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Jan 17
Cultures: Northland discovers the Mac App Store
Runesoft has introduced Cultures: Northland 1.0, their new Real Time strategy game for Mac OS X (10.6.6 or higher). It costs US19.99 and is available in the Mac App Store. Here's how the game is described: "In Cultures: Northland the player will have to built and manage a Viking settlement. Create a thriving settlement with farms, bakeries, Potteries, Mason Shops, Schools, Armories and many more. Originally developed by Funatics Entertainment for the PC, Cultures: Northland follows the story of a wandering band of Vikings, guided by a quartet of heroes. "Create a thriving settlement with farms, bakeries, Potteries, Mason Shops, Schools, Armories and many more. Manage your settlement and its Settlers, erect new buildings, raw materials will roll in, finished goods will roll out so you can grow more people. Watch your people walk, eat, sleep, and talk to each other for entertainment. Couples marry. Babies are born, grow up, and are assigned careers of their own. Each person is a unique...
Jan 17
IDrive announces universal online back-up
IDrive ( has made public the latest versions of its Mac, Windows and mobile software. The company says home users and small businesses can now protect as many computers, iOS and Android devices as they own with one plan. Those interested can create a free account and store their first 5GB at no charge. IDrive offers two plans for home users: 150GB for US$4.95/month or 500GB for $14.95/month, with no limits on the number of Mac, Windows, iOS or Android devices that can be protected or the length of time for file retention. For businesses, plans range from 50GB to 1TB starting at $9.95/month with priority customer support. Customers can receive two months free by paying annually and IDrive also offers 50% discounts for teachers, students and faculty.
Jan 17
Das Keyboard takes its click clack to the Mac
Das Keyboard has introduced a new version of its Model S keyboard ( designed for the Mac.The company’s new Das Keyboard Model S Professional for Mac is now available online for pre-ordering, and will be shipping by April 15. Available in the U.S. and Canada, the Model S Professional for Mac retails for US$133. A 15% discount is currently available on all pre-orders for the newest member of the Das Keyboard family. Das Keyboard’s gold-plated mechanical key switches produce a distinct "click" with each keystroke, providing unique tactile and audible feedback while making the typing experience more comfortable, precise and fast, according to Daniel Guermeur, creator of the Das Keyboard and CEO of Metadot Corp. It sports a 104-key layout with special keys for quick access to common media player and computer functions. Das Keyboard also has a two-port, high-speed USB 2.0 hub for syncing and charging an iPhone, iPod, iPad or other USB devices. It's KVM switch...
Jan 17
XtremeMac unveils MacBook Pro sleeves
XtremeMac ( has announced new sleeves for the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros. They'll be available in the spring; pricing hasn't been announced. The Professional Sleeve for MacBook Pro is styled with a dimensional black and white nylon fabric, a zippered closure and accessory pocket. The contoured sleeve corners add additional protection for the MacBook Pro while the zippered accessory pocket allows for cord management and personal storage of cables, earbuds and business cards. The Vintage Sleeve is a retro-inspired, khaki, heavyweight waxed canvas sleeve with brown leather accents. It features an integrated pull tab for access to the MacBook Pro and a secure snap closure for extra protection. The Sport Sleeve is a slim, zippered sleeve that provides protection for the MacBook Pro. It features lightweight foam cushioning and a zippered closure to secure the laptop during transport.  The sleeve is made of black and orange fabric.
Jan 17
iConnectMuse is new digital audio mixer for iOS devices
iConnectivity ( has announced the iConnectMuse for iOS devices. It's a palm-sized personal mini-mixer that combines several music accessories into one iOS controlled product. With iConnectMuse, the user will experience higher quality audio processing, improved audio latency and the ability to share and mix audio through an iOS device, and even charge the iOS device at the same time, according to the folks at iConnectivity. It features six stereo inputs and six stereo outputs, each with its own unique mix. Additional features include two USB device ports, hub-able USB Host Port, two input and two output quarter-inch audio port jacks, a headphone monitor jack, Ethernet connection for network sharing, a MIDI pass-through interface and limited DSP processing. The iConnectMuse will be available in the second quarter of the year for US$229.99.
