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Mac: Twelve South Inspire Mac Candle No. 2

While it may be a bit of a stretch to call this one a Mac accessory, Twelve South’s new Inspire [mac candle N°2] makes for a whimsical and worthwhile entry to close off a busy week. The venerable Mac accessory maker released its first Mac-inspired candle as a unique holiday gift last year to much acclaim among tech enthusiasts, and has followed it up this year with a new iteration in a whole new form and a scent that leans more toward the practical (as opposed to last year’s candle which was designed to smell like opening a new Mac). Mac Candle No. 2 instead features a unique blend of bergamot and armoise, with hints of lemon, amber, tarragon and musk for a unique smell and a scent profile that Twelve South claims is meant to clear your mind of clutter and stimulate creativity, presented in a vessel intended as an homage to Apple’s design ethos. More importantly, however, Twelve South is using the proceeds form candle sales in support of the popular FIRST charity that runs programs to motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in STEM related fields. Inspire [mac candle N°2] is once again being released as a limited edition product for the 2017 holiday season, making it a novel gift for any Apple enthusiast.


Review: Friday Labs Friday Lock

Introduced two years ago via an Indiegogo campaign, Friday Labs finally launched its long-awaited Friday Lock this past spring. Designed in collaboration with renowned architects Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) — the agency known for the Googleplex and Hyperloop One — Friday Lock tags itself as "the world's smallest smartlock" and emphasizes aesthetics with changeable die-cast metal shells in six different shades, alongside technical features such as HomeKit support and automatic locking and unlocking with the company's Friday Assist technology.


Review: D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD HomeKit-enabled Camera

The debut of iOS 10 in Sept. 2016 brought support for new classes of accessories such as HomeKit cameras, but it's only now a year later that D-Link's first HomeKit-enabled camera is finally ready for prime time. Although D-Link unveiled the Omna 180 Cam HD in January at CES and had the product on shelves in March, the camera underwent significant app and firmware updates over the summer, fixing a number of issues and improving HomeKit compatibility. In addition to HomeKit support, D-Link's Omna 180 Cam HD offers motion detection, 1080p HD video, two-way audio, night vision, local recording, and a 180 degree field of view.


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Review: Kingson DataTraveler Bolt Duo Flash Drive for iPhone

Kingston's DataTraveler Bolt Duo is the latest external storage adapter for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users, allowing photos and videos to be offloaded onto double-ended Lightning and USB 3.0 flash drive. Although we saw a handful of flash drives appear when iOS first added support for directly attached external flash drives a couple of years ago, the market quieted down a bit after that. However, despite the availability of higher-capacity iPhones and cloud-based storage, veteran flash memory maker Kingston clearly feels there's still a need to be filled here. Bolt Duo is available in 32 GB ($60), 64 GB ($90), and 128 GB ($120) storage capacities.


Review: August Smart Lock Pro + Connect

August impressed us with last year's second-generation August Smart Lock, a welcome iteration that took the company's very popular 2013 Yves Béhar designed original and added HomeKit support and some nice internal design improvements. Now August is back again with the third-generation of its flagship product, now dubbed the August Smart Lock Pro, which bundles in the August Connect bridge and adds new DoorSense technology, Z-Wave Plus compatibility, and improved power efficiency. The updated Pro is also joined by a new entry-level August Smart Lock ($149) that provides the standard August smart lock features without HomeKit or Z-Wave support, and August is also continuing to sell last year's August Smart Lock with HomeKit for $199 for users who may not need the more advanced features of the new model.


Daily Deal: Treblab RF100 Magnetic HD Noise Cancelling Earphones

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can pick up the Treblab RF100 Magnetic HD Noise Cancelling Earphones for only $39.99 — that’s 78% off the regular price. These ultra-convenient wireless headphones are packed with advanced components to provide high quality sound and improved Bluetooth technology. Qualcomm’s aptX audio codecs allow for true HD sound, and passive noise cancellation helps you stay focused on the music.

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Mac: Adobe Lightroom CC Update

After moving its photo management tools to the cloud with the debut of Lightroom CC in 2015, Adobe has updated the program’s interface and streamlined its tools for easier use. Incorporating elements of the “Project Nimbus” app that leaked out this summer, the Lightroom CC update expands cloud storage to 1 TB (way up from the measly 20 GB previously offered to Creative Cloud subscribers) for the same $10 monthly price, allowing users enough space to truly make use of cloud-based photo editing that stores both photos and edits for use from multiple devices. The app’s search function — powered by Adobe Sensei — uses machine learning to organize photos by recognizing and automatically tagging the content of images. Sharing also got an upgrade, including the ability to generate links to send directly or post to social media.


Review: August Doorbell Cam Pro

August's popular Smart Lock was one of the first iOS-enabled and HomeKit-enabled door locks on the market, and upon entering its second generation, the Smart Lock was joined last year by August's first Doorbell Cam, expanding the company's lineup of home access products. This year August continues to improve its smart home solutions with new "Pro" versions of both its doorbell cam and smart lock. We'll be looking at both of these products this week, beginning with the company's new August Doorbell Cam Pro, which builds upon last year's original with floodlight illumination for the camera and other enhancements to video recording.


Apple partners with GE on industrial apps

Apple has partnered with GE to provide the framework for industrial apps based on GE’s Predix Internet of Things platform, according to a joint release from the companies. The new Predix software development kit for iOS will give developers the building blocks to create their own IoT apps that make use of predictive data and analytics to anticipate and spot problems with even extremely complex machines. The Predix SDK will be available for download next week, allowing industrial operators to design apps that monitor and diagnose problems instantly, allowing repairs to be conducted and coordinated remotely.

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