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Apple iPod Touch 7th Gen To Release Soon According To Rumours

Ever since the first iPod was released back in October of 2001, the tech-industry has never been the same. Especially not for Apple. It has been one of Apple’s most revolutionary products to date. Yet the portable music player hasn’t seen a new release in more than 4 years. This however could soon be changing. Rumours suggest that the iPod Touch might soon be getting a 7th-Genartion model.

Japanese tech-based news website MacOtakara have been informed at CES 2019 by suppliers that the iPod Touch 7th Generation is under development and will most likely see a release date later this year.

The last variant of the iPod Touch (the 6th-Gen) was released in July of 2015, and it was updated with the latest at-the-time A8 microprocessor chip along-side an optional 128GB storage variant, which is currently priced at $299. The price of the new 7th Gen iPod Touch is still yet unknown but given Apple’s release history, it will probably be in the $200-$500 ballpark with different storage variants being available for buyers to choose from.

Any more information regarding the new device has not yet been specified. However, it is a given that they will be implementing a much faster chip from their A-series bundle. Additionally, an improved camera and better audio output will definitely be on their list of features to add upon on their latest release.

The MacOtakara rumours also suggest that Apple will be switching to USB-C in 2019 and will implement it in any and all 2019 iPhone releases. Change is not uncommon to Apple users, however the change to USB Type-C from the company’s famous lightning port may see both negative and positive reaction from Apple users. Additionally, this begs the question on whether or not they will be doing the same for the 7th Gen iPod Touch.

There are plenty of options for Apple to choose from when it comes to how they want to upgrade their iPod family, and if rumours are to be true, then Apple fans and iPod users alike will either be in for a treat, or a disappointing surprise, with the release of a brand new iPod Touch later on this year.

LifeProof launches LifeActiv Power Pack 20

LifeProof has just announced LIFEACTÍV Power Pack 20, an update to last year’s original LIFEACTÍV that doubles the capacity to allow it to fully charge a laptop or serve as the sole power source for a smartphone on a weekend excursion, while also being rugged enough to take on outdoor adventures. Packed with dual 10,000 mAh batteries for a 74 Wh capacity as well as a USB-C Power Delivery port for maximum charging speed, Power Pack 20 is also waterproof and drop-proof, capable of handling immersion in up to 6.6 feet of water for up to one hour, or drops from up to four feet, as well as of course resisting dirt and snow. An LED flashlight is also built-in to allow Power Pack 20 to serve double duty while on the road, preserving your iPhone battery from the drain of using its LED flashlight. Power Pack 20 is available now from LifeProof.com for $100.

Audio-Technica features new line of true wireless in-ear headphones

Audio-Technica is featuring its new lineup of true wireless in-ear headphones this week at CES — the Sound Reality ATH-CKR7TW and Sonic Sport ATH-SPORT7TW, which both incorporate Audio-Technica’s new wireless technology that provides completely wireless earbuds while also promising to deliver the audio quality that le from the the company is known for. The ATle H-CKR7TW provide a sleek design and interchangeable 3D Loop Support for discreet yet secure in-ear fit, with button controls for music playback, volume adjustment, and answering phone calls. Specially tuned 11 mm drivers use a diamond-like carbon coated diaphragm that keeps the earphones lightweight while still providing fast response time and reduced distortion, along with machined brass stabilizers to reduce unwanted resonances and a stainless steel acoustic mesh resistor for improved high-frequency response. The headphones support Bluetooth 5.0 wireless technology and the aptX and AAC codecs, and can run for up to six hours on a single charge, with an additional nine hours available from the battery in the protective carrying and charging case.

Scosche unveils BTFREQ Bluetooth FM Transmitter with Alexa support

In addition to a new DashCam and updated lineup of MagicMount Charge mounts, Scosche has unveiled BTFREQ, multi-function in-car adapter designed to power to up to two iPhones or iPads while also providing in-vehicle hands-free communications, entertainment, and Alexa support. At its most basic level, BTFREQ is a dual-port charger, with one USB-C PD 18-watt port and one USB-A 12-watt port, allowing for maximum speed charging for just about any mobile device, including Apple’s latest iPhone models. However, it goes beyond a simple charger by offering the ability to access Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant via Bluetooth while driving, allowing users to play music, hear the news, check the weather, and more, all with only their voice, although iPhone users can also choose to simply activate Siri instead. BTFREQ is designed to provide optimal voice recognition by using a second microphone spaced at an optimum distance from the first, and the BTFREQ is also built from automotive-grade ABS plastic that should have it looking right at home in most vehicles. BTFREQ will be available this fall. Pricing has not yet been announced.

