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Jun 22
WD releases My Book AV DVR Expander

WD has introduced its new 1TB My Book AV DVR expander, allowing customers to expand their DVR recording capacity by simply attaching the My Book AV DVR expander. TiVo Verified compatible with TiVo Series3 and TiVo HD DVRs, the new My Book AV DVR expander is capable of storing up to 120 hours of high-definition (HD) television programming.

The drive, which offers USB and eSATA connections, is compatible with Dish Network® and DirecTV DVR. WD is working with other major satellite, cable and telecom companies to integrate its DVR expander technology into set-top boxes around the world.

WD's My Book AV DVR expander also enables users to store and play back videos from 2010 or later Sony HD Handycam camcorders with the Direct Copy feature, giving consumers an easy way to offload, archive and enjoy their personal videos in one simple step without a computer.

The new My Book AV DVR expander is available with 1TB capacity and has a two-year limited warranty. My Book...

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Jun 22
NewerTech introduces new iPad accessories

Newer Technology (http://www.newertech.com) has expanded its iPad accessory line with three new products.

The US$24.95 NuGuard Protection Kit is a 3-in-1 kit featuring a carbon film wrap to improve grip and protect the back of an iPad without adding bulk, a NuVue Screen Protector to keep the screen scratch-free, and a reusable microfiber cloth to remove smudges and fingerprints without scratching. The $24.99 NuVue Anti-Glare is designed to reduce both glare and smudges. This static cling screen protector is custom designed to fit the iPad with a peel-and-stick install. It purportedly won't cause air bubbles like adhesive based screen protectors.

The $19.99 NuGuard Gel Case (pictured) offers the grip, soft feel and flexibility of a silicone case but with the protection of a hard shell. Made of translucent thermoplastic polyurethane, this form-fitting, hybrid plastic and silicone case is shock...

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Jun 22
Guitar Sidekick system released for the iPhone

Castiv Media has announced the Guitar Sidekick (http://www.castiv.com/en/guitar-sidekick.html), a guitar mounted holding system designed for the iPhone. The US$29.99 system enables the musician to use any of the music/guitar apps available on the Apple App Store, such as: video lessons, lyrics teleprompter, audio recorder, metronome, tabs display, and instrument tuner.

Compatible with any guitar, the Guitar Sidekick purportedly doesn't affect playing or tuning. It works with classical, acoustic, electric or bass guitars. The grip can freely rotate and position the iPhone in either portrait or landscape mode. The adjustable grip can accommodate the iPhone, iPod touch, iPod nano, BlackBerry Storm, BlackBerry, Android, PSP, Zune, iTab, and more.

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Jun 22
FireWire Association releases Blu-ray, set top box specs

The 1394 Trade Association (http://www.1394ta.org)-- of which Apple is a member, has issued a trio of new specifications focused on video compression, audio and music transmission, and set top box functionality.

The Trade Association’s USA Set Top Box Test Specification Revision 1.0 defines a set of tests to verify the functionality of the 1394 interface -- better known as FireWire to Mac users -- as defined in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) mandate for a functional 1394 interface in the STB. The standard defines a set of tests that when executed will verify a USA Set Top Box has correctly implemented all the required functionality.

The revised BT.601 specification on the transport of uncompressed or compressed video addresses the upcoming analog ‘sunset’ directive that applies Jan. 1, 2011 to new Blu-Ray products. The "image constraint token" eliminates the potential for pirated...

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Jun 22
iHome ships iP46 rechargeable stereo speaker

iHome (http://www.ihomeaudio.com) has released the US$99 iP46 Portable Rechargeable Stereo Speaker System. It's compatible with the iPhone and iPod.

Outfitted with four speakers in Reson8 speaker chambers, SRS WOW sound enhancement and a rechargeable lithium ion battery, the iP46 purportedly delivers 10 hours of audio. It's equipped with a pivoting retractable dock for iPhone and docking iPod models and a line-in jack to play any desired MP3 or CD player.

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Jun 22
Ten One Design unveils its first iPad case

Ten One Design (http:///www.tenonedesign.com), the creators of the Pogo Sketch capacitive touch-screen stylus for the iPhone, iPod touch, MacBook and now iPad, has announced the availability of its newest creation for the iPad -- the US$34.95 Particle.

It's a lightweight iPad case that comes complete with its very own Pogo Sketch, which allows for greater accuracy, efficiency and precision when taking notes or sketching on your capacitive touch screen device according to the folks at Ten Design. The integrated side clip keeps the Pogo Sketch close at hand and securely in place.

The Particle’s open-air backing keeps the iPad cool during extended use, and the integrated shock-absorbing rubberized feet keep the device wobble-free and off flat surfaces. All ports for the iPad are fully accessible.

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Jun 22
WaterField Designs releases iPhone 4 Suede Jacket

WaterField Designs has announced the super thin, custom-fitting Suede Jacket for the iPhone 4. The sleeve is available in classic black and a cheetah or zebra print Ultrasuede.

The Suede Jacket sleeve is thin and provides bulk-free, scratch protection for the iPhone 4. The case is a snug-fitting Ultrasuede cover constructed of 100% scratch-free, washable microfiber with stretch memory and no potentially scratching zippers. An optional strong, stretch-mesh, rear pocket is designed for storing earbuds, credit cards or cash. When empty, the pocket lies completely flat.

All iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS Suede Jackets are available for pre-order from the WaterField Designs web site (http://www.sfbags.com/). Shipping begins July 1. Pricing starts at US$10.

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Jun 22
Etymotic hf3 headset available for the iPod, iPhone, iPad

The Etymotic hf3 headsets (http://www.etymotic.com) are now available, for the iPod touch, iPhone and iPad. It's enhanced with Etymotic’s ACCU•Technology platform and uses ACCU•Driver technology precision-crafted balanced armatures.

The hf3 headset features a 3-button control pod with a close-proximity in-line microphone that lets iPhone users to pause music to engage in phone conversations, and for iPod touch, iPhone and iPad users to adjust volume and navigate through music tracks while in motion or on the go. Four noise-isolating eartips are included.

Etymotic offers earphones and headsets in three series. In the sub-US$100 price category is the revolutionary MC-Series, based on the ACCU•Technology approach and the patent-pending, Acoustic Control Chamber ACCU•Chamber driver housing. At the $300 mark, Etymotic’s ER series offers ACCU•Driver technology with hand-matched balanced armatures.

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Jun 22
Toshiba launches 2.5-inch SAS HDD

Toshiba Storage Device Devision (http://www.toshibastorage.com) has launched the MBF2xxLRC, a 2.5-inch enterprise HDD mounted in a 3.5-inch bracket. It will ship in July to original equipment manufacturers and distributors.

The MBF2xxLRC is available with capacity points of 300GB, 450GB, and 600GB -- equal to the highest capacity point currently available within the entire 2.5 and 3.5-inch form factor enterprise-class segments. It touts 10,025 RPM spin speed and a 6Gb/s SAS interface.

By incorporating the MBF series 2.5-inch drive in a 3.5-inch bracket, the MBF2xxLRC delivers all the benefits of small form factor technology versus 3.5-inch HDDs including 70% less power at idle and approximately one-half the active power, says Joel Hagberg, vice president of enterprise marketing at Toshiba Storage Device Division.

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Jun 22
Intelerad announces native 64-Bit InteleViewer for Mac

Intelerad Medical Systems (http://www.intelerad.com/en/index.php), which specializes in medical imaging PACS and workflow solutions, has announced the availability of InteleViewer for Mac, intended for radiology groups who wish to provide fully-featured image and report access to referring physicians with a Mac preference.

Specifically designed for referring physicians, InteleViewer for Mac combines the benefits of Mac systems with Intelerad’s leading-edge medical imaging solutions, says Chris Henri, Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Intelerad. Mac users will experience the Mac OS X 64-bit Intel high speed viewing, as well as full support for FDA approved medical-grade displays, he adds.

Intelerad’s native 64-bit InteleViewer for Mac comes with high-performance streaming of data for remote viewing and customizable layouts. Administration tools let radiology groups...

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Jun 22
Analyst raises price target for Apple to $375

In his second note to clients in as many days, Deutsche Bank's Chris Whitmore raised his price target for Apple (AAPL) to $375 -- "the highest we've seen to date," says "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/06/22/new-high-apple-price-target-375/?...).

"Apple is beginning the strongest product cycle in the company's history, led by the iPad and iPhone 4 release later this week," he writes. "Initial demand for the new iPhone is incredibly robust based on initial demand indicators including: pre-orders, search trends and supplier checks."

As for the iPad, Whitmore notes that shipping lead times are still 7-10 days and that despite improving supplies, stock-outs across Apple's "retail footprint" continued into June.

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Jun 22
Apple Store in Perth, Australia, to open June 26

Apple will open a new retail store in Perth, Australia, this Saturday, June 26, at 9 am. It will be located on Hay Street in the business district.

"A pastry shop moved out of the historic building last year, and Apple gutted the interior but retained the quaint façade, built a modern two-level, steel building behind it, and installed a standard store inside," says "ifoAppleStore" (http://www.ifoapplestore.com/db/2010/06/21/western-australia-the-store-i...). "Passersby will be protected by a stainless steel awning, and can marvel at the unusual window pane pattern, intricate plaster detailing, and huge cornice work at the roof line.

The Perth Apple store will be the company's 293rd retail store. Apple plans to open another 20 or so during this fiscal year, with about half of those...

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Jun 22
Adobe announces Flash Player 10.1 for Mobile

Adobe (http://www.adobe.com) has released Adobe Flash Player 10.1 to mobile platform partners. Redesigned from the ground up with new performance and mobile specific features, it's the first release that brings the full web across desktops and devices, according to David Wadhwani, general manager and vice president, Platform Business at Adobe.

Mobile users will now be able to experience millions of sites with rich applications and content inside the browser including games, animations, rich Internet applications (RIAs), data presentations and visualizations, ecommerce, music, video, audio and more.

Already one of the top free apps on Android Market today, Flash Player 10.1 will be available as a final production release for smart phones and tablets once users are able to upgrade to Android 2.2 “Froyo.” Devices supporting “Froyo” and Flash Player 10.1 are expected to include the Dell Streak, Google Nexus...

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Jun 22
Vizio offers HD wireless routers, high def Blu-ray players

Vizio (http://www.viz.com) has introduced a wireless Internet router optimized for Vizio Internet Apps (VIA), the platform that enables viewers to experience web and on-demand content, as well as three wireless Blu-ray players with Internet Apps.

The XWR100 Dual-Band HD Wireless Internet Router prioritizes HD video and audio to VIA HDTVs and Blu-ray players, such as VIA-enabled VBR200W, VBR210, VBR220 and VBR231 Blu-ray players that are capable of streaming content from online services such as VUDU, Netflix and Pandora. The universal wireless router can also be configured to prioritize traffic to other Internet-connected devices as well as share a high-speed Internet connection to other Internet capable devices in the home, such as laptops, game consoles and smart phones, according to Laynie Newsome, Vizio's chief sales officer and co-founder.

The XWR100 802.11n dual-band wireless Internet router operates at...

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Jun 22
Altec Lansing introduces new Octiv Mini audio dock

Altec Lansing (http://www.alteclansing.com) has introduced the US$49.95 Octiv Mini audio dock for the iPhone and iPod. It charges the devices while pulling double-duty as a functional alarm clock when combined with the free new Altec Lansing custom Alarm Rock app.

The app acts as a full-featured digital alarm clock complete with time display and an oversized snooze button. It's a free download at the Apple App Store.

The Octiv Mini measures four inches wide and five inches deep. It., along with select products from Altec Lansing's line of premiere audio equipment, will be traveling throughout North America with the 2010 Warped Tour kicking off in Los Angeles on June 25. Fans are encouraged to stop by the Altec Lansing tent to experience the products first hand.

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Jun 22
Targus announces new iPad cases, accessories

Targus (http://www.targus.com) has announced new iPad cases and a screen protector for the Apple device. The new cases are the The Z-Case, Truss, Targus Leather (shown) and Wallet Style cases.

The US$54.99 Z-Case for iPad sports a protective hard-shell structure, leather exterior and soft colored lining on the inside. It comes in black, orange and mustard.

The $49.99 Targus Leather Sleeve for iPad has a soft, protective top grain leather exterior, twill lined interior and magnetic closure. It's available in blac,

The $49.99 Truss Case for iPad is a convertible two-in-one carrying case and hands-free viewing stand. Its flaps also open like a book for in-case viewing. The Truss Case boasts a leather exterior, soft inner lining and secure wrap-around band closure. It's available in black and brown.

The $54.99 Wallet Style Case for iPad is designed to look like a billfold and features...

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Jun 21
MobileSyncBrowser update compatible with iOS 4.0, iTunes 9.2

Vaughn S. Cordero of VSC/Macsupport has released 4.0 of MobileSyncBrowser (http://mobilesyncbrowser.com/), an iPhone backup browsing utility. The upgrade adds compatibility with iOS 4.0 and iTunes 9.2, support for MMS previews and has been enhanced to provide easier navigation, better performance and enhanced stability.

Users can download and try out MSB for free; previews and exports are limited until a registration key is purchased. Classic and Plus keys can be purchased online for US$10 and US$20.

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Jun 21
Koingo Software releases Amnesia 1.2 for Mac OS X

Koingo Software has released Amnesia 1.5 (http://www.koingosw.com/products/amnesia.php )for Mac OS X. Amnesia performs a smart scan to determine all related files to be removed. The app now uses a threaded process to search for apps with Spotlight and now performs an internal consistency check before allowing the application to launch.

With Amnesia, you can uninstall applications, preference panes, screen savers, and Dashboard widgets, as well as all their related files. In addition, turn on a secure deletion option to prevent recovery of the removed files.

Amnesia comes with a built-in backup function that creates an archive of related files in case you wish to restore them at a later time. It will reinstall the pieces of the product exactly where they came from -- even if you choose to restore to a different machine.

