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In brief: M-Audio has announced that it is in the process of bringing Snow Leopard support to the M-Audio product line, the Pro Tools line, and extended product families. No official Snow Leopard drivers are available yet, but several public betas are being offered. In other news, CrumplePop has released a new Final Cut Pro effect. SplitScreen is a tool for creating split-screen shots directly from the timeline.
Psystar shuffled its defense this week as one of the attorneys defending the Mac clone builder left its team. A filing has revealed that lawfirm Welker and Rosario's co-founder, David Welker, exited the team for unknown reasons but said he only played a small role in defending against Apple's copyright accusations. The defense member was responsible for filing some of Psystar's more recent filings, including those demanding Apple executives re-appear as witnesses, but said he neither worked with Psystar first-hand nor received pay for his efforts.
StarTech has released the 2-port DisplayPort KVM Switch, a new device for controlling up to two computers using monitors with full-size DisplayPort connectors from a single keyboard. The switch is designed for multimedia apps first and supports 7.1-channel surround as well as a maximum display resolution of 3840x2400 when used at a reduced refresh rate. It can be controlled using either hotkeys or on-switch buttons.
In brief: Several users of Line 6 hardware have started a new forum for discussing Snow Leopard related issues. Line 6 allegedly has yet to announced any official support for the new OS and this group hopes to provide a location for users to meet and help resolve problems. The group also hopes to help push the company in the direction of offering official support. Meanwhile, Intego announced that it has joined forces with several other Mac security software developers to offer a new bundle. The Mac Security Bundle includes 12 different applications that can help users protect their Macs.
Two new BlackBerries have surfaced in Bell's system that not only hint at smartphone revisions but that the Canadian carrier will use one of them for its early HSPA network launch. Multiple shots from Bell's model number list tell BGR that the Bold 9700 will come specifically as an HSPA device where most others show only as 1X, or CDMA/EVDO devices. The 9700 is known to be a sequel to the original Bold 9000 with an optical trackpad, a smaller design and a larger 480x360 display.
Kanex has released its latest Mac accessory, a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter that supports 1080p video and digital audio. The device plugs into the Mac's Mini DisplayPort, optical audio Mini Jack, and a USB port for power. The audio and video signals are both sent across HDMI, eliminating the need to run a dedicated Toslink cable to a receiver for digital sound.
The just-unveiled Fermi graphics architecture will find its way into Macs and play an important role in Mac OS X Snow Leopard, NVIDIA chief scientist Bill Dally said today. While it's expected that NVIDIA would continue to play an important part of future Macs, the researcher drew a particular connection between the new GPU design and Apple's new OS, expecting that it would provide a significant boost for those apps that implement OpenCL. Windows 7 will also get support through DirectX 11 and DirectCompute.
General Imaging has recently added its first waterproof point-and-shoot digital camera to its lineup, the G3WP. It sports a 12.2-megapixel sensor, 4x optical zoom and a 4.5x digital zoom. Users can take photos safely at depths of up to nearly 10 feet thanks to its case, with shots framed on a 2.7-inch LCD screen. The camera has 116MB of built-in memory, but supports SDHC cards up to 8GB in capacity.
A leak indicates that Acer will rename its F1, C1, E1 and L1 smartphones when they reach production status, as these names were simply internal codenames. The F1 will now be called neoTouch, the C1 will be known as the beTouch E100, the E1 beTouch E101 and the L1 will be called beTouch E200. The neoTouch will have a 3.8-inch touchscreen with 800x480 resolution, carry a 1GHz Qualcomm CPU and run on Windows Mobile 6.5.
A contradictory rumor this afternoon claims that talk of the Palm Pixi arriving on October 20th is inaccurate. Claiming to have an insider who would "definitely have a better perspective" on the release, Engadget says the date is incorrect and that a launch before the holidays is still the only likely target. No price information or other corrections were made available.
Telefonica, which owns the UK-based wireless provider O2, announced that it will begin trial testing of its Long Term Evolution mobile broadband technology in six European countries. The 4G technology will allow for faster wireless data speeds, and the trials will involve hardware from six manufacturers including Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei, NEC, Nokia Siemens Network, and ZTE.
Ableton has announced the Launchpad, a dedicated controller for its Live music production software. The unit sports a 64-button grid with color-coding, separate scene and function buttons, two customizable user modes, and control modes for Session view and the Live mixer.
Keynote Pro has introduced its latest presentation theme, Warp Series: Elevation for Keynote '09. The theme is built entirely with native shapes and image placeholders, allowing users to change the colors of the background, panels, strokes and accents on the master slides. It uses 34 masters in total, each with slightly different background and content areas.
Analyst Shaw Wu of Kaufman Bros. has raised his estimates for Apple, in spite of poor economic signs. The increase is tied to strong momentum from iPod and Snow Leopard sales. The new video-capable iPod nano is said to be leading the way, while the new Touch -- as cheap as $200 -- is described as strong, despite missing rumored additions. Games, meanwhile, are generating more interest in the Touch and iPhone than originally expected. Snow Leopard's $29 price is seen as a major driver in consumption of the new OS.
A leaked image of a Best Buy inventory screen reveals pricing for its exclusive deal for the Nokia Booklet 3G. The netbook will apparently be priced at $600 when it arrives at the electronics retailer, but possibly without subsidies from wireless providers. While a launch date is still unknown, the presence of the device in Best Buy's inventory indicates it should be out soon.
NVIDIA's Fermi architecture will start with three models if it ships before the end of the year as promised, one leak from Friday claims. A flagship single-chip model would have the 512 cores NVIDIA is advertising, but a second model would, like the GeForce GTX 295, have two slightly less powerful chipsets on one card that combined would be much faster. The slowdown may be necessary as Fudzilla believes the card would have a peak thermal power of 300W.
Developer baKno has launched a new racing game, Island Racer. The title is described as for casual audiences, but with solo, AI and online racing modes. It uses randomly-generated tracks with on- and off-road options, as well as a variety of cars and car colors.
Just-launched phone maker GeeksPhone today revealed its first device, the One. The touchscreen QWERTY slider will launch with Android and is aiming directly at the mid-range of the smartphone field with a 3.2-megapixel back camera, a VGA camera in the front, GPS and Wi-Fi. Notably, the phone was to have launched with a DVB-T tuner for digital TV but had this scrapped due to Android's design power limits; a partial compensation comes through full HSPA-based 3G.
A-DATA recently showed the first waterproof and shock resistant portable hard drive, its SH93. It can withstand being submerged in up to 3.3 feet of water for 30 minutes and carries the US military's MIL-810F standards for drop resistance and resistance. The 2.5-inch drive comes in yellow or red and in 250GB, 320GB, 500GB and 640GB capacities.
PC maker Dell and online music service Napster have come to an agreement that will see the two offering Inspiron and Studio models in Germany, the UK and the US with preloaded content from Napster's music service. Through the agreement, these models will include 60 MP3s of the buyer's choice as well as 12 months of unlimited music streaming from Napster's service. Dell estimates it should save buyers at least the $60 for the individual tracks.
Apple's revamped Mighty Mouse and other peripheral changes were virtually confirmed today through a pair of new filings posted at the FCC. The entries for a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard both show unfamiliar model numbers (A1296 and A1314) and, in drawings that have since been modified, significant redesigns.
Apple and Eight Mile Style, the publisher for rapper Eminem, have come to an out-of-court settlement in a long-running music dispute, writes the Associated Press. Matters were concluded only after five days of a Detroit trial, during which lawyers contested sales at the iTunes Store. The rights to Emimem's albums are owned by Aftermath Records, which years ago signed an agreement with Apple to sell tracks through iTunes.
The number of Symbian phones on the market should more than double in the next five years but won't have much of an impact on important rivals like the iPhone, a new study from Juniper Research said. Shipments should swell from 87 million phones from Nokia, Samsung and other Symbian supporters in 2009 to about 180 million by 2014. The expected increase is credited to a larger push towards partly or completely open-source code on phones. Combined with Android and LiMo (Linux Mobile) devices, about 223 million open-source devices should ship in 2014 as a result.
As promised earlier this week, Research in Motion has launched a dedicated Mac management tool, now rechristened the BlackBerry Desktop Software. The app goes beyond BlackBerry Media Sync in order to also sync contacts, calendars, tasks and notes with a BlackBerry smartphone. "Popular Mac applications" are supported, including iCal, Entourage, Address Book and others.
Acer is the next smartphone maker to move much of its attention away from Windows Mobile, sources within the field hinted today. Even though as recently as February it promised mostly Windows Mobile phones, DigiTimes has heard the company is now switching its attention to Google's Android and should ship "at least half" of its 2010 phones with the mostly open-source OS. The first Acer-made Android phone, the A1, is now estimated to ship in November.
Equinux has released a major upgrade to its IPSec-based VPN client, VPN Tracker 6. The new version features the Secure Desktop, which provides simpler organization of daily tasks, applications and file servers, and lets users configure the program to remember specific VPN connection settings. The upgrade also delivers improved integration with business operations, by enabling automatic creation of VPN tunnels that can be shared with multiple apps running on virtual machines; similarly new is DHCP renewal and rekeying, which can extend the duration of connections.
A new FCC filing reveals a new RF remote control with Flip Video branding but produced by Foxconn is on its way. Flip Video, known for its small, simple HD cameras such as the Flip Ultra HD, is unlikely to need a remote the size of the device itself for its cameras, so this sighting may indicate a new product for the company, such as a living room or home theater device.
AMD's first mainstream graphics chipset in its ATI Radeon HD 5000 series has been leaked with photos, specifications and even performance tests. The reference model seen by Chinese site MyMyPC is a dual-slot card but has a unique teardrop-shaped cooling system. It should be a slightly scaled-back version of the 5800 line with 1,120 effects cores (versus 1,440 for the 5850), a 700MHz core (down from 725MHz) and an unknown amount of 1,150MHz GDDR5 memory.
UBS analyst Maynard Um has switched his rating for Apple stock from Neutral to Buy, and substantially raised his price target, pushing it from $170 to $265. The increase is linked mainly to predictions of repeating iPhone hardware revenue, driven by a growing install base, and the "stickiness" of the App Store. Also important in this regard is thought to be the coming end of exclusive carrier arrangements, such as O2's control over the United Kingdom. Apple is now expected to sell 36 million iPhones in the 2010 fiscal year, instead of 25.9 million. Pro forma revenue and EPS figures are predicted to be $51.6 billion and $11.08.
Sony has said it's developing a single lens 3D camera capable of capturing left-eye and right-eye images simultaneously, all at high frame rates of 240fps. The new system eliminates the need to correct the image in existing half-mirror 3D camera systems, which use separate lenses for the left and right eyes to adjust the parallax range and therefore the amount of depth. Zooming or focusing in these systems results in discrepancies in the optical axis, image size and focus where Sony's invention is accurate.
The Mighty Mouse could receive "significant" changes in the near future, possibly by the end of the year in order to coincide with new iMacs, a report claims. Authors cite sources saying the current version of the mouse is on a two-week backorder through at least one of Apple's direct fulfillment channels. The situation is unusual, given otherwise uninterrupted supply over the course of the past two years.
Continuing a string of introductions, Jabra has added the Arrow to its stable of Bluetooth headsets. Although an earpiece headset, it's uniquely oriented towards phone calls in cars and has automatic volume adjustment to avoid distracting the driver. The noise cancellation engine is also tuned with the car environment in mind.
ASUS has quietly launched a major redesign of the Eee Box. The EB1501 has a much sleeker, rounded look but also gives it numerous features that improve its usefulness as a full-time PC: it uses NVIDIA's Ion chipset and can smoothly decode 1080p video in hardware as well as drive most visually intensive tasks. To help, ASUS gives it Windows 7 Home Premium and improves the performance of the system on its dual-core 1.6GHz Atom processor.
Sony finished the week with word of one of the first wireless power systems that could supply significant amounts of energy. The approach uses a magnetic resonance technique that has the device operating on a frequency receptive to that of the energy itself. In doing so, the current form of the invention can supply up to 60W of power over about 19.7 inches, or enough to power many notebook computers and some smaller TVs.
Sigma this morning saw fit to upgrade its original Foveon-based camera with features borrowed from the DP2 as well as others. The DP1s gets the Quick Set shortcut function from the second-generation camera and assigns it to the digital zoom button found on the original DP1 controls. It also supports shooting RAW and JPEG images at the same time, much like DSLRs.
AU Optronics (AUO) said on Friday that it hopes to slash the price of e-book readers in half within two years. The Taiwan area company explained to FT that it hopes to use its experience in making LCDs, as well as the sheer scale of its production, to make the e-paper displays affordable enough that they can lead to much less expensive hardware. A $150 reader could be available in 2010, while a $100 reader will ideally ship in 2011.
Booq has expanded its line of Boa bags and cases with the release of Boa flow, Boa nerve and Boa squeeze. Each bag delivers a ballistic nylon exterior and water repellent coating, and is capable of fitting up-to 17-inch Macs or 15-inch PCs. The Boa flow somewhat resembles a standard backpack design with a series of extra pockets and compartments to hold everything from computer accessories to water bottles, along with media players or school work. It also comes complete with breathable back-padding for additional comfort, and stands approximately 17” x 14” x 8” in size.
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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