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VMware has announced the newest update to its converter application that turns physical machines into Vmware virtual machines, VMware Converter 4. The software allows for multiple conversions simultaneously, and offers support for machine formats such as Mircrosoft Windows and Linux. VMware Converter 4 comers with several new support capabilities, hot cloning improvements, and workflow automation enhancements. Users are also given the ability to target disk selections when converting, and to specify how the volumes will be laid out when converted to the virtual machine.
In brief: A new file transfer service has been launched that allows clients to transfer large files at speeds greater than standard FTP transfers. Alternativly, a new partnership has been announced between National Electronic Attachment and MacPractice. This partnership will bring new functions to MacPractice's software that will allow clients to submit documents such as x-rays electronically. On another note, a presentation earlier this month demonstrated the functionality of the new Cumulus/Quark Publishing System integration.
Apple has publicly defined its legal stance on iPhone jailbreaking, arguing that it represents copyright infringement and a DMCA violation, in response to an exemption filing by the Electronic Frontier Foundation that was submitted to the Copyright Office as part of the 2009 DMCA triennial rulemaking. The foundation proposal asked for an exemption that would allow jailbreaking of iPhones or other handsets, effectively liberating the devices to run applications other than those obtained from Apple's own iTunes App Store.
Creative subsidiary ZiiLabs on Thursday announced it will showcase HD video playback capabilities on February 16th at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The capability will be thanks to the company's ZMS-05 media processor and platform on Google's Android platform phone. ZiiLabs promises to offer 1080p resolution video playback for the first time on handheld devices.
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Chipmaker Qualcomm on Thursday announced a new range of chipsets for mobile devices that include support for dual-carrier HSPA+ data networks. The Qualcomm QTR8610 transceiver supports worldwide 3G bands as well as Bluetooth, GPS, and FM radio capabilities, in addition to a number of codecs that allow it to play back varied multimedia content.
DaVita GFR Calculator ($1) measures kidney function by using a patient's age, serum creatinine level, gender and race. These variables are placed into the MDRD4 (Modification of Diet in Renal Disease) revised equation, which determines glomerular filtration rate. This figure is said to be considered the best measure of kidney function by nephrologists and other kidney professionals. The app additionally allows someone to search for nephrologists, educational websites and the toll-free DaVita phone number.
Korea's Cowon has finally released its L3 multimedia player, which first appeared back in August. The L3 sports a 7-inch, 800x480 resolution display and runs on Windows CE 5.0. The only details released on its CPU is that it has dual cores. The device has 128MB of SDRAM and ships with 4GB of flash storage space. It can, however, be expanded via an SD memory card slot.
Samsung said it has no plans to show a 12-megapixel handset at the Mobile World Congress due to take place next week in Barcelona, Spain, according to a Thursday Telecoms Korea post. In addition, Thursday's report of Samsung delaying its debut of a Google Android-powered handset has been confirmed at the same time. The company's mobile marketing chief, Younghee Lee, said the Android handset will be released in the second half of 2009 instead of the initially-planned spring release.
Datalogics has released Adobe Normalizer 9, an updated version of the developer API used to convert PostScript and Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) files to PDF format. Output can fit standards ranging from PDF 1.2 through to 1.6, as well as PDF/A. Reports can be generated for input material, and users have access to options and parameters also found in Adobe Distiller.
Viliv has recently announced that its S5 Mobile Internet Device will soon ship to stores in its home market of Korea as well as in US and Europe. The device will be priced at $649 when it is released in the US at the end of March. Four models of the MID will be offered in Korea, with the other markets will only get the Premium version.
Currently the Apple store is offering a variety of refurbished products from iPods to to Mac accessories. Starting at $39 is the 1GB iPod shuffle in purple, blue, green or silver. For $20 more ($59) get the 2GB shuffle in previous-generation silver, purple, green and blue or current-generation green, pink and blue. Three unibody MacBook models are available: for $1,099 is the 2.0GHz model with 2GB of memory and 160GB hard drive; the 2.4GHz model with 2GB of memory and 250GB hard drive is $1,399; last is the 2.4GHz model with 128GB solid state drive for $1,899. Mac accessories include the wireless keyboard for $69, the AirPort express base station for $79 and the Time Capsule in both 500GB and 1TB capacities for $249 and $399 respectively.
