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Apptwee debuts Ri Universal Remote for iOS

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Apptwee has debuted its new Ri Universal Remote accessory for iOS devices. The Ri is a small white accessory that connects via the headphone port and features an IR blaster on the front. Working in conjunction with the company’s free Ri App for iOS, it allows users to control their home theater equipment and any other device that accepts IR-based remote control signals directly from their device. Apptwee’s Ri Universal Remote for iOS is available now for pre-order and sells for $20.

Fanny Wang unveils on-ear headphones

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Fanny Wang Headphones, a new company founded by Hard Candy Cases CEO Tim Hickman, has announced its first offering, a pair of On Ear Headphones. Featuring a Beats by Dr. Dre-inspired design—the company claims the sound engineer behind the acoustics of Monster’s popular headphones also worked on Fanny Wang’s—the new headphones sport 40 mm titanium drivers, a “DuoJack” inline splitter for sharing music, a collapsible tri-fold design with a metal hinge, and a sound signature that is said to include a modest bass boost while remaining appropriate for various genres of music. In addition to the initial On Ear offerings, the company also plans to launch on-ear iPhone and over-ear noise-canceling models in Q1 2011. Fanny Wang’s new On Ear Headphones are available for pre-order now in red, black, or white, and will ship December 27 for $150.

iKit rolls out touchscreen AutoCon FM transmitter

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iKit has rolled out its new AutoCon FM transmitter. Sporting a 3.5mm auxiliary input cable, the AutoCon offers compatibility with all iPods, iPhones, and the iPad, as well as other portable devices. It also features a touchscreen display, with rapid auto scan to quickly find open stations, play, pause, volume, and track skip controls, handsfree telephony functionality, and an included USB car charger. The iKit AutoCon FM transmitter is available now and sells for $45.

Stem Innovation launches with TimeCommand Alarm Clock

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Stem Innovation has introduced its new TimeCommand audio alarm dock for the iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad. Stem Innovation is a new company focused on creating iOS accessory products, founded by former XtremeMac CEO Gary Bart. “Exciting opportunities now exist for forward-thinking manufacturers to deliver compelling solutions driven by mobile devices,” said Bart. “Stem’s mission is to enable users to connect their mobile products to their personal environment using the power of apps.”

The TimeCommand, its first iOS-focused product, is a circular alarm clock featuring a top-mounted dock, Stem:Sonic iQ digital signal processing for improved sound quality, a battery-backup to ensure alarm operation even when the power has failed, Nap/Snooze/Sleep controls, a unique curved LED display, a novel power supply that allows for the attachment and control of a bedside lamp, and compatibility with the company’s free Stem:Connect app. The app enables additional features such as dimming for incandescent bulbs, Wake-by-Light, which can automatically switch the lamp off when you go to sleep or on when an alarm sounds, a 10-band graphic equalizer, bass enhancer, and Internet radio playback. Stem Innovation’s TimeCommand audio alarm dock is available now from Apple retail stores and is priced at $100.

First iPad 2G case shows rear camera, new curves?

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Shenzhen MacTop Electronics, a Chinese manufacturer, is now offering what it claims is a case for the second-generation iPad. Dubbed the “Crystal Case for iPad 2nd Generation,” the case appears to have different, slimmer contours than the first-generation model, with the speaker opening unusually large on the back, and a hole for a rear-facing camera in the upper left-hand corner, similar to its position on the iPhone and fourth-generation iPod touch. Apple has yet to announce or even acknowledge the existence of a second-generation iPad, although recent rumors have pegged the device’s release as coming within the next 100 days.

Update: Following our initial report, a second case was spotted sporting the same camera hole and expanded speaker-area cutout as the first case; the text accompanying the second image suggests the cutout is for a new SD card slot. The unusual size and shape of the cutout would suggest either the placement of the SD card above the current speaker, realignment of the speaker closer to the new iPad’s back with the card slot in its former place, or potentially a new pop-out door akin to the ports on the first-generation MacBook Air. All three possibilities seem somewhat unlikely in light of recent Apple design decisions.

Update 2: We’ve added an article briefly discussing how a rear iPad camera could work relative to other iOS devices and tablet competitors.

Maclocks unveils iPad Lock and Security Case

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Maclocks has unveiled its new iPad Lock and Security Case solution for the iPad. The solution consists of the Security Case, a clear, hard plastic cover offering open access to all ports and controls, an included screen protector, and a security slot on the side, and the iPad Lock, a strong steel cable with a Noble NG14 lockhead that allows users to secure the iPad to a table, bench, or other stationary object, removing the possibility of theft. Maclocks’ iPad Lock and Security Case for the iPad is available for pre-order now and sells for $65; the Security Case is also available by itself and sells for $40.

iOS 4.2 reduces power output of iPad’s Dock Connector

iOS 4.2 reduces the maximum power output of the iPad Camera Connection Kit’s USB adapter, essentially breaking compatibility with some cameras and other devices, according to a new report. 9 to 5 Mac claims that Apple has reduced the maximum amount of power that the iPad’s 30-pin connector can emit from 100mA to 20mA, leaving many non self-powered devices, including keyboards, microphones, flash drives, and some cameras unable to connect. According to the report, connecting such a device under iOS 4.2 results in an alert that says “The connected USB device requires too much power.” As noted in the report, it is unknown whether this is a bug or a deliberate change by Apple, nor whether it will be remedied in a future software update.

A Produkt intros Kork case for iPad

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A Prudukt has introduced its new Kork case for the Apple iPad. Made from recycled and recyclable natural cork, the one-piece Kork offers a snap-on design, open access to all buttons and ports, an angled audio output vent and microphone wall for improved sound quality, a generously-sized 30-pin port cutout for large jacks, and an angled back for a more comfortable grip. A Produkt’s Kork case for the iPad is available now and sells for €50, or roughly $66. [Thanks, Michael]

Drive Industries teams with Speck on iPad, iPhone cases

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Drive Industries has teamed with Speck Products on a new line of Hawaii-themed cases for the iPad, iPhone 4, and iPhone 3G/3GS. Based on Speck’s popular Fitted line, the cases feature fabric covered backsides in a wide variety of prints and patterns, hard plastic construction, and open access to all ports, controls, and cameras. Drive Industries’ new Hawaii-themed cases for the iPad, iPhone 4, and iPhone 3G/3GS are available now and sell for $44-$55.

H2O Audio unveils Flex waterproof headphones

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H2O Audio has unveiled its new Flex waterproof, sweatproof headphones. The company claims that Flex is 100% waterproof down to three feet, and feature 9mm drivers, a two-tone design, and three different sizes of included earplugs. H2O Audio’s new Flex waterproof headphones are available now in four colors and sell for $30.

Griffin debuts LightBoard case for iPad

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Griffin Technology has debuted its new LightBoard case for the Apple iPad. Designed for use by children, the LightBoard is shatter-resistant polycarbonate case with openings for the speakers and headphone jack, a built-in polycarbonate screen protector, and a clipboard frame for holding pieces of 8.5” x 11” paper on the screen. The case is designed to work with LightBoard Trace app, a free application that offers more than 35 different coloring activities and figures. Griffin’s LightBoard case for the Apple iPad includes a black washable felt-tip marker and is available now and sells for $40.

Griffin teams with Col. Littleton on new cases

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Griffin Technology, in collaboration with Col. Littleton, has announced its new Griffin + Col. Littleton collection of cases for the iPad and iPhone. The collection includes the No. 21 Portfolio for iPad, the horizontal No. 2 Clutch for iPad, the vertical No. 5 Pocket for iPad, the play-through No. 1 Docker for iPad, the saddle bag-inspired No. 36 Trekker for iPad, the No. 42 Courier Bag with space for both a laptop and an iPad, and the No. 50 Wallet for iPhone, a front pocket wallet with space for an iPhone. All of the new Griffin + Col. Littleton cases are handmade from dry-milled brown American steer hide, edge-stitched for extra reinforcement, and are available now at prices ranging from $80 to $703.

New Potato unveils TuneLink Auto for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

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New Potato Technologies has unveiled its new TuneLink Auto for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. TuneLink Auto is an in-car accessory featuring a traditional charging stem with a fast-charging USB port and an auxiliary output for connection to a vehicle’s AUX port. Notably, the TuneLink Auto also features a Bluetooth transceiver and built-in FM transmitter, allowing it to receive streaming auto from any A2DP-capable iOS device, and send the audio to the vehicle’s stereo via direct AUX connection or over FM. The TuneLink Auto hardware is controlled via a free app, and the device also supports automatic switching of incoming calls to an existing hands-free Bluetooth accessory, switching back to audio playback when the call is ended. New Potato’s TuneLink Auto for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch is available now and sells for $100.

Perfect Third rolls out WakeMate for iOS devices

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Perfect Third has rolled out its new WakeMate sleep accessory for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and other portable devices. The WakeMate system consists of a Bluetooth wristband that uses actigraphy to map dips and peaks in the user’s sleep cycle and communicates with an app running on his or her device to calculate the ideal wake time closest to the chosen alarm setting—up to 20 minutes beforehand—at a time when the user will wake feeling alert and refreshed. Once awake, that night’s sleep data is automatically uploaded to Wakelytics, the company’s online analytics platform. Perfect Third’s WakeMate sleep accessory for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad is available now and sells for $50.

Altec outs Octiv Stage speaker for iPad

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Altec Lansing has taken the wraps off its new Octiv Stage speaker system for the iPad. Winner of an Innovations Design and Engineering Award from the CEA, the Octiv Stage is the company’s first iPad speaker system, and features a unique docking arm that supports charging of the iPad while enabling the user to rotate the iPad from portrait to landscape orientation; the docking arm also tilts, allowing for multiple viewing angles and a more comfortable typing experience. Other features include dual two-inch drivers inside a ported enclosure for increased low end response, a 3.5mm input jack for connecting alternate audio sources, Audio Alignment technology for enhanced presentation of dialogue as well as music, and a full-featured remote control. Altec Lansing’s Octiv Stage speaker system for the iPad is available starting today at Apple Stores, the company’s website, and other retailers, and sells for $149.

Incase unveils Perforated Snap Cases for iPad, iPod touch 4G

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Incase has unveiled its new Perforated Snap Cases for the iPad and fourth-generation iPod touch. Both cases feature a snap-on design, hardshell construction, and offer access to all ports, controls, and the iPod touch’s two cameras. The iPad version also features a soft-touch coating, while the iPod touch model includes a stand for widescreen viewing of content. Incase’s Perforated Snap Cases for the iPad and fourth-generation iPod touch are available now and sell for $40 and $35, respectively.

Innopocket launches PolymerZip Pocket Stand for iPad

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Innopocket has launched its new PolymerZip Pocket Stand for the iPad. Made from a durable polymer, the PolymerZip features a padded resting surface for the iPad, the ability to hold the iPad at multiple angles in both vertical and horizontal orientation, and a pocket-friendly fold-flat design. Available in green, orange, blue, or grey, Innopocket’s PolymerZip Pocket Stand for the iPad is on sale now for $15.

WowWee intros Cinemin Slice projector for iPod, iPhone, iPad

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WowWee has introduced its new Cinemin Slice portable pico projector for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Sporting a wedge-like design, the Cinemin Slice features an integrated dock, built-in 6-watt stereo speakers, a DLP pico projector with a brightness rating of 16 ANSI lumes, a resolution of 854x480, an aspect ratio of 16:9, and a contrast ratio of 1000:1, mini-HDMI, AV, and VGA inputs for other connecting other video sources, and an included remote control. WowWee will begin accepting pre-orders for the Cinemin Slice on November 23; the device is expected to ship in January for a yet unannounced price.

Bang & Olufsen outs BeoSound 8 for iPod, iPhone, iPad

Bang & Olufsen has outed its new BeoSound 8 speaker system for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Sporting a modern design of two large circular speakers with conical backs connected by a central rectangular bar, the BeoSound 8 features an adjustable docking brace to support players ranging from the iPod nano to the iPad, the ability to be wall mounted, a manual room adaptation switch to adjust the sound according to whether the system is placed in a corner, against a wall, or standing freely, Adaptive Bass Linearisation for extra low end response, and an included remote control. Bang & Olufsen’s BeoSound 8 speaker system for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad will be available in stores later this month and will sell for £895, or roughly $1,435.

Zagg unveils Zaggmate keyboard case for iPad

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Zagg has unveiled its new Zaggmate case for the iPad. Made from aluminum, the Zaggmate snaps over the front of the iPad when not in use and features high-density interior padding as wel as an integrated hinge capable of supporting the iPad at 10 different angles in either portrait or landscape mode. A separate model, the Zaggmate with keyboard, will offer an embedded wireless Bluetooth keyboard on the interior, along with a stand and a USB port for charging. Zagg’s new Zaggmate and Zaggmate w/keyboard for iPad will be available soon and will sell for $70 and $100, respectively.

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