Even though Apple was not in attendance in this year's Macworld, there was no shortage of great accessories on the showroom floor. Here's a recap of some of the goodies I spotted last week.
I'm an admitted fan of Blue Microphones, not only for their power, but also for their beauty — a few of these stacked on your mantel could totally double as art. While cruising the Macworld show floor, I got an up close look at a few of their new desktop mic models which would be perfect for recording on the go, or creating your podcasts and video blogs. The Snowflake (pictured here) ($45) is a high quality mic to capture your recordings, but there's also a 2MP web cam-enabled version called the Eyeball ($65). Both of these are easy as pie to set up — just plug them right into your Mac or PC's USB port, follow a few prompts, and you're set to go.
The Mikey ($100) is a sweet little microphone to capture sounds right on your iPhone. Record concerts, lectures, and studio jam sessions on the go with its three recording levels — from loud to quiet — and transfer the audio right to your computer with a USB adapter. Plus, there's a free app that partners up with your Mikey to get the most out of your recordings. Check out a few more photos of the beautiful Blue Mics in the gallery below.
This week's big Google Buzz announcement may have been the hottest news item, but I found some great new products at this year's Macworld Expo, started gearing up for Valentine's Day, and got excited about this year's Olympics. Check out these stories and others you might have missed this week in my weekly recap.
I finally got my hands on the UrbanTool Urban Performer Unit that I've had my eye on yesterday at Macworld, and although it didn't disappoint —coming with a secure place to store my phone, an adapter so I can play my tunes as I'm on the move, a compartment for a wallet, lush leather, Swarovski crystals — it did come with sticker shock: $500! This clutch is great, but way out of my price range. After getting an in-person look, I'm still in love — it even has iPod controls on the outside so I don't have to open the clutch to switch tunes! — however, it's just not meant to be. What do you think about it?
Taking a walk around the Macworld Expo is like walking into a massive Apple store. Minus the computers, of course. One booth that caught my eye was Bone Collection, which was stocked with iPod and iPhone armbands, skins, and protectors. First up: the armbands. Not only are the Bone armbands made from a tough, rubbery material to protect your gadget from accidental drops, but its strap is silky smooth and comes with ventilation holes so you don't sweat the band off your arm. The best part is the bands are thin, so you don't have to worry about a bulky band banging against your arm while you work it out.
Bone also features some sweet silicone skins that come with an attached cord manager, so you can rock out on the move and keep tabs on your earbuds when you're done (instead of losing them to the depths of your bag). Add in some tiny (but fashionable) silicone iPod Shuffle sleeves, a cute cord manager in the shape of a bone, and you have a one-stop shop for all your iPod (or iPhone!) needs.
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I passed by the HyperMac booth while at Macworld yesterday, and although I have my own pics, these photos are way better than the ones I took from the expo. That's not to say they aren't great looking pieces of machinery in real life, it's just that the contrasting colors in these promo pics are so fab, I just had to show them off. Who knew batteries could look so great?
The ultra-portable HyperMac external battery packs are the perfect size to toss in your bag in case you need some extra juice for your iPod, iPhone, iPad, or any other USB device that may need a charge while you're out and about. Appropriately called Nano, Micro, and Mini, these guys can fully charge an iPhone from up to three to six times via their lithium ion cells and look great doing it too. Prices range from $70 - $120, and you can get your own online now.
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It's opening day of the Macworld Expo and right off the bat I found something I loved: this iPhone case from Trexta, which was coincidentally one of last year's favorite brands. The cases are made from recycled paper and plastic, and allow you to draw your own design right onto the case. The covers are sold in packs of five.
Other favorite items included a white leather wallet/iPhone case, a BlackBerry case disguised as a small clutch, and furry, animal print cases. There's no pricing info yet, but don't worry, I'll be on the lookout for these cases to hit stores.
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I've got my camera in hand and I'm making my way over to the Macworld Expo in San Francisco! This three-day event will put me into Apple overdrive, and I'll be bringing you reviews and photos of the best (and sometimes wackiest) products out there for you Apple fanatics. But until the party gets started, check out some of my coverage and quizzes from years past. I'm getting all nostalgic for the Apple keynotes already . . .
Guess Who? Macworld Edition
Tech Trivia: iPod Edition
Geek Explores Macworld Circa 2007!
Tech Trivia: Macworld Edition
Conan's Fake iPhone Commercial
What Macworld Is Like For a Girl
Things you need to think about after you win the 64GB iPad giveaway: protection. And I don't mean protection with wings. Newcomer to the Apple accessory arena, Hard Candy is hitting the ground running at this year's MacWorld by arming themselves with the first hard-shelled iPad cases to hit the market. Coming in a range of colors and designs, the Hard Candy cases, sleeves, and skins will protect your new gadget from abuse, while keeping things on the up and up, style-wise.
The cases, which are slated to hit shelves alongside the iPad in March, feature shock-absorbing bumpers (protecting the corners from dents), and screen covers to keep your iPad from getting scratched. Prices start at $35 for skins, and $45 for shells and sleeves. I'll get a closer look when I hit the MacWorld expo floor, so stay tuned for a review!
Although Macworld is still a few weeks away, I'm getting excited to see some of the new, stylish (and sometimes weird) products at the expo. One that piqued my interest was UrbanTool. Hailing from Austria, UrbanTool brings us a huge selection of iPod and iPhone savvy bags and cases that not only have some serious street style, but are functional as well. Each holster and belt comes stocked with an iPod control panel so you can switch up your tunes without whipping out your player. The belt cases and holsters have room for your cell phones and wallets, while the bags can hold more of your junk while keeping it safe with their cross-body designs. The best part? They're affordable with prices starting at around $40.
I'll get a chance to check out UrbanTool's new Jean design at Macworld, which is sure to bring some attention to your wardrobe. But my overall favorite so far? The Urban Performer Unit, a black leather electronic clutch that's studded with Swarovski crystals. Hot!
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