Proavio has released the EditBox EB4FR, its latest line of hardware RAID-5 storage systems created for the Mac. The EB4FR comes in both a desktop or rack-mountable model and offers a quad interface. Features of the storage device provide users with hot-swap capabilities for replacement of SATA disks, a front LCD configuration panel, and offers up to 6TB raw capacity and 4.5TB RAID-5 capacity. Each storage device is capable of connecting with FireWire 800 and 400, USB 2.0, and eSATA at up to 3Gb per second.
ActiveState has released Perl Dev Kit 8 (PDK), and update to its tools for developing and launching Perl applications. Two new features in the latest version include a platform wrapping capability which enables users to create and deploy programs to any platform, and a PerlApp function. PerlApp is designed for small development teams and allows users to run coding policies against their source code in order to see if their program is up to standards. The PerlApp offers both predefined and configurable policies.
Amazon this evening said in a statement that the Kindle 2's text-to-speech feature for reading audiobooks will be strictly voluntary. The move will let individual book publishers decide whether or not individual titles can be read aloud by the e-book device and will change the book formatting to selectively disable the feature for those that object to it. The change follows objections from the Author's Guild which argued that the feature effectively violated the commercial rights of authors to charge separately for voiced editions of their books.
Nokia's plans to offer Skype on its Nseries handsets has stirred conflict with several cellular carriers. O2 and Orange have reacted negatively to the suggestion of introducing VoIP services on the upcoming N97, according to Mobile. The disagreement could drive the carriers to reject consideration for the device altogether if Nokia does not pull the Skype client.
A large number of online retailers currently indicate a lack of availability for the high-end iMac, adding to the speculation of an upcoming product refresh, according to AppleInsider. Amazon, MacMall, MacConnection, Best Buy, OnSale and ClubMac were all sold out of the 3.06GHz model as of Friday, while Apple's own storefront doubled the shipping estimate. Although supply interruptions are not uncommon, Amazon appears to have permanently removed the corresponding product page which now leads to a dead end.
Hard Copy 2.5 (free) allows users to send digital faxes to other Hard Copy users. Users can enter a message or open a text document then send a document to a selected recipients printer. Version 2.5 includes new message templates and several ASCII art images that can be used in messages. [Download - 3.6MB]
China's Gemei has recently unveiled its latest portable media player, the HD-660, which is capable of playing back HD videos on its 4.3-inch 480x272 widescreen display. The player can hold TransFlash cards with maximum capacities of 32GB and supports JPG, BMP and PNG image files, as well as RM, RMVB, AVI, FLV and MPEG video files. Audio playback consists of MP3, WMA and FLAC formats.
Chronos has published a major update to its iClipboard utility, bringing it to v2.0. The app allows items copied to the normal Mac OS X clipboard to be remembered, instead of automatically swapped out. Users can thus copy several items at a time, and insert them into other documents at leisure. New to v2.0 is a Menu Bar object, which lets users more quickly reach clippings.
Wireless provider T-Mobile may offer the Sony Ericsson C905 handset with its 8.1-megapixel camera as soon as May, according to a recent rumor. The handset, which passed FCC testing late last year, features image stabilization, face detection and smart contrast adjustment features for the camera. There is a 16x digital zoom and users will be able to capture video at up 320x240 pixels at 30fps.
The One Laptop per Child (OLPC) project announced on Friday it is launching an internship program that will involve as many as 100 teams of university students distribute the XO laptops to children in Africa during the summer of 2009. Undergraduate and graduate students from around the world will be eligible to participate, with each student team receiving 100 XO laptops and related accessories as well as $10,000 to cover operating costs.
After releasing pricing information for its Studio XPS 435 desktop PC on Wednesday, Dell has also posted a new monitor ahead of its official release on its Canadian site, the 22-inch SX2210. It should offered as an option for the XPS 435 system as well as by itself. The widescreen display is capable of displaying 1080p images, and claims a dynamic contrast ratio of 1,000:1. Other specs include a 2ms pixel response time and 300cd/m2 brightness.
Epson Japan recently introduced a successor to its R-D1 rangefinder digital camera released back in 2004 with the R-D1xG. The new model retains the same 6.1-megapixel sensor and vintage look of the old camera but adds a larger 2.5-inch LCD compared to the old camera's 2-inch display. Likewise, the older model's SD memory card slot is now replaced with one compatible with the higher-capacity SDHC standard.
Today's featured DealNN deal is available this weekend only J&R.com. The JBL Spyro speaker system is regularly priced at $129.99, but for this weekend only get it for $49.99. Featuring a pair of flower shaped speakers and a subwoofer with one touch volume controls, the Spyro speaker system can be used with almost any multimedia source via the stereo mini jack.
Notebook builders in the Taiwan area have reportedly said on Friday that Nokia is in the early stages of assembling partners for a possible entry into netbooks. The Finnish company is believed to be considering either Compal or Foxconn, both well-known contractors for notebooks, as likely manufacturing partners; it's also still debating whether it should use Intel's familiar Atom processor for the computer or else use the ARM-based Qualcomm Snapdragon, which would have 1080p video support that Atom currently lacks.
