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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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Edward Snowden Designs Surveillance-Proof iPhone Case

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Edward Snowden Designs Surveillance-Proof iPhone Case

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is continuing his anti-government surveillance work from his current exile in Russia, with a design for an iPhone case able to prevent snooping by outside parties.

Designed in collaboration with Andrew "Bunnie" Huang-- the founder of Bunnie Studios and the first person to hack the Xbox-- the iPhone case concept is described in a paper titled "Against the Law: Countering Lawful Abuses of Digital Surveillance." Primarily aimed at journalists, activists and rights workers, the case accesses the phone antennae through the SIM slot, and warns users through alarms and a small mono-colour display on the outside of the case.

Dubbed the "introspection engine," the add-on requires the SIM card to be installed in the case itself. It monitors all the radios inside the phone, including GPS, Bluetooth, wifi and cellular modem.

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Kickstarting the "Most Advanced Gaming Mouse"

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Kickstarting the

New Zealand-based Swiftpoint presents what it claims is "the most advanced gaming mouse ever made"-- the Z, a rodent complete with accelerometer, gyroscope, OLED display, force sensor, tactile feedback and 17 physical buttons.

The above mentioned sensor array allows users to pivot, tilt and roll the mouse for an extra level of game control. For instance, the company suggests it as a means for flight simulator control by lifting and moving the mouse in the air, or tilting for crouch or lean controls in a shooter without need to press a keyboard button.

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Razer Presents iPad Pro Keyboard Case

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Razer Presents iPad Pro Keyboard Case

Razer announces the Mechanical Keyboard Case-- a self-explanatory accessory for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro offering what the company claims are superior buttons.

The "mechanical" part of the name comes from what is described as "the world's first low-profile mechanical switch." The result, according to Razer, provides the same feel and performance as a mechanical keyboard from slim chiclet keycaps.

Most other iPad keyboards use a membrane or other similar technologies to detect key presses.

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Asus ROG Presents Ranger Backpack

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Asus ROG Presents Ranger Backpack

Customers wanting to move their PC and related gear around might be interested in the Asus ROG Ranger, a backpack promising a durable means for doing so.

According to the company the backpack is made from water-resistant 1260D Gucci polyester, and can resist any wear and tear. Adding further "tough protection" is a built-in polyurethane cover one can put over the backpack in case of rain. When done the cover simply folds up and tucks back into a zipper at the base of the pack.

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