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Belkin Solves iPhone 7 Music/Charging Woes

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Belkin Solves iPhone 7 Music/Charging Woes

Customers wanting to charge the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus while listening to music without resorting to wireless headphones get a Belkin solution-- the Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar.

Developed "closely" with Apple, the RockStar features a Lightning connector on one end for plugging into the iPhone for passthrough charging (up to 12W) and a pair of Lightning ports for the connection of both headphones and a charging cable. It supports 48kHz 24-bit audio output and is compatible with a variety of cases, including the Smart Battery Case.

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Satechi Intros Slim 4K Multi-Port Adapter

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Satechi Intros Slim 4K Multi-Port Adapter

Satechi announces the Slim 4K Multi-Port Adapter-- a simple means for the adding of more USB-C ports to laptops or PCs complete with a 4K HDMI port for the output of video from PC to monitor.

A pass-through USB port allows users to charge the USB-C device while in use, while a pair of USB-A ports provide additional outlets for the charging of devices, connection of a external storage, and so on. The adapter requires no complicated installation or software downloads, and features a compact design and aluminium construction reminiscent of Apple devices.

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InvisibleShield Adds Sapphire to Screen Protectors

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InvisibleShield Adds Sapphire to Screen Protectors

Zagg announces InvisibleShield Sapphire Defense-- an iPhone 6s and 6s Plus screen protector featuring a proprietary hybrid glass material infused with sapphire, one of the hardest gemstones in the world.

As the company puts it, the combination of sapphire and glass makes a "virtually indestructible" screen protector promising 7x better impact protection compared to an unprotected display. In addition it also features smudge resistance, a self-healing surface to mask minor scratches and the smooth feel and clarity of traditional glass protectors.

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USB-C Gets HDMI Mode

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USB-C Gets HDMI Mode

The HDMI Founders announce an HDMI Alternative Mode for the USB Type-C specification, allowing the connection of HDMI-enabled displays to video sources via USB-C, with no need for additional protocols or adapters.

As announcement press release puts it, "this enables two of the most popular solutions for connectivity to come together-- the small form factor, reversible, and multi-purpose USB Type-C connector being adopted by smartphones, tablets and PC products, and HDMI, which is the leading display interface with an installed base of billions of displays."

HDMI Alt Mode includes all HDMI 1.4b features, including video resolutions up to 4K, Audio Return Channel (ARC), 3D, HDMI Ethernet Channel and Consumer Electronic Control (CEC). The HDMI cable uses the USB-C connector on the source side and any HDMI connector on the display side, all without adapters or dongles.

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Smaller iPad Pro Gets Twelve South Cases

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Smaller iPad Pro Gets Twelve South Cases

Twelve South announces versions of the BookBook and SurfacePad covers fitting the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, both featuring leather construction and built-in kickstand for hands-free tablet viewing.

As the name suggests the BookBook has a look reminiscent of a book, specifically one of the vintage variety. Designed for artists, it comes complete with a Pencil holster inside the spine and a kickstand turning the iPad Pro into an easel. The interior is covered in soft microfibre while the hardback covers and reinforced spine provide impact protection.

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Spigen Preps "iPhone 7" Cases

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Spigen Preps

Accessory maker Spigen believes it already knows the details of the 2017 iPhone model-- so much so it already offers a selection of protective cases in "iPhone 7" and "iPhone 7 Plus" sizes.

The cases are iterations of the company's current iPhone 6 accessories, and include a "slim armor" line together with several options featuring either kickstands or a wallet-style design. In total Spigen has 18 "iPhone 7" cases and 15 for the "iPhone 7 Plus," all in a variety of colours.

But will these cases actually fit the next iPhone? Rumours suggest the upcoming smartphone will be slightly thinner than the iPhone 6, possibly due to the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack, while the "Plus" variant is said to have a dual-lens camera, something found in the Spigen "iPhone 7 Plus" cases.

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An Aimer Case for Catching Pokemon

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An Aimer Case for Catching Pokemon

Gotta catch 'em all, the motto to the Pokemon franchise says-- and to make such a quest easier Israel-based Innotop offers the Aimer Case, an iPhone case designed for use with Pokemon Go.

Technically more of a more of a snap-on accessory than case, the Aimer Case essentially provides a simple guide for the easier launching of Pokeballs at digital critters. This is important, since Pokeballs come in limited supply and better throws mean more experience points.

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Logitech Intros G Pro Gaming Mouse

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Logitech Intros G Pro Gaming Mouse

The Logitech G Pro Gaming Mouse features what is supposedly the most accurate optical sensor from the company yet, together wtih a metal spring button tensioning system and a design promising to be both durable and lightweight.

Designed for eSports athletes, the G Pro follows on the company's previous G100s and G303 rodents with a sensor covering the entire DPI range (200-12000) with zero smoothing, filtering or acceleration for "exceptional" tracking accuracy and responsiveness. The buttons are also improved, as a metal spring tensioning system reduces the force required to click while ehancing consistency.

As is obligatory for gaming equipment lighting is included and customisable with a choice of 16.8 million colours. Onboard memory saves user DPI, butter assignments and lighting configurations, as set up using Logitech Gaming Software (LGS).

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To Destroy this Battery, Just Add Water

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To Destroy this Battery, Just Add Water

Here's a means of powering gadgets that sounds ideal for Ethan Hunt and the Impossible Mission Force-- a battery one can destroy through the simple application of water.

Developed by Iowa State University, the battery is designed to power so-called "transient electronics," devices able to perform a variety of functions until exposure to light, heat or liquid. An obvious application for such devices is the military and espionage, but these also find use in medicine (specifically implants able to melt away when no longer needed) and temporary environmental sensors.

However, until now, transient electronics had a power issue-- they either relied on external, non-transient, power sources or early attempts at transient batteries with limited power, stability and self life. The Iowa State researchers claim to fix such issues, since their attempt at the technology powers a desktop calculator for around 15 minutes and self-destructs after being submerged in water for 30 minutes.

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Logitech Adds Backlight to iPad Pro Keyboard

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Logitech Adds Backlight to iPad Pro Keyboard

Logitech announces the Create Backlit Keyboard Case-- an update on the first iPad Pro keyboard case from the company featuring the addition of backlighting as well as connectivity via Smart Connector.

Compatible with the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, the Keyboard Case combines both protective case with a keyboard and integrated Apple Pencil holder. Use of the 3-pronged Smart Connector means the keyboard automatically powers and pairs with the iPad Pro when put in typing position, with no additional pairing required.

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Lian li Presents KB-01, KM-01 Keyboards

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Lian li Presents KB-01, KM-01 Keyboards

PC case maker Lian Li launches the set of peripherals first shown back at CES 2016-- the KB-01 Bluetooth keyboard, the KM-01 wireless keyboard and mouse combo, and the PT-M5 oversized mouse pad.

Both keyboards feature chiclet-style keys backed with scissor switches arranged in a standard 104 key layout complete with combo media keys and LEDs for num lock, caps lock and battery level. The underside of the keyboards houses power and pairing buttons together with rubber non-slip feet and flip-out rear stands.

As the name suggests the KB-01 connects to just about any device, including PCs, Macs, smartphones and tablets, via Bluetooth. Wired connectivity is also available via mini USB port. Power comes through x2 standard AAA batteries, and colour options include blue, gold or silver.

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