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Runners, bikers and swimmers have a new iPhone tool, PaceCalc, allowing them to track distances, times and pace. PaceCalc, by Maverick Software, calculates results using time and distance data to provide pace. Athletes can also put distance and pace to calculate time or pace and time to calculate distance. The software offers live recalculating as users change variables, switches between yards and meters (or miles and kilometers) and features common running distance presets (5K, 10K Marathon and more).
Analysts at Pingdom have recently compared the value of Apple's and Microsoft's stocks and noted that over the last five years Apple has seen its stock value grow exponentially. In comparison to its value in 2003, Apple's stock has grown by 1384-percent while competitor Microsoft has seen its stock drop by 2.45 percent over the last five years. These percentages are relative to the starting points the stocks faced five years ago but it is still notable that Microsoft's stock is almost worth the same now as it was five years ago. Apple's stock has seen significant growth and is almost worth 14 times what it was worth five years ago. According to the analyst show how successful Apple has been in putting new products on the market.
TRENDnet today shipped its own take on advanced wireless with the Dual Band Wireless N Gigabit Router. Like recent competition, the new networking device gives users the option of running 802.11n Wi-Fi either on the faster but less compatible 5GHz band or on the more ubiquitous 2.4GHz band. A three-antenna MIMO (Multiple In, Multiple Out) array gets connection speeds up to a theoretical 300Mbps peak while extending range up to six times that of a typical 802.11g network.
Social bookmarking site Delicious on Thursday announced it has refined its services greatly, while also adding a new domain name through which the site can be reached, Delicious.com. According to a post on Delicious' blog, the various refinements have allowed the company to enhance speed, search capability, and overall layout of the site. The domain name change reportedly stems from confusion among users in the spelling of del.icio.us, but the site can still be accessed through its former moniker.
.com Solutions has released the v4.36 update to FmPro Migrator, its companion tool for FileMaker Pro. The software is intended mostly for converting FileMaker databases to other formats, such as Access, MySQL, Oracle, Sybase and OpenBase. It can also consolidate tables from earlier editions of FileMaker for versions 7, 8 and 9, which should enable better security options.
ASUS' Eee PC 701SD will not only upgrade the internal specs of the 7-inch notebook but improve on the mini notebook design itself, say a new set of photos and leaked details. The entry-level Eee PC notebook will now resemble a sharper-edged version of the 8.9-inch Eee PC 901 with refined trackpad buttons and the stylized Eee PC logo. At least one version is now known to contain a 30GB hard drive in place of the solid-state flash drive that has been the only option for past 7-inch models.
The anticipated 60GB version of the Xbox 360 is now on sale at Amazon.com, ahead of its earlier promised August 4 ship date. While reports were coming in from various stores already having the higher capacity console in stock, Amazon will ship the gaming system anywhere in the country within a few days. The 20GB version of the gaming console is being phased out, with prices dropping to $299 in order to help clear out stock.
ASUS plans to add two more lines to the current 11 Eee PC models to address other market segments, Thursday's reports allege, also supporting earlier speculations. ASUS president Jerry Shen shares Intel's beliefs that the netbook and mobile Internet device (MID) markets will grow significantly in the future, to as much as one billion units. The new Ultimate and Pro Fashion Eee PCs will use dual-core Atom processors along with larger storage devices likely to include a 120GB HDD or 32GB SSD.
Software publisher Activision and peripheral maker Logitech today announced a joint venture to make premium controllers shaped like instruments for the next installment in the popular video game franchise, dubbed Guitar Hero World Tour. The game is expected to debut this fall, and will be available for the all the popular gaming consoles, including Xbox 360, PlayStation 2 and 3, as well as the Nintendo Wii.
Designer Jumsoft has expanded its Aperture Web Themes pack, an add-on for Apple's photo workflow software. The pack is intended to improve the appearance of web galleries generated through Aperture, with an aim towards professional photography sites. The new version more than doubles in size with six new variants, divided between "frames," "grid" and "iPhone" schemes.
Leaf made its bid to regain the performance lead in medium format cameras on Thursday by introducing the AFi 10. At 56 megapixels, the multi-piece camera system has a higher resolution than the previous champion, the Hasselblad H3DII-50, and produces images nearly 70 percent larger than the 33-megapixel AFi 7. The new imager is also labeled a True Wide-frame Sensor and maintains the same resolution across the entire photo area, guaranteeing a sharper image for subjects at the edge of the frame. Photographers can also rotate the sensor inside the AFi 10 to compose different-ratio shots without having to tilt the whole camera.
A gaming company has been chosen as the next iPhone developer to receive money from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, an announcement reveals. The venture capital firm has agreed to provide ngmoco with Series A money from the iFund, a $100 million pool created to boost companies interested in developing native applications for the iPhone. Although ngmoco was only founded this year and is still seeking game creators and technical staff, it may be helped by the presence of Bing Gordon, a former chief creative officer with Electronic Arts, now one of the largest game publishers in the world.
