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HTC Willow for Sprint
Leaked photos of an HTC "Willow" allegedly show a variant of the Snap headed for Sprint's network, according to WMExperts. The photo also appears to match the HTC "Cedar" listed in an internal Sprint roadmap. The device offers a 528MHz processor, 2-megapixel camera, 256MB of ROM and 128MB of RAM. The tipster describes the 1500mAh battery as "gigantic" and larger than the Treo Pro's battery.
Fujifilm F200 EXR Review
For at least the past two years, point-and-shoot camera makers have been locked in a race to improve megapixel counts. While this was effective for awhile, they've quickly hit a wall as noise and other problems with image quality have prevented them from going much further. There are also few cameras that truly give experienced photographers the control they want without veering into large, semi-pro compacts or full-fledged digital SLRs. Fujifilm says its F200 EXR addresses both with a unique sensor, which reduces noise and improves dynamic range, as well as manual controls that are rarely seen in this class. We hope to find out in our full Fujifilm F200 EXR review whether this is more market posturing or a long overdue bridge between two different worlds.
Apple gets security expert
Apple has hired the former director of security architecture at One Laptop per Child, Ivan Krstic, according to ZDNet. Krstic developed the Bitfrost security specification for the OLPC project, which he considers a foolproof system to protect against malware attacks. With the new position at Apple, Krstic will be working on core OS security.
Nokia 5800 CWM in UK
Nokia today launched a Comes with Music edition of the 5800 XpressMusic in Britain. The addition is exclusive to Orange UK and comes in a unique black-and-silver trim. Improving on the special-run 5800 available elsewhere, the touchscreen phone now gets a two-year subscription to Nokia's unlimited, copy-protected music service. It continues to let buyers keep their downloaded tracks whenever the subscription ends.
TouchCAD 3.6 update
Lundstr÷m Design has introduced TouchCAD 3.6, said to be a significant update to the company's Mac and Windows 3D modeling suite. Design in the software is geared towards producing physical models, with extra emphasis on some unusual applications such as ship design, or softer structures like tents, awnings and inflatable objects. Major changes in v3.6 include drafting functions, and support for shaded surfaces.
ATI Radeon HD 4890 1GHz
In a rare move of its own, AMD today launched a factory-overclocked version of its ATI Radeon HD 4890 graphics chipset. The move takes the 850MHz core clock speed of the standard edition and boosts it to 1GHz, rendering the new version the first graphics processor of any kind to reach the milestone. AMD claims that the simple shift boosts the peak computing power from 1.36 teraflops to 1.6 and is theoretically faster than NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 285.
Reworked PS3 at E3 Rumor
Sony's all but expected PSP Go! launch at next month's E3 may also be accompanied by a significant change to the PS3 as well. A slip through PlayStation Lifestyle claims that a game console besides the PSP will get a significant "redesign," implying a major change. Whether this is the case and involves a slimmer model similar to the second-run PS2 or just different colors wasn't discussed.
Motherboard and computer manufacturer Gigabyte Technology has introduced an Intel-designed notebook that runs on the Montevina platform, according to DigiTimes. The first device in the series, codenamed Peggy's Cove, offers a 13.3-inch display, along with 3G, Wi-Fi and WiMAX connectivity. The notebooks are part of Intel's Blanca program which provides design support for second-tier OEMs that build the systems for a variety of brand vendors.
User Monitor 1.0 ships
Altomac has launched a new background surveillance application for the Mac, User Monitor. It is geared towards work and classroom environments, and records actions by way of screenshots taken at user-scheduled intervals. The software operates in the background, and can be set to monitor a single Mac or multiple machines on a network.
TowerRAID mini-SAS upgrade
Sans Digital had announced an expansion of its TowerRAID series through the addition of mini-SAS interfaces to its TowerRAID TR4X/TR4X-B and TR8X/TR8X-B. Features of the integrated mini-SAS ports combine four hard drive connections into one, reduce possible points of failure, and help to maintain uninterrupted data transfer. The mini-SAS technology is geared towards uses such as video editing, and provides Fibre Channel connectivity while enabling the TR4X and TR8X to support 3Gbps SAS or SATA hard drives.
Zune HD September
Microsoft's Zune HD is real and likely to appear on the company's now-traditional September unveiling schedule, SuperSite for Windows creator Paul Thurrott said on Wednesday. He cites those within Microsoft for the date and is supported by other contacts that echo the same claim. Hardware traits, as well as the actual ship date, haven't been corroborated.
Ive loses domain name
Apple's lead product designer, Jonathan Ive, has lost a bid to reclaim several web addresses using his name, Bloomberg writes. Ive recently registered a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization, charging that he should be the proper owner of domain names including jonathanive.com and some of its related spellings. The domains are currently owned by Harry Jones of London, England, who operates a fansite dedicated to Ive's work.
ASUS Eee PC 1005HA-M Leak
ASUS could be fixing some of the perceived design flaws of the Eee PC 1008HA if a listing proves accurate. The 1005HA-M would have the basic 1.66GHz Atom, 1GB of RAM and 160GB drive as the 1008 but a much larger 6-cell battery that also should be removable, unlike the earlier model. Any cosmetic changes aren't apparent at this stage.
Online iPhone orders
Apple has begun shipping iPhone orders placed on its online store. The company previously required customers to finalize the sale at a brick-and-mortar Apple Store. The eligibility checks, plan selection and add-on options can now be configured online for new customers, although existing AT&T customers still need to stop in at a retail store location.
Agile Messenger, Elvis
PhotoList ($2) is a tool for organizing and locating photos on the iPhone and iPod touch. Users can organize photos into an unlimited number of folders and add titles and ratings. Photos can be moved between different folders allowing users to adjust the file structure as needed. A recent update has also added the ability to upload and download images from Facebook.
VUDU Ad Backed Media
VUDU today signaled a partial change in direction with word that it will start offering ad-supported music and video through its service. Once limited to renting as well as selling movies and TV shows, the company is tapping Brightcove to provide ads for a free Sony music video service. It also plans to expand this to include other services but hasn't set out its plans to date, including whether or not it may extend this to TV and other long-form content.
Pentax K Teaser in US
Pentax today supported rumors by posting a teaser on its home page for a new digital SLR. Calling it only "the new K," the company shows a top portion of the camera and is running a countdown that ends on May 20th, when the announcement takes place. No clues are given as to what features the camera would have other than familiar DSLR features like a flash hot shoe.
Smart Scroll 3.0 ships
Marc Moini has launched Smart Scroll 3.0, an update to the scrolling utility that adds Mac OS X 10.5.7 and Safari 4 support. It also adds a new Hover Scroll feature for Cocoa applications, a "lift fingers to coast" trackpad option for Super Scroll, and new trigger options in Grab Scrolling. A new preference pane is present as well, complemented by settings which can be adjusted on a per-application basis.
D-Link security software
D-Link has announced the integration of a Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart (or "captcha") into their home and small office routers. The security system is a type of challenge-response test used in computing to tell whether responses are human or computer-generated, and provides protection against malware attacks that might still be possible through a regular password-based system.
Dell bans ewaste exports
Dell has announced its tightened recycling policies that prohibit e-waste exports to developing countries. The company aims to prevent items such as computers, components and monitors from being shipped to countries that lack stringent environmental regulations, worker safety standards or effective enforcement. The amount of electronics items processed through its recycling program exceeds 290 million pounds through a period of approximately five years.
FTC head sides with Google
The new chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, Jon Leibowitz, is sympathetic to Google despite the government body's investigation into antitrust concerns, a CSPAN interview has uncovered. While Google "certainly has a dominant position in search advertising," argues Leibowitz, "just having a dominant position doesn't in any way violate the law." Problems only arise when a company moves to exclude other competitors, as Microsoft did with Windows and Internet Explorer in the 1990s, according to the FTC head.
DupScan, Smart Scroll
Now Boarding 1.2 ($15) is an airport management game that places gamers in charge of a major airport. The players challenge is to reorganize a poorly managed airport and get passengers to their desired locations. Players can enhance their airports by purchasing larger and exotic aircraft, renovating the terminal, adding shops and restaurants, and changing their employees. If they are successful with their first airport they can expand to new cites to try and manage multiple airports to increase overall profits. The latest release has introduced a new map, The Caribbean, which features several large cites, a few small island villages and hurricane threats. The game also now provides feedback at the end of each month on which cites are expanding and which are shrinking. [Download - 12.9MB]
Cisco WiMAX for Clearwire
Cisco on Wednesday said it had struck a deal with 4G Internet provider Clearwire to provide WiMAX devices for Clearwire's network. The agreement, which also sees Cisco provide some of the routers and other backing equipment for the network itself, will see Cisco give Clearwire WiMAX adapters meant both for individual users as well as home office and smaller businesses. Details of these aren't public, though the first hardware should be available by late this year.
Peggle for iPhone released
Overcoming a small but significant delay, PopCap has at last launched the iPhone version of Peggle, its well-known puzzle game. Players fire a metal ball from the top of the screen, with the goal of knocking out as many blocks as possible before it reaches the bottom. Special bonuses are awarded for unique combos and trick shots.
MiFi 2200 at Sprint
Sprint today signed itself up as the second US carrier to offer the Novatel MiFi 2200. Much like the Verizon edition, Sprint's device catches an EVDO Revision A Internet connection and shares it across an 802.11g Wi-Fi network, letting as many as five devices share the 3G link, including completely wirelessly when using the 4-hour battery. The new version primarily differs through its brushed-metal look compared to Verizon's all-black.
