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SanDisk preps 16GB microSDHC, M2 Ultra cards

01/07, 12:00am

SanDisk 16GB Mobile Ultra

SanDisk continued its CES news on Wednesday with word of updates to its Mobile Ultra cards. The company now has 16GB versions of both its microSDHC and Memory Stick Micro cards that double the company's previous best capacity without sacrificing performance. Faster transfer speeds let them support higher-resolution video capture, live GPS and other features that sometimes bog down with more basic mobile storage.

Lotus Notes 8.5 ships, free IBM Symphony suite coming

01/06, 11:30pm

Lotus Notes 8.5 announced

IBM (Booth No. 3418 N) is now shipping Lotus Notes 8.5 and also at Macworld Expo announced that a final version of its free Lotus Symphony document, spreadsheet and presentation software will be available later this month. Lotus Notes 8.5 offers an estimated 40-percent storage reduction by limiting attachments to a one-copy-only system and improves the user-friendly aspects of the software, arranging collaborative tools onto one screen, linking team rooms, instant messaging, to do lists, calendars and browsers all in one space.

Home and Landscape Design Studio for Mac launched

01/06, 11:25pm

Home design arrives on Mac

Punch Software (Booth No. 3526 N) has released Home and Landscape Design Studio for the Mac at the Macworld Expo . The software offers a QuickStart system to help users design a home quickly, a Going Green service with information to help build an energy efficient home, and a new object library for more realistic 3D modeling. The software is geared to help users save time and money when building a home.

Autodesk releases Toxik, Mudbox, Stitcher for Mac

01/06, 11:20pm

Autodesk adds to Mac line

Autodesk has released Mac OS X versions of its 2D and 3D design software Toxik, Mudbox and Autodesk ImageModeler. Company officials tell MacNN the Mac is making great gains in the creative community, spurring demand for more titles to complement its venerable 3D Modeling software Maya and photo-panorama creator Stitcher Unlimited.

AOL SHOUTcast Radio, ICQ, AIM v2 for iPhone released

01/06, 8:20pm

SHOUTcast Radio, ICQ, AIM

AOL has announced two of its latest iPhone/iPod touch applications, SHOUTcast Radio and ICQ, along with a new AIM v2.0 to its popular instant messaging application. SHOUTcast offers over 26,000 professional and community programmed radio stations that users can search through and save for quick access. Complete with an accelerometer control, owners can shake the iPhone/iPod touch in order to change stations. The application also displays radio stations by popularity and stream quality, giving users the chance to choose a station best suited to their current network connection.

Gallery: a closer look at iWork '09 [photos]

01/06, 8:20pm

iWork '09 photo gallery

We have a taken a close-up photos of the new iWork '09 productivity suite, introduced at Schiller's Expo keynote Tuesday morning. iWork features new templates in Pages, Numers and Keynote, and adds publishing to for collaborative efforts or sharing with friends and family. Keynote '09 gains a magic move feature and can now be managed by an iPhone or iPod touch for running presentations. Pages '09 adds full-screen view and dynamic outline capabilities, while Numbers '09 gets new charting options and improved formula writing. See also Galleries for the Apple Keynote, iLife '09, the new 17-inch MacBook Pro and the Macworld Apple booth.

Briefly: FastMac Expo promo, WOWODC 2008 recordings

01/06, 6:55pm

JNSoftware, FastMac

In brief: JNSoftware and FastMac have both announced special promotions in order to celebrate this years Macworld Expo. Meanwhile, HearPlanet has opted to promote its new iPhone application by getting a double decker tour bus and taking Macworld attendees on tours of San Francisco guided by its app. Also, recordings from WOWODC 2008 have been released and are available until the end of January at a reduced of $150, a savings of $50.

Axiotron unveils Modbook Pro tablet conversion

01/06, 6:30pm

Modbook Pro unveiled

Demonstrating at its Macworld booth, Axiotron has launched the Modbook Pro, a new tablet conversion option. The computer is based off of the 15.4-inch unibody MacBook Pro, and thus represents the first Modbook not to be converted from a 13-inch basic MacBook. It uses an aluminum frame with a black luster finish, and is said to support simultaneous pen and finger input.

