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Nvidia sued over graphics
Five owners of Apple, Dell and Hewlett-Packard laptops have combined their lawsuits against Nvidia in an attempt to make the company replace allegedly flawed processors, according to court documents. The five plaintiffs filed an amended complaint last week in San Francisco federal court that accused Nvidia of violating the consumer-protection laws. According to one plaintiff Todd Feinstein of Louisiana, after purchasing his MacBook in April 2008, the computer ran hot, periodically shut-down without warning and displayed only grey or black at times.
ReadyNAS 2100 announced
NETGEAR has announced the ReadyNAS 2100, the newest edition to its ReadyNAS product line. The ReadyNAS 2100 is a 1U 4-bay storage system that enables businesses to securely share, store and protect business-critical files across a LAN or WAN, and guard against disk failures. The unit includes an enterprise-grade hard drive and Error Correction Code RAM to help provide security. The device features Intel-based chips, which the company claims makes the product, the ReadyNAS 1100, two times faster than its predecessor.
NORTH INDIA released
Native Instruments has released NORTH INDIA, a new sound library that recreates the sounds from classical North Indian music. This sound library marks the launch of the new Discovery Series of KORE SOUNDPACKS, which aims to recreate the sounds from throughout the world for use with KORE 2 and KORE PLAYER. NORTH INDIA provides users with sounds from a variety of instruments and articulations established in North Indian classical music.
Greenpeace App released
Greenpeace has launched an iPhone version of its Recycled Tissue and Toilet Paper Guide. The application aims to provide consumers with recycling information about tissue and toilet paper manufacturers, helping them make more environmentally conscious purchases. The application can compare household paper brands, listing brand specific information including recycling percentages and the use of chlorine products. The guide also rates each brand as "Recommended", "Avoid", or "They Can Do Better."
LaCie upgrades 5big, 2big
LaCie has announced two new upgrades to its networked-attached storage (NAS) devices: the LaCie 5big Network and 2big Network. The product enhancements include improved performance, capacity expansion, and extra data protection with RAID settings. The 5big Network adds support for Time Machine backup software, along with improved multimedia server capabilities that allow users to stream multimedia files to UPnP players such as a PS3 or Xbox.
Palm Launch Date May 19
Having been silent on a launch date with less than two months on its intended timeframe, Palm is reported as poised to announce a release date for the Pre in a week. An established source of BGR's claims the smartphone developer and Sprint will use the Wall Street Journal for a major announcement likely to involve the release date for the handset. It's not certain if pricing or any other details will follow suit.
Live iPhone band show
In brief: The advanced calculator iPhone application, PCalc, is now on sale for $5. This is a 50% discount from the applications usual price and will only last for a limited time. Macminicolo has announced that it will be updating its Mac Server Series. The new series will include video guides that can help set up a Mac server using a Mac Mini and OS X Leopard. Meanwhile, the band FeelAbout recently performed one of their original tracks live at a concert in Israel using iPhones and iPod touch devices as the instruments. The group used guitar, piano, drum and bass applications that are available in the App Store to recreate their song Follow Me Down.
Sonicfire Pro 5 plug-in
SmartSound has released a Sonicfire Pro 5 plug-in for Apple's Final Cut Pro editing software. Features of the plug-in provide mood mapping and timing control; it also enables users to create music soundtracks from Sonicfire Pro 5. The Sonicfire Pro 5 plugin automatically reads the Final Cut Pro markers and in/out points from a video sequencer and delivers custom-fit music tracks within any of their markers. Once a track is in Final Cut Pro, the "Open in Editor" command enables roundtrip editing of the track.
MS targets iPod in Zune ad
In airing a new video, Microsoft has expanded its ad competition with Apple to encompass music support. The ad specifically targets the iTunes Store, and relies on a financial speaker named Wes Moss to criticize the value of buying tracks outright instead of subscribing to a service like the Zune Pass. At 120GB, claims Moss, the full-sized version of the iPod classic would cost roughly $30,000 to fill when using the iTunes Store.
Find Any File 1.2 (free) can search for files on a Macs hard drive by name, creation or modification date, size or type and creator code. The application can run as the root users allowing it to find files that can be missed by Spotlight and also features a hierarchical view of all found items for fast sorting. Version 1.2 has added options to only search remote volumes, removing the hovering tooltips, and increasing text size. The update has also addressed several small bugs and should be less prone to crashing now. [Download - 3.9MB]
Rubber-like OLED display
Researchers at the University of Tokyo have developed an OLED display that is flexible and can be folded or stretched without a decrease in image resolution or quality. Thus far, the prototypes are monochrome and are shaped like a sphere that shows land and water weather data as well as a face that can change expression. They are made by spraying a layer of carbon nanotubes with a fluoro-rubber compound, resulting in a conductive and stretchy material.
