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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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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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