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MacWorld 2008

XtremeMac InCharge with iPod and iPhone chargers

Posted in Chargers,iPhone Accessories,iPod Accessories,MacWorld 2008 by Darrin Olson on January 18th, 2008

XtremeMac InCharge Home and InCharge Travel chargers for the iPhone and iPodThe MacWorld 2008 week is just about to come to a close but the new product announcements aren’t quite over yet. XtremeMac, maker of Apple product accessories, has launched the InCharge Home and InCharge Travel as the latest addition to the companies lineup of chargers for the iPhone and iPod. The products bear the “Works with iPhone” and “Made for iPod” brands making them Apple approved, which is something we really like to see anytime we connect something between the wall outlet and our multi-hundred dollar gadgets.

The InCharge Home is basically a $30 wall outlet adapter that will charge your iPhone or iPod without the use of a computer and without the risk of burning it up. XtremeMac says that the InCharge Home will bring your iPod or iPhone to a full charge twice as fast as it will through your computer connection.

MacWorld 2008

Belkin outdoes the manila envelope

Posted in Accessories,Belkin,MacBook,MacWorld 2008 by Darrin Olson on January 18th, 2008

Belkin Sleeve case for the MacBook AirJobs and the Apple marketing team have been using a manila envelope to show off just how thin the new MacBook Air really is, but Belkin thinks it has a little bit better carrying case for the new notebook. The new MacBook Air Sleeves come in four different designs ranging from $39.99 to $49.99 that add only slightly more bulk than the Jobs’ envelope.

The sleeves are made from Neoprene and leather and include the Slim-Fit, which has no zippers or magnets, just a sleeve and a flap for $39.99. The Neoprene/Leather model does have an asymmetrical zipper for side or top loading of your MacBook and goes for $49.99. There is also a Vertical Sleeve model with a strap which is designed for use all by itself also for $29.99 along with the Expression Sleeve which also features a strap. The other Sleeves are tailored a little more to be carried inside another bag.

MacWorld 2008

XtremeMac debuts iPod car charger/FM transmitter

Posted in iPod Accessories,MacWorld 2008,XtremeMac by Nino Marchetti on January 17th, 2008

XtremeMac InCharge FMXtremeMac continued its release of new iPod-related products at MacWorld as it unveiled an updated car charger which pulls double duty as a FM transmitter. It’s called the XtremeMac InCharge FM and pricing will put it at around $70.

XtremeMac said the InCharge FM connects with typical car power outlets as well as plugging into a standard iPod dock connector. While connected the player can be recharged. Also while connected one can use the inCharge FM to broadcast wirelessly through a car’s FM radio the iPod’s audio.

MacWorld 2008

DLO takes HomeDock to HD levels

Posted in DLO,iPod Accessories,MacWorld 2008 by Nino Marchetti on January 17th, 2008

DLO HomeDock HDDigital Lifestyle Outfitters is showing off at MacWorld an updated version of its HomeDock iPod accessory for those want HD video. It is called the DLO HomeDock HD and price is set at around $250.

The DLO HomeDock HD upconverts iPod video to 1080i or 720p through an HDMI connection when the iPod is docked with it. It also has S-video output for those with analog video needs and optical digital audio output for higher end audio connections.

MacWorld 2008

Samsung unveils SyncMaster line of monitors

Posted in Displays,LCD,MacWorld 2008,Samsung by Darrin Olson on January 16th, 2008

Samsung SyncMaster 2693HM and 2493HM LCD display monitorsSamsung is showing off its new line of LCD monitors this week at the MacWorld Conference in San Francisco. The 2693HM and 2493HM monitors are part of the new Samsung SyncMaster lineup, providing 1920 x 1200 resolution displays with built-in speakers and a 5ms GTG response time.

The SyncMaster 2493HM is a 24-inch display while the 2693HM is not quite a 26-inch measuring 25.5 inches diagonally. Both monitors have HDMI inputs and feature full 1080p to take advantage of those downloaded HD movies until you get an appliance to transfer them into your living room. The built-in speakers might not provide the same quality that you might get from stand-alones but the space on your desk that’s saved is often worth it.

MacWorld 2008

DLO reveals portable iPod speaker system

Posted in DLO,iPod Accessories,MacWorld 2008 by Nino Marchetti on January 16th, 2008

DLO iBoom JukeBoxDigital Lifestyle Outfitters is showing off at MacWorld right now several new iPod accessories. One of these is the DLO iBoom JukeBox, priced at around $200.

The DLO iBoom JukeBox is a portable speaker system with an integrated iPod dock. It comes complete with an RF remote control with full display screen which lets you have full iPod browsing and control as well as volume handling for the iBoom.

MacWorld 2008

H20 Audio shipping new waterproof nano case

Posted in H20 Audio,iPod Accessories,iPod Nano,MacWorld 2008 by Nino Marchetti on January 16th, 2008

H2O Audio iN3If you seek a way to enjoy your iPod nano at the beach without fear of it getting trashed by surfing and swimming, H20 Audio has a new case you’ll want to check out. It is called the H2O Audio iN3 and it’s being shown off at MacWorld this week.

The H2O Audio iN3, priced at around $80, is waterproof up to ten feet and the company recommends you pair it with its waterproof headphones. Features which keep your third generation nano safe from the water while still allowing for usage include an overlay control for the click wheel and a watertight connector which is for use with headphones.

MacWorld 2008

OWC now offers 320GB portable FireWire hard drives

Posted in External Hard Drives,MacWorld 2008 by Nino Marchetti on January 16th, 2008

OWC Mercury On-The-Go 320GB, 5400RPMOther World Computing, a developer of Mac accessories, has announced in conjunction with MacWorld its highest capacity, portable bus powered storage offering to date. It’s known as the OWC Mercury On-The-Go 320GB, 5400RPM and price is set to start at around $250.

The OWC Mercury On-The-Go 320GB, 5400RPM offers a variety of interface options, including FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, and eSATA. It features Oxford 9XX chipsets for all FireWire equipped models and will work with Macs and PCs.

MacWorld 2008

XtremeMac reveals updated Tango iPod speaker system

Posted in iPhone Accessories,MacWorld 2008,Speakers,XtremeMac by Nino Marchetti on January 16th, 2008

XtremeMac Tango X2XtremeMac just announced from MacWorld today another iPod speaker system. This time around it is the Tango X2, priced at around $150.

The XtremeMac Tango X2 is described as “a full range speaker system with a subwoofer and AM/FM radio wrapped in an elegant design that delivers big sound from a deceptively compact unit.” Having had hands on experience with the first Tango we have to imagine this will be even a better system.

Basic features include an AM/FM radio with hidden display, a smaller footprint from the previous model and an integrated iPod dock. Get the full details on the XtremeMac Tango X2 after the jump.

MacWorld 2008

ezGear 7-speaker XL90 Sound Bar for iPod

Posted in iPod Accessories,MacWorld 2008,Speakers by Darrin Olson on January 16th, 2008

ezGear XL90 Sound Bar for iPodezGear launched a new speaker system today designed to work with ALL of Apple’s iPod players called the ezGear XL90 Power Bar or the XL90 Sound Bar, depending on which product advertisement from ezGear you’re looking at.

We’re going with the XL90 Sound Bar sine it seems like a better name to us and will have less confusion with energy foods, but either way this speakers system features an iPod dock, 7 speakers and a remote to bring your iPod music to a place you can share with others. The speakers are driven by a 35 watt amp and consist of 2 high-range tweeters, 4 midrange and a seperate subwoofer. The included remote control runs the adjustments of the speaker sounds as well as navigating the docked iPod menu.

MacWorld 2008

MacBook Air SuperDrive

Posted in Apple,Disc Drives,MacWorld 2008 by Darrin Olson on January 16th, 2008

MacBook Air SuperDrive external optical drive for the MacBook AirIn the keynote speech yesterday at MacWorld Jobs brushed over the MacBook Air SuperDrive fairly quickly giving the message that the need for optical drives are becoming less, especially since the new MacBook Air has no internal optical drive. According to Apple it can download what software it needs through the internet and connect wirelessly to the Time Capsule for backing up and storing data. Apple does know that the end of optical drives is still a ways off and created this MacBook Air SuperDrive as an external optical drive accessory to the MacBook Air, and ONLY for the MacBook Air according to the specs.

