Accessories

DxO One Camera Arrives on Android

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Camera software developer DxO announces an Android-compatible version of the One, a detachable camera accessory customers plug into their smartphones via USB-C port.

DxO OneFirst released back in June 2015, the original DxO One was iPhone-only, since it made use of the Lightning connector. The Android version should remain essentially identical. It features a 1-inch 20MP sensor (similar to the one found in the Sony RX100) paired with a f/1.8 maximum aperture lens and small mono OLED display, and can snap photos when used as a standalone device or paired with a smartphone and companion app.

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SanDisk SD, microSD Cards for Industrial Solutions

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Western Digital presents industrial- and automotive-grade memory cards-- the SanDisk Industrial and SanDisk Automotive, aimed at specialised applications.

SanDisk IndustrialAimed at industrial scenarios such as surveillance cameras, drones, factory automation and networking equipment, the Industrial and Automotive SD and microSD cards withstand temperatures ranging from -40- to 85-degrees Celsius. They also offer fast sequential read and write speeds of 50/80MB/s to handle high bit-rate video streaming applications.

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Belkin presents 3.5mm Audio + Charge RockStar

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Belkin RockstarThe Belkin 3.5mm Audio + Charge RockStar is a fairly self-explanatory accessory-- it is means to add a headphone jack to Lightning-only devices, while providing a source of data or power.

The MFi-certified product is compatible with any 3.5mm audio source, and handles remote and mic control via headphones. It also supports 12W passthrough charging, meaning the iPhone juices up at maximum speeds. As such it is ideal for use with the latest iPhones lacking a 3.5mm headphone jack, namely the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and upcoming iPhone X.

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Pi to Wirelessly Charge from a Distance

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Wireless charging is set to truly hit the mainstream with the iPhone 8, but a startup named Pi wants to further extend the reach of the technology-- specifically by 30cm, through the imaginatively named Pi Charger.

Pi ChargerAs debuted at the TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield event, the Pi Charger is a conical device able to charge multiple devices within around 30cm in any direction. It is not a full-room wireless charging offering, the the maker promises it actually works, and does so without need to put devices on a charging pad.

The technology behind the Pi Charger is resonant induction, the same used by the Qi standard found in the new iPhones. It is paired with a special beam forming algorithm allowing Pi to shape and direct the magnetic fields around the device. This allows users to charge a smartphone by putting it next to the charger, as opposed to directly on it.

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How to Charge and Back Up the iPhone

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Western Digital presents an interesting 2-in-1 SanDisk solution-- the iXpand Base, a device providing customers means to charge the iPhone while backing up its photos, videos and contacts.

iXpand BaseThe iXpand Base has a Lightning cable on one side and a power cord on the other. According to WD, it is designed for charging the iPhone on a nightly basis, and while the smartphone is charging it backs up all critical files via iXpand Base app, thus providing automatic nightly backups.

Internal storage totals up to 256GB, and it can be used to offload photos and other files to save iPhone space. The backup feature also allows one to easily transfer contents to a new phone, since it simply involves installing the companion app and plugging it in.

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