Tue July 19, 2011 | Posted in: gadgets, enterprise
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MegaSeg 1.3 is an update to the DJ music automation software. The new version adds and fixes dozens of features, including importing CD tracks code three-times faster, and real-time pitch change. MegaSeg is available bundled with N2MP3, an MP3 encoder, for $99 until the end of the month, after which pricing will return to $199 (without a bundled copy of N2MP3).
Apple today managed to get its best-ever score on the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) and maintain its lead over Windows PCs. Happiness with Macs climbed from 84 points last year to an all-time high of 86 this year. It has a nine-point lead over the maximum 77 point score for Windows PCs, the largest gap of any category in the ACSI.
Swedish headphone maker Jays is already introducing a new product for the just-announced iPhone 4. The a-JAYS Four iPhone is based on the company's existing a-JAYS line-up, and the a-JAYS Three specifically. It has three built-in buttons with a grip placed inline with the cord. The remote will adjust volume, answer and end calls, navigate through audio tracks and record voice memos.
3M at an event today showed the first example of a USB 3.0-based display. The 18.5-inch LCD is powered entirely by the bus, albeit over two ports, but should have much better refresh rates for video and other visually intensive tasks through the roughly 10 times larger, 5Gbps bandwidth versus USB 2.0's 480Mbps. The panel uses just 8W of power, or about half of what a similarly sized LCD would need.
Samsung showed its upcoming A800 3D home projector and SP-H03 pico projector in the US for the first time. The 1080p A800 3D uses Samsung's Active 3D technology and can reproduce broadcast-standard colors. In spite of the added dimension, it's rated at 1,000 lumens of brightness and has a 10,000:1 contrast ratio.
Notion Ink's CEO Rohan Shravan today sent word that the company may have cheaper tablets in store beyond the still-to-come Adam. The company will have at least a version with a single LCD rather than the dual, outdoor-readable Pixel Qi design. The company has also been testing "another platform" beyond NVIDIA's Tegra that would be very power-efficient and significantly less costly to use.
A member of the XDA developers forum has created a hack that enables 720p video recording using the 5-megapixel camera on the Google Nexus One. A sample video reportedly taken with the modified handset is embedded below. The hack requires Cyanogen Mod CM5.0.8test3 to be installed on the host phone.
GM today became the second US automaker to add Google Maps support to its in-car GPS. The system behaves somewhat like that of Ford's Sync service and lets owners push directions from Google Maps to the car through OnStar. The approach lets those without a Chevrolet Volt or Android get turn-by-turn navigation info in advance.
Google on Wednesday said that Google Maps Navigation version 4.2 has now launched and brings support to more countries. The Internet-based navigation service is now available in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland. It needs Android 1.6 or newer.
Sony today added two new Alpha cameras for newcomers. The A290 and A390 together now have the 14.2-megapixel, in-body stabilized CCD sensor of the outgoing A380. Compared to their ancestors, they also have a simpler top control layout and a redesigned grip that should be more comfortable to hold.
Skype today clarified its interest in iPhone 4 and the possibility of video chat. A spokesman said Skype was curious about FaceTime and wanted to "see how this process unfolds" but made clear that the company didn't have any near-term intention of using Apple's open video call standard for Skype chats. Its now confirmed earlier remarks were simply about getting the "best possible experience" for video calls on the iPhone app, the company told Electronista.
Western Digital expanded its set-top hubs today with the WD TV Live Plus HD. The new addition primarily brings Netflix video streaming and, unlike some other interfaces, lets users add movies to the queue from the hub instead of going to a separate device's web browser. Internet access beyond Netflix is also important as users can check Flickr photos, watch YouTube and stream Live365 or Pandora radio.
Sprint in an update late Tuesday had to drastically scale back its claims of the Evo 4G breaking sales records. While it still had its strongest launch ever, the company said it "erred" and that sales were just equal to the combined sales of the Palm Pre and Samsung Instinct, not three times higher like it said on Monday. It didn't say how many of the Android phones actually sold, nor what had triggered the mistake.
Apple has scored a coup in mobile OS design as it was discovered today that key webOS interface designer Rich Dellinger left Palm in May to join Apple as a Senior UI Designer. The hire is best known for creating the unintrusive notification system in webOS. He was also instrumental to Palm's core Mojo app framework as he developed the CSS and HTML structure for webOS' namesake web apps.
Panasonic on Wednesday rolled out its latest Toughbook rugged notebook, the 14-inch F9. It's the lightest in its class, at 3.6lbs, yet has been tested to withstand drops from 30 inches while running onto its base, or onto all surfaces and angles from 12 inches. The PC has a keyboard that can shake off up to 7 ounces of liquid without any ill effects, while its lid and base can withstand more than 220lbs of compression.
Apple's claims behind the iPhone 4's Retina Display aren't completely true, display research veteran Raymond Soneira claimed today. While Apple claims that 300 pixels per inch (PPI) is the limit of the human retina and that the iPhone 4's 326PPI easily exceeds it, the DisplayMate president notes that the resolution would need to reach 477PPI for the pixels to truly be 'invisible' to a healthy human eye. Apple's claims don't become completely true until about 1.5 feet from the LCD.
Panasonic at InfoComm introduced the world's largest 4K HD 3D professional plasma display, the TH-152UX1. The display has a 4096x2160 resolution, which is equivalent to nine 50-inch screens. The aspect ratio is 17:9, and the set is mostly meant for use in work such as 3D CAD work, health care, although it's also seen as being useful for ultra-luxury home theaters.
