Following closely on yesterday's 3G iPhone C.E.O. Sleeve announcement, Marware on Thursday unveiled three newly updated cases for the device: the Sport Grip, the C.E.O. Premium, and the Sportsuit Convertible. The Sport Grip offers 3G iPhone owners a slip-free silicone shell that covers the entire body of the phone, while leaving access to the camera, display, dock connector, headphone jack, speaker, and microphone. Sport Grip for the 3G iPhone sells for $20, and is available in both black and white silicone rubber.
Building on its text-advertising dominance, Google on Thursday said that it has reached an agreement to allow Yahoo to serve Google's Adsense search and contextual advertising as well as allow enable users on Gchat and Yahoo! Messenger to communicate without between the networks. Under the predicted non-exclusive 10-year agreement, Yahoo! has the option to display Google ads alongside its own natural search results in the U.S. and Canada and Yahoo! can serve contextually targeted ads on its U.S. and Canadian web properties as well as on its current publisher partner sites. Yahoo, however, is free to enter into similar agreements with other advertising providers and use Google's advertising on as many or as few of its search results and content pages as it chooses.
iPhone software developer Alloysoft this week released Signal 1.1.2, its new software that allows an iPhone, iPod touch or Pocket PC device to be used as an advanced wireless remote for iTunes and other applications. Controlling either iTunes on a Mac, or iTunes, Winamp and Windows Media Player on a PC, Signal gives the user control not only of content playback, but also the browsing of content, searching of media libraries, creation and editing of playlists, and even the ability to remotely change music album art on a remote machine.
Newertech on Thursday unveiled its first “green” storage device promising significant energy savings. The Guardian MAXimus eMax is a triple-interface 5400rpm 1TB external drive with a 64MB buffer. NewerTech claims the "plug & play" device uses 15-50 percent less power than competing products while providing the speed and low-noise features sought by creative professionals looking for a back-up solution. The device also supports Time Machine.
Despite Yahoo's earlier confirmation that talks with Microsoft have ended, the latter company on Thursday replied, saying it would still be interested in reaching a deal with the search and online advertising giant. Having previously offered $33 per share for the entire company, Microsoft has said it would be willing to offer in excess of the original deal, for a smaller portion of the company – its search and advertising business. Yahoo would most likely explore an outsourcing agreement with Google's AdSense program.
Warner Bros. Television is expanding its internet distribution, announcing new deals with TiVo, Joost, Sling Media, Daily Motion and Veoh Networks for a “number of advertiser-supported branded channels.” The deal includes TheWB.com ad KidsWB.com, which were announced in April. The move gives Warner more platforms to broaden its reach in the increasingly crowded television marketplace -- and more opportunities to catch the elusive 16-34 year-old advertising demographic.
Macgamestore on Thursday released The Lost Cases Of Sherlock Holmes, a new title for Mac OS X from Dark Legacy Interactive. The first computer game officially licensed by the Conan Doyle Estate, players take on the role of legendary detective Sherlock Holmes and his venerable sidekick Dr Watson, sleuthing their way through 16 linked murder mysteries, against the immersive backdrop of a historically accurate Victorian London.
An internal email leaked on Thursday offers more details (and confirms others) about the pending iPhone 3G launch, including an "unbrick" procedure by AT&T/Apple at first purchase, higher data pricing plans (especially for corporate customers), a three device limit at AT&T stores, and a colloboration between the two companies on GPS-enabled applications. The email, first noted by Boy Genius Report, confirms that the iPhone 3G will be activated at the point of sale when the device is purchased at an AT&T or retail store; however, it does note that some users may be required to use iTunes at home if in-store activation fails, suggesting that Apple may allow in-home iTunes-based activations -- touted last year by Steve Jobs and used for all previous iPhone activations -- sometime down the road.
Decocases has introuced its Alu-Magnesium metal case which features strong protection for the MacBook and MacBook Pro and allows avoidance of overheating. Decocases Alu-Magnesium case allows the user to use the MacBook without removing it from the case while having full access to all of the MacBook's functions. The original low profile base with integrated heat conduction plate helps to cool the MacBook when in use. The company claims that other plastic or leather case may trap the heat released by MacBook and make the device from overheating.
