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Jan 08
CES: Razer announces the Nabu smart band

Razer rolled out its Nabu smart band at this week's Consumer Electronics Show. It interacts with iOS and Android devices.

The Nabu is a wearable devicee that delivers notifications from a smartphone right to one’s wrist and tracks selected personal information. It's also an open platform that third-party applications can exploit to create novel experiences for users, applying personal, physical and geographical opt-in data.

The Razer Nabu has two OLED notification screens — a Public Icon Screen and a Private Message Screen. The Public icon screen — located on the top of the wrist — notifies users of incoming calls, texts, emails and app updates via notification icons. The Private message screen — located on the inside of the wrist — provides detailed information of texts, emails, bio data and other updates that can only be viewed by the user.
 
The Razer Nabu has advanced sensors for data tracking, including location information, bio data feedback (steps...

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Jan 07
Braven unveils Vibe audio system

Braven unveiled the Vibe, a portable distributed audio Bluetooth and Wi-Fi audio system, at this week's Consumer Electronics Show. It allows users to share music across multiple devices virtually anywhere from any wireless device.

The Braven Vibe System takes advantage of single streaming and sharing solutions across iOS, Android, and Windows devices and can support multiple audio streams concurrently. It creates a wireless sound network and allows users to establish speaker zones for customized audio streaming from just about anywhere.

The Vibe System utilizes Wi-fi and Bluetooth connectivity with an app that allows users to establish speaker groups under the same network, enabling customized audio listening such as classical music in the bedroom and kitchen, rock in the living room, and jazz in the dining room. The app is available at the Apple App Store.

The Braven Vibe System also gives users the ability to connect their existing Bluetooth speaker products...

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Jan 07
FileMaker Product Developer Conference audio goes on sale

Thorsen Consulting invites FileMaker product, plugin and application developers to purchase over a dozen audio sessions recorded for the 2013 FileMaker Product Developer Conference.

Industry experts lead panel discussions and facilitated sessions to discuss high level planning and day-to-day nuances of running a software development company. Over 12 recorded sessions include:

° Panel discussions on business topics include sales, marketing and operations;

° Facilitated sessions on technical challenges including architecture, design, and deployment;

° Presentation on recruiting, employee development and outsourcing.

The audio is available for both the 2013 and 2012 conference is available for purchase at FileMaker Product Developer Conference online (https://fmproductconference.com/).

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Jan 07
Apogee announces JAM 96k guitar interface for Macs, iOS devices

Apogee Electronics has introduced the US$129 JAM 96k, a professional guitar interface for the iPad, iPhone and Mac. It lets you connect your guitar to your iOS or OS X device, whether you’re on-the-go or in a recording studio.

Its circuitry is designed to reproduce the unique interaction between guitar and tube amp, resulting in an authentic tone and responsive feel from any guitar or music creation app you choose, according to the folks at Apogee. For beginners to the most seasoned guitar players, JAM 96k delivers an inspiring experience for practicing, recording, or just jamming, they add.
 
The new JAM 96k features tube amp tone emulation and a nickel-plated finish. Itk also provides the ability to make higher fidelity recordings — up to 24-bit/96kHz – and includes an iOS Lighting cable in the box. Like its predecessor, JAM 96k also includes an iOS 30-pin cable and Mac USB cable. Go to...

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Jan 07
iPort unveils all-in-one iPad charge case, stand

iPort has started taking orders for two new products — Charge Case and Stand for iPad mini with Retina display and iPad Air — on iPortProducts.com. The iPort Charge Case and Stand is an all-in-one iPad case, wireless charger and stand.

It features three distinct mounting angles allowing for FaceTime, movies, or typing and two charging orientations (portrait and landscape). The company says it's the first of its kind to allow users to snap an Apple Smart Cover directly onto their ultra-slim, magnetically-equipped Charge Case.
 
The charge case contains a removable module for use with Apple provided power supply.  The Charge Case and Stand for iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display ship in February for US$119.95 and $99.95 respectively, and will be available at the Apple Store in addition to iPortProducts.com. 

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Jan 07
CES: aKu previews portrait camera for the iPhone

What if an iPhone could take DSLR-quality portraits? What if transferring memory cards, connecting cables and waiting for friends to upload pictures to social media were things of the past? Hardware startup aKu wants to make this possible with the ladibird camera.

It's a hardware device that takes all of the essential optics and electronics of a professional DSLR camera and merges them into a phone casing for the iPhone. aKu is previewing the ladibird camera at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Not only is aKu's new ladibird camera lighter, less bulky and less complex than a DSLR, it also enables instant shoot and share through social networks, chat apps, to the cloud, or email, according to aKu's Adam Latip. Its image sensor is 7.5x larger than the average smartphone sensor -- and 4x larger than a compact sensor, he adds. This extra large size lets it absorb more light into any photograph.

The ladibird camera is currently in early stage...

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Jan 07
Studiometry for Mac OS X gets sub-projects, resource management...

Orange Software has revved Studiometry, its client and project management tool, to version 11.1. The upgrade adds sub-projects, resource management, and more.

Studiometry runs on Mac OS X, Windows and iOS. Sub-projects are now possible in the software. Just drag and drop one project onto another and you’ve got a sub-project.

Another addition in Studiometry 11.1 is the ability to manage resources. Resources include anything that you can reserve for an event or task, such as conference rooms, equipment, etc. You can view their availability right in Studiometry’s calendar. Studiometry will alert you of scheduling conflicts and make suggestions for changes.

Studiometry 11.1 is a free update for registered users of Studiometry 11.x, and is available for download and purchase. New users as well as users of previous versions will get a free 30-day trial. Upgrades from Studiometry 10.x start at US$59.95 per license, while upgrades from 9.x or older are $99.95 per...

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Jan 07
Epson launches new wireless sheetfed scanner

Epson has unveiled the WorkForce DS-560, its first wireless sheetfed scanner. With its Wi-Fi connectivity, it offers point-to-point scanning directly to smartphones, tablets, Macs or PCs.

The DS-560 also includes a range of features such as fast scan speeds, one-pass double-sided scanning and a software package. In addition to its ability to scan to popular cloud services, it allows users to scan directly to a mobile device. For increased flexibility, users can upload scans to their cloud service of choice, such as Google Docs or Evernote, directly from their mobile device.
 
The WorkForce DS-560 delivers scan speeds of up to 26 ppm/52 ipm at 300 dpi, and can scan both sides of one sheet in just one pass, as well as a stack of up to 50 pages with its built-in Automatic Document Feeder (ADF). It's also equipped with "ultrasonic" double-feed detection technology, which senses if more than a single page has been fed, and automatically stops the feeding to avoid...

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Jan 07
Mushkin expands its Ventura Ultra line of USB 3.0 drives

Mushkin announced the next entry to the Ventura Ultra series at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.l In continuation of the current line of 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB models, the company unveiled the Ventura Ultra 480GB USB 3.0 SSD .

The latest Ventura Ultra offering retains the ultra-high performance of the lower capacity models while now offering 480GB of storage, according to Brian Flood, director of Product Development at Mushkin. The LSI SandForce SF-2281 powered USB SSDs provide best in class throughput of 455MB/s reads and 445MB/s writes while providing up to 39K 4K random IOPS, he adds.

The Ventura Ultra also is capable of operating in UASP mode, which enables SSD performance in the USB flash drive form factor. go to http://poweredbymushkin.com for more info.

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Jan 07
CES: Buffalo launches LinkStation network storage devices

Buffalo America has launched its LinkStation 200 series of network storage devices at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Designed for home users, the series provides network storage and backup and offers an assortment of features, allowing users to store, organize, access and stream media files from any computer, smartphone or tablet.

Users can even set up a free personal cloud for access anytime, anywhere, at home or on the go. The LinkStation 200 Series is available as a single-drive model (LS210D) up to 4TB and as a dual-drive (LS220D) model up to 8B with RAID 1 support for automatic data protection.


They provide shared storage and backup for all Mac and PC computers and mobile devices on a home network. You simply connect to a wireless router and follow the step-by-step setup wizard from any computer, or use the Quick Setup feature to configure a LinkStation 200 device from any smartphone or tablet.

The devices are DLNA Certified and can...

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Jan 07
Kensington launches new rugged cases for the iPad

Kensington has announced 14 new rugged cases built to provide drop and spill protection for the iPad Air and iPad mini tablets. The new additions join the existing series of Kensington BlackBelt and SafeGrip cases.

The Kensington BlackBelt Series of rugged cases offers military-grade tablet protection in three degrees. Every model features a tough, lightweight band that surrounds the tablet and was designed to meet the U.S. military’s MIL-STD-810 testing protocols for all-around defense against drops and scratches.

The Kensington SafeGrip Rugged Cases (one of which is pictured) are designed to provide a first line of defense for tablets used by children in the classroom environment. It provides cushioned protection. For details on all the cases go to Kensington.com .

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Jan 07
Apple store sales top US$10 billion in 2013

Apple today announced that customers spent over US$10 billion on the App Store in 2013, including over $1 billion in December alone.

App Store customers downloaded almost three billion apps in December making it the most successful month in App Store history. The company says developers have now earned $15 billion on the App Store.

"We’d like to thank our customers for making 2013 the best year ever for the App Store," Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, said in a press release. "The lineup of apps for the holiday season was astonishing and we look forward to seeing what developers create in 2014."

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Jan 07
CES: BlueFlame unveils cable-free charging solution

BlueFlame launched its latest charging solution, The Station, at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It's designed for the iPhone 5, 5s, and 5c and iPod touch (5th generation).

The Station completely covers an electrical outlet, while offering an USB port for additional device charging and a pass-through outlet to power other small appliances. It keeps your iPhone 5 upright while charging.

The Station is currently available for order at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$59.99 at Apple retail stores and on BlueFlameGear.com.

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Jan 07
Mushkin launches enterprise class SSD at CES

Mushkin announced the worldwide launch of its enterprise-class ProSpec series solid-state drives at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Designed for the enterprise environment, Mushkin's ProSpec SSDs deliver random read/write performance of 80K/42K IOPS and a sustained transfer rate of 560MB/s, and are available in useable capacities ranging from 100GB to 480GB. Equipped with Mushkin's Power Safe Technology, ProSpec SSDs also provide enhanced power-loss data protection through hardware and firmware-based features that prepare the SSD for an unexpected system power loss, according to Brian Flood, Director, product management at Mushkin.

For more information on the ProSpec Enterprise class SSDs, go to http://www.mushkin.com .

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Jan 06
FAVI introduces WiFi Pico projector

FAVI Entertainment has announced its new WiFi-enabled Pico+ Projector with Miracast and Airplay Wireless display, allowing users to wirelessly share their mobile screens and laptop content on up to a 100” projector screen.



At just over the size of a cell phone, this portable projector fits into the side of a laptop bag, in a purse or in a backpack side pocket. The 5000mAh battery purportedly lasts for three hours of continuous playback in eco-mode and its power bank feature allows you to charge your mobile device, both while projecting or when the projector is turned off. 



The Pico+ Project includes a built-in WiFi hotspot allowing you to wirelessly project your mobile content without the need for an external WiFi connection.  Furthermore, everyday users can easily pull up their saved content, movies and photos from any external USB device or SD Card, according to Jeremy Yakel, president of FAVI Entertainment.

The Pico+ supports standard HDMI from cable/...

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Jan 06
CES: Yellow Jacket shows smartphone stun gun case

Yellow Jacket announced the Yellow Jacket case for iPhone 5/5Sat this week's Consumer Electronics Show. It's a stun gun case that sports:

° Equipped left and right-handed triggers that allow consumers to deploy their personal protection device from either hand;

° A swiveling electrode cap and safety switch designed to protect users from accidentally discharging;

° A removable stun gun pack provides users with the flexibility to attach or detach the stun gun pack, depending on their environment;

° Five LED power lights that indicate the current battery level and notify users when it is charging and when it's fully charged;

° TPE soft plastic that protects the phone from damage caused by drops and daily wear and tear.

