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Mac, iOS products abound at CES's Digital Experience

Serenity Caldwell and Alexandra Chang | Jan. 16, 2012
Though the International Consumer Electronics Show officially starts Tuesday, electronics and gadget makers look to get a head start on the rush of product announcements at Monday night's Digital Experience. The annual press-only event held by tech showcase company Pepcom usually features a cavalcade of new products, some of which are of particular interest to Mac and iOS device users. We spent a few hours combing the floor and found a few Mac and iOS things that stood out.

Altec Lansing Live

While Altec Lansing is keeping active in the AirPlay arena, the company's biggest 2012 announcement isn't a particular speaker; instead, Altec Lansing is promoting its upcoming Live platform--similar to Sonos's multi-room system--which integrates with the company's new line of Wi-Fi speakers to play content from your music library, Pandora, and more. A free iOS, Android, or desktop app can control your speakers, adjusting the volume, song, and source. The first speaker to benefit from Live will be Altec Lansing's Live 5000 Wi-Fi Speaker system, which the company expects to release in early summer for $500.

ZIK Parrot by Starck

Equipped with an active noise canceling system, the Zik Parrot by Starck is one of the most luxurious headphones we've seen. According to the company, the headphones insulate listeners from surrounding noise in order to provide the purest sound experience. The ZIK aims to recreate the way users naturally listen to sound, like the music is coming from in front of you. Touch panels are located on the entire surface of the ZIK's right earpiece, making it possible to swipe the panel vertically to set the volume, or swipe it horizontally to forward or rewind. The headphones are scheduled to launch in 2012, with the price still to be announced.

Software releases and updates

Video editing gets easier and more automatic with the release of Magisto, a free iOS app that lets you shoot video and then does the editing for you. We've seen similar apps like Animoto, but what sets Magisto apart is that it isn't about creating videos from still images or for novelty purposes. The app analyzes your videos, edits for what it recognizes as the most compelling clips, adds transitions, and voila--your amateur video looks significantly more professional. The app is available now for free on the App Store.

Disney Publishing, the creators of iOS book apps such as Don't Let the Pigeon Run This App and Mickey's Spooky Night Puzzle Book, announced the release of two new comic apps at CES on Monday. Avengers Origins: Hulk and Avengers Origins: Assemble! are both based on the original Marvel Origins series and are narrated by Marvel comics creator Stan Lee. Both apps will be available for purchase on the App Store for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch in February.

Peel, the app that brought wireless home-theater control and TV show recommendations to your iOS device, has undergone an update to include social features. Users can now share their favorite television shows with their social network, as well as follow other users, browse their friends' favorite shows, and share to other social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. The app is available now, for free in the App Store.


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