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Lumu review: the light meter has gone mobile

Lumu review: the light meter has gone mobile

Avid photographers know lighting is important. Often times, those dedicated to getting the perfect picture have expensive meters meant to allow them insight on which is the best exposure and filter (among other camera controls) to use. Lumu, a new plug-in for your iPhone, wants to help lighten your camera bag by getting you to leave the meter at home. Along with a few apps for iOS, the aim is to get you plugging into your audio jack rather than carrying a bulky meter.

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SOLOSHOT2 adds tilting movement to auto-follow camera

SOLOSHOT2 adds tilting movement to auto-follow camera

If you're the type to who loves to do stunts or sports action moves, you have two popular choices for recording those once in a lifetime moments. Either you get someone to follow you along with a camera, or you invest in a smart drone, that will either automatically follow you along or let someone else pilot it. But what if you can't afford either option? That's what SOLOSHOT2 does for you, and all you need is a regular digital camera and a tripod.

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GoGlove wants to make your smartphone talk to the hand

GoGlove wants to make your smartphone talk to the hand

One of the oft cited drawbacks of a purely touchscreen world is that smartphones and tablets become nigh unusable with just fingers in cold regions or weather because gloves that would keep our hands from falling off from frostbite also get in the way of touch interfaces. Of course, there are styluses, but those are easy to lose or drop and some prefer to use their hands. Enter GoGlove, a Kickstarter glove that promises to let you control your smartphone while keeping your fingers cozy and warm.

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Nexus 9 keyboard folio now available — for $129

Nexus 9 keyboard folio now available — for $129

Now that we’re well heeled in Nexus 9-ness, Google has gone ahead and released the keyboard folio for their flagship tablet. As expected, the keyboard folio does all we were told it would: attaches magnetically, doubles as a hardcover case — all the good stuff. We do find it interesting that Google has made the folio with a mechanical keyboard, though. It’s also interesting that it comes in one color, “black leather”. Even more interesting is the price Google thinks you’ll pay.

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Snapjet prints your phone photos without wires or apps

Snapjet prints your phone photos without wires or apps

Despite the growing number of smartphone photography enthusiasts, there is also a growing resurgence in interest with "instant film" printing started by Polaroid. There are many solutions out there, ranging from a dedicated camera, a bulky photo printer, or an insanely bulky smartphone case (we're looking at you Prynt). What if you could throw out all that bulk and still have printer that works with any smartphone of any size? Well, you could do that with this Kickstarter called Snapjet, that prints instant film photos without wires, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, or even apps.

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Motorola Keylink can find, unlock your phone via BLE

Motorola Keylink can find, unlock your phone via BLE

Witha ll they have going on, Motorola has pushed out some pretty impressive devices and accessories. Their DROID Turbo hides a beastly battery, and the Moto X (2014) is a nice upgrade form the original. Motorola also has some decent bluetooth earbuds on offer, and now have another bluetooth accessory that will appeal to a broader audience. The Motorola Keylink is a key chain that links to your phone via Bluetooth, and can be activated from up to 100 feet away. That’s not all it does, though.

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Proxy42 mixes AR and shooters with a smartphone attachment

Proxy42 mixes AR and shooters with a smartphone attachment

If you are any type of gamer, especially of the FPS bent, you will probably have dreamed of a day when you can play out your action fantasies in the real world. Without dire consequences, of course. Laser tag games and their limited, simulated environments just don't cut it. Those dreams might soon become reality thanks to the efforts of Proxy42, its AR game called Father.io, and a new 363R Trigger smartphone accessory that turns the whole world into your virtual sci-fi shooter playground.

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These 5 products will help your cables stay untangled

These 5 products will help your cables stay untangled

Cords. Everywhere you look, there are cords. We were promised this cord-free utopia long ago, but it’s not arrived. We’re left to manage our tethered, tangled existence all alone. there is good news, though — we’ve found products that can help. Rather than suffer the indignity of tangled headphones and chargers everywhere, we’ve compiled a list of some products that can help you avoid the cat-and-mouse game of cord management. Whether you’re at home or on the run, these products can help!

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iStabilizer tabArm review: more than a tablet hinge

iStabilizer tabArm review: more than a tablet hinge

Even though we’re routinely trying to cram all we can into a single device, there are plenty of scenarios where two devices just makes more sense. With videography, using a tablet as a prompter, or to keep notes on what you’re talking about handy, is a popular decision. That’s also handy elsewhere, but most products don’t approach the desk/tripod attachment scheme in a unified way. The iStabilizer tabArm does, and might end up being the last tablet dock you ever need.

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Shutter HALO review: a selfie’s best friend

Shutter HALO review: a selfie’s best friend

Capturing the moment is something we all enjoy, and we’re turning to our smartphones more and more to do so. If you’d rather be in the shot than hidden behind the screen, Shutter Halo might be what you’ve been looking for. The small button links to your camera via Bluetooth, and lets you snap a picture remotely. Now you can be in the pic as well as the one taking it! Does a small button really stand up to your wants as a mobile photographer? We find out.

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