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Samsung Spinpoint F3
Samsung tonight advanced hard drives in cautious form by upgrading the density, not the capacity, of its Spinpoint line. The Spinpoint F3 reaches a maximum 1TB of space but does so using only two 500GB platters instead of the usual three or four; the move significantly increases the speed of accessing data as much as 30 percent by reducing the seek time for data. It moreover improves the reliability of the drives by reducing the number of moving parts.
DXG Luxe 720p camcorders
DXG has launched a new series of camcorders, the Luxe Collection, geared for the style-conscious. Each of the devices is capable of capturing 720p video at 30fps, along with 8-megapixel stills. Users can view the live video on a 3" LCD screen that can be rotated or closed against the camera body, while an HDMI output can be used for playback on a television.
Sony colorful DualShock
Sony is set to release several new DualShock 3 controllers later this year, with recent images showing patriotic offerings sporting either "Metallic Blue" or "Deep Red" housing colors, according to Engadget. Other than the aesthetic changes, the controllers appear to match the current black DualShock 3 design.
Pico USB drives in 32GB
Super Talent on Tuesday announced that its Pico series of water resistant USB drives are now available in 32GB capacities. The Pico C, measuring 31mm x 12mm, is available with either a gold- or nickel-plated finish and is claimed to support read speeds of up to 30MB/s. The Pico E features a sliding lid and gold-plated finish. The company also offers optional AES-256 hardware encryption for both series.
SmartMusic 2010 released
MakeMusic has released SmartMusic 2010 (v12), a new version of its music learning application for band, orchestra, and choir. The latest version includes a redesigned interface that adds a new Home Screen and compiles all of the applications features into one place. The update also features over 300 new band and orchestra titles and allows users to continue practicing while downloading new titles. The application's recording capabilities have been expanded, providing users with a single microphone setting that works for both assessment and recording and enables recording with and without a metronome.
MacPractice app upgraded
MacPractice has added a number of new features in its MacPractice iPhone Interface 2.0 update. It now provides tools for remote charge and planned treatment posting, staff and doctor reminders, practice management reports and doctor referral data. The interface has been cleaned up, bringing a similar look to MacPractice's MD, DDS, DC and 20/20 desktop software. Doctors can connect to the office database for schedule info or patient records, along with detailed information such as photos, prescription histories, alerts and appointment histories.
Nikon D300s images surface
The yet unannounced Nikon D300s is expected to be announced at press conferences this week, while additional live images have surfaced. The latest photo, posted on NikonRumors, was allegedly taken at a Nikon Club event in the Philippines. Holes for the microphone appear to match the previous leaks of alleged press renderings.
Novero TheFirstOne headset
Novero has recently unveiled its first and only consumer product, the aptly called TheFirstOne Bluetooth headset. It sports dual microphones, with noise-canceling and one-touch controls for placing calls or adding a third person into a conference call. Novero claims its Bluetooth headset has the best background noise filtering DSP technology of any device in its class. The device automatically pairs with Bluetooth phones that are discoverable and within range, while battery life is rated at 4.5 hours of talk time or 100 hours of standby.
MS Office 2010 streaming
Microsoft recently announced the release of its Office 2010 Click-To-Run Technical Preview program for certain users with access to the office suite beta, allowing them to use Office programs while they are still downloading. The applications include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote and is meant for home, student and small business users, with Microsoft indicating it's a taste of things to come from the software giant. Office 2010 is still in the beta stage, and Microsoft is encouraging the limited number of testers to share their feedback after using the software.
Psystar gets new lawyers
The Apple vs. Psystar case has taken yet another turn, as the clone maker on Tuesday announced that it has changed lawyers. The company will now be represented by Camara & Sibley LLP of Houston, Texas, the team that is also currently defending Jammie Thomas-Russet against a $2 million RIAA ruling. Psystar also hosts a new "community" page and a wiki that will disclose its methods and tips for running OS X on non-Apple hardware.
PasswordVault 7.0 ships
Lava Software has relased a v7.0 upgrade for PasswordVault, its automated, 896-bit-encrypted password organizer. The update allows for importing bookmarks from browsers, syncing them, and managing them across two sublevels of categories. Drag-and-drop support has been added for both bookmarks and text clippings. Version 7.0 is further optimized with a better interface, and faster start-up, loading and import times. Passwords can now also be generated via the Add Service dialog.
