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Review: Microsoft Surface Power Cover

Thinking about buying a hybrid PC that runs full Windows? Well, then battery life had better be on your radar, or you might end up with a device that conks out after just a few hours. If you own a Microsoft Surface, then that's becoming less of an issue. We've been testing a new accessory that can make a big difference in extending its uptimes. Read on, as Gizmag reviews the Surface Power Cover. Read More
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Belkin first to market with third-party Lightning accessories

With its new car charger and dock accessories for iPhone and iPad set to ship the middle of November, it looks as if Belkin will be the first third-party manufacturer of Lightning accessories to reach the market. While the Car Charger 2.1 AMP will charge all of Apple's current Lightning devices (including the iPhone 5, iPad mini and 4th-gen iPad), the Charge + Sync Dock is designed specifically for iPhone 5. Read More

Button 2.0 fastens shirt and headphones

The shirt button is so simple, cheap and effective, there's really no reason to change or replace it ... but one designer saw a tad more potential in this ubiquitous piece of daily fashion, adding in a whole new function. Now the shirt button can secure two things at once. With help from an added groove on its side, the Button 2.0 fastens both your shirt and headphone cable. Read More

Apple Lightning connector crack opens the door to cheap accessories

If you bought an iPhone 5 or iPod touch 5G, then you've enjoyed the perils and pleasures of the new Lightning connector. The tiny port lets Apple make their new devices so thin, but it also creates annoying costs. A Lightning-to-30-pin adapter costs a whopping US$30. Hardware hackers may have saved the day for Apple's customers, as the Lightning authentication chip has reportedly been cracked. Read More
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Implications of Apple’s new Lightning connector

It may still lack a micro SD card slot and didn’t get the much-rumored NFC capabilities, but the most controversial change ushered in with the new iPhone 5 – as well as the updated iPod touch and iPod nano – was undoubtedly the introduction of the new “Lightning” connector. So just what does the switch from the 30-pin connector to the new 8-pin connector mean for consumers? Read More
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