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Jan 04
Analyst: iPad, Mac sales exceeding expectations

Analyst Chris Whitmore with Deutsche Bank says in a note to investors -- as reported by "AppleInsider' ( -- says that checks over the holidays indicated that Apple saw better-than-expected demand for both the iPad and the Mac. In addition, consumer demand for the iPhone showed no signs of slowing down, even as rumors of a Verizon iPhone loomed over the holiday buying season, he adds.

During the holiday period, Deutsche Bank checked in at more than 50 Apple retail and partner stores, and found lines and crowds driving "robust" demand for the iPhone, Whitmore says. The analyst said iPad is tracking ahead of his model, so he's increased sales estimates from six million to 6.5 million for the fourth quarter of calendar 2010. He also sees Apple selling 28 million iPads in 2011, up from his previous estimate of 22 million.

Whitman says the MacBook Air seems to be a big...

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Jan 04
Lexar announces Echo MX, ZX back-up drives

Lexar Media ( has announced the Echo MX and ZX backup drives, designed to automatically protect essential files for on-the-go netbook and notebook users.

Jyh Chau, senior product marketing manager, Lexar Media, says the drives offer high-performance read/write speeds and no-touch backup software. Additionally, the Echo ZX offers a low-profile design and sports an always-on capacity meter.

The Echo MX back-up drive provides 128-bit AES encryption with built-in Lexar Echo backup software. It's available in capacities of 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB, provides multiple levels of storage, and offers speeds up to 28MB/second read and 10MB/s write on lower capacities and speeds up to 30MB/s read and 17MB/s write for the 128GB capacity.

The Echo ZX provides all the benefits of a larger backup device in a tiny, plug-and-stay USB form factor, says Chau. This always-ready, low-...

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Jan 04
Joby unveils new iPad products

Joby ( has launched two new iPad products For the road warrior, the GorillaMobile Ori is designed to amplifiy the productivity of the iPad with ergonomic design and sleek protection on-the-go. The GorillaMobile Yogi is designed for the user who sees the iPad as an extension of themselves and wants to cuddle up with the iPad on the couch or in bed.

The $79.95 GorillaMobile Ori transforms from a sleek protective case to a versatile, ergonomic positioning stand. Drawing its inspiration from the folding art of origami, it's engineered from a superlight German-made aluminum/polypropylene composite used in high-performance cars, says Joby CEO Forrest Baringer-Jones. The four main viewing modes are optimized for the task at hand, so you can position the stand to watch a movie on the plane, flip through a business presentation or type an email at a café -- with the ability to adjust the display height...

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Jan 04
Speakal unveils new line of iPhone/iPod docking sound systems

Speakal ( has debuted its new lineup of sound docks for the iPhone and iPad. Pricing for the products hasn't been announced.

The BPKX-100 (pictured) is a portable docking sound system that comes in an array of colors complemented by a colorable LED light. It features an acoustic accelerator and DSP audio processing and an AM/FM alarm clock with 20 pre-set stations.  The LCD clock automatically syncs up with your iPhone/iPod to ensure the time is always accurate.  You can plug it into the wall or power it up with AA batteries.

TheSB 12 speaker system surrounds your iDevice with a halo of sound and sports touch controls. The iExecutive docking sound system boasts an array of playback options with iPod/iPhone/USB/SD/Bluetooth compatibility. It's coupled with a 20W subwoofer; additional functionality includes a radio, alarm clock, 20 pre-set channels, and video output.


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Jan 04
iHome reveals iW1 Wireless Speaker System with AirPlay

iHome will reveal the iHome iW1 Wireless Speaker System with AirPlay at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The company’s entry into the world of wireless music streaming utilizes AirPlay to seamlessly play music over a home Wi-Fi network from iTunes, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, the iW1 enables a truly wireless listening experience and employs Bongiovi Acoustics Digital Power Station (DPS) technology and four active speakers for premium audio performance in a compact design, says iHome President Ezra Ashkenazi. Using AirPlay, users can wirelessly stream music from iTunes, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch over Wi-Fi to the iHome iW1 speaker system and enjoy music in any room of the house.

