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Logitech Intros ZeroTouch Smartphone Auto Mounts

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Logitech announces the ZeroTouch Air Vent and ZeroTouch Dashboard-- a pair of smartphone auto mounts the company says turn any car into a connected car in combination with an Android device and a companion app.

Logi ZeroTouchOnce the smartphone is docked in the mount the app allows users to hear and respond to incoming messages, as well as operate navigation and music apps such as Google Maps, Waze, Glympse and Spotify hands free. As the names might suggest the mounts install on either air vent or dashboard, and hold smartphones via magnets.

Initiating texting or commands involves a simple hand gesture, while other controls come through voice.

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How to Tap Towards a Wearable Mobile Keyboard

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Ran Poliakine, the man behind wireless charger startup Powermat Technologies, aims to make typing on mobile devices easier with Tap, a wearable device able to translate taps into letters or keyboards.

Tap keyboardThe Tap is made out of a soft foam material and slips on the fingers like a knuckleduster. It uses any flat surface-- "a table, a chair or even your body"-- and a unique input system able to turn 31 different taps into letters or numbers. Connectivity comes through Bluetooth and the makers say it is compatible with smartphones, tablets, wearable devices and even VR headsets.

The actual input method takes some time getting used to, and as such it requires around 1 hour to master via game-style tutorial on a companion TapGenius app.

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The Audio-Boosting iPad Case

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A startup named Ampple takes to Indiegogo to launch an iPad case promising to boost the audio capabilities of the tablet with "HD sound" up to three times louder than the built-in iPad speakers.

AmppleAlso named Ampple, the case features a pair of front-facing speakers, an "innovative" innovative inner sound channel design and a 5000mAh allowing for 10 hours of use. Further improving audio is CONEQ, a sound correction algorithm found in a number of Panasonic and Toshiba audio products.

Construction is in polycarbonate material adding just 12-14mm to the tablet, and the makers say it does not inhibit button, camera or microphone functions. The actual case can be worn on 9.7-inch iPad models, but since it uses Bluetooth connectivity the speakers can be paired with just about every other Bluetooth-enabled device, including iPhones and the iPad mini.

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Intel Wants to Replace Headphone Jacks With USB-C!

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The humble 3.5mm headphone jack appears to have an enemy in Intel-- a report discovered by AnandTech shows an Intel proposal to "remove the 3.5mm audio jack from audio sources."

USB-C ConnectorBut what does Chipzilla have against headphone connectors? First off, is the issue of its analog nature. In technological terms the headphone connector is outright ancient. The original 6.35mm favoured by high-end audio equipment was invented in 1878, while the two-conductor miniature 3.5mm connector has been around by the 1960s. The technology has evolved since then (with the addition of microphone support and remote control) but modern devices require more sophisticated interconnectors with higher data rates.

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Logitech Intros iPad Pro Dock

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The Logi Base is an iPad Pro accessory Apple itself is still to produce-- a charging dock using the tablet's Smart Connector port to take care of charging and syncing duties.

Logi BaseThe Base supports both 12.9- and 9.7-inch versions of the iPad Pro. It features aluminium construction, a rubber anti-slip base, and the charging cradle uses magnets to align the device with the charging pins. Actual power comes through connecting a Lighting cable and power brick to the back of the Base.

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