Korea's LG has announced it will unveil a prototype handset that can be recharged by the sun thanks to a solar charge built into its rear panel. Otherwise, the handset looks nearly identical to the company's existing KF750 Secret cellphone, though no other information on its specs was known. The prototype will be shown off in the company's ECO Friendly exhibit and promises to provide enough power for the conventional built-in battery with three minutes of talk time after a 10-minute charge.
CradlePoint Technology has announced its PHS300 portable Wi-Fi router is now certified with the Verizon Wireless UM175 USB Modem, for use on the Verizon Wireless network. PHS300 requires no software installation in order to work and lets the router serve as a mobile Wi-Fi access point. Plugging the UM175 USB Modem into the PHS200 router adds 3G data and brings up to 16 people online through a secure link. The PHS300 certification was received by going through the Verizon Wireless' recent open development program.
Motorola is near launching a trio of phones that will be headlined by a rare full touchscreen device, a set of leaked shots at Mobile-Review show. The QA4 will have a 2.8-inch, 240x400 touchscreen with a number pad slider. Few other details have escaped, though the phone will have a tilt sensor and will support CDMA plus EVDO, pointing to a release on Sprint or Verizon.
iwascoding has updated GarageSale, its eBay auction utility for the Mac. The software is used to produce auction listings in a WYSIWYG layout, and supports importing images directly from iPhoto or digital cameras including iSights. Users can set details like item attributes, and have the app upload photos automatically via FTP, WebDAV or MobileMe.
Google this afternoon revealed that Android Market has the infrastructure in place for developers to charge money for apps downloaded through the mobile store. The implementation uses Google Checkout for the backing infrastructure and will let developers set their own prices through the same system used to publish the apps themselves. A limited rollout is planned and will start first with the US in the middle of next week, while Austria, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain coming before the end of March.
A Google Code project, Understudy, now allows Hulu and Netflix streaming video to be played through Apple's Front Row software. Users can subscribe to multiple feeds and select individual videos to watch. The provided feeds for each service can be used, while the program also can automatically discover the user's profile or the feeds can be copied from the clipboard. To view the content, Understudy is accessible from within Front Row and the services and streams are available in the Manage Feeds section.
iPresentee has launched a Valentine's Day Mail Stationary package, the latest addition to its line of templates meant for Apple's Mail software. The new Valentine's Day collection comes complete with 16 different templates. When downloading the artwork, an installer is provided to make sure the templates are stored in the right folder and automatically displayed in the Apple Mail New Message Stationary menu.
Nokia today provided a clue on its company blog that it will launch its rumored "Corolla" phone at next week's Mobile World Congress. A photo published at the site (shown here) has an 8-megapixel resolution previously unavailable on Nokia phones, which normally top out at 5 megapixels, and has EXIF metadata that refers to an "undisclosed" device taking the shot with a Carl Zeiss lens.
PDF Merge 2.4 ($14) ) allows users to merge several PDF files into one. Users can drag the files they want to merge to the application and order them to their needs. Version 2.4 includes a new icon and several performance enhancements that increase execution speed. [Download - 0.74MB]
Sooner than originally expected Lenovo's three-model IdeaPad Y650 range is now available for purchase. The 16-inch notebooks have a 1366x768 resolution LCD, with the base model powered by a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU with a GMA X4500 integrated graphics chipset and 3GB of RAM. Windows Vista Home Premium is pre-loaded onto the 320GB, 5,400RPM hard drive, and a DVD recorder is built-in. A six-cell battery is standard fare, as are Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Microsoft has been sued this week over claims that the necessity to pay for its Vista-to-XP downgrade program abuses the company's Windows monopoly. Filed in a Seattle federal district court, the lawsuit found by the Seattle Times accuses Microsoft of violating Washington state business and consumer protection laws by creating an unfair license that cost plaintiff Emma Alvarado $59.25 to revert from Windows Vista Business to XP Professional when she bought a Lenovo notebook in June 2008.
Google has introduced new mobile editing capabilities for its online Spreadsheets application. While a number of phones have previously been able to view Google documents, editing has typically been locked; the first phones to receive editing options are Nokia's S60 series, Apple's iPhone and the T-Mobile G1, so far the only device based on Google's Android platform. The iPhone is also closely associated with Google, mainly as a result of its Google Maps application.
Apple has announced that the iDisk service, a feature of MobileMe, can now be used to share large files. Rather than attempt to e-mail files that contain large amounts of data, users can upload the content to a public folder in their iDisk account. After choosing the individuals to share the information with, iDisk will automatically send e-mails containing a download link. The recipient can then access the files or even post their own documents into the folder.
Amex Digital has recently announced the launch of a 7-inch digital photo frame, the SP-7, that has an integrated photo printer. As with other photo frames of the same size, the LCD screen has an 800x480 resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio. The SP-7 supports JPG photos, can play back AVI, MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4 movies and MP3 audio files thanks to its built speakers. A built-in card reader is compatible with MS, MMC, SD, XD and CF memory cards.
Managing Editor Inc. has announced that its vjoon K4 5.9 R8 publishing system is now compatible with Adobe Creative Suite 4. The K4 layout and editing plug-ins for InDesign and InCopy, as well as the K4 modules including Web Editor, File Manager and Overview have been revised to work with the latest Adobe software. The company has also brought CS4 compatibility to its Notes Manager, Overset Manager and Revision Manager plug-ins.
The Mac version of Google's Chrome web browser continues to make progress, but at a slow speed, one of its developers hints. Work during the past couple of months is said to have mostly revolved around basic layout tests and WebKit compatibility, and only recently progressed to developing the interface. Links remain non-functional, and renderers are said to regularly crash.
Sirius XM on Friday took emergency steps to save itself by starting a debt exchange. The company says it has started a deal that will swap about $172.5 million of the convertible senior notes keeping the company afloat for equivalents that will expire at the start of June 2011. The exchange would give the company about 1.5 years of extra time to pay the portion of the debt, which would otherwise have come due in December this year.
Samsung this morning officially unveiled the first phone to have Texas Instruments' DLP Pico technology built-in. The Show W7900 for Korea (pictured) and its Euro-centric equivalent, the i7410 both take advantage of the small chipset and a compact projector to cast an image on a screen or wall which is much larger than the phone's LCD: images upwards of 50 inches diagonal are possible in suitably low light. Samsung envisions the feature as letting owners present slideshows directly from phones or for playing videos at a TV-like size.
Apple and its American carrier partner, AT&T, are looking at diversifying the pricing tiers for next-generation iPhones, claims Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu. Citing industry and supply chain contacts, Wu suggests that Apple is having difficulty not with developing new technology, but in devising options cheaper than the iPhone 3G, which costs a minimum of $200 plus another $70 or more in monthly voice and data fees. The sheer expense of the phone has become a problem in the context of a global recession, says Wu.
A new study from ABI Research today notes that iPhone users are much more likely to actually use their Wi-Fi than on rival devices. About 75 percent of all those who have one of Apple's phones are using their Wi-Fi "regularly," while only about 10 percent of those with HTC phones are using theirs. This comes despite 80 percent of HTC's devices having 802.11b or g built-in.
Sony today reached an unofficial milestone with news that it has sold its 50 millionth PSP. The achievement comes just over four years after the handheld PlayStation's launch in December 2004 and after two minor revisions to the design that have slimmed it down and added functionality, including a built-in mic in the PSP-3000 for game chat and Skype calls. The game system has also since gained direct access to a download store for PSP and PS1 games that has put increasing reliance on flash-based Memory Stick storage instead of the UMD disc format Sony initially pushed not just for games but for movies.
Apple's retail shop in Greensboro, North Carolina will open on February 21st, barring complications, a marketing assistant for the Friendly Center shopping complex is said to inform. The store will be located between Williams-Sonoma and Anthropologie on Avondale, and should not only be the first Apple Store in Greensboro, but the largest to date in North Carolina. The outlet has experienced a number of setbacks on the way to completion.
China's Huawei on Friday introduced what it calls the smallest and lightest USB-connected modem in the world, the i-Mo, which will be shown off at the Mobile World Congress next week in Spain. The modem has an 802.11b/g Wi-Fi link along with HSPA wireless data network access that can reach 7.2Mbps download speeds and 5.76Mbps upload speeds. Thanks to its Wi-Fi connection, the i-Mo can create a hotspot of its own for other users of Internet-connected mobile devices.
A number of Apple resellers are staging a Presidents Day sale, a collective announcement reveals. The Apple Specialist Marketing Co-op notes that 2009 will mark the first year the group has held a sale during the holiday weekend, when it is normally impossible to find any discounts on any Apple products. Apple itself typically schedules only one sale period per year, centered around Thanksgiving.
Nokia will chase after Apple and other rivals with a mobile app portal of its own, a pair of sources claim. The reported contacts explain to Reuters that the software store will be announced at Nokia's press conference for Mobile World Congress on Monday morning. When it will go live and how its pricing strategy will work are unknown, though the shop is likely to be limited to Symbian S60 devices like the 5800 XpressMusic and N97, which have a more complex operating system capable of supporting advanced mobile apps.
Microsoft on Friday said it will bring features of its Zune music players to other hardware besides Zune players sometime this year. The revelation comes after company Media Center/Mediaroom head Enrique Rodriguez has acknowledged to CNET that Microsoft is splitting the Zune group into separate hardware and software divisions, with the software now being covered by Rodriguez's group while hardware goes to the Windows Mobile group's hardware section. He doesn't say which devices will get the features but argues the move is necessary to expand Microsoft's reach into media beyond just its own hardware.
Nokia on Friday used one of the last days before Mobile World Congress to add multiple new phones to the Comes With Music roster. In addition to existing phones that come with the year-long unlimited music subscription, such as the N96, an introduction of the service into Singapore is also bringing both high- and low-end phones into the mix with the N79, N85, 5800 XpressMusic, 5320 XpressMusic and 5220 XpressMusic all getting the same option. The addition has the same rights as in other countries and lets owners keep any music they've downloaded once the subscription is over.
Burton Ideas has launched Acoustibuds, an earphone attachment that is designed to enhance the sound of earphones and help make them fit more comfortably. Acoustibuds attatch to the speaker side of earphones and are shaped like little cones with flexible fins on the outside. The cone like shape places the earphone deeper into a person's ear and allows for sound to be funneled more directly into the eardrum, while the flexible fins help with comfort and keeping the earphones in place.
AnalystSoft has updated StatPlus:mac, improving ease-of-use and adding new graphics and calculations. The package has the same features as the Microsoft Analysis Toolpak offered in Excel 2004, but StatPlus:mac works with both Excel 2004 and 2008. The new release adds more data analysis types and a number of brand-new graphs, statistical charts and control charts like CUSUM and XBar chart, that are not available in Microsoft Excel.
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Weber buys iDevices' iGrill, Kitchen Thermometer
Cooking gear manufacturer Weber is purchasing iOS accessory manufacturer iDevices iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer lines. As part of the purchase, Weber is working in parallel with iDevices to roll out a new version of the products, and associated apps, this spring. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CEO of iDevices Chris Allen said that the transition will allow the company to "focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market." http://bit.ly/1PFk3uZ
Vevo music video app launched for Apple TV
Vevo today announced its new native tvOS app for the fourth generation Apple TV. The new app allows users Siri Remote navigation for discovery of top videos by genre, or to search for individual artists and videos. Playlists generated on another device sync between all the iterations of the app. http://apple.co/1PFhxEU
HydraDock team unveils USB 3.1 Type C Roadie
KickShark, the team that brought the HydraDock desktop USB-C dock to market, has launched a Kickstarter project for The Roadie -- a USB 3.1 Type C standard-compliant pocket hub for the 12 inch Apple MacBook and other compatible devices. The Roadie occupies the same footprint on a desk as a credit card, with a short USB-C male cable on one end for connecting to a 12 inch MacBook, and a female USB-C port on the other end for plugging in a MacBook power adapter. One side has an RJ45 jack for gigabit Ethernet, and an HDCP-compliant HDMI jack that handles up to 4K displays. KickShark promises shipment of all products within four weeks of campaign completion. The "early bird" offer for the hub is a $69 commitment, with a $79 commitment for a Roadie after 500 backers have pledged. http://kck.st/1o6knw5
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