MiC is the first studo quality microphone to make a direct digital connection to iPad, iPhone & Mac.
MiC is the first studio-quality microphone to make a direct digital connection to iPad, iPhone, and Mac. About the size of an iPhone, MiC makes it easy to capture your best take with incredible quality, anywhere your music takes you. Record any sound you can imagine, from vocals to voice-overs, instruments to interviews and everything in between, and build a track right on your iPad, iPhone or Mac with GarageBand.
PureDIGITAL technology delivers pristine sound quality
MiC is a premium digital converter featuring PureDIGITAL technology which delivers your voice or acoustic instruments true tone to your iPad, iPhone or Mac without compromise. You will notice the sonic difference between MiC and other similar products immediately.
For more information visit: apogeedigital.com
The first true Android games console, the ARCHOS GamePad combines powerful tablet hardware with revolutionary gaming software
ARCHOS announces the retail availability of the highly anticipated GamePad, a new type of tablet that combines physical gaming button controls and an ARCHOS patented mapping tool with a full AndroidTM-powered tablet experience. Bringing physical buttons and analog thumb-sticks to mobile gaming, the ARCHOS GamePad blends power with unique mapping software that allows you to link the virtual controls of any game to physical controls. A thin and light Android 4.1 Jelly Bean device, the GamePad also features full access to Google PlayTM and Google Mobile Services and is now available in Europe with a North American release scheduled for early Q1 2013.
“Android device users spend more than 9 hours a month gaming on their devices and yet are not completely satisfied with the touch-screen experience,” says Henri Crohas, Founder and CEO of ARCHOS. “We feel this area of gaming is proven and will continue to grow. With the introduction of the GamePad we are uniquely positioned to feed the demand of gamers who want a better gaming experience on a tablet.”
By combining the GamePad’s 14 physical buttons and dual analog thumb-sticks with the revolutionary ARCHOS game mapping tool (exclusive to ARCHOS), the GamePad brings the physical aspect back to the gaming experience. Adding to the experience is the 16 million color, seven inch, five point capacitive, 1024 x 600 pixel screen. At only 10 mm (0.3 inch) thin and with a weight of 330g (0.7 lbs), the ARCHOS GamePad is the perfect on the go gaming console.
REVOLUTIONARY MAPPING TOOL
Thanks to the revolutionary ARCHOS mapping tool, even back catalog games that weren’t made for physical controls can work with the physical controls of the ARCHOS GamePad; ‘map’ any on-screen virtual control to the physical controls of the GamePad for hundreds of games within the tool or use its drag-and-drop interface to ‘map’ any game in seconds.
The mapping profile for each game is automatically saved so whenever that game is launched in the future, the ARCHOS game mapping tool will automatically load the corresponding mapping profile.
FEATURES & SPECS
Operating System: Google Certified Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Smooth Gaming Experience with 3D Graphics: Quad-core Mali 400 MP GPU paired with a 1.6GHz Dual-core CPU.
Memory: 8GB of internal memory with microSD slot or up to 64GB of additional space.
Mini-HDMI: Use the mini-HDMI port to connect the GamePad to your TV for a big screen viewing experience.
Google PlayTM: 700,000 apps and games and includes DRM support for downloading books, magazines, music, movies and TV shows.
ARCHOS Media Center applications: tailor made apps for video and music that include metadata scraping, auto-subtitles and of course, the best format and codec support around including 1080p video decoding.
For more information about GamePad visit www.ARCHOS.com
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Perhaps you or someone you know is looking to purchase a new POV video camera – not sure which one to choose? Sony’s Action Cam not only takes the cake in slow motion and HD video quality, but its housing comes complete with a universal tripod-style screw mount…making it compatible with hundreds of 3rd party mounting solutions. Whether you’re snowboarding, kite surfing or even spear fishing you’ll be able to catch the action where ever you may be.
You get five MP4 recording options: 1080p30, 720p120 (for 4x slow-motion capture), 720p60 (for 2x slow-motion capture), 720p30, and 480p30. The camera has digital image stabilization and can also do time-lapse photography and shoot 16-megapixel stills.
The camera has no built-in storage, but it has a card slot supporting both microSD and Memory Stick Micro cards. It has a removable battery so you can carry spares and charge by Micro-USB. There’s also a Micro-HDMI output so you can review your videos on a big screen.
There are two versions: one with built-in Wi-Fi, one without. The wireless connectivity will allow you to send clips to iOS or Android devices as well as control the camera’s settings and use your device’s screen as a viewfinder.
