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MSI tonight added another mid-size model to its X-Slim ultraportables. An upgrade of the X410, the X430 doubles up on processor cores and uses the Athlon Neo X2. It still uses Radeon HD 3200 graphics with HDMI output but should face less of a burden by coming with Windows 7 Home Premium in place of Vista.
IvySkin has launched Zappak, the latest product in its line of iPhone and iPod accessories. Zappak works as an extra external battery for mobile devices, charging an iPod or any other USB-powered electronic. The pack can also be used to extend the battery life of an iPhone or BlackBerry. Built-in LED status lights display the amount of energy left within the battery, while the USB cable is attached directly to the case.
eMedia has released a new version of its guitar-tutorial instructional software, eMedia Guitar method 5. When a microphone is attached, the software utilizes audio recognition technology to provide instant feedback while a user is playing. Notes being played during an exercise or song can be viewed within any screen with the “ear” icon in the upper right hand corner. The function highlights each note with a green indicator.
iPresentee has launched an update to its Keynote Animations package for Apple's Keynote presentations software. Version 3.0 provides a total of 115 animations, including 35 new animations and 85 carry-overs from the last release. The animations support customization of size, rotation or opacity, while allowing users to add multiple layers. Each animation's background is transparent for use on any colored Keynote background.
Maxprog has introduced MaxBulk Mailer 7, the latest version of its mail-merging and bulk mailer tool. The app includes document and contact management features, with support for a variety of different text formats and multiple lists. The new version offers additional protection against crashes during mail deliveries, allowing users to continue sending a message after the crash has been resolved, as well as added support for wider range of languages such as Swedish, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Dutch.
Google has reportedly teamed with TiVo to gather data on viewing habits of DVR users. The search giant will license the information to be used for analysis backing the company's Google TV Ads platform, although details regarding the terms of the deal remain unknown. The "anonymous, second-by-second DVR viewing data" is claimed to greatly improve the accuracy of estimates detailing ad impressions.
LG's IQ smartphone, also known as the Monaco, has surfaced with a branding badge for the Canadian carrier Telus, according to images posted by the Mobile Ninjas. The handset reportedly features a Snapdragon processor, WVGA display, 5 megapixel camera, and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. An optical trackpad is present to help users navigate the Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system, which appears to be paired with LG's S-class interface.
NVIDIA claimed a legal victory on Tuesday as the US Patent and Trademark Office again denied a slew of patent claims Rambus has been using to try and block sales of NVIDIA's products. Similar to 41 previous claims, 17 claims by Rambus spread across three patents have been ruled invalid and can't be used in the memory maker's case with the International Trade Commission. The motion had argued that NVIDIA should be banned from selling graphics processors with memory controllers allegedly similar to those Rambus uses.
Apple on Tuesday released maintenance updates for iPhoto and Final Cut Server. iPhoto 8.1.1 addresses several issues involving poor performance and accuracy of the facial recognition feature. Users that imported photos of people with iPhoto 8.1 should choose the Detect Missing Faces option to correctly match the faces. The update also fixes a bug with book ordering, along with iPod touch support.
iBuyPower this afternoon refreshed the ready-made gaming PCs it ships to NewEgg. All of the Gamer Extreme and Supreme models, ranging from the 922 SLC through to the 979 SLC, use an Asetek-made liquid cooling setup that lets them run coolly while also giving them some performance headroom. The 979 and its sibling 929 also adds the PC builder's own internal USB expansion, which supplies added power to the normally weak front USB ports and also supplies Bluetooth.
Wireless provider Verizon's requests to the National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus was heard and the national ad watchdog is now asking Sprint to cease calling itself "America's most dependable 3G network." According to a Tuesday report, the division argued independent tests performed by Nielsen Co. showed Verizon in fact suffers from fewer blocked or dropped calls than Sprint. In response, Sprint is asking the parties to consider test numbers from more than one source in order to help eliminate one-time events that include bad weather or bad cell towers.
VUDU has recently added Wikipedia to the interface of its on-demand video service, letting users access information on any movie or show they're considering watching. The application will also link to various actors, actresses, movies and directors related to the particular title they're watching. Users can browse Wikipedia like they would traditionally via a web browser on their PC.
BragIt has announced BragIt HTML Slideshow, a new Lightroom plug-in. Designed for web use, the app makes it possible to create a controllable slideshow with customizable descriptions or story points. It does not require any Flash plug-ins in order to work, and integrates output directly into a web page.
A judge in the Canadian province of British Columbia has ruled in favor of Telus in a recent lawsuit filed against Rogers for inaccurate ad claims that said Rogers has Canada's most reliable wireless network. Telus argued that since it recently launched its own HSPA network along with Bell, it was on par with Rogers in terms of network reliability.
