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Advanced Technetix has unveiled its Visual Remote, a device for adjusting an iPod without taking it out of a bag or pocket. Buttons allow users to navigate menus and song playback, via a backlit LCD screen that runs out to a pair of earbuds, according to Electronista. The device draws power from the iPod's battery rather than an external supply, and although the current Remote is wired, Technetix promises a wireless model in the near future (pricing and availability were unavailable).
Internet security and privacy firm Intego has released a security memo regarding a proof-of-concept exploit (site not updated), Inqtana.d Bluetooth, which provides attackers with a root account on affected Macs. The exploit, which has not yet been seen in the wild and is unable to compromise up-to-date installations of Mac OS X, is installed on a Mac OS X system via Bluetooth from a computer or PDA running Linux. Mac OS X 10.3 and Mac OS X 10.4 systems that are not up to date with Apple's latest security fixes are vulnerable, and Bluetooth must be active. Bluetooth file transfer need not be enabled, however, and the attacking computer must be within Bluetooth range. "This exploit is installed from a Linux system, and exploits an rfcomm security hole in Bluetooth software. Unlike previous versions of Inqtana malware, no user interaction is required."
Outside The Box Software has released BlockHeads Clash, an action-based arcade game designed for up to four players. The game boasts 12 stages and three unique worlds with multi-player co-op play as well as battle modes. "Venture to a strange place inside cartoon labyrinths where the only weapon is your head - literally. Using your foursquare noggin, you can send foes tumbling or even break the very ground beneath them. The labyrinth's deadly hazards and obstacles present ever increasing danger, not to mention the enemies whose right-angled heads are bigger and deadlier than yours." The game is available for free (system requirements were unavailable).
Advanced Technetix has launched its Consumer Products Division with the Visual Remote, a device for adjusting your iPod without taking it out of a bag or pocket. Buttons let you navigate menus and song playback, which are both displayed on a backlit LCD screen that runs out to a pair of earbuds. Power is drawn from the iPod's battery rather than an external supply. Though the current Remote is wired, Technetix promises a wireless one in the near future. No information is available on pricing or sales locations for either model.
In brief: MacNN has reviewed the AHS615 Gaming Headset ($80, shown at right) from Altec Lansing, an accessory combining stereo headphones with a built-in microphone.... Slingbox owners eagerly awaiting the Mac OS X client may find themselves treated this Halloween, according to an official blog post at SlingCommunity.com.... iPodResQ has begun servicing the second-generation iPod nano, offering the same 24-hour turnaround as offered for other iPod models.... Setteb.it has posted a preview of MacExpo (in Italian), offering photos of the event which is scheduled to take place tomorrow in London.... Big Nerd Ranch has released the first 2007 date for its cornerstone class, Cocoa Bootcamp, which is scheduled for February 5-9th, 2007 in a luxury retreat outside Atlanta, GA.... CryptoCard today announced that it was awarded the maximum rating for performance, ease of use, and security in a Federal Computer Week (FCW) product review, highlighting its security solutions designed to work with Mac, Linux, and Windows systems.
Furniture maker Sligh recently announced home office workstations made to recognize the reality of increasingly device-laden users. The Family Communication Center, to be sold as a mahogany desk cabinet (pictured) or a black hutch, is designed with hidden connections for computers, including Ethernet, USB, and power cabling, as well as multiple recharging ports for cellphones and other portable devices. An iPod dock is built directly into the desk as well. Although neither desk will ship until the spring, Sligh says, the company is investigating several more modernized designs, such as one made from bamboo. The mahogany version is expected to retail for $2,945; the more exotic black variant will be available for $3,395.
Normally a minor player in digital cameras, Samsung has uncovered the SDC-K60, AVING reports. The camera is a barreless point-and-shoot that will nevertheless have 3x optical zoom and a 6MP CCD sensor. ISO sensitivity will extend to 1600, whereas many point-and-shoots stop at 800. Two variants of the camera will be available: the "plain" K60 (pictured) will come in three colors (red, silver, black) and have a 2.5-inch LCD screen, while the K65/DMB will have a 3-inch 16:9 screen and support DMB TV. Click below to see the latter.
