New To The CableJive Lineup: Nest

I would never recommend a product to anyone that I haven’t physically used myself, so I was eager to try out the new Nest stand before we made it available for purchase. If you aren’t familiar with it, the Nest is a slick, compact, multipurpose stand which was originally designed with the iPad in mind, but works with a number of smartphones and other media devices (ex: Kindle, Nook, etc.). I was using an iPad 2 in my tests, so for the purposes of this blog post, I’ll be referencing that.

At first glance, the Nest looks like a tiny desk tray for holding small necessities (more on that in a bit). However, upon closer inspection, you’ll notice that a co-molded, non-slip rubber surrounds the entire “lip” of the tray. This same rubber can be found on the “sticky feet” on the bottom of the Nest. That rubber is the key here. All you need to do is place your device on the Nest screen-up , so the back is sitting against the rubber. I was skeptical at first, but was quickly (and pleasantly) surprised at how well the Nest both stays in place itself, and how securely it gripped the iPad. Also, I found that it held my iPad at a great, usable viewing angle.

The Nest is nothing, if not versatile. In addition to the standard use outlined above, it also holds a hidden slide-out cradle so you can keep your device at an upright viewing angle, great for showing media to your friends/family/coworkers, or for simply kicking back and watching something yourself. And remember when I said that it looks like a tiny desk tray for holding small necessities? Well, that’s because it triples as one of those too (I’m currently using mine to hold my iPod shuffle and an iStubz cable)! That same tray works great if you want to use the Nest as a holder for your smartphone (quadrupling as a stand for those as well).

After spending some time with the Nest, I was more than reassured of it’s quality, and I’m happy to see it introduced into the CableJive line of products. If you’re looking for a great smartphone, iPad, tablet, or e-reader stand for your desk at work or home, the Nest is an excellent solution. It’s available now, and comes in both white and black.

New Low Price for Otterbox Defender Cases!

A couple of months ago, we added the great Otterbox Defender Series cases for iPhones into the CableJive lineup. It’s our first offering in the case market, so we figured we’d start with our favorite. Today, there’s another reason to get your Otterbox Defender cases from us. We just took $5 off the price of each, bringing them down to $44.95. Get ’em now, at a new low price, from a company you can trust.

dockStubz: The Problem Solver – Episode 1

At the end of Tuesday’s blog post, I mentioned that the first entry in our new “dockStubz: The Problem Solver” video series would be released within the next week or so. Well, I’m happy to report that I was able to get it finished sooner than that. Without further ado, here’s Episode 1:

Improvements To The CableJive Media Department

As a tech junkie and digital media enthusiast, few things capture my attention like new gear. So when we got the OK for certain upgrades to the CableJive media department (namely: camera, amongst other things), I couldn’t wait to dive in and put the days of shooting on mini-DV behind me forever! Not surprisingly, we were on the hunt for the best image quality at a reasonable price. With the high quality HD video current DSLRs can capture, and their dual-usability for various company-related photography, it seemed obvious to start looking there.

I had recent personal experience shooting with the Canon T2i and was blown away at the quality HD video it delivered. And for the money, it’s practically unmatched. Still, I continued my research, but quickly it became clear that the T2i was the camera for us. I shopped around for various deals, but as I have found in the past, B&H is rarely beaten. This was quickly affirmed again in this case, and an order for a T2i w/ EF-S 18-55mm IS Zoom Lens Kit (along with a few other accessories) was placed. A few days later, a big ole’ box arrived in the office, and a brand new T2i was in my hands!

Shortly thereafter, I began pre-production on a new video series featuring the dockStubz. That video, which christened CableJive’s T2i, and is the first entry into the series “dockStubz: The Problem Solver” will be available for your viewing pleasure within the next week or so. Stay tuned for the finished product!

dockBoss Troubleshooting Tip

While testing out various CableJive products with our new iHome iP90 dock, I stumbled across an issue we hadn’t considered previously that may be tripping up some dockBoss users. When I first tested this setup, I simply connected the dockBoss, waited for the Red LED light to turn solid as usual, then connected my iPhone (via the headphone jack, for testing purposes). However, the iHome dock never went into iPod mode, and even after manually switching over, I still had no luck getting the audio to transfer.

Curiously, I unplugged the dockBoss, waited a minute, and tried connecting it again. Only this time, I made sure to put the iHome dock on iPod mode first. Thankfully, it worked like a charm this time. It made perfect sense to me afterwards, because if the dock isn’t on iPod mode, then there is nothing for the dockBoss to communicate with, so no connection is made. I was previously testing these cables on a Bose SoundDock music system, which automatically went into “iPod mode” anytime it detected a 30-pin connection (as many other systems do).

Long story short, if you’re having trouble getting your dockBoss to work, make sure your speaker dock (or other similar iPod system) is in “iPod mode” first, before connecting the dockBoss. If that still doesn’t work for you, or you have any other questions for us, we’re always here to help at service@cablejive.com.