The Opera mobile browser has surpassed Apple's iPhone browser as the most popular mobile browser internationally, according to numbers collected by the analysis company StatCounter. The two browsers have battled for the lead position over the past six months, with Opera generally losing against mobile Safari from February through April. Sometime in May, however, a spike in Opera usage put the browser up to 24.6 percent while the iPhone fell slightly to 17.9 percent.
Other World Computing has announced new memory and date storage upgrade options for its Axiotron Modbooks, along with a price reduction of $200 on new units. The Axiotron Modbook is a Mac-based tablet computer that utilizes inkwell handwriting-recognition technology to allow users to draw and write directly on the screen. Performance upgrades that are currently available include up to 6GB of memory, up to 820GB storage or 160GB of SSD storage, and a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor.
Rivet has released the Rivet Hard Leather Pouch for the iPhone 3G. The case integrates a protective plastic layer designed to protect the phone within. The leather exterior boasts a vintage style, while the interior is made from a soft microfiber material. The leather pouch can be purchased in combination with the Rivet Kingpin chain, which is used to attach the case to a belt loop.
Fetch Softworks has released an update to its flagship program, Fetch 5.5. The program uploads files to servers, where users can then download the content from remote locations. The update enables users to edit any sort of remote file using any application. The FTP program also utilizes Quick Look, allowing uploaded files to be viewed without leaving the software interface. The file transfer engine has been upgraded to handle larger file transfers and groups of files.
Parliant has updated its small-business phone software, PhoneValet 6. The application features an unlimited number of voice-mail boxes and automated dialing that coordinates with Address Book. Call blocking, recording, logging, and screening functions allow users to filter their calls and manage messages in a variety of ways. The software also features interactive voice response capabilities and e-mail notification of messages. The update enables the program to function with any web browser.
Anthropics has announced that an update to its image editing software, Portrait Professional 9, is available as both a standalone application and a Photoshop plug-in. The software allows users to airbrush photographs to correct undesirable skin appearance. Portrait Professional 9 utilizes the new ClearSkin technology and is claimed to be programed with a knowledge base of "human beauty," referenced to automatically fix pictures.
Boris FX has released a new Boris Continuum unit, 3D Objects. The package is compatible with Adobe After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Motion, and Final Cut Express, and consists of 5 filters that generate 3D animations for video and film. The unit includes Extruded Text that uses AE masks for defining custom bevels, extrusion, and text on path, as well as a Type-On-Text feature that animates 3D text. 3D Objects also features Extruded EPS for importing Adobe Illustrator layered vector logos and graphics, retaining the original file's 3D material presets.
Plasq has updated its digital photo storytelling application, Comic Life Deluxe 1.5, with new drag-and-drop support and import capabilities. The application creates comic book pages featuring users' photos. Version 1.5 allows for creating single panel comics, using one photo to generate a single-panel page. Elements can be added with a click and pages can be duplicated quickly in the new update. Quick-comic creation now supports iPhoto events and comics can now be imported. Version 1.5 also adds a number of bug fixes including proper display of page numbers above 99 and proper balloon/caption expansion when using the Bigger toolbar button.
HTC has sent invitations to a press event to be held in London, UK, according to PhoneMag.com. The teaser simply reads "Come see..." but does not provide any additional details regarding the focus of the event. The company already announced the HTC Snap earlier this year, although a number of reports have provided details surrounding the Android-based Hero handset. The device is said to launch exclusively through Orange in Europe later this year.
Spatial View has released a new program, Wazabee 3DeeInterlacer and the complementary Wazabee 3DeeInterlacing SDK. The program is designed to be used with Wazadee 3DeeShell for creating 3D games, applications, and videos for the iPhone. The 3DeeInterlacing SDK utilizes a runtime feature that allows games and application to run in 3D when using the 3DeeShell. The 3DeeInterlacer generates licenses and enables content to be exported to 3DeeShell-enabled iPhones.
