A dark alley may be a great place to escape the wind noise when you're trying to chat on your phone, but it's also a great place to get mugged if you happen to be in an unsavory neighborhood. Adding a little personal protection to your gadgets may not be a bad idea and a new iPhone case paired with a canister of pepper spray will do just that. Read More...

Snow Lizard Products recently revealed a new iPhone case that will make your Otter Box seem as wimpy as Super Mario in need of his mushroom fix. Dubbed the Aqua Tek S, they say its the first ever ruggedized, waterproof, solar powered, and battery-boosting iPhone 4/4S case. I have to admit, this thing does look pretty beefy. Read More...

You've seen traditional board games, and you've also seen video game versions of those same titles. But there is a third category somewhere in the middle. Previously relegated to niche status as VHS tape-controlled board games or Scene It-style DVD games, the marriage of analog and digital gaming is getting its vows renewed due to a major new player: the iPad.

After some smaller companies were given major attention for dabbling in this space during the 2011 holiday season, Hasbro picked up on the trend. They've dipped into their well of classic titles to see what potential can be unlocked from the iPad-on-a-board concept, coining the term "zAPPed" to label this new venture.

First up isThe Game of Life: zAPPed Edition, which will be hitting store shelves at the end of this week in a bit of a pre-Toy Fair surprise. Most products at the trade show are shown in early form and see release later in the year, but Hasbro is kicking off their "zAPPed" product line as we speak.

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Having your iPhone around to grab a quick photo is always great, but what happens when you accidentally shoot too close to your subject and don't have a second chance? If you're too far away you can easily chop off some edges using the included cropping tools, but adding to the background to make the photo wider? That's just crazy talk. Well, it used to be crazy talk, now its called AntiCrop and its a new app available now. Read More...

New York Times best-selling author and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds revealed during his keynote at the Educators @ MacWorld event that his software company, FableVision Learning, and development partner, Toon Boom Animation, are releasing their best-selling Animation-ish software as a standalone iPad app. Read More...

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Griffin has made a name for themselves creating just about every sort of Apple peripheral you can imagine. From cases to infrared adapters that control your home audiovisual system through your iPad and beyond, they've put together an appealing line of niche tech.

One of the coolest new pieces they were showing off at CES this year was their StudioConnect iPad dock that gives you a complete home studio, all in one compact, affordable package. The StudioConnect puts audio and MIDI recording options into a docking station, offering you audio in (both 3.5mm and 1/4" jacks), audio out (left and right RCA level plugs and a 3.5mm headphone jack and independent volume knob), and both MIDI in out through dual 5-pin connectors. So now you can connect keyboards and other MIDI devices into your mobile devices and jack straight into GarageBand. The StudioConnect will be available in February for $149.99.

Direct from the realm of nearly dead technology also comes Griffin's newest iPhone case line, brought to you in a partnership with Jack White's Third Man Records to create Third Man 45 iPhone Cases. Like Griffin, Third Man is also based in Nashville, and they designed an iPhone case made from cut 7" vinyl albums. The set comes with a record cutout on real vinyl complete with the grooves, and a notch cut out for the camera. It slips into the backside of the case, making you look hip and retro in the process.

They also introduced a nifty piece of tech for Airport Express owners: the Twenty. You plug your Airport Express into this, and it sends out lossless, amplified sound through speakers that you connect. It will support 20 watts per channel, and supports powered subwoofers as well. It allows you to hook up non-powered speakers via the spring-loaded RCA connectors, and will help you spread sound through your abode.

“The Griffin Twenty is the easiest, best-­?sounding solution for consumers who have speakers that are not AirPlay-­?enabled but still want to stream high-­?fidelity audio wirelessly,” said Mark Rowan, President of Griffin Technology. “Not only can users stream from their iTunes library, they can easily connect with any AirPlay-­? enabled iOS device.”

For more impressive A/V tech, keep reading MTV Geek's CES 2012 coverage!

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The CES 2012 show floor was littered with portable speakers and docks for iOS and Android devices, but a couple upcoming products from HMDX really grabbed our attention. Though they may not be anything new in terms of the latest technology, their overall design and reasonable price points have us very intrigued. Read More...

By Kevin Kelly

If you've tried to install multiple speakers in your house or apartment to spread your sound around, then you know it can be a difficult and expensive process. Either you're buying an expensive piece of teach, or trailing wires everywhere. But why not let there be light? GiiNii had the same idea when they created the AudioBulb. This replaces a standard bulb with an LED light source that includes a speaker built right into the middle of it.

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You may remember back in August when we talked about some awesome collector's edition iPhone and iPod Touch cases from the PDP and Marvel. The clip-on cases featured classic artwork from industry vets like Jim Lee and Todd McFarlane and now PDP has upped the ante with a ton of new Marvel gear for gadget lovers. This time around they've introduced new art styles and a line of tablet cases alongside the iPhone and iPod Touch protectors. Read More...

By Kevin Kelly

Gelaskins have been creating artistic skins and prints for everything from iPhones to MacBooks to Xbox 360 Controllers and beyond since 2005, and they are continually adding multiple artists to their folds to bring plenty of different options that you can wrap your gadgets in. They also allow you to create your own designs, so you can finally cover your Kindle in that LOLCAT picture you're so proud of.

Their normal skins feature tiny air channels courtesy of 3M technology, which eliminate they air bubbles that get left behind by people who suck at applying them, like me. However, while these make your tech look spectacular, they don't offer any real protection other than keeping your device from getting scratched up. Enter the Hardcase, Gelaskins first polycarbonate shell-type case that wraps your device in both plastic and artwork, making it secure as well as stylish.

Right now the cases are only available for the iPhone 4/4S and the iPhone 3/3GS, and are priced at $34.95 and $29.95 respectively. Hopefully they will expand the line beyond Apple's iPhone because after using one for the past few days, I'm already in love with it. Geeks will appreciate the Derek Prospero "Action Packed" hardcase which I've been using, but they literally have dozens of designs, all with matching wallpapers.

Check out their full range of skins as well as the hardcase, and figure out what you'd like to dress your gadgets in while reading the rest of MTV Geek's CES 2012 coverage.

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Griffin Technology had a lot to show off at CES 2012, including the nifty Helo TC Assault, but one of their coolest upcoming products is the Griffin Twenty Audio Amplifier. This little gadget will give any old speakers AirPlay support so you don't have to run out and buy an upgraded speaker system to wirelessly send your iTunes music library around the home. Its a great Idea and anyone who has a set of old speakers and an Airport Express system will be good to go. Read More...

When the AR.Drone was first introduced we really didn't think flying the smartphone controlled UAV could get any easier, but with the help of new sensors and the "Absolute Control" flight mode Parrot proved us wrong during our hands-on at CES 2012. In the video below you can see Parrot's AR.Drone 2.0 in action as well as some footage taken with the AR.Drone 2.0's on-board HD camera. Read More...

Parrot's AR.Drone has been hovering around neighborhoods for a few years now and it was only a matter of time before Parrot delivered an upgraded model -- enter the AR. Drone 2.0. Officially revealed here at CES 2012, the second generation quadricopter has been equipped with upgraded HD cameras and sports a new leaner design. Read More...

We're only three days into the new year, but the Apple rumors haven't slowed a bit. According to AllThingsD Apple is planning a media-related event in New York City for the month of January, but if you're hoping to hear about the inevitable iPad 3 or Apple HDTV you may be disappointed. Read More...

Have you ever wanted to add special effects like giant explosions or missile attacks to videos captured on your iPhone? I know I have and thanks to Bad Robot Interactive and their new Action Movie FX its never been easier, or cheaper for that matter. Read More...

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