DealNN: Samsung Blu-Ray, Mac mini, JBL Spyro, more

01/06, 6:20pm

DealNN: Samsung Blu-Ray

Today's deals at DealNN include Blu-Ray players, Mac computers, GPS units and more. First up is the refurbished Samsung Blu-Ray player for $169.99 at The 1.83GHz Mac mini is available at for $564.99 after mail in rebate. For today only J& is offering the JBL Spyro 2.1 speaker system for $59.99. Currently the refurbished Garmin nuvi 260 GPS unit is priced at $129.99 at Lastly is the Wacom Intuos3 4x6 graphics tablet priced at $159 after mail in rebate.

Apple refurbs: Shuffle, Nano, MBA, MBP

01/06, 6:05pm

Apple refurbs: Shuffle

Today at the Apple store there is a wide selection of refurbished Mac products including iPods, MacBooks and Mac accessories. Starting at $39 is the 1GB iPod shuffle in purple, silver, green or blue. Other iPod models include the 4GB Nano in silver for $79, the 8GB Nano in pink for $99, the 80GB Classic in black is $169, and the 8GB iPod touch is $179. Two MacBook Air models are offered, the 1.6GHz model with 80GB hard drive is $999 and the 1.8GHz model with 64GB solid state drive is $1,299. MacBook Pros start at $1,799 for the 17-inch, 2.33GHz model with 2GB of memory and a 160GB hard drive and go up to $2,299 for the 2.6GHz model with the same memory and hard drive specs as the first.

Full Sony VAIO P spotted ahead of CES

01/06, 5:55pm

Sony VAIO P Spotted

Sony's VAIO P has been spotted in its entirety today ahead of its expected debut at Sony's press conference on Wednesday. Displays seen by Engadget at the CES setup confirm an extremely wide, shallow design which drops the traditional trackpad in favor of a pointer. The views confirm few technical details but do reveal a built-in webcam to the side of the display as well as Memory Stick and SD card readers.

Transcriva 2.0 gives speed control, playback options

01/06, 5:40pm

Transcriva 2.0 ships

Bartas Technologies has launched the latest version of its transcription tool for the Mac, Transcriva 2.0. Designed to help transcribe audio and video clips, users simply drag a media clip into the library, press play, and begin typing. Features of the software include controls for adjusting the speed of media without affecting pitch, folders within transcript libraries, a recording function and customizable keyboard shortcuts. Transcriva also enables the export of transcripts as rich text or Word documents, and can associate entries with the people who spoke them.

Gallery: a closer look at iLife '09 [photos]

01/06, 5:40pm

A closer look at iLife '09

We have a slew of photos from iLife '09 which was being shown at the Apple Booth at the Expo, which was announced Tuesday morning with updated versions of iPhoto, iDVD, iWeb, and GarageBand (with new tutorials and self-learning functions). It is expected to ship by the end of the month and will be included as part of Apple's Mac Box Set bundle, which is also set to ship in the same time frame. iLife's iPhoto has added a Faces option for navigation using facial recognition, which is now built in to the application and has learning capabilities. Slideshows have been upgraded in iPhoto and Geo-tagging allows users to search for photos by location. iMovie has added image stabilization and new precision editing capabilities, GarageBand has added music lessons hosted by major musicians and iWeb has added widgets, allowing users to quickly integrate timers, HTML code, iSight links and more.

Epson intros 75K:1 PowerLite home theater projector

01/06, 5:35pm

Epson PowerLite projector

Epson has recently introduced a new flagship home theater projector, the PowerLite Home Cinema 6500 UB, which sports a native 1920x1080 resolution and a significantly improved 75,000:1 contrast ratio along with 1,600 lumens of brightness. To achieve these numbers, Epson used its 3LCD Crystal Clear Fine D7 chip that includes an HQV processor and a PW390 scaler for creating sharp images. Aimed at home theater aficionados, the 6500UB includes HDMI 1.3a connections for integration into existing setups.

