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Saturday, January 06, 2007, 06:00 pm PT (09:00 pm ET)

Macworld: Roxio issues Mac TiVo teaser; OWC ModBook

Roxio, Axiotron and Other World Computer are among a handful of players in the Mac market that have released new product teasers ahead of next week's Macworld Expo in San Francisco, Calif.

Mac Ta-ta-ta-TeeVo?

Roxio, a division of Sonic Solutions popular for its Toast and Popcorn optical disc authoring software packages, is expected to deliver one of the most sought-after Mac software solutions during the conference.

The Novato, Calif.-based company this week distributed to affiliates a digital invitation to its booth at Macworld, promising a special gift. "We've got a special present for you," it said. "Come to booth #314 at Macworld Expo and see what we've got under wraps."

Roxio in the invitation also promises "show special prices, free gifts and raffle prizes. So what's in the software developer's secret sauce? What was that earlier? Did we say TiVo?

Roxio's Macworld 2007 Mac Tivo Teaser


ModBook tablet

Moving on now... Solution hardware manufacturer Axiotron, Inc. and technology solutions provider Other World Computing (OWC) this week announced that they are teaming up during Macworld to unveil ModBook, the first ever Mac tablet computer solution.

"The Axiotron ModBook features WACOM Penabled hardware for true pen input and is fully compatible with Apple's Inkwell, a Mac OS X Tiger feature that provides system level handwriting and gesture recognition to all Mac applications," the companies said.

"Drawing and writing directly on the screen provides for a uniquely intuitive user experience and its slim, slate-style form factor makes the ModBook the ultimate companion for mobile users, artists, professionals and students."

OWC Macworld 2007 Mac ModBook Teaser


Axiotron and OWC say the ModBook is also the only portable Mac solution that features an optional built-in Global Positioning System (GPS). The product, according to this teaser image, appears to involve an Apple MacBook that has been converted into a tablet. However, the companies aren't providing any further details until after Apple's opening keynote on Tuesday, January 9th.