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PayPal launches "Here" smartphone card reader

The profusion of apps for smartphones certainly seems to know no bounds, and while NFC based payment seems set to become the dominant form of cashless transaction, smartphone peripherals that allow users to swipe credit and debit cards still have a role to play. The most notable of these devices is Jack Dorsey's Square system and now, online payment giant Paypal has flexed its appreciable muscle and entered the fray with its new, triangular "Here" card reader, due initially for a limited release.Read More

Mobile Technology

Sandberg BatteryCase for iPhone 4/4S delivers more bang for your buck

Sandberg's BatteryCase is the latest in a long line of iPhone battery cases that claim to double the life of an iPhone - in this case the iPhone 4, though as you'd expect the case is also compatible with the iPhone 4S. In case you're not familiar with how these things work, there's no mystery: it's simply an iPhone case with an integrated battery. But how does it stack up against two of the market leaders, Mophie's juice pack and juice pack plus?Read More

Gizmon iCA is an iPhone case for classic camera buffs

There’s no arguing that the Japanese love their cameras, particularly classic cameras. There’s no arguing that the Japanese love their iPhones (who doesn’t?). What could be cooler than combining the two and creating an iPhone case that looks like a classic Leica? That’s exactly what Japanese classic camera importer Adplus has done with its Gizmon iCA. Now its introducing an all-black “military” version - available for order worldwide in a few days. These covers don’t just look good either.Read More

US$800 Bang & Olufsen PLAY Beolit 12 uses Apple AirPlay

The B&O PLAY Beolit 12 is about the size of a small car battery, weighs 2.8 kg and contains a substantial battery, a digital Class D 120 Watt amplifier, plus two 2" tweeters and a 4" woofer. It also connects via Apple's AirPlay, so it plays seamlessly from your iPod, IPad or iPhone by AirPlay for four hours, or wired to your iThing for eight hours. Based on our past experience with B&O, the sound will be exquisite, but the Beolit 12 might also be the most expensive accessory you'll consider for the iPhone - EUR700 or US$800. Read More

Children

Withings Smart Baby Monitor lets Apple-users be baby-watchers

Although it was released in the UK last year, American consumers can now also get their mitts on the Smart Baby Monitor. Made by French company Withings, the monitor allows parents to check on their little ‘uns via their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The word “smart” in its name refers to the fact that it contains not only a camera, but also sensors that detect sound, movement, temperature and humidity levels. So in other words, it’s a smart baby monitor, and not a monitor that’s designed specifically for use with smart babies – as far as we know, it’s compatible with babies of any level of intelligence.Read More

Pocket Geiger: The $46 iPhone Geiger counter

In what seems to be a response to public fears about radiation levels following the Fukushima crisis, a Japanese organization called Radiation Watch has launched Pocket Geiger, a Geiger counter iPhone peripheral and accompanying app aimed at concerned individuals.Read More

Telecommunications

Cellphones star in divorce

Cellphones play an obvious role in dating, meet-ups, and generally keeping in touch ... but they also have an increasing role to play in our breaking apart. Data snaffled from smartphones is flourishing as divorce evidence, and on the other side of the ledger, apps exist to help in the process of hanging up marital connections - there are apps to initiate, manage and survive a divorce as well as apps for assessing the costs and scheduling time with kids afterwards.Read More

Music

The House of Marley releases handy new Bag of Rhythm personal speaker system

The House of Marley recently celebrated a certain Reggae legend's birthday with the release of the Bag of Rhythm portable stereo speaker system. Topped by a solid piece of FSC-certified Birch wood and coming in its own durable cotton canvas bag, the device can output 32 watts of sonic power through two 1-inch tweeters and two 4.5-inch woofers, and features an iPod/iPhone dock that can charge while playing.Read More

Hand-finished 8x macro lens sticks to your iPhone

Gizmag regulars will know we're partial to a bit of aspirational iPhone photographic lens-lust, even though I'm personally hesitant to splash out on an expensive lens kit that might be rendered obsolete come the next iPhone update. But this stick-on 8x magnification lens might just be low-tech and affordable enough to take the risk with.Read More

Computers

Apple releases OS X Mountain Lion to developers

Just seven months after Lion hit servers, Apple has released OS X Mountain Lion (version 10.8) to developers. This tight development cycle is in support of integrating the best features of Apple's iOS mobile operating system into OS X. As Steve Jobs put it in 2010, Apple intends to "hook up" the user environments of the iPad and the MacBook. The result is a substantial step forward for Apple interconnectivity.Read More

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