Tuesday, October 18, 2011

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It’s often said that the best security is the most obvious security. Here is such an example of that with the Original V-Neck Sleeves for your Apple MacBooks, iPhones, and iPads. Taking the concept of hiding something of value in something of little value, Computer Apparel created a case that allows you to slip in your device and its accessories in a venue that does not attract attention like the common “Steal me!” computer bags that litter airports, schools, and coffee shops around the nation. Most will glance at a shirt and walk right by it as they near that computer bag in the corner. The V-Neck Sleeve continues to protect your investment from common injuries incurred when, um, naked and shirtless.

My only reservation for the shirt is most people do not travel around with neatly folded shirts; however, if placed in a case or a hotel drawer, yes, this would fool the average thief for sure.

The only thing that could have made this even better is if it were a black mock shirt such as the late Steve Jobs use to wear. But maybe that will appear as a special edition.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – October 18, 2011 – Computer Apparel announces the next
generation in business casual with their Original V-Neck Sleeves, designed
to protect Apple laptops, iPhones, and iPads in style. This perfectly
tailored v-neck tee offers Mac enthusiasts a fashion-forward alternative to
the common computer case. Made from high-quality cottons and ultra-soft
padding, the Original V-Neck Sleeve is not only a safe fit for computers and
tablets, but it is also a machine washable one. Equipped with convenient
pockets to stow chargers, papers, and even a place for an iPhone, this is
one computer sleeve that will never go out of style.

“We wanted to create something that was fun, fashionable, and most
importantly, of quality,” says Roger Ein of Computer Apparel. “The V-Neck
Sleeve offers superior protection, convenience, and even security, meaning
it is easy to mistake the V-Neck Sleeve for an actual folded up v-neck
t-shirt.”

However, the playful Original V-Neck Sleeve is not the only top shelf
product to expect from Computer Apparel. The up-and-coming company is
bursting at the seams with new and exciting computer sleeve ideas.

“We have hundreds of ideas for new computer sleeve fashions,” says Ein.
“The Original V-Neck Sleeve is just the beginning. Imagine an entire
wardrobe for your computer; that’s Computer Apparel.”

For now, the off the cuff computer sleeves are just the tech trend to turn
heads. Available in four sizes and five vibrant colors, there is a V-Neck
Sleeve suited for every personality. Whether it is stowed snuggly in a
suitcase or discretely in a drawer, Apple owners can rest assured their
computers are protected and looking good with the Original V-Neck Sleeve
from Computer Apparel.

Try one on at http://www.computer-apparel.com/.



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Other World Computing (OWC(r)) http://www.macsales.com, a leading Mac and PC technology company, today announced that it has completed its series of free, step-by-step online installation videos for all available upgrades for MacBook and MacBook Pro machines. Now owners of the earliest 2006 models to the latest 2009 “Unibody” machines can upgrade memory, hard drive and/or optical drive components in as little as 10 minutes for greater performance over factory configurations.

A Faster Mac In 10 Minutes

The OWC series of free online upgrade installation videos for MacBook and MacBook Pro models are rated from an “Easy” to “Straightforward” level and can be performed at home as quickly as an estimated 10-minute installation time. The complete series of installation videos for MacBook and MacBook Pros, as well as videos for Mac tower, desktop, and iPod battery installs is available at: http://eshop.macsales.com/installvideos/

“One of OWC’s founding principles is to maximize the usefulness of existing resources. Whether a customer has a legacy Mac or the latest machine, these videos are an invaluable resource for getting greater performance from their Mac and/or extending its useful life,” said Larry O’Connor, CEO, OWC. “With the typical service center charging upwards of $80 for an easy memory install, MacBook and MacBook Pro owners can save both time and money by utilizing this free resource.”

Memory Upgrades From $29.79, 7200RPM Hard Drives From $64.99

OWC Memory Upgrade Kits priced starting at $29.79 are available up to 8GB for MacBook and MacBook Pro models and are backed with a Money Back Guarantee and OWC’s Lifetime Advance Replacement Warranty. Additional money savings are also available through OWC’s Rebate program, which provides $5.00 Cash Back per 1GB Apple Factory Standard memory module.

Upgrading the internal hard drive can also make MacBook and MacBook Pro machines faster. Prices start at $64.99 for a 250GB 7200RPM drive, with the most popular upgrades including a 320GB 7200RPM drive priced at $84.99 and a 500GB 7200RPM drive priced at $149.99. In addition, MacBook and MacBook Pro owners that purchase a new hard drive from OWC also enjoy the benefit of keeping their existing drive, which can be used as a temporary backup drive, converted into an external storage solution, or sent to OWC for a cash back trade-in.

For a complete list of upgrades for MacBook and MacBook Pro models, visit:

http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/memory/Apple_MacBook_MacBook_Pro/Upgrade

OWC – The Trusted Name in Mac Memory

OWC memory upgrades are available from 16MB up to 32GB for nearly every current and past Apple notebook and desktop computer manufactured during the past twenty years, including Mac Pro Xeon, iMac, PowerMac, Xserve, iBook, and PowerBook computers. By maintaining an active state-of-the-art test lab, OWC can ensure its memory upgrades offer the highest product quality and reliability and backs them with a Lifetime Advance Replacement Warranty and Money Back Guarantee.

OWC’s independent memory benchmarks testing on a wide variety of Mac computers consistently demonstrates having more memory provides higher real-world performance. OWC memory performance gains are even more apparent when using memory intensive applications, such as audio/video, photo, 3D modeling, gaming and other applications, where OWC memory upgrades offer the best performance for the investment.

The full OWC Memory line, as well as a compatibility guide which directs customers to the correct upgrades for each specific Apple model, can be found online at: http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/apple/memory/



Tuesday, March 24, 2009

13” Apple MacBook Crystal Case – Apple MacBook Case - Proporta

The 13” Apple MacBook is a beautiful thing, and deserves the very best in protection to keep it that way. Proporta’s Impact Protective Crystal Case (Apple MacBook 13”) is crafted to the exact specifications of the device, with a scratch resistant shell that adds almost no bulk, but offers unrivalled protection against knocks, impact damage, and any other surprises that life might have in store.

Shatterproof and shock-absorbent, the Impact Protective Crystal Case (Apple MacBook 13”) is a tough little cookie, and clever cut-outs give access to ports and controls, so that you need never take your MacBook out of its case. Available in charcoal, red or clear, the stylish design means that your MacBook looks as sleek and sharp as ever, and with its polycarbonate backing it feels as good as it looks. Offering perfect all round protection, and a smart, stylish finish, the Proporta Impact Protective Crystal Case is simply the best when it comes to keeping your MacBook safe and sound.



Tuesday, February 10, 2009
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Uniea Ltd, short for Universal Electronic Accessories, was founded by Kent Cheng in 2005 who wanted to bring innovative accessories to innovative electronics such to the likes of the iPod, iPhone, and the MacBook. As a major sponsor of MacWorld 2009, Uniea splashed out its latest creation, the Haptique, for MacBook users. The response was strong as many loved the soft, textured surface that is similar in feel to leather in a hard case shell. Unlike leather, the highly advanced process Uniea applies allows for the Haptique to outlast most leather products. Available in black, white, hot pink (yes, hot), blue, green, and orange, one will be able to protect that costly Apple of theirs while attracting the attention of others with Haptiques subtle style. True, I guess hot pink isn’t subtle.

The Haptique wraps snugly around the display and the bottom of the MacBook in two seperate pieces. Access to all the ports and CD slot are retained while all ventilation ports are not hindered from keeping you Mac cool. Don’t worry about the interior of the shell scratching up your MacBook as it’s as smooth as a babies, well, not sure it’s that smooth but it is smooth.

For $49.95, Uniea makes a good case for a good case. Check ‘em out at Uniea.com.



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Apple did it. It finally updated the MacBook Pro for the first time since 2001s titanium PowerBook. While the notebook doesn’t look tremendously different, it is new from the ground up and it’s the shell that is the revolutionary part of the change that many will be talking about for some time to come. The new faster, state-of-the-art graphics chip, ground breaking touch-sensitive glass mousepad, stunning new LED screen, and eco-friendly MacBook and MacBook Pro will be sure to bring many into the Apple Stores around the country, but what about that sub-$1,000 notebook we kept hearing about? Last I checked, pricing a buck under $1,000 isn’t really sub.

