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Super Talent has released the UltraDrive ME and UltraDrive LE families of solid state drives (SSDs), with capacities ranging from 32GB to 256GB. The UltraDrive ME is claimed to offer read speeds of up to 200MB per second and write speeds of 160MB per second. The UltraDrive LE features improved transfer rates, with a maximum read speed of 230MB per second and write speeds up to 170MB per second. Internal testing indicated sequential read IOPS of over 13,000 and sequential write IOPS of almost 16,000.
Stanton has expanded its line of DJ equipment with the introduction of two USB turntables, the T.55 and T.92. Both devices include the company's 500.v3 cartridge and provide USB outputs for transferring vinyl libraries onto Mac or PC systems. Users can select between 16-bit, 44.1KHz or 48KHz signal resolutions. Cakewalk Pyro Audio Creator and Audacity software are included for editing, with tools to help restore the music by removing clicks, pops or other artifacts.
Apple's preview of the upcoming operating system for the iPhone and iPod touch, version 3.0, was aimed at both developers and end-users, with claims of over 100 new features and over 1000 new APIs. The company has finally integrated a number of long-awaited functions, notably copy-and-paste. Users will be able to copy text, blocks of HTML and even images, with support to migrate content between apps. Developers also will be able to integrate the function into third-party apps.
PhoneCam ($2) allows users to use turn their iPhone into a wireless webcam. Users can capture images with their phone and then transfer them directly to a website whenever an active internet connection is available. Users can upload their images manually or they can be set to automatically update at predefined time intervals. Users also have to option of capturing images manually or using a timer that can be set as frequent as every five seconds.
Following a preview of the upcoming iPhone 3.0 firmware, Apple has posted a QuickTime stream of the event. The software will feature over 100 new features, along with over 1,000 new APIs that developers can use to further expand app capabilities. A number of long-awaited functions are finally coming to the handset, such as copy-and-paste, push notifications and support for turn-by-turn GPS.
A pre-release BlackBerry 9630 "Niagara" handset has made it into the wild, giving CrackBerry a chance to capture several comparison images and a video. The physical dimensions of the upcoming smartphone fall between the 8900 and Bold, while design elements have also been adopted from both of the current models. Internally, the processor and radios match the components of the Storm, along with a new 3.2-megapixel camera.
DealNN deals for today include a variety of electronic items at bargain prices. First up is the refurbished, fifth generation iPod video priced at $145 at eCost.com. The iPod video features 60GB of storage space for muisc, photos, movies and more and can last for up to 14 hours of music playback on a single charge.
Fujitsu on Tuesday introduced two new scanner for PC and Macintosh users with the ScanSnap S1500 and the nearly identical, but white, ScanSnap S1500M, respectively. Compared to previous scanners from Fujitsu, the latest ScanSnap scanners are faster, at 60ppm when scanning black and white documents or 20ppm on color documents, while being easier to use thanks to a more intuitive software interface, the company claims. Image scanning speeds are rated at 40 images per minute. Both S1500s can automatically detect page size, orientation, color setting and whether both sides of the page are printed. A new intelligent paper feed detection system uses ultrasonic tech.
Scosche on Tuesday announced the release of a Bluetooth phone speaker that gets energy for its lithium ion battery from a solar panel. The device, called solCHAT, has integrated voice technology that speaks out the names or numbers of incoming calls. The digital voice also talks users through the initial set-up process when pairing up compatible phones or other devices. Once set up, the solCHAT will automatically pair with users' phones when they are in range and set up for the sync. When phones are out of range, the device automatically powers down to save its battery life.
Frameline has announced Frameline 47 3.1, an update to its video database application, focusing on increased speed, reliability and additional video networking functionality. Version 3.1 adds network database syncing, file checkout and the ability to capture to MPEG-4 at multiple resolutions, as well as support for JKL navigation and the ability to cancel and resume drive indexing. It also includes better clip filtering and options for ignoring certain filetypes.
Nokia, the world's biggest phone maker, on Tuesday announced it will be eliminating more jobs across its worldwide operations as its market share and profits are on the decline, with total cuts now totaling 1,700, or significantly more than announced back in February. The company is saying the cuts are necessary due to the current market conditions as well as to increase cost efficiency. The new cuts will come from the company's Devices and Markets units, the Corporate Development Office and global support functions.
Iomega has announced several improvements to its StoreCenter ix2 network drive. The NAS device now allows remote access to stored content such as images, videos or documents. Users can navigate to a personalized web address from any browser, where files can be securely uploaded or downloaded. Direct peer-to-peer file transfer is also supported, enabling BitTorrent downloads even when the computer is turned off.
Healthy netbook sales in China, India and other emerging markets for Realtek Semiconductor have the networking IC designer increasing its 802.11n Wi-Fi chip orders, spurring a shortage manufacturers Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC), according to a report in the Taiwan-area Commercial Times newspaper. Realtek has reportedly ordered one fifth more Wi-Fi chips in March than in February, and the shortage will last until June, according to a Chinese Commerical Times story. More than 8,000 Wi-Fi chip orders will be ordered in the second quarter.
In a question-and-answer session following the main iPhone 3.0 announcement, Apple has revealed several facts relating to the new firmware. It will for instance become available in the summer for both iPhones and iPod touches, though as in the past, Touch owners will have to pay $10 to upgrade. Apple has typically blamed accounting rules for the cost of significant Touch software changes.
AT&T today quietly lifted up the quality of its low-cost phones by launching the Motorola EM330. The flip phone is atypically media-rich and has a 1.3-megapixel camera along with a media player app and microSD storage. It also handles stereo Bluetooth and FM radio for when local content runs dry.
Cable channel provider Discovery today sued Amazon in a Delaware US District Court over what it claims are patent infringements over the Kindle's e-book distribution system. The TV provider claimed that both the original device and the Kindle 2 echo elements of its own online distribution methods, which let users watch episodes either on computers or on smartphones and other mobile devices. Discovery is seeking to block Kindle 2 sales or else to collect royalties as compensation for future sales.
Canon on Tuesday announced the release of three new LV-series multimedia projectors meant for use in classrooms and boardrooms. This includes its first with a native 1280x800 widescreen, the 3,000-lumens LV-8300, along with the 3,000-lumens LV-7370 and 3,500-lumens LC-7375 multimedia projectors, which sport 1024x768 resolutions. The LV-8300's resolution will display the entire screen of widescreen notebooks and computers without any distortion. The three are closely related, as other than the resolution and brightness differences between them, they are nearly identical.
MacNN and Electronista provided real-time coverage of Apple's preview today of iPhone 3.0, the next major release of its mobile operating system, as well as an updated version of the iPhone SDK to match. Click through to the extended area to see news as it appeared in reverse chronological order, including the Q&A session after the presentation. All times were Eastern.
In addition to features targeted at developers, Apple has also announced iPhone 3.0 components targeted explicitly at the public, such as long-awaited copy-and-paste support. Users can copy text out of any application, by double-tapping on text to select a single word or one or more blocks of text. Pasting relies on the same menu, and can be undone by shaking the phone.
(Update with release info) Apple on Tuesday unveiled iPhone 3.0, described as a "major update" to the iPhone operating system. Prominent among the new features is the overdue addition of push notification, which Apple says required a rearchitecting of its servers to accommodate. Companies can use the technology to deliver signals such as sounds and text alerts, which are pushed from third-party sources to Apple, and then to iPhones.
The latest limited-time offer to come from Peek is a bundle deal for business clients that includes five of the e-mail and texting devices for one lump sum of $150. The regular price for each device is nearly $50, so those who need five devices will save 40 percent on each. The same $20 monthly subscription fee applies to each of the five devices, however, and there is no contract that needs to be maintained for a set amount of time. The offer expires on April 3rd.
Apple has applied to extend the coverage of its Genius logo trademark, filings from the US Patent and Trademark Office show. The trademark was originally sought after in 2007, but only in reference to the Genius Bar found in Apple Stores and other related services. An updated trademark would also cover Genius playlists and sidebars, currently used for video and music in iTunes.
A judge in a US District Texas court has put an end to a lawsuit filed by Fenner against Nintendo over a joystick patent infringement, EETimes reported on Tuesday. The lawsuit was filed more than two years ago, in January of 2007, and focuses on a patent Fenner says it holds that Nintendo allegedly violated with the controllers used in its Wii console and the older GameCube. The jury trial set to begin today was cancelled as Judge Leonard Davis in a Tyler, Texas court dismissed the case.
Nikon's rumored D400 DSLR is real, the author of an upcoming book on the camera has confirmed. A NikonRumors community member said he has contacted the author of the text and learned that the writer is under a non-disclosure agreement that will prevent him from discussing the camera until it's announced. The book itself is due in summer.
Carrier Alltel Wireless has adopted a new Motorola phone for sale, the VE465. Though not intended as a high-end device, the phone does sport RAZR-like styling in a clamshell design, and EVDO support for faster downloads through the likes of Alltel's Music Connect service. Bluetooth A2DP support is built-in as well, along with GPS navigation.
Ahead of an official announcement, Dell has let it slip that a Dell Adamo 9 netbook and Studio One 22 desktop PC are forthcoming thanks to an image leaked from the company's support site. Though no official specifics are yet known about either system, it is expected the Adamo 9 will be a 9-inch netbook version of the just-released luxury Adamo 13 notebook. At the same time, the Studio One 22, judging by the name, is expected to mainly be a version of the current Studio 19 announced this month with a larger, 22-inch display.
A brief and blurry first look at Samsung's debut Android-based handset has been made possible at a dealer event in Amsterdam. The name for the candybar handset is thus far unknown, but it will sport a large, capacitive touchscreen display and will support 3G data networks. Two versions are expected to be available at launch, with one made to work in North America and the other built for use in European and Asian markets.
Using Software Update, Apple has begun distributing a firmware upgrade for users of the Mini DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter. The software is said to address problems Macs have had with the adapter, in which video will flicker or go completely blank during use. Difficulties began roughly around the launch of the first unibody MacBook Pro on October 14th.
Music from iTunes and other download stores now makes up exactly one third of all music sold in the US, according to NPD Group findings. The jump comes after the number of buyers climbed from 28 million in 2007 to 36 million in 2008 and these new shoppers bought more tracks. By contrast, CD sales have continued to plummet and saw about 17 million Americans stop buying CDs altogether in 2008, resulting in a drop for CD sales of about 19 percent.
AT&T stores in the states of New York and New Jersey are receiving unusually cheap refurbished iPhones, leaked information suggests. Though only applicable in select stores, a deal already in progress is said to be offering used 16GB iPhone 3Gs for only $149, as compared to the normal retail price of $299. Refurbished iPhones have not typically sold at such low prices, as even 8GB versions have not slipped below $99.
ASUS and other PC makers local to Taiwan have expressed doubts today that Windows 7 is likely to turn around flagging PC sales. The former company's chairman Jonney Shih and president Jerry Shen have both said that it will take special combinations of hardware and software designed around the OS to get users to upgrade with Windows 7 in mind. The economy also renders it less likely for people to make non-essential PC purchases, the ASUS officials said.
Taiwan-based cell phone maker HTC on Friday said it would launch more than three new Android-powered phones this year, reports the Wall Street Journal. One of the new handsets and the first one to ship is the Magic, or a close cousin to the original G1, and as such the Magic may be known as the G2 in North America. The Magic will be released in the spring at UK's Vodafone.
Mac OS X is remarkably easy to attack, claims a security consultant who presented at the recent SOURCE conference in Boston. Dino Dai Zovi suggests that the heap memory in the OS is badly guarded, making it easy to discover where critical libraries are found. Tied into the vulnerability are said to be flaws in various programs and system components, allowing heap memory to be altered.
Sony Ericsson on Tuesday took advantage of the run-up to CTIA to introduce the MS500. The one-piece device is the Swedish company's first speaker meant for the outside and has both a hardened shell as well as a carabiner strap and power that can come through two AA batteries for up to 5 hours. The 2W unit is intended for stereo Bluetooth from computers and phones that support A2DP but can also be used for calls.
RIM's BlackBerry Gemini has potentially been photographed, if a leak proves true. A lone photo obtained by BGR reportedly shows that the handset also known as the 8325 will be a cross between the 8300 and 8900 Curve in design but appears to have its own unique look with a smooth, silver or white front and chrome-effect trim. Few technical features are revealed through the image.
