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Qik for iPhone 3G
After claiming plans for an iPhone version of its client, Qik on Wednesday unveiled a beta version of its live-stream video client for jailbroken iPhone handsets. Qik offers mobile device users access to internet video streaming over the cellular network, providing a simple, but effective, asset to investigative journalists, bloggers, or anyone else requiring a mobile video stream. Qik requires users to jailbreak their iPhone, although plans for an App Store release are currently being explored.
Intempo fusion iPod dock
Intempo will release a new iPod dock, the Fusion, in mid-September according to Tech Digest. This dock features a new look, sculptured to dock any size iPod without blocking access to the controls. Intempo added an FM player to the Fusion that will also play DAB signals. The Fusion features two 25-watt speakers and a built in subwoofer.
Speakal iPig speakers
Distributor Speakal announced it has brought the iPig docking station, complete with five speaker,s to the US market. The iPig is rated at 25W of total power, and includes a 4-inch subwoofer with adjustable bass control. In addition to being compatible with iPods via included cradles, charging them via their docks, the iPig will also connect to portable audio players, gaming consoles and other audio equipment via a 3.5mm phone jack.
Pico D USB swivel drive
Super Talent says it has added a swivel model to its family of so-called "World's Smallest USB Drives". Using chip-on-board technology, the Pico D measures a miniscule 1.4-inches, but stores up to 8G of data in a swivel-open case. The company says the Pico D comes with a lifetime warranty, is shock and water resistant and can support transfer speeds of up to 30MB/sec, or 200X.
IOnce 2.0 for iPhone
PageOnce says it has made significant upgrades to its free productivity app that helps iPhone users keep track of credit card, cell phone, MySpace and other online accounts. iOnce 2.0 features "significant security enhancements," and allows users to add and manage all of their online accounts directly from an IPhone or iPod touch by signing up for the company's online services. Also added is a "mobile destruct" feature that automatically deletes personal information if a user's mobile device is lost or stolen.
Apple No. 10 online brand
Nielsen Online says Apple remained 10th on its list of top online brands in July, a slight increase over june. The research firm says 51.7 million unique users visited an Apple-owned website or used Apple software in July, up from 49.9 million in June. Apple also finished 10th on Nielsen's list of Top Parent Companies/Divisions.
Themes for Keynote, iWeb
KeynoteUser and iPresentee have released new products for Apple's iWork and iLife application suites today. KeynoteUser has announced its new Gradient Pack 08 theme set for Keynote '08, while iPresentee has launched iWeb Themes 2.0 for iWeb 2.0.
Apple Store opens in FL
The Orlando area gets its third Apple Store as a suburban location opens Saturday morning. The Altamonte Springs Apple Store includes a Genius Bar, Business Services, Workshops, Personal Shoppers, One-to-One training and Youth Programs. Apple is giving free T-shirts to the first 1000 visitors. According to The Orlando Sentinel the store occupies 5,500 square feet at the Altamonte Mall.
iPhone app targets voters
Inspired Arts and Media is out with an iPhone app that helps voters learn where John McCain and Barack Obama stand on the issues. Fit 2 Vote is a game that displays quotes from Obama and McCain's speeches. Users are asked to choose which candidate made a particular statement. The game uses the iPhone's motion sensor in a unique way -- a tilt to the left indicates the quote was made by Obama, a right tilt signals McCain. Users are declared "Fit 2 Vote" when they get 50 correct answers.
Pronto unified comm client
CommuniGate Systems has launched Pronto! 2.2, the latest version if its unified communications user interface framework. Pronto! is built with Adobe Flex 3, deployed in the browser with Adobe Flash Player, and to the desktop with Adobe AIR. Pronto offers a framework to deliver value added services for rich media communications and advanced collaboration for unified communications in the software as a service model.
Atom chips selling well
Intel's Atom processors have been off to a great start, beating initial expectations. According to Chief Financial Officer Stacy Smith in an interview posted on InformationWeek, the processors are used in small electronic gadgets or small PC's. The success of the processor is welcomed news for a company that has been affected by the slowing market of personal computers. "It's the perfect recession product to have in the marketplace" Smith said Tuesday.
