Twelve South's StayGo is a New USB-C Hub

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Twelve South has a lot of great tech gear, and today it’s releasing the StayGo USB-C hub. A lot of USB-C hubs are designed to be used with MacBooks. StayGo is desktop-friendly, which means the cords are long enough to tuck away behind your desk. But if you do use it with a MacBook is has a smaller travel cable that can be stored directly inside the device. It has Gigabit Ethernet to connect to super-fast wired networks and servers. The hub also has both SD and Micro SD card readers that can connect & download simultaneously, giving you an easy way to transfer high-resolution photos or 4K video for editing. Connections include 4K HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, USB-A 3.0 (x3), independent SD + Micro-SD card slots and 85W USB-C pass-thru power. You can buy it for US$99.99.

Twelve South’s StayGo is a New USB-C Hub

CES - Twelve South's PowerPic Hides a Wireless Charger in Plain Sight

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On Monday at the CES Pepcom event, Twelve South was showing off the latest result of their creative efforts: the PowerPic. As co-founder and creative director, Andrew Green, puts it, “wireless charging is supposed to be invisible.” PowerPic achieves this mandate by hiding a charging coil inside a standard 5×7 picture frame. By day (or by night, whenever you’re not charging) the PowerPic holds a photo of your favorite memory (or person, or even pet!). When you need to charge, just place your phone inside the frame and boom, the coil fires up and your phone starts sipping juice invisibly through your family ski photo. PowerPic retails for $79.99 and delivers up to 10W of wireless power to most smartphones that feature Qi charging, including everything currently available from Apple.

CES – Twelve South’s PowerPic Hides a Wireless Charger in Plain Sight

PlugBug Duo Adds 2 USB Power Ports to Your MacBook Charger

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Twelve South just expanded its PlugBug lineup with the new PlugBug Duo. It’s a replacement for the outlet plug on your MacBook and MacBook Pro MagSafe or USB C charger that includes two USB-A ports for powering up other devices like your iPhone and iPad. The USB ports offer 12 W for charging, and the PlugBug includes five adapters so you can use it in more than 150 countries. The PlugBug Duo is available on the Twelve South website for US$49.99.

PlugBug Duo Adds 2 USB Power Ports to Your MacBook Charger

Twelve South Intros AirFly Bluetooth to 3.5mm for AirPods

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Twelve South is aiming to make your AirPods more versatile with its new AirFly Bluetooth to 3.5 mm adapter. AirFly lets you link your AirPods to wired-only connections, like in-flight entertainment systems on planes, or treadmills at the gym. The battery lasts eight hours between charges, so you can get through more than one movie on a flight. AirFly is priced at US$39.99 and is available at the Twelve South website, Amazon, along with InMotion stores and Best Buy kiosks in airports.

Twelve South Intros AirFly Bluetooth to 3.5mm for AirPods

Twelve South's Mac Candle No. 2 Smells Less Like a New Mac

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Twelve South has a new candle in its Inspire line. Called Mac Candle N°2, the candle’s scent profile was developed to help, “clear your mind of clutter and stimulate creativity.” Which may be better than the first generation candle, which was supposed to smell like a new Mac. The Verge noted that last year’s candle got blind sniff test results ranging from “old grass” to “urinal cake,” which makes me wish I had bought one just to see smell for myself. The new candle, though, has a brand new “vessel,” which is quite lovely to look at, and, “strong notes of bergamot, lemon, and tarragon.” At $29.99, it might also help to know that an unspecified portion of the proceeds are going to FIRST, a STEM-oriented charity. In any event, I love Twelve South Mac and iOS accessories, and am tickled by the new candle.

Twelve South’s Mac Candle No. 2 Smells Less Like a New Mac

Twelve South's SurfacePad Leather Case Comes to iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

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Twelve South announced Friday that its SurfacePad leather wrap case is now available for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. I like minimalist leather cases for my iPhones and iPads and I’ve long thought the SurfacePad line is good looking. The back attaches to your iPhone, and the inside of the front cover is lined with microfiber. It has two slots for cards on the inside, too, if that’s your thing. It’s available in Jet Black, Camel and Midnight Blue, for $39.95, and it’s shipping now.

Twelve South’s SurfacePad Leather Case Comes to iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus