Unusual design may allow iPhone to tilt up to 45 degrees
Gaming hardware maker Razer is working on a Made for iPhone-certified controller, a leak hints. Images depict a case-style product similar to the Logitech PowerShell, allegedly codenamed the Kazuyo. An unusual aspect though is the Kazuyo's ability to tilt an iPhone or iPod up roughly 45 degrees, potentially giving players a better viewing angle.
Supplement to USB 3.1 specification could lessen USB cable frustration
Future USB cables will be able to be plugged in upside down, according to details about a future connector's specification. The redesigned Type-C connector will form part of the USB 3.0 Promoter Group's "supplement to the USB 3.1 specification," something which will potentially help lessen current frustrations by users plugging USB devices into hubs and computers.
Free iOS apps today, including Wikilinks, Walking Dead Assault
Cyber Monday has brought many deals, and this includes notable discounts on apps. Here is our Cyber Monday round-up of iOS apps currently free on iTunes.
Dell intros new line of Ultra HD monitors
Dell on Monday announced a new line of "UltraHD" monitors, each sporting a resolution nearly four times greater than Full HD (1080p). The new line includes the Dell UltraSharp 32, UltraSharp 24, and the 28 Ultra HD. Despite being the same resolution as more expensive 4K HDTV sets, Dell has priced the monitors to be affordable for professionals that need such clarity in images.
USB 3.0 upgrade for older Macs
Several companies currently offer Thunderbolt docks to expand the interface options for recent MacBooks. CalDigit's Thunderbolt Station is one of the latest, providing a wide range of connections including USB 3.0, HDMI and Ethernet ports, among others. Check out our full review for a closer look at the new docking station.
Up to $100 off MacBooks, iMacs; $70 off iPad Air, $90 Apple TV
Apple online retailer MacMall has launched its Black Friday sale early, with the company now offering discounts on selected Macs, the iPad Air, non-Retina iPad minis and Apple TV among other items and accessories. The specific discounts could mirror Apple's as-yet-unspecified Friday discounts, and hint that Apple doesn't intend to discount the limited-supply Retina iPad mini or its iPhone line at all this year.
Ten One announces redesigned Pogo stylus
Ten One Design has announced a new version of its Pogo capacitive stylus for the iPad and other touchscreen devices. The new device provides greater grip and control over the stylus input than its predecessor, and Ten One will be introducing new, interchangeable tips later in the year. Those tips will clip onto the Pogo magnetically, allowing for more customization.
4K TVs, hard drives, notebooks and more
The Seiki 50-inch 4K LED Ultra HDTV has seen a whopping $540 price break at Sears.com this week. It was $1,300, but has been reduced to only $760. In addition, buyers earn $22.80 worth of points that can be used later at Sears. That makes this about $260 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. Choose in-store pickup to avoid a $70 delivery charge. Sales tax applies for residents of most states. This HDTV features 4K resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, stereo speakers, 3 HDMI ports, 2 USB ports, and one audio input. A one-year warranty is included from Seiki.
Custom streaming protocol developed for low latency streaming
Thin. Thin gadgets are in. We blame Steve Jobs. Regardless of the source, thin devices are prevalent and popular in the speaker marketplace, and with them comes generally tinny, lightweight sound. Bluetooth streamers are everywhere, but can introduce a delay in the audio signal, making them unsuitable for some uses. Core Brands' offshoot Korus has a solution -- a plug-and-play wireless audio solution catering to any computer with a USB connection (or an assortment of Apple iOS devices) in the Korus V400 and V600 Wireless Speaker System. Electronista has been headbanging for a month with the pair from Korus -- check to see what we thought about the system!
New app serves as Evernote alternative
Livescribe recently introduced its third-generation smartpen and its first iOS app, Livescribe+, which aims to serve as an alternative to Evernote. We met the company this week in New York City, where we put the digital pen to task against our hastily scribbled notes. The concept is certainly promising, but does the new software and hardware really serve as an effective note-taking system for iPhones and iPads?
