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GLUON has released its ProPack for QuarkXPress v8. The new update folds in some tools (TableMaker 8 and QC 8) that were previously available separately, while upgrading for QuarkXPress version 8 compatibility. TableMaker 8 provides formatted tables using tabbed text or table cells, while QC 8 adds a quality control tool that looks for and fixes editing problems.
USBfever has announced two new accessories for the iPhone 3G: an Anti Glare Screen Protector and a Sync and Charge Dock with AV Output. The new dock outputs an iPhone's music, photos and video to a TV, and can charge and sync the phone as well. It has a 3.5mm AV Line out, and receives power over USB. Available now for $30, it is compatible with the iPhone 3G and 2G, the iPod touch, the iPod Classic and iPod Nano 3.
JS8 Media has announced MiTimeZones 1.0, an application for tracking time zones across the world. The software presents multiple time zones in a single-window interface, highlighting user-chosen major cities in each zone. The single-window approach features eight sub-windows, America, Atlantic, Europe, Asia, Pacific, Africa, India and Australia. Each can hold multiple cities or countries within its individual window, chosen from the region, providing constant time-readouts. MiTimeZones 1.0 is available now for $15, and works with Mac OS X 10.5 and above.
Pro Softnet has announced that its iDrive for Mac software has moved out of beta, and is ready for commercial distribution. iDrive acts as an automated backup application that saves data to an online storage account. Users are able to define a backup schedule and also select which files they want to backup. When completing backups iDrive uses data compression to speed up the process, the data transfers are also secure as 128-bit SSL encryption is used. A plugin for the Finder is also available which mounts the backup s[ace as a volume in Mac OS X; this allows users to interact with the storage space through a familiar interface and provides drag and drop support.
Sony has released a wireless keypad for the Playstation 3, available for pre-order now and due to ship in november. The device is designed to mount directly onto a DualShock 3 or Sixaxis controller and offers two shortcut buttons for switching quickly to message boxes or other communication fields with less interruption of gameplay. The surface of the keyboard can be switched to become a touchpad with the press of a button, enabling a finger moving across the keys to direct the pointer on the screen.
M-Audio, in collaboration with Digidesign, has announced the addition of two new reference monitors to its line of tools for musicians, the Studiophile DSM1 and DSM2. These new monitors include DSP engines for crossover and EQ control. The DSM1 features a 6.5=inch aluminum cone low frequency driver, while the DSM2 uses an 8-inch driver. Both monitors support analog XLR or 1/4-inch inputs and digital signals up to 24-bit/192kHz.
Nokia and Openwave dominated the global mobile browser share with 34 percent and 29 percent, respectively, according to an AdMob report showing data from July. Microsoft Mobile, Safari, Palm and Blackberry all had shares less than five percent. Globally Nokia also lead for devices with 33 percent followed by Motorola with 16 percent. Phones from Research in Motion held a 2.8 percent share, and just one percent for Apple.
In addition to preliminary sales information spotted at retailers Circuit City and Best Buy, details of the next-generation Nikon entry-level DSLR system have been revealed. According to Digital Photography Review, pictures of the new D90 were temporarily leaked on Target.com. Additional details regarding the final specs were posted on Nikon Rumors. The camera is said to capture 12.3 Megapixels with a standard ISO range of 200-3200 and additional single ISO modes of 100 or 6400. Live-view is supported from a 900,000 pixel 3" LCD used for the rear display, quite an upgrade in resolution from the 230,000 pixel display of the D80.
In light of a large roundabout of finger-pointing, a study reveals that the slow iPhone 3G speeds are stemming from poorly implemented carrier networks, rather than reported firmware issues with the device. Wired offered its Gadget Lab test results, collected from over 2600 international users, showing that Apple's highly-coveted iPhone is limited by overall network performance, rather than being susceptible to poor performance, due to its firmware or hardware components.
LG Electronics announced over the weekend it will soon bring to market the first Network Attached Storage (NAS) device with an integrated Blu-ray drive to consumers. Meant for home and small business users, the four-bay NAS not only gives users support for hard drives with up to 4TB of storage but also the option of backing up data onto Blu-ray discs regardless of where they are at home.
In its effort to maintain a market share in the global sales of HDTVs, Samsung demonstrated three new HDTV lines utilizing the company’s backlight LED technology. With the release of the PAVV Bordeaux 780, the Korean company is bringing its second-generation LED backlight technology further downmarket, as the LCD TV is available in 46- and 40-inch sizes. In the fall of 2007, the company released 52- and 57-inch LED-backlit LCD HDTVs, and a 70-inch version before that, in June.
