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Ten One Design demos pressure-sensitive drawing on iPad

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Ten One Design has posted a demonstration video showing off the company’s pressure-sensitive software for the iPad. Using the software in a demo sketch application, along with a Pogo Sketch stylus, a Ten One designer is able to vary the line width drawn on the screen by differing the amount of pressure exerted. The video also shows off advanced palm and finger rejection, allowing the application to respond solely to the stylus. While the company says it plans to release these capabilities as a free library that can be included in any application, it admits that the library currently uses a private function call to access the required information, and will require an update to the UIKit framework to allow for widespread distribution. Ten One’s pressure-sensitive drawing video is available for viewing on YouTube and can be seen in embedded form below.

Dexim intros line of cases for iPad

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Dexim has introduced its new line of cases for the Apple iPad. The lineup includes the Elegant Collection leather case with soft inner lining for $46, the Durable Protection Sleeve made from TPU and featuring a circular design on the back for $30, the Premium Protective Fiber Sleeve featuring an open-face design and impact resistant carbon fiber shell for $30, and the Glossy PC Sleeve for $30. Also included in the lineup are the Flexible Silicone Sleeve featuring a unique rear design and a $20 price tag, the Carbon Fiber Fabric Sleeve case for $30, and the Colorful Silicone Sleeve offering partial bezel and Home button protection and a wide range of colors for $20. All of Dexim’s new cases for the iPad include an anti-scratch screen protector, a squeegee card, and a cleaning cloth, and are available now.

Targus rolls out new cases for iPad

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Targus has rolled out its latest cases for the Apple iPad. The Z-Case is a hard-shell case with a leather exterior, soft colored lining, and a magnetic closure; it sells for $55. Made from smooth oil-tanned leather, the Targus Hughes Leather Portfolio Sleeve features a soft interior twill lining and a magnetic closure, and is priced at $60. The Truss is a folio-style leather case featuring a soft interior lining and the ability to double as a stand for video viewing. It sells for $50. Finally, the Wallet Style Case is leather case featuring a slide tab closure, slim pockets for storing cards, photos, or notes, and a soft interior lining to reduce scratching. It is priced at $55; all of Targus’ new cases for the iPad are listed as coming soon.

JayBird ships Sportsband Bluetooth Headphones

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JayBird has announced that it is now shipping its SB2 Sportsband Bluetooth Headphones. Previewed at the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show, the new SB2s feature a concealed microphone for calls, an adjustable band, earpad-mounted track, play/pause, call, and volume controls, and apt-X audio technology that helps compensate for Bluetooth compression. In addition, the headphones are compatible with the company’s $5 BluTrax app, which circumvents the iPhone’s, iPad’s, and iPod touch’s lack of AVRCP support by allowing users to chance tracks via the play/pause button on the headphones themselves. JayBird’s SB2 Sportsband Bluetooth Headphones are available in nine colors and sell for $99, or for $149 in a bundle with the company’s apt-X capable iSport Bluetooth Adapter for iPhone & iPod, which sells for $69 separately.

Mophie debuts Juice Pack Universal range for iPod, iPhone, iPad

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Mophie has introduced its new line of Juice Pack Universal external batteries for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. The Juice Pack Reserve is a slender external battery for the iPod and iPhone, featuring a retractable 30-pin connector, four LED status indicator lights, and integrated LED flashlight, a 1000mAh, high-output battery, an included USB charging cable, and a keychain attachment. It is priced at $40. The Juice Pack Boost offers an identical feature set and similar design to the Reserve, but ups the battery to a 1500mAh cell for $60; the company will also be offering a larger-capacity, iPod-, iPhone-, and iPad compatible charger known as the Power Station for $100. The Juice Pack Reserve is available now; the Boost and Power Station will be available at a later date.

SwitchEasy rolls out Reptile case for iPad

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SwitchEasy has rolled out its new Reptile case for the Apple iPad. The Reptile features a hybrid design of an ADSP shell with a crocodile skin texture on the back, and a GE Lexan polycarbonate UltraFrame that covers the outer edges and front aluminum frame while offering open or push-through access to all ports and controls. Included with the case are two portable fold-out stands, an anti-static screen protector, a microfiber cleaning cloth, two headphone port protectors, and two Dock Connector protectors. SwitchEasy’s Reptile for the iPad is available now in five colors and sells for $40.

Ten One Design debuts Particle case for iPad

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Ten One Design has debuted its new Particle case for the Apple iPad. The Particle is made from lightweight rubber, and stretches around the edges of the iPad without covering its back. It also features integrated rubber feet for added stability when using the iPad on a flat surface, open access to all ports and controls, an integrated stylus clip, and an included Pogo Sketch touchscreen stylus. Ten One Design’s Particle case for the iPad is available now and is priced at $35.

iSkin intros Vu, Duo cases for iPad

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iSkin has introduced its new line of cases for the Apple iPad. Made from Microban-enhanced silicone, the Duo is a low-profile case featuring side grips for better handling, push-through protection for the volume, home, and sleep buttons, and a front-facing black screen frame. It comes in seven colors and sells for $50. The Vu is a hybrid case offering both soft and hard plastic components, a rear bottom hatch that can be removed for docking, recessed power and volume button protection, an integrated earphone port cover, and home button protection. It also comes in seven colors and is priced at $65; both of iSkin’s new cases for the iPad are available now.

Jays outs a-JAYS Four iPhone stereo headset

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Jays has outed its new a-JAYS Four iPhone stereo music headset for the iPhone 4. Designed to match the iPhone 4 but compatible with the iPhone 3GS, iPad, third-generation iPod touch, fifth-generation iPod nano, and third-generation iPod shuffle, the a-JAYS Four iPhone features an in-line three button control module, the same sound signature as the company’s a-Jays Three, a new, custom-built silicon microphone, an angled 3.5mm plug, and a flat, tangle-free cord. a-JAYS Four iPhone will be available in black and white and is expected to ship in Q3 2010; pricing has yet to be announced.

Booq unveils Taipan Spacesuit XS for iPad

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Booq has unveiled its new Taipan Spacesuit XS for the iPad. This sleeve-style case features 3mm of neoprene cushioning for protection, a plush non-scratch interior lining, a vertical design with a YKK dual-zippered closure, a cushioned jersey trim to protect the end of the device from zipper scratches, and a unique spacesuit-inspired pattern on the exterior. Booq’s Taipan Spacesuit XS for the iPad is available now in three color combinations and sells for $30.

Westone intros ES5 custom earphones

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Westone has introduced its new ES5 Elite Series Custom In-Ear Monitors. Custom molded to fit the individual user’s ear anatomy, the ES5 features five balanced armature drivers with a passive three-way crossover, 25dB of ambient noise reduction, and an included deluxe carrying case, cleaning cloth, a bottle of Oto-Ease, and a wax loop. Westone’s ES5 In-Ear Monitors require ear impressions to be taken and will be available June 28 for $950.

Gumdrop Cases launches with iPhone 4G offerings

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Gumdrop Cases has launched its first Apple accessories, including two cases for the unannounced fourth-generation iPhone. The Gumdrop Skin and Moto Skin are form-fitting cases for the fourth-generation iPhone, offering open access to ports and controls and textured surfaces. Both come in a variety of colors and sell for $30. The AirShell is a snap-on polycarbonate hard shell case offering open access to all ports, controls, and the camera, and either a pearl finish—on the Palmtree Island models—or a soft touch, textured finish on the Skater Nation models; it sells for $35. Also available from Gumdrop are the form-fitting Moto Skin TPU case and folio-style Surf Convertible case for the Apple iPad, both of which sell for $40. All of Gumdrop Cases’ new accessories for iPhone and iPad are available now.

iFrogz delivers slew of cases for iPad

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iFrogz has announced its new lineup of cases for the Apple iPad. The Silicone Wrapz case is made from 100% silicone and features an anti-dust treatment, impact protection, and access to all ports and controls. It comes in a variety of colors and sells for $30, as does the SoftGloss case. Made from TPU, this semi-opaque case features a radial etched pattern on the rear that highlights the Apple logo, open access to all ports and controls, and the ability to more easily slip in and out of bags. The Luxe Original case is made from polycarbonate and features a hard-shell, two-piece design, a metallic, soft touch finish, and access to all ports and controls. It comes in a variety of color combinations and sells for $40.

Similar to the Luxe Original, the Luxe Lean case is also made from polycarbonate and features a hard-shell, snap-on design, a metallic, soft touch finish, and access to all ports and controls; it comes in a host of colors and sells for $30. The Envoy case is a textured, faux leather sleeve-style case offering a pull tab to help remove the iPad that doubles as a Velcro closure, reinforced seams, and padding for impact protection. It is available in several colors and sells for $30. Finally, the NeoFirm Burst is also a sleeve-style case, featuring a radial print design, a semi-rigid foam back, a neoprene exterior, and a fold-over front pocket. It comes in five colors and sells for $25; all of iFrogz’ new cases for the iPad are available now.

iPad Frame Dock highlights iPad’s picture frame mode

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The iPad Frame Dock is a new accessory that accentuates the iPad’s ability to serve as a digital picture frame. Available with or without matting, the stand resembles a traditional picture frame, is made from Oak wood, can be used in landscape or portrait modes, or hung on a wall, allows for pass-through charging and syncing of the iPad using a 30-pin to USB cable, and also features a small play-though button on the front for allow for use of the Home button. The iPad Frame Dock is available now in brown, black, and natural finishes, and sells for $50.

iPad Camera Kits selling for big bucks on eBay

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Due to the three to four week shipping wait on new iPad Camera Connection Kits from Apple, the $29 accessories are selling for double their retail cost—and sometimes more—on eBay. A quick check of the auction site this morning revealed a current price of $70 for a Kit auction ending in less than three hours, with another auction sitting at $51 with more than five hours left to go. Engadget reports that one iPad Camera Connection Kit auction that ended Monday closed at an astounding $187.50, or more than six times its normal selling price. The iPad Camera Connection Kit allows users to connect SD cards or USB-equipped cameras to the iPad, but also offers unofficial support for other USB peripherals, including keyboards, headsets, and other USB audio devices.

Noreve rolls out Tradition B, Sleeve cases for iPad

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Noreve has rolled out its new Tradition B and Leather Sleeve cases for the Apple iPad. The Tradition B is a folio-style leather case offering a padded design, a built-in rail system to securely hold the device, access to all ports and controls, the ability to function as a slightly inclined horizontal stand, and a magnetic closure. It is available in a variety of colors and sells for $75. The Leather Sleeve case is a simple pocket-style case featuring a slim, padded design, a vertically-oriented top flap with magnetic closure, and a soft interior lining. It is also available in a variety of colors and sells for $68; both of Noreve’s new cases for the iPad are available now.

Cygnett debuts new cases for iPad

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Cygnett has debuted its new line of cases for the Apple iPad. The Glam is a folio-style case with a horizontally-opening reinforced front cover, a high-gloss exterior, soft microsuede interior, and rear magnetic closure. It is priced at $70 (AU). Made from a leather-like material, the Lavish is also a book-style case with a horizontally-opening front over, microsuede inner lining, and a rear magnetic closure; it also sells for $70 (AU). SecondSkin is a silicone case offering access to all ports and controls and ridges on the back for added stability on a flat surface. It sells for $40 (AU). The Agenda is a sleeve-style case with a horizontal design, neoprene inner lining, reinforced construction, and an embossed exterior. It sells for $55 (AU). Finally, OpticClear is an anti-glare, anti-fingerprint screen protector, that includes two screen protectors in its pack, along with a microfiber cleaning cloth. It is priced at $30 (AU); all of Cygnett’s new cases for the iPad are available now.

H2O Audio intros Surge Contact Waterproof Headset

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H2O Audio has introduced its new Surge Contact Waterproof Headset. Good for use up to 12 feet underwater, the Surge Contact features an in-ear design, neodymium drivers, varying sizes of included elastomer and foam earplugs for a secure fit, and an in-line microphone with single remote button to allow for use with the iPhone, iPod touch, or other compatible device. H2O Audio’s Surge Contact Waterproof Headset is available for order now and is expected to ship June 14 for $70.

V-Moda ships Crossfade LP headphones

V-Moda has announced that its Crossfade LP headphones are now available. Previewed by iLounge in January, the Crossfade LP are over-the-ear headphones featuring memory foam ear cushions, a steel frame, patent-pending 50mm dual-diaphragm drivers, two included, detachable Kevlar-reinforced fabric cables, one with a three-button remote and mic for use with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod, and an included exoskeleton carrying case. V-Moda’s Crossfade LP headphones are available now in white, chrome, and gunmetal black and sell for $250.

Sound ID debuts app-compatible 510 Headset

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Sound ID has debuted its new, app-compatible 510 Bluetooth Headset. The 510 uses three microphones and sound processing to help eliminate background noise, and features an in-ear design,  touch sensor volume controls, a dedicated on/off switch, multi-point technology to allow for connection of multiple devices at once, and an environmental mode to allow the user to hear the surrounding environment while wearing the headset. In addition, the 510 is compatible with Sound ID’s free EarPrint app for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, which allows users to tune the audio to match their preferences, and offers a visual battery meter indicator and a find my headset feature. Sound ID’s 510 Bluetooth Headset will be available from AT&T and Sound ID’s website beginning June 6 and is priced at $130.

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