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i-Kit, iPod FM transmitter
If you have a portable digital music player like an iPod or iPhone, you can take your music everywhere you go. Unfortunately, the only place where you often can't listen to your music on these players is in your own car, where earphones can be a safety hazard. While some of the newer cars offer built-in ports for plugging in an iPod or cellular phone, many older cars lack this feature, requiring a new car stereo to link directly to the sound system. For these older cars, you can still listen to your iPod music with the help of the i-Kit from MediaGate.
Treo Pro leaked
Palm leaked a Flash demonstration of its upcoming Treo 850 - officially dubbed the Treo Pro - offering full views of the product, with function layouts and more. While Palm has since pulled the presentation, WM Experts forum members were quick enough to grab screenshots and details of the device, including a top-oriented power button, reset button, and a 3.5mm headset jack, among others. The device features a shiny black finish, and a very minimalist appearance to the overall design.
Highpoing SAS RAID
HighPoint Technologies has unveiled the RocketRAID 4320 SAS RAID Controller. This hardware, featuring the Intel Xscale IOP348 at 1.2GHz, was designed by HighPoint to meet the scalability, performance, reliability, and manageability requirements for enterprise. RocketRAID 4320 is a PCI-Express x8 SAS RAID controller capable of supporting eight SAS/SATA hard drives. HighPoint claims transfer rates over 1004MB/s read and 913MB/s write using their second generation "TerabyteArchitecture".
Boris Continuum Units
Boris FX on Thursday announced three families of Boris Continuum Units, allowing users to piecemeal the Boris Continuum Complete set to meet their editing needs. Boris is offering Pan and Zoom, UpRez, and Chroma Key as separately purchasable components, with the option to apply the purchase price towards the full cost of Boris Continuum complete. Boris FX is selling Pan and Zoom for $200, while UpRez is $100, and Chroma Key is available for $300.
Simplify Media iPhone app
A new version of the Simplify Media iPhone app is available for download. Simplify Media v1.1 enables users to play music from their entire home music collection on their iPhone or iPod touch, from any place with a Wi-Fi or EDGE/3G network connection. Music can also be streamed from up to 30 friends. Simplify Media also allows viewing of album art, lyrics, and artist bios, and the service is compatible with PC, Mac, and Linux.
MobileMe phishing scam
A phishing scheme targeted at MobileMe users has duped hundreds into releasing their credit card or other personal information according to Computerworld. Dan Clements, president of identity protection company CardCops, claimed hundreds of people were scammed with mac.com in a single day. CardCops uses investigators and automated bots to find information online in places frequented by cybercriminals. A recent search uncovered a stash of records in a server used to house stolen information.
Sony WHDI device
More information has been given about Sony's first WHDI device, the DMX-WL1T, according to Sony Insider. This interface will allow uncompressed 1080p HD video and audio signal to be transmitted to any Dmex compatible Sony Bravia HDTV. WHDI is claimed to be capable of data rates up to 3GB per second, transmitted on a 40mhz channel in the 5Ghz unlicensed band. The range for the DMX-WL1T is said to be 5 feet, significantly less than Sony's claims of the distance WHDI technology is capable communicating.
Micron releases 32GB e-MMC
Micron Technologies announced the latest additions to their line of "e-MMC" high-density embedded memory devices. Storage capacities from 1GB to 32GB are offered and feature an extended range of operating temperatures (-40C to +85C) for automotive or industrial use. Micron claims the devices can read data at speeds up to 52 megabytes per second. e-MMC memory is found in cell phones, PDAs, hand-held electronics, digital video cameras, gaming devices and more.
Meeting Maker for iPhone
PeopleCube and Notify Technology today announced that NotifyLink for Meeting Maker now supports the iPhone 3G and all iPhone or iPod touch devices upgraded to the new iPhone 2.0 softwae. NotifyLink Enterprise Edition for Meeting Maker will allow iPhone and iPod touch users to electronically synchronize email, Meeting Maker calendar, personal address book, and global address book.
Del names Inspiron 910
Dell has released official specs for the Dell E - now officially called the Inspiron 910 - and citing that the laptop will indeed come with an option for 3G wireless capabilities, as seen on Brazilian tech news blog Garota Sem Fio. The Inspiron 910 will offer users a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, and either 512MB or 1GB of RAM. Dell elected for a flash-based SSD drive, offered in 4GB, 8GB, and 12GB sizes. Crowning the 910 is an 8.9 inch TrueLife LCD, running at a native resolution of 1024 by 600 pixels, while graphics are driven by an Intel 945GSE chipset.
