updated 08:10 pm EST, Wed January 30, 2008
In brief: Apple jumps to number 10 in search activity, a new book on backing up in Leopard debuts, a user has compiled a list of closed-captioned movies on iTuns, Encore and PlayFirst are teaming up for Mac games, and Rocket Raid cards are now certified for Matrox ... The unveiling of the MacBook Air has caused a surge in search activity for Apple, which ranks #10 on the Lycos 50 top 10 search terms for the Week Ending Jan. 26, 2008. Apple jumped from the number 17 spot on last week's list. In other news, former President Bill Clinton sees more search interest this week than his wife, presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton. Search activity for Mr. Clinton is up 1,400 percent.
Take Control of Leopard backups
In the new "Take Control of Easy Backups in Leopard," Joe Kissell, author of the best-selling "Take Control of Mac OS X Backups," covers the ins and outs of Time Machine and helps readers create a comprehensive backup strategy that includes offsite backups and a bootable duplicate. "Kissell walks readers through the process of selecting and preparing a backup drive, and setting up and using Time Machine. He also looks at seven situations where Time Machine isn't enough, how to create a bootable duplicate, how to handle offsite backups, and - most importantly - what to do if you need to recover data from a backup."
Closed-captioned movies on iTunes
AppleTVSource a blog about the AppleTV has posted a list of movies currently sold on iTunes that have closed-captions. Among them: Abandon Bratz: Genie Magic Bratz: Genie Magic; Charlotte's Web (1973) Charlotte's Web (1973); Clockstoppers; Domestic Disturbance; Down To Earth Dragonslayer and Hey Arnold! The Movie Hey Arnold! The Movie
Encore and PlayFirst team up for Mac games
Encore has signed an exclusive three-year agreement with PlayFirst, Inc. to publish all-new Mac versions of its titles in 2008. Diner Dash: Hometown Hero, the fourth title in the Diner Dash series, will launch in April 2008 and will introduce the first multiplayer Diner Dash experience sold at retail. Under the agreement Encore will also publish new versions of top PlayFirst brands including Chocolatier and Wedding Dash as well as multiple brand extensions and new properties that have yet to launch. Additional titles included in the agreement are Dress Shop Hop and the sequel to the hit casual adventure game, Dream Chronicles.
Rocket RAID cards certified for Matrox
HighPoint Technologies has announced that the RocketRAID 2314, 2320 and 2310 SATA II RAID Controllers have been validated by Matrox for Matrox (Axio Le High Definition) and RT.X2 Standard Definition video editing systems. The RocketRAID 2314 is an external 4 port PCI-Express SATA II RAID host adapter card that is compatible with any PC or Mac equipped with a PCI-Express slot. The RocketRAID 2314 features 4 high speed eSATA connections to connect 4 external SATA devices. With Port Multiplier functionality the RocketRAID 2314 can support up to 20 hard drives. The RocketRAID 2320 is an 8 port PCI-Express SATA II RAID host adapter. With support for up to 8 SATA hard drives the RocketRAID 2320 will offer sustained data transfer rates over 500MB/s for Read and Write. The RocketRAID 2320 is meets the most demanding digital media requirements and works with Matrox video editing solutions.