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Progical challenges Apple licensing with “Homemade for iPhone” accessory program

Progical Solutions has announced its new “Homemade for iPhone” accessory program, which aims to offer developers an alternative to Apple’s official Made For iPod and Works With iPhone programs. The program consists of a toolkit that taps into Apple’s External Accessory framework to provide a serial data connection between accessories and the iPhone or iPod touch via the 3.5mm headphone jack. Using the jack, serial data can be transmitted or received at speeds up to 19.2k baud, according to Progical. The company promises to offer technical information, hardware connectors and components, testing tools, technical support, and more through the program, which it claims can be licensed for a “nominal fee.” Progical has also posted a YouTube video showing the toolkit integrating with a OneTouch Glucose meter as a proof of concept, and says that it has successfully integrated hardware from LifeScan, Sony, and Apollo Electronics with the toolkit.

Scosche debuts solChat Bluetooth speaker phone

Scosche has introduced its new solChat Bluetooth hands-free speaker phone. The solChat is designed for in-car use, with a simple three-button interface, voice feature to announce the number of incoming calls, automatic pairing, and a solar panel mounted on the back for eco-friendly operation. It includes a USB charging cable and car adapter for charging during the night and on overcast days, as well as a windshield suction cup mount and a sun visor clip. Scosche’s solChat Bluetooth hands-free speaker phone is available now and sells for $100.

Sirius XM rolls out SkyDock for iPhone, iPod touch

Sirius XM Radio has introduced its new XM SkyDock accessory for the iPhone and iPod touch. The XM SkyDock is a combination vehicle mount, charger, and satellite radio receiver, featuring a flexible stalk, a choice of either auxiliary or PowerConnect connections, the latter of which uses the vehicle’s existing wiring to connect to the vehicle’s radio, and a cradle designed to handle any generation of iPod touch or iPhone via specifically-designed spacers. In addition, the SkyDock takes advantage of new hardware control capabilities found in iPhone OS 3.0 to allow users to listen to any of their subscribed XM channels as well as the “Best of Sirius,” including Howard Stern, tag songs they hear for later purchase from the iTunes store, and access game alerts, a sports ticker, artist and song alerts, and a stock ticker. The XM SkyDock will be available this fall and will sell for $120; the XM SkyDock app will launch at the same time. [via AllThingsD]

Marware debuts SportShell Convertible for iPhone 3G, 3GS

Marware has introduced its new SportShell Convertible case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. With interchangeable parts, the SportShell Convertible can function as a hard shell case, an armband, or as a belt clip case. The armband offers a quick release design, while the belt clip locks in place to become a stand; the case offers full access to all ports and controls and includes a clear screen protector and cleaning cloth. Marware’s SportShell Convertible case for the iPhone 3G and 3GS is available now and sells for $45.

Marware rolls out C.E.O. Premiere+ for iPhone 3G, 3GS

Marware has introduced its new C.E.O. Premiere+ case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. The C.E.O. Premiere+ combines a hip case made from eco-leather, featuring a Velcro closure, integrated low-profile belt clip, fleece interior, and perforated leather design, with a hard shell case offering open access to all ports and controls. The hard shell can be used on its own or in conjunction with the hip case; the package also includes a clear screen protector and cleaning cloth. Marware’s C.E.O. Premiere+ for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS is available now in black or brown and sells for $40.

Sumajin debuts Ink Leather Case for iPhone 3G, 3GS

Sumajin has introduced its new Ink Leather Case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. The two-piece case features a slide-off bottom portion for easy docking, an ABS plastic shell with rubberized inner lining and a leather exterior, open access to all ports and controls, and an included screen protector. Sumajin’s Ink Leather Case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS is available now in a variety of colors and sells for $25.

Audio Unlimited intros Fone-Doc Speaker for iPhone 3G, 3GS

Audio Unlimited has introduced its new Fone-Doc Hands-Free Speaker for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. The Fone-Doc eschews Bluetooth connectivity for a dock-based hands-free speaker solution, featuring a cradle on the right side, next to an NXT flat panel speaker that is used for audio playback—though nothing is shown as being connected to the iPhone’s headphone port. It can be mounted on an automobile’s visor using included metal clips, or placed on a table for stationary use. Other features include an automatic sleep mode, a 3.5mm input jack for connecting other audio devices, and automatic activation for inbound/outbound calls, or for media playback. The Fone-Doc Hands-Free Speaker for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS is available now and sells for $70.

