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Jan 13
Apple postpones iPhone 4S sales in mainland China stores
Apple postponed sales of its iPhone 4S in its mainland China stores Friday after angry customers threw eggs at the company's flagship Beijing store when it didn't open at 7 a.m., as scheduled, reports the "Associated Press" ( Hundreds of people had waited overnight in freezing weather at the store in the Sanlitun district on Beijing's east side for a chance to buy the Apple smartphone, the article adds. Apple said it canceled the opening due to safety concerns about the crowd. The company further says that the iPhone 4S will not be sold at its mainland China stores for the time being to protect the safety of customers and employees, notes the "AP." However, the smartphone will still will be sold online and through its local carrier. Apple should consider launching its products earlier in China, and expand its online distribution there, if it wants to avoid incidents, analysts told "PC World" ( "(Chinese consumers) want to have the gadget...
Jan 13
Apple leases complex into Sunnyvale, California
Apple has agreed to agreed to lease a big research and office complex in Sunnyvale, California and is seeking even more space in the city, marking a major expansion outside of the company's headquarters in Cupertino, reports the Mercury News" ( Apple has rented 215,000 square feet in what's known as the Sunnyvale Research Center, the article adds, attributing realty agents from Colliers International, which is marketing the office center. "Potentially thousands of Apple employees could end up working in buildings Apple has leased or has been scouting in Sunnyvale,"says the "Mercury News." "It's not clear how many of these would be new hires, or how many would be transfers from existing Apple offices."
Jan 13
Pure Contour 200i Air audio system is Apple AirPlay compatible
Pure ( has announced the US$329 Contour 200i Air, a wireless audio system with Apple AirPlay that allows the user to play their music wirelessly via a Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch without the need to dock the device. It will be available in March. AirPlay enables iTunes users to play their music library, hosted on a Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone or iPod touch on any AirPlay-enabled device. If the user has more than one AirPlay-enabled device, the user can control and run a multiroom music environment from a Mac or PC running iTunes. The Pure Contour 200i Air not only supports wireless streaming, but also includes a dock for iPad, iPhone and iPod for charging as well as music playback. It connects to the user’s home network via Ethernet or WiFi, and produces 36W RMS of digital quality sound. 
The Contour 200i Air also serves as a companion to the free Pure Lounge app that enables access to Internet radio stations, on demand content (podcasts and listen again...
Jan 13
Blackmagic Design announces new Intensity Shuttle with...
Blackmagic Design ( has announced the US$239 Intensity Shuttle, a new video capture and playback solution that uses the Thunderbolt technology found on the latest Macs. It features video connections to connect video cameras, set-top boxes, game consoles, large screen TVs and projectors to a Thunderbolt-enabled computer. The e inline design includes HDMI, analog component, composite and S-Video inputs and outputs. Thunderbolt-enabled computers connect to Intensity Shuttle using a single cable that's capable of 10 Gbps data transfer speeds. That’s 20x faster than USB 2.0 and 12x faster than FireWire 800. The Blackmagic solution is powered over the Thunderbolt cable with no need for an external power supply.
Jan 13
RFA Brands launches Powerbag line
RFA Brands has launched the Powerbag line at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Integrated into every Powerbag is an universal smart-charging system, which powers mobile devices that can be charged using a USB cable, including iPad, iPhone, iPod and most leading smartphones, MP3 players, tablets, eReaders, Bluetooth headsets and more, right in the bag. Powerbag comes with a built-in, lightweight, rechargeable and removable battery for "charge on the go" capability (3000 mAh, 6000 mAh or 9000 mAh batteries available), says Ron Ferber, president of RFA Brands. Plug your Powerbag into any standard wall outlet with the included AC adapter to recharge the internal battery. You can connect up to four mobile devices at a time using the included pre-routed connectors (one micro, one mini, one Apple) and one USB port inside every Powerbag. Keep devices connected or plug-in when you need more power. The Powerbag smart-charging system will automatically detect the connected...
Jan 13
Griffin intros StudioConnect, MIDIConnect for iOS
Griffin Technology ( has announced the StudioConnect and MIDIConnect for IOS devices. The multipurpose StudioConnect for iPad combines both audio and MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) recording into one compact device that also simultaneously charges the Apple tablet. It's a tracking, editing and overdubbing companion for GarageBand. The desktop unit serves as an all-in-one interface for audio, MIDI-In and MIDI-Out as well as a charging dock for the iPad device. The StudioConnect is due next month for US$149.99. The MIDIConnect joins Griffin's GuitarConnect Pro in providing compact, go-anywhere input solutions for an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. It will go on sale in the spring for $79.99.