LaCie intros 2Big Quadra storage with quad interface

01/06, 5:30pm

LaCie intros 2Big Quadra

LaCie on Tuesday announced the introduction of the 2big Quadra storage device with a quad interface that includes a fast 3Gbps eSATA port, FireWire 800 and 400 as well as USB 2.0. The dual-bay device can hold as much as 3TB, has a maximum transfer speed of 165MBps and has four RAID modes for enhanced data security. Like the earlier 4Big Quadra, the 2Big features a design penned by Neil Poulton and its drive bays are hot-swappable for no interruptions.

Imation intros Wireless Projection Link, SSD ranges

01/06, 5:25pm

Imation intros SSDs, more

Imation on Tuesday announced the addition of its Wireless Projection Link, allowing wireless control of digital projectors, along with M-Class and S-Class SSD drives and a complete SSD upgrade kits. Presenters can speed up their initial setup with the Wireless Projection Link, which consists of a USB dongle and base with antenna and is compatible with the majority of projection systems on the market.

Gallery: 2009 Expo Apple Booth [photos]

01/06, 5:20pm

Apple Booth photos

We have many photos from the show floor, including the Apple booth. Photos incude shots of the Ilife '09/iWork '09 iMac line, the Laptop line that includes 4 17-inch MabBook Pros and the iPod booth. Microsoft, Kensignton, FileMaker, Elgato and Dr. Bot are all nearby.

MW Expo keynote, 17" MBP battery/TV videos [u]

01/06, 5:15pm

MW09 keynote video

Apple has posted an official video of today's Macworld 2009 keynote event, hosted by senior marketing VP Phil Schiller. During the keynote Schiller announced several new products, including a 17-inch unibody MacBook Pro, the iLife '09 home suite, and the iWork '09 office suite. Schiller also exposed changes to DRM and pricing at iTunes. Update: Apple also posted a video talking about the battery technology used in the 17-inch Unibody MacBook Pro and the marketing video touting its battery life, battery lifespan, and other "green" features.

Pandigital intros floating photo frames

01/06, 5:10pm

Pandigital flagship frames

Digital photo frame maker Pandigital on Tuesday announced the upcoming release of a pair of new digital photo frames, the 7- and 8-inch PanTouch Clear with a 'floating' LCD display and touchscreen user interface. The 800x600 resolution displays in either frame appear to be floating as they are surrounded by a thin strip of glass, with the effect enhanced by a clear stand. The touchscreen interface produces icons on fingerprint-resistant glass instead of the LCD panel itself, like in many current frames that use the capacitive-touch technology.

Gallery: Schiller gives final Expo keynote: [photos]

01/06, 5:05pm

Final Expo keynote: images

Apple VP Phil Schiller gave what could be the company's final Macworld Expoo keynote, announcing the 17-inch Unibody MacBook Pro as well as iWork '09 and iLife '09 software upgrades. The company also announced big changes in iTunes, including variable song pricing (due in March) as well as a move to a fully DRM-free catalog (by end of March). Apple has also posted a QuickTime stream of the MWSF keynote.

D-Link unveils new N routers, USB monitor, more

01/06, 4:45pm

D-Link N450 and More CES

D-Link's lineup at CES has been introduced today and focuses on a pair of 802.11n Wi-Fi routers. The Xtreme N 450 is one of few if any wireless routers to crack the 300Mbps theoretical peak and potentially transfers data as quickly as its namesake 450Mbps over the local network. While not providing real-world speeds, the 50 percent increase is expected to translate into practical performance gains. The device is also a true dual-band router and can run one 2.4GHz and one 5GHz network simultaneously regardless of the particular format used.

Griffin teases new iPod and iPhone accessories

01/06, 4:45pm

Griffin 2009 preview

Demonstrating at booth 1902 during Macworld, Griffin has revealed a number of the new iPod and iPhone accessories it will ship during the coming year. Prominent amongst these is the TuneBuds Fit, a pair of in-ear headphones with an "anatomically correct" curved design, meant to more comfortably slide into the ear canal. The shell of the headphones is made of aluminum, claimed to dampen resonance, while sound is produced via 10mm drivers. Fits should begin shipping in February for $50.

