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Griffin Technology has announced MyPhones, a new headphone with an integrated volume limiter to protect against hearing loss for children. The headphones are designed with soft-rubber ear cushions that sit just over the ear, with an adjustable band for comfort. The primary feature is an 85 decibel limit on the volume, helping to ensure that sound can never go high enough to damage the ear drum. It also comes with a customizable carrying case, along with three swappable shell caps.
Point Grey has provided additional details regarding its USB 3.0-connected HD video camera that will be making an appearance at the Intel Developers Forum. The camera prototype integrates a 3-megapixel CMOS sensor manufactured by Sony. The sensor allows the camera to output raw, uncompressed 1080p images at 60 frames per second.
Mariner has released v2.0 of its spreadsheet editing application for the iPhone, Mariner Calc. The app is used to view and edit Microsoft Excel documents, with the ability to manage multiple sheets and wirelessly transmit files. The latest version features named range support, a find and replace tool, and utilizes a password protected WiFi web based file server. Version 2.0 also boasts customizable settings for e-mail options and user information.
LaCie has introduced its latest computer accessory, a portable DVD burner designed by Sam Hecht. The device is USB powered, eliminating the need for an AC adapter. A variety of DVD and CD formats are supported, with DVD burn speeds up to 8x and CD burn speeds up to 24x. The drive weighs under a pound and measures less than an inch tall.
For awhile, many had thought the iPod touch had dealt blow to the Zune that Microsoft didn't have an answer for: the 2008 Zune update was just a mild refresh, and even the software team was mostly quiet for the next year. The Zune HD, then, is Microsoft's return salvo. It promises not only to put the Zune level in terms of features like multi-touch input and Internet access but to have features Apple lacks, such as 720p support, HD Radio and an OLED screen. We plan to discover just whether or not Microsoft's return to form is enough to quiet Apple's guns in our complete review.
Nemetschek North America has introduced the latest version of its CAD software, Vectorworks 2010. The company has made improvements including new architectural, landscaping, and entertainment design tools; enhanced rendering; simpler 2D functions; and a unified 3D modeling environment.
Garmin said on Thursday that it has teamed with wireless provider AT&T to provide the mobile data connection for its upcoming nuvi 1690 GPS mapper. The cellular access gives the nuLink feature integrated into the nuvi 1690 a connection to Google Local searches as well as updated local information that includes traffic, weather, fuel price, movie listing, flight status, local event and white page listings. Users can also connect with other Garmin users thanks to Garmin's Ciao social networking system.
Alltel Wireless on Thursday announced it is now offering LG's clamshell AX310 handset to subscribers. The entry-level phone has voice-activated calling, a speakerphone and Bluetooth support. Separate controls allow users to record voice memos.
Dell has quietly introduced several new monitors, the 21.5-inch ST2210 and the 23-inch ST2310. Both displays feature 1080p resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio, along with an anti-glare coating on the panel. The company also lists a 50,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 250cd/m² brightness and 5ms response time.
A variety of USB 3.0 demonstrations have been planned for the Intel Developer Forum scheduled next week, according to CNET News. Grey Point Research will bring one of its prototype cameras with a 3-megapixel Sony CMOS sensor. The camera will stream uncompressed 1080p video at 60fps to a laptop outfitted with a SuperSpeed USB ExpressCard from Fresco Logic.
Google will soon offer print books for the first time, including classic titles that include Alice in Wonderland and Jane Eyre, thanks to a partnership with On Demand Books, according to a Thursday report (subscription required). The Internet giant will offer some 2 million out-of-copyright titles, which can be ordered and printed by On Demand Books' Espresso Book Machine, which is capable of printing a 300-page book in under five minutes, including a cover and bound edge.
Nokia Siemens on Thursday announced that it has made the first voice call on a 4G LTE network. Although the technology has been previously tested, the latest demonstration was performed on a commercial base station while using standards-compliant software. The call was placed at Nokia Siemens research and development facility in Ulm, Germany, using the company's Flexi Multiradio Base Station.
Palm today reported a turnaround in its results for its just-ended summer quarter. Compared to the spring, the company's smartphone shipments surged 134 percent and topped 823,000 devices, nearly all of which were successfully sold. The number is a 30 percent drop from summer a year earlier but is believed to have stemmed much of the rapid decline in the company's influence.
A company called Profiles in History has announced plans to auction off a unique model of the Macintosh Plus, originally built in 1986. The unit was given by Apple to Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation. It is also the first official production model of the computer, stamped with the serial number F4200NUM0001.
Gyration has recently introduced its Air Mouse Elite wireless mouse that, like the original Movea Air Mouse unveiled nearly one year ago, can be used for navigation a pointer without the need for a flat surface. Similar in operation to the Nintendo Wii MotionPlus, there is a gyroscope built into the mouse that measures the angle and speed of movement.
