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SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive launches with flexible Lightning connector

SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive launches with flexible Lightning connector

If Lexar's newly launched microSD Lightning dongle isn't quite to your tastes, SanDisk has launched a similar offering, this one in the form of a thumb drive. The new iXpand Flash Drive refreshes the maker's former iXpand offerings with a new slim, sleek design and a Lightning connector attached to a flexible arm. The drive is available now in capacities ranging from 16GB to 128GB.

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When giants falter: Apple, companies abandon standard connectors

When giants falter: Apple, companies abandon standard connectors

Early this week, Apple announced its refresh of the 12-inch MacBook without much fuss nor fanfare. It wasn't really that unexpected, considering the new line simply bumped up the specs a little but offered nothing extraordinarily different. But that silence almost hints at something brewing underneath, a sign that few picked up: the death knell for Thunderbolt. Once one of the apples of Apple's eye, the connector is silently absent from its latest MacBooks. With the rumors of another standard connector to be absent from a future iPhone, we begin to wonder why Apple is suddenly abandoning the very standards it tried to push hard.

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PhotoFast MemoriesCable 1M saves data on a cord

PhotoFast MemoriesCable 1M saves data on a cord

Today the folks at PhotoFast have revealed a 1-meter USB/Lightning cable for iPhone that also acts as a flash drive. Storage is located on the cord itself (in one end or the other) at 128GB, locally. This cord and its companion app have the ability to be locked using USB lock, App Lock, and Lightning lock - with Touch ID support included.

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Audeze EL-8 Titanium Lightning cable headphones cost more than an iPhone

Audeze EL-8 Titanium Lightning cable headphones cost more than an iPhone

With the recent rumor that Apple is looking to eliminate the standard headphone jack on the next iPhone and rely solely on the device's Lightning port for both charging and wired headphones, users might want think about investing in a decent headset that already has a Lightning connector. There are a few options out there, but in order to get the best, it's going to cost more than the iPhone itself. Audeze has announced the EL-8 Titanium, priced at $800.

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iPhone 7 ditching the headphone jack is about control, not thinness

iPhone 7 ditching the headphone jack is about control, not thinness

Has time been called for the headphone jack? If the rumors are to be believed, it may well be Apple that culls the 3.5 mm socket on the next iPhone, and it's making people mad as hell.

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iPhone 7 rumored to use Lightning port for audio, drop headphone jack

iPhone 7 rumored to use Lightning port for audio, drop headphone jack

According to new rumors, Apple's forthcoming iPhone "7" will do away with the 3.5mm headphone jack, and instead rely solely on the Lightning connector port for both charging and the use of any wired headphones. This news comes from the Japanese website Mac Otakara, which is often reliable when it comes to Apple rumors, who cite anonymous sources. The reason for needing to ditch the traditional headphone jack? Why, to make the next generation iPhone even thinner, of course.

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There’s another odd way to charge the Apple Pencil

There’s another odd way to charge the Apple Pencil

The Apple Pencil, Apple's expensive stylus that was revealed with the new iPad Pro back in September, has a very unique way of charging. It relies on Apple's now-standard Lightning connectors, with a cap on the top that pops off and lets the Pencil plug in to the iPad Pro's own charging port. While this is a handy way of charging while on the go, it does pose a bit of a problem. In order to connect with the iPad's female Lightning port, the Apple Pencil has a male connector. But what to do when the stylus needs to be charged with a male-tipped Lightning cable?

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Google’s Nexus didn’t just pull an Apple with USB-C

Google’s Nexus didn’t just pull an Apple with USB-C

After Google announces a Nexus 5X with USB Type-C cables without Standard-A plugs, Android fans cry foul. If you want to connect your Nexus 5X to a computer without a USB Type-C port, you're going to need to spend another $12.99 (if you buy with Google) to get a USB Type-C USB Standard-A plug cable. While this situation is summoning some off-the-cuff comparisons to Apple's tendency to release smartphones and tablets with their own proprietary plugs, you really aught to know: Google didn't just thunder-strike you with a Lightning cord type situation.

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DxO’s snap-on iPhone camera shows us its 20MP potential

DxO’s snap-on iPhone camera shows us its 20MP potential

Today we've had the opportunity to take a hands-on look at the DxO One, a camera that attaches itself to iPhones and iPads. This device connects with Apple's own lighting port, using the iPhone (or iPad) as a view screen. The DxO One then takes the photos itself using the iPhone as a controller. This little accessory appears to be high-quality enough to be a viable addition to our accessory collections right off the bat.

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This toaster is actually a charging station for mobile devices

This toaster is actually a charging station for mobile devices

When you really think about it, a toaster would make a great charging station for mobile devices. You could drop multiple phones or mid-size tablets into it, it would keep gadgets standing upright and away from spills and heavy objects being set on top, and it could bake your device to that perfect level of crisp. Well, maybe that last feature wouldn't be so great, but the rest would! The makers of the Foaster probably thought the same, as they came up with a multi-device charging station that looks just like the everyday kitchen appliance.

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Apple finally offers an iPhone Lightning Dock

Apple finally offers an iPhone Lightning Dock

Apple's big hardware news may be the updated iMac Retina 5K and MacBook Pro 15 today, but there's also a new Lightning Dock for iPhone owners. Quietly added to the Apple Store this morning, the $39 desktop cradle for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is pretty much as simple as you'd expect: somewhere to slot the phone on top, and somewhere to plug it in on the back. However, you do get an extra socket.

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Apple Watch docking station busts crowdfunding goal on first day

Apple Watch docking station busts crowdfunding goal on first day

The Apple Watch & iPhone Docking Station - also known as "NuStand", has appeared on IndieGogo and has gone over its goal in less than a day. While the stand requires that you use your own charging pad from the box in which you get the Apple Watch and/or iPhone, the rest of the dock is ready to roll. While most of this campaign is centered on the charging power of the "MiTagg" portable charger, the aluminum shape and execution of the project is something that's clearly turned up desirable to a lot of people.

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