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Adapters

Backpack adapter delivers battery power to stomp's mains port

If you run a lot of effects pedals, opening up hatches or unscrewing housings to replace 9 V batteries can be a bit of a chore, with many guitarists opting to build a pedalboard and juice up all of the stomps from one mains-supplied power pack instead. The 9 V Backpack from Züe Engineering allows a musician to quickly add battery power to a stomp without having to open up the casing.Read More

Computers

Cusby transforms lone Macbook USB-C port into an a-la-carte device hub

The new USB-C connection is powerful, versatile, and poised to shape the future of many consumer electronic devices. But despite this promise, new Macbook owners accustomed to having separate ports for HDMI, USB, and/or video, may find a single USB-C port to be rather limiting. Cusby is a compact, modular and expandable adapter designed to make the transition to a USB-C future a bit easier.Read More

Mobile Technology

Apple changes MFi policy in response to POP charger Kickstarter campaign

Last week, after Apple pulled the plug on the POP multi-device charging station crowdfunding campaign, the device was set to claim the dubious honor of becoming the largest refund from a Kickstarter project to date. After exceeding its funding goal almost three times over, Apple informed the device’s creator, James Siminoff, that its licensing rules wouldn’t allow a device that featured both Lightning and 30-pin adapters. Apple says it has now reviewed its specifications, possibly giving POP the green light.Read More

Mobile Technology

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

Computers

Matrox extends DualHead2Go line of external multi-display adapters

Matrox has updated its line of DualHead2Go external multi-display adapters with the simultaneous release of the DualHead2Go Digital SE and DualHead2Go Digital ME (Mac Edition). While both the SE and ME let users connect up to two monitors, the SE model features multi-GXM (Graphics eXpansion Module) support that allows two adapters to be connected to a single system to provide a total of up to four displays.Read More

Good Thinking

PlugBug combines MacBook and iDevice charger in one travel-friendly package

The nature of the Apple ecosystem means that many MacBook owners will also carry around an iPhone or iPad - or both. To cut down on the clutter of white Apple chargers vying for an electrical outlet in this situation, TwelveSouth has released its PlugBug accessory that piggybacks on a standard MacBook power adapter to provide an additional USB charge port to charge an aforementioned iDevice and a MacBook at the same time. Read More

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