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Pleasant Software for the People has release Übercaster 1.1, an update to the company's complete podcast production suite. The tool allows podcasters to prepare, record, cut and release their shows. Priced at $80, the the new release adds improved adds improved device routines with lower latency and a new "select and cut" function that allows easier drag-and-drop movement of selections.
Password Repository, Troi
Sound Byte 3.4.0 ($40) "cart machine" for playing sound
recordings, such as music and special effects. Adds an easier way to copy cart colors between carts and the cut in time for carts is now in tenths of a second
[Download - 4MB]
Twitterrific 2.1 (free) Twitter client adds keychain support for multiple Twitter logins and Growl support. [Download - 724KB]
Password Repository 2.1 ($25) let users store and manage all their passwords in documents protected and encrypted. The new release adds color categories and live updates of records changing categories [Download - 313KB]
AudioLobe 1.5 ($20) provides audio speed and pitch processing for Mac OS X. This release adds a time remaining field to the green LCD panel, showing a backward count of the time to the end of the audio track, updated and alters the audio cue slider so that when it is dragged forward or backward the time display is updated dynamically. [Download - 1.5MB]
Troi File Plug-in 4.0 for FileMaker Pro 8.5 ($80) tool for getting access to information outside the FileMaker Pro database. Any files or folders stored on the computer can be accessed through the functions of the plug-in. The new release can copy and move complete folders and can retrieve extensive image and movie data like width, height, depth and resolution, etc. [Download - size]
Italy MacBook Pro oddity
In brief: MacNN has reviewed Mi Jam Drummer, new MacBook Pros in Italy cost 100 euros less than other European countries with SuperDrives placed slightly lower than other models, Music and Sons has unveiled new T-shirts equipped with stereo headphones alongside an MP3 player pocket that work with Apple's iPod, and Big Nerd Ranch has announced the dates for its Cocoa Bootcamp in Europe. MacNN has reviewed Mi Jam Drummer ($30, shown at right), a set of well-made electronic drumsticks and a round controller connected to an input jack that fits into any MP3 player. The device is aimed at users who want to drum along to music without spending thousands of dollars on a drum kit.
Stone Design is now shipping Videator 4.0, a major update to the VJ and video editing application that adds various effects to movie clips. This release adds the ability to connect as many cameras to your computer as you like (via FireWire, USB ports, etc.), as well as six new menu items that allow the user to control rotation effects, and kaleidoscope effects and more. The new release is also Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)-ready. The software is priced at $50 with free upgrades for life.
Learn from Apple
A company that ostensibly (based on media speculation) was on its death knell ten years ago is now at the top of its game, owning certain market segments and looking to take others by storm. It is also on the verge of entering the S&P 100 index of leading companies. What's to learn from this stunning turnaround? According to the Economist: innovation from within, staying hungry and foolish (a famous Jobs quote), and pursuing simplicity.
ARM CEO speaks on iPhone
Chief executive officer Warren East of ARM Holdings on Wednesday voiced his belief that the hype surrounding Apple's iPhone will greatly increase demand for smartphones as well as internet access on-the-go, and even speculated that smartphone sales could double this year if the iPhone turns out to be a home run product. "This has been an emerging market for a long time," East said during an interview at Computex, going on to predict nearly 200 million smarphone sales -- double that of last year -- if the iPhone proves a hit, according to PC World.
Samsung on Thursday expanded its video cameras with the VM-X300. Billed as a sports camcorder, the one-hand camera uses fast flash-based SD card storage to both resist shocks and accelerate the startup time for spur-of-the-moment shots. Moving from a shutdown camera to full recording takes only three seconds, Samsung estimates. Videos are captured at a DVD-sized 720x480 widescreen resolution in MPEG-4 format and save space compared to DV. The rewritable nature of SD also enables a secondary MP3 playback feature.
iPhone Ad Removes Mystery
More mystery was added to the iPhone's ad campaign on Thursday as part of an edit to its "How-To" ad. Beyond just removing contract terms, the company has also erased an apparent discrepancy in the second ad which suggested a 12th program. The edit zooms the shot closer to the phone and the user's finger, removing most of the bottom icons in the main menu from view. Apple has offered no explanation for the change.
LG at the Computex show has updated its Lluon series of desktops with the X820, a new mini desktop that takes advantage of Intel's Series 3 chipset to drop power consumption and potentially increase speed while remaining as small as an encyclopedia. In addition to the P35 Express chipset at its heart, the PC boasts the more recent 2.13GHz desktop Core 2 Duo with a faster 4MB of level 2 cache; it also has relatively quick budget dedicated graphics through a 512MB GeForce 7650 GS card.
