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The new iPod shuffle, unlike its previous generation, once again has buttons. It combines the best features of all previous shuffles into this latest gem, and returns a nice touch of functionality by restoring manual controls .

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Imagine you're creating a soundtrack for a film or writing a new song and you've exhausted your collection of loops and software instruments. There's an emotion you're trying to evoke and your tools just aren't cutting it. 

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With manufacturers splitting their camcorders between ones sporting optical zoom lenses, memory card slots and removable batteries, and pocket models with digital zoom, internal memory and embedded batteries, Sony has expanded its choices in the latter category with the introduction of four Bloggie Touch cameras.

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Most camera accessories do just that—they accessorize the camera. But some accessories define their intended products. Sony's FDA-SV1 Optical Viewfinder, designed for use with a Sony Alpha NEX-3 or NEX-5 and a Sony 16mm f/2.8 pancake lens, is such a product.

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Ordinary people can use ordinary flash drives. But those involved in infantry, demolition, deep sea diving, espionage, smash-up derby, ultimate fighting and other rough-and-tumble activities will want a more rugged flash drive. It can’t hurt if the drive holds 64GB, either. Of course, anyone who likes cool gadgets will find the LaCie XtremKey appealing.

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It’s not about luxury when you order the reissue of a Led Zepplin record in 180g vinyl. It’s about not sacrificing anything to hear every nuance that was recorded in the best fidelity possible. There are listeners who can’t discern that those little white plastic ear buds you jam into your ears give you only a portion of the recording you’re listening to—while destroying your hearing.

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One of the drawbacks of 3D photography, going back to the turn of the last century, has been the inability to view 3D pictures without having to resort to extraneous viewing devices. Not so with Fuji's FinePix REAL 3D W3, which allows you to play back and view stills and video in full 3D—straight off the LCD—without having to wear goofy-looking glasses.

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When choosing a digital piano, as a basic rule I always lean toward companies that have a reputation for manufacturing great-sounding acoustic pianos. If you want big piano tone and feel in a lightweight keyboard, you're asking for a lot, but you may be in luck. 

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The Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Canon 7D digital cameras can really suck up power, especially when shooting HD video. That’s why the Switronix PowerBase 70 Battery Pack is such a valuable accessory. The PowerBase 70 delivers six times more power than the original battery supplied with either of those cameras. 

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The Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910 is a multi-talented camera for attaching to your computer screen. It captures 1080p video and 10MP still images, and it enables 720p online video chatting. High-quality stereo microphones flank a real Carl Zeiss autofocus lens.

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In the right hands, ultra wide-angle lenses can produce awesome images. They can also be awsomely expensive, especially the ones made by the same company that made your camera. If this rings true for you, take a look at Vivitar's Series 1 13mm f/2.8 Aspheric Super Wide lens.

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Audio interfaces come in many shapes and sizes, and discerning their  differences can be confusing. In this post we'll take a look at the CI series from Steinberg. Whether you need an interface to produce music, podcasts or to create voice-overs for video post production, these interfaces offer professional sound quality, easy setup and a range of options in their included production software.

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You can buy a 46-inch, flat-panel TV for well under $1,000. So why does the 30-inch Hewlett-Packard ZR30w computer monitor cost more? It’s because the ZR30w incorporates Super In-Plane Switching technology, or S-IPS for short.

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Tele-extenders are terrific tools for increasing the focal length of your current lenses without taking up valuable space or adding additional weight to your camera bag, and if you're a Canon shooter, you might be interested to know about the new Extender EF 1.4x III and Extender EF 2x III tele-converters.

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Even though fast super-telephoto lenses are known to be notoriously heavy, the new Canon EF 400mm/f/2.8 IS II USM, even at 8.49 lb, is more than 28% lighter than its predecessor, making it one of the lightest in it's class.

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