Genius on Friday announced the upcoming release of an addition to its lineup of steering wheels with the TwinWheel FF steering wheel controller. Compatible with Sony's PS2 gaming console and PCs, the wheel has 12 programmable buttons and attaches to flat surfaces via four suction cups and a c-clamp. It connects to a PC or PS2 via a USB port.
CrushFTP has updated its webserver technology, releasing CrushFTP 4.9.6, improving the overall speed of the software's server and fixing a bug in the software's WebDAV client that crashed Mac OS X 10.5's Finder. SFTP (Secure FTP) connections are faster in version 4.9.6 and directory deletions can be done all at once, instead of line-by-line. In addition to the WedDAV bugfix, there are numerous other fixes in 4.9.6, including a bug with folders that had a double space in them with a FTP proxy, a fix for GUI sizing in the preference window and a repair for problems with Active Directory style domains and usernames.
Systemax on Friday announced it has finished its acquisition of online electronics retailer Circuit City following its bankruptcy and launched a revised Circuit City website. Systemax has also aquired CompUSA last year and oversees online retailer TigerDirect. The new Circuit City site has 24/7 customer service, advanced search functions and photo and video galleries of the products it carries.
An upcoming Samsung handset, the T239, was spotted and is due for an upcoming release at provider T-Mobile, according to a Thursday CellPhoneSignal story. Coming before May ends, the slider form factor handset will reportedly be offered on both post- and pre-paid plans.
Wireless provider Cellular South on Friday is the latest to offer the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 smartphone to its lineup of handsets. The provider will offer the handset in pink and black, which has the same specs as other Flip 8230s, including a 2-megapixel camera, 240x320 pixel LCD internal display in addition to an external display, and a SureType QWERTY keyboard.
SDG Systems on Thursday announced it has made Google's Android 1.5 operating system available on its Trimble Nomad rugged handheld PC. This will allow developers to test Android applications on the device, which can be optioned up with a quad-band GSM and EDGE data radio for making and receiving phone calls. Android 1.5 includes the Cupcake updates that adds a virtual keyboard and lets users view running third party applications from the regular applications list, among other changes. Previously, Trimble Nomad was offered only with Linux or Windows Mobile 6.0 software.
Normally known for home theaters, Onkyo has announced the release of three new netbook PCs under the Sotec brand that make up the C204 series. All of the 10-inch models are powered by Intel's 1.6GHz Atom N270 CPU on an Intel 945GSE Express mainboard and have 1GB of RAM. Relatively rare in the category, each uses a 32GB solid-state drive as standard rather than the rotating disks or smaller solid-state drives of rivals. Making the choice lets Onkyo drop the weight to just 2.1 pounds and slim the notebooks down to 0.9 inches thick.
Microsoft will drop the controversial three-app limit on Windows 7 Starter Edition by the time it reaches shelves, an apparent scoop by long-time Microsoft observer Paul Thurrott indicates. Although the restriction is often softened in practice, the approach would let owners use more than three full, active apps at a time. Microsoft previously instituted the limit both to accommodate the slower systems that would likely be used as well as to push customers towards the more lucrative Vista Home Basic.
AT&T is reportedly selling out of its iPhone 3G inventories and does not plan on restocking, according to AppleInsider. The actions add more evidence to speculation that the company is preparing to launch the next-generation device at the upcoming WWDC. Earlier reports suggest a number of other carriers are following similar strategies, allowing subscribers to pair the iPhone with a cheaper data plan or discounting the device itself.
Complementing the US launch of the U123, MSI today started supplying the Wind U115 Hybrid to UK shops. The netbook is the company's first system to use Intel's Atom Z500 line and uses a 1.6GHz example of the lower-powered chip along with a unique hard drive and solid-state drive combo to extend battery life. Unofficial tests show the system lasting as long as 13 hours on its standard 6-cell battery and 25 hours on a 9-cell pack.
Ultra mobile PC maker OQO has apparently stopped offering repair and service support due to financial constraints, according to a post on the OQOTalk user forum. The company iclaims it can no longer provide help despite "best intentions," and users on the board are taking this to mean the company may be closing down altogether. This also l means that any devices sent back to OQO for repair work, under warranty or otherwise, may be sent back to owners in the same shape as they arrived.
In brief: TidBITS Publishing has released a pair of new e-books, Take Control of Maintaining Your Mac, Second Edition and Take Control of Troubleshooting Your Mac, designed to help users improve system performance or solve problems. MacScripter has announced an update to MacDeveloper, its networking and beta-testing resource for testers, companies or individual developers. Meanwhile, RadTech is offering 25-percent off the entire line of Optex products including ScreenSavrz, Sleevz, LenSavrz and Bezel Blaster. Medstrat has announced a strategic alliance with MacPractice, with both companies working together to offer a product that integrates picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) with electronic medical records (EMR). Also, Class on Demand has announced its next Adobe training title, "Fundamentals of Adobe Photoshop Elements 7."
Cricket gained one of its highest-end phones yet today with the addition of the Motorola QA4 Evoke to its roster. It becomes the unlimited-only carrier's first capacitive touchscreen phone and, like the stock model, has a gesture-driven interface that lets users swipe between home screens that control apps, calling, music and other features. A 2-megapixel camera, GPS and a microSDHC slot round out the device.
The v2.0 betas of both DEVONthink and DEVONnote have received a fifth update from DEVONtechnologies, as well as a redesigned iPhone web application. DEVONthink is used to store and organize a variety of filetypes, ranging from text documents to webpages. DEVONnote creates and organizes notes.
Jumsoft has released 100 new templates as a part of its Mail Stationary collection for Apple's e-mail client. The addition brings the number of basic templates up to 200. Many of the templates are available in different color schemes, resulting in a total of 550 possible layouts.
onOne has submitted a unique new application to the App Store called DSLR Remote. The application will enable the iPhone and iPod Touch to remotely control a variety of Canon's digital SLR cameras. The application works by remotely connecting to a computer running onOne's DSLR Remote Server software that in turn is plugged in through USB.
Lawyers are now challenging some of the basic tactics of the RIAA's campaign against filesharing, reports note. The most powerful allegations have been put forth in the defense of college student Brittany English, whose pro bono lawyer, K.A.D. Camara, has asked courts to declare RIAA damage requests unconstitutional. The group has asked for unreasonable statutory damages in a ratio as high as 150,000:1, according to Camara, and moreover used the potential judgments to bully individuals into settlements. The RIAA should be made to return the $100 million or more it has accrued through illicit methods, Camara insists.
Today's featured refurbished deals from Apple's online store include unibody MacBooks iPods, and accessories. First up is the 1.83GHz Mac mini for $419. Unibody MacBooks start at $1099 for the 2.0GHz model with 2GB of memory and 160GB hard drive. Current-generation 8GB iPod nanos are available for $99 and come in purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, silver, pink, black. First-generation iPod touch models are available in three configurations 8GB for $159, 16GB for $219 and 32GB for $279. Mac accessories include the wireless Mighty Mouse for $59, wireless keyboard for $69, AirPort Express Base station for $85 and AirPort Extreme for $135.
Today's featured DealNN deal is on the Logitech diNovo Edge Bluetooth keyboard, Mac edition. It is priced at $99 at PCconnection.com, which is about $60 less than the MSRP and it includes FREE shipping. The Logitech diNovo Edge Bluetooth wireless keyboard is cut from a single piece of Plexiglass and set in a brushed aluminum frame, it is rechargeable, and will last for up to one day one a five minute charge.
The grand opening of Apple's latest store in Switzerland has drawn large crowds, as shown in images posted by the Italian Mac-enthusiast site Macitynet. The building, located at 77 Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich, offers over 4,300 square feet of space and employs 70 staff members. The layout is split between two levels, with unique utilization of the below-ground area for a Genius Bar. Following the typical Apple Store design, the architects integrated a large proportion of glass and stainless steel.
Macte! Labs has released a beta version of the Macte! Safari Toolbar, an extension for Apple's web browser. Although most toolbars for Safari are based on hacks, the Macte software is said to rely on officially-documented techniques. Integrated are several search options, including Google, Yahoo and Live. The extension also provides access to services such as e-mail, currency rates, stock prices and Google Translate.
Portable GPS system maker Magellan is likely to soon release its latest Maestro-series navigation device, the 4700, as it has just been spotted and passed tests at the FCC. Hard specs are still unofficial, but the user's manual (PDF) reveals it has a microSD memory card slot for adding multimedia content and a USB connection for charging and connecting to computers. The touchscreen is expected to be 4.7 inches in size, while Bluetooth connectivity with cellphones will allow for hands-free conversations while driving.
MSI on Friday started shipping its Wind U123 netbook to the US. The 10-inch system we tried at CTIA is MSI's first with the slightly faster 1.66GHz Atom N280 and centers on battery life; a relatively large 6-cell pack is stock, and an optional 9-cell unit extends its battery life to over 8 hours. Lid colors are less conservative with blue and red as options.
3D Issue has released the first Mac-compatible version of its digital magazine production software, which converts PDFs into interactive digital booklets that can then be shared over the Internet. The new program is said to be much faster than the Windows version, able to convert a 200-page PDF file in approximately 90 seconds. Users can also analyze statistics, tracking up to 40 different reader figures such as the popularity of ads, articles and searches.
Rogers' first Android phones won't have a cost advantage over iPhones after all if an updated tip proves true. The same BGR source that reported the HTC Dream and Magic would cost $150 on contract now says that price has been boosted to $200 on a typical three-year plan. Contract-free prices have also purportedly been boosted from $550 to $650.
Adobe has posted an early release candidate for the next Camera Raw update, designed to expand support of RAW formats within Photoshop CS4. The v5.4 patch is said to substantially increase the number of compatible cameras, which include recent prominent releases like the Canon Rebel T1i, Nikon D5000 and Panasonic GH1. Some other models now supported are the Olympus E-450 and E-620, the Sigma DP2, the Epson R-D1x and the Kodak EasyShare Z980.