Grovemade introduces Apple Watch Dock

Grovemade is expanding its lineup of premium handcrafted accessories with the addition of the Apple Watch Dock, an elegantly designed charging pad for Apple’s wearable that provides a clean style that looks great just about anywhere in the house. Eschewing the “techy” design that defines many charging accessories, Grovemade’s Apple Watch Dock is anchored by a quarter-inch thick stainless steel base covered with a precision-machined cork top. The Apple magnetic wireless charging disc is hidden out of sight under the cork base, but provides enough magnetic attraction to hold the Apple Watch in place. The new Apple Watch Dock builds on and complements the design of Grovemade’s Wireless Charging Pad debuted last fall, and is available in both a natural light cork finish and an ebonized dark cork finish that’s hand-stained with Japanese calligraphy ink, matching Grovemade’s Leather Bands for the Apple Watch. Both versions are available now from Grovemade’s online store, for an introductory price of $50 for the light version and $60 for the dark version.

Audio-Technica debuts new Audiophile headphones at CES 2019

Audio-Technica has introduced three new premium audiophile headphones: the over-ear ATH-AP2000Ti, the new flagship in-ear ATH-CK2000Ti and the in-ear ATH-CM2000Ti model. All three of the new headphones employ driver diaphragms with a DLC (diamond-like carbon) coating and a Permendur magnetic circuit, mounted in lightweight yet rigid titanium housings, and are Hi-Res Audio compatible with extended high-frequency response to beyond 40,000 Hz. Audio-Technica’s A2DC (Audio-Designed Detachable Coaxial) jack can be used with included detachable 3.5 mm stereo mini-plug and 4.4 mm balanced mini-plug cables for either direct connectivity or use with headphone amplifiers and advanced DAPs.

OtterBox partners with Corning for screen protection

OtterBox has announced a new partnership with Corning to expand its lineup of protective accessories into screen protectors, with the introduction of a new Amplify glass screen protector that will be developed with glass from Corning, promising longer-lasting protection and durability along with improving transmission and scratch resistance. Corning is a global leader in glass science and is the company behind the glass that’s used in many smartphone displays, including the iPhone. “We understand that your phone screen is the window into your world and a gateway to your most important memories,” said OtterBox CEO Jim Parke. “Corning is the leading glass innovation company in the world, and we look forward to this partnership improving smartphone screen protection for our customers.” John Bayne, senior vice president and general manager, Corning Gorilla Glass, added, “Our strategic relationship with OtterBox creates a dream team and a family of best in class products for those consumers who want added screen protection. OtterBox’s trusted brand, excellent engineering and world-class customer service, coupled with Corning’s expertise in glass technologies and proprietary manufacturing processes, will create a portfolio of mobile device screen protectors that deliver a step change in performance and added peace-of-mind for consumers.” A specific release date for the Amplify screen protection portfolio has not yet been announced other than “coming soon.”

Just Mobile releases AluBase Wireless Charger

Just Mobile has released AluBase Wireless, a new wireless charging base featuring Just Mobile’s iconic machined aluminum aesthetic. Compatible with all Qi wireless charging devices, with 10 watts of output for both Apple and Samsung fast charging, AluBase Wireless is finished in high-grade aluminum with a soft-touch charging pad on the top, and includes a USB cable and can be optionally purchased in a version that also includes a USB power adapter. AluBase Wireless is available now from Just Mobile’s website for $39.95 without the adapter or $49.95 with an included power adapter.

Scosche announces MagicGrip Charge Qi mount

Scosche has announced MagicGrip Charge, a unique new Qi-enabled wireless charging mount that uses side grips to secure an iPhone in place, with motorized arms that automatically close when a Qi-enabled device is aligned over its charging coil. The sensing closure ensures perfect placement of the iPhone for optimum charging while securely holding the device in place and still providing full visibility. The charging head allows for full 360-degree rotation, so the iPhone can be viewed in landscape or portrait orientation, or any angle in between, and since the mount charges wirelessly, there are no cables in the way. Like Scosche’s MagicMount Charge 3, announced earlier this week, MagicGrip is also designed to provide thermal management, with the arms keeping a gap between the charging head and the iPhone, allowing heated air to disperse, thereby providing cooler charging which will prolong the device’s battery life. MagicGrip is Qi-certified and delivers up to 10 watts of charging power, meaning maximum wireless charging speeds are supported for all of Apple’s current iPhone models as well as Samsung Fast Charge device, and of course MagicGrip includes the usual safety features such as Foreign Object Detection. MagicGrip is available in the same four mounting options as MagicMount Charge 3, providing for dash mounting, windshield mounting, or vent mounting. MagicGrip Charge is expected to be available this fall.

