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M Cubed Software has released Lighthouse Keeper 1.1, an update to its issue tracker application designed to help users track the progress of their projects. Several changes in the new version offers users a redesigned source list to help focus more on their current project, and the ability to create, modify, and delete projects within the Lighthouse Keeper interface. In addition, two new features that have been added in the update provide users with a Tag Cloud that simplifies adding tags to a ticket, and an Activity Viewer which shows what Lighthouse Keeper is doing in the background.
MSI is set to follow up its ultra-slim X320 notebook with an X340 model that will integrate Intel's new Consumer Ultra Low Voltage (CULV) processors. The notebook initially will be available with either the Celeron M 725 processor, running at 1.2GHz with 1MB of L2Cache, or the Core 2 Solo SU 3500 CPU offering a clock speed of 1.4GHz with 3MB of L2Cache.
President Obama has proposed a spectrum licensing fee that will apply to wireless operators, in an effort to create a new source of revenue to battle the enormous deficit, according to CNET News. The fees would apply to carriers that license part of the wireless spectrum from the government, with prices starting at $50 million per user this year and growing to $200 million in 2010. Licensees eventually will each pay $550 million after ten years.
RadTech has launched three cases for Apple’s new 17-inch Unibody MacBook Pro, the Sleevz, MacTruck, and NeoCase. Sleevz is a form-fitting laptop sleeve case which helps insulate the MacBook and protect it against scrapes and scratches. Made from RadTech’s Optex fabric, the case is also designed to help repel liquid spills and debris. In addition, the Sleevz cases come in six different colors, grey, red, blue, green, purple, and black, and are TSA checkpoint friendly.
A leaked press photo provides a better visual reference of Motorola's i465 iDEN handset. The image, posted on mobile review, shows the device's full QWERTY keyboard and dedicated button for the browser. Although the exact operating system remains unknown, the phone should offer Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity, a 0.3-megapixel VGA camera and Push to Talk capabilities.
Xumii (free) is an all-in-one instant message client that features support for MSN, AIM, Google Talk, Yahoo Messenger and more. The application also allows users to view status updates for a users contacts on various social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace. Within Xumii users will also find options for viewing and sharing photos along with information on the latest Tech & Science news.
Contour Design has released the iSee inked, a series of cases for the iPod nano 4G featuring patterns etched directly into the material. The cases are constructed from clear polycarbonate, with a two-piece design that snaps together without blocking access to the device controls. The case shell offers a scratch-resistant coating, while the company also provides a removable screen protector.
Digidesign has released an update to its audio workstation, Pro Tools 8. The second "customer support" download addresses a number of bugs relating to editing, plug-in automation and the user interface. The interface bug caused problems when using third-party plug-ins in the channel strip, sometimes leading to improper mouse navigation. Another bug would crash the application and delete information when a session start time was changed.
Nova Media has released launch2net version 184.108.40.206, an update to its mobile Internet connection utility. The company has added support for a number of modems from Option, ZTE and Vodafone, while lowering the price by 40 percent. The app helps users establish mobile Internet connections from USB modems, datacards and handsets. A variety of drivers are included for different devices, along with network access information from across the globe.
Other World Computing has released a number of new Voyager hard-drive docking bundles, with storage capacities up to 2.0TB and dual-interface or quad-interface options. The external Voyager S2 features USB 2.0 and eSATA connection options, with support for both Windows and Mac systems. Customers can choose between a 500GB or 1.0TB Hitachi Deskstar drive, 1.5TB Seagate Barracuda drive, or a 2.0TB Western Digital Caviar Green drive.
Hard drive and flash-based memory maker Seagate announced on Thursday that is has dropped its patent suit against competitor Stec and that Stec has likewise dropped its countersuit, Forbes reports. Seagate said in a statement that pursuing the matter is no longer cost-efficient and the recent poor economic conditions have slowed Stec's sales of the technology that was being disputed in the lawsuit.
First-generation MacBook Airs may have a fundamental flaw in their hinge construction, accounts suggest. A number of Air owners claim that after several months of use, hinges can become unreasonably loose, sometimes enough for a lid to travel or close completely without any help. In extreme cases hinges may break entirely, rendering an Air useless as a portable device.