The designer XPERIA Pureness handset from Sony Ericsson will get a successor, according to the original's designer, Daniel Mauritzson. While the original's mission was to keep it simple, the Pureness 2 will be even more so, Mauritzson says. In his own words, the Pureness 2 will act as a "counterbalance" to smartphones.
LG recently announced it will soon release a special Christmas Edition of its already available BL40 New Chocolate handset in its home market of South Korea. The device will sport a special black case with golden accents and includes a voucher than can potentially win owners of the handset prizes valued at the equivalent of more than $4,000. The main other functional difference of the Christmas Edition phone compared to the original is its 8-megapixel camera versus a 5-megapixel shooter.
NewerTech has launched the NuPower Charge & Sync+, a pocket-sized charger. The unit can charge, power and sync iPhones and iPods, as well as simply charge and power USB-based cellphones, cameras and portable game consoles. It uses a rechargeable 1400mAh lithium-ion battery, and can charge both itself and another device when an AC connection is present.
A new Eee PC from ASUS, the 1005HR, will be released soon, as this unboxing video reveals. The main feature of this Eee PC is a high-resolution 10-inch display with a 1366x768 resolution, significantly higher than the usual 1024x600 resolution found in netbooks of this size and the first such resolution for an Eee PC netbook. Other than the screen resolution, the 1005HR is similar in specs to the existing Eee PC 1005HA.
Owners of Palm's newer phones have encountered a flaw in its online backup system that has wiped out contacts and calendars. A portion of users note that backups sent to Palm's Profile cloud service from a Pre (and now Pixi) are being corrupted and blank out any synchronized data when the phone has to be reset or restored. Those without a local backup, such as through an app like Missing Sync, have no choice but to recreate the data from scratch.
Following a recent legal victory, Apple is now calling for a permanent injunction against Psystar's operations. If granted the injunction would prevent Psystar from doing anything which might violate Apple copyrights, including bypassing controls in Mac OS X which prevent it from being freely installed on any Intel system. The company would similarly be banned from sharing the necessary decryption technology with others.
Razer on Tuesday introduced its latest gaming mouse, the Imperator. Designed specifically to give comfort to right-handed users, the ergonomic mouse's design is optimized for both palm and fingertip gamers. To this end, the Imperator is the first to sport side buttons that are adjustable and slide on a track to let users find the best position for their thumbs.
AT&T returned to carrying HP smartphones today through the iPAQ Glisten (link active soon). In addition to being HP's first Windows Mobile 6.5 device, it's also the first smartphone for AT&T and HP to include a relatively color rich AMOLED touchscreen. Similarly, it's one of the few anywhere to combine this with a fixed QWERTY keyboard and should be one of the most advanced candybar-design phones in the field.
Microsoft made a tentative step into a retail presence on the East coast with a special section at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City. The section replicates a small slice of Microsoft's retail shops in the West and shows notebooks running Windows 7. It will also have staff on hand to answer questions about both the notebooks and the OS.
LaCie on Tuesday introduced the LaCinema Classic HD, a media server capable of full 1080p video playback. Users can connect an HDTV using a standard HDMI cable, while Composite connectors are also available. Multichannel DTS audio is supported, sent via HDMI or a dedicated S/PDIF optical port. A 1TB hard drive is integrated for storing movies, music or photos, while a USB 2.0 connection is provided for interface with a computer.
Amazon today gave its regular-size Kindle a lift through a firmware upgrade. It now has the same native PDF support as the larger Kindle DX and no longer needs a conversion through e-mail. Active battery life is also a large 85 percent longer and should last for about a full week with 3G turned on versus four days with the previous firmware.
Apple has signed a deal with concert promoter Live Nation, in a deal that should see a number of recordings sold exclusively through iTunes. Both audio and video offerings are planned, which will be taken from concerts recorded in 80-plus venues equipped for capturing the material. Live Nation stages over 22,000 concerts annually, though it is likely that only a fraction will become available online.
UK-based Datel on Monday filed an antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft because the software giant made it impossible for Xbox 360 gamers to use third-party memory cards for the gaming console, including Datel's Max Memory cards. Microsoft did this using a firmware update, saying it did so over piracy concerns. Marty Glick, who represents Datel in the lawsuit, maintains Microsoft did this for no other reason than to eliminate competition, as Datel's cards offer higher capacity than Microsoft's own.
