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Jan 06
Griffin debuts reinvented PowerMate

Griffin Technology will will unveil a new wireless version of its PowerMate at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Described as a clickable knob, the PowerMate Bluetooth can be programmed to execute a wide array of key commands in virtually any application.

Users can streamline routine tasks such as editing home movie, scrolling through long documents, or creating audio works. It functions beautifully as a convenient volume knob and mute button for Bluetooth 4.0 enabled Mac computers, but that's just the beginning of its possibilities, according to Mark Rowan, president at Griffin Technology.

PowerMate is preset to work with iMovie and GarageBand right out of the box. However, users can follow the instructions to add custom commands within their preferred applications. You can spin PowerMate like a wheel to quickly move through large multimedia files, spreadsheets, and word processor documents, or click it like a mouse to select text or perform...

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Jan 06
CES: TrendNet launches AC1900 wireless router

TrendNet has announced the AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Router, model TEW-818DRU, at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It's powered by a 1GHz processor, high power radio amplifiers for extended wireless coverage, and Gigabit Wireless AC networking speeds.

The TEW-818DRU is designed to provide the optimum wireless experience in a busy connected home, says Zak Wood, director of global marketing for TrendNet. It creates two extreme performance wireless networks: an "ultimate performance" 1.3 Gigabits per second (Gbps) Wireless AC network, to connect all Wireless AC devices over the fastest wireless speeds available today; and an extreme performance 600 Megabits per second (Mbps) Wireless N band, to connect everyday wireless devices such as tablets, smart phones, and computers.

Beamforming technology directs the highest wireless signal strength to each user's specific location. On the wired side, the router features all Gigabit Ethernet ports. It also...

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Jan 03
beyerdynamic to introduce the A 200 p at next week's CES

At next week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, beyerdynamic will unveil the A 200 p. Developed with the digital specialists from Astell&Kern and Heilbronn audio and headphones, it's a compact DAC with an integrated headphone amplifier.

The core of the A 200 p is a Wolfson DAC with up to 24 bit resolution at a sampling frequency of 96 kHz (HD audio). Its circuit design circumvents the internal signal processing of the connected player and receives the pure digital music data from a number of mobile playback devices such as the iPhone, iPod, iPad via Lightning connector, Android smartphones or tablets with Android 4.1 or higher via Micro-USB, as well as Mac and Windows laptops.

The A 200 p is currently the smallest mobile DAC and amplifier that can work with all of these devices on the digital level, according to the folks at beyerdynamic. After converting the digital data to analogue music signals, a amplifier with analogue output stage controls the output...

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Jan 03
Lepow to announce Poki portable charger at CES 2014

Lepow International will introduce its newest portable charger, Poki, at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The name (pronounced pock-e) comes from the unit's small pocket shape, which is constructed in one piece.

The Poki's lithium polymer battery, available in 5,000mAh or 10,000mAh, offers safety and prevents overheating, according to Lepow CEO Jacky Fan. It features a smooth, flat, high-grade rubberized outer material that provides protection and a comfortable grip, he adds.

The Poki has a unibody construction and a slide sensor for indicating battery usage with a swipe of the finger. It's compatible with all major devices such as Apple and Android smartphones and tablets, as well as digital cameras, gaming devices and any other mobile device that requires charging.
 
The Lepow Poki portable charger will have the following manufacturer's suggested retail prices: US$59.99 for the 5,000mAh version and $99.99 for the 10,000mAh model. They...

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Jan 03
CEA announces iBeacon Scavenger Hunt at CES

New this year at the 2014 International CES, attendees can participate in the first promotional iBeacon-based scavenger hunt to explore the event and be rewarded with a special prize. Owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the 2014 CES, a gathering place "for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies," will run Jan. 7-10 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Attendees at the 2014 CES who download the CES Mobile App on iOS or Android devices will be encouraged to explore all areas of the show through the scavenger hunt and will collect badges for each iBeacon they encounter. Specific scavenger hunt instructions are included in the CES App.

The first three verified players who collect all of the available badges will be rewarded with a special prize from CES, available for pick-up in the Press Room at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), South Hall Connector, Room S229, during normal operating hours. A limited number of prizes will be...

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Jan 03
AutoMailer 2.0.1 for OS X to merge data with emails

Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated AutoMailer, a Mac OS X app that lets you merge data from a database with email templates and send to multiple addresses  in text or web format, to version 2.0.1. The upgrade adds the ability to send both text emails or web (created in html) emails and management of an Except (never send) list and possibility to send directly via an external mail server.

AutoMailer lets you send an unlimited quantity of emails with a single click, with personalized contents for each recipient. Emails sent by AutoEmailer look like and are standard emails.

AutoMailer 2.0.1 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It costs US$25 and is available at the Tension Software web site and the Mac App Store.

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Jan 02
Razer announces new headphone series

Razer has announced the Razer Adaro series, a new line of headphones designed for personal entertainment. They're available now for pre-order and will ship in February. Prices start at US$79.99.
 
The new audio lineup will initially feature four models: bass-heavy earphones, analog stereo headphones, Bluetooth headphones and DJ-style headphones. The Razer Adaro series marks the company’s latest venture into the personal entertainment audio space.

The Razer Kraken and Electra, two of Razer’s best-selling headphones, were tuned for music, as well as gaming, says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director. For more info go to www.razerzone.com.

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Jan 02
Powerrocks to unveil Smart Power at CES

Powerrocks will unveil its Smart Power 5200mAh portable power banks at next week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. They're designed to charge tablets, smartphones and other devices on the go.

Smart Power provides the exact battery status on your Apple and Android device’s screen while charging, so there’s no more guessing, according to the folks at Powerrocks. The power banks indicate remaining power via an iOS app. The power bank’s remaining battery capacity, status, voltage, charging time, remaining time, power evaluation, use frequency, percentage of remaining capacity,  temperature, average current, and health index is displayed. 

Smart Power power banks also includes standard LED indicators to show the approximate available power of the power bank charger, which includes a fast charging feature. About the size of a makeup compact, they'll be available in a variety of colors, including yellow, pink, purple, blue, red, and silver. 

They'll be...

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Jan 02
Lepow to introduce Mod speaker at next week's CES

Lepow will introduce its Mod Bluetooth speaker at next week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It's inspired by record players from the 1960s and incorporates today's latest technology such as Bluetooth 4.0, 360-degree surround sound and four sound modes, says Lepow CEO Jacky Fan.
 

The new Lepow Mod's modern look is enhanced by its metal construction. It features four sound modes (normal, rock, classic, and vocals), touch controls for volume and play, a built-in Lithium battery that provides up to eight hours of play time, 360-degree audio distribution, and a USB port and cable to charge the speaker. It has a transmission distance of up to 30 feet. The unit measures 9.5" x 4" x 5.5".
 
In addition to being a wireless music player for smartphones and tablets, the Mod also acts as a hands-free speakerphone with its built-in microphone, and an external USB charger for mobile devices with its built-in 6000mAh battery. The Bluetooth speaker will be available...

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Jan 02
iDevices to announce new iGrill products at CES

iDevices will announce new iGrill products at next week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. They are the iGrill Bluetooth Smart Meat Thermometer and iLP Bluetooth Smart Liquid Propane Monitor.

The iGrill Bluetooth Smart Meat Thermometer allows you to monitor the temperature of your food using the free iDevices Connected App from up to 150 feet away. The device features a LED display with proximity wake-up, magnetic mounting, four probe ports and a 150-hour battery life.

 
The patented iLP is designed to solve the grilling problem of running out of propane in the middle of your cook. Using iLP with the iDevices Connected app, grillers can monitor the level of propane left in their tank using its ultra-sonic sensors. Just leave it on the bottom of your propane tank and the app will alert you when your propane level is getting low and tell you the location of the nearest refill location.

Priced at US$99.99, the iGrill2 will be available at...

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Jan 01
Happy New Year from MacTech, MacNews

MacTech.com and MacNews.com wish you a very happy new year -- and the very best for 2014.

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Dec 31
Court-appointed monitor in ebook case denies Apple's...

According to "The Wall Street Journal" (http://tinyurl.com/mtqsxya) Michael Bromwich, the lawyer picked as Apple's monitor in the ebook legal case, said in court documents filed Monday that Apple's characterization of his team's activities as a "roving investigation" in fact "bear no relation whatsoever to the activities we have attempted to conduct."

Last month Apple filed papers in federal court in Manhattan seeking to halt a court-appointed antitrust monitor, Bromwich, from engaging in any further oversight over the company, pending the outcome of its appeal of the e-books antitrust judgment entered against it last July. Apple claimed that Bromwich “is conducting a roving investigation that is interfering with Apple’s business operations, risking the public disclosure of privileged and confidential information, and imposing substantial and rapidly escalating costs on Apple that it will never be...

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Dec 31
Zoom It for OS X now Mavericks ready

Appatit has announces Zoom It 1.2.2, an update to their virtual magnifying glass app for OS X. It's now optimized for OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

Zoom it is designed for artists, engineers, designers, presenters, photographers, project collaborators pr anyone who relies on corrective lenses. The app provides an on-screen loupe that's always available. Version 1.2.2 adds multi-monitor support on Mavericks, as well as a fixed menubar icon on Retina displays.

Zoom It 1.2.2 costs US$2.99 and is available at the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later. For more info go to http://www.app-atitlcom

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Dec 30
Kinvio releases WHD110 wireless HDMI extender kit

Kinvio has introduced WHD110 wireless HDMI extender kit. It's designed to allow you to wirelessly stream audio and video content to your television in high definition.

The HDMI extender kit streams video and audio content up to 65 feet in open space or up to 40 feet indoors, depending on wall density. It provides a wireless connection between televisions, audio systems, laptops, gaming consoles, cable boxes, monitors and more.

Users simply connect Kinivo’s compact transmitter to the output device and attach the receiver to the TV’s HDMI input to wirelessly stream audio and video over your home’s entertainment system. Kinivo’s WHD110 also brings the power of the Internet to your living room with the ability to stream online content to your television screen.

It supports a wireless frequency of 5GhZ, 1080p resolution, and 3D. Kinivo’s WHD110 Wireless 5GhZ HDMI extender kit is now available on Amazon.com and Kinivo.com for US$139.

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Dec 30
Samsung, Apple resume patent talks

Apple and Samsung have resumed negotiations out of court in an effort to resolve disputes over ongoing patent-infringement, according to "Forbes" (http://tinyurl.com/kf8tcwx)

This announcement comes a couple of days after Apple once again sought an injunction against Samsung to prevent it from selling certain "copycat" products in the U.S. At stake in the negotiations is an overall resolution to the copycat allegations brought by Apple against Samsung, notes "Forbes."

This is all part of the ongoing, global legal battle. Apple and Samsung have filed more than 30 lawsuits against each other across four continents. For example, Apple alleges that Samsung copied the slide-to-unlock technology of its iPhone and iPad devices.

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Dec 30
SCSC releases SpotOff 2, Spot-O-Meter 2 for Mac OS X

Software and Computer System Company (SCSC) has released SpotOFf 2 with Spot-O-Meter 2 and Spot-O-Meter Mini for Mac OS X.

SpotOff 2 is the next generation of the company's original product, SpotOff. It takes control of both Spotlight and Time Machine indexing related to the mds [meta data server] process. With the new versions, a user can tell when mds indexing is out of control, and then turn it on and off as needed.

The new version of SpotOff allows a user to control not only meta data server (mds) problems associated with Spotlight, but those associated with Time Machine as well. In addition, the original Spot-O-Meter has been re-vamped and comes in both a standard sized version, as well as a new "mini" version.

SpotOff 2 with Spot-O-Meter 2 and Spot-O-Meter Mini cost $10.95 each. Both versions of Spot-O-Meter can be downloaded from the company's web site (http://www.scsc-online.com...

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Dec 30
ForeUI for Mac OS X updated to version 3.50

EaSynth Solution has released ForeUI 3.50, an update to their UI [user interface] prototyping tool for all popular desktop operating systems including Mac OS X (10.6 and higher).

With it, users can build GUI [graphic user interface] mockups for desktop software, mobile apps, websites, or web applications. The software provides six UI themes and users may also design their own by using the "UI Theme Editor" plug-in. Several enhancements for the prototyping of mobile apps are available in the new version.

ForeUI 3.50 costs US$150 per user. Volume discounts are also available. A 15-day trial of the full version can be downloaded from the EaSynth Solution website (http://www.foreui.com/).

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Dec 27
Apple seeks ban once more for U.S. ban on Samsung products

Apple filed a motion on Thursday to renew its effort to stop sales of Samsung products that it says infringes on three of its patents, reports "FOSS Patents" (http://tinyurl.com/k6d5t47).

On Nov. 18, 2013 the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit revived Apple's bid for a permanent patent injunction against Samsung's Android-based devices with respect to three multitouch software patents, while affirming Judge Lucy Koh's denial of injunctive relief with respect to the asserted design patents. "FOSS Patents" notes that Samsung could have tried to delay the process through a petition for a rehearing, but didn't.

As a result, the Federal Circuit yesterday (December 26, 2013) issued the formal mandate to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California (Judge Koh's court). On the same Apple brought a renewed motion for a permanent injunction, requesting...

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Dec 26
Political scandal in Turkey could sour iPad, Apple store deals

A growing political scandal in Turkey threatens to involve the country’s prime minister, a "key player in a program to purchase $4 billion worth of iPads for thousands of schools, which in turn was a major motive for Apple’s plans to open a retail store in the country early next year, reports "ifo Apple Store."

