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The iClooly 3G iPhone Stand

iPhone Accessories – The iClooly 3G iPhone Stand

The 3G iPhone isn’t even out yet (due July 11th) and the manufacturers are starting to get their accessories for it out.

iClooly 3G iPhone Stand

You may remeber the iClooly iPod Touch stand we featured previously, well the have a new version out for the 3G iPhone.

The iClooly 3G iPhone stand features a 90 degree pivot joint so you can watch your iPhone in either portrait or landscape, it also features ports, so you can use your dock connector and headphones.

The iClooly 3G iPhone stand is available to buy online for $68.50 from GeekStuff4U.

(Via Geeky-Gadgets)

Eject All Volumes 1.1

Eject All Volumes 1.1

About Eject All Volumes
Eject All Volumes is a Dashboard Widget that will unmount any volume that you are connected to. It will eject USB, Firewire, CD-ROM, DVD, and network mounted volumes. The script will exclude “Macintosh HD” from the unmount action. Volume names that contain spaces are supported (eg. “The Volume Name” or “SEAGATE 1”).

(Via Dashboard Widgets)

Logitech Z Cinema Speakers

Logitech Z Cinema Speakers Reviewed. Verdict: Terrific SRS TruSurround HD Emulation

By Ian Chiu

When room space is in scarcity, not everyone can afford a 5.1 surround system for their computer entertainment system. That however doesn’t mean one has to miss the theatrical experience. SRS earlier has come up with TruSurround HD which in essence allows for virtualization of up to 6.1 channels on a 2.1 speaker set. Their processing techniques create phantom speakers that trick you into thinking that sound is coming from a certain direction when it is in reality coming from the front. While the technology is specifically for mid-range and high-end TV market, the SRS TruSurround HD has made its way into Logitech’s Z Cinema.

The Logitech 2.1 speaker set also benefits from this proprietary audio enhancement, but since the TruSurround HD requires multi-channel input (for virtualization), USB is employed to replace the analog audio cables. Each satellite puts out 35W RMS, with right speaker doubling as a receiver for the bundled Vista MCE remote as well as LCD screen for status display. In Everything USB’s review, the Z Cinema was praised for doing its job right; the reviewer felt a more submersive experience with the surround sound emulation enabled. He tested it with Transformers (the movie), 300, Half-Life 2 and Call of Duty 4. The only disappointment came from the lack of volume produced and the price which, as of this writing, is $220.

(Via OhGizmo!)

Mercedez Loves the iPhone…who doesn’t?

Mercedez Loves the iPhone

Mercedez Loves the iPhone

The iPhone has definitely injected new life into the world of consumer electronics since it was launched, and this ripple is even felt in the automotive industry with Mercedez unveiling a new cradle just for the iPhone in the following models – the Mercedes-Benz C-, E-, CLK-, CLS-, S-, CL-, SL-, M- and R-Class (all those in addition to the upcoming GLK-Class). You do need to specify Optional convenience telephony (Order Code 386) first, where the cradle will then hook up with the iPhone through the optional Media Interface or the retrofittable iPod Interface Kit. When installed, the iPhone’s functions are controlled through the multi-function steering wheel controls. Pricing for the Apple iPod cradle is set at €249 after taxes. On a note of conscience – should you be purchasing a gas guzzler like a Benz in today’s world?

(Via Ubergizmo)

Geeky Clocks – The Around Clock

Geeky Clocks – The Around Clock

Check out this geeky clock, the Around Clock.

around clock

The Around clock from Lexon is an analogue clock in the shape of the cylinder.

The time is displayed on the cylinder with numbers and markings, the clock rotates to show the time via the red wire.

The Around clock comes in a choice of black or white and is available to buy online for $45 from Singulier

(Via Geeky-Gadgets)

An introduction to Growl

Mac Basics: an introduction to Growl

A Cool little program and a great read!

Guest poster Dan Foy from Macsimum News gives us an overview of Growl. You can read his original post here on Macsiumum News!

an introduction to Growl

You’re working on a project at work, and you hear the “bing” of Mail, telling you there’s a new e-mail. You are confronted with the question, “Do I stop what I’m doing and see if the e-mail is important, or do I take a chance and keep working on my project?”

What if you didn’t have to? What if a little box popped up on the side of your screen with a summary of the e-mail, giving you a short-term look at the e-mail so you can decide if it’s important or not?
Believe it or not, the software that does that is already here. And it’s free (donations are accepted).
It’s called Growl. Growl is a notification system for Mac OS X: it allows applications that support Growl to send you notifications (took the description right off their web site because I couldn’t have said it better myself).

