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Chinese regulatory authorities on Tuesday certified the iPhone 5 as being compatible with the country's GSM and CDMA networks, meaning that the iPhone 5 is now cleared to be sold in China. While it is still unknown when Apple will launch it in China, it is possible that the phone will appear soon on at least China Unicom's GSM network. Both a CDMA (known as A1442 on a chart provided by Sina) and a GSM (A1429) model have been approved, also providing an opportunity for China Telecom.
Keith McMillen Instruments today formally announced the retail release of QuNeo, a new tablet-sized multi-touch controller that replaces three pieces of popular DJ gear. The device is intended to take the place of the mixer, turntable, and music player device traditionally associated with the DJ booth.
Telestream, provider of digital media tools and workflow solutions, today announced a major release for its ScreenFlow screen recording and video editing software. ScreenFlow 4 optimizes full-screen recording for Apple Retina displays, adds chroma key support, nested clips, media library tools, additional video and audio effects, closed caption support, and more.
HP today unveiled new additions to both its Officejet Pro and LaserJet lines of printers, targeting small and medium-sized businesses and other enterprise-class customers. The new Officejet Pro X series of desktop printers and multifunction printers produce content at up to twice the speed of their competitors and lower the cost of printing. Powered by HP\'s PageWide Technology, the Officejet Pro X series is capable of printing high-quality documents at up to 70 pages per minute.
[Update: Amazon's front page no longer features the comparison] Amazon is taking the fight to Apple, using the front page of its popular site to call out Apple's new iPad mini as overpriced for the features it delivers compared to Amazon's Kindle Fire HD. Visitors to Amazon's front page will now see a quote from a tech blog calling Apple "ballsy" for pricing its 7.9-inch iPad mini as much as $130 more than competing seven-inch devices. Below, a small chart compares the features of the two devices and pronounces the Kindle Fire HD as the device that delivers "much more for much less."
Citing the fact that 30 percent of people who had an iOS device lost or stolen could not recover it via Find My iPhone because of a dead battery, device location and security specialist Lookout has launched the iOS version of Signal Flare. Previously available on Android, the application has already been used by "millions of people," according to the developer.
Macintosh software developer Indeeo released iDraw 2.2 today, a significant update to its Mac design and illustration application. Version 2.2 focuses on adding support for the latest technologies in Mac OS X, including iCloud integration, Mountain Lion sharing features, and an updated interface for the Retina display on the new MacBook Pro models.
Photography software creator onOne Software, today announced the release of Perfect Photo Suite 7. The new version has been improved to give photographers more ways to maximize their creativity and solve common problems in digital photography. Perfect Photo Suite 7 provides tools to create black and white photographs, enhance the look and feel of images with professionally-designed effects, retouch portraits, replace unwanted backgrounds, control depth-of-field after the shot has been taken, as well as resize and prepare images for print.
Loyalty to Apple's iOS platform appears to have dipped in the United States and in Europe, according to the latest figures from Strategy Analytics. For the first time since the iPhone's release in 2007, the research firm has found that the number of iPhone owners stating they will definitely or probably purchase their next phone from Apple has declined in both regions. While loyalty has dipped only slightly in the United States and moreso in Europe, the majority of iPhone owners, according to the report, will remain loyal to the platform.
Still reeling from its major court defeat against Apple in the US and a string of legal losses in other countries (punctuated by the occasional -- but minor -- victory), Samsung has now added the iPhone 5 to its new lawsuit against Apple, this time claiming that all LTE-equipped mobile devices Apple makes are in violation of eight patents the Korean \"fast follower\" device maker holds. The lawsuit is widely seen as weak, since at least some of Samsung\'s LTE patents would likely be declared \"standards-essential\" and subject to FRAND regulations.