Customers with legitimate options for video are triggering a large-scale drop in the amount of peer-to-peer (P2P) traffic, according to a published study of AT&T's network. The DSL Internet provider found that while P2P traffic did ultimately increase in the past year, legal streaming video services such as Hulu and YouTube have largely flattened the growth in demand for P2P versus its rapid growth in recent years. In one circumstance, AT&T's core network saw P2P traffic drop substantially.
Nokia has been cutting the prices of its media phones in a bid to stay competitive with rivals, according to sources speaking to Reuters. The news organization points to industry and market research leads which say that Finland-based Nokia is dropping prices across much of its lineup but is making the most substantial cuts to music- and video-friendly phones, including the N81 8GB smartphone as well as mid-range devices like the 5310 and 5610 XpressMusic. These devices will allegedly see price reductions as steep as 10 percent.
Apple may be looking to build or support new add-ons capable of streaming radio and/or TV to its handhelds, a new patent application suggests. The device would attach directly to a handheld such as an iPhone or iPod, and pick up signals from one or more formats including AM, FM, HD or satellite radio, or TV standards such as cable, satellite, over-the-air or IPTV. More conventional reception means could include Wi-Fi, cellular or Ethernet.
Nikon today catered to the very top range of its customers through its D3 Buffer Memory Expansion Service. The option gives the 12-megapixel pro DSLR more than twice as much capacity and is geared towards sports photographers and others who need long continuous shooting without sacrificing camera resolution. The camera maker estimates that a stock D3 shoots up to 16 images in 14-bit, full-frame RAW before running out of memory; an enhanced model shoots up to 36.
In a surprise move just after a flyer confirmed the introduction, Dell today quickly but quietly rolled out the Vostro 2510. The 15.4-inch system marks a few key changes from the outgoing 1510 and comes in a two-tone black and red body instead of the more conservative exterior of the old system. It also switches to a slot-load drive like that of the Studio 15 and uses a new cooling system that vents heat away from the bottom of the notebook to make it more comfortable on its owner's lap.
Verizon Wireless has picked up a new UTStarcom phone, reports say. Previously unavailable in the US, and known elsewhere as the TXT8010, it is being imported by Verizon and renamed the Blitz, with an initial launch scheduled through Wal-Mart stores on August 8th. People wanting to avoid Wal-Mart for whatever reason may have to wait until September 28th, when it should become available through Best Buy stores. Pricing is unannounced but should be relatively low, as it is set to be an INpulse prepaid phone.
Today's deals at DealNN include the 13-inch MacBook in white with a 2.1GHz processor, 1GB of memory and 120GB hard drive for $999 with a FREE Mobile Edge carrying case (after mail in rebates) from MacConnection.com, also at MacConnection is the Western Digital 320GB My Passport Essential in blue for $115.
Following the debut in May, Quark now says that QuarkXPress 8 is finally shipping. The company's flagship publishing software has had a number of major changes implemented, most notably new picture editing tools. Images can now be scaled and rotated in real-time -- without switching tools or entering measurements -- and a new Bťzier pen has been added, allowing drawing without an outside application.
Feral Interactive on Thursday announced that on August 29th it will release Sid Meier's Pirates! for Mac. This game takes players into the life of a 17th century Caribbean pirate captain in an epic, open-ended seafaring adventure. Players are put in positions where they must duel enemy captains and woo fair maidens all in an attempt to make their ship, the Jolly Roger, the most feared and renowned ship in the seven seas.
Mesa Dynamics has released a completely overhauled version of its dedicated imagine search client, Beholder 3.0. Beholder searches the web for images, automatically querying web search engines and presenting thumbnail results in an organized window with URL and other link details. Beholder 3.0 has been rewritten from scratch as a Universal application and features a new WebKit-based image retrieval engine. New features such as size and safe search options for Google Image Search have been added, as well as new sorting options such as, sorting by image file and pixel size.
The second generation of Dell's Vostro small business notebooks has already been revealed and will likely appear very soon, according to a flyer discovered by a member of the Notebook Review forums. The Vostro 2510 appears to be a slimmer replacement for the 15.4-inch Vostro 1510 that also crosses into the home user field: customers will have the option of buying the notebook with different-colored rear lids and side panels rather than the all-black design of the existing models.
During a conference call for the company's Q3 2008 results, Bob Iger, president of the Walt Disney Corporation, has announced that since agreeing to sell movies through the iTunes Store, the company has sold over five million titles. Iger insists however that the presence of Apple CEO Steve Jobs on the board of directors has not influenced any decisions on content distribution. "Some of our agreements were signed before the purchase of Pixar," says Iger.
Satellite TV provider DISH Network today became the first known TV broadcaster to put out video in a full 1080p (1920x1080 progressive) resolution. Starting with an August 1st Video On Demand option for the movie I Am Legend, DISH says it will start offering 1080p whenever the content is available rather than the lower-resolution 1080i (interlaced) or 720p HD normally aired on DISH and other TV services. Using VOD effectively gives the image quality of Blu-ray but at a lower price than renting a disc, the satellite firm claims.
West-Forest-Systems on Thursday released CDFinder Transporter (iView) 1.0, a new application that converts XML export files from iView, iView Media Pro and Microsoft Expression Media into CDFinder catalogs. iView and Microsoft Expression are cataloging programs designed for both Windows and Mac. Each is designed to quickly scan files and compile the important details into a visual format that allows users to easily browse and search their systems. The converter application guides the user through all the necessary steps, making the conversion as simple as possible. The data gathered includes file system information such as MP3 tags, EXIF data including GPS info tags, and a complete set of IPTC information. All the available information is then taken and built into a CDFinder catalog. If there are multiple large iView catalogs from different sources they will be split into several CDFinder catalogs, one for each volume.
The PandaWare Company has released a major update to its Simple Help Editor. Simple Help Editor is a program designed to help developers easily create help systems for both Mac and Windows applications. Version 3.0 adds the ability to add custom HTML to help content pages, giving users a lot of flexibility in formatting and styling. There are a few other changes aimed at making Simple Help Editor more flexible and easier to use as well. This new version gives users more tools for creating platform-specific help systems from the same content. Files can be saved for display in the Apple Help Viewer, Windows' HTML Help viewer and web browsers.
Spanish carrier Telefonica has reported a decline in its second-quarter profits despite the help of the iPhone, according to published results. Profits dropped 20 percent in Q2 over the same period a year ago, with net income sliding to $3.21 billion from $4.01 billion. This still beats the predictions of a Bloomberg survey however, which had suggested profits of only $2.84 billion.
The IEEE standards organization today approved the next generation of FireWire. Officially known as IEEE 1394-2008 but also referred to as S3200 or FireWire 3200, the connection specification operates at up to four times the speed of FireWire 800 (S800) with up to 3.2 gigabits per second of data while preserving the energy properties that allow it to power some devices without needing a direct power supply. The extra speed is believed to be useful for multi-disk hard drive arrays and other devices where earlier FireWire would be inadequate.
A new beta of the iPhone 2.1 firmware is seeding to developers, say reports. The code is mainly said to contain bug fixes, but Apple has allegedly confirmed that it contains an early version of background push notification. The technology is a workaround for the lack of background processes on the iPhone, but should nevertheless provide advantages in the form of better battery life and CPU performance.
Fujifilm today revealed its previously Europe-oriented FinePix Z200fd a US launch. The pocket camera effectively replaces the Z100fd with a sharper 10-megapixel sensor but stands out for its unique Couple and Group Timers, which wait until a certain number of faces are visible in a shot before taking the photo. The Couple Timer can also be set to trigger a shot only when the pair is particularly close.
LG on Thursday fulfilled early promises and unveiled its long-anticipated Blu-ray player with Netflix support. The BD300 lets users with a wired connection to the Internet navigate their instant queues on a Netflix subscription and stream either movies or TV shows directly from the device itself, turning the device into a networked media hub. Titles are presently capped at standard definition but start playing in as little as 30 seconds and give users full control, including the ability to skip through the video and rate the title.
Motorola today reported surprising results for the company's spring quarter, including stronger than expected cellphone results. The electronics firm says its net earnings were break-even but that it had positive practical cash flow of $204 million following multiple quarters of losses. The Mobile Devices group says it shipped about 28.1 million phones in the three-month span and says it successfully held on to its market share despite increasing competition.
Intego's Personal Backup X5 has been updated to v10.5.2, adding backup to and from FTP and SFTP servers. It also adds a new interface and an improved dashboard widget for launching and monitoring backup scripts. The backup solution offers initial and automated backup options, making backups on numerous media (CD, DVD, USB key drives, external hard drives, Airport volumes, iPods and more). X5 has drag-and-drop simplicity yet can expand to more advanced modes, with scripting and actions for multiple backups and schedules. It also offers file synchronization across two computers.
After trials in New York, T-Mobile is preparing to unveil its nation-wide 3G network on October 1st, according to a poster that reveals a selection of major US cities to first receive the service. While members of the community previously tossed around the date, the poster confirms that users in Los Angeles, as Vegas, Dallas, New Jersey, Washington, and 21 other cities will be able to use 3G-capable T-Mobile devices with the network's faster transfer rates and superior call quality.
Belikin's TuneCast Auto for iPhone and iPod has received Apple's "Works With iPhone" certification for the iPhone 3G. TuneCast Auto is a car-charger and FM transmitter with automatic scanning of FM frequencies for the best reception. It offers a one-button scan for best stations and automatically optimizes audio and volume settings. The transmitter covers FM channels from 88.1MHz to 107.9MHz. TuneCast Auto for iPhone and iPod is available for $80 and also works with the iPhone 2G, iPod touch and numerous iPods.
DataMind has announced Jade v1.2, an update to its digital image processing and browsing software. Added in v1.2 are an upload to Flickr feature, EXIF data support, new save features and more. Jade is also available as an Aperture plug-in, iPhoto image processor and iPhone application. Jade offers one-button automated image enhancement and batch-processing of large numbers of images. It also has red-eye reduction, noise removal and intelligent indexing (grouping images by physical appearance).
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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,¬†Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk¬†Drive,¬†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