PC monitors draw no power
Fujitsu Siemens Computers on Wednesday announced the release of the world's first monitors to draw absolutely no power when in standby mode, or what the company calls Eco mode. The two SCENICVIEW ECO range monitors, the 20-inch P20W-5 ECO and 22-inch P22W-5 ECO, feature a power supply that automatically switches off when in the power-saving mode. The company claims the technology allows the monitors to draw zero watts during the state, in comparison to between one and six watt draws from competitors.
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iPhone Dev Team on SIMable
People looking to unlock their iPhone 3Gs should avoid the hardware-based SIMable option, according to a member of the unofficial iPhone Dev Team, producers of PwnageTool. The coder notes that the modern 3G baseband chip has been designed around SIM-based hardware hacks, and so any attempt at them must use fake identifiers. This information is said to "leak" into cellular networks, generating errors.
Raon's dual-CPU notebook
Korea's UMPC maker Raon Digital on Tuesday unveiled what's claimed as the first ever dual-core mini notebook, the Everun Note. The small notebook uses an unusual, low-power version of AMD's Turion 64 X2 dual-core chip rated at 1.2GHz. The Everun Note's 7-inch LCD is good for 1024x600 resolution, and its graphics are handled by an ATI-branded RS690E integrated chipset with 64MB of dedicated memory and enough performance with enough visual performance to handle external display resolutions up to 1920x1200.
RAZR VE20 images leak
A few out-of-focus photos of the Motorola RAZR VE20 for the Sprint network have been leaked on the Iternet on Wednesday, ahead of the phone's official debut on August 17. The latest RAZR-branded phone, the VE20 clamshell will be exclusively offered by Sprint. The phone will sport a 320x240 resolution main display, dual band CDMA voice and EVDO as well as 3G data network support. The top portion has the same touch-sensitive strip as the one found on the RAZR2 V9m.
Nikon D90 DSLR on Best Buy
The upcoming Nikon D90 digital SLR camera has appeared in another electronics retailer's stock system, all but confirming its price and imminent arrival in stores. The image of a computer screen showing the stock status at a Best Buy store comes as a leak supplied to Engadget from an anonymous source. On Monday, a similar image from competitor Circuit City was also published.
Sony OLEDs in Europe
Wednesday's report from Japan is fueling rumors and a previous report that electronics giant Sony is close to launching ultra-thin organic light-emitting diode (OLED) TVs. Specifically, Japan's Nikkei Business Daily has Sony launching the thin TVs using this new technology in Europe as soon as next year. A Sony spokesperson admitted a European launch is under consideration, but did not reveal specifics.
Bell gets Katana Eclipse
Unlike previously hinted, Sanyo's Katana Eclipse flip phone will not make its debut at Sprint, but is currently available for purchase at Canadian wireless provider Bell Mobility instead. The stylized dual-band GSM phone's most unique feature is its ability to set different illumination colors for different callers or types of incoming messages. Otherwise, the MP3-capable clamshell features external music controls, has 10MB of internal memory and a microSD card slot for expansion up to 8GB.
Cygnett's phone speaker
Cygnett, maker of phone and digital audio player accessories, on Wednesday announced it will soon release its GrooveTooth Talk speaker system in the US market. The speaker connects to compatible phones via the Bluetooth 2.0 wireless standard, and is aimed for use by drivers to keep their hands free to operate their vehicles. The speaker has a built-in clip that will attach the speaker to sun visors, close to driver's mouths.
Opacity Express released
Like Thought has announced a new, slimmed-down graphics editor, Opacity Express. The new release is based on Opacity, but has been scaled back to specific uses. Many features from Opacity have been included, such as vectors, layers, variables and factories; Express uses a simpler interface however, and removes some of the content surrounding its vector and pixel editors.
Gateway P7811 FX Notebook
Gateway today gave its FX notebook line a performance increase with its first retail system using newer technology. The P-7811 FX is based on Intel's Centrino 2 platform and runs a 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo from the newest generation, improving on the older 2GHz and 2.2GHz chips with a faster 1,066MHz bus. It also brings NVIDIA's GeForce 9800M GTS graphics for more desktop-like 3D performance, particularly at the 17-inch LCD's native 1920x1200.
CardReader Pro coming soon
Nervian has unveiled the CardReader Pro, a media card reader designed to integrate seamlessly with the Apple Mac Pro and PowerMac G5 cases. The CardReader Pro installs in three steps, it can be slid under the upper or lower handle of a Mac Pro or PowerMac G5 case, then fastened with a special latch mechanism and finally plugged into the computer with a high speed USB cable. All of the major memory card formats are supported along with many variations and revisions, adding up to 52 different supported formats.