Ironic Software has added a new search engine and revamped interface to its updated file-browsing software, Leap 2.0. Version 2.0 eliminates the use of databases, enabling expanded scalability and faster performance. The update uses the OpenMeta metadata standard, allowing users to tag and rate files without changing the contents of the file. Apple’s Spotlight and other metadata search tools support the OpenMeta standard.
Yenco has released Finance 6.0, its banking software that provides tools for keeping track of bank accounts and managing budgets. Using an account import feature, the program can import files from the earlier Finance 5.0 version. The program also includes numerous features from the company's Framework application. The update also improves the account search feature and the repeating transactions feature which enters preset transactions.
Thinkflood has announced an app for the iPhone and iPod touch that works with the company's RedEye, remote control system. When used in conjunction with the RedEye hub, the app allows users to control televisions, DVRs, game systems, and other home-entertainment devices with their iPhone or iPod touch. The software communicates with the hub using Wi-Fi and does not require line-of-sight to work. RedEye receives the iPhone’s command and uses infrared signals to control the designated devices.
iBuyPower late today made a leap for the speed crown by launching the Battalion 101 M865TU. The system is touted as the fastest current 15-inch notebook largely on the basis of its graphics chipset. Despite its smaller frame, the Battalion has a GeForce GTX 260M with 1GB of RAM capable of rendering modern games smoothly. It can also be customized with up to a 2.93GHz Core 2 Duo and multiple solid-state drive options, with the fastest being Intel's 80GB X25-M.
Photo fx ($3) provides users with 26 different customizable photo filters and 27 different film looks. The filters have been broken down into five different categories and includes effects such as: black and white, black pro-mist, color spot, night vision and pencil. The software is also able to crop, rotate, and straighten images.
Actus LLC, patent holding company based in Marshall, Texas, has sued Apple, Amazon, Ebay, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, and a number of other companies for infringing on several patents relating to methods for "conducting electronic commerce transactions using electronic tokens." The patents - Nos. 7,328,189; 7,249,099; 7,177,838; and 7,376,621 - were originally filed by a company named PayByClick.
At the Computex show on Tuesday, computer memory, solid state drive and USB drive maker Corsair showed off its first PC chassis, the Obsidian Series 800D. The full tower chassis supports up to five 5.25-inch drives and six 3.5-inch drives in its steel construction, along with support for ATX, Extended ATX and micro ATX mainboards. The chassis is matte black throughout, while its faceplate is made of brushed aluminum.
Canon is rumored by a magazine to be getting set to release two new high-end professional DSLR cameras before the end of 2009. While there are little to no specifications available on either, one is expected to have the same 24x36mm sensor as the 1D Mark III while being even faster in terms of continuous shooting and may simply be called 1D Mark IV. It's reportedly due out in August.
Qualcomm on Monday announced the upcoming launch of its 802.11n wireless local-area networking (WLAN) chip for portable electronics devices such as cell phones and MIDs, the WCN1312. The 7mm by 7mm device can support data transfer speeds as fast as 72Mbps. Built on 65nm CMOS technology, it contains a 2.4GHz 802.11n baseband processor, media-access controller, RF transceiver and other necessary hardware.
Agile Web Solutions has released an update to its password management application for the iPhone and iPod touch, 1Password 2.0. The software allows users to store and organize multiple passwords, and integrates with a web browser so that users only have to enter a password once. Version 2.0 offers several new features, including Wi-Fi sync with a Mac, viewing and e-mailing sync history, and the editing of wallet items.
Stoking expectations, Samsung today posted a teaser and sent an invitation for a press event to introduce new phones, including smartphones and other devices using multiple operating systems. It doesn't provide any immediate clues to SlashPhone or others but does say that some information will surface as early as June 5th. Simultaneous gatherings in Dubai, London and Singapore should mark the debut.
Radtech has expanded its line of laptop accessories with the CompuShell, a protective hard-shell case. Made from a heat-extracting aluminum, the case shields the notebook from scrapes and scratches while providing a 6.5mm bottom panel that channels air and helps keep the device cool. The case is capable of holding 15-inch or smaller notebooks, with space for the power supply and accessories such as a mouse or USB cable. The inside of the case is lined with cushioning for impact protection, while the outside locks with two steel-alloy latches for additional security.
