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Silver Nintendo DS in Sept
Nintendo on Tuesday announced it would continue its trend of offering multiple color renditions of its console systems by introducing a Metallic Silver Nintendo DS. Details on the new unit are sparse, but the overall design and functionality is expected to remain unchanged, as with most other product color revisions seen from Nintendo. The Metallic Silver Nintendo DS is due to see store shelves September 7th.
DoubleBonusSlots on iPhone
Griffin Technology has announced its latest iPhone casino app, Double Bonus Slots. Wildcards and other variables double the chances of winning. "We designed Double Bomus Slots with more action, better sounds, and bigger payouts," said Mark Rowan, Director of Product Development. The simulator uses the full size of the screen, oriented vertically or horizontally, with fast animation and bright graphics. Winnings and losses are tracked for future reference. Double Bonus Slots is available for the iPhone from iTunes for $2.
Gotow.net has released NetSketch 1.2, the latest update to its collaborative drawing iPhone app. Instant undo has been improved, claimed to eliminate lag as the canvas gets larger. An indicator has been added to show the progress of any redraws that take longer than a second. When adding lines to large drawings, the app is now smoother, taking away the choppiness of earlier versions.
Inspiron 910 shipping soon
Dell on Tuesday confirmed it would ship the Inspiron 910 in the next few days, bringing to a head rumors of the ultraportable that has been under vast speculation for some time. While Dell was forthcoming with the release itself, a Dell spokesperson was unable to provide any technical specifications. The spokesperson also panned specifications that were surfacing on technology news sites, saying the information contained was merely "rumors and speculation."
OtterBox new cases
OtterBox has unveiled a long list of new cases for Apple, HP, Palm, HTC, and BlackBerry smartphones. The Defender Series cases feature multi-layer protection- a clear polycarbonate sheet for abrasion and chemical resistance for the screen, a polycarbonate shell for impact protection, and a silicone skin for further durability and soft feel. The new Impact Series will offer a silicone "skin-like" case.
iWeb themes for education
Jumsoft has announced the release of new iWeb themes designed for the educational community. School employees or companies that offer related products can use the themes for numerous purposes, targeting variety of age groups. The Primary Education theme was developed for child audiences, using brighter colors and keeping a "playful mood," according to the company. The Cool Class theme is designed for higher grade students, adding a more serious tone than the primary school design.
Sonos BU150, music system
Everyone enjoys music, but most people can only listen to their favorite songs in a single room. A stereo or computer may play audio, but the moment you step out of that room, you'll leave your music behind. Since wearing ear buds and carrying an iPod around your house may be impractical, consider the Sonos BU150 multi-room music system for your home.
Back Cover case ships
USBfever has released a new iPhone case, the Back Cover case for iPhone 3G. It features a minimalist design, protecting the back of the iPhone from scratches and impact, while offering cutouts for the iPhone's ports. The hard case gives the iPhone protection along the edges and bottom corners, with an open top. It is shipping now for $10.
OWC increases warranties
Other World Computing today announced the extension of warranties for its FireWire/USB storage devices. In the Mercury series, the On-The-Go, Elite-AL Pro Single/Dual drive, Elite AL Pro RAID/Mirror, and Elite Pro Classic will all now have warranties extended to three years. The Neptune "Value Done Right" single drive will have a warranty of two years. All OWC storage devices are Leopard compatible and include a software bundle.
KORE Electronic Experience
Native Instruments has announced a new software version of KORE 2, alongside price reductions and a KORE soundpack bundle. KORE 2 Software Edition offers musicians and producers the chance to combine KORE 2 with their existing MIDI controller. The Software Edition provides the full functionality of the KORE 2 application, but leaves out the dedicated KORE hardware controller in favor of a more affordable price point. All owners of this application will also be provided with the option to add the KORE controller later on as a separate purchase.
Sony 4-inch BRAVIA LCD
Electronics giant Sony on Tuesday unveiled its newest BRAVIA TV for the Japanese market, the 4-inch XDV-W600. The portable TV can be taken to the bath thanks to its IPX7 and IPX6 waterproof rating, enabling it to withstand water depths up to 3.3 feet for up to 30 minutes. While in the bath or elsewhere, users can view content from its built-in 1Seg TV tuner or about 10 hours of content recorded onto its 2GB of internal memory as well as listen to FM radio programming.
