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Grubby Games on Thursday launched My Tribe, an island simulation game where players control little tribespeople shipwrecked on a tropical island. Offering real-time gameplay the tribe will grow, learn new skills, and have children even while the computer is turned off. With billions of islands to explore, alter the landscape with up to 14 different buildings, flowers, and tall trees. My Tribe also offers designable clothing colors up to 18 styles, different hair styles and colors, over 40 different potion recipes, and eight levels of scientific advancement to research.
Speakal on Tuesday released iPanda, its newest audio system with a built-in iPod docking station. Similar to iPig, iPanda is a small five speaker stereo with an onboard Hi-Fi amplifier to produce 360 degrees of sound, dynamic airflow optimizer, interior dynamic cooling exchange and sound stabilization, all compacted into a tiny panda design. Compatible with all iPod models, the docking station allows users to charge the iPod while listening to music in 2.1 stereo. Also equipped is a 3.5mm standard input jack that allows iPanda to work with any MP3 and MP4, producing 25+ watts of sound.
Advertising Standard Authority in the UK has banned another iPhone advertisement suggesting the handset is misleading in the speed at which it can browse the internet. Apparently 17 iPhone users called and complained that the "really fast" almost instant web browsing shown in the commercial was in no way the actual speed.
A variety of great Black Friday deals on Apple products are currently being offered by a range of online merchants. Until 11/30/08 Newegg.com is offering the 4GB iPod nano -silver (model no. MA978LL/A) for $99.99, that's $49.01 off the original price of $149. Save an extra 10% on Apple computers at Gainsaver.com, prices start at $260. MacMall.com has reduced the price on the new 13.3-inch MacBook from $1229.99 to $1179.99. Until 11/30/08 Newegg.com is offering the 2.4GHz MacBook Pro (model no. MB133LL/A) for $1489. BestBuy.com is offering the first generation 32GB iPod touch for $349.99 which is $30 off the regular price of $379.99. Visit DealNN for more Black Friday deals.
New Star Games on Thursday announced the latest instalment to its sports based games, New Star Soccer four. Adding to its predecessor, NSS4 offers a wider variety of lifestyle options having players balance a career, girlfriend, family, and media obligations. With this enhancement every social decision has an impact on the characters career, resulting in greater or a poor performance on the field. Players also have access to a new casino feature containing blackjack, roulette, slot machines plus the ability to place bets on horse races or buy and train a horse of your own.
Private photosharing has been launched for Firefox through the new GPhotospace Add-on for Firefox. The Firefox extension allows Gmail users to store and share photos within their standard Gmail e-mail storage account. Users select their photos, upload them to their Gmail storage, select their recipients and send album viewing invitations via e-mail. For security, users' Gmail credentials are used to log-in, but these credentials are not sent or stored on any servers other than Gmail's servers, using an encrypted https connection.
Over on the other side of the world, down under in Australia, Apple has announced some of its one-day Thanksgiving holiday sales. The savings extend to many products and accessories offered via Apple's online store but the biggest are offered on the 13-inch MacBook, with Aussie buyers saving $161 AUD (about $104). The savings throughout fall at between 6 and 8 percent off regular prices and should be mirrored on the US website late tomorrow or early on Black Friday.
Griffin Technology on Wednesday released Component and Composite video cables for connecting iPods to televisions, computer monitors and home entertainment systems. Each six-foot cable attaches to the 30-pin dock connector, while a second USB cord and A/C adapter are also included with each package, which allows the devices to be charged while in use.
Chip and computer hardware parts maker VIA unveiled its roadmap for future Nano chips at the Embedded Technology 2008 show in Japan held last week, according to a Wednesday report. The roadmap revealed VIA won't be releasing a dual-core Nano CPU for netbooks until an estimated date of June of 2010, leaving the market wide open for competitor Intel and its dual-core Atom CPU. The Taiwanese company also revealed it will release a Nano E-series chip in the spring of 2009, which will bump up the front system bus speeds from the current 800MHz to 1,333MHz and use a 65nm process.
