Polk on Thursday launched its new, mainstream Polk Audio Designs label with the miDock10, a high-performance speaker for all dockable iPods, and the miDock Studio which is larger and "more elegantly fits in with its supported fifth-generation iPods and iPod nanos," according to Electronista. The miDock10 stereo has two 3.25-inch, full-range drivers that produce higher-quality sound compared to most systems at its size and speaker unit is also transportable: in addition to featuring handles on either side for carrying, the miDock10 will work independently on eight C-cell batteries. It also features input and headphone jacks for alternate sources or headphones as well as a USB port for sycing to Macs and PCs.
Xnet Communications has released iSoftPhone 1.2, enhancing the user experience by integrating the Mac OS X Address Book into the application that appears nearly identical to Apple's forthcoming iPhone. Users can view all contacts from within the same user interface without the need to import contacts or sync with multiple address books, and can create private telephone networks by utilizing an option to add multiple SIP providers. The latest release is also designed to improve the quality of calls. iSoftPhone 1.2 is priced at $75, and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later.
Closing Samsung's announcements for the day are a pair of new SyncMaster monitors, and a photo frame. Though their sizes are unknown, the 961BG and 961GW (not pictured) are extremely high-performance displays, boasting a 3,000:1 contrast ratio and a 2ms reponse time. The latter figure is virtually unseen in the world of consumer LCDs. On top of this the monitor shells use high-gloss material, and have dual-hinged stands. The frame meanwhile is the SPH-72V, which highlights a seven-inch screen. Little else is known about the device, but it is Vista-compatible, and uses WiFi to more easily transfer images. No prices or release dates have been attached to any of the three new products.
SiK today released rex, a Front Row-compatible infrared remote control that can be stored in the ExpressCard/34 slot of the Apple MacBook Pro. Designed to fit neatly in to the ExpressCard/34 slot of the MacBook Pro, rex allows you to control all Apple products released in 2005 or later with built-in IR receiver. It offers six buttons, up to 30ft range, and more. "Simply pop rex out of your ExpressCard slot and you're ready to navigate your digital life with six button ease," the company said. "Need more control than Front Row offers? No problem, rex is fully compatible with TwistedMelon's Mira software. With Mira you can control dozens of applications with the built-in profiles or create your custom profiles and button actions. rex also supports mira-compatible external IR receivers." (Mira is available separately.) It is available now for $26.
Other World Computing today announced new OWC Blu-ray Internal and External Drive Solutions that it claims are 100 percent compatible with any Windows or Mac system with an available IDE/ATAPI bay port (for internal drives), or any FireWire or USB 2.0 system port (for external drives). The OWC Blu-ray drives read and write Blu-ray, DVD, DVD-RAM, CD and virtually every optical media. The drives provide the advantages of Blu-ray, including high-capacity storage (up to 50GB per disc) with write-once and rewriteable media at a speed up to 24X. Each drive includes two 25GB Blu-ray media discs and are available bundled with full retail version of Toast 8 DVD/CD Authoring software. Priced from $560 for internal drives (with standard IDE/ATAPI interface) and from $650 for external drives, they carry a 1 year warranty. OWC's external drive solutions also include all required connecting cables.
In brief: Apple may have already begun shipping its Apple TV set top box, and Silverado Systems is offering new Mac Pro systems with free AirPort, Bluetooth, and wireless keyboards as well as Mighty Mice through the rest of March. MacTech is planning to include the 150-page VBA to AppleScript Transition Guide in the back of its April issue, a Best Buy in-car stereo patent discovered today specifically mentions Apple's iPod as a key storage device, and LaCie has discounted its recently announced LaCie d2 SAFE Hard Drive by $40. Apple's own support forum is bustling with posts from customers who pre-ordered its Apple TV and have now seen charges appear on their credit card statements. The change suggests impending shipment of the set top boxes, coinciding with Apple's own predicted mid-March shipment time frame.
