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Comic: ♫ Head Like a Phone / Dark as Your Soul ♫

Ed: Welcome to this week's edition of The Pixel Project: a weekly comic from Diesel Sweeties' Rich Stevens on Apple, technology, and everything in-between. Today: ♫ Head Like a Phone / Dark as Your Soul ♫

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Apple's new dock keeps your Lightning-equipped iPhone upright

Apple has released a new dock accessory for its iPhone models with Lightning ports, which include the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, along with the iPhone 5, 5c, and 5s.

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Philips' new on-ear headphones connect to your iPhone through the Lightning port

At CES 2015, Philips has unveiled a new set of on-ear headphones that connect to your iOS device through the Lightning port. The Fidelio NC1L feature 24-bit Digital to Analog Conversion, as well as amplification and noise cancellation, all done in the headphones themselves rather than on the phone.

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Rode announces the new iXY microphone for iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 5c

The Rode iXY that launched in early 2013 was the world's first microphone for iOS devices. It has won several awards and has become popular with audio professionals and enthusiasts. On Monday, Rode has updated the product with a Lightning connector to support the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 5c. It retains the same high-quality recording performance at sample rates up to 24-bit/96kHz.

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Apple adds headphones to Lightning cable certification standard

Apple has apparently introduced a new specification to their MFi program to allow manufacturers to build headphones that run audio through an iOS device's Lightning, rather than the 3.5mm headphone jack. Headphones utilizing the spec will be able to receive stereo 48 kHz digital audio and send mono 48 kHz audio. They will come in two configurations, according to 9to5Mac:

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Tylt Band Car Charger review

Tylt has separated itself from the pack of Apple accessory vendors by thoughtful and unique industrial designs; they don't quite look like anything else out there. The Band Car Charger is no different - it's not your average-looking car charger. It's a premium design that commands a premium price. Is the design worth the extra money?

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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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Lightning aside, that 30-pin dock connector ain't going nowhere

When Apple introduced the iPhone 5, fourth-generation iPad and iPad mini, they also introduced the Lightning connector, a new interface to replace the 30-pin dock connector that had been standard equipment on all iOS devices up to then. While the Lightning connector is the heir ascendant, is it time to say goodbye to the old 30-pin Dock Connector?

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Are the stars aligning towards the retirement of the faithful iPod classic?

The iPod classic; loved the world over by folks who have the overwhelming desire to keep their whole music collection in their pockets. But how long is it for this world? iMore community member sdreelin asked himself the same question, to the point where he ended up buying another while he still can:

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Lightning to Digital AV adapter could be pushing lower res H.264 because it's not yet capable of streaming raw HDMI

Earlier today we linked to a post by Cabel Sasser on the Panic Blog about Apple's Lightning Digital AV connector, which is basically their HDMI adapter. Sasser had discovered that the adapter provided a less-than-1080p signal, broke it open, and found a tiny computer contained inside. Lots of speculation followed as to why that was, and what might be going on. A comment left on the Panic Blog by "Anonymous Coward", however, implies internal Apple knowledge of the matter, and purports to have the answer. In part, the comment says:

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