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Briefly: Griffin Kiosk, Point Grey cam, SRS Macintosh audio

06/28, 11:30pm

Griffin Kiosk mounts iPad securely for POS, healthcare

After a January announcement, Griffin Technology has announced the Kiosk is shipping now for all iPad models. This mount is designed to safely and securely affix an iPad to a singular location, while providing both power and physical access to the device's screen. The tall configuration allows the iPad to be secured to the floor and keep the iPad at usable height, while the short arm kit is designed to secure to a desk or wall. Both Kiosk models include a kit with three faceplates, giving owners the option of allowing some, all or no access to the iPad's camera and home button. The shorter desktop model retails for $199, and the floor-mount taller model sells for $299.

VLC offers big fixes in version 2.0.2 of media player

06/28, 11:09pm

Major improvements in minor upgrade for OS X users

Alternative multi-platform and multi-format media player VideoLAN Client (widely known by its initials, VLC) has updated to version 2.0.2, which despite the minor version number is a significant if not major upgrade for the long-standing open-source player and converter. Mac-specific changes includes fixes to PowerPC Macs with certain video cards, osd and menu support, and HiDPI support for Retina display and high-resolution display Macs.

Modbook Pro resurrects hacked Apple laptop 'tablet' line

06/28, 9:10pm

Pricing, distributors, service vendor details in early fall

As previously reported, a new line of Modbooks was announced today. Re-born after a two-year absence, the ex-Axiotron Modbook line has been refreshed under new ownership with the Modbook Pro. The Modbook Pro takes a factory-standard 13-inch MacBook Pro, removes most of its case and adds a Wacom pen interface with 512 levels of pen pressure sensitivity, along with a ForceGlass screen.

GameStop taking orders for Nexus 7 tablet

06/28, 9:02pm

Customers can pre-order starting tomorrow

GameStop, the world's largest multichannel video game retailer, will begin accepting pre-orders for Google's new Nexus 7 tablet. tomorrow. The game seller will offer pre-orders in conjunction with the assorted trade-in bonuses GameStop already provides. GameStop will be offering the 16GB version of the Nexus 7, available for $249.

Apple's hardware SVP, corporate controller retiring

06/28, 8:50pm

Pair combined have 18 years of service with Apple

Two highly-placed Apple employees announced their retirement dates today. Apple hardware Senior Vice President Bob Mansfield and Apple Principal Accounting Officer Betsy Rafael are both retiring later this year. Mansfield supervised the engineering of every major Apple product released in the 21st century. Rafael has been with Apple and has served as the principal accounting officer since 2008, and is responsible for managing the company's finances.

Rumor: Galaxy Note 2 in the works, has bigger screen

06/28, 8:19pm

New Galaxy Note to sport Super AMOLED screen, new design

Samsung may be working on a successor to its Galaxy Note phablet, one is said to sport a bigger screen. An "insider source" has told GSMArena that the new device will feature a slightly larger screen and a revamped design. The source also revealed that the release date for the Note refresh may be moved up to beat the expected release of Apple's next iPhone.

Nexus Q hacked to run Android games

06/28, 7:46pm

Developer hacks streaming hub in under 24 hours

Google's new Nexus Q media streaming device has been hacked to run Android games. Just a few hours after Google provided I/O attendees with free Nexus Q units, images emerged on the Google+ account of Apportable employee Christina Kelly, showing the Nexus Q hooked up to monitors and running the game Swords and Soldiers.

Apple updates printer drivers, Aperture for 10.6, 10.7

06/28, 7:00pm

Smaller printer brands get expanded support

Apple has pushed out a minor upgrade to it's earlier major update of Aperture, released two weeks ago. The new 3.3.1 version fixes a bug that could cause the program to hang or crash when upgrading libraries to the new iPhoto and Aperture unified format. The company also introduced or updated hundreds of printer and scanner drivers for major brands under Snow Leopard and Lion, along with more support for several smaller printer brands.