Lasso Professional 8.5.2 ($650) is the latest version of LassoSoft's web development kit. The patch adds new LJAX, error and Chart FX tags, plus enhancements to initialization and the "[Redirect_URL]" tag. Fixes to the e-mail queue and new database connectors have also been implemented. While Lasso Pro is a paid product after 30 days, the program remains usable for free afterwards as Lasso Developer. [Download - 71.4MB] Application Enhancer 2.0.3, WindowShade X 4.1.2 and FruitMenu 3.6.4 (free, $10, $10) are tools for Mac OS X created by Unsanity. Application Enhancer improves the behavior of various programs; FruitMenu lets users customize the appearance and functionality of menu bars, and WindowShade X changes the utility of the Minimize button -- making apps translucent, for instance. With each patch, it is strongly recommended that users upgrade to Mac OS X 10.4.9. [Download - 1.3, 3.4, 3.0MB] Groupcal 3.86 ($55) allows Microsoft Exchange calendars to be viewed and edited with iCal. No software is needed on the Exchange server. Version 3.85 lets users temporarily disable automatic sync checks, and improves multi-timezone handling of all-day events; v3.86 merely detects Mac OS X 10.4.9, and warns users about the need to reinstall the program to make it work. [Download - Size Unknown] MBS REALbasic Plug-Ins 7.1 ($55) extend the REALbasic environment with over 500 classes and three controls, producing over 12,000 functions. The v7.1 update adds Unikey dongle support, improved pdflib classes, and Instant Message framework support to query iChat status. Using the newest plug-ins requires 120MB of hard drive space and REALbasic 5.5 or later, but plug-ins for earlier versions of REALbasic are available upon request. [Download - 53.7MB] NameFind 2.0 ($20) is a Spotlight replacement that locates strictly by filename and directory. The second edition greatly enhances ease-of-use by increasing speed, ignoring letter casing, and returning only filenames and not directories. A history of search terms is now kept, and badges on the Dock icon indicate results. The app is a Universal Binary for Mac OS X 10.4. [Download - 4MB] Aabel 2.2 ($445) handles scientific graphing, thematic mapping, and statistical and exploratory data analysis. New to v2.2 are extra map analysis and projection methods, as well as "real world" coordinates for the cursor in X-Y charts. Bug fixes target resizing worksheet columns and enconding and conversion. Aabel is a Universal Binary for Mac OS X 10.4.4 or higher. [Download - 16MB]
Mio today became the third GPS device maker to release new GPS units at Hannover's CeBIT expo and has introduced four new models. The 4.3-inch C520t, C520, and C320 all use their widescreen displays for an intelligent multi-panel interface that shows relevant travel info without losing the main navigation screen. They and the 3.5-inch C220 also come with 1GB SD cards that not only cover points of interest but offer free speed camera warning updates for up to a year. These can even be shared with other Mio owners online, the company notes.
Acer took the market by surprise this afternoon by launching a new line in computer LCD range. The five models of the xSeries focus on gaming and video with quick response times. Topping the company's list is the X241Wsd. Although a 24-inch, 1920x1200 screen, it achieves a quick 5ms average pixel response time and a healthy 1,000:1 contrast ratio. Its price is part of its selling point, Acer says: at $600, it becomes one of the most affordable screens in its class.
Freeverse Software has released Sound Studio 3.5, an update to its audio recording and editing program. Though numerous changes have been implemented, the primary difference is expanded file support, including Apple Lossless, Ogg Vorbis, ADTS AAC, and NeXT/Sun Audio. Other additions are a BPM grid, chapters for Lossless and AAC files, and a new editor for ID3 tags and iTunes metadata. AppleScript can now reference individual tracks within a document and alter their panning and volume. The full version of Sound Studio is $80; alternately people can download the program on a trial basis, or upgrade from an existing version.
Polk has expanded on its announcement early today of the miDock10 iPod speaker set by providing photos and details of two extra models in the new Polk Audio Designs brand. The miDock Studio (pictured) is slightly larger than its previously announced counterpart and more elegantly fits in with its supported fifth-generation iPods and iPod nanos. An auxiliary input, a headphone jack, and an iPod Dock Connector are carried over from the miDock10 for playing to or from different sources as well as music sync with a Mac or PC. It ships in April for $199.
Pantech has revealed a new phone that could potentially revolutionize cellphone design. The as-yet unnamed maglev phone will use magnetic action to slide out the phone's keypad, replacing the springs found in almost every slider phone today. The advance provides not only a less jarring action but also allows for an ultra-thin design that was previously impossible, Pantech says: the initial model measures only 0.39 inches thick. The phone would still have room for its own share of multimedia functions, with DMB for mobile TV, a 1.3-megapixel camera, and dedicated music playback. Full details will come with an announcement next month, says Pantech, which anticipates an initial launch in Korea followed by exports to other areas if maglev technology proves popular. [via CrunchGear]
Altec Lansing today debuted its iM600 portable iPod speaker system. The device features a built-in FM receiver, a remote control, and sound field expansion as well as an on-board rechargeable Lithium-ion battery boasting more than seven hours of battery life. Altec's iM600 puts out 16 watts of power, and folds down flat to the size of a small book when not in use. Custom-built dual 2-inch neodymium drivers are designed to produce smooth lows and sharp highs, while fingertip controls complement the integrated iPod docking station that flips open and closed for easier storage. Altec Lansing's inMotion iM600 is slated for shipment some time this month for $150.
Contributing its own share to GPS-related announcements in Germany, Navigon today introduced a pair of mapping units. The Navigon 5100 and 7100 together introduce what the firm calls "reality view" navigation: while many GPS units have 3D modes for viewing the road from the driver's perspective, the new units display signposts and other navigation markers in a more realistic way that keeps the driver aware of what lane changes to make and speed limits to follow. Both models also have free traffic reports and voice activated commands.
In brief: Verizon ships an EVDO Revision A modem for ExpressCard systems, a new tutorial guides Avid editors to Apple, PC Magazine gives tips on copying music from an iPod, and ModBooks come to Canada. Verizon Wireless is shipping an ExpressCard version of the V740, manufactured by Novatel. The modem should allow MacBook Pro users to tap into Verizon's EVDO Revision A network, enabling real-world download speeds up to 800Kbps, with an upload capacity of 400Kbps. To use the card, Mac owners require either a separate driver or Apple's WWAN update. The card costs $180 with a two-year contract at Verizon's website, but a similar arrangement is $110 at 3GStore.
Verizon today launched the V740 ExpressCard, a Novatel-made adapter that links any current notebook -- including Apple's MacBook Pro -- with an ExpressCard 34 or 54 slot to Verizon's mobile internet network. The new card enables notebook owners to utilize the mobile carrier's recently launched EVDO Revision A service with up to 800Kbps real-world downloads and 400Kbps uploads. The card works with Apple's MacBook Pro through either a separate driver or those included with Apple's own WWAN update, according to Electronista. Verizon is already offering the card for $180 and will carry it in retail stores on March 30th; 3GStore is already offering pre-orders for the card at $110.
E-TEN on Thursday ended speculation by revealing the Glofish X800. The company's latest smartphone is also its most powerful through both hardware and software. The X800 has an exceptionally sharp 640x480 screen, four times the resolution of most devices its size; it also brings in HSDPA Internet access for broadband speeds away from Wi-Fi hotspots (which are also supported). Accordingly, the device is E-TEN's first to use Windows Mobile 6, promising faster browsing and live 'push' data for Microsoft Office Mobile.
Samsung today added a third entry to its CeBIT announcements in the form of its Aura edition notebooks. Leaked last month, the new systems are all built with style as well as performance in mind. Each comes in a glossy but reportedly durable black finish and eliminates as much visual clutter as possible. Keeping the system pure is part of this strategy, Samsung says: its Silver Nano Technology actively sterilizes bacteria and other microbes that could create odors or make the user sick. Three systems comprise the initial lineup. The 14-inch R20 is the first to launch and uses the most familiar technology, with ATI's newer Radeon Xpress 1250 providing integrated graphics alongside a Core 2 Duo, 1GB of RAM, and an Atheros Super G Wi-Fi chipset for speeds beyond normal 802.11g.
The Palms Casino Resort today announced that it has teamed up with Apple's iTunes to offer music fans "Live from Las Vegas" performances including exclusive audio and video on the iTunes Store. The new $80 million concert theater is set to make its grand debut with a performance by Evanescence on March 17th, and "Evanescence: Live from Las Vegas" will be available exclusively on iTunes in the coming weeks with extended song lists and behind-the-scenes interviews for purchase and download. "We are thrilled to offer live performances from GRAMMY-winning artists such as Evanescence at The Pearl on the iTunes Store," said Palms owner George Maloof. "Not only is The Pearl the most stunning concert venue in the country, but it's the first major live music venue to be built from the ground up with iTunes in mind."
Apple today won 10 design awards (Italian) at the International Forum in Hannover, Germany including seven Gold Awards and three Product Design Awards. The Cupertino-based company was honored with International Forum Gold Awards for its iPod, second-generation iPod nano, MacBook Pro, MacBook, iPod Hi-Fi, iPod Radio Remote, and iPod Leather Case. The company's Wireless Mighty Mouse, Apple Remote, and second-generation iPod Shuffle all took home Product Design Awards after Judges examined 487 products from 32 countries, according to Setteb.it. One judge at the event made a statement about Apple's portable player: "The iPod is simply fantastic," adding that the device is "a perfect product."