Second major controller release for iOS 7 devices
Following months of leaks, Logitech has officially announced the PowerShell, its first game controller case for the iPhone and iPod touch. Compared with MOGA's new controller the PowerShell has a minimalist number of controls, limited to a direction pad, four face buttons, and two shoulder buttons. Both cases do however incorporate a battery -- in the case of the PowerShell, one rated at 1,500mAh.
Yahoo Screen includes news, music, various TV shows
Apple has silently added two new app channels to the Apple TV interface. The first, PBS, grants access to some of the public broadcaster's TV shows. Yahoo Screen incorporates live news, events, and music, as well as original Yahoo programs, and content from third parties like The Daily Show, ABC News, and Saturday Night Live.
FiftyThree studios announces Pencil stylus
FiftyThree, the studio behind popular iPad sketching app Paper, have announced the availability of a new stylus the iPad. Dubbed "Pencil," the stylus mimics the look of its namesake, with a hardwood exterior molded to look like a architect's pencil. The new device will pair with FiftyThree's existing app, enabling a number of previously unavailable features for Paper.
Will allow more precision in compatible games
Accessory maker MOGA has formally revealed the Ace Power, a game controller for the iPhone and iPod touch. The device is the first to take advantage of iOS 7's GameController API, standardizing controller support. It includes two sticks, a direction pad, four main buttons, and shoulder triggers. It clamps around the top and bottom of an iPhone or iPod, also plugging into the Lightning port. This lets the accessory supply extra battery life.
TiVo ships Slide Pro Remote with concealed QWERTY keyboard
TiVo has put its new Slide Pro Remote on sale. Much like the original, the Slide Pro Remote resembles a normal TiVo remote, but conceals a backlit QWERTY keyboard in a second layer. This new version, which includes RF support, dedicated "Search" and "Back" buttons, and can play a tune when lost, will work with all TiVo Roamio DVRs, TiVo Premiere DVRs, and TiVo Minis with a dongle, and is priced at $50.
Dedicated media keys, backlighting in small-scale keyboard
Mad Catz has announced a new mobile keyboard in its line of GameSmart gaming peripherals. The Strike M takes the design of earlier keyboards in the range, scales it down to a device with a tablet-sized footprint, and introduces Bluetooth connectivity so it can be used with various smartphones, tablets, or micro consoles such as the company's own Mojo.
Scribbling down our thoughts on a new iPad stylus
There are any number of keyboard cases for Apple's bestselling iPad devices, as well as the devices' in-built software keyboards, but there's still something about actually scribbling down notes that is appealing. That keeps us at MacNN on the lookout for new stylus devices, ever hoping that we can get our hands on a competent writing implement for our favorite tablet. Popular note-taking app company Evernote has teamed up with iOS accessory maker Adonit to produce the Jot Script Evernote Edition, a fine-tipped stylus that promises more precise notes, thanks to a specialized app. How well do they pull it off? Read on to our in-depth look at the device to find out.
Portable scanner features transparent scanning window, removable lid
Scanner maker Apparent, makers of Doxie, have unveiled a new "ultra-mobile" flatbed scanner that features a removable lid and transparent scanning window, known as the Doxie Flip. The device is said to offer flatbed-quality scanning to just about anything that is basically flat -- including notoriously hard-to-scan items like books, scrapbooks, photo albums where the photos are not easily removed, coins, stamps and other items. The unit is cordless and battery-powered, saving to SD card media.
Sceptre HDTV home theater bundle for $347 and more
Get ready for the holidays with early bird online savings at Walmart.com. The Sceptre 40-inch LCD HDTV with RCA home theater system bundle has been cut by 42 percent from $600 down to $347. That price is $186 less than buying these items separately anywhere else. This HDTV features 1080p resolution, a 60Hz refresh rate, and an aspect ratio of 16:9. The RCA home theater system includes an up-converting DVD player, four speakers, a subwoofer, and center channel that pump out 250 watts of sound.
