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Singapore, Singapore – P20 Mobile Accessories

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Locations – I recently had to buy a new iPhone. I woke up one morning and my 32-month-old iPhone 6 was simply dead. I ended up replacing it with an iPhone8, which I really like so far.

I have kept my last two iPhones in Otterbox Defender cases and I have been very pleased with the protection they provide. I dropped my iPhones on several occasions and these cases really came through. Unfortunately, the new iPhone 8 does not fit the Otterbox case I have for the old iPhone 6. The camera lens is larger on the 8. I needed to find a new case.

Now here in Singapore, there are phone accessory stores everywhere. The problem is that they only carry the fashionable cases, not Otterbox cases. I finally located a shop less than a kilometer away that carried Otterbox. I walked over there a couple of days ago and found the small shop “P20 Mobile Accessories” located at 175 Bencoolen Street #01-03 Burlington Square, Singapore 189649.

It was a little hard to find, but they had what I was looking for. In fact, the small shop had a good selection of iPhone and iPad cases, cables, and other accessories. If I am looking for items not carried by the Apple Store in the future, I will know just where to go in Singapore.


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Mac Accessory – 60W USB/USB-C dual port charging adapter

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Product Announcements QuickerTek of Wichita, Kansas has released its newest product, an innovative, high-performance 60W USB/USB-C dual port charging adapter allowing for one of the fastest and most efficient charging experiences for the newest smartphones, all 12-inch MacBook’s with USB-C, 2016-2018 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro’s, and other USB laptops and notebooks alike.

It includes both a USB-C port enabling up to 45W of power delivery and a USB-A QC 3.0 port enabling up to 18W of charging power. It is also compatible with QuickerTek’s Most Powerful Battery, giving our batteries the capability to work with both MagSafe 1 and 2 as well as any Mac charged through USB-C.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 2″ x 2″ x .75″
  • Input: 16 Vdc to 28 Vdc
  • Output: 20 Vdc at 5A (USB-C) / 5.2 Vdc at 2A
  • USB-C Port
  • USB-A QC 3.0 port
  • Built-in PD Chipset

The built-in PD Chipset dynamically detects devices to deliver optimum power level for maximum battery life and performance. It is equipped with the advanced circuit protections to prevent overcharging. This product features an input of 16 Vdc to 28 Vdc and an output of 20 Vdc at 5A (USB-C) / 5.2 Vdc at 2A.

Pricing and Availability:
The USB-C Power Adapter is available at $49.95 (USD) from QuickerTek. Members of the press please contact Rick Estes.

Mac Accessory – Tech Folio Plus

Product AnnouncementsWaterField Designs of San Francisco, California, an innovative leader in custom laptop sleeves, bags, and device-specific cases, introduces the Tech Folio Plus, a premium gear organizer aimed to protect an iPad and electronic accessories that IT consultants and specialists in their field carry with them every day. The Plus opens like a book, and its unique pocket storage system holds both bulky and slim items in an efficient, easy-to-spot fashion. Developed through its pioneering crowdsourced design method, the Tech Folio Plus is the third and most extensive of three gear cases WaterField has announced this month.

“After reading every single survey response submitted from our ‘customer design team,’ we identified three distinct needs. The Tech Folio Plus, our third new case born out of this latest crowdsourced project, is designed for IT consultants and other experts who need a professional way to organize and protect significant amounts of gear on a daily basis. It is organized, flexible, and handsome, it allows people quick access to all their gear, and it fits beautifully into any professional environment.”

The Folio Plus opens like a book via smooth-gliding waterproof zippers. Inside, a multitude of stretch mesh pockets allows users to quickly and easily spot USB cords, dongles, adapters, Air Pods, SD cards, flash drives, a headset, a power supply, and more. Cords can be bunched and easily inserted into the pockets – a significant time saver as there is no need to perfectly coil and strap them in. Two soft, open-topped pockets hold and protect a hard drive and external mouse or other bulkier items including small foldable headphones. Behind one panel of pockets is a padded tablet compartment that fits up to a 12.9-inch iPad.

The front of this new gear organizer sports a premium, full-grain leather flap that lends it a professional look. Rounded waterproof zippers around the flap open to reveal quick-access pockets for an iPhone, the Apple Pencil, ballpoints, and other frequently-used items. Inside, WaterField’s distinctive gold liner brightens the interior, making items easy to spot. A carry handle and D-rings to attach to an optional shoulder strap allow the case to be used on its own as a small satchel or inserted into the WaterField Bolt backpack or another bag. The Plus is available in sturdy waxed canvas and chocolate full-grain leather for a sporty look, or black ballistic nylon and black full-grain leather for a more classic look.

WaterField designed the Tech Folio Plus using its unique customer-collaboration process that results in highly-functional products specifically tailored to address customer needs. After analyzing survey data gathered from hundreds of customers, the company identified the need for three unique cases. It then began to design prototypes, while continuing to gather feedback and to provide project participants with design updates. The resulting Tech Folio Plus, WaterField’s third gear case unveiled this month, incorporates details that reflect how people interact with the product on a daily basis.

Colors and Materials: Black ballistic nylon with black, full-grain leather; or tan waxed canvas with distressed, chocolate, full-grain leather.

  • Dimensions: 13 x 10 x 2 inches
  • Weight: 1.3 oz lb.

Pricing and Availability:
The Tech Folio Plus is priced at only $149 (USD).

Product Review of the “ParcSlope”

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Product Reviews – I had been thinking about getting some kind of a stand for my MacBook for a few months. I mostly wanted to provide a cooler operating environment. Luckily, I won a ParcSlope from Twelve South as a door prize at the July CapMac meeting.

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The ParcSlope is a heavy duty aluminum stand that will work with just about any tablet or laptop. I am using it with my 2010 MacBook Pro and it works perfectly. It isn’t something I would carry around with me to a coffee shop as it weighs 2 lbs. and measures 2.8″ x 8.3″ x 9.6″. It is great though setting on the table in my apartment while I create my Blog posts.

I have been using it for a few weeks and I not only like the fact that it keeps my Mac running cooler, but I also find that the sloped (18 degrees) keyboard is more comfortable and easier to use.  The elevated screen is also more comfortable to view. It is advertised on the Twelve South website for $49.99 and can be found on Amazon currently for the same price.

While a little pricey, I think this is a great accessory for your MacBook or iPad.

 

Pros

  • Solidly made
  • Works with almost any tablet or laptop
  • Cooler laptop operation
  • More comfortable keyboard access
  • Higher screen for easier viewing

 

Cons

  • Heavy and cumbersome, not something to carry in your computer bag
  • Price

 


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Mac Accessory – Tech Pocket

Product AnnouncementsWaterField Designs of San Francisco, California, an innovative leader in custom laptop sleeves, bags, and Apple-specific cases, introduces the Tech Pocket, a plush minimalist pouch that functions as an extra pocket for stowing the frequently-used, small tech gear ubiquitous in today’s digital society. The new tech accessory pouch can conveniently attach to the inside or outside of a bag and fits into the palm of a hand. Developed as part of WaterField’s fifth crowdsourced, community-design project, the new case fills the need of an overwhelming number of participants who carry small electronics at all times and requested a minimalist pouch.

“The Tech Pocket is perfect for my essential small tech items and everyday necessities like my wallet, keys, and glasses,” said company owner Gary Waterfield. “It’s the larger pocket my pants don’t have, and it goes everywhere with me. It’s easy to carry in my hand, fits quickly into my bag, and is my constant companion on my desk at work.”

