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Review: Braven Flye Sport Reflect In-Ear Bluetooth Headphones

Earlier this week we reviewed the entry-level model of Braven’s Flye Sport line of in-ear sport headphones and, unfortunately, ran into some challenges. This week, we move up to the next model in the range, the Braven Flye Sport Reflect. Though it costs twice as much as the Flye Sport, its better sound and unique set of accessories makes it far easier to recommend.

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Kensington releases new SecureBack Rugged Case for using Square reader with iPad

Kensington has released its new SecureBack Rugged Case, geared toward businesses that use an iPad and a Square reader to conduct their sales. The dual-layer case for 9.7-inch iPad, iPad Air or iPad Air 2 has a non-slip grip to keep the device in the user’s hand (and rubber cushioning to keep it safe when it falls out), along with a rotating hand strap and padded shoulder strap to provide different carrying options throughout the day. Cover plates keep customers from tampering with the power button and volume controls, while cutouts provide protection for the Square Contactless & Chip Reader and support for a Square Magstripe Reader. The case doesn’t include a ClickSafe cable lock, but one can be purchased to help further guard against theft if the user is willing to sacrifice mobility. The case — available now for $100 — can also be turned into an anchored kiosk with the available stand for those who want the ability to switch from anchored to mobile on the fly.

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Reports: Apple will reveal ‘iPhone 8’ on Sept. 12 with 64GB, 256GB and 512GB options

A pair of reports from hit-or-miss sources claim the “iPhone 8” will be revealed at an event on September 12 and come in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB storage options. In a Chinese-language social media post, GeekBar founder Lei Ge provided what he claims is an image of Sandisk flash memory chips destined for the next-generation iPhone. In addition to revealing the upgraded base storage capacity, Ge also predicts the new device will be called the “iPhone Edition” rather than the “iPhone 8,” borrowing the naming convention used in the initial rollout of the top-of-the-line Apple Watch. Whatever the device ends up being called, French site Mac4Ever claims carrier sources have revealed that the official Apple event announcing it will be held on Sept. 12, a week later than some others are predicting. Carriers typically know about the launches in advance to prepare their stores and staff for pre-orders and overnight stocking requirements. The carriers didn’t have a firm launch date to share, but the site predicts that the new iPhones would hit stores on Sept. 22, the Friday of the week after the announcement. [via 9to5Mac]

Daily Deal: Nisus Writer Pro

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering Nisus Writer Pro for only $39 — that’s 50% off the regular price. This fully customizable word processing app for macOS is designed with the frequent writer in mind, giving you greater control over your word processing needs with fully customizable tool palettes, menus, and keyboard shortcuts along with support for macOS autosave, document versioning, and iCloud. It also uses RTF as a native file format, so you’ll get files that can be open on just about any machine, any time, without worrying about compatibility issues.

Get Nisus Writer Pro now for only $39

Review: Braven Flye Sport In-Ear Bluetooth Headphones

We have reviewed a number of Braven’s audio products in the past — their Bluetooth speakers have consistently earned solid recommendations over the past year or so. It was for this reason that we were excited to try their new Flye Sport line of in-ear Bluetooth headphones. First up is the entry-level model, simply called the Flye Sport ($49). Though we think the Flye Sport does many things right, our review units suffered from a fatal flaw that may be a dealbreaker for some users.

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Latch unveils new HomeKit-enabled Latch C smart deadbolt

Startup smartlock maker Latch has created a new HomeKit-enabled deadbolt that lets users unlock their door with Siri using the iOS Home app, TechCrunch reports. The device includes Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities and boasts a wide-angle camera, a touchscreen and various other sensors alongside a traditional key slot for those who prefer to unlock the door the old-fashioned way. The Latch C can also provide temporary access to service providers or guests and maintains a digital log of who goes in and out using the camera. The company is backed by various real estate funds and is more business-facing than consumer-facing — meaning its Latch C deadbolt, Latch M mortise doorknob/lock and Latch R electronic reader for apartment building entrances are geared toward the owners of rental properties.

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New details, possible photos of iPhone 8’s 3D sensor emerge

In a memo obtained by 9to5Mac, well-respected KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Apple has a “significant lead” on Qualcomm wjhen it comes to 3D sensors, saying Apple is likely two years ahead of its rival. Qualcomm’s “immature” software and hardware will likely delay the appearance of 3D sensing technology in Android phones and give Apple a rare moment where it is first to market with a new feature. As Bloomberg points out, Apple usually prefers to perfect technological advancements rather than rush to be first to market, but their analysis shows that the iPhone 8’s expected advancements in using infrared sensors to detect depth, improve scene detection, boost AR applications and use facial recognition both to unlock the device and authorize payments will all be new in the smartphone space this time around. A photo on Slashleaks claims to show the module responsible for all the 3D sensing magic, but the post has no accompnaying information to help verify whether it is genuine.

iOS 11 beta shows Control Center interface, new swipe gestures; tvOS 11 beta hints at 4K video

New betas have been released for iOS 11, tvOS 11 watchOS 4 and macOS 10, and developer Guilherme Rambo has discovered a couple of gems amid all the bug fixes and minor improvements. In ios 11, Rambo found one video that seems to show off a new swipe-up gesture used to activate the iOS app switcher and another that runs through changes to the lock screen interface. Swiping down brings the lock screen up from anywhere in the operating system, and while a left swipe still brings up the device’s widgets, a right swipe now seems to bring up the phone’s Control Center instead of activating the camera as it does in iOS 10. Swiping up from the bottom — which activated the Control Center in iOS 10 — now turns on the iOS app switcher, which previously was accessed by a home button double tap or by swiping right after pressing down on the left edge of the screen; the latter method has already been removed from iOS 11

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Daily Deal: ClutchIt Double-Sided Magnetic Phone Mount

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering the ClutchIt Double-Sided Magnetic Phone Mount for only $29.95 — that’s 25% off the regular price.  With dual magnets and dual pivots, this mount lets you attach your iPhone to just about any metallic surface or any surface with metal plate pads. Whether you need to read a recipe on your fridge, navigate in the car, or set up a video at the gym, ClutchIt has you covered.

Get the ClutchIt Double-Sided Magnetic Phone Mount now for only $29.95

Promise Technology releases Apollo Cloud 2 Duo personal cloud system

For those who enjoy the benefits of the cloud but are more than a little wary of trusting their data to third-parties, Promise Technology has released the Apollo cloud storage device to combine the benefits of the cloud combined with keeping data safely inside the home. The Apollo Cloud 2 Duo provides 8TB of space split between two surveillance-class hard drives that can be accessed remotely with a dedicated app, all with no subscription fees. Up to 40 members can have access to the system and time-limited links can also provide access to files with outside users. Photos uploaded to the system can be sorted using facial recognition and/or location, making it simpler to find photos of specific people or places. The device is available now for $449 and is compatible with iOS and macOS operating systems.





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