Dotz colorful cord management and identification - 5 sample packs for you to win


On my last day at CES2012, I spied an advertisement while riding the monorail to the Las Vegas Convention Center. Pictured above the heads of my fellow riders was Dotz, so named for the small circular cord identifiers. My thoughts immediately went to the multitude of cables and chargers I have for my various mobile devices.

As presented by the video above, many of the Dotz products are designed to snap on to the cord near its power plug, allowing you to quickly identify what power cord goes to which device. I actually envisioned using them the other way 'round. I have a lot of cables, all with micro USB tips. For me, it would be extremely useful to identify which cable plugs into my PlayBook, which cable plugs into my BlackBerry, which cable plugs into my Bluetooth headset(s), etc.

Dotz really does have a nice, colorful selection of cord identifiers. Each dot - if you will - includes a small disk with a picture printed on it so you can figure out what cord you're looking at. Flip the disc over and you can write your cords' names - "PlayBook", "Torch 9860", and "Moto Oasis" would be a few I would use. Dotz is such an amazingly simple idea, yet with a huge benefit to me and you.

At the show, we managed to snag a few sample packs to share with our readers - don't worry, I was very nice when I asked for them. If you'd like to win one, take a moment to leave a comment to this article. We'll pick five winners from the entrants; contest ends Sunday, January 29, 2012 at midnight PST. Good luck!

Matias One Keyboard for PC & BlackBerry and Matias Folding Keyboard for BlackBerry bring full-sized keyboards to your Smartphone


Imagine this scenario - it shouldn't be too difficult: you're using your desktop or laptop computer, typing away on your full-sized keyboard when some sort of BlackBerry communication comes through. It might be an email, a Tweet, or even a BBM. You pick up your BlackBerry Smartphone and type out a response on that great, but small keyboard. Messaging done, you return to your work on the computer. That's all well and good, but it could be better.

Now imagine the same situation, but add in the Matias One Keyboard for BlackBerry & PC. As I've described it to so many people this week: Type-y; Type-y; Type-y on your computer, press a button, type-y; type-y; type-y on your BlackBerry, all while using the same full-sized keyboard for both. Once the keyboard is paired with the BlackBerry, it really is that easy to use.

Quick Look at WOWee One VUE - HDMI pico projector


WOWee ONE VUE connected to the PlayBook 

Introducing Tablet Teddy Bears, Bean Bags, and Pet Pals by Dean Designs

Tablet Teddy Bears

CES2012 was both exhilarating and exhausting. It was literally bursting with all sorts of new gadgets and gizmos that made my head spin. During the few moments I was able to wander around I stumbled upon a small little booth that turned out to be a whole new line of tablet holders for kids to make playing apps, watching videos, or carrying around their tablet both cute and ergonomic at the same time. While this may be designed for kids, it's geared for adults as well. So without further ado, click on the jump to find out more about these Tablet Teddy Bears by Dean Designs.

CrackBerry Reminder: What you may have missed this week - CES 2012 Roundup!


CrackBerry at CES 2012

CES 2012 in Las Vegas was great time for all of the Mobile Nations crew and we saw some awesome stuff on the way (or already here) from RIM and some third-party manufacturers. We got to check out loads of cool stuff coming in the PlayBook OS 2.0 update like BlackBerry Remote and native email, calendar and contacts, some sweet new games, spend some hands-on time with OS 7.1, BlackBerry Tag and much, much more. Keep reading to see what you missed from all of the CrackBerry coverage at CES 2012.

First Look: Keystone ECO Booster 2.0 Portable Battery Pack


When has this happened to you: you're on vacation or out for the day when suddenly your device runs out of juice. Texting, twittering, and playing games can be a huge drain on your battery. I realized this when I was packing for CES2012 and made the unfortunate mistake of not including a spare battery for my Bold 9900. Call it a senior moment, but we don't always think of these things. That's why Concord Keystone Trading announced their new battery pack for Micro-USB Smart Phones. The Keystone ECO Booster 2.0 extends the battery life of smart phones on-the-go and extends the usage time of the phone up to double capacity. It works through a built-in retractable USB cable and can be attached to the back of the phone with an adhesive gel pad incorporated into the unit.

First Look: Trexta Built for BlackBerry 2012 Case Collection


Trexta PlayBook Cases

Going around the convention floor I've been seeing some awesome BlackBerry cases from different manufacturers. What struck my eye though was the unveiling of Trexta's new 2012 line of accessories for the new OS 7 devices and BlackBerry tablet. They are rolling out not one, not two, but five different types of cases for the new Bold 9900/30, Torch 9850/60, and Curve 9350/60/70. These are awesome cases that not only show off your sense of style (they come in a variety of colors to suit your tastes) but offer solid protection as well. More importantly they all come with the never leave home without magnet sleeper function. When trying out these cases the first thing I noticed was how solid they were and and how well they fit in your hands. They may look shiny but they are not slippery or bulky at all. These are well designed cases and a hands-on review of one of these babies is on the way. Click on the jump for more information.

Yale Real Living locks with NFC technology at CES 2012

Yale Real Living

Ford shows off updated Sync vehicle BlackBerry integration