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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 – 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 – 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

Review – ThinkTank Photo Hydrophobia & Retrospective 5 Camera Bags

ThinkTank Photo makes some of the most imaginative camera bags on the market. The company was founded by working photographers, so their bags cut to the chase to get the job done with a minimum of fuss. Two examples of this are their Hydrophobia camera covers and their vintage feeling Retrospective 5 camera bag. Do they measure up to the needs of photographers on the road? Read on to find out! The ThinkTank Photo Hydrophobia and Retrospective series are Mac Edition Radio Holiday Picks!

Harris Fogel, posted 12/24/2011

Review – Deluxe Reissues from Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, Frank Sinatra, & Smashing Pumpkins – just in time for last-minute holiday shopping!

Remastered pop music is an art form that allows us to listen to the music we grew up with through a new pair of ears. Differing philosophies about how best to accomplish this has created a consumer awareness when these projects are done correctly, as well as when they aren't. Recent releases of a remastering of the entire Pink Floyd catalog, a masterful remixing and remastering of Jethro Tull's rock classic Aqualung, a fresh look at the beginnings of Smashing Pumpkins via their classic Gish and Siamese Dream albums, and Frank Sintatra will put you in the mood for a martini and a lounge to drink it in! Should you rush out and pick them up for the music lover in your life? Read our review to find out! These releases are Mac Edition Radio Holidays Picks!

Harris Fogel, posted 12/23/2011

Review – Canon Vixia HFR-20 Camcorder – HD Video to Travel

Canon has been a technology leader for many years. They may be most frequently associated with still cameras, but consumers shouldn't overlook the impact that Canon has had on video cameras. From the pioneering XL-1 Mini-DV camcorder first introduced in 1997 which boasted interchangeable lenses, 3-chip CCD, and quickly became the darling of indie filmmakers everywhere, to the HD systems that bring incredible quality at an affordable price, Canon has a wide range of video offerings. To find how this evolution translates into a quality consumer product for today, we spent time with their entry-level Canon Vixia HFR-20 HD camcorder. Is this the video camera you want to have in your pocket at the ready? Read our review to find out! The Canon Vixia HFR-20 Camcorder is a Mac Edition Radio Holiday Pick.

Harris Fogel, posted 12/18/2011

Review – Apple iOS 5 From A Support Perspective, Two Months Later

After a beta period of four months, Apple released iOS 5 in early October 2011. After two months of release, it's time to put the heavily hyped features aside (Siri, I'm talking about you), step back, and take a look at the implications of this mobile operating system from an support perspective. Apple iOS 5 is a Mac Edition Radio Holiday Pick!

John Mulhern III, posted 12/12/2011

Review – Olympus XZ-1 camera – Capable Fun in your Pocket

The competition within the point-and-shoot camera market is as intense as any consumer battle you can find. From cameras that cost as little as $30 to advanced models costing 30 times that much, selection isn't a problem. One difference among today’s cameras is that newer models offer professional features and capabilities, including the ability to shoot in low light with faster lenses, and in the RAW format. The Olympus Z-X1 camera is one of the prime players in this field. Don’t want the size and bulk of an Electronic Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens (EVIL) model such as the Olympus Micro 4/3 models, but still want the capabilities? We took a serious look at the Olympus XZ-1 to find out how it fared. Read our review for our experience. The Olympus XZ-1 is a Mac Edition Radio Holiday Pick!

Harris Fogel, posted 12/9/2011

Review – The OPPO BDP-95 Universal Audiophile 3D Blu-ray Disc Player

Several years ago we reviewed a new Universal CD/DVD player and wrote that: "Oppo is unique in that, while they only offer a few products, those products are thought out very carefully. They sell direct, without the middleman overhead, and the units are astonishingly good, especially for the price point." So, when Oppo introduced their new BDP-95 Universal Audiophile 3D Blu-ray Disc Player, we were eager to see what they came up with. How does it stack up against earlier units and the competition? Read our full review to find out! The OPPO BDP-95 Universal Audiophile 3D Blu-ray Disc Player is a Mac Edition Radio Holiday Pick!

Harris Fogel, posted 12/9/2011

Review – – zBoost-Metro & SOHO Cell Phone Signal Boosters

Dropped calls are a constant annoyance and fact of our cell phone lives, but what can you do if those calls keep getting dropped even when you're at work or home? We have tried cell phone cases that claim to have "cell boosters" inside, but they didn't seem to make much of a difference. Another approach is to use a specialized amplifier and antenna to strengthen the signal. We tested the zBoost -YX540 Metro and YX545 SOHO Cell Phone Signal Boosters to see if our constantly dropped calls would come to a welcome end. The YX540 Metro and YX545 SOHO Cell Phone Signal Boosters are Mac Edition Radio Holiday Picks!

Harris Fogel, posted 11/27/2011