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A new, high-content sliding candybar handset from Samsung, the S8300, has been spotted on Monday. Despite its small footprint and ultra-svelte 12.8mm thickness (just over half an inch), the handset packs a 2.8-inch AMOLED touchscreen with WQVGA resolution and an 8-megapixel camera with autoflash, which is currently tops in the industry. The S8300's also has an integrated GPS sensor and supports the high-speed 7.2Mbps HSDPA mobile data network.
LG on Monday has announced it will unveil a new 24-inch LED-backlit monitor, the W2486L, at the CES expo next week. The monitor combines an industry-leading, ultra-thin design, at just 20mm or about 0.8 inches, and a very high contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1. The highly advanced monitor also sports a very fast 2ms response rate, and has an automatic brightness control that lets it helps it consume a claimed 50 percent less power than conventional monitors lit up by cold cathode fluorescent lamps.
Electronics giant Panasonic will demonstrate a networking system at next week's CES expo in Las Vegas that will allow, among other things, owners of electric vehicles to check on the charge status via a home device using the existing electrical wiring to send and receive signals, according to a recent report. Such an interface and others like it fall under a Panasonic-developed technology called High-Definition Powerline Communications (HD-PLC) and will be displayed at the HD-PLC Alliance booth. Other applications showcased will include a security camera and an electrical monitoring system.
Email Group - Distribution List - Creator ($1) lets users create email groups for distribution of emails to multiple contacts. Groups can be created from existing contacts, while new entries can also be added manually. The lists can then be used in any e-mail application by adding the group to either the "to", "cc" or "bcc" line of a message.
Today's DealNN deals include a variety of products from solid state drives and printers to flash drives. First up is the 32GB Cavalry Pelican solid state drive priced at $79.99 at Buy.com. Get VMware Fusion 1.0 with free upgrade to version 2.0 at MacMall.com for $14.99 after mail in rebate. RadioShack.com is offering a buy-one-get-one deal on two different products, the 4GB SanDisk Cruzer micro and the Gigaware VGA PC webcam, both priced at $19.99. The Canon Pixma all in one color printer is priced at $64.99 at Newegg.com. CompUSA.com is offering the 32GB Patriot Xporter XT for $64.99 with a $20 mail in rebate offer that drops the price down to $44.99.
Album Artwork Assistant 2.1 (Free) uses the internet to find album cover artwork and then adds the information to music files within iTunes. Version 2.1 adds an embedded web browser that can be used to select images directly from web pages. The application also now stores queue contents every time an item is added, deleted or processed and not just when the application quits. [Download - 3.6MB]
iLuv has unveiled its latest audio device, the iHD171 HD Radio that integrates a dock for an iPod or iPhone. The device features TV connection capabilities for watching videos and iTunes tagging that will save HD radio song information on the mobile device. Station, song title, band and frequency information is displayed on the front LCD panel. The clock automatically syncs to match the time on the docked device, while users can choose to wake or sleep to the iPod, iPhone, AM/FM radio or buzzer. Standard analog AM and FM signals are also supported and can be assigned to 30 available presets.
Today at the Apple store there is a vast selection of refurbished products that include Apple TV, iMacs and the aluminum cased MacBook. Apple TV in both 40GB and 160GB configurations are available for $199 and $279 respectively. Two MacBook models are currently being offered: the white 2.4GHz MacBook with 2GB of memory and 160GB hard drive is $949 and the aluminum 2.4GHz MacBook with 2GB of memory and 250GB hard drive is priced at $1,399. Three iMac models are featured: the 20-inch, 2.66GHz model has 2GB of memory and a 320GB hard drive for $1,299; the 24-inch, 2.8GHz model has the same memory and storage specs as the first and is priced at $1,549; and the 24-inch, 3.06GHz model has a 500GB hard drive and 2GB of memory, priced at $1,899. Refurbished iPods include the 1GB iPod shuffle for $39, the 160GB Classic for $249, and the 32GB Touch for $319.
