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Milpitas, Calif. -- SanDisk is shipping a 128GB microSD card, calling it the highest capacity removable storage option available in the consumer market.
Designed specifically for use with Android smartphones and tablets, the 128GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I memory card's release coincides with the launch of Samsung's new flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone which comes with a 128GB capacity microSD slot.
SanDisk said it delivers twice the read/write speed of currently available microSD memory cards making it the best solution available for shooting HD video.
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Barcelona, Spain — Two next-generation Gear smart watches unveiled by Samsung at the Mobile World Congress are its first wearable devices incorporating proprietary Tizen OS.
Tizen is used in a handful of Samsung smartphones available outside the U.S. and its current Gear smart watch uses the Android OS.
New York -- Pyle Audio will debut this week a shower-friendly portable Bluetooth speaker/speakerphone.
The Gator Sound waterproof speaker and speakerphone is a lightweight, waterproof unit with a hook for hanging on a shower head, built-in microphone for hands-free calling, and a push-button control to connect to any Bluetooth-enabled device.
It features a rechargeable lithium battery, USB charging cable and enhanced bass production, the company said. It comes in blue, white or black and will retail for $49.99.
Salt Lake City — Zagg has begun the U.S. retail rollout of its new flagship military-grade InvisibleShield Glass screen protector through Best Buy stores.
InvisibleShield Glass, introduced at International CES, is constructed from multiple protective material layers including a tempered scratch-resistant glass surface with tapered edges for improved image clarity, touch sensitivity and impact protection, the company said.
San Francisco — Jawbone has updated its Era Bluetooth headset so that it’s 42 percent smaller than the original model.
Jawbone said it reengineered the ear bud and audio porting system to route sound directly into the user’s ear. The Era no longer requires an ear loop and comes with three sizes of tips.
Jawbone is also using MEMS microphones for the first time in one of its headsets.
Brea, Calif. — Armorz is bringing to market the first Retina screen shield for the iPad Air and new iPad Mini made from Corning's Gorilla Glass.
The Stealth Extreme R transparent shield is 0.4mm-thick tempered Gorilla Glass with a 9H hardness rating, a layer of silicon adhesive to eliminate bubbling, and an oleophobic screen coating to fight fingerprints and smudges. It features tapered edges to reduce impact.
The Stealth Extreme R will be available at Armorz.com and Amazon.com in December.
Sunrise, Fla. — IK Multimedia has begun shipping the iRig BlueBoard, a wireless MIDI pedal board for use with iOS devices.
The device lets iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Mac users transmit MIDI messages to devices via Bluetooth 4.0.
Setup is designed to be simple, with consumers just needing to turn on the device, launch the app, and assign the backlit pads to the desired control function. The app and software will convert Bluetooth signals to MIDI messages and route them to the music app running on the device, the company said.
New York — A number of new rugged protective cases for the Apple iPhone 5s and 5c have reached the market this week.
Trident Case released three new models.
The company has reworked its flagship Kraken AMS protective case for the iPhone 5s to accommodate the new phone's fingerprint scanner.
The Kraken AMS combines two cases: a soft silicone sleeve, called Perseus, and a hard, tough outer shell with a built-in screen protector, called the Kraken AMS Exoskeleton. Both are available separately in a variety of colors.
El Segundo, Calif. — MXL Microphones, a division of Marshall Electronics, has announced a line of cellphone- and tablet-compatible microphones for mobile audio and video recording.
The Mobile Media series, or MM series, is agnostic in design, working with iOS, Android and Windows devices as well as most mobile devices with a 3.5mm jack, the company said.