Zagg announces new Slim Book Go, Rugged Book Go and Messenger Folio for iPad Pro

Zagg has announced a new series of keyboards for Apple’s latest iPad models, designed to provide protective and lightweight coverage for an encased iPad, along with backlit, laptop-style keys for ultimate on-the-go productivity. The new Slim Book Go ($100 / $130) is available for Apple’s 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, as well as the 9.7-inch iPad, and as the name implies provides a thin case and keyboard combination that’s detachable and lightweight yet sturdy. The tougher Rugged Book Go ($150) for the 11-inch iPad Pro provides increased durability and can withstand drops of up to 6.6 feet, while the slender, lightweight keyboard adds minimal bulk while still providing a functional and comfortable typing surface. Messenger Folio ($70) for the 11-inch iPad Pro is a lightweight keyboard that doubles as a case with a simple and intuitive design and a magnetic closure that keeps the iPad easily accessible while still holding the case securely closed when not in use. All of the cases use Bluetooth technology to pair with the iPad or iPad Pro with a rechargeable battery that promises up to three months of typical use between charges, and also include built-in holders for an Apple Pencil.

Lutron announces Fan Speed Control coming to Caseta Wireless

Lutron has announced the addition of fan speed control to its Caséta smart lighting system, allowing users to wirelessly control ceiling fans from their iPhone or other mobile device as well as integrating them into Caséta scenes and schedules. The new fan control features expand the capabilities of the Caséta system, which already provides solid and reliable control of light fixtures, floor and table lamps, powered shades, and smart speakers, along with integrating into Apple’s HomeKit ecosystem. The highly-anticipated fan speed control is designed to be easy to install and setup, turning most standard ceiling fans into “smart” fans within minutes, and doesn’t require a fan canopy module, making for a quick installation. Four fan speeds are available, along with the ability to set favourite speed settings, and can be integrated into Caséta scenes and schedules using the Lutron smart bridge and app, and Lutron’s Pico remote can also be used to provide wireless control inside the home from a nightstand, coffee table, or couch. The fan control unit is compatible with a single 1.5-amp ceiling fan and requires a neutral wire for installation, and will be available in March for $80 in white, ivory, light almond, and black from most retailers where Caséta products are sold; the fan Pico remote will be sold separately for $42.

Update: Lutron let us know that Fan Control may not include HomeKit support when it initially ships, however the company is working on it and will announce availability details in the coming months. The Lutron Caseta app was one of the inaugural apps introduced with the Apple Watch, and Caseta by Lutron was one of the first products supported by HomeKit, and the company remains strongly committed to supporting the Apple ecosystem.

InvisibleShield announces Glass+ VisionGuard for iPad Pro

InvisibleShield has announced that it’s bringing its Glass+ VisionGuard screen protectors to the new iPad Pro models, providing blue light protection for users of Apple’s newest tablet devices. Originally released last summer for the iPhone, Glass+ VisionGuard combines InvisibleShield’s Ion Matrix physical screen protection with its Eyesafe VisionGuard technology to protect users from harmful high-energy-visible (HEV) blue light, protecting both the glass screen of the iPad Pro and the eye health of the user. The new Glass+ VisionGuard is available now for the 11-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro and 9.7-inch iPad on InvisibleShield.com and at participating retail locations. Prices range from $59.99 for the standard iPad version to $74.99 for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro version.

Scosche unveils BaseLynx modular charging system

Scosche has unveiled BaseLynx a new modular charging system that combines wireless charging with a multi-device organizer that can be customized for use in a variety of work and home environments. The system is made up of a variety of modular components, including a Qi wireless fast charging dock, an Apple Watch charging dock, a vertical power station that can hold and charge up to three devices via wired 12W USB-A and 18W USB-C PD connections, and a powered end cap that provides additional USB-A and USB-C PD power outlets. Each charging dock component ships with its own AC power cord and end caps so that it can be used independently, although the entire system can e powered by a single power cable when the modules are connected together. The wireless charging modules are Qi-certified and can provide up to 10 watts of wireless charging power for both Apple and Samsung Fast Charge devices, and include the usual slate of safety features such as Foreign Object Detection and voltage and temperature regulation. The initial four modules of the BaseLynx system will be available this spring, and Scosche notes that it plans to add new elements to the system in the future to provide even more options.