The Italian design firm Brionvega is now producing the Cuboglass, a style-oriented TV the company intends as both a showpiece and a functional screen. While the set is a conventional tube design, it takes advantage of this by blending the screen into a scratchproof glass cube; when turned off, the TV aspect of the design is virtually invisible. This transforms the set into artwork, says Brionvega. Accordingly, the Cuboglass is transportable and ships with an aluminum carrying case. The company has built the system for Europeans and includes the continent's SCART input alongside more universal RCA connections. Online retailer Singulier is selling the Cuboglass today for 950 Euros ($1,196 US).
In more Alienware news, the company is upgrading its Media Center PCs with the DHS A, says Sci Fi. Made to resemble an amplifier, the A will attempt to live up to the promise by supplying 1,000W of amplification. On the video end the system will be equipped with multiple HDMI connectors, as well as a hard drive that starts at 160GB but can be expanded to 1.5TB. An Athlon 64 X2 processor will run the content while being bolstered by AMD Live! features such as a sleep mode and 7.1 surround sound. DHS A machines will launch next year starting at a price of $1,000.
Alienware today said it has helped alleviate the common limitation of desktop replacement portables, a shortage of hard disk space, by introducing an update to its flagship 17-inch laptop. The newest edition of the Aurora m9700 features two 200GB, 4200RPM hard drives similar to those found in the new MacBook Pro. Though these drives are slower than lower-capacity models, the drives can be combined into a single RAID stripe for a contiguous 400GB of storage -- the most ever in a laptop, Alienware says. The company estimates that as many as 100,000 songs or 67 games could fit on an otherwise empty drive. The Turion 64-based computer remains a performance system and includes as many as two 512MB GeForce Go 7900 GS graphics chips. The refreshed m9700 customized with the 400GB option starts at $2,249 and is available in blue, green, or silver.
Panasonic has officially announced its first 50-inch, full HD plasma display. While luxury plasmas such as Pioneer's Pro models and Panasonic's own 65-inch screen have been capable of a native 1080p resolution, the TH-50PF9UK signifies the first time a 50-inch plasma has achieved this sharper image for well under $10,000, according to the company. As with many other high-end plasma models, this newest display is intended as the centerpiece of a custom home theater and eschews built-in speakers, a stand, and integrated TV tuners in favor of wall mounting. Notably, HD-capable input is limited to component and DVI ports; an adapter is necessary for HDMI-equipped movie players and consoles. Panasonic is readying the 50PF9UK for a November release at a price of $5,995.
Digital Foci today introduced its new redesigned "Image Moments" digital photo album frame, enabling users to display and share photos directly from digital camera memory cards on a selection of decorative interchangeable picture frames. Users can insert any digital camera card into Image Moments to view photos on the 8-inch color LCD screen, and the device includes an easel leg supporting either landscape or portrait positioning. Image Moments also allows users to create custom frames with its proprietary adapter ring design, according to Digital Foci. The company will begin taking pre-orders for Image Moments ($230) starting October 30th, with additional frames priced at $20 each.
While solar-powered radios are common realities, Soltronix has just recently introduced a receiver that no longer requires an external solar cell. Its solar headphone radio mounts thin, flexible solar panels in the headband itself, recharging the battery without the risk of obstructing sunlight or the extra bulk of an external receiver. A single hour of sunlight can provide one to three hours of radio, Soltronix claims, and the device can build its charge even while it plays. A full charge lasts an estimated 20 hours; should the solar power deplete itself, a rechargeable AAA-sized NiMH battery can provide additional listening time. Select Solar and other British online stores can export the radio for £25 ($47 US).
Korean company Axxen has announced the i-egg, a digital audio player that also doubles as a pair of speakers, writes AVING. The egg "breaks" apart to create better stereo separation, and at the same time reveals a volume knob and an SD card slot. In addition to playing its own files, the speakers can also accept input from a PC. A USB port and a headphone jack are located on the back. MP3 and WMA files are supported. The player should ship in Korea sometime this month; click through to see an open i-egg.
