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Briefly: Genius HS-920BT headphones, Tylt Syncable-Duo cable

08/19, 8:39pm

Bluetooth headphones feature 40mm drivers, 116dB sensitivity, on-ear controls

Genius announced a new set of stereo headphones today, giving consumers another option in the world of Bluetooth listening devices. The HS-920BT on-ear headphones feature 40mm drivers with a sensitivity of 116dB, an impedance of 32ohms and a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz. Controls are placed on right ear cup, giving users control over volume, tracks and receiving phone calls. Power is provided by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

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Review: GX Gaming DeathTaker mouse

08/14, 1:00am

Mouse offers a great core and software, but button and comfort issues hard to overcome

Gaming is a serious endeavor for many people, driving them to look for the best performance in their system and interface devices. From the pinpoint accuracy needed to get the perfect shot to the ability to unleash a string of macros, there are many things to consider when looking for the perfect mouse. But with the number of big companies offering mice, is it worth it to look to some of the smaller manufacturers? For example, should consumers consider the DeathTaker mouse from GX Gaming? It offers a number of options that should be appealing to gamers, but are they enough to make gamers look toward the company's brand of gaming devices? Find out in our review.

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Briefly: Hue Pro 10,000mAh battery, new Full HD vehicle recorder

08/12, 12:06pm

Hue Pro 10,000 mAh external battery released, can simultaneously charge two devices

JunoPower has released the Hue Pro, a new external battery capable of charging two devices simultaneously. The 10,000mAh battery features a brushed aluminum casing, with a built-in LCD screen that displays how much power is left and when recharging it is required. Its high-powered LED flashlight offers an additional functionality, suitable for outdoor or emergency use.

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Online 'Genius' program debuts at Apple's online store

08/29, 11:15am

Shifts some training, pre-buying questions to web site

Amid reports that Apple is looking at new ways to make the retail Apple Stores more profitable, the company has added a new "online training" feature to its store website, bringing "live chat" abilities along with a guided tour of the online store, Genius scheduling, or the ability to request a phone call from a product specialist. The program launched today in the UK, Germany, Spain and Brazil, but has not yet been rolled out in the US.

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Apple debuts new line of TV spots during Olympic ceremonies

07/29, 8:43pm

Highlights Genius help, aimed at switchers

Apple took the occasion of the Opening Ceremonies for the London Olympics to introduce a new line of TV ads, now featuring a likeable Apple Genius technician (forever in uniform at all hours of the day and night) who helps new Apple customers accomplish tasks quickly and easily. While two of the ads feature the Genius helping out in a comical "crisis" situation, a third stands out as a soft rebuke of "knock-off" Windows machines that imitate the Mac.

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Genius DX-ECO mouse uses capacitor to recharge in minutes

01/19, 5:15pm

Genius outs wireless mouse with capacitor

Taiwanese computer peripherals maker Genius has just released its DX-ECO BlueEye Mouse. The mouse centers on a recharge time of just three minutes and will allow the mouse to last a whole day thanks to its use of a capacitor rather than a traditional battery. The gold capacitor has a quoted life of 100,000 recharges.

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iPad 3 rush may be driving overtime at Taiwan suppliers

12/23, 12:10pm

Catcher overtime may be iPad 3 clue

A combination of statements and rumors on Friday has hinted that Apple might be pulling out stops to get the iPad 3 released as soon as possible in 2012. With rumors circulating from Taiwan's Economic Daily News that the iPad 3 was being targeted for a wide window between mid-February and late March, Catcher mentioned that some staff would have to work overtime during the Lunar New Year holiday in and around January 23. Informal sources also had other key iPad suppliers trimming back, with Foxconn (Hon Hai Precision Industry) limiting vacations to five days, battery designer Simplo, camera lens maker Genius, and connection builder Amer all having some staff work through the break.

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iPhone 5 production goes without firmware, with 8MP cameras

09/05, 12:10pm

iPhone 5 production ratios, camera tech uncovered

Two simultaneous discoveries have helped outlined the since-started production of the iPhone 5. Chinese tipsters said Monday that Apple contract partners Foxconn and Pegatron were manufacturing the devices without firmware. The step seen by MacOtakara wouldn't be surprising given the OS' uncompleted state but will leave Apple with a relatively short interval between having a finished OS and when it can ship.

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Genius ships finger-wearable Ring Mouse for $70

05/13, 3:05pm

Genius ships Ring Mouse for Windows computers

Genius has released its Ring Mouse in North America on Friday. The device is worn on a finger, like a ring, and allows for wireless control of presentations, web browsing, photo viewing and more. It uses a 2.4GHz wireless radio for communication and has touch-control technology for scrolling, with movement sensitivity of up to 1,000DPI.

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iTunes get silent "upgrade," Genius sidebar returns

10/30, 2:40am

Also features Ping summary and new controls

Apple has silently upgraded iTunes earlier today and restored the "Genius" features in a revamped fashion, renaming the sidebar (which became the "Ping" sidebar as of 10.0.1) to simply the "iTunes Sidebar." The new sidebar features Genius recommendations based on a selected song and even includes the ability to play samples of suggested songs without entering the iTunes store.

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Review: Genius EasyPen i405 tablet

11/08, 1:25pm

Genius' low-cost tablet tested

Genius' EasyPen i405 tablet promises to undercut the mainstream in tablets by offering a substantial number of drawing features attached to a reasonable price tag. However, can it compare to the user experience of industry titans like Wacom, whose businesses revolve almost exclusively around pen input? We take a look in our review.

