Accessories

olloclip 4-in-1 lens lands on the new OtterBox uniVERSE case system

olloclip 4-in-1 lens lands on the new OtterBox uniVERSE case system

When trying to protect our smartphones from accidental falls and bumps, sometimes we're sacrificing more than we're willing to. Aside from adding some amount of bulk, protective cases more importantly close the door to other accessories that need to attach to the smartphone. The not so simple solution to this is to make a case that can be expanded with modules that, in turn, expand the smartphone's capabilities. That is exactly what OtterBox has accomplished with its new uniVERSE case system for the iPhone, and famed lens masters at olloclip are one of the first to jump aboard.

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Manfrotto outs new tripod bags to secure your camera legs

Manfrotto outs new tripod bags to secure your camera legs

If you're anything of a serious photographer, even a digital one, a tripod becomes more than just convenient addition to your toolset. It is a necessity. But unlike your other camera attachments, a tripod isn't as convenient to keep and carry around with you. That is why Manfrotto, one of the leading makers of camera accessories and quite famous for their tripods, is launching a new "MBAG" tripod pag series that promises not just the best place to store your tripod but also the best way to carry it.

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Wayv Adventurer is a portable, rugged microwave for lazy camping

Wayv Adventurer is a portable, rugged microwave for lazy camping

Forget toiling away with kindling, fire starters, mini cooking dishes, and hot coals -- a microwave is more convenient, and soon it will be possible to carry one with you wherever you go. Called the Wayv Adventurer, this portable gadget is small and rugged, and it heats foods and liquids the same way as an ordinary microwave. Because the unit is powered by swappable batteries, anyone can stuff it in a backpack and use it on the go.

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Pal Strap wants to add GPS, battery to Pebble Time

Pal Strap wants to add GPS, battery to Pebble Time

One of the biggest problems with smartwatches, aside from trying to figure out what they're for, is their battery life. The average smartwatch lasts only at most two days before requiring a recharge. Pebble has once lorded over other smartwatches in that are with its 7-day battery life thanks to its e-ink display. With the colored Pebble Time, however, that time has almost been halved. The Pal Strap seeks to put the Pebble Time and Time Steel back on that pedestal and even add GPS tracking to boot.

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Pal strap brings GPS to Pebble Time and Time Steel

Pal strap brings GPS to Pebble Time and Time Steel

When the original Pebble came out, it really kickstarted the smartwatch/wearables market. While their current generation of watches doesn't have all of the bells and whistles that you'll find on the Apple Watch and other competitors, they do have a trick up their sleeve. They included a special port that 3rd-party straps can use to add additional features to the devices.

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Google Home, an Echo competitor, tipped to launch tomorrow

Google Home, an Echo competitor, tipped to launch tomorrow

Google will be unveiling its Amazon Echo competitor tomorrow, according to sources, and the device will be dubbed Google Home. As with Echo, Google Home will serve as a personal assistant, answering questions and performing tasks as commanded. Following the anticipated unveil, Google Home will be launching this upcoming autumn, the tipster says, price unknown.

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Meizu enters the US market with a “floating” Gravity speaker

Meizu enters the US market with a “floating” Gravity speaker

For those who keep tabs on the smartphone market, the name Meizu might be easily recognized as one of the more popular Chinese brands. Those who know the brand before that, however, will probably remember how the company started out making portable MP3, and then MP4, players. Meizu has no illusions that it isn't yet as strong a global brand as Xiaomi, Lenovo, and Huawei, the three top dogs in the Chinese smartphone market. So in its first formal attempt to venture to the West, particularly the US, it is going back to its roots and crowdsourcing Gravity, a rather intriguing "floating" wireless speaker.

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Fender’s first ever IEMs want to turn your ears up to 11

Fender’s first ever IEMs want to turn your ears up to 11

Fender might be a mainstay in speakers but until now it hasn't taken the leap to more personal audio. That changes today, however, with the launch of not one but five different sets of IEMs (in-ear monitors), and rather than just big drivers and lots of power, they rely on high-tech magic like 3D printing.

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Manfrotto’s made a smartphone clamp called TwistGrip

Manfrotto’s made a smartphone clamp called TwistGrip

Manfrotto have created a smartphone clamp that's able to grip any smartphone on the market, allowing all devices to be mounted to all manner of accessories. Tripods, for example, are able to screw in with this device's universal 1/4-inch thread. This accessory is tiny - compact enough to fit in your pocket beside your smartphone, twisting then into a heavy-duty grip for your smartphone when the need arises. Manfrotto suggests that the TwistGrip is made in Italy with high-quality aluminum.

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LG Action Cam LTE takes a bite out of GoPro’s pie

LG Action Cam LTE takes a bite out of GoPro’s pie

GoPro may be the household name for action cameras, but lately it has seen its territory besieged on all sides. Now even smartphone makers who previously had little business in action cams are trying to rain on GoPro's parade. LG, who already has a 360-degree CAM 360 camera by the way, is now jumping into the fray as well. But the imaginatively named LG Action Cam LTE might have an ace up its sleeve. It can carry its own weight, or rather, its own Internet connection, even without your smartphone.

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Samsung Galaxy Surfboard is one of a kind

Samsung Galaxy Surfboard is one of a kind

Samsung has created a smart surfboard and it's powered, in part, by a Samsung smartphone. The company showcased the surfboard in a new video, demonstrating it and its various connected features in action with professional surfer Gabriel Medina. Before getting your hopes up, know this -- you can't buy one, and there may only be one in existence, as it was made specifically for Medina so that he can better communicate with his coach while on the water.

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Flens focuses your phone’s flash into a real flashlight

Flens focuses your phone’s flash into a real flashlight

I do photography for fun, so I'm used to purchasing new lenses to get the shots that I want. It's just something that comes with the territory. These days you can even pick up new lenses for the camera on the back of your phone. But what you may never have considered getting one for is your phone's flash.

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