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Another lawsuit against Apple and AT&T is hitting the courts, with New York resident Jai Sen crying foul over both companies' advertising of the iPhone 3G, software problems, and cracks in the device's chassis. The lawsuit comes through the US District Court for the Eastern district of New York, and encompasses a class-action perspective, with other plaintiffs simply referred to as "others similarly situated."
Nokia is allegedly preparing to globally launch Nokia Tube on October 2nd, said to be announced at an event in London, an insider tells Pocket-lint. The insider reveals that an impending announcement is due to occur simultaneously with Comes with Music, under the XpressMusic sub-brand. The potential launch date lines up with an earlier promise from Nokia that would have them offer touchscreen phones by the end of the year.
Griffin Technology on Tuesday announced the availability of an updated iTrip Auto FM transmitter for iPods. The form factor has been changed to a more modern look, and the display has reverted back to a black-on-white LCD. The iTrip automatically optimizes the volume without need to adjust the iPod controls, allowing the user to adjust levels from the car stereo.
Continuing the ongoing drama revolving around the iTunes App Store, Apple recently announced it is blocking developers' abilities to distribute iPhone applications outside of iTunes. PhoneNews reports that Apple previously allowed developers to distribute apps directly to users by binding the software to the serial number of their iPhone. While Apple is within its rights to moderate the iTunes sales channel, moderating all venues of application deliver could land Apple in legal trouble over monopoly concerns.
Prosoft Engineering has released the latest version of its hard drive optimization software, DriveGenius 2.1. A new feature, DriveSlim, searches for duplicate files, removes them, and puts aliases in their places. Large files are located and presented for review. Extra unused language information is also targeted for deletion. Applications can also be trimmed to remove files that are only necessary for running on old systems.
Malicious users are again targeting MobileMe customers with a phishing ploy geared towards obtaining credit card information. According to UGN InfoManager, the scam comes in the form of a billing verification email from Apple, which leads users to an official-looking website. The site is hosted on a fraudulent web server, the domain name being klubdna.com, despite the visual resemblances to Apple's MobileMe account page.
Apple is looking to keep developers quiet on the subject of App Store rejections, according to claims. Reports say that Apple is now adding more labeling to rejection letters, appending them with the clause that "the information contained in this message is under non-disclosure." While discussion of details in iPhone development is generally restricted, numerous developers have complained publicly about rejections without repercussion.
Portable memory media manufacturer Lexar at the Photokina show on Tuesday revealed it has made its Professional line of Compact Flash memory cards 75 percent faster, increasing their transfer speeds from 20MBps (133x) to 35MBps (233x). The new, faster cards are available in 2GB, 4GB and 8GB capacities. Each card is also Ultra Direct Memory Access (UDMA) compatible, and the company has introduced UDMA high-speed card readers along with the new products to take advantage of their faster download speeds.
Current deals at DealNN include a selection of iPod gear and discount Apple products. The Bose sound dock in black is available at Buy.com for $199.90. Also at Buy is the Teac 2.1 speaker system for iPod that includes a powered subwoofer and wall-mountable speakers for only $80. The refurbished AirPort Extreme base station with Gigabit Ethernet is currently at the Apple store for $149. Get a FREE Dr. Bodelin silicone iPod case with the purchase of the 3rd generation 8GB iPod nano in black at PowerMax.com for $139.98. MacConnection.com is offering the 2.4GHz 20-inch iMac for $1129.
Samsung on Tuesday introduced a new notebook computer, the X460, which combines a 14.1-inch, 1280x800 LCD screen with a weight that is just under 4.2lbs. Other key specs of the X460 include a 45nm Intel Centrino 2 CPU of various processing speeds and support for up to 4GB of RAM memory. The smallest hard drive is sized at 120GB, while the largest optional HDD is 320GB in capacity. Samsung is trying to position the X460 as a stylish offering users would want to be seen with, and to this end, included a magnesium alloy casing offset with a brushed aluminum panel on the lid that is available in a choice of colors.
