This dongle lets you charge your iPhone from your Android device

You know how you can plug your Apple Pencil into the Lightining Port of your iPad Pro to charge it? Wouldn’t it be great it you could charge your iPhone the same way? That’s the dream on the table (ish) with the PowerMe, a new dongle that can charge any Lightning or microUSB device from […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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This rolling luggage keeps tech travelers plugged in

The tools inside the business traveler’s carry-on luggage have changed. The luggage itself has not. Two companies are hoping to take off through crowd-funding with modern roller bags that fit all the essentials and charge your devices. One even has a router to give you a Wi-Fi hotspot where ever you land. The G-Ro, a […]

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iShowFast Review: USB 3.0 and Lightning Flash Drive Makes Secure File Transfers Between iOS and PCs Easy

Last year, popular accessory company Sanho and its HYPER brand launched the iStick, a flash drive with both USB and Lightning connectors to make it easy to transfer files between iOS devices and computers. A Kickstarter campaign for the iStick raised over $1.1 million, with the device coming in capacities ranging from 8 GB to 128 GB.

Building on the success of the iStick, HYPER by Sanho has worked with Taiwanese firm iCirround to bring a next-generation version, the MFi-certified iShowFast, to the United States. By upgrading the USB connectivity to USB 3.0, the iShowFast is up to 14 times faster than the iStick and SanDisk’s similar iXpand flash drives, offering read speeds of up to 140 MB/second over USB and 30 MB/second over Lightning.

As it has done with a number of its other products, HYPER by Sanho is launching iShowFast via an Indiegogo campaign, but backers shouldn’t expect an extended production timeline with potential stumbling blocks pushing delivery out even further than anticipated. iShowFast is already in production and ready to go, with HYPER by Sanho set to start shipping orders out as soon as the $50,000 Indiegogo campaign ends next month.

We’ve had a few days to play with an iShowFast stick, and while it’s a pretty straightforward product that operates essentially identically to the iStick, it was good to see the device is indeed ready for launch in its retail packaging and to be able to try it out with its companion app for managing files on iOS devices.

The design of the iShowFast is clean and simple, with a gold aluminum body that is close to but not quite identical to the gold color Apple uses on its devices. A prominent slider button on the iShowFast makes it easy to switch between Lightning and USB connectors, although this cap-less design leaves one of the connectors unprotected when the drive is carried around in a pocket or bag.

A blue LED next to the slider flashes briefly when the drive is connected to an iOS device or computer to confirm the connection and then occasionally as data is accessed on the drive.

The iShowFast app for iOS is a simple utility that allows users to manage their files on both the flash drive and on the iOS device itself, as well as a linked Dropbox account. The usual file management tools are included, allowing users to delete, copy, move, share, and zip files, and password protection is supported. The app can also pull in items from the user’s photo albums, music libraries, and clipboard, and offers one-step backup of the contacts stored on the device.

The main screen of the iShowFast app includes access to the device’s camera functionality, making it easy to capture photos and videos and save them to the phone’s local storage, the iShowFast stick, or Dropbox.

For photos, the iShowFast app includes basic photo filters and editing from Camera360, making it easy to apply various effects, blurs, lens flare, and framing options while also supporting cropping, rotation, and a number of other image adjustments.

Overall, we found the iShowFast to work as advertised, offering a simple method for transferring files between iOS devices and computers and some nice basic camera integration and support for Dropbox. Given the ubiquity of wireless file transfers these days with Wi-Fi networking, AirDrop, iCloud, and more, many users won’t have a need for the iShowFast. But for those who want or need to physically transfer files with support for password protection, the iShowFast looks like a solid option.

iShowFast’s Indiegogo campaign kicks off today, offering early-bird backers and backers who previously supported the iStick campaign 40 percent off the eventual retail prices of the iShowFast.

$49 – iShowFast (16GB) for Early Birds & iStick Kickstarter backers
$59 – iShowFast (16GB). Regular retail price will be $80.
$60 – iShowFast (32GB) for Early Birds & iStick Kickstarter backers
$79 – iShowFast (32GB). Regular retail price will be $100.
$89 – iShowFast (64GB) for Early Birds & iStick Kickstarter backers
$99 – iShowFast (64GB). Regular retail price will be $150.
$149 – iShowFast (128GB) for Early Birds & iStick Kickstarter backers
$199 – iShowFast (128GB). Regular retail price will be $250.