Nokia is planning to release a scaled-down version of its 770 Internet Tablet, online sources have revealed. Known so far only as the Nokia 330, the handheld will trade the 770's emphasis on web browsing and communication for a greater media focus. Besides playing DivX videos, MP3 music, and photos, the device will also have a built-in GPS receiver for navigation on its smaller, 3.5-inch display. Little information is available beyond what has been revealed so far in leaked photography, say reports, though the official nature of the product shots and the accompanying feature set reveal an imminent Nokia 330 launch at a price far lower than that of its Internet-enabled predecessor. Click through for a full photo.
Primera Technology today introduced its ADL-Max Disc Autoloader, increasing disc capacity from 50 discs to 325 discs for the Bravo II and 100 discs to 350 discs for the BravoPro Disc Publishers and AutoPrinters. The ADL-MAX Disc Autoloader attaches to any of Primera's Bravo II or BravoPro Disc Publishers, utilizing robotics to transport discs from the four integrated input bins into as well as out of the burning and printing mechanisms of the Bravo II or BravoPro. With ADL-MAX, Bravo II's capacity increases from 50 discs to 325 discs, while BravoPro's capacity increases from 100 discs to 350 discs. The ADL-MAX Disc Autoloader is already shipping for $2,000.
To support the spread of its EVDO Revision A service across the United States, Sprint will introduce its first mobile USB broadband modem in November, says Slashphone. The Novatel Ovation U720 will plug into any laptop's USB port, allowing wireless access to the Sprint Power Vision Network. Sprint is already selling PC Card modems under different pricing plans, with some being free or reduced in price if the user signs a Power Vision contract. The U720 is essentially a USB incarnation of the Merlin S720.
The popular retailer Brookstone today unveiled what it hopes is a definitive replacement for conventional thermometers. Similar to the Dashboard weather widget in MacOS X, the Wireless Weather Forecaster automatically obtains the latest five-day weather forecast for the user's city from AccuWeather, indicating both the temperatures and expected conditions. Where the device differs is its independence from computers, Brookstone says. The forecast is obtained solely through radio signals, eliminating the need to synchronize with a computer; an intelligent location finder automatically sets the weather to the nearest known city and includes four nearby cities' weather information accessible through a simple dial control. Owners can also subscribe to a paid premium service that will let the Forecaster display the weather in more distant areas. Brookstone has already begun shipping the device for $85 through its website.
ToThePoint Software today released 1-2Tracker 1.0, a re-design of its original Type2Tracker application designed specifically for people with Diabetes. The software allows users to track and graph blood glucose tests as well as weight on a daily basis. 1-2Tracker helps people with diabetes keep food and exercise logs via a journal, storing links to diabetes-related resources such as websites and documents for later retrieval. The update runs natively on Intel-based Macs as a Universal Binary, offering numerous additional features and bug fixes. The new release stores medication, exercise, and food logs in a separate drop-down window, and adds the ability to archive data. 1-2Tracker 1.0 requires Mac OS X 10.0 or later, and is available for $15.
GPS units with color touchscreens are becoming increasingly common, but few if any have as many features as the GPS01, being produced by Hong Kong company Sunlike. Aside from managing GPS functions the unit is also capable of playing MP3 and WMA music files, as well as AVI, ASF and WMV videos. Media is loaded through a CF Type II card slot. The most significant aspect to the 01 however is the inclusion of a cellphone, which will let you send and receive calls through GSM. This ties in with GPRS (900/1800/1900) data service. The one problem with the product is availability -- at present, the only place to order it is from international traders Alibaba, who don't quote a price on their website.
iLuv has begun shipping its i9200 speaker system. The main receiver features four vertically-mounted CD loaders and a CD changer, allowing audiophiles who prefer physical media to quickly exchange discs while keeping favorites close at hand, according to Electronista. Less conventional listeners can also play MP3 CDs or connect an iPod via a universal dock that supports all dockable iPods. The i9200 also integrates an AM/FM alarm clock radio, and includes auxiliary inputs for playing music from other audio devices. iLuv is shipping the i9200 in black or white for $250.
