AJA Video Systems has introduced a portable video-recording system for filmmakers and video professionals, Ki Pro. The device connects to almost any digital camera through SDI, HDMI or analog inputs, and records high-quality Apple ProRes 422 QuickTime files that can be edited within Apples Final Cut Studio software. The device integrates both Wi-Fi and Ethernet connection capabilities, enabling users to control the device via a browser or their iPhone.
Firemint has announced that its Flight Control game for the iPhone and iPod touch has reached over 1.5 million sales. Released onto the App Store on March 5th, the game has since achieved the top paid app position in 20 different countries including the USA, Germany, UK and Canada. The company has released several free updates with new features such as multiplayer support.
The US federal Court of Appeals today granted Microsoft a temporary stay on an injunction that would have banned sales of Word until the conclusion of an appeal against the successful lawsuit filed by Canadian firm i4i. Originally, the developer would have had to stop sales on October 10th and would have forced Microsoft to shut down sales of virtually all copies of Office unless it could plead its case.
Sonnet Technologies has announced a desktop RAID system, the Fusion D400QR5, along with its rackmount counterpart, the R400QR5. Both devices build upon the companys previously released D400Q and R400Q four-bay systems, adding a RAID 5 controller for improved balance between data protection and usable capacity. Both systems support eSATA, FireWire 800 and 400, and USB 2.0 interfaces, while enabling users to select a preferred RAID mode or configure each individual drive.
Aquafadas has announced that all but one of its software titles are now Snow Leopard compatible. The latest releases of SnapFlow 1.0.1, PulpMotion and PulpMotion Advanced 2.3, BannerZest and BanerZest Pro 1.6 and VideoPier/VideoPier HD 1.3.1 are all Snow Leopard-ready. Users can download the updates directly from the company or via the software update feature within each program.
Brother on Thursday introduced several new printers in its HL-3000 series and MFC-9000 lineup. The HL-3040CN features print speeds of up to 17 ppm in color or monochrome, with 600x2400 dpi resolution. Users can place up to 250 sheets of paper into the feeder and connect the printer via Ethernet or USB 2.0 interfaces.
Google has confirmed that it is set to unveil a redesigned Android Market, with several changes the the interface and layout. Users will be able to easily explore the top paid apps, top free apps and new additions to the store. Navigating to an app page will show screenshot previews, along with reviews from other users.
Telestream and Wowza Media Systems have announced a new platform for streaming live media to the iPhone and other web players. Using Telestream's Wirecast production software alongside Wowza's soon-to-ship Media Server 2 Advanced, which has expanded beyond Flash by adding H.264 support, users can stream high-quality video to the iPhones or iPod touch, Silverlight, Flash, QuickTime and IPTV-based set-top boxes.
LG on Thursday introduced its latest messaging device, the Bliss UX700. The entry-level device features a 2.0-megapixel camera with video capture, stereo Bluetooth connectivity, and a 3-inch touchscreen with 240x400 pixel resolution. Users can listen to music or access the web through the full HTML browser, while microSD support allows storage expansion up to 16GB.
i.TV has released an update to its self-titled iPhone app, which now supports a variety of remote control functions. Version 2.0 sports a new interface, redesigned for improved simplicity and aesthetics. iTunes integration allows users to discover related TV and movie content, then simply tap to download the videos from iTunes. The new push notification feature sends alerts when a favorite TV show is about to air.
OWC has launched new 750GB notebook drive products. The new capacity drives arrive in bus-powered On-The-Go Pro models, with three connectivity options. The top-of-the-line triple interface offers FireWire 800/400 and USB 2.0 connections, while a dual-interface FireWire 400/USB 2.0 and a USB 2.0-only version are available for reduced pricing.
equinux has updated its Live TV on the iPhone for users, which is delivered via The Tube Mac software and iPhone app Live TV. The software combination allows users to watch TV channels on their iPhone over WiFi signals. The system begins with an equinux TubeStick hybrid TV tuner. The Tube software tunes channels and prepares the signals for the Live TV app, which seeks out The Tube feeds and displays them on an iPhone.
Along with its X series updates, Samsung at the IFA show launched two new netbook updates. The N130 and N140 have the same rounded aesthetic as the new full-size notebooks and also bring basic productivity apps to a category that normally comes with little software. Both have a stripped-down version of Microsoft Office and streamlined backups to Microsoft's SkyDrive service, which can hold as much as 25GB of data online for free.
Toon Boom has launched the latest version of its animation software for kids, Flip Boom Classic 3.The app provides tools for drawing and coloring various pictures, which can then be animated or imported to programs such as QuickTime. Features in the new version include a library for saving drawings, as well as the ability to drag and drop the saved projects into the animation function. Support has also been added for exporting animations to the iPod, as well as uploading to Facebook or YouTube.
MacNN has reviewed PC tools' iAntiVirus, rating the Mac virus protection software four out of five stars. It protects against Mac-based malware, keyloggers, viruses, Trojans, and other threats, while running in the background and available from a menubar. The software monitors the system and scans for prior infection. Users can also run immediate scans via drag-and-drop for individual files.
