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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 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 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 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.
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.
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 iWork.com 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.
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.
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
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 TigerDirect.com. The 1.83GHz Mac mini is available at MacMall.com for $564.99 after mail in rebate. For today only J&R.com 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 RadioShack.com. Lastly is the Wacom Intuos3 4x6 graphics tablet priced at $159 after mail in rebate.
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.
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 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.
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 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
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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.
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 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.
iWork dot com Beta
Apple as part of its Macworld keynote introduced a public beta of iWork.com, 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 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.com, Sling Media's recently launched video entertainment web site.
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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