Yellow Jacket case for the iPhone 5/5S will be available in February, starting at $149, while a 4/4S case can now be purchased for US$99 at www....

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Jan 06
Philips 28-inch 4K Ultra HD Monitor debuts at CES

The PhilipsUltraClear Display debuted at this week's Consumer Electronics Show. It combines 4K UHD high resolution with a color depth of 1.07 billion colors to deliver "brilliant performance, screen clarity and detail with four times the resolution of Full HD."

The Philips display will provide 3840x2160 pixel. It provides several connectivity options and comes equipped with HDMI, DisplayPort, Dual-link DVI, VGA SmartConnect, and USB 3.0 ports. Additionally, an integrated MHL port allows users to connect compatible phones and tablets directly to the monitor to mirror content to the widescreen display while charging the mobile device at the same time.

The Philips UltraClear Display also features MultiView functionality. This technology enables active dual connect and view so that users can work with multiple devices like computer and laptop side-by-side simultaneously.

The SmartErgoBase allows the monitor to be lowered down almost to desk level. Additionally, the...

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Jan 06
CES: Feenix unveils the Autore keyboard for gamers

Feenix debuted the Autore gaming keyboard at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It's compatible with Mac, Windows, and Linux systems.

Modeled after the monolith from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey; it's a minimalist tool that meets the needs of aggressive gamers and typists, says Feenix Creative Director Ashkon Shayani. Lightweight keycaps with cherry MX Brown switches provide an effortless click and tactile response, he adds.

Feenix's font and aluminum coating is designed to keep the keyboard’s surface elegant and durable, while a subtle upward angel is designed to offer optimal wrist comfort. A gold metal plate runs through the length of the chassis.

The Autore oncludes a HAL-approved gold plated modular mini USB to USB connection with an optional PS/2 adapter. A double Polyurethane layer is built alongside the keyboard’s aluminum coating for added surface quality and protection against spills and beverage damage. The Autore is...

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Jan 06
D-Link rolls out new wireless networking, IP surveillance...

At this week's Consumer Electronics Show, D-Link made several announcements for today’s connected lifestyles, including a new Wi-Fi Baby Camera, two new wireless extenders, a network video recorder, and a portable AC router.

The Wireless AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender ($89.99) and Wireless AC750 Dual Band Range Extender ($59.99) 11AC dual band range extenders are designed for pushing wireless signals to those hard-to-reach areas for seamless video streaming, online gaming and other everyday internet activities. For increased flexibility, the extenders are backwards compatible, enabling users to extend their existing 11N and 11AC network devices. Both extenders feature an enhanced user interface for advanced configuration settings and one-touch configuration.
 
The Wi-Fi AC750 Portable Router and Charger ($99.99) offers travelers and mobile users fast speeds and dual band performance, turning any connection into a fast 11AC hotspot, according to the...

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Jan 06
CES: LaCie introduces Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2, Fuel drives

LaCie announced the Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 and Fuel wireless hard drive for the iPad at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 (pictured) is one of the first storage solutions enabled by Thunderbolt 2. It delivers speeds up to 1375MB/s. What's more, LaCie worked with designer Neil Poulton to bring a cutting-edge look to the product. For the first time, the Little Big Disk features a sleek, black finish to its fully aluminum enclosure.

The LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 will be available for purchase in the first quarter of 2014 through LaCie’s resellers and LaCie.com. A Thunderbolt cable included.

LaCie also introduced the Fuel wireless hard drive for the iPad, iPhone, and Mac. Without requiring Internet access, the LaCie Fuel adds 1TB of external storage capacity to compatible mobile devices. Users can store up to 500 movies, 160,000 songs or 190,000 photos, and share them with up to five devices at...

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Jan 06
Seagate debuts Backup Plus FAST portable drive, more

Seagate Technology made two product announcements at this week's Consumer Electronics Show.

For one, it introduced the Backup Plus FAST portable drive (pictured). The company say it's the world’s first portable 4TB storage device, providing twice the capacity and speed of existing external portable drives. This new Seagate Backup Plus FAST drive features an USB 3.0 interface. It's currently available at Seagate.com for a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$299.99.

Seagate also rolled out the second generation of its external storage lineup, Seagate Backup Plus Slim. It's has a compact design and USB 3.0 interface. It's available in 2TB, 3TB, and 4TB capacities for US$129.99, $159.99, and $229.99, respectively.

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Jan 06
Square and Griffin team up for Merchant Case + Square Reader

Griffin Technology and Square have introduced the Merchant case for iPhone 5s and iPhone 5 at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. They say it's first protective case optimized for a Square Reader.

Griffin’s new Merchant case builds on Square’s selling experience for mobile businesses. The introduction of the Merchant case launches Works with Square, a program that allows developers to build accessories for Square businesses.

The case is custom-molded to secure the Square Reader when connected. A groove in the bottom of the case aligns with the Square Reader to guide a credit card to an easy, consistent swipe time after time, according to J. Curtis, director of B2B Product Development at Griffin.

Made from durable silicone, the case protects the phone from bumps and drops. The case’s non-slip sides and corners make it easier to hold the phone and to hand over for customers' signatures. Additionally, the Square Reader can be detached and stored...

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Jan 06
SteelSeries releases Stratus Wireless Gaming Controller for...

SteelSeries has released the Stratus Wireless Gaming Controller. It's designed for console-style gameplay on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch running iOS 7, as well as on your HD TV via AppleTV using AirPlay Mirroring from your iOS device with supported games.

iOS 7 features embedded controller support; and as a result a new platform of gaming is emerging. For the first time on iOS, developers can create games that use traditional console control schemes to provide for an immersive and challenging gaming experience on iOS devices.

The Stratus Controller from SteelSeries is the first Bluetooth controller for iOS devices. Its lightweight design has a comfortable grip with 10-plus hours of battery-life and features that are ideal for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch gaming, says Bruce Hawver, SteelSeries CEO. It features a familiar console-style layout with the a pressure-sensitive directional pad (D-pad), four pressure-sensitive action buttons and 4 pressure-sensitive...

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Jan 06
CES: Griffin Technology introduces StudioConnect HD, Guitar...

Griffin Technology is offering two new products for the mobile musician at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Ethan Opelt, Audio Line Manager at Griffin Technology. “StudioConnect HD is an intuitive, streamlined product that encourages creativity.”

The US$199.99 StudioConnect HD (pictured) is an all-in-one, high definition audio interface for multi-track recording. It records multiple tracks simultaneously to iOS or Mac OS X. Constructed of weighted metal, StudioConnect HD also serves as a stable charging platform.

The StudioConnect HD is compatible with both Lightning and 30-pin iPad models and includes a Type A USB cable for connecting to a computer running Mac OS X. StudioConnect HD accommodates Core Audio recording apps for iPad, along with Mac OS X based Digital Audio Workstations, and works with Auria (iOS); GarageBand (iOS and OS X); Logic Pro X (OS X); and JamUp/BIAS (iOS).


Griffin is also introducing the $19.99 Guitar Sidekick...

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Jan 06
Currency Assistant for Mac OS X upgraded to version 3.1.12

MaBaSoft (http://www.mabasoft.com) has updated Currency Assistant, a currency conversion calculator for Mac OS X, to version 3.1.12. The irrevocably fixed Latvian lats (LVL) euro conversion rate (1 EUR = 0.702804 LVL) has been introduced after the euro replaced the lats and became legal tender in Latvia on Jan. 1, 2014.

Also, the Zimbabwe dollar (ZWD), which was suspended indefinitely in April 2009 due to hyperinflation, has been deleted. The Zimbabwean government legalized the use of foreign currencies in January 2009 and all transactions are now in foreign currencies — mainly the US dollar and the South African rand.

Currency Assistant is now 50% off and available for US$8.95 for new users or
$4.95 for Euro Assistant Pro registered users. Version 3.1.12 is a free update for
registered version users of version 3.x.

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