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SteelSeries and Targus Present Sniper Backpack

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SteelSeries and Targus Present Sniper Backpack

Peripheral maker SteelSeries joins forces with Targus, "the original creator of the laptop bag," to create the SteelSeries x Targus Sniper-- a backpack able to hold a laptop up to 17.3-inch in size.

According to the two companies the Sniper is designed for gamer customers. It has a durable exterior, a padded laptop compartment and a "SafePort Sling Protection" system protecting the laptop from knocks and drops. An integrated rain cover protects everything from, well, the rain, while the main compartment holds a large mousemat, mouse, keyboard and controller.

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Pi to Wirelessly Charge from a Distance

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Pi to Wirelessly Charge from a Distance

Wireless charging is set to truly hit the mainstream with the iPhone 8, but a startup named Pi wants to further extend the reach of the technology-- specifically by 30cm, through the imaginatively named Pi Charger.

As debuted at the TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield event, the Pi Charger is a conical device able to charge multiple devices within around 30cm in any direction. It is not a full-room wireless charging offering, the the maker promises it actually works, and does so without need to put devices on a charging pad.

The technology behind the Pi Charger is resonant induction, the same used by the Qi standard found in the new iPhones. It is paired with a special beam forming algorithm allowing Pi to shape and direct the magnetic fields around the device. This allows users to charge a smartphone by putting it next to the charger, as opposed to directly on it.

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Logitech Brings Trackball Back

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Logitech Brings Trackball Back

Logitech makes a surprise announcement with the MX Ergo-- the company's first trackball mouse since the M750, a trackball released way back in 2010.

The MX Ergo combines the trackball features of the M750 with the industrial design of the MX Master S2. It includes customisable back/forwards buttons, support for the multi-PC Flow feature and connectivity via either Bluetooth or Logitech Unifying receiver. Charging comes through included micro USB cable.

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Logitech Goes Craft With Flagship Keyboard

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Logitech Goes Craft With Flagship Keyboard

Logitech launches an "advanced" keyboard at IFA 2017-- the Craft, a device aimed at professionals and creatives featuring the Crown, a "creative input dial" users can customise to handle any number of tasks.

The Crown sits on the top left part of the keyboard, and is very reminiscent of the standalone Surface Dial from Microsoft. It serves a similar purpose, allowing one to do image adjustments in Adobe Photoshop, jog video in Adobe Premiere, scroll through an Excel spreadsheet or even navigate a Spotify playlist with a twist. One can also click the dial in for a second function.

Setting up the Crown comes through Logitech Options software for the assignment of turns or clicks to what Logitech claims is pretty much all apps. In the near future developers will also get an SDK for further software integration.

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How to Turn the iPad into a 2nd MacBook Display

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How to Turn the iPad into a 2nd MacBook Display

AstroHQ presents a hardware means to turn the iPad into a full-on second Mac display-- the Luna Display, a tiny dongle allowing users to connect the tablet to their PC or notebook, wire-free.

The Luna Display plugs into the Mini DisplayPort or USB-C port found in modern Macs and MacBooks. It works together with a companion app on both Mac and iPad, using wifi to transfer data between the two.

According to AstroHQ, the hardware dongle taps into Macs' full graphics capabilities, including Metal GPU support. As such, it promises very high image quality with full Retina resolution and reliability across all visual media. One can also use the iPad touchscreen, with pinch to zoom, scrolling and even Apple Pencil support.

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Tile Bluetooth Trackers Go Pro

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Tile Bluetooth Trackers Go Pro

Tile presents the Pro series-- an update of the company's Bluetooth tracker product offering an increased Bluetooth range, twice the volume and more water resistance.

The Pro series consists of two devices, the Tile Sport and Tile Style. Both feature Bluetooth range reaching 60m, louder ring tone and water resistance for up to 1 hour in 1.5m of water. They are also compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, allowing users to search for lose items through speech.

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Why the Smart Connector is Underused

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Why the Smart Connector is Underused

Why don't more products take advantage of the Smart Connector, the magnetic snap-in port found in the iPad Pro? Fast Company spoke to a number of accessory makers, and discovered the reason is, perhaps unsurprisingly, Apple itself.

So far only four accessories support the Smart Connector. One is the Apple Smart Keyboard, the first and only iPad Pro keyboard cover. Then there are two keyboards and a docking station, all made by Logitech. Logitech managed to bring its Smart Connector-enabled products to market thanks to a close partnership with Apple, meaning other companies having to compete with both.

As Incipio tells Fast Company, “with an iPad Pro keyboard on the market already, we are evaluating the market’s appetite for another iPad Pro keyboard and identifying if there are any gaps that we can fill... [W]e are developing with having a point of difference in mind rather than developing to be quick to market.”

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A BookBook for the Latest MacBooks

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A BookBook for the Latest MacBooks

Twelve South announces a version of the BookBook case for all 12-inch MacBook 2016 and MacBook Pro models, providing customers a means to disguise their notebook as a vintage hardback book.

The BookBook case also offers protection, with reinforced corners and a stronger crush-resistant spine. The outside is in premium oil-pull up leather, while the inside is covered in soft microfibre material.

The inside has a hidden compartment for the holding (or hiding) of documents, as well as two elastic bands one can slip over the corner of the MacBook screen. This allows one to open the MacBook screen when they open the BookBook case.

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An All Controller for All Games

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An All Controller for All Games

Startup Digital Depth claims to have a solution for the control of multiple game systems-- the All Controller, a device one can describe as a universal remote only for game consoles.

The All Controller is similar in design to the Xbox One controller, if with a small display set in the centre. The makers claim it works with a wide range of machines, including PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Switch and Wii U, as well as PCs, Macs, iDevices and Android devices. This variety of compatible hardware is where the display comes in, since it allows users to set up the controller accordingly.

Thus, to connect the All Controller to an iPhone, one needs to load up the appropriate pre-loaded driver via the display, before selecting the controller from the iOS Bluetooth settings. Connection to consoles requires the plugging in of an included USB dongle, before loading the driver.

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