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Lyrics2Go, How Much
Roadee ($2) is a navigation tool which uses maps from OpenStreetMap.com. The application can provide directions to any location and includes a search function for finding points of interest in the area. Aside from directions Roadee also provides users with their current speed and can speak directions in English. Additional support for additional languages is planned for future releases.
DVI to Mini DisplayPort
Atlona has released its latest connectivity device, the AT-DP200 DVI to Mini DisplayPort converter. The box is designed to be used for attaching a DVI-enabled computer to a Mini DisplayPort monitor, such as Apple's 24-inch Cinema Display. The device supports resolutions up to 1920x1200, while retaining HDCP compatibility and EDID information.
Acer gaming Predator PC
Acer on Friday released the specs and pricing for its upcoming Predator-series flagship PC, the ASG7710-A41. The upgrades to the gaming PC include a 3.06GHz Intel Core i7-950 CPU, which is faster than the 2.93GHz i7-940-based model currently available in the US. The new PC retains the same Intel X58 Express chipset and 1TB hard drive, but ups the ante with two NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 graphics cards with 1GB of RAM as opposed to the US model's single GeForce GTX 260. Both share 6GB of RAM, however, with a maximum capacity for 12GB.
HTC Warhawk at FCC
The HTC Touch Diamond 2 handset, flying under the Warhawk codename, is nearing its release at wireless provider AT&T as evidenced by a document from the FCC. While the handset is not mentioned by name, the FCC document shows a handset with 850 and 1,900MHz 3G network compatibility. AT&T's one-way Video Share calling is expected to be offered on the handset.
Adobe fixes 12 Flash bugs
Adobe has released updated Mac, Windows and Linux distributions of Flash Player, bringing old and new editions of the software up to v18.104.22.168 and v10.0.32.18, respectively. Matching these are v9.1.3 releases of Reader and Acrobat. Some 12 Flash vulnerabilities are said to have been closed in Adobe software, 10 of which could be used to assume full or partial control of a computer.
T-Mobile adds App Pack
Wireless provider T-Mobile has given owners of its Android phones a promised App Pack and Visual Voicemail both on the phone and through downloadable apps on its website. The App Pack finds apps that are recommended or featured on Android Marketplace from the carrier, giving G1 and myTouch 3G users a pre-picked set of apps known to work well. These include the Sherpa GPS-based social networking app launched with the myTouch as well as T-Mobile-specific tools and favorite apps like Flixster.
EasyBatch 1.3 ($18) provides users with a set of tools that let them scale, resize, rotate, covert, rename and add watermarks to groups of images. The application also offers options for adjusting resizing smoothness, JPEG compression, preserving EXIF data, interlacing PNG's, and more. The latest release includes a new tool for viewing EXIF data, additional scaling options, am updated interface, and various bug fixes. [Download - 0.9MB]
Chocolate BL40 with US 3G
LG's Chocolate BL40 has shown up on the FCC website, revealing it will support the 850/1,900 HSDPA networks used by AT&T in the US. To date, the device is only deemed likely for Verizon's CDMA network and Telus' future HSDPA network in Canada. The Chocolate BL40 sports a 4-inch touchscreen with 800x345 resolution that can be split for multi-tasking.
Moto Sholes Live Shot
Motorola's just leaked high-end Android phone, nicknamed the Sholes, has been confirmed as real in a live image leaked out today. The handset identified by Phone Arena is near-identical to the rendering seen earlier and shows the large 3.7-inch touchscreen and slide-out keyboard. It doesn't appear to have the expected Verizon branding but does have a red D-pad.
Student guilty of sharing
A Boston University student has been found guilty of violating copyright laws after he admitted to illegally sharing music could face as much as $4.5 million in fines. In court, Joel Tenenbaum admitted he downloaded and then shared 30 tracks from artists like Nirvana, Green Day, The Smashing Pumpkins and more, says a Friday report. The statement leaves the court primarily to decide whether or not the infringement was purposeful or unintentional and assign Tenenbaum's penalty. The sum could range from $750 to $30,000 per infringement, or shared song, but a ruling by the jury could bump that number to $150,000 per song.
HTC Forecasts Decline
Taiwan's HTC on Friday overturned positive expectations and said it now believes its revenue will decline by a small single digit percentage this year. It had previously expected revenue to climb by 10 percent but changed its view after a lack of large-scale orders, phone delays and poor sales in its key Chinese market. The revised forecast shows HTC's once-rapid growth stunting as it had grown 29 percent in 2008.
axaio has released new versions of its MadeToPrint line of products, used to standardize output from InDesign and QuarkXPress. The line consists of MadeToPrint Standard, MadeToPrint Auto, and MadeToPrint Server. The Auto and Server versions integrate into various publishing systems, including vjoon's K4 and WoodWing's Smart Connection Enterprise. The update exports fully imposed PDFs.
