Accessories

Samsung debuts LEVEL U, a neckband-based Bluetooth headset

Samsung debuts LEVEL U, a neckband-based Bluetooth headset

Samsung has just announced a new wireless Bluetooth headset, dubbed the LEVEL U, that sports a new ergonomic design, along with functionality not only for listening to music, but for text-to-speech applications as well. Rather than a headset that rests over the top of the head, the LEVEL U has a neckband that rests around collar-level, attached to traditional earbud-style headphones. The whole unit only weighs 33 grams, and the neckband is adjustable with joints made of flexible urethane.

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olloclip Studio turns your iPhone into the ultimate creativity tool

olloclip Studio turns your iPhone into the ultimate creativity tool

Mobile photography have become the thing in smartphones, if the recent generation of devices is any indication. But while we have a long way to go before they can even match DSLRs, some have come close, especially with the help of accessories. olloclip has been one of those at the forefront of that wave, inspiring creativity no matter where you go. And now the team is back again with another ingenious creation, a entire system, not just a single accessory, that turns your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus into a walking recording studio. And it's aptly called olloclip Studio.

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FLIR ONE Thermal camera for Android hands-on

FLIR ONE Thermal camera for Android hands-on

Today we've gotten the opportunity to work with the Android version of FLIR ONE, a mobile device thermal imager accessory. This device is effectively a camera in and of itself, requiring only that you use your smartphone as its display. It even has its own power source, with a micro-USB port for charging up its own internal battery. What we've seen here opens up our eyes and our minds to a whole new way of seeing the world - like a Predator, of course.

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Knock-off Apple Watch charging cables appear on Amazon

Knock-off Apple Watch charging cables appear on Amazon

Well, here's a bit of a twist: knock-off Apple accessories that are selling for a higher price than the authentic ones. A handful of listings for fake Apple Watch charging cables have appeared on Amazon, and they are all more expensive than Apple's. The cables come from companies such as "Somoder," "Reiko," and "WL," and are priced between $45 and $58. To compare, Apple sells a 1-meter charging cable for the Watch for $29.99, while a 2-meter cable is $39.99.

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Stormtrooper helmet bluetooth speaker goes on sale in time for ‘Force Awakens’

Stormtrooper helmet bluetooth speaker goes on sale in time for ‘Force Awakens’

With the December 18th release date of Star Wars: The Force Awakens less than six months away, now is the perfect time to start rolling out the merchandising tie-ins. While not directly connected with the new movie, one item that might be of interest to music fans is this bluetooth speaker in the form of a Stormtrooper's helmet. The speaker comes from UK-based outlet The Fowndry, known for a number of geek-related goods, and will go on sale in October.

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Reserve Strap for Apple Watch ships 3rd November

Reserve Strap for Apple Watch ships 3rd November

Apple Watch accessories, particularly chargers, aren't that varied. Apple has somewhat constrained the design of chargers to its own specific design. One startup, however, has dared to go against the flow and do something rather differently, and now it's close to seeing its completion. Reserve Strap has hunkered down on the final design of its strap-cum-charger for the Apple Watch. And with that part finally crossed out, it can say somewhat with finality when pre-orders will finally start shipping, which is scheduled for November 3.

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Polaroid Cube+ revealed, designed by Ammunition

Polaroid Cube+ revealed, designed by Ammunition

The second generation super-miniature Polaroid Cube+ has been revealed, designed once again by the folks that made Beats By Dre so iconic. The first Polaroid Cube was the first Ammunition team-up with Polaroid. That design was so successful, they decided to come around again for a second edition. Ammunition Group is headed by designer Robert Brunner. Brunner was Apple's Director of Industrial Design back in 1989, succeeded only in 1997 by the man he hired to work on the same design team - Jonathan Ive. Now it's time for another camera.

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Tech time: Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Guide 2015

Tech time: Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Guide 2015

Today we're going to give you a Father's Day gift guide for the dad that's forward thinking, tech-friendly, and altogether nerdy. The dad who'd just as soon watch Star Wars as he would accessorize with the newest gadget around his wrist. These gifts are for the dad who doesn't make a big deal out of Father's Day - so much so that you forgot to get him a gift, so you're searching online for something you can grab quick. At the same time, you want something neat for this dad. Here's what you're going to get.

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DxO ONE promises DSLR photos from iPhone add-on

DxO ONE promises DSLR photos from iPhone add-on

A snap-on camera promising the quality of a DSLR but as an iPhone attachment is hoping to shake up smartphone photography. DxO Labs is best known for its pro-shutterbug software and occasional camera judgements, but the company is wading into hardware for the first time with the DxO ONE, a 3.8oz, 2.65-inch tall metal add-on that brings a 1-inch 20.2-megapixel sensor to your iPhone. Hooked up via the handset's Lightning port, the question is whether it's worth spending the cost of another iPhone on an accessory.

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ThinkGeek celebrates International Sushi Day with Star Wars and Trek

ThinkGeek celebrates International Sushi Day with Star Wars and Trek

It's time for International Sushi Day, and as they're prone to do, ThinkGeek has made with the appropriate gear to mount up. This year's celebration of this rather fishy event is joined by one Star Trek-themed accessory and a couple from the Star Wars saga. First up is the Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise Sushi Set, complete with a wood sushi plate, chopsticks, and soy sauce dish. This is no simple affair - it's real wood and real metal - officially licensed by the folks behind the original Star Trek TV series.

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