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Video and audio 'mash-up' tool gains new features, 'App of the Week' honor
Vjay, a remixing app for iOS that lets users mix and match video and audio with transitional, beat-matching and "scratch" effects has been updated with new features aimed at the latest models of iPad and iPhone, and has been named an "App of the Week" on the iTunes store and made available for free for a limited time. The iPad version normally sells for $10 and works with the iPad 2 and later, while the separate iPhone version (usually $3) requires an iPhone 4S or later. Video time-stretching and key-lock are among the new features.
Samsung boasts thinnest Windows 8 tablet
Following Samsung's Ativ-themed launch event in New York City, the company invited press to try out the new Ativ Tab 3 tablet. The device is promoted as the thinnest Windows 8 tablet set to arrive on the market, with a 10.1-inch display that places it in direct competition with the iPad and a slew of Android-powered alternatives. Electronista spent some hands-on time with the new device ahead of its public release.
Activist Aaron Swartz prosecuted under old version of law
Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) have introduced "Aaron's Law," legislation to reform the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) and hopefully prevent incidents such as that suffered by computer programmer and political activist Aaron Swartz, who faced up to 35 years in prison for allegedly violating the CFAA. "Aaron's Law" is intended to clarify and limit what is considered a crime under the CFAA.
Now features 64-bit Intel support for latest Mac models
Utility and recovery software maker Micromat has unveiled the latest version of its flagship product TechTool Pro, now at version 7.0. The company says that the program has been "completely rewritten" for 64-bit and next-generation Macintosh computers, and now offers improved volume optimization routines, SPD check and report, advanced memory-testing features and compatibility with recently-released Macs. The new version also features compatibility with the pre-release version of OS X Mavericks, the forthcoming next major update to OS X.
Korean news agency claims that orders have unexpectedly fallen for two months
Reports are circulating that due to a mismatch in parts orders to units sold, manufacturing plants for the Galaxy S4 are going to see a reduction in orders. Sources familiar with the matter are claiming that Samsung is planning to reduce the parts orders for production of the new model by up to 15 percent, an unusual move for a brand new model and -- if true -- reinforcing speculation that the flagship S4 hasn't done as well as originally projected.
All models run Windows 8, have 10-point capacitive touch
Lenovo today announced several new touch-enabled Windows laptops, along with Lenovo Miix, a a 10.1-inch tablet that sports a "quick-flip" detachable folio case with an integrated AccuType keyboard that converts instantly into a full Windows 8 laptop. Also released today, the IdeaPad S400 Touch, S500 Touch, S210 Touch, U330 Touch and U430 Touch all hail from the company's thin and lightweight S Series and U Series.
Combination of issues highlights complications of digital TV
Though Apple has only just added HBO Go to the lineup of its Apple TV set-top box, the reason for the long delay come from various factors outside Apple's control rather, according to various reports put together by AppleInsider. HBO itself -- along with Apple -- were focused on getting the network's content onto iPhones and iPads as a priority, with the Apple TV "app" becoming HBO's first-ever all in-house software project. On top of that, affiliates such as Comcast are often hesitate to allow subscribers access to the mobile versions.
Gear previously bundled with Harmony Ultimate, Harmony Smart Control
Logitech has introduced a standalone version of the Harmony Ultimate Hub, a peripheral previously bundled only with the company's Harmony Ultimate and Harmony Smart Control remotes. After downloading a special app, the unit lets iPhone/iPod and Android owners control up to eight home theater devices. Users can for example swipe to adjust volume, change a TV's channel by tapping on network icons, and control recorded video playback.
New bid eclipses Dish offer, shareholder date shifted
In response to Dish Network's latest $4.40 per share bid for Clearwire, Sprint Nextel grew its offer for the company to $5 per share. The move was immediately responded to by Clearwire changing its recommendation in favor of the newest offer, and signaled a shareholder vote for July 8, versus the old date of June 24.
ATIV Book 9 Plus uses 3200x1800 13.3-inch touchscreen, 256GB SSD
Samsung unveiled three new computers at tonight's event, at the same time as its ATIV tablets. The ATIV Book 9 Plus is a 13.3-inch notebook with a high-resolution display replacing the Series 9, the Book 9 Lite is a more conventional style notebook, and the ATIV One 5 Style is an all-in-one device designed with the same style as the Galaxy smartphone range.
