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iPlifier & Ampjacket: 2 Acoustic iOS Accessories Designed to Crank Up the Volume

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The iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch are great music players, especially if you're using headphones, but the speaker placement in all of these devices is problematic. By directing sound straight down, it doesn't reach the user's ears as well as if the speakers were pointed forward. I've tried gadgets like SoundJaw, which uses physics to redirect audio towards the user, but that don't typically accommodate cases. Enter iPlifier, a Kickstarter project that plugs into the lightning dock. Even if your iPhone is in a typical case, the device directs audio to the user.



NuGuard's KX Case for iPhone: Successfully Bridging Hard Shell with Soft Silicone

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When choosing an iPhone case, you usually have to make the tradeoff between a soft or hard design. Soft, rubberized cases allow you to get a good grip and have your phone stay in place on your desk or dash.



Mapi Cases Does it Again, iPad Mini Style

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I know I'm not the only one who's downsized from a full-sized iPad to an iPad mini. But at least initially, the newer mini couldn't keep up with the plethora of cases available for the larger iPad. Fortunately, case makers like Mapi Cases are now coming out with a nice selection, including the late Soli Leather Mini iPad Case ($120).



Power2U Wall Outlet Adds USB Ports for Easy iDevice Charging

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I've long been a fan and paying customer of Other World Computing and its online store many years. In my experience, it has the best collection of accessories and peripherals for Apple users. I've upgraded my Macs' RAM and solid state disk storage numerous times using its products.



Insanely Great iPad Stands from — You Guessed It — Insanely Great Products

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Upon first glance, Insanely Great Products FrameShift stands look more like automotive parts for a Ferrari than a device for propping up iOS devices. I've written about Insanely Great Products before, a California-based company that produces clever, American-made products.



ECBC Offers Exceptional Design and Durability with its Lance Backpack

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ECBC, based in Southern California, designs some of the best computer-oriented backpacks and messenger bags I have come across of late. Dan Curtiss, the creative genius behind these top quality bags, has designed for REI, Samsonite and Mountainsmith, among other popular brands.



Wren V5AP Review — Superior Design, Sound Quality Plus AirPlay Streaming

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This year's Consumer Electronics Show had its share of wireless audio components, several of which I included in iPhone Life's coverage of the event. I found several new Wi-Fi AirPlay compatible speakers. Of the lot, I finally received a Wren V5AP ($399) review unit last week. Of all the Wi-Fi speakers I’ve had the chance to review in recent years, I must say this one truly gives the Sonos Play line a run for its money.



Treat your iPad mini with Cases by Kavaj

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I "downsized" from a full size iPad in favor of the iPad mini, because it's a pleasure to carry around the mini compared to the somewhat burdensome iPad. But when I added a case to my mini, it became bulky again.

I still prefer a case to protect my valuable device from scratches, but also for comfort and style. Thankfully, the folks at Kavaj have created a set of luxurious cases that add minimal bulk yet perform admirably. Because they use high quality leather, each case is unique and may take some time to stretch and adjust to fit the iPad mini precisely, allowing for the power button to work, for example.



Oculus Introduces Rift Virtual Reality Gaming Eyewear

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One of the coolest things I saw at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year was the Rift, virtual reality goggles from developers Oculus. Oculus takes the science of vision and applies it to virtual reality gaming in an arena that will be intimately familiar to any fan of iOS gaming.



Protect and care for your iPhone with great cases from Sena

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There are a lot of reasons to keep your iPhone in a case. One reason is protection from damage and scuffs that can hurt resale value by as much as five percent, according to Brian Burke of SellYourMac.com. Another reason is to add some style to your favorite gadget. In either case (pun intended) after seeing a plethora of case makers at CES in Las Vegas, you should be able to find a case that meets your needs.



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