updated 12:09 pm EST, Wed January 9, 2013
Bracketron announces tablet-friendly in-car mounts
Bracketron has added two more mounts to its range of mobile device holders. The Mi-T Grip Dash Mount attaches to a dashboard or any hard surface using suction, and provides a low-profile way of holding an iPad mini or small tablet in a vehicle. A more-conventional Universal Tablet Window Mount performs the same task, but has a reinforced articulating arm and 360-degree rotating head for precise positioning from a glass surface. Prices and a release date have yet to be revealed, but are likely to be around $30 each, based on previous releases.
Tegra-powered Audi MIB system in new US cars by 2014
Audi revealed its new auto-infotainment system using the Nvidia Tegra Visual Compting Model. The Audi MIB can display the company's Audi Connect system, which provides live updates from Google Earth, Google Maps, and Local Search, and provides information on local amenities and news, as well as offering 360-degree panoramas using Google Street View. The MIB system is planned for upcoming Audi cars, is behind similar systems used by Volkswagen and Skoda, and will be available in the US and Canada in 2014, after starting in major markets in Asia later this year.
iBattz BattStation Tough Pro offers 12,000mAh portable recharging
Power accessory creator iBattz has introduced a new high-capacity USB power bank range. The BattStation Tough Pro 12000 provides 12,000mAh of power, enough for an iPhone 8 up to 8 times or an iPad once, and is capable of charging two USB devices simultaneously. The silicone shell is drop and water resistant, making it practical for outdoor and emergency use. The 12,000mAh and smaller 7,200mAh and 8,400mAh options are on sale now for between $30 and $50.