Jan 17
Alien Skin exposes Exposure 4 plug-in for Photoshop, Lightroom
Alien Skin Software has announced Exposure 4, the new version of its photography effects plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Photoshop Lightroom. Exposure provides film simulation and a range of creative effects in a simple interface. Exposure brings all the creative tools of film photography to the world of digital, such as discontinued films, dark room tricks, and lo-fi camera quirks, according to Tom Welsh, the designer of Exposure. Popular classic films are accurately simulated, like Kodachrome, Polaroid, and Panatomic-X, he adds. Exposure reproduces the ethereal glow of black & white infrared film, and now color infrared. New texture overlay effects are built from high resolution photos of light leaks, dust and scratches, and borders. This helps add detail to new presets for alternative photographic processes like cyanotype, lith printing, and wet plate photography. What's more, Exposure 4 has a completely redesigned user interface and new controls designed...
Jan 17
Default Folder for Mac OS X updates QuickTime compatibility
St. Clair Software has updated Default Folder (, its utility for enhancing Open and Save dialogs in Mac OS X, to version 4.4.8. The upgrade delivers contextual menus in all file dialogs and updates compatibility with Chrome and QuickTime. Default Folder X 4.4.8 is a free update for registered users of version 4.x. The upgrade is US$14.95 for users who bought their copies before June 1, 2007. Default Folder X costs $34.95 for a new license. Installers are available now in English and German and will be released shortly in Japanese, French, and Danish.
Jan 17
Syncro Soft updates Oxygen XML line
Syncro Soft, the producer of Oxygen XML Editor and Author (, has released version 13.2 of its XML Editor and XML Author containing a set of tools supporting all the XML related technologies. The upgrade introduces a new Syntax Highlight mechanism capable of handling mixed content types, improves the JSON editing support and bidirectional documents rendering, extends the XML-native database support with find/replace capabilities and updates many third-party components. Also, there are improvements in the authoring support, including an updated DITA Maps Metrics Report, experimental support for CGM images and updated API (application programming interface). Oxygen XML Editor is available in three editions. The multi-platform academic/personal license costs US$64 and includes a one-year support and maintenance pack. The multi-platform Professional license costs $488, and the multi-platform enterprise license costs $698. Oxygen XML Developer is available in two...
Jan 17
Silhouette 4.5 adds OpenColorIO color management capabilities
SilhouetteFX has released Silhouette 4.5 with new OpenColorIO (OCIO) color management. Originally developed by Sony Pictures Imageworks, OCIO manages color transformations and image display in a consistent manner across multiple graphics applications. It's geared towards motion-picture post-production, with an emphasis on visual effects and animation color pipelines, says Marco Paolini, partner at SilhouetteFX and a veteran visual effects artist. By providing a unified color environment, OCIO greatly simplifies the task of creating and validating multi-application color workflows, he adds. Silhouette is a rotoscoping, paint, keying and visual effects suite utilized by visual effects facilities around the world. It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. All Silhouette capabilities, including its roto and paint components, as well as its keying, effects and compositing features, are stereo enabled. Silhouette 4.5 is a free feature release to current 4.x customers. New licenses...
Jan 17
iPresentee offers new iWeb themes
iPresentee ( has announced five new iWeb themes for Apple's Web site building application. The company has extended its iWeb themes collection to 150 themes. The new themes are Black Fence, Cat, Classical Music, B&W and Personal Space. They require Mac OS X 10.4.3 or higher and iWeb 2.0 (iLife '08). iWeb Themes bundle may be purchased for US$29.99. Each iWeb theme is available for $9.99. Samples and more information about iWeb themes are available immediately at the iPresentee website.
Jan 17
Avernum: Escape From the Pit for OS X updated
Spiderweb Software has updated Avernum: Escape From the Pit (, their indie fantasy role-playing adventure for the Mac, to version 1.0.1. The upgrade features bug fixes and balance improvements. Here's how the game is descibed: "Avernum: Escape From the Pit is the first chapter in an indie fantasy role-playing saga, the tale of desperate exiles and their battle for survival and a land to call their own. You have been banished to the underworld, never to see the light of day again. "The surface is ruled by the cruel Emperor Hawthorne, master of the Empire. All of the known lands are subject to his brutal command. Everyone who speaks out, who misbehaves, who doesn't fit in is cast into the dark, volcanic pits of Avernum, far below the surface. There, you are expected to die, a victim of starvation, horrible monsters, or simple despair. "But not all of the Avernites have surrendered. With magic and steel, they are forging a new nation deep...
