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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 (http://www.HardCandyCases.com) 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 (http://www.logitech.com) 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 (http://www.kodak.com) 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 (http://www.dry-all.com). 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 (http://www.iomega.com) 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 (http://www.MiLiPower.com) 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 (http://www.peppewireless.com) 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.

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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 (http://macte.ch/CdqR9) 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 (http://www.quickertek.com/) 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 (http://www.lexar.com) 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 (http://www.builtny.com) 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 "paidContent.org" (http://macte.ch/0xpAC).

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 (http://handbrake.fr/downloads.php), 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 (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/).

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 (http://www.cywee.com) -- 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 (http://www.netmarketshare.com).

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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Jan 03
Analyst: Verizon iPhone will earn Apple 'respect' on...

Oppenheimer analyst Yair Reiner said in a note to investors -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- that the anticipated arrival of the iPhone on Verizon in the U.S. will not only increase sales of Apple's smartphone, but will also earn the company more respect on Wall Street.

He thinks the market dislikes Apple because Google's Android mobile operating system is gaining momentum and investors are probably worried about the sustainability of the price premium of Apple's iPhone as handsets running Android become more prevalent. "If so, the more lasting consequence of an Apple-Verizon deal won't be the number of incremental iPhones sold, but the scale of competition between iPhone and Android could tip sharply in Apple's favor," Reiner told clients. "If so, Apple's earnings won't just rise from the additional Verizon units -- they'll finally get some respect."

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Jan 03
Next Final Cut Studio to come in two versions?


Apple should probably roll out the next version of Final Cut Studio in March or early April. And it will come in two versions, according to "HardMac" (http://www.hardmac.com).

The upgrade may not feature all the new features some users are clamoring for. However, two versions are already running at beta level, one for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") and one for Mac OS X Lion, says "HardMac." Some new features will only be available on Lion’s version, due to the changes made on QuickTime layer, the article adds.

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Jan 03
Apple looking to hire CPU engineer, microarchitect

Two new job postings at Apple show the company is beefing up its CPU creation/enhancement abilities. The jobs are probably for taking the A4 chip in the iPhone 4 and iPad to the next level, but you have to think that Apple may at least be considering developing its own Mac processors down the line.

One job posting (http://macte.ch/zf8LR) is for a CPU implementation engineer. Here's what Apple says about the position: "Looking for an experienced and well rounded CPU design professional to work on the definition, design, and implementation of a CPU core. The candidate will be responsible for taking a design from specification or RTL through physical design using both custom and semi-custom implementation techniques. Will be expected to work closely with architects in product definition and feasibility analysis. May also be involved in definition and/or implementation of design methodology. The he ideal candidate...

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Jan 03
Intel officially unveils Sandy Bridge processors

Intel has officially unveiled its "Sandy Bridge" processors. chips will in actuality carry the same Core i3/i5/i7 naming as the 2010 generation of Intel processors.

According to Intel, highlights of the Sandy Bridge processors, built around a new 32nm microarchitecture, include more energy efficient performance and improved 3D and graphics performance. The latest version of Intel's Turbo Boost technology, called Turbo Boost 2.0, lets each core boost performance past its base clock speed as needed for dynamic workloads, while balancing the thermal headroom to avoid overheating. Intel claims that with this new generation of CPUs, "content creation is up to 42% faster and gaming up to 50% faster," than previous generations.

You'll definitely see Sandy Bridge processors in Macs this year. Intel sahs its next-generation laptop chips based on the Sandy Bridge architecture will be able to play Blu-ray 3D movies while preserving battery life. Could this mean Blu-ray playback...

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Jan 03
Analyst raises Apple target share to $400

In a note to clients -- as reported by "Barron's" (http://macte.ch/io80W) -- international Strategy and Investment Group analyst Abhey Lamba raised his price target on shares of Apple to US$400 from $370, while reiterating a Buy rating.

He says results of a recent survey the firm conducted lead him to believe Apple will hold onto 60% of the tablet market in 2011, despite incursions by Google’s Android, Microsoft’s Windows, and the Palm WebOS platform. Lamba is modeling 27 million iPads to be sold by Apple in the fiscal year ending in September, which is higher by 1.5 million units than Lamba’s previous estimate. His figure for the quarter just ended is 6.7 million units. Lamba is projecting 50 million units for the entire tablet industry this calendar year.

The analyst also raised his estimate for the current quarter’s Mac shipments to 4.5 million. That's higher by half a million units, as Apple has...

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Jan 03
Apple's market cap tops $300 billion

In a "broad 2011 rally that pushed the Dow up nearly a point in mid-morning trading Monday, Apple popped more than $7 (2.25%) to hit new record intraday highs -- and to cross a major psychological barrier," reports "Fortune" (http://macte.ch/Jelq1).

The company's market capitalization -- its stock price times the number of shares outstanding -- is now more than $300 billion. Apple has been the most valuable tech stock and the world's second most valuable company -- after ExxonMobil -- since it passed Microsoft last May.

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Jan 03
Analyst Gene Munster offers his 2011 predictions for Apple

In a note to clients -- as reported by "Yahoo! Finance" (http://macte.ch/ctWwT), following are the major announcements for Apple in 2011 with their probabilities and time tables:

° Verizon launch of the iPhone: Probability 95% (Munster expects this in the March quarter)

° Mac App Store: Probability 100% (well, we know he's got this one right as Apple has announced a Jan. 6 launch)

° iTunes cloud services: Probability 90%

° iPad geographic expansion: Probability 100%

° iPad subsidies from carriers: Probability 80%

° Mac OS X Lion: Probability 100% (summer 2011)

Munster also expects a fifth generation iPhone to ship this summer with NFC capability. NFC is a short-range wireless connection technology that would turn the iPhone into an electronic wallet or security passkey, the article says. NFC is already in use in Asia and is expected to explode here in the next three to...

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Jan 03
Nielsen: iPhone leads smartphone race

The race for the lead in U.S. smartphone operating system (OS) consumer market share is tighter than it has ever been. According to November data from The Nielsen Company (http://www.nielsen.com), the popularity of the Android OS among those who purchased a smartphone in the last six months (40%) makes it the leading OS among recent acquirers.

But despite its surge among recent acquirers, when it comes to overall consumer market share, Android OS (25.8%) is still behind Apple iOS (28.6%). RIM Blackberry’s position is less clear: Its share (26.1%) puts it within the margin of error of both Apple iOS and Android. In other words, RIM remains statistically tied with both Apple for first and Android for third, says The Nielsen Company. Apple’s clear lead over Android notwithstanding, this race might still be too close to call.

Nielsen Company says this much is clear, however: all three smartphone OS...

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Jan 03
iHome introduces new iPad audio solutions

iHome (http://www.ihomeaudio.com/) has introduced a new line of iPad audio solutions. They're due later this year; pricing hasn't been announced. The solutions include the:

° iDM12 Rechargeable Portable Bluetooth Speaker System for iPad/iPhone/iPod: a micro sound bar for the media watcher on the go, the iDM12’s protective magnetic casing detaches to serve as a stand for either portrait or landscape orientation. Need to leave the room but don’t want the music to stop? Bring it with you and stream the tunes via the Bluetooth connection.

° iDM15 Rechargeable Portable Stereo Bluetooth Speakers with Speakerphone (pictured): a package that sports two small speakers wrapped up in a protective travel case that transforms into an iPad, iPhone, or netbook stand when speakers are in use. These mini-speakers are equipped with the latest in Bluetooth technology.

° iDM70 Protective "Sound Sleeve"...

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