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Hex intros Icon Watch Band case for iPod nano 6G

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Hex has introduced its new Icon Watch Band case for the sixth-generation iPod nano. Made from durable polycarbonate, the Icon offers push-through protection for the power and volume buttons, open access to the dock connector and headphone ports, a pop-in, pop-out design, a matte finish, and an adjustable polycarbonate link bracelet with push button stainless steel clasp. The Hex Icon Watch Band for the sixth-generation iPod nano is available now in black, white, blue, green, or purple, and sells for $40.

JBL releases On Tour iBT Bluetooth Speaker

JBL has released the On Tour iBT, a new battery powered one-piece speaker that incorporates Bluetooth wireless technology to stream audio wirelessly from the iPad, iPhone, iPod or other A2DP capable devices. Weighing just over one pound, the On Tour iBT is designed for portability and can be easily carried in a backpack or purse. The unit also includes a tabletop stand for an iPad in portrait or landscape mode allowing the iBT to function as an audio output for video playback. The On Tour iBT features four Odyssey full-range neodymium transducers with computer optimized digital signal processing equalization for detailed, 360-degree sound and supports both the A2DP and AVRCP Bluetooth audio profiles. A built-in microphone also allows the unit to be used as a speakerphone for conference calls or video chats. The speaker is powered by four AA batteries or an external AC power source; when connected to a wall outlet the iBT can also charge an iPad, iPhone or iPod via a built-in USB connection. The JBL On Tour iBT sells for $150 and is available from JBL.com and other JBL retailers.

NewMacGadgets releases iPad 2 Security Base

NewMacGadgets has introduced the iPad 2 Security Base, a security focused version of its popular iPad 2 Display Dock. Following the same general design as the original Display Dock, the Security Base adds additional features aimed at business and retail customers where security is a concern. Similar in design to displays used in Apple Stores, the base includes security brackets with Torx tamper-proof screws, mounting holes and 3M clear pressure sensitive adhesive for mounting to hard surfaces. The Security Base also allows removal of the iPad 2 with an included Torx t-10 bit. The base is constructed from 1.25” clear acrylic and slots are also provided for the charging cord and earphones. The iPad 2 Security Base is available now from NewMacGadgets.com for $90.

Griffin introduces MultiDock Business Docking System

´┐╝´┐╝Griffin Technology has announced the MultiDock, a station for charging, syncing and storing up to 10 iPads, iPhones or iPods. Designed for a business or classroom environment, MultiDock is capable of delivering full-rate charging to each of its 10 charge bays in a compact cabinet and offers plug-and-charge convenience for organizations that need to manage and store multiple iOS devices.    The MultiDock’s bays include a dock cable and are sized to accommodate iOS devices even in typical cases.

In addition to charging the MultiDock also provides the ability to synchronize with a single computer using an included USB cable; an optional laptop stand can be added to the top of the cabinet. LED indicators provide charging and syncing status for each connected device and users can link up to three MultiDocks to a single host computer via an included USB hub to provide up to 30 total charging and syncing slots. Charging bays provide full 10-watt charging for the iPad and automatically power off once charging is complete. MultiDock sells for an MSRP of $700 and is available for purchase from Griffin’s web site.

Gear4 launches Angry Birds speakers

Gear4 has announced pricing and availability for its new lineup of licensed speakers based on Rovio’s iconic mobile game Angry Birds. Three different models will be available, each based on a popular game character: Red Bird, Black Bird and the Helmet Pig. The Red Bird speaker will sell for $80 and allows playback via a 3.5mm audio cable for compatibility with any audio player and includes a stand. The Green Helmet Pig speaker is priced at $100 and includes an integrated Dock for the iPod and iPhone along with volume and bass controls and a remote control. The Black Bird speaker is optimized for the iPad providing an external Dock and iPad charging support and also includes a remote control and volume and bass controls. All three speakers are expected to be available later this fall in Apple Stores and can be pre-ordered online at Gear4.