Yazsoft on Thursday unveiled a stripped down version of its download manager, Speed Download Lite 1.0, offering users a simplified, browser-integrated experience, and also celebrating the release with a 3G iPhone giveaway. The app features the core functionality of Speed Download, with a redesigned, customizable interface, while retaining the app's "turbo-charged" download capabilities. Speed Download Lite 1.0 is available for $20 from Yazsoft.
Extensis has announced availability of Universal Type Server, its next generation server-based font management solution. Shipping on June 18, 2008, Universal is client/server solution that manages fonts and font metadata such as licenses, classifications, foundries and keywords. Using granular and role-based permissions, Universal Type Server manages font licenses and compliancy by ensuring that users have access to only the fonts they are licensed to use, and that rogue fonts cannot be added to the system. It also makes use of automatic font classification and font family grouping, dynamic smart sets and shared sets.
AMD made a late announcement on Thursday expanding its Radeon for Mac lineup. The ATI-branded Radeon HD 3870 for Mac & PC is AMD's first 3000-series card for Macs and also one of the first to explicitly support more than one platform: users can install the card now in either a Mac Pro tower or a Windows PC and swap it to the other platform later, including for Boot Camp. As a new-generation part, the new chipset has twice as much performance per watt as the outgoing Radeon HD 2900 XT, the company claims.
NXP Semiconductors today announced it's set to launch the world's first 4G mobile modem, called the Nexperia Cellular System Solution PNX6910. The modem uses soft architecture to achieve claimed download speeds of 150Mbps and 50Mbps upload speeds. When it launches, it will be capable of supporting the LTE, HSPA, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS and GSM networks in mobile data devices, says NXP.
CLC bio has released the first version of Genomics Workbench, a software suite which analyzes data from "all the major" NGS (Next Generation Sequencing) platforms, including SOLiD, Solexa and HeliScope. The application is also claimed to analyze NGS information faster than it is created, through use of a faster SIMD-accelerated assembly algorithm. Once this data is ready, visualization lets users spot genetic changes such as inversions and duplications.
Sprint on Thursday announced it will soon add four phones with Nextel Direct Connect support in more than 40 US cities. Each new phone will support the Nextel push-to-talk (PTT) network that connects subscribers in less than one second. Some of the handsets' features include call alerts and a Group Connect function over the PTT network that allows communication with up to 20 users at once. The phones can either use one phone number for both traditional calling and PTT functionality, or have a dedicated number for each.
Monster Cable announced today it will offer a wireless transmitter for HDTV signals that will connect a home theater's TV set with a digital signal box or DVD player. The wireless system is comprised of a receiver that plugs into the HDTV's HDMI port along with a transmitter unit that will hook up with the signal source. Called Monster Digital Express HD, the set-up will also upscale non-HD signals to HD resolution.
Feral Interactive has posted a new gameplay video for its Mac port of Battlestations: Midway. The walkthrough takes viewers through aspects of the single-player game, using the early Pearl Harbor mission to demonstrate aspects such as the heads-up display, basic controls, and gameplay components such as depth charges and aerial dogfighting. Also present are some in-game, pre-rendered cutscenes that bridge mission segments.
Side Effects Software has released a public beta of Houdini 9.5, its node-based 3D animation software that allows artists to collaborate from different platforms. Houdini has been used in the production of a number of major Hollywood films, including The Chronicles of Narnia, and all three Spider-Man movies, but until now was only available for Windows and Linux. The Mac version requires a 64-bit Intel Mac running Leopard, and is set for final release on July 15.
Sprint this afternoon has introduced changes to its cellphone plans it hopes will bolster its network. The US provider says it now has just two basic talk-only plans that offer 450 and 900 minutes of talk time at $40 and $60 respectively. Subscribers can add $10 per month to get unlimited messaging and also get access to a $90 plan at the same level that adds unlimited calling. The existing Everything plans are intact and give unlimited access to all of Sprint's subscription services, including data, navigation, and streaming media for the same amounts of minutes (including unlimited) at $70, $90, and $100 per month.
