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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.

Survey Says: People Love Their Tablets!

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Here is another thing that came out this week, from Staples. I'm sharing it because I thought it was a neat survey illustration. What do you think?



G-Form Extreme Edge Case Test

This came in one of the press releases last week, but I’m just getting to it now. It’s a test of one of the G-Form cases. I’m a little skeptical of this but you have to check the video out. It is a great HD video.



Cases with ID and Credit Card Slots - Great for when you're on the go!

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I really like and appreciate cases that have a slot for ID or credit cards for when you don't want to carry too much.  A found a couple of really cool such cases. 

Red is one of my favorite colors and Cygnett has a really beautiful feminine case called Glam. It has a magnetic closure and a slot for a credit card or ID card. 



Cool Cases at CES!

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I have seen so many cases at CES.  I'm overwhelmed! Here are a couple of companies whose cases I really liked... 

iLuv has some cute cases.  A lot of their products seem to be geared towards women.



A stump speech for StumpStand, made in the USA

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The StumpStand looks like it came out of IKEA, but it's designed and built in the USA. The solidly built tablet stand is solid angled chunk of rubber with special grooves to accommodate an iPad in a three different angles. It weighs just over half a pound and is available in assorted colors such as black, white, yellow, blue, red, purple and green!



SeaSucker is an industrial strength mount that doesn't suck and is made in the USA

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Frankly, some products at CES suck, but in the case of the Sea Sucker (www.AppleMount.com) that's a good thing! If you want to mount your iPhone or iPad from your car windshield or dashboard, for GPS purposes, or perhaps on a side window for the kids in the backseat, you might be concerned about a suction cup that will eventually give way and drop your valuable device.



Let your iPhone hang out, thanks to the iDangle USA-made case from Fastcap

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I picked up an iDangle case at CES from Fastcap that turned out to be very useful. It had a built-in lanyard made of a tough fabric that actually embedded a set of earbuds. A clever system allows those earbuds to be routed through the case into the iPhone's headphone jack. The earbuds don't have a microphone but I was able to place calls in a noisy CES show floor and I could hear and be heard just fine, using the phone's built-in microphone.



Made in the USA, demonstrated in Las Vegas, at CES

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I have been attending CES (and Comdex, CES' now defunct competitor) for over two decades... since 1988 in fact! Each time, when I come back home, everybody asks me what the trend was. Sometimes it's bigger TVs, or flatter TVs, or 3D, smartphones or faster processors or smaller laptops or tablets. This year, however, the trend is not a particular technology or product set... The trend from CES 2012 has been 'Made in the USA.' I really did not anticipate this trend. Indeed I'm not sure that more products are actually being made in the USA than in prior years. What appears to be the case is that the vendors who do make products in the USA have been more upfront and vocal about it than ever.



Keep your iPhone on a leash with the made in the USA iCat from EKUSA - Seen at CES

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Apple does a lot of things right, but an integrated lanyard clip might have helped to prevent dropped (and broken) phones. Then again, AppleCare revenue might be an incentive not to. Enter EK Ekcessories who have been making rugged retention accessories for outdoor, recreation and security since 1985 in Utah. They are addressing the iOS market with a line of rugged leashes that use a 30pin dock connector to attach to the iPhone, iPod touch or even an iPad!



Hub Innovations wants to hold your iOS devices with their made in the USA gear

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Last year, at MacWorld 2011, I wrote about the Rev360 rotating handheld case for the iPad. Now, the manufacturer, Hub Innovations, has enhanced the case to accommodate Apple's Smart Cover and work more comfortably in your hand and reliably as a horizontal or vertical stand. The Rev360 is made in Portland, Oregon out of a flexible, durable material and feels great in your hands.



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Jim Karpen's picture

Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.

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