Some Ford cars shipping next year will support iTunes Tagging, the automaker has announced. In vehicles equipped with HD Radio receivers, people will be able to push "Tag" buttons on their displays, automatically saving the track data from on-air music. Once an iPod is docked with a car via Ford Sync, up to 100 tags will be transferable for later display in iTunes.
Swann Security has introduced its latest all-in-one security system, the DVR4-2500 recorder kit with support for Internet viewing. The package consists of four indoor/outdoor video cameras, a DVR4-2500 recorder and remote control. Video can be recorded locally, while web-based utilities can be used to access the live feed from an Internet-connected computer or iPhone.
Palm as promised rolled out webOS 1.3.5 for the Pre and Pixi. The fix finally removes a 64MB limit on the number of installed apps and also gives downloads a major upgrade as a whole, including background downloads, multiple simultaneous downloads, and resuming downloads that were cut short. Searches at the Palm App Catalog are now more precise.
Tapulous has announced that its recent Tap Tap Revenge 3 update has already surpassed two million downloads in less than two weeks, according to The Business Insider. The game, which now leads the App Store popularity rankings, was initially launched with a 99 cent price tag. The recent update eliminated the up-front free, allowing users to download the game for free.
LinkedIn on Monday released an update to its self-titled app for the iPhone and iPod touch. Version 3.0 features a redesigned interface, with a new main screen displaying several large buttons.The Reconnect feature allows users to quickly find other LinkedIn members, while the In Person selection enables contact information to be swapped via Bluetooth.
Pavtube Studio has launched its self-titled video converter for .MOD movie files recorded with JVC, Sony, Panasonic and Canon devices. The utility can produce MP4, 3GP, AVI, MPG, MPEG-4, FLV, MOV, 3G2 and VOB files from MOD originals. It has only a light effect on video quality and is claimed to properly sync audio. MP4 compatibility allows users to convert MOD files for editing in Final Cut Pro or iMovie. It can compress, trim, crop, watermark or add special effects to the output videos.
Apple recently dropped the MacBook's educational pricing, bringing the entry-level model down to $899. The additional $50 discount only applies to the 13-inch polycarbonate model which features a 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive and a seven-hour battery. MacBook Pro educational pricing still starts at $1,099, while the basic MacBook Air is available for $1,399.
Notion Ink has announced additional details regarding its upcoming tablet device, which is now referenced by the monicker Adam, according to The Hindu. The Android-based device features a three-mode Pixel Qi display filled with 1024x600 pixels and spanning 10.1 inches. The LCD offers the unique ability to run as a standard panel, a low-power trans-reflective display, or a sunlight-readable e-paper mode.
Verizon may soon undergo a significant transformation if speculative reports carry weight. Qualcomm Chief Operating Officer Len Lauer left his phone chipset maker late last week to become CEO at "another company" which it declined to name and has led to speculation that he will replace Verizon chief Ivan Seidenberg. Lauer had a background in phone carriers before taking on a role at Qualcomm and has been a key supplier of parts for the phones Verizon uses.
DirecTV is on the verge of becoming the first US TV provider to roll out an HD resolution, entirely 3D channel, a purported leak argued on Monday. Helped by a new satellite just launching now, the carrier is expected to unveil the channel at CES early next month and carry a variety of movies, sports and general programming whose sole rule is that it comes in 3D. The network would appear in time to accommodate the anticipated deluge of 3D-capable TVs at CES and would support the 3D display methods used by most if not all of these sets.
A symbolic change in the video industry is beginning as studios begin shipping videos ahead of their Blu-ray and DVD releases. Lionsgate-owned TV network Showtime has begun selling previously aired episodes of its show Weeds (iTunes) before their release on packaged DVDs, breaking with a tradition of often holding back on Internet releases of whole seasons or movies before physical copies appear. Many TV networks release new episodes through online services the day after airing but seldom release complete packages ahead of time.
A recently spotted Excel document on HP's website reveals the computer maker will soon release two new Envy-series notebooks, the previously leaked Envy 14 and a larger Envy 17. While the leak only shows the model names, HP's traditional naming convention indicates the former will have a 14-inch screen while the latter will sport a 17-inch display. It's also more than likely that the Envy 17 will have a 1920x1080-pixel display, with the Envy 14 using a 1600x900 panel.