Vroom case for iPhone 3G
Case-Mate has unveiled its latest iPhone 3G case, the Vroom. The back of the case is molded into the form of a tire tread, and is constructed from impact-resistant black rubber. The case form-fits over the phone, and leaves all controls accessible. For people wanting added protection on the touchscreen, Case-Mate notes that the Vroom is also compatible with Clear Armor. The Vroom case is available from the company for $15.
AT&T adds Samsung a237
Network provider AT&T on Tuesday announced it has started to offer Samsung's a237 clamshell handset for sale. The a237 is a quad-band GSM phone and supports EDGE for data. Bluetooth connectivity allows users to pair up supported wireless devices, including headsets and earphones, in addition to sending and receiving files. AOL, Windows Live and Yahoo! mobile chat program support, an email client as well as a web browser allows Internet connectivity and communication.
LightWayText, iText boosts
LightWayText 4.1.7 has been upgraded with Leopard support and other bugfixes, as have its cousins iText 3.1.7 and iText Express 3.1. A new version of iText, iText Pro '08, has meanwhile been introduced with customizable features, Styled Text file support, and multiple clipboards.
Raon prices dual-core UMPC
Raon Digital on Tuesday announced its previously seen Everun Note UMPC will be coming to the US market. The company claims it is the first of its kind to sport a dual-core chip, specifically AMD's Turion 64 X2 processor rated at 1.2GHz. The UMPC comes with a 7-inch touchscreen display capable of 1024x600 resolution and packs 64MB of dedicated video memory along with 1GB of RAM. Raon announced the Everun Note will cost $879 in basic trim, and will offer a 3G wireless network option. In addition, the Note will feature easy access via the underside of the UMPC to its mini PCI Express card , memory and hard disk.
Web2 Delight update
Global Delight has announced Web2 Delight 1.5, an update to its video transferring application for Apple products. Export options have been expanded to include AVI, MOV, and 3GP formats. Videos can now be downloaded using URLs, or the H.264 format. The user interface has been enhanced with more organization tools, slideshow options, and zoom controls.
Adobe CS4 preview coming
Adobe will soon put on its first public demonstration of Creative Suite 4, an announcement reads. The company says that on September 23rd, it will air a "special web broadcast," previewing its collection of art-related applications to a worldwide audience. Viewers must however register in advance, and supply an e-mail address, though Adobe says this is only for sending a reminder before the broadcast goes live.
Samsung sell Symbian share
The last hurdle in Nokia's attempts to buy out the Symbian software firm and make it into an open source group has been passed, as Samsung accepted Nokia's offer to buy out its stake in Symbian, says a Tuesday report. Back in June, Nokia announced it would buy out the shares of the other shareholders for a total of $410 million and then make the Symbian cellular phone operating system open-source, making it available without royalties to members of the Symbian Foundation founded by Nokia.
IOGEAR Net ShareStation
Connection accessories maker IOGEAR on Tuesday announced it will debut its DVI Net ShareStation device at the CEDIA Expo which kicks off on Wednesday. The DVI Net ShareStation lets up to six users share one monitor via a connected Ethernet network. It connects to a host monitor via an included DVI / VGA adapter on one end along with an Ethernet network jack on the other. The device supports resolutions of up to 1600x1200 pixels.
Toshiba mobile projector
Toshiba on Tuesday announced the release of its newest mobile projector, the TLP-X100U. The projector features Toshiba's 3LCD technology to throw up 1024x768-pixel images in a 4:3 aspect ratio. Meant for use in noisy environments such as classrooms, the TLP-X100U has the ability to account for blackboards and other non-white projection surfaces and features an uncommon closed captioning function, also foregoing a speaker for a 3.5mm audio output.
LaCie unveils USB speakers
LaCie has unveiled new portable USB speakers designed by Neil Poulton. This new product is a follow-up to its FireWire speakers released earlier this year, but with expanded compatibility. With the new interface, no drivers are required and MP3 players can even be attached with an optional power adapter. For aesthetics, the cables can be hidden underneath the speakers, and a carry case is included.
