Big thanks to BubCap

My thanks to BubCap for sponsoring the site this week. BupCap is a clever and effective way to cover the Home button of your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, preventing unwanted presses. There are four variations available: regular, Ultra, Max and Pro. The first three are made of semi-rigid plastic. They’ll resist an accidental (or unwanted) button press from a child, while allowing an adult the activate the button. Think of a teacher in a classroom or a parent.

The BubCap Pro is made of rigid aluminum and can only be activated with a toothpick. It’s difficult to remove by hand. It’s extreme for sure, but perfect for when you absolutely cannot have a user navigating away from a given applicaion. Think museum kiosk, trade show or something similar.

Each model is sold in a 4-pack for $5.99, in addition to an Intro Pack (2 regulars and 2 Ultras) and an Explorer Pack of six (two each regular, Ultra and Max) for $7.99. Finally, the BubCap Pro is available in a two-pack ($9.99) or a 25-pack for mass deployment ($119.99) in black or white.

BubCap Home Button Covers for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Big thanks to BubCap Home Button Covers for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch for being this week’s sponsor. The BubCap is a cover that, when placed over the Home button of your device, prevents it from being pressed. It’s fantastic for trade shows, students, users with special needs and kids. In fact, I recommend the BubCap in my article, “How to child-proof your iPhone.”

Prevent Unwanted Home Key Presses

There are four BubCap models of varying rigidity: regular, Ultra, Max and Pro. The regular, Ultra and Max models are semi-rigid and made of plastic, while the BubCap Pro is rigid and made of aluminum. The plastic models will yield to the firm press of an adult, but most children will not be able to activate the Home button while its in place. Think of how often you’ve given your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to Jr., only to have him navigate away from the initial app and get into something else. This eliminates that issue completely.

Additionally, my wife is a special needs teacher and a BubCap prevents her students from accidentally tapping out of communications apps. Best of all, they remove easily without leaving a residue and are re-usable.

Go Pro

The aluminum BubCap Pro can only be activated with a toothpick and is practically impossible to remove by hand. It’s extreme for sure, but perfect for when you absolutely cannot have a user navigating away from a given applicaion. Think museum kiosk or something similar.

Try It Out

Each model is sold in a 4-pack for $5.99, in addition to an Intro Pack (2 regulars and 2 Ultras) and an Explorer Pack of six (two each regular, Ultra and Max) for $7.99. Finally, the BubCap Pro is available in a two-pack ($9.99) or a 25-pack for mass deployment ($119.99) in black or white.

You’ll find a BubCap iPad photo after the break.

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DODOcase for the new iPad

I ordered my first DODOcase a week after the original iPad shipped. Today, I’m on my second one (the first one saved my iPad’s life) and I love it as much as the first [1. Here’s my review on TUAW.]. Now, DODOcase has updated its line with three products for the new iPad: the DODOcase Classic, the Essential and the Spring Summer, pictured above (note the hole for the rear-facing camera).

This is not an ad, it’s a personal endorsement. I love DODOcase and don’t plan on using anything else.

Review: Off the Hook Bluetooth Handset

Nothing has ever hindered teenage dating like the corded telephones of the 1980’s.

The telephone would ring in our Scranton, Pennsylvania kitchen and my blood would freeze. If anyone answered it before me and heard that cute 10th-grader on the other end, the one whose unmistakably female voice asked for me by name, a shroud of humiliation would descend upon me as pronounced and obvious as Turin’s most famous export. Speaking in private was an experiment in the tensile strength of copper wire, as I stretched that cord to its limit.

The older I got, the longer the cords became.

Most contemporary phones scarcely resemble those clunky, plastic handsets. My memories remain, however, and that’s why I had a visceral reaction to the Off The Hook Bluetooth Handset from Brookstone. This handset looks just like those old wall-mounted phones and is compatible with just about any Bluetooth-enambled phone (v1.0, 1.1, 1.2). We picked one up last week and, seven days in, I’m glad we did. It looks good, works as advertised and offers respectable battery life. Here’s my look at the Off The Hook Bluetooth Handset (OTH).

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