Brings app closer to parity with desktop website
Google has updated its official iOS YouTube app to v1.4, making a pair of significant changes. Perhaps most important is the addition of suggestion overlays, which recommend clips to watch next. The feature brings the iOS app closer to par with the desktop website.
Haswell i5 drives convertible Ativ Q, Tab 3 comes loaded with Office 2013
At its recently-concluded product release event, Samsung unveiled a pair of portable devices -- the dual-booting convertible Ativ Q, and the Ativ Tab 3. The Ativ Q is a 13.3-inch device with a 3200x1800 screen, capable of booting into Windows 8 or Android 4.2.2. The Ativ Tab 3 is also a full Windows 8 device in a 10.1-inch, 1366x768 resolution form factor. Notably, the Ativ Tab 3 device comes pre-loaded with Microsoft Office 2013.
Apple Camp registrations open in US, Canada
Apple has announced the 2013 slate of its annual Apple Camps for kids, which are hosted at Apple Stores. The focus this year is on producing a short iMovie clip using self-shot footage, with a soundtrack produced in the iPad version of GarageBand. Each workshop will stretch over three days, ending with the videos being shown at a camp film festival.
Uses 20.3MP APS-C sensor, 25,600 ISO, Android 4.2.2
Samsung has used its London media event to show off the new Galaxy NX camera, one that was leaked last week. Following on from the Galaxy Camera and the newly-introduced Galaxy S4 Zoom, the Galaxy NX is a mirrorless camera claimed to be the first camera in the world with interchangeable lenses, uses Android, and has LTE connectivity.
Instagram directly competing with Vine, records 15 seconds of video
Facebook has used its media event to show off an update to Instagram that adds video to the service. The new addition to the app, putting it directly against short video service Vine from Twitter, will allow users to record up to 15 seconds of video, with the option to add various filters and edits to the freshly-recorded footage.
First trade-in day retailer's most successful ever
On Friday, the US branch of Best Buy will be launching another promotion in which shoppers can get a "free" iPhone 5. People who bring in an iPhone 4 or 4S in good condition can get at least $150 in credit, which is enough to cover most of the cost of a 16GB iPhone 5 with Best Buy's current $50 instant rebate. Should a used iPhone be worth more than $150, Best Buy says it will make up the difference with a gift card.
Huawei Ascend Mate priced by UK retailer, Finish carrier
The Huawei Ascend P6 has opened up for pre-orders in the United Kingdom and Finland. The 6.18mm (0.24-inch) thick smartphone with a 4.7-inch 720p display has appeared on the British retail chain Carphone Warehouse website for £330 ($510) and shipping on July 4th, while carrier Elisa in Finland are offering it for 359 euro ($475) in mid-July.
August 19th trial date looms
Apple and Amazon have yet to come to a settlement in the former's lawsuit over the term "app store," notes AppleInsider. The two parties were ordered to try and settle the case in January, but haven't made any progress despite multiple talks. These reportedly include an all-day meeting on May 1st, and a 45-minute phone call on June 14th.
Keeper Security offers new password manager to Mac users
Keeper Security published a press release Wednesday, announcing its launch of a new password manager for Mac. Keeper for Mac allows users to promptly sync their password records across all their devices. When login information is changed, these alterations are synced automatically. Also included is a 'sharing' feature, which allows users to grant access to specific Keeper records to other users.
Apple uploads WWDC keynote to YouTube
A week and a half after its WWDC keynote, Apple has uploaded the entire presentation to YouTube. At nearly two hours long, the keynote acted as the grand unveiling of iOS 7, OS X Mavericks, and a totally redesigned Mac Pro. At around the 17 minute mark Craig Federighi takes the stage and begins to preview some of the new features in the upcoming OS X update. This includes Finder tabs, improved support for multiple displays, and new Maps and iBooks apps. This is then followed by Phil Schiller's sneak preview of the Mac Pro at 48 minutes and Tim Cook's introduction of iOS 7 roughly 1 hour and 15 minutes in.
Latest generation has WiFi connection problems for many
Some owners of the new MacBook Air are having problems with intermittent or non-functional Wi-Fi connections, a large thread on Apple's support forums indicates. The source of the problems is unclear though, as the people complaining have different network situations and configurations, including different routers. Some people in the thread are also complaining about other MacBooks experiencing trouble.
