Finding portable speakers for your iPod or other MP3 player isn't much of a challenge. Manufacturers have made speakers ranging from the pocketable to the boomboxy in terms of size and design. However, if you want a tiny speaker with an MP3 player built right in, look no further than the X-Mini Happy, an itty-bitty portable music player with an all-in-one design. This little unit retails for about $100 and offers solid sound quality and an impressive array of features. If you're in the market for a simple way to share tunes on the go, this product is … Read more
Apple is constantly providing developers with test builds of the next OS update so they can ensure compatibility with their programs, drivers, and system services. When an update is nearing its public release date, Apple may increase the number of developer releases and some may be tagged with "no known problems" or similar phrasing. When this happens we may see the update released in the next few weeks if not in a few days, but before you decide to install it be sure you have your system prepared and have considered options for installing.… Read more
After scoring big in one court case against Microsoft this week, VirnetX is hoping for seconds.
VirnetX announced on Thursday that it has launched another lawsuit against Microsoft, this time claiming that the same patent violations found in Windows XP and Vista from the first suit also exist in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.
On Tuesday, a Texas jury ruled against Microsoft in a patent infringement case initiated by VirnetX in 2007. VirnetX, which develops software to secure instant messaging and VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol) communications, alleged that Microsoft had violated two of its patents concerning virtual … Read more
Google's Native Client project to accelerate Web applications just got a lot more real--and a lot more ambitious.
Google announced a move Thursday that could broaden the appeal of a nascent 3D Web graphics technology called WebGL.
A year ago Mozilla and the Khronos Group announced WebGL, which gives Web programmers a way to use hardware-accelerated 3D graphics on their Web pages, and in December, the two issued a draft WebGL standard. One hurdle, though, is that WebGL uses the Khronos Group's OpenGL graphics interface standard, but not all video cards have OpenGL support.
Google hopes to sidestep this issue with a new open-source projet that translates the OpenGL commands into the related dialect more common on Windows computers, Microsoft's Direct3D. The project is called ANGLE, short for Almost Native Graphics Layer Engine, Henry Bridge, a Google product manager, said in a blog post Thursday. … Read more
Apple has updated their Logic Pro and Logic Express applications to version 9.1.1, which improves the implementation of the 32-bit Audio Unit Bridge and enhanced compatibility with 64-bit audio unit plugins.… Read more
Intel's new six-core Core i7-980X processor is shipping, but supply is tight even for a chip priced at around $1,000.
The advent of the 980X is big news in Japan's gadget hot spots like Akihabara, where its scarcity hasn't stopped vendors from hawking big rigs packed with the latest hardware.
Ascii, one Japan's leading publishers of gadget news, is trumpeting the arrival of the 980X while warning the build-your-own crowd that availability of the standalone boxed processor is unclear. "It is regrettable that boxed retail processor sales are not happening yet...and it is completely unclear when build-your-own consumers will be able to get a hold of the chip," Ascii wrote.
Dospara, a leading retailer in Tokyo's Akihabara district, said, when contacted by phone, that it had a few 980X systems in store--but "only a few"--and the near-future availability was uncertain.
Intel would not comment.
But this sort of delay may be typical for a spanking new processor. Kelt Reeves, CEO of high-end box supplier Falcon Northwest, said he is able to get the 980X by buying individual boxed retail processors and putting them into systems. Typically, Intel chips are bought in large quantities, such as 1,000 units, that come in trays. "We'll take what we can get," he said.
A representative at Velocity Micro--a reseller of high-end boxes--said that… Read more
Some people have been experiencing an ongoing issue where the Finder in Snow Leopard will crash either when navigating through folders or when scrolling. As is described in this Apple discussion thread, in some cases the problem seems to be random, but in others it appears to happen more regularly.… Read more
First came the Kindle electronic book reader device itself. Then the applications for the iPhone, BlackBerry, and for Windows. Now Amazon has brought the e-reader software to Mac OS X.
The Kindle for Mac beta version, as with the other apps and devices, lets people read electronic books they've purchased through Amazon's Kindle Store, the U.S. version of which currently has 450,000 books for sale.
The free software lets people purchase new books, read books they've already bought, view notes and highlights but not make new ones, and synchronize bookmarks and the last page read … Read more
Compatibility with Microsoft's NTFS filesystem is sometimes necessary for people who use either separate PCs or Boot Camp. While Apple offers a driver to read NTFS volumes, by default it will not write to them. To overcome this, there are several third-party NTFS drivers available, but in Snow Leopard you can set Apple's built-in driver to write to NTFS as well.… Read more