Mujjo releases Understated, Low Key sleeve collections for iPhone 5s and iPad
Tech accessory producer, Mujjo, has announced the release of its two new sleeve collections - Low-key and Understated - for iPhone 5s, iPad mini and iPad Air. Composed of vegetable-tanned leather, the Low-key collection features a matte black finish, and the Understated collection a tan colour. The sleeves' leather is treated with aniline oil for color enrichment, and the vegetable tanning process creates a dense and compact product. Both collections feature a combination of leather and felt, each with and angle-cut exterior pocket for additional items. The Low-key and Understated collections are now available for purchase online through Mujjo.
Device includes Time Machine, iTunes, Twonky, Transmission, others
Western Digital today expanded its prosumer personal cloud solutions with the new My Cloud EX2, a high-performance two-bay network attached storage (NAS) system. The My Cloud EX2 and My Cloud EX4 products were designed by WD for creative professionals and prosumers that need to reliably save, share, back up, stream and manage large amounts of digital data.
Intel's new SSD 730 Series available for pre-order
Intel has made its new Solid-State Drive 730 Series available for pre-order. A powerful hard drive intended for gaming and heavy work use, the SSD 730 Series offers low latency and a high throughput, allowing for quick response times. Able to complete up to 70GB of writes per day as opposed to the industry typical 20GB, the drive is capable of delivering consistent performance across data types. Interested buyers can now pre-order the SSD 730, with its official release being March 18.
Whistle Activity Monitor now available at PetSmart, new apps updated
Dog monitor Whistle has announced its availability throughout the US through pet retailers PetSmart. A device that attaches to a dog's existing collar, Whistle collects data on activities throughout the day and night, then wirelessly sends the information to a connected smartphone. The retail announcement is also joined by an app update for iOS devices, including new graphing, and the ability to share data with friends. The company also unveiled its official app for Android. Whistle is priced at $130, and is available online as well as at PetSmart locations.
Microsoft offers 100GB OneDrive storage via Bing Rewards scheme
After the success of its 100GB of cloud storage giveaway to 100,000 users as part of the SkyDrive rebrand to OneDrive, Microsoft is offering another way to gain the large block of online storage. The Bing Blog claims users of the Bing Rewards scheme, a program that offers discounts and other incentives for using Bing, will exchange 100 credits for a code, which provides access to the same 100GB allocation for one year, though the promotion will only be offered until June 30th of this year.
QuickTime 7.7.5 now available, addresses security weaknesses
Apple has released a QuickTime update to rectify multiple security issues with its Windows version. Users who play a maliciously-crafted movie file may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution, caused by an uninitialized pointer issue existent in the handling of track lists, memory corruption, and more. Improved error-checking is now included, and additionally a buffer overflow that was previously present in the handling of H.264 encoded movie files has been fixed through improved bounds checking. QuickTime v7.7.5 may be obtained from the QuickTime Downloads site, and is available for Windows 7, Vista, XP SP2 or later.
New line optimized for surveillance applications with video stuttering protections
Storage purveyor Western Digital today announced the availability of WD Purple, a purpose-built line of 3.5-inch, high-capacity hard drives for surveillance applications. Designed specifically for video surveillance units and other applications demanding high reliability, WD Purple hard drives are tailored for new and existing home and small business security environments, with up to eight hard drives and up to 32 high-definition (HD) video cameras. Shipping today, WD Purple hard drives are available in capacities from 1TB up to 4TB.
RealPlayer Cloud now available for international users
RealNetworks has announced today that RealPlayer Cloud is now available for international users. RealPlayer Cloud provides users with 2GB of free cloud storage space, with additional storage available through subscription plans starting at $5 per month for 25GB of data. The app offers users moving, watching and sharing of videos with any user on any device, across platforms, supporting a wide variety of video formats.
Lays claim to first use of 5TB for external drives
LaCie has announced the addition of 5TB HDD options for three of its Thunderbolt external drive lines. These include the 5big-, 2big-, and d2-Series products. In the case of the 5big, a five-bay model, that allows as much as 25TB of storage, at transfer speeds up to 785MBps.
Realmac Software rectifies confusion with Clear by offering it free for limited time
Realmac has announced an upcoming, limited-time offer, making Clear free, as part of its consolidation process. A new version of productivity to-do list app Clear was released last year, called Clear+. Built as a universal app for iOS 7, Clear+ was structured as a paid upgrade, with the original version removed from the App Store. Clear customers, according to Dan Counsell of Realmac Software, reported confusion and frustration over the switch to charging for the update version, so Realmac updated the old version of Clear for iOS 7 and reintroduced it.