Taking advantage of CeBIT and its network prowess, Linksys has debuted the KiSS 1600 Networked Media Player, which combines DVD, 802.11g wireless and special control software. Though the DVD player can upscale to 720p resolution, the central attraction is the ability to play digital media, particularly the sort blocked by alternatives like Windows Media Center. The 1600 supports virtually any major format: supported audio includes CD, MP3, OGG, WMA and AAC-LC, while video codecs can include WMV, H.264, DivX, XviD, Nero Digital and MPEG-1/2/4. In addition to wireless, users can also connect with Ethernet cable, USB drives, MP3 players and digital cameras. Video output is supplied through an HDMI cable. The KiSS 1600 is beginning its deployment with the United Kingdom, where it is selling for £260 ($503). [via Pocket-lint]
LG is planning the first computer drive ever to support both Blu-Ray and HD DVD discs, according to leaked information for its CeBIT appearance. The GGW-H10N will be a computer equivalent to the BH100 Super Multi Blue player for TVs that should allow playback of either next-generation disc format. Unlike the movie-oriented BH100, however, it should also permit high-speed recording. While HD DVD will be read-only, the drive can write 25GB Blu-Ray media at 4X and complete a burn in 24 minutes. 50GB discs will write at 3.5X and the legacy DVD and CD formats will be written at up to 10X and 32X speeds respectively. Pricing is likely to match the movie-only Super Multi Blue at $1,200, exchanging the TV-friendly design for its writing abilities. The GGW-H10N will be available to computer builders in May and should arrive in production systems soon afterwards. [via Digital Trends]
Korean company Qrio has announced the G7, its latest media player. Most notable is the sheer amount of functions it handles: aside from music, movie and photo files, it also records voice, tunes in radio, and plays games -- both 2D and 3D. This may actually create competion for the Sony PSP, which is far more powerful in terms of gaming, but is also more expensive and cannot handle radio or recording. Suitably the G7 supports a number of file formats, such as MP3, OGG, WMA, WAV, FLAC, SWF, and XviD AVI. The player will be available soon in black or white, in 2GB and 4GB versions. [via AVING]
Apple UK has updated its iTunes website with iTunes + Comic Relief in an effort to raise funds for the Comic Relief British charity organization tomorrow. The charity enables UK residents to purchase and download videos, celebrity playlists, audiobooks, and podcasts by Comic Relief comedians. "Red Nose Day is back with The Big One — bigger and better than ever," says Apple on its iTunes website. "Now we've put the best of Comic Relief music and comedy all in one place — on iTunes. Behold a treasure trove of exciting and exclusive content, including Comic Relief singles through the ages, music videos, podcasts, audiobooks and celebrity playlists." iTunes customers can offer their support by purchasing the official charity single 'Walk This Way.'
Toshiba is about to update its showcase notebook for Windows Vista with 3G Internet access, according to a newly discovered FCC filing. The Portégé R400 convertible tablet has been tested by the US government agency with an Expedite EU870 transmitter that would give it both HSDPA and UMTS Internet access without an external adapter -- letting its road warrior audience connect at a theoretical 3.6Mbps without an external adapter. Anticipated release dates weren't part of the FCC revelation, but the filing indicates a release within the next few months. The result may make the R400 one of the first notebooks to have explicit support for AT&T's faster 3G network and opens the possibility of roaming with the notebook in Europe. [via Core Duo News]
Digital Thought Software has introduced deDigital Effects no. 2, another set of effect plug-ins for Apple's iMovie software. The plug-ins utilize the graphical capability of OpenGL in Mac OS X 10.4 to produce a wide range of visual effects. Digital Effects no. 2 includes Roller Coaster, Snow Flakes, Pong, Stairs, Matrix, Mazes, Tunnels, Gears, Blocks, Flying Toasters, Molecules, Bouncing Cows, Apple ][, Ants, Penetrate, Compass, Red Pill, Hanoi, 3D Bubbles, Danger Ball, Plasma Tunnel, and more. deDigital Effects is priced at $30.
