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Just Mobile ships Lounge, XtandGo mounts

Just Mobile has announced availability of its Lounge and XtandGo accessories for the iPod and iPhone. Lounge is an aluminum desktop and dashboard stand featuring a rotating, padded mount for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS, non-slip feet, and an included car kit for secure mounting. The Just Mobile Lounge sells for $60. Winner of a 2010 iLounge Best of Show award, the XtandGo is a windshield and dashboard mount offering a unique adjustable mounting arm, an included iPhone 3G/3GS holder, “Go buttons” for securing other devices to the XtandGo, and a choice between suction cup or glue-free sticker bases. XtandGo is priced at $40. Just Mobile’s new accessories for the iPod and iPhone are available now at; for more information see our reviews of the XtandGo and Lounge.

Unusual Studio shows Embassy Series cases for iPhone 3G, 3GS

Unusual Studio has unveiled its new Embassy Series cases for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. Available in ten different designs, the Embassy Series are thin hard-shell cases featuring original artwork printed onto the case using advanced printing technology. The cases also offer full access to all ports, controls, and the camera, and come with a screen protector. Interestingly, the cases are to be packed using a Blind Assortment method, meaning each customer will receive a same-looking box, and will only discover what design he/she received upon opening the package. Unusual Studio is currently looking for a distribution partner for its cases.

Case-mate ships Hug case and charging pad for iPhone

Case-mate is now shipping its Hug protective case and charging pad solution for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. The Hug consists of a two-piece hard plastic case featuring aluminum accents and open access to the headphone jack, power button, volume buttons, and ring/silent switch, and a desktop charging pad with an aluminum base. When placed on the charging pad, the Hug case begins charging the encased iPhone wirelessly, shutting off automatically when the battery is full. In addition, both the case and charging pad are based on the wireless power standard set by the Wireless Power Consortium, meaning that other compliant devices will be able to draw power from the charging pad or provide power to the case. Case-mate’s Hug case and charging mat for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS also includes a screen protection kit and is if available now for $100.

New Potato debuts FLPR IR remote for iPhone, iPod touch


New Potato Technologies has announced its new FLPR universal remote control accessory for the iPhone and iPod touch. FLPR is a dock-connecting infrared accessory that works in concert with the company’s free FLPR application to let users control any IR remote-controlled device from their iPhones or iPod touches. Features include a preprogrammed database of over 14,000 remote control codes, customizable skins and icons for each device, support for a wide range of IR devices including TVs, cable/satellite boxes, DVD/CD players, and lighting control systems, the ability to learn new remote codes from existing remote controls, and the ability to create custom macro sequences that perform functions across multiple devices. New Potato Technologies’ FLPR universal remote control accessory for the iPhone and iPod touch is available now and sells for $80.

Caze unveils Jade Polish Rainbow for iPhone 3G, 3GS

Caze has unveiled its new Jade Polish Rainbow case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. An accented version of the company’s Jade Polish See-Thru case, the Polish Rainbow features more than 50 Swarovski crystals of different colors scattered around the bottom of the case’s rear to create a rainbow pattern. Included with the case are one mirror-finish and one anti-fingerprint screen protector, clear protection film for the Apple logo, a wallet-size iPhone stand, and either a free Swarovski Apple logo cover or a free bonus iPhone case. Caze’s Jade Polish Rainbow case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS is available now and sells for $39.

Scosche ships ReviveLite 2 for iPod, iPhone

Scosche has announced that its ReviveLite 2 combination charger and nightlight for the iPod and iPhone is now shipping. Originally debuted in our 2010 iPod + iPhone Buyers’ Guide, the ReviveLite 2 features a smaller footprint than its predecessor, with a new forward-folding dock for greater stability. Other features include a new USB port on the side for charging a second device, and an integrated, switchable LED nightlight. Scosche’s ReviveLite 2 combination charger and nightlight is available now and sells for $25.

CaseCrown rolls out Timber Glider V2 for iPhone 3G, 3GS

CaseCrown has introduced its new Timber Glider V2 case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. Made from Maple, Rosewood, and/or Walnut, the Timber Glider V2 is a wooden case featuring a soft felt lining for scratch protection, a unique “squeeze latch” closure, a striped design, and open access to all ports, controls, and the camera. CaseCrown’s Timber Glider V2 case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS is available now and sells for $35.

GelaSkins now offering Marvel Comics designs

GelaSkins has announced that it is now offering select Marvel Comics designs on its protective, decorative skins for the iPod and iPhone. Currently available designs include character images of Iron Man, Spider-Man, and the X-Men, and are available for the iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, first-, second-, and third-generation iPod touch, and the iPod classic, as well as through the company’s Do-It-Yourself customizable service. All GelaSkins feature a patented 3M adhesive for easy removal, an anti-scratch, anti-UV coating, and allow for full access to the device’s ports and controls. GelaSkins new line of Marvel Comics skins are available now and sell for $15-$30 depending on device.

Vestalife debuts first iPad speaker system, revised Mantis

Vestalife has announced its new Mantis speaker system, the first speaker system with an iPad-compatible dock. The new Mantis will increase in overall size 25% from its predecessor to accomodate docking of the iPad, and will also see an increase in overall power to accomodate the iPad’s charging demands, which will also increase acoustic performance. Other features such as the folding speaker “wing” design, digital amplifier, down-firing ported subwoofer, auxiliary input and video output jacks, optional 4 AA battery operation, built-in USB port for syncing, and the included, full-function remote will remain from the original Mantis. The new Vestalife Mantis will be compatible with the iPad, iPhone, and iPod and will come in black, red, or silver; pricing and release information has yet to be announced.

ThinkFlood unveils RedEye mini infrared adapter for iPhone, iPod touch

ThinkFlood has introduced its new RedEye mini IR transmitter for the iPhone and iPod touch. Unlike the company’s full-size RedEye Universal Remote, which is comprised of a small IR transmitter box with built-in Wi-Fi and an accompanying app that transmits commands to the box using the Wi-Fi connection, the new RedEye mini is a small, cylindrical 3.5mm IR transmitter that connects to the iPhone’s or iPod touch’s headphone jack, communicating directly with the company’s RedEye app and eliminating the need for the larger separate transmitter box. The RedEye mini draws power from the device itself, and includes a carrying case. ThinkFlood’s new RedEye mini IR transmitter requires the company’s free RedEye app and will be available this spring for $50.

Bioserie intros bioplastic covers for iPhone 3G, 3GS

Bioserie has announced its new bioplastic covers for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. The eco-friendly cases are made from plastic derived entirely from plants instead of petrochemicals, and offer open access to all ports, controls, and the camera, as well as a leaf-inspired design on the rear of the case. Bioserie’s bioplastic covers for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS are available now in white, green, orange, red, mauve, and black, and sell for $35 each.

V-Moda debuts Remix Remote in-ear headphones

V-Moda has introduced its new Remix Remote in-ear headphones. The new Remix Remote offers an in-line three-button remote and microphone, offering full compatibility with the latest iPods and iPhones, and also features newly tuned 9mm V-Masque neodymium dynamic drivers, redesigned silicone eartips for improved ergonomics and audio performance, all-metal construction, and Kevlar-reinforced cables. Currently available exclusively in a black and silver “Nero” finish, the new V-Moda Remix Remote headphones sell for $100.

Three-button Apple remote cables flimsier than prior headphones? (Updated)

Apple’s addition of three-button remote controls to recent iPod and iPhone headphones has led some vendors to compromise the life of their cables, according to a prominent third-party developer. Discussing extensive new testing and manufacturing procedures that his company has developed to prevent cable damage, V-Moda CEO Val Kolton told iLounge that three-button Apple remote cables now carry six thin separate copper strands inside, compared to three thicker wires in remote-less headphone cables. Though Kolton says that Apple’s cables have been tested to ensure comparable resilience to pre-remote models, few third-party headphones are as durable as their prior, audio-only models.

“Open up the cable,” Kolton says, and “there are either 3 inner cables for audio only, 4/6 for microphone and 6 for remote control models wound up inside the outer cable shell. It only takes one of these inner cables to break in order for the headphone to break.” According to Kolton, stress tests indicate that most of the current three-button remote offerings break after 10,000 bends. “Our test standards and results for bending the cable, and bending the plug where the cable meets are now between 3x-15x many of our top competitors latest models.” Kolton claims that V-Moda’s latest three-button remote cabling survives over 60,000 bends in bare bend testing, or hundreds of thousands of repetitions during cable and plug bend tests, which represent the most common point of cable breakage.

Notably, some companies consider 10,000 bends to be an acceptable level of cable durability, and as such test their three-button remote cabling to this standard. “[We] have a stringent testing process to ensure that our earphones are built to last,” says Doug Broadhurst, Marketing Administrator with Scosche. “Each cable is tested with a 300 gram weight bent to a 120 degrees 2 times per second and must past 10,000 bends before we approve the products.” Chris Lyons of Shure said that the company “know[s] that cables are often subjected to more severe wear and tear than other parts of a product, so we devote considerable time to making sure that they’ll withstand heavy use. Cables that have integral control functions meet the same quality standards as standard cables, even with the additional conductors required.” Additionally, a representative with Monster said the company has “done all standard durability and quality tests with this cable and have ensured it performs at the same level as one without ControlTalk [Monster’s three-button solution].” Neither Shure nor Monster specified the number of bends their cables were designed to withstand, and notably, Klipsch—maker of a $350 pair of headphones with a 3-button remote, as well as less expensive models—did not respond to a request for comment on the durability of its cables. Klipsch has since responded; its comments are included below.

Crediting certain competitors, Kolton said that V-Moda, Apple, and “several” other third-party manufacturers including Shure are the only companies he knows to be doing strenuous three-button cabling stress testing beyond that of standard audio cables. Still, he says, additional engineering work was needed to make the cables durable. “In order to prevent one of these cables from breaking, we have had to assemble our own custom cable development team,” Kolton explains. “We have developed a Kevlar core cable that the other cables twist around that allows pressure from pulls and bends to pull on the strong… Kevlar instead of a critical functional cable. We’ve increased the diameter of our cables to the maximum that would not weigh down the headphone.”

Update: Don Inmon, Director of Product Development, Personal Audio with Klipsch has responded to iLounge, saying, “Potential reliability concerns are always factored into the development of our products. The 3-button controlled headsets are no exception. They have gone through a unique manufacturing process and 5-point pull test, ensuring superior reliability for normal and athletic levels of use.”

Incase unveils Courier Collection iPhone Pouch

Incase has introduced its new Courier Collection iPhone Pouch for the iPhone 3G, IPhone 3GS, and iPod touch. Made from custom weather resistant 1680D nylon, the Pouch also offers interior topo print lining, integrated cord management, a top-opening flap with Velcro closure, and a Velcro attachment strap that allows it to be worn on a belt, backpack, or bag. Incase’s new Courier Collection iPhone Pouch is available in black or gray/orange, and sells for $30.

Matias rolls out keyboard with integrated smartphone stand

Matias has introduced its new USB 2.0 Keyboard + Smartphone Stand. The white, full-size keyboard features a USB 2.0 port on the top of the keyboard, two standard USB ports on the back, printed Mac symbols on the keys, and a numeric keypad. In addition, it has a smartphone stand built into the face of the keyboard above the arrow keys, allowing users to keep their iPhone or other device in view at all times, and featuring a non-slip silicone pad to keep the device in place. Matias’ new USB 2.0 Keyboard + Smartphone Stand is available now for Mac, coming soon for Windows, and sells for $50.

Power A intros Universal Remote Case for iPhone 3G, 3GS

Power A has introduced its new Universal Remote Case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. Working in conjunction with the company’s free Power A Universal Remote app, the Universal Remote Case allows the iPhone 3G or 3GS to control nearly any infrared-controlled product. The case itself is a two-piece hard case offering open access to the headphone port, sleep/wake button, ring/silent switch, camera, screen, home button, and volume buttons, with the bottom piece connecting to the iPhone via dock connector to allow for app control of the built-in IR transmitter. The app lets users customize their own virtual button layouts, create macros that perform multiple tasks with a single button tap, and program the app to learn the codes of their existing remotes. Power A’s new Universal Remote Case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS is expected to be available from the Apple Store later today and will sell for $60.

Incase launches new iPhone Slider Case colors for spring

Incase has launched new spring colors of its Metallic Monochrome Slider Case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. The two-piece hardshell cases feature a soft touch finish, metallic upper portions with matter slide-off bottom pieces for easy docking, interior rubber guards for shock protection, and open access to all ports, controls, and the camera. In addition, the cases include a horizontal stand for video viewing. Incase’s new Metallic Monochrome Slider Metallic Monochrome Slider Cases for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS are available now in blue, purple, and silver, and sell for $35.

Apple approves Serial port-to-Dock Connector design

In an unusual decision that will enable third-party companies to produce a communications accessory that it hasn’t itself released, Apple has given its approval to a reference iPhone and iPod touch accessory design that would allow these devices to connect to a DB9, RJ11, or other cable via the Dock Connector. Redpark Product Development‘s Serial Cable Reference Design for OEM use with the iPhone and iPod touch is designed to provide a connection between the iPhone or iPod touch and a number of different medical, scientific, retail, and industrial devices, with a specialized app handing the communication between app and the connected device. Physically, the design includes a 30-pin male Dock Connector on one end and a box with a female connector on the other side. Redpart additionally expects that the design will be suitable for use with the iPad, but has not yet done real-world testing. [via Engadget]

zoomIt brings SD card access to iPhone, iPod touch

ZoomMediaPlus has announced its new zoomIt application-enabled accessory for the iPhone and iPod touch. Working in conjunction with the company’s free zoomIt app, the Works With iPhone- and Made For iPod-certified Dock-connecting accessory enables users to access a variety of content stored on any SD card mounted in the zoomIt’s SD card slot. Features include support for all iPhone OS 3.0 file types, including photos, videos, music, and documents, including PowerPoint, Excel, Word, PDF and others. The app lets users view, listen and share the files via e-mail, Facebook, and Flickr, and supports the transfer of files from the card to the iPhone or iPod touch for unconnected access. In addition, the app will enable users to save photos and videos from the card to their Camera Rolls, or move media from the Camera Roll onto the SD card. The company also plans future updates to support protected content types enabling the streaming of licensed music, videos, and other forms of protected content. The zoomIT SD Card accessory for iPhone and iPod touch is expected to ship in April for $59.95, and is available for pre-order now. ZoomMediaPlus is offering pre-order customers a $10 discount, and will bundle a free 4GB Kingston SD card with the first 250 orders.

Speck ships SeeThru Satin for iPhone 3G, 3GS

Speck Products is now shipping its SeeThru Satin case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. Winner of an iLounge Best of Show Award at the 2010 International CES, the SeeThru Satin is a translucent polycarbonate hard case featuring a soft-touch outer finish, raised rubberized front trim, and open access to all ports and controls. Speck’s SeeThru Satin case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS is available now in a variety of colors and sells for $30.

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