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If the Pelican i1075 is just a case, then Fort Knox is just a playground fort #CES #MadeInUSA

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I don't think it's fair to call the Pelican i1075 HardBack IPad Case a "case" when it is so much more rugged and substantial than typical iPad cases. Perhaps a better term is "safebox" or "strongbox!"



A case for beating cancer thanks to OtterBox #CES

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If you watched the news lately, you may have seen the uproar when a certain charity with a noble purpose gets involved in politics.  It might make you jaded and give you pause before you make a donation or buy another "pink" item.  So when I saw today's press release from OtterBox, I read it carefully.



Find your iPhone in the dark with the Alter Ego glow in the dark case from M-Edge #CES

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Have you ever fumbled for your iPhone in the dark? The Alter Ego case from M-Edge is not only brightly colored, but it is made from glow in the dark material that 'recharges' when exposed to light. It's a smart idea that should be standard in more cases.


The Alter Ego has a cool geometric design that takes its styling cues directly from Apple and the opening for the rear facing camera lens and flash.


What Your iPhone Case Says About You

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Have you looked for an iPhone case lately, iPhone Life-ers? The choices are overwhelming. Just think of the poor new iPhone owner realizing that their new toy is gonna get scratched if they don’t get something to protect it, and they go online to find a case for it and find eight million mind-boggling choices.

You were there once. You know what I’m talking about.

Just like me, you probably sat there scratching your head wondering what the perfect case would be. What would make you happy and proud to hold in your hand? What’s good enough to protect your precious piece of technology?



Wear you iPod nano on your wrist with iWatchz #CES

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Ever since the latest iteration of the iPod nano was introduced, people have been trying to wear their nano as a wristwatch. Computer accessory vendors have jumped on the bandwagon, often offering little more than a Velcro wristband and calling it a watch case.


Fortunately, iWatchz is a line of accessories designed by a comapny that is first and foremost a watchband company, and they have used that skill and design expertise to make a high quality suite of wristwatch bands for the iPod nano.


The most flexible iPad case is the iPadFlex from UZBL #MacWorld

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When I saw the iPadFlex from UZBL (as in usable) at MacWorld, I wasn't sure what to make of it. Is it an iPad case, a stand, a handle, a tripod, a suction mount, or a carrying strap? The answer is, all of the above. You can add and subtract elements to make your iPadFlex perform exactly as you wish!



Forget AirPlay. Redirect your music using the Wave Cradle #MacWorld

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The Wave Cradle fixes an oversight Apple has yet to address in their iPhones, namely the speaker points straight down, where your ears are not likely to be. I can't count how many times I find myself holding the phone flat so I can better hear someone on the speakerphone! I suppose Apple didn't want to ruin the iPhone's design lines by having a speaker grid on the front of the iPhone. But the result is complaints about low volume or battery drain from using higher volume than should be necessary.



Cover that keyboard with KB Covers #MacWorld

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My family and I use the Apple Bluetooth wireless keyboard, both with our iPad and Mac mini, and it takes a beating. There are fingerprints, smudges, etc. I've been meaning to clean it, but when I saw KB Covers at MacWorld, I realized I could just cover it up! So I bought the rubber film that covers up the entire keyboard and adds a few advantages.



We jammin with House of Marley headphones #CES

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At a certain point, probably around $100, any set of headphones is going to be just fine for the majority of listeners. So at that point, it comes down to quality, comfort, style, colors, and branding. And if the House of Marley, founded by the legendary Bob Marley's family, has anything to say about it, a manufacturer's ecological footprint and philanthropic efforts should also be considered.



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.



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