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Works with Snow Leopard, Microsoft Office
Insider Software has introduced Smasher 1.8, an update to its utility designed for eliminating corruption from font caches and temporary files. The latest version adds support for Apple's Snow Leopard operating system, while allowing users to clear font caches and temporary files from Adobe CS2 through CS4. Additional support is offered for QuarkXPress version 6 to 8, and for both 2005 and 2008 copies of Microsoft Office.
Game will also feature AdMob commercials
Tapulous has announced that the Tap Tap Revenge 3 game will now be offered as a free download as the developer attempts to expand its customer base. The company has decided to take advantage of in-app purchases to generate revenue, eliminating the $1 up-front price initially required when the game was first released.
Top 10 paid and free iPhone apps listed
Envio Networks, creator of the iPhone app Chorus, has released a list ranking app popularity. Chorus is a free program designed to find other iPhone apps, providing reviews from other users along with a real-time feed showing apps recently downloaded by friends. Chorus is still a relatively new app, with its release in early November of this year, although users' data has been compiled to show the the recent popularity of free and paid apps, including the top 10 apps recommended by friends.
Record video with QuickTime compatible devices
GroupSmarts has announced a major upgrade to its Mac-based digital storytelling utility, MemoryMiner 2.0. The app allows users to create digital stores which link audio, video, pictures or other media. Version 2 offers a new Maplines view, support for Reverse Geocoding, and a new Ken Burns-style pan and zoom effect available through every selection marker. Support is also offered for recording video or audio annotations with QuickTime=compatible devices or the integrated iSight camera.
Panic offering limited beta for Transmit software
In brief: A beta program has been set up by Panic to test an upcoming release of its Transmit software. This limited beta carries the usual warnings attached to any ptr-release software and requires potential participants to register online. Meanwhile, professional photographer Chase Jarvis has announced the release of his new iPhone application, Best Camera. The photography utility features functions for both capturing and editing images directly on the mobile interface.
Initial judgment lacked enhanced damages
OPTi has announced plans to file a cross-appeal in its patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. Although the judge already awarded the plaintiff $21.7 million in damages, the court did not view Apple's infringement as willful. OPTi was therefore denied its request for enhanced damages, which could have been much higher due to provisions for attorneys' fees and other considerations.
Beta behind schedule but still coming
Microsoft has announced that Office for Mac is set to get beta support for A/V content in Messenger for personal users. The company's MacBU GM Eric Wilfrid admits that the project is running late, as the added functionality was originally expected to be offered as a beta by the end of 2009. The service is currently in the "dogfood" stage of internal testing.
Leak claims January news, tablet possible
Apple is planning an unveiling in January for an unspecified product, a rumor asserted Tuesday evening. As part of a leak whose sources back reports of an iTunes TV subscription plan, the Financial Times claims that Apple is "preparing an announcement" for next month. The newspaper says it has no knowledge of what the event would include but speculates that the often-rumored tablet could make its appearance.
BlackBerry e-mail, messaging down again
BlackBerry users this afternoon have reported another outage affecting the smartphone platform's BlackBerry Information Service. The failures appear broader than the primarily mail-related delays from just last week and now also affect web browsing, BlackBerry Messenger and third-party apps that use Internet access. RIM has been contacted by Electronista for commentary but hasn't yet had the opportunity to respond.
Christmas deals from Synium and Jumsoft
In brief: Synium has announced a special 50 percent Christmas discount on all of its software products. The sale will run from December 24th to the 26th, and require the coupon code "XMAS2009". The sale also extends to the company's iPhone applications, which are being lowered in price at the App Store. Jumsoft has meanwhile announced that its free Goodies bundle has been updated with new content. The bundle now includes 10 additional Christmas-themed templates for Mail, and more.
Audio-Techinca turntable converts vinyl to MP3s
Audio-Technica on Tuesday introduced its AT-LP60-USB LP-to-Digital Turntable System that lets users convert the music recorded on their vinyl collections to digital media files. The turntable ships with a phono cartridge, USB cable and software that is compatible with both Windows and Mac OS X computers. A phono preamp is built-in, and users can select between 33.33 and 45RPM playback speeds.
University of Illinois intros quantum batteries
A physicist at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign campus, says a new digital quantum battery can offer a huge increase in energy output and storage capacity. While the gains are theoretical at this point, the concept involves billions of nanoscale capacitors and relies on quantum effects that happen at the atomic scale to boost energy storage. According to Alfred Hubler, the new technology could result in batteries that can hold between two and 10 times more energy that today's best lithium-ion batteries.
Brando outs aluminum USB 3.0 HDD enclosures
Brando is now offering USB 3.0 hard drive enclosures that fit any 2.5-inch SATA hard drives. As the name suggests, they are USB 3.0 compliant, allowing for theoretical maximum transfer speeds of up to 5Gbps, or ten times that of traditional USB 2.0 connections. They enclosures are backwards compatible with the USB 2.0 and 1.1 standards as well.
