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Jan 07
CES: Nyko announces new wireless charging cases

At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Nyko Technologies (www.nyko.com) announced details about their new line of power accessories for the iPhone. The Los Angeles-based battery solutions expert is now expanding to offer power cases for the iPhone 6 and 6S.

The new products include the Power Shield case, coming in a variety of power capacities up to 3500 mAh, and the Power Shield Q case with Qi inductive wireless charging and 2200 mAh capacity. The Q Shield was also announced, which simply adds Qi inductive wireless charging capabilities to an iPhone 6 or 6S in a slim design.

The Power Shield for iPhone 6 and 6S is a charging case available with a battery capacity of 2500 mAh, 3000 mAh, and 3500 mAh, supporting more than double the usage time over the standard iPhone battery. The case is durable and streamlined, includes a 3.5-inch pass-through headphone adaptor, and features a light-up charge indicator...

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Jan 07
Reflector 2 update adds iPad Pro support, more

The latest Reflector 2 update brings mirroring and streaming support for Hulu, Vimeo and YouTube videos, along with complete iPad Pro support. iOS and OS X device owners can now mirror or stream content from these video platforms to any Mac or Windows computer running Reflector 2.4.

Reflector is a wireless mirroring and streaming receiver that works great with AirPlay, Google Cast, and AirParrot 2. Version 2.4 is available now as a free update for current Reflector 2 users. It can be downloaded from the Reflector 2 preferences menu or from the Reflector 2 (http://www.airsquirrels.com/reflector/).

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Jan 07
Patriot releases new Viper USB, Mega USB devices

Patriot has announced their latest additions to company’s steadily growing line of consumer flash drives, the Viper and Mega USB.

The Viper USB — with prices ranging from $34.99 to $94.99 — joins the expanding lines of the company’s brands of computer memory and now gaming peripherals. With USB 3.1 Gen 1 connectivity and backwards compatibility with USB 2.0, the Viper USB will be available in three capacities of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB.

The Viper USB comes in red and black with the Viper logo stamped on the front. A swing feature offers protection for the drive’s connector while not in use and the key ring loop at the top makes it portable for gamers to take on the go

Patriot designed the Supersonic Mega USB with the impressive performance of the high end Magnum as the standard, but with a more affordable price for the consumer ($49.99 to $229.99). Built with an industrial, zinc alloy casing, the Mega comes with a removable cap to keep all of life’s most...

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Jan 06
CES: STACKED expands its wireless ecosystem of iPhone accessories

STACKED has announced its latest products at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES): the Audio Dock and Boost Speaker are designed to be used in tandem with the company’s Stack Pack to cut cords, eliminate wires and simplify the lives of consumers.

The $129 Stack Pack is an iPhone charger. The Audio Dock, designed to declutter work spaces and replace bulky conference call systems, allows users take calls and listen to music, while simultaneously and wirelessly charging an iPhone.

The Audio Dock features an integrated 2000mAh charge base that magnetically connects with the Stack Pack to achieve wireless charging and avoid running out of battery during a call. It will be available in the second quarter for $79.99 at poweredbystacked.com.

STACKED’s Boost Speaker is designed to replace consumers’ portable Bluetooth speakers. It magnetically connects to a Stack Pack and amplifies the iPhone’s sound. It features two 30mm drivers. Rather than carry both a phone...

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Jan 06
CES: Lutron announces HomeKit compatible products

(www.lutron.com) announced that its Caséta Wireless smart home system now offers the ability to control Lutron shades using its HomeKit-enabled Caséta Wireless Smart Bridge providing users with control of some of the most frequently-used products in their homes. 

Earlier this year, Lutron released one of the world’s first Apple HomeKit-enabled products – its Caséta Wireless Smart Bridge, which allows users to control their lights conveniently and securely via Siri using their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Apple Watch. Adding Lutron shade support to the HomeKit-enabled Caséta Wireless Smart Bridge provides a more streamlined user experience and a third option for controlling Lutron devices in the home. The other two options – the Lutron App and Pico Wireless remote control – were introduced last year.   
 
The HomeKit-enabled Caséta Wireless Smart Bridge (a do-it-yourself solution) supports Serena battery-...

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Jan 06
CES: re-fuel Introduces eight new extended power accessories

At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, re-fuel (www.re-fuel.com) is introducing a new line of extended power accessories with eight new products for iPhones, GoPros and mobile devices. The line-up includes:

° Action Pack extended batteries for GoPro Hero 3 & 4 cameras that extend recording time up to 6, 12 or 24 hours.  The all-weather Action Packs are rugged, dustproof, dirt proof, and waterproof to 131 feet (40 meters), withstand extreme heat and cold providing steady power from -22 to 122 degree Fahrenheit (-30 to 50 Celsius), and are sealed against the elements, no matter where you take it.

° Go Charger to simultaneously charge two GoPro Hero 4 batteries and smartphone.

° Quikpod Dynamic Power Selfie Stick and Quickpod Power Grip with built-in power banks for an extra 10 hours of filming on smartphone, GoPros and cameras.

° PowerBiner, a clip-on power carabiner...

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Jan 06
Lexar announces new JumpDrive C20i, a 3-in-1 iOS Flash Drive

Lexar (www.lexar.com) has announced the Lexar JumpDrive C20i flash drive. Featuring two connectors – Lightning and USB 3.0 – the new flash drive is designed for the iPhone or iPad and lets users offload content, add storage, back up files, and charge iOS devices on the go with no battery or network required.

The flash drive offers USB 3.0 performance with read speeds up to 95MB per second and write speeds of 20MB per second. It enables users to automatically sync photos and videos, as well as back up files, with the use of a free file management app from the Apple App Store. The JumpDrive C20i is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 devices and is available in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities.

The drive is compatible with Mac OS X and Windows systems and comes with a three-year limited warranty. The new JumpDrive C20i flash drive will be available in the first quarter of the year and have manufacturer’s...

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Jan 06
Apple announces record-breaking holiday season for the App Store

Apple has announced that customers around the world made this holiday season the biggest ever for the App Store, setting new records during the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s. 

In the two weeks ending Jan. 3, customers spent over $1.1 billion on apps and in-app purchases, setting back-to-back weekly records for traffic and purchases. Jan. 1, 2016 marked the biggest day in App Store history with customers spending over $144 million. It broke the previous single-day record set just a week earlier on Christmas Day.

“The App Store had a holiday season for the record books. We are excited that our customers downloaded and enjoyed so many incredible apps for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV, spending over $20 billion on the App Store last year alone,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “We're grateful to all the developers who have created the most innovative and exciting apps in the world for our customers. We can't...

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Jan 06
CF Card Recovery for OS X gets new interface, more

AppleXsoft has updated CF Card Recovery for Mac, its data rescue software for Mac OS X, to version 5.1.3. The tool was specifically developed to help anyone recover images, documents, video, music or just about anything from CF card, memory card, USB flash drives and all other types of digital media.

The software has been completely rewritten from scratch. and completely redesigned wizard-style interface,. Version 5.1.3 also adds support for larger capacity memory cards. New video and image formats added include RAW image and HD/UHD/3D for video.

CF Card Recovery works with Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It's available for $49.95  for a single-user license. A free trial version may be downloaded from the product website (http://www.cfcardrecovery.com/).

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Jan 06
SCSC Releases Phoenix 2.1 for Mac OS X

Software and Computer System Company (http://scsc-online.com) has released version 2.1 of Phoenix, an update to their operating system tool for Mac OS X. Phoenix allows users to clone volumes, create emergency boot volumes, and attempt to recover data from drives and SSDs with bad blocks.

Phoenix is offered as a standalone product and is a standard component in the company's main product, Scannerz for Mac OS X. Version 2.1 offers several performance improvements. Phoenix may be obtained as a stand-alone product for $13.95. Or it may be obtained as part of the either of the fully featured versions of Scannerz (but not Scannerz-Lite).

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Jan 05
TypeIt4Me celebrates 25 years on the Mac with a new version

Ettore Software has released TypeIt4Me version 5.5 for Mac. This update coincides with the 25th anniversary of the original version 1.0 release. To celebrate this milestone in the app’s long-running development, for a limited time TypeIt4Me 5.5 licenses can be bought for $4.99; that’s 75% off the regular price.

