Report: iPod Shuffle accessories to get Apple 'tax'

In not-so-shocking news, iLounge is reporting that third-party headphones and headphone adapters for the new buttonless iPod Shuffle will require an Apple-licensed authentication chip.

This doesn't come as any great surprise to us because exacting licensing revenue from iPod accessory makers has become a brilliant way for Apple to add to the company's bottom line. But that "Apple tax," so to speak, does get passed on to consumers, and iLounge and others are now assuming that Apple headphone adapters will cost a minimum of $19 and possibly as much as $29. The handful of VoiceOver-compatible headphonesRead more

Trendnet Wireless-N USB adapters go Mac-friendly

If your Mac laptop doesn't come with a built-in airport card, or if you want to add Wireless-N to your desktop, you now have more options.

Trendnet, maker of the cheap yet reliable Wireless-N access point, announced Thursday that it will implement Mac support for two of its Wireless-N USB adapters--the Trendnet TEW-624UB (version B1.1R) and the Trendnet TEW-644UB.

Mac support for these adapters comes in the form of a software utility and a driver that allow the devices to work with Mac OS X v10.4 (Tiger) and 10.5 (Leopard). Though the retail packages of these … Read more

Hawking makes Hi-Gain Wireless-N adapter

Most new laptops have built-in wireless, but if you still have an old laptop or desktop that you want to connect wirelessly, Hawking Tech has something for you.

On Thursday, the company introduced its first Hi-Gain compact Wireless-N USB adapter, the HWUN3. This little device comes with a removable antenna that can be replaced with one of Hawking's Hi-Gain Wi-Fi Range Extending antenna.

The HWUN3 supports 802.11n and connects to a computer via a USB 2.0 connection. According to Hawking Tech, when coupled with one of its Hi-Gain antenna, the HWUN3 can boost the range of a … Read more