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EchoFX adds USB AV capture
EchoFX has announced immediate updates for USBVision and VideoGlide; each of the programs have been updated to version 1.3.2 and have received support for USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 video digitizing devices from Belkin, Dazzle, KWorld, Pinnacle, Plextor, XLR8 and others. The new versions also correct a problem with exporting movies in Leopard, fix a memory leak in the USBVision decoder and add support for new VideoGlide devices based on the Empia 2862 chipset.
iPhone ads for App Store
Apple on Friday posted three new iPhone/iPod TV ads featuring the the company's App Store. After launching several new "Get a Mac" ads earlier this week, the company has posted QuickTime versions of its "Lonely Planet," "Cro Mag," and "Vicinity" spots, which began airing on television. The new ads, told in the typical Apple third-party narrative style, highlighting the third-party software support added in the recent iPhone 2.0 update: "This is how you enter the App Store; And this is how you browse 1000 new apps; And this is how you download one--right to your phone... And this is when you realize, this is going to change everything." The credits close highlighting the AT&T 3G Network ("the fastest 3G network") and fade off with the familiar Apple logo.
Eternal Storm Software has released the latest edition of their iTunes companion GimmeSomeTune v4.1.1 . Lyrics and artwork are automatically downloaded by the app for whatever song the user is currently listening to. This new version adds support for last.fm "now playing" notification and includes various bug fixes. The information window is claimed to be more stable and faster, utilizing Mac OS X Leopard's scripting bridge.
We7 CEO interviewed
Steve Purdham, founder of We7, talked about his company and where the music industry is going in an interview. According to Distorted-Loop, We7 claims it is attempting to innovate music distribution by bridging the gap between illegal music downloads and pay services such as iTunes. Users of the service can listen to any track for free, but the track will contain "dynamically grafted" short ads. The track can be listened to or shared with the ads or purchased to remove them.
ASUS N10 ultraportable
Images and external specifications for the so-called ASUS N10 leaked Friday, confirming rumors of the hard drive-bearing, non-Eee branded micro laptop. The simply-detailed N10 offers users a 10.2 inch widescreen monitor (rated at 1024 by 600 pixels), encased in a sandy colored shell, with a chrome polished hinge - Blogeee.net observes that the result is a very sturdy overall design. Confirmed are storage capacities up to 320GB, with supposed options for Windows Vista or Linux.
Logitech V550 Nano Review
Until now, some of Logitech's better mousing features, particularly its extra-small Nano Receiver and its free-spinning metal scroll wheel, have been limited to high-end devices; outside of the MX 620, none of its previous devices have come with either for less than $70. The V550 Nano aims to solve that problem by bringing both features to a $60 notebook mouse and adds a unique notebook-mountable clip at the same time. It succeeds in lowering the cost, but our full review determines whether that comes at the expense of design.
Apple looks into iTunes
As a result of access to the Chinese iTunes Store being blocked by the government, an Apple official has come forward to comment on the matter, saying that an investigation is ongoing. According to MarketWatch, Apple China spokeswoman Huang Yuna reported the company is aware of the problem, but denies being able to add any clarity in the matter. It is uncertain whether access was blocked due to the release of a pro-Tibet music album, or the flurry of more than 400 comments between nationals and those for Tibet's freedom.
Albatron intros UMPC
While it's not clear if Taiwan-based manufacturer Albatron means to compete directly with ASUS' Eee PC line, the company today is playing on the same theme with its new Tee PC netbook. The Tee PC is based on a 7-inch LCD touchscreen good for 800x480 resolution but, instead of relying on an Intel Atom or Celeron, powers the system with a cellphone-oriented ARM 926 processor running at just 400MHz. The 128MB flash drive is loaded with Windows CE 6 and uses the lower memory footprint to trim down to 128MB of RAM.
T-Mobile to get Kickstart
The upcoming BlackBerry Kickstart, believed to be named the Pearl 8220 when it does arrive, will be sold exclusively by cellphone provide T-Mobile for three months, today's report suggests. T-Mobile will spend tens of millions in TV, radio and Internet advertising campaigns that kick off in mid September to make the public aware of this fact.
