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iFM Radio Browser released
Griffin has announced the iFM Radio Browser, an iPhone application to accompany its recently-released Griffin Navigate FM transmitter. The application enables the iPhone to interact with FM radio, while listing artist information playing on the chosen station. iFM Radio Browser provides song titles, albums, the artists biography, and upcoming concert dates. iFM Radio Browser also provides iTunes links, enabling users to purchase each song or place the content on a wish list.
Bookworm Adventures 2
PopCap on Wednesday announced a sequel to its Bookworm Adventures game. The second edition includes three new books including "Fractured Fairytales," "The Monkey King," and "Astounding Planets," consisting of ten chapters each. Bookworm Adventures 2 also features a new Infinite Replay gaming mode where users fight against the villains from a chosen book, along with a new Arena mode which requires users to spell words quickly to win. The title also provides six mini-games, including "Mutant Words," "Golden Coins," and "Word Up," as well as 130 new enemies and 20 new treasures.
WhoPaste 2.0 ships
Mac-Chi has launched WhoPaste 2.0, upgrading the contact utility with improved support for the productivity management software Daylite. The user interface is also upgraded with a minimalist toolbar and full drag-and-drop support. For users working with non-English contacts, Version 2.0 adds language-based hint files for organizing names, job titles and street addresses. Managed lists, additional AppleScript options and country-based parameters are also new.
Fishdom H2O comes to Mac
Playrix Entertainment has announced that its hidden object game, Fishdom H2O: Hidden Odyssey, is now available for Mac OS X. Originally released in April for the PC, the game requires players to help a young marine biologist, Jennifer, as she tries to win the best aquarium award. Users must venture to the bottom of the sea and find various hidden objects to sell for cash. The funds can then be used to purchase ornaments and sea creatures for three aquariums with unique themes.
Freeway 5.4 launches
Softpress has released Freeway 5.4, upgrading the website design software with an extended CSS menu creation tool and an AddThis action for social bookmarking. The upgrade also adds numerous bugfixes and several smaller enhancements to current options. The CSS menu tool adds background photo positioning, pixel-width support alignment options and undefined widths in horizontal menus.
EVGA InterView dual displa
EVGA on Wednesday introduced a new display system, the InterView, that integrates two 17-inch TFT LCD panels, according to Engadget. The device is designed for business presentations, researchers, doctors, financial consultants or creative professionals. The thin LCDs support resolutions up to 1440x900, while each can be independently adjusted to different settings.
Nikon D300s images surface
Additional images have surfaced that allegedly show the rumored Nikon D300s. The photos, posted by Nikon Rumors, show actual pictures of the device, adding additional evidence beyond the leaked renderings that are typically used for press photos or marketing materials. The camera closely matches the D300, but with holes for a microphone.
ASUS Eee PC T91 at Amazon
As promised, the 8.9-inch ASUS Eee PC T91 is now available for purchase via Amazon. The long-awaited netbook tablet is the standard, lowest spec version of at least three available configurations, and includes Intel's 1.33GHz Atom CPU, 1GB of RAM and a 16GB solid state drive, 16GB SD card and 20GB of online storage free of charge for a limited time.
Acer handsets due in fall
Acer will ship four of its previously seen smartphones, the A1, C1/E1, F1 and L1 at the end of September. According to a Wednesday report from industry daily Digitimes, the Taiwanese company is outsourcing production of the devices to Compal and Inventec. This information comes from sources at Taiwanese handset component suppliers, the paper cites.
Aurora for Mac ships
Light Crafts has announced that its Aurora photo-editing software is now available for the Mac, introducing some new features. Aside from editing, the app organizes photos and shares them with other people. The Mac version carries over all of the functions of its Windows predecessor, such as cropping, color adjustment and re-lighting. The software can also drag-and-drop pictures from other applications, including iPhoto.
Mitsubishi, Vudu team up
Starting July 16th, Mitsubishi will give buyers of the majority of its TVs a Vudu HD set-top box and $50 of movie credits. The promotion will run until August 10th at stores carrying Mitsubishi sets and effectively provides a $200 discount on the combo. Vudu offers over 2,000 high-definition movies from more than 40 studios and distributors and gives users renting or purchase options for the content.
IDC Prelim Q2 2009
Apple has sunk a full position in the US computer market during the spring, according to early estimates by IDC. The Mac producer is expected to have dropped from fourth place in the winter to fifth in the spring as it should have shipped 12.4 percent fewer computers than it did a year earlier, falling to 1.21 million Macs. Its market share is poised to remain the same at 7.6 percent but will have been eclipsed by Toshiba, which could jump over a full percentage point to ship 7.7 percent of PCs in the US.
Everex shuts US operations
PC maker Everex has ceased business operations in North America, and is now in the process of liquidating its assets, according to a Tuesday report. The company's US website simply states "Everex US now closed" and doesn't provide an immediate reason for the closure. Japanese and Taiwanese domains appear to be fully operational, however. Company officials haven't commented on the shutdown to, which came with no advance warning to Laptop and others that noticed the change.