ConsultantX 2.0 released
Version 2.0 of ConstultantX has been released by Control Plus. The software is primarily used with industrial, mining and civil engineering applications that control distributed systems from a master location. ConsultantX absorbs the information and displays it as images and graphs, which can be monitored and analyzed.
Microsoft offering bonds
The world's largest software vendor, Microsoft, is selling bonds for the first time as of today. Despite having $25 billion in cash, the company has at least enough demand for $15 billion in bonds, an investor says. According to a Monday WSJ report, the company will sell notes that mature in five, 10 or 30 years. The prospectus says net proceeds from the sale will be used for general corporate purposes such as working capital, capital expenditures and repurchases of capital stock.
Sanyo SCP-2700 at Sprint
First spotted at the start of March before being unveiled at the CTIA expo, the Sanyo SCP-2700 QWERTY handset is now available at wireless provider Sprint sooner than expected. The entry-level device has a GPS sensor that will provide audible and visual turn-by-turn driving directions, a 1.3-megapixel camera and Bluetooth support.
Scientists at the University of Rochester working with researchers at Eastman Kodak have created a nanocrystal that constantly emits light instead of regularly wasting energy as heat, as current individual molecules tend to, according to a weekend PhysOrg report. Developing the nanocrystal further could result in brighter LED lights, less expensive lasers and thinner TVs and displays. When the molecule is emitting photons as heat, it goes dark, and is thus said to be blinking.
Corsair P256 SSD Ships
Corsair this afternoon said it had started shipping the P256, its fastest and also most capacious solid-state drive. The 2.5-inch SATA II drive holds its namesake 256GB thanks to multi-level cell storage but has a fast Samsung controller that lets it read data at 220MB per second and writes at an equally quick 200MB per second. A 128MB cache and native command queuing further add to the practical speed.
HyperMac DC Car Charger
Sanho has announced another addition to the HyperMac line, the DC Car Charger for all MacBook models. The company claims the charger as better than Apple's, citing an undistorted power signal. The signal is produced by negating the standard DC-AC-DC voltage adjusting process, and instead opting for a DC-DC method that Sanho believes can reduce fuel consumption and strain on a car's battery. The company also argues that its method is safer, on the basis that other power converters could be lethal should there be a short circuit or malfunction.
T-Mobile drops Wing phone
Wireless provider T-Mobile is no longer listing the aging HTC Wing slider handset on its website, hinting at a very near release of what's believed to be its predecessor, the Touch Pro2, also from HTC. What could be named the Wing II when it launches at the provider, the new handset sports the same horizontal form factor as the Wing, but has a larger 3.6-inch, 480x800 resolution touchscreen. No release date is confirmed for this phone, but it has recently been approved for use at T-Mobile by the FCC.
iWeb Themes 4.0 released
iWebTemplate has released a new template collection, iWeb Themes 4.0. The package consists of five main themes: Blossoms, Couple, Eyes Fire, Garden and Theatre. Each theme also includes 10 templates, instead of the conventional eight. Graphic elements can be removed as necessary, or altered in size, opacity or color.
Denon 2009 Lineup
Denon's American branch this afternoon bowed its core lineup for 2009 and headlined it with both Blu-ray players as well as network-aware iPod docks. The DBP-2010CI and DBP-1610CI both bring Blu-ray Profile 2.0 support for Internet-based special features and will play both AVC (H.264) and DivX video in HD. The higher-end 2010CI touts a higher-grade Anchor Bay digital imaging processor and a serial port for home automation. Both ship in July with the 1610CI costing $499 and the 2010CI asking a premium at $699.
WhoPaste 1.1 released
Mac-Chi has released version 1.1 of its contact-grabbing utility, WhoPaste. The program allows the creation contact records in a variety of data stores by copying text to the Clipboard, and then activating a user-configurable hotkey. WhoPaste 1.0 was originally compatible only with Address Book; v1.1 expands support to include Google Contacts and Microsoft's Entourage.
