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iPhone 1.1.3 Firmware: New Google Maps Options

UPDATE: In case you thought this was fake, Steve Jobs just confirmed that our 1.1.3 coverage is real in his MacWorld 2008 keynote.

Looks like the soon-to-be-released firmware 1.1.3 has quite a few surprises. We were able to get a look at it, and here is what we found:

  • The ability to send an SMS message to multiple people is now there
  • Google Maps application can now pinpoint your location using cell tower triangulation
  • Google Maps can now display the Hybrid map view
  • You can now drag and drop application icons on your home screen
  • The home screen supports pagination
  • You can now add web bookmarks to your home screen

That is all we have found for now. We also know that is you used AnySIM to unlock your phone, you can expect the 1.1.3 update to brick it. Good times. Take a look at our iPhone Firmware 1.1.3 Gallery for a photo tour of the new stuff. By the way, if you are looking for an excellent program to create custom ringtones for your iPhone, check out iPhone RingToneMaker.

EDIT: We are answering your questions! Check out our first batch of iPhone 1.1.3 answers here.

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Have a Picnik at Flickr

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Cameras, Internet, Software,

Picnik Image ChangeFlickr devotees, you can now use Picnik editing to correct your images. It has become a simple matter of a click on the new “edit photo” icon above your picture. You can reduce red eye, crop and rotate, and alter exposure. Essentially, you are giving permission to edit and save your photos, and don’t be surprised if it takes a while to load Picnik’s interface. We admit we are partial to our Photoshop because when we screw up, we always have the chance to undo it. However, if you create something with Picnik you cannot undo it unless you have a Flickr pro account. For more Q&A, check out Flickr.

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Portable Studio Designed for eBay Merchants

Photo StudioAll eBay fanatics will be pleased to know that now there is a Photo Studio for showcasing your wares. Made of nylon, polyester, and plastic, the 20 x 20 x 20-inch device comes with an integrated diffuser screen, a camera tripod, and light and dark backdrops. When you are done using it, just fold it up into its carrying case. The deluxe model comes equipped with two high-output lights on adjustable legs. If the $29.98 or $59.98 price is too much, you can DIY, like this one from freshfodder made out of an empty Corona carton.

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iWallet Smells Like Grandpa

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Cameras, Misc. Tech, Music,

iWalletWe have seen many digital photo frames, but none of them have the familiar smell of an old wallet like this one has. The iWallet is a 16MB frame with a 1.4-inch color display and adjustable timing (2, 5, and 10 seconds.) You can also add recorded messages or music to play during the slide show. The iWallet is made of soft Nappa leather and can be uploaded by attaching a removable view card to your computer. Software and USB cable are included for the device that carries a MSRP of £37.53 pounds (~$80.00.)

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MP4 Watch Does All Things Musical

MP4 WatchWe love all gadgets that you can wear and lessen the chance of losing, and this Luxury MP4 Watch is no exception. Enclosed in a steel shell and with a 1.8-inch 160 x 128 pixel OLED, it features a built-in Li-on battery. You can play MP3s, WMAs, Mp4s, music videos, movies, and display JPG images. It also allows wireless broadcasting through your car stereo or portable radio by an integrated FM transmitter.

The player holds 1 GB memory, connects to your PC by USB for downloading, has voice recording with built-in mic, features 4 hours of video playback time and 7 hours with audio, and recharges in only 1.5 hours. About the only thing it won’t do is wash windows. The MP4 Watch is available from our buds at vavolo For $110.00.

(Thanks, Cassily)

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Eurocase is Perfect For Shy Suitors

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Misc. Tech, Movies, Music, USB,

EuricaseDesigned for over-the-top romantics, the Euricase Ring Box features a built-in LCD video screen. Load your fave pics, a clip of Luther Vandross singing, or a scene from “Casablanca” by USB connection. Working on a single lithium rechargeable battery, it will hold up to 500 images or 30 to 60 minutes of video in case you want to include a marriage proposal and don’t have the guts to ask in person. The Euricase is available for pre-order in four colors and four metallic finishes (for an extra $50.00) for $198.95 with a shipping date of November 1.

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Sony to Release OLED TV

OLED TVWhy is it that Sony keeps pumping out new products before anyone else? We are beginning to think that they keep clever people holed up in windowless think tanks and working 22 hours a day. Their latest contribution to home entertainment is an ultra-thin TV with OLED to produce a 3mm thick screen. OLEDs are brighter than LCD panels and have better contrast ratio and sharper images. Sony’s president Ryoji Chubachi says, “I want this world’s first OLED TV to be the symbol of the revival of Sony’s technological prowess.”

We hope so too, for their sake, but other companies, such as Samsung, are also working on the technology. Sony’s TV has an 11-inch display and will become available in Japan for ~$1,735.00 beginning December 1.

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Canon Can Create Christmas Cards

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Accessories, Cameras, Misc. Tech,

Canon SELPHY

Canon has revealed its latest compact photo printer. The SELPHY ES2 is basic white on the outside, but inside has a few new capabilities. It comes with 16 templates for postcard-size images, nine clip art stamps, and imaging effects. The printer will make 2 x 3 and 4 x 6-inch photos in both color and black and white. The SELPHY is available at a price of $199.99, just in time for you to create your own Christmas cards if you plan on sitting on Santa’s lap at the mall.

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PanImages Search Handles Hundreds of Languages

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Google, Internet,

PanImages

The University of Washington and its Professor Oren Etzoni released PanImages at the recent Machine Translation Summit in Copenhagen. Instead of searching for photos by text that may not be recognizable, the system recognizes a string of letters in about 300 different languages and looks for them in Google and Flickr. In a recent test of the process, PanImages found 57 times more results than on an average search.         

The procedure works by scanning machine readable wiktionaries. As an example, Etzioni said that if you type in the Zulu word for refrigerator (“ifriji’) you would get almost 500,000 results as opposed to 2 on available search engines. While we seem to be over-saturated with images by using English, it is a comfort to know that the Zulus will be able to find appliances with less of an effort now.

 

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Wallet Drive is Conveniently Flat

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Internet, Misc. Tech, Music, Storage, USB,

IOGEAR Wallet DriveIOGEAR’s flash drive fits into your wallet, pocket, or purse. At a size of only 4.80 x 0.118 x 6.25-inches, it holds up to 4GB of music, movies, images, or other important data. The metallic blue drive is plug ‘n play with USB 1.1 and 2.0 functionality with a transfer speed of up to 480 Mbps, and will work with Windows XP/Vista, Mac OS X 10.3 or later, and Unix. The Wallet Drive is available for $56.99 on Amazon. Just don’t slide it into your ATM by mistake.

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