Leaked photos allegedly show an unannounced HTC handset, potentially an entry-level Android device, according to the French site PointGPhone. Details are slim, although the device is called the "Click" and appears to lack a keyboard. A directional pad is utilized instead of a trackball, diverging from HTC's previous Android designs, although it carries a button arrangement similar to the MyTouch.
Group Logic has released ArchiveConnect, a set of tools for file archiving and storage management. The software allows users to identify and access archived content, while enhancing the Mac Finder to avoid mass recalls of archived files when using previews, Quick Look and Cover Flow. The company has designed the utility to eliminate misinterpretations of archived files.
Microsoft on Tuesday confirmed plans to offer a family pack for its upcoming Windows 7 operating system, according to company blogger Brandon LeBlanc. The bundle serves as a better option for homes with several computers. Customers will be provided with three licenses for Windows 7 Home Premium. The company is also ready to offer release to manufacturing (RTM) downloads for developers with MSDN subscriptions.
Managing Editor has released v4.6 of its Integrated Production Suite. The software is used to help manage multiple-website operations, distributing all elements of advertisements and page production. The latest version runs each application in the suite natively on the Intel processor to enhance application performance. V4.6 also supports Adobe InDesign CS4 and QuarkXPress 8.0 for design purposes and Suitcase Fusion 2 for font management.
During a conference call following Apple's third-quarter financial disclosures, several company executives shed more light on iPhone production, Mac sales and iPod shipments. The company is currently working to meet 'tremendous' demand for the iPhone 3GS, which so far has outpaced the initial production capabilities. Out of the 81 nations that the iPhone 3G has reached, the new 3GS has arrived at 18.
MeetMe. ($2) can be used to find a meeting point between two locations. Users begin by inputting two locations and the software then prepares a list of possible meeting locations between those two points. By default the application looks for locations halfway between the two points but users can choose to look for locations closer to either one. After a location has been selected the address and a map can be sent via email.
In tandem with a public statement, Apple has published a complete table of its Q3 results, which reveal individual details about Apple's revenues. Among these is an 8 percent drop in Mac revenue year-over-year, led by an 18 percent fall in desktop revenue, but compounded by a 2 percent drop in notebooks. Total Mac revenue was $3.329 billion, as compared to $3.610 billion in Q308.
New Star Games has announced Super Laser Racer will be available for purchase on July 24th. The game is an aerial view, combat-racing game inspired by Geometry Wars and Wipe Out. Super Laser Raver includes 12 tracks, four tournaments and 12 race cars -- each of which must be unlocked throughout the game. The game can be played in one of two modes: Eliminator mode or Survivor mode.
Today's featured deals from DealNN include printers, keyboards, MacBooks and more. Most noteworthy is a crazy deal we found on the HP VooDooDNA gaming keyboard. It was priced at $79.99, but a $40 instant rebate drops the price to $39.99, a coupon code slashes an additional 20% off the cost for a final price of $29.99. Get a fully customized gaming experience with the VooDooDNA keyboard, featuring programmable keys, a detachable wrist rest and illuminated characters.
As promised, Apple has published the results of its fiscal third quarter, which ended June 27th. Total GAAP revenue is calculated to have been $8.34 billion, generating a net profit of $1.23 billion, and earnings per share of $1.35. Gross margins are reported at 36.3 percent, up from 34.8 percent a year ago; the figure is also substantially higher than many research estimates.
Modem Mate is launching an external antenna for USB-based 3G modems that lack an antenna connector. The device couples inductively with the internal antenna of most 3G modems. The antenna ships with an adapter that features a fastening strip for attaching/detaching the coupler to a 3G modem. The antenna then clips to the upper portion of the display for the best signal strength.
Recordare has released v5 of its Dolet plug-in for the Sibelius music notation program. The plug-in enables MusicXML 2.0 files to be transferred to Finale and other music applications. Dolet 5 supports the plug-in and notation features added to Sibelius 6 including transpositions, octave-transposing clefs, hidden staves on systems, jazz articulations, comments and enhanced chord symbols. The update boasts faster operating speeds and more automated conversions.
