iLuv has announced two device chargers to its line of iPod and iPhone accessories. The iAD 117 Triple USB Port Power Adapter has three USB ports that can be used to charge three devices simultaneously and utilizes a foldable prong. The adapter features an LED power indicator and is available in various adapter versions to remain compatible with any countries plugs. The product features an AC 100-240V, 50/60Hz input and a DC 5V, 500mA Output for each USB port.
IK Multimedia has released its newest iPhone application, GroveMaker. The software is used to create and share electronic, dance and hip-hop music. Users can add, remove, and replace hundreds of loops on 8 tracks to create custom music as the music is playing. Each loop can be manipulated to pan, reach different volume levels, group with other tracks, and have a faster tempo. The songs created can be exported onto a users computer using the phone's Wi-Fi connection.
Dave Taubler, an independent software developer, has released v3.0 of his web wireframing and interaction design utility, OverSite. The application is used to outline a user's website by creating wireframe mockups of each webpage, while providing options to export the outlines in a variety of file formats. The latest version includes new tools such as zooming and panning, component duplication and hyperlinking. The update also adds new components such as sliders, scroll panels, spreadsheets, and an HTML element that enables the code to be rendered within a wireframe.
Newer Technology has released two additions to its line of iPod and iPhone accessories, the NewerTech Audio/Sync/Charging Cable and the NewerTech Auto Charger and USB Sync/Charging Cable. The latter of the two is used to charge an iPod or an iPhone using a vehicle's 12-volt power outlet or a computer's USB port. Like standard Apple cables, the product maintains the ability to sync a device with a computer.
roobasoft has released its newest application, Concentrate, used to help users work and study more effectively. Users create a list of activities and then drag and drop the appropriate actions into their activity list. Actions can launch applications needed to complete an activity, open websites and documents, or control the availability status of applications such as iChat, Adium, and Skype. The program can also play audio alerts to notify users of progress made or keep them on track.
FMPro Migrator Developer Edition 5.23 ($200) is a tool for migrating FileMaker Pro data and structures into other database forms. The update adds Microsoft Access features including report conversions, relationships, value lists and Visual Basic code. The latest version features support for Bento 2.0.4 backup files, along with enhancements for reading Access database table information. Version 5.23 also boasts improved transfer processing for Access to FileMaker Pro database tables. [Download - 21.6]
TouchPad ($4) enables users to remotely control their Mac though an iPhone or iPod touch using Wi-Fi. The software makes it possible for the mobile device to function as either a keyboard or mouse, and supports both vertical and horizontal scrolling. It also supports one, two, or three-finger gestures, and allows users to modify the keys for customized configuration.
Magma has launched the ExpressBox4-1U, a 4-slot 8X PCI Express expansion unit in a 1U form factor. The ExpressBox4-1U has bandwidth ratings of 2GB/sec in both transmit and receive modes. It offers plug-and-play installation and supports hot-swapping, daisy chaining and power-up control by the host computer. Four available slots can be used for connecting x1, x4, x8 and x16 PCI Express cards.
Korea's MyRipple has recently introduced its new small form-factor entertainment PC, the Ripple Look, for a domestic release. The PC gets a 1.6GHz Intel Atom dual core CPU, a 320GB hard drive and 2GB of RAM.
Microsoft has revealed in a mass e-mail that the Zune HD, which was recently introduced formally and priced, will be available in blue, green, red, platinum and black, as well as 10 designs, once the device starts shipping on September 15th. The new colors cannot be pre-ordered, and, just like the standard device, will not be a flat color but an anodized metallic one.
Archos has recently put up a product page for its entry-level Clipper MP3 player, which is due to compete with the iPod Shuffle. The device integrates 2GB of flash memory, with no way to expand it. File support is limited to MP3 and WMA music, with a claimed battery life of 11 hours.
The rumored gold master version of Mac OS X Snow Leopard is likely still a preliminary release, says MacMagazine. 10A432 is described as a preview due to notable bugs remaining, including Mail instabilities, scroll bar errors, and a collection of freezing applications.
