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MTV Networks’ URGE and RealNetworks’ Rhapsody have announced that they will be combining forces to try to compete with . Naming the venture Rhapsody America, it will be accessible to computers, PMPs, and Verizon Wireless’ VCast. Beginning this September, MTV will push the new service and provide music playlists as well as other programming. Michael Bloom, former GM of URGE, will be in charge and said that for now, URGE customers can use both services. There is no word yet on how much America will cost its subscribers.

 

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With so many new accessories for the iPhone we can barely keep up these days, but this one about matches Mad TV’s iRack in usefulness. The Shuffle is simply one little button. Push it and it literally rearranges all your contacts, then calls one at random. Hold it down for 3 seconds and it will automatically dial another number for a three-way teleconference. There’s more, but we don’t want to spoil the other neat tricks that the Shuffle can perform with little or no effort.

We had you going there for a minute, didn’t we?

 

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LegendPay attention, . While we were checking out the new John Lennon Collection at the Store, we got their release intact, but when we clicked on specific info about it, we ended up with their download page in French. It has since been corrected, but if you should encounter the same faux pas, be content in the knowledge that Lennon’s music will be on sale for $0.99 a track, with exclusive video content included for 30 days on some of his albums.

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QuartzCube

JS8 Media has unveiled its QuartzCube 1.0 for Mac owners, a wide angle video cube that can be configured on your PC. Up to six videos or photos can be displayed on each face of the cube with a free download of software. Users can then adjust it to manipulate its rotation. Described as a “lava lamp for the modern day,” it supports QuickTime, MPEG4, AVI, and other video formats, and will work on Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

 

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i-Station Traveller

Logic3 has come up with what they claim to be the iPhone’s first speaker system. In black gloss with silver trim, the i-Station Traveller measures 170 mm across, has a 4 watt output, and 35 mm neodymium drivers. It works with your phone vertically and horizontally, and comes with adapter and four AAA batteries. The speakers will be available for £29.99 (~$59.40) through retailers or Logic3’s online store. Because the i-Station is compatible with other media players through its 3.5 mm jack, it begs the question, which came first, the iPhone or the i-Station?

 

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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.


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