Jan 17
Simple Help Editor for OS X revved to version 5.0.2
The PandaWare Company has updated Simple Help Editor (, its cross-platform help authoring application, to version 5.0.2. It's a maintenance update that includes improvements to its updating mechanism 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 5.0.2 operates in demo mode until licensed. The demo version operates for 30 days and allows saving up to 15 pages in a Help book. Single-user licenses that allow unlimited use areUS$50 for either the Macintosh or Windows version. A cross-platform license that works with both operating systems costs $85.
Jan 17
PDF Studio 7.0 for Mac OS X adds content editing
Qoppa Software, which specializes in PDF tools, has updated PDF Studio (, a PDF editor, to version 7.0. The upgrade adds adds content editing and an enhanced user interface. PDF Studio maintains full compatibility with the PDF Standard and supports the latest PDF format. You can: manage digital IDs and trusted certificates for digital signatures; batch preflight to preflight to verify PDF/X compliancy for multiple documents at once; and batch crop to crop multiple documents at once and change the margins for crop box, bleed box, trim box or art box. PDF Studio is available for Mac, Windows and Linux platforms. PDF Studio comes in two flavors: PDF Studio Standard at $85 and PDF Studio Pro at $125.
Jan 16
German Interior Minister nixes iOS, Blackberry devices
The German publication, "Bild-Zeitung" -- as noted by "Bloomberg" ( says German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich has banned the use of iPhones and Blackberrys by his ministry employees because the servers linked to the devices are located in the U.S. Confidential information may fall into the wrong hands. Friedrich and his staff are using phones made by HTC Corp. that run with a special software supplied by the Federal Office for Information Security, according to "Bild-Zeitung."
Jan 16
Your future iOS device could be waterproof
A new technology that could save your phone from getting water damaged could be included the next wave of smartphones about to be made by Apple and Samsung, reports "Pocket-lint" ( The technology, dubbed WaterBlock and created by HzO ( creates a nano-scale film barrier that purportedly has special water repelling properties once applied to the inside of electronic gadgets. WaterBlock was demoed last week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. During the demo an iPhone was dunked in water and removed, still in working order. According to HzO, the formation of vacuum deposition application methods began over 50 years ago and has developed into multiple forms for multiple functions. The chemistry used in vapor deposition systems has many iterations and multiple patents covering various applications. However, the company claims to have innovated new novel chemical formulations, new application processes, new high volume production application...
Jan 16
Steve Jobs' action figure discontinued
The maker of a controversial Steve Jobs action figure is stopping production and sale of the 12-inch doll following threats of legal action by Apple and Jobs' family, reports "PC World" ( "Though we still believe that we have not overstepped any legal boundaries, we have decided to completely stop the offer, production and sale of the Steve Jobs figurine out of our heartfelt sensitivity to the feelings of the Jobs family," Tandy Cheung, the Hong Kong businessman whose company, In Icon, created the doll, said in a statement. Toy companies, in icons and Dragon in Dream, unveiled the figure based on the late tech icon earlier this month. It featured a realistic likeness and Jobs's trademark black turtleneck, jeans and sand shoes. The figure was due for release in late February for $US99.99. Soon after In Icon publicized its plans for the Jobs action figure, it began receiving letters from Apple's lawyers. "If Apple had been forced to take Cheung to court, it's not...
Jan 16
Apple eighth most valuable global brand
The 2011 Interbrand Best Global Brands listing ranks Apple as the eighth most valuable brand globally with an estimated total value of US$33.49 billion, reports "Bloomberg" ( Our favorite tech company is ahead of Disney and HP on the chart. Ahead of Apple in the top 10 -- with estimated total value -- are, in descending order, Coca-Cola ($71.9 billion), IBM ($70 billion), Microsoft ($60 billion), Google ($55 billion), GE ($43 billion), McDonald's ($36 billion) and Intel ($35 billion). Apple jumped from the number 17 spot to number eight in a year. Interbrand says Apple increased its brand value by 58% year-over-year.
Jan 16
IDG: 91% of business pros user their iPad for work
Ninety-one percent of business professionals user an iPad for work, according to a new survey by the IDG research group ( IT and business professionals use their iPads more intensively, across a wider range of scenarios, says IDG. Fully 51% of IT decision-makers say they "always" use their iPad at work (and a further 40% say they sometimes use it at work). Out-of-home usage is even more intense, with 79% of IT decision-makers saying that they “always” use their iPads "on the move." However, the iPad hasn’t prompted the majority of IT and business profes- sionals to abandon any other device. Only 12% say that their iPad has “completely” replaced their laptop. Just 6% say it has supplanted their computer. "For most, the iPad isn’t a substitute for an existing tool or device. Instead, it’s a supplement, albeit one with functionality that overlaps with other devices," reports IDG. "As a result, the iPad seems to have carved out a niche for itself at the partial...
