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QuickerTek has launched its Quicky Jr. II, a wireless networking range extender that connects via USB to any recent Mac. Designed specifically for notebooks, the new extender is rated to triple the Mac's wireless range. It works without any external adapters, drawing power from the USB port, and uses a single driver for plug-and-play operation. The Quicky Jr. II weighs just half an ounce and is just six inches long for easy portability.
Xeric Design has released EarthDesk 5.0, featuring a complete rewrite in Cocoa, faster rendering and higher resolution maps. The realtime desktop worldmap provides users with an image of Earth featuring Sun, Moon and city-based illumination and cloud cover. The Cocoa rewrite provides a new rendering engine for both faster rendering speed and lower processor usage. It is a 32- and 64-bit application that is Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6) ready. Version 5.0 also adds seasonal maps with changing snow and vegetation levels and a higher resolution map for large displays. It can now provide cloud data as well.
Netgear on Monday launched the RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N Router WNDR3300, featuring an eight-antennae setup that delivers more channels, less interference and better connections. The dual-band Wireless-N router offers the bandwidth to support simultaneously surfing the Internet, e-mailing, streaming HD video, playing online games and making VoIP calls. The new router adds a "Push 'N' Connect" feature that allows users to quickly and securely add computers to the wireless network.
Image leaks appear to corroborate reports of Nikon's upcoming D3000 and D300s DSLRs. The D3000 is expected to be a scaled-down version of the company's D5000, with a smaller body and lacking a swivel LCD display. An alleged image posted on LensTip shows a shorter stature and reduced-size flash components, potentially indicating a smaller viewfinder. The device also omits a microphone, while the smaller cover for ports suggests an HDMI connection is also missing.
Hercules has announced the ePlug, a new Ethernet extender that helps deliver internet access to any room in a house that has an electrical socket. When plugging the device in the ePlug uses the existing electrical wiring to provide broadband (cable/DSL) access throughout the home. The Adapter also helps protect the user’s information by keeping the network within the home, and includes its own password and pre-secured network. Additional features provide a pairing button for adding other ePlug adapters, and a web interface for monitoring the Powerline Communications Network, checking transfer speeds and reseting passwords.
Asus has introduced the SBC-04D1S-U, an external Blu-ray burner featuring a slim form-factor. The device stands vertically and provides a gloss-black finish, with controls for the brightness of an external blue LED. When writing to discs, the burner supports 4.8X speeds for BD-ROM/R/RE media, 8X for DVD+R discs and 24X for the CD-R format.
In brief: Tenonedesign.com has announced its $500 art challenge for all Pogo Stylus users who draw, sketch and doodle with its touch-screen tool. AmazingMail.com has introduced its latest web-to-print service for the iPhone that allows developers to integrate on-demand printing capabilities, enabling users to send personalized mail directly from the iPhone. Rexi Media has launched a new application for delivering professional presentation training to iPhone users.
Beyond.com (free) is an application for browsing jobs from thousands of top-tier industry and local career websites. Users can search for jobs by keyword or location, view details for each entry or bookmark them for later use. The software also allows users to browse career articles that contain advice on job searching, resume writing and other information.
Apple on Friday released a System Management Controller (SMC) firmware update for its MacBook Air devices. The latest version expands compatibility for newer service-replacement batteries. Users can download the updater, close any open applications and follow the installation steps before restarting the machine.
id Software has released Doom Resurrection, a first-person shooter for the iPhone and iPod touch. The game continues to develop the story from earlier versions based on computer platforms. Gamers take the role of a Marine that must defeat 'Hell's minions' created as a result of a research experiment at a facility on Mars. The app includes a variety of weapons such as assault rifles, chainsaws and shotguns, among others.
Apple employees have allegedly observed that Steve Jobs is 'looking good' on his first official day back at the company headquarters, according to The Loop. The CEO still appeared thin following a liver transplant procedure, although he is said to have shown "more color in his face and looked happy."