Genius SW-T21 Speakers
Genius today gave an advance look at a new speaker set that expands on the touch input feature of the SP-T1200 The SW-T2.1 1800 (not yet pictured) lets user adjust sound settings without the perceived visual clutter of dials but significantly improves the audio quality with a six-inch subwoofer to separate the low-end frequencies. A DRD 3D spatialization effect expands the sound field.
Folderix flash drive
Art Lebedev Studio has introduced the Folderix 4GB flash drive. The device takes its role literally and encases the storage a folder to put files in; the case material is upscale and uses multiple colors of aluminum with a laser-etched logo. The Folderix flash drive costs $55 when bought from the Optimus Maximus keyboard creator and is available today.
Virgin Helio Deal Approved
Virgin Mobile today said the US government has greenlit its buyout of Helio. The approval comes without having to change the original terms of the deal, which hands over all of Helio's 170,000 customers and actually improves the rates Virgin pays Sprint to use its network for calls and data. It also significantly reduces Helio's debt and gives the partly Korean-owned company two seats on Virgin's board of directors.
PearPad app for iPhone
Pearworks today announced its new app, pearPad, designed to allow an iPhone to be used as a remote trackpad or keyboard for the user's Mac. Swipe gestures are also supported for software such as Aperture. Mouse cursor position, scrolling, text entry, and key combinations can all be controlled by the phone and output to an application run on the Mac, pearPad Remote. Once the software is installed and activated on the Mac, the iPhone app will automatically find the computer on the network with Bonjour.
Motorola VU30 info leaked
Images from an owner's manual for the Motorola VU30 have leaked on the web on Friday, revealing more information on the flip phone, which is coming to Verizon in the not too distant future. It is now known the 3G capable handset will be called the Rapture VU30 and sport a touch-sensitive external display. Unlike some other flip-phones, the dislpay will allow users to capture still images and videos via the 2.0-megapixel camera while the phone in its closed position.
Pure intros Evoke Flow
UK-based Pure Digital on Thursday announced it will be releasing its newest Internet radio, the Evoke Flow. Like competing products, including the recently announced Radiopaq Rp5, the Evoke Flow will feature an FM radio receiver, as well as a DAB tuner and DAB+ support. Of course, a Wi-Fi module will likewise be integrated, allowing the Evoke Flow to connect to Pure's newly launched online web radio site, Pure Lounge.
Cell Ranger signal booster
Cell Ranger has announced two new products intended to increase signal strength for cellphones or 3G data cards in fringe areas and reduce the number of dropped calls. The Cell Ranger Stix for automobiles is powered from the 12v car plug, and the Cell Ranger Port is powered through USB. The devices both work by boosting incoming signals in the 800MHz to 1900MHz range. CellRanger claims two to three extra signal bars for any cell phone or 3G data card.
Shuttle intros X27 mini PC
Desktop PC maker Shuttle is set to release its newest and smallest mini-desktop, the X27, according to Friday's report. The X27 will use Intel's 1.6GHz Atom chip and support up to 2GB of RAM in its single DIMM slot on the Intel 945GC chipset complete with an onboard GMA 950 graphics processor. The small PC will come with a 2.5-inch HDD, though its capacity, or what OS will be preloaded onto it, is unknown.
Celrun LLUON A1 PC IPTV
Korea's Celrun recently introduced the LLUON A1, a new combo computer which doubles as an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) in addition to its role as a PC. Users can also watch regular TV on the A1. The 18.4-inch LCD screen depends on a TV-level 16:9 aspect ratio and a 1680x954 resolution, and switches its operating system based on the context: it reverts to Windows as the operating system when in PC mode and Linux for IPTV service.
Chameleon updated to v6
Akvis has updated its Chameleon software to version 6.0; the new version features improved compatibility with Photoshop Elements 6, a new Emersion mode and a new Montage mode. In Montage mode a user can take a section of a source photo then indicate the parts that should appear on the resulting photo collage. This could be useful for cutting the figure of a person out of a picture and placing it on a new background. Emersion mode is similar to Montage mode as it allows users to combine images to create one seamless photo montage; the difference is that in Emersion mode the pasted fragment is embedded into the background instead of overlaid.