Zevrix has posted an update to one of its InDesign companion plug-ins, BatchOutput. The app handles automatic export and printing of data from InDesign, to print-specific formats such as PDF, PostScript and EPS, or alternately JPEG or SWF. Users can quickly bring files into the program through Finder integration, and process multiple documents at a time using a single range of settings.
Speculation that Apple has been ordering large quantities of NAND flash memory and constraining global supplies has contributed to a recent surge in prices. An inSpectrum report claims that the mainstream 16GB multi-level cell (MLC) components appreciated over 40 percent through February. The spot price has jumped by eight percent just in the past week, following reports suggesting that preparations for the next-generation iPhone were reducing inventory levels for the memory modules.
ASUS has recently added the Eee Box 206 model to its Eee Box range of small form factor desktop PCs, this one capable of delivering high-definition movies thanks to its HDMI output and integrated graphics chipset, though ASUS is not being specific on manufacturer, model number nor any other specs. Like other multimedia PCs, the Eee Box 206 ships with a remote control and dedicated software, in this case the Eee Cinema media player.
Nokia's US launch of the 5800 XpressMusic may have been marred by one if not two significant manufacturing glitches. Multiple reports coming in to BGR report that versions of the company's first touchscreen phone sold at its Chicago and New York flagship stores are being returned in large numbers after some models refuse to get any sort of signal. The issue isn't consistent and only appears to affect the new North America Model (NAM) versions with 3G support for AT&T and Rogers.
MobileMe subscribers are again being targeted in an updated phishing scam, investigation reveals. Similarly to earlier attempts, the scam beings with an e-mail, prompting people to update their credit card information in advance of an upcoming renewal date. A link is provided to log into MobileMe, but in reality it guides users to a different domain -- "http.apple-billing.me.uk" -- which spoofs the design of the Apple online store, and tricks unwitting visitors into sharing credit card data.
Orbital Blockade ($2) is similar to the classic paddle-ball-block games such as Breakout but is played on a circular field. This means players must move the paddle around the entire playing field to keep the ball in play. The game features a series of levels that increase in difficulty along with several power ups to help players progress through each.
Canadian wireless provider Bell has recently began offering the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230, becoming the first carrier in the world to offer the new handset, which comes with a GPS sensors instead of the 8220's Wi-Fi module and an expected switch to CDMA with EVDO for 3G data. The handset is priced at just $30 (CAD) when buyers opt for a three-year contract that includes a minimum $45 per month voice and data plan. The offer is valid until March 12th. Otherwise, buyers can buy the handset on a two-year term for $350 or one-year for $450. Contract-free, it costs nearly $500.
TRENDnet has released the TEW-664UB, a dual-band Wireless-N USB adapter that supports transfer speeds up to 300Mbps. The device can be used on either the 2.4GHz or 5GHz frequency bands, including 802.11b, 802.11g or 802.11n networks. The antenna offers Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) technology and the company claims a coverage area of up to 50 meters indoors or 100 meters outdoors. Data communication can also be protected by 128-bit WEP or WPA encryption.
The Taiwan-area newspaper Commercial Times claims today that ASUS is in the middle of developing a netbook that would be even higher end than the existing S101. Nicknamed the Eee PC Shell, the 10-inch system would have some form of "higher specification" than the current designer model and would be simultaneously more portable as well as longer-lasting than the existing mini notebook. Target pricing for the Shell would reportedly hover between the equivalents of $486 and $571, or about $100 to $150 more than a typical 10-inch system.
Sony is expected to reveal a new, high-feature digital camera at next week's PMA 2009 show, the CyberShot DSC-HX1, says a Thursday report. While Sony is keeping mum, the Internet is rife with rumors of the flagship shooter, which is expected to be capable of recording video in 1080p high-definition just like Nikon's and Canon's latest digital SLRs along with higher-quality sound. There is also said to be a 9-megapixel CMOS sensor, a 20X zoom and a 10fps burst mode with a buffer of 100, although it's not known whether this is at full resolution.
Hearst is in the middle of developing its own e-book reader, claim industry sources cited by Fortune. The publishing monolith is said to be interested in producing a reader mainly as a way of offsetting the costs of ink, printing and delivery, which can no longer be compensated for through ad and subscription revenue. Sources say that the reader will be sold to other publishers, who in turn will have to share revenue from magazines and newspapers crated under the Hearst banner, such as Esquire and the San Francisco Chronicle.
Psion today responded to challenges by Dell and Intel over its trademark on the term "netbook" by claiming that the computers are still sold. A company spokesperson acknowledges to jkOnTheRun that actual manufacturing of the Netbook Pro has stopped but that sales are still ongoing and would thus show that Psion continues to depend on the trademark of its system for commercial success.
Square Enix's Taito division has released iPhone versions of two of its most famous games, Space Invaders and Cooking Mama . The former follows the structure of its 1978 predecessor, in which gamers shoot down waves of oncoming aliens before they can reach the bottom of the screen. The iPhone version differs through the introduction of accelerometer controls, as well as some limited touch functions.