In addition to the Spinn recently unveiled by iRiver, the company is also getting ready to show off new devices at the upcoming IFA 2008 exhibition in Berlin, introducing the P20 and M3 in the process. The Korean consumer electronics maker's P20 packs a 16 million color 4.1-inch AMOLED touch-screen display and 80GB or optional 120GB capacity drive.
Panasonic updated its DIGA-series Blu-ray DVR recorders, which were released late last year, announcing today it will soon launch the three recorders that include the 1TB capacity DMR-BW930, 500GB DMR-BW830 and 320GB DMR-BW730. All will support the web-based BD Live bonus content, record HD programming onto their onboard hard disk drives and be able to burn Blu-ray AVCHD format (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) videos onto blank Blu-ray discs at 6X speeds.
InfoLogic says it has released v5.8 of MathMagic, its equation-editing software for the Mac, intended for teachers, researchers and students. The software comes with numerous symbols and templates, and produces files in formats such as JPEG, PDF, EPS and TeX. The update allows the Pro Edition of the software to create and edit equations within the QuarkXPress 8 graphics suite, bypassing any need to import MathMagic files later.
Canadian cell provider Telus is attempting to upsell or drive out customers taking greater advantage of the company's unlimited PC data services, according to separate reports. User posts at HowardForums as well as separate claims from individual users allege that Telus is either demanding that customers of its legacy Connect 75 Unlimited service pay for a capped $65 plan with 1GB of data or else is canceling their accounts without warning, giving them in some cases as little as 30 days' advance notice before the account shuts down.
PGP has announced an upgrade to its self-titled Encryption Platform, used to provide enterprise security. The platform consists of NetShare 9.9, Universal Server 2.9 and Whole Disk Encryption 9.9, including Whole Disk Encryption for Mac OS X. The upgrades allow PGP users to centrally manage and automate data security policies for each application, as well as multiple locations regardless of where the data is.
Smoothstone has announced a mobile version of its Smoothstone IP Communications phone-management system for the iPhone and iPod touch. Smoothstone's Intelligent Call Control (ICC) suite, an enterprise-level call-center management system, now communicates with the iPhone. It allows managers to arrange call queues over multiple locations, reroute calls to different agents or call centers and transfer calls via drag-and-drop. Users can also track call statistics and analyze activity and performance. Recording and reviewing client calls will also be possible over the iPhone interface.
iLuv today unveiled a new alarm clock, the iMM173, which is capable of docking both an iPhone and an iPod simultaneously. Alarms can be set to play from either of the docked devices, or else a buzzer, FM tuner, or any device with a 3.5mm output. The sleep command has similar functionality. Sound is reproduced through two 5W speakers, complemented by equalizer controls.
Helping to kick off NVIDIA's NVISION graphics expo, ViewSonic today revealed a prototype of one of the first computer-oriented LCDs to claim a 120Hz panel. The 22-inch VX2265wm borrows the same philosophy as for HDTVs and doubles the 60Hz refresh rate of most LCDs to eliminate the blurring, ghosting, and other effects that crop up in games and other fast-moving scenes. The panel is also fast outside of this and has an average pixel response time of 3ms versus the 5ms more common at the LCD's size.
Kensington has announced "Works with iPhone" certification from Apple for its line of battery packs and chargers for the iPhone 3G. The line includes full-size and miniature battery packs, car chargers and September arrivals for an International Travel Charger and a Power and Sync Cable. The products work with the Apple iPhone 3G, 2G and iPod touch.
Early predictions can now be made for the number of Macs and iPods Apple will ship in its fourth financial quarter, according to Piper Jaffray. The firm's analysts say they have NPD figures from the first month's worth of Apple product sales, and believe that the company will ultimately ship between 2.7 and 2.9 million Macs, versus The Street's consensus of 2.65 million. This also translates into year-over-year growth of 25 to 29 percent, instead of The Street's 23 percent.
AMD today said it would sell off the digital TV portion of its business to Broadcom. The $192.8 million deal gives Broadcom access to all of AMD's digital TV processors made under its ATI label, including the Theater and Xilleon processors for tuning and processing HDTV images as well as a raft of smaller circuits and processors designed for common TV tasks such as scaling and converting video. The deal also gives the roughly 530 workers at the group the option of working for Broadcom.
ASUS on Friday announced the release of five new notebooks or entire lines, including the 14.1-inch F8 series, 15.4- and 15.6-inch G50 and 17-inch G71, 13.3-inch F6 series and 15.4-inch B50A. The notebooks vary greatly in specifications and their missions in life, with the G-designated notebooks made specifically for gamers. Both models join ASUS’ Republic of Gamers line-up, and either model brings NVIDIA’s GeForce 9700M GT graphics card with 512MB of RAM for more desktop-like 3D performance.
