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Smart ways to keep the smartphone in good shape

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The attraction to Iina-inobe cables

Inspired by the MagSafe connectors on Macs, the Iina-inobe magnet cable does something very similar for iPhones, Androids tablets and other devices. This idea was so popular that it not only reached its target of ¥300,000 on the Japanese crowd-funding site Makuake within two days, but it went on to raise ¥3 million more in the following 10.

There are two sets available — a lightning cable for Apple products and a Micro-USB one for others — and each type of cable comes with a tiny adapter plug. Simply push the plug into your device and the cable connects to it magnetically. There’s no specific right side up to the connectors and the magnets make them quick and easy to connect and remove.

That in itself is useful enough, but these cables, which charge at a very quick rate, also have a switch that allows you to use them safely as transfer cables to move data from your devices to a computer.

Priced at a special discounted price of ¥1,980 each until Jan. 29, you can order the Iina-inobe magnet cable via the Makuake and have it shipped out in March.

Makuake: bit.ly/iinacable

The phone doctor that helps keeps your hands clean

If you think about the number of times you take out your phone and leave it on tables or desks, in restaurants, offices or even in the bathroom, it’s not hard to imagine how they are likely hotbeds of all manner of germs. Yet, as with many everyday gadgets, we rarely clean them.

This could be because cleaning an electronic gadget without causing water damage can be tricky — or that we’re just a bit lazy. Either way, Dr. Capsule — a dry cleaner — is useful and convenient.

The Dr. Capsule uses UV-C (ultraviolet short-wavelength), a germicidal wavelength of light, to disinfect — a process that has actually been used for some time to clean air and sterilize water. According to the press release, Dr. Capsule can eradicate 99.9 percent of the germs lurking on your smart phone in just five minutes.

All you need to do is place the box-like device over your phone, press the power button and wait until the light goes out. It’s big enough to cover all kinds of smartphones including the iPhone 6s Plus, is rechargeable and comes in either red or black.

Dr. Capsule costs ¥4,298 and is available from Mycaseshop.

Mycaseshop: bit.ly/drcapsule

See the bigger picture

It’s strange, but even when there are other people around who could easily take their picture, many people still insist on taking selfies. It doesn’t seem to matter that it’s difficult to get everything into the shot or if the photographer looks a bit daft waving around a selfie stick.

Owltech’s wide-angle lens is designed so that you can take wide-angle shots without a stick and is aimed at those who particularly like to take group portraits.

There are a lot of smartphone wide-angle lenses on the market, but this one claims to be extra wide with a magnification of x 0.4, plus there’s little distortion and no vignetting effect. It’s also extremely slim, easily attaches and detaches via a clip to any phone that is 2-cm wide or less, and is an affordable ¥1,920.

The OWL-AALENS02 will be released in mid-January and can be pre-ordered from Yodobashi.

Owltech: bit.ly/owlmalens02 Yodobashi: bit.ly/yodabashiowl