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Audyssey Audio Dock Air now more valuable than ever

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I was a little skeptical of the Audyssey Audio Dock Air when I first saw it, but thanks to some changes, it's now a great deal.  The first change is a $100 discount from the $400 list price.  The second change is Apple's pending micro dock which will make traditional docking speakers somewhat obsolete.  Finally, the third change is AirPlay integration in Macs and PCs, in the latest verion of iTunes, and Mountain Lion.



What's Next? You Ain't Seen Nuthin' Yet... [on the evolution of Apple]

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With all the chatter in the blogosphere, about new products soon to be released, and patent battles being fought on all fronts in the courts of law, I think it's important to keep in mind the old expression: "You ain't seen nuthin' yet!" Truly, hasn't this week been a great example of that.
 
With the court cases bringing out details Apple would just as likely have preferred to keep private, we have been granted a rare insight into the evolution of products in the Apple iDevice chain, as well as having been given glimpses into what Apple had in mind, in prototype form, two years ago.
 
That said, can you imagine what Cupertino has in store for us in say, 5 years? That's not that long. Think about it. Within 5 years, devices and functions that are now, only in prototype/patent form, may very well be seeing the light of day. It's not for nothing that Johny Ive says that the products Apple is working on now, are some of the best, most exciting products Apple has ever invented!



Easily print to any home printer thanks to Lantronix xPrintserver

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Open it. Plug it in. Print. Such is the claim of Lantronix and their xPrintserver, a much needed device that turns just about any printer into an iPad, iPhone and iPod touch compatible printer without any software changes or specialized apps. Well, I tried it, and it's a valid claim. The xPrintserver is a brilliant piece of technology, especially if you have a favorite printer at home or work that otherwise would be left out of the iOS party.



Consider Joy Factory's DuraLink because it's not a cable, it's a lifeline

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Just like the earbuds that ship with iPods and iPhones, the Apple USB cable isn't meant to be the highest quality item to come out of Cupertino. Apple does a lot of things right, but their cables and earbuds just don't cut it.



myCharge does it all... iPad, iPhone, Android, and does it in style, and talks too!

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I've used a variety of external battery packs over the years, but none have met all of my needs, until now. The Peak from myCharge packs plenty of power, with up to 6000mAh but what really helps is the built-in 30pin Apple PLUS microUSB connectors, and an on-board USB port. And most importantly, that 30pin cable provides enough juice to power an iPad. This means you don't have to worry about lost cables, and you can be charging up to three devices at a time. The other bonus is fold out wall prongs to recharge the Peak.


Altaz merges old school, natural materials with high tech goodness

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You don't have to settle for plastic or even metal accessories thanks to Altaz. I had a chance to use their latest Micro-Fi miniature speakers and they represent such a pleasant juxtaposition of today's technology and real wood speakers. The Altaz Micro-Fi is highly reminiscent of the bookshelf speakers I had in college, back when people cared about how things were made.



Save memory, and money with i-Flashdrive from PhotoFast

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As a matter of principle, I try not to buy the higher memory configurations of iPhones and iPads. It doesn't seem right to charge an extra $100 for 16GB or even 32GB of additional memory, considering SD cards sell for a fraction of that amount. But I do find myself running out of memory, especially when it comes to videos and music. Fortunately, PhotoFast has a low cost, reliable solution. The i-FlashDrive is a USB flash drive with a 30 pin connector on the opposite end. You can plug the USB end into your computer and copy files in either direction.


AutoWave's Bluetooth die cast cars could teach the auto makers a few lessons!

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I like cars. Guilty as charged. We have a couple of convertibles (an Alfa Romeo Spyder, a Fiat 2000) and now, even a Vespa. When we get a new vehicle, I try to buy a small diecast toy of that particular model. Just something to look at while the vehicles are in storage during the winter.



iWatchz offers quality wristbands for the iPod nano

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While everyone is looking forward to a smaller iPad or a bigger iPhone, I'm really interested in the iPod nano. I use mine as a watch, and love the built in pedometer for example. Using it as a watch means the pedometer is always there.

I've had the chance to try an iWatchz Timepiece watch band for my iPod nano, for several weeks now. I must say, I'm really impressed with the quality and value, considering the starting price for their various watch bands is under $25.



Learn and play today with Piano Apprentice from ION Audio

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I never had a piano lesson, even though we had a piano in the house, growing up. That piano collected dust and was more useful as a piece of furniture to display picture frames on. I always wished I had more initiative and learned to play. But today, thanks to the magic that is the Piano Apprentice from ION Audio, I actually learned how to play the melody from The Entertainer! And it just took about 30 minutes! The Piano Apprentice is a creative combination of a physical piano keyboard, and a free app with several lessons included, and tight integration between the software and hardware.


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