Unofficial specs of the upcoming rumored Canon T1 DSLR were released as an update to last week's rumors, which had Canon releasing it on Tuesday, June 30th. The specs put the T1's sensor at 15.1 megapixels, give it a 3-inch non-articulating LCD and 7-point autofocusing.
callas has posted an update to pdfToolbox, its signature publishing suite. The software is claimed to handle every stage of PDF workflow, from initial creation through to font and color management, as well as preflight. Layers allow users to selective combine or separate elements. Version 4 lets users generate a PDF directly from layers or layer views; the feature primarily aids in creating alternate versions of a document, such as foreign translations.
A rumor floated on Monday by Photo Rumors has provided detailed but admittedly unofficial specs for the upcoming Samsung GX-30 digital SLR camera. The new camera is said to feature a 15-megapixel CMOS sensor (14.6 effective megapixels) housed in an environmentally-sealed magnesium alloy body. There is a 3-inch AMOLED display that swings out and tilts and has a Live View feature with contrast AF, face detection and tracking AF in addition to a viewfinder.
Dell's rumored smartphone may only be an Internet-capable handheld, a leak today says. A contact for the Wall Street Journal supports the belief that an Android-based touchscreen device is in the works but that it won't have phone features. It should be slightly larger than the iPod touch and would instead focus on Internet access.
The ZigBee Alliance on Monday it is developing the ZigBee Green Power feature set that would allow for the development of self-powered, energy-harvesting electronics devices. With 300 members from across the world, ZigBee says the new technology standard will be compatible with existing ZiGbee and ZigBee PRO networks. It will allow for the creation of new, maintenance-free products that do not require wires and batteries.
The US Supreme Court today rejected an appeal by film studios and television networks of a New York court ruling that would allow a new type of digital video recorder service from Cablevision. A report says the justices refused to review a ruling made by a US Court of Appeals in New York that said Cablevision's proposed service would not directly infringe the copyrights of the media companies that produce the recorded movie and TV programs. No reason for the rejection was given.
Nokia could paradoxically favor the iPhone rather than its own devices for employee discounts if info discovered today proves true. Where staff reportedly get a 10 percent discount on the flagship N97, the Inquirer understands that those same workers would receive a 17 percent discount on a new iPhone 3GS. It's not clear whether this applies to the unsubsidized prices or to contract plans.
Owners of the original 2G iPhone should be able to enable MMS messaging, ignoring carrier support, hackers say. While a phone must first have jailbroken iPhone 3.0 firmware, the remaining process is described as relatively simple, requiring only the Cydia framework and the ActivateMMS2G distribution. Alternately, the manual process involves unpacking a file called mms2g.deb on an iPhone, then applying patch files and custom user settings.
Comcast on Monday marked the launch of its own 4G Internet access in the form of High-Speed 2go [currently a sign-in page]. The service depends on Clearwire's WiMAX network and supplies peak real-world speeds of about 4Mbps downstream anywhere within the coverage range. Like service from Clearwire or Sprint, it's not locked to a particular location and can be had either for mobile use or else as a fixed install at home.
A major smartphone manufacturer is due to launch a phone based on NVIDIA's Tegra platform, the company has let slip in interviews. One of the "top five" smartphone producers should have a phone based on the advanced graphics technology before the end of the year. The company has also said in a discussion with CrunchGear that it should reach AT&T and T-Mobile for about $199.
Wireless provider Sprint on Monday announced it will offer the Motorola Clutch i465 later this summer. First offered by Sprint subsidiary Boost Mobile, the Clutch is a rugged device that meets the US military's 810F specifcations and is rated to withstand temperature and altitude extremes, as well as exposure to dust, shock, vibration and solar radiation. The device is also the first device with a full QWERTY keyboard to run on Sprint's iDEN push-to-talk network.
