6 hours ago

Google Glass online orders are still apparently open


Update: Aaaaaaand it's gone. Google's store is now marked as out of stock. TechCrunch got details.

Last week Google Glass ditched the invites and went on sale to anyone and everyone for just one day. That meant that whoever wanted to snag Glass could do so without any caveats, like having to sign up for the Explorer program or wait on an invite. While the Glass page is currently showing the program as closed once again, it appears that Glass may still be available for purchase directly from Google.

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9 hours ago

PlayOn bringing 100+ channels to Chromecast


Get Comedy Central, NBC, ABC, and more on your Chromecast

The popular media server PlayOn has announced today that their PlayOn and PlayLater services now offer support for Chromecast. PlayOn users will now be able to beam content from over 100 channels to Chromecast including NBC, ABC, Comedy Central, Hulu and more. Using the PlayOn mobile app, users can browse content on a mobile device and also access the PlayLater option to record videos for viewing at a later time.

To access these features, users will need to install the PlayOn app both on a mobile device and PC. PlayOn is available as an annual subscription for $29.99/year or lifetime for $59.99. In addition to Chromecast, PlayOn can also stream to Xbox, Xbox 360 and Roku devices.

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10 hours ago

Body Glove ShockSuit Case for the HTC One (M8)

Body Glove ShockSuit for M8

If you work hard or play hard, you need a case that allows your HTC One M8 take an extra bump or two. Whether you are working out in the field with mother nature, in the shop with the dust and equipment everywhere, in a squad vehicle looking out for the public or anywhere where your phone is going to take some extra abuse, the Body Gloce ShockSuit case is going to keep your M8 safer. The case isn't waterproof (though it is MIL-STD-810G rated), but when facing the mud, or sparks from a welder, or the door frame on your service vehicle the ShockSuit case will save your M8 from a world of hate.

Like most other rugged cases, the ShockSuit is a two-piece design. You put your M8 into the front polycarbonate outer shell — be sure to read the supplied instructions to make this easier — which also has a thick plastic screen protector that fared well against my keys. Once the front is on, you slip the assembly into the thick rubber outer housing. Then, your M8 is ready when things get a little tough. The trade off is that it's not the easiest case in the world to put on or take off — but you knew that going in when you bought a rugged case. The screen is still responsive even with the protective cover, but you will lose that incredible sensitivity that the M8 seems to posses in it's touch sensor. But it's not bad. Again, a tradeoff for ruggedness.

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1 day ago

Trident Aegis Case for the Samsung Galaxy S5

Trident Aegis Case for Samsung Galaxy S5

Next up in our parade of Galaxy S5 cases is the Trident Aegis Case. This is one of those two-for-one deals (three, really) that provides a lot of protection for your phone.

Start with the layer of shock-absorbing silicone — rubber, really — that fits around your phone. Presumably it'll help against dust and moisture, too, though the Galaxy S5 is already pretty good at that on its own thanks to its IP68 rating. On top of that rubber skin goes a hard plastic shell — let's just call it an exoskeleton, 'cause it sounds cooler — that not provides even more protection. Some of the rubber skin is exposed, giving you some nice grip points.

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1 day ago

Motorola Solutions makes investment in Recon Instruments


Motorola Solutions invests in heads-up glasses start up Recon Instruments Motorola Solutions (no, not that Motorola — the other one) has given a bag of cash to heads-up glasses maker Recon Instruments. Recon, whose Recon Jet HUD glasses we've been looking forward to for some time, didn't disclose the amount of the investment, but that it was enough to warrant a press release tells us it was at least marginally substantial to their bottom line. The investment will be "used to accelerate product development and to ramp up global marketing and distribution."

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1 day ago

The Zens Qi USB wireless charging pad


OK, OK. Wireless charging isn't really wireless charging. At some point you have to actually plug it into something. We get that. And the Zens Qi USB wireless charger — as you might have guessed — does things just a little differently. It's powered by a USB port.

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2 days ago

Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit case for Galaxy S5

Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit Case for Samsung Galaxy S5

How can you not love the Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit Case for the Samsung Galaxy S5? Take one part simple TPU case — great for taking the brunt of the occasional bump and fall, as well as standing between your phone and anything that's trying to scratch it — and one part awesome Bugdroid graphics, and that's what you've got here. Just simple, easy protection for your Galaxy S5.

There's not much more to it than that. There are cutouts for all the places you need access to — the camera and heart-rate sensor, speaker, buttons, microphones and the like. You get a little bit of extra grip thanks to the fit and finish of the case. It's easy to put on, but not so easy that you have to worry about it falling off or anything.

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3 days ago

Lensbaby adds Android pledge level to their Kickstarter campaign


If you've been hoping to take some of those oddly-focused Lensbaby pictures with your Android phone, you're in luck. Lensbaby has added a $50 pledge level to their Kickstarter project for Android users, and your money gets you the lens itself and a full-featured application this coming October.

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6 days ago

ShopAndroid store Easter sale: Save 20% on all Android cases and accessories!

Easter Sale

With the start of the Easter break, we're ready for four-day weekend and an excuse to stuff our faces with chocolate. But bargain-hunters also have a reason to celebrate — a weekend of hot deals over on ShopAndroid.com, where you can save 20% on all Android cases and accessories!

The ShopAndroid Easter sale starts now an runs through Tuesday, April 22, and all you need to do to take advantage is use coupon code HOP14 during the checkout process. FREE shipping is available on all orders over $50 (domestic US / Canada), and you have lots of payment methods beyond standard credit card including Amazon payments, Paypal and Bitcoin!

We've got cases for all the latest Android devices, including the newly-launched Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, as well as the Galaxy S4, Moto X and many others. So be sure to take advantage of the sale while it lasts!

And there's good news for multi-platform mobile fans, as the HOP14 coupon code also works on the iMore Store, Windows Phone Central Store and ShopCrackBerry. Your shopping cart will follow you through all four stores, so you can buy from all four stores and check out once.

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1 week ago

The Samsung Galaxy S5 S-View Flip Case

Samsung Galaxy S5 S-View Flip Case

It's expensive, but highly functional — so long as you can keep the window clean

The Samsung Galaxy S5 S-View Flip Case is an expensive way to protect your phone. But, damn, does it ever look nice. We first got a glimpse of this guy at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and it's now available for purchase, along with the phone.

For the newcomers out there, this is a case that replaces the back cover of your Galaxy S5. It has the same rubber gasket as the stock back, so you retain the IP67 rating for dust and moisture — an important thing to look for with any Galaxy S5 accessory, but admittedly less of a concern with Samsung's own products. The inside of the back cover is nearly identical to the back it's replacing. But the external look and feel are completely changed, replaced by a leather-like cover. It looks great. It feels great. (And if you're like us and putting a black cover on a white phone, the contrast is quite striking.)

The design of this case can't be understated.

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