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SoftRAID upgrades to 3.6.7
SoftRAID has upgraded its Mac RAID software to 3.6.7, in response to compatibility problems with Leopard. The main feature of the upgrade is a new driver mechanism that stores two copies of the RAID header information. Leopard users on Intel-based Macs were experiencing occasional RAID header corruption, which led to SoftRAID engineers having to recover the volumes. The new update stores a backup copy of the header as a fallback when the software recognizes the primary has become corrupted. The corruption was occurring at a ratio of 1 in 10 million header write cycles. The update is free to version 3 owners and costs $130 for a downloaded version ($150 retail).
Wheel, Jeopardy for Mac
Freeverse has released Mac versions of Jeopardy! Deluxe and Wheel of Fortune Deluxe, promising realistic graphics that recreate "all of the thrills and excitement" of the well-known TV game shows. Jeopardy! Deluxe comes with more than 3000 clues from the TV version's writers. Just like the show, there are "Daily Doubles," and the "Daily Clue." A quick check of the demo shows it even includes the infamous "Final Jeopardy" music.
Forums iPhone 3G
Forum roundup: With the new iPhone's scheduled release right around the corner, MacNN forum goers discuss data plans and rates in this thread that was started last week. That's not the only 3G iPhone gossip though, celebrity marketing is the topic of this thread that includes a picture of Lindsay Lohan holding what appears to be an 3G iPhone.
Office 2004 2008 updates
Microsoft on Tuesday unveiled updates for Office 2004 and 2008, offering users some stability, security, performance, and compatibility fixes with the two business productivity suites. Office 2004 11.5.0 adds compatibility with documents from Office 2008 for Mac and Office 2007 for Windows by offering an update to the Open XML File Format Converter, allowing users to convert files from the newer versions of the suite.
O2 iPhone preorders
As the widespread international release of the iPhone approaches its inception, a British customer revealed that O2 - potentially other carriers as well - will allegedly offer a pre-registration service for customers who want to buy on the 11th of July. A visit to an O2 store yielded information that the carrier will offer users an early-bird registration credit check on July 1st to expedite the pickup process on launch day, according to a forum post at MacRumors
Fortune: Steve's successor
With concerns about Steve Jobs' health surfacing again after his gaunt appearance at Apple's World Wide Developers Conference earlier this month, Fortune has put together a list of 11 possible successors -- all of them from inside the company. While Apple has said Jobs made a complete recovery from a rare form of pancreatic cancer following surgery in 2004, it hasn't stopped widespread speculation in the media, and may be impacting Apple's stock price. So, it's not surprising that even the old media financial press is asking who could fill Jobs' shoes. At the top of Fortune's list: Jobs' right-hand man Tim Cook, Apple's Chief Operating Officer.
Pantech's DMB TV phone
South Korea's third-largest cell phone manufacturer, Pantech, today announced the newest phone in its range, the IM-R300. The GSM slider's notable features include a DMB TV tuner, which allows its 2.6-inch, 240x400 LCD touchscreen to display over-the-air video programming. An wireless payment feature, called eWallet, is also integrated into the phone.
Apple refurb deals
Now available at Apple's online store are 17-inch refurbished MacBook Pro models in a range of configurations and prices. The MBP's start at $2,099 for the 2.4GHz model with 160GB hard drive, and top off at $2,749 for the 2.6GHz, 200GB model. Also available for $2,399 are 2.5GHz MacBook Pros with 250GB hard drives. All models have Intel Core 2 Duo processors with 2GB of memory, NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics card, built-in iSight camera, and 8x SuperDrive.
Seagate to buy NAND maker?
Seagate is rumored to be looking into buying out Intel's 49 percent stake in the IM Flash Technologies joint venture between the chip maker and Micron, a flash memory manufacturer, according to analysts. That is just one option for Seagate, but the analysts say the company would be better off buying into SanDisk, as it is not involved with any other companies and is less costly. Furthermore, they maintain that Seagate needs to purchase or team up with a NAND flash memory maker in order to be successful in its solid state drive (SSD) production.
iPhone 3G build costs
Each unit of the iPhone 3G is costing Apple approximately $173 to assemble and manufacture, writes iSuppli. The research group says it has conducted a preliminary, "virtual" teardown of the phone, based mainly on arguments from internal experts on fields such as cellphones and wireless technology. If the estimate proves accurate it will represent a 23 percent decline in cost from the original 8GB iPhone, which took $226 to make. The reduction is attributed to a drop in the cost of individual parts.
