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Speck Sues Katinkas Over Counterfeit iPhone Cases

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF. — Speck Products is suing Katinkas USA for distributing counterfeit products in the United States.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court, Central District of California, accuses Katinkas USA, and specifically CEO Karen Becker, of “offering for sale, selling and distributing counterfeit Speck cases for iPhone in the United States through a prominent online retailer and their own marketplace.” The suit alleges infringement of Speck’s patented CandyShell design, in addition to numerous other Speck trademarks and copyrights.

Speck said it is presently investigating further dealings in counterfeit Speck merchandise by Katinkas GmbH & Co. overseas.

“We want to be absolutely clear: Speck is cracking down on fakes and the people and companies that trade in them,” said Irene Baran, CEO of Speck Products. “Our cases aren’t merely style plays — they’re specifically engineered to protect, complement and enhance digital devices. Fake, inferior products that use our name betray consumers’ trust and are bad for business, plain and simple.”

Speck said the suit is part of the company’s proactive efforts to combat counterfeiting and that “it will continue to aggressively monitor all aspects of the marketplace to protect and enforce its rights. The company will be working with customs officials to police counterfeit product at ports of entry and will actively observe all channels of commerce for the promotion and distribution of counterfeit product. As these illegal products are identified, they will pursue any parties implicated in the unlawful sale of fake Speck products to the full extent of the law.”

A request for comment from Katinkas USA has not been answered.

SynthX App Now Compatible With Ion All-Star Guitar

CUMBERLAND, R.I. — Ion announced that the SynthX app is now compatible with its All-Star Guitar.

The All-Star Guitar is a full-size guitar controller for use with the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. It requires no cables or external connections and features a built-in speaker. The SynthX app for iPad is billed as a mathematically modeled synthesizer, said to be very small in file size but containing a large sound library.

SynthX gives users four ways to play 300 sounds: X/Y Mode automatically tunes every touch to the pre-selected scale; Grid Mode lets players explore harmonies in a matrix layout; Keys Mode provides a standard piano keyboard; and Guitar Mode gives players a virtual six-string guitar layout that can be strummed and played like a real guitar.

Effects include distortion, flanger, delay and limiter. Players can record their performances within the app, and it also supports iTunes file sharing so they can export recordings.

The All-Star Guitar is currently available for $99. The SynthX app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store for $5.

Logitech Adds iPad Keyboards

NEWARK, CALIF. — Logitech has added two Bluetooth keyboards to its lineup: the Keyboard Folio and Keyboard Folio Mini, designed for the iPad and iPad Mini, respectively.

The keyboards are designed to offer more protection than the company’s Ultrathin keyboard covers. Features include full-size membrane keys, a flip stand, magnetic closures and instant on/off. Both are said to offer a three-month battery life on a full charge if the keyboard is used about two hours per day. Charging is done via MiniUSB.

The Keyboard Folio will ship in April for a $99.99 suggested retail in Carbon Black, Fantasy Pink, Electric Blue and Acid Yellow, while the Mini version will ship in May for $89.99 in Mystic Blue and Electric Blue.


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