iPodderX 3.0 uses the power of RSS and Atom newsfeeds to bring fresh content to your desktop automatically. Depending on which feeds you subscribe to, iPodderX will deliver Audio (Podcasts), Movies, Images, Documents, and any other kind of file to your computer. Version 3 adds SmartSpace, to help "keep your hard drive from filling up with old podcasts." It also features a Playlist Builder for creating iTunes Playlists or iPhoto Albums. The update also adds NewsCaster, which can turn text-based news into an audio podcast.
Xmultiple Technologies has released the FlashPoint Share Drive, a USB Flash Memory Pen Drive that can both store data and transfer data (dump) without the need for a computer. It is a self-powered, USB Pen flash drive that can store data and transfer (dump) data from other peripheral devices. It works with devices such as USB flash drives, digital cameras, MP3 players, PDAs, cellphones, an so on. The device is powered by an internal battery. The FlashPoint features buttons for Power, Load, and Dump. FlashPoint comes in 1GB, 2GB, and 4GB flash memory configurations.
PikaOne today announced the availability of its Flycase range of portable storage products. The Flycase range includes capacities from 20GB to 100GB in the Ultra Slim mobile range and from 80GB to 500GB in the Desktop range. There is also a portable RAID solution with capacities up to 1000GB. Each product in the range features an Aluminium case, which aids cooling and makes the units more robust. The drives come with a choice of USB2 or a combined USB2 and FireWire. The Flycase Pro is available for £180, the Flycase Silver sells for £87, and the Flycase Silver Slim sells for £55. All units carry a full 2-year RTB warranty.
In Brief: In addition to the June 4th Grand Opening of a new Apple retail store in Century City (Los Angeles) noted earlier this week, Apple will open new two more retail stores on the same day: Bridgeport Village (Tualatin, Oregon) and Green Hills (Nashville, Tennessee).... Colin McRae 2005, the premier Rally racing simulation is currently in Mac development and scheduled for release this Fall.... IOXperts has released a Tiger-compatible version of its 802.11b driver, which supports more than 60 different 802.11b wireless networking cards.... Destineer's MacSoft has released a Halo 1.5.2 update, which will bring the Mac version into sync with the current PC version and contains a networking security fix.
Apple and America Online are in negotiations to resolve revenue share problems with their deal that gives AOL users in the UK direct access to iTunes downloads, according to Macworld UK. The problems may lead to integration of other music services to AOL customers or even the creation of an AOL-owned music service for the country. A report by New Media Age says that there has been a problem tracking which users have downloaded what songs, which has led to difficulties in payments between the two companies. "The companies have been working together since June 15 2004. AOL has integrated the iTunes Music Store throughout its music channels in the UK, France and Germany. AOL told New Media Age that its music service is extremely successful and revealed that: 'We have never ruled out working with other download services or even adding one of our own, as AOL Germany has.'"
German retailer Plus will reportedly begin selling a China-made iPod mini knockoff, which first debuted in March. At the time, the device was being marketed using the iPod name. However, it appears the device will be called "micromaxx 42452" in Germany. While not identical in appearance to the iPod mini, the device could confuse the untrained eye. The device offers line-in recording as well as voice recoding via line-in inputs for a built-in internal microphone. The battery offers 12 hours of playback. It also offers "optional" features such as an FM Tuner, MP3 line-in encoding, and support for MP3, WMA, DRM WMA, ADPCM files. Meanwhile, Apple is considering legal action to prevent the sale of Medion AG's MP3 music player, according to a report in Spiegel magazine that cites "unnamed sources."
Goldman Sachs reiterated an "in-line" rating on Apple, saying the company's business remains healthy. The research firm said Apple's rollout of Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger "should be a meaningful incremental contributor." The combination of Tiger's initial shipment plus Apple's higher installed base could yield $40 million to $50 million of incremental revenue, according to the firm. Goldman said there remain numerous opportunities for both the iPod and Mac sides in the second half of 2005. The firm maintained fiscal 2005 and 2006 earnings-per-share estimates on Apple of $1.34 and $1.50, respectively.
The Sims 2 ($50) has been declared gold for Mac and will soon begin shipping. In The Sims 2, players pick one of five aspirations that will take them through an entire lifetime, "from the cradle to the grave." Players will be able to choose from Popularity, Fortune, Family, Knowledge and Romance which will determine how each Sim will lead their life. "With these aspirations, players can fulfill their Sims’ wants while avoiding their worst fears." Every choice that is made has an effect on the life of a Sim. "More life-like Sims, all-new aspirational gameplay, and the ground-breaking addition of genetics, with the DNA of Sims passed down through generations, gives players a more vivid, realistic, and in-depth Sims experience." All of this takes place in a new amazingly realistic 3-D world."
