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 so far designed to work with Thunderbolt 2 enabled systems such as the all-new Mac Pro. The enclosure, designed for photographers, video professionals, and other users needing extremely high data transfer rates. The Thunderbolt 2 enclosure delivers 20Gbps of bandwidth, allowing for simultaneous transfer and display of high-bandwidth 3D and 4K video files.
RealPlayer Cloud now integrated with Chromecast
RealNetworks' RealPlayer Cloud, a dual-purpose video player and cloud service, has announced its new partnership with Google's Chromecast. Consumers can now watch their personal video collection on their TV, by accessing content the RealPlayer Cloud app, to the TV, via the Chromecast dongle.
Updated DataMan Pro offers improved Smart Forecast, usage prediction
DataMan Pro, a data usage app for iOS, has released an updated version today. Version 8.3 of the app learns its user's usage trends, and can notify users how much they can use each day without surpassing a user-defined data cap. The new version also features an improved Smart Forecast, allowing users receive notifications on their usage based on trended information.
Claims first 1TB mSATA SSD storage in industry
Samsung has launched a new collection of mSATA solid state drives that includes a number of high-capacity offerings, despite their small size. Continuing the naming convention of its full-sized stablemates, the 840 EVO range introduces a 1-terabyte drive, something which Samsung claims to be the "industry's first 1TB mSATA SSD," along with 500GB, 250GB, and 120GB versions.
Bluetooth speaker offers 30-foot range, water-resistance, two-hour charge
Accessory maker Zagg has released the latest iFrogz speaker, the Coda Pop Bluetooth. Able to play audio from a 30-foot range, the Coda Pop stands just two inches tall, 1.6 inches in diameter, and can play for up to two hours per charge.
Macgamestore.com offers four-game bundle of Aspyr Media's popular releases
The Mac Game Store has released its latest four-game bundle promotion, the Aspyr Greatest Hits Bundle. The deal is a compilation of Aspyr Media's most popular releases, such as Civilization V, BioShock Infinite, Borderlands 2, and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, and offers a savings of over 67 percent compared to purchasing each game separately.
Epson adds printer support for Kindle Fire HD and HDX
Epson has announced its printing support for Kindle Fire Printing this week, offering an integrated wireless print function for Amazon's Kindle Fire HD and Fire HDX tablets. By adding the Kindle Fire tablets to its mobile printing capabilities, a wide range of Epson Connect-enabled printers can now print with tablets that run Amazon Fire OS 3.1.
Timely app allows logged hours to be scheduled in advance
New time-tracking app Timely has been launched this week on iTunes. Aiming to minimize the effort involved with logging one's work for invoicing, Timely allows users to schedule and plan work while simultaneously logging the hours. Its layout is like a calendar, though simplified to not display time stamps.
Skitch iOS update restores PDF reading, markup support, web capture
The iOS version of screen capture and markup app Skitch (free) has been updated, mostly restoring features that were previously removed. Users can now once again open and read PDFs in the program, as well as markup and re-save a PDF (the latter feature requires an Evernote Premium account, however). Crop mode has been removed and various bugs fixed, and web capture has been added back in. Evernote, which bought Skitch two years ago, has dealt with continuing criticism over the company's changes to the program, which was originally created to quickly capture, annotate and share screenshots. Evernote Premium accounts cost $5 per month or $45 per year.
Deal conditional on regulatory approvals, bankruptcy court rulings
Financially troubled SSD manufacturer OCZ Technology Group today announced that the company has signed an asset purchase agreement with Toshiba Corporation to acquire substantially all of OCZ's assets in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding for $35 million, subject to customary regulatory approval. The move comes only a few days after OCZ revealed that bankruptcy was imminent and its assets had been seized by debtors. The offer has already been approved by both Toshiba's and OCZ's board of directors.
Windows Phone to get Mega cloud storage service in 2014
Windows Phone 8 users won't be left out of access to the Mega cloud storage service, the Kim Dotcom-helmed company revealed last week. A Reddit user posted confirmation from Mega, with the company saying it plans to build an app for Microsoft's smartphone platform. The company was not very specific regarding a launch date for the Windows Phone 8 Mega app, but it did point to early 2014 as a launch window.