Soundmatters releases foxLv2 Platinum Bluetooth Speaker

Soundmatters has announced the new foxLv2 Platinum Bluetooth speaker, a pocket-sized Hi-Fi speaker for audio purists. The latest in the company’s award-winning foxL series, the foxLv2 adds a trio of new performance features including advancements in Bluetooth streaming technology for CD quality music, new audiophile cabling and extended battery life. Sporting a new “platinum” finish, the foxLv2 includes support for the Blutooth CSR apt-X streaming protocols for wireless connectivity to Bluetooth equipped devices such as the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Mac or users can connecting to an audio source using the included 3.5mm Audioquest Evergreen cable; Bluetooth speakerphone capability is also included with a built-in noise cancelling microphone.

The foxLv2 speakers can be used either with an AC connection for increased wattage output or on the internal rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery for up to 10 hours of battery life using Bluetooth or 20 hours with a wired audio connection. The foxLv2 Platinum is priced at $229 and is expected to be available from Soundmatters and other retailers beginning in November.

Maxell Japan announces Air Voltage for iPad 2

Hitachi Maxell Japan and Murata have announced the Air Voltage, a new wireless induction charging stand and case for the iPad 2. The charging system works by placing the iPad in the “Energy Cover” case and then setting the case and iPad onto the “Energy Station” charger which doubles as a stand for the iPad. The iPad can be placed on the stand and charged in either portrait or landscape orientation and can be used while it is being charged. The Air Voltage system is designed to provide the necessary power required by the iPad 2 and charge the device in the same amount of time as the standard Apple charger—about 3 hours for a full charge. The case also provides a passthrough mini USB connector and cable that can be used for syncing with iTunes. The Air Voltage will be available in both white and black and the company plans to begin selling the unit in Japan on Nov 25th for $196. [via TechCrunch]

iLuv announces WorkStation Series for iPad

iLuv has announced the WorkStation Series, a new line of docks and cases designed to provide iPad users with a PC computing experience for business and productivity purposes. The iMM737 WorkStation Dock provides a docking station for the iPad with a wired laptop-style keyboard that includes dedicated iPad function keys and a tilting and rotating bracket that allows the iPad to be used in both landscape and portrait orientations. The iMM517 WorkStation Pro provides a more advanced solution with a Bluetooth keyboard and integrated speakers.

For mobile use, the WorkStation series includes the iCK826/iSK912 Professional WorkStation Portfolio case with detachable Bluetooth keyboard and the standalone iBTKB20 WorkStation Bluetooth Keyboard, both of which include laptop-style keys for improved typing capabilities and dedicated iPad function keys. Prices for the iLuv WorkStation Series range from $50 to $180. Most of the accessories in the WorkStation Series will be available at select retailers this month with the iMM737 WorkStation Dock coming in November. As of press time, iLuv had not released photos or offered web links for the new lineup.

Griffin announces TechSafe Case for iPad 2

Griffin Technology has announced the release of the TechSafe Case for iPad 2. Designed to provide users with the security of a desktop cable locking system, the polycarbonate case secures and protects the iPad while providing an anchor point for the included 4-digit combination lock security cable. The iPad can remain in the case for normal everyday use with two foldout workstands for typing or upright landscape viewing built into the case. The security cable snaps into the iPad to easily lock it down and it can be quickly removed simply by dialling in the combination and pushing the plunger. The TechSafe Case and Cable Lock is available from Griffin Technology’s web site for $80.

Vers unveils 7E earphones, iPad 2 case

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Vers has unveiled its new 7E enhanced bass earphones, as well as a new case for the iPad 2. The 7E is an in-ear earphone, featuring a bamboo or walnut body made from sustainably-sourced wood, an 8mm driver, an included felt-lined metal carrying case, and an in-line microphone and single-button remote. Vers’ 7E earphones are available now and sell for $70. The Slimcase for iPad 2 is also made from bamboo or walnut, and offers a two-piece slide-together design, open access to all ports and controls, and a metal foot for use as a stand. It sells for $80.

Bracketron intros iRoom iDock for iPad

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Bracketron has introduced the iRoom iDock wall mount for iPad in North America. Available in portrait and landscape models, the iDock is an integrated, flush wall mount for the iPad offering motorized docking and release of the iPad, a proximity sensor to automatically open when the user is near, the ability to charge the iPad while docked, compatibility with both iPad and iPad 2 models via conversion kits, and a feature that automatically opens the dock in the event of a power failure. The iRoom iDock is available now black, white, or aluminum; pricing has yet to be announced.

iHelicopters debuts iW500 Wall Climbing Car for iOS

iHelicopters has debuted its new iW500 Wall Climbing Car for iOS. The remote controlled vehicle creates a sealed vacuum between itself and the surface of the wall or ceiling, allowing it to perform a variety of stunts. A vacuum on/off switch allows the device to be used as a traditional RC car; other features include a 200mAh Li-Polymer USB rechargeable battery, and an included transmitter which plugs into the dock connector port of an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and works with a free app to allow the device to remotely control the toy. iHelicopters’ iW500 Wall Climbing Car for iOS is available now and sells for $60.

Mophie updates Juice Pack external battery lineup

Mophie has taken the wraps off its new lineup of Juice Pack external batteries for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The Juice Pack Powerstation is a 4,000mAh external battery offering 2 amp output capabilities for fast charging of the iPad over USB, a four LED charge status indicator, and built-in short circuit, overcharge and temperature protection. It will sell for $80.

The smaller Juice Pack Boost offers a 2000mAh capacity lithium polymer battery, a slim profile with a pivoting Dock Connector, a soft touch finish, and a four LED charge status indicator. It is priced at $50. Finally, the Juice Pack Reserve is a compact power solution offering a hidden, flexible integrated charging cable, a built-in key ring, a LED power indicator, and a two-tone soft touch and metallic finish. It will sell for $35; all three Juice Pack models are expected to ship September 30th.

Targus unveils new accessories for iPad

Targus has unveiled a number of new accessories for the iPad and iPad 2. The Swivel Stand for iPad securely holds an iPad or iPad 2 in any orientation while offering multiple viewing/typing angles, the ability to store the iPad when not in use, and compatibility with Apple’s iPad Smart Cover. It is available exclusively at Best Buy and sells for $40. Also new is the Executive Stylus & Pen, which combines a rubber-tipped stylus and refillable ballpoint pen in a traditional enclosure for $40, and the 3-in-1 Stylus for Capacitive Devices, which offers a rubber-tip for use as a stylus, a ballpoint pen, and a laser pointer, all in a single enclosure. It is available now and sells for $35. Finally, the Lap Lounge for Tablets is a device-agnostic solution for casual tablet use, offering a 360-degree rotating base a built-in stylus loop, and a zippered pocket that stores a tuck-away handle and also serves as an accessory pouch. It is priced at $50; the Executive Stylus and Lap Lounge are listed as “coming soon.”

Desk Pets ships TankBot toy for iOS

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Desk Pets has announced that its TankBot remote control toy for iOS and Android is now available. First revealed in January, the TankBot is a small interactive toy that features three modes to navigate mazes, roam freely, or allow for user control via a headphone jack-connecting remote control module and a dedicated iOS app. The TankBot also features IR sensors to let it maneuver around obstacles, a built-in speaker with dedicated sounds for certain situations, and a built-in battery that recharges over USB and provides 15 minutes of play time per charge. Desk Pets’ TankBot for iOS is available starting today at Radio Shack and Toys R’ Us locations nationwide and sells for $25.

Logitech intros Harmony Link remote for iOS

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Logitech has introduced its new Harmony Link universal remote for iOS. The Link is a small device that communicates with the free Logitech Harmony Link apps for iPhone/iPod touch and iPad over Wi-Fi, enabling them to control up to eight home entertainment devices at once via a built-in IR blaster. The Link also includes an IR mini-blaster accessory for controlling components stored inside a cabinet, and offers the ability to connect with multiple devices at one time, personalized program guides with one-tap channel switching on the iPad and information provided by Rovi, over 5,000 supported component brands, the ability to learn IR commands from other remotes, an AC adapter so there’s no need for battery replacement. Logitech’s Harmony Link universal remote solution for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch is available for pre-order now and is expected to ship next month for $100.

Sony debuts new RDP-X500iP iPad speaker dock

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Sony has debuted its new RDP-X500iP speaker dock for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod. Sporting a wide, tall shape and a front-mounted dock, the RDP-X500iP features Magnetic Fluid Speakers for increased clarity, a built-in subwoofer, dual passive radiators for added bass response, Clear Phase digital signal processing, an auxiliary input, and an included remote control. The RDP-X500iP is available for pre-order now and sells for $300. In addition, it’s also introduced an updated version of its clock radio for iPod and iPhone. Dubbed the ICF-CS15iP, it offers Mega Bass and Mega Xpand sound modes, dual alarms with 2-5-7 day functionality and support for different settings for weekdays and weekends, a new flexible dock connector to accomodate encased devices, and an included full function remote. Sony’s ICF-CS15iP is also available for pre-order and is priced at $100.

Altec shows new AirPlay, docking speakers

Altec Lansing is showing a pair of new speaker systems at the IFA show in Berlin, according to Engadget. The inAir 5000 is a tabletop AirPlay speaker featuring a teardrop design and 110 watts of total power, but lacking the built-in dock of the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin line with which it is likely to compete. The second system is the iMT630 Classic. It offers a retractable dock, a built-in stand on the back, and a magnetic remote control that can be secured to the unit’s metal front grill for safe keeping. Neither price nor availability information has been released for either system.

Update: Altec has released details of its inMotion iMT630 speaker system for the iPhone and iPod. Powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that lasts for up to seven hours, the 630 features an integrated dock, dual two-inch drivers, an included wireless remote with dedicated magnetic storage space, and compatibility with Altec Lansing’s free iOS apps. Altec Lansing’s inMotion iMT630 speaker system for the iPhone and iPod is available in a black Classic model or in red or teal Sport models and sells for $150.

Belkin unveils cooking-oriented iPad accessories

Belkin has unveiled its new lineup of kitchen accessories for the iPad 2. The lineup includes the Chef Stand + Stylus, which consists of a chrome-finished, dual-angle stand and a touchscreen-friendly stylus with its own holder and a magnetic tip for activating the iPad 2’s automatic sleep/wake functionality. It is compatible with most cases, hand-washable, and priced at $40, and the Fridge Mount, which is also priced at $40, and uses maximum-strength 3M Command strips to snap the iPad 2 firmly in place and attach it securely to the fridge. Rounding out the lineup is the Kitchen Cabinet Mount, a $50 accessory that uses an adjustable clamp to attach itself to any cabinet or shelf, securely suspending the iPad 2—whether or not it’s in a case—in the air. The Kitchen Cabinet Mount sells for $50; release information for the three products has yet to be announced.

Kensington intros new accessories for iPhone, iPad

Kensington has introduced several new accessories for the iPhone and iPad. Among them are the BungeeAir Power Wireless Security Tether & Battery for iPhone and BungeeAir Protect Wireless Security Tether for iPhone, two new products which combined a small remote fob, 30-pin accessory, and downloadable app to maintain an active wireless connection between the fob and the iPhone, alerting the user should one travel too far from the other while simultaneously password-protecting the phone. The app also lets the accessory serve as a key-finding mechanism. The BungeeAir Power integrates the 30-pin transmitter into a slim battery case for the iPhone 4, offering 1500mAh of extra power and a built-in slot to allow a credit card to serve as a kickstand when viewing the iPhone in landscape orientation. It sells for $100 and is currently available for pre-order on Amazon. The BungeeAir Protect instead includes a small 30-pin dongle for communication with the included fob as well as a case designed to hold the iPhone 4 with the dongle attached. It sells for $80, and is available for pre-order directly from Kensington.

Finally, the new SecureBack Security Cases for iPad 2 allow users to secure their iPads while also offering protection. The standard SecureBack Security Case features three-piece construction, open access to all ports and controls, and an adjustable slider bar that offers quick access to the ClickSafe Security Anchor while also serving as a typing stand, while the SecureBack Security Case with 2-way Stand adds an extendable stand to the rear of the case, offering a 20-degree typing angle and 60-degree landscape viewing angle. Both cases are available for pre-order now for $50 and $60, respectively, and are also available in bundles with a ClickSafe Lock for an additional $30 each.

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