Wisair announces Wireless USB Display Adapter Set

01/06, 4:40pm

Wireless USB Adapter Set

Wisair has announced its latest USB Display Adapter Set featuring the WSR601 wireless USB single chip, and designed to wirelessly transfer PC content to TVs, monitors, and projectors. Each adapter set offers CGA and HDMI connection options that enable the transferring of HD movies and supports up to a 1400x1050 resolution. The WSR601 is a single-die CMOS chip with integrated WUSB/MAC hardware accelerators and a 32-bit ARM subsystem for mostly control functions.

Gallery: 17-inch Unibody MacBook Pro [photos]

01/06, 4:35pm

17-inch Unibody MBP

We have some close-up shots of the new 17-inch Unibody MacBook Pro intrduced at Tuesday morning's keynote by Phil Schiller. The new MacBook Pro offers a non-glossy option with a new five-year-lifespan battery that is non-removable.

iPhone apps: iWheel, Grossinator, Crayon Physics

01/06, 4:00pm

Tee-John, Road Trip

iWheel ($5) is an event scheduling and time tracking application for the iPhone and iPod touch. Users can select to calculate a date in the future by selecting a beginning date and the number of days, weeks or months until that event. The future date is then calculated and added to the iWheel Event Database where users can add additional details about the event. iWheel also features an email function which can be used to remind the owner of an approaching due date, or make others aware of upcoming events. iWheel automatically tracks saved event dates against the current date and displays a red badge on the iPhone home screen indicating how many events are late.

3M reveals second-gen pocket projector tech

01/06, 3:50pm

3M MM200 Projector

3M today based its CES unveilings around an update to its MPro pocket projector hardware. The MM200 is a new variant built to be integrated into other devices rather than operating separately. While it can be used in a dedicated projector, the new liquid crystal on silicon (LCoS) unit can be built into a cellphone, camera or other handheld and generates a 640x480 image at up to 50 feet away. Using LEDs helps keep power consumption down to one watt.

ChronoSync 4.0 improves sync speed, adds options

01/06, 3:45pm

ChronoSync 4.0 ships

Econ Technologies has released ChronoSync 4.0, an update to its automated synchronization and backup application for Mac OS X as well as releases a new companion product ChronoAgent 1.0 for Mac. ChronoSync can be used to synchronize or backup documents -- at scheduled or triggered times -- either between folders on your Mac, other Macs, PCs, or external drives, etc.; users can setup schedules to automatically mount volumes. ChronoSync 4.0 adds many new features, most notably bootable backups, full Admin access, and faster synchronizations, while the new ChronoAgent that runs on the destination Mac and communicates directly with ChronoSync for full root access to the destination Mac.

MS exposes new document, Entourage software

01/06, 3:40pm

MS at Macworld 2009

Using Macworld as a jumping point, Microsoft has announced two new pieces of Mac software. The first is the Document Collaboration Companion, a Cocoa-based tool which should simplify uploading and downloading to Office Live Workspaces as well as SharePoint-based collaboration utilities. Users will be able to check documents in and out, cache them offline, and access services such as a Document Library plus the SharePoint and Office Live Workspaces. A private beta is expected to become available in February, followed by a final release later this year.

Eos intros computer/iPhone wireless audio bridge

01/06, 3:20pm

Eos Converge System

Eos Wireless took advantage of both Macworld and CES to launch the Converge. The multi-device system is designed to automate piping audio wirelessly to speakers within a maximum 150 feet of a core transmitter. Each receiver includes its own controls and lets owners pause and skip tracks without needing a separate controller. Setup is also fully automated, Eos says.

iSkin launches iPhone, Mac cases, new headphones

01/06, 3:10pm

New products from iSkin

iSkin has announced multiple products at Macworld 2009. The company has a new iPhone case, a new earphone set for the iPhone and numerous new laptop bags. iSkin's new iPhone case, The iSkin Flex, features a PVC based hard case with a soft, flexible bottom flap, which allows the iPhone entry to the case and protects it from bumps and scratches. The new case comes in black, sliver and red and features a removable, silicone iPhone camera lens protector.

