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Incipio Brings iPhone 7 Headphone Jack Back

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Incipio Brings iPhone 7 Headphone Jack Back

Apple might insist removing the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 was an act of "courage," but Incipio sets to satisfy customers who think otherwise with the OX, a case featuring the humble 3.5mm connector.

As seen at CES 2017, the OX case comes in iPhone 7 and 7 Plus variants. It fits over the Lightning port and adds an additional Lightning port as well as the aforementioned 3.5mm jack for the use of traditional headphones. The case is admittedly bulky, but it does allow simultaneous charging and music listening without need for an additional adapter or dongle.

In addition the case promises to protect the iPhone display and body from drops through a shock-absorbing exterior.

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Henge Intros MacBook Docks at CES 2017

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Henge Intros MacBook Docks at CES 2017

Henge presents a series of docking solutions for the latest MacBook Pro at CES 2017-- including a refresh of the Horizontal and Vertical docks and the Thunderbolt 3-connected Tethered dock.

All Henge docks are designed to easily connect the USB C-enabled MacBook Pro to external devices, such as monitors, keyboards and speakers. The Vertical and Horizontal docking stations have pass-through connections for the Thunderbolt 3 ports, and feature metal construction in a MacBook-matching shade of space gray.

The Horizontal docking station offers 13 ports, with 85W power, support for up to 4 external displays, multiple USB-A ports, SD card slot and more. Meanwhile the Vertical docking station is designed to provide users with instant connection to peripherals.

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Griffin Adds to BreakSafe Cables

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Griffin Adds to BreakSafe Cables

Griffin expands the BreakSafe magnetic USB-C cable line at CES 2017, with additions including the Hi-Power Magnetic USB-C Breakaway Cable, USB Breakaway Adapter, Car Charger, and Wall Charger.

First introduced back in January 2016, the BreakSafe series features patented MagSafe-style quick-release magnetic connectors, if with the addition of a USB-C connector. As such, the Hi-Power Breakaway Cable is an update featuring 100W power capability for use with the MacBook Pro, while the USB Breakaway Adapter adds BreakSafe capabilities to any USB-A device.

The Car Charger and Wall Charger are self-explanatory products, and are designed for USB devices. Both can deliver up to 15W of power to a wide range of products.

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A CMRA Camera for the Apple Watch

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A CMRA Camera for the Apple Watch

Customers want to add the capabilities of the first Galaxy Gear to the Apple Watch? Glide has a solution with the CMRA, a band providing a pair of cameras for use with the Apple smartwatch.

Revealed at CES 2017, the CMRA band has an 8MP outwards-facing camera and a 2MP front-facing shooter. Taking a photo simply requires tapping a built-in button, while a long press starts recording video. A double-tap allows users to switch between cameras, and integration with the stock Photos app ensures easy storage, editing and sharing of moments captured with the band.

Glide adds the cameras include tilt-balancing, lens correction, noise reduction and pixel optimisation for the best possible photos, as well as 8GB of onboard flash storage. One can also use the CMRA with the iPhone and Watch chat app for Dick Tracy-style wrist-based videoconferencing or sending of pre-recording video messages. Connectivity with Watch and/or iPhone comes through Bluetooth and wifi.

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TrackR Presents New Trackers at CES

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TrackR Presents New Trackers at CES

CES 2017 sees TrackR announce updates of its signature object tracking products, including the TrackR Wallet 2.0 and and the Pixel, a lower-cost version of the flagship Bravo dongle.

The Wallet 2.0 improves on the original with a credit card-shaped design just 2mm. Described by the company as the "thinnest item-finder on the market," it handles object finding through a combination of companion app, Bluetooth and a crowdsourced GPS network of other TrackR products in the vicinity. Replaceable batteries provide power.

Meanwhile the Pixel is a sequel to the Bravo offering plastic (as opposed to aluminium) casing and a lower pricetag together with the same object finding capabilities of other TrackR products.

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A Slimmer Hub for the MacBook Pro

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A Slimmer Hub for the MacBook Pro

Hyper proposes a slimmer and smaller USB-C hub solution for the 2016 MacBook Pro-- the HyperDrive, a compact device replete with 7 ports including HDMI, Thunderbolt 3, USB-C, microSD, SD and regular USB.

According to the company, the Hyperdrive uses the two USB-C ports on the MacBook Pro to deliver 45Gb/s bandwidth, thus allowing to simultaneous use of all 7 ports. This includes the connection of a 5K Thunderbolt 3 display or two 4K displays, as well as the delivery of up to 100W of power to charge the laptop at full speed.

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A Voice-Control Remote for Voice-Controlled GoPros

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A Voice-Control Remote for Voice-Controlled GoPros

GoPro presents a miniature, voice-activated means for the remote control of its latest titular cameras-- the Remo, a device providing controls for a number of commonly used commands.

The device is small enough to clip on clothing or collars, and like other GoPro cameras it is waterproof. It is compatible with voice-activated GoPro offerings (namely the Hero5 Black and Hero5 Session) and features "easy-to-remember" commands to start-and-stop recording, snap photos, switch between capture modes, set a highlight tag and switch the camera off.

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TAPS for Touchscreen-Compatible Gloves

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TAPS for Touchscreen-Compatible Gloves

A recent Kickstarter project promises a simple means to solve the woes of customers wanting to use smartphones while keeping their gloves on-- TAPS, stickers made with an "extremely adhesive conductive materials."

Supposedly powered by "Nanotips" and "military-grade" polyurethane, the TAPS stickers are flexible and should withstand a extreme wear conditions, including those involving water and snow, while allowing capacitive touchscreen use. Interestingly the TAPS are also compatible with fingerprint readers, since each sticker has a unique fingerprint, even if such a feature much cause worries in case one loses their gloves.

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Thrusmaster Intros "Ultimate" TS-PC Racer Wheel

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Thrusmaster Intros

PC gaming accessory maker Trustmaster announces the TS-PC Racer-- a racing game controller featuring an "open wheel" design together with a brushless 40W motor featuring embedded cooling.

According to the company the motor generates "dynamic and powerful effects," with exceptional velocity manifested in all racing conditions, from long stall curves (STALL mode) to zigzags (DYNAMIC mode). The aforementioned embedded cooling ensures the motor maintains performance levels throughout quick successions of power demands with no overheating, as well as 50% more dynamic response and 4 times greater stall force compared with other Thrustmaster wheels.

Another addition is a new FOC (Field Oriented Control) algorithm controlling the HEART (HallEffect AccuRate Technology) system. In a few words, this ensures the motor responds swiftly to increased torque requirements, offsetting and preventing power losses. A final feature is an external TURBO power supply designed to provide continuous 40W power within a finless design.

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