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Sundance Channel on iTunes
Sundance Channel today announced the availability of select television programming on the iTunes Store. Episodes of the Sundance Channel documentary series "The Hill," "The First Amendment Project," and "The Staircase" are available for purchase and download from iTunes for $1.99 each. Additionally, a sneak peek of the first episode of the six-part documentary series "One Punk Under God" featuring alternative Christian minister Jay Bakker, will be available as a free download on iTunes from December 5-12, 2006. The series launches on Sundance Channel, on December 13th and airs every Wednesday night at 9:00 p.m.; each successive episode will be available on iTunes the day after it premieres on Sundance Channel for $1.99.
Kerio MailServer, Cocktail
Kerio MailServer 6.3 ($400/10 users) is an update to the mailserver that now offers Direct Push email for Windows Mobile smartphones and PDAs. Users can wirelessly synchronize their email messages, calendar data, contacts, and tasks in their Kerio MailServer account with a Microsoft Windows Mobile-based device. It does not require users to install any additional software on their mobile devices and also supports Remote Wipe, allowing administrators to simply delete all data from a particular smartphone linked to a company mail server. [Download - 65MB]
Cocktail 3.7.4 ($15) is a generalpurpose utility for Mac OS X, offering a variety of practical features and tweaks to help users get the most out of their Mac, including options for disk/volume settings, system settings and startup, interface customization, network performance tweaking, system log rotation, editing file attributes, and schedule maintenance tasks. It is a Universal Binary application that runs on Mac OS X 10.2 or later. [Download - 1.8MB]
1-2Tracker 1.2 ($15) is a Mac application designed specifically for people with diabetes, allowing users to easily track and graph blood glucose tests as well as track their weight on a day by day basis. It also allows people with diabetes to keep food and exercise logs along with a handy journal. It features an all new graphing routine (faster, cleaner), more weight graphing, and improved printing. It runs on Mac OS X. [Download - 3.7MB]
OnAirRecorder 1.3 ($12) is a visual digital timer that also directly controls audio and movie recording through start, pause and reset buttons. Version 1.3 adds a new clock mode, allowing the display to switch between timer/recorder mode and clock mode. "Clicking on either the audio or movie buttons in the timer connects it directly to the pro audio and video recording features in QuickTime, even if you don't own QuickTime Pro." It runs on Mac OS X 10.4 or later. [Download - 3.0MB]
Relaunch 1.3.5 ($5) is an update to the menubar-based Mac launcher application that now adds support for the TextMate text editor. The application saves time by taking Snapshots of which applications you are using, and starts them back up, allowing users to switch between work contexts with a single click. As well as starting groups of applications, it also knows which documents you were working on in 30 popular applications and opens those as well. [Download - 1.2MB]
Amnesty Generator 0.8 beta
Mesa Dynamics today updated its public beta of Amnesty Generator, a free utility for Mac OS X that automatically converts embeddable Web content into Dashboard widgets. The software automates the process of embedding Google gadgets, PicGames games, Widgetbox widgets, and YouTube videos by wrapping HTML code into widgets. Users can copy and paste HTML code directly into the software, tweak settings, and generate widgets with the click of a button, according to Mesa Dynamics. Amnesty Generator 0.8 beta is available for free, runs natively on Intel-based Macs as a Universal Binary, and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later.
DriveStation Combo ships
Buffalo Technology today launched its DriveStation Combo, expanding the company's line of external USB hard drives. The new Buffalo drive is the first from the company to feature a single SATA drive with both FireWire and USB 2.0 interfaces, offering high-speed data transfer to and from digital devices for home as well as business users. The DriveStation Combo provides 'Auto Setup,' 'Auto Power-On,' and 'Auto Backup' with Memeo backup software. The improved backup options include regular system backup, scheduled backup, and password protection. The DriveStation Combo is available with a two-year limited warranty in capacities of 160GB (£60), 250GB (£80), 320GB (£100), 500GB (£150), and 750GB (£300).
PNY 2GB xD-Picture Card
PNY Technologies is deploying a 2GB model of the Picture Card, a flash storage medium in the lesser-known xD format. xD is mainly intended for certain lines of cameras from Fuji and Olympus. PNY estimates that Picture Cards can now hold up to 1,000 photos, shot at 8MP resolution in Olympus' HQ (High-Quality) mode. The development is significant in that most xD cards are 1GB or less. PNY eventually expects to build cards ranging up to 8GB. At the moment, a 2GB xD-Picture Card can only be had for £61 ($116) from European retailers, but it should soon migrate online to sites like Misco and ebuyer.
Elecom P100 Speaker Dock
Elecom today announced the new ASP-P100 ultra-portable iPod speaker dock. The design is only slightly taller than a standard Universal Dock, but accommodates a 2-watt speaker system that can play music directly from an iPod while the system is either plugged into an AC power outlet or running independently using four AAA batteries. The dock is capable of charging the player when plugged into an AC or USB power source, and synchronizes with a Mac or Windows PC when attached through the included USB cable. The P100 ($60) will soon ship in Japan in black or white trim, offering support for all dockable iPods.
iSymphony M2 iPod Dock
iSymphony today positioned its new multi-role DVD Music Micro System for iPod as a complete alternative to most basic home theaters. The 50-watt stereo supports music playback from all iPods through a top-mounted Universal Dock as well as auxiliary input for the iPod shuffle and generic music players, according to Electronista. The M2 also includes a progressive-scan DVD player that displays both conventional movies as well as DivX, MPEG-4, and VCD movie files. The DVD drive further serves as an MP3- and WMA-capable CD player. Unifying these three functions is the clock radio, which iSymphony says can wake users to the music of an attached iPod, a CD, or a preset AM/FM radio station. Users can also play music stored on SD or Memory Stick cards as well as any removable USB storage hardware. The M2 ships from Sam's Club and other retailers for $200.
Review, mm50 dock
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Sprint adopts the SLVR
Following the news that it would be selling the KRZR K1m, Sprint has now announced it will sell the SLVR L7c as the MOTOSLVR. The product will be Sprint's first candybar phone equipped with EVDO broadband. Operating through the Power Vision network, the phone should capable of streaming movies, downloading music, and receiving 50-plus streaming TV stations. Users will also be able to stream news, weather and sports information. General SLVR features of note include Bluetooth, a microSD slot, and a VGA still/video camera. The MOTOSLVR should premiere sometime in early November.
Forums November 7
Forums roundup: Members are discussing the speed at which Apple is shipping the new MacBook Pro line, comparing estimated shipping dates to real shipping dates.... Some users have re-sparked a debate that pits Apple's 30-inch Cinema Display against Dell's 3007WFP in a battle of monster displays.... Another user shares disgust and disappointment over Apple's decision to include old style earbuds with new iPod Shuffles, despite the numerous advantages of the new design.... Another member questions the forum population as to how much they would pay for a quad-core iMac, assuming Intel's upcoming Kentsfield platform would work in such a system.... Meanwhile, one user looks for opinions while selecting between an upgraded PowerMac G4 or a new iMac.
Two Griffin iPod Speakers
Griffin Technology today previewed its first iPod speaker systems, designed alternately for desktop and portable listening. The AmpliFi (pictured, $150) is a tabletop iPod speaker dock with a wooden enclosure to improve sound quality. Unlike most such systems, the AmpliFi will incorporate a 5-inch subwoofer to add bass response in addition to the mid-range and treble of the 2.75-inch satellites, according to iLounge. The system will include an infrared remote in addition to a built-in minijack input for the iPod shuffle and other audio sources. Also announced is the Voyager ($130), a portable speaker system that features a hard rubberized shell that both keeps the speakers upright when in use and folds on top to create a protective shell when not in use. Power when traveling is supplied through a lithium-ion battery instead of disposable batteries. The Voyager will also have support for audio-out and USB connections to attach to computers or external speakers, Griffin says. Both the AmpliFi and Voyager are planned for a first quarter 2007 launch.