Native Instruments has announced the AUDIO 2 DJ, a compact USB audio interface intended for DJs. The device utilizes the same audio technology as the AUDIO 8 DJ and AUDIO 4 DJ interfaces but is much more compact -- about the size of a deck of cards. The AUDIO 2 DJ uses dual stereo outputs to connect two decks separately into an external DJ mixer or output independent signals when mixing music on a computer. These outputs provide a +9.7dBu audio signal and low-latency drivers for Mac OS X to help ensure tight mixing.
Wireless provider Sprint on Tuesday announced that it will launch its WiMAX mobile broadband service concurrently in Atlanta, GA, Portland, OR and Las Vegas, NV starting in August. Sprint says the new generation network will allow users to access data between three and five times faster than current 3G networks, with peak download speeds faster than 10Mbps, and averages of between 3 and 6Mbps.
Speck has launched updated versions of its See Thru and See Thru Satin cases for MacBooks and MacBook Pros, including 13- and 15-inch sizes. The cases accommodate design changes in the new Pros, while retaining compatibility with the previous generation of unibody notebooks. Case construction involves two translucent hard shells, which snap into place to protect a computer from bumps and scratches.
The Toshiba TG01 smartphone, notable for its use of a high-powered 1GHz Snapdragon CPU from Qualcomm, has appeared on the FCC website. Unlike the usual FCC listings, the TG01 tested in this case is a production-ready device with support for CDMA networks and not a prototype, indicating it will very soon launch at either Sprint or Verizon, and perhaps eventually on both wireless providers.
The Kaufman Bros. research firm says it anticipates strong numbers from Apple's Q3 results, expected at 5PM Eastern. EPS may reach $1.21, and echoing UBS, Kaufman predicts a higher-than-anticipated iPhone contribution that will drive gross margins. The firm does caution that margins will be hurt by low inventory, and customers waiting for new releases.
Holland-based Point of View recently announced it has released its first Mobii netbook using the NVIDIA Ion platform, Mobii ION 230. The Mobii ION 230 sports an LED-backlit 10.2-inch, 1024x600 resolution display and has advanced graphics processing capabilities thanks to the Ion platform. To take full advantage of this, Point of View includes an HDMI output with the netbook. General processing power comes from Intel's 1.6GHz Atom CPU.
Auto FX has launched Mystical Tint Tone and Color 2.0, a suite of 60 new Photoshop filters for professional photographers. Mystical TTC 2.0 uses dynamic rendering, allowing users to combine filters to achieve the desired image. The latest version also integrates a preview window to assist in fine tuning the filters. The company has added a variety of new effects such as Afternoon Sun, Moon Glow, Color Tone, Soft Sepia and High Key Blast.
Nearly 145,000 BlackBerry users in the United Arab Emirates got a text message from the country's provider, Etisalat, urging them to download an update that promised to boost performance recently. Instead, the update allegedly led to operating system crashes and drastically reduced battery life and could allow unauthorized access to private information stored on users' devices, including e-mails, according to a Tuesday BBC report. RIM, the maker of BlackBerry handsets, made a statement saying it had nothing to do with such an update and it was not authorized, developed or tested by the company.
Microsoft today said that its promised Xbox 360 dashboard update should go live for most users on August 11th. The software change primarily centers on Netflix and supports full queue management from the console as well as the party system for watching videos with friends. When it goes live, the patch will also have some full Xbox 360 games available to buy through Games on Demand.
Monkeybread is distributing v9.5, prerelease 6 of its REALbasic plug-ins. The update brings the number of functions to 30,000, and the number of classes to 1,500. In general the v9.5 upgrade includes OCR classes for optical text recognition, and the QTFrameExtractorMBS class, which extracts pictures from a QuickTime movie. Also added are asynchronous DNS queries, and CGImageSource/Destination classes used to read and write image data, such as EXIF, IPTC and GPS information.
A new leaked image of the upcoming Motorola Morrison handset reveals the device will be running on the open-source Android OS from Google, as the image shows the device powered up. The source of the leak maintains working prototypes of the new Motorola handset are out there, and T-Mobile logos on the handset corroborate an earlier report regarding the handset.
Apple has confirmed the suicide of a Foxconn employee working in China, according to reports. Foxconn is one of Apple's largest manufacturing partners, responsible for assembling both the iPod and the iPhone. The worker, 25-year-old Sun Danyong, had been assigned to shipping iPhone prototypes to Apple.
