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Extensis has launched Suitcase Fusion 2 version 13.1, a maintenance update to its font management application for the Mac. Previously only available for the Leopard, the new upgrade is designed to support users running the Mac OS X Tiger 10.4.11 or higher, and includes a variety of desktop and plug-in manager enhancements. Features of software enable users to search by “keyword” in QuickFind, provides a floating preview function that allows people to drag-and-drop type previews directly into the layout, and includes the ability to view multiple fonts side-by-side. Users can also print font previews to help with comparing fonts.
Samsung Mobile on Tuesday announced the upcoming availability of the Samsung Mondi, its first mobile WiMAX-enabled handheld device in the U.S. The touchscreen Mondi. Designed for use with the Clear mobile WiMAX service, the slider-based Windows Mobile device offers GPS Navigation (provided by Route 66), a full QWERTY keyboard, the full Opera 9.5 browser, a 3.0 megapixel camera/camcorder, Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity, and a 4.3-inch touch-enabled screen. The Mondi offers location-based services, instant access to social networking websites, and support for multiple video and audio player formats.
Deals at DealNN today include iPods, hard drives, speaker systems and more. The Altec Lansing inMotion iM9 mobile speaker system is available at Buy.com for $67.48, which is $82.47 off the original price of $149.95. This speaker system is designed for use with dockable iPods and can also connect to other devices via the auxiliary input jack.
Blue Lamp Software has launched a photo modifying and print-preparing application for the Mac OS X, PrintSprint. The program offers a single window that enables users to set the print size and quantity, to crop and rotate photos, and to create JPEG files that hold the print order and are ready for either printing or uploading to a photo finishing site. Support is offered for work with iPhoto, Aperture, and Photo Booth, and pictures located both on a CD and the user’s hard drive.
HP is expected to introduce a few 13.3-inch notebooks equipped with Consumer Ultra Low Voltage (CULV) processors in the second quarter, industry sources indicate, according to a Tuesday DigiTimes report. The most likely suppliers of the low-voltage chips to HP will be Quanta or Compal, or both, as they are the main manufacturers of CULV chips. Acer has similar plans for 13.3-inch CULV processors, though it has not narrowed down its supplier. An 11.6-inch Acer notebook with a CULV CPU is due out in April, with Quanta supplying the processor.
The PandaWare Company has released an upgrade to its time and expense billing software for the Mac, TimeCache 8. The update focuses on improvements to reports and invoices, and provides more customization options for sub-sorting and sub-totalling, the ability to produce instant reports and invoices from saved settings, and an option for using a PDF file as a report or invoice background. Version 8 also comes with a “quick-invoice” feature that helps deliver simpler invoice creation for all projects.
MonoPrice is now offering a Mini DisplayPort-to-HDMI adapter for frustrated MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air owners looking to connect external displays such as HDCP-compliant LCD and plasma TVs to their notebooks. Available in single quantities or in bulk, the adapter will begin shipping on April 3rd, with prices ranging from $14 to $12 based on quantity ordered.
Novatel Wireless on Tuesday announced it will soon release the Ovation MC935D USB modem that uses HSPA mobile broadband networks for Internet and data access. The MC935D is designed for European networks with its single-band 2,100MHz support, allowing for peak download speeds of 7.2Mbps and upload speeds of 5.76Mbps. EDGE/GPRS networks are also supported for global data access.
The Instinct Mini will be known as the Instinct S30 when it arrives as a Sprint device in North America, Samsung announced in Korea on Tuesday. The Instinct successor sports the same-sized 3.2-inch touchscreen as the original and, as expected, will make its official debut at the CTIA wireless show which kicks off in Las Vegas on Wednesday. No other official hardware specs are known about the phone, though it does look rounder than the model it is expected to eventually replace.
Samsung's Finesse handset is now available for purchase on the MetroPCS website. The smartphone is the carrier's second-most expensive handset behind the BlackBerry Curve 8330 in red and is basically a re-branded version of the Samsung Delve offered by Alltel. While it resembles the Instinct, it lacks the touch buttons for call and menu functions.
ReelBean 4 ($) can be used to convert movies to Apple TV, video iPod MPEG4, H.264, AVI and other formats. The software also has media playing features that allow users to view media files from within the application. The newest version features enhanced support for MPEG1-Muxed format videos, several interface enhancements and various bug fixes. [Download - 6.1MB]
The first market the Aspire One D250 will likely be available in is Europe, as the system now has its own product page on Acer's European website. The 10.1-inch netbook was first spotted in February, and passed through the FCC earlier this month. The page reveals official specs for the sub-2.5lb, one-inch thick netbook, which uses Atom N270 or N280 processors and supports 3G broadband. Standard RAM is 2GB, while permanent storage consists of a 160GB hard drive preloaded with Windows XP Home.
