Sleek USB-C travel charger juices 4 Apple devices at once

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The Type-C 75W Multiport Travel Charger is a handy accessory for business travels.
Photo: Satechi

CES 2018 bug Satechi is doing its part to ease our move to USB-C. The consumer electronics company’s latest device is a 75-watt USB Type-C travel charger smaller than a deck of cards.

The space gray charger, which made an appearance at this week’s CES in Las Vegas, can charge up to four devices at once. It packs four charging ports: one USB-C, two USB-A and one Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0.

Bizarre HomeKit remote looks like a D&D die

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Can you find the HomeKit remote on this table?
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CES 2018 bug The device is called The Remote, but those familiar with the company behind it probably could have predicted it would not look anything like a remote control.

Nanoleaf, creators of smart light-panels that give any room a futuristic glow, unveiled a 12-side geometric table-top object at CES Tuesday that will work with Apple HomeKit-enabled smart home devices.

Stylish dock lets you charge Apple devices two at a time

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The Smart Dual Charging Station will be available this spring.
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CES 2018 bug Tech accessories brand Satechi is using CES this week to show off a new dual charging station that will create the appearance you’re trying to show off your iPhone and Apple Watch.

The Smart Dual Charging Station props up your iPhone and Apple Watch on a stylish stand of silver or space gray brushed aluminum that neatly organizes your charging cords. The station is customizable and can also work with other Apple accessories, such as the Apple Pencil and Siri Remote.

Speck iPhone case will mount to magnetic holder

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Speck's Presidio MOUNT case for iPhone pairs nicely with Scosche's MagicMount
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CES 2018 bug Speck and Scosche have teamed up for a new iPhone case with magnetic mounts so users can engage their phones hands-free.

Announced Monday ahead of the big CES show in Las Vegas, the Speck Presidio Mount is designed to work with Scosche’s MagicMount, a smartphone/tablet mount designed for vehicle or office use.

GoPro grounds its drone business

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GoPro discontinues the Karma and its drone business.
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While consumer drone leader DJI makes headlines at this week’s CES with new products, GoPro announced Monday it would pull out of the drone business after it sells its remaining stock of Karma drones.

The news comes after word leaked last week that GoPro was about to lay off more than 250 workers from its aerial division. The layoffs and Karma kill-off comes amid estimates that GoPro’s fourth-quarter revenues will fall more than $100 million short of projections.

Upgrades to iMac Pro? Major disassembly required

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iFixit carefully tore open an iMac Pro.
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You wouldn’t dare crack open your new iMac Pro, the one you paid $5,000 for, just for a peek under the hood.

But the teardown team at iFixit happily and fearlessly disassembles devices just to sate your curiosity and maybe entice you to fix or upgrade your own machines. The wiki-based repair resource wasted no time in the new year to tear open Apple’s long-anticipated and rather expensive next-generation iMac.

Apple releases iOS 11.2.5 for beta testing

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Apple releases developer beta 2 for iOS to address bugs and enhance performance.
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Apple has signaled it has mobile software fixes on the way by releasing a beta update of iOS. Only iPhone and iPad users enrolled in Apple’s beta testing program can download and install the update.

New Apple Park video highlights greener spaceship

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Matthew Roberts' latest drone video shows a greener Apple Park.
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Drone pilot Matthew Roberts might know the layout of Apple Park better than the builders and architects.

In Roberts’ 22nd drone flight and video of the evolving Apple campus, his 4K camera shows off new sod and near-finished landscaping around the inner circle of the giant spaceship HQ.

Apple shrugs off recent bugs as ‘one bad week’

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Phil Schiller said Apple won't release the HomePod till it's satisfied with the quality.
Phil Schiller said Apple won't release the HomePod till it's satisfied with the quality.
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Apple fans and enthusiastic gadget reviewers will ultimately remember 2017 as the year of a reinvented iPhone. But as the year draws to an end, Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller has a few other things on his mind, such as delays in releasing the company’s first smart speaker and a “bad week” of software bugs and security holes.

Steve Jobs had a thing for ‘Billie Jean’

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Steve Jobs was a fan of Michael Jackson's music, especially Billie Jean.
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There was a time in the 1980s when Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” was a balm that could sooth the prickly nature of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

His former publicist remembers having to play the song over and over again because it was the only way he got through a particular photo shoot.