Samsung on Tuesday announced the upcoming release of its newest Blu-ray home theater system, the HT-BD3252. The 5.1-channel system includes wireless rear speakers and an integrated Wi-Fi connection for access to a multimedia library found on users' PCs. Rated at 1,000W of total power, the system sports bio kelp speaker cones and has an automatic sound calibration feature that includes a microphone to tune the speakers for a specific room layout. A range of HD audio formats is supported, including the most recent Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio standards.
IEEE chairman Bob Heile late Monday signaled that the 802.11n standard for Wi-Fi was likely to be finalized by September. Heading up the 802.15 group for personal area networks, Helie said through e-mail that the faster wireless standard has been sent on to a review committee for approval, which would likely take place at the committee's next meeting in mid-September. The move comes after a "rocky" point of getting appropriate language into the late draft of the 802.11n format.
Denver-based MacHighway is taking on Apple's MobileMe, offering a web hosting package for less than half the $99 price tag for Apple's service. The company provides Mac-specific site hosting and support, designed for use with iWeb, Sandvox and RapidWeaver. MacHighway says most of the other features of MobileMe, such as syncing of Mail, iCal and Address Book, can be accomplished with free work-arounds.
Skype has posted an official v2.8 release of its self-named Mac client, which allows for conversations via VoIP, video and text. New in the update is screen sharing, which can be used to show a Skype contact an entire desktop, or only a select portion in order to preserve privacy. The receiver in the process must only have a video-capable version of Skype.
FlashVideo Converter 3.2 ($100) is a tool for converting Flash SWF and FLV files to video files such as MP4, MOV and MPEG. The software has controls which allow users to adjust the codec parameters and to control the size and quality of the output video. Users can also adjust the resolution, quality, and audio settings of the conversion to their specific needs. The new release includes an updated capture engine, a new watermark, and a lossless video render feature. [Download - 16.8MB]
Dell has quietly slashed the price on its Adamo ultraportable to match Apple's recent MacBook Air updates. The base model with a 1.2GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB of RAM and a 128GB solid-state drive now costs the same $1,499 as the entry 1.86GHz MacBook Air. The higher-end model has dropped to $2,299 but is still more expensive than its $1,799 Mac counterpart. It still has its 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo and 128GB SSD but comes with 4GB of RAM and built-in 3G in return.
Klipsch at mid-day on Tuesday branched out into fully iPhone-aware headphones through the Image S4i. The pair adds an in-line remote and mic to the regular Image S4 and gives iPhone and iPod touch owners the option of calling or recording audio. Klipsch's remote is also Apple-sanctioned and supports all the functions of current iPods, including the third-generation iPod shuffle. In an attempt to improve on Apple's formula, the S4i's remote and mic are at a more natural position at the Y split in the earbud cord and have 360-degree reception with anti-echo processing to let users talk freely.
Wireless provider Cellular South on Tuesday announced it will offer an as-yet unnamed Android handset in its lineup sometime this year. The carrier is short on details but justifies the move by arguing that the open-source operating system is seen to be growing by industry experts. Cellular South plans special treatment for the device and expects to give customers help online and in shops.
UK vendor eXpansys has reportedly leaked information on upcoming Sony Ericsson phone, the first from the company to run Google's Android operating system. Previously known only under the codename Rachael, the official name is alleged to be the XPERIA X3, marking a radical departure from the Windows Mobile-based X1 and X2. eXpansys specifications suggest quad-band GSM, with dual-band HSPA capable of downloads up to 10Mbps. In practicality, most HSPA networks are limited to 3.6 or 7.2Mbps.
A former Apple executive is now playing a crucial role in Microsoft's fledgling retail efforts, reports say. George Blankenship is presently serving as a consultant to Microsoft, though the company has declined to say what help it is seeking. While at Apple, Blankenship served as the vice president of real estate.
Intel today promised a minor upheaval in solid-state drives by launching the first-ever solid-state drives built on a 34 nanometer process. An improved version of the X25-M uses the higher density to provide better performance than the older, 50nm version without having to increase the price. Latency in processing tasks is down by a quarter to about 65 microseconds, while data handling itself is faster at as much as 6,600 transactions per second when writing and 35,000 when reading.
Cricket on Tuesday announced it is now offering a new handset, the TXTM8. Like some other Cricket devices, the TXTM8 sports a QWERTY keyboard hidden behind the horizontally sliding front face that features a 2.2-inch display. The tri-band device can also connect to the Internet, can sync e-mail addresses and access social networks. The Cricket MyHomeScreen gives users quick access to news and weather information.
