Accessories


iPad Pro Gets BookBook Case

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BookBook iPad ProTwelve South announces a version of the popular BookBook cases fitting the iPad Pro-- allowing customers to protect the tablet while giving it the appearance of a classic book.

Handcrafted in high-quality leather, each case is distressed so as to be given a unique look and features two hardback covers to protect the iPad while traveling. The iPad Pro version has a built-in pocket for the storage of a Pencil or stylus, while dual zippers keep the case firmly closed. To further protect the display the inside has a soft microfibre covering.

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Samsung MicroSD Cards Go Up to 256GB

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Samsung microSDSamsung launches what it claims is the highest capacity microSD card (in its class)-- the EVO Plus 256GB, packed with 3D V-NAND to provide more storage for mobile devices, drones and 360-degree video recorders.

According to the company the card holds up to 12 hours of 4K/UHD video or 33 hours of HD video. Read and write speeds reach up to 95MB/s and 90MB/s respectively, while the card is IEC60529, IPX7 certified waterproof and can withstand x-rays and magnetic fields.

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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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