Parallels Desktop v3.0
Parallels today released a major update to its popular software that enables users to run Windows and other operating systems from within Mac OS X. Parallels Desktop for Mac v3.0 contains more than 50 new features, including a cross-platform file and application integration feature called SmartSelect and support for DirectX and OpenGL 3D graphics. It also features easy backup and restore via Snapshots. Parallels Desktop for Mac allows users to run Microsoft Windows, Linux, and any other operating system right alongside Mac OS X without rebooting. Parallels Desktop for Mac 3.0 will be priced at $80 for new users with upgrades priced at $50 (or for $40 for a limited time).(Customers who purchased the application within last 30 days will be sent their free upgrade keys within one week of Parallels Desktop for Mac general availability, according to the company.)
Dell Keeps LCD TV Business
Claims that Dell will drop its LCD TVs are untrue, a company spokeswoman said today. Representative Rachel Lyon refuted allegations that fierce competition and poor sales were forcing the company to return to its core computer business. The Texas PC maker is simply adding third-party TVs to offer larger screens alongside its own TVs, which will now only be offered in 37-inch or smaller models where it can best compete. This strategy has already been in place for months, according to Lyon.
Free DivX Pro licenses
DivX is giving away free DivX Pro licenses for both Mac and Windows systems through today only, enabling users to enter an email address to receive a serial number for the movie creation and player software while the Web browser is forwarded to a download link. DivX Pro for Mac is normally priced at $20, and allows users to create DivX videos as well as play them back. The pro edition includes the DivX converter, DivX Pro Codec, DivX Player, and DivX Web Player as opposed to the latter two items that come with DivX for Mac. DivX Pro for Mac requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later with QuickTime 7 or later.
Apple's Boot Camp 1.3 beta
Apple today released the latest test version of its "Boot Camp" software that allows Intel-based Macs to run Microsoft Windows XP or Windows Vista natively by simply rebooting the system. Industry watchers say that the potential for Mac users to run Microsoft Windows at speeds as fast or even faster than other PCs could drive up sales of Apple hardware, and may spur widespread adoption of Macs in the enterprise market which predominantly requires Windows-only software. Boot Camp 1.3 beta includes updated graphics drivers, support for MacBook Pro keyboard backlighting, Apple Remote pairing capability, and improved international keyboard support. The update also offers an improved Boot Camp driver installer, localization fixes, and provides improved Windows Help for Boot Camp. Apple has promised to include a final release of Boot Camp with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, which is slated for shipment in October of this year.
3M iPhones for Launch
Apple is prepared to saturate the market with iPhones, according to a new claim by BusinessWeek. The publication reports draws on two seperate sources that allege Apple will have 3 million iPhones ready to ship for the June 29th launch, ensuring a complete supply across both Apple and AT&T stores. The stated figure would also dwarf early expectations by analysts, many of whom expect Apple to sell that many units only by the end of 2007. Apple has so far declined comment on the claim, says BusinessWeek's Peter Burrows.
iPod Bluetooth for Nissan
mobilecast has announced a new iPod Bluetooth transmitter that is compatible with the CARWINGS HDD navigation system from Nissan. The transmitter allows users to listen to music stored on their iPods wirelessly through car speakers on select vehicles. The device allows self-contained control of the iPod, creating a wireless remote setup. It also offers switching between Bluetooth hands-free (HF) communication and Bluetooth data communications. Pricing has been set at 7,800 yen.
The Missinc Sync for Palm
Mark/Space today began shipping The Missing Sync for Palm OS 6.0, a major update to the software that connects and synchronizes devices running the Palm operating system with Mac OS X systems. The latest release introduces a new Call Log application and Palm conduit for Mac OS X that provide access to the Treo's log of phone call information on the Mac. The call log capability allows users to sort, filter, annotate, and search through the list of incoming and outgoing calls while viewing call dates and durations. Integration with Address Book provides additional information related to known contacts. The Missing Sync for Palm OS 6.0 is priced at $40, with free upgrades available to customers who purchased version 5.1 on or after May 1st of 2007. Purchases prior to that date qualify for a $25 upgrade, and the software requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later.
Sharp WS011SH Smartphone
Sharp and Willcom today jointly revealed the WS011SH, also known as the Advanced WZERO 3, the phone is considered a showcase for Windows Mobile 6 and has the same narrow profile as a typical candybar phone but a slide-out QWERTY keyboard for browsing and messaging. Sharp's contribution also results in a very media-friendly device, the two companies claim: the 3-inch display achieves an exceptionally fine 800x480 resolution that displays more of websites, and images. Control is just as unique courtesy of XCrawl, a touch-sensitive directional pad that navigates menus without a bulkier and more fragile rocker mechanism.