Philips Voice Tracers
Catering to both reporters and students, Philips today released three recorders as part of its Digital Voice Tracer lineup. The 860 and 880 are the Dutch electronics giant's first recorders to support recording while powered directly from the USB port, letting notebook owners capture long lectures or meetings without running down the smaller battery inside the Voice Tracer. USB on all the recorders, including the baseline 660, is used to offload the MP3 recordings to more permanent storage.
Steve Jobs seriously ill?
Apple's CEO may in fact be seriously ill, says Dan Lyons, better known for his satirical Fake Steve Jobs character. Responding to suggestions that Jobs' medical problems have been overblown, Lyons claims to have learned that Jobs is suffering from some form of chronic condition, one which has not improved since his controversial WWDC appearance. "I can't really get into this," says Lyons, "but people close to him have been saying for quite a while (before the appearance onstage) that he's really sick. And someone who saw him last week says he still looks like [expletive]."
LittleBigPlanet PS3 Leak
Sony is gearing up a special PlayStation 3 bundle to capitalize on the expected success of the do-it-yourself platform game LittleBigPlanet, a temporarily public listing (now pulled) reveals at French retail chain FNAC. The new bundle would tie LBP to Sony's updated 80GB version of the console, which comes with a standard Dual Shock 3 gamepad and Wi-Fi but not the PS2 backwards compatibility or four USB ports of the earlier 80GB model.
Samsung M320 M220 Sprint
In addition to its push-to-talk updates, Sprint today picked up two inexpensive Samsung handsets. The M320 effectively replaces the M300 and carries somewhat more than the basics, including a VGA camera as well as Bluetooth. A narrower and generally sleeker design is also part of the update. The M220 shares the older, oval-like shape of the M300 but pulls the camera to further trim the price.
Retailer Leaks Zune Prices
The prices for Microsoft's upcoming Zune updates have likely been revealed today through a B&H Photo posting for two of the devices. The New York City retailer now says the 120GB Zune will sell for the same $250 as the 80GB model does today and lists an 8GB flash-based Zune for $150 in a new blue color, exposing it as an updated model rather than just a price cut on the $200 model of today.
Apple iPod event Sept. 9th
Apple has finally scheduled a date for its long-awaited September publicity event, according to reports. The company has issued invitations to select members of the public, pointing to a gathering at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, starting at 10AM on September 9th. The invitation also deliberately mimics the Now Playing screens of iPod nanos and classics, suggesting that the event will concentrate heavily on iPods, as anticipated.
RED DSLR in works
RED is looking to build a still camera, according to a company official. The company has so far specialized in HD movie cameras such as the Scarlet and the Epic, but is said to be interested in the world of DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) hardware as a divergence. DSLRs are the cameras most used by professional photographers, due to features like portability and lens choice; only more cumbersome medium- and large-format cameras may have superior features in some regards.
New Mac OS X 10.5.5 builds
Two new builds of Mac OS X 10.5.5 have been seeded to developers within the past week, accounts say. The first, 9F25, allegedly contained no significant changes, while the second has addressed only two issues, potentially signifying a wind-down to the update's production. Fixes in 9F29 include a remedy to a problem with Macs and previously-joined AirPort networks, and another described only as relating to a graphics framework. A single known bug remains, one which interferes with searching through messages in Mail.
BBerry Curve 8320 ATT Soon
The BlackBerry Curve 8320 is likely to get its final send-off by launching with AT&T, leaked datasheets reveal to BGR. RIM's Wi-Fi smartphone will lack the VoIP calling feature of the T-Mobile edition that has existed for several months but will come preloaded with the version 4.5 BlackBerry OS, which adds HTML e-mail, a better media player and video capture support. AT&T will also replace the gold trim of the T-Mobile version with a subtler dark blue color and will promote the Curve for its hotspot network.
Adobe has changed the terms for the Photoshop.com launch, lowering the free storage space to 2GB from the original plan of 5GB at the basic level. The paid Plus membership will still offer 20GB. The storage is offered as a safe back-up for users to store photos or video. Files can be automatically transferred to the Photoshop.com user account. The Plus membership adds regular template, idea, and artwork updates directly into the software.
Over 8 million iPhones
Apple investors have been watching the number of iPhones sold this year, and have created extrapolated estimates based on their IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) numbers, according to Fortune. Apple Finance Board and AAPL Sanity members have requested IMEI and date-of-purchase information from anyone who has bought the phone, and claim production numbers have exceeded 8 million so far, divided between more than 5.6 million 3G models, and 2.4 million first-generation phones Apple reported sold during the first half of 2008.