A group of developers has produced an early version of what it says is an ideal computer for Internet cafés, schools, and other environments where Internet access is the primary need. The Linutop is a compact, Linux-based desktop with only the most essential components. Instead of an internal hard disk or optical drive, the Linutop relies on 512MB of flash memory preloaded with Linux and free software such as AbiWord for office work, Firefox for browsing, and GAIM for instant messaging. Expansion is limited to four USB 2.0 ports, audio input and output, Ethernet, and VGA; the computer can also use a WiFi adapter, according to the designers. While performance is modest with only an AMD Geode procesor and 256MB of RAM, the low power and fixed storage of the Linutop ensures completely silent use. The developers haven't yet priced the system, though they anticipate an extremely low cost for individuals and institutions alike.
Americans longing for the high-end phones available in Europe and Asia may be glad to see these photos, which show a Cingular-branded version of the Nokia N75. Nokia has said in the past that the phone would be coming to the US in the fourth quarter of 2006, but irockash's post is the first news of a narrowed time and provider window. The poster's source claims a November timeframe. The N75 has a number of features, such as the Symbian OS, a 2MP camera, a 320x240 screen, and up to 2GB of memory through microSD. Bluetooth and EDGE/GSM are built-in, as are external buttons for music playback. Supported sound formats include AAC, eAAC+, M4A, MP3, and WMA. Click through to see the forum photos.
Ultra has previewed the Hydra, a new splash-proof music player designed to withstand use at the beach or by the poolside that stands to compete with Apple's iPod nano. The new player is encased in rubber trim with a tight seal to prevent the occasional contact with water from damaging the electronics inside, and the rubber serves as a shock absorber when the player is accidentally dropped. The Hydra features MP3 and WMA playback, FM radio, and voice recording capability. The device is powered solely by rechargeable AAA batteries for up to eight hours of playback, according to Electronista, and is compatible with both Macs and Windows systems with drag-and-drop music transfers. The Hydra is expected to ship in 1GB ($40) and 2GB ($60) capacities next month. In contrast, Apple's 2GB second-generation iPod nano is priced at $150.
KBasic Software today released Objective-Basic 1.0, a new development tool for Cocoa that combines BASIC with Cocoa. The application serves as an integrated development environment (IDE) with support for modern BASIC syntax, an interface designer, and the ability to extend native Objective-C classes using inheritance. Users can access Objective-C with C and Carbon or Cocoa to create small and fast native executables without runtime dependencies as Universal Binaries. The software comes with complete documentation, and offers truly Objective-C object orientation as well as backward support for Objective-C and C. Objective-Basic 1.0 Personal edition is available for free, while the Professional version ships for $35. Both versions require Mac OS X 10.4.5 or later.
Catering to both traditional and modern listeners, iLuv recently began shipping its new i9200 speaker system. The main receiver contains four vertically-mounted CD loaders and a CD changer, allowing audiophiles who prefer physical media to quickly exchange discs while keeping favorites close at hand. Less conventional listeners, however, can also play MP3 CDs or connect their iPods via a universal dock that supports all dockable iPods, according to iLuv. The i9200 also integrates an AM/FM alarm clock radio and has auxiliary inputs. Models ship immediately in either black or white for $250. A photo of the white version is available after the jump.
An ASUS phone will make a rare appearance in the US, according to a new FCC filing. The document reveals that the O2 XDA Graphite, a slim candybar phone, has recently been approved by the American testing agency. The handset is focused on phone use but runs Windows Mobile 5 and should support most smartphone software that isn't heavily dependent upon a keyboard. The O2 XDA will be relatively advanced but is not expected to be a breakthrough device: a 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, and a 2.2-inch screen are increasingly standard features in newer cellphones. Music support is equally welcome with MP3, WMA, and WAV playback for songs stored on microSD cards. However, an unusual element of the filing is the device's support for UMTS mobile broadband, a technology normally found only in European phones. While the feature may be disabled for its American release, its presence may point to the O2 XDA's use as apart of T-Mobile's American UMTS service set to begin in 2007. ASUS has not officially announced the phone for the country. Larger photos are available after the jump.