NVIDIA CUDA 2.0 Final
NVIDIA today formally released the finished version of CUDA 2.0. The second generation of the company's general-purpose programming language for its video chipsets supports 64-bit versions of Mac OS X and Windows Vista and adds support for instructions that can help offload more specific tasks from the main processor to the video card, such as 3D textures and hardware-accelerated interpolation of information.
Google Verizon Search Deal
Google and Verizon are forgoing earlier differences and are closing in on a deal that could significantly alter mobile searching, a report from the Wall Street Journal today would suggest. Anonymous sources tell the business paper that Google would become the standard search provider on all of Verizon's handhelds and should ultimately have a search bar on the home screen of all Internet-capable devices.
O2 iPhone shortage
O2 UK revealed today that its online stock of the iPhone 3G has run out for users in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.. This is not the first time this has happened to O2, when pre-orders were first offered, stock ran out in only a few hours, despite the company's efforts to meet demands. Replying to that situation, O2 Sales Director, Steve Shurrock said that the supply problem was because of the simultaneous launch in 22 countries. He also states that O2 is "confident that over time we will start to get sufficient volume to meet demand," yet the online store continues to run short on stock.
Apple adds iPhone TAM
With the second big release push underway, Apple's total addressable market will increase by 78-percent from 370 million to 660 million, as it launches in 43 total countries by Friday. Analyst firm Piper Jaffray released a note on Friday claiming the above figures, with research providing a conservative estimate of 4.1 million iPhone units sold during the September quarter. Gene Munster, analyst for Piper Jaffray, maintains a buy rating on Apple stock, showing medium volatility.
Lexar adds 16GB USB drive
Lexar Media announced on Friday it will add a 16GB JumpDrive to its FireFly USB range, doubling the previous largest capacity of the 8GB FireFly (pictured). Like the rest of the FireFly JumpDrives, the newest member of the family is both Mac and PC compatible. Windows users who purchase the 16GB FireFly will get a 30-day trial of Dmailer V7 software that will allow them to back up and synchronize files, including emails stored in Microsot Outlook and Outlook Express.
With the release of the iPhone 3G in Colombia, Movistar has finally announced its pricing plans, leading some customers to call them unfair and overpriced. Movistar did not release any pricing information until half an hour before the official launch; this meant customers who lined up early were unsure as to what the cost would be when they walked up to the counter. One customer reports he was so outraged with the pricing that he walked away without the device he just spent time waiting in line for.
LG this morning surprised the phone market with an early look at the KC910. Considered a spiritual successor to the KU990 Viewty, the new device has both LG's highest-resolution camera at eight megapixels but is still thin enough at 14mm (0.55in) to fit comfortably in a pocket. The new camera sensor is also said to lose nothing in image quality over the Viewty with full speed, 30FPS 640x480 video capture, a special 120FPS slow-motion mode and an ISO 1600 light sensitivity comparable more to dedicated point-and-shoot cameras than cellphones.
Epson intros photo scanner
Epson on Friday announced its Perfection V300 Photo scanner is now shipping. The new scanner is aimed at photographers and features a 4800x9600dpi scanning resolution with the ability to scan 35mm film and slides thanks to a built-in transparency unit. Epson also outfitted its newest addition with ReadyScan LED technology, which is more energy efficient and requires no warm-up time when compared to traditional mercury-filled cathode flourescent lamps used in scanners.
Intel Core 2 Duo S
Although declining a separate announcement, Intel at its Developer Forum has formally introduced the Core 2 Duo "S,", its first factory-stock processor based on the same small package technology that was rushed into use for the MacBook Air and similar systems. The chipmaker confirms numerous leaks and reveals that the switch to a 45 nanometer process lets it improve performance while reducing the size and power use.
Acer Aspire one Price Cut
Heating up the increasingly crowded field for netbooks, Acer today dropped the price of the Aspire one down from $379 to $329. The change makes the 8.9-inch portable one of the least expensive for its features with a 1.6GHz Atom, 512MB of memory, an 8GB flash drive, and Linux. Costs have also been dropped for higher-end models: the mid-range with 1GB of memory, 120GB of hard drive space and Windows XP receives a cut from its original $399 down to $349.
