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Jan 07
CES: Assero introduces line of iPad front-packs

At this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Assero Industries (http://www.asseroindustries.com) has launched a line of iPad front-packs that will purportedly allow iPad functionality with complete hands-free mobility.  T

The trademark-design allows the iPad user to wear the forward-facing gear bag and unzip the front pack creating a drop down desk that houses the iPad in a secure form-fitting case. The interior of the bag is lined with soft neoprene fabric to protect the screen, while supplemental pockets for credit cards, chargers and a cell-phone provide a total mobile office.
 
Assero’s front-packs range from US$89.99-129.99. The iPad bags are comprised of sturdy materials including an easy-to-clean Ripstop nylon exterior and a neoprene iPad sleeve with Vlcro backing to adjust against the soft, brushed tricot interior. The straps are Memory Foam covered by...

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Jan 07
Tembo is new find utility for Mac OS X

Houdah Software has released Tembo, a "friendly" find utility for Mac OS X designed to make the searching (and finding) of files, mail messages, bookmarks and more as easy as possible.

Tembo is sold exclusively through the Mac App Store for US$14.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher.. A demo version is available from the product web site (http://www.houdah.com/tembo/).

Initially, you'll find Tembo to have been inspired by the original Spotlight interface as we knew it under Mac OS X Tiger. Search results are grouped by categories. Preferences allow for categories to be enabled, disabled and reordered.

Tembo may list up to 2.500 search results within each group. There are filters appropriate for the context designed to help you sort through the list of results. Messages, for example, may be filtered by subject, sender and recipient.

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Jan 07
Panorama Sheets for Mac OS x combines database, spreadsheet...

ProVue Development has released Panorama Sheets, a new Mac OS X application that combines the power of a database with the familiar simplicity of a spreadsheet for only $39.95.

All database operations are RAM based in order to run quickly, and all data entry, searching, sorting, data analysis and data manipulation is handled using a straightforward spreadsheet-like interface. Data can be imported or exported to/from text files and spreadsheets, and can be printed in tabular format or using standard Avery mailing label templates.

When setting up a search, analysis or data manipulation, Panorama Sheets instantly previews the results as each key is pressed (similar to Spotlight). The live preview updates in real time, so users can immediately see how different options interact with actual data before they actually perform an action.

There are two versions of Panorama Sheets for OS X. The version available from Apple's Mac App Store requires an Intel Mac running...

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Jan 07
InnoPocket launches Amphibian Case for the iPhone 4

InnoPocket (http://www.innopocket.com) has launched the US$29.99 Amphibian Case for the iPhone 4, a waterproof, play-through case with an with an inner shell that can be used as an everyday polycarbonate hard case.
 
This molded polycarbonate inner shell is rigid and crush proof making the case durable and strong, according to the folks at InnoPocket. The silicon jacket and its bump out corners will further protect your iPhone 4 from accidental drops.

The play-through design allows for full control of the touch screen functions. The utout at the back for the camera will let you to take underwater pictures and videos with your iPhone 4.

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Jan 07
CES: Verbatim introduces new flash drives, memory cards, SSDs

Verbatim (http://www.verbatim.com) has announced a new line-up of flash drives, high-speed memory cards and performance-driven solid-state disc drives at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. They include the:
 
° Verbatim Netbook USB Drive -- this low-profile and lightweight new flash drive is simply inserted into a netbook or other electronic device with a USB port and left in place for always-ready removable storage. It works with Mac, Windows, and Linux operating systems and is available in storage capacities of 4GB, 8GB and 16GB. A special Car Audio USB edition, specifically targeted at automotive applications is also available in a capacity of 8GB.
 
° Verbatim 64GB SDXC Memory Card -- the newest format in the Secure Digital (SD) arena, the Verbatim 64GB Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC) memory card, is compatible with SDXC devices supporting both the High Speed...

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Jan 07
Kensington announces four new iOS device accessories

At this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Kensington Computer Products Group (http:www.kensington.com) has introduced four new products to extend connectivity with iPhone, iPad, and iPod devices and the applications that run on them. They are the:

° US$49.95 Kensington PowerLift Back-Up Battery and Dock, which is designed to give your iPhone hours of extra power plus a handsfree stand with the Kensington PowerLift Back-Up Battery and Dock. The 1200 mAh battery pack provides charging while the kickstand flips open to let you enjoy FaceTime chats and videos. It features two position charging: in-line use for phone conversations and docking for charge, sync and FaceTime.

° Kensington BlackBelt Protection Band for iPad ($39.99), which wraps your Apple tablet with an industrial rubberized band allowing a secure grip for handling in any iPad orientation. It protects not just the edges but cushions iPad from accidental drops. The BlackBelt protection band...

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Jan 07
CES: Speakal unveils new speaker solutions

At this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Speakal (http://www.speakal.com) announced an expansion of its lineup of advanced docking solutions to include lifelike replicas for the football, basketball, and soccer fan.

Each of these 2.1 companions for your iOS device boasts 360 degree sound distribution, a 15W subwoofer, and volume touch controls. The Speakal MiGolfball tees up golf enthusiasts with a wireless stereo speaker set that wirelessly plays your favorite music from your Bluetooth device, MP3 player, or computer. Go to the Speakal web site for pricing.

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Jan 07
Andrea Electronics launches SuperBeam computer headsets

Andrea Electronics (http://www.AndreaElectronics.com) has introduced its new SuperBeam “boom free” computer headsets at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It's a headphone that works like a headset.

The product eliminates the need to constantly manually position the boom microphone for proper close talking operation, according to Douglas Andrea, president of Andrea Electronics. With SuperBeam headsets, the user looks more natural during video use, with no fuzzy foam ball out in front of their lips, he adds.

The initial two models are SuperBeam Buds, an in-ear model, and SuperBeam Phones, an over the head on-ear headphone. The headsets come with inline volume and microphone mute control. The headset cable is terminated with standard 3.5mm audio plugs for connection to the SuperBeam systems’ PureAudio USB audio adapter for use with computers or any portable media...

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Jan 07
CES: SteelSeries Siberia Neckband released for the iPod, iPhone...

At this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, SteelSeries (http://www.SteelSeries.com) is introducing the SteelSeries Siberia Neckband headset for music lovers and mobile gamers to use with their iPod, iPhone and iPad.

This headset version has been designed to fully support the Apple devices and features a single 3.5mm jack for combined audio and voice and an inline remote that powers audio and call controls. The Neckband features thick, cloth covered foam earcups, an optimized soundscape, and a retractable microphone system to be used while answering calls or stored in the left earcup while just listening to music.

The SteelSeries Siberia Neckband costs US$79.99 Details regarding product availability, retail locations, and new additions to this music and mobile audio line-up will be announced soon.

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Jan 07
Simple Help Editor revved to version 4.1.3

The PandaWare Company has updated Simple Help Editor, its cross-platform help authoring application, to version 4.1.3. It now offers better support for working with content managed in version control systems, and for users who keep several editing windows open simultaneously.

The update also improves support for Unicode text, and features a number of interface improvements and bug fixes. Mac and Windows users can use Simple Help Editor to create software help systems that display in Apple Help Viewer, Windows' HTML Help viewer, a Web browser, or in a proprietary help window (for applications created with Real Software's REALbasic).

Simple Help Editor is available as a Mac OS X Universal Binary application (for Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher) and a Windows 2000 or higher application. Both can be downloaded from The PandaWare Company's web site (http://www....

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Jan 07
iCurrency Plus 1.1.0 available at the Mac App Store

Limited Securities (http://www.limitedsecurities.com) has released iCurrency Plus 1.1.0 on the Mac App Store. The application tracks and evaluates currency exchange rates, as well as provides trends, graphs and a currency conversion calculator.

Among other features iCurrency Plus offers notifications using Growl and the ability to show one of the currency pairs in the menu bar at all times. Users can be notified of rate variances, predetermined by the user's choice of percentage spreads.

iCurrency Plus requires Mac OS X 10.6.6. It's available for US$1.99 in the Finance category of the Mac App Store.

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Jan 07
MyThoughts for Mac OS X gets new Mind Map branch styles, more

Mode de Vie Limited has released MyThoughts 1.2 (http://www.mythoughtsformac.com/), an update to their mind mapping solution for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. The update adds new Mind Map branch styles and new Relationship Line arrow styles..

You can also now drag and drop URLs direct from browser to Mind Map Branch. Version 1.2 offers improved image controls including opacity and arrange and the ability to import FreeMind files.

With MyThoughts, you can, via drag and drop, create fluid "mind maps" by adding links to files, pages from the web and much more. The application ships with over 3000 images and icons to illustrate mind maps.

MyThoughts 1.2 is priced at US$49 for a single-user license. A five-license family pack is available for $69. Educational and volume discounts are also offered.

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Jan 06
Beatles paid directly in iTunes deal

According to industry sources, Apple is paying the Beatles' royalties from digital download sales on the iTunes store in the United States directly to the band's company, Apple Corps, and is paying the songwriting mechanical royalties directly to Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which controls most of the Beatles' song catalog, reports "Billboard" (http://macte.ch/Bp5No).

