Apple owns “iSlate” web domain [U]
(Updated with trademark info) Apple tonight was discovered through WHOIS records to have acquired the domain iSlate.com (currently inactive) two years ago. The company is known to have picked up the domain in 2007 and used the registrar MarkMonitor to keep the ownership secret. However, MacRumors has discovered that Apple’s name was exposed for a few weeks until the identity was suppressed again….
Review: Netgear Digital Entertainer Live!
Netgear has made a few forays into the home entertainment market over the past few years with various networked media hubs. The Entertainer Live is Netgearís budget offering , with an asking price of only $150. But unlike other high-end media extenders that include hundreds of gigabytes of storage, the Entertainer Live only streams data from networked sources, the Internet, or your own source. We’ll discover in our full DE Live! review if this seemingly simple device hits a budgeting and feature set sweet spot….
Google Voice returning to the iPhone via Safari
Apple’s removal of Google Voice apps from the App Store has not stopped developers from finding a workaround, as VoiceCentral plans to return the service to the iPhone via Safari, according to TechCrunch. The new app, known as the Black Swan edition, is entirely web-based and appears to eliminate the roadblock posed by Apple’s review team….
RIAA’s three-strikes rule a “scarecrow?”
The Recording Industry Association of America’s ISP piracy warning deals are nothing but a public relations front, industry sources claimed yesterday. While the music label group had initially suggested it would have a deal that would disconnect repeat offenders, the purported insiders say labels wanted a “scarecrow” that would spook pirates even though the threat of disconnection couldn’t legally be enforced. The aim, according to CNET, was primarily to replace the tactic of suing individual customers with an approach that still implied punishment….
Tablet rumors drive Apple stock to record high
Apple stock (AAPL) on Thursday surged to a new record high amid rampant rumors surrounding the unconfirmed tablet device. Shares reached past $209 in late day trading, up approximately 10 percent in a single week. The stock has more than doubled in value since it bottomed out around $78 in January of this year….
JVC outs upgraded wood grain in-ear headphones
Two years after launching its FX-500 wood grain earbuds, JVC today unveiled an upgrade, the HP-FX700 set. The new earbuds have better sound quality thanks to a hybrid dual cone, with a peak output of 104dB at 1mW. Frequency response range is rated at between 6Hz and 26,000Hz at 16Ω….
Spark, Thoughts notetaking apps debut
Two new notetaking programs have been announced. The first, Spark, handles both tasks and notes, grouping the former into projects, also syncing them with iCal. The software can be launched with a single hotkey, and can also sit in the Menu Bar in order to avoid cluttering the Dock. Spark is a free download for Snow Leopard-based Macs….
NVIDIA Fermi performance scaled back?
NVIDIA has quietly scaled back the ambitions of its Fermi-based hardware, a document (PDF) on its own site may have revealed. A specs sheet for the Tesla 20 now shows even the faster hardware using 448 visual processing cores versus the publicly promised 512. It has also ramped down the intenral clock for these individual cores to at most 1.4GHz, slightly lower than the current generation….
Google purchase of AdMob being investigated by FTC
The Federal Trade Commission is launching a closer investigation at Google’s proposed purchase of mobile marketer AdMob for $750 million. The US antitrust regulator has requested more information regarding the deal earlier this week, according to Google. It claims to not have much cause for concern and acknowledges the tighter scrutiny is inevitable as the company grows larger….
Missing Sync for Android 1.1 leaves beta
In the wake of a brief beta period, Mark/Space has posted the finished v1.1 release of Missing Sync for Android. The app is used to sync content from a Mac or Windows system with phones based on Google’s Android platform. Owners can sync music, photos and video, as well as contacts, documents and ringtones….