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Griffin announces latest Crayola iMarker and Trace & Draw iPad accessories

Griffin has worked with Crayola before to deliver their fair share of iPad accessories such as the Crayola Light Marker, and this time around, both of them have worked on the updated version of the latest Crayola iMarker and Trace & Draw accessories for the Apple iPad. Those will be accompanied by a range of compatible Crayola apps, enabling the Crayola iMarker and Trace & Draw to empower young artists so that they can blend in traditional coloring activities alongside mobile technology – all without making a mess that would exhaust even the most tired parent after a long day at the office.

With the new Crayola-inspired coloring accessories and apps, they are able to keep children entertained for hours on end, making them as extremely “effective” babysitters, so to speak, especially when it comes to extremely long road trips and holiday travel. The vibrantly colored iMarker will retail for $29.99, where this is a kid-friendly stylus that packs in all of your favorite crayons, pencils and markers into the perfect shape that little hands will grasp and use easily, making it a snap to tote around as you move.

When you use it with the free Color 360 app, your iPad (2nd, 3rd and 4th generation), iPad Air and iPad mini will magically be turned into a fun and interactive digital coloring book alongside animations and sound effects. Color 360 would bring your child’s imagination to a whole new level, that’s for sure.

The iMarker compatible apps will be able to know automatically whether an iMarker or a child’s finger is being used, paving the way for intuitive, creative play with color and going where the child intended. This palm rejection feature would ensure there are not frustrations which hail from stray coloring marks that would inevitably mess up the child’s artwork.

Setting it up is a snap – just insert the included single AAA battery, turn the stylus on, install one of the compatible apps, and you’re good to go. There will be access to the 64 classic Crayola colors alongside a bevy of tools such as pens, markers, crayons, and brushes among others.

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Griffin PowerMate Bluetooth takes the wireless route


Griffin Technology has taken the step to introduce an upgrade to its PowerMate device, by throwing in wireless connectivity in the form of the Griffin PowerMate Bluetooth. This is stylish power tool for both the novice and pro computer user, where one might take a glance at it and wonder just what the heck does it do. I suppose you are able to describe it to be a clickable knob, as the PowerMate Bluetooth can be programmed for it to execute a wide range of key commands in virtually any application. Apart from that, users are able to streamline routine tasks including editing home movies like a pro, scroll through long (and hopefully not boring!) documents, or creating audio masterpieces.

The PowerMate Bluetooth will function beautifully as a convenient volume knob and mute button for Bluetooth 4.0 enabled Mac computers, but that would just be scratching the surface. PowerMate has been preset to play nice with iMovie and GarageBand right out of the box, which would make editing a painless and quick affair.

It will not remain within the confines of the multimedia department though, since users will also be able to follow the easy instructions in order to add custom commands within their preferred applications. You can opt to spin PowerMate like a wheel so that you can move through large multimedia files in a jiffy, in addition to spreadsheet and word processor documents, or opt to click it like a mouse to select text or perform commands.

The PowerMate Bluetooth has a gleaming brushed aluminum exterior, where it will sport a soothing blue glowing base. You will be able to take control of the behavior of this pulsing LED in order to know the current system status at a glance. Multiple PowerMates can be paired using Bluetooth connectivity, hence kissing goodbye to entangled wires and the ilk. Expect the PowerMate Bluetooth to arrive later this summer for $59.99 a pop.

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Apogee announces Quartet

Apogee (no, not the video game company) has just announced the Quartet, which is touted to be the ultimate desktop audio interface and control center for Mac machines. The Quartet is ready to be shipped around the world, where it will boast of a quartet of inputs, eight different outputs, MIDI support, a top panel display and control, which more or less lets Quartet set a totally new standard when it comes to performance and connectivity for the modern studio.

Sporting more than enough input and output connections, the signature single controller knob, QuickTouch pads, and Apogee’s conversion technology, you can be sure that the Quartet does not disappoint, delivering where it counts the most in terms of sound, functionality and usability.

You will be able to hook up the Quartet to just about any Mac via USB 2.0 high-speed for extremely low-latency and stellar performance. It does not matter if you are rocking to a MacBook Air or a far beefier MacBook Pro, the Quartet will be able to connect a whole lot more easily at amazingly high-speeds regardless of the machine or sample rate; 44.1-192kHz.