GE announced on Tuesday it will start selling GE-branded HDTVs as part of a joint venture with Taiwanís Tatung Company. The newly formed venture is called General Displays & Technologies (GDT), and will produce GE-branded HDTVs with Internet connectivity via an Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) connection. Eventually, say GDT executives, the idea is to allow users to download widgets and services straight to their HDTVs.
Portable GPS device manufacturer TomTom will soon release a new GPS system, if a filing with the Federal Communications Commission is to be taken as an indication. The new model, expected to be called the ONE XL II, should add Bluetooth functionality for hands-free cellphone use to specifications and features otherwise shared by the existing ONE XL-S. In the process, the XL II becomes the first navigation device from the ONE line to include Bluetooth.
At the Photokina 2008 show on Tuesday, Hewlett Packard introduced a number of products aimed for the digital photography and publishing markets. Chief among the releases were the Scanjet G3110 photo scanner and B8550 photo printer. The latter features a five-ink system and extra large feed tray and printing area that lets users to produce photos as large a 13x19 inches. The printerís USB port and multi-format memory card reader work with a 2.4-inch LCD screen for PC-free printing of documents and images.
Confirming anonymous information from yesterday, Apple has officially announced the introduction of a buy-at-home scheme for the iPhone. The Begin at Home program allows buyers to enter billing information through Apple's website, check eligibility and costs, and then pick a carrier plan. Once billing and eligibility are cleared, people can then travel to an Apple Store and pick up their iPhone.
Sony Electronics on Tuesday announced it will soon launch the BWU-300S internal Blu-ray Disc drive for desktop computers. The companyís third-generation BD reader and writer will ship with the Men In Black blockbuster movie on Blu-ray, and can burn single- and dual-layer BD-R or BD-RE discs at 8x speeds, enabling users to fill up 25GB discs in 15 minutes and 50GB dual-layer discs in 30 minutes.
Apple and Google are aligned to lead mobile computing, however Android will not likely have an effect on iPhone sales in the near future, according to a Piper Jaffray report. Android has the potential to take significant market share from the iPhone in the long-term, depending on how both companies evolve their platforms.
Sprint's Xohm WiMAX network will have its formal debut on October 8th, according to an invitation sent to the media. Company executives along with those from WiMAX developer Intel will host an event that day in Baltimore's Bond Street Wharf Park to unveil the service, which is planned as one of the first truly national 4G wireless Internet services for the US. Follow-ups expansions are also known to be in effect for nearby Washington, DC as well as Chicago in the near term and will spread next to Dallas and New England cities in the weeks following the rollout.
H2O Audio has unveiled the latest addition to its line of amphibious audio equipment, the Surge waterproof headphones. H2O claims improved clarity and bass response from the 8mm neodymium drivers. Five different sizes of ear inserts provided with the package, which should improve sound isolation and comfort across a wider range of people.
You Software has released You Control: Desktops 1.3, an update featuring Mac OS X 10.5 compatibility for the workspace-management application. You Control: Desktops allows users to set up multiple desktop configurations, switching easily between them. In addition to compatibility with Leopard, the update also adds new options for customizing how desktops behave.
T-Mobile's heavily-touted G1 will carry multiple crucial limitations that may put it out of direct contention with the iPhone, a closer inspection of the Android phone shows. Notably, the company includes a disclaimer on its product page that warns T-Mobile's described unlimited plan only offers its full speed for the first 1GB of data transfered in one month. Service past this cap is throttled back to 50Kbps, making it difficult to use video and most other data-intensive services.
illumineX has released iBlogger for the iPhone and iPod touch. The new app allows for mobile blogging, and is compatible with Blojsom, Drupal, ExpressionEngine, WordPress, TypePad and MovableType, among other formats. iBlogger also supports taking pictures, and adding text, tags, categories and Google Maps links, the latter with a user's current location. The app is based on the Mac-based blogging application Ecto, recently acquired by illumineX.