Macally announces new gear
Macally has announced two new products: a webcam called the IceCam2 and a 7-port USB hub called the TriHub. The IceCam2 is a driver-free USB webcam with microphone, capable of 30 frames per second at 640x480 resolution. It can swivel 360 degrees horizontally and 135 degrees vertically, has spring-loaded clips to keep it securely attached to a flat panel, and has adjustable focus. It requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 and above for iChat and Skype and also works with Windows XP (SP2). It is priced at $30 plus shipping and is available now.
Samsung Yepp DMB P2
Samsung today announced the release of its Yepp P2 DMB portable media player, adding the ability to play television programs and movies delivered via Korea's DMB mobile TV standard. The new device will add a hideaway antenna and a built-in T-DMB tuner to pick up the streaming video service. The device also includes the same features it was launched with, including Bluetooth 2.0 support for wireless headphone set-up, an FM radio and a 3-inch touchscreen.
JVC launches thin LCD TVs
JVC recently announced it will launch the industry's thinnest LCDs with built-in TV tuners. At 2.9 inches deep at the center, slimming down to 1.5 inches at the edges, the 42-inch LT-42SL89 and the 46-inch LT-46SL89 offer 1920x1080 (1080p) resolution. At the same time, JVC claims the new sets are lighter and consume less power than traditional LCD TVs, thanks to a new backlight panel and power supply substrate, respectively.
MS hiring for Mac Business
The Mac Business unit at Microsoft is engaged in an intense hiring campaign, according to its general manager. "The Mac BU at Microsoft is growing," says Craig Eisler, "we're launching our biggest hiring initiative since the inception of MacBU 11 years ago." Though Eisler will not confirm exactly what the unit is working on, hires will be expected to help develop "products beyond Office 2008."
iLuv i1255 DVD iPod Dock
iLuv on Tuesday began shipping its unique i1255. The device serves as a video hub with both a DVD player with 5.1-channel surround as well as an iPod dock; any compatible iPod both outputs its video to an attached TV but also receives an on-screen interface that allows users to navigate videos from the larger display. The DVD side can also support a handful of raw data CDs such as MP3 and JPEG photo discs.
Workamajig -- formerly known as Creative Manager Pro -- will soon receive a significant update, according to its namesake developer. The software is a web-based project management suite, and is intended mainly for ad agencies, creative services, and design and marketing departments. Virtually all aspects of a business can be controlled, from acquiring clients through staffing, project development and finances.
Blogger hacks MBA_SD
Mobile Technology blogger tnkgrl has posted a workaround for using a MacBook Air SuperDrive with other computers. Previous reports indicated that the internal design of the system only allows it to be recognized by the MacBook Air and that power demands of the Apple-made drive prevent it being used elsewhere: the sole USB port has been boosted past its specifications to supply enough power to use the drive with just the data cable rather than a direct power connection: Tnkgrl, however, says he has successfully circumvented the system: "I have successfully hacked my MBA SuperDrive to work with other Macs and PCs. All you need is a $9 part (shipping extra) and a bit of soldering and you too can do this mod."
New SATA cable for Mac Pro
Newer Technology has announced its first eSATA Extender Cable, which is compatible with all Mac Pro models. The cable connects to the two unused internal Mac Pro SATA ports and replicates them in a PCI slot, allowing users to use two external eSATA connections. The cable is engineered as a "Perfect Fit Solution" enabling six total SATA drives to access the motherboard. NewerTech's eSATA Extender Cable costs $25 and is available now.
Pure-Fi Anywhere 2
Logitech has made a low-key update to its Pure-Fi Anywhere mobile speakers, iLounge has found. Simply called the Pure-Fi Anywhere 2, the stereo speaker dock is cosmetically similar but now explicitly supports iPhones, though it's unknown whether or not this allows the phone to stay out of Airplane Mode and accept calls without interference.
