Accessories

Anything covering hardware peripherals such as cases, headphones, etc.

The Return of the Styli: Hand Stylus

Ah, I remember fondly the good old days of Windows Mobile and the precision pointing of the stylus and so many fewer typos. Then came the iPhone and a whole new generation of nose miners emerged gooping up the screen with greasy fingers and worse. I for one am tired of gummy screens and applaud the resurgence of the stylus.

Now a stylus could be nothing more than a wad of aluminum foil, but thanks to Hand Stylus there is an attractive line of styli out there with your choice of colors.


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AOC 16" USB Portable LED Monitor

Every once in a while I get a gadget I can't wait to tell everyone about. That's the case with the AOC 16" portable USB powered monitor. It's a road warrior's dream come true with its light weight and portability. It works with both PC and MAC.

Once you have installed the appropriate driver, you just plug the provided USB cable into a port on your laptop and the other end into the mini USB port in the monitor, and bazingo, you are in business.


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The Griffin Beacon Remote Control

The Griffin Beacon is a universal remote control for IOS devices. You can pair an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad with the unit via Bluetooth. The Beacon then converts the signals to Infrared to transmit to your TV.

After your devices are paired via Bluetooth the next step is to download the dijit app from the iTunes store. It's free. The Beacon's Bluetooth range is about 30 feet. It will stay connected for about 60 minutes and reconnect when you move back in range.

After 60 minutes, Beacon switches to low power mode to conserve battery life.


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Griffin Smart Talk Solar

With more and more states getting on the bandwagon and making illegal to talk on a cell phone or text while driving, it's a good idea to have a safe solution that will allow you to talk hands free. Here comes Griffin Smart Talk Solar to the rescue. I can't tell you how it makes me shutter when I see a soccer mom with a van full of kids yacking away on her phone. I don't even want to think about texting while you drive.

What makes Smart Talk special is that it is solar powered thus eliminating the unsightly and cumbersome power cord of other hands free devices.


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Cellink U: a veritable Swiss Army Knife

What will Cellink U do for you? It's an amazing multifunctional Swiss Army Knife everyone will want to have in his or her pocket.

It's a power backup. If you run out of battery on your mobile device, Cellink U can come to the rescue. It will give you an extra 90 minutes of talk time. or two days of standby time. It is supposed to give your device battery a 40% charge boost. It can be used with phones, GPS, cameras, and other mobile devices.

You can charge this Cellink Uback up battery pack from your computer, car, or AC source.


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Cellink U: a veritable Swiss Army Knife

What will Cellink U do for you? It's an amazing multifunctional Swiss Army Knife everyone will want to have in his or her pocket.

It's a power backup. If you run out of battery on your mobile device, Cellink U can come to the rescue. It will give you an extra 90 minutes of talk time. or two days of standby time. It is supposed to give your device battery a 40% charge boost. It can be used with phones, GPS, cameras, and other mobile devices.

You can charge this Cellink Uback up battery pack from your computer, car, or AC source.


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New Bracketron Universal Car Mount

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I am always in search of the perfect solution for mounting my phone while driving. Some solutions are better than others.

I am not overly fond of blocking my driving view on my windshield. I don't like to give up cup holder for mount space. I don't like covering up my A/C vents with a mount.

Bracketron's new universal mount uses the cigarette lighter or contact point port to hold a flexible neck mount that also charges your device.

It comes with a Micro USB cable, so if you use another kind of cable, you are on your own.


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New VoIP Adapter: free calls forever

Lose your landline, lose MagicJack. Get OBi100 VoIP adapter for $39.99 and make FREE calls over the Internet forever. It kinda bugged me when MagicJack raised their rates by 10 bucks a year to a captive audience this year. Well, here's something you can do about it. Get an OBi100 unit.

The Obi100 phone adapter plugs into your router for Internet connectivity. Then it makes calls using an interface like Google Voice. Of course you have to configure it to your Google Voice account or another service such as Sipgate, so it's not quite plug and play.


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Cord Cruncher: a must have

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Cord Cruncher is just over 18" in length. On one end, you have the standard 3.5 mm audio jack. On the other end are two comfy, padded ear plugs. In the middle is a length of rubber tubing. Mine is blue, but it comes in a choice of three patriotic colors: red, white, and blue.