QuickerTek releases upgrade option for Apple Base Stations' wireless antenna
QuickerTek, a producer of antennas and RF products for Apple computers, has released an upgrade for the current Airport Extreme and Time Capsule base stations. The replacement wireless antenna offers dual-band 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz Wi-Fi, and triples the built-in range of the two devices. Users can arrange and use their Apple wireless device wherever desired, and easily position the upright and articulated antennas for optimal use. The upgrade is capable of boosting Apple TV as well as any other wireless networking task. The standard Airport Extreme base station does not have a built-in port to connect to the antennas, so QuickTek has a special attachment for its installation. Pricing starts at $400 for the Extreme Base Station antenna upgrade.
G-Drive with Thunderbolt, G-Drive Mobile with Thunderbolt added to G-Drive line
G-Technology has announced its expansion of products utilizing Thunderbolt with the release of external hard drives G-Drive with Thunderbolt and G-Drive Mobile with Thunderbolt. Designed for consumers and creative professionals, the latest G-Drive storage products offer high-speed transfers, incorporating 7,200 RPM hard drives. Enclosed in aluminum, the hard drives are formatted for Mac computers by default, but can be reformatted for other compatibility if desired.
Music streaming service Rdio adds playlist editing, reviews to app
Social music streaming service Rdio has released an update for its iOS app today. Offering those subscribed the ability to play any music available on the service, users can also access a variety of station mixes based off of any track. Collections and playlists can be created, and synced to a device for offline listening. In v2.5.7, users can edit playlists from any mobile device by adding, removing and rearranging tracks via the app. Collaboration and visibility settings can also now be accessed, and users can now write and read reviews of albums and playlists. The Rdio app for iOS is free to download, with free unlimited access to the service for the first two weeks of usage. Monthly subscriptions for full service access are priced starting at $10.
Xbox One update due February 11, adds battery life indicator
Microsoft's Xbox One is set to have an update released, addressing issues encountered by users since the console's launch. The update is due February 11th, featuring issue corrections regarding storage management, and the addition of a battery life indicator for the console's controller. Libraries will be split into two separate lists of 'My Games' and 'My Apps', as to simplify file searches. Also expected in the update is the added ability to use a USB keyboard with the console.
Kickstarter for alternative cloud service and device combo exceeds its campaign goal
San Franciscan siblings Karisma and Sam Nagar have successfully crowd-funded their cloud device and service Pixeom, with eleven days to spare in its Kickstarter campaign. The Pixeom Exchange Device is a prototype that offers an alternative to corporate cloud services that require access to its users' information to use its digital space. Aiming to facilitate a new type of data exchange for Internet users, Pixeom functions by centralizing one's own cloud network in a personal home device, as opposed to a large, remote data center. All of a user's cloud service needs will be supported within the device at a one-time purchasing cost, facilitating storage, social networking, and online auctioning functions that focus on privacy.
QuadStick video game controller for quadriplegic gamers succeeds Kickstarter goal
Complex mouth-based controller for quadriplegic console gamers, QuadStick, has succeeded in reaching and surpassing its Kickstarter goal of ten thousand dollars. Composed as a single joystick, four sip-and-puff sensors, a lip position sensor and a push switch, the controller outputs to both USB and Bluetooth, and then into gaming hardware. QuadStick will be compatible with PCs, Android devices and PS3s, and with the addition of an adapter, Xbox One and Xbox 360 as well. Controller configuration is available,with pre-arranged setups built in. Users can use its straws to shift between different control methods.
Drives use compact flash or CFast to emulate SSD RAIDs
Addonics Technologies has released two storage solutions using Compact Flash (CF) cards in five slot drive configurations with the Sapphire five-slot CFast and Sapphire five-slot CF drives. The drives use CFast and Compact Flash cards, respectively, to create RAID arrays for SSD storage solutions, aimed at systems using USB 2.0/3.0 or eSATA interfaces.
Comm-Unity Networking Systems Menu plug-in update for FileMaker Pro
Comm-Unity Networking Systems (CNS) has announced an update to its CNS Menu plug-in for FileMaker Pro 12 and later. CNS Menu allows users to place hierarchical menus anywhere on a FileMaker Pro layout. When a menu item is selected, the script of the user's choice is performed. New to v.1.1.14 includes fixed issues with displaying menus on layouts when web views under Filemaker PRo 13 on Mac, and menu placement sissies for layouts with web view under FileMarker Pro 12+ on Windows. Additionally included is the new ability to specify absolute coordinates instead of layout coordinates, with the appending of an exclamation mark to the end of coordinates. The latest version of CNS Menu is available online as a free upgrade for existing users, and $65 per 1-User License for new customers.
Speculation of pushing TV content, taking iTunes content delivery in-house
Apple, which has for years relied on third-party content delivery networks (CDNs) like Akamai and Level3 to ensure reliable streaming of its media content, is now building out its own CDN, reports the Wall Street Journal. This would in time mean that items such as iTunes streaming video and music content (movie rentals, iTunes Match music, iTunes Radio) as well as other large files such as OS X updates could be delivered on its own network.
All OCZ Technology warranties not covered by Toshiba subsidiary
After Toshiba's acquisition of the assets of troubled SSD manufacturer OCZ Technology, it was believed that the business would continue on as it was prior to bankruptcy filings for the purpose of everyday operations. In one important aspect, however -- warranties -- the company will alter because of the terms of the bankruptcy proceedings. The new Toshiba subsidiary OCZ Storage Solutions is cutting warranty service on many older OCZ drives.
Adobe brings simple video editing app to iPhone
Adobe has updated its "bite-sized" basic video editor for iPhone, VideoBite (free), to version 2.1 -- which brings expanded abilities, including titling, photo insertion and the ability to add music to the video. The program, designed to make editing a video as simple as possible, adds transitions and lets users now add titles and music to fit the length of the edited video, making it quickly shareable to social services like YouTube and Facebook (or email if desired). The app, which is also compatible with iPad for a bit more viewing room, offers an in-app purchase of a subscription to Adobe's own video-sharing service, Revel.
Unified file browser app Octonius combines viewing of Dropbox, Evernote and Google Drive content
File browsing app for iOS Octonius has released its latest version of the software, optimized for iPhone and iPod touch. Octonius synthesizes viewing of file content on Evernote, Dropbox and Google Drive, allowing its users to track and organize their cloud storage. An Octonius account features several options for viewing and organizing, such as the "Flow" tab, which visualizes a stream of accessed files that are ordered chronologically. Users can add notations to a file, or add it to a particular collection.
App Tamer 2.0 adds new UI, ability to limit apps to certain amount of CPU
St. Clair Software's App Tamer has had its second version released, offering a new user interface and additional features. App Tamer controls the amount of CPU allocation applications can access on one's Mac computer, with an 'AutoStop' function that stops an application when the user switches away from directly using it, and then restarting it when it is revisited. App Tamer v2.0 features a revamped user interface, visualizing all functions directly on the menubar. The App Tamer icon displays current CPU usage and task management upon being clicked, and hovering over an app reveals its CPU usage in a graphical format.
Motion graphics theme FrostyGlass now available for Final Cut Pro X
Factory FX has released FrostyGlass, a set of eight fully-customizable plugins for Final Cut Pro X that aim to enhance a project by simulating glass distortions. Including a filter effect and a theme and title generator, FrostyGlass creates glass distortion on top of one's video project.
Hitachi praised for reliability; Seagate cheaper, less reliable
Backup cloud services company BackBlaze have studied the platter-based hard desktop drives that have been in use since the launch of the service. At the end of 2013, the company had evaluated 27,134 drives from five different manufacturers across 15 different models spinning in its BackBlaze Storage Pods, and collated the data on drive reliability in a study, published today.
Elgato adds USB3.0 to Thunderbolt SSD
Elgato recently introduced its Thunderbolt Drive+ portable SSD, building upon the company's existing Thunderbolt SSD that we tried out last year. The new offering ads USB 3.0 connectivity for cross-platform convenience, while transfer speeds are claimed to get a boost up to 420MBps. Check out our full review to see how the Drive+ performs against its predecessor.
New dock gives three USB 3.0 UASP ports, audio in/out
Connectivity specialist StarTech has announced the availability of its new Thunderbolt Docking Station which enables users to add a variety of connectivity options to a Thunderbolt-equipped computer. The new docking station can be positioned vertically or horizontally to best suit the desk space, and includes a one-meter Thunderbolt cable to provide a ready-to-connect docking solution right out of the box.
Two new models tailored for small business, scalability for future expansion
Storage solutions provider Synology has revealed its latest RackStation NAS with the RS814+, and RS814RP+ with redundant power. The RS814(RP)+ is a high-performance four-bay 1U server, designed to scale up to eight bays when using an RX410 expansion module. A quad-Network Interface Card configuration on the unit fuels read operations at over 300MB per second, and write speeds over 190MB per second.