MS Yahoo Rumored Again
Conflicting reports have surfaced today of Microsoft potentially renewing its interest in a Yahoo deal. Information sent from "multiple" sources to TechCrunch claim that the two firms have not only resumed talks after Yahoo's abrupt conclusion of negotiations but that Yahoo is willing to entertain a bid lower than the $33 Microsoft says it proposed immediately before talks first broke down in early May. The move is said to be triggered both by a steep drop in Yahoo's share price as well as pressure to secure an important agreement with Microsoft.
Komodo IDE 4.4 released
iPhone 3G at 8AM
A purportedly leaked memo supplied today to BGR suggests that the launch of the iPhone 3G at AT&T stores on July 11th will take place in the morning rather than Apple's recent preference for evening launches. Store managers are said to be expecting an 8AM launch rather than the 6PM launch for the original launch as well as some of the company's recent retail openings and its Leopard introduction.
Usbfever's FM Transmiter
Usbfever has announced a new 9-in-1 iPhone/iPod touch FM Transmitter made specifically for the iPhone and iPod touch devices. The transmitter also provides a USB port for charging other peripherals and a remote control. The FM transmitter works across the full FM spectrum (87.5-108MHz) and is powered by a car's cigarette lighter. Other features include a line-in input and an LCD display, as well as a cradle and charger for the iPod or iPhone. The Transmitter is available now for $40 with worldwide shipping set at $3.
Motorola MING A1600, 1800
After months of speculation, Motorola has formally announced two new MING-series phones, the A1600 and 1800. The first has a 2.4-inch touchscreen, with a liftable plastic cover to protect against damage. Also onboard is a three-megapixel camera with the unusual feature of continuous autofocus, something allegedly unseen on cellphones to date. The camera can also be used to produced animated GIFs, or translate text through built-in software.
Am. Air Wi-Fi testing
American Airlines will begin testing in-flight Wi-Fi technology on June 25th, a report claims. The technology is expected to debut on a round-trip flight between New York City's JFK and Los Angeles' LAX, and should it be successful, it could be quickly activated on number of other AA aircraft. Some 15 Boeing 767-200 planes are said to already have Wi-Fi installed, it just being a matter of activating the routers at will.
Lenovo Recs ThinkPad SL
Lenovo late yesterday confirmed the existence of the ThinkPad SL and provided first details about the new notebook line. Effectively an equivalent to Dell's Vostro line, the portables will be aimed at individuals and small companies that want more professional notebooks than the IdeaPads but still want some of the home-friendly features: the systems are set to have HDMI output and a more stylized look than the all-black, utilitarian look of most ThinkPads today.
TIM reveals iPhone costs
Telecom Italia has announced some preliminary details on its two-year subscription prices for the iPhone 3G, reports say. While it has yet not disclosed the monthly cost of each plan, the iPhone itself should cost approximately €199 with an entry-level subscription; in a scheme similar to that of O2 in the UK, subscribers to high-end plans will receive the phone for free. Controversially, TIM will only say that each plan guarantees "at least" 1GB of data each month, despite the prevalence of unlimited transfers in other countries.
XM Phoenix Leak
XM Satellite Radio is gearing up to launch a handheld radio and media player combo that would finally take over from the phased out Pioneer Inno (pictured) and Delphi's Sky-Fi radio, according to a leak floated by Orbitcast. Codenamed Phoenix, he portable would be smaller than the Inno but put in a jogwheel for navigating stations and tracks much like the iPod as well as Delphi's Sky-Fi 2.
Intel Nehalem Speed Leak
Intel will ship three processors based on its next-generation Nehalem architecture before the end of the year, say those in the mainboard industry. While Intel has only demonstrated a test version of a 3.2GHz, quad-core processor in the past, the company is now understood to be launching a production version sometime in the last quarter of the year that will appear alongside lower-priced 2.66GHz and 2.93GHz versions. All three will have 8MB of Level 2 cache and support Hyperthreading that could have a four-core chip behave as though it were eight with optimized software.
