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Apple deals: refurbs
Currently the Apple store has a wide selection of refurbished Mac accessories, iPods, and computers. Mac accessories include the Mighty Mouse priced at $59, the Apple wireless keyboard is $69, the AirPort Express Base station is $79 and the Time Capsule in two capacities: 500GB for $249, and 1TB for $419. A variety of iPods include the 1GB iPod shuffle for $39, the previous generation 8GB iPod nano is priced at $99 and the 8GB iPod touch for $179. Mac computer models start at $849 for the 2.1GHz MacBook in white and include the 1.6GHz MacBook Air for $1,149; the 20-inch, 2.66GHz iMac for $1,299; the previous generation 15.4-inch, 2.4GHz MacBook Pro for $1,349; and the 2.8GHz Mac Pro for $2,399.
DealNN: Apple displays
Today there is a wide variety of deals on Apple products ranging from pre-owned Apple displays to brand new MacBook Pros at DealNN. Staring at $39 is the refurbished 1GB iPod shuffle, the 2GB model is also available for $59 from the Apple store. Next up is the JVC portable audio system, priced at $99.99 at CircuitCity.com. Pre-owned Apple studio displays are available starting at $99 at LAcomputerCompany.com. Two MacBook models are also featured. The first is the 1.8GHz MacBook Air with 64GB SSD priced at $1599 at OnSale.com. Lastly is the new 2.53GHz MacBook Pro priced at $2198 at ClubMac.com.
Motorola AURA now shipping
The pricey, luxury-oriented Motorola AURA handset, first introduced at the end of October, is now available for purchase at Motorola USA's webstore. The handset is priced at a lofty $2,000, thanks in part to its 62-carat, Grade 1 sapphire crystal lens that covers what is touted as the world's first circular display, which offers 16 million colors and a 300ppi resolution. Said display remains in place while the handset's front plate swivels open, with the mechanism responsible made by the Swiss and composed of three tungsten carbon carbide-coated main gears and 130 precision ball bearings.
Number Crunch, IQ-Test
Star Walk ($5) is a realistic stargazing guide for the iPhone and iPod touch. Star Walk helps users recognize objects in the night sky by locating them on an interactive star map, and then tapping "i" to retrieve useful facts, such as celestial coordinates. The app also features a "time machine" that lets users see expected skies from the past or future.
Telus shipping Moto V750
Telus has released the rugged Motorola V750 flip phone that rated to meet US Military specification 810F, allowing it to withstand temperature extremes, liquid spills, salt, sand, dust, vibration and drops, among other abuse users will throw at it. Apart from its toughness, the V750 sports a 2-megapixel camera capable of capturing video as well as still images and 8GB of built-in memory for users' photos, music and videos.
Digeo intros Moxi HD DVR
USA's Digeo Inc., maker of the Moxi media center software, has quietly began offering its first HD DVR, the Moxi HD DVR. Equipped with dual HD tuners and a 500GB hard disk drive, the Moxi HD DVR also offers an eSATA port for connecting external hard drives. Users can also plug in their multistream CableCARD into the DVR, eliminating the need for a separate cable box.
Casio Exilim phone spotted
A recent series of FCC preliminary filing reports hints at the upcoming release of a Casio handset, the Exilim NX-9250, for the North American market. Little is known about the handset apart from its use of a CDMA 800/1900 with EVDO Rev A radio along with Bluetooth support. The Exilim name is used on Casio's digital cameras and camera-equipped handsets in Japan, along with the recently introduced W63CA handset which sports an 8.1-megapixel camera, leading many to believe the NX-9250 will likewise sport a multi-featured and high megapixel count shooter.
SuperSync 3.0 ($29) is a tool for comparing, merging and accessing media files from different locations. When local and remote iTunes libraries are opened, tracks are color-coded to indicate if they are local, remote and/or synchronized. Version 3.0 adds a new playlist viewer, improved playlist synchronization, a scheduled library rescan option, updated metadata tracking and merging, improved remote library features and better TiVo server support. [Download - 6MB]
Clevo M98 gaming notebook
Taiwanese notebook manufacturer Clevo will replace its current flagship notebook, the 17.1-inch D901C, with the one pictured, code-named M98 NU, according to a recent report. The new computer will bring improvements with it, including a larger, 18.4-inch LCD display with 1920x1080 HD resolution and support for Intel's Core 2 quad-core processors. Graphics will be handled by NVIDIA's MCP79 chipset with an integrated GPU, though it will have SLI support, capable of working in conjunction with high-end NVIDIA products such as the 9800M GTX.
Quanta intro Optical Touch
Taiwan's Quanta Computer revealed a new touchscreen technology recently at the WinHEC Taipei 2008 expo. Called Optical Touch, it uses two cameras placed in the top corners of the display instead of a capacitive or resistive touch panel and will be compatible with Microsoft Windows 7. The cameras track users' finger positions and move the pointer accordingly and support multi-touch gestures including rotate and zoom.