A recent HD Guru report claims to know the release dates and pricing information for much of Sony's 2009 HDTV lineup first introduced at this year's CES. The new-look L-series models will be available in 22-, 26-, 32- and 37-inch sizes, all with 1366x768 (720p) resolutions, a built-in ATSC/QAM tuner and 8,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio for the smallest model and a 13,000:1 ratio for the other four. Bravia Sync and Bravia Link compatibility is included, as are 1080p 60/24 inputs and Energy Star 3.0 compliance. They will be priced starting at nearly $500 for the KDL22L4000, $550, $600 and $800, respectively.
Acer Japan recently announced it will soon launch its network attached storage PC, the Aspire easyStore H340. The NAS uses Intel's 1.6GHz Atom CPU, along with 1GB of RAM and the 945GC Express mainboard. The PC runs Windows Home Server operating system and can share its multimedia content, including photos, videos and music with up to 10 connected PCs. The four-bay NAS is offered in two versions, with a 1TB drive or three 1TB drives preinstalled into it.
Alaska Airlines recently announced it will offer a satellite-based trial Wi-Fi service during its flights to users with Wi-Fi-enabled notebooks, smartphones and other personal electronics devices with wireless Internet access. The service, offered by Row 44, has been in development for the past two years and will be available on the Airlines' specially-outfitted Boeing 737-700 passenger jets. Most common features will be accessible, including web browsing, online music and games, e-mail, IM chat and connections to Virtual Private Networks (VPNs).
Following the release of Mac OS X 10.5.6 in December, Apple is now said to be testing the next maintenance and security update to the Leopard operating system, Mac OS X 10.5.7, according to AppleInsider. Sources indicate that the upcoming version includes a large number of bug fixes, with nearly six dozen code corrections already contained in the 440MB pre-release package.
LG may be the next to discard plasma TVs, company vice president Lee Gyu-hong says. The executive has told Kyodo News that a sustained poor world economy would make it unprofitable to keep developing and selling the more expensive display technology. If no recovery seems likely, Lee estimates that plans to exit plasma would be made public before the end of the year.
XgridLite 1.1 ($15) is a preference pane that allows users to enable the Xgrid controller on standard desktop versions of Mac OS X. It allows users to turn on and off the built-in Xgrid controller with a single click, set passwords for client and agent authentication, reset the controller to default settings, and more. [Download - 0.17MB]
TippingPoint has revealed that the 2009 edition of the Pwn2Own hacking contest will shift its focus to smartphones this year in one of the first few cross-platform tests of mobile OS security to include iPhones. The 3Com-owned security group will challenge guests at the March 18th CanSecWest conference to gain full OS-level control of both Apple's device as well as one phone each for Google's Android platform, RIM's BlackBerry OS, Symbian and Windows Mobile. The contest take place in two phases and allow only network-based exploits on the first day; the second will let experts target the pre-installed software.
A lawsuit filed by rapper Eminem's production company, FBT Productions, has achieved the unusual status of reaching trial, writes The Wrap. The company is targeting Universal Music Group, which it accuses of improperly sharing revenues earned from the sale of tracks through online services, specifically iTunes. The nexus of FBT's argument is in the difference between a distribution deal and a licensing agreement; while Universal considers iTunes just another sales venue, FBT suggests that because downloads are restricted by special licensing, it de facto constitutes a licensing agreement.
Today's featured deal at DealNN is on the Philips shelf bar audio system. It has been reduced from $179.99 to $129 at Amazon.com. This 100-watt audio system includes a shelf bar speaker with built-in iPod dock as well as a wireless subwoofer.
Following Psystar's recent amendment of its counterclaims against Apple, both parties have submitted a joint filing for protective order that aims to prevent the public release of any proprietary information during the discovery process that will lead into the trial. "The parties and their counsel have agreed to certain procedures and restrictions that they consider mutually acceptable for protecting personal, proprietary and confidential information that may be disclosed during prosecution and defense of this litigation," the filing read.