Pretec today said it has reached a new limit in flash storage with the launch of two CompactFlash cards. Its 64GB and 100GB cards have the most capacity ever and are designed for photo and video professionals who need exceptionally large room for RAW photos or uncompressed digital video. Both are also relatively fast at 233X and transfer at up to 35MB per second, rendering either fast enough for burst shots.
Research in Motion's launch of the BlackBerry Storm on both Verizon and Vodafone will require two separate models, a product sheet leak at BlackBerry News appears to show. Simply labeled as the BlackBerry 9500 versus the 9530 moniker for Verizon's device, the phone would have the same 3.2-megapixel camera, click-feedback touchscreen and GPS of the earlier device but drop CDMA from the design. This would leave only GSM and its related data, including an advanced 7.2Mbps HSDPA link as well as EDGE.
Adobe is calling the latest release of its ubiquitous Creative Suite a milestone -- but users expecting a radical change will probably disagree. CS4 is less about fancy new features, and more about workflow -- that is, making the products work better together. The Suite, officially unveiled Monday night, contains hundreds of refinements designed to "bring down the walls" in the creative process, by making it easier to move content between applications and by adopting a consistent user interface across the entire suite. Adobe has also added more web-accessible content and Connect Pro meeting software for instant communication between artists and developers. There are new features as well, but the real meat in this release is the improved integration, efficiency and collaboration tools.
Adobe has provided details on another component of its newly-announced Creative Suite 4, Device Central CS4. The software is used to test and preview "rich" CS4 content meant for cellphones and other mobile hardware, such as Flash-compatible videos. Over 450 continuously-updated device profiles are included, with access to an online library containing information from handset makers.
Motorola on Tuesday announced the launch of the first ever USB adapter for notebook computers that allows access to the WiMAX 4G wireless broadband data network. Called USBw 100, the thumb-drive sized device can be had in the three versions for use around the world, including with the 2.3GHz, 2.5GHz and 3.5GHz bands. The adapter will give users access to the Internet at speeds traditionally reserved for high-speed wired connections on desktops, and do so indoors or outdoors, in metropolitan areas or out in the suburbs.
This week marks a slew of Apple Store openings, as Israel's first Apple location, launched by iDigital, opened Sunday, Geneva and Bristol open Thursday, Friday sees Zurich's Glattzentrum shopping center open and Honolulu's third store arrives Saturday alongside Calgary. Geneva opens four days earlier than originally predicted, and will be located on the Rue de Rive. Geneva and Zurich's Glattzentrum are the second and third Swiss Apple Store.
Lens and camera maker Sigma has announced the existence of two new cameras hinted at earlier in the year, the SD15 and the DP2. The former is a DSLR, and a successor to the SD14, which originally premiered two years ago. The 15 makes use of a 14-megapixel Foveon X3 sensor, and a new image processing engine, TRUE II. Few other details available, though Sigma says it will have a three-inch LCD.
Windows Mobile 7 has quietly been pushed back by several months, according to tips reportedly given to CNET. Microsoft has publicly kept to a goal of launching the major revision to its handheld operating system in early 2009, keeping with the company's yearly update schedule, but is now said to be warning hardware and software partners that the platform won't be ready until sometime in the second half of that same year. The reason for the delay isn't explained.
As a part of its Creative Suite 4 announcements, Adobe has revealed details on the next version of InDesign. The publishing tool will add a variety of new features, such as the ability to export to XFL files, and open them up in Flash CS4 Professional for inserting animation and interactions. Simpler interactive documents can be exported directly to SWF or interactive PDF files.
SanDisk on Tuesday announced the launch of a new, faster and more capacious 16GB Extreme IV CF card, as well as the fact that it and the rest of the Extreme IV range is now 12.5 percent faster, with read and write speeds now set at 45MBps, or 300X. Meant for use by professional photographers, all of the Extreme IV cards are also UDMA enabled, allowing the transfer of files to occur faster than before. At the same time, the portable memory maker introduced two ImageMate card readers, the All-in-one and Multi-Card USB 2.0 readers, each capable of transferring 1GB of data in 35 seconds.
