Accessories


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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Emtec Presents Weya Wireless Storage

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Emtec announces WEYA (WherEver You Are)-- a lineup of portable wireless multimedia storage devices consisting of the GoPhoto, GoMusic and GoMovie products, all complete with rechargeable batteries and companion apps.

Emtec WeyaDesigned to allow file access while on the go, WEYA devices create an own wifi network for the easy file backups without need for an internet connection. In addition users can also access and organise files, as well as stream audio or video, through free apps.

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How to Protect iDevice Cables

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Customers worried about breaking Apple Lighting and 30-pin charging cables? Tudia provides a solution with Klip, a 2-piece silicon and polycarobonate clip one can snap onto iDevice cables for added protection.

Tudia KlipAccording to the company the Klip reduces strain on cables by up to 80% by controlling bending at the most vulnerable points of the cable-- the ends. It also fixes frayed or damaged cables, allowing for continued use without need for fixing with tape or shopping for replacements.

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Huawei Smartphones Get VR Headset

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In a move surprising to nobody Huawei presents a take on the smartphone-powered VR headset-- the simply named Huawei VR, a headset designed for use with either the P9 or Mate 8 handsets.

Huawei VRThe headset looks like the Samsung Gear VR, and works in a similar manner. Users simply need to slot the smartphone in the headset before connecting the two devices via USB-C cable to provide controls via touchpanel, back button and volume keys on the right of the headset.

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