Black Friday special edition part 2
DealNN's Black Friday coverage continues with discounts on digital cameras, external hard drives, notebooks and more. The Canon EOS Rebel SL1 18MP digital camera body and lens kit has seen a steep 59 percent price break from $1,200 down to only $449.99 at Rakuten.com. That's the lowest price we've seen on this camera by $200. Free shipping is included and sales tax applies for residents of New York and California. This camera features 18MP resolution, a 3-inch touchscreen LCD, CMOS sensor, and 18mm to 55mm focal length. A one year warranty is included from Canon.
Valentina Studio 5.5 released, Paradigma offers Black Friday and Cyber Monday specials
Paradigma's cross-platform database management software for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows, Valentina Studio has been updated to v5.5 and 5.5 Pro. Offering new features for administration of database servers, Valentina Studio has improved report design features for datasource Microsoft SQL Server, additional administrator functions, and more. Valentina Studio Pro is regularly available for $200, and includes 12 months of free updates, while Valentina Studio is free.
50 percent sale off sale on variety of Native Instruments' items
Manufacturer of music production software and hardware Native Instruments has announced its major '50 percent off' sale in time for Thanksgiving and Black Friday.
The sale encompasses 68 Komplete Instruments and Effects, such as Action Strings, Massive, Kontakt 5, Reaktor 5 and more.
Skulls of Shogun: Bone-A-Fide Edition now ported to iPhone, iPad, iPod touch
Originally released for Xbox 360, Windows Phone, Windows 8, and Steam, Skulls of Shogun is now available for iOS users. The Bone-A-Fide edition of Skulls features five episodes of single-player content, and 36 multi-player maps, playable over the Internet through the turn-based Skulls Anywhere mode, or pass-and-play with up to four people.
For the second time this month, Tapbots has released an update to its full-featured Twitter client for iOS, Tweetbot 3. Entirely redesigned in October for iOS 7, Tweetbot 3 offers users native push notifications, customizable navigation, and a synced timeline position.
Company has failed to repay 15 percent interest loan to financial group
Solid state drive manufacturer OCZ Technlogy is filing for bankruptcy, with Hercules Technology Growth Capital having taken control of its accounts at Silicon Valley Bank and Wells Fargo. The company has received an offer from Toshiba to buy its assets and intellectual properties in a bankruptcy proceeding.
Fifty per cent off Black Friday sale on Garmin's premium navigation apps
Garmin has announced that its premium navigation apps for iOS, Navigon and StreetPilot, will be available at a 50 percent discount on Black Friday. Garmin's premium apps offer a range of features not included in its free app versions, such as being able to store map information locally on the iPhone.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas to be released in December for iOS
First released for consoles in 2004, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is set to be launched for iOS in December, according to Rockstar Games. Set in the early 1990s, GTA: San Andreas is centered around Carl "CJ" Johnson, the protagonist, and his involvement in the Grove Street Families gang fighting with the Ballas and Vagos.
Promo image points at possible iPad, accessory discounts
Apple has begun teasing its annual Black Friday sales event on its international websites. While the company's US website has yet to mention anything, the Australian site notes that the event will take place this Friday both online and at retail, and that online orders will have free shipping.
Fits 2.5-inch drive slots
Western Digital has released the Black 2 Dual Drive, a product that merges an SSD and an HDD into the same component. The unit isn't an SSHD; instead, the SSD (120GB) and HDD (1TB) partitions are separate, giving people more control over where data is stored. Data usage is typically offloaded to the HDD, though, in theory improving the longevity of the SSD.
Apple now offering telephone support for iBooks Author to publishers
Apple is now offering telephone support to publishers in a dozen major countries to support its iBooks Author program, that allows the easy creation of e-textbooks and e-books for all types. The move is designed to make iBooks Author more welcome among book publishers and large publishing enterprises that require high-level technical support for core applications and navigating a project from its initial stages through to publishing on the iBookstore.