TrackX plugin for Final Cut Pro X offers motion tracking tools, customizable parameters
The latest Final Cut Pro X plugin from Imagineer Systems and CoreMelt, TrackX powered by mocha has been released. Offering Planar Tracking technology for camera motion tracking, users can track objects and people for seamless visual effect implementation and creating screen composites. Intended for creating realistic screen inserts, set extensions and sky replacements, TrackX lets editors using Final Cut Pro X track and replace objects within a video, such as an image on a cell phone, TV display or sign, and add graphics or text -- all while following objects in motion. Its customizable parameters provide editors with translation, scale, rotation and perspective motion controls, eliminating manual keyframing.
Snow Lizard's SLXtreme solar-powered, waterproof iPhone case released
Snow Lizard has released its latest case for iPhone 5 and 5s users, ideal for outdoor use. The SLXtreme 5 is a rugged, waterproof case that provides battery-boosting capabilities, utilizing solar power technology. Featuring an integrated 2550mAh battery, the SLX5treme doubles the charge life of an iPhone 5 or 5s, and includes a built-in solar panel for emergency charging outdoors.
Company promises 25 percent faster transfers from new hardware
LenovoEMC today announced the worldwide availability of the new px4-400d Network Storage, a high performance four-bay desktop NAS that delivers advanced data protection plus local and remote content sharing utilizing the existing LenovoEMC LifeLine operating system. Lenovo promises up to 25 percent higher data read and write performance than in its previous models of network attached storage devices.
LaCie Culbuto USB key designed as wobbly decorative object
Storage product manufacturer LaCie announced today its latest USB key, the Culbuto. Its aesthetics suggest a decorative inspiration -- for when it is not connected to a computer, the LaCie Culbuto stands upright on its round end, and wobbles from side to side. The name 'Culbuto' comes from the French, a toy with a weighted base that keeps the object vertical, even after it is knocked over. Equipped with a USB 3.0 connector on the "top" end, the Culbuto has a soft-touch rubber exterior, and features a slit to hold a photo or business card.
New drive uses SandForce, MLC media
Computer product manufacturer Mushkin today officially announced the worldwide launch of its new enterprise-class ProSpec series solid-state drives. The new drives use the Sandforce SF-2500 processor, connect with SATA 3, and are available in capacities from 100GB to 480GB.
Sphere silver plated, USB 3.0 1TB drive, available now
(Updated with live images and additional details) Seagate and its LaCie brand have unveiled a host of new products at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show. Among its new products are the Backup Plus Fast 4TB portable hard drive, LaCie Fuel wireless iPad data extender, the LaCie Little Big Disk with Thunderbolt 2, and the silver-plated LaCie Sphere.
New models boast dual-core Pentium processors, HDMI and VGA out
At next week's CES, networking equipment manufacturer Thecus will be demonstrating the new seven-bay N7710 and eight-bay N8810U network attached storage devices. The pair have upgraded hardware and new features and software, and are tailored for home and small office use.
SSDs linked to videocards
Repair firm iFixit has published a teardown of the 2013 Mac Pro, following in the steps of a another teardown conducted by OWC. iFixit describes the machine as highly repairable, thanks to a lack of proprietary screws and tool-free access to RAM. Such design approaches also make the Pro relatively easy to upgrade, particularly the socketed CPU.
FitBit update features MobileTrack activity tracking for iPhone 5s
FitBit has announced an update to its iOS fitness app, released today in the App Store. FitBit allows users to monitor their exercise activity with their iPhone, track their stats and set fitness goals. Version 2.1 of FitBit features MobileTrack, which utilizes the M7 coprocessor in the iPhone 5s to track basic activity as it occurs.
Reloop releases professional iOS DJ controller, optimized for djay
DJ equipment company Reloop has released its jointly developed MIDI controller Beatpad, created and optimized for use with Djay. Beatpad is an all-in-one MIDI controller that offers mixer controls, ultra-responsive multicolour LED jog wheels, hot cue points, FX, looping and drum pads. Its built-in studio grade audio interface features an integrated four channel USB audio club, and offers plug-and-play support with djay on both Mac and iOS.
