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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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Jan 06
Pioneer releases SmartCradle for the iPhone

Pioneer Electronics (http://www.pioneer-usa.com) has announced new solutions for safer integration of smartphones into the car environment. It has introduced the Aha Radio Mobile App, which turns social media and traffic apps into audio broadcasts.

Pioneer has also released the first SmartCradle for use with the iPhoneto enhance in-car performance of GPS enabled apps such as MotionX-GPS Drive, a navigation app. Also new is the App Mode feature that's available in nine new audio/video and navigation models and enables viewing of a connected iPhone’s video content from Safari, YouTube and other select apps directly through Pioneer’s larger, high resolution in-dash screens.

Pioneer’s two new in-dash navigation models are the first to connect drivers to the world around them with on-demand, interactive, personalized radio, according to Ted Cardenas, director of marketing for the car electronics...

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Jan 06
Chinon launches AVi Alpha iPod/iPhone docking station

Chinon USA (http://www.chinonusa.com) is introducing the AVi Alpha, an advanced generation of the original Chinon AVi multimedia iPod/iPhone docking station. It's available immediately at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$149.99.

Retro-fashioned after the 1970's American "boom box", the AVi Alpha features a 7-inch LCD that delivers high-resolution playback of videos stored on an iPod or iPhone, expanding both their picture size and sound quality, says Jensen Fong, president of Chinon USA. In addition, when docked to an iPod touch or iPhone connected by Wi-Fi, the AVi Alpha will stream web videos from sites such as YouTube or Netflix onto the LCD. A full suite of AV in/out functions connect you to TV receiver boxes, DVD players and media devices, offering greater flexibility for viewing options.
 
The AVi Alpha operates as simply as other iPod or iPhone docking stations. Just...

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Jan 06
Acoustic Research Unveils Docking Stations for Apple and Android

Audiovox Accessories Corp. (http://www.acoustic-research.com/) has introduced a complete line of docking stations from Acoustic Research for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod. A model for Android-based products is also included as well.

Leading the new line of Acoustic Docking Stations is the ARS45i, which produces 30 watts of power and deep bass, according to David Geise, president of Audiovox Accessories Corp.. This docking speaker system offers component and composite video-output for video playback on the consumer's TV, and a remote control for operating across a room. The ARS45i will be available this spring with a suggested retail price of US$129.99.

The ARS35i offers functionality for an iPad dock. This model has a motorized rotating arm that turns the iPad to landscape or portrait mode. This dock also includes video-output, FM radio, and audio input for MP3 player connection....

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Jan 06
Garage Inc. released for the Mac, iOS devices, more

TransGaming (http://www.transgaming.com) has released Garage Inc., an original, cross-platform game made by TransGaming’s in-house game development studio. The title is available on the Mac, iPhone, iPad, Windows and TransGaming’s GameTree TV platform.

Here's how the game is described: "Garage Inc. is a dynamic, multi-platform time-management game featuring a visually vibrant and imaginative style that will take players into 1920’s prohibition-era Chicago.The game revolves around the life of Angelo Marito, a car mechanic and recent Italian immigrant who is trying to make a life for himself by opening his very own car garage. Garage Inc. will deliver to players the excitement and challenges of managing a busy repair shop through core time-management gameplay as well as through minigames. The game also features colorful characters and an immersive story, revealed in part through an innovative online...

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Jan 06
Speakal introduces Top Gear, Doctor Who speaker solutions

Speakal (http://www.speakal.com) is offering Top Gear and Doctor Who fans unique speaker systems. Top Gear enthusiasts can rev up their favorite tunes with a helmet that docks and rocks your audio device with a built-in digital amplifier, 25W of total output, and a built in subwoofer.

Doctor Who fanatics will rejoice in the T.A.R.D.I.S replica speaker featuring bass and premium speakers with Bluetooth playback. The systems are debuting at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Pricing hasn't been announced.

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Jan 06
Backdrop Designer Plugin is Now Available for 64-bit Photoshop...

Digital Anarchy (http://www.digitalanarchy.com) has released their Backdrop Designer plug-in for Adobe Photoshop CS5. The software creates resolution-independent digital backdrops, very similar to expensive muslin drapes used in a photography studio.

Backdrop Designer 1.5 is fully compatible with Photoshop CS5, Photoshop CS4 and 64-bit systems. With Backdrop Designer, photographers are no longer limited to just the backgrounds they have in the studio, according to Digital Anarchy President Jim Tierney. There are 900 presets to choose from all of which can be mixed and modified to create thousands of variations. Backdrop Designer is used by photographers of all types to move beyond traditional portraiture, and give their clients more flexibility in results after the photoshoot.
 


Backdrop Designer 1.5 is regularly priced at US$199; however, it's on sale for $149 through Jan. 31. On the...

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Jan 06
XtremeMac unveils new iOS charging solutions

XtremeMac (http://www.xtrememac.com) is announcing four new additions to its InCharge series at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The InCharge series are designed to keep your iPod, iPhone and iPad charged and playing at home and on the go.

The new introductions are the InCharge Mobile (US$79.99), Auto USB, Auto Plus and Auto AUX. InCharge Mobile is a low profile, sleek rechargeable battery pack and protective case. According to the folks at XtremeMac it boasts one of the largest battery capacities for iPhone 4 chargers on the market at 2300 mAh, the equivalent of one full charge. Features include an integrated stand for landscape viewing and FaceTime chatting, LED battery status indicator, on/off switch for battery conservation and a micro USB cable for charging and syncing. 

The three new InCharge Auto solutions for the car each offer a compact design and deliver 10 watts of...

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