The thin 10.2-inch Acer Aspire One netbook spotted just two days ago has been highlighted yet again by German site NetbookNews, this time with specs and more images. Unlike previously believed, however, the new, thinner (just under one inch) netbook will not have a solid state drive, but a traditional hard disk with a 160GB capacity.
AMD's RV740 graphics chipset has been tested today by Guru3D and will potentially upturn performance expectations. Informally titled the Radeon HD 4750, the card will use a much smaller 40 nanometer chipmaking process to double the number of stream (effects) processing units to 640 versus today's Radeon HD 4670 and would carry much more memory bandwidth, moving from 2GHz GDDR3 to 3.2GHz GDDR5. The net effect should be nearly twice as many calculations per second at 900 gigaflops versus the earlier 480.
Over 1 million iPhones have been sold in the United Kingdom, regional carrier O2 has announced. The company has typically been reticent about publishing iPhone figures, making the new number one of the few available; the announcement may in fact reveal that sales of the iPhone have been unexpectedly slow, given free publicity provided by the media, and the UK's status as one of the first regions to receive the device.
A mandatory Internet censorship plan in Australia proposed by the government is facing stiff opposition, with an independent senator's decision to block legislation that would start the blockage of certain websites with morally questionable content, the Thursday edition of the Sydney Morning Herald reports. The Green and Opposition parties have blocked the measure and have been joined by independent Senator Nick Xenophon, who changed his position on the mandatory ban. All now believe a filter would not be effective at blocking unsafe content and would slow Internet access while carrying a risk of blocking legitimate websites.
A new gamepad is in the works for Nintendo's Wii console, an official Japanese site reveals. The Classic Controller Pro is based on the existing Classic Controller, which serves as an alternative to the signature Wii Remote, and helps in playing GameCube or Virtual Console titles. New to the Pro is a different layout, most noticeably in the form of grips similar to those on an Xbox 360 controller. Some gamers may find grips more comfortable in long play sessions.
Samsung has recently introduced its newest 3G-network compatible flip phone, the SPH-W6450. The phone's top half can also open sidways as well as straight up with the screen facing the user, much like a notebook PC. The LCD screen is sized at 2.8 inches, features a 240x400 resolution and has a virtual touchpad for use in notebook mode that takes the place of a mouse. Another common high-end feature of Korean phones includes the DMB tuner that lets users watch streaming video content from eight broadcasters as well as audio content from nine sources.
After being sued on Wednesday by Microsoft over a patent lawsuit, navigation systems maker TomTom responded on Thursday saying it has not breached any patents and "will vigorously defend" themselves in court, according to a Thursday report. Microsoft was hoping to have TomTom settle and has announced it remains open to a quick resolution if TomTom agrees to an IP licensing agreement, something the two companies have not been able to accomplish in more than a year of negotiations.
Fanurio has released v2.0 of its self-titled software, used to provide time tracking and billing functions for small businesses. Time can be entered using clocks or manual record entries, while billing components provide help with taxes, invoices and payments. The program is also equipped with modules for reporting on performance trends.
HP has quietly updated the Pavilion dv7t with a key new display change and improved graphics. The updated model switches from the original, 16:10 ratio 17-inch display to a new 17.3-inch, 16:9 screen with a sharper 1600x900 resolution. It also gets AMD's new ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4530 as its baseline graphics chipset and can climb as high as the Mobility Radeon HD 4650.
Speck has launched several new colors in its line of SeeThru hardshell cases for 13- and 15-inch unibody MacBooks and MacBook Pros. Adding to previous clear, pink, red and green cases, the new ones come in aqua, purple, green and hazard orange tints. Each case is designed to protect a MacBook from scrapes and scratches, while still delivering proper ventilation and access to the battery check button, Kensington lock, optical drive and all ports.
Microsoft late Wednesday confirmed that Windows Vista's Service Pack 2 has reached a Release Candidate version. The update is available today for MSDN and TechNet members and indicates a near-final status that should lead to a finished version reaching the public during the spring. Unofficial reports have previously corroborated the February RC timeframe and have predicted an April timeframe for a 'gold' release.