FCC to probe iPhone gaps
The FCC will consider the limited rural availability of products like the iPhone as it explores the merits of exclusive American cellphone contracts, an interview reveals. "There are markets in the country where if you wanted an iPhone, if you wanted a Pre, you just couldn't get it -- from anyone," according to FCC chairman Julius Genachowski. "So one question is, is that consistent with broad consumer interests?"
Microsoft upgrade prices
Microsoft blogger Brandon LeBlanc has announced pricing information for a variety of Windows 7 upgrade options. Users upgrading from the basic Windows 7 Starter operating system to the standard Home Premium configuration will have to pay $80 for the additional functions including Aero Peek, taskbar previews and remote media streaming.
Onkyo ND-S1 iPod dock
Onkyo has recently introduced its first iPod dock, the ND-S1, which can connect to home theater systems thanks to its digital optical and coaxial audio outputs or composite audio and video outputs. The dock will support 16-bit audio playback at up to 48kHz. It syncs with Macs and Windows PCs through USB and bundles a remote control to steer the iPod when it isn't attached to a computer.
Firefox 1 bil Downloads
The Mozilla Foundation on Friday marked the 1 billionth download of Firefox. The feat was accomplished roughly four and a half years after the first pre-release version shipped in November 2004 and makes it one of the most popular browsers after Internet Explorer. It's commonly credited for unseating the Microsoft browser's near-absolute control of web browsers after the decline of Netscape and, as of the milestone, currently has just over 30 percent of the market while Internet Explorer has just over 60 percent.
Apple patches SMS bug
Apple on Friday released iPhone firmware v3.0.1, following reports of a security vulnerability involving SMS messaging. The bug, exposed at the recent Black Hat security conference, allowed maliciously-crafted text messages to remotely disable or control an iPhone.
CrunchPad May Get 3G
The CrunchPad may have the option of 3G wireless and ship in a few months, Singapore's Straits Times said today. The newspaper has the large, touchscreen tablet shipping in November and claims it will have not just its expected Wi-Fi but also 3G cellular Internet access. It's uncertain which format is involved and whether it will have a carrier subsidy, though an international reach may dictate HSPA data through AT&T in the US.
AMD, HP PCIe 3.0 changes
Extensions proposed by chip maker AMD and computer builder HP could greatly improve the efficiency of the draft PCIe 3.0 specification, a report notes. One contribution involves protocol multiplexing, which would let chips switch between as many as seven different protocols beyond PCIe. As a result, interfaces could use fewer pins, and PC makers could build more flexible configurations with fewer components. A single part could handle PCIe, Quick Path Interconnect and the coherent HyperTransport bus, for instance allowing simpler offloading of CPU tasks to accelerators like video cards.
iPhone SMS patch on Sat.?
A new iPhone security update should be available on Saturday, claims a spokesperson for the device's UK carrier, O2. "We will be communicating to customers both through the website and proactively," the spokesperson says. Apple has not announced or previewed any iPhone firmware update beyond the major iPhone 3.1 release.
Scosche IDR350M earphones
Scosche Industries recently announced it is now shipping its iPhone and iPod certified and compatible IDR350M (Increased Dynamic Range) noise isolating earphones. The earphones have an integrated remote and microphone control called tapLINE that lets them navigate their music library, adjust the volume, record voice memos or talk on their iPhone. Users of 2009-era devices like the third-generation iPod shuffle and iPhone 3GS can also invoke special features like VoiceOver or Voice Control.
Cowon iAudio E3 coming
Korea's Cowon is displaying an upcoming portable music player on its home page, the iAudio E2. While little is known about the device other than its styling and that it's coming soon, it appears targeted at the same audience as the iPod shuffle as it goes without a screen. Cowon also makes the iAudio T2, which has a tiny OLED screen and a 2GB capacity. It connects to PCs via a miniUSB connection and sports a built-in FM tuner with recording for both broadcasts and voice. Some of these specs are expected to be shared by the E2.
IDC Phones in Q2 2009
Three of the top five cellphone manufacturers have faced severe drops in their market share in spring while Apple and other newer participants are on the rise, according to a final estimate by IDC. Confirming some predictions by the companies themselves, the study finds that Nokia, Motorola and Sony Ericsson all lost double-digit percentages of their share from a year ago. Motorola and Sony Ericsson lost the most, falling 47 percent and 43.4 percent in the number of phones shipped to account for just 5.5 percent and 5.1 percent of the market each.
Cdn. iPhone promos extend
Canadian carrier Rogers has extended a number of key iPhone 3GS promotions -- originally set to expire today -- until September 15th, both under its own branding and that of Fido. A $500 subsidy is available to people who bought an iPhone 3G between July 11th and September 30th of last year, and also spend at least $100 per month. Eligible shoppers are penalized with a one-year contract extension.
Cakewalk USB interfaces
Cakewalk has introduced a variety of new USB audio interfaces; the UA-4FX, UA-25EX and UA-101. The UA-4FX is a portable 24-bit/96 KHz interface featuring Roland COSM preamp emulation and several built-in effects. The device integrates analog inputs and outputs, along with S/PDIF optical output with support for Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 formats.
No Apple e-books coming
Apple does not have any interest in building an e-book store, at least at the moment, an anonymous industry source claims. Speculation has arisen because of reports documenting an upcoming tablet device, generally expected to measure 10 inches and carry a built-in 3G connection. Regardless of whether or not the tablet supports e-ink technology, it could represent competition for Amazon's dominant Kindle readers.
HP late Thursday introduced its largest-ever mainstream computer LCD, the 2709m. Seen partly as a TV crossover, the 27-inch panel puts out a native 1080p picture and has an HDMI input alongside DVI and VGA to support video from movie readers and other home theater equipment. It's also claimed to have a vivid picture with anti-glare treatment and a 30,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio.
Russian iPhone sales low
The iPhone 3G has been unsuccessful in the Russian market, says Fortune. Three major phone carriers began selling the device there six months ago. A deal with Apple required 3.5 million iPhones to be sold over a two- to three-year period; carriers and their retail partners, however, have only been able to sell 250,000 phones since the Russian release date.
PS3 70pc Cheaper to Make
The PlayStation 3 now costs 70 percent less to make than it did when it originally launched, Sony said Thursday during a conference call for its financial results. While the company wouldn't say how much a PS3 now costs for it to build, original estimates had the system costing $800, or even more than the original $600 launch price for a 60GB model in November 2006. If so, the game console would now cost just $240 while still holding more storage.
Klipsch Image S2m
Klipsch has unveiled its second set of phone-oriented earbuds in a week with the launch of the Image S2m. A lower-end counterpart to the S4i, the new pair takes the entry, lower-powered S2 and adds a universal in-line mic and remote. The controls are optimized for Apple devices and fully support all 2008 and later iPhones and iPods, including the third-generation iPod shuffle, but should work with many phones that recognize basic remote controls.
KORE 2.1 update
Native Instruments has produced a v2.1 update for KORE, its music workstation software. Users browse through a collection of sound libraries, picking samples for use in production or live performance. Various modules and plug-ins can be applied to generate original output.
Lenovo IdeaPad U450p shows
Computer manufacturer Lenovo has posted a teaser page for an upcoming IdeaPad U450p notebook, revealing nearly no information at all as a full-blown product page does not yet exist. At 14 inches, it's the larger sibling to the recently launched 13.3-inch IdeaPad U350 and will add an optical drive. Like the U350, it will be powered by a range of Intel's Consumer Ultra Low Voltage (CULV) processors, though which ones exactly isn't known.
Intel Canceling Atom Z500
Intel may be shutting down production of its Z500-series Atom chips early, a source from the PC industry says. Unnamed contacts for DigiTimes say the processor developer won't accept any more orders "soon" and that the only processors it will ship past a certain point this year are from at least the three key supporters of Atom-based systems, namely Acer, ASUS and MSI. Supply of the Z500 line should stop altogether by the end of the year for everyone.
China Unicom iPhone Photo
An iPhone running on China Unicom's network has been seen in a set of photos (since edited) that appears to confirm reports of the carrier nearing a deal to carry the device in the Asian country. The handset shown by Sina appears to be a stock 16GB iPhone 3GS in most respects but, beyond showing "China Unicom" as the carrier identifier, shows Chinese characters on the back and makes a reference to the WCDMA 3G standard. While just a different way of referring to the UMTS format found in most parts of the world, the naming isn't found on any other iPhone released to date.
New CandyShell case colors
Speck has added to its line of CandyShell hard-cases for the iPhone with the release of five new two-tone color combos. Each CandyShell case features a light-weight design with a hard shell outside and a rubberized interior, to offer extra shock absorption while protecting against scraps and scratches from everyday use. With the new color combos users can now choose from BubbleMaker Pink, BatWing Black, AquaBerry Blue, WaxStick White and JamJar Purple.
LG unveils new SL80, SL90
LG tonight chose its Summer Line Show to unveil a new look for its HDTVs that involves two new models. Both the SL80 and the SL90 have a "seamless" design that attempts to blend the bezel, LCD and speakers into a single piece. Appropriately, they also have more advanced feature sets; the flagship SL90 is LED-backlit and generates a company-best 3,000,000:1 contrast ratio while also keeping the TV thin at 1.15 inches. It also has a 240Hz refresh rate to reduce motion artifacts and an ambient light sensor to adjust its brightness on the fly.
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