Accessories

Limited edition Jeff Koons live cases bring art to the Nexus

Limited edition Jeff Koons live cases bring art to the Nexus

Smartphones are no longer the utilitarian pieces of electronics that they were nearly a decade ago. For some, they have become a lifestyle choice and even a fashion statement. Despite that, smartphones are still usually designed with somber and subdued colors, sharp edges, and serious looks that remind people of their less than personal function. This is the reason why Google has offered its Live Case selection to give its Nexus devices a more personal touch and this new limited edition Jeff Koons takes personalization to a new, more artistic level.

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Samsung EVO Plus 256GB microSD card arrives in June

Samsung EVO Plus 256GB microSD card arrives in June

Samsung has just taken the wraps off a crazy-small way to carry around a lot of data, relatively speaking: the EVO Plus 256GB microSD card. According to Samsung, this is the highest-capacity microSD card in its class, and it comes just in time for all the 4K cameras and VR video rigs hitting the consumer market. Pop the card into your camera, for example, and you can record up to 12 hours of Ultra HD 4K-resolution videos.

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Logitech Base Review: The iPad Pro stand Apple should’ve made

Logitech Base Review: The iPad Pro stand Apple should’ve made

Apple's Smart Connector on the iPad Pro has more potential than just the Smart Keyboard case, but it's Logitech that's filling in the biggest gap for the high-end tablet. The Logitech Base gives your iPad Pro a permanent perch on your desktop, a sleek stand that not only works as a useful home for the slate, but keeps it charged up while it's there.

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Coach leather Apple Watch bands coming in June

Coach leather Apple Watch bands coming in June

Premium leather band for the Apple Watch have already been available thanks to Apple's partnership with luxury brand Hermes, but now another big-name fashion brand, Coach, is planning to get in on the accessories market for the smartwatch. A collection of Apple Watch bands from Coach is expected to debut as soon as June, according to Haute Ecriture, which was given the information, along with several photos, from a Coach boutique sales associate.

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Google MODE made to snap-and-swap for Android (Wear)

Google MODE made to snap-and-swap for Android (Wear)

It would appear that Google would like to get out ahead of the masses when it comes to "plug and play" for hardware. Not just for smartphones. They've got a program in the works for that, too - no, this "MODE" they speak of is for hardware only. Not electronics. Made to attach to electronics, of course, but hardware in and of itself. The first wave of Google's MODE brand is made for Android Wear devices. A series of straps have been made to snap in and out with extreme ease.

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North Face’s Access Pack is the convertible of gear backpacks

North Face’s Access Pack is the convertible of gear backpacks

North Face's Access Pack, a backpack shown off back in January and again today, is now available to order. The Access Pack is unlike most other backpacks, featuring an enclosure that pops open with the push of a button, making it easy to stow and access your everyday gear. The design is far more convenient than ordinary zippered backpacks, making it a simple matter to pop it open, grab what you need, and close it up again.

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Your original NES goes wireless with the Retro Receiver

Your original NES goes wireless with the Retro Receiver

The original Nintendo Entertainment System made its debut in the US back in 1985. That was more than 30 years ago, and yet somehow we're still seeing new accessories for the beloved console. One company decided that the cables for the controllers were too short, and decided to remove them altogether.

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Lian Li’s latest PC case is also a standing desk

Lian Li’s latest PC case is also a standing desk

From the first computer that I could call my own, every tower has had a loving place under, or next to my desk. Since I prefer to have my main computer be stationary and powerful, it takes up a fair bit of space. And since I'd rather have as much available desktop space to attract clutter, it sits down by my feet. But what if your computer was inside of your desk? That's exactly where Lian Li wants to put it.

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Reserve Strap in trouble: Apple blocks Apple Watch hidden port

Reserve Strap in trouble: Apple blocks Apple Watch hidden port

It's one of those stories where you can't really blame either side for the unfortunate but inevitable outcome. On the one hand, Reserve Strap tried to be a hero to answer the clamor for a longer Apple Watch battery life, utilizing hardware that Apple itself had put inside the smartwatch. On the other hand, Apple is also trying to protect its products and its own interests by limiting access to hardware being used for something it didn't intend. Either way, the result is the same, Reserve Strap is putting shipments on hold because the latest watchOS update makes its product practically useless.

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Razer Turret keyboard, mouse is finally ready for your lap

Razer Turret keyboard, mouse is finally ready for your lap

Back in CES 2015, Razer revealed a few gaming products geared for the living room, in contrast to its usual aim for desktops and laptops. Fast forward to 2016, only the Forge TV Android TV console and its matching Serval controller actually made it to the market. Today, that changes, with Razer finally and belatedly launching the Turret keyboard and mouse combo. Or rather, gaming mouse and "lapboard", as the latter is specifically designed to be used on your lap while gaming on your couch.

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Lexar’s Lightning microSD dongle makes iPhone file transfers easy

Lexar’s Lightning microSD dongle makes iPhone file transfers easy

Your iPhone is great for uploading images, videos, and other files to the cloud when you're out and about, but getting those files from your gadget to the phone isn't always fast or simple. Wireless connections are sometimes an option, though they can be slow, and some items simply don't offer WiFi, such as older digital cameras. Enter Lexar and its new microSD reader with a Lightning connector.

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XPUMP aims to upgrade your smartphone’s headphone jack

XPUMP aims to upgrade your smartphone’s headphone jack

LG may be undecided on whether the US market is ready for add-on audio enhancement for smartphones, but that isn't stopping other companies from promising great aural enjoyment from accessories. Embrace Labs has been showing off its upcoming XPUMP dongle today, a gum-stick sized add-on that, rather than amplifying the music played from your phone, laptop, or anything else, claims to use DSP to improve it instead.

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