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Bose pushes first wireless noise-cancelling headphones

Bose has announced four distinct wireless headphones, headlined by two noise cancelling Bluetooth models, including the around ear QuietComfort 35 model and QuietControl 30s. 

Available in black or silver and priced at $349.95, the QuietComfort 35 headphones has the same around-ear design as previous wired QC cans and the company says they offer similar audio quality to its QC25 headphones. 

The headphones feature four separate microphones and an ANC chipset to block out external noise. In addition, QuietComfort 35 offers Bluetooth/NFC pairing, 20 hours of wireless or 40 hours wired battery life, 15-minute quick-charge functionality that allows for 2.5 hours of use. There is also a button interface that allows users to answer phone calls or control music tracks and volume. 

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In the meantime, the new $299.95 Bose QuietControl 30 wireless active noise-cancelling in-ear headphones are expected to allow users to block outside noise while they cram their skulls full of music.  The level of noise cancellation in this model can be adjusted via the Bose mobile app or via the physical controls on the buds. The company also packed the headphone’s battery, Bluetooth and ANC hardware into a compact, semi-rigid pod that wraps around a user’s neck.

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Finally, Bose also unveiled two new models of fitness-oriented Bluetooth earbuds, the SoundSport Wireless and SoundSport Wireless Pulse. Both models are water and sweat resistant, while the latter is equipped with a built-in heart-rate monitor inside the earbuds. 

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The SoundSport comes in black and blue versions at $149.95 each. SoundSport Pulse ships this September, and will retail for $199.95.

Accessories, iPhone, News/Rumors

Chinese company advertises new Lightning-to-headphone adapters ready for iPhone 7

While there are a lot of rumors suggesting that Apple will drop the 3.5mm audio jack to make its next-gen iPhone even thinner, Chinese accessory maker is now advertising a number of Lightning-to-headphone adapters with separate volume controls.

Tama Electric is currently advertising three Lightning-to-headphone adapters, two of which also feature a micro USB port for charging while using headphones. The listing was first spotted by the Japanese blog Mac Otakara.

The Lightning-to-3.5mm-audio adapter appears to be MFi-certified and looks rather bulky.

First reports suggesting that the Cupertino company will drop the headphone socket from the iPhone 7 in favor of Lightning and wireless headphones appeared six months ago.

Apple is also rumored to be developing new Bluetooth EarPods that will pair and charge with a handset through the Lightning port, similar to the Apple Pencil with the iPad Pro.

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The Tama products have no price listing, do not appear to be available for purchase yet and are unlikely to be sold as certified Made for iPhone accessories anytime soon. 

Apple’s next-generation iPhone is expected to debut in September with $649 starting price. Apple’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will feature an upgraded A-series processor and likely an improved camera. The iPhone 7 Plus is also rumored to include a 256GB storage option, a 3,100 mAh battery, and 3GB RAM. 

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Сhange the mood of your room with Revogi Smart Bluetooth LED Bulb

Do you want to change the mood of your room with just a few taps? The SatechiRevogi Bluetooth 4.0 RGBW Smart LED Bulbs offers 16 million color combinations.

In addition to the color option, the smart device can dim and brighten on command, and use just 10 percent of the energy consumed by a standard bulb.

Revogi’s smart LED bulbs are easy to install and can fit into any standard socket. Once paired with the free Delite app on smartphone, it gives you control upto 10 smart LED bulbs from your phone at once. All you need to do is to use the companion app to select between millions of colors and set mood lighting to calm or energize you.

You can also easily set timers to turn lights on or off to help you fall asleep and wake up with your own customized settings.

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Every bulb features a lifespan of 25,000 hours and uses 10% of the energy in comparison with a standard bulb.

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Key features:

Control all aspects of your lights from an easy-to-use app

  • Choose from 16 million color options
  • Easily control the brightness of your lights
  • Set smart-timers
  • Control up to 10 bulbs from the app
  • Enjoy preset ‘scenes’
  • Use 90% less energy than w/ traditional bulbs

Accessories, iPad, News/Rumors

Joli Originals offers leather sleeve for iPad Pro

Joli Originals, an independent company that imports leather from Italy, introduced a new high quality leather sleeve for iPad Pro.

The new cases have a pretty simple design. They are handmade from smooth, premium Italian leather. Each sleeve features a natural uneven texture and 100% Dutch wool inside, which protects your device and allows it to easily slide in-and-out. The wool comes in different colors, includding red, black, aqua, brown, orange, and pink, but this selection is determined by the exterior leather color, either, grey, brown, or dark brown.

There are currently three versions of its leather sleeve for iPad Pro. One for the naked iPad Pro, one for the iPad Pro paired with a Smart Cover, and one for the iPad Pro paired with a Smart Keyboard.

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The Joli sleeves give iPad owners a good way to protect their beloved Apple products without having to compromise the design during actual use.

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Joli Originals also offers both a Smooth and Textured collection for MacBooks, iPads, iPhones, and extras for wallets, cable wraps, passports, and a memo book sleeve. The iPhone 6s Plus sleeve can be purcahsed for €57.85 ($73.75 USD), the iPad Pro sleeve runs €90.08 ($99.24 USD), and the MacBook sleeve will cost you €81.82 ($90.14 USD). Joli’s sleeves can be found on its website.

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Logitech Create Backlit Keyboard Case-good keyboard solution for iPad Pro

Logitech developed The Logitech Create Backlit Keyboard Case for iPad Pro, which is a good solution for those users who type a lot.

The new accessory is a keyboard and a case that turns the Pro into a proper faux laptop. It folds up like a laptop, waking up the iPad when it’s opened and shutting it down when it’s closed.

Thanks to its fabric exterior, it looks nice and super sturdy. It comes in colors that are actually matched to the iPads—black and grey, red and gold, and silver and blue.

Unfortunately, Logitech’s new product isn’t water resistance and lightweight. The iPad and case together weigh about 3.2 lbs. By comparison, the 13-inch MacBook Air weighs 2.96 lbs and the 13-inch Macbook Pro weighs 3.57 lbs.

The iPad is docked to the Create Backlit Keyboard Case with a strong magnet. You can pick it up even when it’s opened, and the keyboard stays attached and in position.

The Logitech Create Backlit Keyboard is really good at making Apple-y chiclet keyboards, and both the layout and the function of the Create case are dead ringers for Apple’s familiar MacBook Air and Pro keyboard.create-backlit-keyboard-case

Thanks to the Smart Connector, there’s no Bluetooth pairing and you don’t need worry about whether the keyboard is charged or not. All you must do is to lock the iPad into place and it’s ready to go.

Finally, there’s a nice set of 14 iOS  function keys, including a Homebutton, screen brightness, keyboard brightness and media controls — play, fast forward and rewind. It is also equipped with sound controls and a Lock button. 

The Logitech Create Backlit Keyboard Case is available for $150, which is pretty pricey for a keyboard and case.

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Belkin Charge Dock for Apple Watch + iPhone available

Last month, Belkin unveiled a new Charge Dock for iPhone users that has a nice additional feature for users of the Apple Watch. Finally, the new accessory is available for purchase on Belkin’s website.

The Charge Dock allows you to conveniently recharge both your iPhone and Apple Watch simultaneously with a single wire. That means you need only one charging solution for both of your Apple devices. The dock will charge an iPhone even if it is in a case.

The Dock looks stylish and also features Made for iPhone and Apple Watch badges, meaning it’s passed Apple’s certification tests. It has a heavy metal base, which measures 10.93 by 13.4 by 8.8 centimeters, and a solid cast arm with a chrome finish. The base is covered with a non-slip and non-scratch material and includes an adjustable Lightning connector for your iPhone, and the arm has an integrated, magnetic Apple Watch charger with a detachable band clip. Magnets ensure that the connectors align automatically, letting inductive charging to start immediately.

According to the company, it is the only charge dock that is made for Apple Watch. It is compatiable with the iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, and all versions of the Apple Watch.

Belkin is shipping the Charge Dock for Apple Watch + iPhone for $129.99 now.

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Latest Apple Watch ads focus on Apple Pay, Siri, more

Apple shared six new Apple Watch ads on Monday covering tentpole features like Apple Pay, Siri, fitness tracking and Maps presented in a new visual style.

Each of the company’s short 15-second commercials focuses on a specific Watch capability, with most demonstrating only one or two characters acting out scenes on a minimalist set.

The first ad, “Sing” focuses on Watch’s voice messaging capabilities, with a young man singing a ditty to his girlfriend via Messages. The spot ends with the tagline “text your heart out.”

The second ad is entitled “Date” and describes how notifications are handled with the device. In this commercial, actress Lake Bell, who is the narrator of the iPhone 6s commercial, enjoys a night out and is updated on her child via Messages. 

