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SKATE COVER

GROVE, $ US49.95; grove­made.com

Where do old skate­boards go? In this case, they are re­cy­cled to make unique Ap­ple iPhone cov­ers. The SkateBack cover at­taches to the back of an iPhone 4 or 4S but it’s the cover’s eco­log­i­cal cre­den­tials and ap­pear­ance that re­ally ap­peal. The slen­der strips of colour give it the look of a wooden rain­bow.

LONG RANGE

Pana­sonic, $ 799; lumix.pana­sonic.com.au

Pana­sonic’s lat­est big zoom­ing ma­chine packs in more than users might ex­pect, in­clud­ing an elec­tronic viewfinder. The Lumix FZ200 will most likely be sought out for that 24x op­ti­cal zoom ( 25- 600mm), but users will ap­pre­ci­ate its f2.8 aper­ture, 1.3K viewfinder, full HD video and 12 frames a sec­ond shoot­ing.

SOUND ON THE GO

Denon, $ 549; de­nona­sia.com

These head­phones weren’t named Globe Cruiser by ac­ci­dent: they’re de­signed for fre­quent and de­mand­ing trav­ellers. They fea­ture noise can­cel­la­tion tech­nol­ogy, pow­ered by a recharge­able bat­tery, as well as Blue­tooth v3.0 for wire­less con­nec­tion with a smart­phone. A wheel can con­trol mu­sic play­back.

LO­CAL AR­CADE

Lat­est­Buy, $ 29.95; lat­est­buy.com.au

It is per­haps the tini­est ar­cade game you’ll ever see, but this unique Ap­ple iPhone ac­ces­sory could pro­vide hours of retro fun. The Ar­cadie for iPhone opens up to fit an iPhone in the back, while an eight- way joy­stick and two fire but­tons fea­ture up front to con­trol free apps in­clud­ing Blas­teroids, Ping and In­vaders.

SMART BAT­TERY

Huawei, $ 299; dick­smith.com.au

Smart­phones are get­ting smarter and this Huawei of­fer­ing shows they’re get­ting cheaper. The $ 299 Honor phone comes with an 8- megapixel cam­era, 1.4GHz pro­ces­sor, a 4- inch screen and a body that is just 10.9mm thick. Huawei has also added a sub­stan­tial bat­tery that prom­ises to de­liver up to nine hours of talk time.

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