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iPad Mix: Modgrain, WedgePad, iGear, ClayWare, EasyStand

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Modgrain has introduced its Modern Wood Stand for the iPad (Pictured). Made from birch wood, the stand features large wooden corners to hold the iPad securely, works in horizontal or vertical orientation, and is supported at a 35 or 50 degree angle by an aluminum bracket that can optionally be mounted to a wall. Modgrain’s Modern Wood Stand for the iPad is available now and sells for $59.

WedgePad has released the WedgePad R1, a new soft iPad stand featuring a bean bag design. It can be used at a 30 or 45 degree angle, and features bands in all four corners for holding the iPad securely, as well as a soft fabric surface. The WedgePad R1 is available now and is priced at $27.

iGear USA is now offering its Metallic Adjustable Stand for the iPad. This stand features a folding design, adjustable legs that allow for six viewing positions from 11 to 60 degrees, the ability to support the iPad in horizontal or vertical orientation, and an included carrying pouch. iGear USA’s Metallic Adjustable Stand for the iPad is available now and sells for $60.

imageClayWare Games has debuted its Pad Bracket, a simple wall mounting system for the iPad. Made from anodized aluminum, the Pad Bracket screws into the wall and can hold the iPad securely in horizontal or vertical position. The Pad Bracket is available for pre-order now and is expected to ship in June for $25.

Coregeek is now accepting pre-orders for its EasyStand for iPad (Pictured). Made from MDF, the EasyStand is a four-inch square, 1.5-inch tall stand for the iPad with two felt-lined slots at 20 and 35 degrees, a metallic black or metallic silver enameled finish, and non-slip rubber feet. Coregeek’s EasyStand for iPad is expected to ship in two weeks and sells for $15.

Vaja reveals Leather Agenda for iPad

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Vaja has revealed its new Leather Agenda case for the Apple iPad. Made from leather, this padded folio-style case opens horizontally, like a book, and features two integrated stands, one low-angle for typing, and one for video viewing. The case also offers open access to all ports and controls, and can also be personalized with text or a graphic of the customer’s choosing. Vaja’s Leather Agenda case for the iPad is available in a wide range of color combinations and sells for $200 and up.

Javoedge intros Poppy, Kyoto, Fiber sleeves for iPad

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Javoedge has introduced its new Poppy, Kyoto, and Fiber Sleeve Cases for the Apple iPad. Differing only in choice of outer fabrics, all three styles offers a soft interior lining, padded construction with elastic on the sides, and a top flap with magnetic closure. The Poppy and Kyoto sleeves feature floral designs, while the Fiber sleeve sports a carbon fiber pattern print; all three styles are available now and sell for $36.

CableJive rolls out dockXtender for iPod, iPad, iPhone

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CableJive has rolled out its new dockXtender cable for the iPod, iPad, and iPhone. The dockXtender is a 30-pin male to female extension cable that allows full use of a docking product by the attached iPod, iPad, or iPhone from up to six feet away. Features supported by the dockXtender include listening to audio, watching video, charging, syncing, remote control, and any other function supported by the connected docking device. With custom-molded connector housings, the dockXtender can be used with most cases, covers, and skins, and also offers a 2-tier shielding system that puts all audio and video signals inside their own separate shielding to avoid interference from other signals traveling through the wire. CableJive’s two-foot dockXtender cable is available now and sells for $26; the six-foot models will go on sale at the end of the month and will be priced at $32.

LapWorks unveils Recliner stand for iPad

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LapWorks has unveiled its new Recliner stand for the iPad and other e-reader devices. The Recliner features rubber cushioning at the bottom and top of the iPad area to prevent against scratches or dings, an adjustable rear support leg that allows for a variety of viewing angles, ABS plastic construction, and a silver and black color scheme. LapWorks’ Recliner stand for the iPad is available now and sells for $30.

Griffin announces new charging accessories for iPad

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Griffin Technology has announced its latest charging accessories for the Apple iPad. The PowerJolt Plus is an in-vehicle charger featuring a connected, coiled 30-pin cable, a 2.1 amp charger, and a pass-through 12-volt accessory socket for connecting a second vehicle charger. It sells for $30; for more information on the PowerJolt Plus for iPad see our First Look article. The PowerJolt Micro is a more compact vehicle charger for iPad designed for travel, featuring a 2.1 amp charger, a USB port for charging not only iPads, iPhones, and iPods but other USB-charging devices as well, and an included 30-pin to USB cable. It sells for $25, as does the PowerJolt SE, a simple charger with an attached coiled 30-pin charging cable, a 2.1 amp charger, and an LED charging indicator ring. Finally, the PowerDuo for iPad is a combo pack including both the PowerBock wall charger and the standard PowerJolt car charger for $40. All of Griffin’s new chargers for the iPad are available now.

Case Closed debuts Wool Felt Sleeves for iPad

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Case Closed has introduced its line of Wool Felt Sleeves for the Apple iPad. Handmade in England from 100% Grey or Black Wool Felt, these pocket-style cases offer elastic ties at the corners to keep the iPad securely inside, 3mm thick felt for cushioning, and come in either landscape or portrait designs. Available in a variety of color combinations, Case Closed’s Wool Felt Sleeves for the iPad are available now and sell for £23, or roughly $33.

Thought Out intros Stabile stand for iPad

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Thought Out has introduced its new Stabile stand for the iPad. Weighing nearly four pounds, the Stabile stand is made from a single piece of solid steel, and works with iPads in both horizontal and vertical case, whether they’re bare or encased. Other features include a split back design for cable management, a 55 degree viewing angle, protective padding on the iPad rest, and anti-slip feet on the bottom. Thought Out’s Stabile stand for the iPad is available for pre-order now in black or silver and will ship in June for $60 and $70, respectively.

ProClip rolls out Holders for iPad

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ProClip has rolled out its new line of device holders for the Apple iPad. The Holder with Tilt Swivel features a unique tilt swivel plate on the back of the holder that allows the user to tilt the iPad 15 degrees in any direction and swivels 360 degrees. It comes in black and sells for $50. Available in black or white, the Standard Holder and Monitor Mount also securely holds the iPad, but offers either horizontal or vertical mounting, and sells for $40. Both holder designs require a custom vehicle mount which is not included in the price.

Nedrelow unveils Simple Sleeve for iPad

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Nedrelow has unveiled its new Simple Sleeve case for the iPad. Made from 100% German-made wool felt, the Simple Sleeve offers a form-fitting, square-cornered design that’s 3mm thick, with a single white tag on the edge the only branding. In addition, it comes in either a top loading or side loading design, meant to match the style of bag the iPad is going to be carried in. Nedrelow’s Simple Sleeve for iPad is available for pre-order now in orange, charcoal, or oatmeal, and ships in June for $29.

PropUp intros stand for iPad

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PropUp has introduced its new PropUp stand for the Apple iPad. Made from high-quality, open cell foam, the PropUp features a curved back to enable it to serve as a stand for the iPad, as well as slightly flexible corners that grip the iPad while also allowing for use with iPads in low-profile cases. The PropUp stand for iPad is available for pre-order at a price of $25 and will begin shipping in July.

Hearing Components wins lawsuit against Shure

Following a multi-year dispute, Hearing Components has won a patent infringement lawsuit it filed against Shure. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled in favor of Hearing Components, who claimed Shure was infringing on two of its patents relating to the use of foam tips in combination with earphones to provide sound isolation. Hearing Components filed the suit in May 2007, and won jury and bench trials in January 2009, which were subsequently appealed. “The products patented by Hearing Components were developed from years of research,” said Hearing Components President/CEO Bob Oliveira, Ph.D. “We take our intellectual property very seriously and are glad to have resolution of the use of foam tips on hearing devices.” According to the company, the ruling should result in an award of just under $5 million for the two counts of infringement.

BeyzaCases unveils Thinvelope sleeve for iPad

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BeyzaCases has unveiled its new Thinvelope Sleeve for the Apple iPad. Made from soft canvas and leather, the Thinvelope sports an envelope-inspired, form-fitting padded design, with soft inner lining and a magnetic closure. Available in a variety of different color schemes, BeyzaCases’ Thinvelope Sleeve for the iPad is available now and sells for €130, or roughly $165.

Ivyskin debuts new cases for iPad

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Ivyskin has debuted its new Xylo-T4, Quattro-T5, and SmartCase protective accessories for the Apple iPad. Made from form-fitting polycarbonate, the Xylo-T4 offers a snap-together design, a Touch-Thru hard shield for the iPad’s screen, and full access to all ports and controls. It it priced at $40. The Quattro-T5 is based on the company’s Quattro T4 iPhone case, and features an integrated glass Touch-Thru screen protector, a hybrid design featuring polycarbonate, polysilicon, and enhanced TPE elements, a tactile home button cover, and slide-off access for Apple’s official iPad Dock. It sells for $70. Finally, the SmartCase with Click-Stand is based on the Quattro T5, but adds an integrated 3000mAh backup battery with integrated on/off switch and LED status indicators, a USB port for charging and syncing, a soft-touch surface, and an integrated ClickStand offering 12 different viewing angles. It is priced at $100; Ivyskin’s Xylo-T4, Quattro-T5, and SmartCase solutions for iPad are available for pre-order now and will ship in May, June, and July, respectively.

