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Mac Gems: Shush gives you a systemwide mic mute

If you use a variety of audio and video apps, you'll likely find Shush to be a nifty app. It gives you a systemwide mute control, making it quick and easy to mute your microphone, no matter which app you're currently using.

Review: Arcam rPAC is a quality headphone amp and USB DAC at a nice price

At just $249, Arcam's rPAC is a reasonably priced combination of a dedicated headphone amplifier and a USB digital-to-analog converter, and it performs incredibly well for the price.

Expo Notes: Notable music products from Macworld/iWorld

Hardware and software for musicians can always be found on the Macworld/iWorld show floor, and 2013 was no exception. Here's what caught James Galbraith's eye.

Expo Notes: KaleidoPro opens possibilities for MIDI musicians

With KaleidoPro, a musician can play not just a wide range of drum kits, but also other instruments.

The Week in iOS Accessories: Weigh out!

This week's roundup of new iOS accessories offers ways to listen to music, weigh your baby, and plug in your favorite instrument.

Review: Philips SHB9100 Bluetooth headphones offer comfort and good sound

Philips’s SHB9100 Bluetooth headphones offer a nice balance between comfort and good sound, and the inclusion of a wired option is handy for those times you forget to charge. However, the SHB9100 isn't for you if you depend on your Bluetooth headset for making phone calls.

Blue aims for foolproof podcast audio with Nessie

Blue Microphones has a new mic, and this one's built for entry-level podcasters without a lot of audio skill.

Review: Westinghouse Unplug is a solid, affordable portable Bluetooth speaker

Westinghouse's $100 Unplug Bluetooth speaker is portable and rechargeable, and it offers sound quality that rivals that of the popular Jawbone Jambox.

Sound and vision: The Sound and Displays system preferences

In this week's Mac 101, Chris Breen dives deep into the Mac's Sound and Displays system preferences.

Aftershokz open-ear headphones are zombie-apocalypse approved (video)

There’s now a third option in the earbud/over-ear debate thanks the Aftershokz open-ear headphones.

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