iWeb Valet 2.0 ($19) is a tool for enhancing and uploading iWeb pages. After creating a page in iWeb, instead of publishing to MobileMe, iWeb Valet allows users to publish the site to a local folder and then upload it to an FTP sever. The update includes the ability to add new interactive widgets and also allows users to preview the modified pages in a browser at any point, instead of having to upload it to a web sever first. [Download - 8.6MB]
Fandango has announced an iPhone application that provides access to movie and theater information. Users can view schedules and purchase tickets for more than 16,000 screens in the US. In addition to the show listings, users can browse upcoming titles, watch trailers, read synopses and view fan ratings. The program also offers a favorites menu that can be used to save local theater locations for quicker access.
Carbonite has expanded its online backup service to support Mac systems. Individual users or small businesses can automatically back up an unlimited amount of data. The software runs in the background, continually copying new or changed files to the company's servers. Data is encrypted when it leaves the local computer, where it is then transferred to the secure data centers using the SSL protocol.
An alleged spyshot of a Dell event invitation adds more evidence to rumors that the notebook is set to launch on Tuesday. The invitation, provided to Gizmodo by a tipster, describes "one of the most anticipated brand and product launches in the 12 year history of Dell's Consumer business." A specific product is not mentioned, but the title reads "Don't Miss Your Chance to 'Fall in Love.'" Adamo means "to fall in love with" in Latin, a phrase that Dell has previously used when referencing the notebook.
Stellar Information Systems has released Phoenix Mac Data Recovery 3.5, the latest version of its file recovery utility. The update offers a new bootable DVD that overrides the operating system, enabling access to data. Users can now recover 61 different file formats including content from MS Office, Entourage and QuickBooks, among others. Files can be recovered by name, creation date, time or sector number, with previews available for image, audio or video files.
Apple has refuted recent claims that the new iPod shuffle integrates DRM technology to prevent third-party companies from making compatible products without paying fees. iLounge and the Electronic Frontier Foundation noted the presence of a chip behind the buttons on the in-line controls, leading to the presumption that the component provided authentication for the signal.
FarFinder (free) allows users to log onto their Mac computer remotely and access files on any and all connected drives. Files can be saved to an iPhone and most can be opened and viewed on the devices itslef. FarFinder also supports Spotlight allowing users to search through all of their files. Additional features include displaying hidden files, showing file extensions and opening packages.
Not unlike the fairly popular Flip Video that spawned the category and the near identical Creative Vado that followed it, Amadana on Monday announced the introduction of its SAL pocket video camcorder. The SAL uses a 3-megapixel CMOS sensor to capture 640x480 resolution videos in the MPEG-4 format, with a 320x240 LCD display acting as the viewfinder and playback display. Storage space is fixed at 2GB, or 2 hours of video that also matches the claimed battery life.
AVerMedia on Monday announced the release of its AVerTVHD Volar MAX USB TV tuner, compatible with both Macs and PCs, and able to receive digital HDTV or unencrypted ClearQAM signals. The device ships with AVerTV for Mac and Aver MediaCenter software, used to watch HDTV programming. Users can schedule recordings and timeshift programming, although resolutions are limited to a maximum of 1080i.
The still unofficial Motorola Evoke QA4 is getting ever closer to a North American release, as it has recently gone through the prerequisite testing procedures at the FCC. The FCC documentation reveals the touchscreen phone will have assisted GPS functionality and stereo Bluetooth while confirming it will sport a tri-band CDMA radio. A camera of unknown megapixel count -- rumors have it at 2 megapixels -- will be integrated and capable of capturing videos.
Today's featured deal at DealNN is on the refurbished 20-inch iMac from Apple's online store. This Mac models is usually priced at $1099, but it has been reduced to $799. It has a 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 1GB of memory and a 250GB hard drive. Built-in featuers include AirPort extreme wireless, Bluetooth, iSight webcam, microphone and 8x SuperDrive.
Sales of Mac computers fell dramatically in February, writes Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. Figures released by the NPD Group reveal that Mac units dropped 16 percent year-over-year, a number coincidentally matching a decline in iPod sales. Both figures are at least partially attributable to a recession-fueled pullback in consumer spending, Munster suggests.
With official specs and photos of the BlackBerry 9630 Niagara still some ways off, new live photos leaked over the weekend via CrackBerry shed some more light on the handset. Coming about a week after the orginal leaked photos, one of the new images reveals the backside of the handset, confirming it will run on a CDMA-based 3G network. The carbon fiber-like look of the battery door is likely only there because of a protective sticker.
VUDU has recently announced it has added support for the recommendation-based Internet radio service Pandora. The feature is the first music application available on the VUDU Box and allows on-screen access to the multitude of channels. Multiple user accounts are supported, so each member of the family can log in and access their own favorite presets.
