Jabra's wireless earbuds double as heart rate monitors

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BERLIN — How much tech can you stuff into tiny, wireless earbuds? Turns out, quite a lot. At the Showstoppers event that’s accompanying the IFA show in Berlin, Jabra announced the Elite Sport, a pair of wireless earbuds that can also monitor your heart rate. 

The data is transferred to Jabra’s smartphone app, which is available for both Android and iOS, but a Jabra rep tells me it can also be used with other sport-tracking apps. 

The buds are quite big for earbuds but they fit in my ear well; each one comes with two hardware buttons, for controlling the volume and answering calls (yes, there are built-in mics in both buds).  Read more…

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This iPhone thong case will help you catch 'em all in 'Pokémon Go'

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BERLIN — Pokémon Go, the summer’s biggest craze, may be fading in popularity, but that doesn’t mean there still aren’t millions of players who still want to catch ’em all.

iPhone and iPad maker Catalyst has a new $10 rubber strap-on accessory that fits over your iPhone to help increase your Pokémon catching rate.

If this sounds familiar, it’s basically the commercialized, rubberized version of the 3D-printed Poké Ball “aimer” case that one guy made.

Catalyst’s simply-named “Tool for Pokémon Go” works just like the aimer case, too. It has two rubber guidelines that sit on top of your iPhone’s screen and act as an aiming line so you always throw a Poké Ball straight.  Read more…

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This iPhone thong case will help you catch 'em all in 'Pokémon Go'

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BERLIN — Pokémon Go, the summer’s biggest craze, may be fading in popularity, but that doesn’t mean there still aren’t millions of players who still want to catch ’em all.

iPhone and iPad maker Catalyst has a new $10 rubber strap-on accessory that fits over your iPhone to help increase your Pokémon catching rate.

If this sounds familiar, it’s basically the commercialized, rubberized version of the 3D-printed Poké Ball “aimer” case that one guy made.

Catalyst’s simply-named “Tool for Pokémon Go” works just like the aimer case, too. It has two rubber guidelines that sit on top of your iPhone’s screen and act as an aiming line so you always throw a Poké Ball straight.  Read more…

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Did Tesla's Model X software update make its falcon-wing doors less safe?

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Tesla, it turns out, is just like any other tech company: sometimes its software updates upset users and hinder functionality. Maybe the upstart EV automaker is fallible after all.

Tesla recently pushed software update version 7.1 2.32.100 to its Model X vehicles that was designed to address issues with the SUV’s signature Falcon-Wing doors. The company enhanced a set of sensors in the doors, aiming to improve and expedite the opening and closing procedure.

Specifically, the update was expected “to improve closure consistency and reduce false detection of obstacles,” a Tesla representative told Automotive News. Read more…

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Apple's iPhone 7 Event: What to expect

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The iPhone 7 will arrive, but all anyone will want to talk about is the missing headphone jack.

The reaction to the potential removal of the 3.5 mm headphone jack on the expected iPhone 7 has grown to such outsized proportions that one might expect Apple CEO to step up on stage next week and silently release a balloon with the words “headphone jack” as the audience tracks its journey into the rafters until it pops.

Odds makers have the removal of the headphone jack at 4/1 in favor. Most of us here at Mashable put the likelihood of the 3.5 mm jack surviving on the new iPhones at 25%. Read more…

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Sony's Xperia Projector turns any surface into 21-inch touchscreen

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BERLIN — Sony’s announced a slew of new products including a $3,200 Walkman, “the best-sounding” noise-canceling headphones and two new Xperia smartphones. But the coolest product on display is a portable projector concept.

Sony introduced the Xperia Projector at Mobile World Congress in February, but only showed off its proprietary software. At IFA 2016, Sony revealed it could also project Android apps — any Android app.

The projector is capable of beaming touchable projection up to 21-inches in size onto any surface and has a built-in camera for video conferencing.  Read more…

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