HP Scanjet 7650n
HP has taken wraps off the Scanjet 7650n, a networked document flatbed scanner that boasts scan speeds of 12 pages per minute (ppm) or six images per minute (ipm). It also has the ability to securely scan and send confidential documents directly to customized destinations, including email, FTP, URL, Web browsers, printers and more. The Scanjet 7650n has an estimated street price of $1000 and is expected to be available June 2007.
Falcon FragBook DRX
Game PC specialist Falcon Northwest today updated its 20-inch FragBook DRX desktop replacement notebook to feature some of the fastest performance in its class. Likely based on the Clevo D900C, the system uses its extra-large body to include as much as a 2.93GHz Core 2 Extreme for desktop CPU performance; the system also makes use of three hard drive bays to allow RAID stripes on at least two drives. Other desktop-like touches include as much as 4GB of RAM and dual GeForce Go 7950 GTX video chipsets paired together in SLI mode. A TV tuner is an option for those using the FragBook as a media center.
Belkin iPod chargers
Belkin has unveiled a new line of power-related accessories for the iPod, offering various ways to charge the device. They include the Power Dock AV, Power Dock, Charging Kit, and Power Adapter. The new power accessories are compatible with the iPod nano 2nd generation (aluminum), iPod 5th generation (video), iPod nano 1st generation, iPod 4th generation (color display), iPod 4th generation, and iPod mini 1st generation.
WWDC 2007 banners
Apple is steadily preparing to kick off its World Wide Developer's Conference (WWDC) at San Francisco's Moscone Center on Monday, June 11th. Workers have already produced a giant white Apple logo on the side of the convention center, and inside banners reveal a space-like theme for Leopard. Slogans such as "Expand your universe" and "Rocket fuel for your apps" accompany welcome messages that will greet attendees starting early next week. Apple chief Steve Jobs is scheduled to offer a keynote address beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, and has promised to offer developers attending the conference a feature-complete test version of Leopard.
iPhone shopper study
Consumers who are "definitely interested" in Apple's iPhone and who are likely to line up for the product launch on June 29th appear to consist mostly of middle-aged men with higher than average income, according to a new study from Solutions Research Group. The study, which profiled consumers looking to the iPhone its current $499 price tag, revealed that 72 percent of respondents were male with an average age of 31 years. Some 58 percent of participants had completed college vs. the 43 percent average, and 43 percent of total buyers live in New York or California for almost double the national average. What's more, 48 percent of respondents do not currently own an iPod, and earn 26 percent more money than the national average.
Rhino coming to Mac
The popular 3D modeling program Rhino will be making its way to Mac OS X in the near-term, with a public beta due to arrive shortly. Currently a Windows only product, Rhino can create, edit, analyze, document, render, animate, and translate NURBS curves, surfaces, and solids. It also supports polygon meshes and point clouds. Apparently the Mac OS X version of Rhino will ship with features that are designed to take advantage of technology available exclusively in Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), due in feature-complete beta form during next week's Worldwide Developer conference (WWDC) in San Francisco
Sprint today introduced a new concept to its GPS-aware phones. Called Slifter, the technology made by GPSShopper uses the global positioning in some of Sprint's handsets to automatically find stores near the phone owner's location; the service lets owners search not only by the store's category but also by the actual product, using a continually updated list of 85 million items to find only retail outlets that carry a particular item. The search method allows for saved shopping lists that can either be kept on the phone for later use or shared with others using the service.
Shuttle DVO G6 and P3
Small form factor PC maker Shuttle has chosen the Computex expo as the launch point for three new case designs. The D'VO (pictured) takes advantage of Intel's new Series 3 platform to create an enhanced home theater: the G33 Express chipset in particular gives native HDMI video output with 7.1-channel surround sound while depending only on X3100 integrated video. The chassis itself also picks up a front LCD for playing CDs, MP3s, and WMA tracks independently of Windows and comes with a remote control for steering music. The gold-accented system will work with any current and near-future Core 2 Duo desktop processors, including the 45nm Penryn variant.
Sony SXRD XBR5
In addition to its new Bravia sets, Sony is also launching major enhancements to its SXRD LCD rear projection TVs. Five new models being released today are at least 20 percent thinner than 2006 models, reducing the size and helping the large screens fit into areas previously reserved for direct-view LCDs. The two new XBR variants are 40 percent thinner than what came before, Sony boasts. Like the Bravia updates, the SXRD models have a faster 120Hz panel for improved motion response, HDMI 1.3 input for deeper x.v.Color images, an optional Bravia Internet Link adapter, and special Photo TV and Theater modes that calibrate the image for optimal viewing in certain conditions.
