Welcome to this week's Friday. We hope you had a good week, and that you're winding down comfortably. Tonight's edition of the Daily Slash is short and sweet, just so we can get you into the depths of your weekend faster. We know you want to be there. So, in the Best of R3, the Motorola Shadow has reared its sleek head again, there's a new in-vehicle mount for the iPad, and trouble is brewing for Nokia's CEO. And then in the Dredge 'Net, Verizon is handing out a great deal for Tour owners, open source video codecs can violate patents, and we've got some new pictures of the Motorola RAZR3.
If you're one of the hundreds of thousands of folks to pick up the iPad a little over ten days ago, then you've probably noticed that your new tablet has some trouble charging while plugged into a PC's USB port. While Apple has pulled together a helpful page to fix your concern, we understand if you're tired of bringing around that AC wall plug with you everywhere you go. It would be much better to charge while you're driving, right? Then the Scosche reVIVE II with its iPad-optimized USB port is the perfect gift for you.
Scosche is a prolific maker of accessories that usually have to do with keeping your Apple devices charged up and running. The company has a line of chargers that lets the multiple gadget toting geek recharge several gadgets at once and some cool external batteries like the solBATT II.
Scosche makes all sorts of cool gear to keep our gadgets powered up and operating longer everywhere we go. The company has unveiled a new line of gear that it will be showing off at CTIA. Among the gear are all sorts of devices for notebooks and netbooks. One of the coolest is the netBOOK Power line of inverters.
There's money to be made from earth-friendly gadgets, and there's an iPhone-owning audience out there crying out for extra juice in their smartphones, so trust Scosche to put the two together. The Scosche solBAT II is, daft punctuation aside, a reasonably sensible solar-powered external battery, which comes with both a windshield mount and a universal carabineer for easy positioning.
We can blame cases for tipping off the iPod nano 5G's camera, and now that Apple have made the PMP official the accessory manufacturers can go to town. Scosche are one of the first with the kickBACK n5, a nifty polycarbonate shell with rubber edges and a flip-out kick-stand for enjoying tiny videos on the nano 5G's 2.2-inch display.
And by everyone, we mean it. Considering the way the government is cracking down on cell phone usage while driving, and especially texting, handsfree devices need to improve so that people will want to use them. And while many people might not want to wear those earpieces, or have their phone's speakerphone on all the time, Scosche has the answer for you: a Bluetooth speakerphone that attaches to your windshield, so that the solar panel on the back can keep your battery fully charged all day long.