Firstl Look: Pogo browser
No matter what type of browser you use, the features among all browsers tend to be the same. Every browser can save a homepage, bookmark frequently-visited sites, and display a list of previously viewed pages. Most browsers also display the same flat, 2D interface. What makes the Pogo browser unique, of course, is that it offers a more visually appealing 3D interface.
Panasonic Plans 37in OLED
Panasonic under its current Matsushita parent name said on Tuesday that the company is in the last stages of drafting plans for a 37-inch, OLED-based HDTV. Actual designs and development are still in the future but should see a screen available within three years that should be priced below $1,400, putting the new display technology within competition of today's existing LCD screens.
Second San Antonio store
Apple will open its second store in San Antonio, Texas this Saturday, the company has announced. The location is at 7400 San Pedro Avenue within the North Star mall, and is situated next to Ann Taylor and bluemercury; on launch day the store will be open from 10AM to 9PM, with Sunday hours being reduced to 12PM to 6PM. Monday to Friday hours are the same as Saturday's.
Virgin Mobile Unlimited
Virgin Mobile today is next up in the US to offer an unlimited calling plan that it promises should beat other, larger carriers. The Totally Unlimited service removes the caps on the number of minutes but also eliminates some of the restrictions that affect rival plans. Subscribers don't need to sign a contract locking them into service or to pay roaming fees when they venture outside of Virgin's official coverage area. Virgin users also don't require a credit or debit card and can pay the bill using the carrier's own Top-Up cards.
Spain adopts 'iPod tax'
Spain will be one of the next countries to adopt a so-called "iPod tax," Billboard writes. Formally known as the "digital canon," the tax will go in effect on July 1st, and apply to all electronic devices (and their media) capable of storing, copying or recording sound and images, even to the extent of applying to printers, scanners and ink cartridges. The fee levied against manufacturers will vary depending on the particular device; while ellphones with MP3 playback will warrant a levy of €1.10, dedicated MP3 players will cost an extra €3.15 each.
Nokia N78 in US
Nokia today began offering a North American version of the N78, its relatively low-cost but full-feature smartphone. The candybar design comes to the US with 3G Internet support for AT&T's HSPA data network and undercuts the price of Nokia's own N82 and N95 by scaling back the camera: the N78 uses a 3.2-megapixel sensor and a single LED flash versus the 5-megapixel, Xenon-lit shooting of other Nseries phones. Wi-Fi is also built in, as is GPS with data assist that lets the phone find its position through either Nokia Maps or a third-party app such as Google Maps for Mobile.
Ricoh on Tuesday updated its Caplio GX camera line through the GX200. The sequel to the GX100 boosts the resolution from 10 to 12 megapixels and adds a new image processing engine that allegedly cuts down on noise without affecting the sharpness or color of images. It also has a newer 2.7-inch preview LCD, better RAW shooting with up to five continuous shots and better bracketing, and more room for customized presets.
iTunes Australia TV shows
Australia is the latest country to receive TV shows at the iTunes Store, Apple has announced. The new section has listings for ABC Studios, Disney, MTV, Nine Network and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation; though a number of the shows are American, such as Lost, Scrubs, Pimp My Ride and Hannah Montana, there are also a number of Australian-produced series, such as Sleek Geeks, We Can Be Heroes and McLeod's Daughters.
Bookends 10.3 released
Sonny Software this week announced the launch of Bookends 10.3, the latest update to its fully featured bibliography and reference management software for Mac OS X. Aimed at students, academics and professionals, Bookends is a quick and easy to use application designed to obtain, locate, reference or annotate text, as well as create extensive bibliographies. The software features an easy-to-use interface, well-structured preview screens, and integration with essential applications such as 'Google Scholar' and Microsoft Word v.X and 2004 editions.
Marware launches C.E.O.
Marware recently announced its latest sleeve for the iPhone 3G. Dubbed the 'C.E.O. Glide' and made from slim-profile premium Nappa leather, it is touted as the 'slimmest-profile' iPhone case Marware produce. Designed for pockets, bags of purses, it leaves virtually none of the iPhone exposed and offers an innovative 'dual-purpose' strap system that keeps the iPhone securely in place when not in use (but also offers a 'recessed leather tab' that helps remove the iPhone from the case when needed).
