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Stand While You Surf Net/Work.... Kangaroo Junior Review

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  Many professionals will agree sitting in a stationary position all day can be hard on your body.  Many medical problems can stem from sitting in a static position all day.  A simple solution to this problem is body movement, which is the way Mother Nature intended.



Catch your tablet by the tail with Octa #CES #MacWorld

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Wen you first see their product, you will think they made a typo with their company name and instead of Octa, they should be called Orca. But it's no mistake.  Octa's TabletTail is a vacuum-based suction mount that sticks to your flat backed tablet, ideally an iPad 2, and can give it a tail. The tail makes it easy to both grip the tablet and can be used as a stand to prop the device up.



Get a grip on your iPad with Wrapsol's non-slip grip pad and it's made in the USA #CES

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Not everyone wants to keep their iPad or similar tablet in a case. The iPad 2 is wonderfully thin and to put it in a case is almost sacrilegious. Apple's Smart Cover is a nice enhancement but it doesn't always help you keep a good grip on the iPad. In fact, some users have found out the hard way that the iPad 2 can fall to the ground if you grab it by the Smart Cover!



VISBYH is a stylus for a fashionista #MacWorld

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The VISBYH LHOPE stylus is a comfortable and cute stylus that can be color coordinated to match your attire, as long as you're wearing bright colors!


In fact, the stylus and packaging remind me of a makeup kit. It even comes with two caps, of different colors, and if you were to purchase multiple styluses (stylii?) you could have a bunch of color combinations.


ScreenPro is a screen protector with a professional touch and it's made in the USA #MacWorld

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There are a ton of screen protectors, and you can often get them for free when you purchase a case. So why would you pay for one? Simple, for the same reason nobody pays me to play golf. I'm an amateur and if you want a good performance, get a professional. The same is true with screen protectors. The free ones are typically worth what you pay for them. Bubbles and fingerprints are almost inevitable, and they end up making the screen protector useless.



Take charge of multiple iPads in your enterprise #MacWorld

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It seems like everybody has an iPad these days, and they are making inroads in schools and businesses. This means more administrators need to keep track of, sync, and charge multiple iPads everyday. Two vendors have stepped up to the plate to make life easier for such administrators.


Kanex offers the Sydnee, an integrated desktop station that docks up to four iPads with the cables neatly concealed. You could then plug the Sydnee into your computer's USB port to sync and charge.


A stylus you'll want to get your hands on, from Studio Neat and it's Made in the USA #MacWorld

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I'm becoming a fan of Kickstarter, because it's democratizing manufacturing and enabling individuals with an idea to bring it to market faster. In a way, it is the hardware equivalent of the App Store. As consumers, we benefit form a wider variety of gadgets that otherwise might never see the light of day. The downside is, as a Kickstarter funder, you have to make a leap of faith and preorder an item without the benefit of even seeing a prototype of the product in person. The team at Studio Neat has created and launched a few products on Kickstarter, such as a tripod mount for the iPhone, but the one I really liked, and bought at MacWorld, is their Cosmonaut stylus.


M-Edge delivers for kids, but that doesn't mean we adults can't have some of the fun! #CES

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I like M-Edge cases, and have written about their personalized Design-Your-Own cases in the past. I had one made up with a cover replicating an issue of iPhone Life Magazine!


Such custom logo'ed cases make great business gifts. But some of us iPad owners also have kids and need a more rugged, childproof case. So I was excited to see their latest offering, the SuperShell.


If you don't use a case and want an iPhone stand, the iKlik might just click for you #MacWorld

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I use a variety of cases for each scenario, but a lot of iPhone owners keep their iPhone's naked. If you're one of those people, you might be interested in the iKlik, a plastic molded stand specifically built for holding a naked iPhone in landscape mode.