Maxfield MAX-IVY player
German company Maxfield has produced a new media player dubbed the MAX-IVY. Central to its design is the thin, flat surface, which is only 0.3 inches thick and has no protruding buttons. The player is instead controlled through the 1.8-inch touchscreen and the blue-lit touchpad. The primary purpose of the IVY is audio, and to that end it supports Ogg, MP3 and WMA files, including WMA-DRM. It can record anywhere between 64 to 256 hours of voice depending on the quality. Maxfield additionally says that the player can handle photos and video, but the company is not specifying formats. The IVY is currently selling in 1 (109/$139), 2 (139/$177) and 4GB (179/$228) sizes from sources such as Amazon.de.
Audi iPod car kit debuts
Maxxcount.de has unveiled its Gateway 500, an iPod car kit with MMi technology designed for all Audi A6, A8, and Q7 vehicles. The Dension Gateway 500 is an iPod adapter for the Audi models of the luxury and upper-middle class with the MOST-data bus, allowing users to control the iPod as a CD changer with the buttons on the serial radio, as well as the steering-wheel remote control for cars with that option. The Gateway 500 also supports multiple external audio sources via USB, AUX line-in, and secondary line-in connectivity. The kit charges the iPod while in use, supports USB mass storage devices as well as card readers, and offers a video out port for a rear-seat entertainment system. The Dension Gateway500 is priced at 420.
VMOD Car Entertainment PC
Car entertainment producer Vizualogic used its recent presence at the SEMA aftermarket show to introduce the VMOD (PDF) media PC designed for vehicles. Though the company has released few specifications, it indicates that the VMOD integrates with car-based displays to serve as a media jukebox and information tool. GPS and satellite radio support is also built-in, Vizualogic adds, and the entire system is controlled by custom software by StreetDeck that simplifies access while on the road. The computer itself is made to hide as easily as possible within a vehicle and uses a Celeron M alongside a 40GB mobile hard drive to reduce its footprint. Pricing and an official release date have yet to be announced.
Elecom P100 iPod Dock
Japanese electronics maker Elecom has released its new ASP-P100 iPod dock as a combination synchronization tool and stand-alone speaker system. Only slightly taller than a standard Universal Dock, the P100 includes a 2-watt stereo speaker system that can play music directly from the iPod whether plugged into a an AC outlet or using four AAA batteries. The dock can also charge the player when plugged into AC power or when synchronized with a Mac or Windows PC through USB. The P100 supports all dockable iPods and ships in black or white. Elecom says the dock will be available soon in Japan for $54 US.
Mac G5 repair program
Apple has launched a Power Mac G5 Repair Extension Program for some Power Mac G5 systems experiencing power-related issues. The problem stems from a specific component failure within the computer's power supply, resulting in failure to start up after the power button is pressed and/or no LED activity. Owners of Power Mac G5 systems sold between approximately October of 2005 and August of 2006 featuring Dual 2GHz, Dual 2.3GHz, or Quad 2.5GHz PowerPC G5 processors who are experiencing these issues should contact an Apple or Apple Authorized Service Provider to determine whether the computer is part of the program, or check to see whether a particular Power Mac G5 system is covered by reviewing the serial number located inside the case directly below the air deflector. Valid serial number ranges include any number where the first five digits are CK539, CK608, G8539, G8608, YM539, YM608, RM539, and RM608.
Samsung A610 for Sprint
A newer, slim Samsung handset is being readied for Sprint, according to leaked specifications posted online. The A610 (pictured) continues the Korean company's emphasis on thin design and is only 0.59 inches thick despite its clamshell shape. The phone is targeted at Sprint's mid-range subscribers and will ship with a 1.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, and support for EVDO Internet connections. Sprint-specific features such as mobile TV and the Sprint Music Store should also be supported. No pricing information has been revealed, though the phone will be ready to ship by the end of 2006. Click through for photos.
