OWC Intros USB-C Travel Dock

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OWC Travel dockOWC launches a smaller USB-C dock option-- the USB-C Travel Dock, a device offering portable connectivity for laptops such as the latest MacBooks through a selection of 5 ports.

The dock connects to PCs or Macs via single USB-C cable. It features x2 USB 3.1 ports, x1 USB-C port (for power), x1 HDMI 2.0 port and x1 SD card reader. The USB-C port provides up to 60W of passthrough charging, and the HDMI 2.0 can handle a 4K display at 30 Hz.

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China-Backed Equity Firm Buys Imagination

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Imagination Technologies, the former maker of the graphics chips inside iDevices, has found a buyer-- Canyon Bridge, an equity firm backed by Chinese fund Yitai Capital.

Imagination TechnologiesAccording to the Financial Times the deal is worth £550 million, and is conditional on the completion of the sale of MIPS. The Imagination US unit currently being bought by Silicon Valley investment group Tallwood Venture Capital.

Back in June 2017 Imagination put itself on the selling block after Apple, its largest customer and one of its biggest shareholders, decided to stop using PowerVR technology in favour of self-designed solution. The announcement halved the value of Imagination stock almost overnight, causing a crisis in the company.

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Face ID For All 2018 iPhones?

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KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims Apple has big plans for Face ID-- if the facial recognition technology gets a positive reception one can expect it to be the Touch ID replacement in all 2018 iPhones.

Face ID"In our view, TrueDepth camera could create many innovative applications, Face ID being the most important of them," Kuo writes in a note for investors obtained by ApppleInsider. "If Face ID is well received by consumers after the launch of iPhone X, we believe it is more likely that 2018 all-new models will adopt TrueDepth camera and support Face ID."

Face ID is a perhaps controversial addition to the iPhone X. After all, it failed when it was first shown off at the iPhone X reveal, forcing exec Craig Federighi to move to a backup unit. The failure crystallised all fears associated with the technology, as Federighi was met with a "your passcode is required to enabled Face ID" message (a following Apple statement insisted employees had inadvertently triggered Face ID during pre-show setup).

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The First Bose Wireless In-Ear Headphones

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Bose announces a first pair of wireless in-ear headphones-- the SoundSport Free, an offering similar to the likes of the Apple AirPods, being a pair of buds one puts in the ear without need for connecting wires.

Bose SoundSport FreeThe SoundSport Free are designed for sports and other physical activities. Silicon StayHear+ sport tips ensure a comfortable tip, while an IPX4 water resistance rating protects the buds against sweat or water. Connectivity comes through Bluetooth and a Bose Connect iOS/Android app complete with a "Find My Buds" feature able to display the last known location and time of use of the headphones.

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Belkin presents 3.5mm Audio + Charge RockStar

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Belkin RockstarThe Belkin 3.5mm Audio + Charge RockStar is a fairly self-explanatory accessory-- it is means to add a headphone jack to Lightning-only devices, while providing a source of data or power.

The MFi-certified product is compatible with any 3.5mm audio source, and handles remote and mic control via headphones. It also supports 12W passthrough charging, meaning the iPhone juices up at maximum speeds. As such it is ideal for use with the latest iPhones lacking a 3.5mm headphone jack, namely the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and upcoming iPhone X.

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