NVIDIA on Tuesday announced that the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has initially rejected 41 patent infringement claims regarding seven patents Rambus has filed against NVIDIA back in July of 2008. NVIDIA challenged these claims in November of 2008, when Rambus filed a complaint in an International Trade Commission (ITC) action. All patent infringement claims from Rambus relate to memory controllers in graphics processors.
Apple has finally concluded efforts at testing the push notification technology in iPhone 3.0, developers say. Although push first became a coding option in April, heavy server testing only began in May, through the deployment of an early Associated Press application. The test was originally scheduled to last a week, making its run into June a sign of technical problems, or simply a desire to be as thorough as possible.
Sony at its E3 presentation today showed an early prototype for a new motion controller for the PlayStation 3. The device uses a combination of an Eye cam and an illuminated sphere to track the wand-shaped device in 3D space. Like the Wii's MotionPlus add-on, it's accurate "within millimeters" and can recognize distance, orientation, rotation and other characteristics. Since it works with a camera, however, it can be used to overlay objects in the real world, such as the player's weapon.
Comcast is about to launch a major price cut on its fastest Internet access, a leak indicated on Tuesday. Normally $140 per month, it's reported by a source for BBR to be dropping to $100 and will likely do so sometime after June 20th. The cost would apply to those who already have at least one other Comcast service, though Internet-only service would still drop to $116 per month at the same time.
Information has emerged on two new Apple Stores, located on opposite sides of the United States. The most prominent is Apple's fourth New York City outlet, which while acknowledged by the company has not been given an official location. Reports now suggest that the store is under construction in Manhattan's Upper West Side, at the corner of 67th and Broadway. The site was formerly a Victoria's Secret, but has already been surrounded by a facade resembling the cubic shape of an Apple Store. Photos can be seen below.
Sony this afternoon confirmed the existence of the PSP Go, its first major redesign of its handheld console. The new slider design reflects a shift towards download-only content and drops the UMD disc loader entirely in favor of 16GB of built-in flash memory that helps it slim down. Users can either download software directly over Wi-Fi or transfer it from a PC or PS3. A Memory Stick Micro slot gives it extra room. The PSP Go also gets Bluetooth to pair with headsets or cellphones themselves for communications.
Microsoft today ended speculation and said it would ship Windows 7 on October 22nd. The launch applies to all versions and confirms statements from Acer that it would have the new OS preloaded on its PCs just a day later. Pricing for individual upgrade and full installs hasn't been mentioned.
Garmin-ASUS today at Computex indicated that it would launch an Android phone in early 2010. While short on details, the smartphone partnership said it would still use Garmin's GPS navigation and that it wouldn't override Google's own Maps feature. A chance exists that the phone will ship earlier than the official schedule, ASUS' associate marketing VP Jacqueline Yang says, though how likely this is wasn't detailed.
Closely following Intel's news of its CULV platform, rival chipmaker AMD at Computex on Tuesday announced its dual-core Athlon Neo chip is now shipping to makers of ultra-thin and light notebooks. The dual-core Neo will be aimed at the same clients as Intel's CULV CPUs. All the specs for the dual-core CPU, which goes by the Conesus codename, are not yet known, however. What is known is that is sports 1MB of L2 cache, a DDR2 memory controller and more power-miserly 45nm construction.
Computer makers HP and Dell will both launch netbooks and all-in-one desktop PCs running on NVIDIA's Ion platform sometime between the start of July and the end of September, says a Tuesday Digitimes report. The unnamed industry sources claim the two manufacturers will join ASUS, Foxconn, Lenovo and Pegatron in providing Ion-based computers, all of which have been linked earlier to the hybrid graphics and system chipset. Models and their features aren't mentioned in the slip.
