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The constant presence of smartphones have helped us see the world in a different way. Many of us are guilty of spending too much time with our heads turned downward looking at our phone, but the device can also inspire us. History professor Francois Dourlen uses his iPhone to insert scenes from movies into real life settings; it’s creative and the effect is amusing. Dourlen explains:

Like many people, I always imagine weird things when I walk in the street, when I work or when I’m home. But I never found a good way to tell what goes through my head.

One day, wanting to make a joke with friends, I replaced a statue of Napoleon in Cherbourg with a picture of my little pony in my phone and took a picture. I had so much fun that I put it on facebook, people immediately liked.

He’s made memorable images with scenes from Lord of the Rings, Thor, Edward Scissorhands, and more. They’re all fantastic.

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You don’t need magic to keep your cell phone free of scratches, but a Harry Potter themed case certainly wouldn’t hurt. Etsy seller The Sorcerer’s Phone crafts creative cases by hand with sealers and papers. It’s a minimalist take on the Boy Who Lived, and it can live with you for an affordable price. Turnaround time for the case is 30 days and it can me made for a wide range of phones including the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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Sure, The Doctor may have his sonic screwdriver, but we 21st-century humans have something almost as good: smartphones! The only drawback is that you have to charge them frequently. But now Doctor Who fans can charge their smartphones, especially their iPhones, with this cool Doctor Who TARDIS iPhone Stand. It’s laser-etched, and is made from blue acrylic. It also holds a notch for a charger. Added bonus: you don’t need The Eye of Harmony to power this TARDIS! You’re welcome.

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This iPhone video prank is devious, hilarious and all-around pretty clever: Jack Vale asked random strangers to take a picture of him with his cellphone. But what the people didn’t know is that he’d installed a pre-recorded video of a fake “ghost girl” walking through the camera frame. So when they pick up the camera to take the picture, said ghost girl drifts by mysteriously. Scary stuff, right?

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There are all sorts of cute little phone docks out there, but this one is the most impressive we’ll likely ever see. It was built by George Dinkel and took him six months of work. The iReliquary 1.0 includes rhinestones, polymer clay and gold and silver powder. It’s also a Bluetooth sound system. What’s he going to do when Apple changes they shape of their phones again?

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Universal Uclick has had online access to many classic comic strips but now they’ve partnered with GoComics to create a free GoComics mobile app that gives readers access to its catalog of comic strips, comic panels and editorial cartoons. This free app will include comics like Peanuts, Bloom County, Doonesbury, Garfield and even Calvin and Hobbes.

Though this is the first place to legally read Calvin and Hobbes online, it is unclear whether or not Bill Watterson gave his blessing. As most fans know, Watterson has historically been steadfast objecting to commercialization of his work. On that note, The Far Side is notably absent due to Gary Larson’s continuing determination to avoid online publication of his work. He writes:

These cartoons are my “children,” of sorts, and like a parent, I’m concerned about where they go at night without telling me. And, seeing them at someone’s web site is like getting the call at 2:00 a.m. that goes, “Uh, Dad, you’re not going to like this much, but guess where I am.”

Well, whatever happens, the good news is the app is free and the catalog seems to be growing. Currently it offers users “20 years of back issues of comic strips,” with the ability to bookmark and share favorites. The bad news may be that I’ll be killing my iPhone battery daily.

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There are four fantastic designs to choose from in this series of limited edition Star Wars cases for the iPhone 5. You can get R2-D2, C-3P0, Darth Vader or Chewbacca (which even has fur so it’s like the walking carpet of phone cases). The droids are available right now, but you can preorder Vader and Chewie to be notified as soon as they’re in stock.

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Most people love the sleek design of the iPhone 5 and don’t want to ruin it with a bulky case, but this Iron Man case is too cool to care. It’s modelled after the Mark VII suit and even has a glowing, battery-powered arc reactor. There’s also a little chunk of armor that slides aside to reveal the camera lens. Preorder now and you’ll have the coolest case on the block come April.

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Bubble wrap is good enough to protect your most precious items during shipping, so it’s the perfect protection for you iPhone. This case isn’t actual bubble wrap, because you know you’d just pop all the bubbles and make it useless. Instead it’s made of resilient silicone that’s sure to keep you phone safe and make every one try to grab it and pop the bubbles.

Look for it to arrive this Spring.

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Those hidden blades everyone has up their sleeves in Assassin’s Creed seemed like such a good idea that Japanese inventor Shota Mori decided to apply the concept to his iPhone case. He’s been working on it for about two years to refine the process and iron out a few issues, like the iPhone shooting right out of his hand. You can see the whole thing in action in the video, which is full of dramatic poses, an iPhone flying out of control and a styrofoam head.

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