To extend the wires to their full length, just grab on the ear plugs and gently pull them out of the tubing for your listening pleasure.

When you are done listening and want to store the wires for future use without tangling, you just hold both ends of the tubing and pull until the wires are totally encased.


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Rapoo Bluetooth Keyboard

It's not foldable, but it will fit in your pocket. This ultrathin, stainless steel, sleek Bluetooth 3.0 keyboard measures only 82mm x 206mm x 5.8mm or 8 x 2 3/4 x 3/16 inches. It comes in your choice of black or white keys. Unfortunately, it only supports IOS devices.

After a two hour charge, it will perform for up to a month, and the keyboard works up to 30 feet away from the device to which it's linked.

This keyboard features iPad hotkeys for convenience. But it does not come with a manual, so you have to figure it out on your own.


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Eco Extreme Speaker

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MagicWand

I miss the stylus from the old Windows Mobile days. These new touch screens can be difficult for accurate typing, drawing, and pointing. A stylus is much more precise. When the iPhone first came out, I used to call its users nose miners. Ah, the good old days of yore.

Anyway, I back in business. I just acquired a magnificent MagicWand by MediaDevel that would make Harry Potter envious.


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Stocking Stuffers: Powerskin

If you are a gamer, and you like to go mobile with your IOS, Blackberry, or Android phone, you'll want to take a look at Powerskin. It not only protects you device, but it makes the handheld gaming experience more exciting and longer lasting.


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Stocking Stuffer: Opena

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How about a beer with your iPhone? Now here is a gift for the guy who has everything. The Opena is basically a protective skin for the iPhone 4 with a bottle cap opener that slides out. That's about all there is to it. All you have to do it click your iPhone into it, and you are in business. When you need to open a bottle, there is a metal slider in the back of the unit with a hole in it. Put your finger in the hole and slide upward. Out pops the opener.


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Stocking Stuffer: Verbatim Ultra-Slim Keyboard

The Verbatim Ultra-Slim keyboard really is slim. It measures just over 1/8" think by 8 3/4 x 4/3/4 and weighs about as much as a hummingbird beak. So, it's compact and easy to carry on the road, yet it's a full-size Qwerty board with lots of special key features. It makes the perfect stock stuffer for the dedicated road warrior or for at home/office use to increase productivity.


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Nav Mat II: The Ultimate Car Mount Solution

I don't know about you, but I am constantly challenged finding a place on my cluttered dashboard and windshield to mount a digital device. It's always a contest to find a place that the mount will stick, a place where you can see the screen of the device easily, and a place that will not inhibit your view of the road.

To solve all these issue, you only need to acquire a Bracketron Nav Mat II.


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Handsfree with Supertooth Buddy

I don't know why it's not illegal to drive and text/talk at the same time, but there are still some states that don't seem to care. It's a lethal combination. Nothing give me shivers more that a soccer mom with a van full of kids yakking away on her phone.

It really doesn't matter if it's against the law or not; it's simply not safe. Everyone should have a handsfree device for mobile phones in the car.


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All-Weather Soft Mount Bike Mount

Riding my recumbent bike, one of my great joys. Another great joy is tracking my trips and playing music along the way. For this purpose, I need a good handlebar mount that will allow me to hold my PDA in plain view securely.

My first bike mount was a disaster. I thought my phone was securely fastened, but on the first bump, the unit went flying, the battery cover in one direction, the body, and battery in other directions.


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How I turned my iPhone/iPod 4 in to a texting demon with a slideout keyboard

Have you ever envied people who sit in the coffee shop with their thumbs blazing as they text away on their mobile devices? As an iPhone/iPad person, you have been out of luck if you want this form factor--until now.

Let me introduce you to the nifty, new NUU Mini keyboard. It is really meant for the iPhone, but I slipped my iPod touch 4 into it, and it works just fine. It has a little slop room, but you can shim it up if it really bothers you.

All you have to do is connect your device to the keyboard via Bluetooth, which is quick and strait forward.


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Geek timepiece: 4-bit Binary Watch

It seems to me that fewer and fewer people wear watches these days in favor of using a mobile phone for keeping time. Yet watch companies appear to be alive and well. I think they have to be more innovative and creative with design and functionality to keep in the game.

Recently a noteworthy watch by Cadence watch company came to my attention.


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