OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock at CES

OWC logoOther World Computing (OWC) always turns up at CES with new toys and this year Todd looks on with desire as founder Larry O’Connor shows off the latest accessories from the Mac shop.

First up is a 240 GB SSD with USB3 crammed into a memory stick form factor. Made to match most Apple products with a brushed aluminium finish, it’ll set you back a cool $199. A 480 GB version will be coming soon!

Next is OWC’s Thunderbolt 2 Dock which brings five USB 3.0, two Thunderbolt 2, FireWire 800, HDMI, gigabit ethernet and audio in/out ports into a single unit. On order for delivery in February, this will set you back $249 as a CES limited-time special ($299 normally). Very handy if you have legacy FireWire gear that you want to use with newer Apple computers.

Other products mentioned but not shown include SSDs for Mac Pro upgrades, software RAID solutions and portable backup drives.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central and Todd Aune of The Elder Divide for the TechPodcast Network.
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Scosche Adds to Award Winning magicMOUNT System at CES

Scosche magicMOUNTScosche is expanding on the success of the original, award-winning magicMOUNT at CES. There are now some new additions to the magicMOUNT family of products. Each provides a convenient, universal mounting system for the home, office, vehicle, or boat.

All magicMOUNT models affix mobile devices using a high-powered magnetic system made of 100% device-safe neodymium magnets. The magnetic mounts make hands-free calling, GPS navigation, audio and video media streaming and internet browsing a breeze.

The devices can be mounted in a 360 degree fashion, permitting either landscape or portrait viewing and giving full access to the device’s controls and ports. To use a magicMOUNT, all you need to do is hover your smartphone, tablet, or mobile device over the magnetic surface to instantly secure it in place.

There are several magicMOUNT products to choose from. The magicMOUNT Mini Mat is a portable magnetic mount with stickGRIP mat that attaches easily to car dashes or flat surfaces.

The magicMOUNT power is a magnetic power mount that permits mobile devices to charge, via either one or two 12 watt Fast Charge USB ports. The two port model features illuminated ports. The mounts’ flex-neck design and 4-axis adjustable angle gives uses the ability to position their smartphone or other device in multiple view angles and heights.

The magicMOUNT XL surface safely and securely mounts tablets and smartphones flush on almost any surface. That includes dashboards, office walls, or kitchen backsplashes. It lets users easily view or listen to movies and music, check their Facebook, make hands-free calls, check recipes, view a traffic route, and more.

The magicMOUNT XL Dash/Window is a magnetic mount for tablets that easily and securely affixes to any vehicle’s dash or window. It allows for hands-free navigation and media streaming. Its flex-neck design allows users to position the device at almost any angle to allow for maximum viewing convenience and comfort.

The magicMOUNT Rear Seat Headrest mount for tablets easily attaches to the back of most vehicle’s headrests. This allows backseat passengers to watch movies, play games, and be entertained while on-the-go.

Visit Scosche in the North Hall at Booth # 3806 at CES.

Patriot Launches MFi Certified FUEL iON Charging Case

Patriot FUEL iON Charging Case. jpgPatriot released the FUEL iON Charging Case for the iPhone 6. It is a MFi certified case to make charging the iPhone 6 “unconsciously addicting and easy”.

The FUEL iON Charging Case for the iPhone 6 offers consumers a simple charging solution that uses patent-pending magnetic connectors to charge the phone without the use of a plug-in cord, eliminating wear and tear on the Lighting connector and increasing the longevity of the device. The case has been designed with an elevated bezel to prevent scratches.

Patriot FUEL iON Charging StandsConsumers can choose from three different charging bases. The FUEL iON Charging Stand is ideal for the office with an ergonomic angle for viewing your phone while charging. The snap to position rotational access allows the user to manipulate the phone from vertical to horizontal positions.

