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Multiuser Pro, TypeIt4Me
Filemailer 2.0 ($15) is a utility that helps users share files between computers. The content can be dragged to the desired recipients name and the software will then automatically compress the file, enter its information in the subject line, insert the pre-composed message into the body, and send the file. The 2.0 update now features support for TLS authentication, and includes a new option to organize contacts into groups for sending to multiple recipients. [Download - 4.2MB]
Nokia S60 Curse of Silence
Nokia's handsets running on the Symbian S60 operating system are vulnerable to what is being called the Curse of Silence attack that knocks out the devices' ability to receive SMS and MMS messages, a German group has found. The Chaos Computer Club has somehow discovered this weakness which allows a specifically formatted incoming e-mail message that contains at least 33 characters to disable the handset's ability to receive any further messages. Devices running S60 version 2.6 and 3.0 lock up after receiving just one message, while 2.8 and 3.0 versions of the software will stop the functionality after receiving 11 messages.
Motorola moves up lay-offs
Motorola announced it would lay off a total of 1,900 employees in the fourth-quarter, which is 400 more than it originally planned to before the end of the fiscal year, says a Tuesday report. The move is meant to save the company $800 million in 2009 and does not affect the previously announced total job elimination of 3,000 jobs, 1,100 of which will be made next year.
T-Mobile schedule leaked
A leaked image posted on Tuesday revealed the upcoming release dates for a number of new cell phones coming to wireless provider T-Mobile. While some of the releases range from the relatively unexciting news of a new color option for an entry-level flip phone, the Sony Ericsson TM506 in a scarlet color on January 21st, and the release of Nokia's music-capable clamshell, the 7510, on the same date, they do include much-anticipated handsets such as the Shadow on January 28th.
Solitaire City,Night Fever
Tiki Towers ($1) allows players to travel between five tropical islands, eventually leading a tribe of monkeys to safety. To reach their final destination, gamers must build bridges and towers out of bamboo, coconuts and vines. By clearing all the levels, players will acquire the ceremonial masks of an ancient tribe and discover their mythical lost treasure.
Hydra 2 at Macworld Expo
Creaceed has announced Hydra 2.0, an update to its high dynamic range (HDR) photograph application. The latest version offers new advanced configuration options, a redesigned tone-mapper and an improved user interface. The program allows users to combine up to ten underexposed and overexposed pictures to create HDR images, while automatic alignment capabilities eliminate the need to use a tripod for stabilizing the camera. The software currently supports TIFF, JPEG, PNG, PSD, PDF, RAW and DNG file formats.
Free solidThinking program
SolidThinking has announced a free personal-use version of its industrial design software, solidThinking 7.6, for architecture, industrial design, and fine arts students. The program allows users to create 3D models that can be exported into HTML pages, while offering capabilities such as animation, photo and sketch rendering, reverse engineering, and QuickTime VR movie output. The "sTudent" version will work on Windows or Mac platforms and retains all of the same features and functions as the commercially-licensed variant.
Analyst on iPhone nano
Apple will likely offer a new iPhone in the first half of 2009, with a lower price-point and new baseband processor, according to analyst Craig Berger of Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co. The forecast adds more fuel to the speculation of an iPhone "nano", to which Berger noted that "we believe this device is on its way." He expects the new phone to be preceded by a smaller version of the iPod shuffle that could be launched sometime in the first quarter of the year.
Wozniak to appear at MW09
Steve Wozniak will be making an appearance at next week's Macworld Expo, an announcement has revealed. The Apple co-founder will not be appearing on behalf of his former company, however, but rather as a member of the board of advisors for Axiotron, builder of the Modbook MacBook conversion. Together with other people in Axiotron, Wozniak will help to unveil new technology at Axiotron's booth, 502, starting at 12PM on January 6th.
EV Nova 1.1.0 ships
Ambrosia Software has added universal binary support to its Escape Velocity Nova 1.1.0 update, along with several bug fixes and feature improvements. The space-based strategy shooter game also now supports MacBook and MacBook Air systems with Intel GMA X3100 video cards. The game is the third in the Escape Velocity series featuring warring galactic factions pitted against one another. The space-battle environment is driven by a redesigned gaming engine.
ASUS to launch S101H
ASUS will launch a variant of its 10.2-inch netbook, the S101, with a conventional hard disk instead of a solid-state drive, reports say. While the capacity of the disk in the upcoming computer -- due to be called the S101H -- is unknown, the netbook's thinness will likely constrain the disk to a smaller, slower 1.8-inch format. Its capacity should be much larger than the current maximum 64GB SSD option, which is also paired exclusively with Linux. S101 buyers who opt for Windows XP are limited to 16GB SSDs, due to rules imposed by Microsoft.
