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Review: Proporta’s Maya II Sleeve

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Proporta sent me their new iPad Pouch, the Maya II Sleeve, to test out.  This is basically a large slip case for your iPad. I have used slip cases in the past, but not for a device this large (compared to handheld devices). The slip case comes wrapped in a cardboard strip. It’s very basic, but gets the job done with the product information.



My Deal of the Day

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 I have been looking for a small functional bag for the iPad. I do not mind spending the money for a quality bag but for something like that, I would prefer to see it and handle it first. I have been checking best Buy but they have not cut it for selection. I also checked Target because they are local and sometimes have some nice bags. So, I went to some tag sales yesterday (a.k.a. yard sales, garage sales) and found a brand new Swiss Army bag that I thought may work. The price I paid; $5.00. I figured I had nothing to lose. If it did not fit, I would use it for Geocaching. 

        Sure enough, I got it home and it fits great. The retail links are below for one site where you can get further information on it.



Perfect iPad Purse - Update

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I am on a quest to find myself the perfect iPad purse. The bag I'm using now is good - but it's not PERFECT. It doesn't hold enough gear and it isn't designed for everyday use. I'm open to all ideas and suggestions! Coach, Fossil, DKNY, Prada, Kate Spade, Sak, Gucci, Louie, Calvin, Ralph, Chanel? Where should I start? Nordstroms? Macy's? Walmart? Target?


Projecting a good image - AAXA Micro Projector Plus review

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Keynote on the iPad might encourage you to take your show on the road and present without a traditional computer.  In preparation for a talk I’m giving at the local Apple Users Group, I have been experimenting with Keynote and the M1 Micro Projector Plus from AAXA ($299 to $339 at www.aaxatech.com).

 



Sleek booster helps callers hear you now, even with AT&T

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AT&T.  Nothing inspires more conversation among iPhone owners than those few letters.  AT&T has benefitted from their exclusive contract, but their coverage has been an easy target for competitors and late night comics.  What is an iPhone road warrior to do?

I had the chance to try the Sleek from Wilson Electronics, Inc.  ($130 MSRP).  True to the name, the Sleek is smaller than Wilson’s previous models and more portable than hardwired models.  I had always been hesitant to try any device that needed to be permanently wired into my car or that worked exclusively with one phone.



HandHeldItems.Com Screen Protectors

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 I have been looking for a good quality affordable screen protector for the iPad. I wanted to add a little screen protection and get a sheet that helps cut down on the fingerprints. I did not really want to spend $25-$30 for one screen protector, because I have always had a problem putting them on the smaller devices.  I figured putting one on the iPad would put me over the edge. I did not want to throw $25 bucks down the drain and have to throw it out because I messed it up too bad. I would not mind putting a few extra bucks in to get a high quality product, because in the end it’s usually worth it. But I was not going to take a chance on this, just in case. I went to HandHeldItems.com because I know they had some iPad accessories there.



Fashionable and Functional Cases

Practical, Stylish, and Ready For Wear n' Tear

The iPhone is considered one of the sleekest, sexiest smartphones on the market today. However, finding a case that doesn't spoil its style can be a challenge. You need something that not only protects the iPhone, but also suites your own lifestyle and personality. Whether you're a runner, an eco-conscious gal, or like keeping up with the latest fashion trends, there are iPhone cases for you. Here are five of my favorite, functional, and fashionable cases. Best of all, they each cost less than $35.

AeroSport


$29.99; griffintechnology.com


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Macworld 2010

A showcase of amazing accessories and innovative apps

While smaller in scope than in its heyday, Macworld still draws a large number of Apple enthusiasts. One of the most surprising things about the show for me was that Microsoft had a large presence, but there was none for Apple. Macworld gives iPhone and iPod touch venders an opportunity to show off their latest apps and accessories. Believe me, there was plenty of innovation on display. Here is a look at some of the more interesting iPhone and iPod touch accessories and apps I saw at the show.


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Gear Up For Summer

Accessories for active outdoor iPhone adventures

Living in the Midwest brings me a deep appreciation for the return of warm weather after a long snowy winter. In addition to riding for miles each day on my recumbent bicycle, I enjoy hiking and exploring the natural environment. Living in the modern world, I also need to be connected and leverage the latest conveniences that technology has to offer. Combining these two passions used to be a struggle, especially since unprotected electronics don't hold up too well in unexpected thunderstorms. Also, nothing is worse than traveling all day to discover that your favorite gadget's battery is dead. Fortunately, several companies have come up with innovative products that will help protect and power your mobile electronics all day long!



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Accessories for Your Summer Vacation

Flexible stands, headphones for kids, motorcycle gloves

Summer is here and the time is right… to get the family out of Dodge and head out on that annual summer vacation. If you're anything like me, you spend multiple hours and many months planning your summer vacation. This is arguably the most important planning you will do all year; your family depends on it and if you mess this up, the kids will be utterly disappointed.


So, after all this planning, how do you make sure everything goes smoothly, and you optimize every minute of the precious family time? Your iPhone will not assure smooth sailing, but it sure can help. We know the iPhone can make you more productive at work, but there are many ways your iPhone can make your vacation more productive and more enjoyable as well.


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