Intel PCs get Remote Wake
A Thursday report says a Remote Wake function will soon be released by Intel for its products, allowing PCs to answer incoming phone calls over the Internet while in energy-saving standby or sleep modes. Thus far, computers had to be in their full operating mode in order to notify users of incoming VoIP phone calls. The function will need a wired Ethernet connection to the Internet, as Wi-Fi does not function while computers are in sleep mode. To ensure only solicited and wanted calls come through, users will be able to custom-tailor their accepted calling list.
NVIDIA's GPU ray tracer
Graphics processor maker NVIDIA on Thursday announced it will be demonstrating the first fully interactive GPU-based ray tracer at the SIGGRAPH 2008 exposition in Las Vegas that is currently being held. The entirely NVIDIA-developed tracer is running on four of the company's next-generation Quadro GPUs set in Quadro Plex 2100 D4 Visual Computing System. It is capable of three bounce linear scaling rendering at up to 30fps at resolutions of 1920x1080.
RIAA ruling sets precedent
The newest development surrounding the long-lasting case of one Tanya Andersen and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), sees the single mother turning the tables on the RIAA, countersuing, and winning. Fearing the worst, the RIAA offered Andersen a $30,000 settlement, which she refused, then upped it $60,000 to the same effect before being ordered to pay nearly $108,000 by a judge and setting a precedent.
SketchUp Podium for Mac
Mac users of Google SketchUp 5/6/Pro will now be able to use the SU Podium rendering plug-in, just released for Mac OS X. Podium for Mac will be identical to the Windows version except for the OS compatibility. Users of the Windows version are permitted to switch to the new Mac version for free using their original serial number. A full Light fixture library for Mac has also been released, including a total of 227 fixtures that can be added to any SketchUp scene.
Celio REDFLY price drop
The Celio Corp announced on Thursday that its REDFLY Mobile Companion will be priced at $399, representing a 20 percent price drop, and was updated to support 12 Windows Mobile smart phones, bringing the total up to 19. Like the original version of the smart phone terminal, the device allows smartphone users to use a keyboard and larger screen for access to notes, email, spreadsheets and other Windows Mobile applications via a USB 2.0 connection.
Yamaha's Blu-ray player
Having waited out the HD format war safely, Yamaha is getting ready to jump into the Blu-ray market with its BD-S2900 player, according to a leaked report, pre-empting the player's expected release at the CEDIA show at the start of September. The unofficial specifications have the BD-S2900 compatible with the Profile v1.1, allowing users to view extra BonusView content without turning to their PC's Blu-ray drives, capable of 1080p/24fps HDMI video output, and upscaling of standard DVDs.
Radiopaq Rp5 radio
Internet radio and podcast hub Radiopaq.com on Thursday announced that it would bring its offerings to users without having to directly rely on their computers thanks to its new Rp5 radio. The Rp5 features five speakers for clear sound reproduction, and can synchronize with Radiopaq.com using its built-in Wi-Fi connection, allowing users to search for music and other audio content by name, genre, country or language. Settings users made on the website, such as favorites, are also transferred to the Rp5.
InHand FireFly SBC
InHand Electronics will show its FireFly ultra mobile PC to the public at the Intel Developer Forum set to take place starting on August 19, the company announced on Wednesday. The single-board computer will use the Intel Atom processor running at 1.6GHz and System Controller Hub, and is meant for OEM developers of UMPCs, mobile Internet devices and similar handhelds.
Power, thermal patents
Apple today filed two new patent applications with the US Patent and Trademark Office. The first, Conserving power by reducing voltage supplied to an instruction-processing portion of a processor, involves continuing a 2005 patent relating to techniques for saving power in computer systems. Specifically, it relates to reducing voltage supplied to an instruction-processing portion of a processor, while still maintaining voltage to other portions of a chipset.
Sony ZEGO BCU-100
At the Siggraph 2008 exhibition being held in Las Vegas, Sony on Tuesday announced the first of its ZEGO-branded hybrid multi-core processing platforms for HD video production with the BCU-100 computing unit. The ZEGO platform is based on Sony's Cell Broadband Engine first seen in its PlayStation 3 gaming console along with RSX graphics technologies, and was developed to cut the processing times of creating and rendering increasingly complex high-resolution visual effects and computer graphics.