Toshiba External HDD
Normally known for its notebook-sized external disks, Toshiba this afternoon leapt into full-size drives with its External HDD line. The new entries try to be more attractive than the typical drive with a rounded, black-and-chrome look that lines up with the look of most computers, including its own. All drives have not only USB but eSATA for a particularly high-speed link on those computers that support the format.
T-Mo adds Sidekick Sync
T-Mobile on Tuesday announced it has made a new Sidekick Sync application for its Sidekick LX handset, which would now support real time push e-mail, let users view attachments in said e-mails. Now available via the Download Catalog, the application will also synchronize its phonebook with a corporate directory, as well as full sync support via an Exchange calendar and its meeting and event reminders.
A-DATA outs 4GB DRAM
Taiwan-based A-DATA announced on Tuesday it will soon release single 4GB DDR3 DRAM modules as part of its performance memory offerings. The high-capacity sticks will be available in the U-DIMM configuration for desktop applications, SO-DIMM for notebooks and unbuffered ECC-DIMM/ECC Registered DIMM for workstations and servers. Other than the higher capacity, A-DATA touts less energy use than when using two sticks to achieve the same total capacity.
First netbook TV tuner
Fabless semiconductor manufacturer MaxLinear recently announced it has teamed up with TV tuner maker Hauppauge Digital to bring the first add-on TV tuner card for netbooks and UMPCs to market. The card, based on MaxLinear's MxL5007T CMOS silicon tuner, can pick up over-the-air HD video ATSC TV signals, European standards that include DVB-T, DVB-H and DMB-T and QAM, which are unencrypted HD cable video channels.
iLuv iPod shuffle Adapter
iLuv today quickly followed Belkin by providing official details of its own remote adapter for the newer iPod shuffle. Already teased, the IEA15 gives any minijack earbud or headphone set the same controls as Apple's remote, both for click actions and for volume. The add-on is also confirmed to add full remote control to any other 2008 iPod as well as the iPhone 3GS.
Barcode Producer 5.5 ships
Apparent has released v5.5 of its flagship application, Barcode Producer, and a plug-in for the title, DataBar. The main program is used to generate a variety of barcode types, while the plug-in adds seven formats, including Omnidirectional, Truncated, Stacked, Limited and Expanded. Producer 5.5 adds trim marks in exported barcodes, plus support for grayscale exports of vector EPS files.
WhoPaste 3.0 released
Mac-Chi has released v3.0 of its contact-grabbing utility, WhoPaste. The application is used create contact records from text copied to the Clipboard, in a variety of programs including Address Book, Daylite, Entourage and Google Contacts. The latest version includes a host of new features, such as the ability to detect existing matches in Address Book.
Samsung Solstice Leak
AT&T should pick up a low-cost touchscreen phone in a matter of days, according to a late leak. Previously known as the Infinity, the Samsung Solstice should bring a 3-inch LCD touchscreen with Samsung's custom TouchWiz interface and an on-screen keyboard with haptic (vibration) feedback. A promo sheet given to BGR shows it getting features matching its budget aim with a 2-megapixel camera, 3G over HSPA and assisted GPS.
Business Secrets,Moon Drop
Citi Mobile (free) allows Citibank customers to manage their bank accounts while on the go. After logging into an account the user can view all of their accounts, pay bills, transfer funds, find Citi locations, and contact customer service. The application uses 128-bit encryption to keep all of the data safe and lets users select which iPhone's have access to an account.
Super Laser Racing
New Star Games has launched Super Laser Racing, a combat racing game that takes place in outer geometric space. Players control a small spaceship as they race on 12 different tracks, and throughout four tournaments. Each level contains a variety of weapons, such as bombs, cannons, lasers, mines, missiles and plasma guns. New racers and ships can be unlocked over time.
Kerio Firewall 6.7 ships
Kerio Technologies has launched WinRoute Firewall 6.7, updating the software with a new web filter, as well as a web-based administration interface. Kerio is an enterprise-level firewall suite, with an application layer firewall, antivirus protection and a P2P blocker. It also has bandwidth balancing controls, and a VPN server.
