Stories by Peter Cohen

Sony moves e-reader technology in the right direction

I recently proclaimed the dangers of vendor lock-in in the nascent e-book reader market, so I was delighted this week to see Sony take a very positive step in this direction: The company has announced plans to support the ePub standard in its own eBook Store.

Apple sells more than a million iPhone 3GS models

Apple announced on Monday that it has sold more than 1 million iPhone 3GS models since they went on sale on Friday, June 19. The announcement also garnered the first public comment from Apple CEO Steve Jobs in a while. Jobs has been on a leave of absence since January to deal with lingering health issues. "Customers are voting and the iPhone is winning. With over 50,000 applications available from Apple's revolutionary App Store, iPhone momentum is stronger than ever," said Jobs in a statement.

Epson unveils new 24-inch, 44-inch inkjets

Epson on Thursday introduced its newest 24-inch and 44-inch Stylus Pro inkjets. The Stylus Pro 7900 and Stylus Pro 9900 cost US$3,995 and $5,995, respectively, and will be available in November.

Apple offers MacBook Pro Nvidia graphics repair

Apple has posted details of a new service programme for MacBook Pro laptops affected by a flaw involving Nvidia graphics chips. It's also offering to reimburse customers who have already paid for a fix.

Quark Publishing System 8 debuts

Quark has introduced Quark Publishing System 8, QuarkCopyDesk8 and QuarkXPress Server 8--new versions of its suite of enterprise software for businesses that base their page layout and publishing workflow around QuarkXPress 8. Quark Publishing System 8 will be available in the fourth calendar quarter of 2008.

Sony's new iPhone/iPod-compatible sound systems

Sony 's ICF-CD3iP is a CD clock radio with a hidden dock for iPhone an iPods equipped with dock connectors. It features a large liquid crystal display, and will charge the battery of an iPod or iPhone sitting in the dock. A remote control provides access to the device's music functions. It supports CD-R/RW playback and also has a digital AM/FM tuner. It goes on sale later this month for about US$100.

Apple promises fewer dropped calls with iPhone 2.1

Rejoice, long-suffering iPhone users -- Apple has announced an update to the software that operate their iPhone and iPod touch. A free upgrade from 2.0, iPhone 2.1 software is expected to be released on Friday, September 12, 2008.