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Todd Bernhard is founder of No Tie Software, an app developer specializing in Ringtones and Sound FX including AutoRingtone.

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip, but over the years, Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62.

In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.

A stand that towers over others

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When you read the specifications of this next product, you might think you are reading an automotive blog, but the iPad Butler (http://ipad-butler.com) is an iPad table and floor stand that shares many high tech features with premium sports cars. Carbon fiber, German engineering, aluminum structure... There are even vehicle accessories including both a headrest and a lighter adapter for mounting the iPad inside your car.



The Impossible Gift

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Previously I wrote about buying a gift for the person who has everything.  My suggestion was something to keep it in.  But perhaps the most exotic thing to get someone is a thing that doesn't exist.  So how do you solve that conundrum?  Well, Prank Packages to the rescue!



What to give the person who has everything?

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Because I typically have the latest and greatest of everything, people always ask me 'What should I give to the guy who has everything?'  My canned response: 'Something to keep it in!'  And it's true... as I get new gadgets, like smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc., I'm always on the lookout for the right case or bag to keep it in.



Bundle of Mac tools for $50

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Since a lot of iOS owners are also Mac owners, and ALL iOS developers need to run Mac OS X, you might want to check out the bundle at BundleHunt.com.  There are icons and vector graphics that should be useful for developing apps and websites, but I'm particularly interested in the BannerZest program that lets you create snazzy banner ads.  They claim the bundle is worth $1100, and while you might not need everything in the bundle, the odds are you'll want a few, and for $50, the price is right.



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.



Photo Table brings back that old school feel of handling photographs

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When I first saw an early version of Photo Table, I was instantly reminded of Microsoft's Surface which itself is designed to remind users of how we used to handle photographs, before the digital age.  Here, in Rochester, New York, that was the golden age for the one-time largest local employer, Kodak.  Remember ordering prints from "film" and then opening the envelope and scattering them across a table for viewing?  Now, we see photos instantly and rarely print them.  Even then, if we print them, it's the ones we specifically wanted in hardcopy.



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.



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!

 



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