The Windows Mobile cellular platform is being rechristened as Windows Phone, says Microsoft's French product chief for the software, Audrey Zolghadr. The name change should come with a fall OS update -- formerly known as Windows Mobile 6.5 -- and harmonize the interfaces for updated services including Marketplace, MyPhone and the various Live options, such as Messenger and Hotmail. When it launches the Marketplace should contain some 600 certified applications, a fraction of the approximate 20,000 apps in wide distribution.
PQI has recently released the Cool Drive U360, which connects two computers via their USB ports and allows high-speed (claimed to be 17MBps) file transfers between them. A flash drive in capacities ranging between 4GB and 16GB holds software that syncs folders in the two computers as well as Outlook data when using a Windows PC. Shared folders can also be browsed on either end of the link.
Steve Jobs has resumed his active role at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, following a six-month leave of absence, according to Bloomberg. The CEO initially will be present only a few days a week during the transition to his normal duties. Although Jobs will still spend some time at home, he is expected to quickly resume a full schedule.
Some owners of the iPhone 3GS are finding their devices overheating, MacNN can confirm. Public accounts of problems originated in France, where one 16GB 3GS user has noted that his phone ran unusually hot during recent testing. The owner later discovered pink-tinged marks on the white backing of his device, roughly surrounding the location of the battery.
Hannspree on Monday announced it has brought its 25-inch ST251MKB 1080p LCD HDTV set to the US market. The set is the first and smallest in the new ST series, which designates mainstream, budget digital TVs. Capable of supporting 1080p resolution, the ST251MKB also sports a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 2ms response time. Brightness is rated at 300cd/m2 while the dynamic contrast ratio is 10,000:1.
Today 1.8 ($15) is a calendar information and organization tool for the Mac. The application retrieves events and tasks that have been entered into iCal and then displays them within a small window. Users can also use the software to create or filter events, and navigate from day to day. The new release has prepared the application for the move to Snow Leopard and also updated the French localization. Additionally, several bugs have been fixed, including one which could prevent new calendars from being read. [Download - 3MB]
Gateway has quietly updated its P series FX gaming notebooks with a pair of updated and lower-cost models compared to what it's offered in the past. The 17-inch P-7809u is new and has a Montevina refresh-era 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo despite costing less than the earlier P-7805u. It also has a full 500GB of hard drive space (up from 320GB), 4GB of RAM and the previously-used 1GB GeForce 9800M key to its gaming credentials.
Samsung will be one of the next PC makers to launch a netbook based on NVIDIA's Ion platform based on a combination of a leak. Shown briefly during an NVIDIA presentation, the N510 is now known by insiders for Blogeee to use Ion to significantly improve 3D graphics and HD video decoding. It will also be Samsung's largest netbook-class system with a 11.6-inch display, although a very narrow bezel should reduce the overall footprint of the computer.
Apple has at last chosen a location for a North Carolina server farm, reports say. Though the company confirmed intentions for an iDataCenter on June 3rd, with plans to invest $1 billion in the state over the course of nine years, it has not so far announced a specific location. Representatives for the town of Maiden, however, have scheduled a July 6th press conference, in which they are expected to formally acknowledge a deal with Apple.
AgfaPhoto on Monday unveiled its new 6-megapixel DC-600uw point and shoot camera. The entry is one of the company's few rugged models and is rated to withstand submersion in water up to 33 feet deep. Other than to resistance to water, the DC-600uw can also withstand shock from drops as well as dust and dirt.
Taiwanese PC builder Acer is poised to outpace Dell and get second place in PC industry market share, new insights show. The New York Times notes that Acer gained 3 percent world market share last year compared to a near-flat 0.1 percent for Dell and that the gap closed this past quarter to just 2 percent. The difference is attributed to a clearer focus on PCs than Dell as well as an emphasis on lower-cost systems and a much leaner inventory system that sees Acer worry less about stock.
The batteries in Apple's new MacBook Pros hold up to testing, but have some definite tradeoffs, notes Walt Mossberg. The All Things Digital writer recently tested 13- and 15-inch systems, placing their batteries under heavy strain by enabling Wi-Fi, maximizing brightness, disabling all power-saving functions, and looping music playback. The 13-inch computer held out for just under five hours, while the 15-inch model lasted five hours and 21 minutes.
