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3 hours ago

Sweet Valentine's Day gifts for the tech lover in your life

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Set your significant other up with some awesome tech gifts this Valentine's Day that expand beyond the traditional cards and candy.

Looking for a fun way to surprise the tech lover in your life this Valentine's Day? We're here to help with our unique gift guide that encompasses everything from smart mood lighting and key finders to fitness trackers and amazing speakers.

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5 hours ago

Protect and show off your Galaxy S6 with the Unicorn Beetle hybrid clear case

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The Unicorn Beetle hybrid case offers as much grip as it does protection for the Samsung Galaxy S6 while staying relatively clear.

As one of our favorite clear cases for the Galaxy S6, the Supcase Unicorn Beetle hybrid cover is more than your average hard case. It sports both a durable polycarbonate and TPU bumper that not only keep a clear design, but also do a great job at protecting against those grim impacts.

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13 hours ago

Amkette Evo Gamepad Pro 2 takes smartphone gaming to the next level

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After the launch of the Evo Gamepad Pro in August last year, Amkette, an Indian lifestyle technology brand, has introduced an upgraded version of its wireless Bluetooth controller for Android smartphones, the Evo Gamepad Pro 2.

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1 day ago

The Pagaré smart band could add NFC payments to the Pebble Time

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You may soon be able to pay for purchases with your Pebble Time smartwatch thanks to a startup known as Fit Pay and their smart watch strap. The Pebble Time line of watches can accept straps and bands that add functionality to the watch, and the Pagaré strap, currently on Kickstarter, is meant to add NFC payments. You can store all of your cards in the Paragé Pebble app, with the hope of offering both a convenient and secure payment option.

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1 day ago

Snag Kmashi's 11200mAh power bank for just $8 with coupon code at Amazon

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Kmashi's 11200mAh power bank is on sale at Amazon for just $8 with coupon code FVSA9NY2, a savings of 50 percent from its regular price. This battery pack is small and portable, but packs a large capacity inside to keep you charged on the go. While many other power banks have more than one USB output, Kmashi has opted to go with just one this time around, so you'll only be able to charge one smartphone, tablet or other electronic at a time.

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3 days ago

Chromecast and Chromecast Audio reportedly launching in Australia soon

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Chromecast

Australian residents soon will be able to purchase Google's new Chromecast and Chromecast Audio streaming media dongles. The price for both products will be $59.

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4 days ago

HTC Vive Pre manual answers a ton of setup questions

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HTC's living room VR setup is that much closer to launch now.

Anyone excited about desktop-class VR has had a couple of questions about the way you set up the HTC Vive in your house. Every demo station HTC and Valve has assembled for people to try the VR headset happens in an empty space larger than most people have in their personal space, and until recently HTC has been quiet about the minimum distance required to enjoy Vive in your home.

The instruction manual for the HTC Vive Pre, which was unearthed recently, puts these and several other questions about using the HTC Vive to rest.

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5 days ago

Score big game savings on all accessories at ShopAndroid through February 8!

It's time to kick off our Big Game Sale where you can save 20% on all Android accessories!

Ramp up the defense with a protective case, stay active with the charger of your choice, or call the shots completely hands-free with a new Bluetooth — it's all up for grabs right now at ShopAndroid. There are plenty of products to choose from for popular devices including the Galaxy S6, Note 5, Nexus 6P, and older (but still awesome) Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5.

Use coupon code BG16 upon checkout to instantly save 20% on your entire cart, and don't forget about FREE shipping on all orders over $50 within the continental US. Expedited and international options are also available for a little extra. You're going to want to tackle these savings while you can, because this sale expires midnight, February 8!

Hit up ShopAndroid

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5 days ago

Wear your Android love with a limited-edition 'I ❤ Android' t-shirt or hoodie!

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It's February, so what better time to show the love? Now you can proudly display your affection for the world's greatest mobile operating system!

These limited-edition Android Central t-shirts and hoodies are finally available in all colors and sizes from small to 5XL. The front features the "I ❤ Android" message you've been waiting to broadcast to the world; except that the heart is that of the classic Android you know and love. On the back you'll find Lloyd, the official mascot of Android Central, right below the neck. Our premium t-shirts for men and women go for $20, but if you're after something on the warmer side, hoodies are up for grabs for $38.99.

Make sure you reserve yours soon, because this campaign ends on February 14th!

Reserve your t-shirt

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6 days ago

Smartphone accessory maker Zagg buys battery case builder Mophie for $100 million

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The number of players in the phone accessory market just got a little smaller, as Zagg has announced that it has acquired Mophie.

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1 week ago

Google OnHub routers are getting a guest Wifi mode

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Google OnHub

Google's OnHub routers (there are two models as you'll recall from our review) are simple devices that were lacking one pretty major feature at launch — guest networks. That's about to change with a new firmware update on the routers themselves, and the companion apps that go along with them.

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1 week ago

Sony's new flash drive features dual connectors for USB-C and full-sized USB-A

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Sony has introduced a new portable flash drive that can be used with both traditional USB-A connectors, along with newer USB-C ports. This flexibility makes the new drive, the USM-CA1, a great tool for moving files from your older computer to a new Chromebook Pixel.

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1 week ago

LG's 'White Card' universal payments card reportedly set for March unveiling

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LG is said to be jumping into the universal payments card game with their new "White Card". The idea, as with startups Coin and Plastc, is to put all store your various magnetic strip cards on just one card, equipped with a small display, controls to switch cards, and a reprogrammable magnetic strip on the back — all packed into a credit card-sized package that's barely heavier or thicker than a single plastic card.

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2 weeks ago

Under Armour Headphones Wireless review

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Under Armour Headphones Wireless

Another partnership, and another piece in Under Armour's connected fitness ecosystem.

The benefits of wireless headphones are pretty clear for daily listening needs, but not having cords get in your way is basically a requirement when you're exercising. While wired headphones may be a simple annoyance when you're walking down the street, they could really hinder your ability to run, bike, hit the gym or engage in other sporting activities. And even though Bluetooth doesn't offer the same sound quality as a wire, it's a worthwhile trade-off in this situation.

Alongside the release of the HealthBox, Under Armour also announced a partnership with JBL to bring its audio expertise to the table in further connected fitness products. The new Under Armour Headphones Wireless are one of two products to come out of this new partnership. A light, comfortable and fitness-focused set of headphones seems to be a great companion to Under Armour's new connected fitness products — we're going to see how it works out in our full review.

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2 weeks ago

Charge up your USB-C phones and tablets in a hurry with these USB-C power banks

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Your USB-C devices deserve a power bank that can provide the proper 3-amp output, but pickin's are slim — even at this stage of the game.

There are a plethora of power banks with Quick Charge 2.0 technology inside, allowing many current smartphones to power-up significantly faster than the norm, but even that's not enough for what's in store for 2016. As devices continue to adopt USB-C as the new standard, the selection of compatible power banks that can push 3 amps is still minimal. We've dug-up a couple available options that will definitely meet your need for USB-C speeds.

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