ATT and T-Mo Vmail Hacked
Both AT&T and T-Mobile today said they have agreed to settle lawsuits accusing each of overstating the security of their cellular networks' voicemail systems. The two have been asked to pay $59,300 and $25,000 respectively to the plaintiffs in the case and also forces the two to avoid marketing claims that promote their systems as secure. Neither has had to admit problems as a result of the settlement.
DataClean 1.0.0 released
Arten Science is shipping the first version of DataClean, a data sorting tool. Users are able to import data grids from CSV or TAB delimited files, and then process the content to be neater and/or more organized before exporting back to TAB or CSV, or else Microsoft's Excel format. Alternately, users can save with their own custom delimiter.
India 3G Auction
The Indian government today said it would hold auctions starting on January 16th that will provide the south Asian country its first true 3G service as well as provide headroom for possible 4G networks. The auctions will let both domestic and foreign companies bid on both the 2.1GHz wireless frequency, often used for HSPA-based 3G elsewhere in the world, as well as the 2.3GHz and 2.5GHz bands most commonly used for WiMAX.
Com Center 1.1 for iPhone
Hot Chili Apps has launched Com Center 1.1, the latest version of its iPhone app that lets users upload photos and design them into contact icons. Users can customize the output with color, text and symbols. Some features include a new interface style, a shadow option for text, and photo and text positioning, which allows the scaling or rotation of pictures and symbols.
Sprint on Android Phone
Sprint late this week has revealed that its Android plans are dependent more on timing than on actual phones. Speaking to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the company's product VP Kevin Packingham says the launch of a phone using the Google OS hinges on a more substantial community and that the company can "pull the trigger" on a device when the time is right. The phone needs enough of a halo effect to draw in new customers to the carrier before Sprint can realistically launch, the official says.
Millenium Mac clones
The American distributor of the EFi-X open-platform USB dongle has created the Millennium series of desktop computers that are designed to compete with the Mac Pro, according to AppleInsider. The Millennium 4 will be the first product released, featuring a Core 2 Quad processor overclocked to 3.8GHz, 4GB of RAM, a GeForce 8800 GTS video card, 150GB 10,000RPM drive and a 1TB 7,200RPM secondary drive. The company claims that its computer is 80-percent as fast as the 8-core 3.0GHz Mac Pro, but will sell for less than half of Apple's price.
Sony Touch Walkman Rumor
Sony is on the verge of releasing a touchscreen player as its headlining Walkman, a rumor from historically reliable Sony Insider says. Alleged sources say the electronics maker's first touch music device for the West will have a three-inch touch OLED that will give the player especially high color accuracy for video. It should also have Wi-Fi and use this not only to support web browsing and a YouTube viewer but also to subscribe to audio podcasts and Crackle videos. Users could also buy music directly through Amazon MP3.
briefly holiday bundles
In brief: Limit Point Software gas announced a holiday promotion for its products called "The Everything Bundle," which includes a package of their applications at a greatly reduced price. Another bundle has been put together by three different developers dubbed the "Mac Switcher Bundle," which offers TextExpander, 1Password and Witch. Meanwhile, Flying Mac has announced that FarFinder and WebJimbo, their Macintosh remote access products are now on sale. Electronista has reviewed the Able Planet Sound Clarity Wireless Headphones, favoring the comfort of wearing these headphones but found that when moving out of the signals "sweet spot" a hiss was introduced.
FSF sues Cisco over Linux
Networking giant Cisco Systems has been sued by the Free Software Foundation, a report reveals. Filing with the help of the Software Freedom Law Center, the FSF has accused Cisco of violating the General Public License under which the Linux operating system is distributed. Companies that want to use Linux can typically do so for free; the GPL stipulates, however, that any changes made for a Linux variant must be shared with the public.
Toshiba Qosmio FX, GX
Toshiba on Friday introduced three new Dynabook Qosmio-series notebooks for its home territory of Japan, with the multimedia-focused G50 and GX and FX pair meant for gamers with nearly identical specifications. All three feature a dual-core 2.4GHz Intel CPU set into Intel's PM45 Express mainboard and an NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT graphics card with a dedicated 512MB of memory, along with 4GB of RAM. The two gaming notebooks get 320GB hard disk drives and an integrated draft-N 2.0 Wi-Fi module. The key difference between the two is the GX notebook's 18.4-inch, 1680x945 LCD screen and the FX notebook's 15.4-inch, 1280x800 display.
First Look: WhatSize
No matter which Mac you have, you can never have enough hard drive space. Unlike PCs however, iMacs and Mac minis tend not to lend themselves to quick hardware upgrades -- when you buy a Mac, you're usually stuck with the hard disk that comes with it. The moment you start running out of room, you'll be forced to start deleting files. Finding which files to delete can be troublesome unless you use a tool like the shareware app WhatSize.