TypeIt4Me is a typing shortcut tool. With it you can type abbreviations that instantly expand to longer words, paragraphs, pictures and more. You can create short, expandable abbreviations for email signatures, greetings, commonly repeated phrases, formatted text and images.

TypeIt4Me 5.5 provides the syncing of snippets via Dropbox, iCloud Drive, Google Drive and shared network folders for use on more than one Mac. The upgrade also sports an user interface refinements, a redesigned app icon, and performance and stability improvements

TypeIt4Me 5.5 requires a Mac running OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or later. A demo is available for download (...

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Jan 05
Braven unveils smart modular backup battery

BRAVEN (www.braven.com) has unveiled the he BRAVEN BRV-BANK PRO LE, an “ultra-rugged” modular backup battery with an ecosystem of accessories designed to adapt to even the most extreme outdoor environments.

An even more rugged version of BRAVEN’s acclaimed BRV-BANK, the original Bluetooth Smart portable outdoor backup battery, the BRV-BANK PRO LE can now survive full submersion with an IPX7 waterproof rating, features a built-in 300-lumen LED flashlight, and is protected by an aircraft-grade aluminum housing for extra versatility and durability says says BRAVEN CEO Andy Fathollahi. It’s also compatible with all accessories from the BRV-PRO modular rugged-speaker, including the solar charging panel, multi-tool, GoPro compatible action mount, and stacking plate, which allows users to stack multiple BRV-BANK PRO LE batteries on top of each other for even more power.

Similar to its predecessor, the BRV-BANK PRO LE...

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Jan 05
Seagate rolls out the Backup Plus Ultra Slim

Seagate Technology has launched the Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim, which it says is the world’s thinnest 2TB mobile hard drive. This new product builds on the award-winning Backup Plus Slim drive, delivering a new design with the same leading capacity in an even slimmer profile.

Available in golden or platinum metal finish, the drive includes Seagate Dashboard software, which offers users either one-click on-demand or customizable, scheduled backups for their devices. The Backup Plus Ultra Slim comes with 200GB of free Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage for two years.

The Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim gold and platinum finishes will be available this quarter from Amazon and Seagate.com.

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Jan 05
LaCie previews Chrome desktop storage solution

At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, LaCie (www.lacie.com) unveiled the LaCie Chromé desktop storage solution, which sports USB 3.1 Gen 2 technology, USB-C connectivity and SSDs housed in an aluminum enclosure by Neil Poulton.

The LaCie Chromé features a pair of 500 GB M.2 SATA SSDs in RAID 0. Working together, these components deliver speeds of up to 940 MB/second. According to the folks at LaCie, this performance lets users ingest two hours of 4K GoPro footage in a little over one minute, makes architectural and 3D modeling tasks smoother and faster, and enables the editing of hi-res video without first needing to convert footage to a lower resolution.

The elevated form is an homage to a 1935 bronze statue from Constantin Brâncuși, one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th century. Once machined, the enclosure is hand assembled, then chromed to a mirror polish. Forged from solid...

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Jan 05
LaCie announces mobile, desktop versions of USB-C drives

At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, LaCie (www.lacie.com) announced a new line of LaCie Porsche Design Drives. Housed in all-aluminum enclosures that reflect the signature Porsche Design style, the new Mobile and Desktop Drives feature USB-C connectivity (as found on the 12-inch MacBook) with the highest capacities on the market in a compact form factor.

By harnessing the power of USB 3.1, the LaCie Porsche Design Desktop Drive will charge a compatible laptop’s battery when the drive’s power supply is connected to the wall outlet. Via a single USB-C cable, users can power their notebook and access their drive at the same time.

Both the Mobile and Desktop Drives feature all-aluminum enclosures that are scratch resistant and dissipate heat. The LaCie Porsche Design Mobile Drive will be available in 1TB, 2TB and 4TB capacities starting at $109.95; the LaCie Porsche Design Desktop Drive comes in...

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Jan 05
DupHunter for OS X offers a way to deal with ‘garbage’ photos

A new cross-platform app by Teorex, DupHunter (http://www.duphunter.com) scans photos on a user´s computer and gets rid of all duplicates leaving only the best images in each group of similar pictures.

