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Combat “Package Wrap Rage” at the Holidays, or Year-Round, with Open It!

There are few things as infuriating as the high-tech protective plastic packaging that encases many of today's products. And since some of the products we discuss are victims of this overdone packing, what better product to review than one designed to safely open them? Meet your liberator, the Open It!

Harris Fogel & Nancy Burlan, Posted 12/20/2007

eMedia's Guitar Method Version 4 Brings Expert Guitar Instruction to Your Home!

Set the stage: I am in front of a monitor, about to perform some awesome licks. I leap into a wicked guitar solo and start it off pretty good. Then comes the really fast part and I mess up so many chords. I clench my guitar neck in frustration and try the song again. No, I'm not playing Guitar Hero. Instead, I'm actually playing real notes and chords written for guitar, on my actual instrument, with the help of eMedia's Guitar Method Version 4.

Thomas Fogel, Posted 12/20/2007

Pzizz Helps You to Nap Your Way to Health and Happiness

A while back, folks representing a new application called Pzizz contacted us. According to Pzizz, the problem with our overworked, overstressed lives is that we aren't doing enough to take care of ourselves, and one easy way is to embrace the power of naps. And Pzizz was created to help take power naps that would either help to energize you, or to get to sleep.

Harris Fogel, Posted 12/20/2007

Matias Armors your iPod, and iRizes and iFolds your Laptop with their New Products

One of our favorite hardware companies is the Matias Corporation, named after Mac aficionado Edgar Matias. Originally known for their line of Tactile Pro keyboards, which were built to feel like the legendary Apple keyboards of yore, with their great responsive feel. Over the years they have expanded their product line to include cases, all of which have a common goal of protecting the products they wrap. This year they introduced a couple of well-engineered laptop stands to round out their product line.

Harris Fogel, Posted 12/20/2007

Television-to-go with Pinnacle TV for Mac HD Stick

Set sail for television viewing on land, in your RV, or aboard your boat with the Pinnacle TV for Mac HD Stick. Powered by Elgato’s EyeTV® Lite software, the TV for Mac HD Stick allows you to transform your Mac into a fully functioning digital and analog television receiver, complete with a miniature remote control. Hey, what else do you need but a cold beer and a bag of chips and you’ll be ready to watch your favorite shows and never miss a big game on live TV!

Jane Cooper, Posted 12/20/2007

New Bags from LowePro and Norazza Make Carrying Your Cameras a Cinch

Anyone who has ever had to cart cameras and accessories on a day trip, a pro shoot, or a cross-country vacation knows that a good case can't be underestimated. And instead of making our lives simpler, the shift to digital photography has only increased the need for a good case, one that protects and serves, so that your equipment is ready when you are. The LowePro Vertex 200 AW and SlingShot 200 AW are new camera cases that are worthy of a careful look.

Harris Fogel, Posted 12/20/2007

Review - EA’s Need For Speed: Carbon - for the Mac

I race down a canyon with my speed being at least 70 mph, trying to stay on the road. My opponent crashes into me purposely, making me swerve. I hit him accidentally, driving off the road and into the canyon. My heart pounding, I step away from my keyboard, and get myself a Coke. Thankfully, I’m not really old enough for a driver's license, and I had only been playing EA's new racing game for the Mac, Need for Speed: Carbon.

Thomas Fogel, Posted 12/20/2007

LapWorks Laptop Desk Futura Keeps Your Lap and Laptop Cool

Apple's switch to Intel processors is great for performance, price, and feature set. And if you have ever tried to work with a MacBook or MacBook Pro on your lap, you know that the laptop can also double as a pizza oven, making your lap the beneficiary of all that heat. Heck, my MacBook Pro runs so hot at times I'm going to start using it to press my shirts! Fortunately, the folks at LapWorks don't want to get burned either, and their Laptop Desk Futura took the heat off!

Harris Fogel, Posted 12/20/2007

Earphones for the Discriminating Ear from Etymotic, Shure, Future Sonics, iSkin, & Skullcandy

We have listened to a large number of earphones and headphones, a few of which actually drop the term "audiophile" with varying degree of accuracy. One thing is clear, we should be encouraging more people and manufacturers to move away from the Apple inspired earbud design. Why? It's not a problem with the sound quality, but rather the need to crank up the volume to hear the music clearly over the din of outside ambient noise. In this review we consider some new earphones, the Etymotic ety8, Shure SE 310, Future Sonics Atrio, iSkin Cerulean F1 & TX+RX, & Skullcandy Icon.

Harris Fogel, Posted 12/20/07

The Wacom Cintiq 21UX Combines Tablet and Display Technology Into One Amazing Package

I've been using a Wacom tablet for over 15 years, starting with their ADB-based ArtZ tablets. There have been other tablet entries into the market over the years, but none have stuck, and Wacom rules the roost. And for good reason - each iteration of the line offers more sensitivity, tilt, and options. But the ultimate tablet is the Wacom Cintiq 21UX tablet, which bonds a tablet to a high-quality LCD display.

Harris Fogel, Posted 12/20/2007

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