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    Whistle Launches First iPhone-Synced Wearable Fitness Device For Dogs




    Wearable tech has really started to take off over the last two years thanks in part to fitness trackers like the Nike Fuelband and FitBit. But while those companies are worrying about humans, a new company called Whistle is launching a new fitness tracker specifically for mans best friend.

    The Whistle Activity Monitor is a little on-collar device that will track all of your dog’s activities, including rest, walks, playtime, and other activities. It’s kind of like a FitBit for dogs. The device comes with a slick iOS app too that lets you check in on your dogs stats throughout the day no matter where you are.

    Sounds kind of crazy to buy a pet its own activity tracker, but when you consider most people only take there dog to the vet once every 3 years, Whistle will probably help you keep your pet in shape and enjoy a couple extra years together.

    Here’s a video of how Whistle works:




    The device is waterproof, and you only have to recharge it every 10-Days via USB. And to make sure all of the data collected is actually being used, you can send your vet health reports right from the app.

    Whistle’s iPhone-only for now, but an Android app is on the way. You can pre-order it over on Whistle’s website for $99 with an ship date targeted for late-July.




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    Angle-Pose Your iPhone With The EleMount



    Meet the eleMount, a poseable aluminum mount for your iPhone or—if you’re feeling adventurous—the iPad mini. It’s like a little angle poise elbow for your phone, letting you set it at almost any angle you like.

    The unit is made up of two sections which meet in a ball-and-socket mount at their center. The other ends are flat discs coated with one of those sticky, reusable nano coatings that can be recharged by lifting off any lint with a strip of sticky tape.

    To use it, you stick one end to the flat back of the iPhone, and the other end to a table or other smooth surface. You can also stick it onto a tripod thanks to the threaded hole in the base.

    As you no doubt guessed/feared, this is yet another Kickstarter project, and as such has the associated wait and opportunity for failure. Should it succeed (after a launch later today) it will cost you $60.



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    FlameStower: Charge Your iPhone Using a Campfire





    The FlameStower looks like a clever way to keep your iPhone charged while you’re camping in the wilderness. Just fill its reservoir with water, stick the other end into the flames of your campfire and plug your chosen gadget into the USB port. Relax with the charred meat and beverage of your choice, and—just three hours later—your iPhone will be fully charged.

    The promo photos for the FlameStower shows it running off a portable gas stove, which seems like a great way to burn through a whole bottle of gas for one charge. Sticking the edge into an already-burning fire seems a much smarter bet. So how does it work?

    The blurb tells us that the device is a Thermoelectric Generator, which exploits temperature differences to produce electricity. Wikipedia tells us that it is an inefficient but reliable technology, which is fine if you’re just sticking it into a fire for a few hours. The fire provides the heat, the water keeps the other side cold, and delicious electricity is the result. Bonus: The water might boil, in which case you should make coffee and refill with cold water.

    Want one? It’ll cost you $80, and is available for pre-order only, with orders starting to ship in “late fall.” Yes, this is a little disappointing, but at least it’s not yet another Kickstarter.



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    Supercharge Your Smartphone Camera With The 3-In-1 Lens Kit



    Whether you’re snapping photos at a party, at the office, or just around your neighborhood, it’s great to have a smartphone that can make every one of those photos count. But there are some limitations to the camera that is built into your smartphone—such as a lean selection of lenses. Namely, one.

    This Cult of Mac Deals offer gives you what you need to supercharge your smartphone camera—a 3-in–1 lens kit for only $24! Having these lenses in your back pocket (gives you artistic versatility so you can adapt to any photo opportunity. And you can get this kit right now at a savings of 65%!

    Please note: This offer is available only to customers in the United States, Canada, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Australia, South Africa, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore. The sale price includes free shipping to the countries listed. To read up on more of the important reminders regarding this offer, visit the Deals page.

    With an adapter designed for iPhones 4–5 and another for all other smartphone cameras, you can capture images close-up, far away, and with the classic 180-degree “fisheye” look. Easily switch between lenses with magnetic “snap-on, snap-off” functionality, and store the others in your pocket till you need them.
    Here’s what you’ll get with this offer:

    Fisheye, Wide Angle, and Macro lens (Check out what these lenses will do your photos here.)

    Detachable Magnetic Ring for iPhone 4/4S/5

    Detachable Magnetic Ring for all other camera phones

    Your smartphone’s camera is pretty incredible, but extreme close-ups and wide-angle shots leave much to be desired, and the digital zoom leaves your pictures looking pixelated. Enhance your stock camera with this three-piece lens set and take pictures so good you’ll amaze even yourself.

    This offer isn’t going to be around for long, so take advantage of it while you can! Add this 3-in–1 lens kit to your photography arsenal for just $24 courtesy of Cult of Mac Deals and start producing better photos today!



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    Sony preps Bluetooth lens attachments for iPhones, Android phones






    A set of images leaked on Monday claim to show off a new device from Sony aimed at turning smartphones like the iPhone into something approaching a full-fledged camera.

    The photos supposedly reveal Sony's "lens-camera" device, which the company is preparing to release in the near future, according to Sony Alpha Rumors. The devices will essentially pack the power of a high-end point-and-shoot camera into a lens that attaches to a smartphone and pairs with an Android or iOS app over Bluetooth.

    Of the two variations planned, one will feature the same sensor-lens pairing from the Sony RX100, one of Sony's more celebrated point-and-shoot cameras of late. That will mean a 1-inch, 20.2-megapixel Exmor R sensor with a 2/1.8 Carl Zeiss lens. The other device is said to have an 18-megapixel CMOS sensor with a 10x zoom lens, similar to the $400 Sony WX150.

    The DSC-QX10 and the DSC-QX100 will have built-in camera sensors, Bionz processor, Wi-Fi, near-field communications connectivity, and an SD card slot. Those wireless connectivity options, paired with the requisite mobile apps, will allow users to control the lens-cameras with their smartphones.

    Judging from the leaked press shots for the devices, users will not be required to center the lenses over the built-in lens of a smartphone. A number of manufacturers have attempted to push lens attachments for devices like the iPhone, but both the success and the quality of those products have been questionable.

    The new lens-cameras do not yet have a specific release date, as they have not even been announced. Some speculate, though, that Sony could well reveal them on September 4.



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    Smartphone Spy Lens For Sneaky Snapper



    It’s actually pretty easy to shoot sneaky pictures of people using the iPhone. You can pretend you’re doing something else as you point the camera at your unwitting/unwilling subject, or you can just hold the iPhone up to your ear, walk past them and snap a picture using the volume button.

    Now there’s a third way: the Smartphone Spy Lens, an add-on that lets you shoot sneaky shots at 90-degrees to the camera’s own axis.

    The dongle attaches to your iPhone via magnets, and thus requires a stick-on metal ring to render the back of your phone magnet-friendly. If you already use magnetic lenses for your iPhone, then you should be good to go. Because it sticks on magnetically you can spin it through 360˚ to point in any direction.

    I would actually use this quite often: I regularly see people around town who remind me of celebrities, or — better — people who look like a cross between two celebrities. With the Spy Lens I could compose a tweet telling the world about my great discovery, and snap a picture of that discovery at the same time, all in total secrecy.

    And God knows the world needs more quality celebrity lookalike tweets.

    The Spy Lens comes from the fine folks at Photojojo, so you can be sure that you’ll get a tiny plastic dinosaur in your package if you order one. The price is just $20, so even if the internal mirrors don’t meet with your high standards, at least you won’t be too cut up about it.






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    New Sony Ad, Press Images For QX100 & QX10 Attachable Lenses Leaked [Video]



    At an event in Berlin in just under two hours time, Sony will announce two attachable lenses that you’ll be able to stick onto the back of your smartphone to take better photos. They’re called the QX100 and the QX10, and you can see exactly what they’ll look like in the leaked press images above — and exactly how they’ll work in the leaked TV ad below.

    Sony certainly seems to be having a hard time keeping its new products under wraps ahead of their official unveiling today. So if you were hoping for some nice surprises, you may want to close this page now and stay away from the Internet until after Sony’s event.

    In the picture above, you’ll see the new QX100 and QX10 attachable lenses that are designed to work alongside your smartphone. You can either clip them onto the back using a special add-on, or you can use them separately. Sony will also be making special cases for its own Xperia devices that the lenses can be attached to.

    Here’s what we think we know about the lenses so far: The QX10 will be the cheaper of the two, but it’ll still cost you $250. The QX100 will cost $450. Both lenses will be able to shoot 1080p video at 30 frames-per-second, and both feature optical image stabilization.

    So what’s the difference? Well, the QX100 features the same 1-inch 20.2-megapixel Exmor RS sensor and f/1.8-4.9 Carl Zeiss lens as Sony’s excellent RX100m2 camera, while the QX10 features the smaller 18-megapixel sensor with f/3.3-5.9 lens that’s packed into the WX150 camera.





    Whichever option you go for, you’re going to be drastically improving the images you take on your smartphone. The lens will connect to your Android and iOS devices via Wi-Fi using Sony’s PlayMemories app, and you’ll be able to control things like zoom, exposure, white balance, focus, and more using your phone.

    All of the images and videos you take can be stored on your phone and the storage built into the lens itself, and there’s NFC for quick and easy pairing with compatible Android smartphones.

    The QX100 and QX10 both look like very impressive pieces of kit, and we can’t wait for Sony to make them official. You can expect that to happen very shortly, so keep an eye on Cult of Android.






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    Aiptek shows off a combo projector/battery pack for iPhone 5 available this month









    Aiptek, the company behind a number of mobile projector products that we’ve seen in the past, is about to release a brand new pico projector for iPhone 5 and we just got our first look at the product during the ShowStoppers IFA event in Berlin. Texas Instruments, who provides the DLP technology powering the product’s projection experience, was on hand tonight at ShowStoppers showing off the new “MobileCinema i55.” It’s similar to other pico projector cases Aiptek has launched in the past, but this time provides a couple new features on top of built-in Lightning connector support for the iPhone 5. We went hands-on and have a video of the product in action below the fold.

    Not only will the Mobile Cinema i55 project anything on your iPhone in a picture as big as a 60-inch TV, it’s also the first projector from the company that will double as a battery pack for the device providing up to one full charge. Aiptek says the new Mobile Cinema i55 “provides double the brightness of similar products on the market,” and the picture indeed looks better than previous generation models we’ve seen in years past. Although it’s clearly designed for the iPhone 5, it also packs in an HDMI input for use with your Mac or other devices and it will work with your iPad mini, iPad 4, and 30-pin devices with an adapter. Other specs include 50 ANSI lumens with a native resolution of 640 x 480 pixels, a built-in speaker, manual focus, USB and micro USB ports for charging non-Lightning devices, and a 3000mAh battery for up to 120 minutes of projection. It’s about to hit stores in Europe for £220 and hopefully North America shortly after.






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    PocketPlug Case Adds Power Prongs To The iPhone



    PRONGGGG! That’s the name of the company that makes the clevertastic PocketPlug, an iPhone case that comes with a built-in charger so you can just flip out its prongs and stick them into the nearest available wall socket.

    The idea is a sound one – who wants to carry an extra charger with them when they could just flip two flimsy U.S-style prongs out the back of their case instead? But the reality is limited by the laws of physics, and the circuitry needed to make it work adds bulk, making this a rather chunky case. And unlike the tiny iPhone charger, which can be kept in a bag until needed, this charger has to be kept on your phone all the time, fattening it up like a battery case, only without the independence a battery brings.

    But hey, at least it isn’t made to fit into a UK power socket. In that case, the PocketPlug would likely be as big as one of those ballistic nylon laptop cases that businessmen used to lug their Dell’s around in back in the early oughts.

    Want one? It’ll cost you $70.




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    Apple gets back in the iPhone dock game with 5c and 5s docks



    Apple didn’t announce these at the keynote today, but you can finally buy first-party docks for your iPhone again. The iPhone 5s and 5c docks are now available on the Apple Store. The ship date is currently unknown but they will be available in stores on the 20th.






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