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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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Mophie's XXL USB-C Battery Pack

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Mophie's XXL USB-C Battery Pack

Mophie presents a battery pack large enough to charge devices such as MacBooks or the Nintendo Switch-- the powerstation USB-C XXL, with 19500mAh capacity and 30W fast-charging.

As the name suggests, the battery pack features USB-C connectivity for the charging of modern devices. However, for customers owning anything else it also includes a USB-A port with 5W charging. The USB-C port receives as well as accepts charging, and the package includes a USB-C to USB-C cable and a USB-A to USB-C cable.

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SteelSeries Claims "True 1-to-1" Mouse Tracking

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SteelSeries Claims

Gaming peripheral maker SteelSeries presents a pair of mice featuring its latest sensor-- Sensei 310 and Rival 310, both promising true "1-to-1" tracking, or mouse movements matching exactly with on-screen movement.

The sensor in question is dubbed the TrueMove 3, and was co-developed with PixArt, the team behind the Wii Remote. SteelSeries says it is the culmination of 15 years of work on the perfect gaming mouse. The TrueMove 3 promises true 1-to-1 tracking from 100 to 3500 CPU, while at 3500 to 12000 CPI it uses advanced jitter reduction technology.

Further reducing response time and increasing accuracy is the SROM. The IPS is consistent from 100-12000 CPI, and SteelSeries promises ultra-low latency at all CPI settings.

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How to Add a Touchscreen to the MacBook Air

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How to Add a Touchscreen to the MacBook Air

Neonode announces a 13-inch MacBook Air version of the AirBar-- a plug-and-touch means to add touchscreen functionality to non-touch laptops via what the company calls zForce AIR technology.

The AirBar is a slim aluminium bar one magnetically attaches to the bezel underneath the MacBook Air display. It plugs in via USB, and users may either immediately plug-and-touch or install multi-touch software, and it allows users to touch the screen with anything from a gloved finger to a paintbrush.

Supported interactions include scrolling through emails, reading eBooks and zooming in on images. The AirBar requires 17mm of free space below the display, which is why it is not compatible with the MacBook Pro, 12-inch MacBook or 11-inch MacBook.

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Nanomaterials for Faster Charging Batteries

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Nanomaterials for Faster Charging Batteries

Researchers at the Drexel College of Engineering present a new kind of battery electrode made with MXene, a highly conductive nanomaterial promising faster charging chemical batteries.

The MXene material is nearly two dimensional material similar to a sandwich. It combines oxide "bread" with a conductive carbon and metal "filling," with layers stacked on top of each other like a Pringles. However the structure, while highly conductive, makes it difficult for ions, the chemical carriers of charge, to diffuse to through the battery. To resolve the issue, the researchers combined the MXene with a hydrogel, turning the Pringles into a swiss cheese through which ions can flow freely.

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Urban Armor Gear Metropolis Case for iPad Pro

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Urban Armor Gear Metropolis Case for iPad Pro

Urban Armor Gear (UAG) launches Metropolis Series Cases designed for the 10.5- and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, complete with an impact-resistant soft core and a tactile non-slip exterior grip.

The cases meet MIL-STD 810 US military specification standards for 360-degree protection from drops and shocks. A smart cover protects the display and acts as a multi-position stand, while corner bumpers provide extra drop protection. Also included is onboard storage for an Apple Pencil.

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A USB-C to HDMI Adapter for 4K Content

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A USB-C to HDMI Adapter for 4K Content

Satechi presents the Type-C to HDMI adapter compatible with 4K displays with a 60Hz refresh rate, allowing MacBook users to push 4K video to other, larger displays.

Featuring a brushed aluminium finish, the adapter is compatible with a wide range of USB-C devices other than the latest MacBooks, including the ChromeBook, Lumia 950/950XL, Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S, Samsung S8 (at WQHD), HP Spectre, Huawei Matebook, Dell XPS series and Xiaomi notebook 12”. Users simply need to connect an HDMI cable to the adapter, and one has to keep in mind it only supports a direct HDMI-to-HDMI connection.

Also available from the company is the Type-C 4K HDMI cable-- a self-descriptive cable with a USB-C connector on one end and HDMI on the other.

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Survivor Cases for 10.5-inch iPad Pro

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Survivor Cases for 10.5-inch iPad Pro

Accessory maker Griffin announces a range of Survivor cases for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro-- the Survivor Rugged Folio, Survivor Journey Folio and Survivor Journey.

The Survivor Rugged Folio promises to be the toughest case in the lineup, with a polycarbonate exterior and a flexible TPU shell complete with stain-resistant Tactical Grip cover. It includes the Griffin impact dispersion system for drop protection (for up to 1.2m), while built-in magnets allow users to mount the iPad on most magnetic surfaces.

The Survivor Journey Folio is a folio-style case with front and back protection. Made from durable polycarbonate, it has a magetic cover customers can fold into a stand with multiple viewing and typing angles. It also protects the iPad Pro from drops up to 1.2m, and is mountable on magnetic cases.

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The Kensington Thunderbolt 3 Dock

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The Kensington Thunderbolt 3 Dock

The next company to take on the Thunderbolt 3 docks is Kensington-- the SD5000T Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station is similar to other options on the market, with a variety of ports and 85W charging power.

The SD5000T has a horizontal design, and offers dual Thunderbolt 3 ports for pass-through connections, DisplayPort, separate audio/out ports and a gigabit ethernet port. Also included are x1 USB-C (with 15W power) and x1 USB-A (with 2.1 amps fast charging) ports. The combination of DisplayPort and Thunderbolt 3 allows support for up to two 4K external displays.

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