Give smudges the slip with iSlip #MacWorld

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The iPad 2's Smart Cover often ends up spreading smudges rather than eliminating them. Enter the iSlip from Cooper Product. This spandex and microfiber accessory looks like a headband and that's a good analogy. Instead of wiping away sweat, it wipes away fingerprints and smudges, thanks to the microfiber lining. the spandex part stretches to let you attach it to your Smart Cover when not in use.



Stick your iPhone anywhere... The secret is magnets and BodyDock #MacWorld

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If you want to put your iPhone anywhere, and I do mean anywhere, check out the Cellphone Armor BodyDock System from BodyDocks. They use an extensive system of magnets (hence the name, ) that includes a rugged case, assorted magnets, security tethers, and more.




These components work together to allow you to stick your iPhone on your clothing, refrigerator, purse, lanyard, automobile dashboard and really just about anywhere you can think of.



Powis iCase for iPad has all the angles covered, #MacWorld

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It's hard to differentiate yourself if you are a case maker for iPads or iPhones, so it was nice to see the Powis iCase at MacWorld. They have found several ways to set themselves apart, and create a nice case in the process.



If the Watershed Grid Tablet Bag is good enough for Navy SEALs, it might be good for you and like the SEALs, it's made in USA

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There are a lot of companies making waterproof cases for phones and even tablets, but not too many can say they supply the Navy SEALs! Watershed can, with their DryBags.com line of serious survival equipment.


Their Grid Tablet Bag is like a ziplock bag on steroids. The UV resistant polyurethane laminated nylon is combines with an airtight ZIPDRY seal with welded seams and mil-spec stitching.


Insanely Great is crazy enough to make their phone stands in the USA! #MacWorld

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The mobile accessory company Insanely Great may get their name from one of Steve Jobs' sayings, but in addition to designing their products in California, Insanely Great actually makes them there, too. It helps that their phone stands and holders have a few basic parts, specifically molded plastic, grippy backing, and suction cups. But the finished product is attractive, solid, colorful, and useful. Their product names are even whimsical!





Touch type on an iPad without an external keyboard with iKeyboard! #MacWorld

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I do a lot of typing on my iPad so I have a number of external Bluetooth keyboards. Some are built in to an iPad case and others are standalone units but they all have one thing in common... They use batteries. This was evident on the long flight home from CES when my keyboard ran out of power.


Enter the iKeyboard. In fact, I'm typing this article using one! The iKeyboard is an overlay for the iPad's built in virtual keyboard, in landscape mode. It stays in place using a sticky backing yet it can be applied and removed repeatedly with no residue.


Opena let's you open a beer or other bottle #MacWorld

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There are a surprising number of vendors offering an iPhone case that includes a beer bottle opener, but the Opena model stands out for a few reasons. Rather than have the opening mechanism around the Apple logo on the back of the iPhone case, the Opena has a slide out opener made of stainless steel. This means, when opening a bottle, the pressure is not placed directly on the phone.





Nomad goes where no stylus has gone before #MacWorld

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There are a lot of stylus' out there, but Nomad Brush has a couple that make a big difference. First, the Nomad Play is targeted at kids thanks to its smaller length, larger width, and wooden handle. But what really sets it apart is the paintbrush style tip, with conductive fibers so users can 'paint' directly on the screen. There is a rubber base where the fibers meet the stylus, so it reduces the chance of kids scraping the screen.



Crayola ColorStudio HD

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The Crayola ColorStudio HD kit is so much fun! It’s the perfect solution for keeping young children busy while waiting at the doctor’s office or anywhere else they may say, “I’m bored!” 

 



Grab a Grablet for your Tablet, and it's Made in the USA

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Since CES, I've had a chance to play with the Grablet which is a soft rubber shell for the iPad with special hooks for the included fabric latches.  The latches can be configured in a wide variety of ways to allow the user to grip, hold and display an iPad 2 as desired.  It's similar to the OtterBox Latch but less bulky and it's a custom fit for the iPad (with versions for the both the original and the iPad 2) unlike the OtterBox which is more of a general purpose holder for any 10" tablet.



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