Foxconn is buying a renowned Apple accessory maker for $866 million

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Belkin has long been a manufacturer of high quality Apple accessories.
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Long-time Apple device manufacturer Foxconn is about to get even closer to Apple — thanks to its acquisition of well-known iPhone accessory maker Belkin.

According to a new report, Belkin International will be bought by FIT Hon Teng, a Hong Kong-based subsidiary of Foxconn for a massive $866 million. The acquisition also includes Linksys and Wemo-branded products and services, as well as the smart home water management company, Phyn.

ecobee Switch+ with HomeKit also an Alexa smart speaker

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ecobee Switch+ works with HomeKit and Alexa.
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ecobee began taking pre-orders for the Switch+ today. This smart-home light switch includes HomeKit support so it can be remotely controlled with an iPhone.

But it goes beyond that: with Amazon’s Alexa built in, this wall switch acts as a smart speaker all on its own.

This mic boom doesn’t care if you shake the room

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Imagine how professional you'll look with this on your desk.
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Podcasters, musicians, and haters of annoying noises rejoice. Blue Designs has come up with the Compass, a microphone boom that keeps your mic fixed right over your desk, your computer, your countertop, or even your ghetto ironing-board podcasting desk. Paired with Blue’s Radius shock mount, you need never worry about mic noise ever again.

Deck out your Macbook with these awesome add-ons [Deals]

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We've rounded up the best deals on essential accessories for your Macbook.
We've rounded up the best deals on essential accessories for your Macbook.
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Buying a Macbook is just the first step. Once you’ve got your shiny new machine, it’s time to outfit it with the peripherals that’ll make it yours. So we’ve gathered some of the best deals on essential Macbook add-ons. That includes a neck-saving laptop stand, powerful drive repair software, a USB connection expansion, and more. Read on for more details:

Bento Stack keeps all your Apple accessories neatly organized

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Carry all your essentials with ease.
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Carrying all your Apple accessories with you wherever you go can be a pain. Your wires can get tangled, your AirPods can get lost, and your Apple Pencil can end up in more than one piece. That’s why you need the Bento Stack.

This compact, multi-compartment storage solution keeps more than 10 Apple essentials neatly organized when you’re on the road. It’s a must-have if you’re a frequent traveler.

Lucky enough to score an iPhone X? Check out these sweet accessories [Deals]

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This roundup of iPhone X essentials covers wireless charging, drive expansions, and cases.
This roundup of iPhone X essentials covers wireless charging, drive expansions, and cases.
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iPhone X is still hot off the factory presses, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to get some awesome peripherals. We’ve rounded up some of the best accessories for Apple’s best ever phone. We’ve got wireless charging pads, charging cases and more. Most are discounted by more than half off. Read on for more details:

Leaked iPhone 7s dimensions are bad news for your wallet

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iPhone 7s is taller, wider, and thicker than iPhone 7.
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iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus might be more affordable than the swankier iPhone 8, but it certainly won’t be cheap upgrades. If you were hoping to hold onto all the accessories you have already purchased for iPhone 7, you can think again.

Leaked schematics for both devices suggest all your existing cases might not fit.

Apple ditches many color options for iPhone, Apple Watch accessories

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What's disappeared where you are?
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Apple has begun eliminating official accessories in many color options from its online store.

Shoppers are discovering that a number of iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch accessories are no longer available in some color options. They are likely being phased out before new accessories for Apple’s next-generation devices arrive this fall.

5 affordable accessories that complement your red iPhone

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Refresh your red iPhone with these awesome products.
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Interest in the (PRODUCT)Red iPhone has died down since its release back in March, and the novelty has likely worn off already for those of you who picked one up. Now it’s time to make it interesting again!

We’ve put together a list of five brilliant red products, all under $30, to compliment the red iPhone and reinvigorate your love for its unique color. Check out the video along with details for all the accessories we’ve featured below.