Beating FIrefox to the punch, Opera Software today released version 9.5 of it’s multi-platform web browser. Opera says the free surfing tool is the first “publicly available browser to protect you from malicious software on the web,” defending against malware and phishing. Opera 9.5 is a significant rework from earlier versions with a host of new features and speed improvements, the company said.
Yahoo on Thursday afternoon revealed that talks between itself and Microsoft have come to an end, putting an abrupt halt to prospects of a renewed deal between the two companies. The early search engine pioneer says that "numerous" meetings were unsuccessful in negotiating a partial transaction and confirms that Microsoft was looking to acquire at least some of Yahoo's search business, a move which Yahoo now says would have been potentially fatal to its long-term health and hurtful to those contributing to the company.
VMware has announced that the next beta version of Fusion 2.0, its Mac virtualization software, will officially introduce support for virtualizing Mac OS X Leopard Server. The company has been working on the project since January, following modifications to Apple licensing which allowed Leopard Server to be run in a virtual machine on a Mac. For end users, this should mainly permit running multiple servers for different networking tasks.
Hyundai IT Japan today revealed its newest LCD monitor, the 22-inch W220S. The monitor uses the company's TriDef technology that constitutes a built-in 3D filter and polarized stereoscopic glasses to produce 3D videos and images. Included with the monitor is 3D media conversion software as well as Google Earth 3D, a few 3D games and a demo mode to show off the monitor's abilities.
In a bid to raise its eco-friendly profile, LG today added the W2252TE to its Flatron LCD lineup. While relatively large at 22 inches, the screen consumes just 22W of average power, cutting well below the 40W of other displays the same size. The electronics giant also promises performance well above many of those same competitors with a TV-like 10,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and an unusual scaling mode for 4:3 images that claims to fill the horizontal space of the panel without resorting to distorting the image.
Parallels Desktop Mac Build 5608, the latest build of the virtualization environment for Mac OS X, has been released. This build adds support for guest Parallels Tools for Linux in the latest Linux distributions (including Ubuntu 8). It also includes added support for running 3D graphics in your Windows VM on Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.3. If you're already using Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac, this new build is free download it via the Check for Updates option in the Parallels Desktop Help menu.
The Canadian government's Industry Minister, Jim Prentice, has today officially tabled Bill C-61, a set of proposed amendments to the country's Copyright Act. Early versions of the changes have been criticized by thousands of citizens -- and a number of businesses and other organizations -- as overly harsh, and too close in nature to the United States' Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Prentice has defended amendments as necessary for bringing compliance with the World Intellectual Property Organization treaty Canada signed in 1996.
Apple is "intensively" investigating the option of selling iPhone 3Gs directly through college and university campuses, as well as other educational outlets, sources suggest. The plan would initially involve universities where Apple has its largest and most profitable accounts, though even this decision may have to wait at least a month, as Apple management may be looking to evaluate the retail distribution of the phone, in addition to how well the forced in-store activation process works.
AT&T today quietly posted a teaser site for its version of the BlackBerry Bold. In addition to sporting the carrier's official logos, the site primarily promotes the smartphone as a world-roaming phone thanks to its tri-band 3G data, which also gives it the ability to use cellular Internet access without interrupting calls. The phone also includes a 2-megapixel camera, real GPS navigation, built-in Wi-Fi, and one of the first small 480x320 non-touch displays on a phone.
Certain unannounced limitations have been imposed by Apple on developers for the App Store, sources claim. People uploading content to the store are expected to have a maximum possible file size of 2GB, which while more than enough for most applications, may restrict companies and individuals that need sizable integrated data sets, such as high-resolution sound and graphics. Apple has not specified whether this is a technical or a business necessity.
Intel on Thursday issued a response to what it says are "myths" circulating its control of the upcoming USB 3.0 standard. Following accusations by AMD and nForce board maker NVIDIA that Intel was deliberately withholding details of the host controller for USB to give its own products an edge, Intel hopes to refute claims of sabotaging rivals' efforts by arguing that it's part of a larger group promoting the format and that it has no financial incentive to hold back on the host controller itself. The company still plans to license its host controller for free, says Intel's Nick Knupffer.
Corsair this morning claimed a minor breakthrough in flash drives courtesy of its new Flash Voyager Mini. Like the larger Voyagers, the drive is shielded in a rubber case that protects both against shocks as well as water and other natural hazards. By using a newer all-in-one board design, however, the Voyager Mini not only shrinks to just over an inch long but also frees up space for a retracting USB connector that prevents damage to the data port itself.