The FUEL iON Car Charger installs on any windshield and can mount and rotate your phone. It is optimal for GPS use. The FUEL iON Charging Pad allows you to simply lay your phone at any angle on it to charge. It is perfect for nightstand charging.

In addition to the iPhone 6 Charging Case, Patriot offers FUEL iON cases for the iPhone 5/5, Samsung Galaxy S4/5, and the Samsung Note 3. For those that are on-the-go, Patriot also has a 2100mAh magnetic portable battery that connects to the back of the phone and provides a full charge without the restrictions of connecting to a cord.

PureGear Unveils Products that Power and Protect at CES

PureGear Pure Tek GlassPureGear starts of the new year with a fresh crop of unique products that keep user’s mobile devices safe, sound, and charged like never before. These products debuted at CES.

PureGear has taken its Pure Tek Roll-On Screen Shield to the next level with Pure Tek Glass. It is a flexible, shatter-safe 0.24mm thick glass screen. Its ultra thin profile offers the ultimate in screen clarity and protection, with greater than 90% transparency with no rainbow effect, pixilation, or sparkling. It has 9H anti-scratch hardness. The Pure Tex Glass comes with a patented Pure Tek Roll-On Kit for flawless application that’s perfectly sized to fit the iPhone 5, iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPad Mini 3, iPad Air 2, Samsung S5 or Galaxy Note 4.

PureGear HIP Sports ArmbandThe HIP Sports Armband is a workout accessory that functions as a wallet, armband, and protective case all at the same time. The HIP Sports Band’s unique Dry+Flex technology creates a comfortable feel while ridding the band of any odor or bacteria caused by sweat.

The band’s interior 2-Slot card/key holder lets you leave your wallet at home so you can enjoy a worry-free workout without having to bring a bulky bag with you. The band also features a removable case with built in kickstand and a cord keeper for ear buds. The HIP Sports Armband is compatible with the iPhone 6.

PureGear 10,000 mAh PowerbankTired of of having your phone run out of power when you need it the most? Tech lovers can now travel with complete peace of mind as the 10,000 mAh Powerbank keeps mobile devices powered up anytime and anywhere.

The ultra-powerful battery house 1A and 2A USB ports for dual charging of smartphones and tablets. The battery’s blue LED indicators let you know how much juice is left in the tank. It is small and can fit comfortably into any purse or luggage case. Every Powerbank comes pre-charged right out of the box!

PureGear Extreme ChargersPureGear’s Extreme Chargers feature Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 enabled technology, which reduces charging time by up to 75% when combined with a Quick Charge 2.0 mobile device. The Extreme Wall Chargers feature a 12W/1.4A USB port for universal compatibility.

Visit PureGear in the North Hall at Booth # 3506 at CES.

Griffin Debuts New Wearables and Fitness Accessories at CES

Griffen LightRunnerGriffin Technology expands its popular Accessories for Wearables and Armband Collection at CES 2015. These accessories are designed to enhance the comfort, style, and functionality of the most popular fitness devices on the market today.

The LightRunner is a comfortable neoprene smartphone armband that allows users to jog safely at night with its embedded LED lights for higher visibility. It has a touch-through window that gives unhindered access to the smartphone’s touchscreen and built-in fingerprint scanners. The LightRunner fits iPhone 6, Galaxy S5 and other smartphones up to 4.7”. The armband has an adjustable velcro closure that adjusts to arms up to 18” wide. LightRunner will be available Spring of 2015.

Griffin Tracker ClipThe Tracker Clip lets users keep track of their activity no matter where they go. The Track Clip features a manganese alloy clip that slides securely onto clothing. This lets users keep their Fitbit discreetly on them at all times. The micro-mesh upper layer allows the Fitbit’s display to show through. Tracker Clip will also be available in the Spring of 2015.

