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Get the Skinny on this Slim Keyboard Case for iPad 2

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I am typing this on the beautifully designed and well-crafted Skinny Slim Keyboard case for the iPad 2, from Hatch & Co. ($90 at http://www.HatchnCo.com)  Unlike most bluetooth keyboard and case combinations, the Skinny is sleek, svelte, and is almost as slim as traditional folio cases that lack a keyboard.  This is possible because the keyboard is a membrane style, with almost no height to the keys whatsoever, just a slight raised outline for each key.



Kogeto Dot captures the big picture

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Kogeto: The name is inspired by, and reminiscent of Cogito Ergo Sum, Latin for "I think, therefore I am."  But the phrase that comes to mind when I tried Kogeto's DOT camera gizmo is "A picture is worth a thousand words."  Indeed, the Kogeto is worth more, because it lets you create panoramic views that are really interactive videos.  You can swipe your finger to pan in any direction and see the view as if a videocamera was pointed in that direction, at that time.  This is accomplished through a special lens attachment that snaps right on to your iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S.



ID case for your iPhone: The Callet

If you like the silicon rubber iPhone case, you need to check out the Callet. Not only does it give you the same tight grip, but this case incorporates two credit card pockets on the back for convenience. Great for clubbing and sports activities where you need your ID and phone, but nothing else.  

Comes in blue, pink and white. Check it out on the Callet website.



PlugBug - Why didn't Apple think of this?

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I don’t know why Apple didn’t think of this - a charger that’s convenient and saves you time and money.

 



Speakal iKurv Dock Review - Space age looks but down to earth tones!

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Speakal has some of the more interesting audio products available for iPhone, and iPod. I have written about several on our blogs, and in terms of quality, have found them a decent product for the price. Maybe not in the same class as say the Sonos or iHome audio products like the iW1 we've reviewed, but they still produce a good sound. Speakal has the market nearly cornered in unique and eye-catching designs with clever features (see my review of the motion-sensing, rechargeable iPig). If you want a sound dock that simply looks good, sounds good, and doesn't break the bank, the iKurv is a good pick--which, by the way, will also push composite video from your iPod/iPhone to a TV or monitor.



The Cdock is an elegant dock that would make Steve Jobs proud!

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Steve Jobs was a fan of Dieter Rams of Braun fame.  So is Jonathan Ive, head of Apple's Design team.  I think they would both be proud of the Cdock, which encloses the beloved iPhone 4 but doesn't obstruct the phone's design.  Instead, the Cdock complements the iPhone 4, with several different design options, specifically black, white, brushed aluminum (or as Ive would say "Aluminium") or walnut.  Any of these would look right at home in the Apple store.  Indeed it makes decided hard.



mophie pulse pumps up iPod touch gaming!

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If you're really into 3D games like Galaxy on Fire, Shadow Gun, Dead Space, and Real Racing (and who that owns iPod touch isn't), then you need to check out the mophie pulse, or add it to the holiday gift list for that touch-toting loved one. It not only pumps out stereo volume through tiny L/R speakers embedded on each side of the unit, but serves as a handy gamepad holder and protective case as well. The pulse is not just a great gaming accessory. It turns iPod touch into a mini entertainment center, and I do not exaggerate. Attention iPod touch users, this is a decent sound accessory. Read on for full review and video demo...



Looking for Christmas Gifts? Check out Woogie 2 - the first huggable iPhone Case!

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Imagine this: You’re sitting in the doctor’s office waiting and waiting and waiting. Your three-year-old is beginning to eat the plants, dig in the trashcan, or climb on the receptionist’s desk. You have nothing but your iPhone with which to entertain them. Do you let them use your phone?

Normally, the answer is no. It’s much too expensive and delicate to let a small child play with.



Logitech's ever expanding keyboard line includes an expanding keyboard!

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Logitech has a ton of accessories for your PC, Mac, and tablets, and it just got bigger with Logitech - Fold-Up Bluetooth Keyboard for Apple® iPad® 2.  Speaking of getting bigger, the keyboard gets bigger, expanding to a full-size touch-typable keyboard.  It's a trick right out of a Transformers' movie and it doesn't get old.  I used it a recent TED conference and my iPad-toting colleagues were appreciative... and jealous.  I even brought it out at a Microsoft Windows Phone event, just for kicks!

 



The best iCade / iControlPad games Part I

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I've always liked ­playing on my mobile devices, even back in the Pocket PC / Windows Mobile / Palm OS days. They revitalize me quite a lot, particularly after a hard, exhausting day.

Playing without physical controls (buttons), only using the touchscreen, is pretty hard. This includes a lot of game types, particularly ones where quick direction changes are needed and / or you can't make the smallest mistake and must be absolutely sure even the smallest movements on the directional pads (D-pad for short) is registered. In games like these, physical D-pad / button feedback is of extreme importance.


Tom Bihn Synapse: Review

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The Tom Bihn Synapse backpack is one of the best backpacks I have had the privilege of using. It's about 70% the size of a regular size full-sized backpack. However, it does offer a large main compartment for carrying a laptop or your iPad. Sometimes, size doesn’t really matter.  The main compartment is divided into two compartments making it easier to find items inside. The Synapse also offers five outside, zippered pockets. The inside of the backpack is made of a stain resistance type material. The inside compartment is a yellowish color making it easier to see objects inside the backpack.



Make your iPad comfortable, with ePillow.net

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I must admit I was skeptical of the ePillow, when I first saw it. After all, the Internet is full of wannabe vendors, who take everyday items, add an i or e prefix, and charge twice the price, hoping to capitalize on the iPad frenzy.





Much Needed iPad Case Diversity......

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IPad’s are being integrated into our lives more each day.  The Apple app store has over 300,000 apps available for download.  



Otterbox Defender iPhone 4S: Review

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The most important decision after purchasing an iPhone, can be deciding which case to purchase for the best protection. I have had the privilege of using many different types of cases.  If I had to choose only one case from the many I have used it would be the OtterBox Defender. The OtterBox Defender does add a little extra weight to the device. It's not very noticeable after you begin using the case. It does make the iphone a little bit thicker. I know many people are very proud of how thin and sleek the iPhone 4S is. However, I think protection has to be top priority.



The Battle of the Cases: Defender versus Ballistic

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There are two cases that protect your iPhone from just about anything: The Ballistic Hard Core and the Otterbox Defender.  So which to buy? 

 



IK Multimedia Review Extravaganza

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IK Multimedia has been a company on a roll lately, with a slew of hardware and software products tailored for amateur and prosumer musicians. Whether its stands and clips for iPhones and iPads or multitrack recording and sampling software for the iOS platform, IK has been expanding their catalog at a prodigious rate. Their latest releases include a MIDI hardware connector for the iOS platform, a sound sampler app and a iPad version of their popular VocaLive software. This review will take a closer look at each.

iRig MIDI



J-Phonics Ear Monitors: Review

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  I enjoy listening to many different types of music. I think with merging all the different types of mobile platforms it help bring music to everyone. We can listen to music almost anywhere at any time we choose.  Our music is usually no more than an arm length away.   Regardless, of the type of music you like, it must sound good to you personally for you to enjoy it.

 



The Samson Meteor Mic - perfect for anyone looking for a simple solution to recording

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Some of us are looking for recording solutions that are simple to use. We’re not sound engineers or experts in electronics. If that’s you, check out the Samson Meteor Mic.

Here’s why:



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