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Apple Ambidextrous Mouse idea could auto-recognize users

Apple Ambidextrous Mouse idea could auto-recognize users

A new Apple patent application for an Ambidextrous Mouse has been submitted, describing a wireless, user-configurable mouse that could automatically recognize whether it was being held by a left- or right-handed user and adjust its virtual buttons and other controls accordingly.  Perhaps more interestingly, however, Apple suggests that the peripheral could also be used to identify the current Mac user by the touch-pattern of their hand.

The mouse Apple has in mind sounds a lot like the current Magic Mouse, with "a unibody housing having a buttonless touch sensitive surface" which would be "divided into an array of independent and spatially distinct sensing regions."  The various button zones - which could be customized in terms of layout, number and purpose - are then set out according to that user's previous settings.

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iMac Core i7 Review (Mid 2010)

iMac Core i7 Review (Mid 2010)

Apple's recent refresh of the all-in-one iMac range may not have concurred with all of the preceding rumors, but the main expectation was certainly met: faster processors than ever before. Fresh to the SlashGear test bench is the 27-inch iMac, with the flagship quadcore Intel CPU. Pairing a 2.93GHz Core i7 processor with 4GB of DDR3 memory and a 256GB SSD, it certainly promises high performance; it also makes for an expensive buy, $2,799 to specify the same spec as our review unit. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse tipped as Apple Magic Mouse rival

Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse tipped as Apple Magic Mouse rival

A new product listing for a Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse (product code RVF-00003, with an MRSP of around $70) has prompted speculation that the company are preparing their own rival to Apple's Magic Mouse.  istartedsomething spotted the scant details online, together with an arctouchmouse.com placeholder, and drew some tentative connections between the presumed new peripheral and the prototype multitouch mouse Microsoft demonstrated as part of their Mouse 2.0 research last year.

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Apple sued over multitouch IP: iPad & iPhone imports under threat?

Apple sued over multitouch IP: iPad & iPhone imports under threat?

Apple's iPad might be shipping out to preorder customers, but there's at least one company who'd like to put a stop to it.  Taiwanese company Elan Microelectronics have filed a suit against Apple with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) today, on the premise that the Cupertino company's multitouch implementation impinges on one of their own patents.  If upheld, the ITC could block Apple from bringing iPads - along with iPhones, iPod touch PMPs and the Magic Mouse - into the US.

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Magic Mouse update adds OS X Leopard support

Magic Mouse update adds OS X Leopard support

Apple have released Magic Mouse drivers for Mac OS X 10.5.8, which will allow those still running OS X Leopard to use the multitouch functionality of the new peripheral.  The update is accompanied by the 10.6.1 Snow Leopard driver; however, the imminent OS X 10.6.2 release is expected to add native support for Magic Mouse to the Mac platform, which would mean that users could simply pair their mouse and begin using its multitouch capabilities.

Apple new MacBook, Mac mini, iMac and Magic Mouse hands-on

Apple new MacBook, Mac mini, iMac and Magic Mouse hands-on

The Apple Store has just gone back online with a broad sweep of updates, and I've been catching up with Apple this morning to go hands-on with the new range.  After the cut, all the details and some hands-on feedback with the new 13.3-inch MacBook, three new Mac mini desktops, four new iMacs with 21.5-inch and 27-inch Full HD IPS displays and, in the top-spec model, a Core i5 or Core i7 processor, and the new Apple Magic Mouse with a multitouch trackpad.

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