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PDF Studio 5.5 update
Qoppa Software has released PDF Studio 5.5, an update to its Java-based PDF editing and management tool, previously reviewed by MacNN. PDF Studio comes with a variety of features that enable users to view any existing PDF document, to modifying the pages, and add attachments to PDF files. In version 5.5 of the software, users can expect several new capabilities such as Preflight PDF/X verification, Bates Numbering, and improvements that allow the use of Mac Open Dialog instead of standard Java Open Dialog.
Amadeus Pro 1.4 update
HairerSoft has launched an update to its multitrack audio editing application, Amadeus Pro 1.4. The software comes with a series of abilities such as multitrack editing, recording, batch processing, sound de-noising and repairing. Amadeus Pro 1.4 provides new real-time sonogram and waveform functions and a duplicate track feature. Additions were made to the application which allows users to have control over the RAM usage in the preferences menu, and a new "flatten document" capability.
MacBook Pro disassembly
iFixit has disassembled the new 17-inch MacBook Pro, exposing the internal components and several new design features. The aluminum unibody model integrates a battery that is not accessible without removing the entire bottom panel. Apple secured the 12820mAh battery with three tri-wing screws to discourage removal, although the battery can be swapped using the correct tools and weighs approximately 1.25 pounds, which is 20% of the computer's total mass. Aftermarket battery manufacturers are likely to offer a replacement soon.
Canon SX1 IS SX200 IS
Canon chose Tuesday night to reveal its 2009 PowerShot cameras, starting with its high-end, long zoom models. The 10-megapixel SX1 IS is the company's new range-topping camera with a 20X, 28-560mm wide-angle lens and draws on the newer DIGIC 4 imaging chip to make it one of the first non-DSLR Canon units to record video at 1080p. Built-in HDMI output, a hot shoe and the ability to shoot simultaneously in RAW and JPEG similarly put the camera closer to the professional level, though normal light sensitivity is limited to ISO 1,600 with a special boost to 3,200.
TRENDnet previews products
Today, TRENDnet has announced the list of products that will be launched and demonstrated at this year's CeBIT. Products being launched at the show consist of several GREENnet Switches and a Wireless N Internet Camera Server with 2-Way Audio. For demonstration, the company will be showing a 7-inch Internet Camera and Phone Monitor, 7-inch Internet Camera Monitor Kit, Wireless N Travel Router, two Wireless N Gigabit Routers, and a Wireless N Gaming Adapter.
iPhone flash memory orders
Apple's preparations for the next-generation iPhone line is constraining worldwide supplies for leading flash memory manufacturers and may increase prices. A new analyst report says that Apple’s (unannounced) refresh of iPhones is putting increased pressure on flash memory manufacturers managing dwindling inventory. According to Cult of Mac, ThinkEquity analyst Vijay Rakesh is telling clients that Apple has begun placing orders for memory for a yet unannounced upgrade to the current iPhone 3G and the rumored "iPhone Nano" or a similar device. Most recently RBC analyst Mark Abramsky claimed that a $99 iPhone would appear later this summer, but that the device would not be a rumored iPhone nano, but instead a pared-down regular iPhone.
iBank 3.4 update
IGG Software has announced iBank 3.4, the latest update to its financial management application designed for personal and small businesses. Several improvements made in the new version include better migration of QIF file formats from the Quicken financial management program, alterations to the category pop-up menus to help make transaction entry simpler and more efficient, and enhanced support for downloading large numbers of stock quotes.
Norton Online Family
Symantec Corp has announced a public beta of its new web-based security and monitoring application, Norton Online Family. To help with the testing, Symantec has formed an advisory council that consist of experts in education, parenting, media and child health, and online safety, which will test out the beta and provide feedback. By using Norton Online Family, parents are able to control the web content that comes into the house, to view search words and phrases a child uses when online, and to have control over the child’s profile, preferences, and the amount of time they are allowed on the internet.
DealNN: iPod touch
Today at DealNN find bargain prices on iPods, digital cameras, storage and more. The first generation 16GB iPod touch has been reduced to $264.99 at MacMall.com. That's $129 off the original price of $394 and the lowest price we could find on this iPod model, brand new, by about $42. This model has 16GB of storage space for up to 3,500 songs, 20,000 pictures or 20 hours of video. Connect wirelessly to a WiFi network to purchase music via the iTunes store, rent movies and download games.
