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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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Tobii Intros Next-Gen Eye Tracker

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Tobii Intros Next-Gen Eye Tracker

Eye tracking specialist Tobii announces a 2nd generation PC gaming peripheral-- the Tobii Eye Tracker 4C, an update on the previous Eye X model adding simultaneous head tracking.

The result, the company says, is greater levels of control, as the accessory adds an input modality to complement more traditional controllers. Thus customers can pair eye tracking with mouse and keyboard or gamepad controls for a more immersive experience, using their eyes to mimic actions such as looking for cover or aiming at a target.

Tobii claims the upgrade has five "key advancements"-- the aforementioned head tracking, a built-in "EyeChip" reducing CPU load and power consumption from the host PC, smaller and less bright illuminators, an integrated USB 2.0 cord and improved eye tracking quality.

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Bourge Design Intros 7-in-1 Arc Hub

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Bourge Design Intros 7-in-1 Arc Hub

The Arc Hub by Bourge Design is a 7-in-1 USB-C hub solution-- with x2 USB-C ports with pass-through charging, x2 USB 3.0 ports, x1 HDMI port, x1 MiniDisplay Port and an SD card reader.

Built in aluminium, the puck-shaped device features chamfered edges and is covered in convex glass, making it an ideal companion for high-end USB-C laptops such as the latest MacBook Pro models. The HDMI port supports 4K signals, while the two USB-C ports support USB-C Gen 2 (Thunderbolt 3) as well as transfer speeds reaching up to 115Mbps.

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Mophie Intros Magnetic iPhone 7 Case System

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Mophie Intros Magnetic iPhone 7 Case System

Mophie announces Hold Force-- a collection of iPhone 7 cases and accessories featuring built-in magnetic technology to turn the smartphone into a "modular, all-purpose device."

The base Hold Force case has carries magnetic plates in the back, allowing it to hold other accessories from the line with a simple touch. It comes in two versions, a "grad" model with a see-through outer band with a soft grip and a "wrap" model designed with clear PC and soft PC grip on the top and bottom.

As for companion accessories, Mophie currently offers the Powerstation Plus Mini (a 4000mAh rechargeable battery with integrated switch-tip cable), Folio Case (adds 3 credit card pockets to the iPhone plus a piece of material covering the front of the iPhone) and the Wallet (adds 2 credit card pockets on the back). All stick securely to the smartphone via aforementioned magnetic system.

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A Wireless Controller for the Apple Anniversary

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A Wireless Controller for the Apple Anniversary

Retro-style controller maker 8bitdo celebrates the 40th anniversary of Apple with a cute accessory-- the AP40, a wireless controller designed to look like the classic rainbow Apple logo.

The controller is compatible with PC, Mac, iOS and Android devices, as well as old game consoles when paired with the company's Retro Receiver adapter. Looks-wise it is similar to the SNES controller, if with the addition of a pair of analogue sticks, and the package comes complete with a little green leaf for plugging into the USB port when not in use and a stand modeled after the Apple II computer.

Speaking of old Apple computers, 8bitdo is also working on a version of the Retro Receiver compatible with the Apple II and IIc, meaning customers will be able to play games on a 1970s computer using a wireless controller modeled after the old Apple logo from 2016. Truly, what a time to be alive.

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