In The News: Camtasia for Mac,$290 MacBook Air Clone, Qik For iPhone Goes Live For New Mexico Reporter and more…

Camtasia for Mac

TechSmith today announced that Camtasia for Mac is available immediately for download and purchase.TechSmith is offering a special introductory price of $99.00 through the end of the year for a single user license, including a full-featured 30-day free trial. A brief overview screencast of Camtasia for Mac can be viewed here

System Requirements and Availability
Camtasia for Mac supports Mac OS X 10.5.6 or later, including support for Snow Leopard. Web cameras and microphones for capturing audio and video are available for purchase separately. After the special introductory price of $99.00, Camtasia for Mac will have a suggested retail price of $149 with a 30-day free trial, including free training videos and technical support.

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Shanzhai Announced a $290 Macbook Air Clone


  • Full metal jacket for enhanced rigidity and better thermal sinking.
  • It features a frameless 11-inch screen instead of the Mac Air’s 13-inch screen, for increased mobility.
  • It has 2 USB ports and a removeable battery, plus a reserved PCIe slot inside for a 3G module (no 3G on the MacBook Air).
  • The dimensions of the device are 277x187x25mm; slightly thicker than the Mac Air but also lighter at 1.33kg (MacBook Air is 1.36kg).
  • Processor: Intel Atom 1.6GHz
  • RAM: 1GB DDR2
  • HD: 2.5inch 160GB
  • Screen: 11.1 inch, 1366*768 resolution
  • Connectivity: Ports are mainly on left and right sides (as opposed to the back), 2 USB ports, earphone port, power, one RJ-45 port. A card-reader and status lights on the left side.
  • Battery: 3500mAh (removable)

SIRIUS XM Radio Satellite Receiver iPhone Dock

SIRIUS XM Radio today introduced XM SkyDock, the first satellite radio controlled by an iPod touch or iPhone. The XM SkyDock is also one of the first products to take advantage of the new hardware control capabilities of iPhone OS 3.0.

XM SkyDock will allow millions of users to add live SIRIUS XM Radio capability to their iPod touch or iPhone while in their vehicle,” said Bob Law, Group Vice President and General Manager, After Market Division, SIRIUS XM Radio. “XM SkyDock makes their favorite programming from XM and ‘The Best of SIRIUS’ available to iPod touch and iPhone users anywhere they drive, coast to coast.

XM SkyDock is compatible with iPod touch (1st generation), iPod touch (2nd generation), iPhone, iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. All models require iPhone OS 3.0 or later.

XM SkyDock will be sold in stores and will also be available at with an MSRP $119.99 in fall 2009. The XM SkyDock App will be available at the same time.

HALO Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Headset

GN Netcom has announced the retail launch of the Jabra HALO, a Bluetooth stereo headset compatible with Blackberry Smartphones and Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch. Featuring Multiuse capabilities, the Jabra HALO gives users the ability to seamlessly connect to two Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones, smartphones, MP3 player, television, video game console, or laptop, and enjoy wireless audio content and answer phone calls in crystal clear stereo sound. Best Buy North America retail stores will be first to market the Jabra HALO beginning today.

Key Product Specifications:

  • Bluetooth wireless technology
  • A2DP for music streaming
  • Zirene(R) Power Bass for audio enhancement
  • Multiuse(TM), for connection to two Bluetooth devices
  • Auto-pairing to mobile phone
  • Remote control music with touch sensors
  • Noise Blackout technology with dual microphones
  • Foldable headband and carrying pouch
  • Talk time – 8 hours
  • Music time – 8 hours
  • Standby time – 13 days
  • Weight – 3 ounces
  • Dimensions – 0.2in (L) x 0.5in (W) x 0.7in(H)
  • Micro USB Charger
  • iPhone 3.0 software update for the iPod touch is required to make the headset work via Bluetooth (sold separately)

The Jabra HALO is now available exclusively at U.S. Best Buy retail stores and for the suggested retail price of $129.99. The HALO will be available at Best Buy Canada retail stores beginning in October.

Connecticut Man Consults Apple Genius and Gets Arrested

A Fairfield, Connecticut man took his Apple G5 desktop to the Genius Bar at the Stamford Town Center store complaining about some issues with his image file thumbnails. It seemed some thumbnails were overwriting thumbnails on other images and they didn’t match up.

According to court documents, the Genius started examining the files, and allegedly found pictures of naked juvenile girls in suggestive poses.

The tech called a policeman who was stationed at the mall, and the customer Raymond Miller was promptly arrested and charged with possession of child pornography. If convicted, Miller faces a minimum of 5 years in jail.

Police also searched Miller’s home, but found nothing illegal.

Remember, when you bring your Mac into a store for service the technicians will likely see whatever is on your machine in the course of repairing it.

The tech could have ignored the alleged porn, but that could likely make him an accessory under some state laws. Apple warns people to always have a good backup of their data when they bring something in for repair. It’s also a good idea to remove anything you don’t want anyone else to see — financial data or home inventories, for example.

This incident is reminiscent of 2 cases in Florida where the Best Buy Geek Squad techs found illegal porn on computers brought in for repair. The employees reported the porn, and both men were arrested.

Qik For iPhone Goes Live For New Mexico Reporter

Albuquerque TV Reporter Jeremy Jojola recently used a jailbroken iPhone and Qik [iTunes link] to broadcast a story live for KOB-TV. It’s a far cry from the big trucks with microwave antennas and satellite dishes that are usually seen where news stories are broadcast.

The audio and video quality isn’t perfect, but it shows how fast the technology is moving. Jeremy told me he used the AT&T 3G network for the connection.

We’ve already reported on the Qik app which was recently updated to allow uploading of video using the 3G network, but so far, the live capability has been nixed by Apple/AT&T. The only way to get the full benefit of live streaming is by jailbreaking the iPhone.

Qik runs on a huge variety of other smartphones with full live capability, even on the AT&T network.

If you’d like to see Jeremy’s story, it’s available by clicking the Read More link below. The actual story is about iPhone developers who live in the area. Here’s Jeremy’s blog with some more info.