Pixeltin has released its latest game for the iPhone or iPod touch, Rows 3D, which simulates the classic "four in a row" game. The input takes advantage of the device's multi touch display, allowing players to select the position of a stone with a fingertip and rotate the 3D peg board. Three different board styles are offered, including two wood-grain boards and one with a granite and silver appearance.
USBfever has launched four new screen protectors for the iPod touch second generation and fourth generation iPod nano. The Anti Glare Screen Protector for iPod touch 2G and Anti Glare Screen Protector for iPod nano 4G provide silicone coated protectors that are bubble-resistant, self adhesive and washable. They are oil and fingerprint resistant, with an anti-bacterial surface and do not use glues or adhesives to maintain contact with the iPod. Each protector is $9.
Today's DealNN deals include a selection of Mac desktops, iPod docks and hard drives. The Apple store is currently offering the refurbished 3.0GHz Mac Pro for $3099, which is $500 off the original price of $3599. Two iPod docks are featured: the Onkyo remote interactive dock is priced at $79.99 marked down from $99.99 and the JBL radial micro has been reduced to $99.98 from $149.99. PCconnection.com is offering the 3rd generation 8GB iPod nano in blue for $139.95. The 500GB Fantom GreenDrive external hard drive is priced at $89.99, but until 10/31/08 save an additional $20 with a mail in rebate offer that drops the final price down to $69.
Currently the Apple store is offering a variety of refurbished previous generation iPods from the Shuffle to the Touch. The 1GB iPod shuffle is first on the list priced at $39 and comes in silver, blue, green or purple with the 2GB Shuffle a close second at $59 with silver, blue and green being the only remaining colors. The 8GB iPod nanos ($99) are also available in black, blue, green, pink or silver. The iPod classic is available in two configurations 80GB ($169) or 160GB ($249) with two colors to chose from, black or silver. Three iPod touch configurations complete the collection: 8GB (179), 16GB ($239), and 32GB ($319).
Forum roundup: The recent leak of the new MacBook and MacBook Pro cases has sparked quite an extensive conversation about these new models in the MacNN forums today. Another topic of interest revolves around Apple's recent announcement to fix the 8600 GT graphics card in the mid 2007 - early 2008 MBPs free of charge due to a known problem. One member who has been having problems with iTunes podcasting turns to the forums for advice and guidance. Forum goers discuss Quickbooks 2009 and other similar software in this thread. BZ, a Grizzled Veteran of the MacNN forums recently started a thread to discuss his first iPhone application called iDayZ, an app designed for keeping track of important dates such as birthdays and anniversaries.
Century Japan has recently introduced a secondary LCD screen, the LCD-4300U, that is just 4.3 inches in size and connects entirely to users' desktop or notebook PCs via a USB 2.0 port. Meant as an add-on display for secondary programs such as an IM program, media player or toolbox, the 800x480 resolution display has a built-in and adjustable stand. Provided users have enough desk space and USB ports, Century Japan claims up to seven LCD-4300Us can be connected to a single PC or Intel-based Mac.
Japan's GClue has unveiled Pocket Clapper, an iPhone/iPod touch app that simulates the clapboards used while filming movies. Users can draw virtual chalk on a blackboard, outlining a scene with production information such as date, time, camera, director, scene, and take, to be used later during movie editing. The app also replicates the clap sound used to align audio and video content that have been recorded on separate devices.
Sony on Thursday announced it will release an AC Adapter for the PlayStation 3 gaming system in Japan that allows users to charge two PS3 peripherals at the same time, including the SIXAXIS or DualShock 3 controllers, the Wireless Headset for PS3, Wireless Headset or the Sony PSP portable gaming system using a standard wall plug instead of having to rely on the PS3's USB ports.
TigerLogic has unveiled ChunkIt!, a tool for searching "behind the links" in Google searches or on any other web page. The application automatically scans the links on a page, and fetches information from them that might be valuable to filtering by relevance, without actually navigating to each site. When shopping sites are browsed, keywords are highlighted in item descriptions; research sites -- including LexisNexis, JSTOR, ScienceDirect and Wikipedia -- can all be previewed through the software.
New images have recently appeared of a rumored smartphone from Samsung, the i770. Unlike previous reports that saw a clamshell handset with the same name spotted at the FCC, the Samsung i770 is a candybar smartphone. Compared to the i760 it replaces and is visible in the spy photos (on the right), the i770 is slightly longer and wider, but much thinner. The photos do reveal it will not be a slider, like its predecessor, and the screen is also smaller in order to fit the QWERTY keyboard on the front panel.