BlackBerry 10 delayed as RIM reports $518 million loss

06/28, 6:37pm

BlackBerry smartphone pushed to Q1 2013

Research In Motion posted a half-billion dollar loss last quarter, and the company will be pushing back the release of its newest BlackBerry handsets to the first quarter of next year. The company released its financial statement for the quarter ended June 2 today, showing the recent operating loss and forecasting continuing difficulties in the quarters to come. The troubled device manufacturer will continue workforce reductions in the near future as it struggles to return to profitability.

Three new Apple Stores to open this weekend

06/28, 5:06pm

New York, Tennessee, Australia locations announced

Apple is opening three new retail stores this Saturday, June 30th. The first is the Ridge Hill location in Yonkers, New York. The outlet is just outside of New York City, and will be Apple's 17th in the state; a disproportionate number of those are clustered in and around the New York City area.

Virgin Mobile to open Chicago stores in support of iPhone

06/28, 4:21pm

iPhone pre-orders believed to be doing 'very well'

Virgin Mobile US is opening its first-ever retail stores in Chicago tomorrow in support of its iPhone launch, Bloomberg reports. The carrier is starting with just 10 locations, but says it plans to open more around the country should the initial venture prove successful. Typically Virgin has relied on third-party vendors like Best Buy to sell phones and service to people not ordering through its website.

Microsoft negotiating with labels for Xbox Music

06/28, 4:08pm

Spotify-style streaming service to roll out later this year

Microsoft is currently negotiating with the major music labels in order to bring their tunes to its own Xbox music service. Sources familiar with the negotiations tell Bloomberg that the Redmond company is in talks with Vivend, UMG, Warner Music Group, Sony, and EMI in order to secure the rights to their music for a streaming service with download and online-storage functions. Microsoft reportedly hopes to roll out the service later this year.

Wireless Emergency Alerts system to warn of storms, floods

06/28, 3:22pm

National Weather Service to send 90-character warnings to smartphones

The US National Weather Servicewill soon start sending severe weather warnings to smartphone owners in potentially dangerous situations. The Wireless Emergency Alerts system will send warning messages to those at risk of flooding, hurricanes, dust storms and blizzards via compatible smartphones, complete with a special warning tone and vibration reserved for the message.

Best Buy retail stores begin stocking Samsung Chromebooks

06/28, 3:01pm

Chromebooks also reaching Currys stores in UK

Google has revealed that Chromebooks will be headed to retail store shelves in several markets. In the company's day-two I/O keynote, an executive noted that 100 Best Buy locations throughout the US are set to stock Samsung's Series 5 550 Chromebook as of today, while UK shoppers will be able to purchase the device at local retailer Currys.

Google shows off gesture-based Chrome interactions

06/28, 2:49pm

Chrome apps show complex gesture interactivity

Google showed off motion-based interactivity for apps in its Chrome web browser today at its developer conference. The demo showed off a Cirque du Soleil Chrome app that featured complex gesture interactivity but was said to have been written using relatively simple coding. The new capability could open a range of interaction possibilities across multiple devices running Chrome..

Google Compute Engine to rival Amazon EC2, Microsoft Azure

06/28, 2:44pm

Compute Engine takes aim at Amazon EC2 service

Google has introduced its "infrastructure-as-a-service" offering during its second-day keynote at the I/O developer conference in San Francisco. Named Google Compute Engine, the product will give businesses and institutions access to the Google datacenter infrastructure to handle large-scale computing tasks, with the ability to scale thousands of Linux virtual machines, in a move that directly competes with Amazon's EC2 and Microsoft's Azure.

Google's Brin: Project Glass for consumers in 2014

06/28, 2:27pm

Wearable computing to debut after developer feedback

Consumers will have to wait until 2014 before they can expect to don Google's Project Glass wearable computing device. Despite its extreme demonstration yesterday at the opening Google I/O keynote, Google still has to get feedback developers before the device is ready for wider consumption. Google co-founder Sergei Brin told Bloomberg that the company is working to bring the technology to consumers, but it's going to take a while.

