Stories by Peter Cohen

Adobe updates Flash Player, Photoshop for security

Adobe Systems has posted updates for <a href="http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb07-12.html">Flash Player 9</a> and <a href="http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb07-13.html">Photoshop CS2 and CS3</a> -- information about both updates has been posted as security bulletins on Adobe's Web site.

Nine new ways to show-off your iPod

Belkin introduced several new cases for iPods, iPod nanos and iPod shuffles, ranging in price from US$19.99 to $24.99. Available in North America in August, with launches in ROW to follow.

Chocolate Castle puzzle game debuts

Lexaloffle has released Chocolate Castle, a new casual puzzle game for Mac OS X and Windows. It costs US$19.95, and a 12-puzzle demo is available for free.

Some MacBook Pros, MacBooks get SuperDrive update

Apple has released <a href="http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/superdrivefirmwareupdate21.html">SuperDrive Firmware Update 2.1</a>, available for download from the Apple Web site and through the Software Update system preference.

Adobe releases Photoshop Lightroom 1.1

Adobe Systems has updated <a href="http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshoplightroom/">Photoshop Lightroom</a>, its editing and workflow software for pro photographers, to version 1.1. The update is available for download from Adobe's Web site now.

Apple bumps its MacBook Pros

Apple has introduced a refresh to its line of MacBook Pro laptop computers, raising CPU speeds, memory capacity and improving graphics performance across the line. The new systems can accommodate up to 4GB of RAM and feature CPU speeds of up to 2.4GHz.

Western Digital debuts 250GB notebook drive

Western Digital on Monday announced that it's shipping its <a href="http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=314">250GB Scorpio</a>, a 2.5-inch hard disk drive mechanism intended for notebook computers. It costs US$199.99.

Apple releases Pro Application Support 4.0

Apple has posted <a href="http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/proapplicationsupport40.html">Pro Application Support 4.0</a>, an update for its suite of pro applications. The update is available from the Software Update system preference or for download from the Apple Web site.

Walt Disney's iTunes bonanza

The numbers are in for for Walt Disney's most recent fiscal quarter, and the company reports continued strong sales of iTunes Store content -- totalling 23.7 million television episodes and two million movies, according to Disney CEO Bob Iger.

Star Wars-themed USB drives ship

Mimoco has announced that it's shipping a series of USB flash drives modeled after famous characters from the Star Wars movies. The company calls their drives " <a href="http://www.mimobot.com/">mimobots</a>," and they include special bundled content. Prices range from US$69.95 to $149.95 depending on capacity.

Parallels Technology Network announced

Parallels, makers of the popular Parallels Desktop for Mac software that enables Intel-based Macs to run Windows side-by-side without having to reboot, on Thursday announced the <a href="http://ptn.parallels.com">Parallels Technology Network</a> (PTN). The goal of the new resource is to consolidate the efforts of developers working on third-party Parallels "Virtual Appliances."

Bluetooth iPod accessories

iSkin is expanding its line of iPod accessories with new &quot;Cerulean&quot;-branded wireless devices that use Bluetooth to communicate. The products include a transmitter, receiver and headset.

Toshiba offers 200GB portable drive

Toshiba on Monday announced the availability of a 200GB version of its <a href="http://www.toshibastorage.com/main.aspx?Path=818200000007000000010000659800001516/818200000e4c000000010000659c00002fe3/818200000f84000000010000659c00003116">USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive</a> , which ships with Mac and PC-compatible backup software already installed. The 200GB model costs $229.99.

Hollywood comes to iTunes

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) and Apple on Wednesday announced MGM is now offering its movies for purchase and download from the iTunes Store .