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Belkin's MIXIT Lightning to USB cables: A better Lightning cable?

You might think that there's not much you can do to improve on the standard old Lightning to USB cables that you get with new iPhones and iPads, but you're wrong. For one thing, the plastic-coated standard Apple cables have a tendency to fray and crack, the plastic shells can crack if the cables a...

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Hyper announces iStick, the first iOS flash drive with a built-in Lightning connector

One of the great frustrations of owning an iOS product is how difficult it can be to get files off the device without an internet connection. Thankfully a market is emerging for flash drives that can connect to your iOS device. PhotoFast's i-FlashDrive is already available, but Hyper has just anno...

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Crowdfunding Roundup: New Apple-related projects

Every week, TUAW provides readers with an update on what new or significant crowdfunded Apple-related projects are in the news. While our policy is to not go into detail on items that haven't reached at least 80 percent of their funding goal, this update is designed to give readers a heads-up on p...

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Hands on with Henge's Gravitas: one hefty dock, many devices

If Asimov's famous Three Laws of Robotics had been focused on a more mundane technological achievement, like iOS device docks, the first law might well have been "A dock shall not cause harm to a device, or through instability allow a device to come to harm." By that standard, the US$89 Gravitas d...

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Raindrops on roses, Lightning adapters, and whiskers on kittens

I own roughly a billion-and-one old-style iPhone and iPod cables, most of them not strictly "Made for iPhone" (MFi). They have seen hard use over the years, but they've been cheap and easy to replace. In February, I finally made the jump to Lightning when I purchased a refurbished pair of an iPad ...

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WeatherBug for iOS has been revamped with better real-time lightning features

WeatherBug (free) has long been a top choice for people serious about weather. Yes, Yahoo Weather is beautiful and useful, but WeatherBug has always let you dig deeper into weather data. Now, Earth Networks has released an update with enhanced Spark Lightning detection. As before, you'll get a warn...

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Logitech intros wired iPad keyboard especially for education market

As anyone who has read TUAW over the past few weeks can tell there's no shortage of iPad keyboards on the market these days. All of them tend to use Bluetooth to connect to the iPad, which is fine -- except when you're a school teacher or IT person who needs to figure out which keyboard is paired ...

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Review: Phonesuit's Flex Pocket Lightning Charger

I use my iPhone 5 so much throughout the day that its battery is often nearly drained by 4 PM. That's why I'm constantly carrying around and trying out new external battery packs to keep my iPhone charged. The latest battery pack I've tried is the Phonesuit Flex Pocket Charger. I've reviewed Phone...

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Here's how Apple's Lightning-to-HDMI digital AV adapter probably works

Last week, we shared how the folks at Panic had pulled apart one of Apple's Lightning to HDMI digital AV adapters in an attempt to figure out why it didn't seem to output true 1080p HD video. To their surprise, they found that it contained a tiny computer featuring an ARM processor and 256 MB o...

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Panic digs into the Lightning digital AV adapter, finds a surprise

The folks at Coda and Unison developer Panic Inc. have a good old fashioned mystery on their hands, and it all revolves around Apple's digital AV adapter for iPhone 5 and iPad mini with Lightning connectors. As they tell it, the Coda crew was recently trying out the accessory for capturing vide...

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CES 2013: Kensington offers a tracking solution with the Proximo Tag Kit

Kensington is in attendance at the International CES here in Las Vegas this week, and the company kindly sat down with TUAW this afternoon to show off some of its latest products. The most interesting of their recent offerings is something called the "Proximo Fob and Tag Kit," which is a relati...

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CES Unveiled: Dexim's Lightning Power Skin and Music Talking Stylus

We looked at Dexim's chargers last year, but the company is rolling out a new Lightning port Power Skin for the iPhone, as seen above. It should sell for US$60 and be available at the end of January. For those of you who still have 30-pin iPhones, they were handing out samples of the ClickSti...

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iHome promises Lightning docks, more at CES 2013

iHome, one of many companies that puts together third-party products for Apple devices, has just revealed its CES lineup, and the most exciting thing about them is that they are, finally, Lightning-equipped. Yes, the company has quite a few docks and boomboxes available for sale, from $100 to $...

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Kickstarted-funded POP charging station lives on after Apple rule change

Here's a nice turn of events that must have plenty of Kickstarter backers feeling the holiday cheer. Following an abrupt about-face by Apple, the POP power station portable charger for iOS devices has been un-canceled by its creator, who is now heading full-steam-ahead into production of the pr...

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Making third-party Lightning connectors

Apple's new Lightning connector means big business for officially licensed accessory makers, but even for third-party manufacturers without the support of Cupertino, production marches on. As MacRumors reports, one such unauthorized accessory company called iPhone5mod is offering a glimpse insi...

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