Sony Announces the Death of the Floppy Disk

Fully 12 years after the original G3 iMac dropped support for the 3.5-inch floppy disk, Sony has finally decided to stop making them. The reason is a lack of demand. The surprise is that it took so long. If you still rely on the massive 1.44MB of space to move files quickly around between far-flung computers, don’t worry: Sony will keep the production lines running until March 2011, giving you a year to stockpile the things. You won’t be alone. Apparently, “lack of demand” is somewhat … [Read more...]

BlackBerry Bold 9650, BlackBerry Pearl 3G: New BlackBerry Models Unveiled

Research in Motion unveiled two new BlackBerry models, the BlackBerry Bold 9650 and BlackBerry Pearl 3G. The phones are not radically different from earlier versions, but do offer several new features. According to The Street, the BlackBerry Bold 9650 is "a candy bar smartphone with a 3.2-megapixel camera, a 'large, high-resolution screen, GPS and Wi-Fi (802.11b/g). It's made to work as either a quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS or dual-band CDMA/EV-DO (Rev A) phone.'" The BlackBerry Pearl … [Read more...]

YouTube Opens Rental Store

The video site has quietly launched a streaming rental service, after some earlier experiments. The streaming rental industry is getting ever more crowded, and now it's going to have to make room for at least one more. YouTube has seemingly launched an streaming rental service, offering movies and television shows for anywhere from 99 cents to $3.99. Content would be viewable in a 48-hour window following purchase. While most of the content available appears to be from independent, small … [Read more...]

Adobe abandons iPhone code tools

Adobe is to stop making software tools that allow Apple's iPhone and iPad to use its popular Flash technology. The decision reverses an earlier pledge in which it said it would help get Flash working on the gadgets. Flash is very widely used on the web and many sites use it to power animations, media players and other multimedia elements. Despite this, Apple's products do not support Flash and it has made public statements criticising the technology. Closed tools In mid-April, … [Read more...]

No surprise: no support for XP in Windows Live Wave 4

Microsoft has finally announced the next major release of Windows Live, referred to as Wave 4. The software giant has had "several thousand people" inside the company running internal builds for the last few months, and has decided it will soon let a small group of testers get a taste. After that, the company will roll out updates to its Web services, followed by more broadly available betas for Windows PCs, Macs, and phones. When the first leaked Wave 4 build of Windows Live Essentials … [Read more...]

Dell working on a second tablet

Even though Dell has lost a bit of its footing in the PC race--sliding behind Acer in overall shipments--the company does appear to have a plan to hook consumers another way, by expanding beyond its core consumer business of laptops and desktops. Among the list of devices leaked to Engadget in the form of internal Dell documents Wednesday evening was a second tablet, apparently to be called the Dell Looking Glass. It will be the 7-inch cousin to the 5-inch Streak, which we saw last … [Read more...]

Programmer ports Google Android to first-gen Apple iPhone

A programmer has managed to run the Google Android mobile operating system on an iPhone, with features like browsing the Web and making phone calls functional on Apple's hardware. David Wong, who goes by the handle "planetbeing," demonstrated his hack on video this week. The dual-boot setup, using a program called "OpeniBoot," allows the iPhone to be restarted and then run Google Android. While the hack was demonstrated on a first-generation iPhone, Wong said porting to the iPhone 3G would … [Read more...]

Pandora and Facebook: So Happy Together

The leading online radio service and world’s biggest social network have forged a bond that will solidify both companies’ dominance, while offering music fans a way to share music with each other that appears to lack any significant downside. Pandora pays copyright holders, and integrating your Pandora and Facebook accounts won’t pollute your Facebook stream with endless notifications about what you’re listening to. The upside for Pandora users is significant, due to the ways in which … [Read more...]

McAfee false positive bricks enterprise PCs worldwide

World of hurt Enterprise customers of a widely used McAfee anti-virus product were in a world of hurt on Wednesday after an update caused large swaths of their machines to become completely inoperable. The problem started around 2 pm GMT when McAfee pushed out DAT 5958 to users of VirusScan Enterprise. The virus definition falsely identifies a core Windows file as infected, quarantines it and then shuts down the machine. When restarted, the PCs are unable to load Windows, a glitch that … [Read more...]

Bluetooth 4.0 finalized: low power mode & boosted range

Bluetooth 3.0 may still be a rarity on devices, but the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) aren’t letting that stop them from whipping ahead with the next spec in line. Bluetooth 4.0 has been finalized, and it delivers both a new low-energy mode suited to indecently frugal devices like watches, sensors and remotes, together with a boost in potential range. While the SIG expect most devices to stick with the regular 30 foot/10m range, Bluetooth 4.0 theoretically supports up to 200 feet … [Read more...]