Client Folder Maker 3.0
Geeksuit has released an update to its folder creation and management software, Client Folder Maker 3.0. Combining a contextual menu and preference pane, the tool allows users to arrange folders by name and category, adding tags for simpler sorting. Version 3.0 enables file content copying, as well as drag-and-drop import and export of presets, and the ability to auto-import data from existing text files.
AT&T reaches contract deal
Progress has potentially been made in the long-standing dispute between AT&T and the largest union in the US, as the cable and wireless company has reached a tentative contract with 18,500 employees in the American midwest, according to a Wednesday report. Leaders of the Communications Workers of America reached the deal after five months of negotiations and three months without a contract, which will be voted on by union members later this week or early next week.
iPhone 3.1 b2 tethering
The beta 2 release of iPhone 3.1, seeded to developers on Tuesday night, also appears to undo tethering workarounds for AT&T subscribers, reports say. Through tethering users can turn an iPhone into a modem, providing Internet access where no landline connections exist. AT&T has only promised official tethering for later this summer however, which will also likely come at extra expense.
Kindles cracking, $5m suit
A lawsuit was filed on Wednesday against Amazon by Matthew Geise, an executive director for a property management firm in Seattle. Geise bought Amazon's $359 Kindle 2 e-book reader and a $30 protective screen cover and noticed, some three months later, that the Kindle began cracking around the points where the official cover attached to the device with metal clips. These cracks grew to the point where the device stopped working, and now, Amazon is facing a class action lawsuit larger than $5 million.
MS Retail Near Apple
Microsoft's planned retail stores will deliberately open near Apple stores, the company's COO Kevin Turner said in a presentation today at the Windows Partner Conference. The executive was emphatic that the stores wouldn't imitate Apple retail, at least in the long term, but that they would "innovate." Specifics of how this would work weren't mentioned in the session.
iTunes 8.2.1 update
(Updated with Palm Pre and The Missing Sync info) Apple has posted a minor update to iTunes, bringing the software to v8.2.1. Release notes only describe the patch as providing "a number of important bug fixes," as well as correcting an "issue with verification of Apple devices." It is unknown therefore if the update addresses problems with iPods, iPhones, Apple TVs or all three.
China iPhone details
As Apple continues to negotiation with China Unicom, an anonymous source has told NetEase that Foxconn is already mass producing a special version of the iPhone 3G for use on Chinese networks. The device is allegedly code-named "90" by the supplier, while the standard 3G model is known as "82" and the new 3GS handset is named "88."
Google Voice BB Android
Google today launched a mobile version of Google Voice for Android and BlackBerry phones. The app makes outbound calling on the unified phone service easier and sends both calls and SMS messages directly through the Google Voice number, ensuring that any return calls go to all of the phone lines linked to the service. Dialing is integrated with the existing phone contact list where it previously required memorizing numbers.
Doodle Chat, Bailout Bucks
Cyclops (free) uses the iPhone's built-in camera to scan barcodes. After a picture of a barcode is taken the software attempts to find the item on Amazon. If the item is found information such as an image and prices are displayed. Users can also select which international Amazon site they would like the app to use.
Widget Bazaar now out
Subscribers to Verizon's fiber optic Internet and cable service, FiOS, now have access to the Widget Bazaar, which lets them check out Twitter apps and log onto Facebook right on their TVs. Users won't be able to post Twitter updates or view their friends' pages, as the young version of the app only allows users to get updates on what they're watching and standard community Twitter updates. The Twitter app remains on the screen as a vertical ticker, even when users are watching TV.
UK Kindle coming in 2009?
Amazon is almost ready to set a UK release date for the Kindle, claims Mobile. Manufacturing responsibilities for a UK Kindle are said to be going to Qualcomm, who is also allegedly responsible for finding a regional cellular carrier. One of the selling points of the American Kindle is free EVDO data, supplied by Sprint, which lets users download books and browse the web.
Mobile Core i7 i5 Roadmap
Virtually all the essential details for Intel's first mobile chips based on the Nehalem architecture have escaped today courtesy of a roadmap. It now says the quad-core Clarksfield processors at 1.6GHz, 1.73GHz and 2GHz will be named the i7-720QM, i7-820QM and i7-920XM respectively with 8MB of cache on all but the slowest model. In a surprise, however, all three will also have dramatic headroom for increased clock speeds and should scale up to 2.8GHz, 3.06GHz and 3.2GHz. It's implied in the Impress leak that these speeds will come through Turbo Boost, a feature that shuts down one or more of the cores in return for higher clock speeds for tasks that don't need every core.
iPod classic phasing out?
The iPod classic may soon become extinct, at least in its traditional form, recent hard drive sales are thought to indicate. The Classic is the only iPod that continues to use a hard drive, specifically a 1.8-inch 120GB model. A new 250GB Samsung drive has failed to find significant sales, despite being deliberately marketed at builders of media players and netbooks.