Acer has announced a delay in the launch of tablets running Microsoft\'s Windows RT operating system, giving the Taiwanese space to assess the impact of Microsoft\'s Surface RT tablet. Acer has previously expressed dissatisfaction with Microsoft\'s entering the hardware sector, and now the company will delay its Windows RT devices until at least the second quarter of 2013 to see how the new Microsoft tablet fares. Acer executives specifically cited Surface as a reason for the company\'s delay of what had been a \"very aggressive plan\" to roll out Windows RT devices.
Web search settings in the latest Ubuntu 12.10 are to blame for what the Electronic Frontier Foundation calls a "data leak" and a privacy violation. Unless settings are altered, every time a search is performed for a document, application, or other file using the Dash feature, the search includes results from Amazon. Search results can also return advertisements sent unencrypted in the results, allowing for Wi-Fi or network sniffers to intercept and read the text.
Analogix announced today the availability of new accessories that will allow the recently announced Google-LG Nexus 4 to connect to video output devices. The Nexus 4 is the first smartphone to feature SlimPort technology, which is based on DisplayPort, and Analogix\' selection of SlimPort accessories will allow the new Nexus phone to connect to HDTVs, monitors, and projectors while providing simultaneous connectivity to the phone\'s power source.
Obscured somewhat by news of the hurricane and flooding and its own executive reorganization, Apple has revealed that it is delaying the update of iTunes to version 11 until some time in November. The previous release schedule was announced during the iPhone 5 announcement in September, and was reportedly to be delivered by the end of October.
ARM today announced a new processor series based on the ARMv8 architecture, the Cortex-A50. The new series will initially include the Cortex-A53 and Cortex-A57 processors, and it will bring to bear energy-efficient technologies enabling 64-bit processing in mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. ARM says the new designs should enable performance up to three times that seen in today\'s \"superphones\" while consuming a comparable level of power.
Marshall Headphones has released the Major 50 FX headphones. Claimed to have a sound quality that pays homage to the Marshall legacy, the physical design attempts to match the audio. Inner ear caps borrow the fret detailing used in the 50th anniversary line of amplifiers, the outer has gold accents and the same vinyl coating used for the Marshal amp line. Complete with an Apple-certified microphone and remote, the Marshall Headphones Major 50 FX are on sale for $170.
Google has released a new version of its free Search app for iOS, v2.5. The software has been updated for the iPhone 5, but also introduces an overhauled Voice Search function. Voice recognition is said to be faster and generally improved, moreover streaming text as a person speaks. For some queries the app will give a vocal reply instead of just visual results.
Asus released its earnings figures for the third quarter today, surprising investors by posting its largest quarterly profit in more than four years. Buoyed in part by solid sales of the Nexus 7 tablet it built with Google and continuing growth in its PC and convertible tablet sales, Asus saw its profits rise 43 percent year-over-year to $229.1 million. The Taiwanese electronics manufacturer forecast continuing growth for the next quarter, raising its estimates of shipments for both tablets and PCs.
Apple\'s online store today offers a variety of refurbished iMacs for reduced prices. The 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.5GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive has been reduced by $220 to $979. A $310 price break is offered on the refurb. 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.7GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive, now $1189.
Google has revealed that its Play Store app marketplace now hosts about 700,000 applications. The growth in the number of Android apps available in Google\'s central repository means that the search giant\'s app marketplace now approaches Apple\'s in terms of sheer scale. Google also recently announced that its Play Store had crossed the 25 billion mark for total apps downloaded.
In the MacNN forums, members discuss what they think typing will be like on the new iPad mini in this thread stared by Mac Elite hadocon earlier this week. In the thread titled \"Something for us in 2013\" Grizzled Veteran Doc HM is still waiting for the Mac Pro to get a refresh and has turned to the forums to discuss when that might be.
At Amazon.com this week save on the iMounTEK wireless Bluetooth rotating keyboard case cover for iPad 2 which was $49.95, but has been reduced to $24.95 with FREE super saver shipping. Save 48% on the Kingston DataTraveler Elite 16GB USB 3.0 flash drive today at Buy.com, it was $29, but has been cut to $14.95 with FREE budget shipping.