Included with the camera are a shockproof/waterproof case and two adhesive mounts. A variety of mounts for both your head and gear will be available. There are also plans to have a body that you can drop the Action Cam into, making it a more traditional handheld camcorder with a 2.7-inch flip-out LCD display.
For More information visit: www.sony.com
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With the HTC Status smartphone from TELUS, you can capture the ins and outs of your busy life with one touch. The Android 2.3 powered HTC Status smartphone gives you one touch access to the hub of your phone: Facebook. In fact, it’s the first device in Canada with a dedicated Facebook share button, making it easier than ever to share your status, photos, news and locations instantly from anywhere on your phone.
Samsung unveiled two Android-based ultra-portable Galaxy Players, available with a 4” or 5” screen. The devices offer quick and easy access to online services via Wi-Fi, front and rear cameras for videoconferencing or photography, stereo speakers for enjoying music or videos, and support for Adobe Flash 10.1 to access virtually any content on the Web. Check out our exclusive video from the Samsung Experience in New York City.
Motorola ATRIX will be available exclusively to Bell Mobility clients on Canada’s Best Network with the fastest 4G speeds and largest 4G coverage starting March 17 for $169.95 on a three year term with a minimum $50 voice/data plan or for $599.95 with no term. For more information, go to Motorola.ca, or to pre-register please visit Bell.ca/ATRIX
Griffin Technology Inc., maker of innovations for everyday life, has partnered with Rick Nielsen, guitarist and songwriter for Cheap Trick. The rock ‘n’ roll icon, famous for checkerboard motifs and five-necked guitars, is also a bonafide tech lover and longtime friend of Griffin. Together, Griffin and Nielsen have worked to bring his distinctive style to the Rick Nielsen Signature Case for iPhone 4 and iPad.
“I’m actually a Griffin customer, not some knucklehead looking for freebies…well, I am a knucklehead, but that’s beside the point,” laughs Rick Nielsen. “This case is a fantastic design that finally lets me match my gadgets to my guitars.”
The Rick Nielsen Signature Case bears all the iconic likeness of its namesake with protection worthy of a world tour. The black and white checkerboard motif is showcased on a one-piece, impact-resistant frame. The inside of each case features Nielsen’s distinctive self-portrait/signature. And to top it off, every Rick Nielsen Signature Case comes with two custom guitar picks that wear Nielsen’s signature on one side and a Griffin logo on the other.
Whether you own an iPhone or iPad, Griffin’s Rick Nielsen Signature Case is protection that rocks. Learn more about the case at www.griffintechnology.com.
The Weather Network’s WeatherEye HD for iPad is now available for download. In less than one month, WeatherEye HD and its French counterpart, MétéoÉclair HD, exceeded 130,000 downloads, in addition to over 2.3 million page views. Within two days of its release last month, the WeatherEye HD and MétéoÉclair HD landed the number one spot on the iPad Top App list. Today it remains in the top 11 on the iPad Top App list with a four-star rating. Now, figuring out what to wear, when you should leave your house to catch a flight, or what the weather and bugs are like in your local provincial park, is available at a touch of a finger.
WeatherEye HD’s key features include:
- An engineered user-interface for the iPad that that will allow for the use of combination of buttons, swipes and pinches to access desired data.
- Detailed weather forecasts including current, short term, long term day and night, hourly forecasts and 14 day trend for your favourite cities.
- Premium video including daily forecasts, active weather coverage and top weather news stories.
- Interactive hourly charts showing temperature, precipitation (POP) and wind speed with gusts.
- Satellite & Radar Maps including past and future views.
- Local provincial parks, schools and airport forecasts.
- Health reports including Air Quality Health Index, Pollen Report and UV Report.
- Severe Weather Warnings and Alerts.
- Option to view weather in Celsius or Fahrenheit.
The Weather Networks’s WeatherEye HD can be downloaded today at: http://itunes.apple.com/app/weathereye-hd/id407173878?mt=8
For Internet users, it has been a decade of exciting online advances that allow people to communicate, share information and conduct business in ways that were never before possible. However, cybercrime has also flourished over the last decade, growing by double digits year after year and costing consumers hundreds of millions of dollars. The latest report from McAfee (NYSE: MFE), “A Good Decade for Cybercrime,” examines the past 10 years of cybercriminal tactics and online threats, an era that dramatically changed the face of crime.
“Cybercrime is one of the fastest growing and lucrative industries of our time,” said Dave Marcus, director of security research for McAfee Labs™. “From the ‘I Love You Worm’ of 2000, to today’s ever-evolving threats on social media sites, we’ve watched these cybercriminals and their tactics grow in sophistication. The days of destruction purely for bragging rights are over – now it’s all about making money and not getting caught.”
