More definitive specs and pricing have surfaced for Canon's EOS-7D DSLR for the upper mid-range. A combination of a seemingly authentic product poster as well as sources for Canon Rumors points to the camera actually being a crop-frame (APS-C) unit rather than the full frame of the 5D Mark II but getting high-end features. It would have an 18-megapixel sensor (versus the 5D's 21) but, with dual processors, would support shooting at up to 8 frames per second.
Critics have often accused Apple of charging for service packs to Mac OS X where Microsoft has released interim updates for free. While it's true Apple has often tended to release OS releases frequently -- in some cases within a year or less -- these have often been major architectural and interface changes where Microsoft's focus on maintenance. With Snow Leopard, however, Apple itself has signaled that it's content with a more modest upgrade. The question then is whether a less superficially ambitious update is worth paying $29, especially when Microsoft at least initially appears to have a more aggressive (if more expensive) update in Windows 7. In a special cross-site Snow Leopard review, we aim to answer that question both for Mac users alone as well as in the context of Microsoft's new platform.
While some European government agencies continue to investigate claims of exploding iPhones, Apple is saying that some of the returned phones with shattered screens were due to pressure applied by external forces. According to a new report, the company claims that iPhones turned in by customers with shattered screens were the result of external pressures rather than an explosion. Bloomberg, however, notes that Apple is continuing to investigate reports by customers across Europe that their iPhone "overheated and burned them, and in some cases exploded."
A proposed bill has Internet companies and civil liberty groups in a huff, as it would grant the US President the power to cut off private-sector users from the Internet during cyber security emergencies. The 55-page S. 773 bill (pdf), months in the making behind closed doors, is vague in its wording, but does suggest private Internet networks could be taken over by specially licensed individuals in the government.
Apple has released a new support document that outlines the printers and scanners that are supported by the latest release of Mac OS X, Snow Leopard. In addition to listing all of the supported devices the document also outlines how to install the supporting software. Updated drives for Brother, Canon, Epson, FujiXerox, Gestetner, Gutenprint, HP, Infotec, Lanier, Lexmark, NRG, Ricoh, Samsung, Savin and Xerox printers have also been made available.
Wisen Up (free) contains a database of different personality quizzes, ancient cures, body language, medical quotes, tell me why, myths, weird and incurable diseases, body facts, types of doctors, phobias and first aid mistakes. The application also includes a n interactive category where users can test their ability to identify different sicknesses.
Ahead of next week's Nokia World show, German site NokiaPort is claiming to have some news about the future of the world's largest handset-maker's future products. This includes a debut of two new series of devices, including the Cseries and Xseries, both of which the company trademarked earlier this summer. The first Xseries model will apparently be an updated version of the 5530 XpressMusic handset, with the addition of 3G network support. This indicates the XpressMusic line will be replaced by the Xseries-branded devices.
All current iPods SKUs are being discontinued, sources in Apple's Authorized Reseller network claim. The sources note that even though stock is running low or empty in many cases, no new resupply shipments to third-party vendors have been scheduled. The dwindling numbers have been anticipated however, as an attempt by Apple to drain inventory in advance of new iPods, which should be announced in September.
Microsoft has allegedly organized an anti-Google campaign, referred to by several insiders as "screw Google" meetings, according to DailyFinance. The collaboration reportedly involves Microsoft and other companies that perceive the search giant as a threat. Third parties are also said to be involved, hired by the group to help discredit Google.
Sync'Em 1.4 ($50) is an application for syncing Exchange, Google and Apple contact and calendar information. A new setup assistant has been added in this release which replaces the advanced setup user interface. Another new feature is the ability to automatically detect and relaunch the Sync'Em Engine if it dies. Version 1.4 adds support for Google recurring/detached calendar events and OS X 10.6. The update also fixes several bugs including one where an incorrect information source name could be shown in the conflict-resolution window. [Download - 20.3]
Although the operating system has only just been released, Apple has already posted two networking-related updates for Mac OS X Snow Leopard. The first, Network Registration Update 1.0, is specifically intended for Snow Leopard Server. It is a 24.8MB download, and fixes a problem with duplicate serial number alerts on servers using multiple interfaces.
Sony's loosely-defined launch date of early September for its redesigned PS3 gaming console was not only wrong, but stores are already sold out of the first shipments. Earlier this week, photo evidence showed the console arriving at certain Best Buy locations and now there is word of other electronics retailers also getting limited runs of the game system. Not surprisingly, retailer shelves were picked clean and the PS3s are now sold out at many of the stores who got the shipment.
Chronos has announced forthcoming updates to SOHO Notes and SOHO Organizer, bringing both of the programs up to version 8. Notes has been given a speed improvement, as well as tools for voice, video and photo recording. Also incorporated are Icon and Cover Flow views, along with new backup and encryption systems.
An unnamed Logitech customer has already received the Squeezebox Touch, ahead of any official release date from Logitech itself. The product clearly isn't ready for prime-time, however, as it is stuck in software update mode. The owner isn't getting any help from Logitech's support line, with technical staff refusing to acknowledge its existence. Photos of the multimedia streaming hub's box reveals the official specs, including its 4.3-inch, 24-bit color LCD utilizing capacitive touchscreen technology.
InfoLogic has released MathMagic Personal Edition 6.5, with enhanced CMYK support, including spot color separations. The update also adds automatic installation of math symbol fonts and default preference settings. The equation editor has a new fixed height option in the fence alignment dialog, and new controls for nested horizontal bars and fences. Bugfixes address a variety of issues.
Comcast has achieved a legal victory in its battle against the FCC's limits on the number of subscribers. The commission's regulations aimed to prevent a cable operator from unfairly blocking smaller competitors trying to reach consumers, although the 30 percent cap has been the focus of of numerous lawsuits and criticism.
The Omni Group has launched Snow Leopard compatibility updates for a full eight of its applications, in light of the operating system's Friday release. Beyond greater compatibility, OmniFocus 1.7 adds interface improvements and upgraded perspectives, along with better sync performance.
Creative has begun its first shipments of the Zii Egg, reports say. The device is Creative's first touchscreen media player, equipped with a 3.5-inch, 480x320 multi-touch display. It supports Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS, and it is also notable for including two VGA cameras, plus HDMI output at resolutions up to 1080p. The current model is actually meant for developers, and uses an open-source operating system.
MID and netbook maker Medion on Friday revealed its Touch X9613 all-in-one PC, the company's first. Billed as a home entertainment PC, the X9613's 24-inch touchscreen display supports multitouch inputs and sports 1920x1080 resolution. The PC will ship with NVIDIA's GeForce GT240M graphics card with 1GB of dedicated memory. Processing is handled by Intel's 2GHz Core 2 Quad CPU, and there is 4GB of RAM onboard.
Markzware has released a v6.5 update for FlightCheck Professional, its specialized preflighting tool. The software scrutinizes output documents for problems that could potentially affect the print process, such as trapping, overprinting and mismatched color spaces. The app then flags source issues, which can be corrected through a separate publishing suite.
Intel has revised its third-quarter revenue expectations, anticipating a resurgence in demand for computer components. The company now forecasts revenues to fall between $8.8 billion and $9.2 billion, up from the previous guidance ranging from $8.1 billion to $8.9 billion. Gross margin targets remain unchanged, although the numbers are expected to reach the upper end of the previously-announced range.
Shirt Pocket has released SuperDuper 2.6, an update of its Mac OS X system recovery software. The primary changes in version 2.6 is Snow Leopard compatibility; however, it also offers "Backup on connect," which enables a user to automatically configure the software to backup to a drive any time it is connected.
Nikon may be readying its first full-frame DSLR with video features if a rumor from a camera repair service proves accurate. Southern Photo Technical Service claims that an upgrade simply titled the D700s should come in the same price range as the existing D700. What other features are involved aren't clear, but it's implied this will mirror some of the changes brought in the D300s and add at least HD video with autofocus as well as faster still image autofocusing and continuous shooting. It's less than clear whether a second, SDHC-based card slot or a dedicated live view button will appear, as both are targeted more at high-end hobbyists than the D700's usually professional audience.
A series of Verizon inventory screen captures reveals the wireless provider will soon receive a range of smartphones from Palm, RIM, HTC and Samsung. Two Palm devices, called P101 and P121 in Verizon's inventory, are likely to be the Pre and the Eos, suggesting the carrier is already preparing both to be the second CDMA carrier with the Pre and that it will have a second model as well. When the Pre arrives, Verizon will be just the third carrier to offer the handset, after Sprint and Canada's Bell.
Apple has published a series of official support documents for Mac OS X Snow Leopard, which ships today. These cover Finder and the desktop, the printing process, and more crucially a number of incompatible applications. A specific set of programs may be automatically moved to an "Incompatible Software" folder on a Mac, and/or blocked from being opened.
US lawmakers have introduced new measures regarding searches of notebook computers entering the US, according to a Friday report. The revised rules attempt to address concerns regarding violations of privacy and Constitutional rights. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) maintains such searches are necessary to fight potential terrorism plots, child pornography and copyright infringement. Air travelers with notebooks are often asked to power up their devices to ensure they are what they appear to be, with some incidents going on to more in-depth searches of hard drive content.
Apple has produced not just a lone 10-inch tablet device, but also models in two larger sizes, an anonymous source claims. Described as "100 percent reliable," the source says that Apple has additionally developed 13- and 15-inch tablets, at least one of which can run Mac OS X Leopard. Prototypes are said to have been spotted recently in factory in Shenzuen, China.
Light Crafts' recent release of Aurora aims to provide users with very basic photo editing, and easy-to-use controls. The latest version includes web-sharing options, which can sync a person's work with websites such as Flickr, Picasa and Facebook, managing the photos from within the application. Some editing functions include Crispness, Color Strength, Crop and Straighten, Red Eye reduction, Retouch and Color Warmth. The software also features online backup, and a Punch tool used to bring higher contrast to mid-tones without altering shadows.
Three of Japan's major cellphone makers are nearing a joint venture that would create one of the largest companies of its type, sources said on Friday. Contacts for the WSJ believe Casio, Hitachi and Sharp are in talks to create a phone-only firm that would launch by April 2010. The project would be an attempt to consolidate businesses after the combination of economic fallout and a largely saturated Japanese cellphone market, where such a high percentage of residents own cellphones that handset designers are often competing for upgrades rather than new users.
China Unicom on Friday confirmed in its interim results that it had reached an agreement with Apple to carry the iPhone in China. The news supports word of finished talks and will launch the smartphone sometime in the fall. Most terms aren't available, but China Unicom has said the deal extends for three years and that two models will be involved, at least one of which is likely the 16GB iPhone 3GS.
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WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R