Apple made a lot right moves with the revamp of its notebook line today, yet it missed a tremendous opportunity to steal Christmas away from Dell, HP, and Toshiba. While $100 off the previous MacBook is nice, it’s not good enough. In a slow economy, cutting-edge and quality take a backseat to affordable and usability. Windows machines will win that race come this gift-buying season. Unfortunately, Apple has made a miscalculation with its price point and it won’t be enough to have just three figures on the price tag to lure in new customers. No, buyers will see the sea of laptops at Costco, Wal-mart, and Best Buy selling PCs loaded with Windows Vista at reduced prices. Consumers in general usually won’t pay a premium for a superior product and with the slow down in the economy, $100 off an Apple laptop isn’t going to change anyones mind from a PC to a Mac.

I hear the same argument daily from my clients that “Macs are too expensive” and how they can buy 2 laptops at Costco for the price of one Mac. Even when I educate them that the cost of ownership will be much greater with the PC, they don’t care and don’t listen. This mentality will continue in this lackluster economy even more so than ever.

While the MacBook is a great piece of hardware with some incredible features, it missed the prime feature of all: a great price point. It’s not to say that the MacBook won’t do good, its sales will be good if not strong; however, it won’t be spreading like a Southern California wild fire like it could have.



Thursday, May 29, 2008

Cricket Laptop Stand Portable

The Cricket™ Laptop Stand, manufactured and designed by Innovative Office Products, Inc., is the first laptop stand that’s both portable and fully adjustable. Elevating laptops for cool computing and comfortable viewing, Cricket™ is adjustable to safely accommodate any screen size and preferred screen height, and also allows air to circulate and heat to dissipate.

Available in June 2008, Cricket™ is extremely portable to go anywhere with a laptop—folding to fit in a pocket or computer bag.

Features:
• Adjustable height – simply press button to adjust height of screen.
• Enhances airflow – air circulates beneath and around computer, keeping it cool.
• Extremely portable – easily fits in a pocket or computer bag.
• Ergonomic computing – elevates screen to comfortable viewing height, enabling use of full-size keyboard for more efficient computing.
• For tablet PCs – raises screen at angle for greater readability and more comfortable writing angle.

Specifications:
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Continuing to raise the bar in file transfer technology Interarchy 9 introduces over one hundred new and improved features, including a brand new protocol built upon SSH, numerous enhancements to the product’s interface, plus much more.

“For close to 15 years Interarchy has led the way with its advanced file transfer capabilities,” said Matthew Drayton, founder and CEO of Nolobe. “Interarchy 9 builds on this by adding a number of exciting new features to enhance our customers’ productivity.”

The new SSH protocol is a major addition to Interarchy’s already comprehensive set of supported protocols. SSH provides a number of advantages over incumbent protocols such as FTP and SFTP. Not only is it faster than SFTP but it offers much greater flexibility.

“Interarchy’s SSH protocol offers significant speed improvements, especially when mirroring. We are talking seconds versus minutes for large websites. This is a big deal.” adds Drayton. “Better yet, SSH puts us in the driving seat. Users will no longer will we be shackled by the limitations of SFTP or FTP.”

Pricing and Availability
Interarchy 9 is available at a suggested retail price of US$59.
Interarchy 9 can be purchased directly from The Nolobe Store:

http://store.nolobe.com/

A US$29 upgrade offer is available to all registered owners of
Interarchy 8.5.4 or earlier.

http://store.nolobe.com/upgrade

Volume discounts are also available. For details visit The Nolobe Store at http://store.nolobe.com/ or send an email to
sales@nolobe.com.

Interarchy 9 requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later.



Friday, March 7, 2008
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equinux has released The Tube 2.5 with the new TubeToGo webservice. The Tube-users can now make their TV recordings available in an online Webgallery. With the TubeToGo web interface, users have complete access to recordings, can publish them and have the ability to schedule recordings on the go.

Television is mobile
With TubeToGo, The Tube-users can use the internet to have constant access to the TV recordings on their Macs at home. Using the TubeToGo interface, TV recordings can be published so they can be later accessed by a web-connected iPhone, iPod touch or Safari web browser. TubeToGo also includes an EPG which can be used to schedule TV recordings while you’re on-the-go.

After a recording has been completed, The Tube automatically syncs with TubeToGo. Over the web interface users can playback, delete and remove recordings from the Web Gallery. TubeToGo can either store your videos with .Mac or on your own FTP server. To play this video-data on the iPhone, iPod touch or Safari web-browser, a high speed Internet-connection will be needed.

Additional new features and improvements
The Tube 2.5 displays the current viewer levels of other The Tube users as a percentage and also highlights the station with the most viewers. Users that wish to follow their favorite programs alongside their other tasks will surely notice Smart Zoom 2. Just move the mouse over the television picture and the The Tube will automatically zoom the image to a larger size. As soon as the mouse exits the active TV-Image area, the window will automatically shrink to the same size it was previously. The Tube also sports a new TV engine that improves image quality, even when reception is poor, and also optimizes power consumption.



Wednesday, February 27, 2008

MacBook Memory 2-08.jpgOther World Computing (OWC), a leading Mac and PC technology company, announced today that it is offering 4GB Memory Kits for Apple’s newly announced MacBook and MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo models, which began shipping yesterday, February 26, 2008. OWC is providing memory for these new MacBook 13” 2.1GHz/2.4GHz Core 2 Duo Models and MacBook Pro 15” & 17” 2.4GHz/2.5GHz (including 2.6GHz optional configuration) Core 2 Duo models. OWC memory is available in modules and kits of up to 4.0GB for these models as well as the previous MacBook Pro models.

OWC is an Apple Developer Connection Premiere member and its memory upgrades meet Apple’s electrical and mechanical design requirements. OWC maintains an active state-of-the-art test lab to ensure the highest product quality and reliability and provides a lifetime of high-performance reliable operation backed with a Money Back Guarantee and OWC’s Lifetime Advance Replacement Warranty.

OWC’s 4.0GB Memory Upgrade Kits are available immediately, priced at $95.99 (configured as two 2GB memory modules). Additional savings are also available for customers who take advantage of OWC’s trade-in program, which provides $20 cash back for the trade-in of two 1GB modules.

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Thursday, February 21, 2008
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Netflix has wisely been adapting to the future fairly well with adding Blu-ray and HD-DVD (yanking the last from the queue just recently, however) to the mix. Netflix has also playing around with movie downloads. Many have been excited by the latter and with only a Windows version currently available, Macintosh fans are sitting at the table with fork and knife, ready to dive in. But you may want to put down the silverware as it’s most likely you’ll never see Netflix downloads on your Mac.

According to a source at Netflix, Apple is making things very difficult for it, and every other company with digital content, to bring this new exciting technology to OS X machines. The difficulty? FairPlay. Apple has a long history of not playing fair with it’s DRM (digital Rights Management) from shunning RealNetworks’ Rhapsody to work with the iPod to ignoring Sonos‘ constant requests for access to FairPlay to allow the music player to play content from the iTunes Store. Apple simply does not want to license out its DRM scheme as Microsoft has freely done with its Windows Media format.

Hollywood is very stringent with its content and has signed onto Window Media and FairPlay after much work by Microsoft and Apple. To add another DRM to the fold may not go down very well with Tinsel Town. Further, the cost of coming up with a new protection scheme may be too extreme for many companies. Lastly, the “bullet proof” aspect of the DRM would be questioned by all the studios and that would become the deal breaker. In the end, it has to be FairPlay on the Mac.

As long as Apple plays deaf to all the outside requests for licensing of FairPlay, one will never see Netflix movie downloads on their Mac. With Apple having its own movie rental scheme now, it’s highly unlikely Netflix movie downloads will come to the Mac. Like RealNetworks, Apple doesn’t want competition on its platform. In the end, if you really have to have those movies from Netflix on your Mac, get Parallel’s Desktop.