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Roll up, roll up, as LG launches stealthy Bluetooth keyboard

A keyboard which rolls up four rows of almost full-sized keys into a stick has been launched by LG at the IFA trade show. The tablet market might be in the doldrums, but LG sees tablet accessories as a way to make money out of it. It almost had a good name – “LG’s Rolly Keyboard” – but then LG went and ruined it with the …
Simon Rockman, 27 Aug 2015

Apple takes aim at accessory makers, files iPad stand patent

If you were among the 25,000 or so Apple faithful who crowded the exhibit hall at this year's Macworld/iWorld "Ultimate iFan Event" a couple of weeks back, you're certain to agree that the last thing the iMarketplace needs is yet another iPad stand. Apple, however, disagrees. As part of its weekly patent-application release, …
Rik Myslewski, 1 Mar 2013
Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 4

World+Dog goes ape for smartphone cases, add-ons

Sales of smartphone accessories will generate a staggering $20bn (£13bn) this year, a figure set to rise to $38bn (£24bn) by 2017. Those are encouraging numbers for accessory makers such as Griffin Technology, which opened its first standalone store this month. Smartphone owners spend an average of $56.18 (£35.65) on …
Caleb Cox, 20 Jun 2012
Samsung Galaxy S II

Ten... smartphone survival accessories

Product round-up As the weather starts to improve and the knobbly knees of British sun seekers start gracing the public eye, weekends away untangling guy-ropes and blowing up inflatable mattresses draws close. But the organic world of planet Earth is no safe place for a man of modern comfort, and taking a survival kit with you specifically for …
Caleb Cox, 18 Apr 2012

Smartphone accessories

Xmas Gift Guide As Apple's advertising points out, when it comes to most activities, there's usually an app for them. But not every task can be performed with a handset alone. Sometimes hardware is required to utilise the brains of a smartphone and take functionality further. Whether you seek solution for better typing, improved battery life …
Caleb Cox, 23 Dec 2011
console accessories

Console accessories

Xmas Gift Guide With last year's release of Xbox 360 Kinect and PlayStation Move, traditional console add-ons have been pushed out of the limelight. However when searching for the ideal Crimbo presents, the customary line-up of videogame hardware is always a laudable choice. Especially when shopping for yourself. Here's five options to spice …
Caleb Cox, 22 Dec 2011
ThumbsUp Black Diamond iPhone dock

ThumbsUp Black Diamond glow-globe iPhone dock

Geek Treat of the Week Yes, it’s expensive and totally pointless, but the Black Diamond "ambience dock" is strangely compelling. It's fascinating to watch – a bit like those Mathmos lava lamps that now seem to have acquired a rather ironic retro chic. Designed specifically for the iPhone – I'm looking forward to the iPad version, due any day now – …
Cliff Joseph, 3 Oct 2011
Logitech AV Stand for iPad

Logitech AV Stand

Accessory of the Week It's well known that the iPad's speaker is, well, a bit weedy. While there are a million and one low cost stands out there, if you really want to use your iPad as a movie screen, you need one that incorporates a decent speaker too. Enter the Logitech AV Stand, a tubular stereo speaker with an arm-mounted iPad holder. Logitech …
Nick Hawkesmoor, 30 Sep 2011
iLuv iMM737 WorkStation iPad 2 desktop dock

iLuv shows desktop-style iPad dock

We've seen tablet cases that make a fondleslab operate as a laptop screen, but you'll soon be able to go for that desktop look too. Accessory maker iLuv is working on the WorkStation series, a set of docks for Apple iPads and Samsung Galaxy Tabs that incorporate a speaker unit and a wired keyboard. iLuv iMM737 WorkStation …
Hard Reg, 28 Sep 2011
Techne Byte-dock MacBook Pro port replicator

