MWSF 2010: MacSpeech Scribe, MusicSkins, Kanex adapter, CarMD

We're continuing to cover news from the MWSF 2010, and this time the talk will be about MacSpeech Scribe app, MusicSkins accesories, Kanex adapter and CarMD device.

MacSpeech is known for its MacSpeech Dictate program that allows user to speak to Mac and wind up with formatted text. At the MWSF company released MacSpeech Scribe (US 149$), which turns recorded audio into RTF-files (that are readable by any word processor). It doesn't create text with punctuation and you have to train the program by correcting its mistakes, but with the Nuance engine from the previous app it looks really impressive.

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MusicSkins was also present at the MacWorld 2010. This time there were vinyl skins not only for Apple devices, but for any gadgets known (at least they say they add 5-10 devices to their roster per week). Company reps told us the accessories for the iPad are also ready to be printed, but before it’ll go to the market they want to make sure their production will work well and fit correctly to the device. At this moment skins for iPod and iPhone (US 15$) and for the Macbook (US 30$) are available.

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musicskins6 musicskins7Kanex offered their new product – an adapter which lets you plug external HD video

and audio sources into your Mac. Company showed the product works fine with BD-player, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 – and it really looks great. That is because the video is being converted from HDMI to DisplayPort with no upscaling. The adapter will be available in April, an approximate price is US 149$.

kanex-hdmi-input kanex-hdmi-outputCarMD is a device that will diagnose your car’s troubles and suggest a fix (with your

Mac’s help, of course). It is known that every car sold in the US after 1996 has a standard diagnostic port (usually situated under the dashboard). That is the port CarMD connects to and diagnose your car’s problem. You plug it in, turn it on, see the light (green/yellow/red) and then connect it to your Mac via USB. Then the browser shows you a company’s database of car problems and suggests a course of action for your case. Pretty handy. The device is now available for US 98,99$.


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  1. Apple now has Rhapsody as an app, which is a great start, but it is currently hampered by the inability to store locally on your iPod, and has a dismal 64kbps bit rate. If this changes, then it will somewhat negate this advantage for the Zune, but the 10 songs per month will still be a big plus in Zune Pass' favor.



    21 Jul 11 at 3:57 pm

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