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Microsoft Hides Fingerprint Sensor in Modern Keyboard

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Microsoft Hides Fingerprint Sensor in Modern Keyboard

Microsoft quietly adds a pair of peripherals to its online storefront-- the Modern Keyboard and Modern Mouse, both featuring Bluetooth 4.0 allowing use with any device compatible with the wireless standard.

The Modern Keyboard has a low profile aluminium frame Microsoft claims is "virtually indestructible" while matching the sleek design of the Surface product line. It can be used with either wireless or wired connection, has a built-in battery promising up to 2 months on a single charge, and is compatible with Windows 10, MacOS, iOS and Android devices.

However what makes the Modern Keyboard rather interesting is a fingerprint sensor nestled between the Alt and Ctrl keys. It is compatible with Windows 10 devices, and allows users to unlock their PCs through Windows Hello and a finger press.

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A Logitech Case for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro

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A Logitech Case for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro

The recently announced 10.5-inch iPad Pro gets a Logitech keyboard case-- the Slim Combo, a combination of hard case, adjustable stand, detachable keyboard and Apple Pencil holder.

The case does not carry a battery, since it sips power directly from the iPad via Smart Connector. Users can fold the keyboard palm rest under to reduce its size (such as during typing on one's lap) or even fold over the entire keyboard to protect the display while on the go.

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Belkin Intros Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD

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Belkin Intros Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD

Belkin is the next company to announces another Thunderbolt 3 dock option-- the Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD, an aluminium-clad device featuring a slim tapered design.

Designed to match the aesthetic of Apple laptops, the dock offers a range of ports, including x2 Thunderbolt 3 USB-C, x3 USB-A, x1 DisplayPort, x1 ethernet, x1 audio in/out and x1 audio out. It can handle the daisy-chaining of up to 5 Thunderbolt devices, and offers a 170W power adapter to supply power to attached peripherals while charging a notebook with up to 85W of power.

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Wacom Intros Windows 10, iOS Styluses

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Wacom Intros Windows 10, iOS Styluses

Wacom announces a pair of styluses-- the Bamboo Ink, a Windows Ink stylus designed for writing, and the Bamboo Sketch, a stylus with a swappable fine tip for drawing on an iPhone or iPad.

The Bamboo Ink is optimised for Windows 10 devices, and comes with 3 different nibs (soft, medium, firm) for different feels. It is compatible with many Windows devices, and as previously detailed at the Microsoft Build conference it allows users to fully interact with the Edge browser, strike through words on Word and even annotate a PDF file.

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Elgato Intros Thunderbolt 3 Dock

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Elgato Intros Thunderbolt 3 Dock

Elgato announces the Thunderbolt 3 Dock-- a means for customers to add more ports to the 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro, as well as up to 85W of power to charge the notebook together with displays and accessories.

In total the dock offers three USB 3.0 ports, gigabit ethernet port, two Thunderbolt USB-C ports, DisplayPort with DisplayPort 1.2 support, 3.5mm headphone jack and 3.5mm microphone input jack. It handles either one 5K (5120 x 2880 resolution) display at 60Hz via Thunderbolt 3 port or two 4K (4096 x 2160) displays simultaneously at 60Hz using the DisplayPort and Thunderbolt 3 port.

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Satechi Intros Type-C Pro Hub

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Satechi Intros Type-C Pro Hub

Accessory maker Satechi announces the Type-C Pro Hub-- a means for customers to add 7 more ports to USB-C enabled notebooks such as the 2016 MacBook Pro.

The Pro Hub is similar to the first Satechi Type-C Hub, but adds two Thunderbolt 3 dongles taking up both ports on either side of the latest MacBook Pro. Once plugged into the notebook the hub provides access to a passthrough Thunderbolt 3, USB-C port, HDMI and two USB 3.0 ports, as well as SD and microSD card readers.

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Nike Soles to Protect Your iPhone

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Nike Soles to Protect Your iPhone

Sneaker fans can put their love for Nike brand footwear on their iPhones, thanks to a pair of cases featuring the sole design from two of the most popular Nike offerings-- the Roshe and Air Force 1.

Available solely for the iPhone 7 (no option is available for the iPhone 7 Plus or any other iPhone model, alas), the Roshe case comes in bright red or seafoam green, while the Air Force 1 case only comes in classic blue.

Of course, Nike is no stranger to Apple, having made plenty of device cases, apps and branded products over the past decade. Recently Nike has focused mainly on the Apple Watch, with the limited edition Watch NikeLab promising to be the "ultimate style companion" for runners.

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The PowerUp USB-C Charger/Hub Combo

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The PowerUp USB-C Charger/Hub Combo

The PowerUp is a 3rd party solution for an issue familiar to any owner of a laptop featuring only USB-C ports such as the latest MacBook Pro, namely adding more ports while charging the device.

Designed by startup Homey Lab, the PowerUp is a charger roughly the same size and shape of the old Apple MagSafe bricks. It has a built-in USB-C cable together with three USB 3.0 ports, adding more legacy ports without need for dongles.

Interestingly, while the PowerUp is technically a charger it still operates as a USB hub even if not connected to mains power. It offers 72W power output, meaning it can charge 12-inch MacBook and 13-inch MacBook Pro at full speed but will be a bit slow if charging with the 15-inch MacBook, which uses an 87W charger.

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An Espresso... Via Mokase Smartphone Case?

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An Espresso... Via Mokase Smartphone Case?

The idea behind the Mokase is equal parts intriguing and unlikely-- a smartphone case able to make to produce a tiny shot of espresso, wherever and whenever one wants it.

To produce the espresso, the Mokase uses a built-in battery to heat a special "wafer" cartridge to 50-60 degrees Celsius. Starting the coffee-making process simply requires slotting the cartridge in the case before summoning an obligatory companion app.

After a "few seconds" the case pumps the espresso through a pipe made out of a aluminium-silicon pipe able to handle heat without releasing toxins. The maker does not specify the kind of coffee found inside the cartridge, but it does say it produces a 25ml shot (a standard espresso is 29ml).

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The SteelSeries "Dual-Surface RGB Illuminated Mousepad"

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The SteelSeries

Accessory maker SteelSeries announces what it claims is "the world's first dual-surface RGB illuminated mousepad"-- the QcK Prism, a mousepad featuring a dual-textured reversible surface, as well as the obligatory LED lighting.

The "dual-surface" portion of the above claim comes via insert users can flip to choose between either a hard polymer surface (for fast-paced gaming) or micro-textured cloth (for extra control). SteelSurface says one can insert some of its QcK and Dex pads in the Prism base, but separately supplied mousing surfaces might not fit due to 1-5mm manufacturing tolerances.

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Logitech Intros Slim Folio Keyboard Case

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Logitech Intros Slim Folio Keyboard Case

Logitech presents the Slim Folio-- a Bluetooth keyboard-case combo designed for the 5th generation 9.7-inch iPad, with a battery the company claims lasts up to 4 years on 2 hours of daily use.

The keyboard has a comfortable laptop-style layout with "large, well-spaced keys" that are "stretched from edge-to-edge." It includes dedicated function and iOS shortcut keys for switching between apps, summoning the search function, Home screen access and volume control without need to touch the iPad display.

Connectivity comes through Bluetooth LE, and the keyboard automatically activates when placed in typing position. It runs on replaceable coin cell batteries able to last up to 4 years, with no need for replacements.

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