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Skylink Offers Home Security for the Do It Yourselfer

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Skylink allowed me to try its SK-200 Alarm System Starter Kit ($149.99). This is a compact, easily giftable solution for anyone looking for home security without the contract and monthly payments. Because it is mostly wireless and compact, it could be a great solution for apartment or dorm dwellers looking to add a little security without permanently installing a wired system.



Apple Plays Important Role on Modern Family

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On a very special Modern Family, Apple products played a very important role. The entire February 25 episode was filmed using Apple gear, and tools like FaceTime were integrated into the show. This was a bit of an experiment and there are no signs that this will be a recurring theme although iPhone footage has been used in the past. Apple provided the equipment but did not pay any other promotional consideration for being included. It could have been dismissed as a gimmick, perhaps to get ratings from the Apple fans and news coverage, but the show is doing pretty well on its own. Rather, the novel approach reminded me of the "Point of View" episode of MASH that was shot from a patient's view. It gives the viewer another way to appreciate the show, and the characters, from another perspective.



CES Recap: Home (and Pet) Monitoring!

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This should be the year of home automation, as Apple's HomeKit specification starts to take root, and CES had a number of products in that arena. The Ring Video Doorbell is a novel product that can replace a doorbell, using the existing wiring. It lets you see who is at the door and communicate with them thanks to a microphone and speaker, all via the free companion app running on an iOS device. This means you can be thousands of miles away and see when a visitor, delivery person, or intruder approaches your door. It's a great idea and at $199, it's reasonably priced. The Ring can also be operated by battery, so you can add a video doorbell to a gate or just about anywhere, as long as it's within range of your home's Wi-Fi.



IOgrapher Turns Your iPad Into a Professional Videography Solution

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Videography and the iPad don't usually go together. And that's a shame because the large screen of the iPad and even the iPad mini make for a great video editing tool. Without a USB port or SD card slot, transferring video files to the iPad is a hassle, even with AirDrop. Ideally, you could easily record quality video on the iPad and edit it immediately using iMovie or third party apps.



Ashton Kutcher Set to Play Steve Jobs in New Indie Biopic

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Wow... I never once thought I'd put the names Ashton Kutcher, and Steve Jobs in the same sentence....



MWC Report I: Now Apple has some serious competition: the new Nokia phone and the Samsung Note 10.1

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I've just returned to my hotel room from the first day of MWC so that I can get ready for the MobileFocus event in the evening. I couldn't wait with sharing my experiences with you on the spot. Having little free time, however, let's start with the most two important pieces of news: the Nokia PureView 808 (a phone with a freaking good camera) and the Samsung Note 10.1 (a really decent tablet). I had some quality hands-on time with both models. Let's start with the former.

Nokia PureView 808



Vastly enhancing the video camera of the iPhone 4S – Part I

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UPDATE (06/04/2012): Part II has just been published; it's HERE.



What's better than going pro with GoPro? Optrix has an idea, at CES!

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I have had my eye on one of thos cool GoPro waterproof cameras that you mount to your helmet.  But at $300 plus various accessories, it was hard to justify.  So while wandering around CES, as soon as I saw the Optrix, I knew I had a solution.  As John Willenborg, the inventor of the Optrix HD points out, you already have a great 1080p videocamera, so why buy a GoPro when you can make a rugged case for the iPhone 4 or iPod touch.



How-to: Record a video what happens on the iPhone / iPad screen + video editing and conversion tips with free(!) tools

Unfortunately, Apple has never let screen recording applications into the AppStore. This is diametrically opposed to the situation on most other computing platforms, both mobile and desktop. Just some examples: Microsoft has never had any objection to mirroring Windows Mobile phone / PDA screens on a desktop computer.



Tips for editing and playing back DVB a.k.a. MPEG transport stream (TS) files and other tips

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I've long been working on my forthcoming full(!) tutorial and comparison of everything video playback on iDevices. Now that I'm also writing a full comparison of all iDevice file accessor and media synchronizing tools, I've also very thoroughly tested the video (among other things, MPEG2 TS) conversion of the, otherwise, excellent and highly recommended SyncPod (by iSkysoft) tool. This – and the recent, great jailbreaking and XBMC releases – made me publish a separate, dedicated article. This all means that, as usual, my article contains tons of never-before-published information on generic video conversion, cutting etc. related information. Feel free to ask (in the comment section) if you'd like a more thorough explanation on any of the discussed (sub)subjects!



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