Foxconn is acquiring popular accessory maker Belkin for $866 million in cash. The deal will also include other brands in the Belkin portfolio, including Linksys, Wemo, and Phyn. With this acquisition, Foxconn intends to make a push into the premium accessories business, and the smart home market.
Now that Apple has introduced support for wireless charging, manufacturers are clamoring to create new chargers. I couldn’t cover all of the wireless chargers that made their debut out in Las Vegas during CES, but here are my favorites that will be shipping soon.
CES 2018 has brought many new goodies for Apple fans, but one of the most prolific categories has been HomeKit. We saw more than a dozen new HomeKit products debut here, and we rounded them all up into one place.
A new retail service by Apple, which offers to apply screen protectors on customers’ iPhones using dedicated in-store machines, is now available at Apple Stores in the United States and around the world, MacRumors reported.
Based on Belkin’s ScreenCare+ Application System, the system allows store employees to apply Welkin-Branded screen protectors (either a Belkin TrueClear InvisiGlass Screen Protector or a Belkin TrueClear Anti-Glare Screen Protector) on the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus devices.
Apple rolled out the system a week ago in its retail stores in Japan. As of this morning, the service is available across Apple Stores internationally.
Shortly after Apple announced that it would allow manufacturers to include Apple Watch charging pads in their accessories, Belkin unveiled the Charge Dock. It’s a charging dock with a built-in magnetic charger for the Watch and an adjustable Lightning connector for iPhone.
The Dock checks all of the necessary boxes: it looks sharp, is very well-made and it carries Made for iPhone and Apple Watch badges, meaning it’s passed Apple’s certification tests. And after using one for the past few weeks, I felt it was good enough to warrant an in-depth review.
Growing up as a child, anytime my family would venture out of town for more than a couple days, my father would run around the house trying to locate “the timers.” The timers, with which anyone is familiar, were the timer switches for the lamps in the house. They were old brown boxes with a beige turn wheel and a little switch, think I/O, for each of 24 hours. After manually selecting each switch to either turn on or off the receptacle, off you go for vacation. Now your lights magically turn on while you are away.
Even in the late ’80’s, I remember those timers looking dated, even acting dated. But, they worked and continue to be the same technology most people use today. Thankfully, Belkin is putting a stop to this archaic fumbling system with a modern appeal. The WeMo line of home automated devices gives you the power, literally, in a carefully crafted app and hardware unit.
Good news for iPad Air owners this afternoon. Belkin’s QODE Thin Type keyboard, which was first announced last October, is now available for Apple’s newest full-sized tablet. The QODE joins the Logitech Ultrathin and just a handful of others in the ultra-slim iPad keyboard space.
The Thin Type weighs in at just over 12 ounces, lighter than the iPad Air itself, and it’s less than 4mm thick. It attaches to the tablet via secure-hold magnets, features Belkin’s exclusive TruType technology with well-spaced, responsive keys and lasts around 79 hours on a single charge…