Accessories

Incipio Brings iPhone 7 Headphone Jack Back

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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.

Incipio OXAs 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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LG Presents Wearable Tone Studio

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LG reveals an unusual hybrid of speaker and headphones at CES 2017-- the Tone Studio and Free are a horseshoe-shaped devices the company says can deliver "amazing" surround sound when worn around the neck.

Tone StudioDescribed as a "personal wearable speaker," the Tone Studio carries 2 full range speakers on the top and 2 vibrating speakers in the bottom. It also features, DTS technology for "realistic theatre-like sound," a DAC for enhanced audio output and a Dual Play mode allowing users to pair two Tone Studio units and share the sound from a movie or playlist.

Customers wanting a more traditional audio product from LG also get an option at CES-- the Tone Free includes wireless earbuds one can charge by storing inside the neckband. As well as taking care of storage and charging the neckband also vibrates to alert users of calls and text messages, while built-in speakers and microphone turn it into a hands-free headset. Only one worn around the neck.

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Kanex Adds GoPower Watch Accessories

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Kanex announces a pair of additions to the GoPower Apple Watch accessory line at CES 2017-- the GoPower Watch Stand magnetic charging stand and the Watch Mini portable keychain battery.

Kanex GoPowerThe Watch Stand is compatible with both 38 and 42mm Watch models. It handles charging and display duties, with the magnetic charging securely holding the smartwatch in place, and an additional USB port in the back allows the simultaneous charging of any other device. Power comes through included DC adapter.

On the other hand the Watch Mini charges a Watch on-the-go without need for any cables. It starts charging at first contact, and provides 1000mAh of power for a full extra charge to the smartwatch. Recharging comes through micro USB, and the compact design easily fits pockets or keychains.

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Monster Charges With Home Collection

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Monster announces a portable power products lineup-- the Home Collection, aluminium-clad devices featuring rapid USB charging within designs complementing home and office decor.

Monster Home CollectionThe collection offers 3 charging stations, Large, Medium and Small, each with x4 USB ports, built-in stand, built-in cord management and LED night lights. The large version adds x4 power outlets for electrical devices while the medium has two plugs, and the two chargers also include Monster's Fireproof MOV surge protection technology.

The small version lacks in power outlets and surge protection.

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Snapchat Takes on Google Glass With Spectacles

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Snap--aka the recently rebranded Snapchat-- presents a first hardware product with Spectacles, a pair of sunglasses able to record video with the press of a button.

SpectaclesThe brightly coloured Spectacles are something of a stripped-down take on the concept behind Google's Glass. They carry a small circular camera in the upper left and right sides of the frames, and shoot what the company calls "Snaps," snippets of video up to 10 seconds in length.

The Specs store up to three 10-second long Snaps, and video recording starts and stops by pressing a button near the left camera. An outwards-facing light lets people know the Specs are recording, and one can transfer videos to smartphones via Bluetooth or wifi. Videos eventually appear in the Memories section of the Snapchat app for sharing with the rest of the world.

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