Byte-dock MacBook Pro port replicator

Geek Treat of the Week Apple dallied with dockable laptops in 1992, with the first PowerBook Duo, but by 1997 the idea had fallen out of favour. Owners of laptop Macs have had to hook and un-hook cables themselves ever since. No longer. Enter Techne's Byte-dock - yes, it's a naff name - a new line of docking stations for unibody MacBook Pros of all …
Tony Smith, 26 Sep 2011
Scosche BoomCan mini travel speaker

Scosche BoomCan mini travel speaker

Accessory of the Week There is no shortage of small speakers for phones and music players, but few deliver much in the way of welly, or even sound quality. Scosche BoomCan mini travel speaker Not that you should expect a pristine hi-fi experience when you're using an ad hoc speaker such as Scorche's new BoomCan, but it's capable of pumping out a …
Nick Hawkesmoor, 16 Sep 2011
Logitech Touch Lapdesk N600

Logitech Touch Lapdesk N600

Geek Treat of the Week OK, so if you're having trouble balancing your notebook on your knees, sitting the machine on a large book or a serving tray is free, but Logitech's Touch Lapdesk N600 is rather better. Logitech Touch Lapdesk N600 The N600 is a rubber-covered - so your laptop won't slip - plastic slab that's large enough to support anything …
Tony Smith, 12 Sep 2011
Panasonic DMW-LVF1 clip-on viewfinder

Panasonic DMW-LVF1 clip-on viewfinder

Accessory of the Week Yes, you can argue that compact cameras, especially premium ones, should have a viewfinder built in. But the fact is, they don't, and while manufacturers are so keen to pitch LCD sizes and resolutions, it seems unlikely that they will anytime soon. Heck, even many compact system cameras lack a viewfinder. Yet there are plenty …
Tony Smith, 9 Sep 2011
Atari Arcade iPad gaming accessory

Atari-branded iPad gaming gadget debuts

There's an Atari-branded alternative to the iCade iPad gaming gadget on the way. Ion Audio's offering sticks the iPad in an MDF-made cabinet that's a minature version of an original arcade unit. The joystick and control buttons communicate with the tablet over Bluetooth. Atari Arcade iPad gaming accessory Ironically, the …
Hard Reg, 7 Sep 2011
appToyz appBlaster

appToyz appBlaster

iGamer Gaming peripherals have a bad reputation, and not without good reason. From the sublime Steel Battalion controller to every ridiculous Wii peripheral, these plastic appendages have one thing in common: they make gamers look sublimely ridiculous. appToyz appBlaster Point and shoot: appToyz appBlaster Even those which …
Andrew Bailey, 7 Sep 2011
appToyz appWheel iPhone gaming accessory

appToyz appWheel

iGamer “For fuck's sake, Mum. I asked for the appBlaster; not the fucking appWheel. You've totally fucked Christmas. No wonder dad's shacked up with that 26-year-old stunner. I fucking hate you!” I can picture it now. Christmas morning 2011 – surly, ungrateful teenager versus distraught, nonplussed mum. Not that I've even tried the …
Andrew Bailey, 24 Aug 2011
Logitech Flod-up Keyboard for iPad 2

Logitech unwraps fold-away keyboard for iPad

Logitech has introduced yet another keyboard for the iPad 2. In addition to its clip-on keyboard and its basic Bluetooth deck comes the Fold-up Keyboard into which the Qwerty layout splits then slides into a stand. The £90 accessory looks like this: Logitech Fold-up Keyboard for iPad 2 Logitech Fold-up Keyboard for iPad 2 …
Tony Smith, 24 Aug 2011
LG LSM-100 mouse scanner photo

LG to demo mouse with diddy doc scanner

Remember those handheld documents scanners that became all the rage in the late 1980s? LG is bringing them back, kind of, by building scanner tech into… a mouse. LG LSM-100 mouse scanner photo The LSM-100 comes with software able to convert pictures of letters into text files - hopefully with rather better accuracy than its …
Hard Reg, 24 Aug 2011

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