The Tech Pocket helps users keep their daily essential tech items easily accessible and organized. Available in rugged tan waxed canvas or black ballistic nylon, the minimalist Tech Pocket holds and protects gear that otherwise might get scratched or dinged if loose in a pant or bag pocket. Lined with super-soft, almost cashmere-like padding, the pouch conveniently closes with a silent, snap-shut magnet. Inside, the main compartment and two internal pockets organize dongles, an Apple Pencil, an extra Mouse, adapters, a key fob, an iPhone or whatever other personal necessities need to be stored and organized. A front pocket for additional accessories closes with a self-locking YKK zipper. Loops at either end of the case can attach to a strap. A metal carabiner is included so users can easily hook the pouch to a backpack or briefcase.

WaterField designed this new gear organizer using its unique customer-collaboration process that results in highly-functional products specifically tailored to address customer needs. After analyzing survey data gathered from hundreds of customers, the company identified the need for three unique cases, including a minimalist pouch like the Tech Pocket. It then began to design prototypes, while continuing to gather feedback and to provide project participants with design updates. WaterField will announce a third new gear case next week as part of its August Gear Case Month.

  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 4.75 inches
  • Weight: 4.3 oz.

Pricing and Availability:
The Tech Pocket is priced at only $49 (USD). Colors and materials: Tan waxed canvas or black ballistic nylon. Shipping now.

Mac Accessories – WaterField Designs Gear Case Month

Product Announcements – San Francisco’s WaterField Designs, an innovative leader in custom laptop sleeves, bags and device-specific cases, announces Gear Case Month this August. Each week, the company will unveil new cases or case options, beginning August 2 with new limited-edition colors and textiles for it’s popular Padded and standard Gear Pouches. As the month progresses, WaterField will unveil three new designs, each developed as part of WaterField’s fifth collaborative crowdsourced design project. Designed to hold and organize tech accessories, the colorful artisan cases can carry a MacBook and iPhone charger, USB cables, cords and/or any other variety of small items.

WaterField’s Gear Case Month kicks off today with a limited-edition run of its Padded and standard Gear Pouches. During August, both the compact and full-size Padded Gear Pouch will be available in top-of-the-line, aniline leather in cowboy brown, crimson and navy. This sumptuous, premium leather is dyed exclusively with soluble dyes, so it retains the hide’s natural surface, and it develops a beautiful patina over time.

WaterField’s popular standard Gear Pouches are available this August in four vibrant colors ” black, green, red and teal in Microtech, a soft, industrial strength fabric tested to withstand 90,000 “double-rubs.” WaterField will gather orders for these special-edition pouches throughout the month and ship at the end of August.

“Our Gear Pouches are one of our most popular products, probably because they’re just so useful and versatile,” said company owner Gary Waterfield. “We decided to have some fun with a limited-edition run of these constantly-used items in high-end, irresistible-to-touch materials and in bright colors that make quickly finding your gear a snap.”

Each subsequent week, WaterField will unveil one of its next-generation customized gear organizers. In June, Waterfield invited community members to contribute design input to help create an “ideal” gear case. WaterField poured over data gathered from customer surveys, identified three unique case needs, and began to design prototypes, all while continuing to update and gather feedback from project participants. This “rapid prototyping” process allows the company to gather and include inventive details that result in highly functional products tailored specifically to customer needs.

This next-generation Gear Case community-sourced design project is WaterField’s fifth crowdsourced design project. Although the company has always listened to customers for product ideas, it initially formalized the process through the Kickstarter platform with the design of a highly-organized travel wallet. When Nintendo launched the Switch gaming console, WaterField fine-tuned its crowd-sourced design process and developed a collection of Nintendo Switch cases. High customer and company satisfaction with the process led WaterField to again engage customers in developing the innovative Air Porter Carry-on for frequent travelers, the iPhone Camera Bag for iPhonographers, and most recently, the Pro Executive Backpack for professionals.

Pricing and Availability:

  • Limited-edition Gear Pouch: Small”$49. Medium”$55. Large”$59
  • Colors and materials: Black, Green, Red, and Teal soft and durable Microtech
  • Sizes: small, medium and large
  • Padded Gear Pouch in leather: Compact”$99. Full-size: $109
  • Colors and materials: Brown, Navy and Red premium aniline leather
  • Sizes: compact and full

Pre-order now. Ships end of August 2018.

