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Let your iPhone hang out, thanks to the iDangle USA-made case from Fastcap

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I picked up an iDangle case at CES from Fastcap that turned out to be very useful. It had a built-in lanyard made of a tough fabric that actually embedded a set of earbuds. A clever system allows those earbuds to be routed through the case into the iPhone's headphone jack. The earbuds don't have a microphone but I was able to place calls in a noisy CES show floor and I could hear and be heard just fine, using the phone's built-in microphone.



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.



Keep your iPhone on a leash with the made in the USA iCat from EKUSA - Seen at CES

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Apple does a lot of things right, but an integrated lanyard clip might have helped to prevent dropped (and broken) phones. Then again, AppleCare revenue might be an incentive not to. Enter EK Ekcessories who have been making rugged retention accessories for outdoor, recreation and security since 1985 in Utah. They are addressing the iOS market with a line of rugged leashes that use a 30pin dock connector to attach to the iPhone, iPod touch or even an iPad!



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.



inCarBite at CES - Awesome case and mount options for iPad!

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Lots of vendors here at CES are showing off their latest case products. Same thing goes for iPad mounts for home, office and even in-car gear. Some vendors offer both, but I have yet to find any that integrate and offer the flexibility found in inCarBite's line of mounting and case gear. You can mount your iPad on the headrest of your car to keep the kids quiet during the ride home, eject the case (and iPad), and then mount into a dock bolted under your kitchen cabinet to enjoy your favorite show while making dinner!



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