IK intros AmpliTube iRig for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

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IK Multimedia has introduced its new AmpliTube iRig interface and software solution for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. The solution includes the iRig dongle, which connects to the device’s headphone port and offers a headphone monitor port as well as a port for connecting electric guitars, bass guitars, or other instruments using a 1/4-inch output. Once connected, the dongle interfaces with the company’s line of AmpliTube apps for the iPhone, which offer the user software-based amps, stompbox effects, cabinets, and microphones. Free, LE ($3), and Full ($20) editions of the software will be available. IK Multimedia’s AmpliTube iRig dongle for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad is available for pre-order now and sells for $40; both it and the various editions of the AmpliTube app are expected to arrive “soon.”

Noreve debuts Tradition leather case for iPad

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Noreve has debuted its new Tradition leather case for the Apple iPad. Available in a wide range of leathers, the Tradition is a horizontally-opening folio-style case, featuring a built-in rail system to hold the iPad in place, the ability to serve as a stand, four business/credit card slots, two internal slip pockets, a magnetic closure, and open access to all ports and controls. Noreve’s Tradition leather case for the iPad is available now and sells for $81.

Scosche ships new line of IDR earphones

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Scosche has announced that its new IDR655m, IDR355m, IDR355md, and IDR305m earphones featuring the company’s tapLINE II Remote and Mic are now available. The tapLINE II is an in-line remote and microphone system that places the controls at the fork in the wires for more convenient access, and the integrated mic farther up on the right channel wire for improved voice clarity. Recipient of an iLounge Best of Show Finalist award at the 2010 CES, the IDR655m earphone features 11mm drivers, cabling wrapped in a nylon-braided jacket, small, medium, and large single and dual flanged silicone eartips, and an included sheepskin leather carrying pouch. It sells for $100.

Scosche’s IDR355m and IDR355md both feature 10.7mm drivers, the same small, medium, and large single and dual flanged silicone eartips as the IDR655m, and six interchangeable color caps for user customization; the 355m features a predominantly white body, while the 355md features a black housing. Both models sell for $55. Finally, the IDR305m features a 10.7mm driver, a black housing with dark chrome accents, and included small, medium, and large single flanged silicone eartips; it is available exclusively at Apple Stores and sells for $40. All of Scosche’s new IDR earphones are available now.

Hard Candy outs Kickstand case for iPad

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Hard Candy has introduced its new Kickstand case for the Apple iPad. This form-fitting case is made from hard polycarbonate, and features integrated kickstand feet, full compatibility with Apple’s official iPad Docks, open access to all ports and controls, and a snap-on lid for full coverage when the device is not in use. Hard Candy’s Kickstand case for the iPad is available for pre-order in seven colors and is expected to ship on May 20 for $60.

SwitchEasy rolls out Nude case for iPad

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SwitchEasy has rolled out its Nude case for the Apple iPad. Like the company’s prior Nude cases for the iPhone 3G, 3GS and iPod touch, Nude for the iPad is a slim, 1mm thick GE Lexan polycarbonate case covering the rear and sides of the device, with openings for access to all ports and controls. The case also includes two removable protectors for both the headphone port and Dock Connector port, two fold-out stands—one white, one black—an anti-static screen protector with squeegee applicator, and a microfiber cleaning cloth. Available now in six different colors, including a clear version, SwitchEasy’s Nude case for the iPad sells for $30; for more information, see our First Look article.

Scosche previews iKit in-vehicle iPad mount

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Scosche has posted a video preview of its upcoming iKit in-vehicle iPad mount online. The iKit takes the place of a double-DIN radio inside the vehicle, using a standard mounting kit to provide secure installation. USB and 3.5mm auxiliary ports are available for audio input and for charging the iPad, and connect to the device using a supplied, specialized 30-pin cable. The iPad itself sits inside a cradle, which attaches to the vehicle mount using a ball joint system. Once installed, the iPad can be rotated from horizontal to vertical orientation. Scosche’s iKit in-vehicle mount for the Apple iPad is currently in development; pricing and release information has yet to be announced.

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