MacBook Accessory – The mBar Stands

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Product Announcement – With 15 years of experience in creating innovative Apple accessories, Rain Design of Berkeley, California has launched a new assortment of laptop stands – the mBar, mBar pro, and mBar pro+ . mBar is a lightweight, minimalist aluminum stand for elevating laptops. mBar pro and mBar pro+ have the added feature of foldability and thus portability, with different elevation heights of 3 inches and 5.5 inches, respectively.

mBar: See better. Touch better. mBar raises and tilts your Macbook, makes viewing, typing and swiping on the Touch Bar easier. mBar’s minimal design with clean lines and subtle curves complements your Macbook and enhances your workspace.

Features:

  • Elevates laptop by 3 inches
  • Lightweight: 0.22 pound
  • Macbook matching anodized aluminum
  • Increases airflow around laptop for better cooling
  • Fits most laptops

mBar pro: Take it easy. Designed to let you work comfortably, on the go. mBar pro raises and tilts your Macbook, makes viewing, typing and swiping on the Touch Bar easier. mBar pro’s minimal design complements your Macbook. It’s so portable, lightweight and easy to use that you will be happy to bring it with you anywhere.

Features:

  • Portable folding stand
  • Lightweight and slim: 0.3 pound and 0.5 inch when folded
  • Precision aluminum unibody, anodized to match Macbooks
  • Elevates laptop by 3 inches
  • Includes svelte carrying sleeve
  • Increases airflow around laptop for better cooling
  • Fits most laptops

mBar pro+: Take it easy. Designed to let you work comfortably, on the go. mBar pro+ raises and tilts your Macbook, makes viewing, typing and swiping on the Touch Bar easier. mBar pro+’s minimal design complements your Macbook. It’s so portable, lightweight and easy to use that you will be happy to bring it with you anywhere.

Features

  • Portable folding stand
  • Lightweight and slim: 0.45 pound and 0.5 inch when folded
  • Precision aluminum unibody, anodized to match Macbooks
  • Elevates laptop by 5.5 inches
  • Includes svelte carrying sleeve
  • Increases airflow around laptop for better cooling
  • Fits most laptops

The mBar series are available in both silver and space gray. Shipping now and can be ordered from the website (mBar and MBar Pro)

Mac Accessory – WaterField Pro Backpack

Product AnnouncementWaterField Designs of San Francisco, California, an innovative leader in Apple laptop sleeves, bags, and cases for tech gear, has announced the Pro Backpack, designed in collaboration with customers to address the style and functionality needs of modern executives. A sumptuous, full-grain leather panel adorns the streamlined, black ballistic luxury backpack, lending it a refined look suitable in even the most professional environments. Ergonomic straps ensure comfort and abundant pockets keep work items easily accessible and organized. An optional, removable Executive Folio for a MacBook Pro, pen, files and other small accessories combines convenience and elegance for carrying these essentials to meetings.

“When we set out to design the Pro Backpack with customers, they told us they wanted something highly functional to support them throughout their day, while looking sharp enough for the C-suite,” explained company owner Gary Waterfield. “They wanted a lightweight bag that stands upright for easy access to their entire mobile office during meetings and provides carrying options for the train, the office, and airports. The Pro Backpack does all this and more.”

Pro Backpack Business- and Commute-friendly Features:

  • Suit-worthy design: premium, full-grain leather accent panel in four color choices, a robust ballistic nylon base, and waterproof YKK zippers; streamlined shape and clean lines mask the bag’s large capacity; sweat-mesh lining on the padded straps and backside keeps work clothes fresh, even after a long day.
  • Multiple carry options: ergonomic straps for carrying backpack-style on the commute, a leather top handle to carry briefcase-style at the office, and a wheeled suitcase pass-through for easing through airports. For a streamlined look, backpack straps can be stashed in the suitcase-handle pass-through.
  • Dual main compartments: one area boasts a suspended, protective laptop compartment to fit up to a 15-inch MacBook Pro and a pocket for files or a tablet, and another capacious chamber holds anything from technical gear to an after-work change of clothes.
  • Strategically-placed, multi-functional pockets: a top pocket for iPhone and other sensitive items ” quickly accessible to the wearer, but out of reach from fellow commuters; a discreet pocket beneath the leather panel designed for convenient access by swinging the bag off one shoulder; two side compartments ” with internal pockets and a key fob ” to hold tech, personal necessities, and a water bottle or umbrella.
  • Optional Executive Folio: black ballistic nylon and premium leather to match the Pro Backpack; lightly-padded internal laptop compartment with pen slots and a softly-lined iPhone pocket on one side; a document pocket on the facing side; exterior zippered pocket for small or flat items; in two sizes for 13- and 15-inch Macbook Pros; TSA friendly.

The Pro Backpack is designed to anticipate professionals’ needs throughout the workday while promoting comfort and projecting elegance. The bag joins WaterField’s Staad Laptop Backpack and Bolt Backpack to form the WaterField professional backpack collection. The Pro Backpack’s first production run sold out within an hour of an early offering to customer design participants, affirming that the product reflected their preferences. WaterField Designs’ practice of working with interested customers to crowd-source product designs has resulted in gear that addresses genuine needs. Past collaborations include a collection of cases for the Nintendo Switch and the popular Air Porter Carry-on for travelers.

Pro Backpack: $349. Executive Folio: $89. Backpack and Folio purchased together: $399 (USD).
Colors: Black ballistic nylon with a choice of black, chocolate, crimson or gray premium, full-grain leather.
Dimensions and weight: 16.5 x 13.5 x 7 inches. 2.9 lbs.
Pre-order now. Shipping begins June 8, 2018.

Mac Accessories – Rough Rider Bag

Product AnnouncementWaterField Designs of San Francisco, California, an innovative leader in custom laptop sleeves, bags and cases for digitally-minded professionals, announces the renaissance of its iconic Rough Rider leather messenger, a rugged, premium leather laptop bag reminiscent of an Old West satchel, now updated with modern features. The artisan-crafted Rough Rider reboot retains its old-world charm and its unique ergonomic strap system, and now sports a plush, padded laptop compartment and a convenient rolling suitcase pass-through. Raw leather edges combine with clean lines to create a rugged yet sophisticated look, and the thick, premium leather develops a stunning patina over time.

“We have our customers to thank for the return of the Rough Rider; ever since we retired it years ago, we get customer requests for it every week,” explained company owner Gary Waterfield. “We’ve kept the popular rough and tumble, old-world look and added functionality for laptop-toting professionals and for travelers.”

Upgrades:

  • The new interior houses a waxed canvas, plush, padded laptop compartment that readily fits up to a 15-inch MacBook Pro
  • Two slots hold an Apple Pencil, Surface Pen or a few run-of-the-mill ballpoints
  • A rolling suitcase handle pass-through facilitates hands-free carry from airport curbside to gate
  • Six premium, full-grain leather accent choices under the panel add a pop of color

Classic Features:

  • Constructed of thick, full-grain leather with raw edges, it exudes an adventurous yet sophisticated look and develops a beautiful patina with use
  • A dual-layer leather flap shuts securely with strong snaps and is adjustable to two lengths, so users can fill the bag to capacity or cinch it tight. Either way the bag maintains its slim profile
  • An unlined interior and natural edges reveal the leather’s premium quality
  • A sumptuous leather panel under the flap creates a color splash and is available in six color choices
  • The innovative strap system compresses bag contents to maintain a slim profile and positions the bag snugly against the body to help ease back fatigue
  • Two deep, waxed canvas pockets in the main compartment fit an iPad, iPhone and additional necessities
  • A full-width, luxuriously-soft, lined pocket under the flap stows additional electronics or personal items
  • A floating shoulder pad with a no-slip underside keeps the shoulder strap in place
  • A top leather handle allows for a quick grab

The Rough Rider Leather Laptop Messenger’s premium materials set it a step above the competition. It is an heirloom-quality bag that could be handed down through generations. The updated Rough Rider joins a full line of WaterField messenger bags, briefcases and totes, all designed to serve busy, mobile professionals and travelers.

