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Photo Books at PMA
Unibind and Digital Foci have both announced new photo books being displayed at the Photo Marketing Association Show (PMA). Unibnd debuted its Photos N Sounds photo book, which enables users to record personalized voice messages to go with their pictures. In addition to the custom messages, Photos N Sounds also plays various themed songs including Christmas carols and a happy birthday song. Users can set the desired messages simply by pressing and holding the recording button located above the speaker.
Fx3 stand-alone debugger
Absoft has announced its Fx3 debugger now available as a stand-alone application for Fortran developers on the Mac OS X. Previously bundled as part of Absoft's Pro Fortran program, Fx3 provides a command line interface that offers analysis and control during the debugging process on the Mac or Linux. The Fx3 debugger as a stand-alone is still compatible with Absoft Pro Fortran and Intel Fortran Compilers, Apple C and GNU C compilers, and assembly language. In addition, Fx3 can work in both 32- and 64-bit executables and is multi-processor aware.
iLuv debuts accessories
iLuv has added seven new products to its line of accessories for the iPhone, iPod and other media players. The items include two iPhone holsters with stands, two earphones, a cord manager, and two bottles of cleaner fluid for electronic devices. For the iPhone, the iCC76 provides a holster with a stand and the iCC75 offers a holster with a stand and a flip-top cover. Each model comes with a 180-degree swivel clip and a protective film for the screen.
DealNN: Brother printer
Today's foremost deal of the day from DealNN is on the Brother wireless multi-function work center. The device is capable of printing, copying, scanning and faxing in full color and can be used as a wireless network printer. Other features include a 2.5-inch flip-up color LCD display, answering machine and speakerphone. For today only this printer is priced at $99.99, which is $130 off the original price of $229.99 and the lowest price we saw on this printer by roughly the same price margin.
Web Store 2.0 ships
Xsilva Systems has launched LightSpeed Web Store 2.0, updating the point-of-sale plug-in for LightSpeed's suite of retail tools. The company has completely rebuilt Web Store, adding an SQL database-driven system that focuses on simplicity. The plug-in allows customers to create and manage secure accounts, for a personalized shopping experience, with the ability to track purchase history and outstanding orders. The update adds secure customer accounts, personalized wish lists, online quotes via shopping cart capabilities and product cross-selling.
AccuSTOR enclosure ships
Sans Digital has released the AccuSTOR AS212X2 2U 12-bay SAS enclosure, which it says is the first JBOD rackmount to overcome the lack of monitoring ability when utilizing a RAID controller card. The enclosure is built with a selectable switch that allows hardware monitoring with various RAID controller interfaces. The feature also allows system administrators to check hard drive status, power supply and cooling fan information.
MacPractice DDS 3.6 ships
MacPractice has released MacPractice DDS 3.6, adding a new restorative dental charting function and enhancing its MacPractice DR digital radiography and photo features. The MacPractice Chart can be launched with a single mouse click and graphically displays preexisting conditions, treatment plans, and treatments performed. A second click flips the screen to display the patient ledger with charges and payments. The chart feature works with both US and International tooth-numbering systems.
Telestream has released ScreenFlow 1.5, an update to its screencasting application. The company has added titling and text capabilities, along with customizable mouse pointers and audio effects. The update also allows single-channel microphones to be automatically mixed into stereo, while users can export screencasts to Windows Media using the company's Flip4Mac WMV tools.
Wisconsin iTunes tax
Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle would like iTunes customers to help pay for the state's budget shortfall, according to the Associated Press. Doyle has proposed a sales tax on a variety of digital downloads including music, movies, ringtones, electronic books and greeting cards. The state is short almost $600 million for the budget ending June 30th, while the next budget faces a deficit of $5.7 billion. Doyle claims the download tax would generate $11 million across the next two years.
Tiger Woods for iPhone
EA Mobile has previewed the upcoming Tiger Woods PGA Tour game for the iPhone and iPod touch, according to the iPod Observer. Users will be able to take the role of Woods, along with other golf professionals such as Annika Sorenstam, Vijay Singh and Retief Goosen. Game modes include practice, play now, challenge and tour, while users can also pick from Pebble Beach, St. Andrews and TPC Sawgrass courses. Extra cash can be earned by completing a variety of challenges throughout the game.
Sprint Pre exclusive
Sprint Nextel has established an agreement with Palm that will give the carrier exclusive rights to distribute the Pre handset in the US until the end of 2009, according to CNBC. The anonymous source did not provide details of any plans for 2010 and beyond, while Palm and Sprint have remained quiet regarding the negotiations. Both companies are likely counting on the device to grow their market share. The Pre is expected to launch sometime in the first half of the year.