T-Mobile today announced final details of the T-Mobile G1, the world's first production Android phone and the carrier's first 3G smartphone. The device revolves around its open, Linux-based operating system that allows third-party developers to create apps that can fundamentally change the functionality of the phone and of mobile apps in general. Google itself also gives the device key access to its own software, including a quick jump to Google Search and dedicated apps for Google Calendar, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Talk and YouTube. Access will be built-in for Android Market, an App Store-like portal for downloading and eventually purchasing third-party software.
Electronista has followed T-Mobile's G1 announcement live and provided live updates regarding the New York City event as they happened. News appears in reverse order as it became available, after the story break. Amazon today has already confirmed a mobile Amazon MP3 store for the device. T-Mobile's official announcement has been posted and confirms the device available for $179 on a two-year voice and data contract when it ships October 22nd.
REAL Software says it has posted Release 4 of REALbasic 2008, its cross-platform development tool. The new version of the software adds several different features, most notably codesign for Mac applications, which allows them to be signed. This in turn lets people trace an application back to its original creator, and avoid authorizing apps installed through Leopard Server every time they are launched.
Yazsoft has posted a new update to ShareTool, its Bonjour-based networking utility. The software lets users access a Mac's Bonjour services across a LAN or over the Internet, enabling tasks such as printing, filesharing or streaming music from iTunes. All network traffic is encrypted, and any application is supported so long as it is compatible with both Bonjour and TCP/IP.
Amazon today preceded the launch of the T-Mobile G1 by announcing its rumored online music store for the new Android phone, putting the device in close competition with the iPhone. The service gives owners of T-Mobile's imminent smartphone access to the full, unprotected MP3 catalog of Amazon's store and thus lets customers copy tracks back to a computer or another device, including iPods, Macs and Zunes.
Microsoft will make many of its previously standard bundled apps optional with the launch of Windows 7, the company said late Monday. While Vista came with copies of Windows Mail, Movie Maker and Photo Gallery regardless of the edition, the sequel operating system will now remove those entirely and make available only downloadable versions that can tap into Windows Live. The company argues that the move will ensure a quicker turnaround for the launch of the next Windows version and that it lets Microsoft work with firms in the future to customize the experience.
A new version of PocketMac, a tool for syncing unsupported phones with a Mac, has been released for the iPhone. In the iPhone's default state it is only able to sync with Address Book and iCal, but PocketMac for iPhone adds additional syncing support for Entourage, Meeting Maker and Lotus Notes. Users can sync contacts and calendars from these applications, and select only the categories of data they would like carried over.
Hoping to do the same for its towers what it did with the Studio Hybrid mini PC, Dell today launched two new entries to the Studio line for desktops. The Studio Desktop and narrower Studio Slim Desktop both have a sleeker, glossy black design and make features standard that are left out of the similarly-shaped Inspiron line and are suited to home theaters, including HDMI video out and IEEE 1394 (FireWire) input. Blu-ray combo and full burner drives are also available.
Circus Ponies Software has released the latest version of its organization application, Notebook 3.0. The update allows users to create diagrams or sketches on notebook pages. A new PDF annotation feature enables placing lecture slides and class notes directly into notebooks, where text, sketches and diagrams can then be added.
T-Mobile early today unintentionally had most of the details of the G1 spoiled ahead of the company's official announcement later this morning. In addition to a set of photos obtained by BGR from T-Mobile's own website that have since been pulled, TmoNews claims to have obtained full specifications. The rumor site claims to confirm the existence of 3G support, a 3.1-megapixel camera, a 480x320 touchscreen, GPS mapping and up to 8GB of removable storage (likely through microSDHC). Five key Google apps are described as bundled with the phone and include quick access to Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Maps, Google Talk for IM and a YouTube client.
Though anticipated, some Mac users may still be disappointed at the lack of 64-bit support in Adobe Creative Suite 4. The suite was unveiled late Monday -- and while Windows users will be able to take full advantage of their 64-bit machines, Mac users will have to wait at least until the release of CS5. Still, the company says Mac users will see performance increases in the new version, because of OpenGL support, enhanced interfaces and other improvements.