RoyalTek has introduced what it's saying is the first of a series of pico projectors with its RPJ-2000. It relies on a second-generation 3M LCoS chipset and can throw up images up to 65 inches in size, though only at 640x480 resolution. It is also rated at 14 lumens of brightness, while inputs include VGA and NTSC/PAL TV inputs. There are also two 0.5W stereo speakers for sound reproduction.
Sanyo is catering to musicians with its latest application of its Eneloop batteries, the Eneloop music booster. The device will let musicians power their amps, equalizers and other related equipment that requires an AC adapter or 9 Volt DC battery. The Eneloop music booster has an integrated lithium-ion battery that can power devices when there is no available electrical outlet.
Brando has released its second USB 3.0 product in as many weeks with the UNITEK USB 3.0 to SATA Adapter, the Y-1034. It allows users to connect SATA or IDE hard drives to computers using a USB port and can support USB 3.0 speeds of up to 5.0Gbps. The adapter simply plugs into the hard drive, turning it into an external drive instantly and without the need for an enclosure.
Lenovo is reportedly working on an e-book reader of its own, according to a Monday report from Chinese news site Netease. The device is apparently undergoing internal testing and will be released very soon. Lenovo itself isn't denying the rumors of the device, and seems keen to join the lucrative e-reader market, which was largely pioneered by Amazon and its Kindle e-reader.
Continuing an annual promotion, Apple has announced its official Lucky Bag plans for 2010. The bag is unique to Japanese Apple Stores, and is this year being sold for 35,000 yen ($382) in limited quantities. Buyers do however get a chance at products worth more than the initial investment; 2009 bags included the likes of iPods and MacBook Pros.
Sony may drop the Cell processor entirely in the PlayStation 4 in favor of a multi-core design, a report from Impress says. Having first considered a modified, upgraded version of the Cell processor that powers the PS3, the electronics giant is now believed considering a new processor design that would use a more direct design with multiple true processor cores. The switch if implemented would be a concession to developers, who have regularly complained that writing PS3 games is too difficult.
Digital Rebellion has launched FCP Versioner, used to backup Final Cut Pro projects in XML format. Changelogs are produced to show modifications from one revision to the next. The software also has several options for managing disk space, including ones for purging older backups.
German software engineer Karsten Nohl said at the Chaos Communication Congress hacker expo today that he and a group have cracked and published the primary encryption code for GSM, the protocol that handles most non-3G cellphone calls. The team says it has used legal methods to break the A5/1 standard, which prevents easy snooping, and has made available a 'code book' of binary data that could theoretically be used to decipher the content of a call within hours or even minutes rather than weeks.
LittleFin has released Chronicle 3.0, a major rebuild of its bill management software. The application tracks outstanding bills, averages past payments, and alerts users to upcoming payments via iCal. Goals can be set for paying off debt.
Sprint could soon get its third Android phone if a leak from the carrier's internal systems bears fruit. The LS680 has no other details from the BGR source other than that it will run Google's operating system but so far would only be the second Android-based LG phone after the Eve. It's not known if this would be a genuinely new device or just a CDMA version of the older phone.
PLenovo has quietly released a handheld remote with a full QWERTY keyboard meant for use with a PC-based home theater setup. The Multimedia Remote is built for true hands-free use and has a built-in trackball to replace a mouse. The controller uses the 2.4GHz radio frequency to talk to its host and has a range of about 33 feet.
Eltima has released SyncMate 2.5, a major update of the company's Mac software. Users can sync Mac data to various cellphones, as well as Windows machines, other Macs, Google websites and the Sony PSP. Backups can be saved online as an extra precaution. New to v2.5 is autosync, which allows syncing based on criteria such as a device connection or a given time delay.
Start-up company Pedal Brain has released a new iPhone/iPod touch app along with a piece of hardware that gives athletes use of accessories beyond just the Nike+ system. The self-titled device lets heart monitors, pedometers and others peripherals that use the ANT+ wireless protocol send information to the Apple device. Aimed at cyclists, the Pedal Brain Synapse hardware plugs into the Apple device and displays real-time data along with GPS to show the position of other cyclists. The app will also upload a log file onto Pedal Brain's website, letting users view a more detailed analysis of their ride afterwards.
NVIDIA's delay for Fermi will put it in March, video card makers said Monday. The company had acknowledged a push back to the first quarter of the year, but tips to DigiTimes now have the launch of cards based on the new chipsets moved to the very end of that period. The first part would be a mid-range chipset known for now as the GF!00 while a true high-end part, the GF104, wouldn't arrive until the spring.
Two major analysts have raised their price targets for Apple stock, largely based on the iPhone. Brian Marshall of Broadpoint.AmTech has pushed his target from $235 to $260, citing a forecast of 11.3 million iPhones, versus Street consensus of 8.8 million. While US sales are forecast to fall 20 percent sequentially to 2.5 million, international sales are predicted to more than double, rising to 8.8 million in the same timeframe.
The US Transport Security Administration late Sunday implemented new rules that are likely to have far-reaching implications for technology on planes. The security measures will ban those on international flights entering the US from having any "personal belongings" on their laps for the final hour of the flight, restricting notebooks and most other non-handheld devices. Access to carry-on bags is similarly restricted for the same period.
Some recent web rumors show that Google's Chrome OS netbooks, whether branded with its own name or third-party computer makers, will use an NVIDIA Tegra chipset for graphics processing and rely on the Tegra's ARM CPU for general computing. The ARM chips are said to offer greater performance while being more energy efficient than Intel's Atom offerings. While not official, the netbook should also get a 10.1-inch display with a multi-touch capability and relatively high resolution.
iPod touch app downloads rose almost 1,000 percent on Christmas Day, says analytics firm Flurry. The figure is notably far in excess of downloads from the iPhone, and still more unusual given the standard dominance of the latter device. Overall App Store downloads grew 51 percent between November and December, as compared to a 15 percent rise between October and November.
Talk of an Apple tablet gained some anecdotal support today through tandem rumors in the latest episode of This Week in Tech. Digg founder and show guest Kevin Rose claims to know a source that describes the mystery device as a "Kindle killer" due to an emphasis on e-books. He himself doesn't list features but hears that the device is enough to disrupt the e-book reader category.
(Updated with policy reversal) AT&T has temporarily put a stop on online iPhone sales to New York City, multiple reports say. While residents can still buy the device from AT&T retail outlets, as well as Apple Stores, representatives from AT&T are said to be refusing to sell anything more than a refurbished 8GB iPhone 3G, even over the phone. "We periodically modify our promotions and distribution channels," says AT&T spokesman Fletcher Cook.
A recently spotted FCC filing reveals that HTC will soon release a dock for the upcoming Nexus One handset. While little is known about the device, called CR B410, the filing does reveal the dock has a Bluetooth connection. While its purpose is unknown, as the handset itself has a Bluetooth connection, some believe it could be used to control a home theater system component, such as an AV receiver, via the handset.
Sprint through release notes appears to have inadvertently confirmed that a promised webOS update will launch today. The webOS 1.3.5 update is scheduled for the 28th and will give the Pre improved battery life, particularly when it's on the edge of coverage. It additionally launches either Google Maps or Sprint Navigation when tapping an address in contacts, fixes playing media sent through MMS, and shrinks the size of updates to where they can be downloaded over a 2G data connection if needed.
LG Display today landed deals that will give it the ability to produce e-paper screens. The company now has a display supply deal with E Ink and has an agreement with Hydis Technology both to develop e-paper modules as well as to cross-purchase technology between the two. LG is also investing about $30.5 million into Hydis and already has a half-percent, $10.5 million stake in Prime View International, the parent company of both E Ink and Hydis.
At least one heavily rumored Apple tablet was moved to early 2010 to accommodate a glass panel issue, industry tipsters claimed Monday. Parts suppliers now say Taiwan's Innolux is providing 10-inch panels to Apple but that the release was moved to its supposed early 2010 release date to toughen the glass. Foxconn division G-Tech Optoelectronics, as well as Wah Hong Industrial, are said by DigiTimes to have been contracted to provide toughening material and film to protect the larger screen.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE