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Jan 07
Speck introduces TimetoRock for six gen iPod nano

Speck (http://www.speckproducts.com) has released the TimetoRock wristband and armband headphone cord organizer for the six gen iPod nano

“Watchbands have become a real symbol of style and personal expression over the years and so we drew inspiration from that,” says Bryan Hynecek, director of Design at Speck. “With the TimetoRock wristband, our customers will recognize the delicate balance between fashion and protection that’s synonymous with Speck.”
 
TimetoRock’s adjustable strap lets you listen to your favorite tunes while walking, jogging, working or just lounging around the house. The iPod nano fits securely inside the band, but also pops in and out as you wish.

At the same time, the wristband offers protected access to sleep/wake and volume control buttons along with the earphone jack. The TimetoRock also includes two adjustable headphone cord management armbands (one...

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Jan 07
CES: Panasonic introduces new digital cameras, camcorders

Panasonic has introduced new digital cameras and camcorders at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The new Lumix DMC-S3 and Lumix DMC-S1are two easy-to-use models that offer smart features for taking photos and 720p (at 30fps) High Definition videos. The 14.1-megapixel Lumix S3 and 12.1-megapixel Lumix S1 also feature a new design, with a distinct rounded shape designed to fit comfortably in the palm of the hand.

The Lumix DMC-FH27 and Lumix DMC-FH25 shoot 16.1 megapixel images and combine a 28mm wide-angl Leica DC lens with an 8x optical zoom. Designed with an easy-to-hold grip and slim and stylish profile, both models feature large Intelligent LCDs, 720p High Definition (HD) video recording and an advanced iA (Intelligent Auto).

Panasonic has introduced three new Full-High Definition (HD) 3MOS camcorders to its 2011 line, the HDC-TM900, HDC-HS900 and HDC-SD800. The new full-HD camcorders feature 1920 x 1080 resolution with 1080/60p recording...

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Jan 07
CES: Olympus debuts new cameras, accessories

Olympus has introduced new cameras and accessories at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The new products include the Olympus PEN E-PL2, the fourth generation of the PEN family of compact interchangeable lens digital cameras.

This camera expands your creative potential with Live Guide II, new in-camera creative features, new auxiliary lenses, a new Close-Up Spotlight (MAL-1) and new Olympus PENPal Bluetooth accessory. The lineup of six new Olympus cameras includes the XZ-1, an ultra-compact with a built-in ZUIKO lens.

Olympus' new point-and-shoot cameras offer new features including 3D photo mode, Eye-Fi Card compatibility and new Magic Filters, adding artistic effects to your videos. They include the TG-610, TG-310, SP-610UZ and VG-120.

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Jan 07
New iCal alternative available at the Mac App Store

Little Marauder (http://www.littlemarauder.com) has released Caliander, a new iCal alternative on the Mac App Store. The US$18.99 has a novel timeline based user interface, event creation using common English descriptions, and a global keyboard shortcut for adding events.


Since Caliander uses the same calendar database as iCal, it syncs just as usual, so there's no need to migrate old calendars. It doesn't use the conventional paper calendar layouts in favor of a novel, dynamic timeline layout, which can be panned and zoomed freely.

Caliander also has a perceptual mode, which squeezes together the distant future to show the near future in greater detail. This means that the software can show a detailed daily schedule while still reminding the user of things coming up in the next couple of days. Caliander requires Mac OS X 10.6.0 or later.

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Jan 07
CES: Buffalo launches USB 3.0 storage family, expands wireless...

At this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Buffalo Technology (http://http://www.buffalotech.com/) has launched a family of USB 3.0 storage devices and expanded its wireless portfolio.

The new USB 3.0 external hard drives deliver interface speeds up to 5 gigabits per second and range in price from US$99.99 to $629.99. The new MiniStation Stealth USB 3.0, DriveStation Axis USB 3.0, DriveStation Duo USB 3.0 and DriveStation Quad USB 3.0 are designed for quick transfer and storage of high-resolution graphics, digital audio/video, large multimedia files, photos and more.   

Buffalo Technology also announced the AirStation Nfiniti Wireless-N High Power Dual Band Router & Access Point. The gigabit WZR-HP-AG300H is the latest addition to Buffalo's DD-WRT powered wireless portfolio. It will be available in February at an estimated street price of US$149.99.

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Jan 07
HyperCard clone available on the Mac App Store

Bayhoff Software has released BayCard 1.0, a modern day HyperCard clone on the Mac App Store. It works with Mac OS X 10.6 and higher and costs US$19.99.

It was designed to allow non-programmers to bring their own visions to life without the need to learn how to write code. Like HyperCard, a BayCard document can be thought of as a stack of index cards. Unlike HyperCard, BayCard doesn't feature a scripting language. In place of a scripting language, BayCard features over 25 interface widgets including, but not limited to, tables, lists, web pages, date pickers, and iTunes-style star ratings.

According to the folks at Bayhoff Software, BayCard can be utilized in many different ways by different users. For example, one user may choose to use BayCard to organize their life. Another user may use the program to design a simple presentation. Finally, a third user may use BayCard to design several point-and-click adventures.

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

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

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

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Jan 07
Tembo is new find utility for Mac OS X

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jan 07
InnoPocket launches Amphibian Case for the iPhone 4

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

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

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

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

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Jan 07
Kensington announces four new iOS device accessories

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

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

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

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Jan 07
CES: Speakal unveils new speaker solutions

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

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

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Jan 07
Andrea Electronics launches SuperBeam computer headsets

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jan 07
Simple Help Editor revved to version 4.1.3

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

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

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

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Jan 07
iCurrency Plus 1.1.0 available at the Mac App Store

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jan 06
Beatles paid directly in iTunes deal

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

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

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

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Jan 06
EnSoul debuts on Mac App Store

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Entirely new apps, as well as...

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