Bio Slider II flash drive
Kanguru's Bio Slider II is a USB 2.0 flash drive with a built-in fingerprint reader. When a user first sets up the drive, he's asked to rest his finger on the reader for an initial scan; thereafter, only he and authorized secondary users have data access. The security software and up to ten fingerprints are kept onboard. To access the Bio Slider, users need only connect it and make a quick swipe with the appropriate finger. Password access can be toggled as an option should you be worried about the reader malfunctioning. The drive uses 128-bit encryption, and is only compatible with Windows 98 or greater. Pricing for the product starts at $80 for 256MB, and scales to $280 for 5.4GB.
Second Sub-$400 HP Laptop
While Wal-Mart is said to expect major publicity for its $398 laptop sale, an equally low-cost deal is available through HP itself, according to Notebooks.com. The normally $699 Compaq Presario V3000Z receives a combination discount and rebate that lowers its price to $399, matching the Wal-Mart model in price despite a more recent design. The 14-inch V3000Z ships with a 1.8GHz Sempron processor that outperforms the less efficient 2GHz chip of the V5305, according to HP. Although other features are similar, Notebooks.com indicates that the online-only system is available for $359 for faculty and students who register with HP's academic discount program. The V3000Z is already shipping.
Quark alters licensing
Quark has altered its licensing for QuarkXPress, allowing users to run previous versions of the publishing software on the same computer with QuarkXPress 7. The licensing change enables customers who are planning to upgrade to QuarkXPress 7 to do so while testing their workflows at a pace that meets their unique needs while using previous versions of the software to support production and client requirements. "Quite simply, this is in response to customer feedback and is another example of how Quark has fundamentally changed its approach to doing business in the last two years," said Richard Pasewark, Quark senior vice president of sales and marketing in the Americas. "Customers are thrilled with QuarkXPress 7 and based on user feedback this policy change will help streamline and fast-track the upgrade plans for many customers."
iSymphony M2 iPod Stereo
iSymphony today positioned its new multi-role DVD Music Micro System for iPod as a complete alternative to most basic home theaters. The 50-watt stereo supports music playback from all iPods through a top-mounted Universal Dock as well as auxiliary input for the iPod shuffle and generic music players. In addition, however, the M2 includes a progressive-scan DVD player that can display both conventional movies as well as DivX, MPEG-4, and VCD videos. The drive also serves as an MP3- and WMA-capable CD player. Unifying these three functions is the clock radio, according to iSymphony: owners can set the built-in alarm to wake the user to the music of the iPod, a CD, or a preset AM/FM radio station. The choice also exists to play music stored on SD or Memory Stick cards as well as any removable USB storage hardware. The M2 ships now from Sam's Club for $200.
FIC open-source cellphone
Although many phones make use of the Linux operating system, FIC's newly-announced GTA001 will be the first to leave the platform open-sourced, SlashGear reports. Features such as GSM, MP3 playback and GPS navigation will come default with the phone, but FIC will be releasing the SDK (Software Development Kit) to the public, hoping to encourage third-party developers to add extras. Software can be free or a commercial venture. The base phone will be equipped with technology such as a 2.8-inch, 480x640 LCD, mesh file-sharing via USB, and a touchscreen with gesture recognition. A Samsung S3C2410 processor will be tied to 128MB of RAM and 64MB of ROM. No date or cost has been suggested for the phone.
Helpdezk today previewed the !Tude, a new range of earphones meant to add color to music listening. The earphones include lights up the entire length of the cord using electrically-triggered phosphorescents, adding a conspicuous glow in low light with one of six colors, according to Electronista. The cord can alternatively synchronize its pulses of light with the beat of the music, and features nylon nets around the cables to ensure they stand up to everyday use. Lighting lasts for roughly 10 hours of continuous use with two AAA batteries, and enables users to turn off the lights to conserve power. Each !Tude set ships with plastic cradles for multiple iPod models (pricing and availability were unavailable).
RouteBuddy has released of RouteBuddy Maps for United Arab Emirates and Malaysia, expanding the map range for the innovative new GPS mapping program for Mac OS X. RouteBuddy now offers a wider range of road maps than any other Mac-based mapping application, according to the compay. The company also announced that version 1.1.1 of RouteBuddy can now import single or multiple .LOC GeoCaching files from www.geocaching.com's website for instant placement on a RouteBuddy Map via simple Drag & Drop. In addition to .LOC import RouteBuddy users can also drag and drop single or multiple .GPX files onto RouteBuddy Maps to take advantage of the advanced features in the .gpx file format. RouteBuddy provides native Mac OS X support for Garmin GPS devices, and allows users to manage and display their GPS data together with a set of high-precision vector-based road maps. RouteBuddy Maps for UAE ($50) and Malaysia ($40) are available immediately. RouteBuddy costs $100, and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later.
CinnaMount mini ships
Cinnamon Peripherals has begun shipping its CinnaMount mini, an anodized aluminum mount for the Mac mini. The new mount is an updated version of the previous model, allowing Mac mini owners to stack the external Mac mini-sized external hard drives along with the system by using two or more mounts. The new mount features a more open design that won't block side ports or air vents on peripherals such as NewerTech's miniStack V2 or WiebeTech's Maxelerate, and offers the ability to mount the Mac mini on a wall. Cinnamon peripherals' CinnaMount mini is available in silver or black for $35 alongside a bundle kit that includes a small mount for the Mac mini power supply ($40).
LG rolls out new LCDs
LG has deployed a pair of new LCD displays, writes Akihabara News. The LX76D and LX96D are 17- and 19-inch computer monitors, capable of resolutions up to 1280x1024. Each has a brightness rating of 300cd/m2 and a contrast ratio of 2,000:1, enhanced by LG's Digital Fine Contrast technology, which adjusts brightness and contrast automatically based on incoming images. The company claims that this is particularly helpful with dark scenes. Response times for the displays are measured at 2ms. The units are also capable of accepting TV input, this due to LG's Digital Display and Media format. Plans for pricing and distribution of the monitors have yet to be published.
HP 30-inch LCD Released
Hewlett-Packard today made its first entry into the ultra-large computer display market by posting early official details of its LP3065 computer LCD. While news of the screen appeared in advance, the latest information has revealed HP's intentions to compete in terms of both features and price. The LP3065 will sport three dual-link DVI ports, according to HP, in contrast to the single connector on both Apple and Dell monitors. Its 92% NTSC color gamut will also be complemented by a high 1,000:1 contrast ratio and a 300cd/m2 brightness. Crucially, the new design is expected to ship for $1,699 when available November 11th, placing the high-end design closer in price to Dell's $1,499 basic model.
VolumeWorks 1.5 ships
SubRosaSoft today released VolumeWorks 1.5, an update to its drive utility for managing and repairing volumes. According to the company, it is the first application for Mac OS X to support dynamic resizing. The latest version of the software offers better performance, Intel Macs support, and a dual- bootable CD which supports PPC- and Intel-based Macs. It supports the latest partition format shipped with the new Intel-based Macs (GPT) and can convert the drive's partition map between PDISK format for use with older PowerPC-based systems and GUID format for newer Intel-based Mac systems. The software includes features for resizing partitions on-the-fly and powerful functions for volume testing and repair. It supports SATA-, ATA-, FireWire- and USB-based drives and can hide partitions, add custom icons, move partitions, and reconstruct partition maps from a newly device copied drive using hardware such as Diskology's Disk Jockey. It is available for $50 (or $60 on CD) and requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later.
Pocket-sized Mercury drive
Other World Computing (OWC) today began shipping its new pocket-sized OWC Mercury On-The-Go FireWire 800/400+USB2 portable storage drive. The device makes use of 2.5-inch SATA hard drive mechanisms to offer capacities of up to 200GB, measures 3 x 5.5 x 1-inches, and weighs less than 11-ounces. Every OWC Mercury On-The-Go drive make use of a custom Oxford 924-based FireWire 800/USB 2.0 bridge and are bus-powered, negating the need for a separate power adapter. The new drives serve as bootable FireWire/USB 2.0 interfaces, and include EMC Retrospect software for data protection as well as Intech HD Speedtools utility suite. The drives are available in 100GB ($260), 120GB ($210), 160GB ($300), and 200GB ($380) capacities.