Over the past 10 years, Internet use has exploded, growing over five-fold from the 361 million users in 2000 to nearly two billion users in 2010, according to InternetWorldStats.com. With a new onslaught of e-commerce sites and revenue opportunities, the Internet has become a trove of money and information that has proven irresistible to cybercrooks.
Snapshot of a Decade
Top exploits representing different eras of cybercrime:
1) “I LOVE YOU” Worm’s False Affection: Estimated damage $15 billion
The “I love you” worm (named after the subject line of the e-mail it came in) proved irresistible in 2000 as millions of users opened the spam message and downloaded the attached “love letter” file and a bitter virus. This infamous worm cost companies and government agencies $15 billion to shut down their computers and remove the infection.
2) MyDoom’s Mass Infection: Estimated damage $38 billion
This fast-moving worm first struck in 2004 and tops McAfee’s list in terms of monetary damage. Due to all the spam it sent, it slowed down global Internet access by 10 per cent and reduced access to some websites by 50 per cent, causing billions in dollars of lost productivity and online sales.
3) Conficker’s Stealthy Destruction: Estimated damage $9.1 billion
This 2007 worm infected millions of computers and then took its infections further than the last two worms on our list, as cybercrooks moved from notoriety to professionalism. Conficker was designed to download and install malware from sites controlled by the virus writers.
1) Fake Anti-Virus Software – Selling fake antivirus software is one of the most insidious
and successful scams of recent years. Cybercrooks prey on users’ fear that their computer and information is at-risk by displaying misleading pop-ups that prompt the victim to “purchase” antivirus software to fix the problem. When the victim agrees to purchase, their credit card information is stolen and they wind up downloading malware instead of security software.
2) Phishing Scams – Phishing, or trying to trick users into giving up personal information, is one of the most common and persistent online threats. Phishing can come in spam e-mails, spam instant messages, fake friend requests or social networking posts.
3) Phony Websites – In recent years, cybercrooks have become adept at creating fake websites that look like the real deal. From phony banking sites, to auction sites and e-commerce pages, crooks are constantly laying online traps hoping you will be fooled into entering your credit card or personal information.
Looking ahead to future cybercrime trends, McAfee Labs predicts the continuation of social networking scams and tricks, such as malicious links, phony friend requests and phishing attempts. The scams are likely to get more sophisticated and personalized, especially if users continue to share a great deal of information.
If you think you may be a victim of cybercrime, visit the McAfee Cybercrime Response Unit (www.mcafee.com/cru) to assess your risks and learn what you can do next.
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iWave is known for their stylish electronic accessories that range from iPhone/iPad cases, headphones, speakers and more. The new iWave MTV collection debuted last week at CES 2011 and infuses retro MTV style into the various products, splashed with bright neon colors.
Since its launch last month, the iPhone app called AWARENESS — created by psychotherapist and forward-thinking “ambassador of the heart,” Ronit Herzfeld – has been widely embraced by the general public, as well as by key cultural icons including Arianna Huffington, Caroline Myss and Elizabeth Lesser (see quotes below). Herzfeld’s app has been featured on CNN, and ABCNews.com has called it the “pocket psycho-therapist” that “soothes the soul.”
Now, Herzfeld is taking the concept of the AWARENESS app global, with the announcement of the ‘Global Emotional Awareness Movement’ (GLEAM). To help spread the message of Emotional Awareness, Ronit is inviting people all over the world to create compelling (smart, fun and entertaining) videos and photos that will inspire people to become more aware of their feelings and to illustrate how emotions deeply affect our lives every day. “When we don’t know what we’re feeling and when we’re operating from not knowing, we tend to hurt ourselves and others,” she explains.
Contest winners will receive a total of $5,000 in prizes, and the videos and photos will be used to promote worldwide Emotional Awareness. The contest entry period is January 14 to February 7, 2011, and the winners will be announced on February 14/Valentine’s Day (symbolizing the emotion of ‘love’).
Please see below for further information. All contest details can be found at http://whatareyoufeelingrightnow.com.
Griffin Technology Inc., maker of innovations for everyday life, today unveiled DriveSafe, a major new initiative in automotive accessory design and usage. DriveSafe is a comprehensive range of in-car products designed to limit driver distractions from smartphones and mobile devices. The DriveSafe family includes a number of Griffin devices, including the new RoadTrip HandsFree and BlueTrip DualConnect, both featured products for CES 2011.
