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Nikon tonight unveiled a long-awaited update to its entry digital SLRs with the D5000. The camera claims a pair of firsts: it stands as the first Nikon DSLR of any type to use a swivel LCD and can use it to either provide settings or a new live view mode to compose shots from off-angle. Video is also new to the class and, as with the D90, lets photographers record 720p video with sound that can be previewed over HDMI output.
In a drastic reversal from its previous position, Forrester Research has released a new report detailing reasons for businesses to adopt the iPhone. "The iPhone’s intuitive interface, superior browsing experience, and rapidly evolving developer tool kit make content-centric applications far more appealing on an iPhone than on a BlackBerry or Windows Mobile device," the report reads.
Mac-Chi has announced WhoPaste, a contact-creation tool for Address Book. The software is designed to extract contact information from web pages, e-mails, text documents, and spreadsheets, and then place the data into the appropriate fields in Address Book. Each contact can be created by extracting the name, e-mail address, phone number, street address, or instant message handle. Contacts can also be added to as many as three Address Book groups.
QuickerTek has released its latest notebook accessory, a new external battery for the MacBook Air. The external pack powers the device while simultaneously charging the internal battery. The company claims users can achieve 12 to 16 total hours of run time, or around 6 to 10 extra hours of power. The charger is also said to charge the internal battery in only three hours.
Google tonight slipped out an early version of Android 1.5, the next major update for its mobile operating system. The upgrade rolls in features from the previously nicknamed Cupcake update and is the first official version of Android to support a software keyboard, enabling iPhone-like devices rather than require a hardware keyboard. Appropriately, it also now supports accelerometers to rotate the display or otherwise control the phone through tilt.
A leaked screen-shot allegedly from a Sprint inventory system shows a price for the Touchstone dock accessory for the Palm Pre, according to Engadget. The device will charge the Pre's battery without a cord, but customers apparently will have to dish out $70 for the technology. The handset integrates a special magnetized battery cover and non-stick surface to avoid the need for a plug.
Following criticism from a variety of sources, the Microsoft-paid analyst Roger Kay adjusted his "Apple Tax" white paper, although most of the discrepancies remain. The document and and a related blog post were updated with hardware specs from Apple's latest products, while Kay chose different PC models for the comparison. The previous analysis pitted the previous-model Mac Pro with the HP d5100t.
CoolIris has updated its plug-in that is designed to improve the way web browsers display pictures, video and other digital content. The new version offers enhanced support for Facebook galleries, new ease-of-use improvements and options to add metadata to photos and videos. For the first time, users can also display images stored on their hard drives.
Apple has announced new plans to offer 20-inch aluminum iMac systems to qualified educational institutions, according to AppleInsider. Schools previously could purchase the 17-inch white iMac. The new machines offer a 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 1GB of memory, 160GB hard drive, 8x DVD burner and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics acceleration.
TM Error Logger 1.2 (free) can display additional details related to Time Machine error messages. Whenever Time Machine reports an error one can use the software to find which file or folder caused the problem and be directly linked to that location in the Finder. Version 1.2 has added additional install instructions and fixed the Donate button for Intel Macs. [Download - 1.8MB]
HP is on the verge of updating the look and capacities of its MediaSmart series of home servers, and photos of the LX190 model have leaked online to confirm the move. While hard specs are still not available, the photos reveal the new model has four USB ports and a 1-gigabit Ethernet port on its rear panel, while the front has three indicator lights and what is most likely to be a recessed Server Recovery button.
Featured deals at DealNN today include hard drives, iMacs, Bluetooth headsets and more. Apple's online store has the refurbished 20-inch iMac for $999, a $200 price drop from their previous price. The iMac has 2GB of memory, 320GB hard drive, AirPort extreme wireless, Bluetooth, iSight, microphone and 8x SuperDrive.