Shade 9 adds particle and collision detection

01/06, 3:00pm

Mirye debuts Shade 9

Mirye Software has released the latest update to its 3D modeling, animating, and rendering tool, Shade 9. Developed to help animators create organic and realistic characters, users can also render custom built locations, environments, and added effects. The latest update for the software enables a hair salon feature to grow, style and color hair, a particle physics system to allow effects such as smoke, flames, or explosions, and a ray tracing nanorenderer in the surface window to give a real-time preview of selected surface attributes.

Apple's Mac Box Set bundles Leopard, iLife, iWork

01/06, 2:55pm

Apple's Mac Box Set debuts

Without any mention of next-generation Mac OS X Snow Leopard operating system, Apple's Phil Schiller on Tuesday morning quietly introduced a new bundle box set: the Mac Box Set, which includes the current generation OS, Mac OS X Leopard, as well as the new iLife '09 and iWork '09 updates--each of which are available separately for $129 (Leopard), $79 (iLife '09), and $79 (iWork '09). The latter require the former, thus making it more economical for those who have not

Toshiba to demo 3D mobile displays at CES

01/06, 2:45pm

Toshiba 3D Mobile Displays

Toshiba on Tuesday afternoon said it would use CES to demonstrate a new technique that allows 3D images on a mobile device's display without glasses. A new optical compensation film over top the display lets the company create small or medium-sized displays that automatically produce a stereoscopic effect and simulates the added depth. Because the addition is just a simple layer, it can not only be viewed with the naked eye but doesn't degrade the image or prevent a mix of 2D and 3D in the same picture.

Kensington intros car kit, laptop chargers, mouse

01/06, 2:00pm

Kensington intros products

Kensington on Tuesday announced a range of new products, including a hands-free car kit for use with Bluetooth cellphones, its SlimBlade TrackBall mouse and a pair of two space- and energy-efficient notebook chargers. The Bluetooth speaker clips onto vehicle's sun visors and can pair up with three different cellphones and holds three frequently-called phone numbers for each handset. Swapping between the three handsets or dialing any of the pre-programmed numbers is done via pressing a single button. Kensington has integrated noise-cancelling technology for the device that makes calls loud and clear. Two battery packs are included, providing users with 10 hours of talk time.

iTunes adopts variable pricing, DRM-free majors

01/06, 1:55pm

iTunes at MW09

In concluding its Macworld 2009 keynote, Apple has confirmed a switch to a variable pricing model for iTunes music, where previously the company charged a flat 99 cents per track. Beginning in April the company will offer three tiers of pricing: 69 cents, 99 cents and finally $1.29, with a greater proportion of tracks falling under the bottom tier than the top; all tracks aged less than six years should remain at 99 cents. The scheme is said to be attributable to flexibility demands from record companies.

Apple launches unibody 17-inch MacBook Pro

01/06, 1:30pm

Unibody 17in MacBook Pro

Apple at Macworld introduced a new version of the 17-inch MacBook Pro. The new model uses the same unibody aluminum construction of the 15-inch version and is just 0.98 inches thick -- enough to make it the thinnest 17-inch notebook ever, the company boasts. It now revolves around a 17-inch, LED-backlit 1920x1200 standard display that is much more accurate than in the previous generation: it claims a 60 percent larger color gamut, a clearer 700:1 contrast ratio and wider 140-degree horizontal and 120-degree vertical viewing angles.

iWork '09 intros multitude of changes

01/06, 1:30pm

iWork '09 at MW09

Complementing its iLife '09 debut, Apple has announced iWork '09, an upgraded productivity suite. The suite's presentation app, Keynote '09, has been enhanced with a new Magic Move feature, which lets users pick the start- and endpoints of objects, and in turn generate transitions automatically; some new transitions include text types such as swings and shimmering, and chart types like slides and rotations. New themes have been added, and users can now manage Keynote presentations from an iPhone or iPod touch. The Keynote Remote app is selling for 99 cents at the App Store.

Apple launches beta

01/06, 1:15pm

iWork dot com Beta

Apple as part of its Macworld keynote introduced a public beta of, an online complement to its offline iWork '09 suite. The web-based feature lets users share and collaborate on documents in multiple formats and and is accessible from any iWork app; users can also export documents directly to Google Documents to work on them from the web. The beta is available today for free, accessible from iWork '09, but will be part of a paid service when it goes live later in the year.

NEC intros 26-, 30-inch LCDs and SpectraViewII

01/06, 1:00pm

NEC Pro LCDs, SpectraView

NEC announced on Tuesday the upcoming launch of its 26-inch MultiSync LCD2690W2-BK-SV and 30-inch LCD3090W-BK-SV widescreen displays meant for graphics professionals along with the new SpectraViewII Kit, which combines a color measurement sensor with sophisticated software to enhance the color accuracy. The three new products will be displayed at the currently ongoing Macworld Expo.

Apple unveils iLife '09 at Macworld 2009

01/06, 12:55pm

iLife '09 shown at MW09

In opening up its Macworld 2009 keynote, Apple today revealed iLife '09, an update to its core application package for Macs. Changes to the suite begin with iPhoto '09, whose new Faces feature lets users sort images by the people. After running face detection, the app lets users assign names to each of the people involved, and sort photo collections accordingly. Places, meanwhile, now lets users filter photos through geotagging, and can pull information directly from cameras such as Nikon's Coolpix series or that of the iPhone. Smart albums can be generated to include particular people and locations.

Shure bows SE115 earphones, USB mics

01/06, 12:50pm

Shure SE115 and More

Shure's presences at CES and Macworld alike today were kicked off with the launch of new in-ear headphones and USB audio peripherals. The SE115 is claimed as a breakthrough that improves bass response in often weak single-driver headphones; a new dynamic unit produces better low-end frequencies without resorting to a smaller driver that itself would cut out much of the intended sound. They also signal a break in style for Shure and now come in blue, pink and red in addition to the conservative black used before.

Retrospect 8.0 adds new engine, redesigned interface

01/06, 12:30pm

Retrospect 8

EMC has released the latest version of its backup and recovery software, Retrospect 8.0. The update offers a redesigned user interface along with a new engine and improved architecture. The console now features elements inspired by iTunes and Mac OS X Server Admin, with new tools to help users learn basic operations. The program is built with modular components, allowing remote management of multiple Retrospect servers from a single window. The new engine is capable of simultaneous backup, restore and copy tasks.

Live: Macworld 2009 keynote by Phil Schiller

01/06, 12:05pm

Macworld 2009 live

Click over to to follow live updates from MacNN's coverage of the Macworld 2009 keynote speech by Apple's Phil Schiller.

AKG headphones reach US

01/06, 12:05pm

AKG Reaches US

Harman today said its headphone brand AKG will finally start shipping to the US and provide a new choice for comparatively high-end personal audio. The move should bring a dozen earpieces from the company's current lineup and is headlined by the K142 and K242 semi-open headphones as well as the fully closed K172 and K272; all four have gold-plated connectors and have gimbal suspension that more comfortably adjusts the cups to fit different heads. Most have a minimum 18Hz frequency response (16Hz for the K272). These range between $170 and $270.

Oppenheimer lifts analysis embargo

01/06, 12:00pm

Oppenheimer lifts embargo

Oppenheimer & Co. has at last lifted a self-imposed ban on analyzing Apple stocks, Fortune writes. In December, Oppenheimer analyst Yair Reiner announced that he would refuse to issue a price target for Apple stock until the company answered questions about why Apple CEO Steve Jobs was pulling out of Macworld. Specifically, Reiner indicated, the concern was that it was a sign of Jobs' failing health, which would put Apple's future in jeopardy.

Pharos unveils Traveler 137 GPS smartphone

01/06, 11:30am

Pharos Traveler 137

Pharos is headlining its CES lineup today with a new Traveler handset. The 137 is the company's first to be ruled almost exclusively by its 3.5-inch touchscreen and embraces the company's focus on GPS navigation. Out of the box, the device includes turn-by-turn navigation with voiced directions and also tries to strike a balance between free but limited apps and subscription services: owners must pay for full use of Pharos' in-house mapping software but can access it by the day, week, month or year instead of having to maintain a flat rate.

