Want to turn your bottle into a speaker? Put a Cork in it.

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Now you can bottle your sound, literally, with the Cork Speaker.
Photo: David Pierini/Cult of Mac

There are Bluetooth speakers that are shaped like bottles. Then there’s the Bluetooth speaker that needs a bottle to work.

The Cork Speaker attaches right where you might think – at the opening of a bottle – and directs audio into the empty space so that it projects a deep and resonating sound.

Escape From New York smartwatch might make your head explode

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Lifeclock One makes you Snake Plissken-chic.
Lifeclock One makes you Snake Plissken-chic.
Photo: Jonathan Zufi

Before there was an Apple Watch, Snake Plissken had a kind of smartwatch that tracked his health. He knew that if his watch hit zero before he could rescue the President of the United States, he could count on the explosives injected into his neck to go off.

But that’s not the point. What matters is that the countdown clock attached to actor Kurt Russell for the 1981 classic Escape from New York would make a really stylish smartwatch today. And you can now own one and wear it as if your president’s life depended on it.

Pocket-size light packs studio power for your iPhone shoot

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Palm-size studio lighting by Lume Cube just got smaller with the new Life Lite.
Palm-size studio lighting by Lume Cube just got smaller with the new Life Lite.
Photo: Lume Cube

For all the magical powers coded and wired into the iPhone camera, it can’t rise to every challenge. You still need light to make a decent photograph and good light can be as fleeting as the moments you are trying to capture.

But what if you could put good light into your pocket and pull it out when you need it?

The makers of the popular Lume Cube have created a nifty but powerful light called Life Lite, ideal for mobile photographers who want to keep shooting even as darkness closes in.

Aircraft-grade aluminum Apple Watch band is ready for takeoff

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A matte red finish, one of four available in the new Apple Watch band by Juuk.
Photo: Juuk Design

When Eugene Ho first saw the Apple Watch, it made him think of a jukebox. If the watch piece is the player then the wristband is like a song that can be changed according to taste and mood.

Ho is building a band brand that acknowledges the watch wearer who likes to change bands on a whim. The latest Apple Watch band from his company, Juuk Design, is an aircraft-grade aluminum link band designed in four finishes that will complement the aluminum model in both Series 1 and 2.

Dent-proof case gives MacBook a retro iMac look

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The futuristic DropTech case on a MacBook Air.
Photo: Gumdrop Cases

It’s not easy to find MacBook cases that are both protective and good-looking; you usually have to choose between the two. But Gumdrop Cases has hit the nail on the head with its new DropTech case.

It promises to be one of the “world’s most durable MacBook cases,” and it looks like it came straight out of a futuristic sci-fi movie. Or maybe a retro iMac? Claim yours on Kickstarter now to take advantage of big discounts with early bird pricing.

How Steve Jobs’ swimming failure became unlikely inspiration

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Steve King never would've guessed that he would be designing products to go with computers created by an old swim club teammate, Steve Jobs.
Steve King never would've guessed that he would be designing products to go with computers created by an old swim club teammate, Steve Jobs.
Photo: PRISM

Cult of Mac 2.0 bug Two people couldn’t have been further apart as they sat close to each other on carpool rides to swim meets. Steve King was a jock. The other kid was a geek.

But the geek did something one day that King would never forget. King watched as his teammate made a horrific turn at the wall in the backstroke and popped up in a neighboring lane.

Steve Jobs was immediately disqualified. He got back in his lane and finished the race.

SIM card gadget lets you leave the second iPhone at home

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Carry an extra iPhone or carry a SIMpro to manage that extra phone line.
Carry an extra iPhone or carry a SIMpro to manage that extra phone line.
Photo: SIMpro

Too bad Hillary Clinton is busy or she could serve as a celebrity endorser for a Kickstarter campaign sure to interest people whose important lives depend on carrying two smartphones.

SIMpro is a credit-card-sized device that serves as a dual-SIM adapter with data connection that can manage two active phone numbers. SIMpro works with an iOS app and even works with Bluetooth to turn an iPod or iPad into smartphones.

Sleek dock restores earphone jack for iPhone 7

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You can have your iPhone 7 and earphone jack, too, with the iLDOCK.
You can have your iPhone 7 and earphone jack, too, with the iLDOCK.
Photo: iLDOCK

Apple famously knows what we want before we do, yet so many fans say the iPhone maker got it wrong when it took away the earphone jack on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

Jokes, outrage, even night terrors, erupted on social media in real time as the new iPhone design was revealed. Not long after, a startup went to work to bring the anxious a $10 fix.

Retro Apple iOS game controller works with Apple II

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The AP40 is designed with a silicon "leaf" plug for the USB port.
Photo: 8bitdo

The Apple II and IIc weren’t exactly known as gaming machines when they launched 40 years ago, but that’s not stopping 8bitdo from creating a new wireless gaming controller that comes with an adapter for the PC that put Apple on the map.

The new AP40 Bluetooth controller comes in the shape of a retro Apple logo, allowing you to wirelessly play any old school game on the Apple II.

This levitating charger won’t let your iPhone 7 down

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The iPhone can float along magnetic waves as it charges.
The iPhone can float along magnetic waves as it charges.
Photo: Gryker, Inc.

The future arrived on the iPhone 7 and the no-earphone-jack thing is still sticking in your craw. Maybe you should just take a breath and float. Float your phone, that is.

Your new iPhone 7 or 7 Plus can float in midair on magnetic waves while it charges with the Air Charge, a charging device available via Kickstarter that further steps into a future without wires.