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Wonder Cube Is A Swiss Army Knife Of Smartphone Accessories

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You’re looking at a 1 inch cube that packs a bunch of different tools for your smartphone. Here is a sampling:

- Phone charger. Through the flip-out USB and either micro-USB or Lightning connectors, you can connect your phone to the mains and get it charged.
MicroSD Card Reader. A built-in card reader means you can add up to 64GB of storage on the go.
Phone Stand.A micro-suction cup plate lets you stick it to the back of your phone and props it up at an angle for your viewing pleasure.
Sync.The same connectors that you use to charge can be used to sync.
Emergency charger.If you’re nowhere near an outlet, you can just pick up a 9V battery and use this to give yourself up to 3.5h of extra talk time.
LED Torch. Use it to light your way with its built-in LED torch.

The thing is splash-proof and is meant to be taken with you everywhere. Considering how much functionality it packs, it’s hard not to recommend it. Better yet, at $49, it’s really not expensive. The campaign is fully-funded and shipping should start in August.

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Oaxis inkCase i6 Puts an eReader Screen On The Back Of Your iPhone 6

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Some of you may have looked at the Yotaphone with some lust. You know, it’s that crazy Russian phone with two screens, one of which is an eInk display? Yeah, nice phone, but getting yourself a Yotaphone also means giving up your iPhone 6, and that won’t do. So take a look at Oaxis’ inkCase i6 instead. It features its very own 800 x 480 4.3″ anti-glare eInk display that communicates with your mobile via Bluetooth. This way you can display any number of things while using no power from your device, things like the weather, wallpapers, sports score tracking, etc. And since the eInk only uses power when being updated, the integrated 300mAh of battery, small as it seems, should be enough to last for several days without needing a charge.

There’s no word on price or availability, other than “this spring.”

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Windbreaking Foam Balls Keep Your Phone Conversations On The Quieter Side

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As sophisticated as modern smartphone noise cancellation algorithms are, they still struggle against the havoc wind can cause on your phone conversations. So someone thought it would be a good idea to design these Windblocker foam balls, which are designed to prevent wind from getting into your phone’s mic and disrupting your calls. Sure, it kind of looks like a clown costume for your phone… but if you have a really important call to make, outside, it wouldn’t hurt to carry one of them in a pocket, strange looks be damned. They have a little clip that lets them easily be put on or taken off your device and while pricing info hasn’t been revealed just yet, we would be shocked if you were expected to pay anything more than $5-$10 for them.

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Deal Of The Day: 16% Off On Neutron Mount, A Phone And Tablet Mount

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Your smart devices are at home in your hands, but that doesn’t mean you always want them there. Tossing them in the car’s center console bin is one way to deal with their presence, but there are other, better options. The Neutron Mount is an Aluminum-encased Neodymium magnet that you stick onto a surface with strong 3M double-faced tape, and to which you affix whatever device you want, as long as it’s below 1lbs. in weight. You will have to stick a small metal disc to your device so that it can be attracted by the magnet, but it’s slim and unobstrusive. And just like that you can temporarily stick your phone or tablet to your fridge, to your car’s dashboard, or even your iMac . Normally the Neutron Mount would cost you $30, but you can have it for $24.99 today.

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Zano Drone Follows You For A Fraction Of The Price

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A while ago we wrote about The Airdog, a somewhat heavy-duty drone whose distinguishing feature was that it could follow you around, filming you, while you did whatever stunts you wanted. It was, and is, a great idea, but the AirDog was expensive at $1,200 or so. Now we have news of the Zano drone, which purports to do much the same thing. Granted, this is a palm-sized device that may not offer the same kind of stability or robustness as the AirDog, but at $335 (£215) it’s hard to dismiss. The Zano tethers to your phone through WiFi and can fly itself. Press ‘hold’ and it stays in place, filming you in 720p from as far as 30 meters away. Press the Follow button, and it finds a way to keep the set distance between itself and you, while trying to keep you in the frame. IR sensors all around the drone make sure that it doesn’t run into any obstacles while it’s filming. When you’re done, a press of yet another button will cause it to return to base, for you to easily retrieve it.

There are several more features on this drone, such as a customizable 8X8 LED panel on the front, but we won’t list them all. Check out their fully funded Kickstarter for more details. A pledge will get you a drone by June of 2015.

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NoPhone Is A Piece Of Plastic That Helps You Cut Your Smartphone Addiction

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Your smartphone is always in your front pocket, reassuring you with its hefty weight, giving you a solid block to periodically touch and remind yourself that yes, you’re connected, yes you can be reached, yes you can Instagram any second you’d like… But if that life of an addict is no longer for you, and you’ve decided to ditch your phone for good (bold move, my friend!), the NoPhone might help you transition. It’s just a piece of plastic. But it’s a piece of plastic meant to mimic the look and feel of a phone. You carry it in your pocket as you would a phone, and it gives you the same tactile feedback, minus any functionality whatsoever. It weighs between 2.82 and 3.5 ounces (between 80 and 100 grams), and its measurements are as follows: Height: 5.5 inches (140 mm), Width: 2.6 inches (67 mm), Depth: 0.29 inches (7.3 mm). Standard smartphone dimensions.

A selfie upgrade is available, which consists of a mirror, and can send you your own selfies to yourself in realtime. You can even “add a verbal hashtag by syncing your brain and vocal cords.” It’s brilliant. Best of all, it’s only $12 and should be able to ship in time for Christmas.

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Ditto Is A Simple Button, Adds Lots Of Functionality To Your Phone

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If you’ve no intention of buying a smart watch (and really, you shouldn’t), you can still enjoy some of the benefits at a fraction of the price. Ditto is a simple-as-pie button that contains nothing more than a battery, a vibration module and a Bluetooth module. But what it does is allow you to customize which notifications make it through to your attention, and which stay on the phone. With the app, you can customize the vibration pattern to alert you of pretty much anything you like and care about, from getting a new Tinder match to getting a phone call from the wife. Whatever it is, Ditto will alert you if it’s important to you, so that you can put your phone away and stop obsessing. If you’re like pretty much everyone else, this will instantly seem like a great idea, considering the sheer number of notifications we get for just about everything. Additionally, you can use Ditto as a proximity tracker, which will vibrate when your phone gets out of range.

For $29, there are far more expensive ways to get one of the more important functionalities found in a smart watch.

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Prynt Case Turns Your Smartphone Into A Polaroid

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The days of having pictures printed on actual physical paper that you can hold in your hands are pretty much gone. But that doesn’t mean we haven’t lost anything in the transition. There was a certain magical element to being able to pass a bit of paper around your group (rather than a heavy and breakable smartphone), right after the pic had been taken. Heck, there’s even more nostalgia when stumbling on an old Polaroid stuck between old papers. So that’s why we have a soft spot for Prynt. It’s a case for Android and iPhones that will contain a tiny printer and up to 30 sheets of paper. The current prototype takes around 50 seconds to print one picture, but the hopes are that by the time all the hardware elements are properly integrated, this figure will be cut down to about 30 seconds.

Prynt is the brainchild of a French startup, who is now looking for funding and is planning a Kickstarter early next year. So expect to hear back from this product in the months to come. Expected retail price will be a very affordable $99.

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ComfortWay iPhone Case Provides Cheap Data Roaming

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Modern smartphone have transformed our data usage habits, which is fine as long as you’re in your home country, paying your reasonable rates. But the minute you travel you expose yourself to exorbitant roaming charges. ComfortWay is working on a pretty cool Travel Case for the iPhone 5/5S, and 6, that could give you up to 200MB a day for as little as $2/day. The case contains a configurable SIM that will download the proper carrier settings as soon as you launch the companion app, after arriving at your destination of course. Once logged in, it turns itself into a WiFi hotspot that your iPhone (and up to 9 other devices) then connects to. Oh, and did we mention there’s a 2,400 mAh battery in there as well?

The protocol is HSPA+, which boasts speeds up to 42Mb/s; that’s plenty fast even for HD video. After you’ve reached the 200MB cap, speeds are reduced to 128Kbps. It’s a pay-as-you-go type of product, with credits easily added through Visa, MasterCard or Paypal, in the companion app.

All in all, it sounds like a great product, but seeing as it’s a Kickstarter, it’s far from being available. A pledge of $79 will save you a spot, but that’s the Early Bird pricing. And if it does reach its goals, expect to see the case around May 2015.

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