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CES

ION iCade Mobile is the intersection of Retro and the Future of Gaming

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I've written before about the iCade retro arcade cabinet for the iPad, and again when I saw a preview of the mobile version for the iPhone and iPod touch, at the Consumer Electronics Show, but I've finally had a chance to play with that mobile version, and get some hands on time.



Make a mighty sound with the Mighty Dwarf

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I go to a lot of tradeshows and I see a lot of iOS accessories, especially speakers. It's rare to find a speaker, especially a small one, that can make a nice sound and be heard in a noisy trade show environment. So when I saw, and heard, an early version of the Mighty Dwarf Blue II at January's Consumer Electronics Show, I was impressed. It's now shipping and I was able to test a unit. It's well made, in a sleek, black glossy casing that looks like a futuristic UFO! The unit even comes in a solid gift box that uses magnets to keep a 'sneak peek' flap closed.



WWDC: iOS 6 update

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iOS 6 has over 200 new features, including the following: Siri will now be able to report sports scores and player stats, team rankings and more.



WWDC: New MacBook products

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Phil Schiller introduced new notebook changes, specifically: MacBook Air gets a faster CPU using Intel Ivy Bridge at 2.0 Ghz dual core i7 and 8GB ram but noticeable 512GB of SSD! And it offers 500MB read speed. Finally USB 3.0 will be supported! 60% faster graphics, too. Shipping today, too!




MacBook Pro gets some love, too. Ivy Bridge up to 2.7GHz quad core i7. 60% faster graphics, too, and USB 3.0, also shipping today. The big unveil was a new next generation MacBook Pro.



WWDC Keynote

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Tim Cook went through the numbers. Over 60 countries represented at WWDC. Over 400 million iTunes store customers, over 650,000 apps. 225,000 specifically for the iPad. 30 billion downloaded apps and counting and over five billion dollars paid out to developers!








WWDC coverage: Mac OS Mountain Lion and iOS 6

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We are here at Apple's worldwide developers conference aka WWDC and the excitement is in the air. Already, from the banners hanging in the hall we know to look for a new version of iOS, specifically iOS 6. But once inside on my way to the keynote, there were more banners introducing features like Messages for Mac OS Mountain Lion, so apple users can communicate by text messaging using all of their apple devices, and avoid carrier fees.





iMessage for Mac OS

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"It's Mac's turn to talk."


So says the banner outside the keynote. If AT&T and other carriers aren't already taking a beating from Apple's iMessage which let's you send text messages for free other iOS users, now, with Mountain Lion, Apple Mac computers can join in on the free fun!


iPhone Life at WWDC

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Another year, another WWDC but alas, this time no Steve Jobs. I'm sure it will be eventful but I'm sure it will be bittersweet this year. I'm expecting a revamp of the MacBook Pro line, but I would also like to see updates to the Mac mini and Mac Pro. A new iPhone might be premature, as we all expected one at WWDC a year ago, but it was not to be. It seems like the Fall is the cycle Apple is working from, for iPhone updates.



SpiderArm keeps your iPad where you need it and your hands free

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I have a good friend who is a dentist, and he wanted to put an iPad in front of patients so they could be entertained during longer procedures. So when I saw the SpiderArm, I figured it would be just the ticket. Indeed, with all of the options, and the sleek white design, the SpiderArm looks just like a typical dental tool.



Good looking iZON lets you look in on your house and family members

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The iZON from stem is a beautiful, functional Wi-Fi enabled security camera / NannyCam. In fact, it looks like it was designed by Apple, which is high praise indeed. It's a small cylinder, reminiscent of Apple's original iSight external camera.


The removable convex base connects to the iZON via magnets, allowing for some flexible angles.


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