Support for AT&T LTE bands found in large Samsung smartphone
The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 could be heading to AT&T, according to details found in an FCC filing. The smartphone with the 6.3-inch display made its send trip to the Commission for clearance, and while in the first instance it was shown to have AT&T-supported HSPA+, this time it is equipped with AT&T 4G LTE bands.
Haswell-equipped 13-inch MacBook pops up at Geekbench
Benchmarks for two unreleased Macs have appeared in Primate Labs' Geekbench database. Perhaps most significant is a 13-inch MacBook Pro, listed with an "AAPLJ44,1" codename. The benched model is equipped with a 2.4GHz Core i5 4258U dual-core processor, 8GB of RAM, and a Boot ROM dated June 5th. It's also running a proprietary build of OS X Mavericks, 13A2050.
Price cut lowers $349 hand-held game system by $50
Nvidia has dropped the price of its hand-held gaming system by $50 ahead of its June 27th release date, following requests from gamers. The Shield will now cost $299 at launch instead of the $349 price tag, with the GPU producer amending the price for those who pre-ordered the Android-based device which can stream games from a PC over a local network.
Statement appears to back device and Pegatron's involvement
The low-cost iPhone still won't be cheap, says Pegatron CEO T.H. Tung. China Times reports that the executive made the comment during a shareholders' meeting earlier today, where he argued that "cheap" isn't a term that should be associated with Apple's upcoming product. He added that when compared with basic feature phones, smartphones are offering increasingly higher value for their cost.
Dust, waterproof smartphone uses echo cancellation, noise suppression
AT&T has added a ruggedized smartphone from NEC to its business-oriented range of smartphones. Combining a 3.1-inch display with a QWERTY keyboard, the NEC Terrain is claimed to be waterproof and dustproof, uses a Gorilla Glass screen, and exceeds military specifications for shock distribution, as well as having mid-range smartphone features.
Sony takes on Galaxy Note III with Xperia Z Ultra
Screenshots from Sony's forthcoming Xperia Z Ultra have been leaked and confirm that the device will sport an oversize 6.4-inch 1080p display with a density of 342 pixels per inch. The screenshots also show that that the device will also be among the first to run Qualcomm's Snapgradon 800 quad-core processor clocked at an impressive 2.2GHz. The Xperia Z Ultra is due to be revealed at forthcoming launch event on July 4 already teased by Sony and will sport a similar design language to its Xperia Z 5-inch flagship smartphone.
Logitech releases Harmony Ultimate Hub as an appcessory
Logitech has taken the wraps of its new Harmony Ultimate Hub, dropping the remote control, a smartphone into a full universal remote control. According to the company, the device works by turning Wi-Fi and Bluetooth signals from a smartphone into commands that control a wide range of home entertainment devices. It is the same Hub that is included with Logitech's Harmony Ultimate bundle that also works with smartphones, but which also comes with a Logitech Smart Control at additional cost.
Snapdragon 800 claimed to have 75-percent more performance than S4 Pro
LG will be using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor in a future replacement for the manufacturer's Optimus G series of smartphones. The change in processor is an upgrade from the earlier Snapdragon chips used in earlier Optimus G devices, with LG claiming it to have "up to 75-percent better performance" than the Snapdragon S4 Pro.
Digital titles could be shared by library owner with other users
Valve Software may be planning to add game sharing to its digital game marketplace, according to a rumor. Code allegedly found in the beta version of the Steam game client and store appears to show the software developer is working on a way to allow users to share their games with other Steam players, a system similar to what could have appeared on the Xbox One.
Testimony from Cue, Barnes & Noble exec change tone of trial
After having begun the case against Apple brought by the Department of Justice with a set of blistering opinions that essentially concluded the iPhone maker was guilty of the e-book price-fixing charge against it, Judge Denise Cote has been seen to change her position considerably over the course of the trial. On Thursday, as part of the winding down of the witness portion of the trial, she noted that she had "learned a lot" from the evidence after having felt "very prepared" ahead of the trial, and that the "issues have shifted" since the trial began.
Details of legal matters unreleased; preventing patch, Android release
Nothing "a number of contractual issues," Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition developer Beamdog has pulled both the iOS and Apple App Store version of the remade adventure game. Pending resolution of the legal matters, an upcoming patch for the Macintosh and iOS version won't be published, the Android version won't see release, and the planned enhanced edition of Baldur's Gate II has been scuttled, at least temporarily.
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