Jan 13
iTwin Multi offers file sharing functionality on Macs, PCs
iTwin ( -- the company that created iTwin, a "limitless" secure USB device for remote file access -- has announced its new iTwin Multi functionality. This free iTwin upgrade enables users to share files stored on a computer with multiple people at the same time. With iTwin Multi, multiple users and workgroups can connect multiple iTwins to the same computer to remotely access, edit and share files, without the headaches associated with email, VPN, or remote access software, according to Lux Anantharaman, co-founder and CEO of iTwin. For example, using iTwin Multi, field sales reps can remotely download or upload the latest confidential client contracts and proposals, he adds. Similarly, small businesses such as CPA firms can securely share large accounting files and other sensitive data with multiple clients.   iTwin provides two-factor authentication and end-to-end encryption. Comprising two identical parts, iTwin can be used on any Internet-connected computer...
Jan 13
DigiPower unveils in-car, wireless smartphone charging solution
Mizo's DigiPower division ( has announced what it claims is the world’s first in-car wireless smartphone charging station, the DrivePad (pictured). The company has also debuted the DeskPad, an at-home wireless smartphone charger.  The DrivePad introduces a sliding charge base that allows for perfect alignment between the charge sweet spot of the base station and of the phone, according to DigiPower President Maurice Mizrahi. Proper alignment is key to obtain the fastest charging times for a consumer’s QI enabled device, he adds. The DrivePad features a FlexArm design, allowing drivers to position the smartphone where they like it. It also features a pivoting head to accommodate either portrait or landscape view, a flexible grip tabs to securely hold smartphones of any size and a 1A USB port for charging a second device.   The in-home DeskPad will include a perimeter lighting system to make it easy to check the charge status no matter how the pad is positioned on...
Jan 13
FirmTek debuts 2.5-inch, trayless drive enclosure solution
FirmTek ( has announced the miniSwap/ES, which the company says is an "industry first and perfect for solid state drives (SSD) and 2.5" Serial ATA (SATA) hard drives." The trayless, dual-bay miniSwap/ES was created to provide 2.5-inch storage devices with SATA 6G bandwidth, simple disk mounting, quiet operation and user selectable digital power modes that support auto-on or manual power-on in the case of a power disconnect. The miniSwap/ES can be integrated as a portable on-the-go 2.5-inch, dual-bay enclosure, or as a space saving, trayless 2.5-inch desktop drive mounting station. Multiple miniSwap/ES enclosures can be cascaded to provide advanced RAID performance, expanded capacity and simple or complex storage configurations. The miniSwap/ES incorporates a backplane design with no internal cabling that helps to reduce electromagnetic interference (EMI) and improve convective cooling. It supports 2.5-inch Serial ATA (SATA) hard drives and solid state drives (...
Jan 13
Zipbuds launches headphones, earbuds line
Zipbuds ( is launching its L.A.B. headphones line at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The company will also introduce two enhanced lines of its tangle-free earbuds. Each line will be available at various price points and will feature Zipbuds' patented Zipper Integrated Cabling design. L.A.B. headphones will feature three models: Select, Choice and Prime. L.A.B. Select, retailing at US$59.99. L.A.B. Choice, retailing at $99.99, features 40mm drivers and detachable, customizable zipper cabling. The flagship model, L.A.B. Prime, retails at $199.99. At $19.99 retail, the new Juiced earbud line features 8mm drivers in a variety of colors. The Fresh earbud line, starting at $39.99 retail, features Zipbuds' premium 8mm drivers and polished aluminum earbud housings. These buds also offer a version featuring an Apple-certified, three-button microphone/remote for $49.99 .
Jan 13
Benzitech offers waterproof cases for smartphones, tablets
Benzitech ( has announced its new line of waterproof cases for smartphones and tablet computers, as well as new battery charging cases for the iPhone and iPad. The iDry waterproof cases create an airtight seal to protect all makes and models of smartphones and tablets from everything from rainfall to being submerged 30 feet underwater. The cases float on water and feature secured waterproof ear buds, armbands and neck straps for use during more strenuous activities. Users can operate their devices’ touchscreens, listen to music and even make or receive phone calls without opening the cases. Benzitech has also introduced two iPhone battery charging cases. The Slider iPhone battery charging case features a 2200 mAh battery that can purportedly double the battery life of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. The slim design maintains the iPhone’s profile and can be attached or removed. The Slider comes equipped with a LED power state indicator. The iWrap is a genuine...
Jan 13
Kanex rolls out Sydnee iOS recharging solution
Kanex ( has unveiled Sydnee, an iOS recharging solution, at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It will be available in the first quarter of the year; pricing hasn't been announced. Sydnee provides 2.1A to each of its four USB ports, allowing users to simultaneously recharge up to four iOS devices. It sports a cable management system to help avoid clutter. Also featured is a fast charging function that will find a suitable current to charge the device while providing surge protection.
