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3feet is a sturdy little phone and tablet stand proudly made in the USA

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3feet is a rugged, collapsible stand that comes in so many colors that even Apple would say 'boy, that's a lot of colors!'




I wrote about 3feet after their debut at last year's CES and this year, they have added more colors including purple, pink and gold, and the ability to emboss a custom logo or message, making for a great corporate gift.



Forget the secrets of Stonehenge, check out what Henge Docks revealed at CES

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As a happy customer of the Henge Dock, a vertical docking station for MacBooks, I have written about them in the past.




The Henge Dock is a port replicator that mounts your MacBook vertically and routes your cables conveniently so you can lift your MacBook and reinsert it with ease and not have to deal with all of the plugs. But when I upgraded from my old MacBook Pro to a speed new MacBook Air, they didn't have a solution for me... until now.



Cases with attitude, and gratitude at CES

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It takes a lot for a case maker to stand out at CES or BestBuy for that matter. But XAWireless has managed to do so with a line of inspirational gear. Their eco-friendly natural cases are made of bamboo with words of wisdom engraved in the wood.



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.



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.



Braggables brings out the goods for the ladies at CES

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The nice folks at Braggables.com have a line of iOS accessories (named iBrag of course) that let you carry your gadgets in style and brag about your loved ones at the same time!

 



Earbuds go chic, not geek thanks to ChicBuds at CES

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There were plenty of earbuds for the audiophile at CES but I only saw one that specifically went after the female listener and incorporated something brand new. The ladies at ChicBuds know their clientele, having delivered feminine audio gear for several years now. Their latest earbuds have a rubber flat cord, similar to the much more expensive Beats earbuds but these cords are narrower so they are less bulky and ChicBuds has figured out how to print a pattern directly on that rubberized cord! As you might imagine, the patterns are feminine, but I found a blue paisley version that worked for me.



Is the txtRng ;) a stylus or jewelry, or both? Seen at CES!

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If you don't like typing on a touchscreen, you are not alone. There is no physical feedback, you might hit the wrong key, and you leave fingerprints and oil all over the screen. You might even have mobility issues that present a challenge.



PONG iPad Case: Review

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The Pong ipad 2 case is one of the world’s only cases which protects the user from radiation. This does not affect the 3G performance for the device in any way. The Pong iPad case is optimized for the 3G user as well as Wi-Fi. Some users may be concerned with radiation exposure from using the iPad or any idevice. If that is a concern here is a way to protect you and maintain performance.

 



iFrogz at CES - New audio gear and cases coming!

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iFrogz is one of my fav brand of accessory products, mostly because they incorporate clever and stylish designs that are rather well-made. They introduced several new items for CES, and I got at least the 50 cent tour, so let's take a quick look...



Clarity One at CES - Clear sounding earbuds!

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Went to the Clarity One booth to check out the audio gear, which turned out to be one model of earbud (EB-110). They had some mock-up headphones to be released later this year, but that was it. Ok, no problem I say. Slogged all the way over here for an earbud, but let me have your best shot! Puresound has created a pretty remarkable audio processing mojo with a clearness that might convince you to buy a $129 set of earbuds at that.



inCarBite at CES - Awesome case and mount options for iPad!

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Lots of vendors here at CES are showing off their latest case products. Same thing goes for iPad mounts for home, office and even in-car gear. Some vendors offer both, but I have yet to find any that integrate and offer the flexibility found in inCarBite's line of mounting and case gear. You can mount your iPad on the headrest of your car to keep the kids quiet during the ride home, eject the case (and iPad), and then mount into a dock bolted under your kitchen cabinet to enjoy your favorite show while making dinner!



TYLT's cool accessories upends expectations of Technocel at CES

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In pinball, 'tilt' is a bad thing, but Technocel just launched a new brand/subsidiary called TYLT and it's a refreshing, overdue shift from their traditional line of black/gray boring but necessary power accessories. Indeed I wasn't planning to attend their press conference because what new or interesting products could they come up with? Longer coiled cables? Eco-friendly packaging? Ho hum. Surprise, surprise, surprise! It looks like Ikea or Frog Design had their way with the product line and the TYLT products could easily find a home at the Museum of Modern Art, let alone the Apple Store.


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