyrd writes: ""Microsoft is accusing rival IBM of orchestrating a campaign to block efforts to standardize Office document formats." Of course, when Microsoft says "standardize" they mean Microsoft standards. Funny thing is: why blame IBM for ODF? I thought Sun had more to do with ODF than IBM. Seems like Microsoft is forever immating Apple, and paranoid of IBM."

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