Apple passes Google cap
Apple has overtaken Google in a key industry metric, figures show. Apple's market capitalization -- a measurement of share price multiplied by the amount of outstanding shares -- reached $158.84 billion on Wednesday, beating Google, whose cap at the time was $157.23 billion. The news is significant mainly due to the clout of Google, which closed with a share value of $500.03 on Wednesday, even though the companies are comparatively similar in size.
Samsung intros E200 Eco
At the Olympic Rendezvous @ Samsung event in Beijing, Samsung unveiled an environmentally-friendly version of its E200 slider phone on Wednesday and called it the E200 Eco. To lower its carbon footprint, the company used bio-plastic for the E200 Eco's external case. The case is made from natural plant-based materials and not petroleum like the case on the standard version of the phone, saving 1.16 tons of CO2 for every 1 ton of bio-plastic used versus traditional polycarbonate.
NVIDIA Supports OpenGL 3
NVIDIA this afternoon was quick to announced that it was supporting the new OpenGL 3.0 standard for graphics and has already launched a software driver beta. The update is currently available only for Windows PCs but lets all GeForce 8-, 9-, and GTX-series cards plus equivalent Quadro models run most of the newer features, including the 32-bit, floating point color and textures as well as other improvements to the way it handles geometry and vertex data.
Psystar defiant of lawsuit
Psystar is "definitely still shipping" its Mac clones, in spite of an ongoing lawsuit from Apple, reads a message from the company. "Recently, our sales team has received several inquiries as to whether or not our systems are still available," the company says. "Psystar is definitely still shipping Open Computing products and we've introduced our restore utilities to enhance the computing experience for our customers at no extra cost."
Heinen settles with SEC
The Securities and Exchange Commission has announced a settlement in the backdating allegations against Apple's former general counsel, Nancy Heinen. Heinen is the central figure in the backdating scandal that saw Apple accused of improper options payouts which led to numerous lawsuits from shareholders and has seen Apple CEO Steve Jobs subpoenaed to testify in court about the backdating. Heinen has agreed to pay $2.2 million in disgorgement, interest and penalties, and will also be barred from serving as an officer or director of any public company for five years. She has also been suspended from appearing or practicing as an attorney before the SEC for three years, but has not had to admit or deny the Commission's allegations.
AOC PC TV Hybrids
AOC seized on the back-to-school timeframe to release a trio of small screens that it says are a good fit for city dwellers with only a small amount of space. The smallest, the 19-inch L19W861, is also the sharpest with a 1440x900 resolution sharp enough both for 720p HDTV as well as computer input. It accordingly comes with both a VGA input for computers in addition to one each of HDMI, component, S-video, and RCA for TV sources. The screen is also vivid for a small display with a 3,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and sells for a relatively low $299.
Ambrosia Wire Tap tool
Ambrosia Software today announced the release of a new Mac recording tool, WireTap Anywhere. WireTap lets users take audio from any Mac application or hardware input device and bring it to a recording application. Any programs that output audio can be selected as input devices, their output then being recorded or edited in any application that can record from the mic input or other audio input.
Netflix DVD Outage
Netflix today confirmed an outage with its rental service that has prevented the company from shipping out its signature DVDs since Tuesday. Company spokesman Steve Swasey doesn't provide a technical reason for the outage but acknowledges that Netflix hasn't been able to ship movies to about a third of its over 8.4 million subscribers for a 24-hour period, stalling their queues and creating longest outage the company has experienced to date.
2TB OWC hub storage
Other World Computing today announced it is now offering a 2TB version of its Mercury Elite-AL Pro Dual-Drive USB 2.0 hub/storage device. The Mercury Elite is a "Plug 'N Play" external hard drive for Mac or PC that also offers three powered USB 2.0 ports. The drive runs at 7200rpm and has 64mb data buffer cache. OWC claims data transfer rates of 60MB/sec; the drive is packaged with Prosoft Engineer Data Backup for Mac OS X 10.2.9 or later, NovaStor NovaBACKUP for Windows 2000 or later, and Intech SpeedTools Utilities for Mac OS 8.6/X. A USB 2.0 cable is included with the drive. Storage capacities for the Mercury Elite series range from 500GB to 2TB, with prices ranging from $170 to $440, respectively.
Intel 2009-1010 Leaked Map
Intel's upcoming processor generations will double the number of cores per chip and add a brand new language for specialized code, according to leaked slides obtained by CanardPlus. Although the semiconductor company's Core i7 will just receive a manufacturing process shrink down from 45 nanometers to 32 during 2009, reducing its power use and allowing more complex parts, a replacement architecture codenamed Sandy Bridge will replace it by 2010 and double the number of cores per die to eight. Hyperthreading support will let it handle as many as 16 code threads at once, while a large 16MB pool of Level 3 cache will be shared to make best use of the cores.
