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Ergotron is offering two sit-stand workstations designed to work (and look good) with Apple's iMac and MacBook Pro and Air devices. WorkFit-A for iMac and WorkFit-B for MacBook are adjustable stands that allow you to raise them so you can work standing at your desk, or lower them for when you want to sit. They were designed for the growing movement of people looking to do more of their work standing up, and they work by clamping to the edge of your desk. The WorkFit-A for iMac (US$649) has a tray that holds your keyboard lower than the display, and it's also compatible with Apple's LED Cinema Display and Thunderbolt Display. WorkFit-B for MacBook ($329) serves as a platform for the laptop itself. Both have an Integrated cord management system for keeping everything straight.
Apple's App Store is edging towards crossing the one million app mark, according to app tracking site 148Apps.biz. Apple long ago crossed the million app mark of apps that had been approved for the App Store, but as of December 9th, the company had some 998,919 apps and games currently active.
Google announced Wednesday the launch of Chrome Apps to the Mac platform. The company said that desktop apps available on the Chrome Web Store can now be run on any desktop computer that also runs the Chrome browser.
If you've ever needed or wanted to record a phone call, you'll be interested in an Indiegogo project called iVoizer. This is a standalone hardware device that sits between your iPhone or Android device and your headphones or earbuds in order to record your call. You then plug it into your Mac or PC with the built-in USB port to get the audio file. While there are phone call recording apps, they involve routing your phone through third party services—being a hardware device, iVoizer can record your call directly. The team is based in the Ukraine, but we should note that in some U.S. states, recording a call is illegal unless both parties are aware. iVoizer is looking to raise US$10,000, and since it just launched, there are early bird options available.
Twitter updated its iOS app to version 6.0 on Tuesday. The new version includes an entirely updated interface that is more in keeping with iOS 7's flat aesthetics. It also allows users to exchange photos via direct message for the first time, has refined notification options, new search feature, and support for Apple's Safari Reading List.
Where in the world is former Apple golden boy Scott Forstall? Since his surprise termination in October of 2012, that's been the question on many Apple watchers' minds. According to The Information, Mr. Forstall has been traveling—Italy and South Africa—advising unspecified startups, and working on various philanthropic efforts.
Amazon is running a one-day only 20 percent discount sale on the Kindle Fire HDX 7" tablet for US$183.20. That's the company's new 7-inch Android-based tablet introduced for the holidays. While we suspect most of our readers are more interested in iPad Air and iPad mini, if you're thinking about a Kindle, this is the day to buy it. The Kindle ereader is also on sale for $55.20, while last year's Kindle Fire HD is $135.20, all for one day only. Here's an affiliate link so that TMO gets a little something-something in our small-business stocking, too.
This is a cool idea called Lightstrap. It's an iPhone 5 and 5s case that incorporates a light you can use to light a scene for photos and videos. That's pretty clever. It has its own internal battery the company—Brick & Pixel–says will power "upwards of 500 videos or 30 minutes of video." It also has seven different brightness levels, and the color range is selectable in six steps from ~3000k to ~5,700k. B&P is in the process of raising US$245,000 on Kickstarter, and it's $60K towards that goal. Funding levels include a shipping unit for $97.
Apple is paying tribute to Nelson Mandela by dedicating its home page to the man who symbolized the fight against Apartheid in South Africa. Mr. Mandela passed away on Thursday, and in addition to the home page tribute shown below, Apple executives offered comments about him through Twitter.
Apple has launched iBeacon—Bluetooth-powered stations that can communicate with iPhones and iPads. The feature allows Apple to guide customers and send information to their devices, but the bigger story is that Apple is proactively demonstrating why it never bothered to support near-field communications, or NFC.