Jan 16
SintraWorks releases new PDF editor for Mac OS
SintraWorks has released PDF Nomad 1.0, a PDF editor for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"). It's available as a single-user license for the introductory price of US$19.99 from both the Mac App Store and from the SintraWorks website ( A demo is available from the latter. PDF Nomad's features include simple text search and extraction, file merging, page splitting, form creation, markup and annotation, booklet/magazine creation and more. You can create and fill out PDF forms, mark-up text and annotate pages with rectangles, ovals, arrows, lines and more. 
With PDF Nomad, you can resize whole documents to a different page size with a single command, or resize individual pages with drag and drop, shifting page contents as needed. You can export individual pages as bitmaps (jpg, png etc.) or create spoken audio files from the document's text.
Jan 16
Trip Journal for Business comes to Mac OS X
Sprightly Software has released a Mac version of their iOS app, Trip Journal for Business. It requires Mac OS X 7.x ("Lion"), costs US$29.99 and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Business category. Trip Journal is software for tracking business vehicle use. It keeps track of all the details of vehicle use for accounting, client billing, incoming tax purposes, and more. And with iCloud syncing, the data is everywhere users need it, according to the folks at Sprightly Software. Trip Journal for Business includes support for multiple vehicles, adjustable reimbursement tracking, customizable defaults to auto-fill commonly inputed data, built-in address book integration and data exportation. It works in both miles and kilometres. When users need it, their data is ready. Export a Microsoft Excel, or Numbers compatible spreadsheet containing all the trip information, or just the fields they choose. This makes it easy for users to send their bookkeeper or...
Jan 16
MMT introduces mobile displays for Apple devices
Mobile Monitor Technologies ( has introduced Monitor2Go, which extends the share, work, and watch capabilities of portable displays beyond notebooks and computers across the universe of mobile devices. It will be available in the second quarter of the year with a list price under US$300. Monitor2Go is a 15.6-inch LCD LED-backlit display that boasts a 1600x900 HD+ screen that not only extends the displays of USB enabled notebooks and computer, it also mirrors the displays of Apple devices (iPad, iPhone and iPod) and HDMI compatible smart phones and tablets, as well as carries, protects, and locks the iPad2. The patent-pending Monitor2Go is constructed in sleek and rugged aluminum. It's designed specifically to house, lock, and transport the iPad 2 as well as work with other mobile devices.
Jan 16
ViaSat to launch Exede satellite broadband service
ViaSat says it will launch Exede ( by ViaSat high-speed Internet service on Jan. 16, offering speeds up to 12Mbps (megabits per second) downstream and up to 3Mbps upstream beginning at $50 per month. "With our new Exede broadband service, customers across the United States will have a way to get exceptional speed whether they live in a city, suburbs or a more rural area," says Tom Moore, senior vice president of ViaSat. "Our new Exede service speeds make us very competitive with wireless home broadband service as well as legacy DSL and many cable services." The Exede service also includes advanced web acceleration technology to provide an Internet web browsing experience with "feels like fiber" performance, he adds. The new Exede by ViaSat residential broadband packages all feature the same high speed with successively higher data allowances at each price point.
Jan 16
AirPlayit lets you stream to your Mac from Android devices
Digiarty Software has released Air Playit ( for Android devices. Powered with advanced video streaming method and CUDA, the free app helps users stream playback their music and video libraries from Macs and PCs via WiFi, 3G or 4G network. The folks at Digiarty says 320 different video audio formats are supported for streaming to Android phones. The app is also available for iOS devices in the Apple App Store.
Jan 16
Epson serves up WorkForce PS-30 portable scanner
Epson has announced the Epson WorkForce DS-30 portable color document scanner designed for business. Weighing less than 12 ounces, it's a portable business document scanner with both one-touch scan-to-cloud capabilities and TWAIN interface. The WorkForce DS-30 includes Epson’s new Document Capture Pro software and a customizable one-touch button allowing users to scan directly to email, FTP, or a specific directory folder, as well as directly to cloud services such as SharePoint, Google Docs and Evernote. Users can also scan a variety of originals -- from documents up to 8.5 inches by 14 inches to business cards and rigid ID cards -- and take advantage of advanced correction tools, such as removing punch holes, auto-sizing and enhancing text quality or correcting image skew. The WorkForce DS-30 comes with a TWAIN driver, the industry standard for scanning software, which allows customizable software for integration into third-party Enterprise Content Management (ECM) software. It...
Jan 16
Newer Technology gives us the miniStack Max
Newer Technology ( has announced the miniStack Max, the latest version of its quad-interface powered hub storage solution. Offering plug and play with Macs or PCs, thanks to five interfaces -- USB 3.0, USB 2.0, FireWire 800, FireWire 400, and eSATA -- the miniStack Max is the only four-in-one storage, data access, connectivity solution on the market, according to the folks at NewerTech. In addition to adding an optical drive and an integrated SD card reader to its time-proven design, the latest miniStack is now available with an expanded storage capacity of up to 4TB. Offered in 0GB Kits and complete solutions with capacities ranging from 500GB to 4.0TB, Newer Technology’s miniStack Max and miniStack (hard drive only model) will be available from Newer Technology’s exclusive distributor, Other World Computing ( and through the retail channel by late March. Pricing hasn't been announced.
Jan 16
BrightDrive Triton is new eco-friendly, media file server
Bright Technologies ( is shipping its "eco-friendly" BrightDrive Triton, a media file server. Contact the company for pricing options. Designed and developed to address the demands of the media and entertainment industry, the Triton is a single rack unit. The server incorporates a set of features and functionalities that increase productivity and maximize profitability via real-time collaboration between all clients, says Bright CEO Roger Beck. Triton also supports StorNext 4.2. Triton’s eco-friendly design lowers cooling requirements and significantly reduces power costs, Beck adds. Its agnostic architecture allows facilities to interface with their preferred applications, protocol, resolution, and formats, eliminating the need for investing in new storage.
Jan 16
XtremeMac announces three new iOS charging docks
XtremeMac ( has unveiled three new charging docks -- the InCharge Duo Plus, InCharge X3 and InCharge X5. They're due for release in the first quarter of the year; pricing hasn't been announced. Each multi-dock charger provides 10 watts per dock for simultaneous charging of any combination of iPod, iPhone or iPad -- up to five at a time with InCharge X5 charger. The InCharge Duo Plus is able to charge any two iPod, iPhone or iPad devices while the InCharge X3 charges any three devices and the InCharge X5 charges up to five devices simultaneously.  The case-friendly charging docks feature an adjustable rear support to accommodate various device depths. Additional features include rubber feet to provide a stable platform and bi-color LED charging status indicators.
Jan 16
SoundHound Player delivers free, unlimited LiveLyrics on iOS...
SoundHound, a sound search company, says its SoundHound Player now offers free, unlimited LiveLyrics in addition to one-tap sharing in version 4.2 on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. SoundHound offers built-in, two-way integration with a user’s iTunes library. You can double tap any line of lyrics to fast-forward or rewind a track. What's more, you can look up SoundHound’s artist bios, videos, and top songs for iTunes tracks.   SoundHound Player is available by downloading the SoundHound app and tapping the player icon. Both the SoundHound (free) and SoundHound Infinity apps on iOS include the SoundHound Player.
Jan 16
Text Cleaner for Mac OS X ready for Lion
MacLab has updated Text Cleaner ( for Mac OS X (10.41 or higher) to version 3.5. The upgrade adds compatibility for Adobe Indesign and InCopy CS3 through CS5.5 as well as Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"). Text Cleaner works with the Mac clipboard copy and paste, text files, QuarkXPress, InDesign and inCopy. It's used by graphic designers, editors and web designers to reduce text cleanup time. Text Cleaner 3.5 costs US$89. Upgrades from previous versions are $49.
Jan 16
Yummy FTP updated; now in the Mac App Store
Yummy Software ( has updated Yummy FTP -- an FTP, FTP SSL/TLS, and SFTP client -- to version 1.8.8. The upgrade adds support for Text Mate 2 and Kaleidoscope, and is now also available at the Mac App Store. Yummy FTP costs US$28 for a single user license. Multi-user discounts are available beginning at 10 seats. Site licenses and other discounts are available upon request. A free 30-day, fully-functional trial is available for download. Yummy FTP 1.8.8 is a free update for registered users.