India postpones 3G auction
India has postponed the auction of its 3G spectrum from an original date of January 16th to the 30th, following requests from potential bidders to have more time to review related documents and rules. At the same time, the deadline for applications to become a bidder has been extended from the 5th to the 15th. The auction will give domestic and foreign companies the option to acquire the 2.1GHz wireless frequency, used for HSPA-based 3G data network services.
Garmin nuvifone screens
Garmin has posted screen captures for its upcoming GPS-based cellphone, the nuvifone, providing hints as to the handset's features and capabilities. The screenshots come ahead of an expected official look at the device at next week's CES expo in Las Vegas. The nuvifone features a 3.5-inch touchscreen, the same size as that the screen on Apple's iPhone; the interface also appears to be familiar, with a layout that mimics the iPhone in terms of buttons, icons and window dimensions.
DigiFi Opera US launch
DigiFi has launched its Opera wireless earphones in the United States market. The system, previously only available in Korea, features Kleer wireless technology that is claimed transmit uncompressed CD-quality audio over the 2.4GHz band, with a frequency range of 20Hz to 20KHz and an 86dB signal to noise ratio. Users can connect the transmitter to any iPod, PMP, or laptop, without requiring any software installation. Up to four Kleer-enabled receivers can be simultaneously connected to the same source and the battery life is claimed to reach 10 hours.
Time top 10 iPhone apps
TIME has published a list of its ten favorite App Store downloads. Pandora Radio ranked highest and was considered "the all-time best free app for music lovers." The streaming music service also scored the top position in Apple's overall comparison of free apps. Users can enter an artist, song, album or genre, and Pandora then creates a station that provides similar music from a wide range of content.
EMTEC Gdium netbook coming
Portable device maker EMTEC is due to release its Gdium Liberty 1000 netbook in the US in the near future, according to a Tuesday report. The Mandriva G-Linux-based netbook, set to debut at CES next week, offers a 10-inch display with 1024x600 resolution, and should weigh just over 2.6lbs. Processing power comes courtesy of a 900MHz Loongson CPU and 512MB of RAM. As there is no permanent onboard storage, the Gdium will ship with a G-Key: a USB drive that stores the Linux operating system, and all applications and personal data. Users will need to plug it into the netbook before the latter will boot up.
LG adds CinemaNow, Y.Tube
LG has announced the addition of two new entertainment options to its network-enabled Blu-ray players, CinemaNow and YouTube. CinemaNow offers some 14,000 movies, TV shows and other videos, and should join YouTube on LG players in the first half of 2009. LG's only instant-streaming entertainment option is currently Netflix, which provides over 12,000 movies and TV shows, a portion of which are available in HD.
Swann debuts PenCam DVR
Swann Communications has announced its latest security monitoring device, the PenCam DVR. Designed with the look and capabilities of a normal pen, users can also record over three hours of color AVI video footage. Unlike the previous PenCam, which forced users to send the footage into a receiver up to 328 feet away, the PenCam DVR contains 2MB of built-in memory, along with a USB connector to transfer the videos into a PC or notebook. The pen can additionally record audio from up to three feet away using a tiny microphone.
Viacom vs. Time Warner
As soon as January 1st, a number of Time Warner cable subscribers could find themselves without some of the most popular TV channels, writes the LA Times. Viacom -- which owns networks such as Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and MTV -- has threatened to withdraw its programming should it be unable to reach a new contract agreement with Time Warner by midnight of December 31st. "We've been attempting to negotiate in good faith but they seem to taken it to the brink," claims Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman.
Qu s desktop utility
Urban Design Limited has released Qu-s, a desktop utility that can be used for organizing information. The program offers tools for taking notes, storing Internet links and scheduling tasks. Users can create numbered or structured lists that include check boxes or graphic pointers, with options for automatic storage and clearing of finished tasks. Previews are available for images, QuickTime files and web links, while online can also be accessed from an integrated browser.
Dell president to leave
As part of cutbacks and reorganization due to a weakened economy, Dell has announced that its president of global operations, Mike Cannon, will retire as of January 31st, while marketing chief Mark Jarvis will leave the company as well. Jeff Clarke will step in to fill Cannon's role, though Cannon will be retained as a consultant. Jarvis will be succeeded by Erin Nelson, the former vice president of marketing for Dell Europe, Middle East and Africa. Early last month, Dell exposed plans to cut more than its previously-slated $3 billion by 2011; layoffs have so far seen the elimination of 2,200 jobs.