It connects and is powered through a single standard USB cable that’s built into the drive so the MacBook Air will power the SuperDrive both when plugged in and when on batteries. The slot-loading SuperDrive is not much bigger than a CD case at 5.47 x 5.47 x 0.67 inches, and weighs 1.09 pounds. It also has some decent speeds with writing CD-Rs at 24x and double-layer DVDs at 4x.

MacWorld 2008

G-Tech unveils portable 1TB external drive

Posted in External Hard Drives,G-Technology,MacWorld 2008 by Nino Marchetti on January 15th, 2008

G-Tech G-RAID miniG-Technology is showcasing at MacWorld a 1TB external hard drive which offers RAID 0 configuration. It is called the G-Tech G-RAID mini and it should be available in March.

G-Technology said the G-Tech G-RAID mini is a full sized RAID 0 solution set into a portable solution. It features a triple FireWire 400/800/USB 2.0 interface and is designed to work right out of the box with Mac OS X systems.

Get more details on the new G-Tech G-RAID mini after the jump.

MacWorld 2008

Digital Copy takes Fox DVDs to iTunes

Posted in Apple,Digital Video,iTunes,MacWorld 2008 by Darrin Olson on January 15th, 2008

Twentieth Century Fox and Apple bringing Digital Copy to copy DVDs to iTunesAmidst the new product announcements unveiled during the MacWorld 2008 keynote today Jobs slipped in a message about a new feature that will easily get your DVD content into your iTunes or Windows Media Player library called Digital Copy. Partnering with Twentieth Century Fox, Apple is offering the Digital Copy feature on DVDs from the Fox studio starting with “Family Guy Presents: Blue Harvest” which releases today.

Anytime someone purchases a DVD from Fox that has the Digital Copy feature they can insert the disc into their computer, enter a unique code and transfer the movie into iTunes or Windows Media Player. The movie will then be available for unlimited viewing on their computer, iPod with video, iPhone, Apple TV or other video media player. There is of course some restriction on your purchased DVD’s Digital Copy feature however. It will transfer the DVD to only one instance of iTunes, limited by the unique code required.

MacWorld 2008

iTunes Movie Rentals bring films direct to your bigscreen

Posted in Apple,Apple TV,Digital Video,iTunes,MacWorld 2008 by Darrin Olson on January 15th, 2008

Apple iTunes Movie Rental service brings movies to rent to your computer or TVApple announced the immediate launch of iTunes Movie Rentals today during the MacWorld 2008 keynote speech, allowing iTunes users to get limited-time download of movies from any of the major studios for as little as $2.99. The new service is part of iTunes version 7.6 which is available now and gives a rental download of movies for 30 days, but once you begin watching the movie the rental will run out in 24 hours. It can be watched as many times as you would like within that time. You can even start watching on your computer and then transfer the video to your iPod and finish watching the movie on the go.

Apple appears to have picked up all the major studios with this offer with the list of participants including 20th Century Fox, The Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros., Paramount, Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Lionsgate and New Line Cinema. iTunes plans to have over 1,000 titles available by the end of February with rates of $2.99 for regular titles and $3.99 for new releases. For another dollar iTunes will deliver titles in high-def with Dolby 5.1 surround.

MacWorld 2008

New Targus MacBook bags are eco-friendly

Posted in Baggage,MacWorld 2008,Targus by Nino Marchetti on January 15th, 2008

Targus 15″ radius BackpackTargus is showing off at MacWorld a new line up of “eco-friendly” MacBook bags made of PVC-free material. This product line is known as the Radius family and it consists of several messenger bags, backpacks and top loading cases.

The Targus Radius bags are composted of 100% recycled polyester, recyclable plastic and nickel-free metal, making them pretty eco-friendly. Each bag includes an EVA molded compartment to protect your Apple laptop and they are mostly fit to 15-inch models.