Archive for the 'Accessories' Category

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Remember that classic look of radios from the late 80s and 90s? Relive the past in three colors along with the ability to stream from your Bluetooth device.  That’s right, the Geneva WorldRadio lets you listen to FM, wakes you up, belts out Pandora via your smartphone, and even supports DAB+ if you are in Europe.  It’s a bit on the pricey side at $300 but it sure is versatile and stylish.

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Boston, MA – November 29, 2012 Geneva, unveils the WorldRadio, a contemporary take on the classic world receiver; a radio that could receive all available radio stations using the broadcasting technologies of that era, such as FM, long, and short waves. Today, most popular local radio stations are broadcast over FM, by DAB digital radio in some European countries and thousands of others are available on the Internet. The new Geneva WorldRadio offers access to the complete offering of today’s radio stations, as the classic world receiver did for previous generations.

 

Geneva WorldRadio features a powerful audio system, digital color display with touch controls, digital FM tuner, Bluetooth receiver, and alarm clock, all contained within an elegant, streamlined chassis with aluminum handle and tuning controls. This high-performance amplifier and full-range loudspeaker play mid and high frequencies with absolute accuracy, and produce warm, rich bass below 80Hz.

 

 

 

WorldRadio can receive both FM and digital (DAB+ version, Europe only) radio stations, and can wirelessly stream your favorite Internet radio stations from any Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, tablet or laptop. Other audio sources can be connected via the 3.5 mm line input.  The rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery provides 6 hours of music playback.

 

The Geneva WorldRadio will be available December 2012 in a choice of 3 metallic finishes: silver, red, and black for $299.95 MSRP at www.genevalab.com and select retailers.

 

For more information on how you can tune in to the world with the new Geneva Sound System World Radio visit www.genevalab.com.

 

 

About Geneva:

Geneva is the Swiss firm that revolutionized home audio, with the first high-end audio system for the iPod generation. On the outside, Geneva Sound Systems are deceptively simple – the handcrafted, piano-lacquered exteriors seamlessly integrate into and enhance any interior setting. On the inside, the engineers fuse advanced electronics, patented acoustics, and the best components to project three-dimensional sound from a single, all-in-one furniture-grade cabinet. Geneva products have garnered accolades from leading audio and design publications, including a 2011 What Hi-fi? Sound and Vision Award for Product of the Year. Geneva Sound Systems are sold by the world’s leading fashion, design and electronics retailers.

 



Thursday, November 29, 2012

If battery life has got you down on your new iPhone 5 and you’re looking to extend it, now you can while protecting it as well.  iBattz brings the first-ever battery case that is also a snap-on case for your iPhone 5.  According to iBattz, “The Mojo Hi5 case is a two-part protective case that features a detachable 2500mAh aluminum battery to keep users powered up on the go.”  You can use it to charge other USB devices as well.  The unique thin case will set you back $80 but for extra juice in a “…minimalistic design…”, you are getting off with a pretty good dea.

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RAMSEY, NJ – November 29, 2012 – iBattz, creators of intelligent power solutions, introduces their first protective battery case for iPhone® 5 with the Mojo Hi5 Powerbank Case. The Mojo Hi5 case is a two-part protective case that features a detachable 2500mAh aluminum battery to keep users powered up on the go. The battery is thin, lightweight and complementary to the iPhone 5’s minimalistic design. In addition, it can also be used to power other USB devices.

 

Functionality and design were key components in the development of the Mojo Hi5. This is evident in the sleek outer case which fuses flawlessly with the slim form of the iPhone 5. The user has the option to use the battery or just protect their phone with the thin yet protective case. The 2500mAh battery effortlessly attaches to the case for charging on the go, and is removable for charging other USB enabled devices.

 

Included with the Mojo Hi5 Powerbank case is the 2500mAh battery, matte black and gloss white cases, USB to Micro USB charging cable, Velcro strap and a short flex USB cable for charging the iPhone 5 when connected with the Apple Lightning to micro USB adapter, available at the Apple Store and online, sold separately.

 

 

 

“Attention to detail is key for us at iBattz. Staying true to the sleek design of the new iPhone 5, we made sure to create a case that would perfectly complement this stunning phone,” said Richard Martin, President, iBattz North American operations. “The Mojo Hi5 provides immediate snap-on power and quick charging capability — it’s a must-have accessory for people always on-the-go.”
 

 

The Mojo Hi5 Powerbank Case is available at Amazon.com and usa.ibattz.com for a MSRP of $79.90

 

About iBattz 

iBattz creates award-winning products through innovative design to enhance the technology essential to our lives. We offer a full line of power accessories designed for Apple® iPhone® and other intelligent mobile devices.

 

With over 10 years of experience in R&D, industrial design, and manufacturing of battery technology, you can trust the reliability and performance of all iBattz products.

 

For more information about the Mojo Hi5 and full line of iBattz products visit the website usa.iBattz.com

 



Thursday, November 29, 2012

The dearth of iPhone 5 docks is disappointing and the few – literally – that do exist are complete nonsense. Sorry Belkin, I do not wish to advertise your company when docking my phone. Fortunately, within sixty days, you can have a truly fitting dock for your iPhone 5, or older, that not only looks killer but compliments your Mac and as a magnificent bonus, keeps things tidy!

The OC Desk Display Stand ingeniously removes any hint of cables by placing a super thin cable under your Mac’s stand. Routing the cable up the rear and through the wire hole of the stand allows the cable to never be seen by the casual user. Even looking behind the Mac reveals a clean cable connection. The stand itself sticks onto the lip of the stand but is easily removable, leaving no evidence of stickiness once removed. The adhesive is strong enough to allow you to remove your iPhone single-handed without any fear of the stand coming up with your device. If you like to protect your investment with a case, no worries, as the OC Dock even allows for you to dock the phone inside the case. For those that prefer to show the beauty of your iPhone, you can purchase the more slim OC Dock for naked iPhones.

This is a Kickstarter project, so I would strongly recommend helping the boys out and donating to the cause so we can all clean up our desk and dock it right!

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For your new product/tech/organization features, please consider OC Desk – revolutionizing the workspace organization industry, OC Desk iPhone docks eliminates excess wire with a wireless appearance due to its paper-thin cable connection that runs underneath the stand. Often referred to as “Obsessively Clean Desk,” OC Desk has a missive to clear wasted space – allowing for a minimal, simple workspace, which results in performance efficiency.

Today, launches the official Kickstarter campaign to raise awareness and funds before the e-commerce launch set for mid-December.

Affordably priced at $79 to $98, OC Desk has the capabilities to fit iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 (upgrade kit is priced at $98) and will be available for purchase at www.ocdesk.com.



REVIEW: TuneLink Home

Author: Sven Rafferty
Thursday, October 18, 2012

Looking to spew music, audio from your video off your Camera Roll, or even from your Netflix app on your iPhone or iPad? Well, dude, you’re in luck because TuneLink Home is here and it’s pretty much amazing. More than just a way to get audio from your iOS device but also an amazing universal remote the TuneLink Home is very much worth a look and a purchase if not finding high placement on your Christmas list. Read the review and find out why.



Tuesday, September 18, 2012

USB seems to be the replacement plug of the future but until homes are built with a USB port in the wall, you’ll still need adapters to charge your plethora of devices. Sadly, many of those adapters are large, bulky, and ugly.  Today Staechi takes the ugh out of that and brings beauty and versatility to your adapter.  The cute little green receptacles has a slot for your USB cable along with a few holes for your 110 plug.  Ya, so while you’re charging your smartphone or such, you’re not wasting a spot for something like your lamp.  Bonus, there’s a light on the plug to let you know that the built-in surge protector is, well, protecting! Take a read below for all the details.

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SAN DIEGO – Sept. 18, 2012 – Satechi, a leading mobile accessories manufacturer, is pleased to announce the availability of its new Compact USB Surge Protector.  The invaluable surge protector features one grounded outlet and a 1 amp USB port to charge most smartphones and other electronics while protecting them from potential electrical spikes and surges.

 

 

The Compact USB Surge Protector features a sleek lime green and white design with a LED indicator which illuminates when the surge protector is providing sufficient protection to the connected electronic devices.  The surge protector is small enough to conveniently fit into any backpack, purse or laptop bag allowing users to keep all electronic devices safe while on the go.

 

 

The Satechi Compact USB Surge Protector is available now for $9.99 at Satechi.net and Amazon.com.

 

 

For more on the Compact USB Surge Protector and all of Satechi’s award winning products, follow us on Facebook.com/Satechi and @Satechi.

 

 

About Satechi:

Established in 2005, Satechi is fully committed to offering unique accessories that people can integrate with their electronics in their homes, cars, and on the go. Satechi offers a broad selection of accessories from FM transmitters, battery chargers and speaker systems to car mounts, stands and keyboards. For more information, please visit www.Satechi.net.



Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Sometimes it’s the little things in life that enhance ones day-to-day in big ways.  I see GoSmart as one such item.  A simple piece of plastic that clips your iPhone onto either a shopping cart, steering wheel, or at the gym’s treadmill, you will now be able to use the GoSmart to place your iPhone right in front of you.  Shopping will be a breeze freeing up both of your hands.  I know I’d love to use this for my many trips to Sam’s Club and such.  Fearing I’ll drop my phone while browsing the isles, the GoSmart would definetly put comfort into my life!  Read more below.

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September 18, 2012, Los Angeles, CA — GoSmart, Inc. www.justgosmart.com announced today that it is shipping the GoSmart Clip http://www.gosmartclip.com/, the essential tool for busy travelers for safer GPS phone call use in cars.  A great gift for everyone that needs access to smartphones, the GoSmart Clip securely holds and clips iPhones, Androids, and other smartphones to car steering wheels or other places for quick access to GPS directions. The GoSmart Clip’s compact design lets you place the GPS phone on the steering wheel close to you, so you can keep your eyes on the road and hands on the steering wheel while using GPS, making it much safer than windshield, dashboard, or other GPS systems, that are further away from your eyes and increase the time you’re taking your eyes off the road.

 

Drive Smart/Travel Smart – for Business Travelers – Simple & Elegant Solution to Stay Connected on the Road

 

Compact and portable, the GoSmart Clip is ideal for business travelers, multi-taskers, salespeople, and drivers who depend on their mobile phones and who are always on the go.  The GoSmart Clip is designed to secure virtually anywhere, allowing people to use their hands for other things rather than holding their phones.  Great for business calls or video streaming on Skype or for sending emails and texting in the airport or while waiting for a car rental or on line, just clip your phone to the handle of your roll-aboard suitcase or other place to work hands-free while on-the-go. 

 

 

For Hands-Free Leisure Activities from Golf to Shopping

 

In addition to using the GoSmart Clip for business travelers, it can also be used for leisure activities by mounting it on golf carts to keep score of the game; on beach umbrellas for music at the beach; on exercise equipment to read or listen to music; on shopping carts for keeping track of shopping lists; and on baby strollers for talking to friends or for soothing music for baby.

 

“The GoSmart Clip was originally designed as a new smartphone holder that securely fastens to the steering wheel, making GPS and phone calls much safer while driving,” said GoSmart Inc.  President and Inventor, Jae Son.  “But we’ve found it also useful for multi-taskers (which is almost everyone using a smartphone now), acting as a third hand to keep your phone available for easy access on the go.”

 

GoSmart Clip Uses:

 

•         In a car:  Use a GPS or traffic app on your smartphone in your car or rental car with easy access.

•         Hands-free cell phone use:  Talk on your cellphone safely, hands-free.

•         At the airport or train station:  Secure it to a backpack, suitcase, or shoulder bag and work, send emails, texts, Skype, or watch a video while waiting.

•         At the gym:  Fasten it to a cardio machine and listen to music, read, or watch a video while working out.

•         On a purse or bag:  Attach it to the strap or handle of a purse or shoulder bag for easy access to your cell phone.

•         On a shopping cart:  Attach to the grocery store shopping cart to view shopping lists, text, or talk without having to hold a phone.

•         At the beach:  Strap to a beach umbrella for music at the beach.

•         At the golf course: Attach to golf cart to keep score or view maps.

•         On a boat or back seat of car:  Attach to a boat steering wheel or the back of car seat head rest to watch movies.

•         On your belt:  Attach to your belt to use as a phone stand to prop at an angle to easily view the screen.

•         On a baby stroller:  Attach to baby stroller to talk on the phone or soothe the child with music, a book or favorite video.

 

The GoSmart Clip attaches easily with no tools required with a strong elastic strap that holds the phone securely in place.  The innovative design works with most smartphones on the market today, including iPhones and Androids, at 4” to 5” long (100mm – 125mm) tall and less than 0.75” thick (20mm).  The perfect gift, the GoSmart Clip is available immediately in red or black with a lifetime warranty, priced at $24.95 through Amazon.com and http://justgosmart.com/store/.  For more information, see the GoSmart website:  www.justgosmart.com YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/user/JustGoSmart?feature=watch  Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/JustGoSmart  Twitter:  https://twitter.com/#!/justgosmart.

 

About GoSmart

 

GoSmart, Inc. www.justgosmart.com is a privately held company headquartered in Los Angeles, California.  GoSmart develops and markets exceptionally useful travel aids and consumer accessories for smart mobile devices.  Their current product line includes the GoSmart Stylus with precise touchscreen pointing with an unobstructed view through a patent-pending capacitive wire tip; the GoSmart Restpad; and GoSmart Clip for iPhone for safer GPS viewing in the car.  For more information, see www.justgosmart.com.



Tuesday, August 28, 2012

I always dig cool things that I can do from my iPhone and iPad.  From turning off the lights in my home hundreds miles away to logging onto to my Mac remotely from my iPad, my iDevices gives me a lot of flexibility.  Now one can add weather station to the neat tricks that your iOS device can do!  Be prepared to pay for the this adventure that can give you a seven-day forecast as we well as report your C02 levels as it comes in at a pricey $180.  But hey, if you want to impress your friends and you have some extra cash, why not go for it?  Or at least read the press release. :)

 

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PARIS –  August 27 2012Netatmo, a company dedicated to designing products that monitor the weather and environment, unveils its Urban Weather Station, a new device specifically designed for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch that allows users to monitor indoor and outdoor environmental elements including temperature, humidity, air pressure, CO2 levels and more.

 

The Netatmo Weather Station quantifies personal environments like the home and office, and wirelessly transmits data through Wi-Fi to the Netatmo App, which features an intuitive, easy-to-read interface.

 

“Air quality and weather conditions are a daily concern for city residents around the globe,” said Fred Potter, CEO, Netatmo. “By integrating Air Quality sensors into an easy-to-use Personal Weather Station, specifically designed for iPhone, iPad & iPod touch, we’re able to help users improve their indoor wellness and adapt their outdoor activities – creating a better way of life for everyone.”

 

With this Wi-Fi connected Personal Weather Station, Netatmo also aims to create the largest Weather and Air Quality monitoring network ever established.

 

A key innovation in the station is its ability to evaluate indoor air confinement by measuring CO2 concentration. When C02 reaches an excessive level, the user is alerted directly on his or her iPad, iPhone or iPod touch and can take action like ventilating his or her home.

 

The Air Quality conditions reported by the Netatmo App also allow users to assess the best times for outdoor physical activity, when to commute versus drive to work and more – all instances where Air Quality is of the utmost importance.

 

In addition to receiving real-time notifications on Air Quality and Weather conditions, users have access to a lifetime online account, free of any subscriptions, where all station measurements and data are stored. Over time, users can access data history and review it using the Netatmo App.

 

On a much larger, more impactful scale, Netatmo allows users to contribute to its Urban Weather Program, creating a wider network for weather data monitoring and pooling to help meteorologists, environmental activists, scientists and people living in urban environments gain a better understanding of the city climate landscape.

 

The data collected from the Netatmo Community could possibly turn into a crucial resource for climate research, helping us all get a stronger connection to the world in which we live.

 

Other functions of the Urban Weather Station include a detailed seven-day forecast and a light indicator for reading CO2 levels. The Urban Weather Station can even detect sound to make sure average noise levels in the home remain at a healthy balance, a helpful feature for parents looking to protect their family from noise pollution.

 

The Netatmo Urban Weather Station comes with one indoor and one outdoor module to monitor each living environment.

 

The shell for both modules, constructed from a single piece of durable aluminum, features a smooth, clean design. The indoor and outdoor modules are powered by the included USB wall Adapter and 4 AAA batteries, respectively, and come packaged with a wall mount kit for outdoor installation.

 

Netatmo’s Urban Weather Station is now available for $179 at www.netatmo.com. The Netatmo App is available for free on the App Store.

 

To download press kit materials, please visit www.netatmo.com.

 

For more information on Netatmo and the Urban Weather Station, contact PR representative Jenny Bahun at (305) 374-4404 x 124 or jennybahun@maxborgesagency.com.

 

ABOUT NETATMO

Netatmo manufactures the world’s first personal weather station for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Netatmo was established in 2011 by Frederic Potter and Jean-Pierre Dumolard, both highly successful and experienced entrepreneurs in the technology space with companies such as WITHINGS or CIRPACK. Netatmo strives to bring consumers a better way of life through using connected devices technology for environment monitoring while maintaining a commitment to elegant design. Visit www.netatmo.com for more information.

 



Friday, August 24, 2012

I was just thinking the other day how cool it would be to shove my Plex video to my AppleTV that is connected to my projector and the audio to a Bluetooth receiver connected to my Denon AVR-5803 system for optimal sound.  But alas, I couldn’t since the Denon is too old for Bluetooth (even though BT existed upon is release) and there was no accessories to be found to stick into the Denon’s Line In RCA input.  Until today.

New Potato Technologies has welcomed the brilliance of Bluetooth and brought to us the TuneLink Home using the same great technology it has applied to its auto product.  Coupled with the iPhone or Android app, you will be able to do much more than just shove audio to your receiver but also get a universal remote that does not require a dongle or IR blaster. Score!   For these two sweet features alone, you could pay nearly $200 but New Potato is bringing it home for half that cost.  I’m thinking of scoring this myself.  Take a look at the release below.

New Potato Announces TuneLink® Home, Simplicity for Your Connected Lifestyle

 

 

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WILMINGTON, NC–(Marketwire – Aug 14, 2012) – New Potato Technologies, an innovator and developer of app-enabled accessories for mobile devices, introduces TuneLink Home for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android devices.

TuneLink Home provides a wireless link between the user’s device and home entertainment system providing both hi-fidelity streaming audio and universal infrared remote control functions. TuneLink connects audio via analog or digital output to the entertainment system and includes a powerful infrared blaster that broadcasts commands from your device to your media equipment.

TuneLink Home allows users to experience their music or audio from ANY APP in their home without the hassles of wired connections or the complexities of other solutions. Just like TuneLink Auto before it, TuneLink Home includes a best-of-class Bluetooth transceiver that operates over ranges of more than 120 feet to deliver crystal clear audio to your entertainment system along with unique auto connecting and sharing features not found in other products.

TuneLink Home device is also a powerful programmable universal remote control and includes a comprehensive and growing database of over 80,000 pre-programmed remote control codes, the ability to learn new codes, and allows the user to create custom macros, personalize their remote skins, layouts, and functions. Equipped with a wide angle infrared LED array and an IR extender port, user commands reach their intended control target.

The TuneLink Home device is controlled by a free application that can be downloaded today from the iTunes App Store and soon from Google Play. It is a snap to setup, and is the only simple-to-use connected accessory that provides BOTH crystal clear streaming audio link and full featured dongle-free, battery-free, and truly powerful universal remote.

“Finally, the mobile device in your grasp is both your player and your remote, so stream your tunes and take control!” says Bill Leland, Chief Marketing Strategist of New Potato.

“Our mobile companions have become the center of our universe and we rely on them to provide our communications as well as our entertainment. These amazing devices hold all of our stuff and as users we want really seamless ways to access them within our connected lifestyles. TuneLink Home provides a simplified solution for connecting to and controlling your home entertainment system from your mobile device,” says Stuart Ross, CEO of New Potato.

TuneLink Home works with all A2DP Bluetooth capable iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Android phone and tablet models. For more information on TuneLink Home, please visitwww.newpotatotech.com. The TuneLink accessory is available now at www.newpotatotech.comand in select retail locations for $99.99.



Tuesday, August 21, 2012

San Diego, Calif. – (August 21, 2012) – ECOXGEAR by Grace Digital Inc, a leader in rugged, outdoor and waterproof products for the adventurous lifestyle, is pleased to announce the ECOXPOWER pedal powered headlight and smart phone charger for bicycles. Equipped with a universal mount, ECOXPOWER attaches to most standard and oversized hubs and comes with a handlebar mounted, water-resistant and touch-screen compatible smart phone/GPS case. The ECOXPOWER is available today for $99.99 at www.ECOXGEAR.com and retailers nationwide.

ECOXPOWER features an ultra-bright LED front headlight and red rear taillight that mounts to your bike’s front wheel hub. The included USB adapter cable runs up the front fork and into the handlebar mounted, water-resistant smart phone case. As the front wheel of your bike turns, the ECOXPOWER’s clutch engages between the tire’s spokes, fueling a generator that powers the lighting system, the integrated lithium ion rechargeable battery and the power jack for you smart phone. The smart phone case is touch-screen friendly and accommodates all major GPS devices and smart phone models including iPhone and Android. ECOXPOWER also comes equipped with an on/off remote switch that can be mounted to the handlebars, allowing for full control over the headlight and taillight while on a ride.

“Typical bike lights have a short life expectancy, most of which are only 10-15 hours or even as low as five if on high brightness,” says CEO of ECOXGEAR, Greg Fadul. “Bicyclist either have to routinely buy batteries, remove the light for recharging, or replace their lights completely. ECOXPOWER is self-powered and with the built-in rechargeable battery, extra costs and inconveniences are non-existent. And if you’re using your smart phone for GPS or music on a long ride, you never have to worry about running out of juice.”

ECOXPOWER features include:
• Pedal powered ultra-bright LED front headlight & red rear taillight
• Includes water-resistant touch-screen friendly, easily removable handlebar case with pedal powered USB adapter cable
• Handlebar mounted on/off remote light switch
• Universal hub mounting bracket fits most standard and oversized wheel hubs
• Built-in rechargeable battery keeps your cell phone charged and road bright

Product Page: http://www.ecoxgear.com/ecoxpower/
Price: $99.99
Availability: www.ecoxgear.com



Monday, August 20, 2012

San Diego, Calif. – (August 16, 2012) – Grace Digital’s newest creation, the Matchstick Speaker Dock for Kindle Fire, has been approved for Amazon’s “made for Kindle™” program. The Matchstick becomes Grace Digital’s first speaker dock to be added as an official member. Now shipping, the Matchstick is available on Amazon.com.

Grace Digital’s “made for Kindle” Matchstick is engineered specifically for Amazon’s Kindle Fire. The Matchstick accommodates the unique USB port, headphone jack and power button, all located on the bottom of the tablet. While most universal 3.5mm speaker docks don’t charge devices while in use, the Matchstick speaker dock for Kindle Fire not only charges while on AC power, but the optional (sold separately) lithium-ion battery-pack allows for maximum portability. Precisely sized for the Kindle Fire, the rotating cradle securely holds the 7–inch tablet, while accommodating horizontal and vertical viewing angles.

“After reviewing the quality and interoperability of the Grace Matchstick, we are very pleased that Amazon has selected Grace Digital to be a provider of ‘made for Kindle’ audio solutions”, says Greg Fadul, CEO of Grace Digital Audio. “Early customer feedback is awesome and the Matchstick currently has more than a 4 star rating, which is key to product success on Amazon. We look forward to growing our ‘made for Kindle’ product line to support the current and up and coming Kindle solutions.”

Matchstick Speaker Dock for Kindle Fire features include:

• Rotating cradle sized exclusively for the 7-inch Kindle Fire tablet accommodates horizontal and vertical viewing angles
• Tailors to Amazon’s unique USB port, headphone jack and power button, all located on the bottom of the tablet
• Adds crystal clear stereo sound to video & audio including Netflix, Pandora Internet Radio and Amazon’s audio books
• Charges Kindle Fire while in use, powered by AC power or optional lithium-ion battery pack for ultimate portability (sold separately, available in August 2012)

The Matchstick for Kindle Fire is available now on Amazon.com.