An All Controller for All Games

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Startup Digital Depth claims to have a solution for the control of multiple game systems-- the All Controller, a device one can describe as a universal remote only for game consoles.

All ControllerThe All Controller is similar in design to the Xbox One controller, if with a small display set in the centre. The makers claim it works with a wide range of machines, including PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Switch and Wii U, as well as PCs, Macs, iDevices and Android devices. This variety of compatible hardware is where the display comes in, since it allows users to set up the controller accordingly.

Thus, to connect the All Controller to an iPhone, one needs to load up the appropriate pre-loaded driver via the display, before selecting the controller from the iOS Bluetooth settings. Connection to consoles requires the plugging in of an included USB dongle, before loading the driver.

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Mophie's XXL USB-C Battery Pack

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Mophie presents a battery pack large enough to charge devices such as MacBooks or the Nintendo Switch-- the powerstation USB-C XXL, with 19500mAh capacity and 30W fast-charging.

powerstation USB-C XXLAs the name suggests, the battery pack features USB-C connectivity for the charging of modern devices. However, for customers owning anything else it also includes a USB-A port with 5W charging. The USB-C port receives as well as accepts charging, and the package includes a USB-C to USB-C cable and a USB-A to USB-C cable.

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Cellular Capability for Next Apple Watch?

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According to Bloomberg Apple is working to ensure the Watch is a device more independent of the iPhone-- and as such "at least some new Apple Watch models" will feature an LTE chip.

Apple watch openCellular connectivity means the Watch would not need to be connected wirelessly to an iPhone to stream music, download map directions, use a number of apps and send or receive messages. A "person familiar with the situation" adds the LTE chip comes from Intel, as opposed to regular iDevice modem supplier Qualcomm, with whom Apple is currently locked in bitter legal dispute.

In addition, Bloomberg says Apple is already in talks with carriers in both Europe and the US to support the LTE Watch-- but these may be a "limited subset" of carriers carrying the iPhone.

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IDC: Q2 2017 Smartphone Volumes "Slightly" Down

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IDC reports global smartphone shipments total 341.6 million in Q2 2017-- a decline of -1.3% on a Y-o-Y basis, and by -0.8% following a higher-than-expected Q1 2017.

However, despite such a drop in shipments all leading vendors continue seeing positive shipment growth. Samsung and Apple market share remains "relatively" consistent from Q2 2016, while the other 3 vendors making the top 5 (namely Huawei, Oppo and Xiaomi) see share growth.

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"In my opinion, the biggest change in Q2 2017 is the size of the contraction among the 'Others' outside of the top 5 OEMs," the analyst says. "It's no secret that the smartphone market is a very challenging segment for companies to maintain or grow share, especially as already low average selling prices declined by another -4.3% in 2016. The smaller, more localized vendors will continue to struggle, especially as the leading volume drivers build out their portfolio into new markets and price segments."

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A BookBook for the Latest MacBooks

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Bookbook macbookTwelve South announces a version of the BookBook case for all 12-inch MacBook 2016 and MacBook Pro models, providing customers a means to disguise their notebook as a vintage hardback book.

The BookBook case also offers protection, with reinforced corners and a stronger crush-resistant spine. The outside is in premium oil-pull up leather, while the inside is covered in soft microfibre material.

The inside has a hidden compartment for the holding (or hiding) of documents, as well as two elastic bands one can slip over the corner of the MacBook screen. This allows one to open the MacBook screen when they open the BookBook case.

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