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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

Distribute Your iPod Throughout your House With The iPort FS

There are a lot of wonderful docks for your iPod on the market, but the iPort FS is unique in that it is but one component in a larger integrated system to distribute audiovisual content throughout your home.

Harris Fogel, Posted 12/20/2007

Keyspan TuneView Puts Your iPod’s Controls Back In Your Hand!

Anyone who has used a remote control with their iPod, know that they all have one thing in common: you can't actually see what you are controlling. Not so with the new Keyspan TuneView for iPod remote control and docking station. Attach the dock to your stereo and the video out to your TV, and insert your iPod, and turn on the TuneView, and you have the screen from your iPod on the TuneView's remote which has its own color LCD screen.

Harris Fogel, Posted 12/20/2007

OtterBox Lets You Frolic In The Waves With Your iPod!

There are few things that electronics like less than water. Get most electronic equipment wet, and it's pretty much the end of life for that device. So, what to do if you crave your music when playing near water or bashing the slopes on a snowboard? What if you plan on taking your iPod, MacBook or laptop to places that would normally instantly void the warranty? We would recommend you start your journey toward water with a case from OtterBox. We tested a variety of their iPod cases as well as their laptop case, and found them pretty much indestructible.

Harris Fogel, Posted 10/26/2007

Lights! Camera! Game on! Become a movie studio mogul with The Movies from Feral Interactive

I love movies, and I think they're great to watch. I also love acting in movies, and directing is fun, too. But would you ever want to run the studio? Feral Interactive has brought us The Movies, where you can create and run your own movie studio, starting when movies where first invented.

Thomas Fogel, Posted 9/09/2007

Aspyr Media’s The Sims Life Stories: Girl meets boy in the big city … the rest of the story is up to you!

Control. Sometimes just the mere mention of that word can send certain people into a haze. But deep down inside, everybody wants it. Aspyr Media's new release of The Sims Life Stories gives you control of the fate of two people: Riley and Vince.

Thomas Fogel, Posted 8/28/2007

Who’s up for a round of total galactic domination? Plenty of strategic force abounds in Aspyr Media’s new Star Wars: Empire at War

I have a question. For those reading this who are geeks: Did you ever want to be the commander of the Rebel fleet or the Death Star in Star Wars? And if you answered yes, which one would you rather command? Well, that fantasy comes to life in Aspyr Media's new game, Star Wars: Empire at War.

Thomas Fogel, Posted 8/28/2007 

Corel Updates Painter X to a Perfect 10 – PMA Las Vegas 2007

One of the most original and unique graphics applications is Corel Painter X. Over the years it has introduced numerous new technologies, all aimed at creating a natural painting, sketching, and drawing environment, with a strong worldwide following. In this interview with Rick Champagne of Corel, we talk about the upgrade to their flagship graphics application, Painter X, now Universal Binary for the Mac! Recorded at the Photo Marketing Association Conference in Las Vegas, in March 2007 by Harris Fogel. Posted 6/12/2007 (9:35)

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