Carriers race to foster last-minute iPhone sales
French carriers Orange and SFR have announced significant discounts on the iPhone in the run up to Christmas. Orange is now selling the 16GB iPhone 3GS for €59, a reduction from €149; the 32GB model is priced at €179, while the 8GB iPhone 3G costs just €19. To qualify buyers must accept an Origami contract, which starts at roughly €41 per month.
New HTC HD2 ROM caught on video
After a brief glimpse of the upcoming Sense UI update yesterday, a video of an HTC HD2 running the leaked and unofficial 2.01 version of the software has shown up on Tuesday. The clip (viewable below) shows improvements to the music library page, where users can view song names in the artist view page as well as from the album page, without having to switch between pages.
New geotagging options and UI elements
Stone Design has released an update to its iPhone Twitter clients, Twittelator Pro and Twittelator Free. Version 3.5 adds full support for landscape orientation throughout the entire interface, while conversations threads can be viewed in Messages. Messages are now cached locally, enabling users to view content even while disconnected from the Internet.
OLPC XO-3 may get camera, wireless power
(Updated with better photos, interim XO details) The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project today provided a deeper glimpse into its XO-3 tablet, including concept shots and more features. The roughly letter-sized computer will now hopefully include a camera on the back to record video in a more intuitive way than the XO-1. The developers also clarify that founder Nicholas Negroponte's desire for "no holes" would involve wireless power.
iMac delays blamed on combination of factors
Apple stock is currently attractive for a variety reasons, writes Barclay's Capital analyst Ben Reitzes. The stock is now sitting at approximately $200, and said to be poised to hit $235. This is primarily because of Mac sales, which Reitzes argues will grow at least 22 percent in the December quarter, and likely more. A recent iMac shipping delay is attributable to both technical problems and unexpected demand, he adds.
Rogers, Fido users get tethering reprieve
Rogers sent word this afternoon that it would extend a promo offering free tethering on its data plans. Previously set to expire at the end of the year, the deal will now last through at least May 3rd of next year. The offer continues to apply to any Rogers or Fido smartphone data plan with at least 1GB of bandwidth, including the iPhone, Android devices and any other phone that allows sharing its 3G connection with a computer.
Deals on camcorders, computers and more
With only a few shopping days left until Christmas online retailers have been cutting prices on a wide range of items for last minute shoppers. Today's deals at DealNN include price cuts on camcorders, computers and more. Most notable is a $300 price drop on the refurbished Mac mini, which was $799, but is now $499 at Apple's Online Store. The Mac mini has a 2.0GHz processor, 2GB of RAM a 320GB SATA hard drive, and comes pre-loaded with Mac OS X Snow Leopard.
Magellan Premium Car Kit to ship January 7th
Navigation device and related peripherals maker Magellan has begun offering its Premium Car Kit for the iPhone and iPod touch for pre-order, also announcing a ship date of January 7th for the device. The kit includes a windshield mount with a built-in GPS sensor of its own so that devices such as the original 2G iPhones and iPod Touch devices can also benefit from the navigation function. In 3G and 3GS models of the iPhone, the external GPS chip is said to improve the reception of the Apple devices.
Support added for Debian-based Linux distributions
Unity Technologies has introduced an update to its Asset Server utility for version control. Version 2.0 allows users to host the server on Windows systems, extending support beyond just Mac OS X and Linux machines, while users can now utilize Debian-based Linux distributions. The update reduces the time required to check-in large changesets when used with Unity 2.6 or higher.
MS must pay i4i and take Office off shelves
Microsoft on Tuesday lost its appeal against a $290 million infringement verdict that threatens to remove Word and the Office suite from the market. The US Court of Appeals has upheld a verdict that claims XML code in Word 2003 and 2007 violates patents developed by Toronto, Canada-based i4i for XML plugins. It also removes a temporary stay and would ban all sales of infringing copies of Word as of January 11th unless changes are made by Microsoft.
ASUS tablet would support HD video
ASUS' rumored Eee Pad tablet will use some form of NVIDIA's Tegra chipset if a leak today is accurate. Industry tips claim that it will have some form of the new processor, potentially including the next-generation model. The move would give the 4- to 7-inch device at least 720p HD and possibly 1080p if based on the future NVIDIA hardware.
Should allow more advanced iPhone games
Unreal Engine 3 has been converted to run on iPhones and iPod touches, a recent demonstration reveals. Created by Epic, the technology is used in a number of PC and console games as the basis for rendering, as well as other major game components; some Epic titles with the UE3 engine include Gears of War 2 and Unreal Tournament III. Graphically the engine supports dense geometries and complex lighting.
Samsung N150 netbook spotted with Pine Trail, 3G
A netbook from Samsung and powered by Intel's new Pine Trail platform has been spotted at the FCC this week. The filing reveals that the netbook, called N150, also has a Qualcomm Gobi 3G chipset that can support both EVDO and HSPA data networks. The chipset contains a GPS sensor as well.