Apple is giving special support treatment to at least one iPhone developer, according to the latter party. CEO Mike Simon of LogMeIn has revealed that he now has a private phone number he can call regarding Ignition, the company's remote access app. The software has an unusually high price of $30, and is said to have generated at least $1 million for LogMeIn since its December introduction.
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has made a deal with AT&T to sell the carrier several licenses for wireless spectrum in the Pacific Northwest, according to Bloomberg. The deal was exposed in government documents, although the agreed price has not been disclosed by either party.
Sony Ericsson's first Android-powered handset will be released in January, according to unofficial sources. The device is expected to launch just a season after the XPERIA X2 and should receive the XPERIA X3 badge despite running the Google platform. Both the X1 and X2 have run Windows Mobile.
Lenovo recently released its latest all-in-one nettop, the IdeaCentre C100. It sports an 18.5-inch, 16:9 aspect ratio screen with a 1600x900 resolution but measures just 2 inches thick. The system can be equipped with either a single- or dual-core 1.6GHz Atom.
T-Mobile has dropped the price of its G1 smartphone down to $130 with a two year agreement. Although the recent price cut is only $20 below the previous $150 promotion, it could be an indication that T-Mobile is clearing out inventory ahead of its Motorola Cliq launch.
Microsoft plans to make social networking a major component of Windows Mobile 7, the company revealed today through a new job listing. The post demands a Senior Program Manager for a "Mobile Social Platform" that, in Microsoft's early view, would show multiple social networks' news feeds in a single location. Alternately, it might hook data from those networks into other apps: an incoming call could show status updates from the contact.
Mapdiva has launched Ortelius, a vector-based map-illustrating software release. It includes cartography tools and vector-based styles and symbols and uses a WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) approach to design. Designers have access to Ortelius' royalty-free vector map templates, can add GIS Shapefiles and can add labels to maps with background information support and flexible font, size, alignment, and color. There are more than 20 tools for drawing, selecting and navigating in the new cartography software.
InfoLogic has released an update to its equation editing suite for Adobe's InDesign and Quark's QuarkXPress, launching MathMagic Pro Edition 6.7. The software focuses on mathematical equations, both on quality and productivity, reading MS Equation editor and MathType equations. It can insert and edit equations in InDesign and QuarkXPress and also supports word processors, presentation and graphic software titles.
Microsoft has launched a new educational discount for Windows 7, aimed at college and university students. Eligible buyers can now order a copy of either Home Premium or Professional for just $30; the discount runs until January 3rd at 12AM CST. The homogenized Professional pricing is intended for people at schools with a "domain join" policy, where features like HomeGroup and Remote Media Streaming may become useful.
Pioneer will soon release two new digital turntables that do not require a PC, including the CDJ-2000 and the CDJ-900. The former sports a 6.1-inch, 480x234 LCD that displays waveforms, album art, and song info. Below the screen is a Needle Pad touschstrip that lets DJs drag directly to the part of the song they wish. An SD memory card and USB port lets users play music without the need for a connected PC. The CDJ-900 makes do with a dot matrix display instead of an LCD screen, an SD memory card reader or an optical disc drive.
Apple has won every category it participated in as part of a new study of service and reliablity. The reader-driven PCMag rankings saw it lead the cellphone, desktop, notebook and portable media categories, in some cases with particularly wide margins compared to rivals. Apple's best success was in the notebook category, where MacBooks earned an overall score of 9.2 out of 10 and a very high 9.4 out of 10 "would recommend" score.
A change in accounting rules that will favor Apple is based on the recognition of "hybrid" products, says Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu. The analyst notes that a number of companies are now dependent on vertically-integrated business models, in terms of hardware, software and services; Apple for instance not only produces the iPhone, it develops the iPhone OS, and runs the iTunes Store. Under the current incarnation of rule SOP 97-2, hybrid products must have deferred revenue recognition.
ProteMac has updated its network firewall, releasing NetMine 1.5. The Mac-based firewall can control all Internet and network access from Mac applications, limiting the possibility of attacks from network worms, trojans malware and viruses. It can limit any specified network traffic from reaching specified Macs. NetMine is a two-way firewall that can prevent the spread of Malware on a network.
Sprint and AT&T revealed signs of tension between carriers this morning over cellphone exclusivity in back-to-back presentations at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference. Speaking at the New York City event, Sprint chief Dan Hesse said it would be a "fair question" for the US government to challenge the length of exclusive phone deals and implied that he might agree to shortened periods of sole access to a given model.
Mac OS X Snow Leopard has been Apple's best OS launch in years, at least in terms of sales numbers, according to the NPD Group. Tracking figures are said to show sales more than twice those of the Leopard launch in October 2007, generally considered a success in its own right. The sales are also four times those associated with Tiger, released in April 2005.
