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hf2 - High Fidelity - BEST earphones I have found!

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I have searched "High and Low" to find the best earphones out there.  I think I found them!!!  The hf2 by Etymotic is by far the most comfortable earphone I have tried.  They stay comfortably in my ears, block out extra noise, equalize my ear pressure and sound AWESOME.



The Stylus Wars

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In Corner #1, we have my reigning champ – The Pogo Stylus by Ten One Design. He’s short and well packed, which makes him easy to hold and use.



Oh Voi!

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In this review I take a look at the Voi! case by Lorem for the iPhone 3G/3Gs ($24.95, and an additional $5.95 if you want the screen protector) let me tell you, it is a great product!



NAO Symphony - Ultimate Stereo Speakers

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Picture this....you are sitting in bed, you want to listen to your "Sleepy Time" playlist (a mix of Celtic and Hawaiian music) but you also want to check the weather for tomorrow, your calendar and read a chapter of "Julie & Julia" on your eReader app before the Sandman arrives.

With the current iPhone/iPod docking stations, you can't hold your iPhone while it's docked, but you can with the NAO Music Station.  How is that possible??  BlueTooth and Wifi.  Listen and control your playlist right from your iPhone while listening to the sweet sounds emitting from your speakers. 



The iPad: Good enough to displace assorted single-purpose gadgets

I never liked being called "Jack of all trades" because the assumption that follows is "Master of none."  In reality, I consider myself to be a Renaissance man, capable of performing well in multiple fields, such as programming, marketing, design, teaching, and writing.  This has served me well as an entrepreneur.  The iPad is in a similar position.  The iPad may not be the best eBook reader because it doesn't use e-Ink which aids screen legibility and battery life, but it's pretty darn good.  The iPad may not accept DVDs or SD cards, which my current portable video player does, but it's pretty darn good.  The iPad might not be the best video game platform because it lacks physical buttons, but it's pretty darn good.



Print Photos and Watch TV from your iPhone!

The two hardware accessories discussed in this article are awesome stand-alone products, but each comes with an iPhone component that helps make your life easier and more enjoyable.


Lexmark Interact S605 Printer and LexPrint app


Printer $199.99; LexPrint app Free; lexmark.com

S605PrinterLexmark recently announced its new line of “All-In-One” inkjet printers, including the Interact S605. This printer features a full color, 4.3 inch LCD touch screen for controlling the printer functions.


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On-the-Go Accessories


Stereo bicycle speakers, sports case, travel battery, and more


I can’t imagine a day without my iPhone. I’m on the road a lot, and my iPhone keeps me in touch with family, friends, and business associates. It helps me stay informed about current news and find information fast. And it entertains and relaxes me with music and streaming video at the end of a long and sometimes stressful day. I even use it while engaged in sports or other fitness-related activities.

A number of accessory developers market products to help active, on-the-go users get more out of their iPhone.


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"Appcessories" at CES

Application/accessory combos dominated the iPhone portion of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show ...from postings at CES by iPhone Life bloggers

“Appcessories” (accessories with an iPhone app component) commanded a lot of attention at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.

The release of OS 3.0 made this type of solution possible, and developers are starting to take advantage of it. Below are some of the appcessories that were on display at CES (along with a few other noteworthy products). Note that some of them aren’t available yet, but don’t get frustrated—we should be seeing them rolled out in the next few months.


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Touch And Go…

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In case you were not aware, TomTom and Magellan have previously released versions of their GPS car kit that turns your iPod Touch into a navigation device, as well as making their GPS software compatible with it. One of the downsides is the cost, as it can be argued that you can buy a standalone GPS unit for much less. Cost may not be an issue for those wanting to add more functionality to their device but one of the drawbacks I see is that their car kits are for in car use only via the car power adaptor. In my opinion, this limits some of the payback use / value, especially if you only need GPS navigation occasionally.



iVideochat: The missing link for the iPad & iPhone

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While I will definitely be buying an iPad on Day 1, I am on record as being disappointed there is no built-in camera, let alone two.  Cameras are included in just about every cellphone and even the lowly iPod nano and Nintendo DSi.  Imagine the gaming, Augmented Reality, and videoconferencing capabilities this feature would have enabled.  Instead of the mixed reaction the iPad has garnered, the appeal of the iPad would have been a no-brainer, just by including a camera.  I have to believe a future iPad will have at least one camera.  But for now, I Photoshopped the following creation in the hopes it might inspire a vendor to create such a hardware and software combination.



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