Accessories

Libratone Q Adapt earbuds go Lightning all the way

Libratone Q Adapt earbuds go Lightning all the way

In just a week’s time, Apple will be revealing the true form of the iPhone 7, which is expected, among other things, to ditch the 3.5 mm headphone jack for a do-everything Lightning connector. Whether that comes to pass or not, some accessory makers have already prepared for the inevitable. Take for example Libratone’s new Q Adapt in-ear earbuds, which connect solely via the Lightning port. But more than just novelty or fad, that has important implications for these earphones, allowing it Libratone to eschew batteries while still providing a power source for the Q Adapt’s advanced noise cancellation feature.

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Hello Sense sleep tracker heading to Target and Best Buy

Hello Sense sleep tracker heading to Target and Best Buy

The Hello Sense sleep tracking device is now available to buy from Target’s website and will be on Best Buy's website soon, and it’ll be heading to their physical stores all over the nation later on this year. The sleep tracker is more than just a tracking device, according to Hello, also helping the user fall asleep and wake back up in the morning. Thus far, the tracker has been available through Amazon and the maker’s website, the latter of which makes the device available internationally.

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Samsung spin-off launches a finger-phone strap

Samsung spin-off launches a finger-phone strap

A team of Samsung employees has spun off a company by the name of Innomdle Lab with a device by the name of Sgnl. Sgnl is a watch strap that allows a smartwatch to become a phone - sort of. This device connects physically to a watch - any watch, really - and uses Bluetooth to connect to a smartphone. That smartphone then sends sound to the strap, which sends sound through the user's fingertip directly into their ear.

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Garmin Forerunner 35 smartwatch lasts 9 days at a time

Garmin Forerunner 35 smartwatch lasts 9 days at a time

Garmin is bringing a new smart wrist wearable device to market with abilities aplenty. The Garmin Forerunner 35 works with built-in Elevate wrist-based heart rate monitoring technology. This device is what Garmin says is an "easy-to-use GPS running watch." While this device's primary selling point is its ability to contribute to a hearty run, users can also keep the watch active throughout the day as a general use activity tracker.

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Pebble Update 4.0 released: details and download

Pebble Update 4.0 released: details and download

Today the next big release from Pebble has been ushered in, fully prepared for examination by thousands of Pebble watch users. This newest update was teased earlier this month with a picture of Pikachu - likely in an effort to gain eyeballs from the ravenous hordes of players of the game Pokemon GO. Unfortunately this update does not - somehow - include Pokemon GO compatibility, but it DOES include a new way for developers to make icons. So that's neat.

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Sonos Amazon Alexa team-up official: Beta this year

Sonos Amazon Alexa team-up official: Beta this year

This morning the folks at Sonos and Amazon have announced a team-up which will bring "a joyful life" to consumers everywhere. This announcement was made in part several months ago by Sonos - without naming names. Now at an event in New York City, Sonos has made clear how this connection is going to work.

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This desk changed my life

This desk changed my life

The following is an Ergotron WorkFit-D Sit-Stand Desk Review - with a couple of Ergotron add-ons. Earlier this year it was apparent that my working situation was not going to be able to work any longer. I had neck pain as well as upper and lower back pain from the less-than-optimal working conditions I was providing for myself. I decided to seek out the folks at Ergotron to take some of their products out for a spin. I told them my situation and we decided that it'd make sense for me to test out several items: the WorkFit-D Sit-Stand Desk, Neo-Flex Underdesk Keyboard Arm, and the LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm for monitors.

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Zero Breeze is a portable air conditioner for an increasingly hot world

Zero Breeze is a portable air conditioner for an increasingly hot world

The world keeps getting warmer, and maybe the thought of a summer day spent camping is ruined by the promise of triple-digit temperatures. The solution? In the future it may be a portable air conditioner like Zero Breeze, which in this case also functions as a Bluetooth speaker and a night light. The device looks something like a large handheld vacuum, but it’s not — it’s a small and quiet air conditioner that can be placed in a boat, a tent, or any other small space where heat may be an issue.

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Samsung Scoop Bluetooth speaker crosses FCC

Samsung Scoop Bluetooth speaker crosses FCC

A new portable Bluetooth speaker has been spied making its way through the FCC for certifications. The speaker clearly states that it is a Samsung product on the bottom and it has the name Scoop stamped across the top of the backside as well. Samsung has clearly put time and effort into making the portable device very stylish.

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IOGEAR USB-C Docking Station trades one USB-C port for ten

IOGEAR USB-C Docking Station trades one USB-C port for ten

Laptops are, mostly, designed to be portable, even when they can weigh a ton. But there will come a time, or times, when you’ll wish you had more than just your single screen, keyboard, and touchpad on your desk. Sure, you can plug in all types of cables and peripherals, but that can be unwieldy quite quickly. And when you have a sole USB-C port like the new MacBook, you’re practically out of luck. Not unless you have this new IOGEAR USB-C Docking Station that will make you forget your laptop isn’t a desktop workstation.

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Samsung LEVEL Active headphones promise a firm but comfy grip on ears

Samsung LEVEL Active headphones promise a firm but comfy grip on ears

Somewhat a bit late to capitalize on the Olympics fever, Samsung has finally announced the availability of its new LEVEL Active Bluetooth headphones. Built and designed for very active users, the headphones offer hooks that cling to your ears and rugged materials that withstand both elements and sweat. And, of course, pairing with Android smartphones, particularly Samsung’s own Galaxy line, the LEVEL Active offers integration with apps to provide a “smarter” way to exercise.

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Orion Onyx Review: Star Trek communicator fumbles its prime directive

Orion Onyx Review: Star Trek communicator fumbles its prime directive

As product ideas go, "the Star Trek communicator, made real" requires little explanation. Orion Labs' Onyx aims to keep our smartphones in our pockets and bags where they belong, and return us to the halcyon days of push-to-talk or - if you're old enough to remember them - walkie-talkies by getting us into group conversations again.

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