Madebysofa has released Checkout public beta, the new point of sale software for Mac users designed a full featured business application. Checkout features instant search capability alongside a wide variety of keyboard shortcuts to ease use and minimize time spent on the computer. The software is designed to handle quick checkouts in retail stores; detail personalized quotes, order, and invoices; and manage stock as well as purchases. Checkout is the only Intel-native point of sale system for the Mac, according to the company, and the first commercial release is slated for shipment in the fourth quarter of 2006. The Checkout public beta requires Mac OS X 10.4.6 or later (pricing was unavailable).
Ricoh is producing a special Commemorative Model of its GR Digital camera, meant to promote the 10-year history of the GR line. This edition will have an 8MP sensor with a fixed-mount 28mm lens. The change most obvious to newcomers will be the shell art, designed by Japanese illustrator Katsuya Terada. The shell will be enveloped in a blue sky motif with stylized angels in select portions. Only 1,000 cameras will be available when the Commemorative Model ships on November 24th. Pricing and availability have yet to be mentioned however, so it's unknown whether the camera will make it to North America.
British cellphone carrier Orange has today partnered with stereo manufactuer Acoustic Energy to produce an Orange-labeled Bluetooth speaker set that can connect wirelessly to most Bluetooth cellphones or any device that fits the A2DP audio profile. The stereo, known only as the Bluetooth stereo loudspeaker system, produces 20 watts of power through two satellites that can either be separated from the main receiver for an improved stereo effect or remain attached for a more compact shape. An auxiliary input is included as a fallback for wired music players. Orange plans to sell its Bluetooth loudspeakers by the end of the month for £90 ($169) after tax.
The Mathworks has released Matlab beta with support for Intel-based Macs, bringing support for Apple's latest systems for the entire Matlab and Simulink families -- with the exception of Virtual Reality Toolbox. Matlab is a high-level language and interactive environment that enables users to perform computationally intensive tasks faster than with traditional programming languages such as C, C++, or Fortran. Matlab integrates with the M-Lint code analyzer to provide continuous code checking, and supports regular expression features such as evaluation of Matlab expressions to perform dynamic matching or replacement of text. The beta software requires Mac OS X 10.4.7 or later with at least 510MB of memory and the X11 X server for Mac OS X.
Gandreas Software has released quadrium flame, an application designed to create and animate "flame fractals." The software combines a wide variety of mathematic transformations with an interface that allows users to actually "grow" an image, according to Gandreas. Users interactively build an image by combining 24 different transformations and attractors, including support for 3D transformations. Quadrium flame provides live feedback as users directly manipulate the flames, and supports warping images with 37 different topologies which are usable globally or on a per-flame basis. The application can color each flame individually or as a gradient with five different schemes, and offers a gradient editor for customization of flame gradient color. Quadrium flame is available for $40, and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later.
Ultra has just previewed a new, splashproof music player that the company boasts can withstand use at the beach or by the poolside. Encased in rubber trim, the Hydra is sealed tightly to prevent the occasional contact with water from damaging the electronics inside. The trim also helps the jukebox better-resist the drops and scratches common to everyday use, Ultra adds. As a player, the Hydra has features relatively common to inexpensive flash devices, such as MP3 and WMA playback, FM radio, and voice recording. Power is supplied solely by rechargeable AAA batteries for a maximum of 8 hours. Compatible with both Macs and Windows PCs through its support for drag-and-drop music transfers, the new player ships in 1GB ($40) and 2GB ($60) versions next month.
Tow.com has released Annoture 1.0, a metadata bridging solution for Aperture and iView MediaPro software that enables users to transfer annotations between iView MediaPro catalogs and Aperture projects. The update adds support for iView 3.x and Aperture 1.5, offering German localization as well as speed improvements when copying from iView to Aperture. Annoture can confirm before copying annotations, ignore file extensions when copying annotations from iView to Aperture, and overwrite existing annotations in the destination image with those of the source image. Annoture 1.0 ($15) requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later, Aperture 1.5 or later, and iView Media Pro 2.6.4 or later.