Not only are Mac buyers not paying an especially hefty Apple tax, Windows users are the ones paying more for their systems in the end, an editorial claims. Whereas Apple's gross margin for the past five years is said to have been 31.83 percent, Microsoft's margin is noted to have been 81.69 percent. Most of the money is said to have been wasted, moreover, on unsuccessful products such as Vista, the Zune and Live Search.
SplashPhoto ($5) allows users to sync photos between their iPhone or iPod touch and desktop computer. Within the application users can organize photos into albums, upload or download images from Flickr and Picasa and set up a password to keep the photos private. To sync wireless with a desktop users will also need to have the free SplashPhoto Desktop photo manager.
Ericsson announced on Tuesday that it will demonstrate HSPA data speeds as fast as 56Mbps at the CTIA Wireless convention, which kicks off on Wednesday. The speeds should double those of 28Mbps-capable networks launching in North America, Germany and Italy. At Mobile World Congress in February, Ericsson successfully demonstrated speeds in a similar network operating at a peak of 42Mbps. The next step in the evolution of the HSPA technology, dubbed HSPA+, involves the use of a combination of multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) and multi-carrier HSPA technology.
Genius has released a new pair of noise-cancellation headphones, the GHP-04NCs. Inverted signals are used to cancel out background sound. The headphones are additionally equipped with a 40mm bass driver, plus leather earpads, a soft headband sponge, and swiveling earcups.
Today Apple's online store has great deals on refurbished, current-generation MacBooks and iPod models. Unibody MacBook models start at $1099 for the 2.0GHz model with 2GB of memory and a 160GB hard drive, and go up to $1899 for the 2.4GHz model with 2GB of memory and a 128GB solid state drive. MacBook Pros start at $1699 for 2GB of RAM, 250GB hard drive and a 2.4GHz processor and include the 2.53GHz model with 4GB of memory and 320GB hard drive for $2399 as well as the 2.8GHz model with 4GB of memory and 128GB solid state drive for $2799. A range of iPods include the 1GB Shuffle for $39, the 8GB Nano for $129, and 8GB Touch for $199.
Linotype, in collaboration with Monotype Imaging, has announced FontExplorer X Pro and FontExplorer X Server for the Mac. The software provides workgroup administrators with control over font management and access rights. Over 4,000 OpenType fonts are supplied from the Linotype, Monotype and ITC libraries.
Skorpiostech has released Changes 1.5, updating the directory comparison and file-differencing utility with an updated comparison window and performance improvements. Also new to the window are immediate copy, move and delete functions. The software as a whole has been given AppleScript support, as well as integration with Coda and Espresso; TextMate, BBEdit and TextWrangler have all gained improved support. Lastly new is an SCM HUD feature, which detects and displays a list of revisions for local files.
MLB.com has launched the 2009 version of its At-Bat live baseball application for the iPhone and iPod touch. The app now offers MLB.com gameday audio, covering every regular- and post-season game live, with the option of listening to either home team or visiting team announcers. Existing features give users access to video previews and highlights, plus game summaries and up-to-date box scores.
Apple will introduce an updated line of Xserves within the next few weeks, connected sources are said to claim. The servers, designed for 1U rackmounts, are also said to be based on Intel's Nehalem platform, specifically the Xeon 3500 and 5500 processors originally introduced with the latest Mac Pro. Should they mirror configurations of current Xserves, the new ones are predicted to be divided into single-processor 2.66, 2.93 and 3.2GHz models, alongside 2.26, 2.66, 2.8 and 2.93GHz dual-processor options.
OCZ has officially announced its 10.1-inch Neutrino netbook, first shown during CeBIT at the beginning of March. Part of the company's Do-It-Yourself (DIY) line-up, the computer can be upgraded by users without voiding the warranty. The Neutrino weighs just under 2.9lbs, and by default sports a 1024x600, LED-backlit screen, though it can be upgraded to a 1600x1200 display. Processing power comes from a 1.6GHz Atom CPU.
Macware has launched DiskTools Pro, a collection of utilities for hard disk maintenance on the Mac platform. Developed by Intech for Macware, the main features of DiskTools Pro are bad sector detection and repair, file defragmentation, S.M.A.R.T. monitoring and analysis and bootable disk backup with automated scheduling. The utilities allow for scheduling defrags, back-ups and bad sector repairs. It can run on the start-up volume and test/repair multiple volumes concurrently.
Sony's director of hardware marketing, John Koller, has officially announced that the PlayStation 2 gaming console will begin selling for $99.99 starting tomorrow, April 1st. This represents a $30 price drop from the current price, roughly 23 percent, and may be the source of rumors of a PS3 price cut. Sony has consistently denied any PS3 reductions.
Mac owners are unlikely to be affected by the Conficker worm, claims security firm Intego. The worm -- also known as Downadup and Kido -- has already infected a number of Windows computers, and is expected to become active on Wednesday. Though the exact behavior it will exhibit is unknown, researchers are said to believe that it will connect to remote servers to download code, and then become malicious.
