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SketchFighter 4000 Alpha 1.10 ($20) is a one or two-player game featuring unique hand-sketched characters that look like a teenager's doodles come to life. Version 1.1.0 includes improved scrollwheel and full-screen video support, bug fixes, and an improved registration system. The Universal Binary app also includes an editor that lets users sketch their own backgrounds and create new levels of game play. SketchFighter 4000 Alpha 1.1.0 requires Mac OS X 10.3 or higher. [Download - 8.1MB].
Likewise Software has announced Likewise Enterprise 5.0, an update to its network management tool, offering better support for Mac integration in large-scale network environments. The new update will streamline Mac management by integrating Mac OS X Server settings into Group Policy Objects in Microsoft's Active Directory. Likewise allows users to access Managed Preferences (typically requiring a Windows machine) from the Likewise Administrative Console on a Mac station.
Sonos System Software 2.6 was released today by Sonos, a developer of wireless multi-room music systems for the home environment. The software update includes support for SonosNet, MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output), larger music collections, NasBasic firmware and Mac OS X Leopard. Customers have been experiencing various issues when trying to connect to a Mac computer running OS X Leopard but version 2.6 should solve all of those conflicts.
Scientists sent by Greenpeace to Ghana have recently found extreme cases of chemical contamination at two "e-waste" facilities. Soil and water tests were conducted at two electronics scrap yards where various items such as broken computers, monitors, and televisions are shipped from the United States and Europe for processing and extraction of scrap metals. Brands of these items included Philips, Sony, Microsoft, Nokia, Dell, Canon, and Siemens. The two scrap yards were located in two cities: one in the capital city Accra and another in the city of Korforidua.
The iTunes App Store is paying off for even part time developers; when developers were uncertain whether they would even meet the $250 store minimum, some have discovered they are making almost $2000 per day. 9 to 5 Mac reveals that Eliza Block, developer of the 2 Across crossword puzzle app, found through the various developer resources that hundreds of downloads per day have translated into the above figure, based on the $6 app.
Purgatory Design has released Intaglio v3.0, featuring new capabilities and tools to the Mac drawing application. The new v3.0 features an improved drag-and-drop library for streamlined use of common drawing elements. It also adds editing within a group without destroying the group, scaling elements when resizing graphics and a Quick Look plug-in for use with Mac OS X 10.5. The new update adds a star/flower tool, paint textures and background colors for text blocks. It also now supports graphics hardware acceleration for Leopard users. The software costs $90 and works on Mac OS X 10.2 and higher, with some features requiring Mac OS X 10.3 and above.
The next update of Vue will be on display at August 12th's SIGGRAPH expo, developer E-on has announced. The software is used to design, animate and render natural environments in 3D, for use in movies, architectural work or general illustration. Vue 7 will incorporate a third version of E-on's underlying EcoSystem engine, along with new editions of supporting technologies, such as SolidGrowth, the Spectral atmosphere engine, and the indoor Radiosity engine.
Epson announced the release of its new multimedia photo viewers for professional photographers on the go, with the P-6000 and P-7000. Either gives photographers the ability to download and view their digital photos on 4-inch, 640x480 (VGA) resolution LCD screens that are capable of displaying over 16.7 million colors. The P-6000 sports an 80GB hard-disk drive, with the P-7000 upping it to 160GB and both feature a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 connection that allows download speeds up to one third faster than the models they sit atop in Epson's range, the P-3000 and P-5000.
iPhone 3G owners who want to run firmware hacks should not upgrade to Apple's v2.0.1 release, the unofficial iPhone Dev Team cautions. The creators of the PwnageTool note that while the update is officially meant to fix bugs, it also makes changes to the underlying baseband code, which could potentially block any future attempts to unlock an iPhone. At the least, the update undoes any jailbreaking performed with PwnageTool.
Portable GPS device maker Garmin on Monday released the Road Tech zūmo it will offer as part of the Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories. The special edition unit will add all Harley-Davidson dealership locations preloaded on the unit, expanding on the more than six million points of interest previously available. The unit will come with a handlebar mount and support on Harley-Davidson.com that will allow users to create routes and upload them to the zūmo.