BBC upgrades to H.264, AAC
Later this week, the BBC will update its iPlayer streaming service with H.264 and AAC+ compression schemes, the UK broadcaster has announced. The move is aimed at supporting open standards, and additionally improving steaming quality, jumping bitrates from 500 to 800Kbps, according to Macworld. The compression schemes will offer improved visuals and sound for users streaming over Flash, currently the only way to access the BBC's media on a Mac. The network has already been broadcasting in non-Flash H.264 and AAC for its iPhone and iPod touch streams.
Magnetic RAM technology
German engineers and physicists have made a prototype of an advanced RAM system that nears the theoretical speed limit for the process. According to a NewScientistTech report, this technology - known as Magnetoresistive Random Access Memory (MRAM) - is claimed to be faster and more efficient then RAM currentlyavailable. Some companies speculate the capabilities and low power consumption of MRAM may push the mobile market in the years to come. So far, however, the technology is in experimental stages at the moment, and is not available for distribution.
Dell to End Separate XPS
Dell is phasing out its distinct XPS line in favor of its regular brands, the company has revealed today. While not explicitly saying it will discontinue the XPS label outright, the name will now be folded into the Inspiron and Studio systems as a high-end trim level. The stylized Studio line will effectively replace the XPS for most purposes, Dell's worldwide marketing chief Mark Jarvis says. The official doesn't provide a motivation other than to suggest the move is part of "brand consolidation" that trims the number of labels at Dell.
Funai's TV, Blu-ray combo
Japanese electronics firm Funai, which makes products under the Sylvania, Symphonic, Emerson and Magnavox brands, will sell LCD TVs with integrated Blu-ray players in the US starting in the summer of 2009, according to Wednesday's reports. The company already offers LCD TV and DVD-player combos under the Sylvania brand in the US market, sales of which make up a full 20 percent of the company's sales.
USB key lock for Mac
Tesline-Service RSL, a security software developer, has released v1.1 of its Rohos Logon Key technology, which now supports Mac OS X Tiger and Leopard. The software allows users to lock or unlock their computer without typing in a password each time, through the use of a USB key. "Keys" take the form of any authorized USB flash drive; when one is removed from a Mac, the desktop is automatically locked. To unlock a screen, the key can be quickly re-inserted. The program requires Max OS X 10.4 or higher, and costs $19, but can be used for free in a 15-day trial.
HSBC Mulls iPhone Swap
Worldwide bank HSBC is considering replacing its fleet of 200,000 BlackBerries with iPhones, the company tells ZDNet. The institution's CIO for Australia and New Zealand, Brenton Hush, says that HSBC is determining the phone's usefulness on the corporate network and would potentially deploy the phone on a global basis. No definitive conclusions are said to have been reached on the iPhone, which at present is still a secondary concern at the regional level.
NVIDIA loses on bad chips
Graphics chip builder NVIDIA has reported its first quarterly loss in almost five years, writes the Wall Street Journal. The company has taken a net loss of $120.9 million for its second financial quarter, admitting that materials used to package its mobile graphics chips caused unusually high failure rates. Third-party observers have suggested that the company's desktop processors could be affected as well, but this allegation has not been confirmed.
Jabra BT530 headset
Headset manufacturer Jabra has scheduled another Bluetooth device, the BT530, to be released in September. Weighing only .35 ounces, the headset is claimed to be one of the smallest available, and capable of pairing multiple desk and cellular phones at the same time. The ear hook can be removed, and Jabra includes eight different sizes of "Eargel" to customize for a user's particular ear shape.
Intel Publishes USB 3
Intel on Wednesday hoped to settle a conflict in standards on Wednesday by publishing a draft version of the controller interface spec for USB 3.0, the next generation of its peripheral format. The information provides a guide for hardware makers to relay information from the USB controller hardware to the software that manages it and helps settle a dispute triggered by AMD and NVIDIA, which accused Intel of knowingly withholding information about the interface to give systems based on Intel hardware an advantage over those using rival copmonents.
The iTunes Download
Premiere Radio Networks has announced that this weekend, a new, three-hour music countdown show backed by Apple will launch, titled
Sirius XM app for iPhone?
