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Half Off Corel VideoStudio Pro X4 Video Editor and DVD Maker

For longer than I can remember, I have been using and recommending Corel’s VideoStudio Pro package for excellent, affordable, and easy-to-use editing of digital video and for making your own DVDs.

Corel never rests in their efforts to keep these product competitive, modern, and up-to-date with the latest home video standards. The latest version, VideoStudio Pro X4, is no exception.

At its regular price of $100 it is still a great buy, but currently you can acquire this software for half that, $50.

VideoStudio Pro X4

VideoStudio Pro X4

Corel VideoStudio Pro X4 is the powerful, creative and easy way to take your video footage from shoot to showfast. Quickly load, organize and trim SD or HD video clips. Easily cut together your production from templates and get creative with amazing effects, music, titles, transitions and more. Explore new Stop Motion Animation and Time-Lapse tools, then export to 3D! Share anywhereon iPhone and other mobile devices, disc, your favorite website or your TV. …







Top Home Tech Picks from Buy.com

Hello out there! Just looking over some tech deals for your home or office on Buy.com, and I’ve found some great deals and upgrades for you! Take a look:

D-Link DIR-601 Wireless N 150 Home RouterFirst, get a D-Link DIR-601 Wireless N 150 Home Router for $23.99 at Buy.com, a $26 Savings! Valid through 08/30/2011. With all the smartphones, iPads, netbooks, laptops, Xboxes we all have tapping into our home Internet connections, you’ll eventually experience speed shortages (lag) or interuptions in service. You might even find that you have difficulty getting or maintaining a connection in some areas fo your home. Time to consider an upgrade to Wireless N. With this router you’ll get faster speeds than wireless G, greater coverage in your home or office, and greater protection from outsiders trying to tap into your network — locally or remotely. And if you need a wired connection for a computer or other device, then you get 4 wired connections on this router, too.

Samsung ML 1865W Laser PrinterGot school age kids? Do print a lot for school projects and papers? Then consider this Samsung ML-1865W Monochrome Laser Printer for $49.99 at Buy.com, a $122 Savings! Valid through 08/28/2011. It spits out a speedy 19 pages per minute, and since it uses toner, not ink, it will print longer than 3 or 4 ink cartridges. As a matter of fact, it is rated at 5,000 pages per month. It’s great for school projects that don’t require color, so that’s ideal for reports or daily homework assignments. All your text will be crisp and laser-sharp with 1200 x 1200 resolution.

These offers are good for the weekend. Come back to Skylarking early on Monday for more specials.

Save up to $200 on Corel products, a Skylarking special

You’ve got less than 2 weeks to take advantage of some great savings from Corel, a 2010 award winning leader in video, graphics, and photo editing tools. About a week ago an affiliate coordinator at Corel contacted me/Skylarking with New Year’s specials on Corel products. Savings start at $40 ($90 and more if you consider the value of the bonuses they include). These apply to their most popular software packages — several of which I have used or use regularly. Buy $80 in products and they ship for $1.  It’s not free shipping, but at least they aren’t trying to make up the difference in savings with shipping and handling fees. Read on for the deals!

Corel PaintShop Pro Photo X3PaintShop Pro X3. ($99, $59): I started using PaintShop Pro about 16 years ago, and I still turn to it frequently. It’s an easy to use alternative to Adobe’s PhotoShop Elements. With it you’ll organize and edit your photos and graphics images with ease. It’ll handle digital and hi-def (HD) videos, too. Sharing on Facebook, Flickr, and YouTube is a click away with built-in tools— I don’t think Elements offers that functionality — and, let’s face it, most of us edit and touch up photos just for sharing them online.

VideoStudio Express ESD Corel takes $40 off PaintShop Pro X3 for January, so it’s yours for $59.99. They’ll give you a free copy of VideoStudio Express ESD (a $50 value) so you can edit your videos with a professional look for sharing online or converting for iPod, iPhone, PSP, and smartphone playback. Total Savings: $89.99.