Becker Crocodile and Z 201
GPS device maker Becker today provided full details of two GPS units that have been part of its demo at the IFA technology show. The Crocodile earns its name through a tire-tread like rubber housing that protects it against impacts, improves its water resistance and also makes for better grip. Motorcycle riders in particular should find it useful versus more fragile units, Becker argues.
iPhone browser share up
Browser marketshare for the iPhone has been driven up 58 percent between July and August, according to CNET and reports from Net Applications. This should be welcome news for Apple, as browser usage had hit a plateau over the summer before the upgraded phone was released. Since that point, usage has surged dramatically.
Megafon gets iPhone
Russia's third-largest telecom firm, Megafon, has announced that it has reached an agreement with Apple to carry the iPhone 3G, making it the second carrier in the country to offer the device. The company has not yet committed to any particular release date, but has announced in a statement that the iPhone will be available "later this year."
ToneFXs for iPhone
A developer called Efiko Software says it has released ToneFXs, a new app for jailbroken iPhones. The software attempts to diversify the sounds an iPhone uses for regular functions, primarily ringtones. Users can for instance choose to shuffle their ringtones, picking from a pool which can be chosen while an iPhone is on the go.
NEC MultiSync EA221WM
NEC added just its second EA series display on Tuesday through the MultiSync EA221WM. The 22-inch panel is billed as one of NEC's more complete models with support for pivoting the LCD into portrait mode as well as height, swivel, and tilt adjustments. It also carries a four-port USB hub, hidden stereo speakers and both HDCP-encrypted DVI as well as regular VGA inputs for its video sources.
10 iPod SKUs for Next Week
Apple may have as many as ten different iPod nano variants ready for an update next week, says a person with access to the inventory system of French retailer Darty. The store lists 10 new entries for iPods and lists the current iPod nano as out of stock, with resupply not expected until the September 9th timeframe widely rumored as Apple's official launch date for its yearly iPod refresh. Details of the new iPods themselves are unknown, though the timing suggests the 10 listings are different color and capacity levels for a new iPod nano rather than different models altogether.
SongFrame coming to OS X
Tanager AudioWorks has announced the release of SongFrame Songwriter's Toolkit. The application is currently only available for Windows XP/Vista but a Mac OS X version is expected to be released by the end of 2008. The aim of SongFrame is to provide help in developing interesting chord progressions, melodies, rhythm and overall song structure. SongFrame features an audio track that provides a fast way to capture ideas, and a Lyric track that organizes the songwriter's developed lyrics in a musical context. The user is able to listen to the son as it is being written, drag and drop new ideas, and create alternate versions of any section.
Maverick Software has released a new iPhone/iPod touch game titled Jiggy. As a cross between a jigsaw puzzle and Tetris, Jiggy challenges players to put together a puzzle from falling pieces, racing against time to get them placed in the right sports before the pieces stack up to high. The game features 35 increasingly challenging puzzles and has skill levels for all, including a "kid mode" that gives players hints and has no time limits. Jiggy also features a high score chart, full sound effects and music, and a automatic save and resume function in case the game is interrupted by a call. Jiggy is available now in the App Store for $4.
MercuryMover goes beta
Helium Foot Software has announced MercuryMover 2.0 as a public beta and expects the final product to ship on September 21st. The software allows users to move and resize windows from the keyboard. Version 2.0 will bring one-key shortcuts, a display that tracks the active window's size and location and an updated interface. The shortcuts will be user assignable; typing the assigned key will move and resize the window to the specified location. The shortcuts can be cloned from an existing window or pre-configured in the software's preference pane.
Apple in Piper Alpha ranks
Apple now has one of the best outlooks among companies tracked by Piper Jaffray, say analysts from the research firm. The former corporation is now a member of Piper's Alpha List, due to three separate factors. The first of these is the current Back to School promotion, under which some Mac purchases by students are eligible for a free iPod touch, normally selling for $299. This has driven both Mac and iPod sales, notably, and Piper believes the impact has been underestimated by other researchers.
