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Logitech Presents G413 Gaming Keyboard

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Logitech Presents G413 Gaming Keyboard

The latest Logitech gaming keyboard fails to look like its overdesigned brethren-- the G413 is a mid-range option with an understated aluminium case.

The G413 still features the LED backlighting seemingly required by gaming keyboards, in a choice of red or white colours. The keys are mechanical, armed with Logitech's own Romer-G switches (which are equivalent to Cherry MX Brown switches in terms of force), while the F1-F12 keys provide programmable macro access.

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How to Turn the iPhone Into a Mini-Mac

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How to Turn the iPhone Into a Mini-Mac

Elago follows on the W3, an Apple Watch charging stand modeled after the 1984 Macintosh computer, with the M4-- a stand for customers wanting to turn their iPhone into an old Mac.

The M4 is a charging stand, and as such it functions very much identically to the W3. One simply slides the iPhone (7, 6s or 6) into the side of the housing, with a pass-through rail in the bottom manages the Lightning cable. Construction is in scratch-free silicone, and the material feels soft to the touch while providing enough weight to hold the stand firmly on any flat surface.

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The Sennheiser Go Pro Microphone

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The Sennheiser Go Pro Microphone

Sennheiser presents a portable microphone for use with the GoPro Hero4 action cameras-- the MKE 2 Elements, a GoPro-verified number featuring a tough design able to withstand the elements.

Based on a Sennheiser pro miniature microphone design, the MKE 2 Elements was developed as part of the Go Pro Developer Program. It is compatible with the Hero4 Black and Silver cameras, and promises high-quality audio even in rough and wet environments, as well as less rugged scenarios.

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Belkin Strengthens USB-C Cable With Kevlar

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Belkin Strengthens USB-C Cable With Kevlar

Belkin announces an addition to the Mixit DuraTek durable cable line-- a USB-C cable featuring Kevlar-reinforced conductors and double-braided nylon shielding on the outside.

The USB-C cable is certified by both the USB Implementers Forum, and includes a 5-year limited warranty. The length is 1.2m, and it comes in pink, gold, silver and black colours. The Kevlar used in the conductors is the same used in a broad range of industrial and consumer products, while longer, flexible strain-relief absorbs stress from bending, avoiding breakage.

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Logitech Aims Rugged Combo at Education

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Logitech Aims Rugged Combo at Education

The Logitech Rugged Combo is a combination of case and keyboard allowing 9.7-inch tablets such as the iPad to withstand the knocks and drops faced by devices used by children in the classroom.

The Rugged Combo protects tablets from drops up to 1.8m, and includes a kickstand with mechanical hinges promising to hold the device sturdily at any angle. Meanwhile the keyboard is physically connected via secure proprietary connector, and provides "laptop-like typing" as well as a secure data entry point in case teachers want to submit tests on the tablet.

A transparent window on the back of the case allows authorities to scan and mark tablets before and after students use school property.

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A "Flow" Battery Powers and Cools Chips

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Scientists at ETH Zurich and IBM Research Zurich build what they call a tiny "redox flow" battery-- a battery able to simultaneously power and cool chips, especially those stacked on top of each other, pancake-style.

A flow battery creates electricity through the electrochemical reaction of two liquid electrolytes. A closed electrolyte loop pumps the two liquids into the battery cell from outside, and the liquids also serve as a cooling medium, dissipating excess heat from the chip stack via the same circuit.

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QardioArm Blood Pressure Monitor Launches

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QardioArm Blood Pressure Monitor Launches

Qardio expands its partnership with Apple as it announces the availability of the QardioArm smart blood pressure monitor in Apple Stores across the world.

Boldly described as a "blood pressure monitor you will actually love," the QardioArm pairs with iOS and Android devices (and respective companion Qardio app) to help users check on their blood pressure. It is the first medical device available via Apple Health, and allows users to easily share medical data with health professionals.

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The Lofree Keyboard for Macs

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The Lofree Keyboard for Macs

The Lofree is an unusual Mac-focused keyboard-- a modern mechanical number inspired by the typewriters of the past, it is wireless, backlit and features circular keycaps.

The keyboard has a Mac layout and carries Gateron Blue switches. It can be used in both wireless or wired modes, and is compatible with Windows, Mac, Android and iOS devices. The layout is tenkeyless, and one can switch between use with up to 3 devices at once at the flick of a switch.

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Samsung Upgrades Gear VR at MWC

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Samsung Upgrades Gear VR at MWC

Samsung presents an upgrade on the Gear VR headset-- one complete with a physical controller accessory promising "quicker selection and interaction" in virtual experiences.

The actual headset is more or less identical to the Gear VR designed for use with the recalled Galaxy Note 7. It offers a 101-degree field of view and is compatible with both USB-C and microUSB Samsung devices, including the Galaxy S7, S7 edge, Note5, S6 Edge+, S6 and S6 Edge.

Meanwhile the controller (imaginatively named "Gear VR Controller") is the result of a collaboration with Oculus. Designed for single-hand use, it has a touchpad and trigger for in-game actions, as well as integrated home, volume and back buttons for immersive media controls.

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A Leather Grip for the Apple Pencil

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A Leather Grip for the Apple Pencil

Case and accessory maker Pen & Quill announces the Leather Apple Pencil Grip-- a self-descriptive means for users to get a better hold of the Apple stylus while working on the iPad Pro.

The grip comes in 2 pieces. One is put on the bottom to provide the actual holding grip, while the other is put towards the top to provide a clip and Lightning cap holder. Construction is in full-grade American leather, and is designed to age and break with age, making each grip unique.

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How to Turn the Moto Z into a Walkie Talkie

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How to Turn the Moto Z into a Walkie Talkie

Back in November 2016 Motorola launched a competition for developers wanting to create Mods for the Moto Z smartphone. One such accessory is the Linc, a "smart" walkie-talkie attachment.

According to maker Arrow Electronics the Linc allows users to communicate at a range of up to 9km without cell service. It operates on consumer-level GMRS/FRS frequencies with 120 private channels, and sends voice, SMS and even GPS locations to single or multiple users to other Linc units or conventional 2-way radios.

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