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The MobiValet is a simple device billed as, "the smart place to park your mobi." It's primarily for use in a car but there's no reason you couldn't affix one to a desk, table, chair, or almost anyplace you need to park your iPhone or other mobile device.
Have you ever wished you could relive your high school years but make different choices and do different things? Well now you can with the new app from Electronic Arts, Surviving High School, a simulator/game that allows you to make the kinds of decisions you would make as a high schooler. Everyone knows how tough it can be to balance your social life, sports, and academics, and it is just as challenging in this game.
MovieWedge is one of the most ingenious gadgets I’ve ever seen and the most flexible stand I've ever seen for an iPhone. It looks like a tiny beanbag chair with a little lip across the lower front edge to secure your iPhone (or other device). It's so flexible, in fact, that it also works great with any iPod, PSP, Blackberry, or just about any other small handheld electronic device.
There used to be an old comic book advertisement that said, "They laughed when I sat down to play the piano." The new GrooveMaker iPhone app brings that phrase into the 21st century… Its ad might say, "They laughed when I said I would DJ the whole party with just my iPhone." But it's true: With GrooveMaker, from IK Multimedia, anyone can be a mixmaster and it's a lot easier than you think.
The third generation iPod shuffle retains the diminutive size, distinctive shape, and is fabricated of anodized aluminum with a built-in clip just like its predecessor. The big change this year is the introduction of a less-expensive 2GB model that can hold up to 500 songs for $59. There's also a 4GB model that holds up to 1,000 songs for $79.
On the outside, all three versions of the new 3d generation iPod touch (8GB, 32GB, and 64GB) look the same as the previous generation. But the new 32 and 64GB models are up to 50% faster and include OpenGL ES 2.0 support for smoother gaming, Voice Control to navigate your music by voice command, and Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic. And the 8GB version, while lacking those new features, does sport the lowest price tag so far for an iPod touch at just $199.
The new 5th generation iPod nano was introduced on 09-09-09; I got my hands on one the very next day and have been using and abusing it ever since. Let me just start this review by telling you that I think it's the best iPod nano Apple has ever made and arguably the best $149 (8GB) or $179 (16GB) media player on the planet today.
The WildCharger Bundle is a product unlike anything I'd ever seen. In a nutshell it offers wire-free charging for the iPhone and iPod touch.
I found the idea of headphones that turn into speakers (or speakers that turn into headphones) intriguing. Unfortunately, in spite of a clever design, the sound quality in both modes -- headphones and speakers -- was mediocre at best.
I began my iPhone 3GS review in the Houston Chronicle by saying, "I won’t keep you in suspense... it’s easily the best iPhone yet." The only thing I'd add is that after almost three weeks of using the iPhone 3GS daily is that I like it even better now than when I wrote those words.