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A Power Meter for USB-C Devices

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A Power Meter for USB-C Devices

Satechi announces the Type-C Power Meter-- a device allowing customers to check the power draw from accessories connected to a laptop or smartphone via USB-C port.

The Type-C Power Meter is a pass-through device, with one end plugging into the USB-C of the host notebook or smartphone and the other plugging into whichever accessory the user wants to monitor. A small display shows real-time voltage and current measurements, as well current over time and power flow direction.

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Gamevice Intros iDevice Controllers

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Gamevice Intros iDevice Controllers

Gamevice presents a collection of mobile gaming controllers fitting most iDevices, including the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPad Pro, iPad Air and iPad mini.

All the controllers feature the same 2-part design customers fit on each side of the iDevice in question. One part of the Gamevice controller connects to the smartphone or tablet via Lightning port, while a Lightning port on the outside allows one to charge the iDevice while playing. When not charging the controller sips power from the connect device's battery.

Controls come in the shape of 2 thumbsticks, directional pad, shoulder buttons, 4 face buttons and a menu button. The iPhone 7/7Plus versions add a headphone jack, and Gamevice promises the controllers offer more comfortable thumbsticks.

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LifeProof Intros NUUD for iPhone 7

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LifeProof Intros NUUD for iPhone 7

LifeProof announces iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus versions of the NUUD-- a case the company says is a slimmer option for customers wanting to protect their device from water, snow, dirt and drops.

All NUUD cases feature an uncovered screen for direct display access "while adding minimal size and weight to the phone." The case also provides access to all iPhone 7/7 Plus features, a transparent back allows one to show off the smartphone and enhanced audio promises crystal clear sound even when the case is on.

A redesigned camera cover promises to collect less dust, thus eliminating worries of lens field disruption.

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Incipio Brings iPhone 7 Headphone Jack Back

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Incipio Brings iPhone 7 Headphone Jack Back

Apple might insist removing the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 was an act of "courage," but Incipio sets to satisfy customers who think otherwise with the OX, a case featuring the humble 3.5mm connector.

As seen at CES 2017, the OX case comes in iPhone 7 and 7 Plus variants. It fits over the Lightning port and adds an additional Lightning port as well as the aforementioned 3.5mm jack for the use of traditional headphones. The case is admittedly bulky, but it does allow simultaneous charging and music listening without need for an additional adapter or dongle.

In addition the case promises to protect the iPhone display and body from drops through a shock-absorbing exterior.

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Griffin Adds to BreakSafe Cables

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Griffin Adds to BreakSafe Cables

Griffin expands the BreakSafe magnetic USB-C cable line at CES 2017, with additions including the Hi-Power Magnetic USB-C Breakaway Cable, USB Breakaway Adapter, Car Charger, and Wall Charger.

First introduced back in January 2016, the BreakSafe series features patented MagSafe-style quick-release magnetic connectors, if with the addition of a USB-C connector. As such, the Hi-Power Breakaway Cable is an update featuring 100W power capability for use with the MacBook Pro, while the USB Breakaway Adapter adds BreakSafe capabilities to any USB-A device.

The Car Charger and Wall Charger are self-explanatory products, and are designed for USB devices. Both can deliver up to 15W of power to a wide range of products.

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TrackR Presents New Trackers at CES

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TrackR Presents New Trackers at CES

CES 2017 sees TrackR announce updates of its signature object tracking products, including the TrackR Wallet 2.0 and and the Pixel, a lower-cost version of the flagship Bravo dongle.

The Wallet 2.0 improves on the original with a credit card-shaped design just 2mm. Described by the company as the "thinnest item-finder on the market," it handles object finding through a combination of companion app, Bluetooth and a crowdsourced GPS network of other TrackR products in the vicinity. Replaceable batteries provide power.

Meanwhile the Pixel is a sequel to the Bravo offering plastic (as opposed to aluminium) casing and a lower pricetag together with the same object finding capabilities of other TrackR products.

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Kanex Adds GoPower Watch Accessories

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Kanex Adds GoPower Watch Accessories

Kanex announces a pair of additions to the GoPower Apple Watch accessory line at CES 2017-- the GoPower Watch Stand magnetic charging stand and the Watch Mini portable keychain battery.

The Watch Stand is compatible with both 38 and 42mm Watch models. It handles charging and display duties, with the magnetic charging securely holding the smartwatch in place, and an additional USB port in the back allows the simultaneous charging of any other device. Power comes through included DC adapter.

On the other hand the Watch Mini charges a Watch on-the-go without need for any cables. It starts charging at first contact, and provides 1000mAh of power for a full extra charge to the smartwatch. Recharging comes through micro USB, and the compact design easily fits pockets or keychains.

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Wireless Charging for iPhone 7 With Juice Pack Air

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Wireless Charging for iPhone 7 With Juice Pack Air

Mophie announces Juice Pack Air battery cases for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus-- bringing wireless charging to latest Apple smartphone generation through the company's Charge Force technology.

The cases magnetically connect with other Charge Force accessories, including the wireless charging base, vent mount, desk mount and Charge Force Powerstateion battery. They are also compatible with other wireless chargers using the Qi-wireless standard.

The iPhone 7 Juice Pack Air offers a 2525mAh battery, while the iPhone 7 Plus version has a 2420mAh battery. According to Mophie the battery adds up to 33 hours of talk time to the iPhone on a on a single charge, and can also be charged using regular USB A cable. What the cases do not included is a headphone jack.

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GoPro Sells Standalone Karma Grip

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GoPro Sells Standalone Karma Grip

GoPro announces a standalone version of the Karma stabliser grip found in the Karma drone-- a means for users of the company's action cameras wanting to shoot more stable, smoother footage.

The grip is reminiscent of the Osmo, the more arguably sophisticated action camera stabiliser option offered by Chinese drone maker DJI. It is compatible straight out of the box with the Hero 5 Black, but using it with the Hero 4 Black and Silver requires a separately sold harness accessory. The same goes for the Hero 5 Session, only that specific harness should hit the market sometime on Q2 2017.

GoPro also offers a number of accessories for use with the Karma grip, including a mounting ring for use with GoPro mounts, an extension cable complete with remote control and a weather-resistant case.

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A Slimmer Hub for the MacBook Pro

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A Slimmer Hub for the MacBook Pro

Hyper proposes a slimmer and smaller USB-C hub solution for the 2016 MacBook Pro-- the HyperDrive, a compact device replete with 7 ports including HDMI, Thunderbolt 3, USB-C, microSD, SD and regular USB.

According to the company, the Hyperdrive uses the two USB-C ports on the MacBook Pro to deliver 45Gb/s bandwidth, thus allowing to simultaneous use of all 7 ports. This includes the connection of a 5K Thunderbolt 3 display or two 4K displays, as well as the delivery of up to 100W of power to charge the laptop at full speed.

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TAPS for Touchscreen-Compatible Gloves

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TAPS for Touchscreen-Compatible Gloves

A recent Kickstarter project promises a simple means to solve the woes of customers wanting to use smartphones while keeping their gloves on-- TAPS, stickers made with an "extremely adhesive conductive materials."

Supposedly powered by "Nanotips" and "military-grade" polyurethane, the TAPS stickers are flexible and should withstand a extreme wear conditions, including those involving water and snow, while allowing capacitive touchscreen use. Interestingly the TAPS are also compatible with fingerprint readers, since each sticker has a unique fingerprint, even if such a feature much cause worries in case one loses their gloves.

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