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Kii is One of the Smallest iDevice Chargers You’ll Ever Use

Accessory Charger

Nothing is more annoying than going on a trip out of town (or even just across the town) and having your phone or table die out on you. You could get one of those portable, external batteries for some instant extra juice, or you can get the Kii accessory charger instead.

The Kii is a teeny tiny accessory charger that connects and syncs your iDevice with your laptop or portable charger. There’s a Lightning connector version and one with the 30-pin connector that works with older iPhones. It’s especially convenient since its small size lets you attach it to your keychain so you can easily take it with you on your travels.

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Rumor Mill: Apple iPad 5 Might Be Launching In September

iPad 5 Rumor

So everything looks good for Apple’s iOS 7. Some of the features aren’t really as novel (especially for Apple users who also happen to own Android devices) but hey, at least Apple’s listening to their users. It’s expected to be released this September, along with the rumored iPad 5. It’s the much-awaited follow-up to the existing iPad, and staying true to Apple’s style, you can expect the latest and the yet-to-be-released version to look the same.

The iPad 5 will have an improved battery life, and this will be due to the fact that the LED light tubes used to backlight the device’s Retina display has been reduced from two to one. It is also expected to have an updated processor and more RAM, making it perfect for rental iPad units. The second-generation mini might be released along with the tablet, but this is all speculation so far.

VIA [ Geeky Gadgets ]

Smart Cargo Lets You Take Your iPad Gear On the Go

Smart Cargo

So you’re always carrying accessories and chargers for your iPad around in your bag and you’ve lost a couple of them already because you left them lying around wherever after using them and forgot to keep it when it’s time to leave and head home. You could try to be less forgetful, or you could just get something like the Smart Cargo case to provide you with some extra space that’s dedicated for all your iPad-related stuff. That way, you’re less likely to leave them lying around or stuff them in your bag (that’s already got loads of other stuff crammed into it).

The Smart Cargo is meant to be used in conjunction with the Apple Smart Cover. It is attached to the Smart Cover with the use of 14 magnets. The Smart Cargo is made from durable plastic, but it’s lined with felt on the inside to protect your iPad gear and essentials on the inside.

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The Diary’s Gone Digital, But This Locking Pendant Is An Interesting Twist


Say you’re a 12 year old girl and you want to keep a diary. Not that long ago, you might’ve put pen to paper and kept that little book under a pillow in your room, protected by nothing more than a ceremonial lock. In the iPad age however, it’s far more likely you’re going to go digital, but let’s face it, that tablet isn’t going to stay under your pillow. To keep your private diary private, the iHeart Locket uses a smart pendant as the locking mechanism for its iOS application. This pendant emits a unique audio chirp that both locks and unlocks the app. It’ll work with only one pendant, but if you lose it… you can always enter a 4 digit code to gain access again. Still, the notion that there’s a physical “key” that opens the diary could be appealing to the product’s target market.

The app itself allows you to add photos, illustrations, digital stickers and audio recordings, all scrapbook-style. There’s even “an automatic transcription function (powered by Nuance Communications) for those who are too young to type.” It’s altogether not a bad feature set for $25, and if someone’s birthday is coming up, could make for a decent present.

Or they’ll just think you’re cheesy, old and outdated and never use it. There’s no understanding kids.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Burj Al Arab In Dubai Provides Its Guests With Gold iPads


The Burj Al Arab in Dubai claims to be the world’s most luxurious hotel, and despite its own protests, has had the questionable moniker of the “world’s only 7-star hotel” attached to it since its opening. Regardless of the validity of that star rating, there’s no question that its guests stay in utmost comfort and extravagance, showered with perks like being chauffeured in a Roll-Royce to and from the airport, to being tended to by personal maids and chefs, to now being able to use a 24-karat Gold iPad for the duration of their stay. “The iPads, meant to act as “virtual concierges,” are loaded with Interactive Customer Experience (ICE) software that gives guests information on services such as dining options at the landmark property.” And guests that like their device enough can get one for themselves at the hotel’s boutique for the modest sum of $10,200.

[ CNet News ] VIA [ LuxuryLaunches ]

Kickstart This: MirrorCase for iPad Lets You Take Photos and Shoot Videos Horizontally


Most of the time, you can’t really have the best of both worlds. But with the right gizmo, sometimes you can have your cake and eat it, too.

While the iPad’s rear-facing camera lets you take photos and shoot videos, you’d have to hold the tablet up vertically in order to do so. That makes typing or taking notes virtually impossible. Add that to the fact that you’d still need an app that will let you do both simultaneously. And just when you thought you had to go back to recording stuff with a phone and taking notes with a laptop, along came the MirrorCase.

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You’re Enabling Them: iPad Attachment Brings 12X Zoom To Its Camera


Going to a concert and holding your iPhone up in the air the whole time is bad enough for the people behind you that are trying to see. But it’s not half as bad as those that think it’s ok to whip out an iPad to do the same. Fellas: it looks stupid, and is inconsiderate to those behind you. We’re going to stop the sermon here, however, because we imagine there might be times where taking a shot with an iPad isn’t ridiculously inappropriate, and someone somewhere might be interested in an attachment that can confer some serious zooming abilities. The The iPad Telephoto Lens gives the iPad 3 & 4 a 10X zoom, and the iPad Mini a 12X factor. The lens also adds some vignetting and “a lo-fi look”, which we imagine will be appealing to hipsters worldwide. Better yet for thrift-store-chic, budget-minded hipsters, is the price: $25.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

A Match Made In Heaven: Toilet Paper Holder With iPad Stand


Possibly the nicest thing about modern technology is the way it’s changed the way we do #2. No longer do we have to sit on the throne reading the list of ingredients on a bottle of shampoo. Or even reading a book… like a peasant. We have our smartphones instead! Looking at pictures of cats on the Interwebs while pooping is what smart devices are for. So let’s just drop any pretense of class, and embrace the Pedestal Stand with iPad Holder as a natural and long overdue household accessory. Because come on, guys, who wants to put down their iPad in the middle of watching a cool video, just because it’s time to wipe? Huh?

It’s $45.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gear Diary ]

Exploring The Underwater World While Sitting Comfortably In A Boat, iPad In Hand, Has Never Been Easier


About 70% of this planet is underwater. As vast as the visible land is, the world that lives hidden from view, under our oceans and lakes, is vastly larger. Exploring it usually requires a pretty substantial amount of effort, but not if you have some money to throw at a remote controlled submersible craft equipped with a quasi-HD camera. The Submarine Camcorder is a 19″ L x 14 1/2″ W x 7″ H submersible craft in a marine-grade, hydrodynamic ABS housing. It has electric thrust and lift propellers, and is capable of forward/backward (5 kts forward; 1 kt reverse), left/right, and up/down movements. It is tethered to a surface boat by a 100ft. cable, though communication with the device is done through WiFi and an app installed on an iPad, or even a laptop. A 1280 x 720 feed is sent directly to the iPad, where you can take stills or record footage.

The virtual dashboard (an iPad’s motion sensors can also steer the sub) includes a joystick, camera controls, and displays depth, heading, battery level, and temperature data received from the sub’s built-in sensors.

The Submarine Camcorder is available from Hammacher Schlemmer, which tends to be more of an upscale/pricey sort of retailer. This time is no exception: the thing costs a whopping $6,300.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ LikeCool ]