Larger version of Pill portable speaker gets tested at FCC
A new speaker from Beats has been spotted going through certification at the FCC, one that appears to be a more stationary model. The filing for the Beats Pill XL reveals a larger version of the company's portable speaker, suggesting that the company may be celebrating its break-up from HTC by preparing to sell an upscaled model in the near future.
rollback pricing on iPad Air and more
Today, the new iPad Air is officially available to purchase -- and Walmart.com is already "rolling back" the prices. The 16GB iPad Air with Wi-Fi is now available for only $479. That's $20 off the list price of $499, and tied with the lowest price we've seen. This latest addition to the iPad lineup features a 9.7-inch Retina display, A7 chip with M7 motion coprocessor, built-in Wi-Fi, a battery that lasts up to 10 hours, iSight camera, and comes with iOS 7 pre-installed. A one-year warranty on parts and labor is included from Apple.
2.0 software gets tag-based browser, new audio engine
Native Instruments has released two new products, Maschine 2.0 and Maschine Studio. The first is an update of the company's beatmaking software, incorporating a new audio engine with support for multi-core processors, sidechaining, and unlimited groups and insert effects. The user interface has simultaneously been redesigned to improve control and offer better visual feedback.
Self-contained device scans direct to cloud
Honed in as we are on productivity technologies, the notion of an autonomous, cloud-connected scanner piqued our interest. Neat's NeatConnect arrived on our doorstep just a short time ago, and now Electronista is taking a first look at the hardware, as well as the device's setup process, to see if it's as useful a tool as it has been billed to be. Early indications point to "yes."
Adds USB 3.0, HDMI, other connections
CalDigit has announced that a new peripheral, the Thunderbolt Station, will be shipping on November 4. The unit is meant to expand the number of ports on a Mac, particularly MacBooks, which often have very few native connections. It adds three USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI connection, a gigabit Ethernet jack, and audio in/out ports. A second Thunderbolt port is meant for daisy-chaining the Station to other Thunderbolt-ready devices.
15-inch MBP for $1,599 and more
BestBuy.com has cut the price on the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro from $1,799.99 down to $1,599.99 with free shipping. That $200 discount makes this the lowest price we’ve seen on this Mac model by about $60. Sales tax applies for residents of most states. This MBP features a 2.3GHz Intel Core i7 processor, with 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive. A one year warranty on parts and labor is included from Apple.
Dock being sold in limited numbers before wider availability in 2014
Microsoft has started selling a docking station for the Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2, with sales said to be in limited quantities before wider availability next year. The dock's appearance is accompanied by Microsoft demonstrating one of its recently-announced Surface covers, one which is dedicated to music creation and playback.
Other changes undiscovered
Apple has issued a minor firmware update for the Apple TV, v6.0.1. The main addition appears to be an iMovie Theater channel, used to view videos uploaded through iMovie on other devices. Any other changes have yet to be uncovered, since Apple typically doesn't provide release notes alongside Apple TV updates.
Tries to bridge gap between quality and portability
Many Bluetooth speakers are marketed as "portable" these days, but that definition is often a stretch, to put it mildly. Just because something can technically be picked up and moved doesn't mean you can fit it into a bag or luggage. Nude's Move M, though, is one of those speakers that tries to be authentically portable; we'll put it to the test to see if that's true, and if it holds up as a speaker in general.
Asus Designo cinema monitor for $470 and more
Newegg.com has cut the price on the Asus Designo Series 29-inch widescreen LED backlit cinema LCD monitor from $570 down to $520. This $50 price cut is not the only savings; mailing list subscribers can take advantage of promo code 'EMCWXVV39' dropping the price further to $470, which is the lowest price currently offered by about $50. This extra-wide monitor features 5ms refresh rates, a resolution of 2560x1080, an aspect ratio of 21:9, built-in 32mm diameter speakers, and multiple connectivity options including HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort 1.2. A three-year warranty on parts and labor is included from Asus.
Multi-touch drawing tablet includes four ExpressKeys
Wacom has introduced a new drawing tablet package for Windows and Mac that is designed to appeal to artists and cartoonists. The Intuos Manga Pen and Touch tablet follows on from similar earlier bundles from the tablet producer, combining one of its refreshed entry-level tablets with drawing applications from Smith Micro.