Audiovox has partnered up with FLO TV to bring the latter's live mobile TV service to cars, the two companies announced on Thursday. FLO TV (formerly MedaiFLO) was offered to mobile phone subscribers, and the new service, called FLO TV Auto Entertainment, will be offered before the end of 2009 through 12,000 new car dealers. Audiovox will supply the hardware to enable this, including a small antenna that is no bigger than a human hand.
Epson on Thursday announced it will soon add to its home entertainment projector lineup with the MovieMate 60 and PowerLite Home Cinema 705HD. The 3LCD MovieMate 60 is being billed as the lightest and brightest in Epson's all-in-one projector offerings, with 2,000 lumens of brightness. There is also a built-in CD and DVD player, along with a microphone input and stereo speakers. Connections include common standard definition ports as well as HDMI.
Magellan gave its navigation units a new crowning model today in the RoadMate 1700. The GPS mapping device is one of the largest in the US and has a 7-inch, 800x480 display that's both easier to read from a distance and which provides more information onscreen. A video input jack helps exploit the extra size as an external display for a portable media player.
Autodesk has released SketchBook Mobile, a new app for the iPhone and iPod touch. The title uses the same engine as the desktop-based SketchBook Pro, and attempts to imitate many of its illustration functions. SketchBook Mobile includes an assortment of pencil, pen, marker and airbrush tools, and supports the creation of custom brushes on top of 25 preset ones.
Toshiba on Thursday began shipping a new version of the dynadock U as its first wireless docking station for notebooks. The device uses an ultra wideband link to connect as many as six USB devices at once but also has enough bandwidth for Ethernet, wireless audio and video: it can put out up to a 1920x1200 image on a secondary DVI or VGA display and 7.1-channel audio through speakers attached to the dock. Sound also works in both directions and will let webcams send audio over the wireless link.
LG on Thursday announced the release of its WIDEBOOK family of notebooks, made up of the R380, R460, R480, R560, and R580. All have a 16:9 HD LED-backlit display and a choice of Intel Core 2 Duo CPUs. The R380 has a 13.3-inch display with a 1366x768 resolution, the R460 and R480 have 14-inch displays with the same resolution, while the R560 and R580 use 15.6-inch LCDs with 1366x768 panels or an optional 1600x900 display.
Windows Mobile may have been dealt a blow through a quiet shutdown of i-mate, an investigation has found. The company is said to have abruptly closed its offices one week ago and cut off communication with the media and resellers other than unverified statements that the company has stopped running. Its website is still active, but the company reportedly didn't launch a promised updated phone line in August and hasn't done more this year than release the ruggedized 810F.
The recently-launched iTunes 9 update is causing a variety of problems for iPod classic owners, comments on Apple's support forums suggest. Issues primarily revolve around sync, to the extent that a number of people complain they are unable to to sync media at all. Some Classics may be ejected automatically when connected via USB, while others may cause crashes, or fail to be detected by iTunes, preventing any form of interaction including firmware updates.
MSI this morning took the X-Slim line into AMD's territory by officially launching the X410. The crossover, 14-inch ultraportable uses the lower end of AMD's Congo ultrathin platform and uses both an Athlon Neo processor and the newer chipset to reportedly get twice as much battery life as a regular 14-inch notebook, although MSI is silent on actual numbers. The system uses the older Radeon X1250 for integrated graphics but claims its power is enough to decode 1080i video smoothly.
Music royalty groups ASCAP and BMI are pressing online music stores like Apple's iTunes to pay performance fees not only for actual song downloads but also videos and even the 30-second samples used to preview the music in advance. While these stores already pay the distribution fees for the songs themselves, ASCAP, BMI and labels claim that just downloading and playing the content also counts as a live performance and should bring an extra fee.
Samsung today pledged itself to Windows Mobile with both a major software update and a new phone. All of its current Windows Mobile devices, including the Omnia II I8000, Omnia Lite B7300, Omnia Pro B7610, and Omnia Pro B7320, will be upgraded to Windows Mobile 6.5 for free. The update availability will vary by the carrier but at the earliest should be available sometime after the official debut of the new OS on October 6th.
Sol Robots has introduced a major upgrade to its classroom word search and crossword puzzle generator, Crossword Forge 6.0. The latest version delivers a new and improved algorithm, along with a puzzle mask editor and a word "suggester". Users now have the ability to construct super-dense puzzles in a variety of different styles, including the Newspaper look seen in professional publications. Additional new features offer customization capabilities for how the software engine should build a puzzle, such as altering the alignment of starter words, or whether or not to include islands in the puzzle.
Booq has introduced its latest backpack designed for creative professionals, the Python blur. The backpack features a ballistic nylon exterior with water resistant coating, as well as semi-rigid EVA foam for added impact protection. It’s designed to fit everything from an SLR camera with lenses, to a laptop, headphones, or various accessories. The camera and accessory compartment come padded for safety, and the collapsible internal divider can be folded down for optimum space.