T-Mobile this afternoon said it would release details of its sequel to the G1 later this month with the expectation of shipping the phone itself sometime in early summer. The company doesn't provide any details of the phone itself but is known to be bringing a localized version of the HTC Magic with T-Mobile-native 3G and an upgraded 5-megapixel camera. It will likely be branded as the G2 and should be thinner and sleeker in return for dropping the hardware QWERTY keyboard in favor of software-only input.
Involver 1.3 ($30) is a invoice building application that features support for multiple companies and clients. The software allows users to manage past an present invoices, search through an archive of your invoices and track which clients are up to date with their payments. Users will also find features such as pre-formatted invoice printing, PDF export, customizable invoices and universal currency support. The update has added the ability to create reports, includes one click label printing, and has expanded the amount of text the notes feature can handle. Several bugs that affected formating and printing have also been fixed. [Download - 3.2MB]
Mobinnova has announced the élan, a netbook based on one of NVIDIA's fledgling Tegra processors. The system features an 8.9-inch display, which in combination with the Tegra chip is capable of 720p video as well as accelerated Flash content. 3G and Wi-Fi connections are built in, along with a webcam with unspecified resolution. The exact model of Tegra is also unknown.
Nintendo chose its E3 press event to give an early look at the Wii Vitality Sensor. The add-on attaches to a Wii remote and measures a player's pulse rate by inserting a finger into its slot. Rather than try to stir up gamers, the sensor can be used to encourage them to slow down their pulses and relax, the company's Satoru Iwata says.
OCZ at Computex today upgraded its solid-state drives with its first drive built from the start as a 3.5-inch SATA II desktop drive. The Colossus fills out the bay area by pairing two drives together in a RAID 0 stripe. OCZ isn't prepared to make performance claims but should deliver much faster performance through the Colossus than any of its 2.5-inch drives while doubling the maximum capacity.
As hinted at through earlier word from the company, Apple has relaunched its One to One retail training program. Still costing $99 in annual fees, membership in the program can now only be had at the time of a Mac purchase, which in turn must be made through Apple's phone, retail or online ordering services. One to One was formerly available to anyone willing to pay.
GreatCall on Tuesday the new Jitterbug J cell phone is now available across the US. It brings a clamshell design to the simplified design with large-sized buttons and self-evident functions that render it easier to use for both younger and older owners. It continues to have a unique customer support infrastructure with 24/7 help that can dial numbers for clients and enable or disable services as users wish, or even enter numbers into their phonebooks for them. A MyCalendar feature will be added sometime this summer that can be updated by users via MyJitterbug website or by calling a Jitterbug operator, with the updates coming to the handset over the air.
SanDisk Corporation released its Netbook SDHC removable flash memory card on Tuesday, available in both 8GB and 16GB capacities. The product is meant to expand the limited storage space found on the increasingly popular netbook computers, especially those equipped with smaller -- typically less than 32GB -- solid state drives (SSDs). In netbooks with traditional hard drives, storage space is less of an issue, as they are typically at least 160GB in capacity.
As promised, Canadian provider Rogers today launched its Android phone lineup. The carrier is the first outside of T-Mobile to use Android in North America and the first to have an official version of the HTC Magic. Both it and the HTC Dream vary from the T-Mobile G1 through extra hooks for Rogers services as well as built-in Microsoft Exchange push mail support.
The General Assembly of North Carolina has approved a new tax bill specifically geared towards attracting an Apple server farm, the Associated Press writes. The bill was approved by the state Senate on Monday night with a 40-to-8 vote, leaving only a signature from Gov. Beverly Perdue in the way of transformation into law. The final debate is reported to have lasted less than a minute, with Republican Senator Tom Apodaca noting that the state has been focusing too heavily on attracting large corporations, at the expense of small businesses.
Sanyo on Tuesday announced it will soon add two ultraportable projectors, the PLC-XW250 and the PLC-XW200, to its imaging lineup. Either sports a 1280x768 native resolution and is meant for use in education, especially K-12. Sanyo is touting the pair's eco-power stand-by mode as a breakthrough feature; it uses up just 0.4W of power, which represents an 80% improvement over a previous generation Sanyo projector, the PLC-XW60. Their packaging is also greener with easily recyclable pulp molds instead of plastic or styrofoam.