AVerMedia on Monday announced it has released its AVerTVHD Duet dual TV tuner in North America. The Windows 7-compatible product can receive over-the-air HD Digital TV signals (ATSC) or unencrypted digital cable (ClearQAM) and can either record two programs simultaneously or else allow users to watch one program while recording another. AVerTVHD Duet sports a PCI Express interface that is faster than a traditional PCI connection.
Several major cellphone makers today agreed to support a European Union push for a universal charger standard. Apple, LG, Motorola, Nokia, RIM, Samsung and Sony Ericsson have signed a deal with the European Commission that will see micro USB become the default connector for powering cellphones in the continent. Chipset producers like NEC, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments have also agreed to the deal.
Apple Stores in the United States are experiencing widespread shortages of the iPhone 3GS, the company's stock-tracking systems show. As of Sunday, 13 out of 211 stores were completely sold out of the 3GS, in any capacity. The most difficult model to find is said to be the 16GB white phone, which is absent from more than half of locations at 121.
Sony is just now developing a gaming-themed phone that would be targeted explicitly at the iPhone, Japan's Nikkei BP said this weekend. The company is supposedly creating a device team as soon as July that would merge the gaming qualities of the PSP with its Sony Ericsson handsets. It's implied that the device would have a touchscreen to better position the device against Apple's hardware.
An apparent leak late Sunday suggests that Vodafone may be interested in buying T-Mobile's British division. Reported sources for FT have the former either buying the smaller UK carrier or else establishing a joint venture. The deal would be possible thanks to T-Mobile's widely rumored dire financial state, which may have left the company with little choice but to look for a partner.
Intel may be accelerating the launch of its first 32 nanometer desktop parts to this year if claims circulated by mainboard producers are accurate. Its first dual-core processors based on the most recent Nehalem architecture, nicknamed Clarkdale, was originally thought to be shipping in early 2010 but is now said by DigiTimes to be releasing these processors late this year. Production would be limited at first but would already have 32nm chips overtaking Core 2 Quad processors in terms of volume.
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Apple Music in Taiwan, now up to 113 countries
Apple Music has now added its 113th country, Taiwan, to its expanding list of areas where it offers its paid subscription service. The price in the country will start at NT$150 (about $4.50 US) for an individual subscription, and that now includes (as it does in the rest of the world) the formerly free-but-ad-supported iTunes Radio feature, which as in other countries will be customized somewhat to offer channels of locally-popular music styles. Following on the heels of the addition of the service to Turkey, Apple Music is now available in 16 countries and regions -- including China, India, Russia, and Japan -- where Spotify has not yet arrived. http://apple.co/1Q3yI2e
Invisible wall mount for iPad Pro, mini
Computing hardware mounting company Wall-Smart has announced the availability the new "invisible" wall mount, with models for the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 -- all with no bezel. The invisible mount includes ÂPower Over Ethernet to USB, which allows charging while in-wall, and is available for both drywall and solid surfaces such as solid wood panels or partition walls. Prices vary widely by iPad model, and required mounting hardware. http://bit.ly/1SE5jCO
Kingston buys IronKey secure USB tech
Kingston Digital today announced it has acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey from Imation. In addition to Kingston's acquisition, encryption services leader DataLocker has purchased the IronKey Enterprise Management Services platform which provides centralized management to encrypted USB drives. Kingston and DataLocker claim that there will be no interruption in service provided, or available products as a result of the consolidations. http://bit.ly/1QQk9SZ
View-Master VR device in Apple Store
Apple has started to sell a Google Cardboard-style VR headset modeled on a classic Mattel toy. Initially launched early last year, the View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack for $30 is designed to use an iPhone as a display, with a Preview Reel and lever system mimicking the toy's switching between images to take users between different VR apps and scenes. http://bit.ly/1RhJW8y
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