Netflix has recently put up a job posting on Monster seeking an Engineering Leader for Gaming Platforms. The team such a position heads up is responsible for prototyping, testing and building a Netflix user interface on various gaming platforms. The posting's verbiage points to creating media rich applications on current generation gaming consoles, and with the Xbox 360 already sporting a Netflix interface, this could mean the PlayStation 3 and possibly even Nintendo's Wii.
Disk Doctors has released Advanced Photo Recovery, a new media utility. The software attempts to salvage files which have otherwise disappeared after deletions; a particular focus is on RAW photos, including formats from camera makers such as Canon, Nikon, Sony, Leica, Hasselblad and others. More universal photo formats supported include JPEG, GIF, PNG and TIFF.
An unannounced LG smartphone has been revealed thanks to a leaked Wi-Fi Interoperability Certificate, PhoneArena reported on Monday. The handset, known only as the GW610, will reportedly run on a Windows Mobile operating system, with the display's resolution set at 320x320 pixels. Otherwise, the UMTS-compatible phone will have a 2-megapixel camera and H.264 video playback capabilities.
Taiwanese Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) may supply Nokia with its first netbook products, as the two companies are reported by DigiTimes on Monday to be in talks regarding the matter. A Chinese daily newspaper, the Economic Daily News, cites sources at ECS that maintain the talks will conclude this quarter.
Luxury book publisher Kraken Opus is now selling a new special-edition iPod touch, the Prince Opus. The player is provided alongside a book of photographs of the funk and R&B singer, selling for a considerable $2,100. Only 950 units of the iPod are being made available, whose exterior features a purple front, and a back with a laser-etched Prince logo.
PC builder and retailer Systemax may revive the Circuit City name through a deal, a court filing shows (PDF). Already the owner of TigerDirect and recently CompUSA stores, the company is in the running for bids on Circuit City's name before May 11th and would pay as much as $6.5 million to acquire both the brand name itself and the rights to run the Circuit City website. It's not known which other companies are in the running or how likely they are to win a bid.
JVC has recently announced the upcoming launch of its 46-inch LCD monitor in Japan that is capable of displaying three-dimensional videos at 1080p resolution. The GD-463D10 monitor is just over 1.5 inches thick on its edges, the monitor is meant for business uses and ships with two pairs of polarized glasses to make it possible to view 3D images. The new LCD works on Xpol's stereoscopic 3D technology for flicker-free 3D content. Images for the right eye and left eye are sent out by alternating lines of pixels in the display.
The Palm Pre has been spotted in a rare glimpse of the smartphone outside of press events and has received supporting evidence that it may be available in mid-May. A set of photos from San Francisco's Bring Your Own Big Wheel Race shows two people using them outside of the controlled conditions. They claim to have been testing the Pre for "several weeks" and say that the software quality has improved enough that it won't be "too much longer" until the phone is available.
Online vendor Buy.com is now selling unlocked 16GB iPhone 3Gs, a listing at the site claims. The phones are in detail described as "never-locked" models, able to connect to any GSM carrier in the US, including T-Mobile. Buyers are moreover said to be able to use the phones without the restrictions of hacked devices, such as an inability to sync with iTunes or download official firmware updates.
iQuarterback ($1) is a football game where players take the role of a quarterback and must hit various targets around the field. The game features three different difficulty levels, college, pro and all-star along with a practice mode for improving skills. Players have one minute to score as many points as possible and then they may compare their scores to other players around the world with the online leaderboard.
Nikon's rumored entry-level D5000 DSLR may have been confirmed today by a brief posting of a product page (since concealed) at Japanese retailer Softmap. The listing supports the existence of a swiveling, 2.7-inch LCD and suggests a major upgrade over the D60 as a whole, including a movie mode, 11-point autofocus (up from just 3) and light sensitivity up to at least ISO 3,200.
Sony may drop its in-house UMD optical format with the release of Patapon 2 if an insider claim proves true. Citing a historically reliable source, Ars Technica says the new music game will only be downloadable and that any retail copies will simply have a coupon with a code to buy the game online. Buyers would also have a financial incentive to avoid the store as the game would cost only $15 online versus $20 in a shop.