MSI adds 16-inch notebooks
The recently introduced Classic series of notebooks from MSI, which kicked off with the 14-inch CR400 notebook last week, was just expanded with the promised arrival of the 16-inch CX600 and CR600. Either is wedge-shaped and sports 45-degree edges, as well as the same imprint finish as the CR400. The 1366x768 resolution displays are LED-backlit, while the touchpad buttons are brushed metal. Where they begin to differ is in their graphics processing powers, as the CX600 runs an ATI Mobility Radeon HD4330 3D card with 512MB of RAM, while the CR600 has NVIDIA's GeForce 8200M G GPU that shares system memory and adds an HDMI port.
CyberDuck 3.2.1 (free) is an open source FTP and SFTP (SSH Secure File Transfer) browser licensed under the GPL. The application features integration with external editors, as well as support for many Mac OS X system technologies such as Spotlight, Bonjour, the Keychain, and AppleScript. Features added to the new release include: the ability to create placeholder objects, the option to enable Bucket Access Logging and CloudFront Access Logging, an updated Info window, and more. The update also features several bug fixes including one related to failed MobileMe iDisk upload failures. [Download - 12.7MB]
Bang & Olufsen BeoTime
Bang & Olufsen on Wednesday announced the upcoming release of its first alarm clock, the BeoTime, that can also control Bang & Olufsen home audio systems. The BeoTime's built-in sleep timer can switch all B&O systems in a room into standby mode after up to 120 minutes. Users can also control basic functions of a TV, A/V receiver or lights. The BeoTime has a tilt sensor that changes the orientation of the display and button functions, as it can be held in a hand and operated with a thumb or placed on its magnetic wall bracket.
Verbatim today catered to those who want high-performance but portable hard drives through the SureFire. Every model has both FireWire 800 and USB 2 ports and will run the 2.5-inch drive inside solely on bus power, particularly suiting it to MacBook Pros that need the full 800Mbps of bandwidth. Their casing is both relatively sturdy and scratch-resistant aluminum.
Canon LV-7275 Projector
Canon on Wednesday added a projector intended for computer use while cracking below the $1,000 mark. The LV-7275 produces a 1024x768 image but is unusually bright for the category at 2,600 lumens, or enough to work properly in a room with existing light. Unlike many other non-movie projectors, it has both DVI and VGA input to directly attach both modern and legacy computers.
T-Mobile on UK iPhone
T-Mobile UK will not respond to rumors that it could begin carrying the iPhone 3G, according to an official statement. The company dismisses reports of negotiations as "merely speculation," on which it cannot comment. The statement does not represent a denial however, leaving an open end to the idea that T-Mobile could become the UK's second iPhone carrier.
S Ericsson C905 W518 ATT
Sony Ericsson got a much needed expansion of its American catalog today with two additions to AT&T's phone catalog. The C905a slider has the sharpest-ever camera in the US carrier's roster at 8.1 megapixels and stands as its most advanced cameraphone as a whole, with autofocusing, GPS-based geotagging and a xenon flash giving it more professional-looking shots. It appropriately gets AT&T-native 3G data and Memory Stick Micro support up to 16GB.
Gates on Natal and Windows
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates today hinted that his company's Project Natal technology for the Xbox 360 should also come to Windows. The future add-on, which detects full body movement and real-world objects, is now expected to reach the desktop both for work purposes, like collaboration, but also media tasks in the home. Gates wasn't specific in details with CNET but teased that the prospects are "very exciting."
iPhone 3.1 beta 2 seeded
Apple has seeded a new iPhone 3.1 beta to developers, beta 2. People with the updated code report that some testing can now be conducted via Wi-Fi, instead of just a USB connection. While only more convenient for some developers, the change is said to be "huge" for others, due to the ability to attach any accessories that might be necessary in the testing process.
Events for Curve 8520 due
Wireless provider T-Mobile and BlackBerry maker RIM are advertising that they're throwing launch parties for the Curve 8520 Curve starting July 20th, which indicates the device is expected to hit stores soon afterwards. There will be 51 such launch events across the US over the course of two weeks, with any of them requiring an invitation from either company. Once guests are invited, they need to register by July 19th for an event.
Logitech Wireless Drum PS3
Logitech this morning filled out its last major needed add-on for music games with the Wireless Drum Controller for the PlayStation 3 (product link active soon). The peripheral is officially intended for newer Guitar Hero games but gives any compatible title four drum pads, cymbals and a kick pedal. Quality is a focus of the design with quiet pads, rims designed to avoid accidental hits and a pedal with an adjustable spring that can produce just the right amount of travel.
Dell Talking to Carriers
Dell at a presentation later on Tuesday said it was talking with the "top three to four" carriers about the possibility of offering them phones. The company's consumer product head, former Motorola executive Roland Garriques, didn't name the companies but said Dell wanted to "see what their needs are" in a device. He also outlined a vision of handhelds or other sub-notebooks and saw Dell offering devices between 4 and 12 inches that could interoperate with each other.
Samsung Highlight at T-Mo
T-Mobile this morning backed rumors and launched the Samsung Highlight. Although a full touchscreen device, it's positioned as a mid-range media phone with a non-smartphone OS but a 3-megapixel camera, media playback that includes AAC, MP3 and WMA, and a microSDHC slot that accepts 16GB cards. It also has native 3G on T-Mobile's network, assisted GPS and an emphasis on quick access to web data with both a news widget and Yahoo OneSearch.
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