Corel VideoStudio Pro X3 VideoStudio Pro X3. ($99) They told me this would be going for $59.99, but it looks like its actually selling for $49.99 and if you buy before Jan. 20 you’ll get FREE shipping. It gets better: (1) buy another Corel product and they’ll take off another $10, (2) save 60% if upgrading from Adobe Premiere Elements. VideoStudio Pro X3 has been my choice for video editing, DVD creation, and YouTube uploads for several years now. I use it both for my business video prsentations and for saving my family videos, too. VideoStudio Pro X3 creates standard and HD DVDs, plus Blu-ray formats, and they have tools for sharing online with YouTube, Vimeo, and Facebook. PLUS you get a FREE download copy of Corel PaintShop Photo Express 2010 (a $50 value). Total Savings: $108.99.

Those were some of the highlights among their offerings for January 2011. Here’s the rest of the good news for getting your digital new year off to a great start.

Corel Photo & Video Pro Bundle Save $50 on
Corel Photo & Video Pro Bundle. Only $99.99 Plus get KPT collection free ($100 Value).
Save $100—200 on
Corel Painter 11.
Only $199 full or $99 for the upgrade. Painter 11
Changing whats possible in Digital Art.
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 Get a free gift with the purchase of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5. Free Unleashed X5 training DVD ($80 Value).
  CoreDRAW X5 Premium Save up to $120 on
CorelDRAW Premium
X5
. From $239 for the upgrade. Premium design software for print, web design, and video editing.
Corel WordPerfect OfficeJumpstart your year and business with
Corel WordPerfect Office. Now Only $249 + receive a set of business templates worth $155. (WordPerfect upgrade package is only $159.)

SONY VAIO Dual Core Notebook! Save $100!

Sony VAIO VPCEE31FX/BJ Notebook PC

The Sony VAIO VPCEE31FX/BJ Notebook PC is available for $499! That’s a $100 off its regular price at $600. Use coupon code QBM17377 at checkout to get this offer. Offer ends midnight Jan. 17, 2011.

This Sony VAIO Notebook is a fantastic package! I’m not usually that excited about Sony notebooks, but this is a great price for these features. First, it has a sizeable 15.5” widescreen, PLUS an integrated “full” numeric keypad — which is a rarity on laptops and notebooks, but common to a desktop keyboard. Add to that it’s fast AMD® Athlon™II Dual Core P340 processor (CPU), 3GB (gigabytes) of DDR3 RAM (memory) — more than some desktop computers — and amazing picture quality with ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4250 Graphics — suitable for many high-end games.

Sony VAIO VPCEE31FX/BJ Notebook PC

Sony VAIO VPCEE31FX/BJ Notebook PCThe Sony VAIO VPCEE31FX/BJ Notebook PC comes pre-installed with:

  • Genuine Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • AMD® Athlon™ II Dual Core P340 processor (2.20GHz)
  • 3GB of pre-installed DDR3 system RAM (memory)
  • A large 320 GB hard drive (storage) for your documents, movies, photos, and music files
  • AMD® Vision ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD4250 graphics card
  • 15.5″ (1366×768) widescreen LED backlit display uses power-efficient LCD technology and delivers dazzling colors and picture clarity
  • Wired and the fastest Wireless-N Internet
  • Dual Layer DVD Burner (DVD RW)
  • Media card reader for your digital cameras and smartphones
  • Built in Sony Motion Eye webcam
  • A trial version of Microsoft Office 2010 is included
  • HDMI connector for attaching to a HD TV

Red MyTouch 3G Slide Accessories

Back during my rant against the Samsung Vibrant, I mentioned that I had purchased a red T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide as my new Android phone. I still have the phone, and I’m pretty happy with it. (I want the G2, but it will have to wait.)

I’m looking into getting this Red Rubberized Snap-On Hard Case for my phone. My phone is red, too, so it should work out quite nice as opposed to the white phone shown in the picture. It runs for $8.96 with free shipping. The shell is supposed to be simple to install in  seconds. The 2 pieces simply snap onto the phone! Though made from a hard rubber material, the case is light-weight, strong, and durable with custom cutouts for volume controls, camera shutter and lens, stereo jack, and the USB port.

