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Insanely Great is crazy enough to make their phone stands in the USA! #MacWorld

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The mobile accessory company Insanely Great may get their name from one of Steve Jobs' sayings, but in addition to designing their products in California, Insanely Great actually makes them there, too. It helps that their phone stands and holders have a few basic parts, specifically molded plastic, grippy backing, and suction cups. But the finished product is attractive, solid, colorful, and useful. Their product names are even whimsical!





Touch type on an iPad without an external keyboard with iKeyboard! #MacWorld

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I do a lot of typing on my iPad so I have a number of external Bluetooth keyboards. Some are built in to an iPad case and others are standalone units but they all have one thing in common... They use batteries. This was evident on the long flight home from CES when my keyboard ran out of power.


Enter the iKeyboard. In fact, I'm typing this article using one! The iKeyboard is an overlay for the iPad's built in virtual keyboard, in landscape mode. It stays in place using a sticky backing yet it can be applied and removed repeatedly with no residue.


Opena let's you open a beer or other bottle #MacWorld

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There are a surprising number of vendors offering an iPhone case that includes a beer bottle opener, but the Opena model stands out for a few reasons. Rather than have the opening mechanism around the Apple logo on the back of the iPhone case, the Opena has a slide out opener made of stainless steel. This means, when opening a bottle, the pressure is not placed directly on the phone.





Nomad goes where no stylus has gone before #MacWorld

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There are a lot of stylus' out there, but Nomad Brush has a couple that make a big difference. First, the Nomad Play is targeted at kids thanks to its smaller length, larger width, and wooden handle. But what really sets it apart is the paintbrush style tip, with conductive fibers so users can 'paint' directly on the screen. There is a rubber base where the fibers meet the stylus, so it reduces the chance of kids scraping the screen.



Grab a Grablet for your Tablet, and it's Made in the USA

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Since CES, I've had a chance to play with the Grablet which is a soft rubber shell for the iPad with special hooks for the included fabric latches.  The latches can be configured in a wide variety of ways to allow the user to grip, hold and display an iPad 2 as desired.  It's similar to the OtterBox Latch but less bulky and it's a custom fit for the iPad (with versions for the both the original and the iPad 2) unlike the OtterBox which is more of a general purpose holder for any 10" tablet.



TidyTilt brings one of the smartest iPad features to the iPhone

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Why didn't I think of this?  Better yet, why didn't Apple?  One of the attractive elements of the iPad 2 is the Smart Cover.  So why should the iPhone miss out on the action?  That was the thinking of Zahra and Derek, two Chicago-based enterprising entrepreneurs who created TidyTilt and used KickStarter.com to successfully fund it.



THE BEST IPHONE AND IPAD CAR MOUNTS

Keep your device secure anbd easy to reach with these diverse car mounts

iPhone car Mounts

#1 Magellan Premium Car Kit

($99.99, www.magellangps.com)


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NOTABLE GEAR

It’s hard to keep up with the vast number of accessories for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The amount of gear that is creative, useful, and interesting just keeps climbing, and it’s our job to bring you the highlights, so to speak. Here are some of the most notable accessories I’ve run across in the last couple of months.


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GREAT CASES FOR YOUR IPHONE 4S

These cases will keep your iPhone protected and looking stylish

The nice thing about the iPhone 4S having the same form factor as its predecessor is that there are plenty of cases to choose from. If you are upgrading from a Verizon iPhone 4, then your case(s) will fit your new phone. However, if you are upgrading from an AT&T iPhone 4, or from any other phone, you will need to buy a new case.

And now a word of parental advice (from a childless author): Always use protection when talking on your iPhone. The iPhone is made of glass, and replacing it can cost upwards of $800 dollars.


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