Hitachi turn around involves new president, company split Hitachi on Monday announced it has named a new president to head up the company's turnaround plan to return to profitability. According to Monday WSJ report, Takashi Kawamura, a 47-year senior at the company who is 69, will replace Kazuo Furukawa in April. At the same time, the company will split up its automotive supply and consumer television operations. About two months ago, Hitachi announced the biggest loss ever among Japanese manufacturing companies and is expected to post a 700 billion yen ($7.1 billion) loss for the year at the end of March. The loss-making businesses will be made into wholly-owned subsidiaries but become independent in July.
A roadmap for most or all of Sprint's 2009 phone introductions has been leaked today and confirms the rough timeframes for multiple devices, including direct iPhone rivals. Besides mentioning known or already-launched devices like the Palm Pre and LG Rumor 2, the map obtained by BGR shows that the Samsung Instinct S30 may now just be named the Dash. It would represent a relatively modest upgrade on the surface with a 5-megapixel camera using autofocus, an accelerometer to recognize tilt, a 240x480 display and EVDO Revision A for its 3G access.
Broadpoint.Amtech analyst Brian Marshall has raised EPS estimates for Apple, as well as the stock's price target. The latter has been boosted from $110 to $120, while FY09 EPS predictions have been shifted from $5.52 to $5.70. In FY10, EPS is expected to be $6.56 instead of $6.36. The stock continues to be classified under a Buy rating.
Hearst on Monday said the Seattle Post-Intelligencer would become the largest newspaper ever to move to an online-only format. The move leaves the Tuesday issue as the last paper copy and ends the 146-year history of the physical edition. Its owners describe the shift as the result of "extremely difficult circumstances" for the company's finances and after unsuccessfully trying to sell the Post-Intelligencer to another company since January 9th.
British company FotoInsight has announced FotoInsight Designer 4.5, an update to its photo-book building utility that is provided as part of the company's image processing services. The program offers new book formats, additional templates and new features such as fading frames. Users can now import content such as maps, clipart, text or images directly from sites including Flickr, locr and Wikipedia GeoNames. Images can also be uploaded to locr, while the company plans to add support for Facebook and Picasa later this year.
Dell has potentially tipped its hand as to the planned official launch for its Adamo designer notebook. A Google AdSense ad for Ireland claims Dell will let users "discover the love story" on the 17th; the mention of a specific date contrasts against Dell's teaser campaign so far, which has never been given a public schedule. The link nonetheless points to the existing teaser page.
General Dynamics' sub-brand GD-Itronix has released its latest ultra-rugged notebook PC, the 13.3-inch GD8000. The company is claiming the Intel Core 2 Duo processor-powered PC is the toughest offering possible, as it exceeds the US military's MIL-STD 810F specifications for rugged design. While the spec calls for withstanding drops from three feet while off and consequently being able to boot up 26 times, GD-Itronix says its product can be dropped from an extra half-foot high when running and still boot up. The GD8000 also holds up to 30 gallons of water being sprayed at 40mph for four hours straight. The PC's die-cast magnesium chassis is built to withstand other hazards, such as dust and temperature extremes.
Apple is headed in the wrong direction with the redesigned iPod shuffle, claims the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The public advocacy group notes that while Apple has mostly disposed of DRM in terms of music files, it has effectively added more by limiting which audio hardware can connect to the player's headphone jack. If not used with official Apple earbuds, the player will require an adapter or officially-sanctioned third-party headphones.
Gateway on Monday announced the release of its first P-series notebook to be equipped with Intel's Core 2 Quad CPU, the P-7808u FX Edition. The 2.0GHz gaming and multimedia notebook has 4GB of RAM, and graphics are processed by NVIDIA's GeForce 9800M GTS card with 1GB of dedicated video memory for reproducing 3D graphics effects on the 17-inch, 1440x900 resolution screen. Staying true to its multimedia mission, the notebook has integrated and illuminated keys for controlling audio and video functions.
Japan's Pioneer is searching for a partner in the auto electronics business, according to Nikkei Business Daily. The company is currently said to be in negotiations with three main contenders -- Alpine, Clarion and Mitsubishi Electric -- in a bid to work on new auto electronics, such as car navigation systems. The company's reputation may also steer it further into the realm of audio, though no information to this effect has been revealed.
Microsoft may have instituted one of its first few delays in releasing Windows 7, a translated version of a Russian leak shows. Although internal Microsoft sources had pointed to an April 10th date for the lone release candidate version of the new OS, the software is now reportedly slated for internal completion as an "escrow" build by the very end of April and wouldn't be publicly available until the end of May. The version is expected to be the last major test version before Windows 7 is completed.
WoodWing has released an updated plug-in for Adobe's InDesign publishing software. Smart Image CS4 is said to be aimed at organizations like magazines and newspapers, which frequently need to place caption and credit information alongside photos in their publications. The plug-in is used to automatically generate text frames around images, borrowing information from XMP or IPTC metadata.
Intel today escalated confrontations between itself and competitors by telling AMD that it would eliminate the cross-licensing deal that grants AMD permission to use Intel patents for building x86-compatible processors. AMD is accused by Intel of having violated a 2001 license by having spun off its factories as GlobalFoundries and farmed out manufacturing of AMD's chips, including the Athlon, Phenom and Opteron lines, to the new company. Intel is asking AMD to resolve the problem within 60 days, which may include renegotiating a new license.