GroupWise iPhone sync
Notify Technology Corp. has announced that all iPhone and iPod touch devices running the 2.0 firmware will be supported by NotifyLink Enterprise Edition for Novell GroupWise. NotifyLink extends the enterprise functionality of the iPhone and iPod touch to include support for wireless synchronization of Novell GroupWise email and PIM (calendar, personal address book, and global address book). NotifyLink is available in two different versions, "On-Premise" and "On-Demand." The "On-Premise" version is ideal for companies who want to maintain and support their wireless email and PIM synchronization on site whereas the "On-Demand" version is hosted by Notify and designed for enterprises of all sizes wanting to avoid the maintenance and support but still deploy any number or wireless devices.
Case-mate Naked Case
Case-mate recently released a new case for the iPhone 3G: the new Color Naked Case covers the iPhone in a tough acrylic shell that will protect the device from bumps, drops and scratches. The case has a contoured shape that matches the shape of the iPhone 3G very well and ensures a tight fit. The front panel of the case does not inhibit the touch functionality of the screen, as the it features an electrostatic membrane, allowing full touch control to respond normally. Full access to all of the button controls is also available and the cutouts for the buttons are big enough to allow easy access, but small enough to provide protection of the device.
Business iPhone 3G sales
Business shoppers can now buy the iPhone 3G online, AT&T has announced. Although the carrier has offered deals for business clients since the phone's July 11th launch, people ordering outside of large-scale enterprise deals have typically had to travel in person to an AT&T shop, and cope with lineups despite potentially urgent needs. Regular iPhone buyers must always shop in person.
Swift 3D speeds Intel, PPC
Electric Rain has released a Universal Binary of Swift 3D 5.0 and also added performance gains to the 3D-rendering application. Swift 3D imports and renders Flash content and exports Flash 3D content via Papervision3D export. Version 5.0 adds low-level changes that triple rendering speeds for vector and raster renders on Intel chips. The update also speeds rendering and increases compatibility for Power PC chips. Swift 3D 5.0 adds new rendering textures, views and animations, while upgrading the user interface. It requires Mac OS X 10.2 an above, with minimum requirements of a 400MHz processor and 128MB RAM. Swift 3D 5.0 is available now for $250 with a 15-percent discount available through the month of August with the promotional code SUMMER2008.
Third-gen PSP at FCC
Sony's rumored third-generation PSP may be real, new filings suggest. A new version of Sony's gaming handheld has appeared at the FCC, where it has undergone testing for its wireless components. All new wireless products in the US must undergo safety and interference testing at the FCC, even if they are only minor revisions of an existing device. The PSP uses 802.11b Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet or a PS3.
Revo's portable DAB+ tuner
UK audio company Revo has announced the Pico RadioStation, a new DAB radio tuner. Aside from DAB and FM radio broadcasts, the Pico is also designed to stream computer and Internet content through a LAN connection. Particularly important may be compatibility with DAB+, an improved radio standard with error correction and support for AAC+ compression. The Pico is said to be one of the first portable tuners with the technology, although it is nearly 6.6 inches tall.
JD Power Support Quality
Verizon has just edged out long-time champion T-Mobile in its ability to help cellular customers, according to the results of a new JD Power study. The research group gave the second-largest carrier the nod for a high score of 103 in the survey, which tracked both carriers' ability to provide an actual solution to a given problem on the phone, in person, or online, as well as the amount of hold time for phone help. Verizon is said to be especially noteworthy for resolving many more of its problems the first time where rivals sometimes require multiple sessions.
Canvastic updated to 3.5
Canvastic has announced the immediate release of an update to its self-titled software, an integrated writing, graphics and publishing tool specifically designed for students in grades K-8. Version 3.5 expands on the concept of flexibility, as teachers can now add extra customization to students' work environments. The update has also has improved audio tool, with iTunes integration, a new voice recording tool, and an option for inserting sounds. The added audio becomes an object that can be plated in a document or presentation.
Rivet 1.2 released
Cynical Peak has released a new update to Rivet, its Mac software for the Xbox 360. The app lets users stream music, photos and videos to a 360 console, which normally requires the use of a PC and Windows Media Player. Mac folder structure is reproduced in the 360's media browser, and content can be pulled not only from iTunes and iPhoto libraries, but user-specified folders.