Works with phones, tablets, computers
Logitech has announced the Mobile Speakerphone P710e, a peripheral for phones, tablets, and computers. The unit connects via USB or Bluetooth, and props phones and tablets up for easier viewing. It can pair with up to eight Bluetooth devices, two of them simultaneously; in the case of NFC-equipped devices, Bluetooth pairing can be done simply by tapping against the speakerphone.
Possible Tuesday update could be interim spec bump
New "Apple TV hardware" rumored to be unveiled this month has been "delayed a bit," according to industry observer MG Siegler. Last month, Siegler himself indicated that the announcement was planned. In a new blog post, however, he comments that while Apple could update the existing Apple TV set-top with slightly better specifications, "the thing to be more excited about, the device with some sort of newfangled control system, doesn’t seem like it’s ready just yet."
New units may be available immediately after Oct. 22nd event
The Apple TV is listed as out of stock or an upcoming product at Amazon's French and German websites, according to a German report. The sites mention that the product will become available again as of October 23rd. Since Apple is scheduled to hold a press event October 22nd, it's believed that the listings may back rumors that Apple is planning an imminent Apple TV refresh.
Acer all-in-one for $649, 16GB iPad 2 for $349, more
This week, the Microsoft Store is offering a steep price break on the Acer Aspire touchscreen all-in-one computer, which has been cut from $1,149 down to $649. That $500 discount makes this the lowest price we've seen on this computer by about $200. Free US shipping is included, but sales tax applies for residents of most states. This computer features a 2.5GHz Intel Core i3 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive, along with a 23-inch touchscreen with 1920x1080 resolution. Windows 8 is pre-installed, and will be automatically updated to Windows 8.1 for free after October 17.
Logitech M560 mouse incorporates quick access button for Win 8
Logitech has rolled out the M560 wireless mouse for Windows 8. The new mouse is one of the first to incorporate a Windows 8 menu button that sits behind the scroll wheel. When activated, the button gives users one-touch access to the App Bar, Charms Bar, Desktop and Start Screen.
Units bridge gap between mobile scanners, workgroup printers
Printer and accessory maker Brother has debuted a new line of scanners aimed squarely at small-office and home-office (SOHO) users, combining the compact footprint and price point of a portable scanner with more advanced functions normally associated with desktop workgroup devices. The flagship of the line is the ADS-1500w, which offers simplex or duplex color scan speeds of up to 18 pages per minute (ppm), a 20-sheet capacity feeder, Internet connectivity and mobile scanning compatibility.
iMacs, multi-touch monitors and more
At ExperCom.com right now, save on the 27-inch iMac -- which was $1,974, but has been reduced to $1,910.72. That's a price cut of $64 off the site's normal list price, and nearly $230 less than Apple's price for the same configuration. Included is three years of AppleCare. This iMac features a 3.2GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 16GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive, the Nvidia GeForce GT 755M video card, and a display with 2560x1440 resolution. A one-year warranty from Apple, a Magic Mouse (or wired mouse or Magic Trackpad) and wireless keyboard are included.
Lots of sound in a compact package
Portable Bluetooth speakers can sometimes feel as if they're a dime a dozen, at this point. Here at MacNN and Electronista, we seem to get word of new ones launching several times a week -- it's reached a stage where it's simply impractical to cover everything. The Mini Boom is a natural exception, since both Logitech and Ultimate Ears are well-known names. In our review, though, we'll see if there's anything that genuinely separates it from the competition, or if it's simply riding on brand recognition.
Content already available elsewhere
Apple has quietly updated Germany Apple TVs with access to the official NHL and Vevo apps, reports say. The Vevo app a relatively recent addition to the Apple TV platform, having debuted in the US in August. The NHL app, though, dates back to 2011, and has already reached a number of other countries, making its German introduction unusually late.