OWC has launched a new 480GB SSD designed for the 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display. The Mercury Aura Pro is currently being offered in one capacity, however larger options are expected to be announced in November. The 6G SandForce-Drive drive can be ordered online for $580.
The Gmail team is now testing out an improvement to the user interface for the popular web email service, one that alters the message compose and reply interface in order to make it easier to reference additional content when writing an email. Beginning today, some users of Google\'s email service will be able to see their new and reply messages popping up in an in-window box similar to what appears for Google Talk chats. The hovering new email box will allow users to continue to refer back to other emails or navigate through their inboxes as they compose a new message.
Apple is beginning to ship early online orders of the iPad mini, notes MacRumors. Although the company\'s official tracking page is showing orders as \"Preparing for Shipment,\" FedEx data indicates that many tablets are already en route. People who ordered Smart Covers for their Minis are in fact starting to receive the accessories.
Microsoft has sold over four million upgrades for Windows 8 in the first few days after its launch. Speaking at the Build developers event on the Microsoft campus, CEO Steve Ballmer confirmed the number in his keynote speech, alongside announcements for more Windows 8 apps, such as PayPal, Dropbox, and ESPN.
Samsung may be preparing a new entry for the increasingly crowded 7-inch tablet segment, as the South Korean electronics powerhouse is thought to be working on a smaller version of its stylus-enabled Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet. The size of the device is not yet certain, but entries in the DLNA certification logs show an as yet unrevealed Samsung device that bears the same prefix in its model number as previous Galaxy Note devices. Should the device materialize, it would give Samsung three S Pen-enabled devices on the market, including the Galaxy Note 10.1 and the Galaxy Note II.
Apple has won a patent on the interface for the Maps app in iOS, notes AppleInsider. The patent is officially titled Touch screen device, method, and graphical user interface for providing maps, directions, and location-based information, and was originally applied for about a month before the iPhone 3G launched in July 2008. Maps debuted on the 3G as a part of iPhone OS 2.0.
A new product called N2Acards is now available for the Nook Tablet that will let owners of the Barnes & Noble tablet choose to boot into the original Android-based OS or the full-blown Android 4.1.2. The microSD card contains Cyanogenmod-based software on them that allows the dual-boot feature, though more tech-savvy buyers can opt to just download the OS image and install it on their own.
Trimble has followed up its rugged Yuma tablet with the Yuma 2. It is also powered by Windows 7, like the past device, and is powered by a 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU, and there is 4GB of RAM onboard. It uses a 7-inch capacitive multitouch screen with 1,024x600 resolution and an anti-reflective coating.
Stock of the fourth-generation iPad has evaporated at Apple's online store. All colors, capacities, and wireless combinations are no longer available for delivery on Friday, the tablet's official launch date. They are, however, still set to ship within a week, indicating that Apple should have a reasonable supply at hand.
Luxury handset maker Gresso has shown off a new handset, the Regal Titanium. As the name suggests, it is largely made of titanium, milled from a billet piece of the metal. Titanium is resistant to corrosion, salt, moisture and sunlight, making it long lasting.
Scott Forstall's firing from Apple was greeted with "quiet jubilation" at the company, especially among engineering teams, according to GigaOm. The site quotes anonymous sources, one of whom claims that a number of workers were going out to celebrate with drinks. Forstall's exit is also described as being "fairly last minute," with many people on the iOS and OS X teams only hearing about it minutes before a press release reached the media.
MetroPCS has passed the 1 million 4G LTE subscriber barrier, according to its third quarter results. The milestone represents approximately 12-percent of the company's total subscriber base of 9 million, itself lower than the previous quarter by over 312,000 customers, down 2-percent from the same quarter last year.
Everything Everywhere has turned on its 4G network in the UK. The new network, jointly created by Orange and T-Mobile, has gone live in 11 cities across the country, in the first wave of the carrier's national rollout that will see 98 percent of the UK population covered by the end of the year 2014.