Griffin debuts Elan Form Etch for iPhone 3G, 3GS

Griffin Technology has introduced its new Elan Form Etch case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. This two-piece, snap-together case features open access to all ports and controls, a premium leather exterior that is bonded to an impact-resistant polycarbonate shell, and Griffin’s EasyDock removable bottom cover for easier docking. Currently available at Apple retail stores in brown leather with an etched vintage pattern, the Elan Form Etch will soon be released in a number of additional colors and patterns and will also be available from Griffin’s website. It is priced at $35.

AGF debuts Precision HSD Case for iPhone 3G and 3GS

AGF has introduced its new Precision HSD Case for iPhone 3G and 3GS. This patented case offers protection for both the front and back of the phone using a two-sided hinged design, and features microfiber lining, an easy-to-open door, an AGF 180-degree swiveling belt clip, access to the headphone port, sleep/wake button, volume buttons, and ring/silent switch, and offers users the option to secure the phone with the screen facing in or out. AGF’s Precision HSD Case for iPhone 3G and 3GS is available now and sells for $35.

Zacuto rolls out ZGrip iPhone Jr. handgrip

Zacuto has introduced its new ZGrip iPhone Jr., its more affordable, consumer version of the ZGrip iPhone Pro. Like the Pro, the ZGrip iPhone Jr. is a handgrip system meant to help iPhone 3GS users shoot more stable, professional-looking video. It features a handgrip with a thread on the bottom for attaching to a tripod, an iPhone cradle which is permanently attached to the handgrip, and a thread on top for mounting accessories such as a separate audio recorder or light. Zacuto’s ZGrip iPhone Jr. is available for pre-order now and is expected to ship in August for $69.

Thermaltake shows iPhone, iPod touch LUXA2 H1-Touch stand

LUXA2, a division of PC component manufacturer Thermaltake, has introduced its new H1-Touch stand for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPod classic. Made from brushed aluminum, the H1-Touch features a fully adjustable rotating cradle with six supports, adjustable from 45 mm to 72 mm to hold the iPhone, iPod touch, iPod classic, or other portable device. In addition, the stand itself features two Swarovski crystals embedded in the front. LUXA2’s H1-Touch stand for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPod classic will be available in three weeks and will sell for $50.

Thought Out intros PED3-Bike mount

Thought Out has introduced its new PED3-Bike mount for the iPhone and iPod touch. Built for motorcycles, bicycles or any other type of handle bar vehicles, the PED3-Bike combines the PED3-Bike-M mount with a bare iPhone, bare iPod touch or FORM holder, the latter of which is designed to accept both iPhone and iPod touch units while inside of protective cases. The mount itself provides a secure grip that adapts to 1-inch and 25mm diameter bars, and offers full device rotation. Thought Out’s PED3-Bike mount is available now for $32-$36 depending on model, while the Bike-M mount is available separately for $23 for owners of PED3 or NAJA King holders.

Kensington unveils Nightstand Charging Dock for iPhone

Kensington has unveiled its Nightstand Charging Dock for iPhone. Compatible with nearly all iPods but designed for the iPhone and iPod touch, the Nightstand Charging Dock is designed to charge the connected device while functioning to keep it in landscape mode, and works in concert with the company’s free Rise & Shine application, which turns the charging iPhone or iPod touch into an alarm clock, displaying the time in one of three formats, along with the date and weather conditions. Kensington’s Nightstand Charging Dock for iPhone is available for pre-order now and sells for $40; a release date has yet to be announced.

Klipsch intros Image S4i In-Ear Headset

Klipsch has introduced its new S4i In-Ear Headset with integrated microphone and remote. Designed for use with the iPhone 3GS, third-generation iPod shuffle, second-generation iPod touch, fourth-generation iPod nano, and iPod classic 120GB, the S4i features a slightly tweaked version of Apple’s three-button in-line microphone and remote system at the yoke where the left and right earbud cables converge for a more natural feel when answering calls and controlling music. Other features include the company’s exclusive oval ear tips, 8.5mm drivers with controlled damping, a piano black finish with chrome accents, and included fit kit, cleaning tool, clothing clip, and carrying pouch. Klipsch’s S4i In-Ear Headset will be available in August and will sell for $100.

CellShields offers first iPhone 3G cases with Apple logo

CellShields is now offering its Hard Case Cover Skin for the iPhone 3G and 3GS. The plastic case provides access to all ports and controls, and notably features an Apple logo—which also functions as a snap point for the two-piece design—in the center of the back. Available in a variety of two-tone color combinations, CellShields’ Hard Case Cover Skin for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS is available now and sells for $10 for matte plastic models or $12.50 for combination matte and metallic plastic units.

Update: According to an email received by iLounge, CellShields is no longer offering the Hard Case Cover Skin.

Incase: New Power Slider coming, old models out-stocked

iLounge has learned that Incase‘s current-generation Power Slider case for the iPhone 3G is no longer in production, and that the company is working on a revised model to be released in the coming months. Incase representative Rachel Quizon Maniago told iLounge that the company is sold out of its existing inventory of the Power Slider EC20009, a quietly updated version of the original Power Slider launched in November 2008 with the model number EC20003; both versions of the product remain available through some third-party retailers. According to the company, the March update “implemented some design adjustments to allow for improved sound quality during speakerphone usage and made slight adjustments to fit and function, including updates to the firmware to increase standby time/battery efficiency and improve sync functionality,” however, user comments have suggested that iPhone 3G reception suffered due to the changes. Maniago said the company hopes to have the new Power Slider ready for release “around the holiday timeframe.”

Apple rejects News Addict app, wants 17+ rating

Apple has rejected an update to TapMode’s News Addict application, claiming that the developer must rate the app 17+ because it allows access to the Internet. In an email to iLounge, TapMode developer Jeff McMorris explains that the app is currently #1 in the paid app listing for the News section, and that such a mandate would potentially affect thousands of other applications in the App Store. Notably, News Addict has passed inspection two previous times with a rating of 4+, a rating which is shared with many of its competitor applications. In addition, while the app is designed to offer fast access to a variety of predetermined news sources, there is no way to even enter a URL in the application, making Apple’s “Internet access” claim largely untrue. As McMorris notes on his company’s blog, “Apple needs to rate apps based on what they actually contain not what they might be used for. This is the equivalent of putting 17+ ratings on TV sets because they have the potential to play R rated movies.” The prior version of News Addict, version 1.1, is available now from the App Store and sells for $1.

Thought Out debuts iPhone tripod mount

Thought Out has introduced its new PED3-TriPhone and PED3-TriPhone FORM rotating iphone tripod mounts and holders for the iPhone, iPhone 3G, and iPhone 3GS. Based on the company’s previous PED3 iPhone mounts, the TriPhone is made to attach to any standard quarter-inch tripod mount for steadier video and pictures, and allows for the rotation of the device from vertical to horizontal orientation. In addition, the TriPhone FORM will work with most iPhones while they remain in their cases or skins. Thought Out’s PED3-TriPhone and PED3-TriPhone FORM mounts and holders will be available for pre-order soon and should begin shipping by the end of the month for $28 and $32, respectively; current owners of PED3 stands can purchase the TriPhone mount separately for $12.

Factron Quattro adds interchangeable lenses to iPhone 3G, 3GS

Factron has introduced its new Quattro case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS (Translated Link), adding the ability for owners to use different lenses on the device’s built-in camera. Made from aluminum alloy, the Quattro is a two-piece case held together by four screws that stick out from the corners of the case. It offers open access to all ports and controls, a leather pad on the back, as well as a small mounting ring over the camera onto which a variety of lenses can be attached, including close-up, fisheye, and wide-angle glass. Factron’s Quattro case is available now for the iPhone 3G, available for pre-order for the iPhone 3GS, and sells for roughly $200; the lenses range in price from $15-$55 each. [via Engadget]

Miniot intros wooden pouch for iPhone 3G, 3GS

Miniot has introduced its new Miniot pouch for the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and second-generation iPod touch. Like the company’s iWood cases, the pouch is made in the Netherlands from a single piece of selected wood, making each one unique. Other features include a soft interior lining to prevent scratching, available monogram, message, or logo engraving, and an optional belt clip and built-in stand. The Miniot pouch will be available July; pricing has yet to be announced.

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