Samsung's 3 Android phones
On the heels of new phone introductions, Samsung on Tuesday said it would ship a total of three cell phones based on Google's open-source Android platform and that it would unveil at least one device using the open-source LiMo Linux software. A senior executive at the Korean company confirmed to Reuters that the the company would sell at least three devices based on the Google platform, which is largely seen as the mostly like to challenge to challenge Apple's dominance.
i-mate smartphone, laptop
i-mate at Mobile World Congress has shown off a credit-card sized smartphone, dubbed the Centurion, after the high-end American Express card of the same name. At the same time, the company is showing the Warrior laptop shell that will allow a contained smartphone to remotely access PCs and Macs. While this last device (called the Warrior) hasn't been shown, a touch-screen handset known as the Legionnaire would fit into the laptop shell and provide its processing power, while also doubling as a touchpad.
Skype coming to Nokia
Skype and Nokia at Mobile World Congress on Tuesday announced they will enter into a partnership that will have the Skype Internet calling service integrated into Nokia handsets. The first Nokia handsets that will have Skype functionality integrated into them are the Nseries cellphones, with the very first Skype-enabled handset being the N97 when it ships in the summer.
Acer outs more Tempos
After releasing its first Tempo smartphones at Mobile World Congress on Monday, Acer is back on Tuesday with the release of four more handsets. While little specific information is known, the F1, E1, C1 and L1 are rumored to offer a strong price relative to their feature sets thanks to carrier-subsidized pricing. The prototype handsets were turned off while on display at the show, so there is no indication of what kind of features or operating system will be used in the phones.
Squeezebox adds Napster
Logitech on Tuesday announced its Squeezebox network music players will now offer the Napster subscription music service. Via their wired or wireless home networks, users will have access to Napster's roughly 7 million-song online library as long as they have active memberships. The service is available both for models with Internet radio support as well as simple network music playback.
Yahoo Mobile app coming
Yahoo on Tuesday announced at Mobile World Congress in Spain that it will soon release the Yahoo Mobile app for devices that include Apple's iPhone as well as feature phones and smartphones from Samsung, Nokia, RIM, Sony Ericsson and Motorola. Other phones that run on Windows Mobile will also be compatible with the new application. Among other things, Yahoo Mobile will let users search the Internet through its own engine and access new map tools.
iMovie ‘09, video editor
Two versions ago, iMovie HD 6 offered powerful video editing for novices. For iMovie ‘08, Apple completely rewrote the program to focus on making video editing simpler, but at the sacrifice of its more sophisticated editing features. When users howled their disapproval, Apple quickly made the original iMovie HD app available as a free download. Now with iMovie ‘09, Apple has combined the simplicity of iMovie ‘08 with the powerful editing capabilities of iMovie HD.
JBL, modu music jacket
Manufacturer of the world's first modular cellphone, modu, and audio hardware maker JBL on Tuesday announced the release of the modu music jacket for the handset, giving it standalone capabilities as a music player. The phone enclosure contains two JBL Odyssey speakers, a 3.5mm headphone jack and USB connector, as well as a digital sound meter. It also brings with it a 2.2-inch display and a 3-megapixel camera with flash.
Canon SD960 SD780 Leaks
Canon today unintentionally betrayed its plans for the PMA imaging expo by posting a comparison page and since-pulled product entries for two new compacts. The 12-megapixel PowerShot SD780 IS is now shown to be the most unique of the two courtesy of a very thin design, which the company says is the thinnest ever for a compact PowerShot, as well as a unique single-tone design that colors the lens frame in the same hue as the rest of the body.
ASUS Eee PC 1000HG
Countering its rival LG's own introduction at Mobile World Congress, ASUS has taken its turn at revealing a new Eee PC with wide-area wireless. The 1000HG will have a built-in WiMAX modem that lets it connect to 4G services in the US and elsewhere while still preserving 802.11n Wi-Fi for short-range networking. As suggested by the name, the netbook will also have a 10-inch display and share a similar design with most other Eee PC 1000 models.
Citrix GoToAssist Express
Citrix has formally unveiled a two-tiered service for providing online technical support with screen-sharing capabilities. GoToAssist Express is a stripped-down and less-costly version of GotoAssist Corporate, but geared for small businesses or individual owners instead of larger corporations. The services support both Windows and Mac OS X, although the Mac version has fewer features.
LG X120 Netbook
LG as part of its Mobile World Congress launches has formally rolled out the X120. The second-generation netbook adds a built-in HSPA modem for 3G data access in most parts of the world and represents an upgrade to the system's longevity at the same time. LG reckons about 3.5 hours of battery life even on the stock 3-cell battery and an according 7 hours on an extended 6-cell pack.
Acer to out Android phones
Acer will release two Android-powered handsets later this year, Engadget reports. The semi-official news came from an Acer rep in the company's booth at Mobile World Congress currently going on in Spain, who showed off a notebook with a summary of the company's product roll-out schedule for the year that mentions two unnamed Android devices.