Three ministers resigned Christmas night in the face of corruption allegations. They called on prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to also resign. If Erdogan does leave office, it could put the iPad deal in jeopardy, and leave the nearly-finished and high-profile Apple store with fewer customers. Read more at http://tinyurl.com/my7zbm3 .

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Dec 26
Apple accused of iPhone pricing interference in Taiwan

Apple has been fined NT$20 million (US$670,000) fine by Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission (FTC) for interfering with pricing procedures carried out by mobile service providers and mobile phone distributors, reports "The Wall Street Journal" (http://tinyurl.com/meyl3k3)

The company has also been ordered to stop interfering with mobile service providers and handset distributors' pricing, the article adds. Apple can appeal, but may get slapped with the fine if it doesn't comply.

The FTC said that, after examining email correspondence between the iPhone maker and the Taiwanese mobile companies, they "discovered the companies submit their pricing plans to Apple to be approved or confirmed before the products hit the market." The ruling doesn’t apply to other Apple products, such as the iPad.

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Dec 26
Enolsoft Video Converter for Mac gets new editing tools

Enolsoft has updated Video Converter for Mac, an app that lets you convert all common 2D video. The new version adds new video editing tools such as rotate videos, choose subtitles or audio track and import external subtitles into videos.

Enolsoft Video Converter for Mac lets you convert between all common video formats including AVI, WMV, FLV, MKV, VOB, MOV, 3GP, Xvid, MPEG, RM, RMVB, MP4, etc., and extract audios from videos on Mac to save as MP3, M4A, AIFF, WAV, AAC, and OGG files. With the converter, Mac users can: play AVI, MKV, AVCHD videos on portable devices like iPad, iPhone; upload recorded AVCHD videos to YouTube; or edit home-made video in iMovie or Final Cut Pro.

What's more, your videos can be personalized with a wide array of build-in video editing tools. Enolsoft Video Converter for Mac is available for US$35. A demo is available for download. Go to http://tinyurl.com/mwa9245...

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Dec 24
Happy holidays from all of us at MacTech and MacNews

All of us at MacTech and MacNews wish all our readers and advertisers the very best of the holiday season.

Keep safe and enjoy this time with your family and friends. Then rejoin us for the latest Apple news on Thursday, Dec. 26.

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Dec 23
Addonics ships port multipliers with 6Gbps data transfer rates

Addonics Technologies has announced two new members of its Port Multiplier family, both designed to support SATA 3.0 6Gbps and enhance the storage capabilities for a wide range of computer systems.

The new products are the Internal 5-port 6G Port Multiplier, which is an excellent solution for adding more drives to a computer that has limited SATA ports, and the 5-Port 6G Rack Mount Port Multiplier, which has more flexibility for large volume storage needs. As many as five hard drives, SSD or optical drives can be connected to these PMs.

The hard drives or SSD drives appear as five individual drives when connecting to a Port Multiplier compatible controller. The drives can also be set up as a RAID group using the RAID software of the OS or the host controller.

The Internal 5-port 6G Port Multiplier is designed to be mounted into an add-on card slot of any standard desktop or low profile system. It connects up to 5 SATA hard drives or optical drives into a...

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Dec 23
Apple, China Mobile enter into multi-year agreement

Apple and China Mobile have entered into a multi-year agreement to bring the iPhone to the world's largest mobile network.

As part of the agreement, the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c (pictured) will be available from China Mobile's expansive network of retail stores as well as Apple retail stores across mainland China beginning on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. The iPhones will be available for pre-registration from China Mobile's official website (www.10086.cn) and customer service hotline "10086" beginning on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013.

"Apple’s iPhone is very much loved by millions of customers around the world. We know there are many China Mobile customers and potential new customers who are anxiously awaiting the incredible combination of iPhone on China Mobile’s leading network. We are delighted that iPhone on China Mobile will support our 4G/TD-LTE and 3G/TD-SCDMA networks, providing customers with high-speed mobile...

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Dec 23
Text Converter for Mac OS X gets improved converter engine, more

Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Text Converter, the Mac OS X tool for converting files from various formats (PDF, HTML, RTF, RTFD) to standard plain text, to version 1.2.

Text Converter works via drag and drop. Version 1.2 now keeps a log of processed files, even though a re-launch of the app. It also sports an improved converter engine and enhanced layout.

Text Converter requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It's available for US$10 from the Tension Software web site and the Mac App Store.

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