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Hand it to the Handstand iPad case

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I confess, I am a serial case-swapper.  I get to try out a lot of cases, as a writer for iPhone Life Magazine, so I can pick and choose the right case for the right job.  Maybe it's a waterproof iPhone case for my trip to Cancun, or glow-in-the-dark iPhone case I used on a recent camping trip.  The same applies for my iPad 2.  I have a trade show coming up and I expect to be demoing my apps on my iPad, so the case I will be using is the Handstand.



NuVue Anti-Glare Screen Protector - Break time for your eyes!

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One complaint I have about the iPad's screen is the beautiful, glossy surface. Sure it looks great, until you actually touch it. I'm tempted to wipe it with something 10 seconds after turning it on. The glassy surface is also not optimal for quick and constant finger dragging when gaming, and glare and reflections can be be distracting. The NuVue Anti-Glare protective screen guard will diminish these issues.



What I played this week - My favorite games with the JOYSTICK-IT!

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Out of town on business, and didn't have much time for games, but when I returned this weekend (to be greeted by Hurricane Irene) I had finally received a package with 2 JOYSTICK-IT Arcade stick game accessories (bought one for my daughter) from my fav geek site ThinkGeek.com! So, after battening down the hatches, I wasted no time trying one out on several of my favorite games (Galaxy on Fire 2, Jet Car Stunts, and Paper Racer), and wow is this a simple yet worthy add-on! Read on for more info and to check out my action videos...



Review: AViiQ Portable Charging Station

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AViiQ recently introduced a portable charging station that also adds organization to your mobile world. Wrapped up in a neat fabric case, you’ll find a wall outlet that plugs into a 4 USB hub. Three of these USB slots are powered via the wall plug. The fourth slot is USB data capable. In the hub itself, is a male end USB plug that unzips and can be attached to your computer. From there it’s a charge/data plug.

The case has various pockets that allow you to wrap up and stow away your cables. This keeps them organized and useful at the same time. In the last two weeks, I found that this worked very well for most of my devices.



Make your iPhone "Life Proof" with the right case

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Being a perfectionist isn't easy.  But when it comes to making a waterproof iPhone case, it's a requirement.  That's why it was nice to see that personality in the folks from LifeProof.  I met them at MacWorld in January 2011, and they showed me a prototype of their upcoming iPhone 4 case.  It was waterproof, dirtproof, shockproof, and even snowproof, hence the name "LifeProof."  I have seen and tried other waterproof cases before, but they were much bulkier and they obstructed the various ports, so you had to fully remove the case to charge them.



How I turned my iPhone/iPod 4 in to a texting demon with a slideout keyboard

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Have you ever envied people who sit in the coffee shop with their thumbs blazing as they text away on their mobile devices? As an iPhone/iPad person, you have been out of luck if you want this form factor--until now.

Let me introduce you to the nifty, new NUU Mini keyboard. It is really meant for the iPhone, but I slipped my iPod touch 4 into it, and it works just fine. It has a little slop room, but you can shim it up if it really bothers you.



Geek timepiece: 4-bit Binary Watch

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It seems to me that fewer and fewer people wear watches these days in favor of using a mobile phone for keeping time. Yet watch companies appear to be alive and well. I think they have to be more innovative and creative with design and functionality to keep in the game.

Recently a noteworthy watch by Cadence watch company came to my attention. It's the perfect watch for geeks with its 4-bit binary face instead of Arabic or Latin numerals.

It is a classy time piece that would serve you well in formal attire or on casual occasions with its stainless steel case, leather strap and steel buckle designed by John Flear who is noted for incorporating high-tech motifs into retro objects.



iTablet Thumb Keyboard

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If you ever wanted an external keyboard for your phone or tablet, the iTablet thumb keyboard is a great option. This classy thumboard will connect with any Bluetooth HID device including:

  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • PS3
  • Xbox 360
  • Windows 7 & XP
  • Android
  • Linux
  • Interactive TV (IPTV)

The iTablet is Bluetooth 2.0 and HID 1.0 profile compliant.

It features backlit keys with an on/off switch to save battery. It charges with an included mini USB cable. The Function, Alt, Ctrl, Shift work exactly like those on a regular keyboard. There are also left and right mouse button keys.



Aviiq Portable Charging Station

Whether you are a mobile road warrior or you just like to keep your charging cables organized, this portable charging station is a must have.

The charger delivers from an AC outlet and comes with a converter that plugs into the charging hub, which is a separate unit. It will also plug into a USB port for charging your devices.

There are four USB ports. Three of them are for charging only, and the fourth, if plugged into a computer will sync whatever device is connected that particular port.



