Apple releases Smart Keyboard software update, seeks to resolve connectivity issues

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Date: Wednesday, February 24th, 2016, 07:13
Category: Accessory, iOS, iPad Pro, News, Software

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Following complaints from a number of users that the iPad Pro Smart Keyboard loses connectivity on occasion, Apple has released a software update to address the issue.

The description goes as follows:

If your iPad Pro wakes up from time to time when it’s connected to a Smart Keyboard, here’s what to do. To solve this issue, disconnect the Smart Keyboard from your iPad Pro, and then connect it again. When iOS asks if you want to update the Smart Keyboard, tap Update.

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Voluntary Apple AC Wall Adapter Exchange program begins, seeks to address possible electrical issue

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Date: Thursday, January 28th, 2016, 08:47
Category: Accessory, Hardware, News

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This is why recall programs exist in the first place.

Apple on Thursday announced a voluntary recall and exchange program for a select number of AC wall plug adapters used in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Continental Europe, New Zealand and South Korea. America is not included in the recall. Apple says that in “very rare cases” the two-pronged Apple wall adapters could break and create a risk of electrical shock if touched.

The company stated that the affected wall adapters shipped between 2003 and 2015 with Mac and certain iOS devices, the adapters were included in the Apple World Travel Kit and that the company says that it is aware 12 issues worldwide.

The recall does not affect any of Apple’s USB power adapters or customers in Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom, and the United States.

The recall is voluntary and customers can visit the new support page for details as well as exchange their wall adapters for new, redesigned units.

Last year, Apple issued a recall for the Beats Pill XL citing instances in which the speaker could overheat and create a fire risk. Also last year the company launched a camera replacement program for the rear camera on select iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via 9to5Mac and Apple

Griffin announces Breaksafe Magnetic USB-C Power Cable”, offers MagSafe’s advantages for USB-C connections

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Date: Thursday, January 7th, 2016, 07:22
Category: Accessory, Hardware, MacBook, News, USB-C

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This is why the accessory industry exists in the first place.

Apple accessory maker Griffin has recently announced a MagSafe power plug that’s compatible with the 12-inch MacBook notebook, which features a solitary USB-C port. One of the chief criticisms of the USB-C port is that it doesn’t use a magnetic connection and can damage the notebook if tripped over.

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Second-generation Automatic hits, allows for feedback from your car to iOS or Android device

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Date: Tuesday, December 15th, 2015, 10:16
Category: Accessory, Android, Hardware, iOS, News

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It’s sort of like a FitBit for your car.

And it includes a free travel cup and crash notification service.

Automatic has released the second generation of its Automatic Adapter, an adapter that plugs into the ODB-II port under your car’s dashboard. The Automatic then sends data via Bluetooth to your iOS or Android device, measuring things like driving speeds, acceleration, braking and other data prior to giving you a score for your driving.

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Jackery Giant + allows for two devices to be charged simultaneously, sports, 12,000 mAH battery

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Date: Monday, December 14th, 2015, 08:54
Category: Accessory, battery, Hardware, News

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This is one of those accessories for when you don’t have time to muck about.

Or want to charge two accessories at once.

The Jackery Giant + by Jackery allows for two devices to be charged simultanesouly. The unit is powered by a 12,000 mAH battery and features some pretty nice specs, including a 10.4 ounce weight and 2.9 full charge cycles for even an iPhone 6s Plus.

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PowerPage’s Chris Barylick Starts Geeky T-Shirt Company

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Date: Monday, December 14th, 2015, 00:41
Category: Accessory

This surprised me.

In a good way.

Apparently, PowerPage Managing Editor Chris Barylick has been working on a side project and has launched a cool, geek-focused t-shirt company, called SnarkFish T-Shirts.

When he mentioned this a few weeks ago, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Still, Chris showed me some of his launch designs, I ordered a few and they turned out to be AMAZING, well-made, smart, geeky, beautiful and good for both myself and some people on my Christmas list.

My personal favorite is The Manatee Awakens:

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Check out the SnarkFish T-Shirts web site and Facebook page when you get a chance and find a cool t-shirt for any geek on your holiday shopping list.

Tim Cook reacts to “The Hump” nickname for iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case, talks up accessory’s positive points

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Date: Friday, December 11th, 2015, 08:24
Category: Accessory, battery, Hardware, iPhone, News

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This could be an unfortunate nickname that just sticks with a product.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, while attending an Hour of Code event in New York, spoke to Mashable’s Lance Ulanoff about the new iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case.

During the interview, Ulanoff asked Cook if he was excited about the “hump,” a mocking nickname people have given to the battery case due to its distinctive shape. In response, Tim Cook said he was aware of the comments people were making about the case. “You know, I probably wouldn’t call it ‘the hump,'” Cook said.

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A few of my favorite things: Waterfield and Peralta bags for the iPad Pro

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Date: Wednesday, December 9th, 2015, 00:12
Category: Accessory, Cases, Gift Guide, iPad, iPad mini, iPad Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Review

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Having a good bag is almost as important as having good equipment in the first place. If you spent good money on an iPad or MacBook it makes no sense to have your sweet hardware bouncing around in a poorly-constructed vessel that costs less than your Uber fare. It’s also a shame to tuck your beautiful Apple hardware into an unsightly “computer bag” which is why I love Waterfield bags.

I’ve been recommending Waterfield’s stitched-in-San Francisco products since 1999. If you’ve recently acquired a new iPad Pro, or your old bag needs to be updated, Waterfield’s got two great new products that I can’t recommend highly enough: the Field Muzetto and the Peralta Scarlett iPad Pro Sleeve.

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iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case arrives to mixed reviews

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Date: Tuesday, December 8th, 2015, 09:17
Category: Accessory, battery, News

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The first iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case reviews are in and the results are mixed.

While the accessory adds a good amount of battery life to your iPhone 6 and 6s models and integrates with iOS to show a battery status icon, a number of complaints have surfaced about its “hunchback” design, complete with a protruding battery on the back.

“The battery juts out as if your phone will soon give birth to a rectangular alien,” says Joanna Stern of the Wall Street Journal in her review, which may just be accurate.

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Apple quietly releases iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case, cites 25 hours of talk time

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Date: Tuesday, December 8th, 2015, 07:36
Category: Accessory, battery, Hardware, iPhone, iPhone 6, News

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Apple on Tuesday quietly launched its new iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case, which the company says will extend the handset’s talk time and internet use by up to 25 and 18 hours, respectively. The case’s outside material compares similarly to the company’s previous line of silicone accessories, with an added hump sitting in the middle of the backside where the extra battery rests.

The company offered the following product description:

Charge your iPhone and battery case simultaneously for increased talk time up to 25 hours, Internet use up to 18 hours on LTE, and even longer audio and video playback. With the Smart Battery Case on, the intelligent battery status is displayed on the iPhone Lock screen and in Notification Center, so you know exactly how much charge you have left.

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