Native Instruments today announced that a User Library for Kontakt 2 is now online. This convenient database allows registered users to freely exchange their own Kontakt 2 creations on the NI website - similiar to what users of Reaktor, Guitar Rig and Absynth have been enjoying for some time. The Kontakt 2 User Library offers extensive functionality including a category system, convenient searching and sorting, a user rating system, automatic e-mail notification and more Users can not only share custom Kontakt 2 instruments and samples, but also KSP scripts, impulse responses and module presets.
Apple's official endorsement of podcasts is helping increase public interest in the audio broadcast phenomenon. Technology Review feels Apple's support for podcasting in the upcoming iTunes 4.9 might make podcasting as mainstream as blogging. "The podcasting movement, for all its headlines, is in dire need of the 'Apple treatment.' More than anything else, Apple has succeeded in the last 10 years because it has made technology easy for people to understand and commodity hardware stylish." Apple's involvement with podcasts may also help legitimize the concept, which is currently surounded by "murky legal water." Some podcasts include music, but licensing rules -- which have hampered streaming music services -- have yet to be established for podcasts."
The Motley Fool looks at "four stocks to retire on:" Apple, Google, Wal-Mart, and Disney. "I have no idea whether the iPod will still be around in 20 years. It may have made Apple trendy again in investing circles, but this pick has nothing to do with the company's recent success in digital music. In fact, I feel better about Apple's stock performance in the long run than in the near term. That's because Apple is a survivor. Even as its personal computer business lost market share, the company found a way to matter as a niche player. Even though its computer business is booming again thanks to iPod users migrating back to the Mac platform, that's certainly not the best reason to place Apple shares under your pillow. Simply put, the company oozes innovation."
In brief: Native Instruments announced that a demo version of Guitar Combos [site down] is now available.... Beginning on June 8, designer Marc Eck is partnering with fashion and entertainment stars to sell custom iPod cases for charity.... dincType is offering a free "Spaldeen" font set for the Memorial Day weekend only.... Adobe is offering a 30-day trial of GoLive CS2, from its recently revamped Creative Suite 2..... Apple's official involvement with podcasting is helping increase public interest in the audio broadcast phenomenon.
Beginning on June 8, designer Marc Eck is partnering with fashion and entertainment stars to introduce “Style & Sound,” a fundraising initiative for Fashion Targets Breast Cancer (FTBC). The online charity auction, to be held in conjunction with eBay Live Auctions, will feature custom iPod cases created by celebrity partnerships, including Carolina Herrera with Renée Zellweger, Marc Ecko with Jamie Foxx, Luca Luca’s Luca Orlandi with Mischa Barton, and Judith Leiber with Katie Holmes. Each case will contain a 40GB iPod, courtesy of Apple, and a playlist created by each designer’s celebrity partner. The auction will conclude at a June 22 gala fundraising event to be hosted by Ecko and Herrera, co-chairs of this philanthropic venture. Ecko and Monster Cable will also introduce a unique iPod case designed by Eck as part of “A Case For A Cause.” The light blue leather cases, which will sell for $30 on the Apple Store, feature FTBC’s signature bulls-eye logo and will be packaged with literature on breast cancer awareness.
Samsung and Toshiba plan to ramp up their output of 8Gbit NAND flash chips, as Apple plans to roll out 2GB and 4GB versions of its iPod shuffle this summer, PC Pro reports. Samsung was reported to have started volume production of 8Gbit NAND flash memory in April of this year, while Toshiba stated it will begin producing 8Gbit parts this summer. Apple currently offers 512MB and 1GB iPod shuffle models. Samsung and Toshiba are reportedly the only companies that have the ability to volume produce 8Gbit NAND flash using 90nm technology. Report from iPodNN.com.
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Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive,Â Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard DiskÂ Drive,Â GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN
MIT demoes 'Eyeriss' AI chip for mobile
At the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco this week, MIT researchers presented a new chip designed specifically to implement neural networks. The researchers claim that "Eyeriss" is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU, so it could enable mobile devices to run artificial-intelligence algorithms such as Siri or Cortana, rather than uploading all data to a remote server for processing. http://bit.ly/1TISJBe
Pocket for iOS adds readability settings
Offline reader iOS app Pocket has updated, with reader-friendly changes. With the new revision, premium subscribers can adjust character spacing, and choose from eight new fonts including one that makes it easier for sufferers of dyslexia to read saved content. The app itself is free, with a premium subscription available for $5 a month, or $45 a year. http://apple.co/1KuILBl