Sticking with red, I’m also looking at this mini Capacitive Stylus for the T-Mobile MyTouch 3G Slide. A stylus is handy for manipulating items on the touch screen. It should be handy in the cold days ahead, since I won’t have to take off my winter gloves to operate the phone. If you’re wondering — as I was — what the little black peg is hanging off on the side: you plug the peg into the 3.5mm headset jack on top of the phone so the stylus is handily attached to the phone at all times. The item sells for $21.48 including the shipping charges. Available in: Jet Black, Metallic Silver, Crimson Red, Lunar Blue.

Zoom and Panoramic Shots with the Olympus SP-800UZ ($299 limited time)

The most important factor for me when buying a digital camera it’s zoom capability. Each year, it seems, camera companies compete for the greatest zoom at the lowest price. Olympus is not exception, and their SP-800UZ is a standout in this regard, and it has some fantastic features, too.

Zoom! This Olympus Sp-800UZ has an incredible 30x (840mm) zoom! (Don’t be surprised if a 1,000mm zoom comes out soon.) And for all that it is surprisingly light. The zoom makes it great for taking sports pictures from the “nose bleed” seats, or for nature watching, or for taking unobtrusive shots of your subjects from a distance. The camera’s impressive ISO of up to 3200allows you to take excellent shots of moving subjects.

(Beatles music welling up) If  zoom is all you need and you want to save on the $349 most retailers are asking for this great feature-rich camera, then use this link ahead before Nov. 27, 2010 and save $50 instantly on the Olympus SP-800UZ 14MP Digital Camera for only $299.

Picture Editing in the Camera. Another great feature is that you can edit the still pictures you have taken using the special effects function. This includes reducing red eye, shadow adjustment, color saturation, and cropping. With most digital cameras, if you want to edit your pictures, you would have to download them to a computer first.

Panoramic Function. The SP-800UZ’s Panorama mode is more interesting. You have a choice of using either Auto, Manual or PC modes.

  • In Auto mode, you only have to press the shutter release once, then move the camera to the next position, so that the target marks and pointers overlap, and the camera automatically releases the shutter for you. Three frames can be taken this way, which are then combined into a single panoramic image automatically in camera.
  • In Manual mode, you can also take three frames with the help of an on-screen guide, but you have to release the shutter manually. After that, the camera stitches the frames as above.
  • Finally, in PC mode, you can take up to 10 photos, which can be stitched using the supplied software after being downloaded to the computer.
Olympus SP-800UZ with Case + Kit

Camera with Case + Kit (Extremely Limited Supplies)

Best Results. For best results, in my opinion, use a tripod mount in the Manual or PC modes, since the Auto mode tends to introduce blurring in the image.

Do beautiful panoramic shots make you day? Then buying the Olympus SP-800UZ 14MP Digital Camera may be just the thing for you, too, and for only $299 before Nov. 27, 2010.

Be careful when unpacking this camera. The owners manual is stored on its memory chip, and you must download the manual before you use the camera. The camera’s PC software is also stored on the camera, so download that, too. Just connect the camera to your computer after removing the memory chip from the camera. Otherwise you can retrieve the manual and software from the Olympus website.

Video Mode and HDTV Connectivity. The camera comes with cables to connect to your computer and your HDTV to playback still images and movie pictures in 720i high definition. The SP-800UZA uses a rechargeable lithium battery pack instead of the Alkaline or NiMH rechargeable batteries. Which save you from frequent recharges. After all, battery capacity is important if you use your camera frequently or shoot video which drains both the battery and your memory card.

2GB internal memory. This camera has great internal memory storage when not using a memory chip. Plus the camera has an app which can transfer the pictures taken from internal memory to the memory card. The camera uses SDHC cards up to 8GB, which also great if you intend to shoot a lot of video.

Beauty mode. Like last year’s Olympus SP-590UZ, this camera has an in camera capability for touching up portraits. In this mode, you take a picture of a person, then the camera identifies the face and tries to remove blemishes and other minor imperfections, giving the skin a smooth look in the process. The touched up copy and the untouched up original are both stored in memory. The only drawback to the beauty mode is it does take several seconds for the camera to complete its work, which makes the camera unuseable until it’s finished.

Overall, the Olympus SP-800UZ is an amazing feature-laden point-and-shoot camera, with stunning zoom and panoramic capability, but it’s not likely to be a pro’s first choice.