AirPlay requires iTunes 10.1 or later and iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 4.2 or later. For detailed product information and availability, go to...

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Jan 04
Ten One Design unveils Fling Tactile Game Controller for iPad

Ten One Design has announced its tactile game controller for iPad: the Fling. This patent pending device adheres to the iPad's screen over the directional pad of any applicable game to deliver "ultimate control and superb response for full gaming immersion," according to the folks at Ten One Design.

Fling's unique spiral design creates actual physical resistance so gamers are assured of greater directional control, they add. Fling works with any iPad game with a directional pad, or virtual joystick, including Meteor Blitz, Across Age and Super Megaworm, among many other First Person Shooter and RPG titles.

To use Fling, launch the game of your choice, secure Fling’s center control over the game's directional pad. Then place your thumb on the center control to navigate easily through the game.

Fling’s transparent and flexible design provides an unrestricted view of all on-screen action. Plus, the suction cups allow simple attachment and detachment for...

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Jan 04
CarTrip, CleanDrive App connect with car's on-board...

Griffin Technology ( has announced CarTrip, an integration of hardware and software that provides realtime driver feedback on everything from fuel efficiency to maintenance codes and environmental impact.

CarTrip's Bluetooth monitor plugs into the car's OBD-II port to record and analyze data from the car's on-board computer. On-board memory stores data, and CarTrip's expansion SD card slot allows for additional data storage. A built-in sleep feature minimizes power consumption when not in use. CarTrip displays the data on a compatible iOS or Android device, using a friendly (and free) app called CleanDrive. It's available at the Apple App Store.

CleanDrive monitors the car's performance, collecting realtime data like fuel consumption, acceleration, top speed and engine diagnostic codes. It crunches the numbers and displays a "Carbon Score" on the...

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Jan 04
ATTO introduces FastStream SAS/SATA RAID storage controllers

ATTO Technology has introduced their latest shared RAID Storage Controllers. ATTO's FastStream RAID Storage Controllers are independent external RAID storage controllers that provide 8Gb Fibre Channel or 6Gb SAS host connectivity to multiple tiers of SAS/SATA disk storage enclosures.

All models, including the 5550, 8250 and the 8550 are available with updated features and benefits. FastStream storage controllers connect workstations or a SAN to low-cost JBOD disk storage, providing managed latency for high-performance workflows. The FastStream is designed for applications in digital audio/video and IT infrastructures, including digital film production, high-definition video post production, imaging, digital prepress, disk-to-disk backup, audio production and transaction-based environments.
The FastStream SC 8550 touts with transfer speeds of up to 1500MB/second while providing parity RAID protection to multiple tiers of disk enclosures. It's engineered to run...

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Jan 04
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 for the Mac coming Jan. 6

Feral Interactive ( says the Mac version of LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 will be released on Thursday, Jan. 6 for US$39.95. It's available for pre-order.

Here's how the game is described: "Combining the quirky and fun gameplay of LEGO with the magic of Harry Potter, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 lets users experience all the thrills and excitement of the first four Harry Potter books and films in a brand new way. The adventure builds from Privet Drive to the Triwizard Tournament in an interactive journey that takes players through some of the most detailed and expansive environments ever created for a LEGO game. 

"Playing as Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, as well as more than 170 other favorite characters, fans will have the opportunity to attend lessons, cast spells, mix potions, fly on broomsticks and complete tasks to earn rewards. ...

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Jan 04
Candy Convertible Air released for new MacBook Airs

New protection for the MacBook Air has arrived. Hard Candy Cases ( says their newest case doesn't add bulk or weight to the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air.

