accessories

Symlis Sparrow: flash drive and phone connector/charger in one

While our phone screens are getting bigger and bigger, conversely, we want our accessories to become smaller. Of course this is understandable because we don't want to be lugging around a bag that contains just our gadgets, external batteries, chargers, wires, etc. The smaller the accessory and the more functions it can perform, the better. A new IndieGoGo project wants you to just bring around a tiny little item that can serve as a flash drive, a phone connector and a charger, all in one.

WonderCube: syncing, charging, storing in just one cube

There are some things in this world where the adage "size matters" can be considered literally. But then again, there are also those where "big things come in small packages" is applicable. A new device called WonderCube makes up in function what it lacks in size and on paper, it might sound too good to be true. But hopefully, it will really live up to its name, for the sake of the always-mobile and always-connected digital-loving people.

Xiaomi’s big US debut won’t include smartphones, tablets

Chinese OEM star Xiaomi is indeed making its way to the US, but before you get your hopes up, we will let VP for International Business Hugo Barra dash them. In a press event at San Francisco, the former Google exec revealed some details about his new overlords' plans to conquer the country. And he made it pretty damn clear: smartphones and tablets are currently not in Xiaomi's US plans. Which perhaps leaves things of lesser interest in the Chinese OEM's product catalog.

Goal Zero Multi-Tool is the perfect mobile companion

Sci-fi shows and movies sometimes have characters sporting a tiny gadget that can do almost everything and anything. Well, we're still a few years (we think) from that, but we do have already existing multi-purpose tools that can be a great companion for those who are constantly mobile and outdoors. The Goal Zero Switch 10 Multi-Tool Kit is a gadget charger, flashlight and mini fan, all in one. Plus, it can be charged in a variety of ways, including through solar energy.

Combine sound quality and fashion with M3 headphones

For fashion conscious people, using headphones, despite its sound quality, can sometimes be a visual bore, or it might "interfere" with your OOTD (that's outfit of the day for the uninitiated). A new Kickstarter project says that they have found the best mixture of outstanding sound technology and stylish fashion that you won't be ashamed to wear with whatever your outfit is. The M3 Bluetooth wireless headphones wants to become your accessory of choice as you listen to your favorite music or watch your videos on your devices.

Charge 8 devices at once with OctoFire USB hub

With the many gadgets that we bring with us everyday, like smartphones, tablets, external hard drives, ebook readers, cameras, wireless mice (mouse), etc, etc, our computers' or laptops' USB hubs and wall sockets seem to never be enough. A new Kickstarter project called OctoFire 8 Port USB 3.0 hub will solve charging and data transfer problems that normally plague the multi-gadget users, promising to deliver even more than the normal wall charging gives your devices.

Take the temperature (baby or otherwise) effortlessly with Wishbone

When your baby seems to be sick and colicky, taking their temperature can be a bit of a challenge. Fortunately for parents and health professionals, technology has made it possible for this part of childcare a bit easier. You've seen a lot of "smart thermometers" out there, but this new Kickstarter project claims that it is the smallest in the market. Will Wishbone make your wishes come true (well, at least when it comes to attending to a sick baby)?

Qmote is the remote button to make your smartphone smarter

Smartphones have made our life easier, or more complicated, depending on your point of view. But technology is always on the verge of inventions and discoveries that can make things even more simple and convenient. A new Kickstarter project is one of those devices that will make your smartphone and smart appliances even smarter with just one click. Qmote is out to revolitionize the way your mobile devices function, even when you're away from them.

Android Community Weekly Digest: Jan. 25, 2015

It's been quite a start to the year, with CES kicking off 2015. Things are relatively more quiet now in the mobile world, the calm before the storm that will be MWC 2015. For this week, we turn our attention to some existing and upcoming accessories for your mobile devices, but that doesn't mean we don't have a few juicy tidbits about devices and businesses. Welcome to this year's first Android Community's Weekly Digest, covering the period from January 19 to January 25, 2015.

Upp is an efficient, zero-emission portable charger for your device

With so many portable chargers and battery extenders in the market today, it's a sign that always being on your mobile device isn't just a want anymore, but a need (or okay, maybe a "really really really want" kind of thing). Sometimes, though, charging the portable charger itself can also become a problem, especially if there's nowhere to plug it in once you've drained it of all life.
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