“DriveSafe is not just a family of products. It’s a philosophy of safer driving behaviors that encourages drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road,” said Mark Rowan, President of Griffin Technology. “Bluetooth headsets are declining in popularity, and integrated in-car solutions are too expensive. Our DriveSafe products are designed for the real world, priced for everyone, and contain all the great Griffin in-car features drivers expect.”
DriveSafe products are designed to help drivers by removing distractions caused by their smartphones or mobile devices. As mobile technology has developed, feature sets have expanded, and drivers have more potential distractions than ever before. Because their phones do more, drivers are encouraged to do more with them; but the devices, themselves, have become more complicated to use, demanding more of a driver’s attention. These distractions are visual, physical, and cognitive; combined, they cause more than 1 million crashes annually in North America alone (AAA Foundation). For this reason, a number of states have created handsfree laws, limiting the ways drivers can use their phones. But handsfree solutions can often be impractical or uncomfortable, like Bluetooth headsets; or prohibitively expensive, such as integrated in-car systems. In spite of the extra expense, they sometimes fail to account for everyday smartphone needs, like charging and music playback. This led Griffin designers to ask the question, “How do we handle the reality of smartphones on the road?”
The answer is Griffin’s DriveSafe family of handsfree devices. DriveSafe features new and proven Griffin devices, ranging from cables to integrated FM transmitter and Bluetooth devices, and everything in between. No matter the DriveSafe device, drivers are provided with simple, useful in-car accessories that help drivers keep their eyes on the road, their hands on the wheel, and their minds on the task at hand, while also staying in compliance with local laws. DriveSafe products fit every budget, from Griffin’s HandsFree Mic + AUX Cable, to the new, feature-filled RoadTrip HandsFree and BlueTrip DualConnect. The full DriveSafe lineup, with feature sets for each product, can be found at www.griffintechnology.com/drivesafe.
Poynt is a free local search app that is currently used by over 4.5 million users to find and navigate the best in local restaurants, businesses, movies and movie theaters, as well as search for local gas and weather forecasts. Poynt is currently available for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone 7 and has been awarded the title of super app on BlackBerry.
Powermat is providing consumers with the latest accessories in wireless charging just in time for the holiday season! The iPhone 4, BlackBerry Bold 9700 series and BlackBerry Curve 8500/8520/9300 series are now among the many Smartphone’s that can be powered by Powermat. The new receivers lose the medallion and gain a sleek and form-fitting design to mimic the phone’s backdoor.
On November 15th these new receivers became available in Canadian stores at more affordable prices. Receiver and mat bundles once priced together at $149.99, now start from $49.99 plus tax!
The newest bundle to join Powermat is the iPhone 4. The iPhone 4 receiver comes with a 1x mat, specially designed to cradle the unique Apple shape.
Joining the receivers is the latest Powermat accessory, the Power! Dual 1850 Rechargeable Backup Battery. Recharge this compact, portable battery on any mat to power any BlackBerry, iPhone or other device, to give you power on-the-go.
Griffin Technology Inc., makers of innovative solutions for everyday life, today unveiled new accessories for iPad™. The announcement features solutions for a wide array of uses, from the office to the kitchen and everywhere in between: Standle™, AirStrap™, Cabinet Mount, Elan Folio™, and WaveStand™. The entire lineup is now available for purchase at www.griffintechnology.com.
“Owners of Apple’s iPad are continually finding new uses for it. It really is a ground-breaking device,” said Luke Michas, Director of Product Development, Soft Goods. “They use it walking around the office, lounging at home, viewing recipes in the kitchen, or any number of scenarios. It’s our aim to provide an ever-evolving selection of great designs for all these uses.”
Griffin’s fall collection of accessories for iPad includes:
Standle is more than just another hard-shell case for iPad. It incorporates a stand for portrait and landscape viewing, a carrying handle, and a typing stand, all in one fold-away protective case. The large portrait stand swings out to position your iPad for perfect presentations or portrait viewing, then swings back into the case when you’re done. Flip open the two-position landscape stand/handle to carry your iPad, then fold it back to create a stand for viewing in landscape orientation. Lay your iPad back from this position into a gentle incline that’s great for tabletop or desktop typing and surfing. When you’re done, the stand/handle folds back into the body of the case. Clever design allows docking with Apple’s iPad Dock and Keyboard Dock without removing your iPad from the case, and strategically-placed cutouts provide access to all ports and controls.
AirStrap is a case with a built-in safety strap for comfortable one-handed use of your iPad. A molded frame with thick, comfortable, contoured grips surrounds your iPad, protecting the edges without getting in the way. Slip your hand under the wide neoprene strap on the back. AirStrap hugs your hand, making your iPad easy to hold while you’re reading in a coffee shop, checking the headlines as you ride the morning train, or while walking around the house or office.