Sony S-AIRPLAY XROSS FADE
Sony on Friday brought iPod audio into relatively new territory on Friday by releasing two new audio systems for larger areas and more social occasions. The S-AIRPLAY is one of the few multi-room iPod audio systems available and beams music from the Apple players to stereo satellites as far as 164 feet away from a central base station, letting owners keep their device in one location. Sony's custom S-Air format supports as many as ten receiving systems at one time and effectively lets one iPod cover an entire house.
Apple 45m iPhone 3G Target
Apple is aggressive enough in its iPhone business that it's targeting production of between 40 million to 45 million iPhone 3G units over the course of the next year, say sources for BusinessWeek that are allegedly conscious of Apple's plans. The August 2009 target is a 50 percent boost over a 30 million-unit, one year goal Apple had set in July and is characterized as at least 52 percent higher than even the most optimistic analyst estimates, which in Piper Jaffray researcher Gene Munster's view would have Apple shipping 26 million devices.
Air Jacket for iPhone
Power Support has announced the availability of the Air Jacket for the iPhone 3G. Designed to protect the screen while not detracting from the overall aesthetics, it leaves of all controls and the camera unobstructed. The back of the jacket is only 1mm thick and offers impact protection, while a crystal film and anti-glare film are included to protect the touch screen on the device. Power Support's Air Jacket is available in clear or black colors for the iPhone 3G and the iPod touch, for $30 from such vendors as the Apple Store.
Apple refurbs Mac Pro
Currently the Apple store has a wide selection of refurbished Apple products to chose from. The refurbished Mac Pro Quad is $1,999 for a 2.66GHz model with Intel Xeon processor, 1GB of memory and 250GB hard drive while the Mac Pro 8-core is available in two configurations: 2.8GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, and 320GB hard drive for $2,399 as well as a 3.2GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive for $4,099. White MacBooks start at $899 for 1GB of memory, 120GB hard drive and a 2.1GHz processor; $1,099 for 2GB of memory, 160GB hard drive and 2.4GHz processor; and $1,299 for the black model with 2GB of memory, 250GB hard drive and 2.4Ghz processor. Refurbished Apple TV in 40GB and 160GB configurations can also be purchased for $199 and $279 respectively.
Forum roundup iPod upgrade
Forum roundup: Rumors of iPod upgrades are a topic of interest in the MacNN forums where members discuss their thoughts on what the new upgrades might include. A comparison of Omnifocus and Things, applications for the iPhone and iPod touch, can be found in this thread. A Fresh-Faced Recruit to the boards is looking for advice on what to do with their MacBook that turns off on its own. One user was planning on getting an Apple TV, but is now considering other options and gets feedback from other forum goers. Members discuss the differences between the MacBook and the Sony VAIO in this thread.
Convergent iPhone control
Convergent Living, a designer of control systems, has announced the addition of Apple's iPhone as a new interface for its suite of control applications. Convergent's control architecture is now accessible from anywhere by means of the iPhone using free, off the shelf software from Apple. The architecture lets users control various aspects around a building, such as lighting, temperature or alarm systems. In-home requirements are a Companion SideKick controller or a NEO8, 10 or 15 Smartscreen and router port forwarding.
Users angry over iMacs
Apple is facing scrutiny for ignoring long-standing issues with the flatscreen iMacs, going back as far as the iMac G5, where vertical lines surface in the LCD displays of the popular desktop [2|3|4|5|6|7|8]. While some users were fortunately covered by either the limited AppleCare or AppleCare Service and Support Plan, others have been told to either cover the repair themselves or work out a compromise for living with the issue (such as purchasing an external LCD display).
Bias has announced that it will be offering three different promotions lasting until the end of September. One promotion offers customers who purchase SoundSoap Pro or Master Perfection Suite, the complementing product, for free, normally a $600 value. Both of these products are audio plug-ins for AU, RTAS/AS and VST hosts on Mac and Windows. SoundSoap Pro is the company's high end audio cleaning product that features four restoration tools in a single plug-in. Master Perfection Suite is a collection of six plug-ins designed for mixing, mastering and sound design.
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