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CES – Victrola Shows off Past, Present, and Future

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LAS VEGAS – At CES 2020 Victrola put together what appeared to be a retrospective exhibit which actually included pieces of the past, present, and future all rolled into one. Want a turntable with Alexa support? Look no further. Enjoy, along with the sights and sounds of the CES 2020 show floor.

CES – OWC Mercury Elite Pro Thunderbolt 3 Dock adds RAID, Ports, and Power

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OWC Founder and CEO, Larry O’Connor, takes us through the details of their Mercury Elite Pro Dock. This is a Thunderbolt 3 Dock and Dual-Drive RAID all-in-one. RAID 0 or 1 is done in hardware, or you can configure it as a JBOD and manage it yourself. With seven ports, including Ethernet, two USB 3.1 Gen 1, DisplayPort 1.2, SD Card, and Gigabit Ethernet, this US$299.99 device might be exactly what you need to complete your setup.

TMO CES 2020 Coverage Sponsor: Carbon Copy Cloner from Bombich Software

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It is my pleasure to have Carbon Copy Cloner from Bombich Software on board with us as one of our CES 2020 coverage sponsors this year. Covering CES takes a huge amount of time, effort, and expense, and with folks like those at Bombich Software on board, we’re really able to sift through all the noise at CES and properly serve you, our Apple-focused audience.

TMO CES 2020 Coverage Sponsor: TextExpander

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Please join me in offering a warm thank you to TextExpander – and the folks behind it at Smile – for joining us and sponsoring our CES 2020 coverage this year. Sifting through all the noise at CES to highlight products that are relevant for all of us Apple-focused-folk takes a lot of effort, time, and expense. It often starts in mid-November, and continues through this week. Without TextExpander and sponsors like them, this simply wouldn’t be possible at the level we’re able to do it for you this week.

CES – Chamberlain/LiftMaster Adds Camera to HomeKit-compatible Garage Door Openers

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LAS VEGAS – At Pepcom at CES on Monday LiftMaster (and, their home brand, Chamberlain) were showing off their latest garage door opener that now incorporate a camera so you can remotely see what’s going on in your garage. These units also contain Wi-Fi and MyQ, meaning they’re HomeKit-compatible out of the box. Available now for $299 for the Chamberlain B4545 base unit, and $399 for Chamberlain B6765, which includes a battery backup and LED lighting.

CES – Speck's Presidio2 Cases Use Air Capsules to Suspend and Protect your iPhone

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LAS VEGAS – At Pepcom here at CES on Monday, Speck was showing off their latest Presidio2 line of cases that use Presidio2 Armor Cloud technology. Like an air bag for your iPhone, Presidio2 incorporates air capsules around edge to resist damage upon impact, cushioning your iPhone when it falls and keeping things safe. Expect to see these available in the spring.

CES – Aukey's Omnia 100W PD Charger is 66% Smaller Than Apple's

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LAS VEGAS – Aukey, a leader in charging products, was showing off their Omnia line of chargers at Pepcom Digital Experience on Monday. These are all built with Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology allowing them to be cooler and smaller than those made with silicon. The highlight of the line is their 100W USB-C PD charger that’s a full 66% smaller than Apple’s comparable model. These are all due out in Q2 of this year.

JBL, SanDisk, Legrand, LE Audio, and More from CES 2020 – TMO Daily Observations 2020-01-07

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LAS VEGAS – Live from CES 2020, Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun share their thoughts on the new stuff they’ve found. Cool Stuff Found includes JBL’s new Quantum gaming headsets, Legrand’s smart electrical panel, ChronoLife’s smart Nexkin shirt, SanDisk’s latest (r)evolution of the thumb drive (it’s got a lot of storage and it’s fast!), Bluetooth’s first audio evolution in decades, and even more. Listen, enjoy, and let us know what you think at [email protected]

CES – SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Luxe With Both USB-C and USB-A ports

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LAS VEGAS – As USB speeds and capabilities increase, so expands the concept of the thumb drive. At CES Monday, SanDisk was showing off their new Dual Drive Luxe USB-C, a thumb drive supporting USB 3 speeds over both USB-C and USB-A. Capable of delivering up to 150MB/s, the 1TB model will be $249.99 and 500GB will be $89.99, both due to be released in Q1 this year.

TMO CES 2020 Coverage Sponsor: iMazing from DigiDNA

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It is my pleasure to welcome and thank iMazing and DigiDNA for coming on board to help sponsor our CES 2020 content here at TMO this week. Covering CES is a big task and takes a lot of resources. We need the time and manpower to comb through all the noise in Las Vegas this week to filter out just the stuff you want to know about. Without companies like DigiDNA helping us do this, our coverage wouldn’t be nearly what you get today.

CES – Igloohome Shows Remotely-Programmable Locks that Don't Require Wi-Fi at CES Unveiled 2020

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LAS VEGAS – Igloohome’s smart locks shown here at CES Unveiled 2020 have a special feature: they don’t use Wi-Fi and yet they’re remotely programmable. This is accomplished by first pairing your phone with the lock, a process that also creates a rotating token like you might use with your bank. When you want to create a new code, everything is already set and the code is already active because of the pre-negotiated token, all happening behind the scenes. The deadbolt is US$299, the keybox is $189, and the padlock is $109. The other two dual locks will be available later this year.