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The boombox makes a comeback

The old school look of the iHome iBT4 boombox makes you want to carry the 3-pound device on your shoulder, just like in high school.

Well, at least for me.

But this music box is retro in looks only. It uses Bluetooth technology to stream music from your smartphone, tablet or other device.

Inside the rubber-coated box are iHome’s Reson8 speaker chambers, along with an internal lithium-ion battery for up to 7 hours of sound, depending on volume levels. A universal AC adaptor also is included.

If broadcast radio is still your thing, there is a built-in FM radio you control on top along with a line-in jack for plugging a media player directly into its headphone port.

Boomboxes are generally meant to crank up the sound, and the iBT4 lets you do just that.

It’s also reasonably priced for a portable Bluetooth sound system at $99.99. Available in purple, dark gray and neon green, www.ihomeaudio.com.

Stand it up

The iSlider from Rain Design is one of the most useful and compact iPad/iPhone stands I’ve seen.

There isn’t a lot to it, except that it works well. Measuring about the size of a smartphone (1/2 inch by 3 inches by 1 inch).

You also get a carrying bag for the price of $49.90. www.raindesigninc.com.

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