Sony this morning made official the VAIO TT, a major update to the TZ that marks a number of firsts. The ultraportable notebook is the first to carry a Blu-ray drive and burns at 2X in addition to reading the HD movie format. It's also one of the lightest at just under 2.9 pounds, Sony adds. A carbon fiber case helps reach this target, as does an LED-backlit, 11.1-inch display that the company now says produces a 100 percent color gamut while reducing the display thickness.
iPresentee has released Keynote Alphabet, a Keynote-compatible collection of animated letters and numbers, with all 26 letters of the alphabet, in both capital and lowercase, and numerals from zero to nine. The package allows users to create animated words and phrases with transparent or colored backgrounds. The objects can be changed in size, rotation and opacity and support overlapping one another.
Adobe today formally unveiled Creative Suite 4, bringing with it Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop CS4 Extended, the latest versions to the photo editing application, optimized to take advantage of GPUs, along with many more features. Photoshop CS4 also simplifies many tasks, with content-aware scaling, auto-align and auto-blend modes on 360 degree panoramas. Adobe is shipping Photoshop CS4 in October for $700, while Photoshop Extended will sell for $1000.
Premium camera manufacturer RED recently announced informally it is scrapping current plans for the Scarlet camera, and will reveal a new rethought version, still in 2009. A company rep, Jim, announced that the changes to the platform are taking place due to changes in the marketplace, and RED is looking to position the camera differently overall. Jim hints that the changes are "measurable," and equates the announcement to product development.
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TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF
CBS: No recent streaming conversations with Apple
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made remarks, casting doubt on a launch of Apple's live streaming television service. In interviews this week, the executive said regarding negotiations with Apple that "we had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," adding that "the phone is always ringing" regarding similar services, but not with Apple on the line. http://cnnmon.ie/1PptJM6
Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS
Weber buys iDevices' iGrill, Kitchen Thermometer
Cooking gear manufacturer Weber is purchasing iOS accessory manufacturer iDevices iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer lines. As part of the purchase, Weber is working in parallel with iDevices to roll out a new version of the products, and associated apps, this spring. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CEO of iDevices Chris Allen said that the transition will allow the company to "focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market." http://bit.ly/1PFk3uZ
Vevo music video app launched for Apple TV
Vevo today announced its new native tvOS app for the fourth generation Apple TV. The new app allows users Siri Remote navigation for discovery of top videos by genre, or to search for individual artists and videos. Playlists generated on another device sync between all the iterations of the app. http://apple.co/1PFhxEU
HydraDock team unveils USB 3.1 Type C Roadie
KickShark, the team that brought the HydraDock desktop USB-C dock to market, has launched a Kickstarter project for The Roadie -- a USB 3.1 Type C standard-compliant pocket hub for the 12 inch Apple MacBook and other compatible devices. The Roadie occupies the same footprint on a desk as a credit card, with a short USB-C male cable on one end for connecting to a 12 inch MacBook, and a female USB-C port on the other end for plugging in a MacBook power adapter. One side has an RJ45 jack for gigabit Ethernet, and an HDCP-compliant HDMI jack that handles up to 4K displays. KickShark promises shipment of all products within four weeks of campaign completion. The "early bird" offer for the hub is a $69 commitment, with a $79 commitment for a Roadie after 500 backers have pledged. http://kck.st/1o6knw5
HBO Now has 800,000 subscribers
The CEO of HBO, Richard Plepler has confirmed that the online streaming HBO service, HBO Now, has 800,000 subscribers. When criticized for the seemingly low number, Plepler noted that the still nascent service was bound to Apple exclusivity during the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Plepler declared during the Time Warner quarterly earnings conference call marketing for the online-only offering would be enhanced in 2016. While HBO Now's critics are slamming the low numbers, the service must also compete against itself on cable, in addition to Netflix and other streaming services. http://on.recode.net/1QWoLHe