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Apogee intros JAM 96k guitar interface, MiC 96k

Apogee Electronics has introduced the JAM 96k ($129) guitar interface and MiC 96k ($229) microphone. Both iOS-compatible products are new, upgraded versions of previous accessories — the Jam and MiC. As the names of the new products note, both accessories offer up to 96kHZ recording — an upgrade from their previous iterations.

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Apogee’s JAM 96k guitar interface comes with a nickel-plated finish and includes a Lightning cable. MiC 96k, a studio quality microphone, includes a Lightning cable and a microphone stand adapter. Both accessories also come with an iOS Dock Connector cable and USB cable. JAM 96k and MiC 96k are available now.

Jawbone releases updated Era Bluetooth headset

Jawbone has released Era ($130), an updated version of its 2011 Bluetooth headset. The new Era is being billed as “the smallest, lightest, most comfortable” headset made by Jawbone. Its NoiseAssassin technology eliminates background noise.

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Era offers up to four hours of talk time, which can be doubled with use of its charging case. An app displays battery life and lets users program the Talk button to access Siri directly from the headset. The headset comes in four different colors and is available now.

Harman/Kardon shows Blu-Ray, Bluetooth + AirPlay systems

Harman/Kardon recently announced its BDS 3D Blu-Ray systems, the BDS 580 ($1,099) and BDS 280 ($510). The iOS-compatible Wi-Fi Blu-Ray players have built-in AirPlay and Bluetooth functionality, enabling iPads, iPhones, and iPods to stream content directly to the receiver. Dolby Volume is included, which balances the volume between loud and quiet scenes without user involvement.

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The BDS 580 is a 5.1-channel, 325-watt system, while the BDS 280 is a 2.1 channel, 130-watt system. Release dates are unknown at this point, as both Blu-Ray systems are only listed on Harman/Kardon’s European website.

iLounge’s 2014 CES Best of Show Awards announced

iLounge has announced our 2014 International CES Best of Show Award winners and finalists. We’ve picked the absolute best products we’ve seen at CES — a very select list of Best of Show winners and Best of Show Finalist winners. ZeroChroma took home the Best Overall Product award for its Folio Slide for iPad mini with Flux-Stand. Incipio/Braven also netted four awards — two Best in Show awards and two Finalist awards. For all the award winners and the best products, click here.

NYNE intros floating Aqua Bluetooth speaker

NYNE has introduced Aqua ($130), a unique-looking, floating Bluetooth speaker. Aqua is IPX7-tested and waterproof, with Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. It can be fully submerged in one meter of water for 30 minutes. The speaker has “close to 10 watts of power,” according to NYNE.

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Aqua features a 2200mAh rechargeable battery and has a built-in waterproof microphone and auxiliary input. The speaker will come in gray or blue, and is planned for launch in the “early second quarter” of 2014.

Lightning developer leaves Apple, redesigns Square Reader

Former Apple accessories head Jesse Dorogusker left the company and joined Square to design the new Square Reader, Wired reports. According to the report, Dorogusker previously led development on Apple’s Lightning connector, and spent eight years heading up the accessories division for Apple before leaving. Wired notes with Square’s new Reader, Dorogusker “had the chance to take a crack at a flagship product.”

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Much of the article focuses on the technical details of developing the new Square Reader, which is 45 percent thinner than Square’s old credit card reader, and no longer requires an internal battery for power. The Reader also improves the tactile feel of card swiping despite its smaller size.

Razer iOS controller leaked

A new iOS controller from Razer has been leaked in a tweet from @evleaks. An iPhone gamepad reportedly named “Kazuyo,” the phone is able to tilt out of the controller to change the viewing angle.

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A release date and price for Razer’s controller are unknown at this time. See our review of the first iOS controller to be released, MOGA’s Ace Power controller.

Apple patent reveals ‘smart dock’ for Siri use

A just-published Apple patent has revealed plans for a “smart dock” that would allow users to interact with a docked iOS device through voice recognition. The dock would actively listen for audio cues in order to communicate with the docked device — the device’s voice recognition mode would then be activated.

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Therefore, Siri could be used without physically interacting with the docked iPhone, iPad, or iPod. Some embodiments of the dock include a device with storage media, a GPS receiver, and/or environmental sensors. An in-car implementation would make a lot of sense, as well. [via Apple Insider]

Mophie debuts Powerstation XL battery pack

Mophie has introduced the Powerstation XL ($130), a 12,000 mAh USB battery pack. The Powerstation XL can charge two iPads at the same time, as its dual USB ports each offer 2.1 amps of power. A micro USB port is also included, along with a cable to refuel the battery.

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The Powerstation XL includes built-in short circuit protection and a LED battery status indicator. Mophie’s Powerstation XL is available now.

Kicker intros Amphitheater K3 Speaker, Vapor headphones

Kicker has introduced its Amphitheater K3 Speaker System with Bluetooth ($200) and Vapor Headphones ($220). The Amphitheater K3 uses aptX audio coding and delivers sound using 3-inch drivers, mid-bass woofers, a tuned-port enclosure, and a 2x10-watt amp. Devices can connect to the Amphitheater K3 using NFC or Bluetooth.

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Kicker’s Vapor Headphones come equipped with a pair of 35mm dual-diaphragm transducers and sealing, leather ear pads. The headphones come with a detachable flat cable with three-button remote and microphone. Both products will be shown at CES in January, and released in the first quarter of 2014.

Apple and Danish company collaborate on hearing aid

Apple collaborated with Danish company GN Store Nord in developing the company’s new hearing aid, Reuters reports. The ReSound LiNX hearing aid was first announced in late October by GN Store Nord. Billed as the world’s first MFi hearing aid, the device uses Bluetooth-like technology to stream voice and music from iPhones without using an intermediary device.

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The ReSound LiNX sits behind the ear and comes in 10 hair and skin tone colors. A global launch is expected in the first quarter of 2014. The price is expected to be slightly more than $3,000.

Acoustic Research debuts AR for Her speakers

Acoustic Research has introduced a new line called “AR for Her.” The line will feature a Bluetooth speaker, made to look like a clutch handbag, that streams music from up to 30 feet away. A built-in microphone and rechargeable battery are also featured in the speaker.

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The speaker will come in black, white, white with pink polka dots, and leopard print. Acoustic Research plans on updating the look each season while introducing more accessories. The speaker collection will be available in spring 2014.

BuQu Tech intros Magnetyze Mobile Battery

BuQu Tech has introduced its Magnetyze Mobile Battery ($60), a new accessory for its impressive Magnetyze case. When attached to an iPhone with a Magnetyze case, the 1800mAh battery can supply up to 8 hours of additional talk time, according to the company. The battery can be charged using any Magnetyze charger or a standard micro USB cable.

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A four-light LED gauge lets users know how much power remains on the battery. The Magnetyze Mobile Battery is available now.

iFazz debuts 50x photo lens for iPhone 5/5s

iFazz has introduced a 50x Super Long Range Telescope Lens ($115) for the iPhone 5/5s. The fixed lens offers micro manual focus adjustment, magnifying subjects by 50 times. With no zoom capability, the lens is pitched as a way to take photos of objects in the sky.

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The large aluminum-cased lens comes with an adjustable tripod that can turn 360 degrees. It is available now.

Logitech intros PowerShell Controller + Battery

Logitech has officially introduced and priced its previously-leaked PowerShell Controller + Battery ($100), compatible with the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, and fifth-generation iPod touch. The game controller encases an iOS device, and includes an integrated 1500 mAh battery.

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Logitech also released a list of games compatible with the PowerShell. The PowerShell Controller + Battery is available now.

MOGA officially debuts Ace Power iOS controller

MOGA has officially announced its Ace Power controller ($99) for iPhone and iPod touch. The controller was leaked last month, but now has an official price and release date.

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MOGA’s Ace Power controller should be available this week, and comes with an integrated battery to compensate for the power drain of iOS gaming, depending on a Lightning plug for connectivity. Look for iLounge’s full review in the very near future.

Netatmo debuts Starck-designed wireless Thermostat

Netatmo has introduced its wireless Netatmo Thermostat, designed by Philippe Starck. An app can control the iOS-compatible thermostat and let users view their heating habits. The thermostat works with most oil, gas, and wood furnaces.

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Following Nest’s strategy of updating the common thermostat with a more beautiful and elegant housing, Netatmo’s thermostat makes temperature control particularly easy, and comes with five interchangeable color frames to match the room where it’s installed. It will be released in Europe this month for 179 Euros ($241), with a US release date and price to be announced in January at CES.

Scosche debuts reVOLT dual-12W car charger

Scosche has released its reVOLT ($25), a car charger with two USB 12W ports. While it’s exceptionally similar to earlier reVOLT models, both ports now charge at 2.4A, allowing for full simultaneous iPad charging regardless of the iPad model.

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Scosche notes that charging circuitry in reVOLT is designed for iOS — though the charger will work with most non-iOS smartphones and tablets, those devices may not charge at the fastest rates. Notably, Apple appears to have ended 2.4A/12W regarding speeds with the release of the iPad Air; only prior-generation full-sized iPads benefitted from the faster standard. The new reVOLT is available now.

Pebble watch receives full iOS 7 notifications

Pebble has announced today that its smart watch “is now fully integrated with iOS 7 and works seamlessly with Notification Center.” All enabled notifications will now be pushed to the Pebble — meaning app notifications beyond calls, emails, and texts. A new iOS app will enable the functionality. Pebble claims the app is currently “under review” by Apple, and will be available in the iTunes Store “soon.”

NOCS intros NS900 DJ-style headphones

NOCS has announced its NS900 ($250) on-ear headphones, billed as a “professional DJ headphone.” The NS900 comes with 40mm titanium drivers and interchangeable ear cushions. A stainless steel headband is bolstered by an internal headband with steel hex screws.

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NS900 uses a lock to keep the audio cable secure. Three exchangeable cables come with the headphones, including a cable with a three-button remote and mic. NOCS’ NS900 is available for pre-order and ships Dec. 20.

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