Jan 16
GraphicConverter for Mac OS X adds highlights/shadow function
Lemke Software has updated Graphic Converter (, an image editing tool for Mac OS X, to version 7.6. The new version add a highlights and shadows function, color balance and more. GraphicConverter converts pictures to different formats and has tools for picture manipulation. With it you can import about 200 graphic file formats and export approximately 80 graphic file formats. It's a Universal Binary product, so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. GraphicConverter costs US$39.95 Site licenses are also available. It requires Mac OS 10.5 or later. Version 7.6 is a free update for registered users of version 7.x.
Jan 16
WebsitePainter for Mac OS X gets tablet support, more
Ambiera e.U. has released WebsitePainter 2 (, an update to the web editor for Mac OS X and Windows. The upgrade adds table support, image galleries, master pages, new templates and more. WebsitePainter is a web editor for creating websites without HTML knowledge and programming. You can create web pages with elements like Web2.0 buttons, gradients, round borders, hover effects, transparencies, continuous text and more. WebsitePainter includes a variety of templates and supports Web standards such as HTML, CSS, PHP and ASP. The software costs approximately US$50. Users of WebsitePainter 1.x can update to version 2 for free. On the Mac it requires Mac OS X 10.4.1 or higher.
Jan 16
Graphic Node launches video clips for iMovie, more
Graphic Node has introduced Video Shorts, their new multimedia collection. Video Shorts contains 20 video clips with specific text and music arrangement as well as 20 video backgrounds for various occasions. The clips are short, and be looped to create much longer sequences. This new collection can serve as a tool for users of Apple's iMovie and other programs that support the .mov format. Video Shorts costs US$9.99. Users can view samples of the clips and purchase Video Shorts on the Graphic Node website ( The collection is also available on the Mac App Store.
Jan 14
Griffin debuts new travel accessories
At this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Griffin Technology ( debuted new travel gear, including two smartphone accessories to streamline handsfree interaction in the car, four portable charging devices, and a new mount for air travel. The US$39.99 WindowSeat 3 HandsFree is a windshield/dashboard mount for smartphones. Designed for car stereos that have AUX-in jacks, it comes with an AUX cable and mic that can be used to make handsfree phone calls and stream music/navigation commands through the car speakers. For cars without AUX-in-equipped stereos, the $29.99 AirCurve Window Mount combines the features of two of Griffn’s most popular standalone devices: the AirCurve acoustic amplifier for iPhone, and their car Window Mount cradle. The AirCurve Window Mount adheres to glass or dashboard using the included swivel mounting base. AirCurve works like an acoustic megaphone for iPhone 4/4S, amplifying its built-in speakers by as much as 25...
Jan 14
Concord Keystone rolls out waterproof iPhone case
At this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Concord Electronics launched the Keystone ECO MarineCase (, a waterproof case made specifically for the iPhone 4S/4. It's available in black or white and costs US$39.99. Enclosing the iPhone in the MarineCase allows consumers to capture images and video underwater, as well as playback, email, text data, use apps, and more without leaving the water, according to the folks at Concord Electronics. It fully encases the iPhone, keeping it safe and dry at depths up to 20 feet underwater. The clear protective silicon cover of the MarineCase supports full iPhone screen and call functionality and is designed for swimmers, skiers, kayakers, white water rafters, snowboarders, boaters, fisherman, or any iPhone users who expose their phones to environments that prone to contact with water. The case also protects the iPhone from snow, rain, dust and sand. The MarineCase is an IPX8...
Jan 14
Mizco Sprays out new Bluetooth speaker
At this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Mizco ( introduced the Spray Bluetooth speaker. Available for delivery in March at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US $159.99, the Spray is designed for use with iPods, iPhones, iPads, laptops and PCs, and all Android, BlackBerry and Windows smartphones. With two full-range high-output 40mm drivers delivering 3W each and two 45mm bass radiators, it can fill a room with high-fidelity audio or bring music to the outdoors thanks to the high-capacity Li-Ion battery that provides up to 10 hours of play time, says Steve Kops, executive vice president of sales at Mizco.   Utilizing Bluetooth 2.1 technology the Spray pairs with any Bluetooth device up to a maximum range of 30 feet, includes a built-in microphone that enables hands-free calling with any Bluetooth cell phone and has a 3.5mm line input for direct connection to any music player or smartphone. The Spray’s dome twists to control volume and skip...