ViewSonic this morning released three Graphics Series displays that all share a 16:9 aspect ratio and a particularly thin bezel tailored to multi-display setups. The 20-inch VG2027wm, 22-inch VG2227wm and the 24-inch VG2427wm have contrast ratios as high as 20,000:1 as well as an Eco Mode that drops power use by about 40 percent. DVI, VGA and two USB ports provide video input and peripherals.
Acer at Computex today said it would be the first to produce netbooks using Google's Android platform. Company IT product president Jim Wong expects the systems to appear in the summer and that the Linux-based systems will still use Intel Atom processors. He didn't provide prices, though the Android netbooks should be less expensive than Windows versions as Google doesn't charge for licenses where Microsoft asks for $15 for each copy of Windows XP.
Canadian carrier Rogers has made some significant alterations to its iPhone Value Packs, which supplement the the basic voice and data plans for Apple's handheld with features like call display and text messaging. Of significance is that the Smartphone and Visual Voicemail packs are now $20 per month, having formerly cost $15. The Smartphone pack provides "enhanced" voicemail instead of the iPhone-native Visual format.
Adobe and NVIDIA on Tuesday said they would work together to enable GPU acceleration in Flash. The approach will let at least NVIDIA's hardware take on the rendering for both animations and video, including H.264 footage. The efforts should scale from handhelds using NVIDIA's Tegra line up through to full-size desktop cards.
At the E3 gaming expo on Tuesday Logitech announced the upcoming release of its first ever force feedback flight simulator for Windows PCs that sports authentic controls, the Flight System G940. The design of the peripheral was based on the actual control found in military and commercial planes and helicopters. There are three distinct components in the G940, including the force feedback joystick, dual throttles and rudder pedals. There are over 250 programmable button options between the two hand controls.
Matching an existing iPhone version, Truphone has released v3.0 of its VoIP software for the iPod touch. Using Wi-Fi, people can make free calls to Skype, Google Talk and other Truphone users, as well as paid calls to landlines and cellphones. Accounts can be topped up without leaving the app, and the cost of a call can be estimated using rate charts, or calculated exactly once completed.
Acer today provided US details of its Timeline notebooks using Intel's new CULV platform for ultraportables. The least expensive of the group is also the largest and starts with the 15.6-inch AS5810TZ-4657; it costs $598 with a 1.3GHz Pentium, 3GB of memory, a 320GB hard drive and an internal DVD burner. It totes the Timeline series' multi-touch trackpad as well as 802.11n Wi-Fi, a webcam and HDMI output.
Nokia today finally set a launch window for its N97 flagship smartphone. The company's second-ever touchscreen device ships in June to 75 countries and should include a version with 3G support for North American carriers. It continues to have the same 3.5-inch 640x360 display, 32GB of built-in storage, 5-megapixel camera, GPS and Wi-Fi. The N97 is also Nokia's first device with a customizable home screen with widgets for Facebook, news and weather.
Intel at Computex today formally outlined the details of its mid-year refresh of its notebook processors, including its Consumer Ultra Low Voltage (CULV) platform. The new platform is intended to bring ultraportable designs to low-cost but still reasonably fast systems and centers on Intel's new GS40 mobile chipset. The technology is a fraction the size of the regular notebook platform, permitting far smaller and thinner systems, but still has a GMA 4500 graphics core capable of full hardware HD video decoding, higher-level 3D features and native HDMI output.
Iomega is targeting Mac users by adding a triple-interface model to its recently updated eGo line of portable hard drives. The eGo Portable Hard Drive For Mac is equipped with separate FireWire 400 and 800 ports as well as USB 2.0, and comes pre-formatted in the HFS+ file system. Mac-specific backup applications are also included.
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Apple brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada
After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr
Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive,Â Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard DiskÂ Drive,Â GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN