Accessories

Elgato Thunderbolt Dock plugs everything into your Mac with one wire

There's a growing selection of Thunderbolt docks on the market, and now you can add Elgato to the mix. The aptly-named Elgato Thunderbolt Dock serves to connect more of your things quickly and easily. The dock has two Thunderbolt ports (one for connecting to your computer and another for whatever other Thunderbolt device you'd like to connect and then daisy chain), three USB 3.0 ports, and one each HDMI, ethernet RJ45, 3.5mm microphone input, and 3.5mm audio output — all so you can connect displays, hard drives, input devices, and more all with one plug.

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Philips hue announces fancy new 3D-printed Wi-Fi-connected lamps

Philips announced a batch of new Wi-Fi connected lighting products today, including this handsome number made through 3D printing. There are both hanging and table 3D luminaries with Philips' signature color LED bulb inside, which, like usual, you can control and program with your iPad or iPhone.

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Are cheaper Lightning accessories on the way?

It looks like cheaper third-party Lightning accessories might be on the way, as Apple has lowered the cost of their MFi Lightning program. Apple seems to have lowered both the price of the MFi license and reduced the minimum number of parts that need to be ordered.

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#CESlive: A Look of Distinction for Your Phone from Element Case

Our own Rene Ritchie and John P. of GeekBeat sat down with Element Case at CES 2014 to talk about new cases we can expect this year as well as how Element plans to branch out to make cases for other kinds of devices as well.

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Ultrathin Touch Mouse needs one minute charge for an hour's use

Logitech has announced the Ultrathin Touch Mouse, designed for use with laptops and tablets. The device connects via Bluetooth and features a touch surface compatible with OS X's multitouch features.

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iOS 7 preview: Accessory support for iBeacons, game controllers, and more!

iOS 7 will bring not only an entirely new, dynamic interface to the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, along with powerful new APIs for app developers. But accessory makes are getting some great new features as well, and that means, presuming they take them and run with them, we'll be getting great new accessories that tie into our location, that let us get our game on, and that make our existing speakers, keyboards, and more work better than ever.

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Looking for a hardware keyboard for your iPad? Here's some of the best!

Today on Talk Mobile, we're talking about the keyboard. Since the birth of the iPad, there's been a desire to use it more and more to get things done. The biggest hurdle for many is the full touchscreen nature of using a tablet like the iPad, but thankfully there's plenty of hardware to choose from. Likely connected to the sheer popularity of the iPad, third-party manufacturers have come out with a whole host of hardware keyboards to help you get real typing done. Some are good, really good, others not so. Here we round up some of our favorites for the iPad!

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Plantronics BackBeat GO stereo Bluetooth headphones review

Back at PAX East I met up with the guys at Plantronics, and they gave me a set of light and sporty Backbeat GO stereo Bluetooth headphones to try out. They adopt the ultra-light look that seems to be all the rage in stereo Bluetooth accessories. As if the form factor wasn't enough to entice music-loving busybodies, the Plantronics Bluetooth guy told me that there's a light oleophobic coating on the headphones to fend off sweat.

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Dropcam software for iOS updated with location and time-based triggers

Dropcam, an iOS-friendly Wi-Fi-enabled camera system, recently updated their iPhone and iPad apps so that recording can kick in when you leave the house or at certain times of the day.

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Staples begins selling Apple accessories

Staples has started selling Apple accessories. Covering a wide range of products, items such as iPad Smart Covers, Airport Base Stations, and Apple TVs can be found on the office supply chain’s online store.

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