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Fins-Up Puts a Fin on Your Apple Laptop

Now that laptops have smooth cases, boasting the cleanest uncluttered lines this side of a stealth bomber, it's also getting tougher to actually carry them without fear of dropping them as they slide out of your grip. Last year we reviewed a handle for the MacBook Pro and PowerBook G4, so when we received the Fins-Up "Fin" we were intrigued. A simple idea done right, the Fin looks like a shark's fin, made of aluminum.

Harris Fogel, Posted 12/30/2007

The General Electric G1 is a Stylish New Entry Into the Digital Camera Market

At Mac Edition Radio, we often work with cutting-edge digital imaging technology and professional-level equipment. But with General Electric's recent entry (our interview on this is here) into the consumer photography space, we wondered how a digital novice would find working with one of GE’s newest releases, the G1 branded as a GE product and marketed by General Imaging. So, we sent the camera off to Europe twice with product tester and world traveler Regina Barthmaier, who loves photography but hadn't yet ventured far into the digital realm. Regina used the camera for two trips to Europe, including Italy, Paris, and Amsterdam, and in total took more then 700 photos. As Regina puts it, "As luck would have it, right before I was scheduled to leave for Fabriano, Italy, Harris Fogel asked if I would be willing to test out a brand new digital camera from GE, the G1. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity."

Regina Barthmaier, Posted 12/20/2007

Matrox’s DualHead2Go Extends Your Desktop Display Options for your Mac

If you've ever needed an extra display or monitor, but had a computer like Apple's Mac Mini with only a single video-out, the Matrox DualHead2Go is the solution, and provides the ability to have multiple monitors, an extended desktop, or mirrored video.

Harris Fogel, Posted 12/20/2007

Boynq Studio’s Stylish New iCube II Audio System

One of the most stylish entries into the iPod sphere comes from Boynq Studio. The iCube II is a small cube, available in black or pink. It's got some great curves, nice attention to detail, and surprisingly good sound.

Harris Fogel, Posted 12/20/2007

Altec Lansing Reinvents the Portable Digital Theater With The IMV 712

If you want to make someone crazy happy, then consider the new Altec Lansing IMV 712. The IM stands for In Motion, one of the first iPod-compatible systems on the market. Over the years, they have consistently revised and upgraded their product line. The IMV 712 takes this several steps forward with the inclusion of video.

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

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

DYMO DiscPainter & Desktop Mailing Solutions Cover Your Labeling Needs

There are a few things you should never do, and for digital folks, top of the list is to never, ever, ever use labels on your CDs or DVDs. Enter DYMO, which just brought out the DYMO DiscPainter, a dedicated disc printer. While we are discussing DYMO, we should mention their DYMO Desktop Mailing Solutions, a unique combination label printer and U.S. Post Office approved USB scale.

Harris Fogel, Posted 12/20/2007

VisibleDust & Delkin Devices Rid Your Sensor Of Dust

One of the biggest annoyances and problems for Digital SLR photographers is that tiny, almost invisible bits of dust on the sensor can result in enormous amounts of time "de-dusting" the images after a shoot is over. While applications like Adobe Photoshop Lightroom have some automated tools to help with the removal of dust that is already on the image, what your mom told you holds true: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In this review, we look at the approaches taken by VisibleDust and Delkin Devices to help rid your sensor of dust.

Harris Fogel, Posted 12/20/07

The TrekPod & TrekPod Go Do Triple Duty For A Photographer On The Go

If you have ever been hiking and wanted a tripod to stabilize your photos, but didn't want to lug along extra pounds of photo equipment, you haven't had much choice. The TrekPodand TrekPod Go look like well-constructed walking sticks, but the bottom section opens up James Bond-style to reveal a small tripod, and the top has a screw thread to match a camera base.

Harris Fogel, Posted 12/20/2007