AMD's graphics label ATI tonight claimed to set a new benchmark for graphics with the Radeon HD 5800 series. The new video hardware is theoretically twice as fast as the 4870 and has an extremely large set of 1,600 stream (visual effect) cores -- enough to calculate 2.72 teraflops per second. Besides handling twice as many rendering tasks at once, the 5800 is also running a sixth-generation engine that shades and tessellates geometry more quickly, more GDDR5 memory bandwidth (150Gbps), and much improved techniques for antialiasing and anisotropic texture filtering.
Microsoft has allegedly set a price of $100 to purchase the upcoming 802.11n adapter for the Xbox 360, an unnamed "Mole" told Ars Technica. The company recently acknowledged the device's existence, after it had been spotted in FCC documents. Dual antennae are expected to help the system stream 1080p content available through the Zune movie portal.
Apple is currently involved in a legal dispute with an entrepreneur, Daniel Kokin, over the use of the term "Pod," according to Wired. The iPod maker has threatened legal action against a variety of other individuals and companies that choose product names it considers too close to the popular media players. Most submit to Apple and follow the cease-and-desist commands, but Kokin has decided to fight back.
TRENDnet has introduced the TEW-648UB, a 150Mbps Mini Wireless N USB Adapter. The device is used to connect a laptop or desktop computer to a wireless N network, providing users with a significantly faster alternative to a wireless G connection. The TEW-648UB is very compact, measuring about 1.3 inches end-to-end and utilizes a Wi-Fi protected setup. The device features WPS technology which enables users to forgo the usual process of entering codes in order to connect to a wireless network.
HP has introduced its latest product for businesses, the SkyRoom videoconferencing system. At the basic level, users can view webcam streams from other attendees present at virtual meetings or chat sessions. If the workers are collaborating on a 3D model or other document, the relevant application and project can be made visible to all viewers.
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Apple has added several new instructional lessons to its Garage Band software for musicians. Users now have access to several titles from the Canadian rock band Rush, including the 1981 hits "Tom Sawyer" and "Limelight" from the group's Moving Pictures album. Both artist lessons are provided by guitarist Alex Lifeson.
Google on Tuesday announced that it has released an update to its photo software, Picasa. Version 3.5 adds several new features, including facial recognition technology that is designed to automatically organize content based on the subjects in the pictures. The system works in a similar way to Apple's application, iPhoto, which added facial recognition early in the year.
Apple on Tuesday released iTunes 9.01 [83MB], an update to media management software. Version 9.01 of iTunes, posted on Tuesday, provides a number of fixes, including issues browsing the iTunes Store, a performance issue where iTunes may become unresponsive, and fixes for unexpected quits, syncing Podcasts in playlists, and sorting albums with multiple discs. Apple also said that it addresses an issue with the Zoom button not switching to Mini Player, improves application syncing for iPod touch and iPhone. The company also said that its Genius feature has been updated to now automatically updated to show Genius Mixes.
A prematurely released copy of Intel's plans for a Wednesday keynote has surfaced a day in advance and has provided details of the company's plans for the near future. The release obtained by ZDNet has Intel executive VP Sean Maloney revealing that the company has started shipping its many-cored Larrabee graphics chip to developers ahead of a full release and demonstrating what it can do in real-time. The demo should show a custom build of the online shooter Enemy Territory: Quake Wars running with raytraced lighting, a feat which is technically difficult for any graphics hardware as it calculates the path of each ray of light rather than making "shortcut" calculations.
Eminem's lawsuit against Apple and Aftermath Records, filed by the rapper's publisher Eight Mile Style, is set to begin trial on Thursday. Each party has yet to agree on a settlement since the proceedings were initiated in 2007. The dispute involves sales of Eminem tracks through iTunes, content which Eight Mile Style claims was not authorized for online distribution.
Kensington on Tuesday announced the upcoming release of eight new accessories for mobile device users. Among them is the Travel Battery Pack and Charger for iPhone and iPod touch devices. The cable-free device doubles as a kickstand for hands-free viewing of movies in landscape mode. The battery pack has a built-in dock connector on one end and a USB connection on the other for recharging.
Electronics maker Pioneer has launched a free GPS application for the iPhone, AVIC Feeds. Unlike titles from companies such as TomTom, which provide full GPS functionality, the Pioneer software is designed strictly as a companion to the company's AVIC-U310BT and AVIC-Z110BT in-dash navigators. Users of the app can locate points of interest or other custom destinations in advance.
An upcoming handset from Sony Ericsson, the Equinox, is due soon at provider T-Mobile. The device was first spotted undergoing FCC testing back in May. Slated for an October 28th release, the flip phone sports a 3.2-megapixel camera and a picture messaging feature. The Equinox will otherwise have a pulse light on the outer shell and stereo Bluetooth support.
Digital Heaven has launched an update to its Final Cut Pro graphics automation software, releasing AutoMotion 1.6. The software works in conjunction with Final Cut's Motion automating both the production and management of multiple graphics: it merges Motion templates with user text data and handles revisions with live previews support for changing multiple graphics from one action.
MOST Training & Consulting has released Mac HelpMate version 3, an update to the Mac OS X remote support software. The software has automatic screen sharing launch support and a dashboard widget for launching a help session. Mac HelpMate has configurable proactive alerts, which allow IT managers to monitor any disk, both local or network on the network, e-mailing an alert when a disk falls below a certain percentage of free space and when kernel panics or S.M.A.R.T errors occur or a Time Machine backup fails.
Google has updated its modeling software, releasing SketchUp 7.1. The 3D modeling software is based on an edges-and-faces approach, where faces are 2D objects formed by edges, which are lines or boundaries. Two-dimensional formations can be push-pulled by a mouse into 3D formations, with AutoCAD and 3ds Max support in the Pro version.
Apple will open its 270th store this weekend, launching the Promenade Temecula Apple Store Saturday, September 26. The store, located at †40820 Winchester Road, Temecula, CA 92591 in the Promenade Temecula mall, will open at 10:00 a.m. PDT. The store will offer the Apple standards -- Apple products like the iPhone, iMac and MacBooks, and Genius Bar face to face support. Hands-on workshops will be available and the One to One program will be available. The store phone number will be (951) 326-2400. Currently, no workshops have been scheduled in the first week of operation. Hours will run 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Mon-Sat, with Sunday hours of 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m..
Kingston on Tuesday announced it will increase the read and write speeds of its DataTraveler 410 USB flash drive range to 20MBps in both read and write speeds. The DataTraveler 410 can be had in up to 32GB capacities, and password-protects data thanks to the included SecureTraveler software.
Audiovox on Tuesday said it will soon begin offering its VOD10PS2 Mobile Video PlayStation 2 rear-seat entertainment system. The first of its kind product integrates the gaming console into the overhead console that sports a 10.2-inch, 16:9 drop down monitor. There is also a dome light, and all wires are hidden out of sight when the system is installed.
Samsung recently announced the addition of the A600 DLP home theater projector, which can throw 1080p resolution videos on to any surface. With some features shared with the larger and more expensive A800 and A900, the A600 has selectable color settings for HDTV, SMPTE-C and EBU broadcast color standards. Its brightness is rated at 1,000 lumens, while the contrast ratio is fixed at 3,000:1.
AT&T is reportedly sending out a free text message to iPhone subscribers, notifying them of the imminent activation of MMS service on September 25th. The text additionally warns that the "View My Message" option will be disabled while accounts are readied, but that sending and receiving text messages should remain possible. Only the iPhone 3G and 3GS will be able to send MMS content.
Intel at its Developer Forum keynote entered the smartphone field in earnest with the first edition of Moblin Linux for handsets. Version 2.1 is reworked to optimize the interface for touchscreen phone input and adds a panel-based interface for app switching, somewhat like the metaphor used in Palm's webOS. The software still centers on features from Moblin 2.0 like dedicated media playback and a full web browser.
The successor to Meizu's iPhone clone, the M8, has gone on sale on Tuesday in the maker's home market of China. Called just the M8 Second Edition, the device is said to have a stronger radio and support both for the China-specific WAPI wireless standard and more traditional Wi-Fi, either of which was absent on the original. Other specs remain thin, but the dedicated music button on the right side of the device is now gone.
The French National Assembly today passed its controversial anti-piracy law by a ratio of 258 for and 131 against. Locally referred to as Hadopi, the measure will give users allegedly caught pirating media two warnings followed by punishment from a judge that could include either a ban on Internet access, fines as high as 300,000 Euros ($443,500) or up to a two-year prison term. Those who unintentionally allow others to use their connection for piracy, such as by running an insecure Wi-Fi hotspot, could face a temporary one-month ban or else as much as a 1,500 Euro ($2,218) fine.
Apple has posted a new cumulative driver update for Mac OS X Snow Leopard, supporting printers by HP. The v2.2 HP update includes software for both scanning and printing, and ensures compatibility with a broad selection of HP hardware. Numerous product lines are covered, including Business Inkjets, LaserJets, Color LaserJets, DesignJets, DeskJets, OfficeJets, Photosmarts and PSCs.
Alienware announcements slated for Wednesday and teased in recent days should include sweeping updates to three of its core product lines, a last-minute leak today shows. The company plans to unveil a redone m15x gaming notebook and is said by Engadget to be reworking both the Area-51 and Aurora gaming towers as well as their high-end ALX variants. Actual specs are unknown but are likely to involve revamped AMD, Intel and NVIDIA hardware, such as Intel's mobile Core i7 quad-core and new Radeon HD 5800 graphics.
As part of its Developer Forum keynote, Intel today showed the first working example of chips built on a 22 nanometer (nm) process. The process is even smaller than the 32nm technology just entering production and should run even more efficiently while fitting more into a given space. A single example chip about the size of a fingernail contains about 2.9 billion transistors and about 364 megabits (45.5MB) of static RAM.
Google on Tuesday announced that it has expanded its Google Sync service to support the iPhone and other handsets running on either the Windows Mobile or S60 platform. Users can configure the function to automatically push Gmail messages to the phone's native e-mail application. Other synced content includes Calendar information and contacts.
Hardware builder SGI has begun selling the Octane III, a computer it is claiming to be its first personal supercomputer. Unlike most supercomputers, the system is designed to operate as a workstation, sitting in a regular office environment connected to standard power outlets. Owners can configure an O3 to use as many as 80 cores, and as much as 1TB of RAM.
Apple has begun airing three new iPhone TV ads, once again highlighting apps available at the App Store. The first, Dine, targets eating and travel, and references apps such as TripCase, Zagat to Go and Quickoffice. Nature despite its name is actually based around learning, and hence shows off titles such as DailyFinance, GuitarToolkit and iBird Explorer Plus.
Ahead of its Developer Forum, Intel has demonstrated a new notebook concept it hopes might be more widespread. Nicknamed Tangent Bay, the prototype embeds three OLED multi-touch screens in the main body and makes theses a central part of the interface. They can be used to play media without taking up space on the main display but can also interact with each other: a video queued in one can be played on the other. Content can also be dragged to and from the sub-displays as well as the main LCD.
The rumored Apple tablet device is now getting the maximum possible attention from CEO Steve Jobs, accounts say. Although the claim does not differ significantly from earlier reports, new information suggests that the executive considers the tablet to be extremely important, such that it is being deliberately held back from a holiday 2009 release. The goal is to have the most exciting launch possible, and so the tablet should instead become available in 2010, in keeping with some other rumors.
Microsoft surprised gamers Tuesday morning with word of an Xbox 360 Elite rebate (link active soon). The deal gives buyer of the 120GB game system a $50 mail-in discount that effectively brings the price of the system down to $250, or the same price as the Nintendo Wii. It lasts only until October 6th.
Kensington today provided users of any iPhone GPS app an option to improve the GPS navigation experience with a new peripheral. The Sound Amplified Cradle mounts to the windshield or a vent and passively doubles the volume of the built-in speaker to make spoken driving directions more audible. It's characterized as an ideal fit for NAVIGON's updated app but should also work for any iPhone mapping app that speaks its directions as well as in speakerphone calls.
Apple's Aperture workflow software is losing significant traction with professional photographers, claims Adobe. Citing data gathered by the research firm InfoTrends, Adobe notes that in a 2009 survey, only 12.5 percent of photographers with Macs reported using Aperture for RAW files; by contrast, Adobe's Lightroom software was nearly four times as popular, at 44.4 percent. The figures represent a widening gap, as in 2007, only 26.6 percent chose Lightroom and 14.3 percent chose Aperture.
Atlona has recently introduced its DVI to Mini DisplayPort Converter, the AT-DP200, that finally lets users convert their notebook or other dual-link DVI video outputs into the Mini DisplayPort connection found on Apple's 24-inch LED Cinema Display. Up until now, it was impossible for users of Macs before the unibody MacBooks, or any Windows-based PC, to easily use the Apple-developed but now standard output format with their peripherals.
Sega has inadvertently left an SCEA meeting document (since pulled) on its server that appears to confirm major details of Sony's future PlayStation 3 plans. The notes appear to put the PS3 motion controller on store shelves in Japan for March, narrowing down the official spring launch window to the very early part of the season. Sony also expects to sell between four to five million of the peripheral and is helping game developers like Sega adapt their titles to support it; a 2012 London Olympics game and a Virtua Tennis port or sequel are labeled as candidates.
Verizon and Motorola on Tuesday announced the Motorola Entice W766 is now available through the carrier's online store. The flip phone has one-touch external shortcuts to common features like the music player and speakerphone. To access the 2-megapixel camera, the phone needs to be opened, but again has a single button to access it.
SwitchEasy has introduced a new line of CapsuleThin cases for the iPod nano 5G, available in both UltraClear and UltraBlack varieties. Both are built from polycarbonate plastic, which provides protection against impacts and scratching. Openings for the microphone, camera and clickwheel are provided.
Korea's UMID will soon release the successor to its mBook M1 UMPC simply known as the mBook M2. Changes include a new exterior with a wider opening angle, a conventional USB port instead of needing a dongle, and a new VGA video output. There is also a new optical mouse integrated into the screen frame, while RAM has been doubled to 1GB. Processors are also different, with the standard 1.2GHz Intel Atom slightly slower than the outgoing model's 1.33GHz Atom, while the optional CPU is faster, at 1.6GHz.
Seagate this morning promised a new level of security for work-oriented hard drives by shipping its first Self-Encrypted Drives (SED). The Cheetah 15K.7, Constellation, Savvio 10K.3 and Savvio 15K.2 all automatically protect data that isn't immediately being used. They all have an encryption engine that processes information on the fly but without slowing down the drives' actual speed.
Workers at the Alderwood Mall Apple Store in Lynnwood, Washington have taken the unusual step of planning a walkout, accounts say. The action is currently expected to take place at 1PM on Saturday, October 3rd. Creatives, Geniuses and Mac Specialists will allegedly leave the building, gaining support from some of the outlet's former employees.
Netflix should not only branch out to other game consoles but also mobile devices like the iPhone as well, CEO Reed Hastings said later on Monday. Although Microsoft claims an Xbox 360 exclusive for game systems, Hastings expects the streaming version of his video service to eventually arrive on "all" consoles as well as Blu-ray players and TVs. He doesn't have a timetable for when the exclusivity would end.
Samsung this morning unveiled a pair of components that could give smartphones 1080p video playback and capture. The S5PC110 (not pictured) is based on ARM's faster Cortex-A8 architecture but can run at 1GHz even in the tight space of a smartphone; the feat is achieved through a 45 nanometer manufacturing process that keeps it relatively cool and power-efficient. Running it past even the 833MHz of earlier chips lets it decode and record 1080p video at a full 30 frames per second, including with HDMI 1.3 output of the image at full resolution.
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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
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
Pocket for iOS adds readability settings
Offline reader iOS app Pocket has updated, with reader-friendly changes. With the new revision, premium subscribers can adjust character spacing, and choose from eight new fonts including one that makes it easier for sufferers of dyslexia to read saved content. The app itself is free, with a premium subscription available for $5 a month, or $45 a year. http://apple.co/1KuILBl