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Looking for stocking stuffers for the man in your life?

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Here’s another stocking stuffer that might please the man in your life – the Mophie Hip Holster. It’s a perfect fit for the iPhone  that is dressed in a Mophie Juick Pack.

After giving this holster to my husband, he immediately fastened it to his pants and has been wearing it ever since (except when he has his carpenter jeans on). He says it’s a great way to carry the iPhone when you don’t have a big pockets. It’s easy to open and close because of its magnet closure; and it’s easy to get the iPhone in and out because it fits just right!



Interview with inventor of the Bandshell accessory

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Have you ever used the speakerphone feature of your iPhone and wondered if you were being heard alright? You probably asked the other party, because it didn’t sound so great coming out of your iPhone. You wish the sound was just a little louder, and a little more clear. Oh, and it would be great if your iPhone propped itself up while you talked, too.

The Bandshell  iPhone amplifier case does that and other good stuff, too.”The durable case gives us what we all want -- protection of this little personal computer we carry around with us,” Ted McNamara, the inventor of the Bandshell, said by speakerphone today. “These are delicate machines.”

Ted uses it just about every time a call comes in. “I get a call. I open the sound case, hit speakerphone, set it on its side and start talking to the person. I can hear them better, too,” he says. But when he doesn’t want to have the Bandshell around his iPhone, it’s very easy to remove.

It’s all made in Wisconsin, from American resources, so they’re helping to support  the local economy, too. Bandshells come in about a dozen colors, and the web site recommends that users trade backs and fronts with their friends, to create unique color combinations.

Ted took a green front and attached it to a red back to create a Christmas cover. If you want to come up with your own color combo (purple and white, Vikings fans?), you may have to buy two.

Many thousands of very lucky youngsters (and older folks as well) are going to be getting iPhones over the holidays, and there are hundreds of cases to choose from. They might appreciate getting the gift of a case that helps them hear – and be heard – a little bit better.

Bandshells are available for $19.99. The company is participating in Free Shipping Day on December 17, 2009 (http://www.bandshellcase.com/). For a video demonstration of Bandshells in action, click on the home page link that says “How It Works.”

[NOTE: This blog entry has been edited to reflect the fact that Ted McNamara is the sole inventor of the Bandshell.]



When your iphone screen is just not large enough; external viewers with digital TV support

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I was going to write a review on Chinon's TV Ipod docking station, with digital TV capabilities, but another writer beat me to it.  (life as a blogger :)  http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/5/iphoneipod-dock-includes-tv . But as I was testing it, I was also looking another product that also does digital TV and also displays images from your computer on the screen. One of the things I thought the Chinon would do is give me a photo slide show of my images.  Nope.  But it does play video which is the whole point.  But the screen is kinda small.  (it IS portable though, so fair enough)  Still, it got me thinking, how can I get my iphone slide show to play on a nice screen?  Well, enter KWorld's TVBox. Its Pretty nice.  I could not get it to work the first time because of a monitor fail, but I connected to another one and boom, working out of the box... well mostly out of the box.  Although the reception was better then the Chinon, it was still hit and miss. I then connected a proper antenna and then we were rock'in.  The win here is you can take full advantage of your widescreen, high-definition monitor, yea I know you have one. It looks REALLY nice. Now add the fact this comes with a remote.  Win.  So, use your second monitor at work (and yes I know you have that too) and you can play your slide show through the TVBox.  Sweet.  Now, as far as working as a digital TV Tuner, its good for the price. <$100 if you look hard enough. I had some issues with the remote (really confusing) and did not get the QAM working (of which I blame myself because I did this quickly) but in general, it did all that was promised.

So between the Chinon ipod docking station, and the KWorld TVBox, you are pretty well set. :)



Warning: Don’t let your relatives see this sitting on your desk!

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I had the Gorilla Mobile sitting on my desk ready to write this review when my cousin, visiting from New Jersey, grabbed it and exclaimed, “I’ve been looking for one of these to give Jim for Christmas!”

The Gorilla Mobile is one of those gifts that's not only well appreciated, but it’s fun, too! The unique device has bendable legs that attach to most anything from bikes to treadmills, even to airplane seats. Once attached, you can clip on your iPhone, iPod or even a small camera. Lock into position and now your hands are free for other tasks!



Looking at the Beatles through a Music Skin

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I don't think we'll ever get tired of The Beatles -- they're racking up CD sales 40 years after breaking up!

Now you can cover your iPhone or iPod Touch with a Beatles Music Skin, featuring images on the face of the phone and on the back. They help protect your device with style, even if it is the style of the 60's or 70's.

Music Skins are scratch resistant, lightweight and durable. I ordered mine from one of the first outlets to get a shipment: The Fest for Beatles Fans, at the Fest's online store.

If you're really into these guys, you can get skins for your laptop, too.

I was always a John Lennon fan, so when I saw some Lennon skins from his New York days, I had to have one. We stayed on Staten Island during our most recent trip to NYC, and passed the Statue of Liberty twice a day. The pic of John in front of Lady Liberty, with text reading "Imagine Peace" above his signature sold me.

More information (and other, more contemporary selections) can be found at the Music Skins site.

 

 



BANDSHELL - a Unique Kind of iPhone Case

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Designed for iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS, the new Bandshell - http://www.bandshellcase.com/ - is unique among the pantheon of cases. The affordably-priced unit (U$19.99) is constructed of impact-resistant polymer and comes in twelve pleasing colours.



DLO Wall Dock

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Wall Dock by DLO - $24


Quick Facts

Mount and charge your iPod or iPhone at any AC wall outlet

Delivers more power for a faster charge

Results:

I took this on my last road trip.  It was very handy in a small hotel room when charging my iPhone near the sink.  It kept it up off the counter away from any splashes.  It delivers a nice, quick charge - maybe due to no cords? 

It doesn't feel as if it's very stable on the wall dock.  I feared that if I bumped it, it would snap off.

 

Bottom Line: 5 out of 10 iPhones

I wouldn't buy it, but if I got it as a gift, I wouldn't return it.



iPhone fallout: the magical Magic Mouse

Honestly, I had mixed feelings when my new iMac27 came with that tiny wireless keyboard and the new wireless Magic Mouse. But WOW! The Magic Mouse rocks. It's awesome, terrific, wonderful and the best ever. After a week with the new iMac I cannot imagine ever using another mouse again.

What makes the Magic Mouse so great? It feels like you're using an iPhone! That's because the top of the Magic Mouse is really a Multi-Touch surface with gesture support. So instead of driving a scroll wheel or that funky microball in earlier Apple mice, you scroll exactly like you do on an iPhone. There's the same wonderful precision and, just like on the iPhone, you can scroll with "momentum," i.e. whip up and down pages (or any other direction) and then stop on a dime.



Holiday Gifts for Women

Great iPhone accessories enhance your iPhone's looks and utility

iSkin Solo iPhone 3G/iPhone 3GS Case

$29.99; iskin.com


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Enhance Your Video-Watching Enjoyment

These accessories will help you enjoy watching video on your iPhone

There’s no question that the iPhone delivers one of the best user experiences around. It’s great for Web browsing, listening to music, and staying connected through e-mail. In addition, it delivers a first-rate video experience for YouTube clips, music videos, and even full-length movies. Here are some accessories and apps that will make your viewing experience even more enjoyable.

Myvu Crystal

View video on high-tech eyewear

$300-$325; myvu.com


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