Dimensions: 16.5″ x 11.5″ x 3.5″; 3.5 lbs.

The Rough Rider – Price: $429 (USD). Colors: Distressed, full-grain, “Grizzly” brown, naturally-tanned leather body with color panels under the flap in black, crimson, dark brown, gray, grizzly, or royal blue premium, full-grain leather. Available for pre-order at WaterField Designs. Shipping begins by May 4, 2018.

Mac Accessories – AirPort Time Capsule Storage Upgrade

Product Announcements – QuickerTek of Wichita, Kansas  has upgrades to the already-quality product, Apple AC AirPort Time Capsule, by adding a 5TB or 12TB (Terabyte) hard drive and, by request, six external antennas. Designed as a central backup solution for all of the Mac computers in your home or office, the addition of the 5TB or 12TB hard drive adds a huge boost in storage capabilities, while the unit provides only 2TB to 3TB of storage alone. To complete this upgrade, QuickerTek first opens the chassis and removes the existing hard drive. Once this is done, either the 5TB or 12TB hard drive is slid into the empty space and plugged into the internal board.

The antenna upgrade not only offers dual-band 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz Wi-Fi, but it also triples the range of the Time Capsule. The improved wireless power allows users the ability to arrange and use their Apple wireless anywhere they choose by providing a wider range and blasting through common line of sight objects. The standard Apple AirPort Time Capsule does not have a built-in port to connect these antennas. So, QuickerTek engineered a means of modifying them with antenna connectors. Customers will quickly discover the wireless performance they have been missing. Buffering is eliminated and multi-user Wi-Fi connections are all smooth and fast.

QuickerTek is the only company in the world offering this innovative upgrade. Eight different product versions are available: a QuickerTek supplied 2TB Time Capsule upgraded with the 5TB hard drive alone for $499 (USD), a 2TB Time Capsule upgraded with both the 5TB hard drive and high gain 9dBi antennas for $699 (USD), a 2TB Time Capsule upgraded with the 12TB hard drive alone for $799 (USD) or a 2TB Time Capsule upgraded with a 12TB hard drive and high gain 9dBi antennas for $999 (USD). Customers may also send in their own Time Capsules to be upgraded. A customer supplied Time Capsule upgraded with the 5TB hard drive alone for $199 (USD), a customer supplied Time Capsule upgraded with the 5TB hard drive and high gain 9dBi antennas for $399 (USD), a customer supplied Time Capsule upgraded with the 12TB hard drive alone for $599 (USD) or a customer supplied Time Capsule upgraded with the 12TB hard drive and high gain 9dBi antennas for $799 (USD).

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 3.85″ x 3.85″ x 16″
  • Weight: 2.38 lbs
  • Color: White

Includes:

  • User manual
  • Adapter cables
  • Mounting base
  • 5TB or 12TB hard drive
  • Six 9dBi antennas

Pricing:

  • 5TB Upgrade Only $499 (USD)
  • 5TB Upgrade with High Gain Antennas $699 (USD)
  • 12TB Upgrade Only $799 (USD)
  • 12TB Upgrade with High Gain Antennas $999 (USD)
  • Customer Supplied 5TB Upgrade Only $199 (USD)
  • Customer Supplied 5TB Upgrade with High Gain Antennas $399 (USD)
  • Customer Supplied 12TB Upgrade Only $599 (USD)
  • Customer Supplied 12TB Upgrade with High Gain Antennas $799 (USD)