Aug 08

iHome iD55 Portable iOS Speaker System

We’re always pleased when iHome releases new products, and today’s annoucement is no exception.

The new iHome iD55 is a portable speaker with a curved design and a universal dock for iPhone, iPad and Dock Connector iPods.  The unit runs either on AC power via a wall outlet, or with 4 AA batteries.  Includes SRS TruBass circuitry and 2 Reson8 speaker chambers. MSRP is $79.

According to iHome, the iD55 will offer 6-8 hours battery-powered playback at medium volume.  We hope to get one in for review soon to put it to the test.

Hope those new Dock Connector adapters are a reality…

Check out the iD55 and get more details at www.ihomeaudio.com.

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Jun 06

iOS 5 & iCloudThere was a lot of news today at the 2011 WWDC.  Here’s a brief rundown of what we learned.

Apple repeated a lot of old Mac OS X 10.7 Lion news, but did announce that it’ll be available in July for $29.  Also, Lion will be distributed exclusively through the Mac App Store.

iOS 5, which will be released sometime in the fall (probably alongside the next iPhone) was also introduced.  Apple says there are over 200 new features, but chose to highlight far fewer.  There is a lot going on here, but the most important, distinct improvements are probably Notification Center, an Android-inspired aggregation screen that shows all of your texts, missed calls, calendar entries, and reminders, and Wi-Fi iTunes Syncing, which syncs your iOS device with iTunes on a Mac or PC when it’s plugged into wall power. 

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May 31

Apple iOS 5

While it was widely expected, we just got a fairly unusual pre-event confirmation straight from the source: Apple will introduce the world to iOS 5 at WWDC on June 6, 2011, at 10:00AM PDT.  Steve Jobs is slated to make the announcement himself along with other members of the Apple team. 

iOS, the operating system that powers Apple’s iPhones, iPads and iPod touches, hasn’t received a major update since mid-2010. 

No details have been confirmed at this point, but it’s expected that iOS 5 will include some significant new features, as well as support for iCloud, Apple’s upcoming cloud service also scheduled to be unveiled alongside the new version of iOS.  iCloud is thought to be a replacement for MobileMe which will include existing features as well as “digital locker” functionality that allows users to store media in the Cloud for streaming access on the go.

At the same event, Apple will show off new features of Mac OS X 10.7 ‘Lion’, the eighth release of the ten-year-old computer operating system, and will likely announce a data for its release.

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Apr 29

While Apple has steadily increased the number of iTunes tracks that sell for $1.29, Amazon MP3, Amazon.com’s online music store, has just lowered the price of many popular songs from 89-or-99 cents to just $0.69.

Amazon MP3 Now Selling Many Popular Songs for $0.69

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Apr 19

XtremeMac Incharge Portable Charger

No accessory is more fundamental to a smartphone’s operation than its charger.  Chargers aren’t sexy, but we need them – and often in more places than we might think.

Which brings us to our Accessory Spotlight for today: the XtremeMac Incharge Portable Charger (model IPU-ICP-11).

What makes the Incharge Portable interesting is that it’s a wall charger for iPhones and iPods that also has an integrated battery pack; so you can leave it plugged in and use one of its two USB ports (or both) to charge your iPhone and/or iPod, then disconnect it from the wall when you leave and take a little more juice with you.  There’s even a built-in LED charge indicator so that you know how much battery power is left when you’re on the go.

The best news is that this charger, which retails for $79, is available at Amazon.com for just $15.29.  Price subject to change at any time.

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