Having formalized their merger today, AMD and ATI have also announced that the combined company will be working on a CPU with a built-in graphics processor. In contrast to current integrated chipsets, which are typically soldered into the mainboard and more closely resemble stand-alone cards, the new AMD concept, codenamed Fusion, would merge the circuitry for graphics processing with the CPU core itself. This will improve the performance per watt of later CPUs, AMD argues. The tighter integration would also significantly improve the performance of normally slow integrated graphics, as the delays in sharing graphics data with the CPU or system memory would be dramatically reduced. However, AMD has said that it doesn't intend to lock out other graphics options and will still include PCI Express slots for standard video cards, including those from its former ally NVIDIA. Fusion processors should ship in production form by late 2008 or early 2009, according to AMD.
Relatively dormant as a smartphone developer, HP on Wednesday introduced a new iPaq phone to the US through the cellular service provider Cingular. The xw6920 series is designed as a portable office, says HP, and includes the connection options to follow suit: in its Cingular guise, all 6920 models will have support for EDGE and GPRS mobile Internet, Bluetooth, WiFi, and a GPS receiver. Two versions accompany the introduction. The xw6925 incorporates a 1.3-megapixel camera for photos and videos; the base xw6920 goes without this feature both to save costs and to be accepted in high-security offices. Both are available today directly from HP; Cingular's business unit is expected to offer models soon starting at $360 with a two-year contract.
Apple's new Intel-based Xserve workstations, announced in August, are now available for pre-order at Apple's store, but are not expected until mid-November. Originally expected to ship in October, Apple's Xserves are used in small business and to build many of the world's top supercomputers. The company is offering many BTO options for its quad-core (using two 64-bit Dual-Core Intel Xeon "Woodcrest" processors) server offering, with processor speeds ranging up to dual-core 3GHz for additional $1799). The $2,999 base configuration includes a two dual-core 2.0GHz Xeons, an 80GB SATA drive, and 1GB of RAM (2x512MB), Combo drive, and an ATI Radeon X1300 with 64MB of VRAM. A version without graphics is $50 less. The new Xserve also offers two open eight-lane PCI Express slot for dual Gigabit Ethernet ($199), U320 SCSI card ($199), or 2Gb Fibre Channel ($499) expansion options. Apple also offers a second hot-swappable 650 watt power supply option for $199,.
Samsung has quietly unveiled a new computer LCD which marks a first in color accuracy. The SyncMaster XL20 is the first desktop screen to incorporate an LED backlight. The more natural color tone and much more even illumination greatly increases the overall color gamut to a level useful for artists and photographers, Samsung says. Over 114% of the NTSC television standard's range is reproducible, and the Adobe RGB color palette is properly supported; this allows even the more difficult emerald green and dark purple hues captured by many DSLR cameras to be shown faithfully, according to the company's claims. Appropriately, the XL20 ships with a hood to shelter the image from nearby lighting and has inputs for both DVI-I (backwards-compatible with VGA input) and DVI-D (pure digital) video sources. A USB hub is also built-in. No pricing or availability has been announced.
Briefly: The iTunes Store in Australia is celebrating its one-year anniversary by offering six birthday gifts, including music from five different Aussie artists and an audiobook version of Bryce Courtenay's The Power of One.... Apple is now offering a 750GB hard drive option ($399 option, 5-7 business days for shippping) on its new 24-inch iMac; it is also available on the Mac Pro for up to 3TB of storage using four drive bays, but not other iMac models.... Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak gives Steve Jobs credit as the driving force behind the conception of Apple, but he doesn’t think Jobs would have met with success if it hadn’t been for him.... Southern California MacFair attendees can drop off all their obsolete electronics at the ease e-waste recycling truck on Saturday, November 4 held at Cerritos College in Norwalk, California.... Microsoft and various PC manufacturers have finally solidified earlier plans to offer a free or discounted upgrade to Windows Vista for buyers of select Windows XP machines.
Adobe has offered a prerelease of Adobe Flex Builder 2 for Macintosh, an update to the development software. The IDE for rich internet applications (RIA) includes "robust coding and debugging tools that enable developers to quickly build rich client-side logic as well as intelligent code navigation that allows users to easily understand source code and root out underlying issues." The company also said the application includes intuitive visual tools allow designers or developers to easily create rich, more usable application interfaces with a customized look and feel. Flex Builder for Macintosh has all of the same features as its Windows counterpart, Adobe said on its website; it runs on both the PowerPC- and Intel-based Macs on Mac OS X 10.4.7 or later. Beta versions of both Flex Builder 2 for Macintosh and Flex Builder 2 Eclipse Plug-in are publicly available as well as public beta of Flash Player 9 Update (Universal), which adds support for Linux and fixes a variety of issues, including those for Safari and Apple's Rosetta environment.
