CES 2014: Mobile tech and apps from the Consumer Electronics Show

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Each year, Las Vegas plays host to the Consumer Electronics Show, where the biggest and newest trends in technology are shown off to eager attendees from around the world. Can’t make it to the show this year? That’s alright, as we’ve got a look at some of the newest tech and apps being shown at the convention this year.

Magnector Pogo Cable & Case (Magtron)

Magtron’s breakaway charging cable looks to add some safety to charging Android and iOS devices, eliminating the ability to accidentally trip on cables and damage devices. Devices are plugged into the case, which can then be charged using the package’s cable that magnetically attaches to the bottom.

In this way, tripping over the cable simply causes the magnet to break away, rather than pulling the device off of the table and onto the floor to potentially be damaged. The company also encourages users to utilize the Magnector when driving, as users can simply attach the cable to their phone via the magnetic “pull,” instead of taking their eyes off of the road to plug a cable into a small charging port.

At CES, Magtron also announced a partnership to distribute Magnector cases and cables through Accessory Geeks, which will offer the product for Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4 for $49.99, and for the Google Nexus 10 for $24.99.

Hideaway Cable Organizer (Bosign)

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There’s no doubt about it, cable management is a pain. Zip ties and rubber bands work until you need to move cables around, and even if you do manage to gather cables together in bundles so they don’t become tangled, there’s still the issue of a massive group of ugly cables gathering dust behind your desk. Enter Bosign’s Hideaway Cable Organizer, the latest in a growing selection of “cubby” boxes for cable management.

The Hideaway comes in multiple sizes, but the basic “medium” box offers two entry holes on the bottom for cables. This way, large adapters, power strips and more can be gathered within the box, while the box itself lays flat on the floor or desk. The unit closes with a sturdy top lid, offering two additional holes for charging cables and other cords to come out of the top. Mobile devices can be laid on top of the box to charge, without ever removing the lid or being forced to reorganize cables.

The Hideaway is available in multiple color choices, including white, black and multiple faux wood treatments. They start at EUR 26.90 (around $36 USD).

TabletPillow 2 for iPad (Bosign)

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Bosign offers more than just cable management solutions, as its TabletPillow 2 looks to offer a sturdy yet comfortable stand for using iPads and other tablets while sitting on the couch (or anywhere away from a desk or tabletop). Instead of resting your tablet on your lap at an uncomfortable angle, the TabletPillow props the iPad up for easier viewing.

Both sides of the triangular pillow are textured to prevent tablets from sliding around, and the ‘shapeable’ material allows the pillow to conform to the shape of your legs for maximum stabilization. Depending on the position, the tablet can be propped up at multiple angles (say, for playing games or watching a movie), and a bonus inner pocket serves as a padded sleeve to protect the tablet when it’s not in use.

The TabletPillow 2 comes with a removable, water-repellent cover for easy cleaning, and is available in a variety of colors. You can pick one up for EUR 29.95 (around $40 USD).

Spotliter Video on iPhone (Netomat, Inc.)

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Netomat’s Spotliter Video editing and recording app on iPhone allows users to apply effects while their videos are being recorded, using tapping, swiping and pinch controls, among others. For instance, users can add a zoom feature to a particular portion of video, zooming into a person’s face, a sign in the distance, etc. Elsewhere, objects can be isolated and given different colors, like going from a black and white video to full color, but just in one spot.