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Monster sues Fanny Wang claiming infringements on Beats

Monster Cable and Beats Electronics have filed a lawsuit against Fanny Wang Headphones, sister company to Hard Candy Cases and Gumdrop Cases, alleging that Fanny Wang’s recently debuted products infringe on a design patent and trade dress for the Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, and engage in unfair competition. The suit claims Fanny Wang’s headphones are deliberate “knock-offs” of the Monster/Beats Studio and Solo model headphones, and that the similarities between the companies’ respective products, packaging, and promotional materials are “likely to cause confusion” in the marketplace.

Despite striking similarities between the designs, as well as references made by Fanny Wang’s web site to Beats—including a claim that “the Fanny Wang headphones takes (sic) the trend started by ‘Beats by Dr Dre’ to the next level in terms of fashion, sound, and price”—Fanny Wang has called the suit “completely frivolous,” claiming that Monster and Beats Electronics are “using the legal system to put an incredible financial pressure” on the company. Monster and Beats are seeking an injunction against Fanny Wang marketing or selling their headphones, as well as monetary damages, including any profits made from selling the allegedly infringing headphones.

Westone to show four-driver earphones at CES

Westone has announced that it will be debuting its new Westone 4 earphones at CES 2011. The Westone 4 are in-ear earphones featuring a four driver balanced armature design with 3-way crossover, making them the first such universal fit earphones from a major manufacturer. Other features include EPIC (Earphone Precision Interconnect Cable) cabling that guards against microphonics and Westone’s True-Fit technology. Westone’s Westone 4 earphones will sell for $449 and are expected to ship early in Q1 2011.

Ballistic previews Ballistic LS case for iPhone 4

Ballistic has provided iLounge with a preview of its upcoming Ballistic LS case for the iPhone 4. Made from TPU material, the Ballistic LS features four interchangeable silicone “Ballistic Corners,” which vary in color and thickness to allow for a customized level of drop protection, as well as push-through protection for the volume and sleep/wake buttons, and open access to all other ports, controls, and cameras. The Ballistic LS will be available in January 2011 in a variety of colors and will sell for $30.

Essential TPE debuts Icon, Iro cases for iPhone 4

Essential TPE has debuted its new Icon and Iro cases for the iPhone 4. Made from premium quality silicone, the Icon case adds a non-functional, retro-style external antenna element opposite the headphone jack, and features push-through protection for the volume buttons, open access to all other ports, controls, and cameras, and an included screen protector. The Iro case is a polycarbonate case featuring a UV coating for increased rigidity, a slightly curved back surface for added grip, open access to all ports, controls, and cameras, and an included screen protector. It will be available in a wide variety of colors, while the Icon will be available in black or gray. Essential TPE’s Icon and Iro cases are expected to ship by the end of the month and will sell for $25.

Kioky previews iPhone screen protectors with applicator

Kioky is offering a preview of its upcoming screen protectors for the iPhone. Available in clear, matte, privacy, and mirror finishes, Kioky’s screen protector comes packaged with a unique applicator that centers and secures the screen protector, ensuring that the protector properly lines up on the device when it’s placed face-down into the applicator. According to the company, the applicator allows for installation of screen protectors in “seconds.” Kioky’s new screen protectors for the iPhone are expected to launch at CES 2011 in January; pricing and availability have yet to be announced.

JBL On Air Wireless speaker with AirPlay hits FCC

JBL’s upcoming On Air Wireless speaker dock with AirPlay support has appeared on the FCC’s website. Engadget reports that along with photos of the device, the filing includes the On Air’s user manual, and indicates that the large color LCD display at the center bottom of the dock will be used to display album art while streaming music, and will also help ease the Wi-Fi setup process. The report indicates that the On Air Wireless will be introduced at CES 2011; pricing and availability information has yet to be announced.

Gear 4 unveils Angry Birds cases for iPhone, iPod touch

Gear 4 has unveiled its new lineup of Angry Birds-themed cases for the iPhone 4 and fourth-generation iPod touch. The clip-on style hard cases feature open access to all ports, controls, and cameras, as well as large, full-case graphics featuring one of three Angry Birds characters—either the Red Bird, Yellow Bird, or Pig King. Gear 4’s new Angry Birds cases for the iPhone 4 and fourth-generation iPod touch are available now and sell for $25. previews Voomote One for iPhone, iPod touch has announced its new Voomote One universal remote accessory for the iPhone and iPod touch. The Voomote is a case-like accessory that connects via the Dock Connector and features an IR transmitter at the top, allowing for access to all other ports, controls, and cameras when attached. The Voomote One works in conjunction with the company’s free Voomote One app, which includes codes for 98% of all available IR devices, according to the company, and features learning capabilities for devices not included in the app’s built-in code database. The app also allows users to setup their own remote control configurations, setup different configurations by room, and configure one-button macros.’s Voomote One universal remote for iPhone and iPod touch is available for pre-order now and is expected to ship in Q1 2011 for €69, or roughly $91.

Griffin intros new iTrip, Window Mount

Griffin Technology has introduced its new iTrip Universal FM transmitter and Window Mount for automobiles. The new iTrip Universal features an integrated 3.5mm input cable for compatibility with all iPods, iPhones, and iPads, as well as other portable devices, SmartSound audio enhancement, a built-in screen, two user-programmable presets, and is powered by two AAA batteries. It will sell for $25. The Window Mount is an window/dash mounting solution featuring a case-friendly bracket for holding an iPod, iPhone, or other portable device, a ball joint that allows for 360 degree rotation and swiveling, and two mounting options—a cling base for glass surfaces, or an adhesive mounting base for mounting on dashboards or consoles. The Window Mount will sell for $20; both accessories will be available in the first quarter of 2011.

Mashed Pixel unveils Surc universal remote for iPhone

Mashed Pixel has unveiled its new Surc universal remote control for the iPhone 3G, 3GS, and iPhone 4. The Surc solution is comprised of a case with IR ports on the top, open access to all ports, controls, and camera, save for the dock connector, and a Micro-USB port for charging the device while in the case, and a free companion app. From within the app, users can set up custom remotes based activity or room, with the ability to look up remote codes from the Surc database or learn new codes from existing remotes. According to the company, the case itself works from up to 15 feet away, and users can share remote setups with friends and family via the app, and also backup remote layouts. Mashed Pixel’s Surc universal remote for iPhone 3G, 3GS, and iPhone 4 is expected to ship in the first quarter of 2011 and will sell for $70.

Cool Invent rolls out Dual iDocker for iPad, iPhone

Cool Invent has rolled out its new Dual iDocker stand for the iPad and iPhone. Made from aircraft-grade aluminum, the Dual iDocker features separate charging cradles for the iPad and iPhone, both of which are mounted on articulated dual ball joints to allow for independent adjustment of each device’s height, orientation, and angle. Other features include a large, stable base, slots for holding pencils, pens, business cards, and sticky notes, soft polyurethane foam cradle lining for protection against scratches, and twin USB cables for connection to a computer or dual-port charger. Cool Invent’s Dual iDocker for the iPad and iPhone is available now and sells for $130.

Apptwee debuts Ri Universal Remote for iOS

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

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

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

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.

Incase intros Snap Battery Case for iPhone 4

Incase has introduced its new Snap Battery Case for the iPhone 4. The Snap Battery features a built-in 900 mAh battery, which the company claims offers up to 40 percent extended battery life, as well as hardshell construction with a soft-touch coating, a female 30-pin connector for charging and syncing, an LED power indicator and control button, an included 30-pin to USB cable, open access to all ports, controls, and the camera—save for the dock connector—and impact protection on all four corners. Incase’s new Snap Battery Case for the iPhone 4 is available now and sells for $60.

Speakal debuts Cool iPig speaker for iPod, iPhone

Speakal has debuted its new Cool iPig speaker for the iPod and iPhone. Featuring a cartoon-like pig design, the Cool Pig features a top-mounted dock, motion sensing volume and music controls, a rechargeable lithium battery, two front-facing speakers with a down-firing subwoofer, included remote control, 23 Watts of total power, and a 3.5mm auxiliary input. Speakal’s Cool iPig is available now and sells for $150.

Gumdrop rolls out Drop Series case for iPhone 4

Gumdrop Cases has rolled out its new Drop Series case for the iPhone 4. The Drop Series case is a hybrid solution featuring an inner layer of TPU rubber and a stiffer, textured outer surface. Other features include rubber-reinforced corners, open access to all ports, controls, and cameras, two included screen protectors, and an included belt clip that can be placed over the front for added screen protection when on the move. Gumdrop Cases’ Drop Series case for the iPhone 4 is available for pre-order now in five color combinations and sells for $45.

Jarre Technologies ships AeroSystem One for iPod, iPhone

Jarre Technologies is now shipping its AeroSystem One speaker for the iPod and iPhone. Built atop a circular base, the AeroSystem One is a single-piece, cylindrical speaker system featuring a top-mounted dock, two 30 Watt full spectrum tweeters and one 60 Watt subwoofer for 240 degree sound dispersion, a 3.5mm auxiliary input, a USB port, and an included remote control. Jarre Technologies’ AeroSystem One for the iPod and iPhone is available now and sells for €799, or roughly $1,063.

Drive Industries teams with Speck on iPad, iPhone cases

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.

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