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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.



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.



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