Google Drive comes to iOS, Chrome OS

06/28, 2:07pm

Drive to become Chrome OS filesystem

(Update: iOS app now available) Google's Drive file storage service is officially coming to iOS and Chrome OS, the company announced today at its second Google I/O keynote. Little has been announced about plans for the former, except that an app should launch for all iOS devices sometime today. One feature will be the ability to search through scanned documents, thanks to OCR technology; searching for "pyramid," for instance, should bring up images with the word in them even if the filename is completely unrelated.

Google shows off Chrome for iPad, iPhone

06/28, 1:44pm

iOS gets quick tab switching, syncing

The iPad and iPhone will be getting their own versions of Google's popular Chrome web browser, the search giant revealed today at its I/O developer conference. The iOS version (free, App Store) of the browser will duplicate the features currently seen in its desktop and Android counterparts.

Microsoft explains drop of Start button for Windows 8

06/28, 1:30pm

Saw reduced Start menu, higher taskbar usage

Microsoft has explained why it has dropped the Start button from Windows. In an interview with PC Pro, Microsoft principal program manager Chaitanya Sareen explained why the button was removed from view for Windows 8, after it has graced the Windows desktop for the last 17 years, in favor of the Metro Start screen.

Live: Google I/O day two keynote

06/28, 12:55pm

Announcements expected to focus on the web

Google is ready to start the second-day keynote at its I/O developer conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The company yesterday announced the Nexus 7 tablet, Nexus Q media streaming device, Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean," and updates on the Google Glass eyewear. Stay tuned to our live coverage page for updates from the day-two event, which begins at 1pm Eastern.

Briefly: Black Ops coming to Mac, Sleipner Smartphone link

06/28, 12:49pm

Sleipner introduces Smartphone App Linking

Aspyr has announced that Call of Duty Black Ops will be released for the Mac this fall. Official release date and pre-order details have not been revealed, however, in celebration of the announcement all existing Call of Duty Mac games are being offered at a 50 percent discount. Call of Duty, Call of Duty 2, and Call of Duty Modern Warfare can all be found in the Mac App Store for $10, $15, and $20 respectively.

Sony Sound Forge audio editing suite headed to Macs?

06/28, 12:36pm

Anonymous teaser campaign launches

Sony's Sound Forge audio production software could becoming to the Mac in the near future, notes MacRumors. The basis for the claim is an anonymous website, finallyonthemac.com, hosting a YouTube video which promises a "Countdown to a revolution." Scenes in the video depict various music-related images, as well as waveform graphics, and even iron forging. The fonts and general style of the website are also similar to standard Sony marketing.

Rumor claims battery production problems with next iPhone

06/28, 11:48am

Only 30 percent of batteries meeting standards, report says

One Apple supplier is having serious problems providing batteries for the next iPhone, according to a Sina.com report quoted by Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White. The site is claiming that only 30 percent of the batteries produced by the supplier are meeting Apple standards. While the unnamed firm is said to be trying to fix the problem, only a few months are left before Apple is expected to debut the new iPhone.

Microsoft accidentally deploys Skype via Win Server update

06/28, 11:03am

Network admins to remove network-wide Skype installs

Microsoft has accidentally deployed a Skype update to Windows clients that never had it installed before. The update, via Microsoft's Windows Server Update Services, installed Skype on all connected machines, forcing system administrators to manually remove the software from computers affected by the error.

Apple posts $2.6M bond for Galaxy Tab 10.1 injunction

06/28, 10:35am

Samsung already hoping to stay injunction

Apple posted a needed $2.6 million bond almost immediately after a preliminary injunction was granted against US Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales, according to FOSS Patents. The money ensures that Samsung can be compensated financially to a degree if the injunction is successfully appealed. Samsung has in fact already filed a motion to stay the injunction, pending an upcoming appeal; alternately, it may accept a stay pending the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit's decision on the motion to stay.

Nokia updates Lumia 800, 710 to Windows Phone 7.5

06/28, 10:15am

New apps also heading to Lumia 900 and 610

Nokia has started to update the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 with Windows Phone 7.5. The update brings Flip to Silence and Internet Sharing for Wi-Fi tethering to the handsets, which will also gain new exclusive applications that all Lumia 900 and Lumia 610 users will also receive in the near future, after a limited rollout in select regions.