Tension Software has announced Product Manager for the Mac. The software is used to help companies manage their products, through the creation of an unlimited number of documents, which can further contain an unlimited number of products inside. All products stored in the program can further be organized into subdivisions. Documents can contain generic data fields, releases notes, press releases, bug lists and to-do lists.
While far from official, CanonRumors has recently quoted an e-mail from an undisclosed source that has Canon launching its next-generation Rebel digital SLR camera, dubbed the EOS-500D, on June 23. The camera will reportedly ship bundled with a new EF-S mount prime lens, the 30mm f/2. This represents a delay of the launch, apparently due to Canon's weariness of the economy and "waiting to see what Nikon comes out with."
Navicat has released Navicat 8 for MySQL, an update to its database administrative tool. Designed for small and medium business, the software is used to simplify database management by letting users create, organize, access and share information. In version 8 of the application, features enable export from MySQL to Excel, increased support for ODBC importing, code completion in all SQL Editors, MySQL 5.1 updates, and SQL preview for all object design forms.
As promised, Dell today started taking orders for the Inspiron Mini 10. The finished product has just one stock configuration at $399 and ships by default with a 1.33GHz Atom, 1GB of memory, a 160GB hard drive, a 1.3-megapixel webcam and a 16:9 ratio 1024x576 display. Dell's earlier warnings about initial upgrades have proven true and won't let users upgrade either the memory or hard drive.
Apple's board of directors faced pointed questions during Wednesday's shareholders' meeting, directed a variety of topics. In a Q&A session held during the event, the topic immediately switched to the health of CEO Steve Jobs, whose absence from the room served as a reminder that the executive is on an extended medical leave through the month of June. Board member Arthur Levinson attempted to reassure shareholders, explaining that the group discloses information when it is considered both important and proper to do so. Possible succession plans come up regularly in talks, said Levinson.
Acer is planning a nettop of its own that would occupy the high end of its market, if a set of leaked presentation slides from Turkish site Donanimhaber are accurate. The Hornet would have a highly stylized blue case but would center around its use of NVIDIA's Ion platform, which would let it play 1080p video and more modern games while still using either a single- or dual-core Atom processor. It would also come with a Wii-like remote that could be used either for games that support the motion-sensitive feature or else just as an airborne mouse for the living room or meetings.
Dell on Thursday started shipping its first two consciously eco-friendly LCDs. The 22-inch G2210 and 24-inch G2410 are both tuned to use power only when necessary and have ambient light sensors that auto-adjust the backlight to match the environment. They also have a PowerNap feature that more quickly cuts power use and are built from one quarter recycled material.
Verizon this morning made another attempt at the touchscreen phone market by launching the LG Versa. The handset also known as the VX9600 tries to stand out from its close competition by letting users choose either greater control or a smaller size: while the phone normally has a leather-like case with a built-in QWERTY keyboard and an external OLED for call notifications, owners can detach just the core touchscreen phone and keep the phone small while using an onscreen keyboard.
Gefen on Wednesday announced its Wireless HDMI Extender, a device that provides users with cable-free HD extension for up to 30 feet within a line-of-sight. The Wireless HDMI Extender is designed for ceiling mounted displays, outside applications, and rooms where users want to avoid putting in extension cables. The add-on provides users with two HDMI inputs and one component HD video input that can be shared using UWB wireless that allows up to three HD signals to be sent to one location, including with 5.1 Dolby surround.
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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
Dropshare 4 for Mac now available
Dropshare 4 for Mac has shipped, introducing support for uploading files and screenshots to Amazon S3 API-compliant services, like DreamObjects and OpenStack. The update also introduces a new popup design, an in-app editor for custom landing pages, an improved upload history window, and security improvements when using SSH connections. The paid upgrade costs $25, though it is free for customers who bought the previous version this year and half-price for those who acquired version 3 of the app last year. http://bit.ly/1XixV3q
Google starting phase-out of Flash ads
Search engine and advertising giant Google will shortly no longer accept Adobe Flash-created ads for its AdWords network. Starting June 30, ads in the once-ubiquitous format will no longer be accepted. Additionally, after January 2, 2017, the network will no longer serve Flash-based advertisements, and the network will be completely HTML 5 based. http://bit.ly/1PNx1uc