FreshBooks adds networking
FreshBooks says it is expanding its online invoicing service, adding a networking feature that lets freelancers and small businesses work directly with suppliers and collaborators, so long as they are also FreshBooks customers. The Canadian-based company runs a pay-as-you go invoicing service with free accounts for basic users, and tiered monthly plans based on demand.
Apple to Ride Laptop Spike
Apple and other PC makers are likely to see a return to form thanks to revitalized notebook sales, a ChangeWave study said today. Analysts note that the number of people looking to buy notebooks within the next three months has bounced back from a low of 6 percent in February to 8 percent in April and that companies which have a strong focus on notebooks are most likely to benefit from that demand. Apple in particular should reap the benefits as it continues to have strong plans to buy notebooks, with 29 percent of notebook buyers still looking to purchase MacBooks.
Dubious app rejections
Apple has made a controversial rejection of two more iPhone apps, say parties involved. The first is Maza Digital's Drivetrain, a remote control program for the Transmission BitTorrent client. Initially met with an Apple message that the app would demand "unexpected additional time for review," Maza later received a notice saying that "this category of applications is often used for the purpose of infringing third party rights. We have chosen to not publish this type of application to the App Store."
PSN on more Sony devices?
The PlayStation Network (PSN) currently accessible by users of Sony's PlayStation 3 gaming console that lets them download games, movies, songs and other multimedia content may soon make its way to other hardware from the electronics giant, company CEO Howard Stringer revealed in a recent interview. Bringing the Internet and downloadable content into family living rooms will be made possible by integrating the PSN into Sony Bravia HDTVs, for example, with Sony Ericsson handset owners and PlayStation Portable gaming console users also benefitting from a version of the interface.
Lenovo IdeaPad S10-2
Lenovo this afternoon unveiled its first major revision to the IdeaPad S series in the form of the S10-2. The new netbook is significantly friendlier with a rounded design and a thinner, lighter chassis that weighs 2.2 pounds. It also gets an improved keyboard and multiple lid color options as well as a version with 3G networking.
MS Says Win 7 for Holidays
Microsoft at its TechEd conference today said it expects Windows 7 to ship towards the end of 2009. Although the company has until now maintained that the OS would ship near the three-year anniversary of Vista, or early 2010, senior Windows VP Bill Veghte now says he expects the update to ship before the holidays. He hasn't specified a particular date but says Windows Server 2008 R2, which shares a similar code base, should ship at the same time.
Digits, Flick NBA
Brain Fit ($1) is a puzzle game where players must rearrange a group of pieces to form one rectangle. The game includes 90 different puzzles that have been broken down into three different difficulties. Brain Fit also includes simple and colorful graphics and its own playlist of relaxing music.
NY Times probes e-books
The New York Times is now deeply involved in investigating electronic concepts, says Harvard University's Nieman Journalism Lab. The newspaper's research and development group is exploring a variety of options in place of print, which is losing an increasing amount of money as subscribers cancel in favor of reading via the Internet. Among the key technologies for the R&D group is e-ink, as used in e-book readers from Amazon, Sony and others. Particular interest is being directed at flexible displays, which are said to have had "breakthroughs" in the past six months that could result in more pliable circuitboards.
Garmin Nuvifones delayed
Garmin told its investors on Wednesday that it has once again moved back the planned release date of its G60 and other nuvifone smartphones to the second half of the year, and won't, as previously reported, be coming out in June. According to a recent TWICE update, the company is currently taking the phones through the testing phase of the certification process and carriers are very interested in the smartphones. No detailed release date has been given, however.
Sharp AQUOS D TVs
Sharp made a push in earnest into Internet-capable TVs on Monday with the launch of the AQUOS D series in its home country of Japan. The new sets add support for a Yahoo video service that streams multiple content channels online using a built-in Ethernet link. They also bring 1080p, faster 120Hz panels and 15,000:1 dynamic contrast ratios for every set.
Snow Leopard code freeze
Apple has issued what may be its most significant seed of Mac OS X Snow Leopard to date, developer sources indicate. With build 10A354 Apple is said to be freezing the APIs for the operating system, allowing developers to code on the assumption that all key components are in place. The achievement may also cement notions that testing is accelerating towards completion.
BlackBerry Driftwood Leak
RIM is planning an aggressive push into 3G BlackBerries for GSM carriers with one model that will be available on both AT&T and T-Mobile at once, separate leaks show. Codenamed the Driftwood, the device is a variant on the BlackBerry Tour with a Bold-style keyboard, a 3.2-megapixel camera, GPS and the 480x360 touch display. The new phone would add Wi-Fi, however, and would support 3G over HSPA on T-Mobile USA's 1,700MHz and 2,100MHz bands.
