May 21

BoxWave Capacitive mini Stylus (Four Colors)

Want an iPad stylus that attaches to your iPad?

BoxWave has just released a new iPad screen pen called the mini Capacitive Stylus, and it does just that.  Unlike the other styli available for the iPad, this one includes a tether which allows you to connect it to the iPad’s 3.5mm audio jack when not in use.

From the BoxWave web site:

“This miniaturized pen stylus sports a pocket size form factor, and works with all capacitive screens. No longer will you have to take off your gloves off on a cold day just to use your Apple iPad as the mini Capacitive Stylus enables you to use your Apple iPad without ever touching the screen with your finger! Its portable size makes it easy to carry around, and can be stored away by attaching to your Apple iPad’s 3.5mm headphone jack.”

iPad and BoxWave Stylus There are also iPhone versions of the BoxWave mini Capacitive Stylus, though it’s unclear whether or not there’s any real difference between these and the iPad version. 

Boxwave also makes a larger capacitive stylus that looks like a normal pen.

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Apr 09

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We’re often asked about battery extenders.  These portable battery packs are designed to be used as mobile chargers for smartphones, PDAs, MP3 players, etc.  Many of them are ideal for iPhone and iPod users, but finding one also suitable for the iPad had been more of a challenge.

The 3GJuice Major Mojo is, as far as well can tell, the only simple USB-charging extender that’s stated to be iPad-friendly. 

Major Mojo boasts a 5400mAh Li-Ion battery, which can charge the iPad when you’re on the go.  On the iPhone or iPod touch, this capacity would provide multiple charges, but with iPad it will likely simply extend your battery life.

We’re hoping to be able to report back in more detail on this point.  Until then, if you’re looking for a battery extender solution that includes iPad utility, the 3GJuice Major Mojo is one of the few on the list.

Know of another battery extender for the iPad?  Let us know by commenting below.

Update: We’ve received word from the CEO of 3GJuice that the Major Mojo will, in fact, charge the iPad, and even to 100%, though the iPad cannot be awake during the charge (i.e. it only charges when the screen is off).  During company tests, it took 5 hours to charge the iPad from 27% to 68% with the Major Mojo, after which the extender had 60% battery remaining.  Charging of the iPad to 100% is expected to take 10-12 hours.

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Jan 25

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We’ve been hearing about it for months, and today it’s available for purchase.  The newest generation TuneCast FM transmitter, dubbed the TuneCast Auto LIVE, works together with a partner iPhone app [iTunes Link] and the iPhone’s GPS unit (3G & 3GS) to find the best FM frequency for your area.  You can also control the transmitter via the iPhone app, a feature added in iPhone OS 3.0.

Other features include a high-contrast LCD display, a 12-volt cigarette lighter adapter (which powers the TuneCast and charges your iPhone), programmable presets and more.

If you’re wondering, this latest TuneCast is model F8Z498. There are several TuneCast products, so be sure to check the model number if you want the latest generation.

Find out more about the Belkin TuneCast @ Amazon.com.

Source: Belkin Press Release

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Jan 20

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If you have an iPhone or an iPod touch, the XM Skydock easily transforms either device into an XM satellite radio for your car or truck. 

The XM Skydock gets its power from a car’s cigarette lighter adapter and charges while you listen.  You can listen via FM radio with the built-in FM transmitter, or if your auto has an AUX-in port you can connect via the included patch cable.  The XM Skydock app [iTunes link] work with the dock and lets you tag music for purchase in iTunes, set favorite channels and track artists and songs. 

Works with any iPhone or iPod touch running the iPhone OS 3.x.  Includes a magnetic mount antenna.

Amazon.com has the XM Skydock for $35 less than MSRP.

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Sep 16

If you’ve ever seen someone wearing iPod or iPhone video eyewear (a.k.a. Head Mounted Displays, or HMDs), you know they look… to put it in the kindest possible terms… screwy. Still, to be able to enjoy a more natural video viewing experience, some users are willing to endure the chuckles. But two upcoming models from Vuzix aim to take a little social sting out of HMD use by disguising them as sunglasses.

Vuzix Wrap 310, 920

The Vuzix Wrap 310 and Wrap 920, while differing slightly in their feature sets, each share the same traditional eyewear camouflage.  And while they’ll obviously be bulkier than the sunglasses most of us own, at least they don’t look as bad as some of the actual sunglasses being sold today

This isn’t the first attempt at using the “sunglasses look” to make HMDs more palatable to users; the MyVu Shades have been around since 2008, and while they’re more attractive than other HUDs on the market, they don’t actually look anything like sunglasses.

The Vuzix Wrap 310 and 920 models will be available later this year.

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