The Mamba Shift Laptop/Tablet Toter

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Not only will this spectacularly sleek and stylish backpack accommodate your laptop and or tablet, but  there is also plenty of room for lots of peripherals, your lunch, and whatever else you may need while trying to keep connected when out and about.

The Mamba Shift Laptop Backpack by Boog has to be one of the finest pieces of backpack craftsmanship and design I've ever seen. its tapered architecture with descending black pleats and red highlights is alluring, but it doesn't outshine its functionality.

The denier ballistic nylon exterior has a waterproof coating to protect you treasures inside. The back panel material breathes to help keep you cool. Padded shoulder straps add to the comfort. At the top of the bag is a handy carry handle.



Griffin StompBox Review

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Griffin is no stranger to the guitar iOS accessory market, having released their GuitarConnect cable over a year ago (check out the product review). GuitarConnect was so enthusiastically received that Griffin has branched out to help make guitarists outfitted with iOS devices even more functionally appealing with the release of the StompBox. Coupled with the iShred LIVE (free with in-app add-ons) available from the App Store, the StompBox promises to make the lives of performing guitarists easier.



V-Moda Crossfade M-80 Headphone Review

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Most discerning listeners of music emanating from an iPhone or iPod Touch prefer lightweight earbuds. But for many, wearing them is uncomfortable as their one size fits all never quite fits them. There are also times when the more traditional on or over-the-ear headphones are appropriate, such as in noisy environments and times when you don't want to fuss with earbuds falling out such as when vigorously exercising. Whether these were the primary design tenants in mind when DJ-centric V-MODA crafted their Crossfade M-80 On-Ear Headphones is hard to say, but one thing is for certain - these headphones are the most durable I've ever placed over my ears.



Review: Speck CandyShell Wrap for iPad

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The CandyShell cases by Speck are one of my all time favorite cases made. I have tested them out for my iPad and own them for the iPod Touch and Galaxy Tab 7. But the only reason it has not been my day to day case for the iPad is the lack of front screen protection. That is why I always turn back to my folio type cases. I just tested out the perfect match with the CandyShell Wrap for iPad. I’m reviewing it with the original iPad but it’s also available for the iPad 2.



The Key to a good Bluetooth Keyboard

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The gold standard for a Bluetooth keyboard for an iPad is probably Apple's wireless keyboard. But gold can be heavy and expensive, and the Apple keyboard is pricey at $69. A competing keyboard needs to be smaller or lighter, or cheaper or have more features like specialized keys. With that in mind, I tried out some alternative Bluetooth keyboards.



iPhone 4 Case Review: Linear SGP Crystal Series

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This is a very nice way to express yourself.  You can mix and match over 1,000 different combinations.  Its very lite material that doesn't add any weight to the iphone.  It has three parts, upper frame, lower frame, and back cover.  These all come in different colors that can be matched however you wish.  The Crystal series comes with a protective covering for the front glass.



Sonos Play:3 Review - Unboxing and setup!

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The Sonos Play:3 is a compact wireless speaker that packs a sonic punch, can be controlled from your iPhone/iPad or Android device, but does oh so much more! As part of a larger wireless system, you can push your fav music, internet audio streams to multiple rooms (aptly named "party mode"). In this post, I'll detail configuration and setup of the new Play:3.


Bowers & Wilkins C5's not for Stupid People

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Bowers & Wilkins was kind enough to send me a pair of their new C5 headphones ($175). These are B&W's first attempt at ear buds. They will be available for purchase starting in August. 



Review: Coloud Captain America Headphones

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Do You like Captain America? Do you like listening to Music? Then I got something to show you. Coloud has a pair of Marvel Captain America headphones that work pretty well. These headphones have some cool marvel artwork on them and are adjustable, so they should fit most heads. These are basic headphones so they will not have a microphone or remote, but they sound pretty good. They are comfortable and fit very well on my ears. Their build seems pretty solid.



Review: WeKreat Bento Part 3 of 3 (iPad 2)

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Here is part 3 of the WeKreat Bento review by my friend Joyce. As I mentioned in a different review, she’s a new iPad 2 user. She has given the Bento a very thorough evaluation. I had tested this out previously with the iPad 1.



Pioneer SE-CL331 Water Resistant Headphones Review

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Summer is here in the Midwest, and it's been an especially hot week so far. Outdoor sporting activities like biking, hiking and jogging during such weather conditions produce copious quantities of sweat. And on those rare occasions when getting caught in a sudden downpour is a thankful cooling off experience (as long as your electronics are not affected as a result). These are just some of the conditions that Pioneer's SE-CL331 headset was designed to handle.



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