Taiwanese computer maker MSI has announced the U115 netbook, which, the company claims, will be the first to offer both a solid state drive along with a conventional hard disk. The 10-inch computer will be offered with an 8 or optional 16GB SSD, as well as a 120 or 160GB HDD. Processing power comes from a 1.6GHz Atom Z530 chip, aided by 1GB of RAM.
iCustom, a Russian manufacturer, has announced a clear iPhone 3G replacement case. The case displays all the inner workings of an iPhone via a see-through backing, although owners may have to sacrifice their camera lens. Along with the clear case, iCustom also offers a variety of color, wood or custom design cases, for different iPhones, iPods, and MacBooks.
A beta version of the Microsoft's next operating system, Windows 7, has been leaked online and is available for download, according to a Tuesday report. Labeled "Build 7000," a 32-bit version of Windows 7 is currently being distributed via BitTorrent networks, with available copies numbering in the thousands. Those who have downloaded the illegal software are said to believe the build is the genuine article.
In brief: Several companies are still offering a few holiday promotions; Mariner Software is offering a 40 percent discount on all of its software until the year's end, and MacZOT has released a software bundle that is available until January 4th. MacNN has meanwhile posted a review of the iLuv i399, finding that the system looks good but its performance does not quite live up to expectations. A meet-and-greet party has also been announced, open to any Macworld goers in January.
Korea's LG says it will unveil the world's slimmest LED-backlit LCD TV at next week's CES show in Las Vegas. While the screen size of the LH95 is unknown, the TV does not get any thicker than 24.8mm, or just under one inch. Also confirmed is that the set will feature an extremely high 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio, and LG's 240Hz TrueMotion Drive technology, used for better representation of motion.
Adding to recent iPod figures, new data suggests that the iPhone sold well throughout the Christmas shopping season as well. During the week of Christmas, iPhone browser share is said to have risen 35.7 percent over the week before, reaching 0.57 percent of all browser use. This figure is also more than 50 percent higher than the average iPhone share in November, which was 0.37 percent.
Amid the speculation surrounding Apple's decision to leave Macworld and feature Phil Schiller for the keynote address, a source has indicated to Gizmodo that Steve Jobs' declining health was the real reason for the company switching its speaker. "Apple is choosing to remove the hype factor strategically vs letting the hype destroy Apple when the inevitable news comes later this spring," the source indicated.
DJ equipment and accessories maker Numark has unveiled its HDMIX DJ computer, which acts as a DJ mixer for files sourced from CD-RWs, DVD-RWs, a hard drive or any USB-connected device such as a flash drive. It comes with an 80GB hard disk that locks in place, and can be quickly swapped out for one with up to 1TB of capacity. Users browse files from a high-resolution color LCD, and can sort libraries by name, artist, album, genre or beats per minute (BPM). DJs can also create custom playlists, and have access to a bundled keyboard.
Kevin Martin, Chairman of the FCC, has dropped the content filtering provisions from the proposal for free wireless broadband service, according to an interview with Ars Technica. Previous drafts of the plan required protection methods to prevent users from accessing objectionable content such as pornography. "I'm saying if this is a problem for people, let's take it away," Martin said.
Korea's LG on Tuesday announced it will display the first LCD TV panel with a 480Hz refresh rate at January's CES show. The company is branding the display under the Trumotion 480Hz name, and promises it will deliver smooth, high-speed playback thanks to a 4ms response time. The refresh rate was accomplished through a new scanning backlight, integrated into the panel and able to double the performance of existing 240Hz sets.
Sony Japan has posted a teaser page for what is believed to be the VAIO P, an upcoming netbook. Shown briefly in the page's Flash montage is a new keyboard, with raised keys similar to those on the VAIO TZ and TT. The updated keyboard has a trackball in the middle however, which may indicate that that the P is too small to fit a conventional trackpad.
People may be able to see a variety of new Apple products at this year's Macworld Expo, despite the company's diminishing emphasis on tradeshows, says Kaufman's Shaw Wu. The analyst notes that while the focus of Apple's keynote will likely be on new Macs -- and a preview of Mac OS X Snow Leopard -- sources indicate the possibility of a new "consumer device" being announced, even if its exact identity is unclear.
