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iRig Mic HD plugs audio straight into your iPhone

iRig Mic HD plugs audio straight into your iPhone

iPad and iPhone apps like GarageBand may turn Apple's tablets and phones into portable recording studio, but you probably need a better microphone than the one built-in. IK Multimedia showed off its iRig Mic HD back at CES, resembling a regular condenser microphone but plugging straight into the Lightning port.

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Touch+ hands-on: Someone finally gets gesture control right

Touch+ hands-on: Someone finally gets gesture control right

Touchscreens work for tablets and phones, but getting your fingers involved with notebooks and PCs can be trickier, something Kickstarter success Ractiv believes it has fixed with its Touch+ motion tracking sensor bar. Eschewing the vague waving of Leap Motion, Touch+ takes a top-down approach by creating a virtual multitouch layer right on top of the keyboard. I caught up with the team behind the sensor to find out more on the path from crowdsourcing to shipping a commercial product now.

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Grovemade makes desktop accessories classy with wood, leather

Grovemade makes desktop accessories classy with wood, leather

Grovemade wants your desktop to exceed mere usefulness and enter the realm of classy. To achieve this, it has introduced a lineup of products made of wood, leather, and machined aluminum, crafting them into desktop accessories that make an impression.

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SlickWraps Xbox One, PS4 Controller Light Bar Wraps Review

SlickWraps Xbox One, PS4 Controller Light Bar Wraps Review

The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 accessory markets are in full swing, with groups like SlickWraps bringing their device-covering designs to the market in all shapes and sizes. Today what we’re having a peek at is a couple of "wraps" made for the Xbox One wireless controller and the PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 controller. In addition to the wrap, the SlickWraps also bring the heat to the DS4’s Light Bar, mustache style.

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Livescribe 3 adds Evernote auto-send for handwritten digital notes

Livescribe 3 adds Evernote auto-send for handwritten digital notes

Livescribe is releasing a new version of its smartpen app, allowing Livescribe 3 users to have their digitally-recorded notes automatically sent to their Evernote notebooks. The new Livescribe+ app, hitting Apple's App Store today, adds both "Send" and "Auto-Send" functionality, selectively allowing notebooks to be uploaded to the cloud.

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Resident Audio T4 is Thunderbolt-powered multichannel interface

Resident Audio T4 is Thunderbolt-powered multichannel interface

Thunderbolt isn't just for speedy external storage or daisy-chaining displays, and Resident Audio is aiming to take advantage of all that bandwidth on Macs and select PCs with its new T4. Billed as the world's first multichannel Thunderbolt audio interface that's also bus-powered, the much-anticipated T4 kicks off a new Resident Audio brand, and is targeted at musicians as well as podcasters.

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Samsung Glass: prepare for simplicity

Samsung Glass: prepare for simplicity

There’s been no shortage of Google Glass parodies and straight-up copies since Google released their heads-up display in 2012. While Google’s design has stuck to its guns since the developer edition - aka the Explorer Edition - has been released, there’ve been several iterations in competing camps since that year. One example is Samsung, whose latest patent for such a product reveals an ultra-simple solution.

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A Dozen Sliders hands-on: Pong-like gaming controllers go retro

A Dozen Sliders hands-on: Pong-like gaming controllers go retro

The innovation being displayed this week at GDC 2014 is not limited to software. Devices like "A Dozen Sliders" are lighting up the halls of the Moscone Center with odd takes on games we’ve not seen for ages. Remember the first controller for Pong? It’s back - sort of, in a very, very different vision for the bi-directional communication control ecosystem.

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HP 3D printers tease super-speed and quality

HP 3D printers tease super-speed and quality

HP is promising to shake up the 3D printer industry with new technology that not only makes the process faster but delivers higher-quality models, with CEO Meg Whitman teasing a reveal in June. Waiting for a current-gen 3D printer to finish is "like watching ice melt" Whitman snarked during HP's shareholder meeting this week, going on to suggest that the company had figured out a better, swifter way.

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Oscar Mayer Bacon alarm wants us to believe the smell

Oscar Mayer Bacon alarm wants us to believe the smell

This week on top of the Back to the Future HUVr board comes the Oscar Mayer Bacon alarm. This product has Oscar Mayer suggesting that we plug in to an iPhone and, instead of hearing an alarm noise in the morning, we get a burst of perfume that smells like bacon. Is it April 1st already?

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Feenix Aria creators bash all legacy gaming headphones

Feenix Aria creators bash all legacy gaming headphones

The folks at Feenix are ramping up their gaming efforts with a pair of high-end headphones with embedded mic this week with the Aria. This is a headset with what the company suggests is "audiophile-level sound quality" and a look that’s doesn’t exactly scream "gamer." Here we’ve got woodgrain on metallic silver on black, with an engraving of the Feenix logo on either side.

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Google’s Nest acquisition cleared by FTC

Google’s Nest acquisition cleared by FTC

Google announced the Nest Labs acquisition back in mid-January. The purchase price was set at $3.2 billion in cash, and as we learned, the Nest team would be welcomed into the Google family. But while the acquisition was announced, and some plans were specified, there was also the standard line about the "customary closing conditions."

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