Japan's biggest wireless provider, NTT DoCoMo, has stopped sales of Research In Motion's BlackBerry Bold because some of the phones overheat while being recharged, a Friday report says. Of the 4,000 Bolds sold in Japan, the provider received 30 complaints saying the keyboard area heats up, though there are no reports of fires or fingers being burned. RIM said the issue is only prevalent in the Japan-bound devices, as the handsets sold in the country are unique quad-band 3G handsets with an extra 800MHz HSPA band.
Sony PSP marketing director John Koller late Thursday partly fueled speculation in an interview that the company may update the PSP while deemphasizing the company's proprietary UMD disc format. Responding to a rumor from Acclaim's Dave Perry that a PSP2 was in the works without the drive, Koller downplays the possibility of "wholesale shifts" in the hybrid game/media device's design but, uncharacteristically for Sony, refuses to either confirm or deny the existence of a new model and instead drops hints of relying on Internet downloads much more heavily in the future.
CrushSync has released v1.1 of its self-titled backup software. Data is copied to a secondary location, whether on local, network or remote storage; automatic schedules can be arranged to avoid manual effort. Distinguishing the app is support for two-way synchronization, which can be used to ensure that both sources and destinations have the most recent versions of any given file.
Parkingticket.com has announced fresh compatibility of its site with the Safari web browser on the iPhone. The support enables users to go online the moment they receive a parking ticket, and either pay or fight a charge. When filling out a report, the program suggests that people use their iPhone to shoot and send pictures of the sign in front of their vehicle, and a full perspective shot of the entire street that shows all the signs and the street address of where the ticket was issued.
ASUS on Friday launched the P835 as its new, range-topping touchscreen smartphone and one of its first more conspicuous challengers to the iPhone. The phone depends on a 3.5-inch, 800x480 touchscreen but also adds a BlackBerry-like trackball for one-handed navigation and quicker scrolling. ASUS bases the phone on Windows Mobile 6.1 but tries to get around interface limitations by implementing a new version of its in-house Glide interface which is believed easier to use and also more visually appealing. Opera Mobile also gives the P835 fuller HTML support than Microsoft's default Internet Explorer browser.
Yazsoft has produced an update to Speed Download, its download manager for the Mac. The program mainly ensures that downloads are organized and auto-resumed; also incorporated into the app are encrypted FTP and file-sharing clients, as well as an RSS reader. Users can further connect directly to remote iDisk and WebDAV accounts.
CBS has released a new iPhone application, representing the first app of its sort to provide streaming TV directly from an American network. The free TV.com app provides access to regular CBS shows including CSI, Star Trek and The Late Show with David Letterman, as well as CBS Sports content, and podcasts from CNET and GameSpot. Also available are a smaller range of CW shows such as Smallville, and a mere six shows from Showtime, such as The Tudors and The L Word.
Having just released the Kindle 2, Amazon may release a second model this year with the company's first-ever touchscreen display, Digitimes claims through its market contacts. PVI, the maker of the current Kindle's 6-inch e-paper display, is reportedly gearing up to make a version of the reader with a larger, touch-enabled display. The new reader would potentially arrive sooner than the second-generation did and may be ready by the end of 2009.
Bell Canada today outpaced Sprint by becoming the first North American carrier to pick up the Palm Treo Pro. The Windows Mobile 6.1 phone switches from the GSM and HSPA of the original model to CDMA and EVDO-based 3G. In Bell guise, the phone's built-in GPS is also used for the carrier's own subscription navigation service while also supporting Bell's Full Track Music store, IM chat and YouTube viewing.
Sony on Friday continued efforts to improve its business and said (registration required) that it would launch a major reorganization of its electronics groups. Under the new plan, company CEO Sir Howard Stringer will also become president of the electronics business; simultaneously, the company's key PlayStation, VAIO and Walkman divisions will be united. The moves take effect at the start of April and put current electronics president Ryoji Chubachi in a vice chairman position, while consumer products VP Katsumi Ihara leaves his position and will instead have just a board position at Sony's financial group.
Samsung has finished out its week by launching the NC20. Like its Inspiron Mini 12 rival at dell, the Samsung system is a crossover between netbooks and fuller-size systems and centers on a 12-inch, 1280x800 display that also affords a full-size keyboard and trackpad. Samsung, however, opts out of Intel chips for a 1.3GHz VIA Nano processor and its matching integrated graphics chipset; the move gives the system a claimed 6.5 hours of battery on a stock 6-cell battery pack.
L-Soft has released LISTSERV Maestro 4, an update to its e-mail marketing application designed for e-mail list communicators and e-mail marketers. The software enables users to send targeted and personalized e-mails, and provides job management and tracking features. Version 4 of the program has added several new functions such as sending an e-mail to an entire recipient database as opposed to having to send separate mailings to individual lists, and new system metrics that continuously monitor disk usage, delivery statistics, HTTP request counts, and response times. The update also provides changes to the tracking permission and action tracking, along with new demographic reporting, external triggers, and single sign-on capabilities.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE