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Dexim launches new products for iPod, iPhone

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Dexim has announced a number of new products for the iPod and iPhone. Based on the company’s currently-available P-Flip Power Play Dock for iPhone/iPod touch, Dexim’s new DCA199 Solar-Powered P-Flip offers up to eight hours of extended talk time, 15 hours of video or gaming time, or 80 extra hours of audio playback, and can flip horizontally or vertically for hands-free viewing, or fold up for storage. It will sell for $80.

imageAlso new is the Power Case for the fifth-generation iPod nano. This new case offers an antenna for improved radio reception, a built-in flashlight for shooting video in low light, a built in 600mAh lithium polymer battery, a pass-through USB port for charging and syncing, an integrated video stand, and a speaker for desktop listening. The Multi-functional Power Case for iPod nano 5G is priced at $50. Finally, Dexim is also introducing the DCA192 Single Docking Station and DCA166 Charging Car Mount, both of which will sell for $30. All of Dexim’s new products are expected to be available soon.

2010 CES iLounge Pavilion setup photos posted

Take a sneak peek at the behind-the-scenes setup of the iLounge Pavilion at the 2010 International CES in Las Vegas, Nevada!

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We’ve posted our Flickr gallery of shots of the Pavilion as it’s under construction—more are coming soon!

Hearing Components unveils S-Series Comply Tips

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Hearing Components has announced its new lineup of S-Series Comply Foam Tips. Similar to the company’s T-Series tips, the S-Series tips are made from soft foam that reduces irritation and fatigue, while sealing the ear canal, blocking out external noise, and remaining comfortable for extended periods. Unlike the company’s prior tips, however, the S-Series will be available in four different colors—pink, purple, lime green, and black—to allow users more freedom of expression. The S-Series tips are compatible with more than 100 well-known earphone brands, and will be available early this year for $10.

Parrot shows iPhone-controlled AR.Drone toy

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Parrot, primarily known for its wireless mobile accessories, has unveiled the Parrot AR.Drone, a quadricopter piloted via an iPhone or iPod touch. The AR.Drone’s companion application allows users to fly in a real-world environment, complete with objects and conditions to account for, while simultaneously playing a video game on the device’s screen. The app uses the accelerometer and command buttons for control, while the Wi-Fi-connected AR.Drone employs a wide angle camera and high speed camera, an accelerometer, a gyro, an ultrasound sensor, and an advanced computer to make piloting accessible to both savvy and inexperienced users alike. Parrot plans to make an open SDK available to developers soon, and plans to release the AR.Drone to consumers sometime later this year at a currently undetermined price. Continue reading to watch a demo video showing the device in action.

Etymotic debuts hf3 headset for iPod, iPhone

Etymotic has introduced its new hf3 Headset for iPod and iPhone, the successor to the company’s prior, award-winning hf2 headset. The hf3 is designed to work with all iPhone and current iPod models, and features a three-button inline remote control for volume and track control, as well as an integrated high-sensitivity microphone. Pricing and release date have yet to be revealed; we will be updating this story as more information is made available.

AT&T announces completed 3G network upgrade

Exclusive U.S. iPhone carrier AT&T has announced completion of a software upgrade across its 3G cell sites nationwide in preparation for faster speeds. The software upgrade included deployment of High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA) technology, the same used by the iPhone 3GS, to offer download speeds of up to 7.2 megabits per second, provided the cell site has the required backhaul connection. AT&T claims that the deployment of enhanced backhaul connections for the cell sites will occur over the course of 2010 and 2011, adding capacity and boosting speeds.

Photo of the Week: iPod photo in Belize

This week’s featured photo is from our iPods Around the World gallery, and shows an iPod photo in front of the Maya archaeological site Xunantunich in Belize. To share your photos and to be considered for our Photo of the Week, you simply need to submit your own photo to one of our galleries. So get out there, take some pictures with your iPod or iPhone, and maybe your submission will be our next Photo of the Week!

Blue announces new Mikey mic for iPod, iPhone

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Blue Microphones has introduced its second-generation Mikey Portable Recorder for iPod and iPhone. The new-model Mikey features two custom-tuned Blue capsules for professional-quality stereo recording, an improved acoustic circuit, a 3.5mm line-input for direct recording of other sound sources, a USB pass-thru connection for simultaneous charging and syncing, a new case with a 230-degree range of adjustability, and an included soft carrying pouch. In addition, Blue has launched Blue FiRe, a new high-fidelity field recording app for the iPhone and iPod touch. The app was developed in partnership with Audiofile Engineering and is optimized for use with the second-generation Mikey. Blue’s second-generation Mikey will be available this Spring and will sell for $100.

Toffee rolls out iPhone Wrap for iPhone 3G, 3GS

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Toffee has debuted its new iPhone Wrap case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. Handmade from full-grain nappa leather, the Wrap case offers a protective front flap with an elastic strap closure, and open access to all ports, controls, and the camera when open. It will come in a variety of colors including black, tan, red, blue, and hot pink, and will be available in February for $50.

iHome intros new Studio Series speakers for iPod, iPhone

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iHome has added two new iPod speakers to its Studio Series, following the company’s initial Studio release, the well-received iP1. Both the new iP2 Home Audio System for iPhone and iPod and iP49 Portable Rechargeable Audio System with Alarm Clock & FM Radio for iPhone and iPod feature Digital Power Station (DPS) technology from Bongiovi Acoustics, boosting both systems’ sound quality. The iP2 Home Audio System also offers 50 watts of bi-amped power, a video out jack, and is expected to hit stores this Summer for $200. No pricing or release information is yet available for the iP49.

In addition, the company has also announced the iP39, a Kitchen timer and alarm clock radio speaker system for the iPhone and iPod that offers dual timers—one minute-based timer for fast setting and a second, more fine-tuned timer—a USB charging port, a slide-out Universal Dock, and easy to clean membrane buttons. It will sell for $100 and will be available this Spring.

Pure launches Sirocco 550 audio system with iPod dock

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Pure has introduced its new Sirocco 550 micro audio system. Features of the 550 include built-in Wi-Fi for access to Internet radio, podcasts, media streaming, and automatic software updates, an integrated dock for the iPod or iPhone, a MP3 and WMA compatible CD player and similarly capable USB input, FM radio with RBDS, 80 Watts RMS power, an auxiliary input, an included remote, two separate speaker cabinets, up to 40 FM presets, and more. Pure’s Sirocco 550 will be available in the U.S. later this year and will sell for $450.

Skech unveils Musicair Bluetooth audio accessories

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Skech has introduced its new Musicair Bluetooth audio accessories, as well as a pair of new cases for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. Musicair Home is a Bluetooth stereo adapter, integrating the Bluetooth circuit into an Apple-like wall adapter to eliminate the need to charge. It offers an integrated 3.5mm audio output cable, as well as an included RCA adapter. It sells for $80. Also priced at $80 is the Musicair Travel, an in-car Bluetooth audio solution that connects to a vehicle’s power port and 3.5mm auxiliary input, allowing users to stream Bluetooth audio from their iPhones, iPod touches, or other Bluetooth audio sources to their factory stereos.

In addition, Skech is offering a Leather Holster for iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS, featuring a built-in attachment clip, a detachable, magnetic-closure top flap, genuine leather construction, and an included screen guard and cleaning cloth. It sells for $40. Finally, the Rise Hard Shell case for iPhone 3G and 3GS is two-tone polycarbonate case featuring a metallic finish, interior felt lining, open access to all ports and controls, a detachable bottom section for easy docking, and an included screen protector, cleaning cloth, and video stand. It is available in a variety of colors and sells for $30.

App Store hits 3 billion downloads: 10 million per day

Less than one hundred days after marking the two billionth download from the App Store, Apple today announced an additional one billion downloads, bringing the total to three billion during the Store’s less than 18-month life span. Equating to roughly 10,000,000 downloads per day, or 300 million downloads per month, this three billion download milestone demonstrates a dramatic acceleration in app acquisition, more than doubling the 4.7 million download per day average of the first two billion downloads. Apple has previously stated that its download figures are based on initial downloads and do not include updates, which would make the statistics far higher. “This is like nothing we’ve ever seen before,” Apple CEO Steve Jobs said in a press release, which noted the App Store’s current availability in 77 countries. “And we see no signs of the competition catching up anytime soon.”