The Sims 2 Pets ships
Aspyr Media today announced that the Mac version of Electronic Arts' The Sims 2 Pets has shipped to retail outlets nationwide. The Sims 2 Pets is the fourth expansion pack for The Sims 2; it will be available on retail shelves nationwide for Mac within weeks of the title's release for PCs and consoles, according to the company. "The addition of a new friend is guaranteed to enrich the daily lives of your Sims! Not only will players have the opportunity to choose from a variety of existing breeds, and hot designer mixes, but they'll also be able to personally design their new friend with the Create-a-Pet feature. The ability to customize gives fans the opportunity to create their ideal pet by choosing their body shape, unique markings, even their pet's personalities!" The Sims 2 Pets is rated "T" for "Teen" and is available for $35. It requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later and a G4/G5- or Intel-based Mac running at 1.2GHz or faster.
Sony Ericsson buys UIQ
Sony Ericsson has announced that it will buy UIQ Technology, a software developer working for the Symbian group, says Reuters. UIQ produces a variant of the Symbian OS, and Sony Ericsson is already its biggest client. The company's software can be found on Sony phones such as the P990, the M600, and the W950. Conversely, Symbian's biggest overall client is Nokia, who layer their Series 60 software on top of the OS. The UIQ acquisition will give both Sony and Nokia proprietary phone software. It should be noted, though, that the latter two companies have significant shareholdings in Symbian itself. Sony says its purchase should be completed within the coming months; the exact amount it is paying for UIQ is undisclosed.
Oakley THUMP PRO Glasses
Oakley has just upgraded its THUMP line of music-playing sunglasses with its new THUMP PRO line. The new frames are based on Oakley's more conventional BOTTLECAP design but add a more advanced music player than was present in the original THUMP model, with capacities ranging between 256MB and 1GB and expanded format support for AAC, Audible, MP3, and WMA audio. All models are compatible with Macs and Windows PCs. The company says it has also ensured that the glasses themselves are improved for listening: the frame material, dubbed UNOBTAINIUM, increases grip alongside perspiration, preventing the integrated earbuds from slipping out of position. Models are available with black, bronze, or gray frames and ship soon for prices ranging between $249 (256MB) and $349 (1GB). A complete image is available after the jump.
Dell AMD Optiplex PCs
Dell on Tuesday expanded its range of AMD-based desktops with an entry-level workstation intended for professionals. Available in either a mini-tower or desktop case, the Optiplex 740 can be configured with as much as a 2.6GHz Athlon 64 X2 processor, making the new Optiplex the fastest AMD-based Dell system to date. The system shares the same design principles as its Intel equivalents, including the HyperCool chassis that maintains continuous airflow. A base configuration begins at $549 with a 2.2GHz Athlon 64, 512MB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive and no optical storage in a desktop case. New systems are expected to ship within two weeks.
Information Appliance Associates today released PocketMac SecureNotes, which the company touts as the first software tool to act as a safe deposit box for data on Mac systems. PocketMac SecureNotes is a database-driven tool allowing Mac users to store all types of data from bank account numbers, movies, pictures, code snippets and more using 448-bit encryption. PocketMac engineers have tested SecureNotes for more than nine months to ensure the software keeps data safe with easy synchronization and export capabilities, and the application integrates with PocketMac for BlackBerry to support synchronization of data with a BlackBerry from any desired Mac. PocketMac SecureNotes is priced at $30, runs natively on Intel-based Macs as a Universal Binary, and requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later.
