REVIEW: Griffin Technology iMic 2 (Updated)

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Date: Friday, November 18th, 2005, 11:03
Category: Review

imic2.jpgI recently got my hands on the iMic 2 from Griffin Technology. In this exclusive review, I’ll take a look at what makes the iMic 2 different from its predecessor, the original iMic.
iMic was the original USB audio adapter that enabled Mac and PC users to add stereo input and output to their USB computers that, otherwise, lacked the necessary hardware support. The iMic was the perfect solution to the “microphone deafness” that plagued all Macs built after 2001. Unfortunately all modern PowerBooks and iBook only have a line input and lack a microphone input. Griffin’s US$40 iMic is the easiest way to add a microphone input to your PowerBook.
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FEC Rules Bloggers Are Journalists

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Date: Friday, November 18th, 2005, 11:15
Category: Legal

The Lot 49 blog reports that the Federal Election Commission (FEC) has ruled that bloggers are journalists. The ruling reports:

The Fired Up network of blogs qualifies for the “press exemption” to federal campaign finance laws. The press exemption, as defined by Congress, is meant to assure “the unfettered right of the newspapers, TV networks, and other media to cover and comment on political campaigns.

(Thanks Gabbr).


The Apple Core: More video content for the iPod

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Date: Friday, November 18th, 2005, 10:37
Category: The Apple Core

guba-logo.gifOn Tuesday I blogged about options for finding content for the iPod video other than from the iTunes Music Store. I’ve found what may be the holy grail of video content for owners of the new iPod video.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.


Griffin radio SHARK 2.0 Software

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Date: Friday, November 18th, 2005, 09:19
Category: Software

radio-shark-dashboard.jpgI’m a real fan of Griffin’s radio SHARK (originally reviewed back in September 2004). The radio SHARK is a US$70 USB radio that comes with software that allows you to record any AM or FM radio broadcast in real time. What makes it cool is that the software allows you to schedule recordings and even pause live recordings – think of it as TiVo for broadcast radio. Radio SHARK is brilliant for fans of FM radio broadcasts like NPR or Howard Stern where you may not be able to listen to it all live.
Griffin has released a major update to the radio SHARK software including the following new features and enhancements:
– New compact, redesigned interface
– Improved scheduling
– Improved 10 band equalizer
– Expanded record/playback, tuning and appearance preferences
– Spectrum visualizer
– Selectable display color
– Dock icon displays station and record status
– AppleScript support
Included in the download is a radio SHARK widget that allows you to control the radio SHARK USB radio from Dashboard. The radio SHARK 2.0 software includes the radio SHARK Dashboard Widget and a PDF manual.