T-Mobile: iPhone users can keep legacy data on new network

06/28, 9:43am

Old data plans as cheap as $5

T-Mobile USA has confirmed, via a Twitter post, that people currently using the iPhone on its network will be able to retain any legacy data plans when it upgrades its cellular network. While T-Mobile isn't an official iPhone carrier in the US, and its 3G/4G network isn't (yet) compatible with the device, people with unlocked iPhones have sometimes chosen to cope with using 2G data to take advantage of other advantages the carrier might have. In some cases, this may included unlimited data as cheap as $5 per month.

TomTom serves up Map Share service free to all devices

06/28, 9:08am

TomTom opening crowd-sourced map data to all users

TomTom is making its Map Share service available to users of all its devices for free. Users can choose to update their device on a daily basis for the latest map information served up by fellow TomTom users. As the video below shows, updates available include crowd-sourced information on speed zone changes, different street names or blocked roads.

Nintendo to give 3DS XL Circle Pad Pro treatment

06/28, 8:38am

Nintendo Circle Pad Pro coming for 3DS later this year

Following the 3DS XL unveiling last week, a number of commentators were quick to criticize the console for omitting a second analog stick. A report emanating from Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu has confirmed that Nintendo will release a Circle Pad Pro for the larger console as it did for the original 3DS. Although only a handful of gaming titles support the second analog stick, its inclusion opens up the potential for more complex gaming.

Nexus 7 took four months to make, sold at cost

06/28, 7:15am

Asus delivered Nexus 7 in just four months from concept

The Google Nexus 7 manufactured by Asus took just four months from manufacture to market according to AllThingsD. According to Asus chairman Jonney Shih, Google gave them the four month brief at the start of the project, which they managed to make by setting up an Asus team in Silicon Valley that helped create a 24-hour development cycle. Google also told them that it should be high-end, but cost no more than $200.

MacBook Pro with Retina display, full review

06/28, 3:30am

Has Apple delivered another winner with the next-gen MacBook Pro?

Apple has attempted to redefine the full power professional notebook with the next-generation MacBook Pro. In doing so it has delivered a notebook that is incredibly thin and light for the performance it offers. However, as is often the case with Apple products, certain design choices and feature exclusions have stirred up some controversy. So is the new MacBook Pro a notebook with compromises, or is it an uncompromising high performance notebook? Read our full review of the next-generation MacBook Pro (mid 2012) with Retina display to find out.

Briefly: Sonnet CF reader, Glooko launch, washable keyboard

06/28, 3:05am

Wireless washable healthcare keyboard announced

Rugged peripheral maker iKey revealed the industry's first rechargeable keyboard designed for infection control. The SBW-97-TP features silicone rubber keys and a polycarbonate plastic back compatible with hospital-grade disinfectants. A lithium-ion battery is estimated at two weeks of use, and recharges to full capacity in five hours. An optional magnetic mount is available. Pricing for the keyboard is available on request.

Bloomberg: Apple planning major overhaul of iTunes

06/28, 2:00am

Future release to emphasize cloud, discovery

Following some speculation in the Mac community, news service Bloomberg is quoting unnamed sources "with direct knowledge of the matter" who say that Apple plans a major overhaul of its centerpiece iTunes program for later this year, more fully incorporating iCloud file-storage services, adding the ability to share music to friends, and making the discovery of new media and apps more intuitive.

Comcast investigated by FCC for violation of merger terms

06/28, 1:45am

Comcast pays $800,000 'voluntary' fee to FCC

Comcast has reached a deal with federal regulators to settle an investigation into the company's compliance with terms of the NBCUniversal merger. A payment of $800,000 must be made by Comcast, as well as starting an advertising campaign pushing inexpensive and "reasonably fast" Internet connectivity to customers who don't subscribe to Comcast cable's television services. Comcast claims to have done nothing wrong, and is making the payment "voluntarily."

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