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iTunes 9.0.2 adds support for Apple TV 3.0

10/29, 3:45pm

Media player offers new background options

Apple on Thursday released iTunes 9.0.2, an update do its media software. The latest version adds support for Apple TV's v3.0 firmware, which features a revamped menu system and several iTunes features such as Genius Mixes, LPs and Extras. Other minor changes include a dark background option for Grid View and improved support for accessibility.

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iPod classic 2.0.3 firmware adds support for Genius Mixes

09/28, 4:55pm

Update available for latest 160GB models

Apple has released a firmware update, v2.0.3, for the latest 160GB iPod classic. The update adds support for Genius Mixes, the iTunes feature that automatically creates playlists. Tracks are analyzed and combined into several genre-based mixes that can be listened to via iTunes or directly from the iPod.

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Genius intros wooden speakers with aux-in

09/24, 4:25pm

Genius adds 14W RMS desktop speakers

Genius on Thursday announced the release of its SP-HF500A two-way high-fidelity wood-enclosed desktop speaker set. The 3-inch drivers get 14W of RMS power and include a 3.5mm auxiliary input jack on the front panel for hooking up phones, MP3 players and other source devices. A headphone output allows for private listening.

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iPhone 3.1 firmware integrates Genius for apps, ringtones

09/09, 1:50pm

Apple intros firmware v3.1 for iPhone, iPod touch

Along with several new iPod introductions, Apple on Wednesday also announced a firmware update, v3.1, for the iPhone and iPod touch. The latest firmware brings the company's Genius technology to App Store content. The new functionality works in a similar way to the music feature, allowing users to view app suggestions based on their list of downloads and popular content from other users.

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Genius intros TwinWheel FF steering wheel controller

05/22, 5:00pm

Genius steering wheel

Genius on Friday announced the upcoming release of an addition to its lineup of steering wheels with the TwinWheel FF steering wheel controller. Compatible with Sony's PS2 gaming console and PCs, the wheel has 12 programmable buttons and attaches to flat surfaces via four suction cups and a c-clamp. It connects to a PC or PS2 via a USB port.

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Genius launches HD Camcorder at $150 price

04/27, 8:45pm

Genius HD Cam Ships

Genius has announced its G-Shot HD520, a pocket-sized HD digital video camera it hopes will break price barriers for the class. The six-ounce camera features a 2.4-inch screen, records 11-megapixel stills and records in 5-megapixel MPEG 4/H.264 video that produces a 720p picture. The HD520 has some features reserved for higher-end cameras, such as facial detection and image stabilization, and its LCD screen rotates through 270 degrees.

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Apple video Genius feature goes live following delay

03/24, 3:05pm

iTunes video Genius live

After a brief postponement, Apple has at last enabled Genius video recommendations within iTunes. When browsing personal movie or TV show collections, the Genius Sidebar will now suggest videos to buy from the iTunes Store, based on information uploaded to Apple and compared against the purchases of others. The option can be toggled on and off, in the same manner as Genius for music recommendations.

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Genius wireless speakers, IP camera concepts at CES

12/24, 3:55pm

Genius speakers, camera

Genius recently announced that it will bring two new products to add to its lineup of devices that includes speakers, headphones, digital photo frames and more. The first of the new products is a wireless stereo speaker system (actual product not pictured) that works on the 2.4GHz frequency to transmit signals from a satellite speaker that doubles as a receiver to its simpler twin and a subwoofer. Range is said to be 100 feet and while other information is not known, there is a 3.5mm audio jack that lets users connect the system to their personal multimedia players, PCs or any other source with the ubiquitous connector.

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Apple Genius hiring documents leaked

09/26, 6:00pm

Apple Genius hiring docs

Details of Apple's hiring process and documents for Genius positions show tight control over employees, according to a leak on MacBlogz. Aviv Hadar applied for a Genius job online and was subsequently invited to the local store for an interview. After a half hour past the scheduled time, Hadar said the two managers "waltz in like they were Apple execs or something."

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Apple updates Remote app with Genius support

09/16, 4:55pm

Apple updates Remote app

Apple has released an update to its proprietary app for iPhones and iPod touches, Remote. The program lets users control music on a computer or Apple TV through one of the handhelds, with the ability to view album art and information, and configure audio output through AirTunes. The updated version, 1.1, adds Genius support, letting users create the recommendation playlists remotely.

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Genius preps higher-powered touch speakers

08/22, 3:20pm

Genius SW-T21 Speakers

Genius today gave an advance look at a new speaker set that expands on the touch input feature of the SP-T1200 The SW-T2.1 1800 (not yet pictured) lets user adjust sound settings without the perceived visual clutter of dials but significantly improves the audio quality with a six-inch subwoofer to separate the low-end frequencies. A DRD 3D spatialization effect expands the sound field.

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Genius launches GHP-05 headphones

03/18, 11:25am

Genius GHP-05 headphones

Genius released a premium headphone set Tuesday which reportedly offers a more 'live' listening experience thanks to a new 3D surround technology. The GHP-05 Live features an integrated DRD True 3D surround sound system said to enhance bass and dynamic range. According to Genius, the technology allows for pronounced low bass while delivering high treble levels along with well-defined vocals.

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Bellevue Square Genius demeans woman customer

03/03, 3:00pm

Woman upset at treatment

Apple stores are not immune to one of the most common retail woes, after the Genius at the Bellevue Square store in Washington State alienated at least one female customer. Electronics retail locations typically exhibit a trend of believing women to be less technically competent than males. A woman identified as Anjela went into the location with the intent of buying a MacBook Air, but was received poorly when the Genius, Bill, chose to neglect her and speak with her husband.

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