PodMod discovers long-term fix for iPhone 4, iPhone 4s
Online repair service, PodMod, has found a long-term way to fix a WLAN issue found in iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s units. Some users have found that their WiFi button is not responsive, or the WLAN is not working; Pod Mod is offering repair service for these issues starting at $40. Repairs are backed by a six-month warranty.
digital cameras, hard drives and more
At Amazon, save $166 on the Sony 18MP digital camera which has been cut from $350 down to $189 (price reflected once it is added to the cart), beating the next lowest price by about $60. Free US shipping is included, but sales tax applies for residents of Kansas, Kentucky, New York, North Dakota, or Washington. This camera features 18MP resolution, a 5x optical image stabilization zoom and a 3.3-inch OLED screen. It is also waterproof, dust-proof, freeze-proof and shock proof. Included is a one-year limited warranty from Sony.
Microsoft rewards WP users with free storage
Owners of Windows Phone devices should check their connected email accounts today, as Microsoft has revealed that it is giving away free SkyDrive storage. The software giant emailed users on Friday, alerting them to an extra 20GB of free storage on its cloud service, this in addition to the 7GB of free storage Microsoft already provides for users. The free storage is available for one year, and users must take advantage of the offer by January 31, 2014.
QuickerTek's acNano wireless transceiver provides fast wireless to PowerBooks
QuickTek, a producer of antennas and RF products for Macs, has announced the release of a 802.11ac wireless transceiver, the acNano. Its size is comparable to an average flash memory stick, and plugs into a USB port. Upon installing the supplied driver, the acNano provides older Apple PowerBooks with 802.11ac high-speed wireless networking speeds.
OWC announces availability of memory upgrades for new Mac Pro
Other World Computer (OWC) has announced today the availability of OWC memory upgrade kits for Apple's new Mac Pro 2013 models. Available in 32GB and 64GB kits, the new ECC 1866MHz Quad-Channel Matched Kits offer up to a 31 percent savings when purchased instead of factory-option cost additions. Fully RoHS- and JEDEC-compliant, the memory kits are backed with a lifetime advance replacement warranty and money-back guarantee.
Promise RAID arrays, Sharp 4K display among earliest accessories
Now that the redesigned Mac Pro is finally out, buyers lucky enough to get one of the early ones will also be shopping for accessories. While a number of third-party manufacturers have already begun ramping up to support the new tower, offerings specifically targeting Mac Pro buyers are still thin on the ground. The online Apple Store, however, has an UltraHD (4K) display monitor, new black Thunderbolt cables and existing storage expansion solutions on offer.
Firmware update improves system reliability
Just a few hours after it became available, Apple's Mac Pro has received a firmware update. Apple published Mac Pro EFI Firmware Update 2.0 midday Thursday, saying that it is recommended for all Mac Pro (Late 2013) models. The update improves system reliability during reboot, and it solves an issue with memory self-test.
New ADATA portable USB 3.0 hard drive designed to absorb impact
ADATA Techonology has announced the introduction of its latest portable hard drive, the DashDrive Durable HD650. Designed to absorb impacts while protected stored data, the HD650 is comprised of a scratchproof acrylic material and incorporates a unique triple-layer construction designed and engineered for shockproof performance.
Combination deal provides fast eSATA transfer for up to eight drives
Regardless of what Cupertino would like us to believe with the new cylindrical Mac Pro, there are needs for vast amounts of hard-drive based storage in one convenient array. Where the slab-sided Mac Pro can cram in eight 3.5-inch hard drives in a pinch, its not optimal, and for some, it may not be enough. Sans Digital has both mass storage and speed in mind with its Sans Digital TowerRAID TR8M6G, a monolithic edifice devoted to maximum transfer speed without Thunderbolt in an external case. Read our review to see if the enclosure is a waste of money and steel, or the next step in data storage evolution.
MiniDrive to add compatible unit for latest 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina
The creators of MiniDrive - a storage space solution for MacBooks that uses the SD card slot to provide secondary storage - have announced their upcoming unit that will be compatible with the latest 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina. The MiniDrive is a semi-permanent, on-board storage addition that provides users with 64 GB of secondary storage.
Watercolor sketch simulator Waterlogue released in App Store today
Photo editing app Waterlogue has been released for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, offering users the ability to alter images to simulate the appearance of watercolor sketches. Aimed at users who are not artists, Waterlogue provides easy-to-use preset tools to convert standard photos into watercolor paintings by controlling "wetness," pen outlines and color.
New enclosure supports up to 32TB of storage capacity
Promise Technology today announced the availability of Pegasus2, the only RAID 5 storage solution in the market thus far that is designed to work with Thunderbolt 2-enabled systems such as the forthcoming new Mac Pro. The enclosure -- designed for photographers, video professionals, and other users needing extremely high data transfer rates -- delivers 20Gbps of bandwidth, allowing for simultaneous transfer and display of high-bandwidth 3D and 4K video files.