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Optimus Popularis delayed; Mini Six companion ‘board due this year

Optimus Popularis delayed; Mini Six companion ‘board due this year

It's been a while since we've marvelled at the display-keys from Russian keyboard specialists Optimus, but the company is keen to remind us that it's only been delayed, not undone, by the recent economic unpleasantness. The Optimus Popularis - a more "affordable" version of the Maximus keyboard - has supposedly been pushed back until later in 2011, and before then the company will release a smaller version called the Optimus Mini Six.

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Alesis StudioDock for iPad turns tablet into pro-audio system

Alesis StudioDock for iPad turns tablet into pro-audio system

Alesis has unveiled its latest iPad peripheral, and if you're a digital musician who likes using your fingers then the StudioDock might make a lot of sense. A universal docking station, the Alesis StudioDock offers twin 1/4-inch XLR inputs and twin XLR outputs, along with a headphone socket, video output and MIDI in/out. It's designed to allow iPad music apps to connect with studio instruments as well as control external audio sources.

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Korg nanoSERIES2 USB controllers outed

Korg nanoSERIES2 USB controllers outed

Korg has refreshed its range of entry-level USB controllers at NAMM 2011 this week, with three new models offering straightforward control of music apps like GarageBand and Logic. The Korg nanoSERIES2 consists of the nanoKEY2, nanoPAD2 and nanoKONTROL2, each getting power and data via a single USB connection, and offering various combinations of keys, buttons and sliders.

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Bravo 4100-series disc printer is crazy fast

Bravo 4100-series disc printer is crazy fast

I have printed labels on printable CDs with my printer before and it’s a long process that seems to take forever on my home printer. A company called Primera Technology has unveiled a new disc printer that is the world's fastest. The printer is part of the Bravo-4100 series and it can print a CD about as quickly as you can read this post.

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iPhonECG turns your iPhone 4 into an ECG machine [Video]

iPhonECG turns your iPhone 4 into an ECG machine [Video]

A new iPhone 4 accessory promises to turn the Apple smartphone into a clinic-quality ECG machine. The iPhonECG is a clip-on case for the handset with a pair of electrodes on the back; paired with the handset via Bluetooth, it sends ECG readings to the custom app. According to the developers, the case and app are expected to come in at under $100 when the iPhonECG reaches the market.

Video demo after the cut

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SkyWire iPhone serial cable allows remote telescope control

SkyWire iPhone serial cable allows remote telescope control

A serial connection is probably not the first port that sprang to mind while bemoaning Apple's shortage of socket options on iOS devices, but that's just what Southern Stars and Redpark are offering. The SkyWire is a $79 adapter for the iPhone 4, iPad or other iOS models that allows you to hook the handset up to various computer-controlled telescopes.

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HTC Media Link unboxing [Video]

HTC Media Link unboxing [Video]

It's been a long time since we first caught sight of HTC's Media Link, squeezed into an HTC Sense presentation back at the launch of the Desire HD and Desire Z. The two phones have launched and gone on sale, but it's taken longer for the compact DLNA wireless streaming box to arrive. Patience has served us well, though, and now the Media Link is fresh on the SlashGear test bench.

Unboxing video after the cut

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Sony Ericsson confirm LiveView update in Jan 2011: Bluetooth fixes & more

Sony Ericsson confirm LiveView update in Jan 2011: Bluetooth fixes & more

It's fair to say our lasting impressions of the Sony Ericsson LiveView were less than glowing, with Bluetooth connection issues and patchy functionality leaving us underwhelmed by the wireless Android sub-display. The good news is that Sony Ericsson has confirmed that the LiveView's firmware is indeed upgradable, with the first update due for release in January 2011.

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Sony Ericsson LiveView Review

Sony Ericsson LiveView Review

A tiny sub-display, for remotely-controlling your Android smartphone and sneaking glances at incoming messages when you probably should be paying attention in class, in meetings or in the midst of romantic dinners: what's not to like about Sony Ericsson's LiveView? The compact OLED display promises to pick out the most important updates from your smartphone and push them out to your wrist or wherever you have the LiveView clipped, but does the real-world experience live up to the marketing promise? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Wii Speak Phased Out by Nintendo …Maybe

Wii Speak Phased Out by Nintendo …Maybe

Just about a half a month ago, we reported the fact that Nintendo was asking developers of the game Conduit 2 to not utilize Wii Speak in their game. Looks like it was because now, just a couple weeks later, they've announced they're going to completely phase out the Wii Speak peripheral - perhaps to replace it with something neater?

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LMP Keypad Bluetooth numeric pad for Mac hits FCC

LMP Keypad Bluetooth numeric pad for Mac hits FCC

Apple's wireless QWERTY keyboard is a useful way of cutting the cord on your desktop, but it's not great for those doing frequent numerical entry. LMP appear to be addressing that shortcoming with their Keypad add-on, spotted clearing the FCC recently, a 28-key Bluetooth numeric keypad that snaps onto the side of the regular Apple 'board.

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Moshi Moshi MM03i Bluetooth handset packs iPhone dock

Moshi Moshi MM03i Bluetooth handset packs iPhone dock

Native Union won't give up on the idea of traditional handsets for modern smartphones, and their new Moshi Moshi MM03i even gives you somewhere to dock your iPhone. The new model has a MultiPoint Bluetooth-enabled handset and a special charge/sync cradle with a charging bay and an iPhone dock.

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