USBConnect Mercury at ATT
AT&T upgraded its data devices this morning with the USBConnect Mercury. The company's latest USB adapter lets modern Macs and Windows PCs with a free USB port connect to the carrier's full HSPA network. AT&T has upped its estimated speeds and now says the adapter should download as quickly as 1.7Mbps in real-world conditions and can upload as quickly as 1.2Mbps in those areas with fully updated networks. It also tucks away a microSD slot to turn the modem into a makeshift storage drive.
Hoping to compete against the likes of V-Moda, Shure today launched the SE102MPA music and cellphone mic combo. The set reaches below the previous baseline of Shure's lineup by using the earbud design of the earlier E2C with the same music phone adapter as higher-end kits; the pairing gives owners of iPhones (including first-generation models), N95s and most other cellphones with a 3.5mm headphone jack the ability to listen to music at good quality while still having a quick toggle and mic to answer a phone call.
Apple refurbs MacBook
Currently Apple's online store is offering refurbished Mac Book Air models in four configurations: the 1.6GHz model with 2GB of memory and 80GB hard drive is $1,499; the 1.8GHz model with 2GB of memory and 80GB hard drive is $1,699; the 1.6GHz model with 2GB of memory and 64GB solid state drive is $2,099; and the 1.8GHz model with 2GB of memory and 64GB solid state drive is $2,299. All three models have built-in AirPort Extreme wireless, Bluetooth, and iSight webcam.
Apple, China Mobile ready?
Apple and China Mobile are in fact in the "final stages" of negotiations for brining the iPhone to China, writes the state-owned 21st Century Business Herald. The account follows a report from China Communications, which claimed similar progress in talks, and that China Mobile was ready to provide a hefty subsidy, similar to that provided in other countries. The assistance is particularly important in China, where the majority cannot afford an unsubsidized smartphone.
Sony intros PS3 headset
Sony Computer Entertainment Japan announced on Tuesday the specs and launch information for its Bluetooth Wireless Headset designed for gaming use on Sony's PlayStation 3 console. As reported earlier, the headset will launch at the same time as SOCOM: Confrontation and will also be available as a bundle with the online first-person shooting game. The headset will fit on either ear, and automatically pairs with the PS3 via Bluetooth 2.1+EDR thanks to the included USB cable, provided the host system has the latest software update installed.
Moto Renegade at Sprint
Sprint today bolstered its push-to-talk lineup with the Moto V950 Renegade. The flip-phone is hardened to US military-grade specifications for resistance to dust, water and shocks but is as thin as many of Motorola's thinner cellphones and supports the Nextel push-to-talk network through QChat, which uses the phone's faster EVDO Revision A Internet access for its instant-on calls. The device is also a true media phone with a two-megapixel camera, media player software, and access to Sprint's streaming media add-ons.
New Logitech keyboard trio
Logitech has started its week in earnest on Tuesday with the launch of three keyboards, including one which touts high-contrast backlighting to render the keys visible in the dark. The Illuminated Keyboard is also said is one of Logitech's thinnest keyboards ever at 0.37in thick, but has the layout of a full desktop keyboard. The keys are unique as well; though they have the speed of a notebook-style movement, they have a slightly longer travel that Logitech claims is more comfortable. The keyboard is currently considered a Windows-only model and ships in October for $80.
Comes With Music UK
Nokia this morning provided some of the earliest launch details for its long-delayed Comes With Music service, its cooperative attempt at changing the business model for mobile music. The feature will first launch as an exclusive for UK cellphone retailer Carphone Warehouse and will first be available only through a Comes With Music edition of Nokia's 5310 XpressMusic; customers will pay extra for the phone itself but receive a year's worth of unlimited Windows Media-formatted music downloads that they can keep even if they choose not to renew.
Google Chrome browser
Google this weekend accidentaly leaked details -- via an online comic book -- on its upcoming cross-platform open-source browser: Google Chrome -- which it claims will deliver a streamlined and improved interface along with performance improvements and security enhancements; the new browser is based on both Apple's Webkit, the core of the Safari browser, and Firefox, the rapidly growing alternative browser, but will square off against Microsoft's Internet Explorer, which dominates the internet, but continues to play catch up with security flaws and compatibility. The beta version of Google Chrome, only for for PCs initially, is expected to ship on Tuesday in more than 100 countries, while Mac and Linux versions are in development.
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