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Houston — Seidio has updated its Obex case for the Samsung Galaxy S4.
The new case is designed to be slimmer and more durable. The screen protector has been improved, the company said, and the rubber stoppers are now attached to the ports.
Features for the polycarbonate and thermoplastic polyurethane case include a snap-in design, rounded corners, military-grade drop testing, and IP68 water protection, which means the case can be continuously submerged in water.
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Anaheim, Calif. — Targus has hopped into the growing Samsung Galaxy accessories pool with its new Midnight collection of cases for the Galaxy S4 smartphone and the Galaxy Note 8 tablet.
Four new models feature textured finishes with a tone-on-tone color palette.
The Slim Laser case for the Galaxy S4 features a soft-touch coating on the interior and exterior of the case, with a laser-cut textured and matte metallic finish. It is available in black and crimson at a suggested retail of $24.99.
New York — Tech21 has extended its Impactology line of smartphone and tablet protection products with the new Impact Shield, a multi-layer screen film that incorporates BulletShield impact-protection polymer.
The Impact Shield film features a hard self-healing anti-scratch layer over a harder protection inner layer developed by BASF that disperses the force of an impact by as much as 80 percent. The bottom layer is a soft film that absorbs any residual impact force.
Costa Mesa, Calif. — Xpal has begun shipping what it’s calling the first nearfield communication (NFC)-enabled battery case for the BlackBerry Z10.
The Z10 PowerSkin, which was first announced during the Mobile World Congress show last month, has a one-piece silicon construction with a 1,500 mAH rechargeable battery. The case weighs about 3 ounces and can extend the Z10’s power up to 60 percent, or seven hours of talk time.
Other features include an on/off switch, LED indicator light strip and a $79.99 price tag.
Odenton, Md. — M-Edge marked its entry into the Android accessories market by unveiling three cases for the Samsung Galaxy S4 and for the HTC One.
The dual-layer Echo case has a shock-absorbing outer shell with a soft interior, while the Stripped case features a clear Eco-Resin panel with such reclaimed elements as gold flakes, bamboo and florals encased inside, according to the company said.
The ShellShockCase features “shocks” around the edge of the case and a suspension design, both of which are meant to absorb damage should a user drop it.
New York — Val Kolton always said V-Moda wouldn’t get into the case business, but the founder and chief visionary officer was forced to make adjustments to that trajectory when updating the Vamp portable headphones amplifier.
Playa Vista, Calif. — Belkin announced a multi-year licensing partnership with The Lego Group to create Lego-inspired cases for mobile devices.
Starting this spring, Belkin will launch a variety of smartphone cases with incorporated Lego building bricks that offer "a unique 'buildable' case experience," a Belkin spokesman said. The initial product line will focus on iOS devices, including the iPhone and iPod Touch, with plans to expand to other platforms over the course of the partnership.
Las Vegas - Impecca will introduce at International CES a line of licensed Fruit Ninja accessories, incuding Bluetooth speakers, USB drives, ear buds, headphones, speakers, bags and cases.
Geared to the over 350 million players of the video game, Impecca’s inaugural Fruit Ninja line features an assortment of iPad, iPhone, iPad and other accessories developed in partnership with Fruit Ninja’s creator, Halfbrick Studios. The partnership was initiated by HAP Consulting, Halfbrick’s worldwide licensing agent.
Newton, Mass. — Accessories supplier Verso has inked a licensing deal with Dylan’s Candy Bar to create a new line of candy-themed consumer electronic accessories, including tablet and e-reader cases and matching reading lights.
Featuring whimsical patterns of lollipops and gumdrops, the Dylan’s Candy Bar cases are designed to fit all leading tablets and e-readers, Verso said. Each case incorporates a patent-pending Verso strap system.