I had heard of Growl, but didn’t see much use for it until I accidentally installed it. Yes, I accidentally installed Growl. I don’t even know what program installed it for me (which I don’t like, but I seem to recall an installer asking me if I wanted to install Growl, so I must have said “yes.”)
Anyway, all of a sudden, I started seeing notifications when my RSS reader, the open-source Vienna, downloaded new articles. Thought that was pretty handy. I could tell when there were new articles without bumping down to the bottom of the screen and making the dock appear (Vienna has a number notifier in its dock icon and I keep my dock hidden). Saves time.
So I started investigating and found Growl in my System Preferences (in the Other category at the bottom). After some exploration, I found that there is a plugin for Apple’s Mail program that allows Growl to notify you of new e-mail.

And there are a whole bunch of other programs that are either written to work with Growl, and for some others there are plugins.

But the one that really helps me is the Mail plugin. My day job is at a newspaper. I do page design for my home paper and tech support for several other papers. As part of that, I get an enormous amount of e-mail from the Associated Press. Most of if deals with their web-based video network, and for some reason, they can’t just send me the important stuff, they send me an email every time they post a new video.

I have them whisked off to a folder in Mail, but it “bing”s every time one of those e-mails come in and I don’t always have time to see whether or not it’s important. But I want to know immediately if someone is having a problem related to their deadlines.
Growl shows me who the email is from and allows me to more-easily ignore the AP stuff.
And that’s just one example. I also use Semulov, which unmounts volumes. Now when a volume unmounts, I see it in a Growl notification.
I’m sure you can come up with many other uses, but I just wanted to introduce you to this cool little program.

(Via The iLife)

Projector For Your iPod

The Tiniest Projector Ever Ideal For Your iPod

Texas Instruments has announced it’s making the tiniest projector ever created commercially available. Dubbed the Optoma Pico, the projector will be available next year with an insanely small DLP chip inside. While it’d be great to see the projector built into your cellphone, Optoma Pico will disappointingly remain a stand-alone mini projector. The product should be making its way to the United States in 2009 with a launch price under $300.

Check it out here

(Via GEARFUSE)

SlipCOVER touchscreen system for iMacs

Troll Touch announces SlipCOVER touchscreen system for iMacsPosted by Dennis Sellers

imageTroll Touch, provider of custom touchscreen systems for Apple hardware has released a user-installable SlipCOVER touchscreen for the current 20 and 24-inch aluminum iMacs. Both sizes feature the company’s analog resistive touchscreen technology that supports user input via fingertip, gloved hand or stylus.  


(Via macsimumnews)

80-in-1 High Speed Card Reader + Hub

iMONO 80-in-1 High Speed Card Reader + Hub

If you happen to deal with a whole lot of memory cards in your line of work, then the iMONO 80-in-1 High Speed Card Reader + Hub should make a staple appearance on your desktop at all times. There is no need for pesky card adapters, although those come bundled with smaller and less conventional memory cards, as it is compatible with the majority of memory cards today. In addition to reading all your portable memory cards, this nifty gadget comes with an integrated 3-port USB 2.0 hub for further connectivity. Among the memory card formats supported by this $19 gizmo are SD, M2, SDHC, MMC4.2, CF4.0, MS Pro DUO, micro SDHC, XD and mini SDHC.

(Via Coolest Gadgets)

iPhone Flash in early development

MacNN | Adobe: iPhone Flash in early development
49E34ECA-932F-4F3C-834E-42575D92639E.jpgAn iPhone version of Adobe’s ubiquitous Flash plug-in is still early into development, the company has admitted. In an earnings call for Adobe’s second financial quarter, CEO Shantanu Narayen has responded to questions on if and when Flash will be ready for the iPhone 3G, which itself is only expected to ship on July 11th.

Apple has long blocked the normal desktop version of Flash from the iPhone, insisting that it consumes too much battery power.
“With respect to the iPhone, we are working on it,” says Narayen. “We have a version that’s working on the [SDK] emulation. This is still on the computer and you know, we have to continue to move it from a test environment onto the device and continue to make it work. So we are pleased with the internal progress that we’ve made to date.”

Apple has meanwhile begun parallel development with SproutCore, a JavaScript framework that my provide functionality similar to Flash. The latter standard is still likely to be needed however, as it is used on many popular media-heavy websites.

(Via macnn)