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Review – SRS iWow! Audio Hardware & Software for Mac OS and iOS

When we attended the MacWorld 2000 Conference in New York one of the products that folks were buzzing about were at a booth that featured (the late lamented) Monsoon Planar speakers that were demonstrating a small translucent blue box called the SRS WOW Thing Box. SRS began in 1985 as a creation of Hughes Aircraft and stood for Sound Retrieval System, and since then it has become the heart of many audio products, often even without your knowledge. To see how the latest version of the technology measured up we looked at the latest version of the SRS iWOWPremium plug-in for iTunes and the SRS iWOW 3D Audio Adaptor for any Apple device that has a dock. The SRS iWOWPremium plug-in for iTunes and the iWOW 3D Audio Adaptor are Mac Edition Radio Audio Picks!

Harris Fogel & Nancy Burlan, posted 4/4/2012

Review – Logitech Keyboard Case for Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Apple iPad

We love tablets, but when you must compose a long email or create a text-heavy document, a screen keyboard isn't always the best solution. A Bluetooth keyboard is often the way to go, and although they can be fragile and must be protected, they allow the user to type efficiently and comfortably. Consider the Logitech Keyboard Case for Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Apple iPad, a keyboard case that has quickly become one of our favorite products. Well made and practical, we think it‚Äôs a solid choice. Read the full review!

Harris Fogel & Nancy Burlan, Posted 3/20/2012

Review – Charging your gear – the Energizer iSurge Travel Charger – the IDAPT i4 Universal Charger

The need to charge all of one's personal electronics can make life look like a scene from a bad Sci-Fi movie, with intertwined wires and cables everywhere. One way out of that mess are products that aim to simplify your charging life. We check out the Energizer iSurge Travel Charger, designed for life-on-the-go, and the IDAPT i4 Universal Charger, which keeps things charged at home. Read on for our full review.

Harris Fogel & Nancy Burlan, Posted 3/1/2012

10 Quick Hits From 2012 International CES – John Mulhern III

Mac Edition Radio has returned safely from 2012 International Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas and begun to take a measure of this year's massive show. More stories and product reviews will follow, but here are ten quick hits from this year's CES.

John Mulhern III, posted 1/19/2012

Review – dBLogic EP-100V Earphones – Protect Your Hearing Without Losing the Music

We pride ourselves on being good listeners, maybe not always to each other, but definitely to great music! In what seems like an avalanche of new items promising ever better audio, cool features, neat colors or bling, it's rare to encounter a product that changes the way we actually listen to music. We tried the dBLogic EP-100V Earphones and found the idea interesting: earphones that automatically limit the sound volume to protect the user's hearing. In this review we take a look at their new earphones and their approach to providing good sound while protecting your hearing. The dBLogic EP-100V Earphones are a Mac Edition Radio Holiday Pick!

Harris Fogel, posted 12/31/2011

Review – BassJump 2 and PlugBug from Twelve South

Twelve South's founder Andrew Green has a simple goal for his young company: make twelve new products a year, and do it with style. And, to quote their website, Twelve South is not just Mac Friendly, it is Mac only! Two of their very useful items are reviewed here: the updated BassJump 2 Portable Subwoofer, and PlugBug, which adds a USB charging port to your Apple laptop charger. The PlugBug and BassJump 2 are Mac Edition Radio Holiday Picks!

Nancy Burlan and Harris Fogel, posted 12/29/2011

Review – Roxio’s Toast 11 Remains The Swiss Army Knife For Optical Media On The Mac OS

For almost 20 years, Roxio's Toast has been the leading tool for manipulating optical media on the Mac OS. Roxio Toast Version 11 carries on this position and adds some useful upgrades and a substantially improved interface. While many folks seem to feel that there is no longer a place for optical media in their workflow, write-once media has many advantages including immunity to a hard drive crash, electrical surge, data corruption, or OS and interface changes. How well does Roxio Toast 11 handle this changing landscape? Hint, Roxio Toast 11 is a Mac Edition Radio Holiday Pick!

John Mulhern III, posted 12/28/2011

Review – Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Elements 10 and Creative Suite 5.5

The word "Photoshop" has become synonymous with almost any kind of digital image manipulation, and is now a staple of the English language as not just a noun, but a verb, too! Although there have been a few pretenders to the image manipulation throne, none have been able to make a dent in Adobe's solid lock on the kingdom. The recent release of the cross-platform Creative Suite 5.5 for the power and professional user, and Photoshop and Premiere Elements 10 for the consumer, has kept that momentum moving forward. In this review we examine whether or not these new versions or upgrades are right for you. Adobe Creative Suite 5.5, Photoshop and Premiere Elements 10 are Mac Edition Radio Holiday Picks.

Harris Fogel, posted 12/28/2011

Review – ATH-ANC23 Noise-Cancelling Earphones & ATH-ANC7b Noise-Cancelling Headphones, Plus the Classic ATH-AD900 Open-air Headphones from Audio-Technica

Audio-Technica is one of the most highly respected names in audio, and their line of headphones and earphones is well known. We have reviewed their noise-canceling units in the past, and this year saw revisions to those product lines. We look at their newly released ATH-ANC23 QuietPoint® Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones, the ATH-ANC7b QuietPoint® Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones, and the ATH-AD900 Audiophile Open-air Dynamic Headphones to see how they stack up. Hint: all are all Mac Edition Radio Holiday Picks!

Harris Fogel, posted 12/27/2011

Review – Magellan eXplorist 710 Portable GPS – Don’t Get Lost Again!

Our day-to-day use of personal GPS units is one of the more astonishing technological fruits of the space race, and has now become commonplace in our everyday lives. Who could have imagined that a small handheld device would be able to communicate with satellites orbiting the earth and triangulate a user's position to an accuracy of a few meters, making it seem as easy as getting the time from your watch. Even early science fiction couldn't predict them; instead we saw flying cars, personal rockets, ray guns, and aliens. Who needs those fantastical gadgets anyway, when what really matters is that we are still stuck in traffic, disoriented on a mountain, trying to find that perfect fishing spot, or find that food cache. Magellan's eXplorist series promises to meet any of our location needs, and more. We tested their flagship eXplorist 710 model to see how it delivered on those promises. Hint: the Magellan's eXplorist 710 is a Mac Edition Radio Holiday Pick!

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Harris Fogel, Posted 12/24/2011