Leaf Trombone Lite & Free
Smule has released a simplified version of its Leaf Trombone World Stage app for the iPhone and iPod touch. Leaf Trombone Lite & Free provides a brief sample of the full game, including only one default track. Similarly to the full version, gamers are able to observe the judging of performances by a live panel, and compose their own songs at smule.com. Lite players cannot, however, participate in live judging.
Sony Reader ads
Sony has announced that its e-book device, the Reader, will eventually integrate third-party advertisements, according to New Media Age. Steve Haber, president of the company's digital reading division, claims the product provides new opportunities for publishers to generate revenue, amid declining profits from advertisements in traditional media.
MSI Wind U200 Leak
MSI's first true ultraportable to use Intel's CULV (Consumer Ultra Low Voltage) platform has likely been leaked a day ahead of its actual launch. Put into the Wind netbook family, the U200 as found by Engadget will be closer to a notebook with a CULV processor (presumed to be the 1.2GHz Celeron M 723) and a 12-inch, 1366x768 LED-backlit display. It will also have much more in base specifications than netbooks with 2GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive and GMA 4500 video that can drive HD video playback.
Keeper for Mac debuts
Callpod has launched a desktop version of its data encryption application, Keeper. Previously released for the iPhone, Keeper is designed to safely store passwords, account numbers, website logins, notes, lists and other business or personal information. The software is said to use military-grade encryption, while still providing a simple interface for retrieving records.
CheckIt 2 ships
Smith Micro has announced CheckIt 2, a new program meant to optimize a Mac's performance. The title combines five utilities into a single package, including TechTool Platinum, Spring Cleaning, EMC Retrospect Express, Executive Sync and StuffIt Standard. Users can diagnose and fix hard drive issues, manage file clutter, backup content and compress files to save space. Functions unrelated to performance include file encryption and synchronization.
Netbook Demand Crashing
Although netbooks propped up PC sales in the first quarter of 2009, actual demand for the systems has crashed compared to the fall, an upcoming study from DisplaySearch says. Although the netbook field itself has grown over five times (556 percent) from year to year, shipments dropped 26 percent between last quarter of 2008 and the first this year. The drop is steeper than for regular notebooks, which themselves dropped 24 percent.
Schiller to keynote WWDC
Apple's senior VP of worldwide product marketing, Phil Schiller, will host the keynote speech at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, an announcement reveals. The speech is set to begin Monday, June 8th at 10AM PT in the Moscone Center, where Schiller will be joined by other, as-yet-unnamed Apple executives. The bulk of WWDC events -- namely labs and sessions -- are scheduled to begin the next day.
White PS3 Dual Shock in US
A Walmart in Florida may have inadvertently confirmed some of Sony's E3 plans by selling a customer a white Dual Shock 3 controller for the PlayStation 3. Although the white gamepad and its matching PS3 are only available in Japan so far, Joystiq notes that reader Henry was not only able to purchase one but that the packaging had both English and French, suggesting it was packaging intended for either North America or specifically for Canada. Both European and Japanese packaging have different-language boxes.
Jobs wins Woodside battle
Steve Jobs has won the right to demolish his 14-bedroom mansion in Woodside, California, the town's council has decided. Reports say that the council voted six-to-one in favor of Jobs' plan, which -- short of a last-minute legal intervention -- should see the destruction of Jackling House, a Spanish-style structure originally built for copper mining giant Daniel Jackling in 1925. Preservationists have argued that the mansion is a part of California history, and should be restored rather than torn down.
Mio Moov S401 S501 for US
Mio today upgraded its Moov GPS units with a pair of large-screen but low-cost models. Falling in line with a late rumor, the S401 and S501 both have Mio's more recent Spirit user interface, which brings both clearer navigation and unique tricks such as "docking" point of interest searches for quicker access, mixed-term keyword searches and the ability to memorize certain routes and places for later. Owners can also convert locations from Google Maps on a computer to a GPS-friendly format.
Sony Walkman X Hits US
Sony today finally launched its first competition against the iPod touch in the US with the shipment of its Walkman X1000 series and the addition of a new, last-minute feature. In addition to a web browser and YouTube streaming video, the touchscreen Walkman now has a built-in Slacker Radio app; similar to Slacker's own device, the X1000 subscribes to music channels that automatically cache whenever the player is connected to Wi-Fi, supplying it with enough music to continue playing offline. It works with Slacker's free, three-channel service as well as its paid service, which gives more more control and lyrics while removing ads.
Intel Fined 1 45B by EU
The European Commission today gave Intel a 1.06 billion Euro ($1.45 billion) fine for its alleged antitrust violations in the computer market. The fine is the largest ever applied by the EC against a company and is prompted by serious accusations hinted at in a late leak. Regulators charge that Intel sabotaged AMD's chances in the market place since 2002 by paying PC makers to either cancel or delay AMD-based systems, giving them illegal incentives to limit the number of AMD systems they sell, and paying at least one major retailer to stock only Intel-based models.
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