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A Stereoscope for the iPhone With Elsewhere

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Back in Victorian times people had a lot of fun with stereoscopes, a means to enhance the illusion of depth of still photographs. Now this old technique reaches the iPhone with the Elsewhere headset, a gadget looking very much like something from the old days.

ElsewhereThe Elsewhere headset works in combination with a companion app to convert any picture or video on the device to 3D through what the makers boldly describe as "technomancy" (as mentioned earlier, the process is very much akin to stereoscopy). The simple viewer features a pair of adjustable lenses and clamps to the iPhone before one puts the device straight to their face.

While the 3D effect is described as fairly impressive, one has to keep in mind the Elsewhere does not provide a truly immersive experience-- meaning one cannot turn their heads in order to look around world generated by a photo or video. Disappointingly it also does not support the direct viewing of YouTube or Netflix through the app. Instead the makers suggest a curious turnaround involving playing the video on a computer and viewing it through the phone camera, all while holding the headset to your face.

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Logitech Presents K780 Multi-Device Keyboard

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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.

K780 keyboardThe 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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Apple Watch Reaches Series 2

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Apple claims the Apple Watch is the currently the second best selling watch (just after Rolex) before it announces the next generation of the smartwatch-- the Apple Watch Series 2.

Apple Watch series 2The Series 2 is, essentially, an incremental upgrade over the original model. As many expected it is water resistant up to 50m, and is powered by an S2 dual-core processor and new GPU promising twice the graphical performance of the first model. The display is brighter (1000 nits) while GPS comes built-in.

Construction is in stainless steel, aluminium or, in an Apple first, ceramic with a "gorgeous pearl-white shine." Launching together with Series 2 are new Hermes bands. Nike also gets in the Watch action with Watch Nike Plus-- a version designed for athletes featuring a perforated rubber band and lighter aluminium construction for "the best running experience out there.

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InvisibleShield Adds Sapphire to Screen Protectors

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Sapphire DefenseZagg announces InvisibleShield Sapphire Defense-- an iPhone 6s and 6s Plus screen protector featuring a proprietary hybrid glass material infused with sapphire, one of the hardest gemstones in the world.

As the company puts it, the combination of sapphire and glass makes a "virtually indestructible" screen protector promising 7x better impact protection compared to an unprotected display. In addition it also features smudge resistance, a self-healing surface to mask minor scratches and the smooth feel and clarity of traditional glass protectors.

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iPad Pro Smart Keyboard Goes International

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Apple Arabic keyboardCustomers working in languages other than US English should be happy to learn Apple now offers the iPad Pro Smart Keyboard in a number of international layouts, all featuring the same dark gray design of the original.

The languages on offer are British English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Korean and Thai. The localised layouts come complete with differences related to the language in question, such as full support for right-to-left language in the case of the Arabic version. Such adjustments make sense, since iOS 9 already has comprehensive right-to-left language support.

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