New headphones, Bluetooth speaker and wireless speaker system on sale this year
At a recent trade show, Harman Kardon made a number of announcements about the new consumer audio devices that would be hitting the market this fall. Offerings are spread across the board, with a new set of Bluetooth on-ear headphones, a professional Bluetooth speaker, and a wireless in-home audio speaker system and adapter are coming to tackle a number of customer needs.
Flagship model offers direct uploading
Brother International has announced a new range of low-cost small-office or home-office All-in-One (AiO) color inkjet printers ranging from $100 to $150 that feature Mac and Windows software, a front-loading four-cartridge ink system, free phone technical support and (coming at the end of the year) mobile device remote printing options. The flagship model offers built-in two-sided printing and CD/DVD direct printing, along with direct uploading to select websites.
"Smart Templates" to make creation easier
Longtime Mac software maker Chronos updated their SOHO Business Cards program to version 3, featuring new "smart templates" that assist users in the drag-and-drop publishing app by showing them precisely where to drag textures and backgrounds, auto-launching appropriate libraries for portions of the templates that are active, and automatically resizing dragged-in graphics to fit. The program also makes extensive use of a CoverFlow-like artwork browser to make searches faster.
SoHo store inconsiderate
Apple's SoHo store in Manhattan is getting a bad rap with its neighbors for creating an uncomfortable business environment, with supposedly irresponsible staff, high noise levels, and Apple's infamous concert-style events. According to CNN Money, complaints have been directed at the location since it opened six years ago, earning the reputation of being "the worst neighbor in SoHo." Residents are upset even with features of the building itself, saying the bright lights on top of the store shine into their homes.
iPhone supply weak
Despite the iPhone 3G launching Friday, potential owners are still lining up to purchase one, but even Apple's flagship Manhattan stores are starting to run dry, and are placing limits on the constant long lineups. In calls to the Fifth Avenue, SoHo and West 14th retail locations, representatives tell MacNN that they each expect lineups to last four to five hours, and are informing others that join the line that the stores can not accommodate them, since the store will be closed by the time staff could service those customers.
SOHO Organizer and Notes
Chronos LC today unveiled SOHO Organizer 7 and SOHO Notes 7, updates to some of the company's business productivity applications, introducing a number of new features. SOHO Organizer 7, Chronos' alternative to iCal and Address Book, now can display recurring tasks, and allows tasks to show up directly in Day, Week, and Month views. Chronos is selling SOHO Organizer 7 starting at $50, with several different licensing options available.
New York lacks iPhones
All three of Apple's New York stores are reportedly out of stock of all iPhone models – the SoHo, 59th Street, and West 14th Street locations. According to The Huffington Post. all three stores report that the device is out of stock, and it is uncertain when new units would be available. A representative from the 59th Street store advised potential iPhone customers to order online.
Linkin Park play SoHo
Linkin Park's Apple Store concert, hinted at by band member Mike Shinoda, was played last night at the New York City SoHo location. The event got underway just after midnight according to reports, and was filmed and recorded for a later release on the iTunes Store, sources for Billboard say. The finished product will likely be ready in March, featuring songs such as "Wake," "My December" and "Bleed It Out."