Slife 2.0 unveiled
Slife Labs has debuted Slife 2.0, the latest evolution of of its time and activity management software for Mac OS X. Released in conjunction with Slife Teams, a subscription-based collaborative web service, the Slife software package provides a solid platform for 'time-based' workers such as designers and consultants to keep track of productivity, eliminating reliance on time-sheets or spreadsheet applications.
QuickCam Vision Pro
Logitech this morning made one of its rare webcam offerings for Macs with the advent of the QuickCam Vision Pro. A close cousin of the QuickCam Pro 9000, the USB camera is targeted at Mac mini and Mac Pro owners whose computers don't already have built-in iSight cameras but who want a better-than-average replacement for iChat, Skype, or other video apps. The Vision Pro not only has true glass optics from Carl Zeiss, rather than plastic, but also has a voice coil motor for autofocusing which is much faster and more fine-grained than the stepper motors on most webcams.
Macease launches Print It!
Macease recently announced a new update to its WYSIWYG printing solution for OS X, taking the wraps off Print it! 3.0. With the sole aim of extending the printing options available to Mac OS X users, version 3.0 allows users to instantly select, print and save anything they see on their Mac's display -- regardless of location or application. By means of a simple keystroke combination, data can be highlighted, printed or saved directly from internet browsers and OS X Finder windows, including error messages, email fragments, widget contents and data from documents or databases. With the addition of 'PrintBoards', this information can be sorted, filed or saved complete with date and time-stamps for usage at a later date.
Nokia Buys Symbian
Nokia this morning changed the mobile industry by purchasing the remainder of Symbian that it hasn't previously owned and establishing the Symbian Foundation, an organization meant to unify and promote the Symbian OS for cellphones. The group includes phone makers that already produce Symbian phones such as LG, Motorola, Samsung and Sony Ericsson; it also includes carriers such as AT&T, NTT DoCoMo and Vodafone as well as semiconductor firms STMicroelectronics and Texas Instruments. Despite Nokia's purchase, the company is putting Symbian and Series 60 in the hands of the Foundation and will give any current or future member royalty-free rights to use the platform.
Genius touch speakers
Genius on Tuesday unveiled the SP-T1200 speaker set, a system that incorporates touch-based audio controls, while maintaining an affordable price. The 30-watt system offers a connection for headphones, and features treble, bass, and mute controls that use touch to function, rather than a physical button. Genius indicates that the speakers are quite compact, making them ideal for laptop users. The SP-T1200 speakers sell for $100, available from select retailers.
As Apple draws closer to unveiling Mobile Me, concerns echo throughout the .Mac community that the new service is compromising the current service's user experience, as .Mac suffers its 15th recorded outage for June. On Monday, .Mac saw outages for both the email service and homepage service, with the latter issue to be restored "as soon as possible". Apple has not commented on the problems, which are most likely occurring as the company lays down the Mobile Me architecture.
Fast Track Ultra 8R
M-Audio on Monday unveiled the Fast Track Ultra 8R 8x8 MIDI USB 2.0 interface, offering users an MX Core DSP mixer, and eight Octane-powered preamps. The device can transmit audio at 24-bit/96kHz resolution across USB 2.0, giving users access to low-noise, high-gain pre-amplification for drum kits or ensembles. Fast Track Ultra 8R features +48V phantom power, signal/peak indicator lights, and a pull-out gain knob that activates a 20dB pad for high recording volumes.
Apple named in lawsuit
Apple on Monday, among nine others, was named in a lawsuit from Typhoon Touch Technologies targeted at Dell, regarding infringement on portable touch screen technology patents. In addition to Apple and Dell, the suit names Fujitsu, Toshiba, Lenovo, Panasonic, HTC, Palm, Samsung, Nokia, and LG, with Typhoon seeking compensation for lost profits, as well as an injunction against the companies barring production of the devices with the offending technologies.
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