Rogers this morning claimed the title of first North American carrier to pick up the Nokia N86 8MP. Already on display for a few days, the phone is one of the first more quality-focused camera phones and has a variable aperture and high shutter speed that often aren't included on phones. A flash, dedicated camera controls on the two-way slider and an OLED display help refine the final shot further still.
eBay has launched Deals, a second free iPhone app. Likewise meant as a companion to the eBay website, the title differs from its sibling by concentrating exclusively on auctions with no bids and less than fours remaining. Users create custom searches, which screen matching listings for bidding. The app also highlights several categories, such as Daily Deals.
Fujitsu will soon release a new netbook powered by Intel's new Pineview-based Atom processors, a filing (PDF) at the FCC indicates. The 10.1-inch netbook will be part of Fujitsu's M-series range, with both the MH380 and M380 LifeBook models using the Pineview chip.
Nintendo today said it had sold 103,524 of its new DSi LL handheld in Japan in the two full days since its Sunday release. The number comes despite a relatively high $221 price and is nearly 3.7 times higher than the roughly $250 PSP Go, which only managed about 28,000 units in a similar span.
Some iPhone owners are still suffering from an issue preventing any kind of cellular connection, posters on Apple's support forums say. After entering an area with no carrier service, or simply at random, an iPhone may launch into a "searching for service" mode from which it does not return, even when back in a known coverage area. The only way of temporarily fixing the problem is said to be rebooting a phone.
Nokia started off its Tuesday with two slider phones to spark life in its mid-range. The 6700 slide takes some styling cues from the iPod nano and comes in six solid aluminum colors. It's additionally a relatively high-end camera phone for the category and has a 5-megapixel sensor with Carl Zeiss optics and dual flashes.
Best Buy has posted its Black Friday specials online, confirming many of the prices and deals that were seen in a leaked flyer as well as some new doorbuster deals. The new deals include a Palm Pre handset priced at $80, matching a recent sale price at Amazon, as well as a 15.6-inch HP G60 notebook powered by a 2.2GHz Intel Celeron processor priced at $197. Unlike the other deals, the HP notebook is only available in store. The remaining deals are available online, starting on Thursday.
GenArts has announced Sapphire 5, an upcoming upgrade for its signature plug-in suite. The current collection includes over 200 processing and synthesis effects, in categories such as lighting, film, warping and textures. Versions are available for several different editing platforms, including Avid, Autodesk, After Effects and Final Cut Pro.
A coalition of magazine publishers is getting close to producing a digital storefront of its own that would produce a centralized portal for their titles, a leak hinted late Tuesday. Anonymous sources for the New York Observer claim Condé Nast, Hearst and Time are within weeks of a deal for a store that would offer both digital versions of their publications as well as physical copies. Time executive VP John Squires would leave his company to head up the new venture and is believed to be the originator.
Some buyers of the 27-inch Core i7 iMac are receiving unusuable systems, threads on Apple's support forums indicate. In a collection of cases the systems are failing to even turn on properly, at best sounding the Mac startup chime, always failing to display anything more. Apple is reportedly offering replacement iMacs for affected customers, but this may involve a shipping time of two weeks, as Core i7 is an upgrade option not normally sold at retail.
Symbian has been dealt setbacks in recent days as both Nokia's N97 and Sony Ericsson's Satio appear to have been pulled due to likely quality concerns. The former isn't available on most carriers and is now no longer selectable through Vodafone UK; while visible online, choosing it redirects shoppers to the N97 mini. No explanation has been given, but it's suspected that the more stable Symbian release on the smaller, newer phone is the cause while the original N97's initial firmware was the cause of numerous complaints.
Epson on Tuesday catered to its bread-and-butter audience of meeting rooms and mid-size classrooms with a pair of 3LCD projectors. The PowerLite 1830 and PowerLite 1915 both have relatively high brightness levels of 3,500 and 4,000 lumens respectively. They also both output at 1024x768 and carry dual VGA inputs as well as Ethernet jacks for remote control and USB to play directly from a Windows PC.
IntelliScanner has released its Wine Collector mini, a software and hardware package for scanning barcodes and organizing wine collections. The scanner tracks wines based on the barcodes found on many wine bottles, while the software automatically recognizes wines, organizes them and visualizes collections in a virtual cellar. The scanner is USB-powered, rechargeable, and has memory for retaining scans until the data can be offloaded.
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Google killing Picasa starting May 1
Google Photos head Anil Sabharwal confirmed in a blog post today that the search engine giant will be shutting down acquisition Picasa. Support and downloads for the desktop application will terminate on March 15 with the application continuing to work for the time being. The transition to Google Photos truly commences on May 1, with deprecation of some Picasa API calls happening shortly thereafter. Users that have Google Photos access will find their photos already migrated. A mass-download tool for users not wishing to use Google Photos will be available sometime after May 1. http://bit.ly/1SmV2KH