Accessories

Manfrotto showcases new Hybrid Video Kits, monopods, bags at NAB

Manfrotto showcases new Hybrid Video Kits, monopods, bags at NAB

Manfrotto has taken the wraps off its new line of Hybrid Video Kits. These new kits are designed to be used with 4K DSLR and mirrorless cameras, and are being introduced at NAB in Las Vegas. According to Manfrotto, this marks the first instance of it merging together its photo supports with its fluid video Bridging Technology resulting in devices for photographers who are getting into the world of videography.

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Three things Apple should have invented already

Three things Apple should have invented already

Apple invented the iPhone. They didn't invent the smartphone, but they did create a company that dominated smartphones. In the same way Apple invented the best way to dominate the smartphone, the following three devices should have been released by and subsequently dominated by Apple. Not that we're not better off now that none of these items came from Apple first - but let's imagine that Apple took the reigns at the start of their rise to prominence.

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Star Wars Original Trilogy light box illuminates your favorite posters

Star Wars Original Trilogy light box illuminates your favorite posters

Posters are great, but hanging them on your wall is a tad boring. Enter light boxes and their simple, welcomed ability to light up your favorite posters. If you’ve been putting off getting one, now’s the time — ThinkGeek has a light box for original trilogy Star Wars posters, making it easy to both showcase and toggle between the three posters.

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Sennheiser has a fix for bad GoPro audio

Sennheiser has a fix for bad GoPro audio

GoPro's action cameras might be the go-anywhere video recording option for racing, biking, and other extreme sports, but the audio they capture has always been the ugly sibling. Sennheiser, though, believes it may have the answer with its new, microphone-toting GoPro camera case, one of the first products to launch under the GoPro Developer Program.

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ZhiYun Z1-Smooth-C handheld gimbal Review

ZhiYun Z1-Smooth-C handheld gimbal Review

This week we've had the opportunity to get to know the ZhiYun handheld gimbal, a device that holds a smartphone steady. Users are able to utilize this powered device to capture near stutter-free video footage with their smartphone - iPhone, Samsung phone, Android or Windows Phone - any sort of phone. The setup is relatively easy, including a charge of this gimbal's batteries, a power button, and a tracking initiation button. Once it's ready, your phone will stay pretty gosh-darned steady in space.

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This is the worst phone accessory ever made

This is the worst phone accessory ever made

This week a USB power device has been discovered to be absolutely terrible by a device tester by the name of Clive Mitchell. He's in the business of testing things like these, and he's smart about how power works. And how it's not supposed to work. And how a USB device like the one you're going to see should NOT be lighting up a light bulb like you're about to see. This is why we can't have nice (off-brand) things.

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LG Rolly Keyboard 2 gets unfurled in South Korea

LG Rolly Keyboard 2 gets unfurled in South Korea

Some products are just so weird that perhaps you don't expect them to get a successor. Like the curved Samsung Galaxy Round. Or LG's rollable Bluetooth keyboard. Well, scratch that last one. LG has just indeed unveiled the follow-up to one of last year's most unique Bluetooth keyboards. But rather than just a repeat of the original, the LG Rolly Keyboard 2 finally adds a dedicated row of keys for numbers and special functions, as well as a handy small tab to help unroll the keyboard.

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Crosley’s 2016 Record Store Day Turntable Review

Crosley’s 2016 Record Store Day Turntable Review

A special edition of the Crosley Cruiser portable turntable (read: vinyl record player) is sitting on our review bench today, Mickey Mouse-infused. This version of the Crosley Cruiser has a couple of images of the Disney mouse, both rolling pretty hard with his own stack of records as such. This piece of equipment has the same internals as you'd find on a classic Cruiser model, but here it has a limited edition set of images to adorn its exterior - and under the hood.

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USB-C Authentication spec could save devices from bad cables

USB-C Authentication spec could save devices from bad cables

Late last year, Google engineer Benson Leung, part of the team that worked on the Pixel C, went on a crusade to scour Amazon for USB Type-C cables and test them for safety. The results were discouraging, even leading to the irreparable damage of one of Leung's computers. Taking note of the dire situation, the USB 3.0 Promoter Group, who developed the standard, are now proposing a new USB Type-C Authentication protocol that will protect such devices from the dangerous effects of poorly and incorrectly designed, as well as insecure, Type-C accessories such as cables and chargers.

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Audiofly AF240 Headphones Review

Audiofly AF240 Headphones Review

Over-the-ear headphones get your hopes up. Those who choose to wear bulky cups balanced on top of their heads expect to be rewarded with above-average sound quality to make up for the lack of convenience, particularly on consumer-grade cans designed to be used outside of a studio environment. The Audiofly AF240 represent the first attempt by the Australian company to bridge the gap between the earbuds it's known for, and the new territory that comes with the over-the-ear market.

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LG offers developers the keys to G5’s modularity

LG offers developers the keys to G5’s modularity

LG is opening up its modular G5 smartphone for third-party developers, allowing them to tap into not only the company's own add-on camera and other gadgets, but develop their own. The G5 distinguishes itself from the rest of the Android pack by virtue of its interchangeable accessories, which at launch include a battery-toting camera grip, and which generally slot into the lower portion of the handset.

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Apple Watch Hermes bands get new colors, will be sold individually

Apple Watch Hermes bands get new colors, will be sold individually

So far, the Apple Watch Hermes band has been one of the most impressive collaborations between the tech giant and a high-end fashion brand. Unfortunately for those who are fans of the French brand, the only way to get the luxury accessory was to buy the Apple Watch that comes paired with it; if you already own the smartwatch, you're out of luck. That's changing later this month, the two companies have revealed, as the Hermes band will start being sold separately on April 19th.

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