LG's turn at IFA saw it roll out two new desktop LCDs as well as supply early details of digital photo frames. The W63 series (shown at top) is made for gaming first and adds a number of touches just for PC or console games. A Thru Mode disables the usual image processing to cut down on lag at the expense of quality; Tru Light adds Philips-like ambient lighting to match the tone of some games; a chin-mounted speaker bar provides virtual surround sound better than most displays with their own audio.
The iPhones GPS system has reportedly assisted yet another individual attempting to find and catch thieves, according to Mashable.com. An unidentified person living in Shadyside, PA, was held at gunpoint by two men demanding the victim's wallet, PIN numbers and iPhone. The robbed individual than used his computer and the iPhones GPS technology to locate the thieves and helped provide police with information necessary to capture the suspects.
Microsoft broke news through its monthly Zune newsletter today that the Zune HD's launch in two weeks will also come with the first major update to the Zune media software in a year. The company is silent on what this will include but promises an "all-new" app with "exciting new features" that will arrive on September 15th, the same day as the new media player itself.
Apple has released a Java update for Mac OS X 10.5.8 that addresses a wide range of security vulnerabilities. The most serious issue allowed untrusted Java applets to obtain elevated privileges after users visit a web page containing maliciously crafted code. The problem has been addressed for systems running Mac OS X 10.5.8 or 10.5.8 Server.
At the IFA 2009 show on Thursday, Philips has introduced four new Blu-ray players, including the flagship BDP9500. It has a number of video processing technologies Philips collectively calls Qdeo, which reduce noise, enhance color, and improve contrast, fine detail and depth. It also allows users to manually move where their subtitles appear on screen, and is DiVX Ultra and BD-Live compatible.
Philips on Thursday introduced the third generation of its Aurea LED edge-lit LCD HDTV, which sports a 40-inch panel with 1920x1080 resolution and a unique transparent Active Frame with Ambilight Spectra that includes 250 LEDs to light it up. The frame can match the color of the images on the screen itself.
Toshiba picked IFA to make its first real entrance into Blu-ray following last year's exit from HD DVD with both its first dedicated movie player and a notebook to match. The BDX2000 catches up with full BD-Live support for movies with Internet features on an Ethernet connection and an SD card slot for playing the user's own content, including H.264 (AVCHD) videos. A flip-down front door is rare in the breed and keeps the design uncluttered either mid-movie or when it's not in use.
T-Mobile in the UK will soon release its third Android-powered handset, though it will be the first to be made by Huawei rather than HTC and also the first anywhere to be offered on a pay-as-you-go pricing scheme. The Pulse will sport a 3.5-inch, 320x480 resolution touchscreen, along with HSDPA/HSUPA 3G network support for data.
(Updated with statement on tethering) AT&T this afternoon finally established a firm date for when it would add MMS support to iPhones on its network. The carrier will switch on the feature as of September 25th through a software upgrade for iPhone 3G and 3GS owners. Adding the feature will let those running iPhone 3.0 or later firmware send photos, videos and general data like contact cards to any MMS-aware phone.
Logitech has introduced its latest universal remote, the Harmony 700, on Thursday as one of its less expensive models. Despite trimming the design, it still has a color screen that can be programmed to display the icons of a viewer's favorite channels; it mainly relies on rechargeable AA batteries to trim its price.
Garmin on Thursday said it would soon begin shipping its latest portable navigator, the nüvi 1690. The device has a built-in wireless module that connects to Garmin's nüLink service which allows users to access Google local search as well as traffic, weather, fuel prices, movie listings, flight status and more information. They can also connect to Ciao!, Garmin's location-based social networking system. In the US, buyers will get two years of free nüLink access.
Entertainment publisher Gameloft has announced sales surpassing the 6 million mark for titles sold at the App Store. The iPhone OS is said to be the companys leading sales platform, with over 35 games, 18 of which have made the worldwide Top 10 Paid Games list at some point in time. A few of the top-selling titles from Gameloft in 2009 include Terminator Salvation, UNO, Real Tennis 2009 and NFL 2010. The publisher plans to launch an additional 15 to 30 iPhone games throughout the year.
Toshiba produced a surprise at IFA today with word of a touchscreen media tablet of its own. The Journe Touch is treated as a high-end mobile Internet device (MID) with an emphasis on video playback: the device can play HD video either at a reduced resolution on its 800x480 display or at full resolution through an HDMI output. Its Wi-Fi is used that way as well, as web browsing is considered secondary to streaming Internet video from YouTube or the movie service Acetrax.
Just days after the operating system's launch, Apple has already begun a closed test of the first major update to Snow Leopard, according to anonymous sources. Mac OS X 10.6.1 allegedly became available to a small number of developers on Monday, specifically groups of coders invited by Apple. Distribution to all members of the Apple Developer Connection could begin within a week or two, if historical trends serve as a precedent.
TomTom on Thursday announced it will soon release a new flagship series of navigation devices, the GO x50 LIVE. Made up of the GO 950 LIVE, GO 750 LIVE and GO 550 LIVE, the data-connected devices can get live traffic information in the form of its LIVE Services. This includes fuel prices and real-time updates of any congestion or traffic accidents on a given route. New features include a frequent destinations menu that calculates the fastest and most efficient route to a frequently visited location. There is also an Eco Route option that chooses the most fuel efficient way to reach a destination.
