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Farewell, iPod nano and shuffle

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Farewell, iPod nano and shuffle

A pair of iconic Apple devices bite the dust as the company pulls the iPod nano and shuffle from its online retail site, three years after it stopped making the iPod classic.

In fact, the dedicated websites for the nano and shuffle now redirect to the Apple Music site with no so much of a word of explanation.

“Today, we are simplifying our iPod lineup with two models of iPod touch now with double the capacity starting at just $199 and we are discontinuing the iPod shuffle and iPod nano,” an Apple statement to TechCrunch reads. As such, the iPod touch is now available in 32 and 128GB capacities, with the 16 and 64GB also no longer available.

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How to Turn the iPhone into an AR Headset

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How to Turn the iPhone into an AR Headset

Virtual reality-focused startup Mira emerges out of stealth with an interesting hardware proposition-- the Prism, an iPhone-powered augmented reality (AR) headset.

Described by the company as the the AR equivalent of the Gear VR or Google Daydream, the Prism is, more or less, an optical visor. The headset uses mirrors to reflect the iPhone display into the wearer's line of sight, while the phone's front-facing camera handles limited positional tracking.

The result is stereoscopic 3D objects "floating" in from the wearer's field of view, as rendered via Mira-enabled app. A companion remote accessory tracks acceleration and rotation, and provides means to interact with virtual objects through a touchpad, trigger and two buttons. Interestingly, iPhone and iPads users can share experiences with Mira wearers, or take pictures of shared objects.

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Can You Smell What the Rock is Selling?

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Can You Smell What the Rock is Selling?

Apple has found a new spokesperson for Siri-- Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who stars in a new movie-style advert featuring the company's voice-controlled assistant.

Titled "The Rock x Siri: Dominate The Day," the extended commercial is presented as a slice of the life of The Rock's bombastic on-screen persona, who uses his iPhone and Siri to go through his to-do list. On Facebook Johnson describes it as "the dopest," and promises it will "motivate you to get out there to get the job done."

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The Camera-Equipped Smart Wallet

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The Camera-Equipped Smart Wallet

The Volterman adds a high-tech security twist to the regular wallet-- the "smart" wallet features GPS and 3G connectivity, as well as a RFID protection and a camera allowing it snap pictures of would-be thieves.

The wallet essentially packs the internals of a somewhat dated smartphone, only without the screen. Users can pair it with their phones via Bluetooth 5.0, providing an alarm in case the wallet is lost. The GPS helps in the finding of said wallet, while 3G connectivity turns it into a wifi hotspot.

The aforementioned camera is an optional extra. It switches on when the camera is in lost mode, and snaps and sends photos of anyone who opens the wallet. Powering it are 512MB of RAM and a battery one can also use to charge other mobile devices.

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A Bluetooth-Enabled Key Box

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A Bluetooth-Enabled Key Box

Master Lock has a connected solution for customers wanting a means to store their spare keys-- the Bluetooth Key Lock Box (model 5441EURD).

The key box is essentially a small safe one can fix to the wall. It opens solely using either a registered smartphone or a correct passcode, and users can manage it via companion iOS/Android Master Lock Vault eLocks app to give contacts access, restrict opening times or lock it down entirely.

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Steve Jobs Turtleneck Makes a Comeback

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Steve Jobs Turtleneck Makes a Comeback

Apple aficionados rejoice-- the black turtleneck that made the uniform of the late Steve Jobs is making a comeback of sorts as Issey Miyake, the company behind garment, announces a new version.

The original black turtleneck was officially retired on 2011, after the death of Jobs. As such the company insists the new turtleneck, designed by Miyake protégé Yusuke Takahashi, is a different model. Dubbed the "Semi-Dull T," it features a trimmer silhouette with higher shoulders, and is made from 60% polyester and 40% cotton. That said it ultimately looks like, well, a black turtleneck.

Steve Jobs' iconic turtleneck and jeans look actually has an interesting backstory. As Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson puts it, he was inspired to create an Apple uniform after visiting Sony in the 1980s, where every employee (from the lowliest factory worker to co-founder Akio Morita) wore the same outfit, a blue-and-white work jacket.

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The Lightning-Powered Conference Speaker

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The Lightning-Powered Conference Speaker

Pioneer and Onkyo join forces to deliver the Rayz Rally-- a first Lightning-enabled speakerphone for use with the iPhone, turning it into a portable conference speaker.

The two companies claim the Rally is "loud enough to fill the boardroom." It uses the LightX platform from Avnera to minimise power drain, since it carries no in-built battery. For use, one simply needs to plug the Rally into the Lightning port, initiate calls from the device, and calls are automatically transferred to the Rally speaker.

"We worked closely with Pioneer on Rally to address the needs of today’s mobile consumers without compromising battery life, product size or performance," Avnera says. "This is made possible by the breakthrough innovations in audio, voice, speech and sensor circuits in Avnera's new LightX Platform that is the basis of Apple's second generation Lightning audio module technology."

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A Stealth Startup for Better VR?

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A Stealth Startup for Better VR?

Finnish startup Varjo emerges from stealth mode to present what it claims is a superior VR and AR headset-- "20/20," a headset with supposedly "human eye resolution" of over 70 megapixels per eye.

In comparison, the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive push around 1.2MP per eye. In addition, the headset supposedly mimics how human vision works, with smaller, high-density displays filling the centre of the field of view surrounded by lower-resolution displays at the left and right edges. Eye tracking and software calculate the spot the wearer is focusing on, ensuring the eye is focused on the high-resolution display.

Prototype versions of the headset currently have a high-resolution microdisplay (similar to the OLED microdisplays found in professional broadcast cameras) mounted on top, which in turn is reflected inside the headset via mirror. The eye tracking is not in place as yet, but Varjo promises it will eventually allow for an ultra-clear viewing.

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The "Smallest, Smartest and Simplest" DJI Spark Drone

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Chinese drone maker DJI announces what it claims is its "smallest, smartest and simplest" drone yet-- the Spark, a palm-sized quadcopter featuring gesture-based control.

The miniature drone weighs 300g, and carries enough battery power to fly for 16 minutes. It can also shoot HD video and 12MP photos, has a 2-axis gimbal camera sabiliser, 3D sensing camera, GPS/Glonass and on-board software to mitigate shake and shutter roll. That said, what makes it really interesting is the aforementioned gesture control, allowing users to end the drone overhead and take a photo without need for a controller or app.

“Controlling a camera drone with hand movements alone is a major step towards making aerial technology an intuitive part of everyone’s daily life, from work and adventure to moments with friends and family,” the company says. “Spark’s revolutionary new interface lets you effortlessly extend your point of view to the air, making it easier than ever to capture and share the world from new perspectives.”

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The Acer Windows Mixed Reality VR Headset

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The Acer Windows Mixed Reality VR Headset

The 2017 Microsoft Build conference sees Acer announce a Windows Mixed Reality VR headset-- one available on the holiday season in a bundle including the new Microsoft motion controllers.

Also unveiled at the conference, the Microsoft motion controllers are reminiscent to the upcoming Touch controllers designed for the Oculus headset. The Microsoft controllers are wireless, and like the Touch controllers feature multiple buttons and triggers allowing users to "grasp" items within a virtual space.

However, unlike the Touch controllers, the Microsoft take on the accessories does not require an external sensors or markers-- instead, the controllers use vertically-placed glowing ring in conjunction with sensors built into the headset.

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Detect Bats Using With the iPhone!

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Detect Bats Using With the iPhone!

Customers want an iPhone-compatible means to learn more about... bats? Wildlife Acoustics has the "right equipment" designed specifically for iDevices-- the Echo Meter Touch 2.

The device is, essentially, a highly sensitive microphone with a Lightning connector. One simply needs to plug it into the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch before firing up a free companion app. The microphone picks up ultrasonic bat calls, while the app adds amplification (making them audible to human ears), displays an interactive spectrogram and even determines the kind of bat making the call in question.

In addition, users can create a bat call library complete with Google Maps GPS tags, and can even share recordings with other Echo Meter Touch users.

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