Whether you are working in the kitchen, the garage, a workroom, wherever you use your iPad, Griffin’s Cabinet Mount holds your iPad for you at a comfortable height for your eyes and hands. Our Cabinet Mount lifts your iPad out of harm’s way and positions it for you at the best viewing angle. Attach Cabinet Mount to the side or underside of any cabinet 14 inches or deeper. All the necessary hardware and mounting instructions are included. Snap your iPad securely into Cabinet Mount’s bracket. The mounting arm rotates 360 degrees around and 90 degrees front to back, so you can position your iPad perfectly for any viewing angle. Griffin’s new Cabinet Mount is a safe, secure way to view and use your iPad almost anywhere around the house.
Carry your iPad in Griffin’s Elan Folio flipcase like a personal notebook. The cover flips open for quick access to your Multi-Touch™ display, and closes like a book for privacy and protection. But Elan Folio doesn’t stop working when you stop carrying it. Flip the cover around and lock it in back to turn the folio into a multi-positionable easel. Elan Folio holds your iPad upright in landscape position for reading and for viewing pictures and video. For drawing, tapping, and typing, turn it over and lay it down for a comfortable, inclined orientation. Elan Folio frames your Multi-Touch display in the same black synthetic leather as the cover, with cutouts for ports and controls. Easy to carry and keep clean, Elan Folio is the perfect carrying case and stand solution for iPad.
Whether for viewing videos or photos or eBooks, or for surfing and typing at a comfortable angle, our WaveStand is made with iPad and other tablet devices in mind. WaveStand’s non-slip grippy surfaces hold your tablet securely upright in portrait or landscape position; an adjustable base slides out for extra support when needed. For typing and other input, incline your tablet at just the right wrist-pleasing angle. No matter where you use your iPad, WaveStand is small and light enough to take with you and use anywhere.
Pricing and Availability
Griffin’s new fall lineup of accessories for iPad is now available atwww.griffintechnology.com, and at major retailers nationwide.
Inspired by a passion for the omnipresent mingling of the fashion and music worlds, designer and DJ/electronic music producer, Val Kolton, is defining a remix culture through music and design. V-MODA is the direct result of a vision Kolton had after a summer in Ibiza. Kolton strategized how to capture this unique culture and share it with the world by incorporating a love for the sound experience into a high-end lifestyle revolving around music, fashion, and audio art. Upon his return to Los Angeles, he found himself on Rodeo Drivewatching a woman step out of her Rolls Royce dressed in couture fashion. As he analyzed her eclectic style, he noticed the Achilles heel of her in-vogue appearance was stock headphones. He had an epiphany – a designer headphone featuring audiophile sound with added bass would be the perfect “fashion cymbal.” It was then he realized he could create audio art by fusing high fashion and high fidelity to bring the music culture to life. Working out of his rented room in Hollywood, plunging into unfathomable debt and years of sleepless nights, Val Kolton and designer Joseph Bucknall created V-MODA and launched the brand and the world’s first line of color metal fashion headphones dubbed “hearwear.” Recently, Kolton became recognized as one of L.A.’s Top Entrepreneurs in their 20s. Today, V-MODA continues to transcend barriers through its healthy disrespect to style conformity. Val Kolton and Joseph Bucknall continue to lead the innovation and creative nucleus responsible for transforming the dream of a remix culture into an inspired reality.
The most recent creation, V-MODA Crossfade LP headphones are groundbreaking, over-the-ear headphones that feature lightweight metal and fabric design (no plastic!), revolutionary 50mm dual-diaphragm HD drivers, and ultimate ergonomics. With the Crossfade LP, music lovers experience a sophisticated headphone with a true fashion-forward look. In addition to being the ideal accessory for a DJ, the groundbreaking headphones are perfect for the every day, fashion-forward consumer especially with all MACs, the new iPad, iPods, etc. The V-MODA Crossfade LPs come with two detachable Kevlar®-reinforced cables with 24k gold-plated 45 degree plugs, one of which is also equipped with a detachable three-button remote control and mic cable, perfect for iPhones, iChat, games, etc.
Grammy Award-winning musicians will.i.am and apl.de.ap to world-renowned DJs Paul Oakenfold and Deadmau5 depend on the V-MODA Crossfade LPs for the ultimate in style and performance. In trend-setting Hollywood, everyone from True Blood star Ryan Kwanten to Gossip Girls’ Michelle Trachtenberg has been spotted around town in the Crossfade LPs worn as fashion accessories.