In an unusual step, Sony Ericsson today unveiled a new designer phone meant to address those who just want to focus on core phone features. Although part of the XPERIA line, the Pureness is the exact opposite of smartphones like the XPERIA X2 and follows the mantra of "talk, text, time." Its standout feature is a transparent, monochrome display, and its only added feature is music playback locally or on FM.
UK carrier O2 has once again encountered severe data interruptions, significantly impacting iPhone owners, multiple sources say. The most recent outages began during the region's Bank Holiday weekend, and O2 has confirmed a problem that "lasted for around two hours on Saturday." According to PC Advisor and comments posted on O2 and Register forums however, outages have extended well past Saturday, running into Wednesday morning.
Samsung used the IFA show in Berlin to revamp its portables, starting with its X series notebooks. The X120 is Samsung's first system to use an Intel CULV chip and runs on a new dual-core, 1.3GHz Pentium SU4100 whose 10W power draw lets the system run for up to nine hours on a charge, even with a small four-cell battery. It also leads a new design language for the company with rounded, glossy shells that are resistant to both scratches and UV-related fading.
Mitsubishi announced on Thursday that it has integrated VUDU support for the flagship Diamond models in its Unisen Immersive Sound range of LCD HDTVs. This will give users access to VUDU's extensive library that include thousands of HD movies and TV shows. The two Diamond Unisen models, the 46-inch LT-46249 and 52-inch LT-52249, have an Ethernet port that allows them to connect to the web. Otherwise, there is an optional VUDU wireless accessory bridge for hooking up to existing home networks.
Logitech this morning unveiled two expected but major updates to its Squeezebox network media streamers. The Squeezebox Touch is its first hub with a touchscreen and uses the 4.3-inch display to provide a much more flexible interface for playing music, whether from local Macs and Windows PCs or from Internet streaming like Last.fm, Rhapsody or general Internet radio. Its size better displays album art and lets users browse photos on the network.
Adobe has spotted yet more compatibility problems created in transitioning its software to Snow Leopard, according to the company's principal product manager, John Nack. In particular, Photoshop is currently said to crash when switching to the Menlo font; the only solution at present is to avoid using the font entirely. The editing software may also crash when using the Open and Save commands, and dragging images to the program's Dock icon may not open them, as intended.
LG on Thursday announced it will ship three new Windows Mobile handsets over the course of the next few weeks. By the end of 2010, that number will grow to 13 Windows Mobile cellphones. One of the phones, the GM750 (pictured), will feature a touchscreen interface, another will be a touch slider with a QWERTY keyboard and the third, the GW550, will sport a QWERTY bar form factor. Each will be initially launched in limited markets, including Europe, the US and Asia, before making a global debut.
Sprint quickly acted on late rumors by launching the HTC Hero, its first-ever smartphone based on Android. The full touchscreen device is heavily modified from its original form and loses the "kink" of HTC's Android phones in favor of a flat, brushed metal panel that has all HTC's familiar controls, including the trackball. It also switches from GSM and HSPA to CDMA and EVDO Revision A for its calling and 3G data.
The Sagemore Apple Store in Marlton, New Jersey has become the victim of a second robbery in the space of just over four months, say reports. In Thursday's incident, captured on video, five men attacked the store shortly after 2AM, breaking through a glass facade with a large rock. In a little over 30 seconds the group is said to have taken 23 notebooks, and 14 iPhones and iPod touches before fleeing into a nearby residential area.
Sony's Walkman players overtook Apple's iPods in market share for the first time in Japan in over four years, according to a study by BCN. Although Apple held the lead as recently as a month ago, a sudden surge in the Walkman's popularity and a corresponding drop in the iPod's has led to Sony just edging out Apple with 43 percent of the market versus 42.1 percent. The upset ends an unprecedented 241-week run for Apple, which took the top spot from Sony in early 2005.
Nokia on Thursday said it was backing out of attending the yearly Mobile World Congress (MWC) in 2010. The cellphone firm claimed to ME that its recent emphasis on direct marketing means it can't support the expenses of attending the large Barcelona trade show. A separate event elsewhere in the city is considered likely but not certain.
Garmin on Thursday said it would soon begin shipping its latest portable navigator, the nüvi 1690. The device has a built-in wireless module that connects to Garmin's nüLink! service which allows users to access Google local search as well as traffic, weather, fuel prices, movie listings, flight status and more information. They can also connect to Ciao!, Garmin's location-based social networking system. In the US, buyers will get two years of free Garmin nüLink! service.
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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,Â Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard DiskÂ Drive,Â 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
MIT demoes 'Eyeriss' AI chip for mobile
At the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco this week, MIT researchers presented a new chip designed specifically to implement neural networks. The researchers claim that "Eyeriss" is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU, so it could enable mobile devices to run artificial-intelligence algorithms such as Siri or Cortana, rather than uploading all data to a remote server for processing. http://bit.ly/1TISJBe