The first batch of 3000 sticks will go out next month soon after the Indiegogo campaign ends, with the remainder of the orders going out in December.

Note: MacRumors received no compensation for this review.



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Hand stabilizer will put the ‘Pro’ in your GoPro films

The GoPro action camera has turned average consumers into cinematic artists. But sometimes the star is not the camera itself, but the accessory that helps the camera get that award-winning clip. A new handheld stabilizer by áetho could be the next star, preventing jerky footage with a professional smoothness that uses sensors to adjust to […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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With ‘go-go’ in the name, wireless chargers bring quick juice to your iPhone

The more your iPhone does, the more it draws from the battery – and that means more time spent hunting for an outlet to recharge. Batteries will get better one day soon, but until then PowerGo-Go has a line of wireless solutions for the iPhone 6, 6 Plus and 6s models to charge, as the […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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PowerClip will make your keychain feel inadequate

It seems a bit risky for your tech startup to make its first product a keychain. But London-based Mirai has one you’ll get a charge out of – literally. The PowerClip is a key fob that serves first and foremost as a charger for your iPhone or Android smartphone. But it also has other functions, […]

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HyperLink for Apple Watch Review: A Quality Stainless Steel Link Bracelet at Sport Band Pricing

While the stainless steel Link Bracelet is one of the nicest looking Apple Watch bands available, it is also the most expensive with a $449 price tag for the 38mm or 42mm version. For comparison, you could purchase an entire Apple Watch Sport for $100 less than the Link Bracelet.

But for those looking to give their Apple Watch more of a premium Rolex-like appearance without breaking the bank, look no further than the HyperLink Stainless Steel Link Bracelet from HYPER by Sanho Corporation, which launched today on crowdfunding website Kickstarter with a $50,000 funding goal.

Design

HyperLink is crafted from the same 316L stainless steel alloy used for the Apple Watch, providing the band with added strength and corrosion resistance. The metal is also water and sweat resistant, allowing you to carry out everyday tasks such as showering, washing your hands or jogging without worrying – although you’re probably still better off wearing a Sport Band for the latter.

The Swiss-inspired band has a unisex link bracelet design available in three models: 42mm Space Black, 38mm Silver and 42mm Silver. 38mm in Space Black is also listed as a possible stretch goal on Kickstarter, although no specific funding level is listed. The 42mm Silver model that I tested closely matched the look and feel of my stainless steel Apple Watch – well beyond my expectations for a non-Apple band.

The silver HyperLink that I tested has a lustrous appearance on the outside, while the inside is flatter in comparison. Meanwhile, the Space Black model has an additional diamond-like carbon (DLC) layer added for a sleek, durable and scratch resistant finish. The band, slightly thinner than a Sport Band, did not attract any noticeable scratches or scuffs after wearing it over the course of one week.

Fit

When I first tried on the HyperLink, I immediately noticed that it was well oversized for my wrist. But like most stainless steel bands, it is possible to remove individual links by inserting a very thin-pointed screwdriver or tool into the pinholes on the side to pop out the pressure-sensitive pins holding the bracelet together. Disappointingly, no such tool was included alongside the band.

Fortunately, I found an adjustable screwdriver laying around the house that was thin enough to pop out the pins holding together individual links. The process was rather simple and should be familiar to anyone that has ever owned a common stainless steel wristwatch before, but the lack of a tool included in the box is definitely something to consider when choosing between stainless steel bands.

HyperLink is precision CNC milled to fit the Apple Watch, and the results are favorable. Unlike some third-party bands, the adapters on HyperLink slide into the Apple Watch as effortlessly as official bands sold by Apple. The band also has a convenient quick clasp mechanism that enables you to quickly put on or take off your Apple Watch – much faster than the Classic Buckle or Sport Band in my testing.

