Accessories

Xiaomi’s Mi coming to US, just not how you’d think

Xiaomi’s Mi coming to US, just not how you’d think

It would appear that Xiaomi is coming to the United States to sell devices after all. Just not smartphones. Or tablets. Much of the rest of their wide variety of odd electronics from all corners of the electronics industry are on their way, on the other hand. Instead, they'll be bringing their Mi dot com sales website to the United States for sales of products on the accessories side of things - and other oddities. As far as smartphones and tablets go - they've got no plan in place for those as of now.

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Phorm iPad mini case puts morphing keyboard over screen

Phorm iPad mini case puts morphing keyboard over screen

In a way that we've never seen attempted before, the Phorm iPad mini case appearing this week takes on physical keyboards for a digital screen. Instead of making a keyboard that sits separate from the rest of the iPad mini, this keyboard sits right on top. Instead of dismissing the keyboard that's already on the screen, this case puts physical bumps - or keys - above the keys on-screen. How utterly simple this solution is for the masses of keyboard-loving citizens around the world.

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Boombotix launches customization tool for mobile speaker

Boombotix launches customization tool for mobile speaker

This week the folks at Boombotix have released a customization tool for the Boombot REX, a unique portable speaker with oomph. This Boombot REX has been out in several different colors and with custom-made faces before, but now the team at Boombotix have brought the tools to make this happen to the public. There's also a Built-A-Bot collection of artwork created by creative brand Benny Gold. Now your clip-on speaker of choice can also be your ironic accessory of choice - it's up to you what you'll end up doing with it.

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Smartphone accessory detects HIV and Syphilis within minutes

Smartphone accessory detects HIV and Syphilis within minutes

New ideas into the development of medical diagnostic tools and devices is nothing new in the world of technology. However the latest of these ideas is a smartphone dongle that can detect major disease markers such as HIV and Syphilis in as little as fifteen short minutes, just with a prick of the finger. Researchers at New York Columbia University claim they can now, for a measly $34, completely eliminate the need for current equipment that can cost anywhere in the region of $18,000.

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Corning promises sapphire-like scratch resistance in new product

Corning promises sapphire-like scratch resistance in new product

While it's not like Corning hasn't promised extra-tough glass for devices in the past, this year might be different. In Corning's quarterly call with investors this week, Corning suggested that they had more than one product up their sleeve for the coming year. One of these products will be (and already is) Gorilla Glass 4 - the next in line for improved scratch-resistance, 3D shaping, and "several other surface capabilities." The other works with "sapphire-like scratch resistance" - a feat not easily accomplished without actually working with sapphire in the mix.

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Apex is a futuristic machined aluminum wallet

Apex is a futuristic machined aluminum wallet

Once mobile payments become common place and retailers get on board with solely digital rewards cards, the need to carry around a physical wallet will disappear into the realm of all things archaic and hipster. Until then, you likely still find it necessary to carry a wallet, and that wallet is probably average in every way. Such doesn't have to be the case, however; all sorts of wallets exist, and counted among them is new Kickstarter entrant Apex, a machine aluminum wallet with RFID protection.

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Goal Zero Switch 10 powers your gadgets in the wild

Goal Zero Switch 10 powers your gadgets in the wild

Going Camping to unwind, relax, and get away from everything in the city; your job, your everyday surroundings, the people you see on a daily basis, used to mean taking only the essentials with you. Well, nowadays, it has become extremely difficult for most people to even consider being away from their digital appendages for even a day, and most people break out in cold sweat at the thought of running out of battery power on their phones, tablets, or other gadgets. Luckily, Goal Zero has just the comfort blanket for those people, in the shape of the Goal Zero Switch 10 Multi-Tool Kit.

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Wundershine blends print and digital for odd photo frame

Wundershine blends print and digital for odd photo frame

Remember Digital Picture Frames? Maybe you even have one at home or at the office. While certainly interesting gadgets, the no. 1 Problem with them is the battery, or having ugly cables running all along the walls. What about regular picture frames? It is a big hassle to change the pictures, right? Well, that is about to change thanks to an innovative company in the Netherlands, called Wundershine. They believed they could come up with a better solution to both of those problems. The results of the research is called the Makerframe.

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Blackberry wins major court case against Typo to the sum of $860,000

Blackberry wins major court case against Typo to the sum of $860,000

...and that is not a typo. Back in the early days of smartphones, Blackberry was the undisputed heavy-weight champion. Everybody who was anybody at the time owned a Blackberry phone. One of the main features of Blackberry’s was the keyboard; as tiny as it was, but people loved typing away on it. Hoping to recapture some of that former glory, A company called Typo introduced an iPhone case that makes your phone look eerily like a Blackberry. Online posts and comments started, and Of course, Blackberry saw it as well. They were not too amused by this, resulting in a major lawsuit in January last year. The former king of cell phones just won this lawsuit and now Typo has to pay up.

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Clicking away on a OneBoard Pro+ Keyboard PC

Clicking away on a OneBoard Pro+ Keyboard PC

If you’re above the age of 30, you will surely remember having to lug your heavy PC and Monitor to your friend’s house for a Multiplayer Gaming session. Or moving to another apartment, and dreading having to schlepp one of the super-heavy PCs of yore to the new destination. Luckily, computers are getting ever smaller, more compact, and useful these days. Although there are plenty of compact PC’s on the market, a company called Acooo wanted to combine the two (arguably) most important components of the PC experience into one compact unit. A full Android PC inside a Keyboard? Stroke of genius, or gimmicky idea?. Read on and decide for yourself.

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