GPS maker TomTom may not be developing iPhone software at all, allegations say. A source within the company claims that despite public statements that TomTom has developed iPhone software, and has plans to sell it, there are actually no software prototypes in existence. The source adds that an e-mail memo was circulated through TomTom on Wednesday, with the message that "we haven't officially announced anything, we're just commenting to the press on a 'reactive not proactive' basis."
Nokia today quietly unveiled the 1580, a starter candybar phone for CDMA carriers, most of which operate in the US. The phone sits just above Nokia's most basic phones with an FM radio as its most advanced feature; the phone also supports using its micro USB connection both to charge and to supply legacy 1xRTT data access to a computer through tethering. A color display, a 2.5mm headset jack, and basic voice memo recording are its other standout features.
Mozilla has announced that Firefox 3, the next version of its popular third-party web browser, will finally be released to the public on June 17th. Both the Mac and Windows versions should be available on the same date for free. Some new features in the browser include enhanced security, one-click bookmarks, tab scrolling and resumable downloads; on the Mac, users can turn on Growl notifications for items like completed downloads.
Two unknown new BlackBerry models have surfaced in an XML device list and suggest the smartphone line will grow larger still in the near future, says a leak from BGR. The list mentions a device known alternately as the Seawolf or 9110 that would be a variant of the still unreleased Kickstart clamshell (the 9100) that adds GPS. Past leaks would have the device also come with a 2-megapixel camera, a native headphone jack, and the same OS upgrade as the Bold. It uses GSM and appears to be a likely candidate as a replacement or supplement for the Pearl 8110 in use at AT&T.
Apple has announced the winners of its 2008 Design Awards, meant to encourage development for its different product lines. Highlights include Vara Software's ScreenFlow screencasting software, which won both the Best OS X Application and Best OS X Graphics and Media Application awards; Aspyr's port of Guitar Hero III, which won for Best OS X Game; and Omni Group's OmniFocus, which won for Best iPhone Productivity App. Pangea's Enigmo, used to demonstrate iPhone 2.0 apps, took home Best iPhone Game.
Verizon today confirmed that it would carry a custom-branded version of the Palm Centro. The budget smartphone comes in a unique blue color but is largely faithful to the original phone that first appeared on Sprint, including its 3G Internet access through EVDO, a 1.3-megapixel camera, and microSD for storage. Google Maps also comes preloaded on the phone beyond what comes with Palm's own platform.
France's Orange today said it had launched Musique Max, a new hybrid desktop and mobile music store. The service offers music from all four major labels, plus independents, with an emphasis on French artists. The company claims the store is centered around an unlimited subscription but institutes an eMusic-like maximum song download limit per month; users can download as many as 500 songs as part of a €12 ($19) monthly subscription but are charged 99 Euro cents per track for every download past that point.
Mac Pro sleep issues have been a recent topic of conversation in the MacNN forums lately. Many users have been reporting that the system will go into sleep mode and then when they try to restart it, the computer will reboot causing a loss of any projects that they may have been working on. Some say that they have made upgrades to their systems and no longer have any problems, others list of option after option of things that they have tried to no avail. Everyone who has been affected by this problem can agree that it is very annoying.
With the release of the 3G iPhone, Apple has clarified that all units must be activated at the store for them to be sold, taking away nearly a quarter of Synchronoss' business – the company responsible for home iTunes-based iPhone activations. Silicon Alley Insider writes that as the company confirmed the loss of Apple's business in a filing to the SEC, its stock tipped, falling almost 19-percent, as the news lines up with financial expectations given in its first quarter.
The Canadian government on Wednesday announced it would hold a press conference regarding pending amendments to the Copyright Act, a move said to resemble the DMCA measure in the US. The conference is set to transpire at 9:30 on Thursday, June 12th for press, with ministerial comments following at 10:45. Press have been advised that no wireless communications devices would be permitted at the assembly, including cell phones, modems, and wireless microphones.
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Apple brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada
After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr
Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive,Â Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard DiskÂ Drive,Â GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN