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Thinning out the competition

The New Apple iMac

The iMac has dominated the all-in-one desktop market for years despite only receiving incremental updates in recent memory. The New Apple iMac ($1,300+) finally represents the next step in desktop design, proving once again that thin is definitely still in. Specifically, the new form factor is 80% skinnier than the last model and weighs 8…

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Keeping tabs on the tablet market

Apple iPad Mini and 4th Generation iPad

Steve Jobs had a lot to say about the market for 7-inch tablets back in October 2010: in his eyes, it boiled down to a conflict of hardware and software. “Apple’s done extensive user-testing on touch interfaces over many years, and we really understand this stuff… there are clear limits of how close you can…

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More pixels, smaller package

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch Retina

After flipping the middle finger to the rest of the laptop market with the MacBook Pro Retina last summer, it was only a matter of time before Apple’s Midas touch turned to the smaller 13-inch companion. The new Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch Retina ($1,699+) has received the same innovations: a smaller body, a retina display…

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Get serious about... blogging?

Logitech Broadcaster Wi-Fi Webcam

The Logitech Broadcaster Wi-Fi Webcam ($200) is specifically designed for the serious narcissist video web blogger (we will never, ever use the word ‘vlogger’ — don’t say we haven’t got any dignity) and, while it only works alongside Apple products, the additional HD video options it introduces add a sense of professional quality to your…

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Music to your ears (and wallet)

JVC Black Sapphire HDTV

The JVC Black Sapphire HDTV ($1,350) may have the surname of an exotic dancer, but when your brand reputation is worth less than a busy night at the club, you need to go bold or go home. While competing manufacturers duel over pixel counts and apps, JVC’s new JLE55SP4000 120Hz 1080p 3D TV is focused…

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Going strong

GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition

While other major camera manufacturers play catch up in the action cam game, GoPro is breaking new ground with the GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition ($399). It’s 30% smaller and 25% lighter than the already tiny GoPro HD Hero 2, measuring a mere 20mm thick when removed from its compatible plastic armor, which was also…

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Boom Barrel

Joey Roth Subwoofer

Joey Roth’s desktop speakers ($495) made a splash with both the audio and design set thanks to their ceramic construction and striking silhouette. Now he’s released a matching companion subwoofer ($695+), expanding the system’s frequency response down to 40Hz. Just like the speakers, the Joey Roth subwoofer is crafted from simple, refined materials including stainless…

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Thinking outside of the Boxee Box

Boxee TV

After years of chest beating about disrupting the DVR market with stop-gap hardware, Boxee has finally taken off the gloves with the Boxee TV. Like traditional DVRs, the new set-top box is built around recording live TV via its two integrated TV tuners from both over-the-air HD broadcasts and unencrypted basic cable channels. Unlike that…

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Putting off aires

McIntosh McAire

While iDevices flipped the consumer audio industry ass over tea kettle in a brush of a click wheel, the audiophile world stubbornly weathered the storm for years, hoping the digital compression nightmare might just vanish away in time. The introduction of the McIntosh McAire hints that convenience is gaining ground with the stuffy, stubborn niche…

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Well Slung

Slingbox 350 and 500

Since 2008, Slingbox has served as media middleman for TV-addicted travelers. Capitalizing on under-used, over-priced cable service was great at first, but standard definition streaming is something not even the lowest rent smartphones do anymore. The Slingbox 350 and 500 ($180+) give you your fix in full 1080p HD. The Slingbox 350 ($180) is the…

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Match your mix

Bad Habits Made to Order DJ Consoles

Portability should be the first priority for any working DJ, but for the rare few who prefer to worship beats in anonymity and seclusion (or have enough cash for a second setup), Bad Habits Made to Order DJ Consoles ($1,374) are as good a temple as any. Each custom console is inspired by the set…

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Shoot smarter, shoot better

Sharp Shooter: How to Shoot a Vacation or Adventure

If you’ve been following our Sharp Shooter series, you’ve already learned about the fundamentals of DSLR photography along with tips to better capture the area you live in, even at night. But how about when you’re camera’s accompanying something like a vacation — or better yet, an adventure? In this fourth installation, we’ve lined up…

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Your not dreaming any more

DirecTV Genie

Like a central command for your household’s voracious DVR consumption, DirecTV Genie is the latest golden nugget in the satellite-is-better-than-cable arsenal. And it’s aptly named too, this digital succubus of TV shows, with 5 (yes, five) tuners capable of devouring and recording up to 6 programs, simultaneously. That means the Genie can hoover Mad Men,…

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Quick to fade (to black)

Run ‘n Gun: Hands-On with Manfrotto Photo Gear

Lino Manfrotto was an Italian photojournalist in the late ’60s who hated lugging cumbersome lights and poles on location and at his studio. From desperation comes inspiration, as they say, and today Manfrotto is known in the industry as producing some of the toughest and lightest photo and film gear essentials. Equipment matters, and Manfrotto…

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Productive contortionist

Lenovo ThinkPad Twist

Lenovo’s family of convertible devices, with names like Yoga and Twist, remind us of that gymnast/cheerleader/yoga instructor/circus performer we dated years back. Unlike that experience, where the novelty quickly wore off, the Lenovo ThinkPad Twist ($849+) proves useful for both work AND play. A serious productivity Ultrabook with passable multimedia hardware, the Twist’s screen turns…

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Stay in touch with the future

Logitech Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad T650

Windows 8 is coming, and if Microsoft has its way, PC users will be transitioning seamlessly back and forth between their desktop and tablets like they’re in some kind of Ridley Scott daydream; that is, as long as they own the right accessories. For those unfamiliar with Windows 8, the traditional desktop experience you know…

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Digging for gold

Hunting eBay: Home Audio & Hi-Fi

For our second Hunting eBay post I’ve focused in on hi-fi. A personal soft-spot, my eBay watch list is often teeming with everything from iconic vintage audio listings to mystic hi-fi relics. There isn’t as much glory or panache in an excellent piece from the ’70s as there is an equally aged watch, but the…

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You Snooze, You Win

Larklife

The average human being spends somewhere around 200,000 hours of their life asleep, which seems like a lot of important time wasted dreaming of the Swedish Bikini Team. But, like your doctor, your mother and every health teacher you’ve ever had has droned at you again and again, sleep is important to a healthy life….

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Strapping

Joby 3-Way Camera Strap

You’ve got a doozie of an SLR and a couple lenses that cost more than a semester of college tuition, but your camera strap looks like it was yanked off a pair of Fisher-Price binoculars. Luckily for you, Joby, who’s made a name for themselves with their line of versatile camera tripods, has decided to…

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Just Another Flick on the Wall

3M Streaming Projector Powered by Roku

The 3M Streaming Projector ($300) compensates for all of your mobile media inadequacy issues, both in content and screen size. Weighing roughly a pound, the 4.3 x 4.2 x 2.0 inch puck can project images in WVGA resolution at up to 120-inches diagonally at a max brightness of 60 lumens. That kind of performance won’t…

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Goodbye Wifi

Novatel MiFi Liberate

Gadgets of all shapes and sizes are shipping with cellular data connectivity options these days, but if you’ve still got tech that’s stuck off the grid, the Novatel MiFi Liberate can help. It’s the first LTE mobile hotspot to sport a 2.8-inch touch screen, which is truthfully more nifty than necessary, but does make checking…

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Bust a cap in your hood

Hoocap

Any photographer worth his stop bath will tell you that a proper lens hood is one of the most important tools of the trade. The problem is that lenses still require a lens cap to stay scratch and smudge free when traveling. The Hoocap ($49) lens cap is the clever solution photogs have been waiting…

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Just don't call it the clicker

In-Depth: Logitech Harmony Touch

Logitech has comfortably dominated the consumer universal remote market for years, thanks to their intuitive, powerful software and sleek, ergonomic hardware. But like any race that’s already won, pushing limits took a back seat to simply holding a lead. Case in point, the company’s existing Harmony 900 and Harmony One flagships were released over three…

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Enginious

Torque App

We love our cars. We love our smartphone apps. Torque (free+), an app that measures all the driving data your heart desires, is the perfect marriage of the two. Essentially an OBD2 (On Board Diagnostics) tool, Torque provides data such as mpg and fuel usage, GPS (with HUD mode) and essential vehicle data like fault…

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Trump Card

Design Spotlight: MOO NFC Business Cards

The humble business card is an antiquated yet necessary tool of business communication. Their simple swapping is a time honored tradition the world over, and not a form of etiquette that is likely to disappear. But in today’s digital world, taking the time to transfer those vitals to a useful place seems downright tedious. MOO…

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HTC One X+

It was only a few months back at the Mobile World Congress that HTC unveiled the HTC One X as a new standard bearer for the company and its streamlined “One” branding. Now, the firm has announced an augmented version of that flagship, the One X+, which looks as if it’s downed more than few…

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American Beauty

VPI Traveler Turntable

The world of the audiophile isn’t normally for the light of wallet, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t values to be had. VPI industries got its start 35 years ago as a record player component and accessories company, first making weights, then isolation bases and then record cleaning machines — all for incredible values. Inevitably,…

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Roundup: Best Over-Ear Headphones Under $250

The headphone market is packed tighter than Chris Farley in a navy blazer, thanks in part to the explosion of digital music — salud, iTunes, Spotify and The Pirate Bay — not to mention the business savvy of a few enterprising rhyme spitters (what up Dre?). Lucky for you, we’ve scoured the headphone market in…

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Up Where We Belong

Twelve South HiRise

If your iMac needs a pedestal upgrade from its current almanac/cigar box, the Twelve South HiRise ($80) is a more than suitable replacement. Providing proper height adjustment for your display, the HiRise is perfect for people who like their necks and don’t enjoy performing impersonations of Marty Feldman in Young Frankenstein. The HiRise’s internal metal…

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Big Specs Come in Little Packages

Falcon Northwest Tiki Micro Gaming Tower

Gaming towers are synonymous with gigantic frames, furnace heat output and throbbing jet-engine rackets. If you’re the subtle, nuanced gamer — or you just want to attract as little attention as possible while raiding in WOW — the Falcon Northwest Tiki Micro Gaming Tower ($1,800+) should be a prime option. The Tiki is a veritable…