'max_flow' for Mac Pro
MaxUpgrades today announced max_flow, an auxilary cooling solution for the main memory of Apple's Mac Pro Ssytems: max_flow is unique product that provides continuous cooling for the Fully buffered DIMM memory modules for Apple's professional desktop line and continously removes heat from the FB DIMMs installed in the upper memory riser card and the low memory riser card of the Mac Pro system. The company says the cooling features minimize ECC Errors due to excessive heat generated from the FB DIMM memory module as well as interface break down between heat sink and the memory module--both of which ensure system stability at peak load and usage and enhance safety and reliability of the FB DIMM against sudden failures. Max_flow for the upper riser card is $45, while max_flow for both the uppper and lower riser cards is $80.
Newer's battery charger
Newer Technology today announced the NewerTech Intelligent Battery Charging Station, a new battery charger/conditioner for Apple's MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops. The device, Newer claims, delivers the longest possible runtimes and extends the lifetime of MacBook and MacBook Pro batteries for maximum "unplugged" usability and is the only available MacBook battery charger/conditioner on the market; it was designed with a dual purpose: to charge and condition batteries. The charger has two bays for conveniently charging two batteries one after the other, or charging one battery while conditioning a second one. The NewerTech Intelligent Battery Charging Station is available immediately for $150 from NewerTech's exclusive distributor, Other World Computing, as well as through the retail channel; it ships with a 2-year warranty. (Three separate models are available for the MacBook and 15- and 17-inch MacBook).
45m iPhone sales by 2009?
Apple is likely to sell 45 million iPhones by 2009, according to analysts from research firm Piper Jaffray, who raised their price target on Apple shares a whopping $20 -- from $140 to $160. "We believe Apple can sell 45 million iPhones in calendar year 2009," the analysts said. "While this may seem like a bold prediction, we believe a number in this area is not as far of a reach as some may think." Piper Jaffray analysts suspect that Apple's revenue growth could spike in 2009 based on "Booked" revenue metric versus the company's ratable model. Piper Jaffray maintains its 'Outperform' rating on Apple shares as the Cupertino-based Mac maker heads toward its planned June 29th iPhone launch date.
iPhone accessories ship
BoxWave has begun shipping its own series of accessories for Apple's forthcoming iPhone, including iPhone ClearTouch scren protectors alongside chargers and cases to protect the cellular handset. The ClearTouch Anti-Glare screen protector is designed to offer maximum screen readability under sunlight and various outdoor lighting conditions, while the ClearTouch Crystal offers uninhibited visibility without the anti-glare protection. BoxWave's VersaCharger Pro eliminates the need for multiple chargers by combining car, wall, and airplane chargers through an optional converter. The company's iPhone accessories are priced from $13 (ClearTouch screen protection) to $33 (Mobile Mounting Kit).
Seagate 250GB One Platter
Seagate on Thursday released one of its most efficient hard drives yet. A new 250GB Barracuda 7200.10 variant stores 180 gigabits (22.5GB) per square inch, allowing the drive maker to store all the drive's information on a single platter. The advancement creates one of the fastest and most reliable hard drives yet, according to the company. Without having to switch between different platters to find information, average seek times are faster and the disk consumes less power, cooling it down and reducing the chances that overheating will trigger a failure.
4th iPhone Ad Hints
Apple's fourth iPhone ad may allude to previously unexpected features of the iPhone and its service, careful studies show. A look at the new promotional piece shows that the embedded Flash video on the New York Times website, while unplayed in the commercial, is properly visible -- displaying its typical controls rather than the error message which typically appears on the site when a browser lacks the necessary Adobe plugin to handle the content. The news suggests that most or all sites enabled with Flash for animations and controls will work properly, broadening the iPhone's usefulness online.
Sony Bravia XBR4 and XBR5
Sony today aggressively reworked its larger Bravia LCD sets with three new model lines. The W3000, XBR4, and XBR5 all ship in sizes of 40, 46, and 52 inches and claim a native 1080p resolution ideal for Blu-Ray, HDTV, and the latest console gaming; each also has a connector for the Bravia Internet Link for reading RSS news feeds and streaming video from AOL, Grouper, Yahoo, or in-house content from Sony's movie and music labels. The XMB cross media bar interface borrowed from the PS3/PSP and introduced early this year also makes its appearance for a simple, full HD interface for managing settings and choosing sources. New to the line, however, are Theater and Photo modes: each automatically adjusts the picture quality for movie or still image viewing in typical viewing environments.
Nokia N76 Signature
Nokia has just unveiled the N76 Signature Edition by Björn Weckström, a special version of the company's smartphone customized by the well-known Finnish artist. The customized version of the flip phone includes a miniature sculpture on the back handmade for the phone by the country's own Lapponia Jewelry; the phone itself is covered in deep black and chromed metal but can be accessorized by a set of attachments matching Weckström's work, Nokia says. Its on-screen visual interface is also directly inspired by the artist's efforts.
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