Microsoft's forthcoming Zune player will not significantly impact Apple's iPod market share, according to a new report. Market research firm JupiterResearch, which released a new report this week, also concluded that mobile phone players were not a threat to Apple's iPod dominance because most customers were not interested in wireless music downloads and said that handheld media player shipments are expected rise nearly triple in the next five years. Based on survey and its own analysis of the market, research firm JupiterResearch on Tuesday said that Apple's iPod won't lose significant market share in the next 12 to 18 months even as Microsoft introduces a competing music player. "
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Apple to open R&D center in India
A new report says that Apple will be opening a new technology center in Hyderabad, India, helping to boost the city's growing reputation as a tech center. The facility would operate within the WaveRock facility, and create 4,500 new jobs at a cost of around $25 million. In 2015, India surpassed the $1 billion in yearly sales milestone, and Apple has recently received permission to open retail stores in the country under its own control, an exception to rules that usually block foreign ownership. http://zd.net/1SMBVu4
Google killing Picasa starting May 1
Google Photos head Anil Sabharwal confirmed in a blog post today that the search engine giant will be shutting down acquisition Picasa. Support and downloads for the desktop application will terminate on March 15 with the application continuing to work for the time being. The transition to Google Photos truly commences on May 1, with deprecation of some Picasa API calls happening shortly thereafter. Users that have Google Photos access will find their photos already migrated. A mass-download tool for users not wishing to use Google Photos will be available sometime after May 1. http://bit.ly/1SmV2KH
Rogue Amoeba Piezo updated, departing App Store
In order to continue working on audio capture tool Piezo, developer Rogue Amoeba has simultaneously updated the app to version 1.5, and announced that it will pull version 1.2.6 from the Mac App Store. Customers who own the Mac App Store version have a one-time migration process to the Rogue Amoeba-served version. The company notes that the sandboxing restriction placed on Mac App Store versions "effectively stopped our ability to upgrade Piezo in any meaningful way." [8.80MB] http://bit.ly/1PIjz7l
FCC spectrum auction will happen without Google
After throwing its hat in earlier, Google (and associated companies) has declared that it is not participating in this year's FCC spectrum auction. A company spokeswoman said of the auction that "like all those interested in improved connectivity and equitable access, we'll be following the upcoming spectrum auction closely. That said, we have not filed to participate." http://on.recode.net/1oy5LWk
iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se sold Friday after launch?
Reverting the way products are actually released by Apple after an announcement to the way it was a decade ago, reports are circulating that new products revealed at a March announcement will go on sale the Friday immediately following the unveil. Slated to appear at a conjectural Tuesday, March 15 event are a new Apple four-inch phone with more up to date internals currently referred to as the iPhone 5se, and a new iPad Air 3 model with Smart Connector and other enhancements. http://bit.ly/1o7mqiY
Lexmark prevails in toner import appeal
Printer manufacturer Lexmark has won an appeal on the third-party US resale of its printer cartridges originally destined for markets outside North America. The appeals court ruled in a 10-2 vote in favor of Lexmark's demand to stop the sale and against Impression Products, both on the toner cartridge resale matter, as well as a related matter regarding overturning the reseller's refilling one-use cartridges and selling those in the US market. The ruling has ramifications in the tech industry, as well as the pharmaceutical and medical technology markets. Impression Products promises an appeal before the supreme court. http://reut.rs/1SLVmmG
AT&T expands BOGO promo to iPhone 6s
Beginning today, new and existing AT&T customers can purchase a new iPhone 6s and get another one free when adding a second line. Over the weekend, customers must purchase two phones through AT&T Next (one can be an existing number), and add both phones to a qualified plan. AT&T notes that "after three bill cycles or less" the account will start to receive up to $650 spread out over 30 monthly bill credits to offset the cost of the installment plan for the phone. Taxes are due at time of sale. http://soc.att.com/1SLUP4k