Jan 13
OWC announces Mercury Elite Pro mini
Other World Computing ( has expanded its OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini line to include what is says is the industry’s first eSATA 6G and bus-powered USB 3.0 portable external drive. Available in 13 different hard drive or OWC Mercury SSD-equipped capacity configurations up to 1.5TB, the new USB 3.0/2.0 and eSATA 6G "triple interface" model delivers up to 600MB/s data rate storage/backup performance to Mac and PC users in a plug 'n play mobile footprint. . The Mercury Elite pro mini measures 5.5 x 3.8 x 1.1 inches. Because it’s bus-powered, it doesn’t require an AC adapter. The Mercury Elite Pro mini USB 3.0 and eSATA 6G model is available immediately in capacities ranging from 0GB Kits from US$64.99, hard drive configurations up to 1.5TB from $114.99, and OWC Mercury 6G SSD based solutions up to 480GB from $159.99. They come ready for plug and play with all interface connecting cables.
Jan 13
XTremeMac previews Soma Bluetooth speaker
XTremeMac ( previews the new Soma BT at this week's Consumeer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It will be released in the second quarter of the year; pricing hasn't been anounced. The Soma BT is a lightweight and portable, wireless Bluetooth stereo speaker plus battery pack/charger. It's compatible with Bluetooth enabled devices including iPod, iPhone and iPad. The 2.0Wx2 speaker with a passive radiator features a 1150 mAh rechargeable internal battery for up to six hours of playtime. It includes a mic for hands-free calling. Additionally, the wireless speaker includes a line-in jack for use with other MP3 players and a USB to USB mini cable to recharge the internal battery.
Jan 13
PowerSkin announces portable power solutions
PowerSkin ( has announced new portable power solutions for iOS and other devices at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The new, US$69.99 SolarCharge boasts 1000 mAh of power and extends talk time on all types of smartphones (as well as the iPod touch) up to 350 minutes. It's composed of a one-piece plastic housing, which is then wrapped in a shock-absorbent, silicone skin to provide ultimate protection for the charger The $24.99 KeyCharge packs 750 mAh and extends talk time up to 90 minutes on most smartphones. It attaches to key chains and provides a quick boost of power. Both the SolarCharge and KeyCharge will be available in a blue rubberized skin with LED lights indicating the amount of battery levels left.
Jan 13
Digital Anarchy releases Primatte Event 5.1 for Aperture
Digital Anarchy has released Primatte Event 5.1 chromakey software for Apple Aperture 3.2. This new product features the ability to use Primatte Event in a live greenscreen photoshoot by using Aperture’s tethering and batch capabilities. This 5.1 release also includes a number of improvements to existing features in Primatte 5.0, which are available in a free update to the Primatte Chromakey plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements users. Primatte Event is designed for photographers who work in high volume or live environments, and often process thousands of greenscreen images for events, little league and school portraits. A photographer can use Primatte Event in a live workflow by first capturing a photo using Aperture’s Tether panel. Primatte Event will automatically remove the chromakey screen, and its improved Backdrop Preview can choose a new background on the fly. The photographer can print or save the final Primatte composite and quickly move on to the next...
Jan 13
Scoshe expands Listen line of headphones
Scoshe Industries ( has announced three new additions to the REALM by Scosche line of headphones, all of which work with the free tuneQ equalizer app for the iPhone and iPod touch.  tuneQ is a graphic equalizer app that allows users to adjust the low, mid and high frequencies of songs in a visual display. Scosche has added reference grade Bluetooth headphones, the RH656md, on ear headphones, and IDR676md earphones to the REALM line. The new Bluetooth headphones boast a wireless range of up to 33 feet and an integrated control surface allowing users to play, pause, skip tracks and control volume directly from the headphones. Like the original REALM over-ear headphones, the new Bluetooth model and the RH656md on ear headphones are powered by 40mm drivers and feature copper voice coils and neodymium magnets. They also sport genuine leather ear cushions with memory foam. The new REALM IDR676md earphones are Scosche’s first to feature an integrated bass contour...
Jan 12
New book lets you 'Take Control' of iTunes
TidBITS Publishing has released the second edition of "Take Control of iTunes 10: The FAQ," by iTunes expert and audiophile Kirk McElhearn. The 173-page "Take Control of iTunes 10: The FAQ, Second Edition" uses a Q&A approach to help readers appreciate and understand the process of adding media to iTunes, tagging it, adding album art, and organizing it into playlists. It covers subjects such as syncing a select subset of music to an iPod, creating a party playlist, identifying overlooked music, or listening to the chapters in an audiobook in order. McElhearn also explains how to use Apple's iTunes in the Cloud features, including the iTunes Match service. "Take Control of iTunes 10: The FAQ, Second Edition" costs US$15, and it includes coupons for $5 off Equinux's SongGenie tool for adding missing metadata and $3 off Rogue Amoeba's Airfoil wireless audio streaming software. You can find the ebook at .
Jan 12
Taskfabric releases personal task manager for Mac OS X
Taskfabrice ( has released Organize for Mac OS X and Windows. It's a personal task management app designed with business users in mind. Contacts supports such organizational methods as GTD (Getting Things Done), Contexts, RACI or AID. It includes review features (i.e. by date, context or with the Project Dashboard) and lets you use Cloud Sync (Internet) or Wi-Fi to synchronize with Organize on another Mac, Windows, iPhone and iPad. Organize for Mac and Windows is available immediately as download from our web site Registration is US$39.95. On the Mac it requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later.