Canon is working on a high-end, professional HD video camera using the company's 1x APS-C CMOS sensor, CanonRumors claims. The rumored and unnamed camera is said to have a 12.1-megapixel sensor capable of shooting at 120 frames per second, but artificially limited to 60fps. The camera's look should be close to the current H1, and include an EOS lens mount along with full manual controls.
MacVector has launched the newest version of its DNA and protein sequence analysis, manipulation, and documentation software, MacVector 10.6. The application integrates a variety of industry standard analysis and data mining algorithms, allowing users to create new DNA molecules using approaches similar to those in a lab. Version 10.6 of the software adds a Vector NTI database import function that enables MacVector to directly read sequence data from databases by Vector NTI Advance 10 or earlier. This feature is also usable on a Windows machine accessible over a network.
Several companies have shifted positions within Greenpeace's quarterly tech industry rankings, the latest report from the environmental group states. One of the notable increases in rank belongs Apple, which has risen four spots in the list to reach 10th place. All of the company's major products, barring power cords, are now claimed to be free of PVC plastic and brominated flame retardants (BFRs); Greenpeace criticizes the company, however, for using "unreasonably high" threshold limits in counting products as free of the chemicals.
Camera builder Olympus has announced the E-450, its newest entry-level DSLR. The camera is a replacement for the earlier E-420, and sports a 10-megapixel sensor, combined with a TruePic III+ image processor. Light sensitivity ranges only from ISO 100 to 1600, while shooting speed is limited to 3.5fps, supplemented by a buffer capable of holding just eight RAW images; the camera does however benefit from an improved Live View mode, with contrast and phase difference detection autofocus. The mode has also been given face detection and shadow compensation abilities.
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Apple to open R&D center in India
A new report says that Apple will be opening a new technology center in Hyderabad, India, helping to boost the city's growing reputation as a tech center. The facility would operate within the WaveRock facility, and create 4,500 new jobs at a cost of around $25 million. In 2015, India surpassed the $1 billion in yearly sales milestone, and Apple has recently received permission to open retail stores in the country under its own control, an exception to rules that usually block foreign ownership. http://zd.net/1SMBVu4
Google killing Picasa starting May 1
Google Photos head Anil Sabharwal confirmed in a blog post today that the search engine giant will be shutting down acquisition Picasa. Support and downloads for the desktop application will terminate on March 15 with the application continuing to work for the time being. The transition to Google Photos truly commences on May 1, with deprecation of some Picasa API calls happening shortly thereafter. Users that have Google Photos access will find their photos already migrated. A mass-download tool for users not wishing to use Google Photos will be available sometime after May 1. http://bit.ly/1SmV2KH
Rogue Amoeba Piezo updated, departing App Store
In order to continue working on audio capture tool Piezo, developer Rogue Amoeba has simultaneously updated the app to version 1.5, and announced that it will pull version 1.2.6 from the Mac App Store. Customers who own the Mac App Store version have a one-time migration process to the Rogue Amoeba-served version. The company notes that the sandboxing restriction placed on Mac App Store versions "effectively stopped our ability to upgrade Piezo in any meaningful way." [8.80MB] http://bit.ly/1PIjz7l
FCC spectrum auction will happen without Google
After throwing its hat in earlier, Google (and associated companies) has declared that it is not participating in this year's FCC spectrum auction. A company spokeswoman said of the auction that "like all those interested in improved connectivity and equitable access, we'll be following the upcoming spectrum auction closely. That said, we have not filed to participate." http://on.recode.net/1oy5LWk
iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se sold Friday after launch?
Reverting the way products are actually released by Apple after an announcement to the way it was a decade ago, reports are circulating that new products revealed at a March announcement will go on sale the Friday immediately following the unveil. Slated to appear at a conjectural Tuesday, March 15 event are a new Apple four-inch phone with more up to date internals currently referred to as the iPhone 5se, and a new iPad Air 3 model with Smart Connector and other enhancements. http://bit.ly/1o7mqiY
Lexmark prevails in toner import appeal
Printer manufacturer Lexmark has won an appeal on the third-party US resale of its printer cartridges originally destined for markets outside North America. The appeals court ruled in a 10-2 vote in favor of Lexmark's demand to stop the sale and against Impression Products, both on the toner cartridge resale matter, as well as a related matter regarding overturning the reseller's refilling one-use cartridges and selling those in the US market. The ruling has ramifications in the tech industry, as well as the pharmaceutical and medical technology markets. Impression Products promises an appeal before the supreme court. http://reut.rs/1SLVmmG
AT&T expands BOGO promo to iPhone 6s
Beginning today, new and existing AT&T customers can purchase a new iPhone 6s and get another one free when adding a second line. Over the weekend, customers must purchase two phones through AT&T Next (one can be an existing number), and add both phones to a qualified plan. AT&T notes that "after three bill cycles or less" the account will start to receive up to $650 spread out over 30 monthly bill credits to offset the cost of the installment plan for the phone. Taxes are due at time of sale. http://soc.att.com/1SLUP4k