Intel is now shipping its first SSDs based on its new 20nm NAND Flash memory fabrication process. Although shifting to the new process delivers manufacturing, power efficiencies, and the potential to ramp up the capacity of its SSDs, the first 335-series drive only comes in at 240GB size with no performance boost. It does, however, signal the first time Intel has been able to successfully apply its HiK/metal gate stack used in its CPU designs to NAND production.
According to unnamed sources, it is possible that the reason Apple’s former head of mobile software, Scott Forstall, was forced to resign is because he refused to sign the Maps app apology, reports CNN. Instead, the rare public apology from Apple was undersigned by its Apple CEO Tim Cook. Two of Apple’s most public missteps in recent times came under Forstall’s leadership of the mobile OS division after touted iOS features including Siri and Maps both failed to live up to early expectations.
Sony has launched two broadcast-quality CineAlta PL-mount video cameras to go alongside the F65. The PMW-F55 and the PMW-F5 both contain 4K Super 35mm image sensors capable of an 11.6 million pixel, 4096x2160 resolution image. While the PMW-F5 can output HD and 2K video, the PMW-F55 extends this to 4K resolution imagery.
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Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS
Weber buys iDevices' iGrill, Kitchen Thermometer
Cooking gear manufacturer Weber is purchasing iOS accessory manufacturer iDevices iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer lines. As part of the purchase, Weber is working in parallel with iDevices to roll out a new version of the products, and associated apps, this spring. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CEO of iDevices Chris Allen said that the transition will allow the company to "focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market." http://bit.ly/1PFk3uZ
Vevo music video app launched for Apple TV
Vevo today announced its new native tvOS app for the fourth generation Apple TV. The new app allows users Siri Remote navigation for discovery of top videos by genre, or to search for individual artists and videos. Playlists generated on another device sync between all the iterations of the app. http://apple.co/1PFhxEU
HydraDock team unveils USB 3.1 Type C Roadie
KickShark, the team that brought the HydraDock desktop USB-C dock to market, has launched a Kickstarter project for The Roadie -- a USB 3.1 Type C standard-compliant pocket hub for the 12 inch Apple MacBook and other compatible devices. The Roadie occupies the same footprint on a desk as a credit card, with a short USB-C male cable on one end for connecting to a 12 inch MacBook, and a female USB-C port on the other end for plugging in a MacBook power adapter. One side has an RJ45 jack for gigabit Ethernet, and an HDCP-compliant HDMI jack that handles up to 4K displays. KickShark promises shipment of all products within four weeks of campaign completion. The "early bird" offer for the hub is a $69 commitment, with a $79 commitment for a Roadie after 500 backers have pledged. http://kck.st/1o6knw5
HBO Now has 800,000 subscribers
The CEO of HBO, Richard Plepler has confirmed that the online streaming HBO service, HBO Now, has 800,000 subscribers. When criticized for the seemingly low number, Plepler noted that the still nascent service was bound to Apple exclusivity during the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Plepler declared during the Time Warner quarterly earnings conference call marketing for the online-only offering would be enhanced in 2016. While HBO Now's critics are slamming the low numbers, the service must also compete against itself on cable, in addition to Netflix and other streaming services. http://on.recode.net/1QWoLHe
Unsafe IoT called threat to humanity
US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told two different Senate committees yesterday that the Internet of Things posed a clear and present danger, and could be weaponized by governments. Before the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Clapper declared that insecure IoT "will bring new security vulnerabilities" and "will connect tens of billions of new physical devices that could be exploited" by those wishing to perpetrate violence or eavesdrop on the populace of the world. http://bit.ly/23Xvcky
Apple public betas for iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4
Following Monday's release of betas for the iOS and OS X, Apple has unveiled public betas for both operating systems. The iOS 9.3 beta includes all of the previously reported enhancements for education customers, along with Wi-Fi calling for Verizon iPhone owners, and a carrier update for T-Mobile users. The OS X 10.11.4 third beta includes enhancements to Twitter URL opening, Live Photo viewing and sharing, and Evernote note importation into Notes.