Jan 12
Target confirms upcoming in-store Apple shops
Target has confirmed that it plans to open Apple stores-within-a-store at 25 of its establishments, reports "Reuters" ( Apparently, the concept will be similar to the set-up at over 600 Best Buys in the US. Target's goal is to expand its reach into smaller metro areas. The company plans to begin operating Apple-branded areas within 25 larger stores in locations that can't support a standalone Apple Store. What's more, Target has unveiled its "the Shops at Target" concept in New York. Other in-store boutique will include The Webster and The Candy Store, which offer trendy fashions and treats, according to "Reuters."
Jan 12
Apple pays $390 million for flash memory drive maker
Apple bought Anobit Technologies for about US$390 million, paying below the price sought by the Israeli maker of flash storage technology, reports "Bloomberg" (, quoting unnamed "people familiar with the purchase." The article says negotiations continued for more than two weeks after Israel’s "Calcalist" newspaper reported Dec. 20 that Apple bought Herzliya-based Anobit for as much as $500 million. Apple finally signed the agreement Jan. 6 to buy the Israeli company, according to "Bloomberg," attributing the info to "two Anobit shareholders, who spoke on condition of anonymity because Apple didn’t want details disclosed." Anobit has developed a chip that enhances flash drive performance through signal processing, the article adds. The chip is already incorporated in Apple devices such as the iPhone, iPad and the MacBook Air. "The Calcalist" says Apple is interested in Anobit's technology to increase and enhance the memory volume and performance of its devices....
Jan 12
Apple, Amazon top e-retail satisfaction survey
E-retail giants Apple and Amazon are head and shoulders above the competition in a study of customer satisfaction with top retail mobile sites and apps released today by customer experience analytics firm ForeSee ( ForeSee says it was able to collect enough data to produce statistically reliable mobile satisfaction scores for 16 of the largest e-retailers in the United States. Apple and Amazon, which scored 85 and 84, respectively, on the study’s 100-point scale, topped the list by a wide margin. According to the research, shoppers are generally more satisfied with traditional websites than they are with their mobile counterparts. The average mobile satisfaction score for the 16 retailers measured in the report is 76, compared to 79 for the same companies’ websites. However, a few companies had comparable performance on mobile and web: Apple (a standout with a mobile score two points higher than its web score), Toys “R” Us, Best Buy, Staples, Netflix, Dell,...
Jan 12
Apple sees strongest growth of top five US computer makers
Apple is now the number three computer vendor in the U.S. -- and that's not even counting iPads in computer sales. It's Macs only. According to the Garnter research group ( Apple has 11.6% market share as of the quarter quarter of 2011. That compares to 9% for the year-ago period, a growth of 20.7% year-over-year. Apple enjoyed the strongest growth among the top five vendors. The only computer vendors ahead of Apple in the U.S. are HP with 23.1% market share and Dell with 22.4% market share. And those stats are down 26.1% and 4.5% respectively year-over-year. According to the IDC research group ( the Mac has 10.92% of the computer market as of the fourth quarter of 2011. That compares to 8.63% for the fourth quarter of 2011 for year-over-year growth of 18%. Per IDC, the computer vendors ahead of Apple in the U.S. are HP with 23.02% market share and Dell with 22.44% market share. And those stats are down 25.30% and 4.7% respectively year-over-...
Jan 12
Hult International Business School deploys iPads on five...
Hult International Business School ( has completed a global roll out of iPads with customized software to over 1,600 MBA, Executive MBA, Master students and faculty, spanning five campuses in three continents. Every incoming graduate student at Hult received an iPad on campus in the fall of 2011. Customized training sessions were created for students and faculty at Hult's five campus locations in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai and Shanghai. Students were trained on Pages, Numbers and Keynote apps, and the use of the iPad to enhance learning and productivity in the classroom. In the first quarter of 2012, the school will be rolling out a series of premium apps to its Hult network. This will feature Hult's custom designed iHult app, digitizing the student experience. It will include features like campus news, a professor directory, campus maps and student events. The Hult Reader app will give students easy access and reference to course reading materials,...
Jan 12
Kingston offers memory solutions for tablet, smartphone markets
Kingston Digital ( has announced an array of portable Flash memory based solutions designed for the growing number of thin notebook, tablet and smartphone users. In addition, the Kingston Wi-Drive (pictured) offers wireless memory expansion for tablets and smartphones such as the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. The Kingston Wi-Drive, a portable, wireless storage device for iOS devices and the Kindle Fire, will be available in a 64GB capacity in the first quarter of 202. The device -- which has built-in Wi-Fi -- allows users to view photos or documents, stream movies and listen to music without relying on Internet access or cloud-based technology. It will be available in 16GB and 32GB capacities; pricing hasn't been announced. The DataTraveler SE9 (DTSE9) USB Flash Drive comes in a sleek metal case that features a large built-in key ring for attachment to a backpack, briefcase, purse or keychain. It's available in 8GB and 16GB capacities. The DataTraveler Micro is...
Jan 12
JVC Everio camcorders go wireless
New JVC Everio camcorders announced this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas offer built-in Wi-Fi that allows video clips and still images to be emailed, wireless transfer of files to smartphones, and a range of other functions.  The new Wi-Fi models are part of an all-new seven-model Everio line. The models record in 1920 x 1080 Full HD based on the AVCHD format, and offer recording in UXP mode with a 24 Mbps sampling rate.  Also, all models offer HDMI output. The Wi-Fi feature is available on four 2012 Everio camcorders. They include a free IOS app for wirelessly transfering video and stills to a smartphone for sharing via the Internet. It also allows the phone to be used as a remote control for the Everio and offers geotagging of video and photo files in conjunction with the smartphone's GPS.  Video Email allows 15-second video clips (640 x 360 pixels) to be sent directly from the Everio to up to eight email addresses. Live Monitoring allows real time monitoring on...
Jan 12
JetStream lets you stream media to your iPad
Introduced at this week's Consumer Electronics Show, the JetStreamHD ( is a stand-alone device for converting and streaming digital videos, songs, and photos to the iPad. And it now streams live TV. The JetStreamHD box plugs into your home router and discovers the media on a directly-connected USB drive or any computer, media server, or NAS on your network. When you want to view something on your iPad, JetStreamHD purportedly converts it on-the-fly into iPad-friendly format and adapts the bit-rate as it streams. It's like carrying your entire media collection on your iPad. The JetStreamHD Live TV tuner stick connects between a digital antenna or cable feed and a USB port on your JetStreamHD box. Then the JetStreamHD iPad app lets you enjoy all the over-the-air or unencrypted cable TV channels that are received at your home, according to Grant Hall, CEO of Nuvyyo, the company behind the device. Because JetStreamHD is a stand-alone device, no computer or...
Jan 12
New OWC Jupiter mini-SAS is for shared SAN storage
Other World Computing ( has announced its new OWC Jupiter mini-SAS scalable storage solution for small businesses and enterprises. Built upon the mini-SAS interface for speeds up to 24Gb/s using just a single cable connection, the Jupiter family of racks, towers, and hubs combine the highest levels of data sharing performance with the simplicity of direct attached storage (DAS) at up to 5x lower cost of fibre channel infrastructures, according to Larry O'Connor, founder and CEO, OWC. The OWC Jupiter mini-SAS will be available by the end of March in a variety of configurations with solution pricing starting at US$3,995. It's being demoed at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Jan 12
Gyration Air Mouse Mobile is Mac compatible
SMK-Link Electronics Corp. has previewed the US$59.99 Gyration Air Mouse Mobile at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It sports a compact design, dockable receiver and patented gyroscopic gesture control technology. asked Mice have evolved beyond just wired and wireless models to include true in-air gyroscopic technology, says John Blair, General manager of Branded Products for SMK-Link. The Gyration Air Mouse combines the best of wireless mice and gyroscopic technologies, he adds. It sports a lightweight, ambidextrous case design with dockable USB receiver. The Gyration Air Mouse is a laser scrolling mouse with an assignable three-button control and trigger-activated in-air gesture cursor control.
Jan 12
New Testament translators’ handbooks come to Accordance Bible...
Accordance Bible Software ( has announced the release of the United Bible Society’s New Testament Handbook Series. It's a 20-volume set of commentaries designed to provide practicing translators with "valuable exegetical, historical, cultural, and linguistic information" to help them render the New Testament text in other languages. References to other Accordance resources have been hyperlinked, the text has been divided into search fields to offer more precise searching, and the entire series can be made to scroll in parallel with the text of the Bible. The UBS New Testament Handbooks can be purchased for US$199.99 and can be downloaded immediately to your Mac or iOS device.
Jan 12
Innergie inroduces PocketCeall for portable electronic devices
Innergie ( has introduced the PocketCell, a portable power solution for portable electronic devices. It includes the Innergie Magic Cable Trio (a suggested US$20 retail value), and is available at retailer outlets and online at a suggested list price of $79.99. PocketCell is a lightweight and compact rechargeable battery bank designed to add hours of life or charge virtually any mobile device including iPads, iPhones, Android, and Blackberry smartphones, iPods, media players, and more than 10,000 other portable devices. It's about the size of car key and weighs 2.8 ounces. To recharge the PocketCell you connect the Magic Cable Trio Micro USB tip to the Micro USB charging port on the PocketCell and then connect the Magic Cable Trio standard USB connector to a USB power port on a laptop or computer, or a USB power adapter such as the Innergie mMini AC 15 power adapter or mMini DC10 car adapter. The Innergie PocketCell provides five built-in protections. In...
Jan 12
BodyGuardz unveils earphones with in-line mics
BodyGuardz ( has launched new additions to its line of high-definition earjax earphones. They'll be available in the first quarter of 2012. Pricing hasn't been announced. New to the earjax family is a smaller version Moxy (US$64.95), which is modeled after the currently available Moxy Series, but particularly designed for female music lovers. In addition, BodyGuardz has revamped previous models from the earjax line -- Moxy ($64.95), Bump ($34.95) and Gig ($19.95) -- to add in-line mics for those models that didn’t have voice-integration capabilities. The top-of-the-line Lyrics ($99.95) has also been redesigned with a high-quality mic with volume control. Design updates were also made with premium details for added style and durability, according to Kirk Feller, CEO and president of BodyGuardz.
Jan 12
HoudahSpot update for Mac OS X improves searches
Houdah Software ( has updated HoudahSpot, their Spotlight front end for Mac OS X, to version 3.3. The upgrade improves searches by tag and by file kind. HoudahSpot's tagging feature is based upon the OpenMeta technology, so is compatible with a growing number of third party tagging applications. The HoudahSpot Tray lists favorite tags as well as tags recently used by HoudahSpot or another OpenMeta tagging solution. Drag a file to a tag to assign it that tag. Drag a file to the file well to be presented with a window to enter any number of tags. Select tags and double-click to start a search. Hold down the option key while double-clicking to match any of the selected tags. HoudahSpot is a Spotlight front-end for Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") and 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"). With it, users may create detailed queries to pinpoint the exact file they want to get to. HoudahSpot costs US$30 for a single-user license.
Jan 12
myVault is new file/document solution
Arten Science has announced myVault (, a secure, encrypted, personal information, file and document management solution that's Mac OS X compatible. It allows you to drag and drop your PDF files, JPG files, DOC files, MP3 files, etc. into myVault, enabling them to be filed away but quickly and easily located later. It provides alternative views of your data using either the Main window, the Grid View or the Document Viewer. myVault is supplied free of charge with new purchases of ContaxCRM or it can be purchased separately. Direct integration with ContaxCRM, Arten's CRM Contact Management package means that your Item and Documents can be attached to contacts that exist within your CRM software. This link can be seen and utilized both from within myVault and from within ContaxCRM. You can download myVault for an unrestricted 30-day trial version. At the end of this time, you can purchase a serial number that will convert your software to...
Jan 12
JabMenu for Mac OS X gets new customizable hotkeys
JNSoftware ( has updated JABMenu, a tool for utilizing your Mac OS X Address Book data through a system-wide menu, to version 2.6. The upgrade adds new customizable hotkeys, a crash monitor, and improved Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") support. JABMenu provides access to your contacts' phone numbers, email, instant messaging, and postal addresses, URLs, and notes. Selecting a menu item can trigger an action such as displaying it in large type, copying it to the clipboard, creating a new email message, dialing the phone, or showing an address on a map. JABMenu requires Mac OS X 10.5.6 or later. It's available in English and French. JABMenu costs US$15, though version 2.6 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x.
Jan 12
Upgraded FileMaker Technical Network now available for free
FileMaker, Inc. ( has announced an upgraded FileMaker Technical Network, now free for all FileMaker Developers. Designed for anyone who creates FileMaker Pro database solutions, the FileMaker Technical Network combines a community of active developers with a variety of resources. The company also announced that those signing up for FileMaker Technical Network through March 15 may purchase a one-time only software download of the FileMaker Training Series (FTS) for US$9.99. FTS is FileMaker’s official training curriculum for FileMaker Pro 11 and is normally priced at $99. Geared to help members hone their FileMaker solutions and skills, membership in the FileMaker Technical Network includes the following: access to a library of scripts, calculations, and functions; how-to articles; members only webinars; iOS development resources for FileMaker Go for the iPhone and iPad; technical white papers; and access to an online developer forum for sharing FileMaker tips...
Jan 12
Adobe debuts Photoshop Lightroom public beta
Adobe has announced Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 beta for Mac OS X and Windows. Available as a free public download from Adobe Labs, Lightroom is a digital photography workflow solution designed to help amateur and professional photographers import, manage, enhance and showcase their images. Lightroom 4 beta is a preview of new features and capabilities that will be offered in the final release of Lightroom 4, expected in early 2012. The beta features refined technology for superior shadow and highlight processing, expanded management capabilities including enhanced DSLR video support and the ability to create beautiful photo books from within Lightroom, says Winston Hendrickson, vice president of Digital Imaging Products, Adobe. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 beta is available immediately as a free download at . Customers can submit feedback on the community powered feedback site: .
