updated 01:55 pm EDT, Mon March 12, 2007
MacFUSE update, 16GB flash
In brief: Google has posted an update to the MacFUSE open-source project that eases the process of bringing file systems to Mac OS X, Samsung today began sampling a new extra-high capacity version of its moviNAND flash chip, and Xsilva released Beta 1 of its LightSpeed 2.0 point-of-sale software for Mac OS X. The chief of mobile carrier O2 has presented his thoughts on Apple's iPhone, Agfa has unveiled the DC-630i 6-megapixel camera, and Iconkits.com has released two new add-ons with 20 icons each in four different sizes. The Google Mac Blog reports new developments with MacFUSE, including a large set of language bindings available to programmers who want to write file systems. The MacFUSE website also offers an Objective-C library, and developers can now obtain source code for the Spotlight file system.
Samsung, 16GB music players
Samsung today began sampling a new extra-high capacity version of its moviNAND flash chip, and said it has successfuly produced chips that store four 16 gigabit flash memory units that allow for 8GB of storage on a single chip.
The technology should allow even smaller or less expensive music players to hold 2,000 songs and GPS units to cover the entire Western world with map data and points of interest, according to Electronista.
LightSpeed 2.0 Beta 1 released
Xsilva has released LightSpeed 2.0 Beta 1, a Universal version of its next-generation point of sale system for Mac OS X that features an iTunes-like browser. The update includes a revamped 'floating' point of sale interface with customizable colors and transparency alongside the ability to run video or picture ads when the system is idle.
LightSpeed 2.0 Beta 1 boasts a tightly-integrated Web Store module enabling business owners to generate and maintain an e-commerce site from a LightSpeed database with a single click to upload products or download orders.
O2 chief speaks on iPhone
O2 European mobile CEO Rudolf Gröger has expressed approval of Apple's iPhone, and suggested a new potential business opportunity for carriers when the device ships in June.
"A new music downloads plan could now be developed, that could for example allow up to 50 songs to be downloaded in a month with one fixed rate," Gröger said.
"Apple is a desired brand that has an outstanding image. And Apple's involvement in telecommunications market already had a deep effect on the industry," the executive added.
Agfa unveils DC-630i digital camera
Agfa has introduced a new 6-megapixel digital camera designed for first-time photographers that includes enough features to help compose initial shots.
The new camera offers face tracking that picks out as many as three people to focus on in a shot, and fixes potentially blurry shots via ISO-based shake correction. Agfa's DC-630i also includes a 2.5-inch LCD with a 3X optical zoom lens and support for storage using SD or SDHC cards.
Iconkits.com adds Aerozone Addon 1 Kit, Aquality Addon 1 Kit
Iconkits.com has released 40 new icons in different sizes with various concepts. The two new add-ons -- titled Aerozone Addon 1 Kit and Aquality Addon 1 Kit both include 20 icons spanning such subjects as RSS feed, credit card, and common navigation control icons.