Dell this morning unveiled its heavily promoted Adamo notebook. Consciously designed as a competitor to the MacBook Air, the ultraportable carries an etched, designer aluminum chassis that measures just 0.65 inches thick at virtually every point but which has a unique hinge design that lets it fit genuine expansion, such as Ethernet, DisplayPort and three USB connectors that include a combo eSATA port. The thinness also belies a relatively long battery life that Dell estimates at about 5 hours, though the system is significantly heavier than the Air at 4 pounds.
Script Software on Monday announced an update to its multiple-clipboard tool for the Mac, CopyPaste Pro 2. Two main features in the update are the new "clip browser" and "clip palette" windows that help users navigate through the clip history or clip archive, and allow them to view, edit, and organize clips. The new version also includes other changes involving the integration of the clip editor and work processor "bean" that allows users to edit clipboards, drag-and-drop capabilities of any clip in the browser or other applications, and the ability to drag images directly from Safari to the clip history.
The ultrawideband (UWB) trade organization, WiMedia Alliance, has announced that it will cease operations. The group will transfer its specification ownership and technology to the USB Implementers Forum (IF), Wireless USB Promoter Group and Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) for further development. The recipients can now continue progress and apply for standardization and certification.
Skorpiostech in collaboration with Dragon Forged Software, has released Transactions, an application that enables people to make credit card payments through their iPhone and iPod touch. Transaction works with two payment gateways, PayPal and Authorize.net, which requires users to have an account in order to use. Features allow people to charge credit cards wherever an internet connection is available, to view a transaction log that can be exported to a home or work computer, password protection settings, and the use of Apples Keychain to secure confidential information.
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Apple want ads hint at future Watch faces
An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded Hermés face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch. http://apple.co/1O1TbTI
Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ
Office for Mac v15.18 released
Microsoft has issued an update for the Mac version of its productivity suite, Office 2016. The v15.18 update offers improvements for all of the included apps, such as bringing full screen support to Outlook and allowing Word to save PDF files to flash drives. In addition, a new selection pane has been added to PowerPoint and Excel for keeping track of objects, and shapes can now be added to OneNote notebook pages. The update is free for all users, but requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later and a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. http://bit.ly/1Q7pAzW
Apple to open new south Florida mall store
According to real estate trade papers in south Florida, Apple has signed a lease for a new retail space in Miami, at the forthcoming Brickell City Centre (yes, the UK spelling is used) open-air mall, which is set to open later this year. The center will feature a five-story shopping area, condominiums, a hotel and office buildings, along with a "climate ribbon" in the shopping area to keep visitors cool, eschewing traditional air conditioning. The exact location of the Apple Store within the plan is not yet clear, but the destination already boasts 75 confirmed stores. http://bit.ly/1Q7n7Wd
Filemaker provides free custom app guide
FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh
OCZ Trion 150 SSD shifts to 15nm TLC NAND
SSD manufacturer OCZ has updated its entry-level 2.5-inch Trion 100 SSD. The new Trion 150 has similar performance to the now replaced model, and now utilizes 15nm TLC NAND. Sequential read speeds top out at 550MB/S, with 4KB random write speeds running from 25K IOPS in the 120GB model, to 64K IOPS in the 960GB version of the drive. Endurance is limited to 30TB in the 120GB, and peaks at 240TB in the 960GB version. Retail prices vary between $46 for 120GB, to $270 for the 960GB version. http://bit.ly/1nVmlyL
Google off the hook in CAPTCHA labor suit
US District Jacqueline Scott Corley has dismissed a proposed class-action suit against Google, that alleged that Google secretly was given an economic gain without user knowledge. The suit alleged, correctly, that the second word in Google's CAPTCHA service was used as a crowd-sourced word identification for Google's book-scanning project. The judge ruled that the suit as filed had no facts to support a "reasonable consumer would expect to receive compensation" for the seconds it took to complete the form, and in addition, the free Gmail account provided more than offset any labor penalty incurred by the user. http://bit.ly/1o06Cir