Mophie and Case-Mate have released new protective cases for Apple's iPhone 3G and 3G S. Mophie’s new Hip Holster line consists of three leather cases designed to hold both the iPhone and the company’s Juice Pack. The cases are available in three different models, the 5000, 5500 and 6000, which covers the complete set of Juice Packs for the iPhone, iPhone 3G or 3G S. Each case features an easy-access belt clip for simpler transporting, while keeping the iPhone hidden and secure via a magnetic closure.
On Wednesday, iStockphoto announced a new “legal guarantee” for all the files in its collection. iStockphoto is a member-generated image and design website that provides people with royalty-free photographs, video footage, audio tracks or Flash files for a low price. With the added guarantee, people who have purchased and correctly used any files from the company are said to receive free legal protection against any copyright, trademark or property dispute up-to $10,000.
Native Instruments in collaboration with Tim Exile of Warp Records, has introduced THE FINGER. The keyboard-controlled performance effects processor delivers tools for sound mangling and live remixing, for use in the studio or on a stage. It offers over 40 different effect algorithms, such as real-time samplers, filters and wave shapers, and comes complete with tempo-sync capabilities. THE FINGER enables users to trigger effects via an MDI keyboard, allowing them to activate and combine individual effect algorithms into custom chains of up-to six effect units per-time.
CloudEngines has announced that its network device for USB storage, the Pogoplug, now connects directly with social networking portals. The company's service will also be available for customers purchasing Seagate's latest FreeAgent DockStar device. MacNN has taken a closer look at the original Pogoplug, including its simple configuration and the new social networking functionality. The full review is available here.
Pentax tonight aggressively tackled the starter DSLR field with an overhaul for its least expensive K series camera. Now using the Japanese naming scheme, the K-x becomes the least expensive DSLR ever to shoot video and records 720p at 24 frames per second. Compared to the K2000 it replaces, it also gets a much improved 12-megapixel CMOS sensor (up from a 10-megapixel CCD) that takes in more light and has a dramatically larger ISO range that normally sits between 200 and 6,400 but can extend to 100 and 12,800 with an override.
HP has introduced several new wireless-connected standalone displays, the DreamScreen 100 and DreamScreen 130. Both products are similar to digital photo frames, but with additional connectivity to services such as Snapfish, Facebook and Pandora. The interface is also capable of presenting weather forecasts, calendar information and a digital or analog clock.
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Apple want ads hint at future Watch faces
An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded HermÃ©s face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch. http://apple.co/1O1TbTI
Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ
Office for Mac v15.18 released
Microsoft has issued an update for the Mac version of its productivity suite, Office 2016. The v15.18 update offers improvements for all of the included apps, such as bringing full screen support to Outlook and allowing Word to save PDF files to flash drives. In addition, a new selection pane has been added to PowerPoint and Excel for keeping track of objects, and shapes can now be added to OneNote notebook pages. The update is free for all users, but requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later and a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. http://bit.ly/1Q7pAzW
Apple to open new south Florida mall store
According to real estate trade papers in south Florida, Apple has signed a lease for a new retail space in Miami, at the forthcoming Brickell City Centre (yes, the UK spelling is used) open-air mall, which is set to open later this year. The center will feature a five-story shopping area, condominiums, a hotel and office buildings, along with a "climate ribbon" in the shopping area to keep visitors cool, eschewing traditional air conditioning. The exact location of the Apple Store within the plan is not yet clear, but the destination already boasts 75 confirmed stores. http://bit.ly/1Q7n7Wd
Filemaker provides free custom app guide
FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh
OCZ Trion 150 SSD shifts to 15nm TLC NAND
SSD manufacturer OCZ has updated its entry-level 2.5-inch Trion 100 SSD. The new Trion 150 has similar performance to the now replaced model, and now utilizes 15nm TLC NAND. Sequential read speeds top out at 550MB/S, with 4KB random write speeds running from 25K IOPS in the 120GB model, to 64K IOPS in the 960GB version of the drive. Endurance is limited to 30TB in the 120GB, and peaks at 240TB in the 960GB version. Retail prices vary between $46 for 120GB, to $270 for the 960GB version. http://bit.ly/1nVmlyL
Google off the hook in CAPTCHA labor suit
US District Jacqueline Scott Corley has dismissed a proposed class-action suit against Google, that alleged that Google secretly was given an economic gain without user knowledge. The suit alleged, correctly, that the second word in Google's CAPTCHA service was used as a crowd-sourced word identification for Google's book-scanning project. The judge ruled that the suit as filed had no facts to support a "reasonable consumer would expect to receive compensation" for the seconds it took to complete the form, and in addition, the free Gmail account provided more than offset any labor penalty incurred by the user. http://bit.ly/1o06Cir