For the first few days, I wore the HyperLink rather tight against my wrist and noticed some pinching of my skin when closing the quick clasp mechanism, but otherwise the band was comfortable, lightweight and did not catch my hair. I have since added one link back to the band for a more loose and relaxed fit that gives the Apple Watch some flexibility on my wrist and makes it easier to take on and off.

Bottom Line

HyperLink is a premium yet affordable Apple Watch band that receives my recommendation, especially at its $49 early bird price; even at its $69 or $99 price points, it is a worthwhile option – with only a few drawbacks – to consider among third-party Apple Watch bands.

HYPER by Sanho Corporation also has a reputable track record of successful crowdfunding campaigns on Kickstarter and Indiegogo, including CloudFTP, iStick, Pearl (Kickstarter), Pearl (Indiegogo), iPin for iPhone/Android, iPin for iPhone and HyperDrive for MacBook. The campaigns have altogether raised over $1.6 million.

Pros:

Affordable ($49-$99)
316L stainless steel
Precision CNC milled to fit Apple Watch
Polished, scratch-resistant design
Lightweight and comfortable to wear
Water and sweat resistant
Quick clasp mechanism
Adjustable links

Cons:

No link adjustment tools included
GMobi logo on link bracelet is an eyesore

How to Buy

HyperLink is $49 on Kickstarter in any size or color for the first 1000 early bird pledgers, at which point the price rises to $69. The regular retail price will be $99 following the crowdfunding campaign.

HYPER is also offering bulk deals on the HyperLink through Kickstarter, including two bands for $98, three bands for $147, five bands for $245, ten bands for $490 and larger reseller packages.

HyperLink’s crowdfunding campaign runs from August 25 to September 30, with early bird and regular rewards expected to ship in October and November respectively. The band will be shipped to retailers in December and sold for $99.



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‘Nourish’ System Provides Supplements Based on Fitness Tracker & App Data

FitNatic yesterday launched a new Indiegogo campaign centered around a device called the „Nourish.“ The „Intelligent Countertop Supplement System“ aims to provide users with a detailed, personalized concoction of vitamins based on information collected from health apps and fitness trackers synced with the Nourish.

The system itself is a black box with a 15-inch touch screen on its front and rows of 16 „seeds“ lining its top. After taking into account data collected from locations like an Apple Watch or the Health app – including exercises, blood pressure, and sleep patterns – Nourish will dispense a specific cocktail of personalized nutrition in the form of a powder that users simply dump into a bottle of water and drink.

As Aldo Beqiraj, founder of FitNatic, explains, the combination of data collected from sources like a Fitbit and apps like MyFitnessPal, the Nourish can present users with a detailed list of nutrients scheduled out over daily and weekly dispenses. The Nourish also can ask users for extra caffeine in the morning if they’re feeling tired, or inquire as to whether you want more glutamine in a post-workout blend if feeling sore.

When a particular seed is beginning to run out, Nourish will notify its user, and FitNatic will deliver replacement seeds if the user opted in for the company’s automatic home delivery service. FitNatic even says Nourish will begin to learn your preferences over time, and begin to suggest new seeds „that will be more beneficial and help you reach your goals faster.“

There’s also an app for the system that lays out a weekly dispensing schedule for the device, highlights nutrients your body needs, and points you towards ways to capitalize on the system. The app also reminds you of your „optimal metabolic window,“ and sends a push reminder to drink the next blend. Users just need to tap dispense, and the Nourish mixes the ingredients, eventually raising the 15-inch touch screen to reveal a hidden compartment holding the Nourish Pod with the requisite blended nutrients.

The 16 ‘seeds’ filled with various supplements that line the top of the Nourish
FitNatic is looking to crowd-funding to help make the molds its manufacturer needs to enter the device into a larger-scaled production line, along with basic funding requirements like cloud optimization, final firmware development, production and tooling, and shipping and fulfillment. The perks for the Indiegogo start at $299 for one Nourish alongside a one month supply of supplement seed pods. After that early bird special ends, the same perk will cost those interested $399.

Nourish has 37 days left to reach its $65,000 goal, so there’s plenty of time left for anyone thinking about backing the project to decide whether or not to contribute to FitNatic’s fitness-focused system. Those who do are promised a shipping date estimate of January 2016.



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