Intel has launched a new, low-cost quad-core mobile processor, as well as its latest mobile dual-core chipsets. The 2.53GHz Q9000 quad-core processor is significantly cheaper than the existing QX9300 and Q9100, but offers just 6MB of cache memory as opposed to the 12MB in its siblings. Acer has already announced a notebook with the new technology, the Aspire 8930G-7665. Designed for gaming, the system uses an 18.4-inch WUXGA screen and NVIDIA 9700M GT graphics.
Apple has managed to find its way into two positions in Fortune's Dumbest Moments in Business list for 2008, the magazine notes. While many of the moments are connected to the credit crisis and the subsequent fallout, the sixth choice was Apple's approval of the "I Am Rich" iPhone app. Although costing $1,000, the app did nothing except display a red jewel, scamming eight customers out of their money. Apple quickly pulled the app without any discussion.
ASUS' S121 netbook has been spotted in an advance leak, though any information on specifications is scarce. What is known is that the new product will be based on the existing 10.2-inch S101, which means it will likely use the same 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 CPU. Other specs of the S101 are expected to carry over, including its 1GB of RAM, a draft-N Wi-Fi module, Bluetooth 2.0 and a VGA webcam.
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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
Unsafe IoT called threat to humanity
US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told two different Senate committees yesterday that the Internet of Things posed a clear and present danger, and could be weaponized by governments. Before the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Clapper declared that insecure IoT "will bring new security vulnerabilities" and "will connect tens of billions of new physical devices that could be exploited" by those wishing to perpetrate violence or eavesdrop on the populace of the world. http://bit.ly/23Xvcky
Apple public betas for iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4
Following Monday's release of betas for the iOS and OS X, Apple has unveiled public betas for both operating systems. The iOS 9.3 beta includes all of the previously reported enhancements for education customers, along with Wi-Fi calling for Verizon iPhone owners, and a carrier update for T-Mobile users. The OS X 10.11.4 third beta includes enhancements to Twitter URL opening, Live Photo viewing and sharing, and Evernote note importation into Notes.
Google given NHTSA SDS waivers
In contrast to the California Department of Motor Vehicle's approach, the US National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has confirmed that it is declaring the software in autonomous cars is the legal driver of a so-equipped vehicle. In a letter to Google, the NHTSA says that it "will interpret 'driver' in the context of Google's described motor vehicle design as referring to the SDS [self-driving system], and not to any of the vehicle occupants." Other matters, such as legally-required rear-view mirrors for occupied vehicles has yet to be determined. However, regulations specifying the "driver" need no longer be interpreted as meaning a person behind the wheel, as the agency writes that self-driving cars "will not have a 'driver' in the traditional sense that vehicles have had drivers during the last more than one hundred years" http://1.usa.gov/1QrAGtR
Dropshare 4 for Mac now available
Dropshare 4 for Mac has shipped, introducing support for uploading files and screenshots to Amazon S3 API-compliant services, like DreamObjects and OpenStack. The update also introduces a new popup design, an in-app editor for custom landing pages, an improved upload history window, and security improvements when using SSH connections. The paid upgrade costs $25, though it is free for customers who bought the previous version this year and half-price for those who acquired version 3 of the app last year. http://bit.ly/1XixV3q
Google starting phase-out of Flash ads
Search engine and advertising giant Google will shortly no longer accept Adobe Flash-created ads for its AdWords network. Starting June 30, ads in the once-ubiquitous format will no longer be accepted. Additionally, after January 2, 2017, the network will no longer serve Flash-based advertisements, and the network will be completely HTML 5 based. http://bit.ly/1PNx1uc
Sonos now works with Apple Music
Wireless music system manufacturer Sonos has announced that its systems worldwide will gain compatibility for streaming the paid Apple Music subscription service starting today, February 10. "Music fans worldwide will have access to Apple Music features like For You, New, Radio, and My Music, and will also be able to stream the entire Apple Music catalog through Sonos smart speakers tuned for great sound in every room of their homes," the company said in an email to journalists. Apple Music's streaming service costs $10 per month, with a free three-month trial. http://bit.ly/1Wdi2Ko