MS inks TV deals for Xbox
Microsoft has inked deals with CBS, MTV, Paramount, TBS, UFC, and Warner Bros. to bring TV shows to its Xbox 360 by the end of the year, which will directly compete with Apple's video iPod and the iTunes Music Store. The software giant is touting the new Xbox as the first gaming console in history to provide high-definition TV shows as downloads to own and movies to rent from the Xbox Live network, integrating gaming and entertainment in the living room. Microsoft plans to launch the new service on November 22nd, the fist anniversary of the Xbox 360. Content will include "CSI," "Jericho," "Numb3rs," and remastered "Star Trek" episodes alongside condensed versions of select NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races from "Race Rewind." Gamers will also have access to 50 fights from the Ultimate Fighting Championship, as well as select episodes from the original season of "The Ultimate Figher" reality series.
Adobe CS3, Mac sales
The anticipated launch of Adobe's Creative Suite CS3 will have a measurable impact on Mac sales next year, according to research firm Piper Jaffray. The company spoke with 50 Adobe customers, finding that 24 percent expect to purchase a new Mac within two quarters of the release of Adobe's CS3, which will run natively on Intel-based Macs and is expected to launch in April of 2007. "Current versions of Adobe's creative products, such as Creative Suite, Photoshop, etc., do not run at full efficiency on Intel-based Macs," wrote senior analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray in a research note obtained by MacNN. "The bottom line is that there is significant pent-up demand for Intel-based Macs among the Adobe creative pro community." Adobe creative pro customers cannot currently run Adobe apps at full effiency on an Intel-based Mac until CS3 is released, and so are biding their time until the update arrives.
!Tude Pulsing Earphones
A specialist in electroluminescence, Helpdezk today previewed a new range of earphones meant to add color to music listening. The company's !Tude lights up the entire length of earphone cord using electrically-triggered phosphorescents, adding a conspicuous glow in low light with one of six colors. Listeners can also choose to synchronize the pulses of light with the beat of the music. While these lights can potentially be fragile, Helpdezk says, flexible nylon nets around the cables ruggedize them to where they can withstand even rough daily use. The lighting can last for approximately 10 hours of continuous use with two AAA batteries and can be turned off in daylight or to conserve power. Each !Tude set ships with plastic cradles for multiple iPod models. No pricing or launch details are available.
Sugar Land Apple Store
Apple is preparing to open its newest retail store at the First Colony Mall in Sugar Land, Texas. The grand opening is scheduled for Saturday, November 11th at 10:00 a.m. CST, and will hold the usual opening ceremonies for Apple retail locations. A listed building planning application under consideration by Glasgow City Council recently revealed what will become the first Apple Store in Scotland, marking Apple's expanding retail efforts on a global level. Plans also surfaced in New York City confirming a third Manhattan retail store at SL Green Realty Corp.'s retail joint venture at West 34th Street, just west of Fifth Avenue and south of the company's flagship Fifth Ave Store location.
Samsung P9000 Communicator
Samsung today revealed the P9000, a hybrid computer and phone that the company claims is a true example of mobile convergence. Unlike ultra-mobile PCs, the P9000 has a unique, folding keyboard that lets owners have a full QWERTY keyboard and 5-inch screen for data while still maintaining a shape compact enough to be used for phone calls. Samsung notes that the device is also uniquely equipped to connect to both Internet and phone services: users can connect to both EVDO and WiMAX mobile broadband networks as well as place calls on CDMA cellular providers. Common cellphone features such as a 1.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, and dedicated media playback are also standard. More details and a complete photo are available after the jump.
HD Video on Xbox Live
Microsoft revealed late on Monday that it has made an unprecedented deal that will see the Xbox 360 as the first gaming console capable of purchasing and playing movies and TV shows. Beginning November 22nd -- the first anniversary of the Xbox 360 launch -- a new entertainment section in the Xbox Live Marketplace will carry both high-definition and standard editions of videos from major networks and movie studios, allowing any Xbox Live account owner to rent full-length movies or purchase videos directly from their consoles. Buyers of TV shows in particular will have the option of deleting and re-downloading shows when space. No pricing has yet been announced; Microsoft also did not mention any plans for an upgraded hard drive to replace the 20GB model currently bundled with the Xbox 360 Premium system.
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