IK Multimedia introduces new iKlip 3 series iPad mounts

IK Multimedia is expanding its iKlip range of stands and mounts with the new iKlip 3 Series, providing options for mounting any iPad or other tablet model, onto microphone stands, tripods, and more, offering musicians, cinematographers, and other users with a secure and versatile way to keep their iPad close at hand. The iKlip 3 series is available in three configurations: The standard iKlip 3 is designed for microphone stand mounting, and features a newly designed holding bracket with more durable rubber pads and a spring mechanism to allow users to rotate their device to any angle, allowing for convenient mounting pretty much anywhere on a mic stand. iKlip 3 Video is targeted at photographers and cinematographers, offering the same universal tablet support, flexible viewing angles, and rugged design, but with a UNC 1/4”-20 bread for mounting on virtually any camera tripod, monopod, or other mount. iKlip 3 Deluxe provides the best of both worlds and more, with both the mic stand mounting bracket and tripod mounting bracket, essentially giving users five different mounting options in a single package, including mounting directly on top of a mic stand. All of the iKlip 3 stands also now include Velcro strip slots for cable management or easy mounting of the latest iRig interfaces. All three of the new iKlip 3 mounts are available now from the IK Multimedia online store and authorized dealers worldwide.

Lume Cube announces AIR VC Lighting Kit for Video Conferencing

Lume Cube has announced Air VC, a new lighting kit designed to improve video conferencing and live streaming. Building on its Creative Lighting Kit solutions for photography and videography, Air VC is a versatile and portable lighting solution specifically targeted at users of mobile video conferencing technologies such as FaceTime and Skype. AIR VC provides an optimal combination of size, power, durability, and light quality, attaching easily to any iPhone, iPad, Mac, or other device with a suction cup while taking up minimal space and maintaining a low profile at only 1.6 x 1.6 x 1.1 inches and weighing only two ounces. Lume Cube Air VC provides LED lights with a CRI rating of +/- 90, a 5700K daylight balanced color temperature, and 400 LUX at 1M power, plus a custom Fresnel lens for improved light balance specifically designed for optimal facial illumination, with clean shadows and no hotspots. Included white and warming diffusers provide addition flexibility for a more professional look in different settings, and an internal battery allows Lume Cube Air VC to be used on the go, or connected to a USB power source for charging. Like the standard Lume Cube, the Lume-X iOS app allows users to control brightness, light modes, and more via a Bluetooth connection to the light. Lume Cube Air VC is available now from Lume Cube’s site and other participating retailers for $80.

Scosche announces MagicMount Charge3

Today at CES 2019, Scosche announced the MagicMount Charge3, the latest iteration of its popular in-vehicle charging and mounting system. The new version builds on Scosche’s award-winning MagicMount design and leading Qi Wireless charging technology to produce a device that’s literally cooler and offers even more functional advantages. Available in four different mounting options — vent, dash, window, and double-pivot — MagicMount Charge3 is built from premium materials, including high-impact polycarbonates that are designed to complement a vehicle’s interior. MagicMount Charge3 is also certified by the Wireless Power Consortium and delivers up to 10 watts of charging power, supporting full charging speeds for Apple’s latest slate of iPhones along with Samsung Fast Charge devices. Device-safe Neodymium magnets hold the iPhone in place while also providing a thermal management gap between the phone and Qi charging head that allows heated air to disperse during charging, extending the device’s battery life. Scosche has also made some significant changes to the vent mounting version with MagicMount Charge3, with a distinct design that can be positioned so as not to impede airflow, with a unique open design and an articulated swing-arm that avoids blocking the vehicle’s vent while also allowing for optimal device positioning for maximum visibility. In addition to the vent mounting version, MagicMount Charge3 is also available in Dash Mount and Window/Dash Mount versions that use Scosche’s StickGrip material to provide for a strong hold, as well as a Double Pivot version that uses Scosche’s StickGrip suction-cup base for even more versatility. MagicMount Charge3 will be available this spring; pricing has not yet been announced.

Belkin and Chargifi team up to provide remote management for wireless charging deployments

Chargifi, a market leading company in cloud management of wireless charging technology, has announced that it is partnering up with Belkin to integrate its smart technology into Belkin’s Boost Up Wireless Charging Spot. Chargifi, which is undertaking a mission to create a world in which power is as ubiquitous as Wi-Fi, has developed smart technology that enables two-way communication between wireless charging hardware and its own cloud management platform, allowing businesses and other organizations with multiple charging spots to access a dashboard that provides analytics and insights on customer behaviour, along with the health and status of the charging spots located throughout a building or campus network. Chargifi’s technology enables Belkin’s wireless charging hardware to be more effectively used in business environments such as restaurants, coffee shops, and hotels, with the ability to enhance the end-user experience for customers, employees and guests by ensuring that all charging points are working properly and even offering the ability to run diagnostics and fix issues remotely, thereby reducing maintenance costs, while monitoring charger use patterns can help businesses identify opportunities for improving customer experiences.

Elcomsoft forensic tools can now extract Apple Health data from iCloud

Elcomsoft has announced that its Phone Breaker 9.0 forensic extraction tool now has the ability to remotely access Apple Health data stored in iCloud, making it the first forensic tool to gain access to this information, and adding it to the list of other data such as call logs, photo libraries, passwords, messages, and more that can already be extracted by Elcomsoft’s forensic tools. However, although Phone Breaker 9.0 can now access Apple Health data, this shouldn’t be considered an iOS security issue as the tool still requires the user’s Apple ID and password to access even basic Health data, while access to more detailed health information will also require an investigator to supply the user’s lock screen password. Apple Health data is end-to-end encrypted within iCloud, preventing Apple itself from releasing most of this data when serving law enforcement or GDPR requests, however the user’s Apple ID and password along with the device passcode provides the keys necessary to decrypt the data that is stored in iCloud, in much the same way that the user’s own iPhone accesses this data.

Nuvyyo announces Tablo Quad; Commercial Skipping coming to all Tablo OTA DVRs

Nuvyyo has unveiled Tablo Quad, a four-tuner successor to its Tablo Dual and Tablo Dual Lite. The new model brings the four-tuner support that was available on the original Tablo to the company’s new smaller Tablo design, along with 802.11ac Wi-Fi support and a Gigabit Ethernet connection. While Tablo Quad follows in the footsteps of last year’s Tablo Dual Lite in eschewing on-board storage, Nuvyyo has taken a new direction with Tablo Quad by providing an internal drive bay so users can add their own 2.5-inch SATA drives for a one-box clutter-free solution. SATA drives of up to 8 TB are supported, providing up to 4000 hours, or 166 days, or HDTV recording, although traditional external USB hard drives also remain supported in the same way as on prior Tablo devices. Tablo Quad will be available in late Q1 2019 for $200.

“Tablo QUAD is the only 4-Tuner OTA DVR on the market that easily delivers OTA TV content to all streaming media platforms,” said Grant Hall, CEO of Nuvyyo. “At Nuvyyo, we remain focused on delivering solutions that give cord cutters an optimal balance between picture quality, storage, and speed along with the freedom to watch what they want, when they want, and on the device they choose.”

With the release of Tablo Quad, Nuvyyo is also bringing commercial skipping to its entire OTA DVR lineup for the first time, allowing users to automatically bypass commercials in recorded programs. Rather than removing commercials using CPU-intensive background processing, Tablo will use cloud-based digital signal processing and machine learning algorithms to identify commercial breaks with what Nuvyyo promises to be more accurate results. The commercial skip feature will be released as an open beta in March and will be available to all Tablo OTA DVR owners with an active guide subscription at no additional cost.

NeuroMetrix announces Quell 2.0 with AI-powered therapy for chronic pain sufferers

Health technology company NeuroMetrix has just released Quell 2.0, a major update to its wearable therapeutic pain management device that provides more power in an even smaller package. Quell is a 100 percent drug-free system that uses transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) to block chronic pain; users wear the device on the leg, regardless of the site of the pain, and neural pulses are sent to the brain that trigger a natural pain relief response in the central nervous system. NeuroMetrix has also announced a new “Intensive Therapy” option for the 2.0 version of the device that provides more intensive nerve stimulation in a shorter 15-minute session, allowing users to opt for a faster pain relief regimen than the standard Quell therapy — a first among wearable TENS devices. The company is also introducing an update to the Quell app to add coaching features to help users get the best results from the device. Worn as part of a breathable soft fabric band, Quell 2.0 itself is a credit-card sized device so that it can be worn discreetly and comfortably under clothing, and is 50 percent smaller and 20 percent more powerful than its predecessor. Quell 2.0 is rated for a typical battery life of up to 25 hours, and is the only wearable pain device that’s been approved by the FDA for both day and nighttime use and for multiple types and sources of chronic pain. New machine learning algorithms have also been developed for the new version to add an unprecedented level of personalization to Quell’s chronic pain treatments through the collection and analysis of millions of data points, taking into account such factors as demographics, health conditions, pain levels and characteristics, device utilization and objective measures of sleep, activity and gait from over 70,000 chronic pain sufferers via the Quell Healthcloud. Quell can also adjust therapy based on manual intensity changes, body position, sleep movements, and even changing local weather conditions. Quell 2.0 is available now for $299, with the AI powered capabilities, Intensive Therapy option, and app-based Therapy Coach expected to be coming later this year. .

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