Accessories

NFL tipped in plan to chip footballs for data analysis

NFL tipped in plan to chip footballs for data analysis

The NFL is planning to add data-gathering hardware to footballs used in this year’s preseason, according to a source, doing so to learn certain things about gameplay. The data gathered will help shed light on areas like kicking and officiating, and could be used to make changes to the game that’ll be seen as early as next year, at least according to reports.

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Play Pokemon Go even longer with this Pokedex phone battery case

Play Pokemon Go even longer with this Pokedex phone battery case

If you're playing Pokemon Go, you're already well aware of how easy it is to drain your phone's battery while out hunting monsters. It's well advised that you pick up a portable charger or battery case for your device. But if you're using your phone to catalog and record all the Pokemon you're catching — just like a Pokedex — you might as well make it look like the real thing!

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Canon PIXMA MG3050 and MG2550S printers unveiled for home use

Canon PIXMA MG3050 and MG2550S printers unveiled for home use

Canon has taken the wraps off two new printers, the Canon Pixma MG3050 and the Pixma MG2550S. Both printers are designed for home use and are of the all-in-one inkjet variety. The printers can be used for printing documents and small photos, doing so using a hybrid ink system. According to Canon, its Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering cartridge ink can produce photo-lab quality photo prints.

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Estimote improves its Proximity Beacons with programmable NFC

Estimote improves its Proximity Beacons with programmable NFC

Today Estimote has announced a rather significant update to its wireless Proximity Beacons. The Google Eddystone-compatible beacons, which aim to give users contextual experiences on smartphones and bridge the gap between the real world and mobile devices, have been updated to include programmable NFC chips. NFC seems to be a huge addition that will help Estimote's beacons stand out from the crowd.

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Samsung LEVEL U Pro ANC shuts everything but the music out

Samsung LEVEL U Pro ANC shuts everything but the music out

While many headphones promise a quality listening experience, few are able to deliver because of the ingress of ambient noise. Earbud type headphones are the biggest offenders because their design makes it admittedly harder to block out the outside world when you want to disappear into your music. Although not exactly one of the biggest name in the audio industry, Samsung is injecting its own brand of tech savvy into a new pair of LEVEL U Pro ANC earphones that add a unique type of noise cancellation to the company's popular neckband accessory.

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Ghostbusters headphones 2016 a radical Monster x NAS mix

Ghostbusters headphones 2016 a radical Monster x NAS mix

This week three pair of ear-blasting sound-makers are being released to the public by Monster, each emblazoned with the Ghostbusters logo. Each pair of headphones or earbuds carries the original crossed-out ghost along with a unique set of colors and designs. At the top of the list is a pair of "NAS x Ghostbusters Elements Platinum Limited edition wireless over-ear headphones" - they're chrome. They've got the logo on the inside.

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Insta360 Nano cam gives iPhone 360-degree video capture

Insta360 Nano cam gives iPhone 360-degree video capture

VR-supported and 360-degree videos are starting to become more common, but your everyday user doesn't always want — or have access to — a big fancy camera rig to capture such footage while one the go. The Insta360 Nano aims to address this need with a pocket-size camera that brings 360-degree video recording to the iPhone.

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Force Touch Magic Mouse headed to Apple Stores (likely soon)

Force Touch Magic Mouse headed to Apple Stores (likely soon)

This week the appearance of the next generation in Apple Magic Mouse has appeared at our doorstep, metaphorically speaking. While we've not yet seen the device in physical form, word is that another appearance of the device's patent series signs the approach of the device. The approach which should, hopefully, be upon us very soon. This device will look and feel very similar to Apple's one physical, wireless mouse, but will have abilities similar to those of the Magic Touchpad, or the display of the iPhone 6s.

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Nexus 6P Toast Review : Custom-cut Cover

Nexus 6P Toast Review : Custom-cut Cover

Today we're having a peek at the Nexus 6P with a custom-cut wood cover from the folks at Toast. What we've got here is an Ebony Wood cut with ash inlay with front and back cover for the Nexus 6P, both cut by the brand Toast. The custom design comes from yours truly and features a sort of "Ace of Spades" setup with a detailed skull. What we're reviewing here is both the detail the company was able to get and the fit of the cover on the device.

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iPhone 7 Space Grey to be transformed into something darker

iPhone 7 Space Grey to be transformed into something darker

A new color for the iPhone will likely be introduced this year to match that of the Apple Watch tone with no companion. As it has been in the past, so too shall it be in the future: Apple's many device lines will match. Today's tip suggests that the color "Space Gray" will no longer be in operation with the iPhone 7, instead being updated or "transformed" into a darker tone, something like Space Black.

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Apple just patented a touch-sensitive stylus

Apple just patented a touch-sensitive stylus

During the late Steve Jobs' time, the CEO and the company were quite popular for their derision of the stylus, as the input stick was back then. Fast-forward to today, not only has Apple bet on the accessory for two of its iPads, it has been toying with ideas to improve the stick to go beyond their limitations. Or particularly the Apple Pencil's limitations. The USPTO just published a patent Apple filed back in December 2014 for a stylus that had sensors and electrodes to enable the it to gather touch gestures to be interpreted by the OS or software into appropriate actions.

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This iPhone camera rig adds pro-audio to your mobile studio

This iPhone camera rig adds pro-audio to your mobile studio

Your smartphone's camera may be up to shooting a Hollywood-rivaling movie, but its microphones probably aren't, but a new camera rig promises to make the most portable studio broadcast-ready. IK Multimedia's iKlip A/V is not only a mount for your phone - or, for that matter, your DSLR camera - but has an integrated microphone preamp with phantom power to improve the sound in your videos.

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