Accessories

UpDesk UpWrite Standing Desk Review

UpDesk UpWrite Standing Desk Review

This may not come as much of a surprise, but I spend roughly the same amount of time sitting at my desk as I do in bed every night. Most of my work revolves around my computer, and as such, I’m tied to a desk. However, not all desks are created equally, and recently I’ve stopped sitting quite so much.

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This is your iPhone 7 charging dongle future

This is your iPhone 7 charging dongle future

Belkin has announced the launch of its new Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar dongle for those who want to use (wired) headphones and charge their iPhone 7 at the same time. With this dongle, iPhone 7 owners can charge their handset and listen to music with Lightning-equipped headphones at the same time…or, alternatively, plug the Lightning-to-3.5mm dongle into the charging dongle, then plug the charging dongle into the phone, to use a pair of non-Lightning wired headphones. This, prospective iPhone 7 owners, is your future.

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Belkin unveils iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 accessories

Belkin unveils iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 accessories

Belkin has introduced a new range of accessories for the newly unveiled iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and the Apple Watch Series 2, among them being screen protectors, armbands, a watchband, Apple Pencil stand, and more. There are eight products total in the new accessories lineup, with launches for all of them being set for this month. Speaking about the announcement, Belkin general manager Steve Malony said, “We are introducing a broad range of iPhone and Apple Watch products, and every design we create is inspired by our mission to help people get the most out of this new technology."

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Pokemon GO Plus is still a go, coming next week

Pokemon GO Plus is still a go, coming next week

Taking advantage of renewed attention it has gotten thanks to its appearance at Apple’s iPhone 7 and Apple Watch event, Niantic Labs is dropping two good news for the Pokemon GO faithful. First, the game has passed 500 million downloads ever since it publicly launched last July. The second is perhaps more exciting: Pokemon GO Plus is actually finally launching, after having been delayed for an undisclosed amount of time. Soon, Pokemon GO players will be able to play the game without actually playing it.

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Everyday Bags want to be your everyday best friends

Everyday Bags want to be your everyday best friends

Mobile devices and computers are supposed to help keep us on our feet, mobile, and unencumbered. However, it seems that the number of things we carry hasn’t exactly decreased. In fact, sometimes they have even increased. In the absence of shrinking rays and inter-dimensional space pockets, we’ll just have to settle for bags that almost offer the same. Luckily for us, Peak Design is back in its sixth Kickstarter, and this time it is bringing along not one, not even two, but four Everyday bags to match your style or need, be it a Backpack, a Tote, or a Sling.

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USB-C will soon output HDMI directly, no adapters needed

USB-C will soon output HDMI directly, no adapters needed

USB Type C, or USB-C for short, aims to be the end all and be all of connectors. Reversible in both orientation and flow, USB-C allows a single port to function as data conduit, charging channel, and even video output. The problem with the latter, however, is that it usually requires some adapter of sort. Soon, however, that will be a thing of the past. HDMI Licensing, LLC, the force behind the HDMI standard has announced a new Alternate Mode, or Alt Mode” that will allow USB-C devices, like smartphones and laptops, to output HDMI video to any compatible display, but this time with just a cable, without adapters or dongles.

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TomTom VIO is a navigation display that uses your phone

TomTom VIO is a navigation display that uses your phone

TomTom didn’t only unveil fitness wearables at IFA — it has also taken the wraps off a pair of navigation devices, the next-generation GO devices and the entirely too intriguing VIO. The latest TomTom GO range brings the company's most advanced satnavs to date, according TomTom, while VIO brings a new twist (and unique design) to an aged technology: it’s a puck-shaped navigation display that relies, in part, on your existing smartphone to provide directions.

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Sen.se ThermoPeanut is a smart temp monitor for every nook and cranny

Sen.se ThermoPeanut is a smart temp monitor for every nook and cranny

Sen.se has a small smart temperature monitor called ThermoPeanut (it does kind of resemble a peanut) that can be stuck just about anywhere to keep track of the area’s temperatures. Inside of the fridge is one example, if you’re particularly concerned about the temp getting too high; you could stick one in your bedroom or the basement, behind your electronics in the entertainment system, or even in the car. Temperature data both past and present can then be accessed from your mobile device.

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Yuneec Breeze 4K selfie drone first-impressions

Yuneec Breeze 4K selfie drone first-impressions

The Yuneec Breeze isn't something we necessarily expected to see flying around Berlin this week at IFA 2016. But here it is, a drone made for taking photos of and video recording us out and about, the photos ringing in at 13-megapixels large and the video able to be recorded at 4K. The drone itself doesn't look like the safest for us to, for example, get our fingers jammed up into - but the Yuneec representatives here assure us that their "Safe Flying" measures will keep flight safer than most.

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Tile Slim tracker hands-on: more than thin enough

Tile Slim tracker hands-on: more than thin enough

This week the folks behind the original Tile bluetooth tracker have introduced another unit - Tile Slim. This bluetooth tracker is as thin as two credit cards pasted together, allowing the user to keep it comfortably inside their wallet - or basically wherever else they might need to slide it. This Tile's thinness does not do away with the functionality of the original Tile - there's still a button to tap and connectivity for smartphones of all sorts.

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Wacom introduces Bamboo Slate and Folio smartpads, Bamboo Omni stylus

Wacom introduces Bamboo Slate and Folio smartpads, Bamboo Omni stylus

Wacom has announced a slew of new devices at IFA 2016, attempting to bridge the gap between taking notes on physical paper and storing them in the digital space. This new product line includes two new smartpads - the Bamboo Slate and Bamboo Folio - and a new stylus dubbed the Bamboo Omni. As if that weren't enough, the company is also launching refreshes of its existing Bamboo Solo and Bamboo Duo styli.

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Sony targets Bose with new noise-canceling wireless headphones

Sony targets Bose with new noise-canceling wireless headphones

At the IFA 2016 event in Berlin this week, Sony has just thrown down the gauntlet before noise-canceling headphone champion Bose. The latter's flagship QuietComfort model is often the standard to which others are compared — especially now that they're wireless — but now Sony claims it has gone up and above, creating the best noise cancellation tech ever and putting in their new MDR-1000X headphones.

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