Normally associated with PC performance hardware, OCZ is using this week's CeBIT expo to show off a new control system based on neural activity. The Neural Impulse Actuator (NIA) reads central and peripheral nerve activity, and translates it into commands based on a combination of brain, eye and facial signals. While the NIA is only in a prototype stage at the moment, OCZ says it intends to develop controllers for both gaming and productivity uses. The company's more conventional offerings begin with a pair of USB 2.0 flash drives. The ATV will be secured in a dense rubber casing, while the DashDrive will have a low-power screen, displaying space left on the drive as well as a name, date or personal bitmap image. Two power supplies are coming as well: the ModXStream will be based on the GameXStream but have a modular cable management system, and the StealthXStream will supply 600W while still remaining quiet. Lastly, the HydroJet will be a self-contained liquid CPU cooler, designed to simplify the process of installation. No dates or prices have been attached to any product.
Verizon on Thursday launched the V740 ExpressCard. The Novatel-made adapter links any current notebook PC with an ExpressCard 34 or 54 slot to Verizon's mobile Internet network, including its recently launched EVDO Revision A service with up to 800Kbps real-world downloads and 400Kbps uploads.
Polk today inaugurated its new, mainstream Polk Audio Designs label with the miDock10. Positioned as a high-performance speaker for all dockable iPods. The stereo has two 3.25-inch, full-range drivers that produce higher-quality sound compared to most systems at its size. The speaker unit is also transportable: beyond featuring handles on either side for carrying, the miDock10 will work independently on eight C-cell batteries. Battery life is unrated. Owners can also do more than listen through the speakers. Aux input and headphone jacks allow for alternate sources or headphones, and a USB port turns Polk's device into a sync station for Macs and PCs. The miDock 10 is on sale now for $199 through Radio Shack and $180 through the company's website; a slightly larger system dubbed the miDock Studio will be available in other retail shops by April, also for $199.
A new study on website visitation reveals that Apple currently leads the Computer Hardware category for February of 2007, tallying more than 36.7 million unique visitors this year. The company attracted over 24.2 million visitors the same time last year, pointing to a 51 percent growth rate in site visitation this year over last year. Apple's total visits neared a whopping 66.4 million this February, with average visits per visitor totaling 1.8. iTunes also saw a growth of 8 percent over last year, bringing in just over 8.2 million visitors in February. While seemingly meager compared to the 23.3 million unique visitors Yahoo gathered, Apple's iTunes software saw 26.5 million unique visitors this February for a growth of 71 percent over last year, according to comScore Media Metrix.
Samsung has at last officially announced the Q1 Ultra, its sequel to today's Q1 ultra-mobile PC. The Ultra serves primarily as a response to feedback on the original with improved controls and performance. A new keyboard lets a user type without touching the screen; the mouse pointer has also been greatly improved and serves as a joystick in games, according to Samsung. A 1.3-megapixel camera at the back enables photography, while a VGA camera at the front allows for video calls over a newly-added HSDPA broadband Internet link. More details and a larger shot follow after the break.
The new Mac HelpMate 2 with Auto HelpMate is a zero-configuration cross- platform screen sharing and control solution. Auto HelpMate allows users to initiate screen sharing from a secure web site in 60 seconds with or without a user logged into the machine, providing a support solution for servers or mobile professionals who can’t always be available but leave their computer on and connected to the internet. The solution claims to offer the same capabilities as well known-commercial alternatives at a fraction of the cost and now offers a MHMQC (Mac HelpMate QuickConnect) menu item from within Mac HelpMate 2, allowing users to easily “share my screen” from the menu bar on their Desktop, or toggle Auto HelpMate on/off for unattended activation.
TransMedia today officially launched its Glide Sync and Glide Mobile services for Mac users. The services allow Mac users to access, edit and share virtually all of their files stored on their Macs from a wide selection of cell phones, including those from Blackberry (8100, 8700, 8800), Cingular (8125), HP (iPAQ, hw6510), Motorola (Razr V3, SLVR, ROKR, Q), Nokia (9300, E62, 6102i, 6682), Palm (650, 680, 700P, 700W, 750, LifeDrive), Samsung (Blackjack, A707, D807), Sony Ericsson (w600i, w810i), and TMobile (SDA, SideKick). Glide automatically syncs photos, music, videos, documents, iCal calendars, Mac Address Book contacts, and Safari, Camino and Firefox bookmarks from any Mac via the Internet--to and from Glide's hosted web services. Glide's compatibility engine then serves up your files in the proper format and bit rate for access on various devices and for easy sharing, provideing a single unified file and information management system and productivity suite for all devices.
