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Trimble has introduced the Yuma, a tablet PC that expands the company's line of rugged devices. The tablet offers a seven-inch WVGA touchscreen that is claimed to be sunlight readable, while computing is handled by a 1.6GHz Atom processor. Data is stored in a 32GB solid state drive to avoid the use of moving parts, while allowing operation in temperatures ranging from -30°C to 60°C.
USBfever has launched two new products in its line of iPhone/iPod touch accessories, the Mini Microphone and a 3-in-1 Combo Charger Kit. The Mini Microphone is a small high-quality microphone that plugs into an iPhone 3G, iPod touch 2G, and Nano 4G. Designed as a small lightweight capsule, the microphone requires no batteries and is powered by the device it's plugged into. Mini Microphone is compatible with the Nano 4G without any added software, and requires either iTalk Recorder or Easy Recorder in order to work on the iPhone 3G and iPod touch 2G.
Six refurbished unibody MacBook Pro configurations are currently being offered at Apple's online store along with a variety of other Mac models and iPods. Starting at $1699 is the 2.4GHz MBP with 2GB of memory and a 250GB hard drive. For $2149 is the 2.53GHz model with 4GB of memory and 320GB hard drive. For $50 more ($2199) is the 2.4GHz model with 2GB of memory and a 128GB Solid State Drive. Three more configurations are also available. Check out the Apple store for a complete list of MBP configurations.
In brief: Toolfarm a source for professional visual effects and motion graphics plug-ins has announced that it has acquired Pluginz. ToolFarm views this acquisition as a natural step in growing their site into a one-stop shop service. MacNN readers are now being offered a 30% discount on several video tutorials from Computer App Training. The latest releases include tips and tricks on working with iMovie '09 and Photoshop CS4. Separately, Macuarium, a spanish Mac news site, is celebrating its tenth anniversary and has released a special icon pack for its readers to celebrate.
Microsoft's near-final Release Candidate version of Windows 7 could be due in less than two months, a source within Microsoft tells Neowin. The company is reportedly making progress according to its exact schedule and will purportedly launch the RC build for both testers and the public on April 10th. The update would come just three months after the public beta build and would give Microsoft a full eight months to produce the fully finished version that represents the last milestone.
Apimac has announced the latest update to its professional stop watch and alarm clock application for the Mac, Timer 6. The software is designed to help with time management and comes in two versions-- free and Pro. In the newest update, Apimac has made improvements to the interface, various code optimizations, and fixes a series of reported bugs. In addition, Timer 6 also offers support for Automator workflows in the Pro version of the application.
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TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF
CBS: No recent streaming conversations with Apple
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made remarks, casting doubt on a launch of Apple's live streaming television service. In interviews this week, the executive said regarding negotiations with Apple that "we had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," adding that "the phone is always ringing" regarding similar services, but not with Apple on the line. http://cnnmon.ie/1PptJM6
Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS
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