At the Plastic Electronic 2008 show, the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems showed the first touch-controlled flat light source. Because Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLEDs) are cold to the touch, they could act as ideal touch controls. The innovation lies in the lack of any additional foils traditionally required to operate the light, which is both a switch and a source. Therefore, no additional hardware is required as the OLED is used to read the touch signal.
Aquafadas has released VideoPier 1.0, an MPEG-2 and AVCHD-capable organizer and converter. The software is based on the open-source ffmpeg component, and is available in standard and HD versions. It transfers the two video types from camcorders to a user's Mac, and can play clips in a window or in a full-screen mode. The software organizes clips by events within the interface, and can export to iMovie '06 and '08, as well as formats including QuickTime, iPhone, Apple TV or (with VideoPier HD) Final Cut Pro. Exported files are tracked.
Verizon on Wednesday sent out a memo to its partners to inform them it will charge an extra fee of three cents for every mobile terminated text message they send to Verizon subscribers beginning on November 1st. Such messages include text alerts, interactive voting notifications and replies to SMS searches that include anything from sports score updates to daily horoscopes. Excluded from the new fee are messages sent from non-profit organizations, including Mobile Giving messages and messages that are absolutely free to the subscriber.
A new handset from PCD, the cellular phone division of UTStarcom, is coming soon to AT&T, now branded under the Quickfire name, according to a Thursday Engadget report. Previously unveiled as the Knick, the Sidekick-like handset hides a full QWERTY keyboard behind its sliding color screen, and will support HSPA 3G data networks. It will support mobile TV and have assisted GPS capabilities and can navigate via AT&T's Navigator service.
Dell's upcoming E Slim netbook may have at last been identified, if a leak at Engadget proves authentic. The system uses the same general design language of the Inspiron Mini 9 but is clearly larger and contains different features. Tellingly, the system is running Windows Vista rather than Windows XP; the latter software is only allowed by Microsoft on netbooks with screens at roughly 10 inches or smaller.
Fractured Software has released the latest version of its MIDI software for the Mac, Rondo 2.8. The program features a vertical piano roll, which allows people to play along even if they are unable to read traditional sheet music. Improvements to v2.8 include an enhanced interface, help files, and the ability to specify an absolute rate for MIDI playback.
Online music broadcaster BreakThru Radio has announced the availability of its radio streams to iPhone and iPod touch users. The service relies on technology from TVersity to deliver the channels, but listeners are able to tune in by navigating to iphone.breakthrough.com in Safari. Genres cater to more independent tastes, and include death metal, dancehall, dubstep, hip-hop, indie rock, skronk, roots country, reggae, electronic, acid jazz, ambient, dub, two-step, folk and more.
Hyperbolic Software has released the latest version of its Tidy Up! duplicate file search utility, meant for iTunes, iPod and iPhoto databases. The update enables searching for a missing song tag, and implements a few bug fixes to prevent the program from crashing. Tidy Up can be used to search for duplicate files, folders and packages, by criteria including type, creator, extension, date, visibility, tag, duration, bitrate and more.
SQLite Diff 1.18 ($25) allows developers to drag & drop two SQLite databases into the application and begin comparing them. SQLite Diff uses an in-memory store of both SQLite schemas to perform most comparisons quickly. Schema results include comparisons of tables/columns, triggers, indexes and views. Any changed SQL code including trigger SQL, index creation SQL, view creation SQL code and changed data records are highlighted in yellow to make locating differences between the files easier. [Download - 3.2MB]
The US Federal Communications Commission is expected to soon approve a new generation of unlicensed wireless devices, according to an update on Friday. A report due as early as the same day should see the government body issue a testing report which concludes that the use of "white space," or the frequencies between licensed parts of the wireless spectrum, is safe enough to use for unlicensed technology such as wide-area Internet access.
DLO has launched the TransDock Direct, a new car dock for iPods. The device features a flexible support arm, and a removable 12V power socket. It transmits to stereos mainly via auxiliary input, which is said to offer better sound output than rival FM transmitters; also provided is a cassette adapter, for when aux-in is not an option. iPod touch users can additionally rotate the holder, in cases where they need to switch between vertical and horizontal orientations.
Google has released a new version of its Picasa Web Albums Uploader for the Mac, which is now at version 1.2. The update allows for the sharing of both still images and video clips, from iPhoto '08 via the Picasa exporter, or else using the standalone direct uploader. Once submitted, content can be shared with family and friends via the web.
The popular video-sharing portal YouTube has began running full length TV shows from CBS' archives in attempts to build revenue from advertising, according to a report on Friday. Typically, a YouTube video is no longer than 10 minutes, but the CBS agreement sees episodes that occupy normal TV-length episodes that last between 20 to 48 minutes each. Among the shows offered will be episodes of Star Trek, Young and the Restless and Beverly Hills 90210.
eMachines has chosen an unusual mid-Friday launch for the EL 1200, the company's first small form factor PC. The system's case is about 40 percent smaller than eMachines' normal mini-towers and consumes less power as well; all models carry a 1.5GHz Athlon 64 chip that demands just 15W of power by itself. The range potentially serves as a budget home theater PC with HDMI-out and more recent integrated GeForce video as an option.
Nokia is potentially gearing up to launch another device at the start of next week, a new teaser shows. The page shows an image of what appears to be a 7610 Supernova but says the device will "unlock" by about 8PM on the 13th, suggesting an evening phone launch. Some members of the online media have also received an invite for a similar timeframe and have been told the event relates to N-Gage, though a series of promo videos connected to the event (shown below) don't mention the Nokia gaming service.
Computer gaming peripherals maker SteelSeries has introduced two new World of Warcraft-edition products, the MMO Gaming Mouse and Zboard Limited Edition (Wrath of the Lich King, or WotLK) keyboard. The mouse can seemingly act as a keyboard replacement during gameplay, as it features 15 buttons that can be assigned to various shortcut operations in the game and reprogrammed again for everyday computing use. SteelSeries worked with World of Warcraft creators Blizzard Entertainment on both products, which are officially licensed. The mouse lights up in what SteelSeries claims is a choice of 16 million colors selectable by the user, and there are three intensity and pulsation level settings.
ASUS on Thursday introduced the R710 portable navigation device with an industry-first feature in its optional PathFinder Heads-Up Display (HUD) that helps drivers keep their eyes on the road. The HUD projects directions, speed and other information on the vehicle's windshield. The device also has a 5-inch touchscreen display like more traditional navigators and, in keeping with its safety theme, includes Bluetooth 2.0 hands-free calling support. Built-in echo-canceling software makes conversations via the microphone and speaker easily understood.
HTC's Touch Pro smartphone, promised for North America before the end of 2008, appears to be headed toward AT&T as the Fuze, a report claims. The Pro is distinguished primarily by its sliding QWERTY keyboard, and a 2.8-inch VGA (480x640) touchscreen; an alleged photo and list of specifications for the Fuze appear to echo these facts, with the notable difference of AT&T-specific markings on the keyboard. The phone is, however, lacking an AT&T badge in its current depiction.
In an announcement, computer builder Zepto claims to have produced the "world's fastest" 14-inch notebook, in the form of the Nox A14. The computer technically uses a 14.1-inch display, capable of resolutions up to 1440x900; this is supported by a 512MB GeForce 9600M GT video card. The main processor scales up to a 2.53GHz mobile Core 2 Duo chip, and buyers can configure the system with up to 8GB of DDR2 RAM, supplemented by as much as 2GB of Intel Turbo Memory.
Bell and Telus today announced that they would both choose Long Term Evolution (LTE) as their fourth-generation (4G) cellular network standard. The move will dramatically increase the speed of mobile Internet access in the country and will give subscribers to either of the competing carriers the option of roaming on the other's network but also to American providers, most of which will also move to LTE at the same time.
A number of visitors to the iTunes Store on Friday have been unable to properly access the site, or its services, according to tips sent to MacNN and discussions at Apple's support forums. People are reporting being unable to log in to the store, and as a result, they are not only unable to view account details, but perform functions such as buy new files or authorize existing purchases. Music not bought through iTunes Plus will refuse to sync with iPhones and iPods if it is not authorized online.
Although the BlackBerry Storm has yet to ship, RIM is already developing a second model that would serve as the company's new flagship, two separate tips given to BGR suggest. The unnamed phone would be more a complement to the Storm than a replacement and would have a hardware keyboard in addition to the touch display. It would also carry a sharper, "near-HD" resolution and a five-megapixel camera versus the 3.2 of the device shipping soon.