Trackpads, clickable touchscreen feature on Steam Machine controller
Valve Software has completed a trilogy of announcements, by revealing a new game controller. The Steam Controller, said to be designed to work on SteamOS and with all games on Steam, uses a pair of clickable circular trackpads instead of the dual joystick configuration used on other controllers, which Valve says provides a "far higher fidelity input" than in other versions.
MacBook Pros, iPhone cases and more
Today at Rakuten.com, check out the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with 2.3GHz Intel Core i7 dual-core processor, two Thunderbolt ports, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of flash storage, and Retina display that's now priced at $1,849. With this deal customers get %15 off the original $2,199 list price, and save $70 when compared to the next best deal we have seen this model for. FREE shipping is included as well, and sales tax applies for residents of New York and California.
Rapid expansion of Apple TV channels continues
Two more app channels have been silently added to the Apple TV. The first is Major League Soccer, which includes the ability to watch matches live in addition to pre-recorded features. Live games do, however, require a subscription plan, with options beginning at $15 per month. Subscriptions can be bought through an Apple TV or at the league's website.
Other users hit with crippling glitches
Apple has withdrawn the Apple TV v6.0 update it issued on Friday. A number of early installers have reported that the firmware bricked their set-top, rendering it unusable. Some people with less serious problems, such as a bad Wi-Fi connection, have nevertheless been forced to connect their hardware to iTunes via micro USB and restore to earlier firmware. Apple hasn't said when a fixed version of v6.0 might be available.
Drobo mini for $300, WD Elements 2TB for $70 and more
This week, MacMall.com has the Drobo Mini Thunderbolt Storage Array for the reduced price of $300. That's a whopping $350 off the list price of $650, and the lowest price we've seen on this storage array by $35. The Drobo Mini holds up to four 2.5-inch drives, and connects via two available Thunderbolt ports or one USB 3.0 port. It is compatible with both Windows and Mac systems. A two-year limited warranty on parts and labor is included from Drobo.
Bump, Flock apps to remain active for the immediate future
Bump, the contact and content-sharing app for iOS and Android triggered by bumping smartphones into each other, has been acquired by Google. The company, founded in 2008, will now become integrated into Google's existing teams, though the Bump app itself and a group photo sharing app called Flock will continue to operate for the moment.
BestBuy cuts $100 off MacBook Air models
This week, BestBuy.com has cut the price on a selection of MacBook Air models by $100. The 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage has been cut to $1,100, which beats the next lowest price by $40. For $1,000 is the 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage. Free shipping is included with both, but sales tax applies for residents of most states.
Could ship in October alongside new iPads
Apple is preparing a new version of its Apple TV set-top, which could ship as soon as October, according to well-known tech commentator M.G. Siegler. The claim is backed up by 9to5Mac, which says that while it's not sure when the device will arrive, sources indicate that the hardware is at least in development. The site adds that the unit should keep the same overall form factor, and that Apple is separately continuing work on a full-scale TV, as well as possible Kinect-style motion controls for TV products.
Turtle Beach aims at high-end Bluetooth headset for mobile devices
Headphones -- that is, truly high-quality headphones, not earbuds -- can be something of a rare sight these days away from a computer. They're often too bulky for a casual trip around town, and the best ones can cost as much as the device you're using them with, if not more. Having said that, the sheer fidelity and immersion of headphone audio can make the tradeoff worth it. Turtle Beach is banking on that with its new i30s -- we'll see if they're right in our review.
Panel will help display manufacturers offer WiDi with minimal requirements
LG Display is working with Intel to develop its first LCD panel for monitors that will have Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) integrated into it. The new panel, measuring 23.8 inches, will allow users to stream content from notebooks and desktops to the display, without requiring a cable to be connected between the two devices.
MBPs, iPads, peripherals and more
At MacMall.com's September Blowout sale, save up to $649 off Mac computers. The 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro has been reduced by $569 to $1,430, which is 28 percent off the list price of $1,999 and the lowest price we've seen by $20. Free shipping is included, but sales tax applies for residents of California, Tennessee and Wisconsin. It features a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage. A one-year warranty on parts and labor is included from Apple.