A Sirius XM application is in production for the iPhone, according to reports. The app is said to be in development by GeeksToolBox as part of the StreamSmart project, which aims to allow the streaming of Sirius, XM and Internet radio to multiple platforms including the iPhone. The name of the app, StarPlayr, may indicate that a partnership with NiceMac, as StarPlayr is the name NiceMac uses for its Mac OS X software of similar function. The Sirius XM app is allegedly still in an alpha stage, meaning it remains under heavy development and that a number of leaked details could change.
BBerry 8350 and Moto V950
Sprint is readying an aggressive launch of several push-to-talk phones in the next few months that include the previously rumored BlackBerry Curve 8350, according to a roadmap leak from BGR. Documents confirm the existence of the smartphone as the BlackBerry 8350i and that it will not only use the iDEN push-to-talk network but should have features absent on other variants, including both the GPS and Wi-Fi that are normally kept separate in the Curve lineup. It also sports the latest version of the BlackBerry OS and manages to hide the normally prominent antennas on iDEN phones.
UBS on Best Buy iPhones
UBS Equity Research has released a new report, claiming that the impact of iPhones being sold in Best Buy Mobile locations across the US will be minimal. The expansion is seen as a sign that iPhone production is on track, however, and that Apple should have no issues getting iPhone supplies out to 70 countries by the end of the year.
Piper on Sept. numbers
Apple is likely to beat earlier estimates on iPhone sales for the September quarter, say analysts with Piper Jaffray. The firm writes that while it was previously predicting sales of 4.1 million phones, it recently performed 25 hours of in-store checks at Apple retail locations, leading to a new prediction of 4.47 million. Piper notes, as evidence, that Apple is now selling an average 95 phones per day at its stores, compared to 24 in September of 2007, and 21 in August. Apple sold 1.12 million iPhones in the whole of the September quarter last year.
Nokia Requiring AMOLED
Alleged display industry insiders today claim Nokia will make a large shift to active matrix OLED (AMOLED) displays in the near future. The cellphone designer is said to be choosing suppliers it knows have plans to create and manufacture the advanced organic screens, which are brighter and more color-rich than LCDs as well as thinner and more power-efficient.
VUDU Movie Renewals
VUDU today set out to best Apple TV and other competitors in the networked media hub field with two features meant to draw in more movie viewers. The company is the first to offer digital movie renewals and will let customers pay a discounted price to either finish watching a movie or to watch it again; any customer that has already started playing a title can pay 99 cents (standard-definition) or $2 (HD) within a week of first playing the movie to watch it again, even if their normal playback time has already expired.
Fire hits Apple campus
Fire struck Apple's main campus in Cupertino, California late Tuesday night, writes The Mercury News. The blaze is said to have erupted at Valley Green Six, 20605 Valley Green Drive, and produced a heavy amount of smoke, earning a three-alarm rating and more than 60 firefighters. Emergency crews from as far away as San Jose, Santa Clara and Los Altos arrived at the scene, while Apple workers took photos with their iPhones.
OpenGL 3 Features
Standards backer Khronos Group has published the specifications for OpenGL 3.0, the next major revision to the universal graphics programming format. The new version focuses on high dynamic range (HDR) images and now includes support for 32-bit, floating point data both for depth and rendering buffers as well as for textures. The advance allows for more precise color and also permits more accurate calculation for visual effects.
Logitech V550 Nano
Logitech this morning released a new travel mouse that it believes could help further with portability. The V550 Nano is simpler than the VX Nano but comes with a clip that attaches to most surfaces, including notebooks themselves; this eases carrying the mouse even for short room-to-room trips, the company argues. The V550 is also the longest-lasting of any portable mouse from the firm with as much as 18 months of regular use between battery replacements.
Ubermind on Tuesday unveiled Maperture, a new geotagging plug-in for Apple's Aperture photo editing and organization application, allowing users to add GPS data to pictures for placement on a virtual map. Maperture offers connectivity with Google Maps, and can either be used to add information to one image at a time, or an entire photo library. Ubermind is offering Maperture for no charge, and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher, with Aperture 2.0.
Surface in Sheraton hotels
Microsoft's highly talked-about Surface technology, previously known to exist in AT&T stores and Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, is now being adopted at five Sheraton Hotel and Resort locations, in New York, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, and San Francisco. The Sheraton locations will take advantage of the multi-touch Surface to provide travel and activity itineraries, musical entertainment from featured Sony BMG artists, and photo libraries from Sheraton hotels around the world.
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