Apr 29

While Apple has steadily increased the number of iTunes tracks that sell for $1.29, Amazon MP3, Amazon.com’s online music store, has just lowered the price of many popular songs from 89-or-99 cents to just $0.69.

Amazon MP3 Now Selling Many Popular Songs for $0.69

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Apr 27

White iPhone 4After nearly a year of waiting, Apple will begin shipping white versions of the iPhone 4 tomorrow, April 28th.

The white iPhone 4 will be sold in the United States in both AT&T and Verizon Wireless variants and will be available with the two standard storage capacities: 16GB ($199 w/ contract) and 32GB ($299 w/ contract). 

“The white iPhone 4 has finally arrived and it’s beautiful,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “We appreciate everyone who has waited patiently while we’ve worked to get every detail right.”

Apple did not clarify exactly why the white iPhone has been delayed for so many months, though theories range from yellowing of the white shell after prolonged use to light leakage into the built-in camera.

Additional Reading: Apple White iPhone 4 Press Release

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Apr 21

iHome iA100 App-Enhanced Alarm & Speaker System

Alarm clocks and speaker systems – even those for iOS devices and other modern handhelds – are usually simple, straightforward affairs; not so with the newest flagship product from iHome, the iA100 App-Enhanced bedside audio system.  This iPod, iPad and iPhone alarm and speaker is so chock full of features and options that it requires several days to become truly comfortable with its use – at least it did for me. 

And this will be off-putting for some, or even downright aggravating to others, but its complexity provides an opportunity to transform a seemingly basic accessory into something more powerful.  It’s simply a question of learning how the iA100 works and what it can do, and becoming familiar with how to make it perform the way you want. But once you do, the iA100 can accommodate just about any user preference, and if your iOS bedside speaker needs are more demanding than your peers’, it may just be the only solution to consider – if you can afford it.

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Apr 20

DBTech Car Headrest Mount HolderGiving your iPad 2 a home in your car, truck or van can be a tricky proposition, particularly when compared to the plethora of options available for smartphones.  But while auto holders and mounts aren’t nearly as plentiful for the iPad 2, but there are still a few options.

The first is the DBTech Car Headrest Mount Holder (seen left), which attaches the iPad 2 to the back of a seat’s headrest so that passengers in the back can use the tablet to watch movies, browse the web, or play games. The included adjustable clamp can attach to most headrest posts, so this is a good option if your car’s seats have these posts.

If not, there’s another solution: the Snugg iPad 2 Car Headrest Mount Holder.  This holder/mount also allows you to attach an iPad 2 to the rear of your car seat, but uses straps that hug the shape of the headrest rather than a post clamp.  Unfortunately, using this holder requires a second purchase, the Snugg iPad 2 Leather Case.

RAM Suction Cup Twist Lock MountBut what if you want a more traditional mount designed for the driver rather than passengers?  Perhaps the best solution made available to date is the RAM Suction Cup Twist Lock Mount

Compatible with both the original iPad and the iPad 2, the RAM Mount has a suction cup that adheres to your windshield for easy access and viewing, and its shell is high-grade aluminum for solidity and lighter weight.

More automotive accessories for the iPad 2 are coming, but as of today these seem the best options from U.S. retailers.  You can also check eBay, which often features accessories not yet available in the States. 

Know of another iPad 2 car mount or holder?  Let us know in the comments section. 

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Apr 19

XtremeMac Incharge Portable Charger

No accessory is more fundamental to a smartphone’s operation than its charger.  Chargers aren’t sexy, but we need them – and often in more places than we might think.

Which brings us to our Accessory Spotlight for today: the XtremeMac Incharge Portable Charger (model IPU-ICP-11).

What makes the Incharge Portable interesting is that it’s a wall charger for iPhones and iPods that also has an integrated battery pack; so you can leave it plugged in and use one of its two USB ports (or both) to charge your iPhone and/or iPod, then disconnect it from the wall when you leave and take a little more juice with you.  There’s even a built-in LED charge indicator so that you know how much battery power is left when you’re on the go.

The best news is that this charger, which retails for $79, is available at Amazon.com for just $15.29.  Price subject to change at any time.

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