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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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How to Turn a Smartphone into a Microscope

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How to Turn a Smartphone into a Microscope

The Blips are a set of super-thin lenses with a very simple aim-- turning smartphones into a basic photo microscopes by simply sticking them on top of the mobile device's camera lens.

First available via Kickstarter before hitting regular preorders, the Blips feature a flexible film maker Smart Micro Optics says sticks on mobile devices through electrostatic force, with no glue required (therefore no residues on the camera once the lens is removed). Blips lenses come in two flavours, micro and macro, and both are offered in a matchbook-style package.

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A More Elegant iPhone Protector With Rmour

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A More Elegant iPhone Protector With Rmour

Team Creatio proposes a more elegant means for customers to protect their iPhones-- the Rmour is a "minimalistic and light-weight mobile case alternative" crafted out of 925 sterling silver and 18K gold.

Essentially the Rmour is a bumper protector broken in 4 separate parts, one for each corner. Described as "practical and elegant handcrafted gift," the protectors fit all iPhone 6 and 7 models and and promise to make the smartphone look even better while security its corners with "the glow of fine gold." Which sounds nice, right?

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A Bread Basket to Charge Your Devices

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A Bread Basket to Charge Your Devices

Bread is a great way to charge up one's body, what with its consisting mainly of carbohydrates. And now that most staple of foods can also charge your devices-- or rather the basket holding it can, with the Sister Schubert's Basket of Warmth.

Sister Schubert's is a US-based producer of baked goods, and its Basket of Warmth has been released just in time for the nation's biggest holiday, Thanksgiving. As the company puts it, the Basket of Warmth can make a holiday table centrepiece, feeding guests with warm carbs while ensuring devices are kept charged through 5 USB ports. It even has a space in the bottom where charging devices can be tucked away for storage.

The company also says the basket "uses the very electronic devices that create distractions at dinnertime to keep freshly baked Sister Schubert's dinner rolls warm,” but the details behind such a mechanism are hazy at best. Either way, Sister Schubert's insists "the Basket of Warmth is a reminder to all of us how important it is to disconnect, in order to reconnect with the ones we love. And there is no better time to bring that message to life than the holiday season, starting with Thanksgiving Day when families far and wide gather around the table."

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Monster Charges With Home Collection

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Monster Charges With Home Collection

Monster announces a portable power products lineup-- the Home Collection, aluminium-clad devices featuring rapid USB charging within designs complementing home and office decor.

The collection offers 3 charging stations, Large, Medium and Small, each with x4 USB ports, built-in stand, built-in cord management and LED night lights. The large version adds x4 power outlets for electrical devices while the medium has two plugs, and the two chargers also include Monster's Fireproof MOV surge protection technology.

The small version lacks in power outlets and surge protection.

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Xiaomi Presents Anodised Aluminium Mi Mouse

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Xiaomi Presents Anodised Aluminium Mi Mouse

Chinese vendor Xiaomi continues moving into the PC market with the announcement of a mouse-- the Mi Mouse, a dual-mode connection wireless rodent featuring anodised aluminium and ABS construction.

The Mi Mouse has a minimalist design reminiscent of Apple products, with 2 buttons and a scroll wheel in a configuration suitable for both left and right handed users. It is also fairly small, measuring 11.02 x 5.72 x 2.36cm, and inside is a 12000dpi Pixart 3610 sensor able to work on many surfaces, including paper, cloth, "ground glass" and, of course, regular mouse pads.

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OWC Intros 13-Port Thunderbolt 3 Dock

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OWC Intros 13-Port Thunderbolt 3 Dock

OWC Digital presents a Thunderbolt 3 USB-C Dock ideal for use with the latest laptops, such as the MacBook Pro-- one featuring 13 ports and full Thunderbolt 3 support for transfer speeds of up to 40GB/s.

The dock supports the connection of two UHD 4K displays, or a combination of 4K, HD and other displays using the DisplayPort and Thunderbolt 3 ports. Two Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports support up to 5 daisychained Thunderbolt 3 devices, while five USB-A 3.1 Gen 1 ports support USB-A accessories, with two ports featuring fast charging capabilities.

Other ports include FireWire 800, gigabit ethernet, mini DisplayPort, SD card reader, audio combo and S/PDIF digital audio.

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LifeProof Opens iPhone 7 Fre Case Preorders

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LifeProof Opens iPhone 7 Fre Case Preorders

Otterbox-owned smartphone case maker LifeProof announces preorders are open for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus versions of the Fre, cases promising to protect devices not only from drops but also climate extremes.

Fre cases are drop- and waterproof to up to 2m, and have a built-in screen protector to block out dirt and snow. All ports and controls remain available when the case is on, with a lid protecting the Lightning port, and LifeProof claims the case adds "mere millimeters and grams" to the smartphone.

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