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A Great Idea We Want to Own Now

FastMac U-Socket

Longtime Gear Patrol readers may remember our post on a similar product called the Truepower USC Power Outlet that promised to integrate powered USB ports into the universal American outlet. Unfortunately it looks like that particular model which featured its USB ports on either side of the main AC sockets has since been scrapped. Macheads…

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Entry Level for Apple, But Solid None the Less

Apple MacBook (Fall 2009)

Updated in the fall of 2009, Apple’s entry-level MacBook packs a bevy of worth while features that make it a promising computer for those uninterested in PCs and with no need for the more powerful MacBook Pro line. Squeaking in just below the $1,000 price point, the white polycarbonate MacBook now features Apple’s new unibody…

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Still Does Not Part the Sea

iPhone OS 4.0

Steve Jobs and all his buddies at Infinite Loop just unveiled the latest (and long overdue) iteration of the iPhone operating system today. While it is (unfortunately for some) still exclusive to AT&T for the time being, and it is still not open source, over 100 new features have been added that will undoubtedly breathe…

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Top 10 Reasons Why You’ll Love the iPad

It’s important to realize that the iPad isn’t intended to be a list of awesome, mind-exploding specs. The iPad is a different kind of device, one that disappears into the users hands as they immerse themselves in content, games, and apps. After all, the best kind (but perhaps least appreciated) kind of technology is the…

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Dueling iPad Reviews (Coming Shortly) & Happy Birthday

The iPad has landed and it’s definitely blanketing the news, partially because the same news organizations are hoping this will be their savior. That, and of course iPad’s feat of claiming the most-overhyped gadget in recent history. Either way, the GP Crew is pretty much divided when it comes to the iPad’s relevancy as is…

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Walkman Killer

iPod 5GB w/ScrollWheel

Your music. To go. Using the SoundJam based music management software (tentatively called “iTunes”), the Apple iPod features a massive 5GB mechanical Toshiba hard drive capable of holding a 1,000 songs in MP3 format. Featuring a high-output amplifier, 2″ monochrome LCD, unique mechanical scroll wheel controller for one-handed operation, sleek “iBook white” & stainless steel…

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Best Case Scenario

Speck Cases

Apple products are notorious for their gorgeous factory finishes being as magnetically attractive to scratching and scuffing as seedy women are to Tiger Woods. While there are a plethora of products on the market for protecting your iNvestment, those offered by Speck Products shine through. Speck has been making cases for various Apple products for…

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If There Were Such A Thing As iPhoto Pro

Aperture 3

Apple has just rolled out the latest iteration to its semi-pro/pro photo management and editing software. Aperture 3 ($199, $99 upgrade) brings it with 200 new features including Faces (facial recognition), Places (geotagging), and Brushes: an enhancement tool that lets photographers and editors paint, use filters, and make adjustments directly onto their images. Aperture 3…

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The Apple. iPad. Seriously.

Apple iPad

The Apple iPad is here, and it’s both as much/little as people had hoped, expected, worried, drooled over, and even prayed for. The Apple Newton 2010 iPad ($499-$829) will arrive well equipped: 9.7″ (1024×768) IPS enabled Multi-Touch LED backlit display, 1GHz A4 processor, built-in speakers, Bluetooth, microphone, ambient light sensor, 720p video playback, fingerprint-resistant oleophobic…

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Bringing Desktop Convenience to Laptops

Zemno DeskBook Pro Portable Docking Station

Five years ago, if you wanted a laptop that even remotely matched the power of a desktop, you’d have to kiss your dreams of portability goodbye. So-called “desktop replacement” machines were enormous, weighed more than Kathy Bates, and in most cases seemed better suited for landing F-16s in the Pacific than computing on the go….

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Non-Aluminum Goodness

Apple Polycarbonate Unibody MacBook

At $999, the new Apple Macbook is officially the best deal going in Apple’s laptop lineup, especially for those looking to make the jump. The new polycarbonate MacBook is equipped with a 1280×800 13.3″ LED backlit display, 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, clever non-skid bottom surface, NVIDIA 9400M graphics (shared), built-in iSight camera, multi-touch…

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Power To The People

The New 21.5″ & 27″ iMac

Today, the iMac gets a face (chin) lift. 21.5 and 27 inch 16:9 LED displays with 1000:1 contrast ratios, ridiculous power, and welcome new features round out the new iMac and it’s all about bringing power to the people.

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The Mighty New iPod Nano

Apple iPod Nano 5G | Video, Mic, Pedometer, FM Radio

Despite a relatively good track record by the Apple rumor mill for predicting the company’s latest breakthrough before its official announcement, today’s details regarding the new iPod Nano came as a refreshing surprise. Contrary to ideas circling the iPod touch (which did receive updates, though less than imagined) Apple instead gave the iPod Nano the…

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Better, Faster, Easier

Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6)

Apple drops their evolution to OS X today with Snow Leopard. As if you didn’t already know. We picked up our copy this morning and are happy to report that, well, it’s a screamer. Version 10.6 of Apple’s new OS is all about the speed, Bolt and Phelps style. Some of it you won’t recognize…

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Spend $12 to Kiss Cable Expenses Good Buy

Mini Display Port to HDMI

By Gear Patrol Reader Kirk Ward So you went and bought the 13-inch MacBook based on the glowing article posted a few months ago. Kudos to you; that’s a great start. The only problem is, well, (screen) size is everything and this guy is only 13-inches. That’s where the Mini Display Port to HDMI Adapter…

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iPod Shuffle With VoiceOver

Somewhere in between tiny and miniscule resides something known as the iPod Shuffle. The 2nd generation iPod Shuffle has been around for a couple years now, and today Apple’s unveiled the new 4GB iPod Shuffle with VoiceOver. What’s VoiceOver you ask? Well, it’s pretty simple. The iPod shuffle has no screen on it, so there’s…

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25 Apps. 14 Days. 2 iPhones. 1 Jailbreak.

25 Best & Must-Have iPhone Apps

Empower your iPhone with these 25 best and must have iPhone Apps, as curated by Gear Patrol.

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OWC Mercury Pro Blu-ray Drive

Hooks Up With Every Computer Imaginable, Disease Free. One of the many down sides from the high definition video format war is that computer manufacturers (ahem Apple & Microsoft) have shown hesitancy in integrating the technology into their new line of machines. Mercifully for the videophiles out there, the folks over at OWC announced the…

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New Apple 13-inch MacBook

New + Improved + Cheaper = Awesome Well, well… Apple’s revised their laptop lineup today (MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air). Damn technology. Lets start with construction – the MacBook is made from one solid piece of aluminum, so like your chef’s knife – this thing is streamlined, solid and sexy (like Gear Girls). Better…

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iPod Nano 4G

Even Baskin Robbins Has Less Flavors [Click Image To Enlarge] Courtesy: Apple Apple’s chucked out a couple new iPods today: the 2nd generation iPod touch and the 4th generation iPod Nano. Apple’s given the Nano a delicious new vertically oriented 2-inch widescreen with Cover Flow, Genius Playlist and a shuffle functionality that works by shaking…

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iPhone 3G – First Impressions

[click on image to enlarge] By Ben Bowers – As I groggily took my place in line at unspeakably early Saturday morning hours, I questioned if all the hype was justified. My previous smart phone was 3G compatible and served me well over the last year. So what if it didn’t have a glossy back,…

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Apple 3G iPhone

[click on image to enlarge] Twice as fast. Half the price. Now that’s a deal. Apple’s unveiled the much anticipated 3G iPhone today and at a price far more palatable. The iPhone will operate on AT&T’s highspeed 3G network alongside built-in GPS mapping, Microsoft Exchange support, desktop-class web browser, apps and Apple’s New MobileMe service…

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Apple iMac 3GHz

Apple’s much applauded aluminum and glass all-in-one computer has been revised with faster processors, more powerful video cards, larger cache and a quicker front-side bus. (1066MHz from 800MHz if any of you care to know). In base form the 24 inch iMac comes equipped with a 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB memory, 500GB…

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Apple MacBook & MacBook Pro Multi-touch

[click on image to enlarge] As predicted, Apple has released the Multi-Touch enabled MacBook Pros with Multitouch. The entire MacBook Pro lineup is now enabled with Penryn-based processors roaring in at 3.6 GHz with 6MB of shared L2 cache, up to 4GB of 667 MHz RAM, 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics card, and 300GB…

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Apple iPod Touch, Classic, and Nano

The iPhone is a groundbreaking device. The iPod was an even more groundbreaking device. Throw those to into a virtual blender and you get the new iPod Touch. Long spoken about and anticipated, it’s finally here along with an updated iPod and iPod Nano for you to behold. Like the iPhone, the new iPod Touch…

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Apple iMac

Today Apple introduced an all-new Aluminium iMac, updating the plastic one we’ve all seen with a sleek, decidedly professional, all-aluminum/glass beauty. Better yet, it’s not all show as this one’s got a bevy of features packed inside. Sporting 20-24 inch glossy high resolution screens with Intel Core 2 Duo Extreme processors (up to 2.4GHz), up…

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Apple iPhone

It’s arrived to fanfare and some degree of sarcastic review by the naysayers but it’s here nonetheless. The Apple iPhone. The iPod turn smartphone turn lust object. It’s equipped with: Optical grade glass touch screen Apple OS X AT&T EDGE WiFi Bluetooth 2.0 4gb or 8gb hard drive Accelerometer to sense which way you’re holding…

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MacBook Pro and MacBook Pro HD [New Release]

Apple has finally hopped on board the LED revolution and released two new versions of the venerable MacBook Pro. The LED backlit displays yield up-to-an hour’s worth of battery life and the new Santa Rosa Intel processors will keep you cruising along about 50% faster than the original MacBook Pro. Equipped with 2GB of memory,…

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Apple MacBook [New Release]

With UMPC’s, iPods, smartphones and a slew of other gadgets out there, your mobile lifestyle has never had it so good. Let the MacBook be a well-priced hub for all your on-the-go data and computing needs. Newly released MacBook model features: 2.16 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo processors 1GB of memory standard 200GB hard drive…