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The 5 best power packs for the new MacBook Pro (right now)

The 5 best power packs for the new MacBook Pro (right now)

The new MacBook Pro has a very cool trick you may not be aware of. In addition to those USB-C ports being the future of connectivity, they can also charge your computer. That means you now have four different ports to charge from! And maybe the best part: you don’t need to plug in. Those ports also accept charges from battery packs, which makes your new MacBook Pro the ultimate in portability. Here are a few packs you should consider slipping in your bag.

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HTC Vive wireless upgrade kit by TPCAST cuts the wires

HTC Vive wireless upgrade kit by TPCAST cuts the wires

With the year coming to a close, HTC is showing off a cool upgrade kit that is expected to be available early next year for the Vive VR headset. The upgrade kit is made by TPCAST and cuts the tether from the headset. TPCAST was the first company to join the Vive X Accelerator that has 33 firms in the mix at this point.

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There’s a new Samsung Gear VR to play nice with Note 7

There’s a new Samsung Gear VR to play nice with Note 7

Samsung isn't just launching a new phablet today, but introducing an updated version of its Gear VR virtual reality headset, complete with a new connector and a more immersive experience. The new Gear VR picks up where the existing, Oculus-powered model leaves off, with the Android smartphone docking in a bay at the front and lending its processing power and display to 360-degree photos and videos along with games and apps.

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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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Moto Z Droid Moto Mods accessories priced

Moto Z Droid Moto Mods accessories priced

Motorola has a new smartphone in the works called the Moto Z Force that is expected to launch soon. One of the coolest things about this smartphone is that Motorola designed the smartphone to work with a bunch of different accessories called Moto Mods. The mods run the gamut from things like projectors down to standard cases to protect the smartphone from drops.

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Jabra’s Halo Smart refuses to play favorites with music or calls

Jabra’s Halo Smart refuses to play favorites with music or calls

Not all Bluetooth headsets are created equal, and nowhere is that more readily apparent when it comes to the divide between stereo headphones and mono earpieces. For the former, music is the primary goal and voice calls generally an afterthought; for the latter, a focus on speech generally leaves your music as a second-class citizen, and certainly in mono. Jabra, though, claims to have erased that divide.

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Mophie’s new Juice Packs embrace iPhone wireless charging

Mophie’s new Juice Packs embrace iPhone wireless charging

Stepping out without a battery case on our iPhone is for many as unlikely as leaving the smartphone at home altogether, but with Apple slow to embrace wireless charging, Mophie is picking up the slack. The company has launched Charge Force today, both a range of new Juice Pack battery cases which support the main wireless charging standards, and a commitment to recharging without cords moving forward.

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Logitech Base Review: The iPad Pro stand Apple should’ve made

Logitech Base Review: The iPad Pro stand Apple should’ve made

Apple's Smart Connector on the iPad Pro has more potential than just the Smart Keyboard case, but it's Logitech that's filling in the biggest gap for the high-end tablet. The Logitech Base gives your iPad Pro a permanent perch on your desktop, a sleek stand that not only works as a useful home for the slate, but keeps it charged up while it's there.

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Logitech Base keeps iPad Pro charged up and working

Logitech Base keeps iPad Pro charged up and working

Logitech has unveiled a new accessory for users of the iPad Pro that will help charge the device while propping it up so you can use it at the same time. The accessory is called the Base and it claims to be the first iPad Pro stand to use Apple Smart Connector technology. The charge stand has magnets in the cradle to help align the iPad Pro with the smart connector so it only takes one hand to put the iPad on the charger and go.

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XPUMP aims to upgrade your smartphone’s headphone jack

XPUMP aims to upgrade your smartphone’s headphone jack

LG may be undecided on whether the US market is ready for add-on audio enhancement for smartphones, but that isn't stopping other companies from promising great aural enjoyment from accessories. Embrace Labs has been showing off its upcoming XPUMP dongle today, a gum-stick sized add-on that, rather than amplifying the music played from your phone, laptop, or anything else, claims to use DSP to improve it instead.

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Sennheiser has a fix for bad GoPro audio

Sennheiser has a fix for bad GoPro audio

GoPro's action cameras might be the go-anywhere video recording option for racing, biking, and other extreme sports, but the audio they capture has always been the ugly sibling. Sennheiser, though, believes it may have the answer with its new, microphone-toting GoPro camera case, one of the first products to launch under the GoPro Developer Program.

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Ten One Design Blockhead fixes glaring MacBook power brick flaw

Ten One Design Blockhead fixes glaring MacBook power brick flaw

There will be some Mac fans out there offended by the mere mention that Apple has poorly designed its power brick for the MacBook line of notebooks. If you use a MacBook and you like to carry as little as possible you are probably using the power brick with the plug that puts the prongs sticking directly out of the block. The problem with that is that the brick is so large it makes it very difficult to plug into outlets that are behind anything.

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