Rogers Q2 2009 and iPhone
Canadian cell provider Rogers today reported both very positive but also cautionary spring quarter results that center predominantly on the iPhone. The company's cellphone revenue grew by about 6 percent compared to a year ago after the company sold 315,000 smartphones and said the majority were iPhones followed by BlackBerries and Android phones. As with AT&T, Apple and others also led to a large jump in revenue from data plans, which spiked 38 percent, as well as a very low amount of churn (old customers being replaced with new) of exactly 1 percent.
Protoxide Racing intro
Game developer HeroCraft has introduced an upcoming game, Protoxide Racing, through a new promotional blog. The site offers a brief description of what to expect within the title, and a four-minute prototype video. The game is planned mainly as a 3D iPhone title, but may also come to other mobile devices.
OS X developer build
Apple has seeded Mac OS X 10.5.8 Build 9L30 to developers, following an earlier build released just a few days ago, according to MacRumors. The update is said to address an issue relating to external monitors waking from sleep mode. No other significant changes have been made, potentially indicating the company is ready to offer the final version to the public.
ASUS, Acer netbooks delay
PC makers ASUS and Acer are reportedly no longer poised to release any new, as-yet unnannounced netbook PCs during the balance of 2009, because Intel has delayed the launch of its entry-level chips, including its Pine Trail M platform, until the start of 2010. According to industry sources cited by DigiTimes, Acer will specifically delay its Android-powered netbook until a later, unspecified date. Originally planned for an August release, the netbook was delayed as the market demand for such a device was deemed not to high enough.
Wi-Fi at Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble on Tuesday announced it has teamed up with AT&T for free-to-access Wi-Fi hotspots at its stores across the US. This will give customers access to the Internet as a whole but is naturally intended as an incentive to use the company's e-book store. Those who sign up will also have the option of receiving messages from the book store chain, including coupons to the cafés, recommended or best-seller lists, author signings, and other events.
New iPhone 3GS memory
Two more companies are set to join the ranks supplying memory for the iPhone 3GS, industry sources claim. Hynix's 41nm NAND flash is said to have recently passed 3GS validation, paving the way for future deliveries. Details of a Micron agreement have also allegedly emerged, pointing to volume shipments for Apple beginning in August. Unlike Hynix, Micron has 34nm chips ready to go, the sources say.
Dates to iCal 2.1 ($5) is a tool that can be used to sync information between iCal and Address Book. The software can retrieve dates from Address Book, such as birthdays and anniversaries, then automatically create events in iCal. Users can choose to add up to five alarms for each date and includes the option for selecting which groups in Address Book should be synced. The latest update also users to have separate calendars for birthdays and anniversary events and now syncs sub-groups from the Address Book as well as top level groups. Overall sync speed has also been improved and several small bugs have been addressed. [Download - 2.4MB]
Greenpeace anti HP Protest
Greenpeace through its Twitter feed said Tuesday that it has launched a campaign against HP today to criticize the company for its environmental policy. The activist group claims to have painted the roof of HP's Palo Alto headquarters with the words "hazardous products" and to be calling HP staffers with automated messages from William Shatner asking why the company hasn't lived up to its promises of greener products. The protesters now hold Apple as a model for green improvement and claim HP is lagging behind, particularly in its continued use of toxics like bromide flame retardants (BFRs) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in its computers.
Apple component patents
Apple has won a collection of new patents from the US Patent and Trademark Office, linked to a wide variety of products. Among these is the Apple TV, for which Apple has been granted a patent on the set-top's remote. The remote is able to identify expected light sources in the midst of ambient ones, such as reflections.
CSR SiRFstar IV GPS Chip
CSR's GPS division SiRF today introduced SiRFstar IV, a new generation of GPS chipsets ultimately intended for smartphones and other particularly low-power handhelds. It improves on the longstanding SiRFstar III used in many dedicated navigators by supporting a new very low-power state. Rather than have to shut off completely when not in use to save battery life, it can enter a near-sleep state that can acquire a position fix much faster than it would from a cold start.
Nissan iPhone car app
Nissan is developing an iPhone app to accompany a trio of electric cars, according to sister site Leftlane News. The cars are expected to be announced on August 2nd, at which point the iPhone app may be announced as well. Taking advantage of Apple's iPhone 3.0 firmware, the app should be able to monitor a car's battery level away from the display.
Pioneer today helped fill the need for external optical drives among netbooks and ultraportables by releasing the DVR-XD09. Replacing the earlier XD08, it writes and reads single-layer DVDs at 8X but has a footprint only slightly larger than the disc itself, making it even smaller than the older model. It's similarly light at half a pound and uses top loading instead of the usual front drive bay.
Creative Zii Egg
Arriving late to touchscreen players, Creative today unveiled the Zii Egg. The device is in its stock form a competitor to the iPod touch with a 3.5-inch 480x320 multi-touch display that supports music, photo and video playback as well as web browsing. Creative however sees the device as a development platform. The built-in Plaszma operating system is Linux-based and therefore open-source, letting companies or end users add software, change features or even replace the OS; the device is ready to use Google's Android almost out of the box.
Retrospect 8.1 update
EMC has released Retrospect 8.1 for the Mac, which now runs on PowerPC systems. The new version also includes minor interface improvements, and performance increases for Intel Mac users of up to 15 percent over version 8, and 30 to 35 percent over v6.1.
Apple tablet in September?
Apple's rumored touch tablet could appear on shelves as soon as September, a Chinese-language newspaper writes. The claim comes from Taiwan's Apple Daily, which says that Wintek is supplying displays, while Dynapack is providing batteries. Working to assemble the product is thought to be Hon Hai Precision Industry, better known to many as Foxconn.
Belkin iPod Shuffle Adaptr
Belkin this morning addressed the complaints of those wanting to use more advanced headphones with Apple's third-generation iPod shuffle and launched its Headphone Adapter for the music player. The simple add-on gives any typical earbuds or headphones with a 3.5mm headphone jack a remote much like Apple's own pack-in model, including the ability to invoke VoiceOver. It's not known if other iPods receive similar features.
Rogers 21Mbps HSPA Plus
Rogers on Tuesday became the first North American cellular carrier to start deploying HSPA+ on its 3G network. A gradual rollout will bring the Canadian provider's network up to the standard's peak download rates 21Mbps, or about three times the speed of its existing 7.2Mbps network. While unstated, the network should also provide upstream speeds of up to 5.76Mbps in peak conditions.
Sprint Buys Virgin Mobile
Sprint this morning said it would buy out Virgin Mobile's US division for an equity value of $483 million. The deal cancels out Virgin's $248 million in outstanding debts and is intended to bolster Sprint's efforts in the arena of prepaid phones. Although Sprint already had a 13.1 percent stake in Virgin, the company now says it will use the takeover to unite its entirely self-run Boost Mobile service with Virgin under a single roof.
Novatel MiFi 2372 HSPA
Novatel today catered to subscribers on AT&T and Rogers with a new version of its MiFi pocket router for HSPA-based 3G. The MiFi 2372 HSPA gives subscribers on these networks up to 7.2Mbps HSDPA to share with as many as five devices by creating its own Wi-Fi hotspot. It also adds full HSUPA for up to 5.76Mbps upstream should either carrier adopt the standard in the future.
AMD ATI FirePro V8750
AMD on Tuesday revealed a new flagship professional workstation card. The ATI FirePro V8750 has the same 800 shader (visual effect) units as the company's fastest Radeon HD cards but excels in sheer memory performance: the card comes with 2GB of GDDR5 graphics memory that handles a peak 115.2GB per second. The bandwidth is about 30 percent more than an NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800 but is estimated to be between 56 and 118 percent faster for high-end 3D modeling and other tasks that often need large amounts of fast memory.
China Unicom gets iPhone?
(Updated with Unicom response) China Unicom has allegedly landed a three-year contract for the exclusive rights to local iPhone distribution, according to a Shanghai Securities News report. The deal, described by unnamed sources, is said to extend for three years and guarantees annual sales of 1 million to 2 million units.
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