Delta Air Lines announced on Tuesday it will offer broadband Wi-Fi access on all domestic flights in 2009, equipping over 330 airplanes with the ability to access the Aircell-created Gogo network. The service will allow data transfer speeds of more than 12Mbps, and will be offered in both first and economy classes. It will give Delta the distinction of being the first and only US airline to offer in-flight Wi-Fi on all domestic flights.
The web browser at the heart of Meizu's still-unreleased M8 smartphone will borrow more than a few elements from its closest cousin at Apple, according to a post made by company chief J. Wong shows the Windows Mobile phone running a custom browser that shares a similar design to Safari on the iPhone, including its minimal address bar and buttons that mimic the navigation and new page features of Apple's interface.
Pioneer today revealed that it has already developed a major improvement on optical technology it created just last month. Having already established a 400GB disc, the company now says it has produced a disc read by blue lasers made up of 20 25GB layers, fitting exactly half a terabyte of data on a single-sided disc. The size and technology are described as technically compatible with Blu-ray and could be used in a future reader able to recognize that amount of data.
As promised with the release of the Aperture SDK, PictureCode has shipped a new version of Noise Ninja, now designed as an Aperture 2.1 plug-in. The software is used to smooth out noise in digital photos, generally created by using high ISO settings on a camera. The plug-in can also be used to remove grain from scanned filmstrips or slides.
Sharp on Tuesday grew its AQUOS TV range slightly by launching a larger version of the SB series. Competing against VIZIO and other budget TV producers, all the sets push a true 1080p image but shed 120Hz panels and other extras that often inflate the price. Despite this, they still manage an average pixel response time between 6ms and 6.5ms and have between two and four HDMI inputs on each model. Dual component inputs and a lone VGA port are also present to attach other HD sources.
PandaWare says it has added Universal Binary support, interface improvements and bug fixes to its new DiskWrangler 3.0 release. DiskWrangler is a keyboard-based file launcher and browser; without the need of a mouse, it opens applications, documents, web addresses and user-defined sets of files. The software can also browse files, with support for view, copy, move and deletion functions. Searches can be performed as well, including parameters that go beyond Spotlight's abilities, such as creation and modification dates. The full version of the program is $25, with a 30-day demo available. Mac OS X 10.3 or later is required.
Apple has considered making a new dock for the iPhone and iPod touch that would let the device work for video without compromising its ability to be charged, according to a just-published US patent application. Though cosmetically similar to the translucent stand included with the iPod touch, the purely visual patent also shows a Dock Connector cable plugged into the stand, suggesting that it could be used to power and sync a given device while watching movies, rather than just holding the player on its side.
Apple's iPhone user base is likely to have surpassed Palm in earnest with the iPhone 3G launch but will face a serious threat by BlackBerry creator Research in Motion shortly afterwards, says a new ChangeWave study. A poll of over 3,500 home users in June showed Apple climbing to 11 percent of active users, up significantly from nine percent in March. The statistic is just three percent below Palm's 14 percent share of current users and on its current trend would have Apple edge out Palm by the researchers' next report.
Softpress systems has updated Freeway 5.2, its traditional page application designed to create dynamic sites without the need to write code. The update brings new features such as Google actions and Blogger templates as well as tools that allow users to easily create iPhone specific pages. Users now have the ability to specify the icon that will appear on an iPhone if the site is saved as a web clip. Links for iPhone applications, Mail, Phone, Maps, and YouTube, have also been added in this release to allow designers to create websites that move readers to appropriate locations for viewing information.
Code by Kevin has announced PortAuthority 2.6, an update to its graphical user-interface software for the MacPorts command-line tool for UNIX. MacPorts is an open-source community project that uses the Mac OS X command line, X-11 and Aqua software to bring UNIX to everyday users -- by providing a GUI for users seeking a simple interface over the command line complexity of MacPorts. Utilizing an approach featuring windows, menus and icons, PortAuthority works inside the MacPorts infrastructure, allowing users to update, install and search for specific MacPorts programs.
A ruling in favor of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) may be overturned and set a precedent for file sharing, according to remarks made by the presiding judge in the case. District Judge Michael Davis now expresses doubts over a decision which fined defendant Jammie Thomas $222,000 for allegedly trading 24 songs through KaZaA, arguing that a closer review of the US Copyright Act used as the foundation of the case suggests that a retrial may be necessary. The Act requires actual proof of an illegal transfer rather than the simpler act of exposing the content through a public folder. Without the former evidence, the previous decision against Thomas may no longer hold weight, according to Judge Davis.
Corporations should limit their support for the iPhone, says the Gartner research group. Analyst Ken Dulaney notes that although the iPhone 2.0 firmware now supports a variety of corporate-friendly features, most notably Exchange sync, traffic encryption and remote wiping, holes remain in its security. The primary issue is encryption, because while iPhones can now operate on encrypted networks, it is currently impossible to encrypt local files, leaving data exposed in cases of physical theft.
Ambido has announced that it will be releasing Noise.io by the end of the month. Noise.io will be the first official iPhone/iPod touch synthesizer offered in the App Store. It uses ESFM (Enhanced Subspace Frequency Modulation) synthesis to create all of the various sounds it is capable of producing. A unique multi-touch interface allows users to easily manipulate all aspects of created sounds and the created sounds can then be sequenced for playback and further enriched with various sound effects such as chorus, delay and flanger. Noise.io will also come prepackaged with 81 presets and a editor for modifying and saving them for later projects.
Punch! Software today announced the next major release of ViaCAD 2D/3D for PC and Mac. ViaCAD is a very functional, low cost 2D/3D design product that looks to revolutionize the entry point for general-purpose precision design. Version 6 includes enhancements related to usability, 2D drafting, 3D modeling, performance and data sharing. New to this version users will find additional verification tools, additional drafting tools including single click fill and hatch, 3Dconnexion SpaceNavigator support and new architectural drafting tools and a drawing setup wizard. ViaCAD includes a powerful array of tools that are not generally seen in similarly priced software. New to this release is the ability to view a drawing from multiple angles, such as top, side or front. Its innovative user interface supports LogiCursor technology that allows the software to anticipate a users actions.
UBS Investment Research, writing in its first analysis of Apple stock, says it believes that several new products may be introduced between now and June of 2009. Expected in the second half of 2008 are new iPods, which have traditionally been revealed in September; UBS notes, though, that iPods are becoming increasingly less important to Apple's income, due mainly to increased Mac and iPhone sales. Apple's margins should also stay higher on the iPhone than the iPod, particularly as cannibalization forces the average selling price of iPods down.
Motorola's future top-end phone and the company's purported last stand is a spiritual successor to the Q 9, according to leaks from BGR. Known in development as Alexander, the device appears to be a slider with a full QWERTY keyboard and will run Windows Mobile 6.1. The apparent slip also contradicts reports that Alexander would have a touchscreen to compete against the iPhone and instead shows a directional pad, which has been present for every existing Q series phone.
The Consumer Electronics Association is considering implementing technical standards for handhelds and other home electronics, according to an announcement late yesterday. The organization says it has formed a discussion group that would gauge interest in a cross-platform standard that would ensure digital cameras, GPS navigators, MP3 players, and video screens all obey a certain minimum standard for integrating with other devices in the home.
Apple is beginning to pave significant paths into the corporate world, says the research firm Yankee Group. Following a recent web survey of 750 global IT administrators and C-level executives, the firm says it has discovered that approximately four out of every five businesses have Macs running on their network. In general, says Yankee analyst Laura DiDio, adoption of Apple computers is said to be growing at a "steady and sustained pace not seen since the late 1980s."
In addition to new software, Sonos today overhauled its ZonePlayer music streaming hubs with two new models that should both be more useful across more areas. Both the high-end ZP120 and simpler ZP90 are the first to use the company's in-house SonosNet 2.0 network. The standard uses the same multiple-in, multiple-out (MIMO) antenna technology as 802.11n Wi-Fi to roughly double the range of the device's mesh network and thus let users tap into music from the Internet and local network from a greater distance in a given home. The network is also encrypted in AES and is backwards-compatible with earlier ZonePlayers.
Elpida on Tuesday claims to have broken a record by becoming the first memory manufacturer to develop 16-gigabyte fully buffered DIMM (FB-DIMM) RAM sticks, significantly expanding the memory ceiling for pro workstations and servers. The DDR2-based creation is twice as capacious as still-rare 8GB sticks and relies on a unique integrated packaging to fit the memory without creating excess. Although 16GB, the RAM is unusually thin at 0.3in deep and has the same power needs as a simpler 8GB stick.
Apple's iTunes Store continues to control the US music market, a new batch of surveys suggests. Following several polls of Americans 13 and older, conducted between January and June of this year, the NPD Group says that iTunes maintained an existing lead, despite competition from major, firmly established corporations. The results are are also notable in that they reflect all forms of music sales, including not just iTunes' digital specialty but online and retail CD sales. Excluded are non-permanent options like the subscription services offered by Rhapsody and Napster.
JVC on Tuesday announced the release of its all-new XA-M10, XA-M20, and XA-M40 digital audio players. Available with 1GB, 2GB or 4GB of on-board memory, respectively, the three Alneo XA-series digital audio players feature a 6-line black and white OLED display. Either XA-series DAP will store up to 100 songs in a folder, making up a user's favorite playlist, by pressing the Favourites button when a track is playing. The players will replace the XA-MP line, which topped out at 1GB of memory and were smaller, but also had less features and a shorter battery life.
Motorola today made a more aggresive leap into music phones with three mid-range ROKR phones, all of which are based on Motorola's more recent Linux-based operating system. The EM30 is based closely on the same dynamic interface as the ROKR E8 and illuminates different buttons depending on the context, swapping in media controls to make navigation easier but without the expense of a touchscreen. It also has a 3.5mm headphone jack, native integration with Windows Media Player 11 for those not using other operating systems, and microSDHC card support for storage of 8GB or more.
Information has surfaced for Intel's future Calpella notebook platform, according to an alleged leak from companies that will produce mainboards based on the technology. The design will be the first mobile design to drop the need for separate northbridge and southbridge chipsets by moving the DDR3 memory controller and other typical northbridge components to the processor itself, which uses the new Nehalem architecture; a new bridge chip, nicknamed Ibex Peak-M, will handle all the remaining duties.
Japanese carrier Softbank is introducing a revised version of its iPhone plans, an announcement reveals. The new options mean iPhone customers can pay as little as ¥2,990 ($28) per month. The price cuts reflect a new data rate system at the company, which scales in terms of regular fees. People are still able to use an unlimited amount of data, but are now being charged based on usage up to a certain maximum. Plans begin at a low of ¥1,695 ($16), and as data usage increases, increase to a maximum of ¥5,985 ($56).
Apple is set to open another retail store in California, this time in Monterey. The new store is located in the Del Monte Shopping Center which recently received a $20 million renovation. The grand opening is set for August 9th which coincides with the opening of the new Chatswood Chase store in Australia, the second in the country. This will be the first official Apple Store in the Monterey area and the 39th in all of California.
The launch of MobileMe was deeply flawed, and "not up to Apple's standards," according to an e-mail from Apple CEO Steve Jobs. The message is said to have been circulated amongst Apple employees late Wednesday, and recognizes the serious technical problems subscribers have suffered through. These have ranged from a complete lack of access early on, through missing web applications, and persistent mail problems in spite of an all-clear signal recently sent by MobileMe staff.
Sony today announced that it has bought out Bertelsmann's 50 percent stake in Sony BMG and will now completely own its music label. The new label, named Sony Music Entertainment Inc. (SMEI), ends the short four-year run of Sony BMG and will let Sony create a "total entertainment experience" where the electronics giant can more closely integrate its music with its devices, according to company chief Sir Howard Stringer.
Forum roundup: MacNN forum goers today are debating the differences between the new Apple AI keyboard versus the old BT keyboard in an attempt to determine which one is better. One member is looking for advice on whether or not to buy a MacBook Air for college and finds the general opinion seems to be that a MBP might be a better choice in the long run. A new 2.0.1 software release has been announced for the iPhone and iPod touch and users wait to see if this will be the cure for the bugs that have been plaguing iPhone owners everywhere. A discussion about adding an Exchange account to Mail is featured in this thread. Iwgray, a Fresh Faced Recruit is trying to figure out the best way to configure their Mac Pro to work with Final Cut Pro.
Currently the Apple store has a wide selection of re-certified aluminum cased iMacs. Starting at $949 is the base level 20-inch model with 2.0GHz processor, 1GB of memory and 250GB hard drive, and the 2.4GHz model for $999. Next in the 20-inch category is the 2.4GHz model with 1GB of RAM and 320GB hard drive for $1,099 and the 2.66GHz model with 2GB of RAM and 320GB hard drive for $1,299. Three 24-inch models are available: 2.4GHz, 1GB of RAM, and 320GB hard drive for $1,349 ; 2.8GHz, 2GB of RAM, and 320GB hard drive for $1,549 ; 3.06GHz, 2GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive for $1,899. Two configurations of refurbished Mac minis are available: 1.83GHz, 1GB of RAM, 80GB hard drive for $499 and 2.0GHz, 1GB of RAM, 120GB hard drive for $679. Apple certified refurbished displays are $499 for the 20-inch, and $749 for the 23-inch.
Addressing complaints from amateur photographers hoping to graduate to digital SLRs, Olympus and Panasonic today teamed up to develop a much smaller version of the Four Thirds lens system. The new approach is simply titled Micro Four Thirds and aims to significantly shrink the dimensions needed for an interchangeable lens system while making relatively mild sacrifices. While not a true SLR system in that it drops the use of a mirror, the system will purportedly generate the same image quality as the full-size offering and allow for compact, light cameras that would be more familiar to point-and-shoot owners.
Micron today made a concerted effort to bolster its RealSSD solid-state drives with extremely high-speed but potentially low-priced notebook models. The C200 line is one of Micron's first aimed at home notebook owners and uses the newest generation of multi-level cell (MLC) flash storage to supply speed without sacrificing capacity: every drive can read data as quickly as 250MB per second and write it at 100MB per second, while the conventionally notebook-sized 2.5-inch disk can hold as much as 256GB of data. A 1.8-inch drive for ultraportables holds up to 128GB.
Fins-Up, today announced the availability of a new product, the FIN. Designed to blend in perfectly with todays existing line of MacBooks, the FIN is constructed of durable aircraft-grade aluminum and features a powder coat finish. The FIN is attached with a few screws that go into existing holes on the bottom of the MacBook. Then when attached places the MacBook at a more ergonomic angle reducing stress on ones hands and wrists. The FIN also doubles as a convenient handle, that provides users with a spot that can be gripped firmly, making carrying much easier and safer. The FIN provides another advantage, because it lifts the bottom of the MacBook off of surfaces air can then circulate underneath, assisting in the dissipation of processor-generated heat, and increasing product longevity in turn.
Game studio Codeminion has released StoneLoops! of Jurassica, a dynamic-puzzle arcade-style game set in the prehistoric Jurassic period, for Mac OS X. The game-play features explorers smashing stones while avoiding meteors and pterodactyls, spread over 75 unique levels. Players pass to new levels by destroying sets of colorful stones while working to survive dinosaur attacks, with trophies and new abilities to be discovered while exploring different levels.
Imagine has announcedShotPut RED, its media off-loader for high-resolution RED One video cameras. The new software automatically backs up RED video data at full speed (with no Finder overhead) from RED media and Compact Flash cards, to as many as three locations for redundancy's sake. RED One cameras are a beyond high-definition, 4000-pixel resolution video camera system, aimed at video producers and moviemakers. ShotPut RED can offload RED video data automatically upon insertion of the media, from one device or from multiple devices, and offers log files and verification of data transfers. ShotPut Red can also be set to reformat Compact Flash cards to prepare them for their next use.
Likewise Software's new Likewise Open Fall 08 allows network administrators to remotely access, control and manage multiple computers across 118 platforms, including Mac OS X, Linux, UNIX and more, all from one point of control on any computer. Using a Microsoft Active Directory environment, Likewise Fall 08 integrates non-windows systems by providing Active Directory Authentication services, with Kerberos, NTLM and SPNEGO security protocols supported. Its administrative console allows network managers to access and manage computers from Mac, Linux and UNIX stations and includes an Active Directory editor, a users and groups manager and an eventlog viewer.
Proximi says it developed a copy and paste user interface that works systemwide on the iPhone, and is hoping Apple adopts the feature in future versions. Even if Apple chooses not to adopt its solution, the company says it's working with other iPhone developers who may wish to include it in their software. Proximi has also announced that its MagicPad word processing app -- which includes cut/paste functions -- is available at the AppStore.
In brief: The game Otis is now on the iPhone, iZen Garden was updated to version 1.5 and FlipBook for iPhone is now available for purchase. Wonder Wrap software has added a port of
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IOGear has introduced several new DVI and HDMI accessories for home theaters and game consoles. New DVI and HDMI MiniExtender Kits allow users to expand their A/V network up to "hundreds of feet." IOGear has also released two HDMI switches including a three-port model that automatically switches to the port currently in use. A new four-port model switches HDMI via a remote control.