Pangea may largely abandon developing games for the Mac, claims the company's founder. In speaking with UK newspaper The Guardian, Brian Greenstone comments that the income earned by the developer through Mac games is "lunch money" compared to what it has earned via the iPhone. Enigmo -- though previously available on the Mac, and selling for only $2.99 at the App Store -- was downloaded over 810,000 times between July 2008 and January 2009.
Apple stands to benefit from a new deal being negotiated with the government of Maine, writes the Associated Press. Members of the state's Education Department are said to be negotiating a four-year lease, which would see 100,000 MacBooks handed out to students in grades 7 to 12. By this fall the state hopes to provide all students in these grades with a notebook, expanding on efforts first begun in 2002.
MSI today gave the Wind series yet another update through the U110 Eco. The new netbook is MSI's first to use the Poulsbo-era 1.6GHz Atom Z530 and uses the more power-efficient chipset to extend battery life to a full 9 hours in peak conditions. Despite the Intel core, the model also unusually depends on AMD's ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3200 integrated chipset to give it faster graphics than Intel's current chipsets can offer.
Motion Computing on Monday announced the availability of its rugged tablet PC, the 12.1-inch J3400. To earn the rugged label, the J3400 is IP-52 rated and meets MIL-STD-810F specifications, that mean it can shake off a 3-foot drop onto plywood over concrete as well as lesser shocks; it further resists the damaging effects of dust and moisture. The drop protection is achieved by the use of a shock-mounted 1.8-inch HDD and display. An accelerometer and related hardware and software Motion calls DataGuard will protect data and the 80GB or 120GB hard drive by separating the needle from the disc surface when a fall is detected.
LG on Monday said it has launched the Arena in Europe. The company's new range-topping phone should be available today through carriers like Orange and T-Mobile in the continent's "major" markets and is still claimed as one of LG's most anticipated phones with more than 1 million pre-orders, though this includes carriers in Asia and other regions besides Europe. No mention has been made of how many Arenas are expected to sell through on launch day.
Apple faces legal action in the case of an exploding iPod touch, court documents show. An Ohio mother has filed a lawsuit on behalf of her 15-year-old son, whose 16GB Touch is said to have spontaneously caught fire while he was sitting in class. After running to a bathroom to remove his pants, he is said to have discovered that the Touch had burned a hole through both his pocket and his underwear, moreover scorching his leg.
Research firm comScore this morning revealed that day-to-day Internet use on cellphones in the US has roughly doubled in the past year. Where about 10.8 million users are known to have visited the mobile web at least once a day in January 2008, about 22.4 million were doing the same at the start of 2009. Large jumps also occurred for once-a-week visitors, who surged from 10.3 million people to 19.2 million, while those who accessed the Internet at least once a month climbed from 36.9 million to 63.1 million.
TriGem has announced the latest in its line of Averatec all-in-one desktops, the 18.4-inch D1133 AIO. The system aims to improve on other budget nettops by giving the system desktop-level performance: instead of an Atom chip, it gets a 1.5GHz dual-core Athlon X2 processor and can play HD video courtesy of the AMD platform's integrated Radeon HD 3200 graphics chipset. TriGem sees the D1133 as a low-cost web video station and to that end gives the display a 1680x945 resolution that still keeps the 16:9 aspect ratio.
(Updated with new photos) Lenovo this morning confirmed the existence of its mystery netbook by posting teaser images on its photo feed. The system is now called the Pocket Yoga and has both the ultra-wide, VAIO P-like display and leather-bound shell of leaked photos. Concept sketches, however, show the PC not only supporting a touchscreen for a stylus but a convertible design that would let the display flip backwards to use it as a very small tablet.
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Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive, Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN
MIT demoes 'Eyeriss' AI chip for mobile
At the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco this week, MIT researchers presented a new chip designed specifically to implement neural networks. The researchers claim that "Eyeriss" is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU, so it could enable mobile devices to run artificial-intelligence algorithms such as Siri or Cortana, rather than uploading all data to a remote server for processing. http://bit.ly/1TISJBe
Pocket for iOS adds readability settings
Offline reader iOS app Pocket has updated, with reader-friendly changes. With the new revision, premium subscribers can adjust character spacing, and choose from eight new fonts including one that makes it easier for sufferers of dyslexia to read saved content. The app itself is free, with a premium subscription available for $5 a month, or $45 a year. http://apple.co/1KuILBl
XCOM 2 ships on Steam for Mac, Windows
Feral Interactive today announced that the highly anticipated turn-based strategy game XCOM 2 is out now for OS X and Windows, and is available to buy through Steam and through the Mac App Store shortly. The sequel to the popular XCOM: Enemy Unknown, XCOM 2 is available as a standalone base game and as the XCOM 2 Digital Deluxe Edition. The XCOM 2 Digital Deluxe Edition comprises the base game, the Reinforcement Pack and the XCOM 2 digital soundtrack. Versions start at $60. http://bit.ly/1KuEFsX