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iCade core, iCade Mobile, and iCade Jr. expand arcade experience for iPhone, iPad

iCade by Ion, which made the Bluetooth arcade cabinet case for iPad a reality last year, has come back with three new versions for CES 2012, the iCade Core, iCade Mobile, and iCade Jr.

  • iCade Core strips away the cabinet to give you just the controls -- joystick and buttons -- you need to get your iPad game on.
  • iCade Mobile turns your iPhone or iPod touch into a full PSP-style handheld gaming console fit for any button masher
  • iCade Jr. brings the traditional iCade look and feel -- only smaller and cuter -- to the iPhone and iPod touch.

Coming this spring, for $89, $79, and $49 respectively.

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Ion launches three new iCade accessories, iCade Mobile, Core and Jr


Ion, the guys who brought us the magnificent iCade iPad arcade gaming cabinet have now announced some new gaming accessories for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. There are three new accessories in total to compliment the original iCade and they all look awesome. The iCade mobile is a handheld gaming system for your iPhone or iPod touch. The iCade Core is similar to the original iCade but doesn't include the cabinet surround. Finally the iCade Jr is a version of the original iCade designed specifically for the iPhone and iPod touch.

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Do you want to learn the piano? There's now an accessory and app for that

If you ever have an urge to learn how to play the piano, Ion may have just made it a whole lot easier with the Piano Apprentice accessory and companion app. Ion in case you forgot, is the company that brought the awesome iCade cabinet to market. It has now released another addition to its growing portfolio of iOS accessories.

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Element Case revs up Formula and Ion for iPhone 4 [Give away]

Element Case has just announced their sweet new Formula and Ion cases for iPhone 4 and they can't wait to give one away to the TiPb Nation! We'll get to the give away in a minute but here are the details. Both the Formula and the Ion fit both the AT&T/GSM and Verizon iPhone 4 (and white iPhone 4!), and once again they have that hyper car look, and genuine carbon fiber beauty.

The Ion case, retailing at $49.95, features include:

  • Slim, compact design
  • High-shock absorption polymer construction
  • Carbon fiber reinforced back plate
  • Non-slip ergonomic design
  • Easy removal for docking

The Formula 4 case, retalining at $59.95, features include:

  • Dockable (removable bottom cap)
  • Hi-impact polycarbonate
  • Rubber tone finish for a satin look and a soft feel
  • Ultra-thin ergonomic shape
  • Full back protection
  • Aerospace grade carbon fiber back plate
  • Rubber logo side grip

GIVE AWAY: Just head on over to, check them out, and leave a comment below telling us which one you like most!

We'll pick a winner, and you'll get your pick of a Formula or Ion case! (Make sure you leave a valid email address. We won't show it, but we need it to email you if you win!)

Contest starts now and runs until Friday, June 3, 12pm PDT. So what are you waiting for? Enter now!

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Element Case introduces Formula and Ion Case (plus Vapor Case winners!)

Formula and Ion cases are the latest additions to the Element Case line:

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iType Physical Keyboard for iPhone Gets the Ultimate Test -- TiPb @ CES 2010

Ion's iType is a full sized -- full. sized. -- keyboard for the iPhone or iPod touch that comes bundled with an App Store app for easy text input. Output is another story -- given the iPhone's app sandboxing, you have to email or copy and paste the text into other apps. Ion is open to letting other apps use their hardware, however, so if Apple doesn't get it together and offer standardized keyboard dock and BT protocols, and something like a Finger App to share document content, we're hoping third parties can get at least part of it done themselves.

They also make a piano/synthesizer style iDiscover keyboard as well.

But enough philosophy, let's get physical with the keyboard. And who better to try perform the ultimate typing test than our best frenemy CrackBerry Kevin. He puts it through its paces in the video below. Check it out after the break, and let us know what you think.

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