Fireworks CS4 10.0.3 patch
Adobe has released a significant update to Fireworks CS4, its utility for prototyping the layout of websites and Internet applications. In serving this purpose the software is able to create and edit bitmap images, and import more complex graphics from Illustrator and Photoshop. Completed protypes can be exported to mediums such as Flex or PDF documents.
EU Likely to Fine Intel
Sources said late yesterday that the European Commission will rule against Intel on Wednesday for its purported anti-competitive behavior versus AMD. Those aware of the case have told Reuters that the Commission will not only issue a fine but force Intel to change the way it sells processors in Europe. Intel's attempts to hinder AMD's success were "naked," according to the tip.
Kindle Store for iPhone
Amazon has introduced a new variation of the Kindle Store, optimized for the iPhone and iPod touch. The website is tied to the Kindle for iPhone app, in which users tap the Get Books button to launch the Kindle Store link in Safari. The formatting of the website has been specially tailored to the size and dimensions of Apple handhelds.
Samsung Magnet at AT&T
Samsung's low-cost Magnet QWERTY handset is now available for purchase via wireless provider AT&T. First seen at the end of March before its debut at CTIA in April, the phone has a VGA camera with 4x zoom, a WAP browser and Bluetooth capability. Its 2.2-inch display sports a 176x220 resolution. The feature set is deliberately basic to keep the costs down for those primarily interested in e-mail, IM and text.
NTT DoCoMo spatial tech
Japanese wireless provider NTT DoCoMo on Monday announced it has developed a spatial audio transmission technology for cellphones that lets users set the spatial direction of callers' voices when in a conference call. For example, callers wearing headphones and talking to two other individuals in a conference call can set one's voice to come from the left speaker and the other from the right, almost as if they're sitting around a table. The technology is still in prototype stages but NTT DoCoMo would like to see it used for conference calls, online gaming and tele-education.
Snow Leopard forums open
Apple has opened official developer threads for the discussion of Mac OS X Snow Leopard, ending a formerly restrictive policy, reports say. Though still only accessible by people with Developer Connection Select or Premier accounts, the threads provide a common place to discuss technical issues related to Snow Leopard, without worrying about leaking information to the public. The Developer Forums are currently described as in beta form but should see the participation of Apple engineers.
Android to Grow 900pc
The number of phones shipped using Google's Android platform is set to grow much faster than the iPhone this year, estimates from Strategy Analytics maintain today. Devices like the T-Mobile G1 have just a small fraction of shipments today but are expected to grow 900 percent in 2009 as multiple extra smartphones launch and more carriers come onboard. Apple's device will reportedly grow second-quickest but at a much smaller 79 percent growth rate to 23.8 million iPhones per year, potentially leading to a shift in favor of Android in the near future.
Motorola W7 Active Edition
Motorola today produced a surprise introduction for the W7 Active Edition. The slider is built for exercise and has multiple sensors to make it useful for running. An accelerometer lets owners switch music tracks by shaking the phone left or right and can silence music or an incoming call by flipping the phone upside-down; a pedometer tracks walks and runs through an exercise app. The support for tilt also helps browsing photos and can be used for specially-made games.
Samsung Alias 2 On Sale
Verizon in keeping with recent leaks today began offering the Samsung Alias 2. The dual-direction flip phone is the only one to use e-ink for its keys and uses this to auto-rotate and re-label the keys rather than use a second set; in traditional mode it uses a typical number pad, but flips instantly to a QWERTY keyboard when the display is rotated into landscape mode. The technology doesn't draw power outside of changes and doesn't affect battery life.
Dell ST2010 Launches Early
Without fanfare, Dell has today launched a new 20-inch LCD built for very entry-level systems. Released first in Hong Kong, the ST2010 has a 16:9 aspect ratio, 1600x900 resolution with a basic TN panel to keep costs down. In an unusual decision, however, the company drops regular DVI in favor of HDMI (with an audio pass-through) as well as VGA and makes a chin-mounted soundbar an option.
Microsoft writes defense
Microsoft this weekend claimed Google's internet browser, Chrome, will be given more market dominance should the European Commission continue with its antitrust charges against Microsoft. The company expects Opera and Mozilla, each of which have agreements in place with Google, will default their browsers to the Google search engine. According to the FT, this claim was contained within Microsoft's written appeal to the EC.
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