Lithium Corp has launched a beta version of Lithium Console 5, a set of network, server and storage monitoring applications. Lithium provides support for industry standard SNMP and proprietary monitoring protocols, such as those used by Apple’s Xserve, Xsan, and Xserve RAID devices. The beta version offers improved incident reporting and e-mail alerts, a new Module Builder application for creating device modules using third-party SNMP MIBs, and the ability to view network, server and storage monitoring data from Lithium Touch on the iPhone and iPod touch.
Indications of new iPhone hardware have surfaced on the Dutch T-Mobile activity system, according to iPhoneclub. The Dutch website says multiple tipsters have noticed the addition of new iPhones into the T-Mobile phone catalog, with at least one source providing an alleged screenshot. The image of the catalog lists both black and white models with 16GB and 32GB capacities, as well as two entries identified as "iPhone 2009 (NTB)" and "iPhone 3G 8GB Black V2." iPhoneclub suggests the images confirm T-Mobile will have exclusive rights to sell the iPhone in the Netherlands.
Vaughn S. Cordero of VSC/Macsupport has released a new version of the iPhone backup-browsing utility, MobileSyncBrowser 3.0. The software is used to keep a local copy of the information contained in the iPhone’s SMS and Notes applications, as well as the recent call history. In the latest upgrade, compatibility has been added for the upcoming iPhone OS 3.0. Support for iTunes 8.2 has also been improved, providing both new and enhanced previews, along with better performance and stability. Available localizations now include US English, German, French and Spanish.
app4mac has updated two of its programs, Jump 1.1 and Presto 1.1. The latter is used to instantly type frequently-used phrases, and adds new features such as automatic date updates and text insertion. The update also enables abbreviation improvements, including import and export capabilities, while providing an impression of the abbreviations list.
RadTech has released the Bezel Blaster polishing package. The product is used to remove scratches on the back panel or bevel of an iPhone. The package consists of two parts, a 1500-grit refining pad that removes scratches and an Optex polishing cloth used to clean the iPhone before and after removing scratches.
KeynotePro has released a new presentation theme for Keynote '09, MagnetBoard. The theme consists of various whole-framed and mixed-element layouts. The theme includes Freeform Master templates that enable users to create their own slide layouts using the included Supplemental Objects library. The MagnetBoard theme is available in 3 editions that feature a variety of of master templates and screen sizes.
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Comixology fires up $6 all-you-can-read service
Amazon-owned Comixology has launched an all-you-can-read comic subscription service. After a 30-day free trial, for $6 a month, subscribers can draw from a large selection of the Comixology library, minus Marvel and DC comics. For now, the service is US-only. http://bit.ly/1WMAOft
QuarkXPress 2016 now shipping
Quark is now shipping QuarkXPress 2016, the newest version of Quark's graphic design and desktop publishing software that now features near-WYSIWYG fixe HTML5 publishing as well as improved operability with InDesign and Illustrator and support for multi-Color Gradient Blends, OpenType Stylistic Sets, a Color Picker (Eyedropper tool), Touchpads for Pinch and Zoom (Mac only) and more. Users on any previous version of QuarkXPress (versions 3-10) can upgrade to version 2016 for $350, while QuarkXPress 2015 users can upgrade to 2016 for $180; new licenses are available for $850 (education licenses are available for $90). http://bit.ly/1OL23Pu
Kanex debuts GoPower USB-C for MacBooks
Kanex today introduced its GoPower USB-C, a portable power solution designed to charge a USB-C MacBook on the go along with an iPhone or iPad simultaneously. Featuring 15,000 mAh of power--capable of charging an iPhone 6s seven times or the USB-C MacBook one full time--the GoPower USB-C Portable Battery features one 3A USB-C port and one 2.4A port for other devices, priority charging detection technology and a pass-thru charging to your devices when the battery is plugged into a power source. http://bit.ly/1TKaf8z
i.am+ EPs earphones are Apple Store exclusive
Musician turned consumer electronics entrepreneur Will.i.am has launched a new pair of Bluetooth wireless earphones, dubbed the i.am+ EPs. The new earphones are an Apple Store exclusive, and feature large 14mm drivers and aptX support for high-quality wireless streaming. The i.am+ EPs support A2DP controls, have a 30-foot range and can last up to six hours on a charge. The design is said to be inspired by the "iconic shape of vinyl records," and are made from spun metal and paired with a woven fabric cord. When not in use, the EPs magnetically click into place around the neck. The iam+ EPs are available now at select Apple Store and Apple.com for $230, are available in gold-on-black or black-on-black. http://bit.ly/1OKVlt2
Ultimate Ears debuts UE Roll 2 speaker
On Tuesday, audio accessory maker Ultimate Ears unveiled a new version of the UE Roll Bluetooth speaker. The new UE Roll 2, which sells for $100, looks identical to the previous version, but gets about 15 percent louder. In addition, the unit now supports a Bluetooth source signal up to 100 feet away, an improvement on the original's 65-foot limit. While both the old and new versions of the UE Roll offer an IPX7 waterproof rating, the company now includes a blow-up "floaty" with the speaker to avoid the risk of prolonged exposure. The new unit will begin general shipping next month. http://bit.ly/1TJWE0Z
Philips launches Hue White Ambiance bulbs
Philips latest HomeKit-compatible Hue light bulbs have hit the market. The new Hue White Ambiance bulbs are designed to allow users to control their color temperature to enhance either focus, or create a more relaxing tone. Combined with the latest update to the Philips Hue app, the new bulbs can be set according to user "routines." The "wake-up" mode gently turns up the brightness of the bulb, while conversely, the "go to sleep" mode gradually reduces the color temperature and brightness. The Philips Hue White Ambiance starter kit retails for $130, while single bulbs sell for $30. http://bit.ly/1TJT3Qn
Pluggable Technologies three-display USB-C dock
Peripheral company Plugable Technologies today launched the industry's first wave of USB-C docking stations with both Power Delivery and DisplayPort Alternate Mode support. The Plugable UD-CA1 Docking Station integrates support for both of these new capabilities, along with the full set of standard USB docking features like wired network, audio, and extra USB ports. Model UD-ULTCDL builds on this, adding support for three total displays using DisplayLink USB virtual graphics technology. The UD-CA1 retails for $129, with the UD-ULTCDL selling for $179, and available soon. http://bit.ly/1TrVVTJ