Stories by Peter Cohen

EDGE Acoustics GX400 headset

A good gaming headset can make or break the gaming experience. Positional audio cues from the game give you a better idea of whether bad guys are to the left or to the right of you. A microphone is vital for in-game chat, especially if you're raiding in <a href="http://www.macworld.com/article/42192/2005/01/wowreview.html">World of Warcraft</a>. Too often, though, gaming headsets are designed using cheap hardware that produces mediocre sound. Enter EDGE Acoustics' <a href="http://www.edgeacoustics.com/products/gx400/">GX400</a> headset for gamers looking for uncompromising quality.

Canon intros Pixma MX7600 all-in-one printer

Canon on Monday introduced the <a href="http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&fcategoryid=123&modelid=16506">Pixma MX7600</a>, a new all-in-one office printer that's Mac OS X and Windows-compatible. It costs $399.99.

Apple Specialists report 20 percent growth in 2007

A rising tide raises all ships, it is said. Apple's own brick and mortar retail stores aren't the only ones seeing higher revenues on Apple's products, if the <a href="http://www.applespecialist.com">Apple Specialist Marketing Co-op's</a> (ASMC) recent Member Survey is any indication.

Apple introduces iTunes Movie Rentals

Apple has introduced iTunes Movie Rentals, a new feature of the iTunes Store that enables users to download movies and watch them for a short time rather than having to buy them. They will be priced at US$3.99 for new releases, $2.99 for &quot;library titles.&quot;

Apple introduces MacBook Air

During his Macworld Expo keynote address yesterday, Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the MacBook Air , a computer that the company billed as the world's thinnest notebook -- small enough to fit inside an interoffice mailing envelope. It's priced starting at US$1799.

WD rolls out 320GB Passport external HD

Western Digital (WD) on Monday announced <a href="http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=387">a 320GB version</a> of its Passport portable hard disk drive. The Mac and PC-compatible USB 2.0-equipped drive costs US$229.99.

Brother offers digital colour laser copier/printers

Brother International on Tuesday introduced its first digital colour laser copier/printers. The new DCP-9000 series is targeted at small offices and small workgroups. The first two models, the DCP-9040CN and DCP-9045CDN cost US$599 and $699 respectively.

Dell shoots across the iMac's bow with XPS One

Dell has moved into the all-in-one PC market pioneered by Apple with the iMac, with Monday's introduction of the <a href="http://www.dell.com/theonepc">XPS One</a>, a new Intel-based Windows-compatible PC. The system starts at US$1,499.

George Harrison catalogue comes to iTunes

Now you can buy music from each member of the Fab Four on iTunes, though the Beatles catalogue is still nowhere to be found. On Tuesday Apple announced the release of George Harrison's musical catalog on iTunes.

Missing Sync for Symbian phones announced

Mark/Space has announced <a href="http://www.markspace.com/symbian/">The Missing Sync for Symbian</a>, a new data synchronization tool for Mac users who use Symbian OS-based smartphones from Motorola, Nokia and Sony Ericsson. It's expected to be released in the first calendar quarter of 2008 and will cost US$39.95 as a download.

GhostReader text-to-speech adds iPhone, iPod export

ConvenienceWare and AssistiveWare on Tuesday released <a href="http://www.convenienceware.com/ghostreader.php">GhostReader</a> (formerly TextParrot) 1.1.1, an update to their text to speech software for Mac OS X. A free update for registered users, GhostReader costs US$39.95 to register.

Software update for newer iMacs

Apple has released iMac Software Update v1.1. It's available for download from Apple's web site and through the Software Update system preference.