ConceptDraw update ships
CS Odessa has updated ConceptDraw Office, with improvements in version 1.2 for the three applications in the suite, ConceptDraw MINDMAP, ConceptDraw PROJECT and ConceptDraw PRO. ConceptDraw MINDMAP now has a Full Screen mode, making mind map presentations easier during meetings, while maintaining full editing capabilities. ConceptDraw PROJECT adds additional visual reports to help project managers track activities and project progress. Project and task status can be presented visually for a project team. The ConceptDraw PRO update features new content and libraries for the transport industry, and adds professional themes for business graphics and presentations.
Epiphany, Brain Thaw
Vibration ($3) uses the accelerometer within the iPhone and iPod touch to turn the device into a vibration spectrum analyzer. The application can acquire and display time series data, optionally remove DC bias, apply a Hamming window and perform an FFT on each channel to produce frequency spectra. Sample rate and sample delay can be adjusted using sliders and the user can select the length of the data acquisition and the vertical scale used for the display.
PaintGrade plugin launched
Pomfort has released PaintGrade Plugin for Aperture, offering a painting approach to color correction within Aperture. The software allows common adjustments like brightness, saturation and contrast to be painted into the picture, making adjustments to only the areas affected by the brush strokes. The plugin uses dynamic color keying, allowing interactive modifications of the keyed area and uses algorithms that smooth and soften all the manipulations within a painted area, avoiding hard edges and color clipping and engineering smooth tonal changes between original and adjusted areas within the image.
Egnyte intros Local Cloud
Egnyte claims it has solved one of the biggest problems with cloud-based computing- relying on a third party to store data. The on-demand file server company says its new Local Cloud service allows users to store their data on-premises using an inexpensive disk drive, while server functions are performed off-site.
Shuttle outs SDXi gamer PC
Shuttle PC has announced that its small form factor SDXi Carbon gaming PC is now shipping. Shuttle claims the gaming platform sports the world’s first Liquid I.C.E. technology, with specially designed cooling, case and motherboard for the optional 3.2GHz quad-core Intel Core 2 Extreme CPU. The PC can handle other graphics-intensive applications as well, including CAD, graphic design or animation. It has support for up to 16GB of RAM, though Shuttle only offers between 2GB and 8GB.
Novatel HSPA+ modems
At Mobile World Congress on Tuesday, Novatel Wireless announced it will soon release the Ovation MC996D USB modem. The adapter is Novatel's first capable of accessing HSPA+ data networks and reaches download speeds of up to 21.6Mbps and 5.76Mbps in uploads, or about three times faster than current 3G networks. The modem operates on the 900MHz and 2,100MHz frequencies, allowing users to access the Internet from most places around the world outside of North America. The device doubles as a data storage device, supporting microSDHC memory cards up to 32GB in size.
Apple Store disabled suit
Apple has come to a resolution with lawyers and plaintiffs in a lawsuit regarding disabled access at its San Francisco retail location, according to ifoAppleStore. Jana Overbo and Nicole Brown-Booker initiated the suit in 2007 after experiencing problems navigating the store in wheelchairs. Issues included the width of the aisles, merchandise located too high, pressure required to open the front door, theater seating and Genius Bar staff that did not offer assistance.
Universal Phone Chargers
Most cellphones could use a single, interoperable standard for their power chargers within three years if a GSM Association initiative proves successful. The partnership includes phone makers like LG, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson as well as carriers like AT&T, KTF, Telefonica, T-Mobile and Vodafone; all have developed a format that would use micro USB as the standard and cut the typical power use by about half. The plan would cut back on the number of chargers thrown out after switching phones as well as reduce the amount of energy used to keep phones running.
MMColor 1.6 ($35) is a utility allowing FileMaker users to add color elements via container fields that are set to a desired color. Version 1.6 includes compatibility improvements with the FileMaker Pro 10 as well as several enhancements to slider placement on Zoomed and Scrolled Layouts. This version also includes several bug fixes. [Download - 4MB]
Greensboro Apple Store
Apple has confirmed the February 21st grand opening of its Greensboro, North Carolina retail store located between Williams-Sonoma and Anthropologie on Avoindale in the Friendly Center shopping complex. The doors will open to the public at 10:00 a.m. EST, while a special preview will be held for media earlier in the morning. The location will be the first in Greensboro and the largest in North Carolina.
Fujitsu Sells HDD To Toshi
Fujitsu this morning said it has struck a deal to transfer its hard drive business to Toshiba. A memorandum between the two will see Fujitsu spin off its storage efforts into a separate company and let Toshiba buy an 80 percent stake in the project, with Fujitsu eventually letting go of the remaining 20 percent. The decision is largely prompted by Fujitsu's potential $112 million loss in the division.
