Poking through the edges of the Mac news web this morning we’ve unearthed a few choice morsels we figured we should, you know, put out there…

Read on for Apple’s release of the latest Epson printer drivers, the Obama administration welcomes company’s recent environmental moves while the head of the US Chamber of Commerce (71) shows whose interests he represents, Adobe’s latest security warning – and it’s a doozy, the addition of two thousand books now made available on iPhone and a really rather spiffing book takes a good close look at the iPod and its impact on product design, read on…

(Oh, and UK readers should maybe watch for The Times newspaper tomorrow, which will carry an REM-branded iTunes card offering 10 free tracks from the band).

Apple ships latest Epson drivers

Psst! Got an Epson printer – then be sure to download Epson Printer Drivers 2.1 through Software Update. It’s a huge 288MB download available in multiple languages which will only install (a) if you have an Epson printer active and (b) if you’ve made it to running Mac OS X 10.6.1. Best move on right now, or go see…

Read it here.

Obama welcomes Apple climate protest
In the administration’s first comments on the row, the energy secretary, Steven Chu, welcomed the mass defection from the right wing Chamber of Commerce by California’s PG&E, Exelon, Apple and others. “I think it’s wonderful,” he said, “I think companies like that are saying we have recognised the reality. They are saying we can’t be a party to this denial and foot-dragging.” In other words, this shit is real people, it’s not just liberals in sandals any more….

Read it here

Chamber of Commerce head leaves body out the sand
Not a bunch of liberals? Well, that’s not how the septuagenarian (he’s 71) head of the Chamber of Commerce sees it. Thomas Donohue, isn’t listening, despite the huge frisson running now through corporate America. "We are not changing where we are," he said. "We’ve thought long and hard about what is important here and we are not going anywhere."

So what’s important to the Chamber? Why, the ‘conomy, of course, or perhaps the interests of its top tier members, many of whom are pretty well-known for being fairly carbon unfriendly. And, of course, Microsoft and IBM sit on the Chamber’s board. This one’s gonna run and run we fear, unlike the environment…

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Adobe security warning
Adobe is warning of a security hole in Adobe Reader and Acrobat 0.1.3 for Windows, Macs and Linux. The company says the hole is already being actively exploited, though attacks are limited to (ahem) Windows systems (tell me that’s not so…)
Stay careful a while longer as Adobe promises a patch by October 13. Be careful out there…

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Or read it on your iPhone
We’ve been saying rather a lot about eBooks lately, possibly because they’re shaping up to be an essential element of Apple’s marketing bid for its all-new tablet (assuming that device transpires to be real, and not chimera or unicorn)…
…interesting news today then that Questia Media has added another 1,900 copyrighted books to its digital collection, which can be accessed on an iPhone or iPod touch using Questia’s software, which now offers you a window into s 76,213 full-text books and over 2.7 million journal, magazine, and newspaper articles.

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Change by Design
We’re strangely interested in a triple book review today. This leads off with a title called Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation. In it the chief exec of IDEO says design isn’t just what comes after the product has been visualised, but should be central to the product design all along.
Look, he says, “Design’ is no longer a discrete stylistic gesture thrown at a project just before it is handed off to marketing. The new approach taking shape in companies and organizations around the world moves design backward to the earliest stages of a product’s conception and forward to the last stages of its implementation—and beyond."
Other titles mentioned in this report include, ‘Design-Driven Innovation’ and ‘A Fine Line’. While not especially ‘Apple-y’, if design floats your boat, then these may be worth a look-see…

Read it here

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