WD preps Mac-oriented external drives

01/06, 11:25am

WD Mac drives at MW09

Western Digital has launched two new external hard drives, oriented specifically at Mac users: the My Passport for Mac and My Book Mac Edition. Though only supporting USB 2.0 and not FireWire, the drives are pre-formatted for Macs and advertised as supporting Time Machine as well as other Mac backup software. The My Passport is a general-purpose portable drive, set inside a shock-resistant enclosure; 320 and 500GB versions are available.

iHome to debut home audio iPod products at CES

01/06, 10:50am

iHome product debut at CES

Docking speaker station maker for iPods and iPhones iHome announced on Tuesday it will debut three new products to its range in 2009 at the CES show due to kick off tomorrow. The company will show off its new flagship product, the iP1 speaker system that support iPods and iPhones and is rated at 100 watts for its twin 4-inch woofers and two 1-inch silk-dome tweeters. The Digital Power Station processor was engineered by Bongiovi Acoustics and iHome claims the product is its most advanced ever.

AMD unveils Athlon Neo, ultraportable platform

01/06, 10:45am

AMD Athlon Neo

AMD today fought back against the mounting wave of Intel-based netbooks by introducing the Athlon Neo processor and a matching platform. A compromise between low-power but also slow chips like Intel's Atom and traditional notebook chips, the Neo consumes at most 15W of typical power and measures just under 1.1 inches square but still clocks in at 1.6GHz and with the feature set of a larger notebook chip, such as a 1.6GHz system bus, a 512KB Level 2 cache and 64-bit code support.

Apple looks to patent iPhone nav scheme

01/06, 10:25am

iPhone nav patent

Apple is laying claim to the navigation interface provided by the iPhone, a new patent application reveals. Published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the filing is simply titled Touch Screen Device, Method, and Graphical User Interface for Providing Maps, Directions, and Location-Based Information. Apple begins its claim by noting that as the number of functions presented by handhelds grows, it becomes increasingly difficult to build a matching interface, and multiplying the number of buttons present may be useless when dealing with applications such as Google Maps.

Logitech reveals Harmony 1100 touch remote

01/06, 9:50am

Logitech Harmony 1100

Logitech continued its wave of CES news with the release of the Harmony 1100, the sequel to last year's 1000. The update switches to a black anodized aluminum design and now adds customization to the 3.5-inch touchscreen's controls; users can add or remove buttons that appear under certain conditions, such as a software play/pause button after a movie starts. It also brings support for RF-based devices rather than just those using infrared for their normal remotes.

HTC brings S743 smartphone to US shores

01/06, 9:35am

HTC S743 for US

HTC this morning revealed that it will bring out a North American version of its S740 slider. The S743 switches from the previously Europe-only HSPA 3G to a dual-band 850MHz/1,900MHz link suited to AT&T in the US and Rogers in Canada. The phone is otherwise a match for the reference model with a lateral slide-out QWERTY keyboard and hardware keys for directions and numbers in place of the touchscreen fitted to the similarly-styled Touch Pro.

Best Buy offers discounted refurb iPhones

01/06, 9:10am

Used Best Buy iPhones

Joining AT&T, which already offers a similar program, Best Buy has begun selling refurbished versions of the iPhone 3G, priced $50 less at $149 for 8GB and $249 for 16GB. The phones are ones that were returned within the first 30 days of ownership, the retailer says, and remain eligible as an upgrade option for owners of first-gen iPhones. A fresh, two-year AT&T contract is still required with a purchase.

Logitech intros gaming keyboard, headset, mouse

01/06, 9:10am

Logitech G19 G35 G9x

Logitech on Tuesday exploited the run-up to CES to revise its G series gaming peripherals, including the addition of its first Mac-friendly gaming keyboard. The G19 is the company's new flagship keyboard for play and centers on a 320x240, color LCD that can be used to provide information on active games with support for the company's GamePanel software, such as World of Warcraft. It also performs double duty as a VoIP call panel, media viewer and performance tracker; users can switch between many of these without having to leave a currently running app, the company notes.

SanDisk adds button backup flash drive, netbook SSD

01/06, 8:35am

SanDisk at CES 2009

SanDisk today rolled out its CES lineup with a focus on its USB flash drive range. The Ultra Backup is characterized as the first plug-in USB jump drive to have a button-activated backup feature that automatically syncs information between the host computer and the removable storage. It also lets users lock down longer-lasting information with password protection and AES encryption performed entirely in hardware.

Moto bows full touch phone, Renew, Tundra

01/06, 7:50am

Moto Phones at CES

Motorola this morning used the advent of CES to refresh its cellphones, starting with one of its only phones dominated by its touchscreen. The MOTOSURF A3100 is the company's closest analog to the iPhone and relies primarily on its 2.8-inch, 320x240 for the bulk of its input; a new customizable front end provides quick access to calling or Facebook as well as live updates of messaging and weather. A trackball provides input without having to resort to the available stylus. or when a finger is too imprecise.

Brenthaven unveils customizable Switch notebook case

01/06, 3:10am

Brenthaven Switch case

Brenthaven on Monday unveiled the Switch MB, a customizable case for the 13.3-inch MacBook or 15.4-inch MacBook Pro. The top flap is reversible and users can choose from a variety of designs and colors. Several different utility pockets can be swapped on the side of the bag, with varying sizes for phones, hard drives, digital cameras or other items. Padding surrounds the notebook and flash memory devices, while a rear pocket can slide over the extended handles of wheeled luggage or provide additional storage space.

Over 30,000 ebook titles for iPhone, iPod touch

01/06, 3:00am

30,000 ebook titles

BooksOnBoard has announced it has released over 30,000 eBook titles for the iPhone and iPod touch. Providing access to these titles through its ebookstore, purchased books can be downloaded via local wireless networks and the AT&T 3G network. Currently, the Stanza application is required to be able to download and read any BooksOnBoard online books; all titles must also be in the eReader eBook format. The company also offers over 5,000 MP3 audio books, which can be downloaded and added to iTunes for use with the iPhone, iTouch, and iPod.

Skype 2.8 beta adds Boingo, screen sharing

01/06, 2:45am

Skype beta with Boingo

Skype has announced the latest version of its communication software, Skype 2.8 beta for Mac. The update features Skype Access which integrates Boingo's Wi-Fi hotspot service that includes over 100,000 global locations. The program scans for available connections and prompts the user with a per-minute charge that can be deducted from Skype Credit. A new screen sharing function transfers the computer's desktop view in real-time to another user, while encrypting the data to ensure privacy.

Newber app still awaits approval after 3 months

01/06, 1:45am

Newber app awaits approval

FreedomVoice Systems was prepared to tout its Newber iPhone app at the Macworld Expo this week, but delays with the App Store review process have left the program hanging and still awaiting approval. The team first submitted the app on October 2nd and has yet to receive a formal rejection or acceptance from Apple. Other developers have expressed similar frustration with the review process recently, receiving canned messages that claim "unexpected additional time for review."

Sling Media debuts iPhone client, Mac HD; due in Q1

01/06, 1:35am

Sling iPhone client

EchoStar's Sling Media on Tuesday announced it will demo a version of SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone at the Expo and will deliver a version of SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone to Apple for certification in Q1. Sling Media also unveiled a prototype of a new SlingPlayer for Mac HD which allows Slingbox PRO-HD users to stream HD to their Mac desktop or laptop computer. The new SlingPlayer for Mac HD is a web-based version of the SlingPlayer software that will be accessible from, Sling Media's recently launched video entertainment web site.

HP preempts iMac with quad-core Firebird

01/06, 12:00am

HP Firebird 800

HP's CES introductions are being headlined today by an entirely new entry to its desktop line. The Firebird 800 is built with help from the Voodoo sub-label and aims to take up the minimal amount of space of a small form factor desktop with the performance of a full tower, thanks to new Intel processors: new set of Core 2 Quad chips consume just 65W of power without losing features over previous 95W versions. A custom liquid cooling setup also cuts back on fan noise from the chip and simultaneously frees up space for accessing RAM and the two drop-in notebook hard drive bays.


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