AdMob founder Omar Hamoui today responded to Apple's updated iOS ad rules with a complaint that Apple was engaging in anti-competitive practices. The executive of the now Google-owned advertiser claimed that it could reduce the revenue for "tens of thousands" of app developers by limiting what AdMob could do for ads and would restrict app writers' choices for advertisers. He also inferred that it would hurt users by reducing the number of free or low-cost apps.
Motorola's Droid 2 was spotted in earnest for the first time this evening in a small but significant leak. The lone image shows just the front of the device but tellingly mentions the same A955badge associated with the Droid 2, the direct sequel to last year's range-topping Verizon phone. Other than being somewhat similar in design to the old phone, not much else is shown in the DroidLife shot.
Scosche and CAZE have launched new cases for the iPhone 4. Scosche has eight new cases and three new screen protectors. The kickBACK g4 features a kickstand for media viewing and a glossy polycarbonate exterior with a flexible rubber interior in black, grey and white with grey modeling.
TiVo suffered a second major setback in its lawsuit against Dish in as many months today as the US Patent and Trademark Office rejected two of the patents behind the complaint. The ruling isn't final but, if upheld, would dismantle the longstanding case TiVo has made against Dish and its former sibling Echostar, which accused both of copying the technology used behind simultaneous recording and playback in TiVo's DVRs.
The PSP Go was an experiment to see where the mobile gaming industry was going, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe head Andrew House claimed on Tuesday. He justified the handheld to MCV as a way to "learn more about what the consumer wanted" rather than as a replacement for the original model. While House admitted the Go faced poor sales, he contended that the sales themselves didn't matter as much as the lessons learned.
(Updated with Samsung invite) Samsung's Galaxy S could be ready for the US as soon as next month, a historically accurate contact mentioned today. The Android phone is now thought to be reaching T-Mobile first and shipping July 21. While unconfirmed by TmoNews, it corroborates a pre-release demo that clearly showed T-Mobile-specific apps.
In its ongoing effort to find more spectrum for wireless broadband, the FCC has released a public notice seeking comment on how spectrum for weather balloons and satellites is being used. Also known as the Big LEO band, the 35MHz of spectrum sought after by the agency sits between 1,675MHz and 1,710MHz. The FCC is looking for ways to shift the job handled by Big LEO to land-based networks. The comment period is open until June 28th.
TRENDnet has launched its TEW-691GR Wireless N Gigabit router on Tuesday. The product is said to be the first in the industry with a 450Mbps theoretical throughput. Each of the three antennas has three spatial streams and they operate over the 2.4GHz spectrum.
The upcoming HTC Aria handset, which is expected to be the first HTC-made Android handset at AT&T, may get a name change to either Liberty or Intruder, as hinted at by two leaked images. The first image comes from Android Central and reveals a near carbon copy of what we've seen of the Aria, but is called Liberty.
Notion Ink has let slip that its Adam tablet may not reach some countries until November. The startup's CEO Rohan Shravan has explained that the Android tablet would ideally ship by the end of July but that he has to "fight every day" with investors that want to launch in some areas closer to American Thanksgiving. A launch date is due soon, Shravan said, but whether it will meet the target wasn't indicated.
Microsoft tried to downplay the launch of Safari 5 by posting its own comparison video (below, Silverlight needed) showing Internet Explorer 9's performance with graphics hardware acceleration. Apple is touting use of the GPU for the Windows version of its browser, but IE9 even in its test phase is shown drawing demo sites noticeably faster than Safari. Microsoft didn't say how many of the tests, which exist on the IE9 preview site, were hardware-enabled for both.
Speakal on Tuesday brought out its latest iPod dock, the iCrystal. The dock sports a unique design, with two separated spheres that house the speakers and an ambient light that covers the speakers in a soft blue light. The dock has touch controls for changing volume levels and tracks, along with a small remote control.
Sprint's record sales of the Evo 4G have led to sellouts across the country, according to reports. The network's own online store now simply turns customers away and says the phone is "so hot" it can no longer be sold online. Retail stores are already known to be facing sellouts with new stock coming in daily rather than weekly.
Nintendo will soon add a new midnight blue color to the DSi XL. The new handheld will be available to order on July 11 and will include the same preloaded apps or games as the other two DSi XLs, such as Flipnote Studio, Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters, Photo Clock, and the DSi's official web browser.
Nokia in a seemingly coincidental update has pitched the N8 against the iPhone 4 as a tool for video editing (video below). The Symbian^3 phone will have a visual timeline "like iMovie or Windows Movie Maker" and in some ways will behave like iMovie for iPhone. Owners can trim and split clips as well as add transitions and customizable titles.
Taiwanese PC maker MSI has revealed full specs for its GT660 notebook, first introduced in February. The 16-inch HD notebook is the first to include MSI's Turbo Drive Engine+ (TDE+), which is said to double CPU, RAM and graphics performance with the press of a button, though no further details are given. The same goes for the Dynaudio-developed sound system, which is made up of two reportedly theater-grade speakers and a subwoofer.
An insider at Skype today said the company would like to spread Apple's newly developed FaceTime video calls through other apps and platforms. The VoIP app developer wants to move the technology past the iPhone 4 to other platforms. The unnamed Pocket-lint source said Skype would "welcome the opportunity" to collaborate with Apple on getting FaceTime into the Skype iPhone app and would also likely spread to other hardware. Desktops and TVs were among the likely candidates.
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