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1 week ago

Xiaomi starts selling accessories through its official website in India

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Xiaomi has commenced sales of accessories through its official Mi.com website in India.

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1 week ago

Chromecast update allows some users to control it with a TV remote

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Google's Chromecast streaming video dongle can now be controled by some users with their TV remote thanks to a recent firmware update.

While Google did not announce this new feature officially, it has been discovered by many Chromecast owners who later posted their findings to sites like Reddit.

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2 weeks ago

10 essential accessories for the Galaxy S6

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Galaxy S6

What's a brand new Galaxy S6 without the gadgets to make it even better?

We love our toys; whether it's the latest quick charger, rugged case or backup battery — we've got to have them. While we haven't seen an abundance of accessories for the Galaxy S6 just yet, there are still plenty of choices that will quench your thirst for cool things.

This comprehensive list of Galaxy S6 accessories will help you stay ahead of the game in protecting against damage, keeping your battery alive and simply enjoying everything your device has to offer in the best way possible. Jump to the next slide to take a look at the first of our essential accessories for Galaxy S6.

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2 weeks ago

Accessory printing - the ultimate customization for your Android

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3D Printed Accessories

Making your own smartphone and tablet accessories with a 3D Printer opens you up to a whole new world of possibilities.

It's late, something like 2 a.m., and everyone in the house has almost simultaneously discovered the need for tacos. I hop into the passenger seat, throw my phone into the cupholder, and off we go. On the way back from this random taco run, a deer wanders out into the road and my friend slams on his brakes. Everyone's fine, but my phone has flown out of the cupholder and is now sliding around on the floor of the car just out of reach. Shortly after recovering the phone, I decide that an actual mount for my phone needs to happen. Rather than head to my usual retail site, I went to Thingiverse and took a quick look at what other folks have made already that fits this need. I see something that interests me, send the file to the 3D Printer in my office, and when I wake up the next morning my new car dock is ready to be used.

This completely true story got me thinking about all of the possibilities that open up when you decide to just print your own accessories. While there are some serious caveats to what is actually possible here, the experience is impressive all the same.

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2 weeks ago

Galaxy S6 cases: Trident outs its lineup

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Popular models such as the Kraken A.M.S., Cyclops, Aegis and Krios cases are making a return for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

Trident has made an impact on the mobile case market since the beginning with their rugged designs that have proven worthy of protecting against drops, scratches and normal wear and tear. With these new models for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge hitting stores, users will have more affordable options over OtterBox.

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2 weeks ago

Adventures in 3D Printing with Android

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3D Printing

We're taking a look at this vast, exciting world where — in theory — you are only limited by your imagination.

You'd be hard-pressed to find someone in the tech world who doesn't think 3D Printers are cool. The ability to create a design and have a machine assemble that design out of little more than a coil of plastic is fascinating stuff, and knowing that this technology isn't remotely new leads to this exciting part of the conversation where anyone can own and use a 3D Printer. Since "anyone" includes us, we figured it was time to see what can be done with this technology and where our Android devices fit into the equation.

It turns out the answer to those questions is a little more complicated than just pushing a button, but that doesn't mean there aren't incredibly cool things to be done here.

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2 weeks ago

Google says to look out for more USB-C Chromebooks and Android phones

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USB-C arrived in Google-land with the new Chromebook Pixel, but it's not going to stop there. Google says the new all-in-one connector's coming to more devices soon.

The reversible USB-C connector has made quite the splash this week, arriving in the new Apple MacBook and the just-updated Google Chromebook Pixel, but that's just the beginning of the all-in-one port and cable that can handle power, accessories, and even 4K displays.

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3 weeks ago

Will you be using a case for the Samsung Galaxy S6?

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Protection has always been a controversial topic when it comes to our favorite devices. Will the Galaxy S6 be any different?

We're curious as to what steps, if any, future owners of the Samsung Galaxy S6 will be taking to keep their smartphone out of harms way. Maybe you're going all-in with one of OtterBox's Galaxy S6 cases they recently announced, or something on the slimmer side, like a low-profile skin or bumper case that won't put your device into beast-mode. And hey, even if you're into the naked look—we're not here to judge.

Let us know your preferred style is in the poll below and if there's a specific case you're after, we'd like to hear what it is!

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3 weeks ago

This is the HTC One M9 Dot View Case

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One of the most innovative cases of 2014 is back with a new model for a new flagship phone.

Here's a quick look at the new Dot View Case for the HTC One M9. If you used the case on the M8, you pretty much know what you're getting here. It's a sort of rubberized case that protects the back of the phone as well as the front. But the display has holes in it that allow images to show through. So you get some cool designs, and information such as the time and weather, missed calls and other notifications. And if that's not enough, you'll even have a game or two to play this time around.

We'll take a deeper look once we've got retail units and finished software. And most important is that we'll see if the case is a little more usable this time around — a number of us took issue with the front flap trying to spring back around when it was folded to the back, making it a little tough to type.

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3 weeks ago

Otterbox Samsung Galaxy S6 cases announced!

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The choices include cases in the company's heavy-duty Defender Series along with the hybrid Commuter series.

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3 weeks ago

Mophie Juice Pack for the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge promises to double their battery life

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The battery cases will be launched around the time the new Galaxy smartphones are released later this spring for $99.95

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4 weeks ago

Huawei's new TalkBand B2 and N1 blend fitness and style

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Fitness trackers can be useful tools for keeping up on daily exercise goals, but they often aren't much to look at. With the TalkBand B2 and N1, Huawei is hoping to take fitness-focused wearables and add some style so you'll consider wearing them more often. The new TalkBand B2 is a complete refresh of the more mundane B1 of last year, while the TalkBand N1 isn't a band at all — it's a set of bluetooth earbuds.

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4 weeks ago

These are Samsung's first Galaxy S6 and S6 edge accessories

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Samsung Galaxy S6 cases

The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are thin and covered in glass — that may make you want a case.

Samsung's no stranger to offering a variety of first-party cases for its devices while also partnering with known brands for more "fashionable" choices, and that's the case here with the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. Though Samsung hasn't yet listed all of its accessories for sale considering we're a month out from the phone's release, we've had a chance to see and use a few of the initial offerings.

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4 weeks ago

Lenovo's Pocket Projector is an affordable way to pump videos to your wall (or ceiling)

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Lenovo Pocket Projector

Whether it's in the kids' play room or the boss' boardroom, the Lenovo Pocket Projector is a quick, easy and affordable way to up-size videos for group viewing.

It used to be the only folks who carried around those little pocket projectors were those who got paid to do it — road warriors who have to be able to give presentations whenever, wherever. And they were either big and clunky, or smallish and expensive. Lenovo's got the best of both worlds in its Pocket Projector, making its debut at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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4 weeks ago

SanDisk's new embedded iNAND flash storage boasts stupid fast write speeds

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There are bottlenecks throughout the modern smartphone, but SanDisk is working to make their path as wide as possible with their new iNAND 7132 embedded flash storage.

While SanDisk is well known for their consumer memory products — SD cards, microSD cards, USB flash drives, replacement SSDs, and so forth — a major (and under-appreciated by the general consumer) part of their business is actually in selling embedded flash storage to device manufacturers.

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