A new flash-card game for children has launched on the App Store. KidsCards is an educational game for children aged 1 to 3, and uses Core Animation to display flash cards on an iPod or iPhone's screen. Cards span several categories, including colors, letters and animals; there are 150 in total in the initial release, each of which has a picture on the front and the spelled-out word on the back. The interface is designed to allow children to easily learn new words, and the developer hopes to improve it through future updates.
Verizon Wireless is distributing a guide to sales agents in a bid to retain customers tempted by an iPhone 3G, a leak claims. The sheet, labeled "3G iPhone Myths," attempts to challenge key selling points of the iPhone, which in the US is carried only by AT&T. The guide notes, for instance, that AT&T's HSPA (3G) network covers "only 40-50%" of Americans, approximately half the amount handled by Verizon's EVDO Rev. A technology. Similarly, while it is now cheaper to buy the actual iPhone hardware, Verizon observes that the extra $10 per month on data plans from AT&T means that, by the end of a two-year contract, the 3G iPhone ultimately costs more than the original 2.5G model, without even the benefit of text messages.
Interface and network connection device maker IOGEAR on Monday introduced its USB Laptop KVM (Keyboard, Video and Mouse) Switch, which allows users to control two computers, be they desktops or notebooks, or one of each, with one set of peripherals. IOGEAR claims their newest release is the first such product that will allow a notebook to control the whole of a second PC, including its display output. The KVM switch uses a USB 2.0 connection and includes IOGEAR’s software that allows users to transfer files between the connected PCs.
Lexar today gave a shot of additional storage to the JumpDrive Secure II Plus with a new 16GB version. The flash drive holds twice as much as before but holds on to the security software tie-in that allows multiple locked-down storage areas on a given drive, each with their own 256-bit AES encrypted password. The e-ink capacity meter is also onboard to give a quick glance at free space even when the power is turned off, as the display only consumes energy when capacity changes.
A new application in development looks to bring the world of comics to the iPhone. iVerse has been working on a comic-reading app, which should let users browse though a list of titles and purchase editions for immediate reading. All of the comics will be specifically-formatted for the iPhone screen, allowing users to enjoy comics without zooming or scrolling; the only necessary action will be flicking, which will move from one panel to the next.
The Highly Technical Doohickey Company has launched TickerMenu 1.0, a Mac OS X Menu Bar application that tracks stocks. Users can choose which stocks to track by entering a stock's symbol, and the display is color-coded to instantly show a gain (green) or decline (red) in stock value. Clicking on TickerMenu in the Menu Bar launches a drop-down window, with extended information on a stock's performance and options for switching to other stocks. The window can also launch one of six financial websites for further research.
Jumsoft has announced its Stationery Pack for Mac OS X 10.5 Mail, which adds 50 design options to Apple's Mail. The new designs are accompanied by 50 themes shipped in a an earlier release for a total collection of 100 themes and are grouped within categories, such as 'Family,' 'Invitations,' 'Happy Day' and others, for easier searching. According to the company, the themes are aimed at replacing the need for postcards and provide "the character and expression" of postal mail cards and letters in email form. Users can customize themes by adding photos and graphics via drag-and-drop.
Jay Freeman, the developer of Cydia -- a popular installer app for jailbroken iPhones -- has released Cycorder (website to come soon), a free native iPhone video recorder. Cycorder is said to use MJPEG compression, the same format used in the majority of point-and-shoot cameras with video support. This allows users to play video immediately after recording, instead of waiting for compression to finish.
Despite having been in operation for just three weeks, a company specializing in Mac clones is already putting itself up for sale, according to a website notice. Open Tech says it is now willing to sell the entire company, including branding, trade secrets and website, for a price of just $50,000. This amount can even be paid via PayPal, an extremely unusual move in the business world.
Verizon this morning switched its attention to non-smartphone messaging with the formal rollout of the Blitz. The UTStarcom-made device has a traditional feature phone interface but a slide-out QWERTY keyboard that speeds up responding to e-mail as well as instant messaging. The change also has the upside of keeping the closed phone short at 3.5 inches tall and allowing room for a 2.2-inch LCD.
Olympus on Monday swept through its camera line with several updates ahead of the Photokina expo. The SP-565UZ ultra-zoom keeps the 20X, 26-520mm equivalent lens range of the 570UZ but is both smaller and lighter than the earlier camera. It makes a few minor sacrifices to reach this goal, including a smaller 2.5-inch preview LCD (down from 2.7); in exchange, the camera gains a microSD adapter to use the normally cellphone-oriented cards to store photos.