Bonus: Get the [amazon asin=B003EG6D9E&text=Olympus SP-800UZ with 2 batteries, a case, and Accessories kit for $289.95]. Supplies are extremely limited.

Video Chat and Marketing for $50 (Special for Skylarking readers)

Cooler Master HAF 932 Full Tower Case

I am back! Can I get on a roll with my posts again?  Place your bets!

Video Chat and Video Marketing; yours for $50! with the Microsoft Lifecam Cinema 1080i HD webcam and coupon code QFH8905. YouTube, Social Media sites, and Video Chat has finally become a part of our everyday life at home and at work:Microsoft Lifecam

  • Business people and entrepreneurs use video as an online promotional tool to reach their customers on their websites or through YouTube and Facebook. Or as a conferencing tool with their partners and associates.
  • Families and friends, both near and far, use it to keep in touch while away at college, while traveling abroad, or from home to home with Skype and Facebook. (Skype and Facebook have recently teamed up. Read all about it here on Facebook.)

If you’re ready for this exciting communication medium then look no futher than the Microsoft Lifecam Cinema 1080i HD webcam.  Regularly it sells for $80, and TigerDirect sells it for $60, but use coupon code QFH8905 and the links in this article to save an extra $10 at checkout. (Offer expires October 21) Want to know more about why this is camera to get? Here you go:

  • It’s easy to setup. It has only one cable which plugs into any available USB port on your PC, Mac, laptop, or netbook.
  • It’s aluminum body is so light yet durable that you can take it anywhere.
  • Its auto-focus feature keeps you in focus — the camera adjusts to you, not you to it.
  • It’s built-in digital microphone is sensitive and advanced enough to provide crystal clear sound quality while cancelling out any interfering background noises.
  • One touch ease with the Windows Live Call Button gets you online and on your way to making a video call.
  • Bend, fold and shape the flexible base for the best angle on laptop screens, flat panels and traditional monitors.
  • Bonus: High def (HD) capability with 1080i and 720p technology for the sharpest image!
  • Bonus: Easily integrates with Windows Messenger!

Now, remember, you need to use the code QFH8905 and click the links above to get the Microsoft Lifecam for only $50.

Iron Man 2 on Blu-ray and DVD today

Iron Man 2 Blu-ray

I used to read comic books. Admittedly, I still pick one up and flip through the pages to see what’s going on with some of my favorites.

One favorite has always been Iron Man.

I loved the first Iron Man movie. I probably saw it at least 6 times in the theater. I bought the DVD shortly after it came out… and I was waiting for it to come out, too.

I didn’t think the second one was as good as the first. The first one was good enough to make up for it, I guess. I was concerned the filmmakers wouldn’t work so hard on the second one. It’s easy to do when then first was so successful.

Regardless, Iron Man 2 is available on Blu-ray and DVD today. Both can be bought with digital copies for your computer or laptop. You can use the links here to take advantage of the great prices at Buy.com.

Iron Man 2 Blu-ray

Iron Man 2 Blu-ray

Iron Man 2 DVD

Iron Man 2 DVD

Track Expenses and Save Money. Get MS Money for Free.

Microsoft Money 2007

It’s always a good idea to track your cashflow — where’s does your money come from and where does it go. It’s something I “try to do” on a daily basis. I keep a notepad in my pocket so I can write down where and on what I spend my money. Then at the end of the day “I try” to enter it into my computer, and categorize my expenditures (ie gas, office supplies, groceries, newspapers, cellphone bill, etc.).

Microsoft Money 2007For the last 13 years (Ooo, I hate that number) I’ve been using Microsoft Money to track my cash. I could track my cash, credit cards, savings and checking accounts, and PayPal all with that one program. There were better know programs, like Quicken and Quickbooks, but I found MS Money did everything I needed to do, and it was easy to use — just as familiar as Microsoft Word. Go figure (no pun intended).

Money in Decline. Just about 2 years ago, August 2008, with Money Plus and Money Plus Deluxe, Microsoft announced there would be no new version of Money in 2009, and that you would only be able to get MS Money via online downloads. There would be no more copies on the store shelves.

Then back in June 2009, Microsoft announced they would be stopping sales on Microsoft Money altogether since there were so many other ways to track one’s money online.