The Candy Convertible Air is available in an "animal-friendly faux-nubuck sleeve." The form-fitting folio design allows full use of the MacBook Air without removal, and is available in black and red for US$44.95.  Shipping this month, product is available for pre-order at the Hard Candy Cases site.

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Jan 04
Logitech HD Pro Cam now Mac compatible

So you can make HD video calls and Full HD video recordings on a Mac, Logitech ( has announced that its flagship Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910 (US$99.99) is now Mac-compatible.

The newest Logitech HD webcam is not only plug-and-play ready with iChat, Photo Booth® and FaceTime, but with the latest Logitech software for Macs, Mac fans can now experience Full HD 1080p video recording and one-click uploading to Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, as well as integration with the editing and management functions of iPhoto and iMovie, according to Eric Kintz, vice president and general manager of Logitech’s video business. And for video calls in HD 720p, Mac enthusiasts can now enjoy the "fast, free and easy-to-use" Logitech Vid HD for Mac, he adds.

The newest Logitech webcam is compatible with much more than just Macs. In addition to Apple applications such as FaceTime, iChat and Photo...

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Jan 04
Kodak announces new cameras, printers

Kodak ( has announced new video cameras, expanded its EasyShare line and debuted a new all-in-one.

The company has introduced two new additions to its Mac compatible pocket video camera portfolio – the Kodak Playfull Video Camera and the next generation of the Kodak PlaySport Video Camera that's shockproof, dustproof and waterproof up to 10 feet. Both video cameras feature Kodak's Share Button that let you share your videos and pictures with friends and family in three steps. The company has also added Twitter as a sharing destination as well as two more international sites.

The PlayFull can tackle 1080p HD video and 5-megapixel HD stills. It has built-in software and USB arm for automatic sharing, in-camera charging and transfer to a computer, built-in digital image stabilization, smart face tracking technology and and expandable SD/SDHC card slot (up to 32 GB). The...

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Jan 04
Wet Electronic Tablet Emergency Kit available for products such...

You can now recover wet tablets such as the iPad and e-readers with new technology from DRY-ALL ( Their new product, The Wet Electronic Tablet Emergency Kit, purportedly absorbs all of the moisture in wet electronics quickly, allowing it to continue working as normal without losing all of your valuable information.

The Wet Electronic Tablet Emergency Kit is guaranteed to dry all types of electronic tablets including: the iPad, Kindle, Playbook, Android, e-readers, Kobo, and Nook, exposed to any type of moisture, according to DRY-ALL President Sean Gutierrez. The kit, which costs US$29.95, uses the company's proprietary Blue Bead technology.

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Jan 04
Iomega rolls out new products at CES

Iomega ( is making several announcements at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, including a home media cloud edition, an iPhone backup and charger, (shown) and Iomega TV with Boxee.

Iomega has announced its Personal Cloud technology, which offers data protection and remote access solution for small businesses and consumers. It's a web-based computing architecture that connects your Iomega network storage device to other individuals and/or devices via the Internet.  

Iomega's Personal Cloud technology is completely self-owned; the content and accessibility is always under your control. And there are no usage fees or subscription charges.

The Iomega Personal Cloud will be available worldwide beginning this month with the launch of the new single-drive Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive Cloud Edition. It's also a built-in feature in the new...

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Jan 04
MiLi HD docking station compatible with iOS devices

MiLi Power ( has released the MiLi HD docking station. Equipped with HDMI output and Hi-Fi speaker, MiLi HD allows you to transfer media to your flat screen or home theater system directly from your iOS device. It's compatible with the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

It allows Apple users to watch their downloaded films, TV shows, and mobile services like NetFlix, in 1080i HD directly on their home television, according to MiLi Power’s Executive Vice President Robert Grossman. You can listen to your entire music or iTunes library playing through your high-quality home audio setup or through MiLi HD’s built-in HiFi speaker, he adds.

The MiLi HD docking station sports a mini-USB connection and a fully functional docking station with charging capabilities. It's priced at US$99.99.

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Jan 04
Peep Wireless Technology reveals PeepApp iPhone software

Peep Wireless Technology ( is revealing its PeepApp iPhone software at CES in Las Vegas. The software App turns every phone into a client/server viral transmitter/receiver.

Those “seed phones”, in turn, capture every device with Bluetooth, WiFi or other spectrum points (ie, game boxes, Bluetooth devices, computers, Internet TVs and more) and cause the Peep Mesh to grow and grow around the world in a repercussive peer-to-peer manner. The app will also be released on other phone platforms in the future.

Why would you want this? According to the folks at Peep Wireless, you'd need to pay a phone bill again. All your email, internet and media access would be "free forever," and you'd control a new type of Internet/mobile network. An embedded social network structure pays them to use the system and transact with the app.

The entire solution is software-based...

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Jan 04
Din's Curse: Demon War available for pre-order

Soldak Entertainment is now taking pre-orders of the Din's Curse: Demon War expansion ( for both Mac and Windows platforms. It's available for US$8.99 for a limited time.

Din's Curse: Demon War is the first expansion for the unique action RPG Din's Curse. Din's Curse is a single player and co-op multiplayer action RPG for Windows and Mac PCs with 141 class combinations (196 with the expansion), an "infinite" number of dynamically generated towns, real consequences, and a dynamic, evolving world.

Din's Curse: Demon War is scheduled to be released in the fourth quarter of 2010, however it will be released when it's done, according to the folks at Soldak Entertainment.

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Jan 04
QuickerTek announces Apple Juicz Solar Charger 2

QuickerTek ( has expanded its solar chargers to include the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Airs.

The Apple Juicz now powers all MacBook and MacBook Pro models as well as all MacBook Air. The charger comes with all needed cables; it folds into a transportable size, yet unfolds to gather maximum sunlight to power the MacBook.

A 27-watt Apple Juicz Solar Charger (US$700) is sufficient for many users to charge the MacBook and MacBook Air. However, for those customers that need faster charging with more power, the 55 watt version is also available for $1,200. The 55 watt version uses more solar panels (larger when unfolded) to gather more solar rays providing faster charging.

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Jan 04
Lexar introduces 128GB memory card

Lexar ( has announced new Lexar Professional Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)  memory cards. The new 33x SDXC cards enable the capture, storage, and transfer of extended lengths of 1080p high-definition (HD) video and continuous, rapid-fire image capture in a single, high-performance solution, according to Pachi Chen-Wong, senior product marketing manager, Lexar Media.

The Lexar Professional 133x SDXC card is the first available in a 128GB capacity, and is also offered in a 64GB capacity. Both cards are speed rated at 133x, providing a minimum guaranteed transfer speed of 20MB per second, and feature a Class 10 speed designation. The memory cards are compatible with all SDXC-enabled devices.

 The Lexar Professional SDXC cards include a limited lifetime warranty and free, dedicated professional technical support. The new 64GB and 128GB Lexar Professional SDXC memory cards will...

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Jan 04
Built debuts new line of products for iOS devices

Got an Apple? There's a Built ( wrap for that. The New York-based design company is launching a new collection of sleeves, bags, and cases that custom fit the iPad, iPhone 4, MacBook, and MacBook Pro. The line is debuting at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and will launch in the US on April .

"In the same way that custom-fit clothing helps you look and move better, these size-specific accessories let you better manage your Apple products when you're on the go," says John Roscoe Swartz, Built CEO and co-founder. "This customized collection offers consumers the exceptional protection and style they expect from us, now tailored to the way Apple customers live."

In addition to specialized versions of its signature neoprene sleeves and bags, Built will also debut hard and soft cases for the iPad and iPhone 4 in new materials including polycarbonate and silicone. Go...

