speaker dock Stories November 19, 2012

Holiday gift idea for your ancestors: Pyle’s new retro rotary telephone with built-in iPhone dock

Pro, home, and car audio company Pyle is launching a few retro inspired rotary telephones that connect to your mobile devices. The PRT35I, for instance, includes a built-in iPhone dock, a button to switch between iPhone and landline, and a 3.5mm jack for any device that doesn’t fit the dock. It appears to be shipping with a 30-pin connector, so Lightning devices will have to be connected externally.

Pyle has the unit listed for $110 on its website, but you can already find it for under $100 on Amazon.

These classically designed rotary desktop telephones, handcrafted from real wood and adorned with brushed copper parts, work with landlines allowing for normal telephone functions, as well as smartphones. In addition to letting you talk on your smartphone in style, using the handset also helps shield you from up to 99 percent of the radiation absorbed when speaking directly into cellular phones.  The collection is compatible with all 3.5mm jack mobile phones and tablets, including iPhone, Android, Blackberry, iPad and the latest MacBooks.

Pyle is also launching a couple of other models today without built-in iPhone docks, including the PRT55IPRT15I, and PRT25I.

Pyle’s Retro Telephone Collection Features Include:

•    Retro-style telephone with handcrafted wood base and brushed copper parts •    Standard telephone features and functions including last number redial flash function, and ringer high/low selection. •    Compatible with any mobile device with a 3.5mm jack •    Eliminates up to 99% of the radiation absorbed from direct cellphone use •    One button pick-up/hang-up •    One button transfer between landline and smartphone •    PRT35I model also charges your mobile device

speaker dock Stories November 15, 2012

JBL launches first Lightning speaker docks, Belkin announces new iPad mini keyboard folio

A few new accessories launched today for Apple’s newest iOS devices. First, JBL announced new Lightning connector speaker docks for iPhone and iPad including the new $99 JBL OnBeat Micro and $199 JBL Venue LT (pictured above). The larger of the two docks supports Lightning iPads, iPhone 5, and iPod touch, while the smaller less-expensive model only supports iPhone 5 and the new iPods.

 

Belkin also announced a new accessory for the iPad mini today, an $80 folio with built-in Bluetooth keyboard. The company also claimed up to 155 hours of active battery life, and it is including a USB-to-mini-USB cable for charging. A nice touch is the ability to remove the keyboard, allowing you to comfortably position it anywhere you’d like. Earlier this month, the company also announced a new car charger kit for iOS devices with Lightning connectors.

Product Highlights:

Belkin Portable Keyboard Case for iPad mini (F5L145) – $79.99

  • Well-spaced keys with tactile feedback for accurate typing
  • Shortcut keys for easy media control
  • Connects to iPad mini via Bluetooth
  • Durable exterior and soft inner lining
  • Removable keyboard for more comfortable, convenient typing angles
  • Keyboard folds flat when not in use, making it ideal for on the go
  • 155 hours active battery life
  • Includes USB-to-mini-USB cable for easy recharging
  • Camera-lens cutout

The JBL OnBeat Micro ($99)

  • ·         Compact speaker dock for the iPhone 5, iPod touch 5th generation and iPod nano 7th generation packs a serious audio punch – also charges
  • ·         Built-in Lightning docking connector
  • ·         JBL® full-range transducers
  • ·         Fully digital signal path with digital signal processing
  • ·         Battery and AC power
  • ·         USB port
  • ·         1/8-inch (3.5mm) stereo input
  • ·         Compact and portable design

The JBL OnBeat Venue LT ($199)

  • ·         Ideal for iPad Mini, iPad with Lightning connector and iPhone5
  • ·         Hidden Lightning Dock Connector behind the JBL logo
  • ·         HARMAN’s exclusive TrueStream Bluetooth technology can connect to up to eight devices
  • ·         JBL two full-range transducers + two tweeters
  • ·         Slipstream port technology for great-sounding bass with low distortion
  • ·         User Friendly EQ settings

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