Reminder: TMO 2012 Editors Choice Awards Submissions

9:55 AM, Jan. 16th, 2012 · · CES


The Mac Observer will once again host its annual Editors Choice Awards at Macworld | iWorld Expo in January. Our editors will choose what they deem to be the best-of-the-best new Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod-related products released between Macworld Expo last year and the start of the show this year.

Editors Choice Awards

iOmounts: Stylish Magnetically Powered iPhone/iPad Stands

4:52 AM, Jan. 13th, 2012 · · CES

iOmini for iPhone

LAS VEGAS—We stumbled upon a small company called iOmounts in the Venetian Ballroom at this year’s CES showing some great looking stands and mounts for iPhones, iPads, or any other device with a flat back. The company has harnessed the power of magnets to make a stand that offers convenience, flexibility, and what we found to be stylish design to hold your device.

Photo Gallery: CES 2012, South Hall

1:44 AM, Jan. 13th, 2012 · · CES


LAS VEGAS—In this TMO photo gallery, Byran Chaffin takes us on a tour of the South Hall at CES and shows us speakers galore, headphones out the wazoo, cool gaming gear, more robots, and some gorgeous guitars.

Day 3 at CES in the South Hall!

Matias One Connects to Mac, iPhone in Single Keyboard

6:06 PM, Jan. 12th, 2012 · · CES

Las Vegas — Apple already make it easy to use your iPhone with your Mac, and Matias is making it even easier to use the two together with its One Keyboard. The full-size keyboard lets you switch from typing on your Mac to typing on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with a single button, and doesn’t require any special software.

iTwin USB Device Securely Shares Files Over the Internet

4:29 PM, Jan. 12th, 2012 · · CES

iTwin Devices Being Paired

LAS VEGAS—iTwin was on hand at CES 2012 to show off Mac support for its self-titled USB device that allows users to share files across an encrypted connection over the Internet. The company was also demonstrating support for multi-iTwin devices.

Steve Jobs’ TV Epiphany ‘Nothing New,’ Says Samsung Exec

12:45 PM, Jan. 12th, 2012 · · CES

Apple TV

As speculation about an Apple TV set swirls through this week’s Consumer Electronics Show, Philip Newton, Samsung Australia’s director of audio-visual, said that ex-CEO Steve Jobs’ revelation about “the simplest [TV] user interface you can imagine” is “nothing new.” He was quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Photo Gallery: CES 2012, The Venetian Ballroom

5:30 AM, Jan. 12th, 2012 · · CES


In this photo gallery, Bryan Chaffin shows us some of the cool things he found on the show floor of the Venetian Ballroom at CES 2012. We have a “smartwatch,” waterproof lens cases, a huge panoramic printer, the iTwin Man, and more.


Teen Jewelry Designer Recycles Macs into Fashion Accessories

6:55 PM, Jan. 11th, 2012 · · CES

Las Vegas — Apple’s Mac computers make a fashion statement all on their own, and Taylor Burghard’s jewelry takes that a step further by letting you show off your tech flair with style. Her jewelry stands on its own despite the fact that she’s only 13 years old — a fact that’s easy to overlook thanks to her eye for design and business savvy.

iRig STOMP—A Stomp Box for Amplitube on iOS Devices

4:24 PM, Jan. 11th, 2012 · · CES


LAS VEGAS—IK Multimedia unveiled several new devices and apps for musicians who want to use iPad and iPhone to record and perform music with their iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches, including iRig STOMP, a stomp box for Amplitube. The device is aimed at musicians who want to integrate their iOS device into their analog music gear by allowing them to activate it with their feet.