Unwired Airport Express
A placeholder in Apple's Australian store shows an unannounced 'Unwired Airport Express Bundle' that carries a price of A$168 (~$109USD), according to AppleInsider. The listing does not provide any additional details, although the title suggests the package could include a modem or service from the Australian wireless-broadband carrier Unwired, which offers data connectivity without requiring a phone or dedicated line.
Samsung adds SL digicams
Samsung on Tuesday announced it will triple the available models in its SL-Series of digital cameras with two 12.2-megapixel and two 10-megapixel cameras. The new SL820 and SL620 share the same 12.2-megapixel sensor, 3-inch LCD screen and 5x optical zoom. Where they differ is with the former's ability to shoot HD videos, recording them in H.264 format at 720p resolution and 30fps compared to the latter's MPEG4 VGA video recording at the same frame rate. The SL820 also has an HDMI output, a 28mm wide angle lens and both hardware as well as software image stabilization.
ATT on 4G Rollout
AT&T yesterday at Mobile World Congress acknowledged that it should have a fully ready Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in 2011. The carrier has previously pledged to introduce the 4G-grade cellular access during 2010 but has said through senior architecture VP Kris Rinne that this first phase will be limited to trials. Actual commercial service won't come until roughly the middle of the following year, Rinne says.
Liberty Stake in Sirius XM
Sirius XM on Tuesday morning said it has agreed to give an equity stake to Liberty Media in a deal worth $530 million. Best known as the owner of the DirecTV satellite service, Liberty is offering a $280 million emergency loan to cover both an immediately due $172 million debt for Sirius XM and to cover related financial costs. An extra $150 million also goes specifically to the XM half of the satellite radio provider, while Liberty is further volunteering to pay off about $100 million of Sirius XM's existing loans.
Nokia N86 8MP
Nokia has used the second day of Mobile World Congress to unveil the N86 8MP. The previously teased phone is Nokia's first dedicated primarily to its camera and the first anywhere to include a variable aperture for its lens, giving it an ability to adapt to light levels like a dedicated camera. It's also claimed to eliminate other weaknesses of phone-mounted cameras through a fast shutter, Carl Zeiss optics and its namesake 8-megapixel resolution.
Sony T900 T90 H20 and More
Sony this morning gave its Cyber-shot line a major update for its core models. The T90 and T900 lead a refresh that now adds a full scene recognition mode that tunes all scene settings, including face detection, to match the colors and lighting without requiring knowledge of camera techniques. They also stand as the first touchscreen Sony cameras to shoot 720p video and use MPEG-4.
Fujifilm S1500 and More
Fujifilm this morning paved the way for its PMA photo show launches with multiple cameras, headed up by a replacement for its long-lasting S1000. The FinePix S1500 has the same 10-megapixel sensor and 12X, 33-396mm equivalent lens but adds true hardware image stabilization, improves software features such as automatic scene recognition and face detection, and gives full manual control. The camera continues to shoot at up to 1.4 frames per second and ISO 1,600 at full resolution but can step up to 7.5 frames per second and ISO 3,200 by lowering the resolution.
HTC Magic Official
HTC today after a brief run-up introduced the Magic, the second-ever Android device and the first to rely on an iPhone-like virtual keyboard thanks to Google's impending Cupcake update to the software. The upgrade slims the device down without shrinking the 3.2-inch touchscreen or sacrificing the remaining hardware controls, which still include a trackball for using the phone one-handed. Cupcake should also bring video capture and stereo Bluetooth support, though whether these reach the final device is unknown.
Flash on smartphones
Adobe’s Flash Lite multimedia player for mobile phones, while still lacking iPhone compatibility, has been growing in popularity and will have reached 1 billion phones by the end of March this year, according to market researcher Strategy Analytics. Reaching their desired mark one year ahead of the company’s previous target, Flash Lite is said by Strategy Analytics expert Steward to have risen due to recent support for HD video as well as Nokia’s agreements to install Flash Lite on its phones. Another factor mentioned by Robinson is the absence of real competition for Adobe's Flash Lite player, though he still predicts another 1.5 billion smartphones carrying the software within two years.
Plustek has announced BookReader V100, a device created to transform printed words into audio output. BookReader V100 enables users to scan books into an audio MP3 or WAV format, which can be imported into any MP3 player or listened to from the computer. The device offers features such as a magnifying tool, color contrast function, zoom text capabilities, assignable hot keys, being able to save scanned pages in PDF format, and a text editing ability to allow the modifying of scanned text. A word spelling function is also added to enhance learning accuracy and pronunciation.
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