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Jan 03
Sony adding new features to some films sold in the iTunes Store

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is quietly testing new features in iTunes-available versions of its films "with an eye on a future in which digital distribution offers a more compelling product than physical discs," reports "" (

Buy the Will Ferrell comedy "The Other Guys" and you’ll notice three extras that can’t be found on DVD or any other digital platform, the article says. A search button allows you to input a word, and any mention of it in the script will be retrieved along with a link to the exact moment in the movie in which the line was uttered. A “clip & share” function lets the viewer take select scenes and post them to social networks.

There’s also a playlist with songs from the film, which are linked to to places on iTunes where those songs can be purchased. The same features are also found on Sony’s "Salt" and "Resident Evil: Afterlife."


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Jan 03
Handbrake update is for Intel-only Macs

Handbrake (, a DVD "ripping" app for Mac OS X, has been updated to version 0.9.5. It's free, requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher and, as of this version, is compatible only with Intel-based Macs.

Handbrake 0.9.5 also has a new Audio Panel supporting >4 audio tracks, VLC detection in /Applications and ~/Applications and multiple instance support.

Handbrake can encode directly from DVDs (even encrypted ones) or from VIDEO_TS folders. It supports: AC3, LPCM and MPEG audio tracks; two-pass encoding; encoding of two audio tracks; and picture deinterlacing, cropping and scaling. It outputs MP4, AVI, OGM, AAC, MP3 and Vorbis audio files. It also includes a bitrate calculator.

However, Handbrake doesn't handle DTS audio tracks or single VOB files. If you have a DVD-ROM with random video files saved on it (AVI, MPG, WMV, MOV, etc), Handbrake won'...

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Jan 03
New iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Jan. 3

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (

Hindsight Labs has announced Paprika Recipe Manager 1.0 for the iPhone and iPod touch. The US$4.99 app lets you create your own recipes, save recipes from any web site, and organize them the way you want. Paprika Recipe Manager has support for Paprika Cloud Sync, an online sync solution that allows users to keep their recipes, grocery lists, and meals automatically synchronized across multiple devices.

Fullpower-MotionX has released MotionX-GPS Drive for the iPhone and iPad tablet, with HD Speech Synthesis for spoken street names. It offers users a choice between the natural voice for turn-by-turn driving instructions or synthesized voice. The new version is built specifically for the iPad. MotionX-GPS Drive is immediately available for the iPhone at $0.99...

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Jan 03
CyWee introduces wireless streaming accessory for Apple products

CyWee Group ( -- a provider of wireless solutions for mobile devices, personal computers, and home entertainment -- has launched the company’s Air Shuttle mobile accessory.

The Air Shuttle is the first and only MFi-certified accessory that enables real-time audio and video transmission from an iPod, iPhone, or iPad without using a cable, and provides users with a convenient and portable solution for how their mobile content may be shared on-the-go and at home to a TV, according to CyWee CEO Joe Ye.

The Air Shuttle product consists of a transmitter and a receiver unit that attaches to a TV’s composite audio and video ports. The streaming resolution projects at standard DVD-quality (480p) and transmits audio and video data at 5.8GHz. A plug-and-play solution, the next generation device doesn't require any additional software.

Native apps such as YouTube, iPod, Photos, or any...

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Jan 03
NetMarketShare: Safari, iOS gain market share, Mac OS X is flat

Safari and iOS market share for Internet usage rose from November to December, while the Mac OS X percentage dipped slightly, according to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare (

According to the report, among operating systems, Mac OS X had 5.02% of the global market share in December compared to 5.03% in November (that's global market share; in the US it's almost 10%). Windows remains dominant with 90.29% as of December. That's down from 91.81% in November. Apple's highest percentage previously was 5.27% in October 2009.

When it comes to browsers, Safari had 5.98% in December compared to 5.55% in November, while Internet Explorer had 57.08% Firefox had 22.81% and Chrome had 9.98%. That compares to, respectively, November percentages of 58.44%, 22.76% and 9.26%, for the browsers.

The iOS's market share also rose, according to...

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