Tag - Chargers
In an unexpected plot twist, co-hosts William Gallagher and Malcolm Owen this week agree on something. They've still got very different opinions on games, PCs and, this time, also hammers for some reason. Yet there is a moment of humanity that's only taken 37 episodes to appear. It's about a keyboard.
Can we just mention that we were right last week? We said, we actually said that if you go down to an Apple Store and wait for an hour, you might get a new MacBook. Okay, we didn't phrase it quite so specifically and actually we may possibly have meant iMacs rather than MacBooks but the principle holds: we called it. Which means this week, we have to keep that prediction record up.
From an Apple user's perspective, the CES show has innumerable accessories along the usual lines for the iPhone and iPad (including some interesting new accessories for the iPad Pro), but three other Apple-promoted technologies are also getting a lot of attention in Las Vegas: Apple Watch accessories, HomeKit devices and controllers, and USB-C add-ons aimed mostly at Apple's popular 12-inch Retina MacBook, Microsoft's Surface Pro, and Google's Chromebook Pixel C. Here's some of our latest finds for what Intel says will be the future of both USB and Thunderbolt.
We go camping regularly. Sometimes the conditions are quite primitive, sometimes there's Wi-Fi, but two things are always at a premium: light at night, and power ... always. So we were pleased when we first saw the Xventure SmartLantern: it's an external battery that doubles as a flashlight or a lantern. Now a great many external chargers we've seen over the years include a "flashlight" feature, by which we mean there's usually a single small LED sunk into the side of the case to use in an emergency. But the SmartLantern makes providing light a priority. Considering the name of the thing, it's arguably the primary function.
Another report of an accidental electrocution has surfaced in China, this time a 30-year-old man named Wu Jian Tong who was stricken when plugging in an iPhone 4 using an unapproved third-party charger. The man survived the ordeal but has been comatose for the past 10 days. He was not breathing when paramedics arrived and was revived using CPR. Authorities believe his coma is due to severe oxygen deprivation to the brain. Earlier this week, a 23-year-old former air stewardess was killed when she allegedly answered a call on her iPhone using what is believed to be a non-Apple charger.
There are always a few solar charging products at the Macworld expo, and the 2013 show was no exception. Some of the companies have come and gone, but Goal Zero has continued to expand its charging products. MacNN stopped by the company's booth to check out the new Switch 8 kit and Sherpa 50 portable charging systems.
Accessory maker iLuv has announced a line of charging accessories for the iPhone 5, new iPods and iPad mini with the new Lightning connector. Five new products, expected to be available in January, will offer charge and sync cables, dual-USB and very compact USB car and home chargers for users with Lightning-equipped products. Each comes with a Lightning-to-USB charge and sync cable included that is compatible with most other USB-based chargers as well. All of the new offerings work with the iPhone, iPods and iPad mini.
Enfocus has released Instant PDF 10, an update to its PDF creation tool. Version 10 includes one of the most frequently requested features, annotated error reporting, as well as support for OS X Lion and Adobe CS 5.5. In addition, the update uses Enfocus PitStop Library 10, which provides users with the same level of error identification and correction as the highest-end Enfocus application suites. A fully-functional trial version can be downloaded online, while single user licenses start at $300.
Scosche has announced its 2010 netbook accessory lineup, which includes several new products such as headphones, chargers, and cases, among other items. The new skyCASTER wireless headphones feature an integrated microphone for gaming or VoIP calls. An included USB dongle works as a transmitter, with a claimed range of up to 100 feet over the 2.4GHz band.
USBfever has expanded its selection of iPod and iPhone accessories with the Super Chargers for iPhone 3G/3GS, Rear Mirror Mount for iPhone and the Wallet-Style Case for iPod touch. The Super Charger is a lithium-based rechargeable battery with a 4000mAh rating. It is claimed to add 10 hours of talk time or Internet use, 14 hours of extra video playback or 50 hours of audio playback. An LED provides status information for the internal battery and charging. The case is available for either in both black and white colors, with pricing set at $65.