The Sleep | Sport Band offers a more comfortable and breathable way to wear fitness and sleep trackers. It is made of a soft, stretchy polyester and features a protective pocket to secure the tracker in place. You can wear it as either a wristband or armband and the design will fit many different kinds of trackers. It comes in Berry Crush, Yellow, Sapphire, and Gray and will be available in the Spring of 2015.
Griffin Sleep Sport Band

Check out these new additions to Griffin’s Accessories for Wearables collection, and more, at Booth # 4310 North Hall at CES 2015.

Griffin Brings New Additions to iTrip Collection to CES

Griffin Technology is rolling out two new products in its best-selling iTrip collection of car audio accessories at CES 2015. Each one gives users a choice of best-quality audio connections from their mobile devices to their car stereos.

Griffen iTrip AUX BluetoothThe iTrip AUX Bluetooth adds Bluetooth capability to any AUX-equipped car stereo. Plug the iTrip AUX Bluetooth into the car’s power outlet and then into the car’s AUX-in port with the included 2′ AUX cable. Setup is quick and easy. Users pair their Bluetooth device once, and the device is automatically recognized each time the user enters their car.

The iTrip AUX Bluetooth streams the cleanest, best-quality audio wirelessly from any Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or tablet through the AUX-in port to the car stereo. It uses the most advanced AAC and aptX audio codecs.

Griffen iTrip AUX AutoPilotThe iTrip AUX AutoPilot features an all-in-one design that plugs into the car’s accessory outlet for fast 12 watt charging to iOS devices. While it is charging, the direct connection through the device’s Lightning connector takes the high quality digital audio output from the user’s iOS device.

It converts it into the cleanest-possible, noise-free analog audio, and then delivers it to the car stereo through its AUX-in port. The iTrip AUX AutoPilot features fingertip playback controls at the dashboard accessory plug so drivers can keep their eyes on the road.

The iTrip AUX Bluetooth and the iTrip AUX AutoPilot both retail for $49.99 and are available through the Griffen Technology website. Visit Griffin at Booth # 4310 in the North Hall at CES 2015.

Narrative Debuts Clip 2 Wearable Camera at CES

Narrative Clip 2 in useNarrative is a Swedish company that introduced that world’s most wearable camera (the Narrative Clip). They debuted the new Clip 2 at CES 2015. It is a very small camera that can be clipped to your clothing. It will automatically snap photos of your life on the go.

Narrative listened to user feedback when it designed the Clip 2. New features include wireless connectivity and Bluetooth for easy access of photos. It also has a 90-degree lens that captures beautiful 8 megapixel photos. The light sensitivity had been improved for low light settings. The Clip 2 has versatile wearing options. Pin it on your jacket, attach it to a necklace, or just clip it onto your shirt.

Narrative Clip 2The Narrative App lets users organize, search for, and share their photos. The new Narrative app now lets the Narrative Community select and share the best moments through the Public Moments timeline. You can use the app to create captions for your photos or to like other users’ posts.

Additional features of the Narrative Clip 2 include GPS, which helps you to remember the places you visited with location data. The battery has 30 hours of battery life. It has 8 GB of memory that will capture two full days of photos. The accelerometer automatically rotates all of your photos for you – no matter how you wear the Clip 2.

It is Bluetooth enabled. This lets you check your latest photos, or update settings, instantly. Clip 2 has a USB port for charging or to connect the Clip 2 to a computer. Apps are available for iPhone, Android, and desktop.

The Clip 2 camera is available in Piano Black, Arctic White, and Narrative Red colors for $199. The original Clip camera is now available for $149. Visit Narrative at the Sands Booth # 73532 at CES 2015.

Griffin Introduces New Charging Solutions at CES

Griffin PowerDock ProGriffen Technology has expanded their power lineup with some new products. Each offers a simple and convenient way to charge your devices at home or on the go. Some of them can be used to charge more than one device at the same time.