Another two ads, called “Train” and “Cycle” highlights Watch’s ability to track fitness metrics, in these cases heart rate monitoring and specific exercise logging for indoor cycling. The videos feature actors interacting one-on-one with their Watch with no outside distractions, suggestive of a highly personal connection with the smart watch. 

The next ad, called “Ride,” tells how Apple Maps works with Apple’s wearable. The video showcases a woman asking Siri for directions to a destination.

The first ad is called “Sprinkle” and focuses on Apple Watch’s support for Apple Pay. In the ad, a mother carrying a kid is shown using her Apple Watch to buy more ice cream after one of her daughters drops her ice cream.

The new commercials were released nearly 2 weeks after Apple announced watchOS 2 for the device, which adds native app support, new watch faces and third-party complications.

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Logitech debutes ‘Logi Circle’ portable monitoring camera

Consumer electronics and accessories maker Logitech has announced its entry into the home security and monitoring market, debuting the Circle Portable Home Connection Camera, under its new Logi brand. 

It’s a small, ball-shaped camera that works as a standard home security device, but also provides a lot of advanced features, including 2-way audio and real-time streaming of high-definition video via its accompanying smartphone app on iOS or Android. In addition, it also acts like a two-way intercom, allowing users to listen or speak to whoever is in the room.

According to the company, the Circle brings “Scene Intuition” technology that sets it apart from other similar home camera systems. With Scene Intuition, the Logi Circle can learn home life patterns to send alerts only when interesting activity happens to protect users from having to sort through hours and hours of footage. The Circle’s software is capable to learn which movements are normal for a room, including a pet walking around or curtains in the breeze, and can recognize those among something significant.

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Another great feature of the camera is its ability to create a “Day Brief,” which algorithmically produces a sped up video of the day’s highlights. Logitech filters all of the video and surfaces the most interesting segments when browsing the Circle’s iOS or Android app.

The camera has a 135-degree wide angle view and 8x zoom. Its built-in battery provides up to three hours of non-stop streaming, or twelve hours in power saver mode. There is a magnetic charging ring to recharge the device.

It is Logitech’s second product to sport the company’s new Logi brand, following a triumvirate of iPad cases back in July. The Circle is available for pre-order in the United States and in select countries in Europe for a suggested retail price of $199.99, with shipments scheduled to arrive in October 2015.

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Apple Watch to be available at Best Buy on Aug. 7

Best Buy announced it will become the first national retailer, aside from Apple, to sell the Apple Watch in some its U.S. retail stores and online on August 7.

The company stated that the device will be available in more than 100 stores next month.  Best Buy plans to expand to over 300 outlet before the lucrative holiday shopping season.

Best Buy will offer 16 models from the aluminum Apple Watch Sport and stainless steel Apple Watch collections, including 50 accessories such as bands, screen protectors, stands, and chargers.

Best Buy currently sells a number of competing wearables from the companies of Samsung and Pebble.

Jason Bonfig, a senior category office at Best Buy says:

“The Apple Watch is an important addition to an emerging product category, and we know our customers want it. We are excited to bring Apple Watch to more consumers, especially with the holidays coming up.”1

The Apple Watch is now sold in 19 countries with the company gradually expanding availability as supplies have allowed, and an additional three countries — New Zealand, Russia, and Turkey — will be added to the list this coming Friday.

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Wood Charging Stand gives place of privilege for Apple Watch

Thanks to TRNDLabs’s new charging stand, you can provide your watch with a gawk-worthy place of privilege when it’s off your wrist.

The company introduced  its Natural-Wood Apple Watch Charging Stand, available for just  $29.

This stylistically crafted stand is tasked to charge your Apple Watch while keeping it proudly displayed. Simplicity and sophistication is mixed perfectly in this product.

Customers can select between walnut or oak grain finish, and can start using it once the box is opened. The charging stand is compatible with all Apple Watches and all bands.

Thanks to its ergonomic design, your Apple Watch charger is cradled in place, and lets receive the extra length of cord out of the way inside the device.

Natural-Wood Apple Watch Charging Stand

Key features:
-Luxury charging dock for home or office
-Carved hidden wire routing to keep cord organized
-Fits all strap designs and all watch models
-Travel mode allows you to easily wrap cable and charger in one package

The Natural-Wood Apple Watch Charging Stand will be shipped free of charge to countries across the world.