The next revision of the iPhone should be characterized by a dramatic increase in processing power, an alleged scoop by veterain technology writer John Gruber says. He refers to "informed" sources who say the iPhone will jump from its existing 412MHz clock speed to 600MHz but adds that a change in architecture should lead to a disproportionately larger increase in performance. Similar to the leap from Intel's 80486 design to the Pentium, the change is large enough that the difference should be more than the 50 percent gain implied by the clock rate increase.
Arten Science has launched new surveillance software, MonitorMyMac. The program captures screenshots and webcam stills, and can store files locally or remotely, uploading images via FTP for offsite monitoring. A stealth mode allows spying on children or workers without revealing the app's presence; webcams allow the confirmation of a user's identity during screen captures, as well as room/area monitoring.
YummySoup! 1.8 ($20) is a recipe organization tool which features a full screen view and text to speech options. The software also allows cooks to use an Apple Remote to flip through recipes and access an online library of user-created recipes. The new update includes a new feature which can scale recipes. The software determines what scaling factor to used based on how many people the recipe will be for and calculates all the new values. It also makes sure that values are converted to understandable denominations, for example .125 cups is converted into 2 tablespoons. [Download - 5.5MB]
A leak today has revealed that Hitachi is planning the imminent launch of only the second phone to record HD video after Samsung's Omnia HD. Named in the brochure as the Hi-Vision Cam Wooo, the thin swivel phone found by Engadget would have a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording 720p video along with face detection. It would also get HDMI video output and a microSDHC slot that, with an 8GB card, could hold 2 hours of footage.
AT&T is hoping to spur profits on smartphones by altering its consumer plan structure, say reports. The proposed plans would lower data rates in exchange for lower limits on usage. The information comes courtesy of AT&T chief Ralph de la Vega, who recently spoke at the Reuters Global Technology Summit.
Sharp today introduced the world's first 20-inch LCD HDTV with a built-in Blu-ray recorder, the 20-inch AQUOS DX. Combined with a built-in digital TV tuner, the set lets users record digital broadcasts onto BD-R/R DL and BD-RE/RE DL. While users cannot write to DVDs, they can play media stored on them, including MPEG-4 and AVC (H.264) format files. Up to 30 hours and 20 minutes of HD video can be recorded on dual-layer Blu-ray discs in a 7X recording mode.
Best Buy's limited stock of Palm Pre devices has been discovered to be evidence of a much more pronounced shortage. An internal company launch guide obtained by BGR warns that Best Buy Mobile stores will have to manage the release in two phases. The company expects the first phase to be characterized by extremely limited supply until at least late July and that there will be "little or no replenishment" for the first few weeks.
An e-mail in circulation to Vodafone staff in Australia hints at the timing of the next iPhone, a source from the country contends. In particular the e-mail is said to be going out to retail workers, informing them that Vodafone's regional supplier -- Brightpoint -- has marked the 16GB iPhone as "end of life," along with the Nokia 6121. Both items have only a few weeks' worth of stock available, according to the memo.
Numbrix ($5) is a puzzle game where players must fill a grid so that there is a path of numbers from 1 to 81. The game includes 100 different puzzles and additional ones can be downloaded from the internet. Each puzzle starts out with a couple of numbers filled in and players must then create a path of numbers that moves vertically and horizontally from 1 to 81. The game is timed and a users 10 best times for each puzzle are placed on a local leaderboard.
ASUS has confirmed a new, special netbook designed for extra visual performance. The Eee PC 1000HV is a direct sibling of the 1000HE which replaces the Intel integrated graphics with an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3450. The move not only gives it much faster 3D and video playback but also supplies 256MB of dedicated video memory that reclaims more of the 1GB of system RAM for other tasks. It shortens battery life but still results in a relatively long 5 hours of use.
Sony Ericsson's Asia marketing VP Peter Ang today said that the company's first Android-based phones will use Android 2.0 rather than earlier versions of the operating system. Speaking at the launch of several phones in Taiwan, he didn't provide details of the phones themselves but did say to DigiTimes that Android 2.0 would have "more multimedia support" than 1.5. Leaks have suggested the Google OS will also have much tighter integration with social networks, including Twitter.
T-Mobile Austria may have inadvertently spoiled Apple's plans on Friday by posting a teaser (since pulled) product listing for a 32GB iPhone. The placeholder had contained no details but appeared in the "coming soon" section, alluding to an upcoming release. The carrier's Austrian division has been the source of previous leaks of plans and other information ahead of their actual introductions.
Contract manufacturer Wintek has been tapped by Apple to supply touchscreens for a tablet device, Taiwanese integrated circuit designers claimed on Friday. They describe the device as an "e-book form factor netbook" but provide few other details, including when the panels would ship. The news, however, parallels earlier reports of Wintek providing 10-inch touchscreens for the second half of 2009 or later.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE