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Dry Cleaning for Your iPad

Last Gadget Standing Nominee: LensPen SideKick

Price: $19.95

Top 25LensPen makes carbon-point pens that clean camera lenses and other sensitive surfaces without liquids or cloths. SideKick, which will be available in January, is a pen designed especially to remove fingerprints and other nastiness from the iPad and other touch-screen devices. I haven’t seen or used it, but I one did permanent damage to a netbook screen by over-application of cleaning fluid–so I like the idea of tidying up screens without liquids, if it gets the job done…

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An iPhone External Battery Without the Bulk?

I’ll admit that I have lusted after Mophie’s Juice Pack Air, especially considering I can somehow go through my battery power on my iPhone 3GS in a matter of a half a day or so. The only problem I’ve had is the bulk: it ads about 3 ounces of weight, and another half inch or so of bulk, bringing it up to a somewhat chunky 3/4″ in height.

Enter Mili and its recently released Power Skin. While its power ratings (at least advertised) are slightly less than the Mophie, the case measures in at 18 millimeters, a hair smaller than its competitor at about .7 inches. Like its competitor, the skin comes in different color combinations: black or white on the outside, and either white, silver, black, orange, blue, or green on the inside.

Mili says it has gotten the product Apple certified to work with either the 3G or 3GS. At a price of $69.95, it’s also $10 cheaper than the Mophie.

Is such a small difference in bulk going to be noticeable? Until I get one in my hands, I won’t be able to say. But it is nice to see manufacturers attempting to deal with the greatest drawbacks of these cases.


A Guide to Laptop Accessories, and the Avoidance Thereof

WePCI’ve guestblogged again over at WePC.com–my latest topic is notebook accessories and my preference for traveling light. I try not to carry many of ’em and have a preference for ones that are easy to tote. I also admire the thinking behind such innovations as Compaq’s built-in AC adapter, HP’s built-in mouse, and Canon’s built-in printer, even though the later two were a tad odd and none appeared to be successful.

Check out the post for more thoughts–while you’re there, leave a comment with your thoughts on notebook accessories, and check out the WePC contest. They’re giving away a bunch of gaming PCs, notebooks, and netbooks.