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JLab B-Flex X-Bass laptop speaker adds some boom

JLab B-Flex X-Bass laptop speaker adds some boom

My single biggest pet peeve of laptop and integrated sound on computers in general is the lack of bass. Often, the sound is so low even at full blast you can forget watching a movie or listening from across the room. That leads many people to look for quality external speakers. JLab has a new speaker that looks interesting for your notebook or AIO. The speaker is the B-Flex X-Bass, and it plugs in using a USB port.

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iLaunch Thunder: Awesome iOS controlled Nerf Dart Gun

iLaunch Thunder: Awesome iOS controlled Nerf Dart Gun

In case anyone didn't notice, this week has been filled with CES 2012 coverage and hands-on. To keep an even balance I have an awesome toy for those of you that enjoy doing fun -- or dumb things with your smartphone. This is the iOS-controlled iLauncher Thunder. Basically a nerf dart gun or launcher to keep you busy during boring moments at work, or to shoot at your pets while relaxing on the couch.

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Mimobot Mimomicro USB microSD card reader hands-on

Mimobot Mimomicro USB microSD card reader hands-on

There's one whole heck of a lot of devices here at CES 2012 that cost a major amount of cash, but if there's one company that can bring the smallest and least expensive item to the show and still make a splash. This Mimobot's brand new Mimomicro USB microSD card reader, complete with officially licensed Star Wars characters making up the bulk of their design. Unlike the first waves of Mimobot USB devices, these don't do anything on their own, they read microSD cards for your USB-enabled device on the fly.

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Belkin’s Thunderbolt Express Dock to ship in September for $299

Belkin’s Thunderbolt Express Dock to ship in September for $299

Belkin has released new details on its Thunderbolt Express Dock that allows users to connect multiple peripherals to their MacBook or Ultrabook via one Thunderbolt cable. This is especially helpful if you use your notebook in a desktop workstation setup and need to take it on the go as well. It takes away the hassle of connecting and disconnecting multiple devices.

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Smartphones and Tablets to get USB 3.0 ports by end of 2012

Smartphones and Tablets to get USB 3.0 ports by end of 2012

Compact USB 3.0 ports should arrive on smartphones and tablets by the end of 2012, the organization behind USB standards has insisted, promising significantly reduced data transfer speeds. Expected rates are in the region of 100 MB/s, the USB Implementers Forum told PC World, lower than the raw throughput of the USB 3.0 standard because such speeds would demand simply too much power.

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Blue Microphones outs iOS Spark Digital and Mikey Digital mics, plus intelligent Tiki

Blue Microphones outs iOS Spark Digital and Mikey Digital mics, plus intelligent Tiki

Blue Microphones has outed its CES range, a trio of mics targeting both computer musicians and - thanks to iOS device compatibility - Garageband musicians. The Spark Digital leads the range, a USB and iPad compatible studio-grade condenser microphone suitable for vocals, drums, guitars, piano, speech, location recording and other uses, with a zero-latency headphone output, volume/gain control and its analog predecessor's "Focus" control.

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IOGEAR USB 3.0 SuperSpeed card readers and 4-port hub announced

IOGEAR USB 3.0 SuperSpeed card readers and 4-port hub announced

This week IOGEAR has announced three new USB 3.0 devices, each of them with data transfer speeds up to 10 times that of previous generation USB 2.0 devices. What we've got here is a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 4-point hub, a Multi-Card Reader/Writer, and an SD/Micro SD Card Reader/Writer, each of them available for under $50. What USB 3.0 allows is improved connectivity and efficiency between computers and peripherals that transfer digital content and create and store it as well - 5Gbps speed at the head of the pack.

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