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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.



Octa tablet stand evolves by adding a monkey tail

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I've written about the Octa before, so I was interested to see what they had to offer at CES. The 'suction cup on steroids' is a pump-to-stick grip for your iPad or just about any tablet with a non-porous flat back. You twist-on a 'tail' depending on your need.



Nectar Soundlabs is reinventing the Bluetooth headset, with help from the crowd

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Just when you thought Bluetooth headsets couldn't be improved, or make you look cool, Nectar Soundlabs is trying to buck the trend! They are using Christie Street to help fund a line of attractive, comfortable headsets that might change how you feel about Bluetooth headsets.



It's Tax Time, which means paperwork, unless you go paperless with Doxie

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If you're like me, the tax paperwork is trickling in, and you're compiling an envelope (or box!) full of receipts, payments, tax forms, etc., in preparation of tax day. Now might be the perfect time to make a New Year's resolution to scan and archive such paperwork.



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