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PalmGuard

The PalmGuard by moshi is a wear-resistant film for Apple MacBooks and MacBook Pros palm rests. Made of a high-grade polymer, the cover is bubble-free and splash proof and will protect your Mac from smudges, scratches, and grease. It also comes with a static film track pad and is available online for $20.00 for the Palmguard 13, $23.00 for the 15, and $28.00 for the 17. We wonder if it is also chocolate proof as we have a tendency towards munching on M & Ms during some of our late night activities at the keyboard.

 

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Mario Bros.GelaSkin

The Mario Brothers certainly have done their share of partying according to this GelaSkin, constructed of 3M vinyl anti-scratch, anti-UV coating. The skins are easy-on/off for your

, with prices of $12.95 and $14.95. The company also features laptop covers for $29.95, including this one that was done by Ralph Steadman, the illustrator for “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.” Check out their site which features other coverings by classic and contemporary artists.

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iWoodMiniot allows you to bring a bit of class to your iPod 5g, 1st or second generation nano, or iPhone with their distinctive wooden and eco-friendly cases. iWood is available in cherry, oak, walnut, mahogany, and maple. Prices vary between €60 to €85 (~$82.00 to ~$115.00.) You can also add a carved monogram or message and get a matching dock. If you really love your Apple gadget, they occasionally offer rarer wood such as zebrano wenge, pallisander, and ebony for €175 (~$238.00.)

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Shoe PouchAbout a year ago, Nike released the Nike+iPod Sport Kit, which has a built-in pocket to keep your treasure close at hand

foot. Unfortunately, you have to buy the not-so-inexpensive Nike+shoes to go with it. Our kudos to Grantwood Technology who designed a neoprene Shoe Pouch that will work in Reeboks, Keds, New Balance, and many other brands. It matches the sensor alignment, covers it, then comes up and attaches throught the laces. The company claims that it has already saved over $2 1/2 million for its customers. Available in 8 different colors, and at only $6.99 per insert, this definitely makes you want to “Just Do It.”

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Mac Pro

If you are pushing a Mac Pro, time to fire up Software Update, as has just pushed out the Mac Pro SMC Firmware Update 1.1. What’s it do? Straight from the horse’s mouth:

The SMC Firmware Update adjusts fan behavior in Mac Pro. The updater application will be installed in the /Applications/Utilities folder and will launch automatically. Please follow the instructions in the updater application to complete the process.

So there you have it - fan behavior upgrade. Not too exciting, but still important.


Airport Extreme Gigabit

When released the new Airport Extreme back in January, we complained about the lack of gigabit Ethernet ports. After all, if you are gonna call the thing “Extreme”, you should make sure that the title fits, right? Well, fast forward to seven months later, Apple has finally updated their Airport Extreme 802.11n Base Station with gigabit ports. Here at Gear Live HQ, we have wired gigabit running through the place, so this is a very welcome change from our perspective. The price of the Airport Extreme remains at $179 USD.

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80GB iPodIf you still have your eye on one of the larger iPods but cannot afford the lofty price, Audible is giving a $100.00 coupon for anyone who signs up with their Listener Gold or Platinum subscription service starting at $14.95 a month. You can use it to discount any AudibleReady gadget on their sister site Amazon. Included in the deal are selected PMPs, PDAs, GPS systems, and SmartPhones. Audible offers over 23,000 audiobooks, newspapers, magazines, radio, and original programs for download. The promotion is available until September 30.

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musikaSony BMG has released musika, a music visualizer game for those with Apple’s fifth generation iPods. You can simply watch its imagery or interact by pushing your center button in time with letters in your tunes’ titles to move up in levels, which then displays more visual effects. Designed by Masaya Matsuura, who came up with the “PaRappa the Rapper” for the first Playstation, it will be available at the iStore for $4.99. We’re just not sure that this game is as easy as it looks, so we might just stick to our elementary Scrabble for now.

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iMac

We told you new s were coming, and this morning, delivered. With a heavy emphasis on aluminum and glass, the new iMacs have received their first major redesign since August 2004, and are now available in 20- and 24-inch screen sizes. So what can you expect with the new iMacs? Howzabout four USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire 400 and a FireWire 800 port, ethernet, video out, and the like? Not enough? Well, they also throw in a slot loading SuperDrive, built-in iSight camera, and a glossy screen finish. The iMacs also ship with the newly redesigned Apple keyboards which sport two USB 2.0 ports. On the inside, you get up to a 2.4GHz Core 2 Extreme processor, an ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro graphics card, 1 terabyte of storage space, 802.11n, Bluetooth 2.0, and 1GB of RAM (the new iMacs support up to 4GB RAM). As for pricing, you can pick up the low-end 20-incher for $1,199, a higher end 20-inch model for $1,499 (better processor and graphics card), while the 24-inch iMac now runs for $1,799. According to Apple, they are available today.

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Nor will it be, unfortunately. We’ve been getting quite a few submissions from readers about this awesome YouTube video that someone came up with as part of his demo reel for ad agencies. We know, the iMac Multitouch featured in this video is pretty bad ass…but think about it for a moment - do you really want to be reaching out to touch your computer screen constantly? That would get fairly tiring…this isn’t Fit after all. If were going to go the multitouch route on their computers, we think it should be on some sort of keyboard touchpad. Hang in there folks, the Apple event gets underway in under an hour now - that’s where we expect the real news to surface.


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