The program automatically detects series of photos taken with continuous shooting or locates similar images based on their content. You set the program against folders on your computer, and it reveals all doubling images it finds. Then you select the best photos in each group of duplicates; DupHunter discards others.

DupHunter is available for Windows and MacOS. The price for a single license is $19.99.

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Jan 05
Akitio unveils the Thunder3 Duo Pro

AKITIO has unveiled the Thunder3 Duo Pro, which it says is the industry's first hardware RAID and display dock solution designed to unleash the groundbreaking speed and simplicity of Thunderbolt 3. 

Developed to handle the data protection and performance requirements for today's ever-growing media libraries, the Thunder3 Duo Pro offers fast transfers with the added flexibility of a DisplayPort video output in a form factor small enough for a desktop, says Richard Wright, vice president of Sales & Marketing for Akitio. 

Utilizing Thunderbolt 3, the Thunder3 Duo Pro can deliver transfer speeds up to 770 MB/s while simultaneously providing two 4K video streams to connected displays, roughly 8x faster than USB 3.1 Gen 1 and 4x faster than USB 3.1 Gen 2.  Thunder3 Duo Pro is ideal for consumers and professionals who desire high capacity external storage with advanced RAID support and robust data protection, says Wright.


The Thunder3 Duo Pro is offered as a 2-...

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Jan 05
Patriot announces the Hellfire M.2 and PCIe AIC

Patriot (www.patriotmem.com) has released its latest solid-state drive offerings, the Patriot Hellfire M.2 PCIe SSD and the Hellfire PCIe AIC (Add-in Card).
Hellfire M.2 PCIe SSD.

The Hellfire will be Patriot’s first M.2 PCIe SSD. With a Gen 3 x 4 interface and NVMe 1.2 compliant, the Hellfire M.2 reportedly reaches speeds of up to 2,500MB/s read and 600MB/s. Hellfire will lower latency while increasing the productivity and response times of any PC, laptop or notebook, says Les Henry, vice president of Engineering at Patriot.

The Hellfire M.2 will be released in capacities of 240GB, 480GB and 960GB in a M.2 2280 form factor. It’s powered by the Phison 5007 controller and MLC NAND.

In addition to the Hellfire M.2, Patriot will also launch the Patriot Hellfire PCIe AIC. The Hellfire PCIe AIC with a Gen 3 x 4 interface is Patriot’s top-of-the-line choice for a storage solution with sequential...

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Jan 05
Amped Wireless debuts HD Wi-Fi cameras

At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Amped Wireless announced the latest solutions for consumer and business security, the APOLLO and APOLLO PRO Long Range HD Wi-Fi Cameras. According to Lacey Limbrick, Amped Wireless’ Brand and Marketing manager, they provide three times the Wi-Fi range of any other cameras of their kind.

Accompanied by a mobile app and cloud recording, these Long Range HD Wi-Fi Cameras combine high powered amplifiers and a high gain antenna. This High Power technology enables the cameras to be installed in the outer corners of a home or office, outside of the garage, near the pool or in other areas that standard cameras can’t reach. The APOLLO and APOLLO PRO can be installed anywhere without the need to be close to a Wi-Fi source.

The APOLLO PRO is equipped with a wide viewing angle for optimal viewing dimensions. Advanced Night Vision provides clear viewing in dark conditions. The APOLLO PRO is also equipped with two-way...

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Jan 05
Buy one copy of QuarkXPress 2015 and get one free

Everyone who purchases a copy of QuarkXPress 2015, or upgrades to it from previous versions, between now and Feb. 15, will receive a second license of QuarkXPress 2015 free. Go to http://content.quark.com/bogof-us.html for more info.

QuarkXPress 2015 is the current version of Quark’s design and page layout software for creative professionals. It features the top 10 most user-requested enhancements as well as 64-bit performance, certified PDF/X-4 output, and functionality for creating fixed layout eBooks. QuarkXPress is sold as a perpetual license for Mac OS X and Windows, which means no subscriptions are required.

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Jan 05
CES: Griffin rolls out USB-C peripherals

At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Griffin Technology (www.GriffinTechnology.com) announced new accessories for USB-C connection ports (Apple’s 12-inch MacBook only has one port — and it’s USB-C).

With the introduction of USB-C on the MacBook, Apple removed the MagSafe connector. Enter Griffin’s BreakSafe Magnetic USB-C Power Cable ($39.99), which brings back a magnetic breakaway power cable to USB-C compatible laptops, keeping them safe from drops and damage. The patented quick-release magnetic connector plugs into a laptop’s USB-C port and safely disconnects from the rest of the cable when put under stress or strain from incidents like tripping over the power cord.

The magnetic connector is only 12.8 mm deep so it can stay plugged into a laptop’s USB-C port when not in use. The BreakSafe’s included six-foot cable with the USB-C charger that comes with laptops such as the...

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Jan 04
CES: Brydge launches new keyboards for the iPad Pro, iPad mini 4

At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Brydge (www.brydge.com) launched its keyboard lineup for the Apple iPad Pro and iPad mini 4.

Brydge has engineered its keyboards to maximize the functionality of the iPad while providing the productivity of a MacBook, says CEO Nicholas Smith. Following the same award-winning design as previous Brydge models, the BrydgePro and BrydgeMini are equipped with Brydge's patented 180-degree hinge system, 100% aluminum build, backlit keys, and haptic key feel.

Both the BrydgePro and BrydgeMini boast a minimalistic design that includes Brydge's patented U-shaped silicon clamping mechanism for premium viewing angles and adjustments, Bluetooth connectivity, and a rechargeable battery that lasts up to three months.

The BrydgePro for iPad Pro is $189 and is available for preorder at www....

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Jan 04
Elevan announces Apple Pay support

Elavon (www.elavon.ca), a payments solution provider in Canada and subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp, now offers its customers access to Apple Pay. Following the recent launch of Apple Pay in Canada for American Express cardholders, Elavon is among the first payment processing companies to offer Apple Pay to Canadian businesses.

Apple Pay works with current Elavon EMV-contactless point of sale terminals in Canada. To pay, consumers simply hold their mobile device near the contactless reader, exactly as they would a contactless card today. The payment information is then passed to the POS system once the consumer confirms the transaction using Touch ID on their device.

“Elavon has been an early supporter of mobile payments, and Canadians continue to demonstrate their interest in adopting new payment technologies,” says Mia Huntington, Vice President of Elavon in Canada. “Along with the increasing consumer demand for...

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Jan 04
Griffin expands its Apple Watch accessories

At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Griffin Technology (www.GriffinTechnology.com) unveiled additions to its Apple Watch accessories line.

Griffin’s Travel Power Bank ($69.99) is a compact battery with a Apple Watch charger. With 800 mAh of power, the portable battery purportedly delivers up to four four full charges for Apple’s smartwatch before it needs recharging via the included micro-USB cable. The Travel Power Bank (pictured) will be available in the second quarter of the year and will come with an attached keyring to clip it to a set of keys, a hook or carabiner.

The Uptown Leather Band ($59.99) is a double-wrap band that complements all 38mm Apple Watch versions. It combines colored genuine leather bands with coordinating metal buckle detailing in gold, silver or rose gold. A metal buckle and floating keeper loops adjust to fit wrists measuring 5.1 to 7 inches, while...

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Jan 04
CES: Griffin expands its Survivor line of bags

At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Griffin Technology announced a new collection of bags to its best-selling Survivor line. Survivor Backpack and Survivor Briefcase are TSA-compliant and offer crush-and-weather-proof protection for laptops, tablets and other tech, no matter how far off the beaten path life takes you.

Both Survivor Backpack and Survivor Briefcase boast enough room for a 15-inch laptop, full-size tablet and smartphone in padded, weatherproof compartments. The main compartments are surrounded by an internal shatter-proof plastic shell and honeycombed sidewalls that provide impact protection and are sealed from rain, snow and sleet with weatherproof zippers.

Wide, padded shoulder straps are lined with breathable mesh for comfort. Combined with a water-resistant ballistic nylon construction and a molded, high-density foam and padded pocket, Survivor Backpack is designed to protect gear from 6-foot drops while Survivor Briefcase...

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