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Filecrate Remote File Backup

The backup system you have working — in this case automatic, off-site file backup — is the system which will save your business some day. This one is very good.

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Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 & Premiere Elements 8

A common organizer, auto-analyze, powerful JPG and RAW processing and wonderful video production make it a tough act to beat.

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Digital Photography Books to Kick Off 2010

Camera makers should dump their dense, boring user manuals in favor of Busch's guides. There's more including WordPress, photo tools, blogging.

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Rolling, Medium Size, Carry-On Camera Cases

Carrying too many bodies and lenses? Probably. Something sturdy, secure and carry-on compatible is needed.

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Uniblue DriverScanner 2009

When the latest Windows update mangles a video card or network card driver, think about how nice it would be to have a really good driver updater.

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Think Tank Urban Disguise 35

Think Tank Photo seems bent on making itself the gold standard in pro camera bags. Is this shoulder bag one of the most versatile ever?

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Handy Folders v3.5

Productivity and organization fall flat when they run into the rather limited Windows file explorer. Fast access to regularly used folders is easier than you think.

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Think Tank Shape Shifter Photography Backpack

Medium size photo/laptop backpacks come and go. The best stay with us for years. This is one of the best we've seen.

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Think Tank Airport AirStream Rolling Camera Bag

If you travel with more than a shoulder bag full of gear, you need something that will protect the load and make it easy to go places.

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Think Tank Skin Set Modular Component Camera Gear Carry System

Pros know that if you don't get the shot, you're out of business. Tough, crowded, fast moving situations require special solutions.

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Crumpler Six Million Dollar Home Camera Shoulder Bag

Crumpler is a bag maker which insists on being different. Care and attention to detail help create wonderful photography products.

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Think Tank Urban Disguise 40 Camera Bag

The mid-size entry in the Urban Disguise series provided us with enough incentive to physically beat it up and overstress it. The bag took it all.

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Think Tank Urban Disguise 30 Camera Bag

There are camera bags and then there are Think Tank camera bags. Lots of competition means better products. Think Tank is at the top of its game.

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Nik Color Efex Pro 3

The best Photoshop plug-ins get better because the developers listen to end users. Nik Software listens. Digital photographers are demanding sophisticated processing effects.

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ION Slide2PC Scanner

If you've got boxes full of old 35mm slides and negatives, it's probably time to start scanning before everything falls apart, gets lost, or gets soaked in a flood.

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TetherBerry v1.0.7

Connect a laptop to the Internet, anywhere you've got cell phone service, through your BlackBerry's data connection and avoid some really crazy per-megabyte carrier charges

HTC Touch Diamond Smartphone

HTC has steadily grabbed more market share by regularly turning out superb smartphones offering slick designs wrapped around great features

The Ultimate HTML Reference

A concise desktop reference guide for all standard, W3C-compliant HTML, which uniquely also includes browser compatibility charts for each element

UpStrap Shoulder Strap for SLR & Prosumer Cameras

Superb quality, purpose-built SLR and prosumer camera shoulder strap that's made in the U.S. and made to last

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Apple Intro New iPods, Headphones & iTunes 8

Apple unleased their new iPods, iTunes and content offerings today at their annual september press conference. Amongst their new offerings were a new iPod Nano and Touch. A change in the line up of their iPod classic and a new iTunes version and content such as HD TV Shows and features like Genius which apparently can generate playlists of songs "that go great together." The HD TV shows on offer will cost $2.99 instead of $1.99 for standard definition content. Apple also claimed to have over 65 million iTunes Store accounts worldwide.

The 160GB iPod Classic has been retired because in Jobs words "No one buys the thick" one, which is funny, because most of my friends who have recently bought one, have bought this exact model. It seems that they will only be offering a 120GB model for an SRP of $249 (£179), and which should be the same size and dimensions as the current 80GB model.

iPod Classic_120GB

The new iPod Nano was unveiled as "the thinnest iPod we've ever made." and like many of the speculative renderings we were teased with, it does have an oval, tapered shape with a black or white wheel. It also features an accelerometer like the iPhone and iPod Touch for viewing Cover Flow album art, photos, and video when turned sideways. The Nano also has a built-in voice recorder and the ability to shuffle tracks, when shaken.

iPod Nano Colour Range

iPod Nano Silver
The new iPod Nano also includes an iPhone-like headphone set which comes with a new clicker, volume control, and microphone. The clicker allows you to double-click to skip to the next song, press once to pause and three times to go to the previous song. You can also record voice memos with a microphone on the other side. Costing around $29, the new headphones will be available from next month, there will also be a new set of higher quality in-ear headphones that will have an SRP of $79.