Motorola on Thursday has announced the latest additions to its digital cordless home phones, the D10 and D11. The handsets are optimized to use as little energy as possible and are made with at least 20 percent of recycled materials. An eco mode will automatically adjust the wireless reception strength and therefore draw less power based on how far a phone is from its base station
Korea's LG will launch 3D TVs next year, says the Vice President Director of Digital TV Research Lab Choon Lee in a Wednesday report. Not much specific information about the launch details was given, other than that one or two unspecified markets will see the launch of the technology. As for the tech itself, Lee said it would involve a slight change to existing Blu-ray technology and use the media to keep costs to buyers down.
Elpida says it has expanded its lineup of DDR3 RAM with what it says is the most energy-efficient memory of the type. A new format based on a 50 nanometer manufacturing process helps both reduce the size of each chip to 40mm (1.6in) square and also reduces the amount of power necessary to drive the memory. Where most DDR3 needs 1.5 volts, the new memory can scale back to 1.35V or even 1.2V in notebooks, servers and other low-profile computers that may not run at full power.
iRiver on Thursday introduced a low-key update to its basic media player lineup through the E100 Season 2. The new players are primarily a visual change and switch from the monotone colors of the original to orange-on-silver, silver-on-orange and white-and-orange color schemes. The Korea-made player is otherwise similar but shares the same uncommon features, including a rear set of stereo speakers and a microSD card slot for loading up extra music beyond the internal flash.
World's-largest cellphone maker Nokia on Thursday announced it is developing the Nokia Home Control Center, a platform that will allow users to control their home electronics, security systems and energy management systems via a mobile device. It's an open platform that will allow third parties to write their own smart home solutions for use in mobile devices or PCs and control all compatible devices in their home either locally or remotely.
Samsung today introduced five large touchscreen displays meant for public use, such as presentations and terminals at mass transit. Using similar sizes and resolutions to HDTVs, the 32-inch 320TSn, 40-inch 400TSn, 46-inch 460TSn, 70-inch 700Tsn and 82-inch 820TSn all work in either portrait or landscape mode and also support a unique MagicInfo feature that lets the owner manage several displays at once, such as when they play a multi-screen video.
The long-awaited uTorrent beta for Macs is out as of Wednesday, offering users of Intel-based Macs running Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard or newer the same low-memory footprint Windows users have enjoyed to date. Compared to the Windows version, however, the newly-released version is missing certain features, including an RSS downloader. Rumors of a Mac uTorrent release first surfaced in June of 2007, with an alpha version leaked back in September.
Nokia today said it has started the first wave of shipments of the 5800 XpressMusic, its first touchscreen phone. The Symbian S60 device is already on sale or should be soon for the few regions receiving it before the end of the year, including Nokia's home country of Finland as well as Hong Kong, India, Russia, Spain and the Taiwan area. The company positions it as a near-smartphone with support for full apps, 3G, GPS and Wi-Fi but also a media-centric interface with an always-present media bar for navigating tracks, a 3.2-megapixel camera with video capture and a particularly sharp 640x360, 3.2-inch display.
Cowon today revealed that it will bring its S9 Curve media player to the US in December. The device is the Korean company's most direct answer to the iPod touch and centers on a rare, 3.3-inch AMOLED touchscreen that both produces more vivid colors than LCDs and also boosts the battery life to 40 hours of music. It also includes an accelerometer to rotate the image into landscape, Bluetooth for wireless audio, and is unusually fast for its category through a dual-core processor.
