It’s editor versus editor at TidBITS, as Adam and Glenn square off over Eye-Fi wireless SD memory cards, with Adam excoriating the Eye-Fi Share and Glenn waxing rhapsodic about its Eye-Fi Explore big brother. Also in digital photography, readers offer great suggestions for storing and protecting photos while traveling, in response to Adam’s article last week. In the news, Best Buy plans to sell the iPhone in the United States, becoming the only outlet other than AT&T and Apple; former Apple general counsel Nancy Heinen settles with the SEC over options backdating; and Microsoft releases security and performance updates to Office 2008 and Office 2004. In the Watchlist, we glance at releases of iPhone 2.0.2, Inquisitor 3.2, WireTap Anywhere 1.0.1, TextExpander 2.4, and Airfoil for Windows 2.6.
Retail chain Best Buy will become the first retailer besides Apple Stores and AT&T Wireless stores to offer the iPhone in the United States. The phones will go on sale on 07-Sep-08 at almost 1,000 Best Buy locations.
Nancy Heinen, once Apple's general counsel, will pay $2.2 million to settle charges raised over Apple's handling of backdated stock options.
Microsoft has released updates for Office 2004 and Office 2008, providing bug fixes and other improvements, as well as important patches for vulnerabilities in the software. Meantime, the company is offering a discount price on Office 2008 when purchased with a Mac, through 08-Sep-08.
Although Adam's approach for backing up photos while traveling worked well for him, readers suggest some different approaches that might work well in other situations.
Sometimes a golden-haired poster child for advanced technology is really the devil in disguise. An SD memory card that can upload photos automatically via Wi-Fi sounds like a great idea, but for Adam, it has caused nothing but pain and suffering.
While our fearless leader Adam Engst despises his Eye-Fi Share, I've grown to like, if not quite love, my Eye-Fi Explore, an SD storage and Wi-Fi card that tags photos with locations and uploads at some hotspots.
Notable software releases so far this week include iPhone 2.0.2, Inquisitor 3.2, WireTap Anywhere 1.0.1, TextExpander 2.4, and Airfoil for Windows 2.6.
Readers this week have email on their minds, talking about merging folders in Eudora, the new Odysseus program, and the simultaneous outages of MobileMe and Gmail. Other topics include iPhone applications, Adam's review of the Garmin nuvi 255W, and backing up photos while traveling.