Nokia's N-Gage download service has the potential to dwarf the App Store in terms of mobile game sales, say parties within the gaming industry. Reuters reports that while N-Gage has achieved relatively little so far in its six months of operation, this is mainly because people have mostly had to install the necessary software themselves, something which is beginning to change with phones like the N85.
HTC could be developing an even more advanced cellphone than its upcoming Touch HD, according to an alleged leak. So far codenamed only the T8290, the handset would have the same 3.8-inch touchscreen, Windows Mobile 6.1, and TouchFLO interface as the Touch HD but add in a WiMAX connection that would give it 4G speeds on the few networks that currently support the standard. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are also present, as is a back camera at an unknown resolution.
Apple's upcoming MacBook refresh may have been captured in detail, according to a video recorded by the same Taiwanese outlet that also produced photos of the alleged top shell for the computer. The short clip shows what appears to be a partly assembled system that seems virtually identical to the MacBook Air except for the logo, including the webcam, trackpad and power button.
Apple has, for the second time this month, won "Gadget of the Year" in a British awards competition. T3's second-annual T3 Gadget Awards ceremony was held on Thursday evening, and included awards chosen by both readers and T3. Readers cast over 54,000 votes to pick 11 of the prizes, which included the Gadget of the Year award, won by Apple's iPod touch.
Wal-Mart issued a last-minute reprieve to customers potentially affected by its DRM server shutdown. Citing feedback from customers, the retailer now says it will keep alive the servers that hand out licenses for its now-obsolete Windows Media protected music rather than close them down. The move had originally been scheduled for Thursday but has been postponed indefinitely; the servers will stay up for "the present time," according to Wal-Mart. This will also include support for any problems with the files themselves.
NVIDIA's graphics hardware is behind ongoing video problems with the MacBook Pro, Apple now says. A number of owners have been complaining of Pros that are technically continuing to function, but only displaying a blank screen when turned on; probing is said to have discovered that NVIDIA cards were being misreported as integrated Intel chips. Apple now says that this, as well as instances of "distorted or scrambled" video, can be linked to defects in some of NVIDIA's GeForce 8600M GT cards.
The CTIA today marked the 25th anniversary of the first practical cellphone call. October 13th, 1983 saw the first call made from Ameritech's president in Chicago to the grandson of Alexander Bell in Germany. The phone at the time was one of Motorola's earliest, the DynaTAC 8000X, and is now dramatically outclassed by even basic modern phones; the brick-like device weighed two pounds, measured about 13 inches long and netted about a half-hour of calling time.
The recent plunge in Research in Motion's shares may help trigger a takeover by Microsoft, Canaccord Adams analyst Peter Misek says. The financial expert believes that Microsoft has a "standing offer" to buy out the BlackBerry maker at a value of $50 per share and may do so if RIM's recent share decline leaves it significantly below that mark. The company is said by researchers to be independent but potentially open to a deal if made under friendly terms.
Navman has unveiled its latest GPS device, the S-Series S100. One attractive feature of the device is its 4.3 inch flat widescreen that runs clean across the front surface without the traditional bevels found on most recessed screen GPS systems. The new ClearView maps have been redesigned to offer more readability when making quick glances at the screen, with reduced clutter and simplified colors. Another new feature, Junction Views, replicates major intersections or complicated exits in 3D.
Freestyle has introduced its latest waterproof audio device, the Soundwave MP3 player. The device is completely submersible down to ten feet and features a shock resistant design. Up to 2GB of audio data can be stored, including MP3, WMA, and DRM protected files, and an FM tuner with channel presets is also built in. The track listings are viewable on a black and blue OLED screen. The internal rechargeable battery is claimed to offer up to 18 hours of playtime per charge.
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Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive, Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN
MIT demoes 'Eyeriss' AI chip for mobile
At the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco this week, MIT researchers presented a new chip designed specifically to implement neural networks. The researchers claim that "Eyeriss" is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU, so it could enable mobile devices to run artificial-intelligence algorithms such as Siri or Cortana, rather than uploading all data to a remote server for processing. http://bit.ly/1TISJBe
Pocket for iOS adds readability settings
Offline reader iOS app Pocket has updated, with reader-friendly changes. With the new revision, premium subscribers can adjust character spacing, and choose from eight new fonts including one that makes it easier for sufferers of dyslexia to read saved content. The app itself is free, with a premium subscription available for $5 a month, or $45 a year. http://apple.co/1KuILBl