Jan 12
BBEdit updated to version 10.1.1
Bare Bones Software has released BBEdit 10.1.1, an update of its HTML and text editor for the Mac. The update includes improvements to the recently introduced Open File By Name feature, enhancements to projects, and contains fixes for reported issue. The BBEdit 10.1.1 update is free of charge to all BBEdit 10 customers. Customers who purchased in the Mac App Store will automatically receive the update when it becomes available, while customers who purchased directly may download the update immediately from the Bare Bones Software web site ( BBEdit requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later (10.6.8 is recommended), and is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"). It has a suggested retail price of U$49.99. Through Oct. 19, BBEdit 10 is available at an introductory price of US$39.99 from Bare Bones Software or the Mac App Store.
Jan 12
IK Multimedia introduces new products at CES
IK Multimedia has introduced a handful of new products at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The US$99.99 iRig Mix ( is a mobile mixer for iPhone, iPod touch or iPad devices. It offers the same controls you would expect from a professional DJ mixer (crossfader, cues, EQ and volume controls, etc.) in an ultra-compact mobile mixer that can be used with a variety of iOS DJ mixing and other apps. The $39.99 iRig MIC cast ( is a portable voice recording microphone designed specifically for recording podcasts, interviews, lectures, voice memos, speeches and more. It features a tight unidirectional pickup pattern designed to minimize background noise. The $59.99 iRig Stomp ( is a guitar interface for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. It allows guitar and bass players to integrate their favorite iOS signal processing apps into their existing live pedalboard setup for enhanced tone shaping and effects...
Jan 12
SkEdit Text/HTML Editor revved to version 4.1.6
Before Dawn Solutions ( has announced skEdit 4.1.6, an update of their text/HTML editor. It's available at the Mac App Store for US$29.99. 
With a focus on web development, skEdit Text/HTML editor includes features to assist in the editing of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, Perl, Python, ASP, Ruby/Rails, SQL, ActionScript and ColdFusion. Version 4.1.6 includes bug fixes to the file importer, and file parser. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.
Jan 12
Avenza’s PDF Maps app gets waypoint importing, exporting
Avenza Systems -- producers of MAPublisher cartographic software for Adobe Illustrator and Geographic Imager geospatial tools for Adobe Photoshop -- has announces its latest social sharing feature to its PDF Maps app with the introduction of waypoint importing and exporting. This allows users who have recorded specific map points of interest the ability to share them with others. Uses can download exact point information via iTunes, Dropbox, email or a weblink, so others can experience it in the same way. Dd PDF Maps is available now on the AppleApp Store free of charge for personal use. For more information about the app, go to .  Pricing of each map is set by the publisher and free maps remain free to users through the PDF Maps in-app map store.
Jan 11
Apple employees out in force at CES?
Apple doesn't have a presence at this week's Consumer Electronics Show. But Apple employees are there in force, according to "Reuters" ( Quoting an unnamed "person familiar with Apple's plans," the article says that more than 250 employees are registered to attend CES. A reporter for Paid Content ( says that on Tuesday he spotted Greg Joswiak, Apple's head of iOS product marketing walking around Sony Corp's booth at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Jan 11
Apple holding education event on Jan. 19 in NYC
Apple has announced a Jan. 19 education event to be held next Thursday, Jan. 19, at 10 am (Eastern) in New York City at the Guggenheim Museum. Apple has released no other info, but according to "All Things D" (, it's likely that Apple plans to beef up its iBook app and iBookstore, which lags behind the Kindle's offering. Perhaps the iBookstore and iBook app will be available on the Mac at long last,so you'll be able to purchase books on any OS X or iOS device and have it "pushed" to all your other devices via iCloud. Apple will probably announce a plethora of new book titles. Don't be surprised to see the company make a major push into the digital textbook realm, promoting the iPad and iTextbooks as a less expensive alternative to pricey high school and (especially) college texts. Also look for Apple’s to promote self-publishing. There are self-publishing offerings from Barnes & Noble and Amazon, and Apple doesn't want to be left behind. Apple's option will...
Jan 11
Spanish tablet maker accuses Apple of extortion
Another day, another lawsuit. Nuevas Tecnologías y Energías Catalá, a small Spanish tablet computer maker and one of the few firms to beat Apple in court, is now accusing Apple of extortion. Last November Nueva successfully defended its Android-based tablet computers (marketed under the label NT-K) in court. The company also accused Apple of abusive anticompetitive behavior. "What makes this is even more noteworthy is the fact that Apple asserted the same design-related right -- a so-called Community design -- with which it won two injunctions against Samsung in Germany (one related to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and another one related to the Galaxy Tab 7.7) but lost in the Netherlands (where an injunction was granted only against certain Samsung smartphones and based on a technical patent, not a design-related right)," "FOSS Patents" ( noted at the time. Last year Apple alleged Nueva's tablet was a forged iPad and convinced custom officials to impound shipments of the...