Clearwire had a two-pronged launch on Tuesday with news both of its CLEAR WiMAX service reaching Las Vegas as well as the availability of the Samsung Mondi for its network and othe device news. The 4G-level service debuts on the 21st and will give the desert city typical download speeds between 3Mbps and 6Mbps, rendering it suited to video streaming and other broadband tasks on the road. Plans start at $20 for fixed service at home or $30 for mobile use anywhere in CLEAR's coverage areas. The company also has a $45 fixed-and-mobile plan for those who need two connections as well as a $10 day pass for visitors.
Apple's Q3 2009 results, set to be announced later today, should in large part be carried by the launch of the iPhone 3GS, says UBS analyst Maynard Um. While other analysts have focused on Mac sales, Um notes that AT&T is believed to have activated 2.5 million iPhones during Q3. Total iPhone shipments may therefore be closer to 6 million, beating out many other forecasts.
The BlackBerry Curve 8520 smartphone got a release date at wireless provider T-Mobile on Monday thanks to a leaked promotional image. The brochure page indicated the device will launch at T-Mobile retail locations and other stores on August 5th, when it will replace the current Curve 8320. This includes Walmart, direct sales to T-Mobile or BlackBerry employees as well as customers who are eligible for upgrades.
Intel's first truly mainstream, desktop processors based on its Nehalem architecture should be ready in less than two months, a leaked roadmap shows. The first three processors tipped earlier are now reportedly due to arrive on September 6th and, as promised, should be headlined by the quad-core 2.66GHz Core i5 750, 2.8GHz Core i7 860, and 2.93GHz Core i7 870. New, however is word that the i5 part won't support Hyperthreading but that all three will overclock substantially in Turbo Boost mode, reaching as high as 3.2GHz, 3.46GHz and 3.6GHz each when one or more cores can be shut down.
The first Apple Store to launch in Brighton, England will throw open its doors on July 25th at 10AM, Apple has announced. The shop is located within the Upper Mall at Churchill Square, and has been a long time in coming, as the first job openings are said to have been advertised two years ago. Store hours are set from 9AM to 6PM between Monday and Wednesday, 9AM to 8PM on Thursday, and 9AM to 7PM on Friday and Saturday. Sunday hours are 11AM to 5PM.
Two core Flash technologies have entered the open-source realm, according to an Adobe announcement. The first of these is Strobe, now known as the Open Source Media Framework. Developers can use the technology to build media players around Flash, adding extra features as wanted or needed. The second is the Text Layout Framework, which allows for special typography functions in web applications.
Sonic on Tuesday announced that it is working on developing a way to bring 3D movies to users' homes via its Roxio CinemaNow movie delivery service. To make this possible, Sonic has partnered up with other companies, including graphics processor maker NVIDIA. Roxio CinemaNow's 3D content will be optimized for NVIDIA's GeForce graphics chipsets, and the Roxio CinemaNow player will support both GeForce 3D Vision and matching 3D-capable displays. This includes the Samsung 2233RZ and ViewSonic FuHzion VX2265wm, both of which are already available.
Samsung on Tuesday said it had become the first company to mass produce 2 gigabit (256MB) DDR3 memory chips using a 40 nanometer manufacturing process. The smaller, higher-density technology lets the company produce significantly denser memory without raising power consumption or the cost: it will allow up to 16GB RAM sticks for servers and 4GB for notebooks, but should draw 1.35V and should let Samsung produce about 60 percent more memory at a given time than on its 50nm process, eventually lowering the price.
The heavily rumored iPod touch with camera is not only being manufactured but should gain a microphone that might enable video, according to a rumor late this past evening. A purportedly "well-connected" insider says that media players with both media capture features are already being made in China and that they should ship within two to three months, keeping in step with Apple's recent practice of launching new iPods in September. Capacities and prices aren't part of the Wired leak.
Retronyms has launched an update to its recording app for the iPhone and iPod touch, Recorder 10. The program allows users to record everything from memos, to discussions and interviews, and can be used as both a voice and sound recorder. The update adds the ability to record phone calls made through the iPhone, or through the iPod touch second-generation with an external microphone. Everything recorded with the app can also be synced or e-mailed to other users.
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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