Apple MA850 AV2The iPod nano will purportedly have a "great" battery life with 24 hours of music and 4 hours video. The new iPod nano will have an SRP of $149 for the 8GB model and $199 for the 16GB.

iPod Touch 2g
New iPod Touches were also shown and it appears that the new shiny Touch has the same 3.5" display but is thinner with a tapered, stainless steel back. The iPod Touch has the same integrated volume controls on the side, it also features a built-in speaker like the iPhone. Another cool feature is the integration of the Nike+iPod system for tracking running statistics. The new iPod touch will support up to 36 hours of music and 6 hours of video playback off a full charge. Unlike the other new announcements it is available immediately for $229 for the 8GB model, and $299 for the 16GB, and $399 for the 32GB.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Goodmans Release iPod Dock with 7″ Display

Goodmans GIPDV701 iPod Dock
Goodmans have released a new iPod Dock featuring a 7" LCD Display. The GIPDV701 will display your video, films and photos from both your iPod, supports JPG, MP3 and MPEG-4 playback and the integrated 3 in 1 card reader adds more flexibility. It also features a remote control and a 12V car adapter. The unit will have an SRP of £89.99.

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Boynq Wakeup - iPod Lovers Alarm Clock

So as an ipod lover you may have been looking for a cool dock with alarm clock capabilities. Unfortunately most of the solutions out there are pretty dull looking. However, fear not, Boynq, have announced a new iPod clock stereo with a cool design.

The device features three beautifully integrated LCD displays, which show the time, radio stations and input channels in a soft white light. The Boynq Wakeup supports
iPod Minis, standard 4G, 5G and Classic iPods, all generations of the Nano, and the iPhone as well as the iPod touch. iPods are docked on top of one of the panels.

Devices can be charged and synched at the same time, and other audio sources are supported via line-in. No price or release date as yet, but black and white models will soon be available.

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Saturday, September 08, 2007

iPod Nano & iPod Classic Unveiled

After unveiling the new iPod Touch, and feeling a little disappointed with Apples efforts, I was pleased to see the Ipod classic and the New Video Playing iPod Nano. The classic is just like the 5G units but in capacities of 80GB and 160GB, whereas the Nano is available in 4GB and 8GB sizes. I for one, like the ipod Nano and can see sense in this PMP. The 8GB & 16GB iPod Touch offering fall short of true excellence due to its relatively small storage capacities ... go on Apple give us more storage on the iPod Touch.

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

iPhone Reviews Summary

The reviews for the iPhone are coming hard and fast ... most like what they see, and are impressed by what Apple have produced. However below I've listed the good and the Bad.

Good Things -
It's a great iPod with some web capabilities
Cover Flow feature is awesome
Orientation sensors are cool
Display quality excellent.
The UI is excellent and has only served to raise the bar...
Battery life is more than most of us expected.
'Visual Voicemail' is pretty cool...
The glass screen is remarkably resilient.
Microsoft Exchange is supported

The bad:
No User Replaceable Battery ... Shame on you Apple yet again for being so inconsiderate!!! (A Phone without this, is a truly pathetic omission).
The virtual keyboard is frustrating with a learning curve...
The Absences of 3G is a mistake.
Web browsing is real slow unless your use wireless.
OS X uses 700MB of the 4GB/8GB Memory.
No A2DP support – Stupid considering it's a media device!!!
No cut, copy or paste options for text – staggering
No editing of PDF, Word or Excel documents.
No browser support for Flash or any other embedded video
Poor voice call quality
2MP Still camera only – no video recording.
No support for MP3 ringtones.
Contacts must be scrolled through – no searching or voice dialling...
No Memory Card slot!!!
No GPS...

The bottom line is that it makes a great iPod, but the phone capabilities and several features need a rethink...

David Pogue
Walt Mossberg
Edward Baig
Steven Levy

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

iPod Mods offer 100GB Upgrades for iPods and Zune

iPodMods are offering to spruce up your favourite media player with a massive 100GB of storage. The Zune, both 60GB and 80GB iPods will accept the upgrade with some ease, however, the 30GB 5G and 5.5G iPods require a slightly modified back cover.

Do you really want to spend the $300 required for this though. Thanks to Engadget for this lead. Good luck with the decision, I for one, can't be bothered.

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Monday, April 09, 2007

100 Million iPods Sold

Apple announced the sale of its 100 millionth iPod. Quite the milestone really. "At this historic milestone, we want to thank music lovers everywhere for making iPod such an incredible success," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO, in a statement. "iPod has helped millions of people around the world rekindle their passion for music, and we're thrilled to be a part of that."

With so many units sold it'll be hard for anyone to challenge it's position in the marketplace, although I've said it before, I think the mobile phone industry is beginning to make serious inroads with their latest generation of phones with multimedia support.

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Saturday, April 07, 2007

iPod Virus Created

Kaspersky Labs have created Podloso, a virus design to demonstrate a minor security hole in the iPod. For the Virus to work the user must actually download it. The virus will only infect an iPod with Linux installed. Podloso cannot spread to other iPods on its own, one in the right folders on an iPod the virus will make all songs and videos unplayable. Instead of playing back the affected files, the iPod will display an error message which reads, "You are infected with Oslo the first iPodLinux Virus." For more visit tgdaily.

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Monday, March 05, 2007

Roth Audio iPod Dock

Roth Audio are a British company, who produce Music Cocoons, tube based amps and high fidelity docks for the iPod based audio enthusiast. I'm not sure about their claims to be able to produce sounds with warmth and dimension, but, they do however recommend using a lossless compression format for achieving the best results with these music cocoons. I would love to get my hands on one to review, just because they look so funky and cool. There several units in the works but the first with real information is the Music Cocoon MC4.

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