MSI Computer on Thursday announced it has now released five previously introduced notebook PCs to its Classic series, with the CX600, CX700, CR600-013, CR600-017 and CR700. The three 600 models sport 16-inch screens with 1366x768 resolution, while the 700s have 17.3-inch screens with 1600x900 resolution. MSI touts the 600s as much thinner than conventional notebooks, at just 1.18 inches thick. They weigh just 5.4lbs, while the 700s weigh just over 6lbs.
Before any type of official announcement, Lenovo has put up a product page for its Q700 home theater PC. There will be two models of the PC available, both powered by Intel's 2.5GHz Dual-core CPU, 4GB of RAM and Intel's integrated X4500 processor. Either has a DVD recorder, but the higher-end model gets a 640GB hard drive instead of the standard model's 320GB HDD. Either is preloaded with Windows Vista Home Premium 64. The standard model also lacks a network card, while the upgraded variant has a LAN connection.
U&I Software has released MetaSynth 5, a universal binary update to its sound design software that is now optimized for multi-processor systems. MetaSynth 5 replaces MetaSynth Pro, adding the ability to save sound at up to 32-bit floating-point resolution and save the files as either .wav, .caf, .aiff or SoundDesigner formats. The design engine has undergone a major rebuild with updated and revised code, while six unique rooms -- essentially design suites -- focus on specific music and sound sculpting.
Apple should indeed be holding a publicity event in September, but it will not highlight the company's rumored tablet computer, "very reliable" sources are said to claim. Some media reports have pointed to a September announcement for the device, typically described as having a 10-inch touchscreen, an iPhone-like design and a built-in 3G connection. It may also be subsidized by Verizon Wireless.
Iospirit has released Remote Buddy 1.1.4, an update to its application for remotely controlling a Mac via a mobile device. The software allows users to perform a variety of functions, from accessing the iTunes library and browsing media, to controlling system and display settings, directly from their mobile device. In the latest version, support has been added for Spotify and Hulu Desktop, along with Remote Buddyís AJAX Remote web application which allows users to control the desktop system through gestures on the iPhone and iPod touch.
Kubota Image Tools has released the newest addition to its Lightspeed WorkFlow line of products, RPG SpeedKeys. The device is a wireless keypad with programable hotkeys for use in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2. The keypad comes with v3 of Kubota Lightroom Presets, consisting of 29 functions such as develop, export, print and filter. Collections v1 and v2 are also included, bringing the total number of available presets to more than 100.
A new class action lawsuit has accused Apple and AT&T of misrepresenting MMS availability on the iPhone, reports say. Filed in a Louisiana district court, the suit observes that Apple has heavily promoted MMS -- the standard means of sharing cellphone photos and video -- using print, TV, radio and the web. AT&T is said to be involved in similar campaigns.
Myvu on Thursday announced it will soon begin offering its latest wearable video eyewear, the Crystal EV, at InMotion Entertainment stores in airports across the US. The Crystal EV is an improvement over the original Myvu Crystal as it increases the equivalent screen size to 64 inches, or about a 30 percent greater area than the outgoing device. The Crystal EV uses Myvu's SolidOptix technology and is both certified for use with Apple's iPhone and carries Nokia Forum compatibility.
Dell on Thursday previewed several upcoming computers, the Zino HD and Inspiron Z series. The Zino HD is a mini desktop that closely resembles the form-factor of a Mac Mini. The overall height appears to be greater than Apple's product, potentially due to the use of a tray for optical media instead of a slot-load system.
Despite official denials, an 8GB iPhone 3GS remains in Rogers databases, according to reports. The Canadian carrier has disavowed or refused to comment on several previous leaks, which have hinted that current 16 and 32GB phones could be joined by a cheaper model. The new 3GS would allegedly replace the $99 iPhone 3G once stocks of the latter are depleted.
Apple's by now yearly music event is tipped for exactly one week into September, multiple sources have claimed on Thursday. Those in the music industry say Apple has told them to expect an event for the week of September 7th, or the same week as the Labor Day holiday. As this reportedly includes label executives, All Things D infers a likely iTunes focus that could include the rumored Cocktail format for full albums.
A further rumor has surfaced regarding Apple's supposed future tablet that potentially clears up its details. Mahalo chief Jason Calacanis on Tuesday made a brief Twitter post citing a developer working with Apple who says the tablet is real and using a "modified/extended" version of OS X iPhone. What that entails hasn't been made clear, though it implies more than just a higher-resolution iPhone interface.
Sony on Thursday announced that, by the end of the year, it will convert all of the content on its eBook Store to the industry-standard EPUB format. Material will typically be copy-protected using Adobe Content Server 4. Sony's Reader was the first e-book device to support the XML-based EPUB, and Sony executives now claim that specific DRM formats limit overall growth in the e-book industry. Owners of other e-book readers should be able to cross-shop for titles through Sony.
Following the official confirmation of a launch date and pricing information for the upcoming Zune HD, Microsoft has also detailed a number of accessories. The AV Dock can be used to play 720p movies, TV shows and videos from the portable device to an HDTV without sacrificing the HD resolution.
A slew of details have emerged on Apple's rumored tablet device, according to an anonymous source. Claiming to have sat on meetings regarding the product, the source says that it will indeed use a 10-inch touchscreen, and in many respects resemble an oversized iPhone. This extends to the presence of a Home button, and a black resin backing.
Microsoft on Thursday announced plans to release a new version of Office for Mac sometime late in 2010. The update will feature a new application, Outlook for Mac, that will serve as a replacement for Entourage. The company is also set to include Visual Basic support once again, after the feature was removed from the Office 2008 release.
Future iPhones and iPods could become easier to use when in motion, an Apple patent application suggests. The filing, newly published on Thursday, depicts a compensation system that adjusts onscreen images with relative positioning. Using technology such as an iPhone's accelerometer for instance, the system could detect movement along one or more axes, and shift icons to keep them in their original place. As a handheld approaches or recedes from a user, the technology could also be used to selectively scale graphics to keep them legible.
Samsung has introduced its latest solid state drive (SSD), the 256GB FlashSSD, geared for gamers. The component is claimed to offer a five-fold improvement in data loading time compared to traditional hard drives, while running with lower power consumption.
Verizon Wireless on Thursday announced it has added the AD3700 global USB modem from ZTE to its mobile broadband range. The device will connect to EV-DO, GSM, GPRS, EDGE, HSPA and UMTS networks in more than 175 countries, but uses Verizon's EV-DO Revision A network locally.
Samsung's Tap and Take teaser campaign is finally over and has revealed a pair of point and shoot cameras that add a front-facing LCD screen for helping users compose self-portraits. The 1.5-inch front LCDs adorn both the DualView TL225 and TL200, with both sporting 12.2-megapixel sensors. Instead of pressing the shutter button to capture the image, the front screens can be touched (the tap part of tap and take) to focus the camera and capture the image. Also, Samsung announced the CL65, which sports Wi-Fi connectivity and geo-tagging capabilities.
Sanrio Global Consumer Products, in collaboration with Mimoco, has announced a new line of MIMOBOT USB flash drives based on Sanrio characters. First in the companyís lineup is the Hello Kitty USB drive, which will coincide with the character's 35th anniversary. In addition to Hello Kitty, customers will be able to purchase drives with other Sanrio characters such as Badtz-Maru, My Melody, Kuromi, Keroppi, Chococate and TuxedoSam.
China Unicom has ordered an extremely large number of iPhones for an initial wave of sales, says the International Business Times. Quoting local media sources, the Times claims that Unicom has ordered 5 million units from Apple, at a price of 10 billion yuan. Each phone is thus worth roughly 2,000 yuan, or $293, before markup.
LG has introduced its latest netbook, the X130, featuring a standard nine-cell battery claimed to enable runtime of approximately 12 hours. The device sports a 10.1-inch LCD with 1024x600 resolution, while powered by Intel's 1.6GHz Atom N270 CPU. Standard configurations ship with 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard drive.
Microsoft early this morning set the final launch for the Zune HD. True to leaks, the company's first touchscreen player will ship on September 15th and will come in a 16GB black version for $220 and a 32GB platinum-colored version for $290. Pre-orders start later today through Amazon (16GB,
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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
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive,¬†Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk¬†Drive,¬†GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN