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Mophie is out with its sharp MagSafe compatible accessory lineup for iPhone 12. But it went above and beyond by making Snap Adapters to bring the MagSafe functionality to all iPhones (and even Android smartphones). Here’s our full review of the Snap and Snap+ Mophie MagSafe accessories.

With this new lineup, Mophie delivers on the great design and quality it’s built a reputation for. And from the dual-functionality of the Snap+ Wireless Vent Mount to the soft fabric of the Snap+ Juice Pack Mini to the Snap Adapters opening up the MagSafe world to all iPhone owners, it’s clear a lot of thought and attention to detail went into creating the Snap series.

Let’s start with the option to bring MagSafe convenience to any device. While you can buy the Snap Adapters on their own, all of the Mophie Snap accessories also include a Snap Adapter.

Mophie MagSafe lineup reviewed

While Mophie’s Snap Adapters work with any smartphone, they may be most compelling for iPhone 8/X and later since they feature wireless charging.

I tested out the Snap Adapter on my old iPhone X, and Mophie’s solution offers an easy-to-use installation guide to make sure the magnetic ring is centered on the back of your device. Mophie uses a 3M adhesive for a strong attachment. It is important to take your time with the installation as it’s made for a one-time application (and don’t forget to clean the back of your smartphone first).

The MagSafe Snap Adapter is very thin, and conveniently it’s almost exactly the same thickness as the camera bump on something like the iPhone X. That means no more wobble when it’s laying down.

One thing to keep in mind, this accessory works best if you don’t use a case with your iPhone 11 or earlier or other smartphones. I put a case on (Apple’s leather one) after installing the Snap Adapter and it’s thin enough that it doesn’t bulge much. However, the magnetic connection isn’t as strong through a case, so that’s something to keep in mind. But wireless charging still worked for me when using the Snap Adapter and a case.

Snap Adapters come in a 2-pack for $19.95 on their own. But the Snap Adapter also comes included with the Snap accessories below.

I was excited to try the Snap+ Juice Pack Mini after seeing it unveiled, and it did not disappoint. This is hands-down the best MagSafe compatible portable battery I’ve used for a couple of reasons.

First, it’s really nice that Mophie is using a soft and durable fabric finish. That gives it a really comfortable feel in the hand (most of the other options on the market use a hard plastic finish). The fabric is also used on the back of the Snap+ Juice Pack Mini so it won’t scratch up your iPhone.

Another big win is how thin Mophie was able to make this. While some MagSafe compatible battery packs feel like a small brick on the back of your iPhone, Mophie was able to pack in the same 5,000 mAh capacity that’s become the standard in a package close to the iPhone 12’s 7.4mm depth.

The bottom of the Snap+ Juice Pack Mini features a USB-C port to recharge, a power button, and four LEDs for battery status.

With my iPhone 12 Pro, I got one full charge plus a little bit more out of Snap+ Juice Pack Mini and it refills with the included USB-C cable in about two hours from empty. It has a max output of 7.5W so you’re not getting full official MagSafe 15W output, but I don’t think we’ve seen any MagSafe compatible portable battery arrive that can deliver that.

Offering a premium design and the thinnest build I’ve seen for a 5,000 mAh MagSafe compatible battery pack, I think $49.95 is a great price for this handy accessory. And it comes with a Snap Adapter for those who don’t have an iPhone 12.

There are two car mounts in the Mophie MagSafe compatible lineup. First, let’s look at the Snap+ Wireless Vent Mount.

Instead of just working in your car, Mophie used a convenient, dual-function design where it uses the removable Snap+ Wireless charger to pop into the Vent Mount. That means you can use it in the car as well as your home, office, etc.

Both the Wireless Vent Mount and Vent Mount have a flexible but strong ball joint so they’re easy to adjust and work in almost any vehicle. And the spring-loaded clamp on the back fits with both horizontal and vertical vents.

The Snap+ Wireless Vent Mount comes with the vent mount, Snap+ Wireless Charger, USB-C to 12V power supply, and Snap Adapter for $49.95. The Snap Vent Mount (no charging) is priced at $29.95.

As shown above, Mophie went with a clean, all-black design for its Snap+ Wireless Charger ($34.95). It’s MagSafe compatible and offers 7.5W charging for iPhones and up to 15W for Android devices.

It features USB-C connectivity with a 3.4-foot (1.05-meter) cable length.

Mophie MagSafe accessories arriving soon

Also joining Mophie’s MagSafe lineup soon will be the Snap+ Wireless Stand and Snap+ Powerstation Stand. The Wireless Stand features a clean black/gray aesthetic that works with MagSafe in portrait or landscape.

Meanwhile, the Snap+ Powerstation Stand offers a 10,000 mAh capacity, MagSafe connectivity, a convenient kickstand, and even a 1/4 – 20 tripod thread.

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Hyperx Chargeplay Clutch Review: A Versatile Nintendo Switch Accessory

However, this accessory will only be truly valuable to folks who use the Switch in handheld mode a majority of the time. At this price, it wouldn’t be worth it if you simply leave your Switch docked most of the year.

The star feature of the Nintendo Switch is the way it can easily go from a living room console to a handheld in seconds. However, there are plenty of necessary tradeoffs related to that versatility. For example, the Switch’s portable size prevents it from being a graphics powerhouse. Thankfully, there are lots of third-party accessories that optionally make the Switch better and easier to use, and the HyperX Chargeplay Clutch is one of them.

In this HyperX Chargeplay Clutch review, we’ll tell you all about what it is and the various things it can do. We’ll also let you know if we think it’s worth its relatively high price.

HyperX Chargeplay Clutch review: What is it?

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At its core, the HyperX Chargeplay Clutch is a portable dock that makes the Switch easier to hold in handheld mode. The Clutch’s extended grips surround the Joy-Con making them feel much closer to a “real” controller.

What’s good?

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The first thing you’ll notice about the Chargeplay Clutch when you take it out of the box is how premium it feels. It’s almost all plastic, but the materials are of a high grade. The ergonomics are well-designed so everything feels great in your hands.

To get the whole console into the Clutch, you attach all the pieces together and simply slide the Switch into the dock. There’s a latch on top that snaps the whole thing into place. It’s very sturdy; I had no worries that the Switch was going to fall out or become detached.

Putting the Switch/Clutch combo into tabletop mode is a more bit convoluted, but works as expected. First, you detach the Clutch’s grips from the Joy-Con, leaving just the base of the Clutch. The Clutch’s grips are magnetic so they just pop right off with little effort. Then you slide the Joy-Con off the Switch as you normally would and place them into the Clutch’s handles. There are little plastic latches in the grips that hold the Joy-Con fast. After all that, you’re ready to play.

Related: The best Nintendo Switch cases you can buy right now

On the back of the Clutch’s base, you’ll find a power button and four charging lights. A tap of the button activates the rechargeable battery, and it will immediately start pushing power to your Switch. Pressing the power button again shuts off the flow so your Switch will operate on its own power. It’s cool that you can choose whether to draw reserve power, and it’s also nice the LED lights are so easy to see and understand.

What’s not so good?

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The kickstand on the back of the Nintendo Switch is objectively terrible. It’s thin, cheap, and located so far to the side of the console that a stiff breeze will blow the whole thing over. Thankfully, the HyperX Chargeplay Clutch solves this problem — while also creating two new ones.

The first problem with the kickstand is the way it’s attached to the base. Two metal pins hold it in place and the pins are easily removable. In fact, when I opened the Clutch for the first time, one of the pins was already dislodged and floating around the inner cavity of the base. I needed to use toothpicks and tweezers to get it out. This is just a bad design.

Related: The best Nintendo Switch controllers for all budgets

All this versatility and convenience comes at a price. With an MSRP of $59.99, the HyperX Chargeplay Clutch is the same price as a Switch Pro Controller. For this product to have a decent value proposition, the buyer (or giftee) needs to be someone who uses their Switch in handheld mode a lot. If your Switch mostly lives in its dock attached to your TV, you probably don’t need to spend $60 on this. If you’re always on the road and your Switch is barely ever docked, that $60 will be money very well spent.

Do keep in mind that HyperX stuff goes on sale often. If you can find this at a decent discount, it would be a no-brainer purchase.

HyperX Chargeplay Clutch for Nintendo Switch

A valuable accessory that brings comfort and versatility to the Switch.

If you’re the type of gamer who uses the Nintendo Switch in handheld mode often, you will love the HyperX Chargeplay Clutch. It makes holding the Switch more comfortable, has an enhanced kickstand, brings more comfort to tabletop mode, and will even charge your Switch with its built-in battery pack!

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Remix Os To Bring Desktop

Remix OS to bring desktop-like Android to PCs, Macs on Jan. 12

You’re probably not familiar with the Chinese startup named Jide, but if you’re anything of an Android fan, you better take note. The company is close to doing what many have tried but few have succeeded: giving Android a more desktop-friendly experiencece. FIrst there was the Jide Ultra tablet “Surface clone”. Then came the Remix Mini mini PC. Starting 12th January, Jide will be embracing everyone and their hardware by releasing Remix OS 2.0 for PCs and Macs, or any Intel or AMD device basically. And for free!

What is Remix OS 2.0 anyway? Disregarding the version number, this is, as its name says, a remix. Of Android, that is. It has taken the Android platform and transformed it, even shoehorned if you may, into a user experience not that different from a desktop. Floating, resizable windows? Check. Bottom panel with “start menu” and notification tray? Check. Real multi-tasking? Check. It’s far from perfect, at least not yet, but so far it is the only one that gets this close to that dream.

Remix OS was initially designed for Jide’s two devices, both of which are powered by ARM chips. But an “Android PC” experience is probably best experienced on a PC as well. Or in some cases, a Mac too. With the upcoming Remix OS 2.0 release, anyone can download the image and install it on any device running on an Intel or AMD processor. Or, they can even install it on a USB and take it with them anywhere like a portable OS on a stick. Simply plug it into a computer or laptop and boot into the USB to get your Android PC running.

Interestingly, for this particular campaign, Jide isn’t doing it alone. It has partnered with Android-x86, the community project whose goal is make Android run on any x86, meaning Intel architecture (which includes AMD), machine. Android-x86 has been doing this for years now but, when it comes to the interface, it has stuck with the default Android UI, which is great for x86 phones and tablets, but not so much for laptops and desktops. Now Jide is remixing that into a better shape as well.

It is also a bit curious that Android-x86 would take this path. Just last month, it was involved in a bit of Internet controversy over Console OS, another crowdfunded project that also sought to bring Android to the desktop. Android-x86 basically accused Console OS of simply “stealing” its code and work, presenting it as its own, and then trying to make a buck out of it. The back and forth mudslinging has, so far, remained unresolved.

Controversy aside, Jide’s Remix OS does exist, works, is already in the hands of owners of Jide’s devices, and, in less than a week, also be in the hands of anyone who has a PC, Mac, or USB stick.

SOURCE: Jide

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Review: Qardioarm & Qardiobase Bring Modern, Attractive, And Portable Health Tracking Home

I’ve been a major fan of Apple’s Health app since its original launch and have continuously looked for reasons to use it. I believe that the first step to a healthy life is being proactive versus reactive, which is why my interest was piqued when Qardio reached out asking if I wanted to review their QardioArm and QardioBase products. A smart portable blood pressure monitor, and a smart scale was something that definitely fit into my “DIY preventative care” ideology. Qardio’s products are designed to fit into a modern health focused lifestyle, but let’s see what that means for the product’s themselves.

QardioArm

Starting with the QardioArm, I have to say that a smart blood pressure monitor was something that I totally forgot even existed until Qardio reminded me that they made one. I always saw the supermarket kiosk blood pressure machines as death traps for your biceps, but the curiosity of a medical grade portable one always existed in me. I had long ago started recording my results after every doctor appointment, but the QardioArm brought that experience conveniently in my own home.

Qardio states that the QardioArm blood pressure monitor can get you “medically accurate results with the touch of a button”. Armed with that knowledge I expected it to be a large device in my unboxing experience, but I didn’t expect it to be as small as it was. Yes, it was “large” for something being deemed portable, but it was still portable enough for me to throw in a coat pocket or at the bottom of my backpack. The ability to get the same data I would from a doctor was very appealing to me.

The QardioArm consists of a small plastic box, where the device’s components are all located, and a comfortable arm strap that wraps around your arm just above the elbow crease. Once on my arm, it really did feel like just being at a doctor’s office.

Once I hit the start button in the app, I didn’t expect the device to respond as quickly as it did considering it *is* Bluetooth, but there was no delay. Once started, I could feel the area just below the plastic box inflate like a balloon and begin to put pressure on my arm. The app updates live as the data is collected giving you a preview of what the final results might before even before it finishes. Just as I thought the seemingly invisible balloon applying pressure was going to pop, it stopped, and the app immediately provided me with the data.

Once the process was completed, the Qardio app showed me my systolic, diastolic, and pulse data. With a swipe, I was instantly able to get a clear understanding on how my measurements lined up on the World Health Organization chart indicating whether I was in an optimal, normal, high, or hypertensive state. Everything tracked by the QardioArm is fed back into the Health app for syncing across any other HealthKit compatible apps.

I tested the QardioArm on a wide variety of family members, from mid-20s to 80s and everyone was impressed and overall agreed that the results they saw aligned with what their most recent doctor’s appointments concluded. Everyone agreed that the pressure applied was incredibly surprising, not because it hurt, but because they didn’t expect a small device to be able to accomplish what it did.

The one downside I did have with the QardioArm was that to operate it, it required four AAA batteries. The device automatically powers on and off when opened and closed, so that was a nice touch for battery conservation. The QardioArm does include the batteries on purchase, but just the thought of having to replace them in the future was a bit of a let down. According to QardioArm’s support information, the batteries in the device should last for twelve months. Other than that, I’d say the QardioArm passed my expectations without a doubt. I’d recommend it to anyone looking to keep an eye on their blood pressure, either because of medically diagnosed needs or just preventative care.

QardioBase

Having written about automating weight logging a few months back, I never stopped looking for a smart scale. The QardioBase filled that void nicely by providing a sleek and modern package in which to track multiple aspects of my weight and body composition.

One of the most annoying parts of getting into a fitness routine is looking down at a scale and realizing that the number hasn’t gone down. Unfortunately what most regular scales don’t tell you is what else is happening in these situations. Yes, your body weight might have gone up, but your fat percentage might have dropped, as your muscle mass went up. These stats are crucial not only for the fitness minded, but for truly understanding what happens to your body day-to-day.

The QardioBase provides all this data in a sleek, and almost futuristic looking device. The QardioBase supports measuring your weight, BMI (body mass index), and full body composition. The latter includes fat percentage, muscle, water, and bone mass.

Looking at the scale can sometimes be depressing and unnerving when you don’t feel like you’re truly hitting your goals. QardioBase was kind enough to include a feature called “Smart Feedback” that helps with these feelings. Instead of seeing numbers, a user sees one of three smiley faces on the green LED display indicating their progress towards their individual goal. I found myself using this instead of the numbers because I personally *did* find myself in a sad cycle of not feeling as though my numbers were improving. It’s a small user interface design choice, but one that can definitely help users feel better about their health improvements.

Another favorite feature of the QardioBase was the haptic feedback that let me know when my measurement was taken. As silly as it was, it was a nice touch that made me feel like “Yes, I did just step on that scale properly.” Whenever I felt that small vibration I knew it was safe to step off the scale and keep an eye out for the incoming data.

Qardio’s official app is the central hub used for both the QardioArm and QardioBase. It’s an app focused on each device’s function without cluttering the experience. User’s can also check for firmware updates for the QardioBase, follow friends and family’s data, and look back through past collected data. While I usually rely on the Apple’s own Health app to look back at my data, having a clean experience in the products’ own software is much appreciated. Like the QardioArm, QardioBase’s data syncs with the Health app which helps when tracking my stats into third-party fitness apps like MyFitnessPal.

Similar to the QardioArm, my biggest complaint with the QardioBase is that it requires traditional batteries, and not rechargeable ones. This became especially annoying when I realized it needed not four, but eight AAA batteries. The QardioBase’s support article also indicates that under normal usage the battery should last for twelve months. I understand the QardioArm not opting for a rechargeable battery because of the device’s size, but the QardioBase seems like it had more than enough room for it.

Initial configuration of the QardioBase was also tricky when connecting to the local Wi-Fi network. I spent nearly 30 minutes attempting to get it to connect, each time the app would simply time out during the setup. I appreciate the scale’s use of Wi-Fi over Bluetooth, but I still felt the setup issues could’ve been ironed out. These issues aside, I’d recommend the QardioBase for anyone looking for a sleek and friendly smart scale for their home. While many smart scales follow a square design, QardioBases’s circular design is a decidedly more attractive style in my opinion.

On Sale Now

The QardioArm is available now for $89.99 (regularly $99), and the QardioBase for $129.99 (regularly $149). A gift bundle, which includes both the QardioArm and QardioBase, is currently available and on sale for $224.09. We first looked at Qardio’s products back during CES 2024, when Dom had gone hands-on with the lineup.

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Marvel Snap Keeps Crashing On Steam

If Marvel Snap keeps crashing or is not working in Steam on your Windows PC, here are some suggestions to help you fix the issue. Marvel Snap is an adrenaline-pumping fast-paced strategic card game developed by Second Dinner and published by Nuverse. The game is about collecting cards and upgrading the ones you own by climbing the Collection Level Track. But recently, users have been complaining about Marvel Snap crashing on Steam. Fortunately, you can follow some simple methods to fix it.

Fix Marvel Snap crashing or not working on Steam

If Marvel Snap keeps crashing or is not working in Steam on your Windows PC, update the game, Steam client, and your Windows OS, and then restart your device and see if it has helped. If not, follow these suggestions:

Check System Requirements

Verify the Integrity of Game Files

Run Marvel Snap as an Admin

Update Graphics Drivers

Make the Game use DirectX 11

Allow the Game through Firewall

Troubleshoot Marvel Snap in Clean Boot Mode

Reinstall the Game

Let’s now see these in detail.

1] Check System Requirements

Before getting started with different troubleshooting methods, check if your device meets the recommended requirements. Here are the recommended requirements to run the Marvel Snap:

OS: Windows 11/10

Memory: 4 GB RAM

Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 / AMD Radeon HD 7970

DirectX: Version 10

Storage: 4 GB available space

2] Verify the Integrity of Game Files

Due to a glitch or a recent upgrade, the game files may get corrupted. This may cause Marvel Snap to crash. Verify the game files on your PC and check if the problem is fixed. Here’s how to do it:

3] Run Marvel Snap as an Admin 4] Update Graphics Drivers

To run games efficiently, a designated amount of graphics memory is essential. Outdated graphics drivers may cause Marvel Snap to crash on startup. Here is how you can update the graphics drivers.

NV Updater will keep NVIDIA Graphic Card Driver updated. You could also visit your computer manufacturer’s website to download and install the drivers. Some of you may want to use free Driver Update software or tools like AMD Driver Autodetect, Intel Driver Update Utility, or Dell Update utility to update your device drivers.

5] Make the Game use DirectX 11

DirectX is a very crucial element in running games properly on Windows devices. But for some reason, Marvel Snap can face errors while running using DirectX 12. To fix this, make Marvel Snap run with DirectX 11. Here is how you can do it:

Restart your device, launch the game and check if Marvel Snap stops crashing.

6] Allow the Game through Firewall

Windows Firewall sometimes interferes with the game’s processes and makes it malfunction. Making exceptions in Windows Firewall can help fix this error on Marvel Snap. Here’s how:

Press the Windows key + I to open Settings.

On the Allowed apps window, locate Marvel Snap and check both the Private and Public boxes.

7] Troubleshoot Marvel Snap in Clean Boot Mode

Navigate to the General tab and check the Selective Startup option and the Load System Services Option under it.

Then navigate to the Services tab and check the option Hide all Microsoft services.

If Marvel Snap runs smoothly in Clean Boot State, manually enable one process after the other and see which culprit creates problems for you. Once you have identified it, you need to disable or uninstall the software that uses this culprit process.

Read: Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered keeps crashing or freezing

8] Reinstall the Game

If none of these steps can help you, consider reinstalling the game. This has been known to help most gamers get over this error.

Apple Debuts Advanced Data Protection To Bring End

Apple today has announced a dramatic expansion of end-to-end encryption for its various cloud services. Called Advanced Data Protection, this initiative expands end-to-end encryption to a number of additional iCloud services, including iCloud device backups, Messages backups, Photos, and much more.

iCloud already offered end-to-end encryption for 14 different data categories, including things like iCloud Keychain and Health data. Today’s expansion, however, brings the number of data categories protected by end-to-end encryption to 23. The new iCloud services and data types now protected by end-to-end encryption are:

Device Backups

Messages Backups

iCloud Drive

Notes

Photos

Reminders

Safari Bookmarks

Siri Shortcuts

Voice Memos

Wallet Passes

“iCloud encrypts your data to keep it secure,” Apple explains. “Advanced Data Protection uses end-to-end encryption to ensure that iCloud data types listed here can only be decrypted on your trusted devices, protecting your information even in the case of a data breach in the cloud.”

At launch, Advanced Data Protection will be opt-in only, meaning you have to go into the Settings app and navigate to the iCloud menu to enable the feature. While the idea is that the feature will presumably eventually expand to be enabled for everyone, it’s still early in the implementation.

If you enable Advanced Data Protection, it means that no one will hold the keys to decrypt this data, including Apple. The only way to access the data is through one of your trusted Apple devices like your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

This means that if you lose access to your devices, you will only be able to regain access using a recovery key or recovery contact. Because of this, if you enable the Advanced Data Protection feature, you’ll be guided through the process of setting up at least one recovery contact or recovery key before the feature is turned on.

Ivan Krstić, Apple’s head of security engineering and architecture, explained that this is Apple’s “highest level of cloud data security.”

“Advanced Data Protection is Apple’s highest level of cloud data security, giving users the choice to protect the vast majority of their most sensitive iCloud data with end-to-end encryption so that it can only be decrypted on their trusted devices.”

Advanced Data Protection is launching today in the latest iOS 16.2 beta. It will be available to everyone in the United States by the end of this year, with an expansion to the rest of the world slated for early 2023.

9to5Mac’s Take

This marks a huge upgrade to Apple’s cloud services in terms of encryption. In particular, the lack of end-to-end encryption for Messages in the cloud and device backups has been one of the most common complaints among users. While iMessage as a service has been end-to-end encrypted since the beginning, the loophole in the chain was that the iCloud backups and Messages backups were not end-to-end encrypted.

As Apple explains:

Messages in iCloud is end-to-end encrypted when iCloud Backup is disabled. When iCloud Backup is enabled, your backup includes a copy of the Messages in iCloud encryption key to help you recover your data. If you turn off iCloud Backup, a new key is generated on your device to protect future Messages in iCloud. This key is end-to-end encrypted between your devices and isnʼt stored by Apple.

But with the new Advanced Data Protection feature enabled, Messages in iCloud is “always end-to-end encrypted.” So when iCloud Backup is enabled, “everything inside it is end-to-end encrypted, including the Messages in iCloud encryption key.”

With this expansion, there are only three major iCloud data categories not covered by end-to-end encryption: iCloud Mail, Contacts, and Calendar. Apple says this because of these services needing to rely on protocols that “interoperate with the global email, contacts, and calendar systems.”

More technical details are available in Apple’s Platform Security guide. There’s also a new support document with more details and an overview of end-to-end encryption for each service.

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