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Enter Your Game Phase

Fanciful graphics include undersea settings, alien worlds, and metropolitan cityscapes. It’s no coincidence that Phase was created by Harmonix, also the designer of mega-hit, Guitar Hero III. Similar to that game, Phase asks players to tap buttons in time to visual cues and songs’ rhythms. But instead of being locked into a preset list of tunes, Phase works with nearly any iPod song. This simple music game is catchier than the hook on a top-40 hit.

Olympus Evolt E-410 and Evolt E-510

Single-lens reflex siblings.

 No more frosted faces or smiles stuck on “how nice.” No more regifting, exchanging, or Goodwill-ing stuff that missed the mark. This holiday season, all that you want will soon be here: the gewgaws, the tchotchkes, the doodads, and the thing-a-ma-bobs. The bags, the boomboxes, camcorders, and flaming logs. The mice, the cans, and the bling. Oh, you know - just about everything. Forthwith: Mac|Life’s greatest guide for gifts. Ever. 

First Look: Bento

FileMaker’s new database has a friendly iWork look and feel. It’s a database for the rest of us.

Digital Dust-Busters

Cheetah 3D

This 3D modeller adds character.

Moshi Celesta

Less than an inch thick, Moshi’s Celesta keyboard looks right at home next to Apple’s new aluminum iMacs.

Elgato EyeTV 250 Plus

Plug in to Mac TV

Canon HV20

The consumer HD camcorder to beat.

Apple iPod Touch

The iPod touch is primarily a media player. Everything else is gravy.  In our first look at the iPod touch last month (Nov/07, p68), we said that it’s basically a phoneless iPhone. It turns out that the iPod touch is even less than a phoneless iPhone. But if you want a media player first and an Internet device a distant second, the touch offers a satisfying experience.