Meizu’s port-free phone was nothing more than a marketing stunt

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The Zero’s future now looks bleak.
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Meizu has revealed its futuristic port-free smartphone was nothing more than a marketing stunt.

The so-called “Zero” handset was announced just over a month ago before being made available to preorder through a failed crowdfunding campaign. But Meizu founder and CEO Jack Wong says the project “was just the marketing team messing about.”

Meizu Zero goes up for pre-order with eye-watering price tag

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This phone outdoes Apple on the whole getting-rid-of-ports thing.
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In its quest for minimalist perfectionism, Apple loves shaving ports off its products wherever possible. But even it has stopped short of creating a phone like the Meizu Zero.

Promising no buttons, no speaker holes, no Sim card slot, and no charging port, this sleek Chinese Android phone looked like a concept phone or, uncharitably, an early April Fool’s joke when it first popped up online last month. Well, it seems that that’s not the case at all — since pre-orders have just gone live on Indiegogo. Be warned: It’s not cheap.

5-in-1 cable gives you one dongle to rule them all

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High Five packs all the ports you need.
Photo: Vonmählen

The dark days of dongle hell might finally be over thanks to a brilliant new accessory that packs five different ports in one cable.

Vonmählen, a smartphone accessory maker based in Germany, revealed its new creation called the High Five. The company claims it’s the first ever 5-in-1 cable that’s so small it fits on your keychain. Best of all, it’s super cheap too.

Crazy iPhone case stows and charges earbuds

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Stowing and charging earbuds in an iPhone battery case.
Photo: Ascape Audio

Wireless earbuds are great but with this statement comes a couple of asterisks. Careful stowage is critical or risk losing one. Remembering to charge Bluetooth buds is not quite second nature.

Ascape Audio aims to remove the asterisks with an earbuds/smartphone case combo called SoundFlow.

Phoneslinger is a fancy fanny pack for iPhone photogs

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Mobile photography from the hip.
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The serious iPhone photographer has forsaken their DSLR and the weight of a bag full of gear. But they’re running out of pockets.

That’s because mobile photographers, much like a DSLR shooter, are starting to carry some of the same accessories: lens attachments, filters, a battery, jump drive, and a tripod.

Carrying a bag feels like a cumbersome step backward. A Phoneslinger could keep you quick on the draw.

This HAL 9000 replica is ready to lock your pod bay door

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The HAL 9000 Command Console looks just like the original.
Photo: Master Replicas Group

Fans of 2001: A Space Odyssey can now get their very own replica of HAL 9000, the iconic and murderous robot from Stanley Kubrick’s seminal film.

Master Replicas Group has created a new smart speaker that looks just like HAL 9000 and it uses voice controls and Bluetooth to become the control center for your smart house.

Take a look:

Build your own phone, make any game VR-ready and more [Crowdfund Roundup]

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Kite kit lets you build your own phone from scratch.
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Crowdfund Roundup bugIf you need an ultra-affordable smartphone that features everything you need, why not build it yourself? The Kite kit lets you create your own Android-powered smartphone from scratch, just as you want it — and it won’t break the bank.

It’s just one of the awesome ideas in this week’s Crowdfund Roundup. We’ve also got the world’s smartest wearable, an awesome mechanical gaming keyboard with a twist, and more!

Awesome wireless earbuds, Qi charging mousepads, and more [Crowdfund Roundup]

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TicPods Free are the affordable alternative to AirPods.
Photo: Mobvoi

Crowdfund Roundup bugYou no longer have an excuse to keep using wired headphones with your iPhone. TicPods Free are the affordable wireless earbuds that combine awesome audio with noise cancellation and intuitive touch controls.

They’re just one of the awesome ideas in this week’s Crowdfund Roundup. We’ve also got a mousepad that wirelessly charges your iPhone, intelligent sleep masks, and more!

Stellar speakers, smart doorbells, and more [Crowdfund Roundup]

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Unlike HomePod, UPstage 360 supports all your favorite services.
Photo: UPstage 360

Crowdfund Roundup bugIf HomePod just doesn’t do it for you, you need the immersive sound of the UPstage 360. This incredible speaker uses patented technology to deliver high-quality sound that fills almost any room, and it connects to all your favorite services.

It’s just one of the awesome ideas in this week’s Crowdfund Roundup. We also have smart home doorbells, stunning mechanical keyboards, and more!

Give your iPhone X an exoskeleton with the Radius X [Review]

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Is this the most unusual iPhone X case ever?
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The futuristic design of Mod-3’s Radius X makes it one of the most unusual iPhone X cases I’ve seen. If you’re after the ultimate minimalist case, or don’t like having a case on your phone but still want to protect it, the Radius X could be the perfect candidate.

In fact, it’s less of a case and more of an exoskeleton (or an updated version of a bumper case). Find out what makes this case special in our video, or read our full Radius X review below.