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PC case manufacturer Shuttle has used CeBit to show off an extremely small computer it unveiled late last month. The DS81 measures 19x16.5x4.3cm (7.4x6.5x1.7 inches), marginally larger than the Intel NUC and roughly the same size as a standard DVD drive, and can be used with a VESA mount to be hidden behind a monitor, with the Intel H81 Express chipset motherboard inside capable of accommodating a 65W Intel Core i7 Haswell processor.
In a move that may spark more protests, the transit authority for San Francisco has voted to accept a pilot program set up by tech companies that is intended to encourage mass transit by providing free shuttle busses that take workers from the city out to the Silicon Valley area. Google, Apple and other tech companies will pay fees of $1 per stop, totaling some $1.5 million in annual income. Protesters have said the program is aggravating spiraling cost-of-living increases that are driving out non-tech workers from city neighborhoods.
Mini-PC case manufacturer Shuttle has created its first network-attached storage device aimed at home users and small offices. The Omninas KD20 is a two-bay system made of aluminium and white plastic, claimed to be both energy efficient and extremely quiet. Both of the drive bays are hot-swappable and can each support 3.5-inch hard drives and solid state disks up to 4TB in capacity.
Shuttle has unveiled two new slim desktops in its extensive XPS range. Measuring less than 10 inches long, just over 6 inches wide, and 1.5 inches in height, the XS35GTA V3 and XS35V3 barebones PCs notably have optional VESA mounting kits for attachment to the back of monitors; this can be used to keep a computer off a desk or the floor.
Shuttle PC Europe has just unveiled its latest small form factor desktop, the XPC H7 5820S. Its headline feature is its ability to drive up to 16 displays at once thanks to either the Matrox M9100-series graphics, or NVIDIA's Quadro for 3D applications. The 7.5-inch tall case also houses a choice of quad- or hexa-core Core i7 processors and as much as 16GB of RAM.
The final shuttle mission will be a first for the iPhone. When Atlantis flies to the International Space Station this summer it will carry two iPhones to test an app, SpaceLab for iOS from Odyssey Space Research. The Houston company makes spacecraft guidance software. When the iPhone 4 came out, the company's programmers realized it could be used for a space-based experiment to test a vehicle's positioning and orientation with the smartphone's new internal gyroscope, camera, and other sensors.
Shuttle intros two Mini-PCs with Intel Sandy Bridge CPUs Shuttle PC at the CeBIT show in Europe showed off two new barebone systems that use Intel's new Sandy Bridge CPUs. The XPC Barebone SH67H3 and SH67H7 are small form factor PCs, able to house two 3.5-inch drives and one 5.35-inch drives. There are four DIMM slots that can support a maximum of 16GB of RAM.
Shuttle has expanded its line of compact PCs with the XS350 series, which is available in several configurations. Each model is powered by a dual-core Atom D510 processor and Intel chipset, enabling the components to be crammed into a 1.5-inch thick housing.
Shuttle has revealed its newest compact barebones PC, the XPC Barebone SH55J2. It is the first with support for all socket 1156 Core variants, including Intel's Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 chips. It is also compatible with the onboard GPUs found in some Core i3 and Core i5 chips.
NVIDIA today finally confirmed details of its next-generation Ion platform, known informally as Ion 2. Unlike the previous platform, Ion 2 is a dedicated graphics core and not a full chipset. Based on the GeForce G 210M, however, it provides much more speed than the original and without necessarily sacrificing battery life. In basic DirectX 9-level (OpenGL 2) graphics, the new Ion is about 50 percent faster than the original and 15X faster than Intel; in DirectX 10 (OpenGL 3), it doubles its predecessor's performance while Intel never runs at all.
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Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE
French show carries on with iPhones
Following a prolonged power loss in a French TV studio, the crew was able to use a combination of limited studio lighting and a number of iPhones to continue taping the Saturday episode of talk show On n'est pas couché ("We're Still Awake"), using the resulting footage in the first edited episode. The Plus-model iPhones used for the impromptu shoot completion were either iPhone 6 Plusses (which shoot in 1080p) or 6s Plus models (which can shoot in 4K). The decision to use the iPhones to complete the show was made after a power outage at France 2's studio stretched to more than three hours. http://bit.ly/299wqDt
Scrivener for iOS to arrive in late July
For some long-time Scrivener users, to quote Paul Simon, "these are the days of miracle and wonders." As it marks its 10th anniversary in business, developer Keith Blount has announced that the long-awaited iOS version of his creative-writing tool Scrivener is to be submitted to the App Store, following strong praise from beta-testers. The program, expected in late July, will sell for $20 and work with both the iPad and iPhone. When we interviewed Blount last January, he added that Scrivener 3 for Mac would follow along shorty afterwards. http://bit.ly/2901XLE
WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX