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CES 2020: 'PopPower Home Charger' Lets You Wirelessly Charge Your iPhone Without Removing PopGrips

PopSockets today announced the PopPower Home Charger at CES, which is a wireless charging mat that has an indentation to fit a PopGrip. This way, PopSocket users can wirelessly charge their iPhone without having to remove the PopGrip from the back of their smartphone. The PopPower Home Charger comes in Matte White, Mountainscape, and Cosmic Cloud, and it is Qi certified. The accessory provides up to 15 watt charging, and its LED dims in low light. The company noted that it is compatible with most PopSockets PopGrips, except any metal PopGrips or PopGrips Lips. The PopPower Home Charger can be purchased today for $60 on PopSockets' website.

CES 2020: iPhone-Connected NURVV Run Insoles Analyze Running Data

NURVV today debuted the NURVV Run, a set of iPhone-connected insoles worn inside the shoes that are designed to analyze running habits and deliver the information to the accompanying NURVV iPhone app. There are 32 sensors embedded in the insoles that capture data from the feet at 1,000 times per second per sensor, offering running metrics like cadence, step length, footstrike, pronation, and balance, for a complete picture of each user's running technique. The data is set to the NURVV Run app for analysis, with the app delivering "actionable insights and personalized coaching" for improvements that can be made before, during, and after a run. There's also an in-run coaching feature that's designed to help users run at a target pace, achieve a chosen time, or beat a personal record with in-run audio and haptic feedback. A personalized Running Health score is meant to help users determine how sustainable their running is based on training load, pronation, cadence, and balance so runners can reduce injury risk and avoid training too hard. According to NURVV, NURVV Run is able to fit in all running shoes and is rain, mud, and puddle proof. It features a five hour active battery life. More information on NURVV Run can be found on the NURVV website, and pre-orders are set to go live today. NURVV Run is available in multiple sizes and is priced at

CES 2020: Belkin's Wemo Brand Gains New HomeKit-Enabled WiFi Smart Plug and Remote

Belkin today announced the upcoming launch of a new Wemo WiFi Smart Plug, which will be joining the company's line of Wemo smart home products. The Wemo WiFi Smart Plug is the smallest yet in the Wemo lineup, and it is designed to integrate with Apple's HomeKit as well as Alexa and Google Assistant. Using the Wemo app, Siri commands, or the Home app, those in the Apple ecosystem can wirelessly control lamps, heaters, fans, or more with the smart plug. Belkin plans to launch the new Wemo WiFi Smart Plug in the spring of 2020, and it will be priced at $24.99. Also new to Wemo is the Wemo Stage, a control accessory that can be programmed with up to six scenes or settings activated using short presses or long presses. The Wemo Stage works with ‌HomeKit‌, so it can be set to activate ‌Siri‌ scenes created in the Home app with multiple ‌HomeKit‌ products. The Wemo Stage is set to launch in the summer of 2020 and it will be priced at

CES 2020: Linksys Unveils New 5G Modems and WiFi 6 Routers

With 5G set to take off in 2020, Linksys is unveiling new 5G hardware options at CES, which will be releasing to the public starting in the spring of 2020 and continuing throughout the year. Linksys is launching a 5G Mobile Hotspot, a 5G Modem, a Linksys Velop 5G Mesh Gateway, and a 5G Outdoor Router, all of which will work with various 5G networks both at home and on the go. Along with its 5G hardware, Linksys is also embracing WiFi 6, the newest WiFi specification that’s faster than 802.11.ac or WiFi 5. The Dual-Band Mesh WiFi 6 Router offers 4x faster speeds, better WiFi range, and increased capacity. It uses the Linksys Intelligent Mesh technology to offer seamless WiFi coverage with Velop nodes or Velop mesh routers. The router offers 8-stream WiFi 6 technology with speeds up to 6000Mb/s, and it will be available in the spring of 2020 for $400. Linksys also has a more affordable Velop WiFi 6 system coming this year, which offers speeds of up to 4200Mb/s and coverage of up to 3,000 square feet per node. The Velop WiFi 6 system will be available in the summer of 2020 and it will cost $300 for a one-pack and $500 for a two-pack. Linksys has one other product that it’s debuting at CES, the Linksys Wellness Pods, designed in collaboration with Origin Wireless. The Linksys Wellness Pods are designed to offer “detailed insight into consumer well-being” by monitoring daily routines, and tracking breathing patterns, sleep quality, and offering fall detection without the use of wearables or cameras. Little detail is available on the

CES 2020: Belkin Unveils New USB-C Wall Chargers, Wireless Chargers and More

Belkin has a whole slew of new products that it's showing off at CES, including a range of USB-C GaN wall chargers and a wide selection of updating charging docks and pads for Apple devices. Below is a quick overview of the notable new accessories that Belkin will be launching throughout the year. Boost Charge USB-C GaN Wall Chargers Belkin's USB-C wall chargers come in 30W, 60W, and 68W options, and all use GaN technology which allows for smaller, more compact power adapter designs. The 30W model is designed for charging the MacBook Air and can be used for the iPad Pro and fast charging the iPhone, while the 60W model is ideal for the 13-inch MacBook Pro, though it can also be used for the 15 and 16-inch models. The 68W model features two USB-C ports with Intelligent Power Sharing and a foldable plug, ideal for travel. Pricing ranges from $34.99 to $59.99, and the chargers are set to launch in April 2020. Boost Charge 3-in-1 Wireless Charger The Boost Charge 3-in-1 Wireless Charger is designed to charge the ‌iPhone‌, AirPods, and Apple Watch all at once. It features an upright wireless charging puck for the ‌Apple Watch‌, a shallow docking space for the ‌AirPods‌ and AirPods Pro, and an upright charging option for an ‌iPhone‌ with Qi-based wireless charging. It will be priced at $109.99 and it will launch in April 2020. Boost Charge Wireless Charging Stand and Speaker The Boost Charge Wireless Charging Stand and Speaker is designed to allow users to listen to music, watch videos, and take phone calls while charging their ‌iPhone‌. The

CES 2020: SanDisk Unveils New 8TB SSD Prototype and 1TB USB-C/USB-A Dual Drive Luxe

SanDisk today announced a new high-capacity SSD prototype that offers a total of 8TB of storage space, which is the biggest SSD that's been made so far. At 8TB of storage space, the pocket-sized drive offers double the capacity of the 4TB super slim prototype drive that was shown off last year. SanDisk isn't selling the new 8TB SSD as of yet, but it does offer transfer speeds up to 20Gb/s. Along with the prototype drive, SanDisk also debuted its new 1TB SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Luxe USB-C, a dual connector drive that can transfer content between USB-C and USB-A devices. The Dual Drive Luxe USB-C is tiny enough that it fits on a keychain, and it is set to launch later in the first quarter of 2020 for

Bluetooth SIG Announces 'LE Audio' With Audio Sharing, Lower Data Consumption, Hearing Aid Support and More

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) today announced the upcoming launch of LE Audio, which is the next-generation of Bluetooth audio. LE Audio will bring enhanced Bluetooth audio performance, it will add support for Audio Sharing, and it will add support for hearing aids. LE Audio features a new high-quality, low-power audio codec that will bring improved performance and better power consumption by offering high-quality audio even at low data rates. Developers will be able to create audio products that offer longer battery life or are smaller thanks to the need for less battery capacity. With support for multi-stream audio, Bluetooth LE will allow for the transmission of multiple, independent, synchronized audio streams between an audio source device like a smartphone and one or more audio sink devices like earbuds. This will improve performance of wireless earbuds, offering a better stereo imaging experience, plus it will make it easier to use voice assistant services and swap between multiple audio sources. LE Audio includes support for hearing aids, and it will allow for the development of hearing aids that also include the benefits of Bluetooth audio. Broadcast Audio, another LE Audio feature, allows an audio source to broadcast one or more audio streams to an unlimited number of devices, officially enabling audio sharing capabilities. Bluetooth Audio Sharing will allow people to share their Bluetooth audio experience with others around them (i.e, listening to music from the same smartphone), and there's also a location-based feature that will

CES 2020: Aura Smart Strap for Apple Watch to Launch in March

Aura at CES 2019 introduced an Apple Watch "Smart Strap" designed to measure weight, water, fat, and muscle via electrodes built into the band. The strap didn't end up launching in 2019, but Aura says that it's set to launch in March 2020, with pre-orders available now. The Aura Strap, which is priced at $99, claims to allow users to measure their body composition and track their hydration levels and fitness progress. Aura says the band uses bioimpedance to analyze the upper body, tracking lung performance and changes in breathing, comparing that information with pulse data. The band is able to assess the risk of heart failure and notify the user, though this is something that newer ‌Apple Watch‌ models can do on their own without the need for an additional strap. Measuring body composition and hydration is not something the ‌Apple Watch‌ can do on its own, though testing will need to be done to see how accurate the Aura strap is in practice. The Aura Strap is available in four color options, including black, green, red, and gray, and it attaches to the ‌Apple Watch‌ using the standard ‌Apple Watch‌ lugs. According to Aura, the strap transfers results to the watch "via an ultrasound interface" and it works for up to six months on a single battery. It has the same waterproof specifications as the watch and is able to sync with HealthKit. Aura is taking pre-orders for the watch as of today, with the device set to begin shipping out to customers starting in March

CES 2020: Sony Unveils New 4K and 8K TVs with HomeKit and AirPlay 2 Support

Sony today announced the upcoming launch of several new 2020 4K and 8K sets TV, including the 8H 8K LED, A8H and MASTER Series A9S OLED, and X950H and X900H 4K LED televisions. All of the new TVs offer support for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit. With ‌AirPlay‌ 2 support, the new TVs will be able to interact with other ‌AirPlay‌ 2 devices such as the HomePod or ‌AirPlay‌ 2-enabled speakers for multi-device whole home audio. ‌HomeKit‌ support allows the Sony TVs to show up in the Home app and respond to Siri voice commands for doing things like changing volume and turning the TV on and off. Sony started rolling out ‌HomeKit‌ and ‌AirPlay‌ 2 support to some of its existing 2018 and 2019 TVs in December, but the 2020 models will support it out of the box. While the 2020 TVs will support ‌AirPlay‌ 2 and ‌HomeKit‌, there is no mention of Sony introducing the Apple TV app on Sony TVs. According to Sony, the 2020 TV lineup will include features that have previously been limited to the MASTER series models, with the company aiming to deliver a more immersive viewing experience. Features will include Sony's Picture Processor X1, Triluminos Display, Sound-from-Picture Reality, Netflix Calibrated Mode, and IMAX Enhanced for an IMAX experience at home. A new feature called Ambient Optimization is also included for optimizing picture and sound quality in any environment, and all of the new TVs will use Sony's new Immersive Edge design concept with a minimalist stand. TV sizes will range from 48 inches to 85 inches, with full details on each TV available via Sony's press

CES 2020: Speck Unveils New Presidio2 iPhone Case Lineup With Airbag-Style Protection

Speck today announced the launch of a new Presidio2 line of cases, which Speck says are the most protective, durable, and slimmest dual-layer cases that it has ever created. The Presidio2 cases use new "Cloud Armor" technology, which involves creating individual air capsules along the perimeter of the case. On impact, the air capsules flex and suspend the device on a cushion of air, similar to an airbag. According to Speck, all of the cases will the able to withstand drops of up to 13 feet, and each case will also offer antimicrobial protection to prevent stain and odor causing bacteria. When it launches in the spring of 2020, the Presidio 2 line will include the Presidio2 Armor Cloud, Presidio2 Grip, and Presidio2 Pro cases. More information is available on the Speck website.

CES 2020: Incipio Launches New Plant-Based Compostable iPhone Cases

Incipio today announced the launch of a new line of iPhone cases, which are made from plant-based materials and are designed to be compostable. According to Incipio, its new "Organicore" cases are designed to reduce landfill waste and are made from a 100 percent compostable material. They will break down in as early as six months in industrial compost facilities. The Organicore cases offer drop protection against drops up to six feet, while also providing protection against bumps, drops, and wear and tear. The cases are designed to be slim, and have a raised bezel to protect the display. All of the cases feature a flexible shell with a smooth exterior, and are compatible with wireless charging. Incipio's Organicore cases are available starting today for the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max in black, green, gray, and beige. The cases are priced at $40 Incipio plans to introduce Organicore cases for additional devices like the AirPods and AirPods Pro "in the coming

CES 2020: Lutron Debuts New Accessories for HomeKit-Compatible Caseta Line

Lutron is adding two new accessories to its Caseta line of HomeKit-enabled light bulbs and switches, introducing the Caseta Smart Motion Sensor and the Caseta Repeater. The Smart Motion Sensor is designed to control lights and the Lutron Serena shades wirelessly, turning devices on and off when motion is sensed. One motion sensor is able to control any number of Caseta smart switches dimmers, fans, and smart shades. According to Lutron, its motion sensor can detect motion three times better than competing products, with a 180-degree field of view. The wireless sensor can be mounted anywhere, and customized light levels can be set for each device controlled by the sensor. No charging is required, and there's a 10-year battery life. The Caseta Repeater expands the range of the Caseta system by 60 feet when it's placed within 60 feet of a Caseta Smart Bridge. It works plugged in to any outlet, and works alongside the Plug-in Dimmer, which also functions as a repeater. The Motion Sensor and Repeater are not HomeKit-enabled themselves, but do work with HomeKit-enabled Caseta accessories. Lutron says the Caseta Smart Motion Sensor and Caseta Repeater will be available online at the beginning of February. The Motion Sensor will be priced at $50, while the Repeater will be priced at

CES Unveiled 2020: Multi-Device Wireless Chargers, Nanoleaf Hexagons, and Robots, Plus New Samsung TVs

The annual CES event is taking place this week, with thousands of companies converging in Las Vegas to show off their newest tech-related products. CES officially starts on Tuesday, January 7, but there was a CES Unveiled media preview event on Sunday along with a press conference for Samsung, both of which MacRumors attended. We've rounded up some of the most interesting things that we've seen so far for our latest YouTube video. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Accessory maker Pitaka showed off the Air Omni, an all-in-one Apple charging accessory that includes wireless charging options for the AirPods, Apple Watch, and iPhone. That's not unique because there are plenty of products that do that, but Pitaka's version also has a dedicated port for charging a tablet with different USB-C and Lightning adapters. Nanoleaf last week announced new hexagon-shaped light panels, which were on display at CES Unveiled. The hexagon panels are designed to work with other panel shapes and have a new snap together design that offers a tighter, more secure fit. Attaching the hexagon Nanoleaf panels to the wall is also simpler and will result in less wall damage with new snap in connectors that attach to the wall. Nanoleaf is also showing off the Learning Series, a new switch, bulb, button, and gateway that are designed to learn user habits and auto adjust lighting based on that information. The Learning Series gateway integrates with other smart products such as bulbs from Philips Hue, making everything smarter. Targus showed off a new

Lenovo Debuts First Foldable PC Set to Launch in Mid-2020

Lenovo last year unveiled a new foldable ThinkPad prototype, marking the first foldable PC design that we'd seen. Lenovo has continued to work on that prototype, and is now ready to bring it to market. At CES, Lenovo is showing off the new ThinkPad X1 Fold, a laptop PC with a 13.3-inch folding LED display with a 4x3 ratio. According to Lenovo, the ThinkPad X1 Fold is made from a combination of lightweight alloys and carbon fiber, and it's protected by a leather folio cover. It weighs in at less than two pounds and is designed to "seamlessly morph through multiple orientations," transforming from a device with a small footprint to a device with a fully flat display. The ThinkPad X1 Fold is equipped with Intel Core Processors with Intel Hybrid Technology, and it will run Windows 10 when it launches, though Windows 10X support will be added at a later date for an "enhanced foldable user experience." Lenovo believes the X1 Fold will bridge the gap between the smartphone, the tablet, and the laptop, offering benefits for users who often switch between devices with multiple form factors. When used in landscape mode with the integrated kickstand included in the folio case, users can take advantage of a Bluetooth Mini Fold Keyboard for typing purposes. When folded closed, the keyboard is stored, secured with magnets, and wirelessly charged. In portrait mode, users can take notes or draw sketches using the Active Pen that works with the device. The X1 Fold can be folded out completely flat so it can be used like a tablet in portrait mode, or it can be

CES 2020: AirPods Pro Get New Noise-Cancelling Earphone Competition

Just over two months after Apple released AirPods Pro with active noise cancellation, several brands are introducing competitors at CES 2020. Panasonic, Technics, and 1MORE are among the brands that have announced truly wireless earphones with active noise cancellation in Las Vegas this week, and more will likely follow as the show floor opens Tuesday. Panasonic Panasonic says its new RZ-S500W earphones feature "industry-leading noise cancellation," achieved through a combination of feedforward noise cancellation, feedback noise cancellation, and digital and analog processing. These technologies work together to minimize noise generated both inside and outside the ear buds. A touch sensor on the earphones enables users to switch between Ambient Sound mode, Noise Cancelling mode, and Off with the tap of a finger. Ambient Sound mode sounds like Transparency mode on the ‌AirPods Pro‌, which allows you to simultaneously listen to music while still hearing the environment around you. Panasonic has also unveiled a pair of truly wireless earphones under its Technics brand. The EAH-AZ70W earphones feature the same noise cancellation technology and Ambient Sound mode as the RZ-S500W, plus IPX4-rated splash resistance and a new, graphene-coated dynamic driver unit for improved sound. Technics Both the RZ-S500W and EAH-AZ70W earphones will be available in June, according to Panasonic, but pricing has yet to be disclosed. 1MORE's truly wireless earphones feature two levels of active noise cancelation, utilizing the same hybrid technology as the Panasonic and

CES 2020: Griffin and Aukey Launching New Ultra-Compact GaN-Based Wall Chargers in Second Quarter of 2020

Following in the footsteps of Anker, accessory makers Griffin and Aukey are at CES 2020 in Las Vegas this week to show off new portable wall chargers based on a material known as gallium nitride, or GaN. In short, GaN allows semiconductor components to be shrunk down, leading to smaller chargers. Griffin has three new PowerBlock chargers based on GaN, including a 30W option with dual USB-C ports for devices like an iPhone or iPad, a 45W option with a single USB-C port for devices like a 13-inch MacBook Pro, and a 96W option with a single USB-C port for devices like the new 16-inch MacBook Pro. The chargers are anywhere from 11 to 57 percent smaller than non-GaN versions, depending on the wattage, according to Griffin. All of them support USB-C Power Delivery for fast charging, and they all have folding prongs. Griffin says the new PowerBlock lineup will be available in the second quarter of 2020, with prices ranging from $49.99 to $79.99. Aukey is also launching a new line of GaN-based chargers in the second quarter of 2020. Full details and pricing have yet to be disclosed, but based on the image below, the so-called Omnia Series will include at least five portable chargers with various combinations of USB-C and/or USB-A ports. Aukey will be showcasing its new chargers with more details on the CES 2020 show floor this

CES 2020: Mophie Unveils New 'Powerstation Go' Powerbank and Portable Jump Starter for Cars

Mophie today unveiled its newest powerbank, the Powerstation Go, which is designed to serve as a portable jump starter for any SUV or full-sized car. It offers up 44,000mWh of power and it comes with mini jumper cables that can come in handy when a car battery runs out of juice. There's a built-in LED flashlight, along with ports for charging other devices. A wireless charging surface allows any Qi-based wireless device like iPhones or AirPods to charge at 5W, plus there are dual 2.4A USB-A ports and a 115V AC output port for charging laptops and other devices with up to 65W of power. The Powerstation Go comes in multiple colors, including black, blue, rose gold, blue/purple, camo, and gold. Other features include charging indicator lights, spark proof cables, and automated safety checks. Mophie's Powerstation Go is priced at $160, though it is currently available from HSN.com for $110, with a launch coming to the Mophie website on January

Intel Unveils 10th-Generation 'Comet Lake' Chips With Speeds Over 5GHz

Intel at CES shared details on its upcoming 10th-generation 45W "Comet Lake" chips, which could be slated for future 16-inch MacBook Pro models. As highlighted by AnandTech, the new 10th-generation chips will be built on the 14++nm architecture and will reach higher than ever speeds. The Core i7 chips will hit 5GHz speeds, while the Core i9 models will exceed 5GHz. Intel hasn't shared additional details on the chips yet, but AnandTech speculates that Intel will introduce Turbo Boost Max 3.0 and Velocity Boost technology to the chips. There are already a few manufacturers such as Acer and Lenovo that have announced support for the new 45W chips, and Intel believes the hardware will be coming to the market soon, so these may be the chips Apple will use in a 2020 16-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌

CES 2020: Abode Launching Indoor-Outdoor Security Camera, Doorbell Version and HomeKit Support Planned

Abode today at CES 2020 in Las Vegas introduced a new security camera that can be used both indoors or outdoors. The modular security camera has many commonly seen features like 1080p video recording, a 152-degree field of view, infrared night vision, motion sensing, facial recognition, a built-in microphone and speaker for two-way communication, and IP65-rated water and dust resistance. Abode said it has submitted the camera for HomeKit certification, which would allow live video to be streamed in the Home app and for the camera to be controlled with Siri voice commands. It is unclear how long this process will take. An included doorbell mount allows the camera to be installed flush against the door and powered by existing doorbell wiring, or a corded attachment can be used to mount the camera outdoors and have it powered by a standard outlet. Abode will also be releasing a model with a built-in doorbell button in the future. The camera will be available for $199 starting in the first quarter of

CES 2020: Apple TV App Debuting on 2020 LG OLED TVs, Coming to 2019 and 2018 Models Later This Year

LG today expanded on last week's announcement of new 8K OLED TVs with new details on the full lineup of 13 new OLED models, including a new 48-inch size. Most notably for Apple fans, LG says the new lineup of OLED TVs will include an Apple TV app, letting users access ‌Apple TV‌+, ‌Apple TV‌ channels, and iTunes video content. In addition to the new 2020 models, LG says the app will also be coming to 2019 and 2018 models later this year, although exact details on which models will be getting the app have yet to be shared.New for 2020, the ‌Apple TV‌ app allows customers to subscribe and watch ‌Apple TV‌+ and ‌Apple TV‌ channels as well as access their iTunes video library and buy or rent more than 100,000 films and TV shows. Customers with 2018 and 2019 LG TV models will also be able to enjoy the ‌Apple TV‌ app this year.While AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support have rolled out to a number of TV models from LG, Samsung, Sony, and Vizio, the ‌Apple TV‌ app has until now been exclusive to certain 2018 and 2019 Samsung models. The ‌Apple TV‌ app is also available on certain Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices, providing owners of non-Samsung TVs with some alternatives beyond the ‌Apple TV‌ set-top box, but native integration with ‌Apple TV‌ on additional TV brands will be a welcome