A variety of HDTV Black Friday deals are currently being featured at DealNN. Starting with the SENS 22-inch LCD HDTV/DVD combo for $379.99 and on November 28th the price will be reduced by $80 to $299.99. J&R.com has reduced the price on the Panasonic VIERA 42-inch plasma 720p HDTV by 50% from $1,199 to $599.99. The refurbished Westinghouse 47" 1080p LCD HDTV is now priced at $664.99 (was $1,449.99) after rebate at MacMall.com. The refurbished Vizio 32-inch widescreen LCD HDTV is availabe at Buy.com for $429.99 which is $570 off the list price of $999.99.
A variety of digital cameras are currently featured at DealNN with special Black Friday pricing. CircuitCity.com has reduced the price on the Samsung 8.1MP digital camera -blue from $99.99 to $79.99. TigerDirect.com has reduced the price on the Canon HD camcorder from $899.99 to $559.99, that's an instant savings of $340. Until 11/30/08 Newegg.com is offering the Kodak EasyShare 9.2MP digital camera (model no. C913) for $96.99, that's $15 off the original price of $111.99. TigerDirect.com has cut the price on the Canon PowerShot SD2200 8.0MP digital camera from $199.99 to $169.99, an instant savings of $30. RadioShack.com is offering the Samsung 10.0MP digital camera -red for $149.99. On November 28th save $50 for a final price of $99.99.
A selection of Black Friday computer deals from DealNN are as follows. The Sony VAIO all in one desktop PC has been reduced to $1399.97 from $1599.97 at J&R.com. That's a savings of $200.02. Buy.com has reduced the price on the Acer Aspire 5315 notebook from $451 to $369.95, a savings of $81.05. Until 11/30/08 Newegg.com is offering the Acer Aspire Athalon X2 for $299.99. CompUSA.com is offering the Acer Aspire laptop computer bundle for $454 after $155 in instant savings off of the original price of $609.99 and a $5 mail in rebate offer is also available that drops the final price down to $449.99. Dell.com is offering the Dell Latitude E5400 laptop productivity package for $699 after $340 in instant savings off the starting price of $1039. Until 11/30/08 Newegg.com is offering the 2.4GHz MacBook Pro for $1489. That is $505 off the original price of $1994.
A selection of storage and memory deals are currently being featured at DealNN. The Transcend JetFlash 4GB USB flash drive has been reduced from $19.99 to $6.99, an instant savings of $13 at TigerDirect.com. Buy.com is offering the Western Digital 1TB My Book Essential external hard drive for $139.99, that's $110 off the list price of $249.99. Until 11/30/08 Neweegg.com is offering the OCZ Core Series V2 30GB SSD (model no. OCZSSD2-2C30G) for $69.99. That's $25 off the original price of $94.99 and use this mail in rebate offer to drop the price down to $49.99. BestBuy.com is offering the PNY 2GB flash drive for $18.49. On November 28th only the price is dropped by $10.50 for a final price of $7.99.
At a press conference recently held in France, Taiwanese computer maker MSI introduced new versions of its Wind netbook, the MSI Wind U115, U110 and U120H. The U120H will ship with a 3G data network module from Ericsson that will enable it to access the high-speed network with a SIM card. Other specs of the new netbook include an Atom CPU, 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard disk with Windows XP on it. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi modules will also be accounted for, with the computer powered by a six-cell battery. MSI recently announced a stock U120 with similar specs and the availability of a Wi-Fi module.
NetGear will soon launch its next-generation Digital Entertainer Elite network media streamer with the EVA9000, which has been spotted undergoing testing at the FCC. Both devices have the ability to decode high definition files encoded in AVI, XviD, DivX or H.264 codecs. Compared to the EVA8000 Digital Entertainer HD it's due to succeed, the new model has support for a 3.5-inch SATA internal hard disk drive and a Wi-Fi module.
In brief: Black Friday brings about discounts at many retailers, this weekend customers can find deals on just about anything if they look in the right place. Here are a few offers on software: Aspyr Media is having a weekend sale on downloadable games featuring discounts of 25%. Until December 1st customers can find Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and futureU on sale for $41 and $30 respectively at GameAgent.
The UK's Battech recently introduced its iPower SX solar-powered charger that will add battery life to portable consumer electronics. It stores energy captured by the sun in a high-capacity, 2,200mAh battery and is said to be capable of powering an iPod classic for 50 hours. The device is capable of charging many popular phones, including the iPhone and Nokia devices, as well as portable gaming consoles, MP3 players and cameras.
The Internet-connected Kindle e-book reader sold exclusively at Amazon will not ship in time for Christmas, instead arriving at buyers' doors in between 11 to 13 weeks, according to a Friday report. The device was also sold out for the holidays last year, but Amazon's reason for the low volumes was that production was not yet up to capacity.