Intel car batteries?
Chipmaker Intel may get into the battery making business for plug-in electric cars, if the company's former chief executive, Andrew Grove gets his way, according to a Friday WSJ report (membership required). Grove, 72, retired in 2005 but still advises Intel and is urging the current chief executive, Paul Otellini, to diversify the company's business by manufacturing batteries for the auto industry. Grove is a hybrid car proponent and sees it as an emerging market. He believes Intel's large research and development resources could bring down the costs of batteries, which are the most costly component of a plug-in vehicle.
AT&T Wraps Wayport Deal
AT&T on Friday said it has successfully closed its buyout out Wayport. The deal hands over control of Wayport's Wi-Fi hotspots and gives AT&T about 20,000 access points within the US and a total of 80,000 worldwide. No mention has been made as to if and when Wayport will switch to using AT&T's official Wi-Fi system and how soon users of either service will have a common billing system.
Connect app for iPhone
Maplewoods Associates has announced Connect, an iPhone application that allows users to automatically gain access to either a live operator or a specific department in a company. When using Connect to dial a toll-free number, the application will send a string of tones that guide the user's call to its desired location, eliminating the need to enter multiple sets of numbers. The app contains integrated phone-tree maps of almost 1,000 companies across the US, Canada and the UK, with more to be included in the future.
Aelgo launches Manhour
Aelgo has launched a billing and time-management application, Manhour. The program provides automatic time and fee tracking, and allows users to input a given wage by hour, minute, or second, for building a detailed record of money earned over a specific period. Through s Menu Bar display feature, users are able to start or stop recording, or view the total number of billable or recorded hours, without needing to pull up the complete application.
Pastebud iPhone service
Copy and paste will finally arrive for the iPhone Friday, at least in a limited form of copy and paste between Safari and Mail, reports say. Pastebud is a new web-based service which uses a bookmarking system to replicate copy and paste, detouring the App Store by not installing anything. Two Safari bookmarks serve as copy and paste modules, allowing for selection of text and pasting into Mail or another webpage.
Wii Sales Top 2 Million
Nintendo late Thursday revealed that the company had sold two million Wii consoles in the US during November based on NPD Group data. The figure is a record amount of console sales for any month outside of December for Nintendo and was nearly paralleled by the DS, which reached its second-highest ever total outside of December at 1.56 million of the handheld. The tallies bring the Wii to a total of 15.4 million systems sold in the country since 2006 and the DS to 24.6 million since 2004.
DE:Noise expands support
RE:Vision Effects has posted a new version of its DE:Noise plug-ins, now tailored to The Foundry's Nuke, eyeon's Fusion and Autodesk's Toxik. DE:Noise is used to remove noise and artifacts from video footage, as well as similar problems such as dirt. The program uses frame-by-frame correlation to detect and remove defects, and when smoothing over noise, attempts to preserve important details. Users can additionally apply general post-processing tweaks such as sharpening.
Palm OS at CES Rumors
Palm's announced event at this year's Consumer Electronics Show will bring about both its overhauled Nova operating system and a new smartphone to match, according to sources tipping off BusinessWeek. Few details are available for what will appear at the January 8th gathering, though the OS is already known to switch to a Linux-based platform that will run legacy apps in emulation. The magazine also backs company statements which have noted the phone would start a new model line using Nova that would sit in between the basic Centro and professional Treo.
After Effects CS4 9.0.1
Adobe has posted an update to After Effects CS4, the most recent version of its video effects software. The patch, v9.0.1, makes upgrades to Mocha, enabling it to properly read QuickTime files. Also improved are Dynamic Link workflows, though Adobe has not specified the differences in the new code.
ASUS VH Series LCDs
ASUS late Thursday took the wraps from four new desktop displays that all share an extra-wide 16:9 aspect ratio. The 18.5-inch VH192, 21.5-inch VH222 and VH226, and 23.6-inch VH242 are labeled better for movie viewing with many videos filling the entire screen. The top three displays can natively display 1080p, while the VH192 displays 720p (1366x768); all use dynamic contrast ratios to improve their black levels and range from 10,000:1 in the 18.5-inch panel to 20,000:1 for the VH222 and VH242.
Lenovo Android Phone Leak
Lenovo will enter the touchscreen smartphone arena by using Google's Android and with a very iPhone-like appearance, a leak from modmyGphone shows. The unnamed device has a full touchscreen flush with the main body, like its Apple rival, and will have just a minimum of extra buttons for calling, answering and stepping through menus. No keyboard is immediately visible and suggests instead that the phone may use a planned virtual keyboard for Android rather than the hardware keys required on HTC's G1.
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