Jan 14
New charging dock Tangoes from XtremeMac
At this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, XtremeMac ( has unveiled the Tango TT, an app-enhanced, audio and charging dock for the iPod, iPhone and iPad. It will go on sale this summer; pricing hasn't been announced. The Tango TT features a 30-pin dock connector designed to allow the iOS device to be oriented in landscape or portrait mode. It also sports a sliding back support construction that raises and lowers the iOS device for multiple viewing angles. Additionally, it offers multi-directional speakers and a line-in jack for use with other MP3 players.   With an integrated hardware app that will be available at the Apple App Store, the Tango TT also doubles as a digital photo frame that users can customize with pictures, album art and social media feeds from Facebook and Twitter. An additional remote app turns an iOS device into a virtual remote controller able to play/pause music and control the previous and next track.
Jan 14
Wrapsol unveils new Grip Pad for tablets
At this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Wrapsol ( unveiled the Grip Pad for the iPad and other tablets. The US$14.95 non-slip product is made with tactilla, a proprietary gripping technology, made from polyurethane. The Grip Pad is the first product to integrate Wrapsol's non-slip, tactilla technology. The Grip Pad installs in an instant and helps securely position any tablet along virtually any slanted surface, according to the folks at Grapsol. They're available at Staples and other U.S. retailers.
Jan 14
BodyGuardz launches new tech to customize iPhone cases
BodyGuardz ( has announced customization technology that lets iPhone 4/4S users personalize their devices by creating an "infinite" number of designs that can be printed on the back of BodyGuardz’s The multi-piece mykase uses a patent-pending system of interchangeable plates, which includes a base (comprised of interlocking back-and-side and bottom pieces) as well as additional back plates. Users can select from nine solid color options for the back plates, and in addition, will now be able to create a one-of-a-kind back plate that showcases their own designs, artwork -- even pictures, says Kirk Feller, CEO and president of BodyGuardz. Combined with a base that offers complete coverage, the mykase personalized back plate serves as a reinforced layer of protection. It's easy to put on and remove, providing secure coverage that is designed not to come apart even when dropped, adds Feller. Customers can order mykase (US$29.95) now and customize back plates ($19...
Jan 13
ITC: Motorola doesn't violate Apple patents
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled that Motorola's Droid smartphones don't violate three Apple patents, "dealing a blow to Apple's legal offensive against the Android smartphone ecosystem," reports "CNET" (). The ruling is preliminary and needs to be approved by the ITC's full six-member commission. "We are pleased with today’s favorable outcome for Motorola Mobility," Scott Offer, senior vice president and general counsel of Motorola Mobility, said in a press release. "Motorola Mobility has worked hard over the years to develop technology and build an industry-leading intellectual property portfolio. We are proud to leverage this broad and deep portfolio to create differentiated innovations that enhance the user experience." Apple alleges that Motorola infringes 24 of its patents (21 of them with Android-based phones, the remaining three with set-top boxes and DVRs), while Motorola previously asserted 18 patents against a variety of Apple products (mostly but not...
Jan 13
Apple joins Fair Labor Association
The Fair Labor Association says Apple will join the FLA as a Participating Company, effective immediately. The FLA will independently assess facilities in Apple's supply chain and report detailed findings on the FLA website. Apple becomes the first technology company to join the Association as a Participating Company. FLA Participating Companies agree to uphold the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct throughout their supply chains and commit to the FLA's Principles of Fair Labor and Responsible Sourcing. In 2011, the FLA worked with Apple to assess the impact of Apple's training programs which help raise awareness of labor rights and standards among workers in its supply chain. Like all new affiliates, Apple will align its compliance program with FLA obligations within the next two years. "We found that Apple takes supplier responsibility seriously and we look forward to their participation in the Fair Labor Association," says Auret van Heerden, FLA's president and CEO. "We welcome Apple's...
Jan 13
Analyst: Next-gen iPhone may sport quad-core chip
Investment bank Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty tells clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider) that the next-generation iPhone will be slimmer when it arrives later this year and could include a quad-mode chip from Qualcomm that would allow for 3G and LTE functionality across all "network flavors." Huberty also thinks the next iPad will arrive in the first half of the year and the iPhone 5 after this. She believes production for the next iPad will ramp up at the end of this quarter and that, as many have said, it will have a higher resolution display.
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
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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...

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