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ClamCase unveils iOS GameCase controller

GameCase from ClamCase is the first MFi iOS game controller to be unveiled. The controller comes with two analog sticks, a d-pad, four gamepad buttons, and what looks to be four shoulder buttons. According to the website, GameCase controllers will be compatible with second-, third-, and fourth-generation iPad, iPad mini, iPhone 5/5s/5c, and iPhone 4/4s. No pricing or availability is known at this time.

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Additionally, Logitech Gaming has teased an iOS controller on its Facebook page. A promo features empty hands near an iPhone. [via MacRumors]

Phiaton debuts Chord, Fusion headphones

Phiaton has announced two new headphones — the Chord MS 530 ($349) and Fusion MS 430 ($179). The Chord MS 530 headphones use Bluetooth 4.0, and two Bluetooth-enabled devices can be connected at the same time. A 40mm titanium driver powers the sound, which benefits from active noise canceling. Phiaton claims up to 30 hours of talk/music time — up to 18 hours while using active noise canceling. Additionally, Chord’s EverPlay-X technology lets users continue calling or listening to music if the battery runs out, or if an audio device isn’t Bluetooth compatible, using the supplied microphone cable.

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Phiaton’s Fusion MS 430 is made of carbon fiber. The headphones use 40mm drivers. Fusion MS 430 also features a folding design and audio cable inputs on both the left and right side of the headphones. The Fusion MS 430 will be available Oct. 1, and the Chord MS 530 will be available Oct. 8.

JBL debuts Synchros headphones line

JBL has introduced Synchros, a new line of headphones. The flagship headphones in the line are the Synchros S700 ($350) premium powered over-ear stereo headphones. Made out of aluminum, fabric, and steel, with leather ear cushions, the onyx- or glacier-colored S700 headphones use 50mm drivers, JBL LiveStage signal processing technology, and a rechargeable battery that lasts for 28 hours. The Synchros S500 ($300) are similar, but use AAA batteries instead of a Li-on battery, and the materials aren’t quite as high-end.

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Also introduced were the Synchros S300 ($200), on-ear headphones that feature 40mm drivers and are available in six colors. The Synchros S200 ($130) are in-ear stereo headphones with a 10mm drivers, while the S100 ($100) headphones are very similar, with a 9mm driver instead. The entire line is available now.

Kanex debuts Multi-Sync Keyboard for iOS, Mac

Kanex has introduced its Multi-Sync Keyboard ($70), a full-sized wireless Bluetooth keyboard that works with iOS devices and Macs. Bluetooth keys let users switch from an iPad to an iPhone to a Mac with the touch of a button. A full numeric keypad is also included.

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Multi-Sync Keyboard comes with a micro-USB to USB cable, 2 AAA batteries to power the keyboard, and an iPhone/iPad stand. The keyboard also works with the Apple TV, though with the caveat that some hotkeys may not be compatible. Kanex’s Multi-Sync Keyboard is available now.

Apple quietly introduces 2m Lightning to USB Cable

Among new iPhones and corresponding accessories, Apple today added a 2m version of its Lightning to USB Cable to its online store. It appears that the only differences between this cord and the 0.5m and 1m cables are the length, and the $10-higher price.

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Apple’s website lists the cable as shipping within 24 hours, and ready for in-store pickup starting September 12, 2013.

Ten One Design debuts Pogo Connect note, painting tips

Ten One Design has released a set of new interchangeable magnetic tips for its Pogo Connect stylus for iPad, selling four different packages. Ten One Design’s R1 ($10) is built for note-taking, with a thin profile. The R2 ($10) is a bit thicker, and the R3 ($10) is the standard tip that comes with every Pogo Connect. Each of the tips comes in a pack of two.

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The other new tips are the B1 and B2 ($25), two paintbrush tips that come together in a set. B1 is a straight brush, while B2 is an angle-brush style tip. All of Ten One Design’s new Pogo Connect tips are available now.

IK Multimedia debuts iRig Pro interface

IK Multimedia has announced the iRig Pro ($150), a universal digital mobile audio/MIDI interface for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. A pocket-sized, battery-powered interface, the iRig Pro is a step up from the company’s iRig HD. It “accepts virtually every type of audio and MIDI input” — dynamic or condenser microphones, guitars, line-level sources, keyboards, pads, and controllers are all compatible. The audio and MIDI inputs can be used simultaneously to control guitar or vocal software with foot controllers or pedals, for switching presets, and for controlling effects levels. A suite of IK’s music creation apps is also included.

