Canadians have been receiving an early North American look at the first 11.6-inch Acer and Gateway notebooks to use Intel's CULV platform thanks to a model that has been spotted this week by an Electronista tipster at Future Shop stores in the country. Known as the Gateway EC1803h, the PC seems to be a rebranding and mild respecification of the Acer Timeline 1810T (Aspire 1410 in the US) that isn't yet on sale in North America and shares much of its design language with Gateway's own LT3100. The new model shares the Aspire/Timeline's 1.4GHz Core 2 Solo and GMA 4500 graphics, and in its single trim level comes with 3GB of RAM and a 250GB hard drive as well as expected features like its 6-cell battery, HDMI output and 5-in-1 card reader.
Apple may be on the verge of shipping its Mac OS X Snow Leopard, if one user's claims of receiving an install of next of the next-generation operating system with his Mac Mini are to be believed. The user claims to have received the Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard install DVD, then next version of Apple's operating system, when he purchased his Mac Mini in Japan. First noted by the Japanese version of Engadget, the photos and screenshots apparently confirm various slip-ups by Apple indicating that Snow Leopard is ready to ship very soon -- perhaps as early as next week.
Tiffen has launched an update to its Dfx Digital Filter Creative Effects software for the iPhone and iPod touch, Photo Fx 2.0. The new version now brings the program up-to 61 filters which are organized within eight different filter groups, and offers a total of 615 presets. Photo Fx 2.0 allows users to enhance images that have been taken or stored on their mobile device, and saves a non destructive copy of the image so users can customize the photos as much as they want without overwriting the original image.
Mark/Space has launched an update to its iPhone sync software, The Missing Sync for iPhone 2.0.3. The update adds the ability to create ringtones for the iPhone by using a built-in ringtone editor. By simply selecting a song from the iTunes music library and placing it in the editor, users can trim and name their customized ringtone, which is then automatically added to iTunes and ready for transferring onto the iPhone the next time a sync is initiated.
Sennheiser has expanded its line of full-sized HD headphones with the release of the HD 428, HD 438 and HD 448. The latter of the new releases offers the highest-quality sound of the group, while the HD 438 features a more natural sound. The HD 428 provides better lower frequency quality and is intended for bass response. Each model utilizes a gold-plated quarter-inch stereo adapter and a closed-back, around-the-ear design to insulate the sound.