Thanks to the Quartet’s four combination inputs that deliver microphone, instrument and line input alongside an exceptional gain range of up to 75 dB, you are left with a whole lot of headroom for demanding microphones and sound sources. Not only that, if you need additional channels, Quartet’s eight digital inputs will be able to deliver the option of hooking up an external interface, similar to the Apogee Ensemble.

Apogee CEO and Co-Founder Betty Bennett, said, “We are excited to announce Quartet. Quartet offers a highly requested I/O configuration, award-winning sound and sleek design, all at an affordable price. We have listened to our customers and have designed Quartet with their requests in mind. At Apogee, we are all about delivering the absolutely best in sound, design and functionality and believe Quartet is a winner on every front.”

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Griffin Twenty is now available

If you have not heard of Griffin Technology before, perhaps it is time for a heads up – this is touted to be one of the world’s foremost creators of innovations for everyday life, and the company has recently announced the availability of Twenty, which was originally introduced earlier this year at January’s showcase CES 2012 event in Las Vegas, Nevada. Just to recap, Twenty will function as an audio amplifier which will incorporate the user’s Airport Express so that it can capture the AirPlay stream, followed by decoding it, and then playing lossless amplified sound via the attached speakers. In fact, Twenty has been recognized for its design and innovation, having picked up the gong for the Popular Mechanics Editor’s Choice Award along the way.

Ethan Opelt, Line Manager of Griffin’s Audio category, said, “Griffin’s Twenty is the easiest, best-sounding solution for untethered digital playback from iTunes or any AirPlay-enabled iOS device. We designed Twenty to be an elegant solution to cable clutter while maintaining high-fidelity sound for the audiophile.”

Just what else does Twenty offer? For starters, it comes with a zero-configuration audio set-up, where you will plug the AirPort Express into a built-in power connection and mounting platform on Twenty’s top panel. Following that, Twenty will then capture the AirPlay stream from iTunes as well as other AirPlay-enabled apps including (but not limited to) Pandora, Spotify, and last.fm, while sending great Apple Lossless audio to your speakers via its low-profile digital amplifier.

Twenty was also specially designed to deliver docking with the original Airport Express, although it is also capable of being compatible with any digital audio source including the new Airport Express. The audio amplifier will boast of a 2.1 channel sound system alongside 20 watts output per channel, while supporting a powered subwoofer using an automatic active crossover at 80 Hz.

You can pick up Twenty for $99.99 a pop if you are interested.

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Griffin Technology announces the Crayola Case Creator

When it comes to creativity, it would be best not to stifle your little one as he or she picks up a crayon and start doodling all over the paper (although the more adventurous ones would think that everything that the crayon can stick onto would be fair game!). After all, you can never quite tell just when your progeny is going to end up as the next Van Gogh (sans the mental issues, of course), or Michaelangelo, even. Griffin Technology’s recent announcement of the Crayola Case Creator is one peripheral that you might be interested to look into – after all, when you can come up with your very own case designs, it is definitely worth exploring, no?

We all want to be our own individual these days, and to move along with the herd is something that many people shun, especially those in the creative field who have their very own “signature” on their creations. Crayola, a company who has churned out products that have inspired creative expression in children for over a century, have just announced the availability of the Crayola Case Creator. The Crayola Case Creator is a protective case and app combo which will basically enable users to come up with their one-of-a-kind case for the iPhone and iPod touch.

The Crayola Case Creator will come with a clear protective hard shell case which will protect users’ iOS devices without sacrificing on the show-off side – where their artwork can be paraded for the masses to admire (or cringe, depending on just how one interprets your artwork). You can also shoot a photo or grab one from your photo album, transforming it into a customized case as and when you like. The free Case Creator app will provide the keys to let your imagination fly, where even kids are savvy enough to use the app by adding, resizing and manipulating digital stickers to photos, or perhaps even draw in Doodle mode.

The range of artwork that are churned out from the Crayola Case Creator app can be printed on included perforated inserts, ensuring that they remain sized and shaped to fit the clear case. Each creation is also unique enough to deserve a place in your pantheon of artwork, where you can add it to a gallery, e-mail it or share it on Facebook.
Expect to fork out $29.99 for the Crayola Case Creator.

