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Review: Scosche flipSYNC II

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The flipSYNC II is a “keychain Charge and Sync Cable for iPod & iPhone.” It’s designed so it’s compact and can be used with your keychain. But there is nothing saying you have to use a keychain with it.



Review: ZAGGaquabuds

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One of the things I like to use my devices for is music and movies. I don’t usually watch movies unless I’m traveling, but I do listen to music more frequently. I prefer to use my Bluetooth headset when I am walking or doing yard work. I do occasionally use wired headset in these circumstances, but most of the time use the wired sets when I am stationary.

I tried the ZAGGaquabuds while I was on vacation, mostly in the airport and on the plane.



TeamViewer - Remote Desktop for everything!

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If you are looking for a secure, very easy to configure and use, remote desktop app (and I am happy to report it works well with Linux), check out TeamViewer. If you don't mind the app reminding you to upgrade it--and the lack of a few features--it is completely free. You can grab everything you need here (DLs available for Mac, PC, and Linux), and the app store link above. The config for Ubuntu geeks is pretty simple (download the debian package, run the desktop app, and perform similar actions on iPhone to connect).



This and That

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I went to Florida for a week so I am catching up on things. Here are some misc thoughts from my trip and email catch-up.

My iOS Gear I took was fairly light. I brought my iPad as well as the GNS GPS receiver I just reviewed. I used my dedicated TomTom car unit but brought the GNS as backup. TomTom stayed in the rental car pretty much the whole time. (I did not want to leave the iPad in the car.)

I debated on bringing a keyboard with me for the iPad. I ended up not and I did not regret it at once. I used the iPad heavily at the airport and on the plane. During the week, I was busy enjoying the various amusement parks in Orlando and trying to get a sun tan.  I would have used it more during the week when I was at the place we stayed but there was no internet service.



Updated RedEye Mini App

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Last Year I reviewed the RedEye Mini from Thinkflood. There was also a manufacturing recall of the unit shortly after that as well but I never heard any updates directly since. I am assuming they got everything all straightened out as they have released an updated app for it.

http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/5811/review-thinkfloods-redeye-mini

 

Part of the press release is as follows:

"ThinkFlood has released a new dedicated application for their popular RedEye mini device today.



iPhone 4 Keyboard Buddy Case Review

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The Keyboard Buddy Case is an iPhone case with an integrated Bluetooth keyboard that easily slides out when needed. Use it to quickly and easily type a text message or email or whatever else you need to do on the iPhone. The way it slides in and out of the phone is super cool!

The case fits snugly on your iPhone and has a nice low profile. It doesn't detract from the look of your iPhone at all. 



Dual Sim Adaptors for Iphone 4: Using a Normal 3G Sim Card and your microsim at the same time.

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Let’s face it. For those of us early adopters of microsim cards because of Iphone 4, we know that microsim cards are not catching on in any other phone model and is likely to stay that way for a while. However, for about US$20, the Chinese have developed a dual simcard adaptor that allows you to slot in a normal-sized simcard in an external adaptor, while at the same time allowing you to keep your existing Iphone 4 microsim in the simcard tray – in layman terms, this means that the 2 simcards (Normal Sim + Microsim) are essentially paired up much like batteries connecting in series.



Ballistic HC gets Mil-Spec certification!

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If you are looking for a seriously tough case for your iPhone, check out the Ballistic HC series. They recently passed MIL-STD 810G specifications (the only iPhone 4 case design to do so). They also have HC cases for BBerry, and HTC devices as well (couldn't find one for iPod touch sadly). This case was one of my top picks in our last Buyer's Guide. Read on for the full press release details on the Mil Spec testing...



iKit AutoCharge - compact, convenient and easy to use!

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Two words say it all – Love it!

The iKit AutoCharge is compact, easy to use and works for the iPad, iPhone, and iPOD Touch, as well as other USB devices. The kit includes the 2.1 AMP AutoCharge, as well as a USB Charge Sync Cable. The device works with any standard 12v accessory outlet. Comes in black or white. $24.95



Review: GNS 5870 MFI GPS BT Receiver

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Global Navigation Systems, (a.k.a. GNS) has created and sells a plug and play Bluetooth GPS receiver for IOS devices. It’s called the GNS 5870 MFI. (MFI stands for Made for iPhone). I’m not a stranger to testing out and using GPS systems but this is the first one I have used for my Apple product, so I am excited to work with it. Even though I have some knowledge of GPS, I am by no means an expert in this area. There are two things I look for though. One, a quick satellite lock, and two, it just needs to work.

There is no jail breaking required. I’m testing this out on my Wi-Fi only iPad. The Nav App I am using is Co-pilot.



iPhone Accessories, iPad Cases, iPod Car Mount | iPhone Life Magazine

iPhone accessories is a growing market and knowing where to start looking is half the battle.  Whether you're looking for an iPhone accessories, iPad accessories or iPod Touch accessories you can find articles here on the latest products. For example, here's a snippet from an Arm Bands Review

"Have you ever tried to run with your iPhone in your pocket? It's more awkward than running with scissors. Your phone smacks against your thigh during every step or worse, falls out every few feet. Running with your device in hand is not much better. The headphone cord flops everywhere, and your hand is uncomfortable the entire time. The first step to taking your iPhone or iPod Touch on a run (please don't run with your iPad) is securing it to your body. Armbands can take a little getting used to (it feels slightly like running with a blood pressure cuff) but they are definitely much better than keeping your iPhone or iPod Touch in your pocket. Here are some solutions I've tried out..."

Here's a 2 Cases Comparison article: "There are two cases that protect your iPhone from just about anything: The Ballistic Hard Core and The Otterbox Defender.  So which to buy?  Both provide the best protection you can buy. The Ballistic provides five layers of protection. The Otterbox provides three. However, the three layers are all that's needed for most people. If you're a telephone repair man or think you might drop your phone three stories, then you might want the extra layers of the Ballistic..."

Perhaps you want to know more about Advanced Power Packs: "Trailblazers, and rugged outdoors types looking for a power pack that adds advanced GPS app features (mophie introducing their own app to go with the new juice pack) need look no further than the latest Juice pack product, called the "outdoor edition."Access to enhanced map sets, and GPS tracking features are among the features the app will offer... read on for more PR info, or go to the link above..."

All of these articles shed some more light on the topic of iPhone accessories and will help you todiscover what is out there on the market.