A location has been chosen for the site of Apple's second retail store in Chicago, a city publication reports. The company has cemented a $700,000 annual lease for land at the corner of North, Clybourn and Halsted, formerly the home of a gas station. In doing so Apple should be able to build a shop measuring some 15,000 square feet, designed by local firm and frequent Apple partner Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.
BlackBerry smartphone maker Research In Motion's (RIM) co-CEO Jim Balsillie said the company's growth during the tough economy is allowing it to demand discounts from its suppliers, Bloomberg reported on Monday. The executive says that it's been attempting to mitigate the effects of the financial crunch by trimming the amount spent making the devices themselves. Five of RIM's biggest suppliers make up nearly 90 percent of its production costs, based on data sourced from Connexiti.
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In spite of feature improvements, Windows 7 may face as much resistance as Vista in businesses, a study from Dimensional Research shows. An examination of about 1,100 IT managers in large businesses finds that about 83 percent of these companies plan to turn down Windows 7 during 2010, leaving just 17 percent to update sometime in the first year. About 25 percent of the total group plan an upgrade in the second year, or around 2011.
Having formerly kept the figure identical for months, Kaufman Bros. has today issued a memo raising its price target for Apple stock. The target has been pushed from $120 to $152, reflecting what Kaufman suggests are several factors offering potential growth. Among these is WWDC in June, which should herald imminent shipment of the iPhone 3.0 firmware and new phones to match.
MSI today updated its smallest gaming notebook by launching the GX403. The new version keeps the 14-inch display but adds a GeForce GT 130M to speed up its gaming performance without a significant energy hit. It also gets support for up to 500GB hard drives (up from 320GB). The system continues to have unique gaming touches like a highlighted W/A/S/D keyboard for first-person shooters and a Turbo Mode that overclocks the CPU when on AC power.
Apple has ordered the production of four million next-generation iPhones, claims the Chinese-language newspaper the Commercial Times. Delivery is expected by the end of the current quarter, ending in June, which could presage shipment to stores in late June or early July. A formal unveiling of new phones is anticipated at this year's WWDC event in San Francisco, scheduled to start June 8th.
Japan's AOpen on Friday announced the upcoming release of its latest small form factor media PC, the XC Encore OE700. To keep the PC quiet, AOpen used its Smart Anti-Vibration System (SAVS) to ensure the hard drives stay quiet. Sound that is created is muted thanks to the case's design, called Smart Noise Suppression System (SNSS). An unusual vacuum fluorescent display (VFD) on the front face lets users check on the operation of the PC at a glance.
If accurate, a source has Nokia launching its first touchscreen phone below the 5800 XpressMusic. The 5530 as described by DailyMobile would still have the full Symbian S60 operating system but a smaller 2.9-inch display. A 3.2-megapixel camera, FM radio and Wi-Fi are also purportedly queued up, though there is no mention of whether 3G or GPS would also transfer to the new device.
Vodafone's Italian branch today broke silence on pricing for the HTC Magic by updating its product page with official details. The Android smartphone will potentially be free for new subscribers but should cost about 149 Euros ($198) for existing users signing a new contract along with a 9 Euro monthly fee. It should also be available contract-free for 449 Euros ($596).
Apple has produced a minor update for the third-gen iPod shuffle, VoiceOver Kit 1.0.1. VoiceOver is the technology used to synthesize, sync and play speech on the new Shuffle; the update fixes the pronunciations for a number of unspecified artists. Also addressed are a collection of minor bugs, again unnamed. The patch is currently available only through Software Update.
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has shed some light on an upcoming headset from HTC, codenamed the Fiesta. The Bluetooth SIG simply classifies the phone as an Android handset, meaning it will ship with the open-source operating system developed by Google. Little other information was unveiled about the Fiesta, other than it will be made available in Asia, Europe and North America. Considering the source of the information, it is likely to have Bluetooth capabilities as well and other smartphone features.
On a per-unit basis, the third-generation iPod shuffle may be one of Apple's most profitable products, says iSuppli. The research firm observes that even when factoring packaging and headphone costs in with those of the actual player components, a modern Shuffle costs approximately $21.77 to produce, or just 28 percent of the retail cost. By comparison, 49 percent of the first-gen iPod touch's $299 retail price was swallowed up by component costs.
SMC this morning revealed a combo cable modem and 802.11n Wi-Fi router that it hopes will provide the better of both networks. The Draft 11n Wireless Cable Modem Gateway supports DOCSIS 2.0 for modern cable networks but can support the faster Wi-Fi standard to share the connection and create headroom for the local network. On wireless, the router is dual-band and supports both 5GHz, for faster 802.11n links, and 2.4GHz for backwards compatibility. It also carries a stateful packet inspection (SPI) firewall as an added layer of protection beyond the router itself.
A new slip through one of BGR's more familiar sources on Sunday suggests Nokia is developing a unique messaging phone for Verizon. The unnamed handset would have a short, squat design which swivels out a QWERTY keyboard ordinarily hidden behind the display and directional pad. It would nonetheless be a feature phone with Symbian S40 rather than the smartphone-class Symbian S60.
Dell is pinning its hopes for a first smartphone on a deal with the world's largest carrier, Wedge MKI analyst Zhang Jun said today in an interview with NetworkWorld. The American company is reportedly in talks with China Mobile to offer "one or two" candidate models and may strike a deal by August, paving the way for a release before the end of the year. While only implied, it's thought the Dell phone would use China Mobile's Open Mobile System (OMS), a variant of Android that supports the carrier's apps as well as China's new TD-SCDMA network for 3G.
HP is prepping a software update for its MediaSmart home servers, adding video conversion and video streaming to iPhones. The free update works only with the recently introduced MediaSmart EX485 and EX487. A free app will be available through iTunes to support video streaming to the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Despite Steve Jobs' lengthy leave of absence, the CEO has still maintained active involvement in activities at Apple, unnamed sources told the Wall Street Journal. From home, Jobs reportedly continues to oversee and direct high-priority strategies, while influencing and reviewing the most important products.
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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
Secure your Google accounts today
Google is offering 2GB of Google Drive storage today for free, if users check the security of their accounts. As part of Safer Internet Day 2016, the scheme will give the 2GB storage extension to anyone going through the Google Security Checkup, examining connected devices, permissions, and other security settings associated with their Google account.
Swift benchmarking suite goes open-source
Following the release of new betas for all its platforms, Apple on Monday also made a suite of 75 tools for benchmarking Swift-developed coding projects, including libraries for benchmarking functions, a utility for comparing the resulting metrics, and a driver for running them. The company says it is asking the community for help in developing additional benchmarks, as well as further "helper" libraries and overall code review for better stability and performance. Apple plans to include benchmark pull requests in Swift's new continuous integration system as well. http://bit.ly/1W8u0EU
Instagram now supporting multiple accounts
As reported earlier, Instagram is now rolling out support for multiple accounts (up to five) in version 7.1.5 of its iOS app. The feature has been one of the main attractions of third-party Instagram clients, but it is unclear if users must seek out an "add account" preference in the app; additionally, some users are reporting that the ability to add accounts has not yet been added. The company says notifications "depend on when you last logged in, and the number of devices that are logged into that account," suggesting not all notifications across accounts will appear when logged into a given one. http://bit.ly/1moh95p
Pictures of Galaxy S7, Edge leaked
New images have been leaked of Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The images of the Galaxy S7 are very similar to a draft leaked earlier this year, with a curved back reminiscent of the iPhone 3G with the normal Samsung camera hump in the upper center of the phone. The picture of the Galaxy S7 Edge as leaked is running a benchmark application showing modest improvements over the S6 line, if accurate. Both models are expected to be formally announced in a February 21 press event hosted by Samsung. http://bit.ly/20Gf07X