Another feature Amnesia has to...

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Jun 21
iWebBuddy for Mac OS X revved to version 1.5.2

Zarra Studios (http://www.zarrastudios.com) has released iWeb Buddy 1.5.2, an update of the post processor application for iWeb, the web creation component of iLife. The "buddy app" is designed to bring additional functionality to iWeb.

Version 1.5.2 fixes several issues relating to updating sites hosted on MobileMe. There are also general enhancements to the stability of file uploads and downloads.

iWeb Buddy allows the user to add Google Analytics, social bookmarking and more to a web site automatically. In addition, iWeb Buddy allows you to have multiple domain files in iWeb. In addition, iWeb Buddy remembers your settings, account numbers, etc., with the goal of making it easy to update your web site whenever you make a change in iWeb.

With iWeb Buddy, a user can "monetize" their websites that they have created in iWeb by being able to track the traffic on their sites, add custom...

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Jun 21
AddMovie for Mac OS X premieres version 1.8.4

Limit Point Software has updated AddMovie (http://www.limit-point.com/Utilities/AddMovie.html), a tool for combining multiple movies or images into a single movie and batch exporting movies to any format supported by QuickTime, to version 1.8.4.

When saving exporter settings in Preferences, if the selected exporter's settings have not been changed then the default settings for that component will be saved. This way you can easily restore the default settings for that component after a change.

AddMovie is a utility for concatenating several files into one single movie, or batch converting movies to other formats. It supports all formats provided by Quicktime. Since the output format is configurable, you can also use AddMovie to convert movie file formats, say from MPEG-4 to 3GP for display on your Bluetooth phone, etc,

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Jun 21
Synium Software releases iFinance 3.2.0 for Mac OS X

Synium Software has released iFinance 3.2.0 (http://www.synium.de/products/ifinance/index.html), an update of the personal finance app for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. The update now launches as a 64-bit application.

Also, you can now print on checks and bank transfer receipts. With version 3.2.0, you can freely select where to store your databases and use a new, unified data selection control.

iFinance is priced at $29 for new users. Updates from iFinance 1.x or 2.x or iFinance 3 Public Beta are free of charge.

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Jun 21
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for June 21

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps announced. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/).

mTrip Travel Guides for iPhone and iPod touch hit the Apple App Store today with nine US and European city guides. Just like a personal tour guide, mTrip is there for you from planning your itinerary to guiding you around the entire city and describing tourist attractions, restaurants, hotels and more.

Theme Park Nerd has announced Universal Guide for the iPhone and iPod touch. The US$1.99 app is packed full of information on all of the rides, attractions and facilities at Universal Orlando and provides live wait time information direct from the resort. What's more, you can set notifications so that you're alerted when your favorite rides drop below a specified queue time.

MuleSoft, a web middleware company, has introduced TomcatStats,...

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Jun 21
PhoneView adds support for iOS 4

Ecamm Network (http://www.ecamm.com) has released PhoneView 2.5, an update of the Mac desktop companion for the iPhone. The update adds full support for iOS 4.

Phoneview gives iPhone and iPod touch users access to iTunes media, photos, notes, contacts, SMS and call history data stored on the communications device. Also, Mac files and folders can be copied to the phone for data storage and file transfer between Macs. What's more, notes can be added to the iPhone or iPod touch Notes program by dragging text files, Word docs, PDF files, and other formats into the PhoneView browser.

A seven-day demo is available; registration is US$19.95.

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Jun 21
EarthDesk for Mac OS X rotates to version 5.4

Xeric Design has released version 5.4 of EarthDesk (http://www.xericdesign.com/earthdesk.php), the real-time dynamic desktop map for Mac OS X. The new version can now span a single map image across all attached screens and offers better support for live add/remove of screens.

EarthDesk replaces your static desktop with a photo-realistic image of the Earth showing current sun, moon and city illumination as well as real-time global cloud coverage (hurricanes, storms, and worldwide weather systems) on your desktop. It operates silently in the background, keeping your desktop updated while you work. Unlike a screen saver, which only appears when your system is idle, EarthDesk's dynamic desktop is continuously displayed as your desktop background (and optionally as a screen saver).

EarthDesk requires Mac OS X 10.5 or newer. Single user copies may be purchased online for...

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Jun 21
Apple Store Los Cerritos (California) to open June 24

Apple will open a new retail store in Los Cerritos, California, this Thursday, June 24.

Apple Store Los Cerritos (http://www.apple.com/retail/loscerritos/) is located at 239 Los Cerritos Center, Cerritos, California 90703. The phone number is 562-356-1555.

Regular store hours will be Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm, and Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm.

Apple Store State Street will be the company's 292nd retail store. Apple plans to open another 22 during this fiscal year, with about half of those outside the U.S.

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