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How to Turn a Smartphone Into a Bike Rearview Mirror

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A startup named Smart Bike claims to have a rearview mirror solution for bicycles with the Hexagon-- a camera and companion app combo users pair with a handlebar-mounted smartphone.

Hexagon cameraThe Hexagon attaches to the bike seat post, with a quick-release system allowing one to easily remove it for charging and the prevention fo theft. It also features red LED clusters acting as turn automatic turn and braking signals thanks to an accelerometer and gyroscope, and users get manual lighting control via handlebar ring.

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The Huawei 360-Degree Camera for Phones

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Huawei teams up with camera maker Insta360 to launch the Honor VR Camera-- a 360-degree clip-on camera designed for use with the Chinese company's Honor smartphone range.

Honor VRNot much in terms of details on the Honor VR Camera is known as yet, other than it featuring "3K photography" support and live-streaming capabilities. As one might imagine it works together with an Insta360-developed companion app for the saving and sharing of 360-degree videos and snaps.

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Sony Claims Fastest SD Card

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According to Sony the SF-G UHS-II SD card is the fastest yet, with read/write speeds reaching 300MB/s and 299MB/s respectively, making it perfect for photographers and videographers.

Sony fastest card"The quick write speed supports maximum performance of digital imaging devices, contributing to longer continuous shooting of high-resolution images with UHS-II supporting cameras," the company says. "It also contributes to a shorter buffer clearing time so users never miss a critical moment."

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Samsung Upgrades Gear VR at MWC

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Samsung presents an upgrade on the Gear VR headset-- one complete with a physical controller accessory promising "quicker selection and interaction" in virtual experiences.

Gear VR controllerThe actual headset is more or less identical to the Gear VR designed for use with the recalled Galaxy Note 7. It offers a 101-degree field of view and is compatible with both USB-C and microUSB Samsung devices, including the Galaxy S7, S7 edge, Note5, S6 Edge+, S6 and S6 Edge.

Meanwhile the controller (imaginatively named "Gear VR Controller") is the result of a collaboration with Oculus. Designed for single-hand use, it has a touchpad and trigger for in-game actions, as well as integrated home, volume and back buttons for immersive media controls.

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Moment Kickstarts Battery Photo Case

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Moment combines mobile photography with battery cases with the Battery Photo Case-- a self-descriptive iPhone 7 case, with two mounting slots matching the iPhone 7 Plus' dual-lens setup.

Moment CaseThe slots allow users to add Moment lenses to either of the two iPhone 7 Plus camera (but not simultaneously). An iPhone 7 version featuring one mounting slot is also available. A new lens-locking interface clicks lenses in place. Customers can attach previous Moment lenses through a small adapter, although the company says the lenses will be reworked in the future for use with the new interface.

As for the battery, the iPhone 7 version carries a 2500mAh power pack, while the iPhone 7 Plus version clocks at 3500mAh. Case construction is in plastic and rubber, with a Lightning port at the bottom passing power to the phone.

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