Report: Apple buys mobile ad company Quattro (Updated)

Following Google’s November acquisition of mobile phone advertising company AdMob for $750 million, a last-minute bid that reportedly scuttled AdMob’s acquisition by Apple, a Wall Street Journal report states that Apple has purchased AdMob competitor Quattro Wireless for $275 million. Quattro provides an advertising platform for the iPhone and iPod touch, complete with dynamic targeting and tracking capabilities, citing its ability to use banner advertisements to generate both revenue and additional app downloads for developers. The company’s advertising software development kits are also available for Android, Blackberry, and Palm WebOS platforms.

Updated: Quattro and Apple have confirmed the acquisition, with former Quattro head Andy Miller joining Apple as Vice President, Mobile Advertising.

Complete iLounge Pavilion CES exhibitor list, map published

With the 2010 International CES set to open three days from now in Las Vegas, Nevada, iLounge and the Consumer Electronics Association are excited to announce the availability of the list, booth numbers, and map locations of the over 100 vendors that will be exhibiting at the iLounge Pavilion, the first-ever unified iPod, iPhone, and Mac showcase at the world’s largest electronics trade show. The Pavilion will be located in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, accessible from the Grand Lobby of CES. On-site registration is still open for those who wish to attend CES, which runs from January 7 through January 10.

Tablet event moved to 27th, iPhone OS 4.0 beta to be shown?

A pair of new reports suggest that Apple plans to hold a special media event on January 27, not Jan. 26 as had been rumored, at which it will likely introduce a possible beta version of iPhone OS 4.0 and an accompanying SDK. Citing multiple sources close to Apple, AllThingsD reports that the company is planning to hold a media event on Wednesday, January 27 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, at which it will announce a major new product, most likely the long-rumored tablet. French-language Mac4Ever adds (Translated Link) that in addition to the tablet, Apple will also announce a beta of iPhone OS 4.0 and its SDK at the event. According to the report, the SDK will include a tablet simulator, and will make it easier for developers to adapt apps to different screen resolutions, opening the door for a higher resolution display on the fourth-generation iPhone. [via Engadget]

SwitchEasy debuts Reptile case for iPhone 3G, 3GS

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SwitchEasy has debuted its new Reptile case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. Like many of the company’s prior cases, the Reptile employs both a soft ADSP inner shell and GE Lexan polycarbonate UltraFrame to offer protection for the iPhone, and also features a crocodile skin texture on the rear, open access to all ports, controls, and the camera, Included with the case are two screen guards with applicator card, a video stand, a microfiber cleaning cloth, two Universal dock adapters, one black, one white, two Dock Connector protectors, and two headphone jack connectors. SwitchEasy’s Reptile case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS is available now in five colors and sells for $29; for more information, see our First Look article.

Crestron rolls out in-wall iPod dock

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Crestron has introduced its new CEN-IDOCV-DSW Wall Mount Interface for iPod. The DSW provides video, audio, USB, and hi-speed Ethernet to integrate the docked iPod with a Crestron whole house AV system. Features include USB-over-Ethernet functionality to remotely sync the iPod with any networked computer running iTunes, 2-way communication for total control via Crestron touchpanels, the ability to charge the iPod while docked, the ability to control the iPod using its own controls, and panel-mounted volume controls. Crestron’s CEN-IDOCV-DSW Wall Mount Interface for iPod is available in black or white; pricing has yet to be announced.

Helium Digital intros HDBT-990 Wristband Communicator

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Helium Digital has introduced its new HDBT-990 Wristband Communicator. The 990 is a unique iPhone-compatible cell phone accessory, which uses Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR to let the user receive calls directly from the wristband. Features include audible caller ID, incoming call and out of range vibration alerts, up to four hours of talk time and 160 hours of standby time on a single charge, echo elimination and noise cancellation technologies, and support for A2DP, Headset, and Handsfree Bluetooth profiles. Helium Digital’s HDBT-990 Wristband Communicator will be available in February and is priced at $90 CAD, or roughly $87.

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