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A Wireless Controller for the Apple Anniversary

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A Wireless Controller for the Apple Anniversary

Retro-style controller maker 8bitdo celebrates the 40th anniversary of Apple with a cute accessory-- the AP40, a wireless controller designed to look like the classic rainbow Apple logo.

The controller is compatible with PC, Mac, iOS and Android devices, as well as old game consoles when paired with the company's Retro Receiver adapter. Looks-wise it is similar to the SNES controller, if with the addition of a pair of analogue sticks, and the package comes complete with a little green leaf for plugging into the USB port when not in use and a stand modeled after the Apple II computer.

Speaking of old Apple computers, 8bitdo is also working on a version of the Retro Receiver compatible with the Apple II and IIc, meaning customers will be able to play games on a 1970s computer using a wireless controller modeled after the old Apple logo from 2016. Truly, what a time to be alive.

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Twelve South Redesigns HiRise Stand

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Twelve South Redesigns HiRise Stand

Twelve South announces the HiRise 2-- a revamp of the first HiRise iDevice stand featuring a new design with a heavier body within a smaller overall footprint.

According to the company the increase in weight allows the stand to hold larger devices, such as the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. However it suggests the HiRise 2 is not suitable for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro,  due to the smaller dimensions. Otherwise every other iDevice is fair game, including the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

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Logitech Presents K780 Multi-Device Keyboard

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Logitech Presents K780 Multi-Device Keyboard

Logitech announces a desktop keyboard for customers juggling between multiple devices-- the K780, a wireless number with "Easy-Switch" buttons allowing one to easily switch between 3 connected devices.

The keyboard is compatible with Windows, Mac, iOS and Android, and features a full keyboard layout complete with 10-key number pad. An integrated slot with rubber finishings can hold devices ranging from smartphones to the 12-inch iPad Pro at an ideal reading angle.

The 3 Easy-Switch buttons double as the F1-F3 keys via modifier, and have an LED allowing one to check which device the keyboard is currently connected to. Other keys provide useful functions such as Home, Search, Back, App-Switch and Contextual Menus.

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Razer Intros "Mecha-Membrane" Keyboards

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Razer Intros

Razer announces the Ornata line of keyboards featuring what the company calls a "Mecha-Membrane"-- the fusing of a membrane rubber done design with mechanical keyswitches.

The mecha-membrane essentially blends the best of mechanical and laptop-style keyboards, since it provides both soft rubber-dome keys and satisfying clicky presses. Another unique feature is mid-height keycaps for a "comfortable and efficient" typing experience.

“The Razer Mecha-Membrane is the result of years of research and development that we’ve dedicated to build the best keyboards for gamers,” the company says. “When we moved to our own Razer mechanical switches in our production lines, we were excited to learn from real-use scenarios and apply that knowledge to perfect other technologies. The Razer Ornata is a great example of how our engineers can use feedback to innovate something truly amazing for gamers, in this case a solution that melds two seemingly disparate keyboard technologies for a phenomenal experience.”

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USB-C Gets HDMI Mode

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USB-C Gets HDMI Mode

The HDMI Founders announce an HDMI Alternative Mode for the USB Type-C specification, allowing the connection of HDMI-enabled displays to video sources via USB-C, with no need for additional protocols or adapters.

As announcement press release puts it, "this enables two of the most popular solutions for connectivity to come together-- the small form factor, reversible, and multi-purpose USB Type-C connector being adopted by smartphones, tablets and PC products, and HDMI, which is the leading display interface with an installed base of billions of displays."

HDMI Alt Mode includes all HDMI 1.4b features, including video resolutions up to 4K, Audio Return Channel (ARC), 3D, HDMI Ethernet Channel and Consumer Electronic Control (CEC). The HDMI cable uses the USB-C connector on the source side and any HDMI connector on the display side, all without adapters or dongles.

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Smaller iPad Pro Gets Twelve South Cases

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Smaller iPad Pro Gets Twelve South Cases

Twelve South announces versions of the BookBook and SurfacePad covers fitting the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, both featuring leather construction and built-in kickstand for hands-free tablet viewing.

As the name suggests the BookBook has a look reminiscent of a book, specifically one of the vintage variety. Designed for artists, it comes complete with a Pencil holster inside the spine and a kickstand turning the iPad Pro into an easel. The interior is covered in soft microfibre while the hardback covers and reinforced spine provide impact protection.

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Logitech Intros G Pro Gaming Mouse

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Logitech Intros G Pro Gaming Mouse

The Logitech G Pro Gaming Mouse features what is supposedly the most accurate optical sensor from the company yet, together wtih a metal spring button tensioning system and a design promising to be both durable and lightweight.

Designed for eSports athletes, the G Pro follows on the company's previous G100s and G303 rodents with a sensor covering the entire DPI range (200-12000) with zero smoothing, filtering or acceleration for "exceptional" tracking accuracy and responsiveness. The buttons are also improved, as a metal spring tensioning system reduces the force required to click while ehancing consistency.

As is obligatory for gaming equipment lighting is included and customisable with a choice of 16.8 million colours. Onboard memory saves user DPI, butter assignments and lighting configurations, as set up using Logitech Gaming Software (LGS).

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To Destroy this Battery, Just Add Water

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To Destroy this Battery, Just Add Water

Here's a means of powering gadgets that sounds ideal for Ethan Hunt and the Impossible Mission Force-- a battery one can destroy through the simple application of water.

Developed by Iowa State University, the battery is designed to power so-called "transient electronics," devices able to perform a variety of functions until exposure to light, heat or liquid. An obvious application for such devices is the military and espionage, but these also find use in medicine (specifically implants able to melt away when no longer needed) and temporary environmental sensors.

However, until now, transient electronics had a power issue-- they either relied on external, non-transient, power sources or early attempts at transient batteries with limited power, stability and self life. The Iowa State researchers claim to fix such issues, since their attempt at the technology powers a desktop calculator for around 15 minutes and self-destructs after being submerged in water for 30 minutes.

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Logitech Adds Backlight to iPad Pro Keyboard

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Logitech Adds Backlight to iPad Pro Keyboard

Logitech announces the Create Backlit Keyboard Case-- an update on the first iPad Pro keyboard case from the company featuring the addition of backlighting as well as connectivity via Smart Connector.

Compatible with the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, the Keyboard Case combines both protective case with a keyboard and integrated Apple Pencil holder. Use of the 3-pronged Smart Connector means the keyboard automatically powers and pairs with the iPad Pro when put in typing position, with no additional pairing required.

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