TigerNewsWelcome to today’s TigerDirect News Update for December 15, 2006.

In todays news:

  • South Korean parental control of Cellular Accounts
  • Nintendo recalls 3.2 Million Wii Straps
  • PhotoShop CS3 beta released
  • Broadband by Blimp seemingly full of hot air


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Headlines for December 15, 2006 from TigerDirect News

South Korean parental control of Cellular Accounts

South Korea is trying to stop teenagers ringing up massive mobile phone bills with new rules that let parents control just how long the handsets are used and will also receive detailed information about the types of services their children subscribe to.

At present, parents can set a limit on how long children can talk on their mobiles, but all the kids have to do is ask the mobile provider to increase the limit. These regulations have been ushered in after a teenaged South Korean boy killed himself in February after tallying a phone bill of 3.7 million won ($4,017). (Source)

Nintendo recalls 3.2 Million Wii Straps

After several weeks of pressure due to some breaking straps on the controllers of its Wii video game console, Nintendo has announced it is recalling 3.2 million of the straps.

According to Kotaku, a video game blog, which quoted an Associated Press article, Nintendo said Friday it will offer replacements for the straps. (Source)

PhotoShop CS3 beta released

Adobe Systems plans to release on Friday a beta version of Photoshop CS3, an update of the company’s photo-editing application written to run natively on Intel-based Macs.

The software will be available from Adobe Labs, Adobe said on Thursday. People need a serial number from Photoshop CS2 or other Adobe bundles, including Creative Suite 2, to access the Photoshop CS3 beta. The product is currently planning to release a final shipping version in spring 2007, according to Adobe.

Adobe will make the beta available as a universal binary–meaning it will run on both PowerPC- and Intel-based Macs–for the Macintosh, as well as for Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Vista.

The release will include an early version of an upgrade to Adobe Bridge, an application for managing files. The beta will also include a new tool, Adobe Device Central, for creating content for mobile devices.

and finally,

Broadband by Blimp barely staying afloat

For five years now a company named Sanswire Networks has been issuing press releases every six months or so, promising the world broadband via “Stratellites”; giant airships positioned 64,000 feet up, able to provide broadband and wireless service to a land mass roughly the size of Texas.

Despite the fact they’ve never actually built or launched one, they’ve boldly proclaimed that a Stratellite should cost roughly $30 million to launch, compared to a satellite’s $250 million launch price-tag. After years of empty promises and talk of South American launches that never actually happened, the first prototype was unveiled last April, with ongoing testing the past several months.

And this was your TigerDirect News Update for Friday, December 15, 2006.