Mophie iPhone, iPod cases
Mophie has launched a new series of protective iPhone and iPod cases, under the Hardcase, Screen Shield and Hardcase Plus lines. The Hardcase is designed for Nano 4G, Touch 2G or iPhone 3G devices, and provides a clear plastic casing made from shatterproof polycarbonate.
Mass 30GB Zune lockups
Hundreds or thousands of Zunes appear to be failing simultaneously, according to accounts from official forums and other websites. The errors began at approximately midnight Eastern time, after which turning on a number of 30GB players results in them locking and hanging towards the end of the initial boot process. Critically, none of the standard reboot or reset commands appear to be useful in troubleshooting.
Rumored large iPod touch
Amid the speculation of a possible Apple netbook, rumors suggest that the company may be working on a large form-factor iPod touch that features a seven to nine inch screen, according to TechCrunch. Three separate sources have allegedly corroborated the story, including one that claims to have handled a prototype and suggested that Apple is in the process of communicating with Asian OEMs to work out details for large-scale manufacture. If true, the anticipated production time-frame could lead to a release sometime late in 2009.
Nokia 6208c stylus phone
Finland's Nokia has revealed the existence of the 6208c, a new touchscreen phone. The phone is aimed primarily at Chinese speakers around the world, and supports Chinese-language input from a stylus designed to resemble a bamboo slip. The phone's color display, otherwise described only as "large," is said to be modeled after a traditional Chinese ink stone. The rest of the device uses more modern design cues, and is built of material such as stainless steel.
Apple netbook builder?
An Apple netbook may yet be in the works, wording from the Taiwanese government suggests. The country's Government Information Office recently issued a new report, in which it claims that local manufacturer Quanta is "expected to add Sony and Apple as clients for the contract manufacture of Netbook computers in 2009." Although the Sony netbooks could likely be from the new VAIO P series, Apple has not officially announced any plans to release a netbook.
OQO 1.86GHz Model 2+
UMPC maker OQO will soon release the successor to its Model 02 portable PC, which is expected to be as much as twice as fast. The Model 2+ is reported to sport an uncommon 1.86GHz Intel Atom CPU along with 2GB of RAM. In comparison, the fastest chip offered in the current device is a 1.6GHz CPU from VIA, and the model is restricted to just 1GB of RAM. Further differentiating the new model from the older one is the new embedded OLED touchscreen which replaces the older active digitizer.
Sena offers customizations
Sena Cases, a luxury handheld device accessory designer, is debuting its 2009 products, with full customization options, at Macworld 2009 next week. With the new line, Sena customers will be able to pick a design, leather type, a specific color or pattern and add or remove features like clips and closure systems. Laser Engraving of text, logos or graphics will also be offered. At Macworld booth #3310, a Sena leather artisan will be previewing and hand-stitching many of the customization offerings to appear on Sena's website in early 2009.
New Via Nano chips coming
Chip manufacturer VIA will begin sampling a dual-core version of its Nano CPU in the second half of 2009 and shipping the next-generation processor in volume in late 2009 or early 2010, slightly earlier than previous a roadmap leak indicated. Like rival AMD which recently outlined new Atom-competitors, VIA's X86-compatible Nano chips debuted in May to compete with Intel's Atom and lower-end Celeron M chips. VIA hopes to stem the growing adoption of Intel's Atom processor (and dual-core nettop PC variant); VIA, the report says, expects to deliver samples ahead of the previously reported June 2010 launch. Digitimes reports that the new dual-core Nano chips will arrive before the end of the first quarter of 2010, while a next-generation SSE4-enabled Nano CPU will arrive in the third quarter of 2009.
Atom in more HP notebooks
Users may find Intel's mobile CPU in more notebooks if market leader Hewlett-Packard has its way: a new report says that HP is in negotiations with Intel to expand the use of Intel's latest mobile processor. Current restrictions limit the use of Atom series processors only in netbook PCs with up to 10.2-inch panels and HP hopes convince chip giant Intel to allow it to use Atom in new mini-note PC models with larger screen sizes. Taiwan-based notebook makers told Digitimes that HP's high-profile brand may help it succeed in convincing Intel to allow the use of the new mobile CPU in more HP mini-notebooks.
Town Hall planned for Expo
Despite Apple's pullout of future Macworld Expo's and swirling rumors about update products, IDG Expo is hoping that the annual event will continue in some way and is looking to the community to help it continue and shape future events. Acknowledging that the even will look different in a post-Apple era, IDG is turning to the loyal Apple fan base for direction on the annual event and announced that this year's Expo will include a Town Hall Meeting that will focus on the future of the annual event. According to the press release, the event "will be open to all attendees interested in helping to shape Macworld in 2010 and beyond.
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