Filters add vintage effect
Mister Retro has announced Permanent Press, a set of retro filters for Photoshop. The filters create a vintage look, providing offset-printing effects, letterpress effects, ink works and more. The filters process images, type and visual designs, the plug-in is customizable and settings can be saved to reproduce specific effects. Permanent Press requires Mac OS X 10.2.6 or higher, 256MB RAM (1GB RAM recommended) and works with Photoshop CS2 and CS 3, and Photoshop Elements 4.0 and higher. The plug-in is available now for $100.
Mac OS X 10.5.5 build 9F13
Just under a week after the last update, Apple has begun seeding a new build of Mac OS X 10.5.5 to developers, titled 9F13. Measuring 330MB, the software is said to have no changes to the core components of Leopard, but instead merely a collection of 10 bug fixes, bringing the total in v10.5.5 to 115. This number should continue to increase, as the public version of the update is only expected in October.
Moto ZN200 W396 and W388
Motorola chose Thursday to quietly release three phones, all of which are targeted at a world audience and with music in mind. The previously slipped out ZN200 has dedicated MP3 software with drag-and-drop support as well as a 2-megapixel camera with video support, but is now known to distinguish itself through a trick slider design. The top sports illuminated icons that show right from its owners pocket whether there's an incoming call, new e-mail, or if Bluetooth is active. It ships before the end of the summer and supports 850MHz GSM plus GPRS data, hinting a possible North American launch.
Noise Buster 6.1 ships
Akvis says it has updated its Noise Buster software to v6.1. Noise Buster was created to help users more easily remove noise from digital photographs. The update's noise suppression algorithm has been slightly modified to improve overall performance, and several bugs have been fixed. Users can also translate the program into a new language, Italian.
MacBook Air Update Rumor
Apple's first revision to the MacBook Air will see a clock speed boost as well as a storage upgrade, according to a newly prominent rumor. The report claims the 13.3-inch lightweight portable will switch from Apple's custom-ordered 65 nanometer processors to a reference 45 nanometer, Penryn-based design. Upgrading will allegedly reduce the clock speed gap and let the MacBook Air's Core 2 Duo chip push 2GHz "and beyond," according to the leak.
Fix for iPhone 3G drops
Unusual reception problems with the iPhone 3G are indeed attributable to Infineon's 3G chip, say two anonymous sources. Described as "well-placed," the individuals claim that approximately 2 to 3 percent of iPhone traffic is suffering from connection troubles, which may also include continual shifting between 3G and 2.5G networks. By comparison, the normal rate of dropped calls for AT&T is about 1 percent.
Logitech and Ultimate Ears
Logitech this morning said it has acquired Ultimate Ears. The $34 million deal gives Logitech its first true entry point into in-canal earphones and includes a lineup of devices geared both towards regular portable media players as well as audiophiles and professional concert or studio monitors. The move is more specifically intended by Logitech to support its iPhone and iPod lineups, which so far consist only of speaker docks.
Slacker G2 Leak at FCC
Slacker is developing a smaller, upgraded version of its unique Wi-Fi media player, according to an FCC filing. Dubbed the G2 Personal Portable Radio, the device is visibly smaller and more rounded than the original but also adds wireless links that aren't present in the original, including 802.11a Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 for short-range peripherals, and an FM radio to complement Slacker's existing technique of automatically downloading songs from the Internet.
Lian-Li XB01 Xbox Case
Lian-Li this morning said it has started shipping the PC-XB01, its unusual replacement for the stock Xbox 360 casing. The brushed-aluminum tower builds on the company's experience with PC cases and lets enthusiasts comfortable with opening the console put its components in a much cooler chassis and avoid the chronic overheating issues that affect most existing systems. In addition to absorbing heat through the metal, the case has a Mac Pro-like front grill and a large 120mm rear fan to create high airflow.
Movies in iTunes Australia
Apple today announced the availability of movies through the iTunes Stores in Australia and New Zealand. The combined opening gives customers in the southern Pacific countries access to over 700 movies (100 in HD on Apple TV) that are available either to rent, purchase, or both. Customers have the same extended viewing rights as with the iTunes Store in Canada and have up to 48 hours to finish watching or replay movies after starting playback.
ScanLife for iPhone
Scanbuy on Wednesday unveiled ScanLife, a new iPhone application that allows users to create and scan 2D barcodes that link users to websites, products, and services. ScanLife can automatically launch any URL, as well as any iTunes page or YouTube video when connected to WiFi. Barcodes can be embedded on advertisements, TV shows, and other media. The software itself requires an account with Scanbuy, but carries no cost for either ScanLife or the subscription.
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