Jan 11
Apple confirms acquisition of flash storage maker
Apple has confirmed its purchase of Israel's Anobit, a maker of flash storage technology, reports "Bloomberg" ( Apple apparently paid upwards of US$500 million, although the company hasn't elaborated on what it paid. “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans,” Apple spokesperson Steve Dowling told "Bloomberg." Anobit has developed a chip that enhances flash drive performance through signal processing, the article adds. The chip is already incorporated in Apple devices such as the iPhone, iPad and the MacBook Air. The Israel-based "Calcalist" publication says Apple is interested in Anobit's technology to increase and enhance the memory volume and performance of its devices. The chip could double the memory volume in the new iPads and MacBooks. Apple now has a guaranteed steady supply of high-performance controllers made by Anobit that make the NAND flash used in its mobile devices, especially...
Jan 11
Mobee announces Power Bar, Magic Feet for Macs
Mobee Technology ( has introduces the Power Bar, a replacement power for the Apple Magic Trackpad, and the Magic Feet, which can wirelessly charge the Apple Magic Mouse and either the Apple Wireless Keyboard or Magic Trackpad. Currently Magic Trackpad users must choose either single-use batteries, or rechargeable batteries that need to be removed for charging. The Power Bar (pictured at top) completely replaces the batteries with a power cell that can be recharged in situ. When the Power Bar is used, the cell is charged via micro USB. Charging from empty takes six hours, giving enough power to last up to 10 days, according to Mobee CEO Alexandre Colot. The Power Bar is designed to fit into the Magic Trackpad specifically to sit comfortably with the other Apple products on your desk, he adds. Magic Feet will be available in early March at a manufacturer's retail price of US$29.90. The Magic Feet device (pictured at bottom) sits on the foot of the iMac,...
Jan 11
Epson debuts new Artisan 1430 wide format photo printer
Epson has introduced the Epson Artisan 1430 wide-format printer, which offers Ultra Hi-Definition prints as large as 13 x 19 inches and wireless networking and mobile printing. It leverages Epson’s exclusive Advanced MicroPiezo print head with DX5 technology for accurate ink placement, smooth gradations and "amazing" skin tones, says Gregg Brunnick, group product manager, Epson America. The Artisan 1430 offers Wi-Fi certified wireless networking to share the printer with anyone on the network, as well as Epson iPrint app to print and share from a smartphone, iPhone®, tablet or other device. It boasts media handling capabilities to create gallery-quality prints on a host of r borderless sizes -- –including 4 x 6, 13 x 19 and 12 x 12 inches -- and Adobe Photoshop Elements bonus software. The Epson Artisan 1430 US($299.99) will be available in February through major computer, office and electronic superstores, a variety of retail stores nationwide and Epson’s retail site (http://www....
Jan 11
Newer Technology announces GripStand Station for multiple iPads
Newer Technology ( has announced the GripStand Station, a plug and play storage, charging and syncing solution for classroom, office, retail, healthcare, and other multiple iPad user environments. Designed specifically for use with NuGuard GripStand 2 and GripStand protective iPad cases (sold separately), the GripStand Station allows iPad tablets to slide securely into one of eight bays to store, charge and sync. To use you slide a NuGuard GripStand protected iPad into one of the eight bays until it connects to the installed Apple Certified Dock Connector. Embedded cable channels on the back of the unit route the USB charging cables to protect them from bending, pinching or accidental removal and/or tangling. To begin charging, users connect the dock cables to the factory supplied iPad power adapter. The GripStand Station is constructed from 100% recycled plastic and sports non-skid rubber feet. For added stability, pre-drilled anchor points enable the...
Jan 11
Acoustic Research launches AirPlay audio system
Acoustic Research ( has announced its ARAP50 AirPlay Audio System. Now your iTunes playlists can get high quality AR sound and stream your music wirelessly, says David Geise, president of Audiovox Accessories Corp. the parent company of Acoustic Research. AirPlay is Apple technology for wireless music streaming. It gives music lovers complete access, control, and playback of their entire iTunes music library. It requires iTunes 10.1 or later. In addition to AirPlay and DLNA 1.5, the networked audio players feature vTuner Internet radio, iPhone and Android control apps and a 2.5-inch full-color LCD display. Plug in the AR audio system to any 12-volt outlet, connect it to your WiFi network and you can stream music wirelessly from any iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch in your network. The ARAP50 keeps control in the palm of your hand as you continue using your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to control the music. The AirPlay Audio System also doubles as a docking...
Jan 11
Scan, wirelessly share PDF files with Xerox Mobile Scanner
With the new, US$249.99 Xerox Mobile Scanner you can scan files into PDF format and wirelessly transfer them to your mobile phone. It's a battery powered scanner that uses Wi-Fi to wirelessly transmit JPG images and multipage PDF files from the scanner to computers, mobile phones, pads and the cloud. Using a free mobile app, the device is able to communicate wirelessly to a Mac, PC, iOS device, Android device or the cloud. The Xerox Mobile Scanner is a small (2 x 2.75 x 11.5 inches) color scanner that includes a GB Eye-Fi SD memory card, carrying case, rechargeable battery and charger. It's available immediately through retail and online channel partners, major resellers, and Xerox ( and its agents and dealers.

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