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Canary: A Simple, Elegant Home Security System That Works With Your iPhone

From CultOfMac: Canary is a new product that calls itself “the world’s first smart home security device for everyone.”

The spherical piece of hardware is equipped with a HD camera, night vision, wide angle lens, microphone, speaker, siren, and infrared motion detector. It also has sensors for things like temperature, air quality, and humidity levels. Using your home Wi-Fi network, Canary beams all of its info to the iPhone app. The concept is great, and it looks beautifully executed.

Push notifications are sent to your iPhone when Canary senses something out of place, which cuts out the middleman that typically exists with most home security systems. You can remotely trigger the device’s siren to warn intruders if you so desire, or just surprise them with a visit from the cops.

Viber releases desktop version

Viber, the leading mobile communications platform offering free messaging and HD-quality phone calls, announces today the release of Viber Desktop for PC and Mac. The new versions seamlessly integrate with existing mobile versions of the app and provide the same super-simple setup process that uses your phone number as your ID.

JVC Announces MiniDV HD camcorder

JVC Company of America further illustrated its commitment to the high definition (HD) market by announcing the ability to make an HD recording on a mini DV tape.”One of the reasons we were able to get to this point is our development of progressive scan technology,” added Rob Payesko, Merchandising Manager, Consumer Video, JVC. “We are able to record 480i (NTSC) in standard DV compression as well as 480p and 720p (ATSC) in MPEG 2 compression all on a standard Mini DV cassette. [Update: 07 Feb 2k3]