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Welcome to our new, continuously-updated First Looks - a collection of previews showing brand new iPod, iPhone and iPad accessories that we’re currently in the process of testing. Here’s what’s hot right now:

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Company: Thought Out

Website: www.Thoughtout.biz

Model: PED4 Mount CH50

Price: $50

Compatible: iPhone 5/5c/5s + iPod touch 5G

Thought Out PED4 Mount CH50 for iPhone 5/5c/5s + iPod touch 5G

The latest in Thought Out's iterative line of stands and mounts is PED4 Mount CH50 for iPhone 5/5c/5s and iPod touch 5G ($50). This one is made to be permanently attached to a surface, using either the three included screws, or by using an optional AdPad 300 ($15) adhesive mounting kit. The mount is attached to a curved metal pole via a ball joint, with another at the other end connecting the iPhone holder. Its five arms are adjustable, allowing you to use iPhones and iPods with or without cases.

Thought Out PED4 Mount CH50 for iPhone 5/5c/5s + iPod touch 5G

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Company: CableJive

Website: www.Cablejive.com

Model: dockBoss air

Price: $35

Compatible: All Bluetooth-Equipped iPads, iPhones + iPods

CableJive dockBoss air Wireless Music Receiver

Recently updated from an earlier, somewhat different-looking version, the 2013 version of dockBoss air ($35) from CableJive is the latest wireless music receiver designed to help repurpose Dock Connector speakers. The small dongle connects to Apple's 30-pin plug, adding Bluetooth connectivity, and drawing power from the speaker rather than requiring its own energy source. CableJive says this latest edition offers clearer audio, bigger volume, one-touch Bluetooth pairing, and remote control passthrough.

CableJive dockBoss air Wireless Music Receiver

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Company: Cobra Electronics

Website: www.Cobra.com

Model: HH500

Price: $170

Compatible: All iPads, iPhone 4/4S/5/5c/5s, iPod touch 4G/5G

Cobra HH500 Floating VHF Radio with Bluetooth

Pitched as an iPhone speakerphone and speaker alternative for marine use, Cobra's IPX7-rated submersible and floating handset HH500 ($170) looks like a walkie-talkie and packs a 1/3/6-Watt VHF radio, rechargeable battery pack, and other useful features. In addition to wirelessly pairing with Apple's devices, HH500 enables nautical users to tune into U.S.A., Canadian, and international channels, including all of the NOAA's weather channels, as well as receiving weather alerts. HH500 also includes a noise-cancelling microphone and "Burping" speaker that can vibrate water out of its grille for better performance after submersion. A charging dock is included, as are wall and vehicle power adapters, mounting screws, a handstrap, and a second battery pack that you can self-supply with five disposable AA cells as a backup.

Cobra HH500 Floating VHF Radio with Bluetooth

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Company: Case-Mate

Website: www.case-mate.com

Model: Madison

Price: $100

Compatible: iPhone 5/5s

Case-Mate Madison for iPhone 5/5s

Having been released and marketed for the iPhone 5, Case-Mate's Madison ($100) may end up pairing well with the gold version of the iPhone 5s. A quilted leather shell-style case, it's finished with Swarovski crystals; both materials help explain the elevated price. It also comes in black and copper versions, for those who may prefer a different color scheme. Inside, the case is lined with microfiber to protect your handset.

Case-Mate Madison for iPhone 5/5s

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