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Style Makeover for CMoDe Charging Dock

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CMoDe announces a makeover for its uniDock on-wall mobile device charging dock-- the uniDock Aluminium, featuring 3 integrated connectors in a pull out and rotate design in either anodized black or silver.

Cmode dockIt features a Lighting, rotating micro USB B and standard USB 2.0 connectors, allowing it to handle just about any device.

High-power 10W 2A output allows the dock to simultaneously charge 2 devices, and it also features an integrated LED night-light users can operate via touch sensor.

Installation should be easy enough as the unit fits a standard 35mm deep EU backbox.

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A Truly Audiophile-Grade USB Cable?

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CAD CableBritish high-end DAC maker Computer Audio Design (CAD) launches what it claims is a USB cable designed to "maximise sound quality from USB-equipped music playback systems"-- the CAD Cable.

The cable is designed by Scott Berry, the man behind the company's 1543 DAC. It promises to eliminate high-frequency noise from PC audio sources, while proprietary technology produces a low-noise interconnect.

It also uses a highly shield independent cable as a power line in order to minimise the impact of high-frequency noise from the USB interface.

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Kramer Intros Pull-Resistant Cables

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K-LockKramer launches K-Lock-- a pull-resistant connector the company claims provides up to 6.8kg of retaining force via small springs on the surface of the connector holding the cable tightly in place.

According to Kramer lower-gauge (thicker) cables weigh down cable connectors, and pulling them out of the socket has a substantial impact on final results. After all, even slight tension can result in signal loss, and chances for signal loss increase the longer the distances involved are.

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HDBaseT Recommendation for Tru Cables

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Flexible and Specialist Cables (FSC) announces the TruHD range HDBaseT-certified Cat5E and Cat6 cables in a variety of colours, all for sale under of the Tru cable brand.

HDbaseT cablesTested and certified by the HDBaseT Alliance, the cables are ideal for high speed data networks across homes or buildings. As one knows, the HDBaseT standard allows HD video, audio, ethernet, power and control signal distribution over a single cable for up to 100m.

TruHD cables ship as 305m "reel in a box" packages to maintain cable quality, prevent snags and enable easy pull when routing.

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ICE Cables get HDBase-T Certified

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ICE CableThe ICE Cable Systems Cat-5e and Cat-6 product range gets HDBaseT certification, meaning the cables can perform as per HDBaseT Alliance specifications.

The HDBaseT 5PLay feature set carries uncompressed HD video, audio, ethernet, power and control signals over a single LAN cable.

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The 4K Up-Conversion HDMI Cable

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Seiki U-VisionSeiki launches a product promising to "unlock the full potential of 4K/UHD TVs"-- the U-Vision HDMI cable able to "up-convert" HD content from STBs or Blu-ray players for "dramatic image quality enhancement."

Technically the cable is a standard HDMI cable with a built-in USB-powered Mariseille Networks VTV-1222 upscaler chip. Thus the cable requires a USB port in order to provide "Technicolor 4K Image Certified" noise reduction, edge restoration and detail enhancement.

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"More Accurate" Tributaries Cables

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Tributaries cabelHigh-performance cable maker Tributaries will launch the Series 4 cables at CES 2014, an interconnect cable series handmade at the company's Orlando, Florida HQ.

The Series 4 cables promise a level of performance superior to the company's previous Series 3 and 5 cables through a new internal design and updated exterior sheathes.

According to Tributaries the cables incorporate a twisted-pair geometry with solid-core conductors producing more accurate information transfer. Digital cables use 75 ohm coaxial designs with heavy duty solid conductors.

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