Accessories

ZAGG acquires Mophie to make one accessories giant

ZAGG acquires Mophie to make one accessories giant

This afternoon ZAGG announced that they'd be acquiring Mophie, bringing the battery giant into the accessories giant thusly. ZAGG will be holding a conference call for investors this evening at 6:30 PM Eastern Time, at which point ZAGG will explain the terms of this merger. ZAGG suggests that this combination of companies will create one which had a combined net sales of "approximately $470 million" in the year 2015.

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Evernote closes Market down, will link to actual manufacturers

Evernote closes Market down, will link to actual manufacturers

Evernote calls it focusing on its core business. Others might see it as signs of trouble. The once popular startup, considered to be a unicorn in Silicon Valley, has shut down many of the products and services it has considered dead weight. The latest to get the ax isn't even a product technically speaking but a marketplace. Evernote Market, the place where you can order and buy physical products and objects related to the note-taking service, is shutting down, freeing Evernote to concentrate on what it does best.

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TappLock is a padlock with a fingerprint sensor to open

TappLock is a padlock with a fingerprint sensor to open

Now that we're living in the age of sufficient fingerprint sensors, devices like the TappLock are on the rise. The creators of the TappLock have embedded a fingerprint sensor (aka a fingerprint reader) into a padlock, allowing the user to do away with keys altogether. This system, they suggest, will allow you to "never worry about losing your keys, forgetting your combination code, or getting your locks picked again." That is, until the device's sensor malfunctions. But that'll never happen, right?

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PSA: Your Apple AC adapter may need to be replaced

PSA: Your Apple AC adapter may need to be replaced

As of this week, Apple has issued a warning for owners and users of a certain set of Apple-brand AC wall plug adapters around the world. While there's likely no immediate danger to you and yours, Apple isn't taking any chances with this program, suggesting that "in very rare cases, the two prong Apple AC wall plug adapters designed for use in Continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Argentina and Brazil may break and create a risk of electrical shock if touched."

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Sony unveils new line of USB Type-C flash drives

Sony unveils new line of USB Type-C flash drives

Sony has introduced a new line of USB Type-C flash drives, each with a sleek metal design and compact size. The line features drives in three different capacities: 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB, each featuring USB Type-C and Type A dual connectors for use with a wide array of devices, including Apple's Macbook. The product line will be available starting next month.

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NextDesk CrossOver makes any desk a standing desk

NextDesk CrossOver makes any desk a standing desk

NextDesk creates a device that allows your existing, standard desk into a future-ready power-adjustable standing desk. While you could just bust out a stack of books to raise your computer up to standing height, this machine makes the entire process a whole lot easier. With the CrossOver, NextDesk moves from the standing desk elite business to the business of convincing everyone they'd be better off with a desk that's able to rise at will.

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Amazon Echo’s Alexa gains Movie, Super Bowl knowledge

Amazon Echo’s Alexa gains Movie, Super Bowl knowledge

This week Alexa (inside the Amazon Echo) will be updated to roll with the punches when it comes to movie queries. Users will soon be able to ask when Star Wars: The Force Awakens is playing, or "what horror movies are playing this Friday" using local movie listings and theater showings. Users will also be able to ask more general questions like "what movies are playing" or "tell me more about the movie "Don't Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood".

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These shoes are ‘knitted’ using a 3D printer

These shoes are ‘knitted’ using a 3D printer

There’s a new pair of shoes pining to get on the market, and they come in a knitted form. Unlike ordinary knitted shoes, though, the JS shoes are created using 3D printers — though you wouldn’t know it by looking at them. According to the shoes’ creator, these are the first 3D knitted shoes ever, and they comes with several benefits, not the least of which are light weights and soft textures.

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Samsung wants you to eat with a Gear VR on your face

Samsung wants you to eat with a Gear VR on your face

Imagine the scenario -- you're eating dinner, but it's something you cooked in the microwave and you're sitting at home in your apartment. Yes, a fancy restaurant would be ideal, but that's expensive. The solution? In Samsung's vision of the future, the solution would be strapping one of its Gear VR headsets to your face and eating while surrounded by the virtual version of that aforementioned fancy restaurant.

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Ye-T Warmpad uses a laptop charger to warm your feet

Ye-T Warmpad uses a laptop charger to warm your feet

Though winter was unusually warm for many late last year, the cold weather has finally caught up and many have faced single-digit temperatures in recent days. When it's that cold outside, everything feels cold all the time -- especially your feet when they're trapped under a desk with little air flow. Enter the Ye-T Warmpad, a mostly passive device that uses your existing laptop charger to keep your feet toasty.

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TASER Pulse is a new self-defense weapon for the public

TASER Pulse is a new self-defense weapon for the public

TASER has introduced a new taser designed for the consuming public; it is a self-defense weapon, of course, but one that is less dangerous and lethal than carrying a concealed firearm. Called the TASER Pulse, this new TASER comes in the form of a handgun, but features a plastic look with bright yellow trim and a lightning bolt on the front. This is the first TASER for consumers since 2007.

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Keyport’s new modular multitools are for the modern world

Keyport’s new modular multitools are for the modern world

We’ve seen older models akin to them in the past, and now the company behind the product is back with refined versions of its Keyport, a multitool designed for the modern world. There are two new versions this time around, the Keyport Slide 3.0 and the Keyport Pivot 1.0. Both models are modular and can be customized, and are inspired by classic multitools, only they bring a modern twist.

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