Accessories

iPad Pro Gets BookBook Case

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iPad Pro Gets BookBook Case

Twelve South announces a version of the popular BookBook cases fitting the iPad Pro-- allowing customers to protect the tablet while giving it the appearance of a classic book.

Handcrafted in high-quality leather, each case is distressed so as to be given a unique look and features two hardback covers to protect the iPad while traveling. The iPad Pro version has a built-in pocket for the storage of a Pencil or stylus, while dual zippers keep the case firmly closed. To further protect the display the inside has a soft microfibre covering.

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How to Tap Towards a Wearable Mobile Keyboard

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How to Tap Towards a Wearable Mobile Keyboard

Ran Poliakine, the man behind wireless charger startup Powermat Technologies, aims to make typing on mobile devices easier with Tap, a wearable device able to translate taps into letters or keyboards.

The Tap is made out of a soft foam material and slips on the fingers like a knuckleduster. It uses any flat surface-- "a table, a chair or even your body"-- and a unique input system able to turn 31 different taps into letters or numbers. Connectivity comes through Bluetooth and the makers say it is compatible with smartphones, tablets, wearable devices and even VR headsets.

The actual input method takes some time getting used to, and as such it requires around 1 hour to master via game-style tutorial on a companion TapGenius app.

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The Audio-Boosting iPad Case

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The Audio-Boosting iPad Case

A startup named Ampple takes to Indiegogo to launch an iPad case promising to boost the audio capabilities of the tablet with "HD sound" up to three times louder than the built-in iPad speakers.

Also named Ampple, the case features a pair of front-facing speakers, an "innovative" innovative inner sound channel design and a 5000mAh allowing for 10 hours of use. Further improving audio is CONEQ, a sound correction algorithm found in a number of Panasonic and Toshiba audio products.

Construction is in polycarbonate material adding just 12-14mm to the tablet, and the makers say it does not inhibit button, camera or microphone functions. The actual case can be worn on 9.7-inch iPad models, but since it uses Bluetooth connectivity the speakers can be paired with just about every other Bluetooth-enabled device, including iPhones and the iPad mini.

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Satechi Intros Mac-Matching USB-C Hub

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Satechi Intros Mac-Matching USB-C Hub

Accessory maker Satechi announces the Aluminium Mini Docking Station-- a compact hub ideal for use with the latest MacBooks, able to expand the USB-C port into x4 USB 3.0 ports while adding networking and A/V ports.

The hub provides x USB 3.0 ports and a 3.5mm jack in the front, and x2 USB 3.0 ports, ethernet port, HDMI port and DVI port in the back. The company says the HDMI port supports 4K output or multiple monitors via the DVI out.

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Griffin Ships BreakSafe Power Cables

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Griffin Ships BreakSafe Power Cables

Griffin adds MagSafe to the 12-inch MacBook with the BreakSafe Power Cable-- a quick-release magnetic connector customer plug in the USB-C port to allow safe disconnection of the rest of the cable when under stress or strain.

The latest MacBook, being dependent on USB-C for just about every feature (including power) lack MagSafe, the proprietary Apple technology first introduced in 2006. As Griffin puts it, such a feature protects laptops in case of accidents such as tripping over the power cord.

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Logitech Intros iPad Pro Dock

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Logitech Intros iPad Pro Dock

The Logi Base is an iPad Pro accessory Apple itself is still to produce-- a charging dock using the tablet's Smart Connector port to take care of charging and syncing duties.

The Base supports both 12.9- and 9.7-inch versions of the iPad Pro. It features aluminium construction, a rubber anti-slip base, and the charging cradle uses magnets to align the device with the charging pins. Actual power comes through connecting a Lighting cable and power brick to the back of the Base.

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An 8MP Camera for the Raspberry Pi

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An 8MP Camera for the Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi Foundation announces an update of the camera board accessory for the popular micro-PC-- one available in visible-light and infrared options featuring an 8MP Sony IMX219 sensor.

The original Pi camera board launched in 2013 and packed a 5MP OmniVision OV5647 sensor. Stocks of the sensor are "almost completely depleted," bringing about a need for an upgraded version. As such, the new camera accessory has a fixed-focus sensor capable of shooting 3280 x 2434 resolution still photos and 1080p video at 30fps.

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How to Protect iDevice Cables

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How to Protect iDevice Cables

Customers worried about breaking Apple Lighting and 30-pin charging cables? Tudia provides a solution with Klip, a 2-piece silicon and polycarobonate clip one can snap onto iDevice cables for added protection.

According to the company the Klip reduces strain on cables by up to 80% by controlling bending at the most vulnerable points of the cable-- the ends. It also fixes frayed or damaged cables, allowing for continued use without need for fixing with tape or shopping for replacements.

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Huawei Smartphones Get VR Headset

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Huawei Smartphones Get VR Headset

In a move surprising to nobody Huawei presents a take on the smartphone-powered VR headset-- the simply named Huawei VR, a headset designed for use with either the P9 or Mate 8 handsets.

The headset looks like the Samsung Gear VR, and works in a similar manner. Users simply need to slot the smartphone in the headset before connecting the two devices via USB-C cable to provide controls via touchpanel, back button and volume keys on the right of the headset.

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Twelve South Presents TimePorter Watch Case

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Twelve South Presents TimePorter Watch Case

Twelve South launches the TimePorter-- a travel case/charging stand combo for the Apple Watch similar in shape and size to an eyeglasses case.

The TimePorter has space for a Watch charging puck, power adapter, portable battery and extra bands, with a slot on the top turning the lid as a Watch charging dock. This allows users to fit the Apple smartwatch either vertically or horizontally on the lid for charging.

"Pop your charging disc into the integrated opening in TimePorter and drape Apple Watch across the top to charge. With Apple Watch resting on TimePorter, open the case to the preferred angle and TimePorter transforms into a viewing stand, perfect for viewing notifications and the time," Twelve South says.

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The Thinnest Air Case iPhone Battery Case?

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The Thinnest Air Case iPhone Battery Case?

A startup takes to Indiegogo to launch what claims to be the thinnest iPhone battery case yet-- the Air Case, an accessory adding just 3.8mm in thickness to the smartphone.

The Air Case is compatible with the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, and 6S Plus, and weighs all of 69g. It carries a 2400mAh battery the maker claims doubles the power available to the iPhone, adding over 8 hours of use.

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