* Sidenote: That’s a reference to those hoaxes that circulated in the past that Microsoft and Bill Gates would give you cash for circulating emails on their behalf. That was a hoax, but getting Microsoft Money Plus Sunset for free is no hoax.

Money Resurfaces — and its Free! Hurray for Free Money! Now, well, just this past June 2010, Microsoft released Money Plus Sunset, as a free download. Yep, Microsoft is giving ‘Money’ away *. Click here to download your free copy of Microsoft Money Plus Sunset edition direct from Microsoft. And there’s no strings attached. they don’t ask for any personal information whatsoever, not even your email address. Just click and download.

Alternatives. As I started writing and researching this post I fully had it in mind to switch to Intuit’s Quicken Starter Edition before moving onto Quicken for Home and Business. Along the way I discovered Money Plus Sunset edition was free, so I’ll be sticking with Microsoft Money a little longer.

If you’re looking to track your expenses and you’d like to try some of these other programs, here are some good prices I found online. Please use my links so they’ll know Skylarking: The Tech Tip Blog sent you.

You can still buy Intuit Quicken 2008 Starter Edition Financial Management – PC for less than $21 including shipping. Or you can get the latest version, Intuit Quicken 2010 Starter Edition for $29.99 plus shipping etc. That’s a picture of the box at left.

Business User? If you run a business, then you might consider Intuit Quicken Home and Business 2010 for $100. This is a great program for checking things such as your credit cards, 401(k), and other investments. You can also distinguish between business and personal accounts as well as business expenses paid for on a personal account. when tax time comes ’round you’ll also be able to print out Schedule C reports and export your data to TurboTax. You can even try Quicken Picks, for online coupons and discounts, using this version.

Going All Out? Quicken is the kid brother to Quickbooks. This is the program used by many accounting firms and businesses. You can get started with Quickbooks Pro 2010 for Windows for $120 or Quickbooks Pro 2010 for Mac for $180. If you’re already a Quickbooks user, or you want to know more about the program, then you might need a copy of Quickbooks 2010 All-in-One for Dummies. It’s no secret that I have a shelf full of Dummies books.

Price Break. Need External Storage? Checkout this massive 1,000 gigabyte external drive from Office Depot! Great for photos, videos, and music storage. Seagate(R) FreeAgent(TM) Desk External USB 2.0 Hard Drive, 1TB (1,000GB)

24 Hour Price Drop Alert — Asus Eee NetBook for $219 with coupon code

ASUS Eee PC 1005HA

TigerDirect is offering a limited time run savings on the popular Asus Eee PC NetBook for $219. Use coupon code EYQ5050 at checkout to save $20 off the $239 price.

ASUS Eee PC 1005HA

ASUS Eee PC 1005HA

More on the Asus Eee PC. Take the ASUS Eee PC 1005HA-EU2X-BK Netbook wherever you choose with its 4 hour battery life and enjoy its brilliant 10.1-inch LED display with backlighting. It allows you to compute on the go with ease. It has a surpisingly large 160GB hard drive for storing, sharing, and accessing your important data anytime and anywhere. The ASUS Eee PC 1005HA-EU2X-BK Netbook is one of the leaders in the compact netbook industry, and it provides multi-tasking performance and superior portability, that will liberate you from wall chargers, putting you in the lead of mobile computing.

The ASUS Eee PC 1005HA-EU2X-BK Netbook draws its inspiration from seashells with an opalescent, glossy exterior is crafted by the innovative In-Mold Roller technology. It’s specially designed to be ultra-compact so you can take it anywhere with you. You’ll find it a joy to use and an excellent companion for long trips.

Additionally, the Eee PC Seashell’s keyboard is more comfortable and less fatiguing to type on for prolonged periods. You can also simultaneously slide two fingertips up or down the touchpad – making scrolling in a window easy without the use of a mouse.

Tech specs: It uses an Intel Atom N270 1.60GHz processor, 1GB of DDR2 RAM memory, and a 160GB hard drive (storage). It offers great user comfort with its 92-percent scaled keyboard, multi-touch trackpad, and convenient instant keys for Wi-Fi, and control of the ASUS Super Hybrid Engine (SHE).

Asus Eee PC