The PowerDock Pro is an update to Griffin’s popular PowerDock 5. The PowerDock Pro has been redesigned with a sleek new look. It has five charging bays that offer a full 12 watts of charging for any iOS or Android device. Its built-in ChargeSensor circuitry matches and delivers the right rate of charging power to each device for the fastest charge possible. It also has a built-in cord management system, a built-in power supply, which eliminates the messy cables. PowerDock Pro will be available in the Fall of 2015 for $129.99.

Griffin PowerBlock 3The PowerBlock 3 is a space-saving, energy-saving, wall charger that can charge three tablets, smartphones, e-readers, or wearable devices simultaneously. It also has the ChargeSensor technology that gives each device the right rate of charging power. PowerBlock 3 has three 10 watt USB ports. It is a luggage-friendly travel companion that works with any standard 120 to 240 volt AC wall outlet. PowerBlock 3 will be available in the Summer of 2015 for $39.99.

The PowerBlock Wall Dock functions as a base that props up and holds a device while keeping the touchscreen visible. It features 12 watts of charging power and includes a 4′ long detachable Lightning cable. When not in use, the Lightning cable can be stored in the bass of the dock. PowerBlock Wall Dock will be available in the Fall of 2015 for $34.99.

Visit Griffin Technology at Booth #4310, North Hall, at CES 2015.

Free Beer from Alcohoot at CES!

Alcohoot Logo

Alcohoot are offering free beer for visitors to their stand at CES (booth 74549). On the surface, it’s a cheap trick but as they sell breathalyzers there’s a certain relevance to it. No doubt the merit of personal breathalyzers will continue to be debated for years to come but focussing on the technology, Alcohoot have produced a portable breathalyzer that plugs into the headphone jack of both Android and Apple smartphones. The Alcohoot uses an FDA-registered fuel cell sensor built into a hand-sized pocket device to record the owner’s alcohol level as he or she breathes into the unit.

Alcohoot and Phone

The complementary app is available on both the Android and iOS platforms and lets the owner track his or her consumption. Handily, it can provide contact details for taxis when over the legal limit for driving.

App Screens

The Alcohoot was a winner of the Red Dot Design Award, 2014, which puts it in good company along with Apple, Beats By Dre, Bose, BMW, Nest, Nespresso, Blackberry, Lenovo, Nike+ FuelBand, LG and many more.

Available in three colours – black, white and red – the Alcohoot can be bought from their store for $99.99 along with extra mouthpieces.

If you want to learn more, pop into Alcohoot’s CES booth 74549 at the Sands Expo Center for a few beers. Cheers!

iPin – World’s Smallest Laser Pointer and Presenter at CES

Hyper logoHYPER has launched a new iPin laser pointer and wireless presenter product at CES 2015. There is also a Kickstarter for it. The laser pointers are for iPhone and Android.

The original iPin laser presenter is for iOS. It is the smallest laser pointer attachment for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This laser presenter is as tiny as a pin. It disappears almost entirely into the audio jack for the iOS device with almost no protruding parts. It comes with a free app that turns your iOS device into a laser pointer and wireless presenter.

iPin Laser Presenter for Android phonesThe new iPin laser presenter is for Android. It connects to the micro USB port of compatible Android devices. Like the original iPin for iOS, it comes with a free app that can be downloaded from the Google Play store. The app turns your Android device into a laser pointer and wireless presenter.

Through the free iPin app, and a WiFi connection, you can transform your devices into a full featured presentation tool with intuitive gesture based controls. Use it to change presentation slides and move the mouse pointer on any Mac and PC computer.

There is also a BTtogo Bluetooth USB Dongle. This one is great for people who have to travel to different offices and make presentations. The dongle allows users to connect their iPin enabled device to any computer, regardless of the WiFi or firewall settings. The BTtogo features a USB connecter that plugs into any Mac or PC computer and connects to the iPin enabled iOS or Android device via Bluetooth – with no host software required and minimal set up. You can store your presentation files on a micro SD memory card and insert it into the BTtogo to run your presentation.

You can visit HYPER at Booth #5112 at LLVC North Hall (iLounge) at CES 2015.