Latest update of FlightTrack 5 offers streamlined interactions, redesigned interface
Mobiata's FlightTrack announced its latest update released today, bringing it to version 5.0. FlightTrack 5 replaces the three previous versions of the app for new downloads. Originally released in 2008, the flight-tracking app was once available as different tiered versions -- but in light of its fifth anniversary, the FlightTrack developers have consolidated the versions into one, streamlining the product. Features such as push notifications and terminal maps, previously only available in the 'pro' version, are now included.
Dropbox chief says iCloud was direct shot at Dropbox
Dropbox founder and CEO Drew Houston says that late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs settled on killing off the popular file syncing system when Houston declined Jobs' offer of an acquisition. IT Business reported this week on Houston's remarks, which came in the course of a discussion on stage at Dreamforce, the annual Salesforce.com conference in San Francisco. Houston says that the unveiling of iCloud was a direct shot at Dropbox, one he says the company has proudly survived.
Vast cloud storage plan offers more than existing free services
Chinese Internet company Tencent will be offering a version of its cloud storage service to international users in the future, according to a company vice president. The free storage, which is said to be around 10TB per user, will be made available in the US sometime next year, with the company also preparing to launch an English version of a photo sharing app in the US in the coming weeks.
LinkedIn Pulse responds to feedback, enhances 4.0 update
LinkedIn Pulse, formerly Pulse, was released last week on iTunes and Google Play as LinkedIn's "main vehicle for [its] social news experience". Version 4.0 was met with criticism, leading the company to hurriedly issue version 4.0.1 to respond to complaints. The update includes full screen reading on iPad, increased density on the home screen, the ability to swipe to go back after reading a story, and several smaller fixes and performance improvements.
Acase releases Tip Top and F1 cases for iPad Air
Acase, a designer and manufacturer of mobile device accessories, has announced the availability of two lightweight iPad Air cases: the TipTop, which emphasizes functionality, and the F1 Case, that focuses on style. The TipTop can prop the tablet in six distinct angles, and includes a hand strap for preventing drops while holding it. The F1 provides users with a cover that also can prop the tablet for adequate typing usage, and sports a black and red aesthetic that likens itself to an Italian race car. Both cases are made of premium leather, and feature magnetic covers that automatically turn the iPad on or off. Available on Amazon, the F1 Case and TipTop are each regularly priced at $40 and currently on sale for $25 and $20 respectively.
Gmail for iOS updated for iOS 7, improvements for iPad
Google's official Gmail app for iPhone and iPad received an update yesterday, offering a visual update for iOS 7, and improvements for iPad use. Users of the Gmail app can access their Gmail account (and can accommodate switching between up to five different accounts), receive notifications, read mail as threaded conversations and more. Version 2.7182 offers iPad users a new navigation bar for landscape viewing, a new full-screen view of messages in portrait, improved scrolling and a full-screen view for composing new messages. Available for download from iTunes, Gmail for iOS is free.
Makeover includes 'Quiet Time' setting, room naming, Protect compatibility
Nest, a company that makes smart home management electronics and is run by former iPod project manager Tony Fadell, has updated the Nest Learning Thermostat and the iPhone app that can be used to manage it, giving the program a makeover that will match a firmware update rolling out over the next few days. The update revamps many aspects of the current program, adds new features and brings in support for the company's other product, the Nest Protect smoke detector.
Dropbox for Business users can link personal accounts too
Popular cloud storage service Dropbox announced on Thursday an alteration to its status quo. No longer will Dropbox for Business users be unable to access their own personal Dropbox files from the same device. Dropbox users with both types of account will now be able to access content on both, while business IT departments will still be able to keep the Business side separate from employees personal files.
Model available in up to eight bays, all with i3 3.3Ghz, HDMI
QNAP Systems today announced the release of the TS-x70 Pro series Turbo NAS, available in four-, six- and eight-bay tower models aimed at home and small office use. Powered by a dual-core Intel Core i3 3.3GHz processor and 2GB DDR3 RAM, the TS-x70 Pro series delivers real-time multimedia transcoding capabilities, and is designed to connect home digital assets as a multimedia hub.
Adobe Muse CC now includes community design exchange, social media integration
Adobe has announced an update for Adobe Muse CC, its software that allows users to create HTML websites without writing code. Designers can now access the new Adobe Muse Exchange, which provides a space to download over 100 design elements that have been submitted by the Adobe Muse community. These elements include starter templates, prototyping tools, interactive widgets and more. Additionally, users can collect reusable design elements, such as icons, buttons, headers and footers, and more using the new Library panel.
Full presentation on new technology to be made later this week
Storage solution manufacturer Western Digital demonstrated its new heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) technology at the 2013 China International Forum on Advanced Materials and Commercialization. WD's vice president of technology, Dr. William Cain, gave his presentation "Magnetic Hard Disk Media: Enabling High Density Data Storage," on a Windows PC powered by a WD HAMR 2.5-inch hard drive.
Company has evaluated 25,000 drives for up to five years
Online backup provider Backblaze has begun to evaluate drive failure rates with commercial-grade drives. The company maintains 25,000 drives spinning 24 hours a day -- roughly one quarter of Facebook's capacity -- and has noted that 78 percent of the drives they have purchased have lasted longer than four years.
Best Buy, Walmart to offer Apple product promotions
Black Friday, a major US shopping event, offers consumers major sale prices to kick off the Christmas holiday gift buying season. Several retailers that offer Apple products -- such as Walmart and Best Buy -- have begun advertising upcoming deals for iPhones, iPads and MacBook Pros. Best Buy is currently advertising up-front discounts, such as $200 off 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, whereas Walmart is offering gift cards in varying amounts with the purchase of an iPhone, iPad mini and more. Black Friday begins the day after American Thanksgiving, on November 29 this year.
Units support three PCI-e cards, one model embeds a Mac mini internally
Magma has announced pricing and availability for three new Thunderbolt to PCIe expansion products. The product family is called Roben-3 and is designed to be the expansion solution for creative professionals who have adopted the Thunderbolt interface as the main high-speed input-output option, such as users of the upcoming Mac Pro.
New unit boasts cross-platform compatibility, plus mobile apps
Storage solutions provider Western Digital today expanded its recently introduced My Cloud family of personal cloud solutions with the My Cloud EX4, a performance oriented four-bay network attached storage (NAS) solution for anyone looking for a way to save, share, back up, stream and manage massive amounts of digital data.
Visitor center, transit buses, private roadways, more
Some of the city of Cupertino's additional images of Apple's proposed (and now approved) Campus 2 project, scheduled to open in 2016, have now appeared online. Rather than just showing off the main "spaceship" hub building of the $5 billion project, the new images showcase some of the details and other structures that will make up the complex, which is shaping up to look more like a small, futuristic city than an innovative office building.
iOS Twitter client Twitterrific launches at 50 per cent off
The Iconfactory's Twitter client for Mac, Twitterrific, has received an update today. Twitterrific provides users with a unified timeline for browsing mentions, and direct messages from a single view. Version 5.5.3 offers a new layout for user profiles, and new pull-to-refresh animation. Users can view profile banners by tapping on them, and swipe upwards on a photo to dismiss the image viewer. Bug fixes are also represented in the update, preventing deleted tweets from re-appearing after refreshing, and resolving an issue where pinning the sidebar open on iPad would prevent VoiceOver timeline access. Requiring iOS 7, Twitterrific is available for iPhone and iPad, and is priced at 50 percent off ($3) for a limited time.
Adobe announces release candidates that bring support for new digital cameras
Adobe's Camera Raw 8.3 and Lightroom 5.3 have been announced as new release candidates on Adobe Labs. Each bring support for new digital cameras, such as the Nikon D610, Fujifilm X-E2 and Sony Alpha a7, in addition to numerous bug fixes. Though tested internally, Adobe is inviting community testing to be executed prior to full distribution. Lightroom 5.3 is available as a free download for current users of Lightroom 5, while new customers can purchase for $150, or upgrade an older version for $80. The Camera Raw 8.3 plug-in update is free, and available for Photoshop CC and Photoshop CS6.
Galaxy Note II set to receive first major update
Owners of Samsung's Galaxy Note II will likely be receiving an update to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean in the very near future. A screenshot showed up on the Twitter account @bhanusoi, clearly displaying that the device in question was running Android 4.3. Observers have noted that the Android build is likely already in the hands of Samsung's service centers, and it may be rolling out to assorted carriers in a short period.
ReadyNAS, PNY Flash expansion, and more
Until the end of the year, save $50 through a mail-in-rebate offer on the Netgear ReadyNAS 4TB network attached storage system at Frys.com. It was $299, but is only $249 after the mail-in-rebate is applied. That makes this about $120 less than the lowest price we've seen anywhere else. Free US shipping is included, but sales tax applies for residents of AZ, CA, OH and TX. The ReadyNAS features two Ethernet ports, one USB 2.0 port, two USB 3.0 ports, and has 4TB of storage capacity.
TuneIn Radio update features redesign and optimization for iOS 7
TuneIn Radio, a free radio app for iOS, lets users listen to a variety of streaming radio stations features sports, news, talk, and music programming. Listeners have access to 100,000 live radio stations and two million podcasts, concerts and shows, all of which can be streamed on an iPhone, iPad and iPod. In version 5, Tunein features a redesigned interface, optimized for iOS 7. Live college basketball games can also now be accessed, including every PAC-12 game. Also included in the update are bug fixes regarding playback and streaming errors, and issues pertaining to viewing recommendations upon swiping the Now Playing screen. TuneIn Radio is available on iTunes, and can also be accessed from the web.
Latest in a series of independent fixes to fine-tune updated Mavericks apps
Another standalone fix issued by Apple on Thursday patches iBooks for Mac that addresses a number of bugs in the first release. Earlier today, Apple issued updates for the late 2013 MacBook Pro as well as a Mail patch that fixes one of the bigger complaints about the latter program, namely its handling of GMail accounts. Users had complained that iBooks for Mac would sometimes mishandle and mis-display the available book library when imported from iTunes.
Mavericks Mail update fixes Gmail glitches
Apple has released an update for the Mail application in OS X Mavericks that corrects issues users were experiencing in syncing the app with their Gmail accounts. The update, first rumored on Monday, "improves stability and compatibility with Gmail, and includes fixes for users with custom Gmail settings." The update is a 32.46MB download, and it is available from Apple's Support Pages.
Also supports USB 3.0 systems
Elgato has launched a new portable storage drive, the Thunderbolt Drive+. The unit is based on an SSD, and capable of speeds up to 420MBps. Despite its name, it includes both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt ports, which also double as power sources. For durabilty's sake the drive uses an IP64-certified metal enclosure that protects against dust and water as well as impacts.
IFTTT introduces iOS Photos, Reminders compatibility
Productivity app IFTTT (pronounced like 'gift' without the 'g') has released its latest update, version 1.2. IFTTT allows users to enter formulaic commands (called 'Recipes') to complete tasks between apps and web services (called 'Channels'). Version 1.2 has introduced Actions for iOS Photos and Reminders, as well as a new Feedback button within Settings. The background syncing has been improved for iOS 7, and new swipe gestures have been added. IFTTT is available on iTunes for free download.
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.
New drives increase data density, lower operating temperatures
Western Digital today announced that after a year in development, it is shipping the 6TB Ultrastar He6 enterprise-class hard disk drive. Taking advantage of the inherent benefits of helium, which is one-seventh the density of air, the new Ultrastar He6 drive features Western Digital's 7Stac disk design with 6TB, making it the world's highest-capacity HDD aimed at cloud storage, massive scale deployments, disk-to-disk backup, and replicated or RAID environments in a data center environment.
WD suggests uninstalling company-provided drive management tools
Storage manufacturer Western Digital has informed registered customers that users of its external hard drive line with accompanying drive management software may experience data loss and other problems when using the hardware with OS X 10.9 Mavericks. Western Digital has warned users to immediately uninstall WD Drive Manager, WD RAID Manager, and WD SmartWare for the best chance of not losing data.