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iRig Pro features a 1/4”-XLR combo input connector for use with standard XLR cables, a 1/4” mono line, or instrument signal cables. A switchable 48V phantom power supply can be used with studio condenser microphones. iRig Pro is powered by a 9V battery, and comes with three detachable cables that are compatible with Lightning, Dock Connector and USB connectors. IK Multimedia’s newest interface is set to ship this month.

Harman debuts HK Esquire, Onyx, JBL Spark speakers

Harman debuted its fall line of products today, notably including two Harman Kardon speakers and one JBL speaker. Borrowing design elements from the earlier Go + Play speaker system, the Harman Kardon Onyx Wireless Speaker System ($500) can use either Bluetooth or AirPlay to stream music. Built with four speakers and a 60-Watt amplifier, the circular Onyx also has a six-hour rechargeable battery inside. Harman Kardon also unveiled Esquire ($249), a square wireless portable speaker and teleconferencing system featuring dual audio drivers and dual noise-cancelling microphones. Esquire uses Bluetooth for up to 10 hours of wireless operation during music streaming and phone calls. An adapter with three built-in USB ports is also included for charging multiple devices at once.

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Harman also announced the JBL Spark ($129), a colorful cone-shaped wireless speaker system. Two 40mm drivers are included in the speakers, which can stream audio via Bluetooth. Spark includes a stainless steel hanging hook and fabric cord with inline controls, as well as a power adapter.

Jawbone introduces $180 Mini Jambox

Jawbone has introduced Mini Jambox ($180), the newest and smallest addition to its line of Jambox Bluetooth speakers. Made from a single piece of aluminum with three drivers inside, Mini Jambox weighs 9 ounces, is just over six inches long, and slightly less than an inch deep. Using Bluetooth 4.0, Mini Jambox streams audio from within 33 feet of a Bluetooth-enabled device. The speaker offers about 10 hours of continuous playback and packs a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. It debuts at a slightly lower price than the original Jambox did, though both models will now sell for $180 due to a post-release Jambox price drop.

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Jawbone has also released an app to access saved and streaming music on the new speaker. Offered in nine different color/design combinations, Mini Jambox comes with a micro-USB charging cable and 3.5 mm stereo cable. The speaker will be released late this month.

Pioneer Electronics debuts DDJ-WeGO2 DJ controller

Pioneer Electronics has announced its DDJ-WeGO2 compact DJ controller ($429). The iOS-compatible DDJ-WeGO2 includes a Lightning cable to connect to the controller to a compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Featuring two jog wheels, the USB-powered DDJ-WeGo2 is compatible with Algoriddim’s recently updated djay 2 app.

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DDJ-WeGO2’s effects include Jog FX, which lets users combine multiple effects together with simultaneous control, and Pulse Control, which offers visual prompts through colored lights. The controller comes in black, white, and red. It will be released in October.

CableJive intros new dockBoss air

CableJive has released a new version of dockBoss air ($35), an adapter that lets users wirelessly stream audio from a device to a 30-pin audio dock. Unlike the recently released dockBoss 5, the new dockBoss air uses Bluetooth for wireless audio streaming, allowing for audio control from up to 33 feet away from a speaker dock.

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CableJive claims this version of dockBoss air has clearer audio and increased volume than the prior version. The new dockBoss air is available now.

Heckler Design debuts HighSign iPad mounting frame

Heckler Design has introduced the HighSign ($79), a new secure mountain frame for the iPad. Featuring a sleek, minimalist design intended for creating a kiosk iPad experience in retail and hospitality settings, HighSign is constructed from commercial-grade steel. It is available in six colours and is compatible with the iPad 2, and third- and fourth-generation iPad models; it also offers compatibility with a number of standard card readers and payment systems.

Wacom debuts Intuos Creative Stylus for iPad

Wacom has announced the Intuos Creative Stylus ($100), a new professional-grade, pressure-sensitive stylus designed specifically for the iPad. Although Wacom is well known in the industry for its dedicated tablets and other drawing peripherals — including the comparably simple Bamboo Stylus — this marks its first electronic iPad drawing accessory.

The new Intuos stylus is powered by a single included AAAA battery, uses a Bluetooth 4 connection to communicate with the iPad, and promises over 150 hours of life on a single battery. The package includes a carrying case with both an extra battery and additional nibs, promising compatibility with the iPad mini as well as third- and fourth-generation iPad models. As with other electronic iPad styli, application-specific support is required to communicate with the stylus.

Logitech unveils new folios for iPad mini

Logitech has announced the Ultrathin Keyboard Folio and Folio Protective Case for the iPad mini. Designed to be extremely thin and light, both folios provide two-sided protection with water-repellant materials.

The basic Folio doubles as a multi-position iPad stand, while the Ultrathin Keyboard Folio includes a built-in Bluetooth keyboard with iPad mini-optimized key size and iOS shortcut keys. Pricing has not yet been announced for either model; they will both debut in September.

Incipio acquires Braven

Incipio Technologies today announced the acquisition of Braven, a Utah-based company responsible for a collection of solidly-built wireless Bluetooth speakers. While Incipio previously focused mostly on protective accessories, it has been angling to get into the speaker business for some time, and expects the acquisition of Braven to “create a more diverse product offering.” Braven will remain based in Provo, Utah and the Braven brand will be maintained as a separate product line as part of the Incipio family.

Orbotix announces Sphero 2.0 robotic ball

Orbotix has announced Sphero 2.0 ($130), the new edition of its iOS-compatible robotic gaming ball. Sphero 2.0 boasts a new motion engine that’s twice as fast as the original Sphero, and updated multicolor LEDs make Sphero 2.0 three times brighter than its predecessor.

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Sphero 2.0 also features brand new accessories — it comes with two ramps, and Nubby covers for harsher environments are sold separately. More than 25 apps now support Sphero. Sphero 2.0 will be released on Aug. 30.

Sony to launch iPhone-compatible lens cameras

Sony is reportedly readying the launch of two iPhone-compatible lens camera attachments, as allegedly leaked images show. One of two rumored cameras would have a short zoom Carl Zeiss lens and 20.2 MP sensor, while the other would have an long zoom lens and 18 MP sensor. Each accessory will apparently have a Wi-Fi/NFC wireless connection and SD card slot, and could be controlled through an iOS device.

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The lenses can be “magnetically attached” to a smartphone, according to the report. Pricing is unknown at this point, though similar Sony cameras carry prices of about $750 and $400, respectively. September 4 has been noted as a possibility for the release date. [via SonyAlphaRumors]

RHA debuts MA750i and MA600i in-ear headphones

British audio company RHA has announced two premium in-ear headphones, the MA750i ($130) and MA600i ($90). The MA750i in-ear headphones come with stainless steel housings and handmade dynamic drivers. A reinforced cable and remote and mic are also included on the headphones, which come with a carrying case and a selection of ear tips.

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The less expensive MA600i is constructed from aluminum. It also offers a remote and mic and carrying case with a set of ear tips. Both new RHA in-ear headphones are set for release on Aug 28.

Twelve South debuts HiRise for iPhone stand

Twelve South has released HiRise for iPhone ($35), an adjustable stand for iPhone 5 and iPad mini that works exclusively with Apple’s Lightning cable. The metal pedestal elevates an iPhone 5 or iPad mini without blocking the speakers, mic, or headphone port. An Apple Lightning cable is not included with the stand.

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Twelve South notes the HiRise stand is compatible with “most every case on the market.” The user can position a self-supplied Lightning connector with one of three included adjustable clips, and the rear support on the stand can move back and forth to adjust for different-sized cases. HiRise for iPhone 5 is available now.

Philips extends Hue with LightStrips and Bloom

Philips will soon be extending its Hue wireless lightbulb family with the addition of LightStrips ($90) and Bloom ($80), according to a report. LightStrips are flexible two-meter LED strips that can be placed in a wide variety of places, including around frames or fixtures. Bloom is a portable lamp with a 120-Lumen LED bulb that can be used to highlight parts of a room.

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Philips has incorporated the ZigBee LightLink wireless standard into the Hue line of products, which allows users to customize the lights’ intensity, color, and more. LightStrips and Bloom will be on sale in “the coming weeks,” according to the report. [via The Verge]

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