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Apple product managers respond to Final Cut Pro X criticism

2011-06-24-fcpx2During our call to discuss Final Cut Pro X earlier this week, an Apple product manager boasted about the product’s low price, media management, and ground-up redesign. Unfortunately, when starting from scratch, developers seem to have overlooked a few features that professional users have come to depend on, prompting widespread backlash — both on internet forums and even on Apple’s own App Store, where the $300 download-only app currently has a rating of just 2.5 stars (out of five), including nearly 500 one-star ratings. (Note: you must purchase the app before submitting a rating or review.) The New York Times spoke to product managers about these issues, which include an inability to import old FCP files, no multicamera editing, no support for RED cameras, and no ability to specify QuickTime export settings, among many others. Apple says there are (pricey) workarounds available, or fixes on the way for all but the first issue, but head over to the source link for the full rundown at NYT.  by engadget

 
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Posted by on 26/06/2011 in IT

 

Volkswagen Temporary Auto Pilot brings hands-free driving to the highway

2011-06-23-vwWould you feel comfortable driving down the highway with a Temporary Auto Pilot (TAP) behind the wheel of your next Volkswagen? A new technology proposed by the German automaker won’t take you from A to B automatically, but it will help out with more simple driving, so you can take your hands off the wheel while cruising down the highway at up to 130km/h (about 80 mph), for example. The system pairs Lane Assist with cruise control, and can be overridden by the driver at any time. The TAP system’s Pilot Mode uses radar, laser, camera, and ultrasonic sensors to maintain a safe distance between vehicles, start and stop in traffic, and slow down before a bend. Speed is set by the driver, who you’ll need to remain aware of your surroundings in case you need to take over control — so don’t get too comfortable poking around the menus on that AppRadio just yet.  by engadget

 
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Posted by on 24/06/2011 in IT

 

Acer unveils Aspire Ethos laptops built to please eyes and ears in the US and Canada

as5951grttouchpad-hed-1308198051We got acquainted with Acer’s new Aspire Ethos 8951G and 5951G laptops a week ago, and told you all about its hot hardware and its £999 price in the UK. Well, now these marvelous multimedia machines have journeyed across the Atlantic and brought their nifty detachable touchpads, which double as multimedia remotes, with them. The North American versions (named AS8951G and AS5951G) also pack the same 18.4-inch and 15.6-inch HD displays and USB 3.0 ports as their British counterparts. There’s Core i5 and Core i7 Sandy Bridge silicon and GeForce GT 555M graphics to give you plenty gaming grunt, and to ensure that the sounds match the visuals, both models pump out 5.1 channel surround sound. Low end audio in the AS5951G comes courtesy of a bass booster, while its big brother has a small subwoofer stuffed in its underside. So, what’s the damage to your wallet for these two black beauties? The AS5951G and AS8951G run $1,400 and $1,600, respectively, here in the States, while prices start at $1,200 and $1,500 CAD for our friends in the Great White North. Interested parties can find the full nitty gritty in the PR after the break. by engadget

 
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Posted by on 17/06/2011 in IT

 

Adobe Air bids adieu to Linux, shifts focus to mobile

6-16-2011flash-platform-linuxWell, Linux users, say goodbye to Air. Adobe has announced that version 2.7 will be your last official release and, going forward, you’ll have to rely on kind-hearted souls willing to fire up the Linux porting kit the company will be providing. Development teams will instead be focusing on the growing realm of mobile and improving Air support on iOS and Android, and likely bringing the browser-plus-flash app environment to webOS. With the world’s favorite open-source operating system holding steady at roughly one-percent of the desktop market it’s hard to take issue with the choice. Of course, it probably doesn’t help that Adobe has had trouble getting it to play nice with *nix — especially the 64-bit flavors. Besides, with Tweetdeck prepping a proper web-app, what do you need Air for anyway?  by engadget

 
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Posted by on 17/06/2011 in IT

 

OWC Mercury Electra 6G SSDs boast big speeds, price to match

6-16-2011owcmercuryelectra6gssdOther World Computing may specialize in upgrading aging Macs, but you don’t have to own one to jam one of its new Mercury Electra 6G SSDs in your computer. The high-end SandForce Driven line of NAND drives range in size from 120GB to a far more impressive 480GB and, with the aide of 6Gb/sec SATA 3.0, can sustain write speeds of 523MB/sec and read speeds of 556MB/sec. Of course, this sort performance doesn’t come cheap — the smallest of the trio will set you back $230, while the massive 480GB model weighs in at a wallet-sapping $930. You can pick them up now from OWC if you’ve got a serious need for speed, and plenty of disposable income. Check out the PR after the break. by engadget

 
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Posted by on 17/06/2011 in IT

 

RIM announces Q1 earnings, says it’s shipped 500,000 PlayBooks (update: 4G PlayBooks delayed)

11x050266nvubnbRIM’s just announced its Q1 earnings, including $4.9 billion in revenue and $695 million in profit. Perhaps even more anticipated than those numbers, however, are the ones involving actual devices, and the company’s now revealed that it “shipped” around 500,000 BlackBerry PlayBooks during the quarter, while phone shipments totaled 13.2 million — it didn’t get specific about actual sales to consumers. Those earnings are on the low end of forecasts, and RIM says that the slowdown it saw in the first quarter will continue into Q2, which will apparently result in an unspecified number of layoffs and a lowered forecast for the rest of the year. Head on past the break for the official press release, and hit the source link below for some more detailed numbers.
Update: On the earnings call, co-CEO Mike Lazaridis painted a bright future for his company’s tablet, but then said, “We’re soon to release native email and BBM and our Android player later in the summer, to be followed in the fall with 4G PlayBooks for WiMax, LTE, and HSPA+.” Did you catch that? In the fall. We hope this doesn’t put a damper on anybody’s summer plans. by engadget

 
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Posted by on 17/06/2011 in IT

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 hits US retailers tomorrow, TouchWiz UX coming in future software upgrade

galaxy-tab-101-leadFolks in NYC may have been able to get their hands on one a bit early (not to mention those that attended Google I/O), but everyone else will finally be able to pick up a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 starting tomorrow. As expected, the WiFi-only Honeycomb tablet will run $499 for the 16GB model and $599 for 32GB at your choice of retailers, and Samsung says it will be available through Sprint in “mid-summer” as well (still just WiFi-only). What’s more, Samsung’s also promising to deliver a number of new features in a “future software upgrade,” including the TouchWiz UX that was originally intended to be included on the tablet, and Samsung’s Media Hub, which promises “easier downloads of rented or purchased content” and additional capabilities when the tablet’s connected to a TV via a dock or adapter. Head on past the break for the complete press release and a new promo video that offers a glimpse of some of those upcoming features, and don’t forgot to check out our full review if you’re still undecided. by engadget

 
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Posted by on 17/06/2011 in IT

 
 
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