AMD's upcoming CPU/GPU chip will extend its portfolio of products as its rivals continue to search for new markets. On the heels of the Intel's Larrabee GPU unveiling on Monday and news of NVIDIA's upcoming integrated chip potentially finding its way into Apple's notebooks, leaks have revealed more details on AMD's Fusion "half-node" CPU/GPU combo chip -- which was in large part, one of the largest justification in AMD's acquisition of ATI. Citing industry sources, the TGDaily report indicates that AMD's half-node chip, due in Q1 of next year, will be manufactured by contract chip manufacturer TSMC, whose manufacturing headquarters on the main island of Taiwan (called Formosa). As the successor to the Puma platform, the first chip based on Fusion technology, code-named "Shrike," will integrate a dual-core Phenom CPU and an ATI RV800 GPU core, rather than the previously rumored dual-core Kuma CPU and a RV710-based graphics unit.
Following closely on dissent towards Comcast and AT&T – two firms that supply internet service, but lack a stance of network data neutrality – the Electronic Frontier Foundation has unveiled Switzerland, a new ISP testing tool that detects blocked communications. Comcast is accused of blocking peer-to-peer networking software, such as BitTorrent, without citing the practice in its license agreement or making any other mention of it whatsoever. The action counters the neutral stance put forth by the FCC in its 2005 "Internet Policy Statement."
UBS Investment Research – a financial analyst firm that recently turned its attention to Apple – offered its views on the iPod manufacturer, leading with statements that the company's brand "stickiness" is a boon, while also noting that there could be a delay with a new ultra-portable. According to AppleInsider, analyst Maynard Um clarified that the delay is unfortunate, but not unexpected for the tech industry, saying that such slips are "typical," with no cause for concern. Um states that the delay should be no more than the first half of 2009.
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TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF
CBS: No recent streaming conversations with Apple
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made remarks, casting doubt on a launch of Apple's live streaming television service. In interviews this week, the executive said regarding negotiations with Apple that "we had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," adding that "the phone is always ringing" regarding similar services, but not with Apple on the line. http://cnnmon.ie/1PptJM6
Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS
Weber buys iDevices' iGrill, Kitchen Thermometer
Cooking gear manufacturer Weber is purchasing iOS accessory manufacturer iDevices iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer lines. As part of the purchase, Weber is working in parallel with iDevices to roll out a new version of the products, and associated apps, this spring. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CEO of iDevices Chris Allen said that the transition will allow the company to "focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market." http://bit.ly/1PFk3uZ
Vevo music video app launched for Apple TV
Vevo today announced its new native tvOS app for the fourth generation Apple TV. The new app allows users Siri Remote navigation for discovery of top videos by genre, or to search for individual artists and videos. Playlists generated on another device sync between all the iterations of the app. http://apple.co/1PFhxEU
HydraDock team unveils USB 3.1 Type C Roadie
KickShark, the team that brought the HydraDock desktop USB-C dock to market, has launched a Kickstarter project for The Roadie -- a USB 3.1 Type C standard-compliant pocket hub for the 12 inch Apple MacBook and other compatible devices. The Roadie occupies the same footprint on a desk as a credit card, with a short USB-C male cable on one end for connecting to a 12 inch MacBook, and a female USB-C port on the other end for plugging in a MacBook power adapter. One side has an RJ45 jack for gigabit Ethernet, and an HDCP-compliant HDMI jack that handles up to 4K displays. KickShark promises shipment of all products within four weeks of campaign completion. The "early bird" offer for the hub is a $69 commitment, with a $79 commitment for a Roadie after 500 backers have pledged. http://kck.st/1o6knw5
HBO Now has 800,000 subscribers
The CEO of HBO, Richard Plepler has confirmed that the online streaming HBO service, HBO Now, has 800,000 subscribers. When criticized for the seemingly low number, Plepler noted that the still nascent service was bound to Apple exclusivity during the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Plepler declared during the Time Warner quarterly earnings conference call marketing for the online-only offering would be enhanced in 2016. While HBO Now's critics are slamming the low numbers, the service must also compete against itself on cable, in addition to Netflix and other streaming services. http://on.recode.net/1QWoLHe