Forerunner for Mac
Garmin has announced that its Forerunner 405 and Forerunner 50 GPS watches can now upload fitness records onto Mac systems. The new ANT Agent software is used in conjunction with the USB ANT stick to transfer information to the computer. The data can also be uploaded to the Garmin Connect web-based portal that offers tools for performance analysis, progress monitoring and sharing results with others members.
Genius G-Pen media tablet
Genius has recently introduced its G-Pen F-509 media tablet, adding to its current lineup. The digital tablet allows users to write, draw, sketch and sign documents without requiring paper. The G-Pen is compatible with Windows Vista and Mac software, and sports a working area sized at 5.25 by 8.75 inches. It sports 26 programmable shortcut buttons tied into Microsoft Office, Internet browsing and Windows Vista functions. The F-509 connects to computers via a USB port, and is compatible with Mac OS X 10.2.8 or newer as well as Windows Vista, XP and 2000.
Mozilla, Skype vs. Apple
Two prominent companies, Mozilla and Skype, have joined in opposition to Apple's stance on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Apple recently challenged an exemption to the DMCA proposed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which would guarantee the legality of jailbreaking iPhones and other handsets. In its formal response, Apple complained that opening the law would risk damage to phones, and encourage breach of contract as well as copyright infringement.
Honeywell 82-inch LCD HDTV
Soyo has recently announced it will sell its 82-inch Altura LE LCD HDTV under its Honeywell brand when it enters the US market in late April. The rather large TV will be part of a line-up that begins with 19-inch TVs in various lines, and sports 1080p resolution. It has a 120,000:1 contrast ratio along with a brightness rating of 600cd/m2.
AT&T to carry netbooks
A set of images leaked by BGR today indicate wireless provider AT&T will begin carrying the Inspiron Mini 9 and Inspiron Mini 12 netbooks from Dell in its stores. The screen captures of AT&T's inventory system indicate the two netbooks will be shipping to AT&T, though no prices or concrete dates were indicated. It is expected, however, that the netbooks will cost $99 on a two-year contract, or identical to the prices at competitor Verizon.
Cox wireless plans
Cox Communications is nudging ever closer to its plans of launching a 3G, 700MHz wireless voice network in the US by announcing it is hiring two new executives. Cox Wireless VP at Cox Stephen Bye announced on Wednesday that the company has appointed Raj Beri as VP of wireless product operations while Dan Dickie is the new executive director of wireless product development.
Mac mini 2009 Photo Leak
A photo has surfaced today at AppleInsider that appears to support earlier claims that Apple will release an updated Mac mini with revamped ports. The image shows a system which replaces the single, full-size DVI connector with both Mini DVI and Mini DisplayPort connectors that would let it run legacy displays as well as Apple's newer Cinema Display. It also replaces the FireWire 400 port with a faster FireWire 800 jack and adds a fifth USB port.
Nanotech CPU and Drives
A pair of research developments published in Science today have revealed nanotechnology that could alternatively improve computer performance and increase storage. A University of Pittsburgh research team has developed nano-sized transistors that are made using two ceramics etched with an atomic force microscope. The resulting circuits would be as large as an atom and would be much smaller than usual transistors, which in computers are often much larger at about 45 nanometers across.
KaraTunes 3.1 ($13) is an add-on for iTunes allowing users to place all of their lyrics data into a single database which can then be saved, modified and searched. Users can search the LyricTracker database and upload lyrics to their iPod. The latest version allows users to export music and synced lyrics as QuickTime movies to watch on the Mac, PC and iPhone/iPod touch. In additional, users can now set delay time for synced lyrics playback and use customized keywords for Google search. [Download - 10.5MB]
Ubisoft Mac game lineup
Game developer Ubisoft has announced a new lineup of games, all ports of Windows titles, which should soon ship for Macs through a deal with TransGaming. Prominent in the list is Prince of Persia, the latest in the series of action-adventure games originally begun by Brøderbund. Players control the Prince as he helps the enchantress Elika restore fertility to the land; the main challenge is in navigating precipitous obstacles, while occasionally engaging in swordfights with a variety of enemies.
T-Mobile unlimited plans
Yesterday's report of T-Mobile offering its existing customers in San Francisco a $50 unlimited national calling plan has been confirmed today from a more reliable source. The wireless provider is also trying to lure customers away from competitors by offering them a $135 credit if they come over to T-Mobile. The move is believed to be in response to Boost Mobile, a unit of Sprint Nextel, launching a $50 all-inclusive cellphone plan in January.
