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30-pin Lightning combo docks coming soon as Apple tweaks spec

30-pin Lightning combo docks coming soon as Apple tweaks spec

It's time to get your transitional period on with an update the the specifications accessory makers much follows in order to get official support from Apple. In the wake of an issue with having both the Lightning cable and the legacy 30-pin connector working on one device, Apple has come forth with a tweak to the rules. While it's not entirely clear if it was the POP Kickstarter incident from earlier this week that made this change in Apple's policies a reality, the result is clear: you'll be able to work with a single accessory in the future with both types of connectors, no sweat.

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Automatica smart USB for cars offers cloud and podcast syncing

Automatica smart USB for cars offers cloud and podcast syncing

Listening to audio in cars, whether that audio is in the form of podcasts, your favorite music, or audiobooks, can be a hassle if not done right. INRETE aims to make the process simple with its newly announced plug-and-play Automatica, which syncs audio from Dropbox and other online services. The device can store 24 hours of audio, and works with any vehicle that has a USB port.

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Thanko USB hairbrush automatically mists your hair with water

Thanko USB hairbrush automatically mists your hair with water

Bizarre Japanese gadget company Thanko never ceases to impress and befuddle with its new gadgets. One thing most of the stuff this company offers has in common is the fact that the products plug into a USB port on your computer to charge or operate. In the past, we've seen but warmers and all kinds of bizarre USB gadgets.

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iBattz BattStation Tough Pro keeps your gadgets going

iBattz BattStation Tough Pro keeps your gadgets going

Anyone who travels or is away from the home or office a lot knows that keeping your gadgets charged can be a significant challenge. You can get battery cases for your smartphone, but if you need to keep something larger like a tablet charged it can be a serious challenge. A new and large external battery has launched called the iBattz BattStation Tough Pro.

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LaCie unveils stealthy PetiteKey USB flash drive

LaCie unveils stealthy PetiteKey USB flash drive

LaCie has unveiled its newest key-shaped flash drive, the PetiteKey. This USB drive is 30-percent smaller than its predecessor, the iamaKey, making it easier to carry on a key ring. In addition to being stealthy, the drive also offers Private-Public encryption to keep files safe and one year of Wuala Secure Cloud Storage.

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Mimo Magic Touch brings touchscreen finesse to OS X

Mimo Magic Touch brings touchscreen finesse to OS X

Apple users working with their untouchable Mac computers will be pumped up to see that Mimo Monitors have brought forth a brand new USB powered-and-connected 10.1-inch monitor that works with OS X like a charm! This Mimo Magic Touch monitor is the first of many models that'll be offered by Mimo Monitors ready to rock with OS X with just a download of a special driver. This model also works with Windows 7 and can be used as a display-only unit for Windows XP, Vista, and 2000.

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AViiQ unveils the Portable Battery Pack

AViiQ unveils the Portable Battery Pack

AViiQ makes all sorts of accessories for smartphones and other devices. We've talked about the company's Portable Charging Stations several times over the years. Those portable charging stations are designed to charge multiple USB gadgets from a single outlet. AViiQ is back with a new Portable Charging Station product that adds in a rechargeable portable battery.

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Apple now selling Lightning to micro USB adapter in US

Apple now selling Lightning to micro USB adapter in US

Living in a house full of Android users while you're the lone iPhone 5 or iPad user can be a bit of a nuisance, and not because everyone else happens to despise your Apple ways, but because you have one Lightning cable while there are dozens of micro USB cables lying around. However, Apple has finally released their Lightning to micro USB adapter for US users.

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iTwin SecureBox gives Dropbox users hardware encryption

iTwin SecureBox gives Dropbox users hardware encryption

iTwin has been around for a while now, and it provides users with a simple file-sharing solution through a pair of USB flash drive. Today, the company introduced support for Dropbox by announcing iTwin SecureBox. This will provide hardware encryption for Dropbox users so that their data stays safe in the cloud.

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iPhone 5 ReadyCase “swiss army knife cover” blasts past funding goal

iPhone 5 ReadyCase “swiss army knife cover” blasts past funding goal

Now that the whole world is addicted to KickStarter-like programs such as Indiegogo, groups creating items such as the rather intense multi-functional ReadyCase for the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4/4S can jump in from a whole different direction. What we're seeing here is a funding effort that had a $15,000 USD goal, has already raised $58,740, and still has 21 days left to go to raise more. The product is a set of cases, one that works for the iPhone 5, the other that works with the iPhone 4/4S, both of them absolutely strangely wonderful.

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Apple Lighting port not identical on both sides

Apple Lighting port not identical on both sides

A bit of investigation done on Apple's iPhone 5 and the Lightning cord and docking port this week has turned up an oddity: the pins on both sides are not the same as one another. It would appear, according to Double Helix Cables' own pro Peter that the 8-pin lineup is not in the same order on both sides of the cord's head. Because of his discovery that one pin does the same as the pin that's directly behind it, Peter has proven that Apple must be using some sort of process to dynamically identify which pin order the cord is currently using - depending on which side is up and which is down, that is.

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FXI Cotton Candy PC and Android-on-a-stick now shipping

FXI Cotton Candy PC and Android-on-a-stick now shipping

We've heard about the FXI Cotton Candy a lot over the past year, but it still hasn't made it into the hands of users and developers. First detailed last year, we then received some hands-on back in February with the Android powered USB stick. Today however, we've learned this PC and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on a thumb drive is shipping now for just $199.

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