Best Buy offering post-Christmas computer deals
Electronics retailer Best Buy on Tuesday announced it would offer end-of-season sales on computers. The two-day sale will begin online on Christmas Day, December 25th, with the same deals extending to stores on December 26th. The most significant deal involved the 10.1-inch Lenovo IdeaPad S10 netbook, at $197 versus the regular price of $300. The netbook gets the 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270, 1GB of memory and a 160GB hard drive.
App emerges from Japanese market
Japanese developer Tonchidot has released an international version of Sekai Camera, a formerly Japanese-only social networking app. The title lets iPhone owners mark the locations they travel to with audio, photos and text messages; users must be nearby to see a given tag. Unique is the ability to see content through augmented reality, which presents itself as tappable icons over live video.
Fleximus would have detachable body
Optimus Maximus creator Art Lebedev Studio on Tuesday showed a new camera design that promises to rethink the traditional box-shaped body. The Fleximus could work solely as a goose neck with a lens and sensor at one end and a small viewfinder at the other. That eyepiece could be detached and replaced with a full-sized preview LCD and basic controls.
Carrier struggling to keep up with data demands
AT&T will not be imposing tiered iPhone data plans in the near future, insists the president of AT&T Mobility, Ralph de la Vega. The executive recently spurred controversy by suggesting that AT&T would need to encourage people to use less data, something which might easily be done by forcing people to pay for capped plans. Constant Internet access is one of the main draws of the iPhone in countries like the US.
Apple most used while LG, RIM close behind
The iPhone 3G was the most frequently used phone for going online for nearly all of the year, the researchers at Nielsen report. About 4 percent of all US active cellphone owners used Apple's 2008 smartphone to get online between January and October. Its results were helped both by the iPhone 3G having sold by itself for the first half of the year and continuing on as a $99 model after the iPhone 3GS became available in June.
MSI Wind U160 with Pine Trail pictured
PC maker MSI will bring a newly redesigned Wind netbook to CES, the U160. Like other netbooks surfacing as of late, this one will also be powered by the Intel Pine Trail platform's new 1.66GHz Intel Atom CPU, and the screen size is set at the netbook-ubiquitous 10.1 inches. Otherwise, there is a MacBook-like 'chiclet' keyboard and a nearly invisible touchpad that's only defined by a grid of raised dots.
Toshiba netbook at FCC with Gobi 3G chip
Toshiba's third-generation netbook is on its way with dual-mode 3G for EVDO and HSPA networks, an FCC filing (PDF) shows. Qualcomm has greenlit the use of its Gobi chipset for as yet unreleased NB300 and NB305 netbooks and as such would give one or both models access through AT&T, Sprint or Verizon without needing different hardware. The presence of internal 3G also hints at one or more carriers subsidizing the Toshiba PC when it's bought with a data contract.
Verdict coincides with firmware update
A federal judge in New York has dismissed a class action lawsuit against Apple, reports say. The case originated in complaints about the iMac, saying that the computer would begin displaying vertical lines after the warranty period had expired. Apple was alleged to be aware of manufacturing defects, while doing nothing to caution the public.
Acer TravelMate Timeline series kicks off
Acer chose a last-minute introduction for its first ever pro-focused CULV notebooks and today launched the 8371, 8471 and 8571 all emphasize relatively high speed and battery life with Core 2 Duos and as much as 8 hours of battery life even as they measure just over 1.1 inches thick. Acer also claims a relatively light weight of 3.5 pounds even for the largest systems.
Netbook growth to slow down in 2010
The rise of netbooks has almost uniformly damaged the entire notebook industry's performance this year, a new DisplaySearch study shows. While shipments of notebooks more than doubled to 33.3 million, their lower prices actually dragged down revenue for the entire notebook industry by 12 percent to about $109.4 million. The revenue for netbooks themselves was also disproportionately lower and increased a relatively soft 72 percent.
Drum-focused sets expand Live samples
Ableton has released two free Live Packs as a holiday promotion. The software expands the number of samples in the company's Live 8 production suite, primarily in terms of drum and beat-oriented samples from drummer K.J. Sawka. The first pack, Mad Beatz, is intended for drum-and-bass, dubstep and breakbeat tracks. Aside from live drum recordings, it includes electronic percussion, basslines and keyboards.
ASUS X77 to hit mid range early next year
A discovery today has revealed that ASUS is close to releasing one of the first large notebooks based on new ATI and Intel hardware. A new variant of the 17.3-inch X77 should get a mobile Core i5, specifically the 2.26GHz Core i5-430M, and should be one of the first with a Mobility Radeon HD 5730 inside for its graphics. The combination of CPU and video should put the system at the mid-range in speed but significantly above the speed of many higher-end notebooks today.
Acer to downplay Win Mobile next year
More than half of the 8 to 10 smartphones planned by Acer for the coming year will run Android and not Windows Mobile, a leak claims today. The company has officially said only that the mix will be more "balanced" towards Android versus the just one phone for 2009, but Taiwan phone industry contacts tell DigiTimes that just over half of these are likely to run Google's platform. At least three will be entry-level models that still support 3G, but others will run Qualcomm's fast Snapdragon processors.
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