Philips GoGear Ariaz
Philips in an out-of-season event today revamped its GoGear media players with a pair of new models that are higher-end than usual. The GoGear Ariaz is pitched to audiophiles as a boost in audio quality with Philips' FullSound audio engine improving the frequencies and sound stage of compressed files. A bundled set of noise-reducing headphones also improve sound by focusing attention on the music.
iWork file compatibility
Apple has acknowledged file compatibility issues with the new iWork '09 software suite that was debuted at the Macworld Expo early in January. Users running iWork '08 will not be able to open files saved in the iWork '09 formats. The issue also applies to Numbers '08, Keynote '08 and Pages '08 documents that are opened and saved using iWork '09.
LG Versa specs revealed
The LG VX9600 Versa handset first leaked at the end of January has now been nearly fully revealed through an equipment guide leak stemming from Engadget, even though the phone itself isn't due to hit the market until March at wireless provider Verizon. The phone is unique in that it features a fully-detachable QWERTY keyboard in addition to a touchscreen and it is now known that it will also accommodate an accessory gaming pad. The Versa sports a 2-megapixel camera with flash and video recording capabilities.
GeoTweeter (free) creates a map pointing at users current GPS location, or any other desired location and attaches a URL onto the tail end of a tweet. Users can also let their readers know what mood they are in by choosing different icons to use as pins on their location. GeoTweeter also allows users to create a list of their favorite locations for futures tweets.
Nokia Borrows 636m
Nokia in an unusual move today said it will borrow 500 million Euros ($636 million) from the European Investment Bank to improve its smartphone software. The loan will be stretched out over the course of the next five years and is specifically tailored towards research and development projects due between now and 2011 to render Symbian phones "more competitive." Nokia sees the money as mostly intended for its own, internal work but says the research coming out of the loan will also help the Symbian Foundation and non-Nokia Symbian devices as a result.
20-in. Cinema Display gone
Apple is dropping production of the 20-inch Cinema Display, an announcement reveals. The company has notified its sales and service links that the product is officially "end of life," and will no longer be shipped to customers or retail stores. The monitor has also been removed from Apple's online storefront, and given no automatic order conversions for anyone who may have ordered the product earlier.
OCZ Illuminati keyboard
OCZ on Wednesday introduced its newest product, the Alchemy Illuminati Keyboard that features backlit keys in a choice of blue or red colors with adjustable brightness. The multimedia keyboard connects with Windows XP and Vista PCs without the need to download drivers and uses rubber-coated keys to improve its grip. A jog wheel is built in to speed up scrolling.
Red Xbox 360 inbound
Microsoft is preparing to sell a red-colored version of its Xbox 360 console, a company memo has inadvertently revealed. Sent to retailers and the press in New Zealand, the memo nominally revolves a special promotion in which gamers will gain a free copy of Halo Wars if they buy a 360 between February 26th and March 26th; the game will otherwise cost $100 NZD. Also mentioned, however, is that the bundle "does not apply to the Red Xbox 360 Elite console which is exclusive to EB games."
Rogers 4G in Early 2010
(Updated with Rogers comment) Canadian provider Rogers is not only set to add 4G cellular service to its network but may make it the primary option for Internet access on its network, the company has reportedly said during a call. The company is said to have revealed that its Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G network is ultimately ahead of schedule and that its first commercial service will be live with a Vancouver network ready by February 2010, or roughly the same timeframe as similar plans from rivals Bell and Telus as well as Verizon in the US. Much of the second-wave rollout would take place next spring, when the first cellphones using LTE should be ready. The initial Vancouver launch would include just a USB modem.
Traktor Pro 1.1 update
Native Instruments has released the v1.1 update to Traktor Pro, its high-end DJ production software. The app supplies four decks, and lets DJs control a performance through the internal mixer or more practical external hardware. Users also have access to an effects suite, and tools for functions like track browsing and tempo sync.
H60F, H6F0 SAS adapters
ATTO Technology has announced three additions to its line of 6Gbps SAS/SATA host adapters: the ExpressSAS H60F, ExpressSAS H6F0 and the 4-internal/4-external port ExpressSAS H644. The H6F0 and H60F models use a two-adapters-in-one architecture with two independent controllers in order to provide 16 lanes of connectivity, and offer approximately 60 percent faster performance than previous SAS adapters. All three devices support up to 256 physical devices, and are backwards compatible with 3Gbps SAS and SATA devices.
Papers 1.9, Papers iPhone
Developer Mekentosj has posted two new versions of Papers, its research organization utility. The software is used to find, download, read and sort scientific papers. Search tools are incorporated for services such as NASA-ADS, JSTOR and Pubmed, and users also have access to features such ratings, smart folders and tabbed browsing.
Dell Fights Netbook TMark
Dell has volunteered to dispute Psion's "netbook" trademark itself, a petition (PDF) sent to the US Patent Office reveals. The filing asks the government body to retire the trademark as the original Netbook systems have long since been out of production and Psion has no plans to start building the systems again. It further accuses Psion senior product manager Herb Turzer of lying when he said Psion was actively using the term as late as 2005; the last model to use the name was the Netbook Pro, in 2003.
ASUS ends 8.9-inch Eee PCs
ASUS, maker of the popular Eee PC range of netbooks that arguably pioneered the category, will phase out the production of nearly all of its 8.9-inch Eee PC netbooks, DigiTimes has reported on Thursday. The news came from the company's Asia-Pacific division president, Benson Lin, who says the move is due to the growing popularity and consumer demand for 10-inch models that will become the focus at ASUS.
Pixelmator 1.4 update
danholt4mac has introduced Pixelmator 1.4, an updated version of its image editing software. The program handles a number of common tasks, such as painting, sharpening and blurring, and also supports more advanced functions such as cloning, masking, filtering, layering and color correction. Files can be saved to generic formats such JPEG and TIFF or more specialized ones such as PSD, PDF and EPS.
Dell Inspiron Mini 10 Live
Dell today quickly followed up on yesterday's specs launch with an official website for the Inspiron Mini 10. Besides providing full photos of the 10-inch netbook, the site also confirms options not mentioned earlier such as the eventual ability to upgrade to 2GB of memory and a 250GB hard drive. Dell also now estimates that a 6-cell battery pack will net about 6.5 hours of battery life.
Ricoh CX1 Camera
Ricoh has taken its turn at pre-PMA introductions today and has unveiled the CX1. Rather than solely increase the resolution, the company has opted to give the 9.3-megapixel camera an emphasis on image quality. By using a 1/2.3" CMOS sensor instead of a typical CCD and including a new imaging engine, Ricoh hopes to significantly reduce the amount of noise and also to expand the dynamic range. An algorithm that interpolates pixel color values from the sensor gives the camera about 1 EV (exposure value) more of range than typical cameras.
iPhoneModem for iPhone
Addition has launched iPhoneModem 2, an app that enables people to use an iPhone's cellular link as a tethered connection for their Mac or PC. Users must jailbreak their iPhone, and in fact run two separate components: the iPhone software, and a helper program on the computer.
Sprint Q4 2008 Results
Sprint on Thursday reported continued losses in income and customers in its results for the last quarter of 2008. The cell carrier says it shifted to a $257 million loss from a $325 million profit the year before and has dropped below 50 million cellphone subscribers for the first time in years, falling from 53.8 million users in December 2007 to 49.3 million by the end of the past year. This was also down 1.3 million users from the summer.
Gateway TC Series
Gateway this morning kicked off the start of a new notebook range in the TC series. The 14-inch system has the relatively upscale design language of the MC but is significantly lighter at 5.3 pounds in addition to being smaller. It also becomes one of the least expensive full-size notebooks to include an LED-backlit display and shares the same 16:9 ratio and 1366x768 resolution as the MC, suiting it to watching movies.
Samsung Camera with AMOLED
While Samsung has not made an official announcement, a new camera from the electronics giant has been spotted in an Amazon online listing. Little is known about the TL320 other than that it will be capable of capturing 12-megapixel images and ships with an uncommon 3-inch AMOLED screen with 480x320 resolution; the display would be more color-rich and energy-efficient than LCDs. It also has a wide-angle Schneider-Kreuznach lens with 5x optical zoom, and images are made clearer thanks to both hardware and software image stabilization.
Apple tops satisfication
While Mac sales may have slipped in January, buyers of Apple's Macs continue to be more satisfied than all other computer buyers and planned purchases of Apple's laptops was stronger than previous surveys; however, Mac sales in the last 90 days appear to have slipped from the last survey. With Apple leading the ChangeWave research survey, 81 percent of Mac buyers say that are "very satisfied" with their purchase in the last 90 days -- well ahead of industry leaders Dell and HP as well as the rest of industry.
Wendy's Wellness for Mac
Sugar Games has released a time and business management game for the Mac, Wendy's Wellness. Taking place in a large city, players will take control of Wendy as she attempts to create her own chain of profitable wellness centers. The game consists of 10 different wellness centers with 5 levels in each, VIP training to help the character improve, and 12 mini-games that are used to acquire some extra money. If things start to become too difficult for a player to manage, users are able to hire some help in the form of a coach, a masseuse, and a tanning assistant, if they can afford them. Wendy's professional body builder uncle is also available for advice.
Shuttle intros Core i7 PC
Shuttle recently introduced a flagship barebones small form factor PC designed to appeal to gamers thanks to its Intel Core i7 processor support. The Shuttle XPC Barebone SX58H7 uses Intel's X58 mainboard and the ICH10R Southbridge platform controller hub. Shuttle is confident the PC will be able to handle anything users can throw at it, with support for up to 16GB of triple-channel RAM. Despite its size, the new Shuttle PC can accommodate two SATA hard disk drives.
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