The ATSC TV standards company today said it has approved a candidate version of the Mobile DTV standard. The technology will give American cellphones, notebooks, portable media players and other devices a more universal way of watching over-the-air mobile digital TV provided by regular broadcasters rather than through proprietary, subscription-only services such as the MediaFLO network used by AT&T and Verizon.
iWeb Template has released family-based iWeb themes for building web pages with a family orientation. The collection has seven iWeb themes to choose from, including Baby, Boy, Girl, Tree, Old Album, Wall and White Album. Each theme includes multiple page layouts as starting points, like a Welcome page, About Me, Photos, My Albums, Movie, Podcast, Blog, and Blank pages.
Sonic Motion has launched a beta version of its WavearsLE software that simulates a 3D sound environment. With the program running in the background, media-player applications can function normally, while the sound output is processed to replicate a virtual 5.1-channel surround-sound speaker configuration, the company claims. The system is designed to work best when music is played through headphones.
ZOS communications on Tuesday launched Zhiing 1.1, the latest update to its location-based messaging application for the iPhone. Users can now send one message to multiple people. Recipients will also receive names instead of numbers, while the general speed and stability have been enhanced. The program combines browser plug-ins with SMS, allowing users to send directions from the browser to a mobile phone, or from one mobile device to another. Users click the Zhiing icon and enter a number, which sends a map and turn-by-turn directions to their location.
Apple is offering a special holiday gift card for potential iPhone users, with the iPhone 3G Gift Card, available from Apple's online store. The card allows customers to load any value between $25 and $2500, accompanied by a personalized message, towards the purchase of an iPhone 3G. After the card is received, it can be redeemed at either an Apple retail store, or through an online process, where the user can set up their account and visit the store later.
Sony is allegedly looking to achieve a slice of Apple's gaming pie – praise of the iPod touch and iPhone's graphics hardware have come from industry giants John Carmack and Sega – as it has apparently signed a license agreement for the PowerVR SGX chipset. EE Times writes that an anonymous deal was signed Monday, with little details readily available, which sources say is to outfit the PSP2 with the SGX55x chipset.
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iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se sold Friday after launch?
Reverting the way products are actually released by Apple after an announcement to the way it was a decade ago, reports are circulating that new products revealed at a March announcement will go on sale the Friday immediately following the unveil. Slated to appear at a conjectural Tuesday, March 15 event are a new Apple four-inch phone with more up to date internals currently referred to as the iPhone 5se, and a new iPad Air 3 model with Smart Connector and other enhancements. http://bit.ly/1o7mqiY
Lexmark prevails in toner import appeal
Printer manufacturer Lexmark has won an appeal on the third-party US resale of its printer cartridges originally destined for markets outside North America. The appeals court ruled in a 10-2 vote in favor of Lexmark's demand to stop the sale and against Impression Products, both on the toner cartridge resale matter, as well as a related matter regarding overturning the reseller's refilling one-use cartridges and selling those in the US market. The ruling has ramifications in the tech industry, as well as the pharmaceutical and medical technology markets. Impression Products promises an appeal before the supreme court. http://reut.rs/1SLVmmG
AT&T expands BOGO promo to iPhone 6s
Beginning today, new and existing AT&T customers can purchase a new iPhone 6s and get another one free when adding a second line. Over the weekend, customers must purchase two phones through AT&T Next (one can be an existing number), and add both phones to a qualified plan. AT&T notes that "after three bill cycles or less" the account will start to receive up to $650 spread out over 30 monthly bill credits to offset the cost of the installment plan for the phone. Taxes are due at time of sale. http://soc.att.com/1SLUP4k
Google prevails in UK street mapping case
Possibly setting the stage for other court battles in the UK, a High Court fight between Google and StreetMap.EU has concluded in Google's favor. StreetMap.EU claimed that Google's dominance in the field destroyed the 20-year-old firm's business, when Google started promoting its own service in search results over the older company's -- the judge disagreed. Commercial director Kate Sutton said after the judgment that "StreetMap has been frozen in time; because of what Google did, StreetMap has not been able to properly invest in the website since 2007." An appeal is planned. http://bloom.bg/1KKhECt
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