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New Law to Ban iPhone in Italy?

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A bill presented in the Italian senate by entrepreneur and member of the Scelta Civica party Stefano Quintarelli might bring a ban of the iPhone in the country, the newspaper Corriere Della Sera reports.

App Store iOSDubbed Senate Act 2484, the bill proposes Italians have open access to software, content and services. If put into effect as a law, this would obviously affects iDevices-- after all, Apple insists on its "walled garden" approach to software, whereas the bill states users have the right to download any software, be it proprietary or open source, on any platform.

As a translation of Article Four of the bill reads, "users have the right to, in an appropriate format to the required technology platform […] use fair and non-discriminatory software, proprietary or open source […] content and services of their choice."


Survivor Cases for 10.5-inch iPad Pro

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Accessory maker Griffin announces a range of Survivor cases for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro-- the Survivor Rugged Folio, Survivor Journey Folio and Survivor Journey.

Griffin Survivor casesThe Survivor Rugged Folio promises to be the toughest case in the lineup, with a polycarbonate exterior and a flexible TPU shell complete with stain-resistant Tactical Grip cover. It includes the Griffin impact dispersion system for drop protection (for up to 1.2m), while built-in magnets allow users to mount the iPad on most magnetic surfaces.

The Survivor Journey Folio is a folio-style case with front and back protection. Made from durable polycarbonate, it has a magetic cover customers can fold into a stand with multiple viewing and typing angles. It also protects the iPad Pro from drops up to 1.2m, and is mountable on magnetic cases.


XPUMP Gives Audio a Boost

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Embrace Audio Lab at Computex 2017 showed XPUMP.

XPUMPThe tiny XPUMP uses their XROUND audio digital signal processing algorithm to dynamically detect and analyze every detail in stereo audio sources and then reconstructs them to optimal presentation.

The pocket-sized, portable device can be used with desktop or portable speakers, sound bars, home sound systems, or headphones. Users simply plug the device between the source (computer, smartphone, television, etc.) and the output (speakers or headphones) and simply press play to get upgraded audio immediately. No extra settings or downloads are required.

XPUMP features Spherical Sound Field Expansion Technology that expands a stereo sound field by 200% while enhancing signal depth, width, and detail.

Soundstage Elevation unlocks the richness of an audio track, giving listeners the ability to discern different instruments, voices, and sound effects.


MAS Market Headphones…

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The MAS TOKYO + MAS DUO are the first Bluetooth in-ear headphones in the world to support alternative audio-in function while the battery is running out of power.

MAS headphonesMAS (Master Art of Sound), a design-driven premium headphone brand, was founded by the team of Consonance Technology Corporation who have been in the headphone industry for more than two decades offering OEM & ODM service to worldwide premium audio brands.

At Computex, MAS for the first time displayed their unique headphone concepts for iDevices, wired and wireless at the same time.


YotaPhone Gets Third Version

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Customers in want for an update on the YotaPhone, the curious dual-screen smartphone, are in luck-- Russian phone maker Baoli Yota announces the YotaPhone 3 at the China-Russia Expo in Harbin, China.

YotaPhone 3Officially the company (a joint venture between investor Baoli and manufacturer Coolpad) does not reveal much about the device. As one might expect the YotaPhone 3 retains the same dual-screen form factor, with a 5.5-inch AMOLED display on the front and a 5.2-inch eInk screen on the back.

However, an anonymous source tells Engadget the handset is fairly mid-range, as it carries the Snapdragon 625 chipset, the same found in the Asus ZenFone 3, Moto Z Play and BlackBerry KEYone. Further specifications include 4GB RAM, 64 or 128GB storage, dual-SIM slots (one of which also serves as a microSD slot), 12MP camera with dual-flash, 3200mAh battery and a USB-C port. The OS of choice is Android Nougat.


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