In spite of complaints, the iPhone 3G fares reasonably well in terms of reception, says a Swedish firm specializing in wireless test chambers. Bluetest recently used an advanced chamber to test the iPhone 3G's antenna and compare the results with two other popular 3G phones. Each of the three devices -- the iPhone 3G, Nokia N73 and Sony Ericsson P1 -- were placed individually placed into a chamber and then monitored. The tests were performed at three different frequencies, and two different values were measured: the total radiated power (TRP), and the total isotropic sensitivity (TIS).
Deutsche Telekom's wireless division, T-Mobile, has sold over 120,000 iPhone 3Gs since the device's launch on July 11th, according to the division's CEO. Hamid Akhavan claims that "expectations were surpassed," and that at least 75,000 of the phones were sold in Germany. Many people wanting one have not yet been able to obtain it though, as Akhavan notes that a backlog exists due to delivery problems.
(Update: official release due tomorrow) Nokia today fulfilled a promise from earlier this month with two new Nseries devices both aimed at driving down the cost of getting into full smartphones. The N85 as flagship appears set to replace the N81 and upgrades the camera from two to five megapixels, also adding GPS both for mapping and for geotagging shots. It also switches to a 2.6-inch AMOLED screen that should supply richer color and as much as 28 hours of music playback on a single charge.
Apple has a more definite release date in mind for its new iPods and iTunes 8, Digg founder Kevin Rose
Cowon as of Monday launched a concerted campaign to improve its touchscreen players with three new models. Headlining the move is the S9 Curve; the device is the first narrow-format touchscreen player from the Korean company and also the first to use an active matrix OLED (AMOLED) touchscreen. The switch from LCD both improves color output (up to 16 million colors) and also battery life: despite a 3.3-inch display, the S9 is capable of 40 hours of continuous music while remaining slim.
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Filemaker provides free custom app guide
FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh
OCZ Trion 150 SSD shifts to 15nm TLC NAND
SSD manufacturer OCZ has updated its entry-level 2.5-inch Trion 100 SSD. The new Trion 150 has similar performance to the now replaced model, and now utilizes 15nm TLC NAND. Sequential read speeds top out at 550MB/S, with 4KB random write speeds running from 25K IOPS in the 120GB model, to 64K IOPS in the 960GB version of the drive. Endurance is limited to 30TB in the 120GB, and peaks at 240TB in the 960GB version. Retail prices vary between $46 for 120GB, to $270 for the 960GB version. http://bit.ly/1nVmlyL
Google off the hook in CAPTCHA labor suit
US District Jacqueline Scott Corley has dismissed a proposed class-action suit against Google, that alleged that Google secretly was given an economic gain without user knowledge. The suit alleged, correctly, that the second word in Google's CAPTCHA service was used as a crowd-sourced word identification for Google's book-scanning project. The judge ruled that the suit as filed had no facts to support a "reasonable consumer would expect to receive compensation" for the seconds it took to complete the form, and in addition, the free Gmail account provided more than offset any labor penalty incurred by the user. http://bit.ly/1o06Cir
Secure your Google accounts today
Google is offering 2GB of Google Drive storage today for free, if users check the security of their accounts. As part of Safer Internet Day 2016, the scheme will give the 2GB storage extension to anyone going through the Google Security Checkup, examining connected devices, permissions, and other security settings associated with their Google account.
Swift benchmarking suite goes open-source
Following the release of new betas for all its platforms, Apple on Monday also made a suite of 75 tools for benchmarking Swift-developed coding projects, including libraries for benchmarking functions, a utility for comparing the resulting metrics, and a driver for running them. The company says it is asking the community for help in developing additional benchmarks, as well as further "helper" libraries and overall code review for better stability and performance. Apple plans to include benchmark pull requests in Swift's new continuous integration system as well. http://bit.ly/1W8u0EU
Instagram now supporting multiple accounts
As reported earlier, Instagram is now rolling out support for multiple accounts (up to five) in version 7.1.5 of its iOS app. The feature has been one of the main attractions of third-party Instagram clients, but it is unclear if users must seek out an "add account" preference in the app; additionally, some users are reporting that the ability to add accounts has not yet been added. The company says notifications "depend on when you last logged in, and the number of devices that are logged into that account," suggesting not all notifications across accounts will appear when logged into a given one. http://bit.ly/1moh95p
Pictures of Galaxy S7, Edge leaked
New images have been leaked of Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The images of the Galaxy S7 are very similar to a draft leaked earlier this year, with a curved back reminiscent of the iPhone 3G with the normal Samsung camera hump in the upper center of the phone. The picture of the Galaxy S7 Edge as leaked is running a benchmark application showing modest improvements over the S6 line, if accurate. Both models are expected to be formally announced in a February 21 press event hosted by Samsung. http://bit.ly/20Gf07X