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Satechi Audio Cube Bluetooth Speaker

When it comes to living out the wireless lifestyle, the Bluetooth connectivity standard has certainly done its part to promote such a thing among consumer electronics users. Still, the number and popularity of Bluetooth devices are not exactly at a very high penetration level – leaving cable gremlins more than happy as they have plenty of wires and cables to tangle up whenever you are not looking. For folks who are adamant in making the push for a wireless lifestyle where speakers are concerned can always look forward to the Satechi Audio Cube Bluetooth Speaker.

Coming in a special and portable design, the Satechi Audio Cube Bluetooth Speaker will offer 2 × 2 watts of exceptional audio performance that will play nice with just about any Bluetooth-enabled device, never mind as to whether it is the iPhone 4S, an Android-powered smartphone, the new iPad from Apple, the iPad’s closest rival – the Samsung Galaxy Tab, or MacBook Pro amongst others.

The new Audio Cube Bluetooth Speaker tips the scales at a mere 9.6 ounces and in order to be well and truly free from the shackles of a cable, it will also sport a built-in rechargeable battery that is said to deliver up to 6 hours of playtime, resulting in what some might deem as the perfect audio solution whenever you are on the go. This new Bluetooth speaker will feature a dual-channel speaker system with each channel output capable of delivering up to two watts of power for optimum sound quality. Not only that, despite its compact enclosure, it is still more than capable of pumping out audio that has enhanced low-end bass frequencies.

The Audio Cube Bluetooth Speaker will also come equipped with an auxiliary port which allows you to hook it up to other non-Bluetooth devices, although that would definitely ruin your mojo in an attempt to go as wireless as possible around the home. You can control some functions of the device via integrated volume, pause/play and power buttons that are located right on the top of the speaker. The Satechi Audio Cube Bluetooth Speaker will retail for $44.99 if you are interested.

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Satechi Audio Cube Bluetooth Speaker

When it comes to living out the wireless lifestyle, the Bluetooth connectivity standard has certainly done its part to promote such a thing among consumer electronics users. Still, the number and popularity of Bluetooth devices are not exactly at a very high penetration level – leaving cable gremlins more than happy as they have plenty of wires and cables to tangle up whenever you are not looking. For folks who are adamant in making the push for a wireless lifestyle where speakers are concerned can always look forward to the Satechi Audio Cube Bluetooth Speaker.

Coming in a special and portable design, the Satechi Audio Cube Bluetooth Speaker will offer 2 × 2 watts of exceptional audio performance that will play nice with just about any Bluetooth-enabled device, never mind as to whether it is the iPhone 4S, an Android-powered smartphone, the new iPad from Apple, the iPad’s closest rival – the Samsung Galaxy Tab, or MacBook Pro amongst others.

The new Audio Cube Bluetooth Speaker tips the scales at a mere 9.6 ounces and in order to be well and truly free from the shackles of a cable, it will also sport a built-in rechargeable battery that is said to deliver up to 6 hours of playtime, resulting in what some might deem as the perfect audio solution whenever you are on the go. This new Bluetooth speaker will feature a dual-channel speaker system with each channel output capable of delivering up to two watts of power for optimum sound quality. Not only that, despite its compact enclosure, it is still more than capable of pumping out audio that has enhanced low-end bass frequencies.

The Audio Cube Bluetooth Speaker will also come equipped with an auxiliary port which allows you to hook it up to other non-Bluetooth devices, although that would definitely ruin your mojo in an attempt to go as wireless as possible around the home. You can control some functions of the device via integrated volume, pause/play and power buttons that are located right on the top of the speaker. The Satechi Audio Cube Bluetooth Speaker will retail for $44.99 if you are interested.

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Griffin and Crayola team up for Crayola MyPhones, Color Clickers and Crayon Classics

Kids love playing, but most of the time these days, the kind of games that they play are of the video variety. It is about time you helped them get out of the house and lose that pasty complexion, where running around in the park and rolling in grass should be made as a mandatory childhood experience – not to mention climbing trees and having hours of fun in a treehouse. Well, apart from playing, I have yet to find a normal child who loves colors – the more, the merrier. This is where Griffin and Crayola’s partnership looks set to bear plenty of fruit – in the form of the Crayola MyPhones, Color Clickers and Crayon Classics, where we shall take a closer look at all three right after the jump.

First of all, there is the Crayola MyPhones which is a pair of fully adjustable, volume-limiting earbuds and headphones which are – but of course, kid-sized. After all, it is the growing trend these days that kids are exposed to ever increasing levels of sound. Take a gander at our commercials on the TV – a normal show sounds just fine until it is time for some ads to run, where the audio level increases noticeably, sometimes causing a shock as well to the entire household. With the $24.99 Crayola MyPhones, you need not worry about your little one losing his or her hearing so soon, thanks to an integrated sound-control circuit which caps peak volume levels at 85 decibels or lower.

As for the $14.99 MyPhones Earbuds, these will carry Crayola’s iconic crayon wrapper design, sporting individual carrying cases for that personal touch, while coming in a shape of a Crayola crayon. It will open up to feature 3 sizes of soft silicone ear cushions, where there ought to be one just for every and any kid in the household. You can choose from Crayola colors such as purple pizzazz, cotton candy (pink), caribbean green, and blue berry.

Last but not least, you can offer a different method to protect your iPod touch, thanks to the existence of Color Clickers and Crayon Classics. Crayola Color Clickers will merge a protective polycarbonate shell with 28 interchangeable color stripes, offering young iPod users the option of coming up with their very own color combinations throughout the week, making them feel that they have a spanking new iPod each time. Color Clickers will come in green and yellow alongside coordinating color stripes.

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Griffin and Crayola team up for Crayola MyPhones, Color Clickers and Crayon Classics

Kids love playing, but most of the time these days, the kind of games that they play are of the video variety. It is about time you helped them get out of the house and lose that pasty complexion, where running around in the park and rolling in grass should be made as a mandatory childhood experience – not to mention climbing trees and having hours of fun in a treehouse. Well, apart from playing, I have yet to find a normal child who loves colors – the more, the merrier. This is where Griffin and Crayola’s partnership looks set to bear plenty of fruit – in the form of the Crayola MyPhones, Color Clickers and Crayon Classics, where we shall take a closer look at all three right after the jump.

First of all, there is the Crayola MyPhones which is a pair of fully adjustable, volume-limiting earbuds and headphones which are – but of course, kid-sized. After all, it is the growing trend these days that kids are exposed to ever increasing levels of sound. Take a gander at our commercials on the TV – a normal show sounds just fine until it is time for some ads to run, where the audio level increases noticeably, sometimes causing a shock as well to the entire household. With the $24.99 Crayola MyPhones, you need not worry about your little one losing his or her hearing so soon, thanks to an integrated sound-control circuit which caps peak volume levels at 85 decibels or lower.

As for the $14.99 MyPhones Earbuds, these will carry Crayola’s iconic crayon wrapper design, sporting individual carrying cases for that personal touch, while coming in a shape of a Crayola crayon. It will open up to feature 3 sizes of soft silicone ear cushions, where there ought to be one just for every and any kid in the household. You can choose from Crayola colors such as purple pizzazz, cotton candy (pink), caribbean green, and blue berry.

Last but not least, you can offer a different method to protect your iPod touch, thanks to the existence of Color Clickers and Crayon Classics. Crayola Color Clickers will merge a protective polycarbonate shell with 28 interchangeable color stripes, offering young iPod users the option of coming up with their very own color combinations throughout the week, making them feel that they have a spanking new iPod each time. Color Clickers will come in green and yellow alongside coordinating color stripes.

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Still looking for that perfect Christmas gift? Think HDMI cable.

Now that the holiday season is in full swing, you might be wondering what could be the perfect gift for the holiday. May I be the one to suggest practicality, and give something that every smartphone user should have?

Yes, I am talking about the gifts of the HDMI (that is a play-on of Gifts of the Magi, in case you didn’t get it). After all, practically every phone has one of those micro-HDMI ports, but I wonder how many people really use it.

If you are looking for a micro-HDMI to HDMI cable, I would like to suggest what Griffin has to offer. If you head over to their website, you can pick up a Micro HDMI to HDMI Cable for about $29.99.

I got a chance to try it out, and I will have to say that I like having the ability to put pictures and video from my phone on my HDTV. The biggest problem is that it seems that the photos and videos don’t seem to be formatted correctly. Something always cuts it off. Can someone make it so it is a smooth transition?

Feel free to leave a comment if you know the answer to my aforementioned dilemma. In the meantime, I hope I have given someone an idea for the holidays.


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