As part of its multiple CeBIT introductions, Samsung today introduced the XL30. Intended as a computer display for professionals and others who value color accuracy above all else, the 30-inch screen manages a 123% gamut thanks to its choice of LED backlighting; this makes it one of the few LCDs that can fully represent an Adobe RGB color profile instead of the smaller sRGB set, according to the Korean firm. The screen further brings in a 14-bit hardware calibration chip that lets the owner fine-tune the output for a specific color range. A dynamic contrast ratio of up to 3,000:1 and a 6ms gray-to-gray pixel response time ensure that the display is ready for games and movies as well as still images. The XL30 uses a single dual-link DVI input and has a four-port USB hub for attaching peripherals. It should be available worldwide in August, but hasn't received formal pricing.
Garmin this morning helped start CeBIT by launching several nuvi GPS units. At the top of the launches are three new additions to the nuvi 600 line (shown). The 600 and 650 are for budget users who want the 4.3-inch wide touchscreen of the 660 without the associated cost: both strip the Bluetooth, FM transmitter, and real-time traffic support (the latter still an option for the 650) to trim the price. The 600 in particular is limited to Europe while the 650 can be loaded with either North American or European maps, and has the option of geo-coded coupons that show discounts near certain points of interest. In turn, the 660FM is a Europe-only version of the 660 which keeps Bluetooth and traffic but adds previously barred FM support for broadcasting voice guidance, music, and calls through the car stereo. It and the 600/650 should be ready in April with prices to be set later.
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PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for â‚¬30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
Safari Technology Preview release 5 arrives
Parallels Access 3.1 updated for iPad Pro
Virtualization software Parallels Access 3.1 has been updated with support for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, including Apple Pencil support. The software allows remote access to your PC or Mac from anywhere to control desktop applications from iOS or Android tablets and phones, with native touch gestures, as well as from any computer with an HTML5 web browser. Featuring three resolution choices for your mobile device ("Best for your Device," "More Space," and "Same as Computer") and 3D Touch support for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the update also adds a new Tablet Mode in Windows 10, which makes it easier to interact without a mouse or keyboard. http://bit.ly/1OWZqjg
Hyundai brings CarPlay to more 2016 models
Along with its previously-announced support for adding CarPlay technology to the 2016 Sonata, 2017 Elantra, and 2017 Ioniq, a leaked memo to dealers has revealed that CarPlay-supporting software updates will be available today that bring the infortainment tech to the 2015 and 2016 non-hybrid Sonata models, the 2016 hybrid Sonata, the 2015 and 2016 Genesis Sedan, the 2016 Tucson, the 2017 Santa Fe, and the 2017 Ioniq. Owners can upgrade the system themselves by visiting the Hyundai website, and will need a Mac or PC with either an SD card slot or SD card reader to transfer the update to the vehicle. http://bit.ly/1YZqkqS
Google Paris HQ raided by investigators
Google's Paris headquarters has been raided by dozens of French police. The Tuesday raid was part of an ongoing investigation into possible tax-avoidance practices, stoked by widespread dissatisfaction with the way multinationals like Google are structuring their business operations. Although trading in many countries around the globe, Google reports its international sales only in tax-friendly Ireland, similar to a practice adopted by Apple. According to French law, if it completes any of its sales contracts in France and not Ireland alone, it could be in breach of its laws. Google, for its part, denies any wrongdoing, and said that it is fully compliant with French law. http://reut.rs/1Udk2T9
Apple TV extends universal search to NBC
Apple has extended its universal search function on the Apple TV to now include NBC shows in its results, provided the user has installed the NBC tvOS app. The search results can be generated either through Siri, or through the Search app, and includes support for searches by title, genre, and actor, among other queries. NBC joins CBS, more recently, among other channels including: Disney Channel; Disney Jr; Disney XD; FOXNOW; FXNOW; HBO GO; HBO NOW; Hulu; Nat Geo TV; Netflix; PBS; PBS Kids; SHOWTIME; SHOWTIME Anytime; Starz, and Watch ABC, all of which are supported by universal search. http://apple.co/25lGi5R
Comixology fires up $6 all-you-can-read service
Amazon-owned Comixology has launched an all-you-can-read comic subscription service. After a 30-day free trial, for $6 a month, subscribers can draw from a large selection of the Comixology library, minus Marvel and DC comics. For now, the service is US-only. http://bit.ly/1WMAOft