Taiwan's Compal Communications will manufacture two handsets for Motorola, codenamed the Atila and Alexander, according to a Friday report. More importantly, the report reveals that shipments of the phones will allegedly be delayed from the original fourth quarter of 2008 launch to the first quarter of 2009. Both cellphones will use the Windows Mobile operating system, support 3G data networks and have built-in Wi-Fi modules.
Aimersoft has released the first Mac version of Total Media Converter, its media formatting suite. The software is mainly geared towards converting audio and video between different filetypes; special attention is paid to unusual video formats, such as the VOB files associated with DVDs, and the increasingly common MKV container. Some supported audio formats include MP3, M4A, AC3 and MKA.
Intel is no longer as enthusiastic as it has been regarding netbooks, company sales and marketing VP Stu Pann has said at a supply chain conference. The executive reveals that the popularity of netbooks in Western countries has been unexpected at Intel, which had only expected strong use by children and developing countries that were either better suited to the small form factor or else couldn't afford a full-size system. Many of the systems aren't well-suited to extended use by adults, he notes.
myTracks 1.3 (free) allows users relate GPS tracks and the photos taken along those tracks to each other. Users can import the GPS tracks from a GPS device for from a GPX file which are then displayed using Google Maps. Version 1.3 allows users to switch form Google to the OpenStreetMap family and also allows location information (City, State, Country, ISO Country Code) to be specified for photos. The timestamps of photos can also be shifted to remove time drift between GPS tracker and camera lock and photos can be manually reassigned to track points. [Download - 29.6MB]
Retailer Amazon.com has reduced the prices on a number of electronics, computer accessories, software applications and more for Black Friday. First up is VMware Fusion 2 priced at $39.99, down $40 off the list price of $79.99. The Altec Lansing iM207 Orbit-MP3 for iPod has been reduced from $39.95 to $14.99. The price on a Hi Fidelity speaker system and charger docking station for iPods has been reduced to $49.99 from $89.99. People can also save $100 on a Sony 1080p Blu-ray disk player, now priced at $199.99, or get a Sylvania Blu-Ray player with an HDMI cable for $179, a drop of roughly $20 off the list price of $199.99.
Slam it! ($1) provides users with a way to select a random person when an easy decision cannot be made. Each person selects a playing field by placing a finger on the screen. Once everyone has lifted their finger, a spinner in the center will begin to spin. To stop the spinner someone needs to slam on the desk around the iPhone and it will detect that and start to slow the spinner down. There are two different game modes included, "Protect Yourself" and "Last Player Wins", as well as three different themes, "Roulette", "Psycho" and "Techno".
Dell announced its Black Friday sales this morning, all available for one day only and online. The deals include an Inspiron 1525 notebook for $559, which is $285 lower than the regular price, while the Inspiron 530s desktop is priced at $299, representing $80 in savings. A 19-inch Dell flat panel monitor, the SE198WFP, can be added to the desktop for $129, or $50 off. The 8.9-inch Inspiron Mini 9 netbook costs $299 today, which is $50 lower than regular pricing. The biggest savings is offered on the 42-inch Sharp HDTV, the LC42SB45U, which costs $779, or $620 off the regular price of $1,399.
Freeverse has published Flick Fishing 1.2, an update of its fishing game for the iPhone and iPod touch, in which players flick their wrist to cast a fishing line and reel it in. New features in this version include an unlockable night-fishing location, lures and spinners now working without floats, and various secret power-ups to help with larger fish. Four new fish types have been introduced, including brown trout, bream, wahoo and a special "named" fish.
Rogers today has quietly launched its version of the BlackBerry Curve 8900. Appearing ahead of schedule, the QWERTY smartphone is known to be arriving in stores and in its Canadian guise should support Rogers' Talkspot service, which lets the phone use its Wi-Fi for UMA (Unlicensed Mobile Access) calling that automatically transitions to and from VoIP and the cellular network. The phone is considered a smaller, budget alternative to the Bold with EDGE-only cell data but the same 480x320 screen, GPS and software features as its 3G counterpart.
Finishing creation of a networking and beta-testing resource, MacScripter has launched MacDeveloper, a platform allowing companies and individuals to test applications in a large beta pool. By connecting software developers with a community of testers, MacDeveloper is intended to provide fast feedback to companies about their applications, and in turn hopefully improve the quality of the software. People who take part in testing will be rewarded with points that can be used for either discounts or free software.
Apple's Black Friday specials are somewhat disappointing, say analysts with UBS and Kaufman Bros. Apple is offering discounts of up to $101 on Macs, and $21 for iPods. The difficulty, the analysts suggest, is that these sales are largely consistent with last year, representing about 5 to 10 percent off instead of predicted cuts as high as 15 percent. It is thought that sales may thus prove to be somewhat disappointing, given biting economic conditions.
MSI is planning to join ASUS in the nettop field by taking a different approach, the company has confirmed through a French unveiling covered by Journal du Geek. The Windbox is deliberately given a slim, subtle black enclosure that MSI says is meant to be used for home theater PC duty; a VESA mount on one side lets it attach directly to the back of most HDTVs. The company also renders it noise-free by using passive heatsinks to cool the inside instead of fans.
Rogers has quietly bolstered its wireless data plans this week to improve its options for iPhones and other smartphone users, according to forum posts from observers. The carrier has introduced an as-yet unpublished $30 Data Value Pack that combines 500MB of monthly data with 10,000 outbound text messages, Visual Voicemail on the iPhone, caller ID, and a WhoCalled text notification of missed calls. The data applies to any device Rogers offers and can be combined with any voice plan.
Wi-Gear on Thursday launched the newest version of its iMuffs wireless headphones, now compatible with the iPhone. Already designed for iPod touches and clickwheel players, the upgrade offers an improved Bluetooth radio, with increased range and less radio interference. According to Wi-Gear, the iMuffs MB220s will also enable customers to receive phone calls by speaking through an integrated microphone.
In addition to hardware sales through the Apple Store, more Black Friday deals are being promoted today through the iTunes App Store. A variety of applications are being offered at a discounted rate, such as the multi-client instant messaging app BeejiveIM, which is being sold for $10 until midnight Pacific time on November 30th, after which it will resume its normal $16 cost.
ASUS today said it would launch its Bamboo U6V notebook tomorrow through the IT Month expo in its home region of Taiwan. The 12-inch ultraportable's real bamboo outer shell will boost the price of the system to the equivalent of $1,799, putting a premium on the more renewable and more eco-friendly wood versus plastic or metal.
Nikon has inadvertently filled out details of the D3x ahead of its official launch, courtesy of an early look at the company's own Nikon Pro magazine. True to expectations, the pro DSLR is mostly a resolution upgrade over the stock D3 and jumps from 12 megapixels to 24.5. It also gains a new 16-bit EXPEED image processor that should improve color performance over the 14-bit standard version.
Meizu's M8 touchscreen phone will bear similarities to the iPhone in more than just the hardware design, a first look from a Chinese publication shows. Confirming the shipping-ready status of the device, the report shows both the extremely derivative design of the M8 itself but also the packaging and accessories, which mimic Apple's black box and white accessories. This includes earbuds and a USB sync cable patterned as closely as possible to the iPhone pack-ins.
Kampo Interactive on Wednesday announced the Mac release of Balance, a tilt puzzle game where players guide one or more balls through various 3D obstacles to its destination. Offering over 75 levels, online competitions, tournaments, and free level upgrades, Balance uses pre-existing accelerometers built into Apple's notebooks (various MacBook, PowerBook and iBook models) to give users the ability to physically tilt the laptop in order to guide the ball towards its goal.
Apple early Friday morning kicked off the holiday shopping season with its Black Friday deals, offering substantial discounts on Macs, iPods, software, and other accessories. The company is offering $101 discounts on its latest generation "unibody" MacBooks and a $51 discount on its entry-level $999 white MacBook. The company is also offering $51 or $101 discounts on its aluminum iMac desktops. Apple is offering its entry-level 2.4GHz 20-inch iMac for $1,148.00 ($51 discount) and its 2.66GHz 20-inch and 2.8GHz 24-inch iMac for $1,398.00 ($101 discount on each).
Late Night Software has released Script Debugger 4.5, updating its AppleScript authoring environment with 28 major new features and improvements. The editor now fully supports Unicode on Leopard systems and there is a new scripts menu and inspector which supports OSA scripts, Unix scripts and Automator workflows. Script Debugger now auto-saves recovery information whenever a script is executed and script no longer have length limitations on Leopard systems. The editor now automatically closes AppleScript block structures, provides a Text Substitution feature for using keywords to replace long code-strings and the editor now automatically closes parentheses and quotes during typing.
Ben Software has launched SecuritySpy 1.6, upgrading its multi-camera video surveillance software for the Mac. The security software supports motion detection, real-time compression and network video streaming and can be purchased for single-camera use or multiple-camera uses. Version 1.6 adds multi-threaded compression routines for multiple-core processors, H.264 video compression support and server stability improvements. It also adds support for viewing captured movies on an iPhone or iPod touch.
Acclivity has purchased MYOB software, along with its development teams from MYOB Australia. Acclivity will continue to develop, support and sell MYOB products in the US, and sell MYOB products in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Acclivity also plans to expand into Canada.
Microsoft's Jasper-based Xbox 360 consoles are finally arriving in stores, according to forum posts found on xbox-scene [1|2], with photographs detailing both the internal and external features of the new models. The Jasper model consoles feature a smaller 65nm process die for the graphics chip, decreasing overall power consumption and heat generation. The move is expected to reduce "red ring of death" failures in consoles.
New cases have been launched for the MacBook and MacBook Pro, from Brenthaven and booq. Brenthaven has the Edge I and Edge II sleeves, which work as stand-alone sleeves or in conjunction with a larger bag for extra protection. The sleeve has a removable shoulder strap and a side pocket for documents. The Edge I fits MacBooks, while the Edge II is sized for MacBook Pros. The sleeves are available in black and light blue for about $55.
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WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R