That suggests the royalty split could be more lucrative for the Beatles than it would be under the typical provisions of a standard artist contract, which treat digital downloads as a retail sale, the article says. Under a standard contract, a label issues an album, licenses the songs from music publishers, collects all wholesale revenue from the retailers and then distributes royalties to the artist and the publisher.

"Billboard" says that, for superstar artists, the royalty typically equals about 20%-25% of retail revenue. In the case of...

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Jan 06
EnSoul debuts on Mac App Store

MacPaw has released Ensoul (http://www.macpaw.com/ensoul), a new Mac application that allows users to customize their iPhone experience, exclusively on the new Mac App Store.

Ensoul lets users create wallpapers tailored to the iPhone (including iPhone 4) directly on their Mac desktop. By dragging images into Ensoul, users can edit and manipulate them as they wish, even adding fun effects. Ensoul's tools let users crop, zoom, rotate, modify colors, add textures, and more. When finished, the user uses iTunes to upload their image creations directly to their iPhone.

Users can also use Ensoul to create and implement full-sized contact photos into their iPhone Address Book. The larger size Address Book contact images make it much easier to manage and utilize Address Book imagery, says MacPaw founder and CEO Oleksandr Kosovan.

Ensoul 1.0 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6....

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Jan 06
Attachments for Mail lets you find, use files you've been...

Hubapps (http://hubapps.com) has released Attachments, a new companion to Apple Mail, which facilitates finding and using emailed files. It transparently monitors for new files, and provides tools for working with them, including Quicklook previews, cloud sharing, zip, drag-n-drop, search-n-sort and more.

Attachments is debuting exclusively in the Mac App Store for US$4.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and an Intel-based Mac (sorry, PowerPC Macs need not apply).

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Jan 06
JVC announces world's first 3D consumer camcorder

At this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, JVC (http://www.jvc.com) announced the world's first consumer camcorder to offer 3D recording in Full HD, thanks to a new JVC-developed high-speed processor that can produce two simultaneous Full HD images.

The new GS-TD1 uses two camera lenses and two 3.32 megapixel CMOS sensors -- one for each lens -- to capture three-dimensional images much the same way that human eyes work.  VC's new high-speed imaging engine simultaneously processes the two Full HD images -- left and right images at 1920 x 1080i -- within that single chip.  

The newly developed "LR Independent Format" makes the GS-TD1 the world's first consumer-oriented camcorder capable of 3D shooting in Full HD, according to the folks at JVC.  The company''s new camcorder offers other shooting modes as well, including the widely used "Side-by-Side Format" for AVCHD (3D) and conventional AVCHD (2D)...

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Jan 06
AT&T announces iPhone 3GS for $49

AT&T has announced a new price for the iPhone 3GS (US$49) starting Friday, Jan. 7, for both new and upgrade-eligible existing AT&T customers. That's down from $99.

The offer will be available online at http://www.att.com/iphone, across more than 2,200 AT&T retail locations nationwide and through AT&T business channels, as well as Apple channels. The handset has an 8GB capacity and requires a two-year service contract.

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Jan 06
ComScore: iPhone has 25% of US smartphone market in November

ComScore (http://www.comscore.com), which measures the digital world, has reported key trends in the U.S. mobile phone industry during the three-month average period ending November 2010. The iPhone gained a little ground in the smartphone market.

Approximately 61.5 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in November, up 10% from the preceding three-month period, as RIM led with 33.5% market share of smartphones. After several months of strong growth, Google Android captured the #2 ranking among smartphone platforms in November with 26% of U.S. smartphone subscribers. Apple accounted for 25% of smartphone subscribers (up 0.8 percentage points), followed by Microsoft with 9% and Palm with 3.9%.

The ComScore report ranked the leading mobile original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and smartphone operating system (OS) platforms in the U.S. according to their share of...

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Jan 06
Apple’s Mac App Store now open for business

Apple's Mac App Store is now open for business with more than 1,000 free and paid apps. The store brings the Apple App Store for iOS experience to the Mac, so you can find new apps, buy them using your iTunes account, download and install them in just one step.

The Mac App Store is available for Snow Leopard users through Software Update as part of Mac OS X 10.6.6. It will be built into next summer's Mac OS X Lion.

“With more than 1,000 apps, the Mac App Store is off to a great start,” says Apple CEO Steve Jobs. “We think users are going to love this innovative new way to discover and buy their favorite apps.”

The Mac App Store offers apps in Education, Games, Graphics & Design, Lifestyle, Productivity, Utilities and other categories. Users can browse new and noteworthy apps, find out what’s hot, see staff favorites, search categories and look up top charts for paid and free apps, as well as user ratings and reviews.

Entirely new apps, as well as...

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Jan 06
Apple 'quietly prohibiting' vacation days for three...

Apple is "quietly prohibiting" vacation days for some retail employees for three weeks beginning later this month, "a move that could foreshadow a significant product introduction in the coming weeks," "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) has learned.

People familiar with the company's retail plans say Apple has issued a "blackout" period spanning three weeks, during which retail employees without seniority will not be allowed vacation time, the article adds. That blackout period is said to begin the last week of January and continue into the first half of February.

"AppleInsider" says that prohibiting vacations during such a large span of time is typically indicative of a major product launch, such as a new iPhone, though their sources have no specific knowledge of what Apple could be planning this time around.

A Verizon iPhone, perhaps?

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Jan 06
CES: Cirago launches new network storage product

At this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Cirago International (http://www.cirago.com/) -- a manufacturer of multimedia centers, storage and wireless solutions --unveiled its new Cirago Link+ (NUS2000) USB Network Storage Link that delivers performance to access up to four USB-networked devices quickly and easily from anywhere -- even while on the go.

The Link+ is designed for users who want to tap into their document and media library while on the go, with smartphone access that makes it easy to view and share files from anywhere, according to Tenny Sin, executive vice president at Cirago. The compact device, set to debut in second quarter 2011 and retail for under $100, includes all the functionality of the company’s NUS1000, with added NTFS write support, remote access capability and gigabit Ethernet connectivity, delivering the highest speed available on the market for Ethernet devices....

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Jan 06
CES: Parrot introduces Red Dragon speakers

Parrot, which specializes in wireless peripherals for mobile phones, unveiled the newest addition of its Hi-Fi wireless stereo speakers, Zikmu Parrot by Starck: Red Dragon (http://www.parrot.com/zikmu), at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. They'll set you back a cool US$1,600.

The Red Dragon has an iPhone/iPod docking station. You can also listen to web radio via an iOS app you can download at the Apple App Store.

Other features of the 17-pound speaker system are: an RCA line-in input; Wi-Fi and Bluetooth audio streaming; and Wi-Fi b/g with SES/WPS (browsing and control). The Red Dragon supports software update via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

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Jan 06
Apple 'quietly prohibiting' vacation days for three...

Apple is "quietly prohibiting" vacation days for some retail employees for three weeks beginning later this month, "a move that could foreshadow a significant product introduction in the coming weeks," "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) has learned.

People familiar with the company's retail plans say Apple has issued a "blackout" period spanning three weeks, during which retail employees without seniority will not be allowed vacation time, the article adds. That blackout period is said to begin the last week of January and continue into the first half of February.

"AppleInsider" says that prohibiting vacations during such a large span of time is typically indicative of a major product launch, such as a new iPhone, though their sources have no specific knowledge of what Apple could be planning this time around.

A Verizon iPhone, perhaps?

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Jan 06
CES: Kodak introduces new Mac compatible webcams

Sakar International (http://www.sakar.com) has expanded its family of Kodak Webcams with new US$19.99 and $29.99 models that facilitate video calling on both Macs (Mac OS X 10.5 and higher) and PCs.

Features range from full-motion live images and still image capture at up to 1.3 megapixels to built-in parental controls, drag-and-drop image uploads to social networking and image sharing sites, and a mini-tripod included with the $29.99 model. Designed to simplify video chatting over services such as Skype and Yahoo! AOL and MSN Instant Messenger as well as Google Talk and iChat AV for Macs, the new Kodak Webcams purportedly require no technical expertise to install, use or share captured images.

The Kodak S101 Webcam ($19.99) features:

° A parental control lock-out capability that optionally blocks webcam use without a password to help keep children safe online;

° Bundled control center...

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Jan 06
JoyStick-It is bionic upgrade for screen-swiping gamers

ThinkGeek (http://www.thinkgeek.com) has released he JoyStick-It Arcade Stick, a solid aluminum joystick that attaches to any tablet gaming device -- including the iPad -- to provide precision control of touch screen games.

“Out of the box, the JoyStick-It works with thousands of different game apps,” says Ty Liotta, head of ThinkGeek product development.  “We chose to use solid-milled aluminum because it was lightweight but also provided the most realistic arcade gaming feel.”

Invented at ThinkGeek, the patent-pending JoyStick-It requires no batteries to operate. Priced at US$24.95, it will be available in limited quantities by the end of January.  Consumers can sign up for product updates and read more about the JoyStick-It on ThinkGeek’s web site.

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