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One of the best headphone makers around is a little company called Westone Audio. They have been making high-quality hearing aids for several decades. In the last few years the company has taken this expertise and branched out into the audio enthusiast headphone realm.  Professional musicians are really the target market for Westone’s headphone products. The prices go from $200 up to a staggering $1,000+. I recently had the chance to check out two different sets of headphones from the company, the consumer-targeted $200 ADV Alpha Adventure Series and the higher-end $500 Quad-Drive W40 headphones.

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It always strikes me as odd that so many people spend a fortune on really nice home theater systems but then skimp or neglect the most important piece – audio. I happen to be one of those folks. Which is sad, considering that I do review Blu-rays and DVDs. The reason I always skimp on the audio portion is that for me a nice 2.0 soundbar has always been “good enough”.

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Got a Problem? Ask Watson!

Posted by   on May 21, 2013

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Remember IBM’s Watson, the supercomputer that kicked human tuchus on Jeopardy? Well, the successful Jeopardy contestant is coming to a smartphone near you, via its new app, Ask Watson. Not only that, IBM is setting up a customer service via call-in center that it claims will reduce search time by up to 40%.

Check out the press release after the jump for more details.

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For those that use a Garmin GPS and like to use different voices to tell the directions, here’s some exciting news. UK characters Wallace & Gromit and U.S. Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie have come to ALL Garmin GPS’s and is now currently available. More details from the press release after the jump:
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iPad Get New Adobe Apps

Posted by   on April 11, 2011

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It’s been rumored for months, today Adobe makes the release of Adobe CS5.5 official. Today they announced Adobe® Creative Suite® 5.5 Production Premium, the complete software solution for video and post-production that helps deliver content to virtually any screen. The entire goal of this release is to push the use of Adobe tools in the creation of new mobile applications. One of the highlights of the new package is Photoshop Touch a new SDK for developing tablet and mobile applications using Photoshop.

To show off the capabilities of the new suite, Adobe is also releasing 3 brand new apps for the Apple iPad: Adobe Color Lava for Photoshop, Adobe Eazel for Photoshop and Adobe Nav for Photoshop. The apps are designed to enable users to create custom color swatches, paint and drive popular Photoshop tools from tablet devices.  These Apps will range in price from $1.99 to $4.99.  We will review them when they are released in early May and of course we’ll have a full review of CS5.5 when that streets. Press release after the break.

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Dell Streak 7 on T-Mobile

4G and LTE devices and network expansion announcements are all the rage at CES this week. T-Mobile is not one to be left out of the fray. Today T-Mobile unveiled plans to double the speed of its 4G network this year, which will be capable of delivering peak download speeds of up to 42 Mbps. Moreover, the company announced that in 2011 it will launch at least 25 new 4G devices, starting with its first 4G tablet — the Dell™ Streak 7, expected to be available at T-Mobile stores across the country in the coming weeks. The company vowed to aggressively expand and evolve its 4G smartphone portfolio, launching additional devices capable of delivering peak download speeds of up to 21 Mbps in the first half of 2011, and smartphones capable of delivering peak download speeds of up to 42 Mbps in the second half of the year.

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Pinnacle Studio Ultimate Collection

One of the cool things about Windows is the fact that there are so many choices. On the Mac, video editors really only have a couple of choices – Final Cut/iMovie or Adobe’s Premiere Products. On the PC side there are numerous Video Applications, one of the lesser known ones is from the makers of the industry leading Avid Video Editing System. Pinnacle Studio Ultimate Collection a consumer level video and photo editing solution for Windows. iMovie has always bugged me because it kind of forces you to edit the way Apple wants you to. The fact that I’m forced to always have clips on my small Macbook hard drive, drives me a little nuts. I understand iMovie is a free consumer level product that comes with Macs, but really, I’d rather pay the extra $100 to get a real video editing solution like this.

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