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3 months ago

Best 10 Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ cases

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Protect your Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ with one of these great cases.

We're rounding up the top ten cases for the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+. These span the gamut of slim cases, heavy-duty rugged cases, wallet cases, and anything else that will keep your edge+ covered.

As always, we're eager to hear what you're using, too. Leave a link in the comments to your favorite Galaxy S6 edge+ case.

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4 months ago

5 speakers under $35 to use with Chromecast Audio

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Just because you want a great sounding speaker doesn't mean you have to spend more than you did on your Chromecast Audio.

The newly announced Chromecast Audio provides us with an easy way to stream media from our mobile devices to our favorite speakers, whether they feature Bluetooth, Wifi, or neither. We've selected five of the best portable speakers that go great with this new audio accessory and cost no more than the Chromecast Audio itself. Keep one in your bedroom, living room, kitchen, or bathroom — these speakers will give you the superior sound you crave without breaking the bank.

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4 months ago

Hands and eyes on View-Master for Google Cardboard

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Mattel is wielding nostalgia to spectacular effect, but this is also a well-made Cardboard kit.

Just in time for holiday sales, Mattel's kit for Google Cardboard is starting to hit shelves. The View-Master Virtual Reality box takes the classic design from our childhood, makes some room on the inside for a phone, and offers a unique content ecosystem alongside Google's increasingly popular Cardboard platform. It's a fantastic combination of virtual reality, augmented reality, and a universally appreciated hardware profile.

Let's take a look.

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4 months ago

Amazon's new 4K-capable Fire TV with Alexa voice actions now shipping

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A handful of days after going up for initial pre-orders, Amazon's new and improved Fire TV set-top box is now available for purchase and immediate shipping. The new box, which carries the same design as the original but adds a faster processor, 4K video support and Echo-inspired "Alexa" voice actions, will set you back a smooth $99.

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4 months ago

OnePlus finally begins selling its USB Type-C cable for just $5.49

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Back at the end of July, OnePlus first announced that it would be selling its USB Type-C cable as a stand-alone purchase, but until now there was no way to actually buy it. OnePlus has finally listed the cable in its store, and at the price which it originally promised. Coming in two different sizes, 100 cm and 150 cm, pricing for the cables sits at $5.49 and $6.99 respectively.

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4 months ago

Gadgets of the week: Samsung Gear S2, Chromecast Audio and more!

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Here's a peek at the week's latest and greatest.

It's been a busy week on all fronts, and there's a ton of new toys to recap. As usual, we're taking a look at connected accessories of all kinds to recently hit store shelves, including wearables, wireless audio, smarthome accessories, and anything else that plays nice with your Android phone or tablet. Samsung's Gear S2 is now available to order, offering a fully round screen and good fashion sense. Don't let the Tizen software turn you off though; the apps it's managed to include are quite impressive. We can't forget the new Chromecast stuff, either. The newest dongle is built for audio, allowing you to cast from your favorite music service on your phone out to your existing speakers with minimal fuss. Let's take a look at what else is new.

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4 months ago

OtterBox Defender Case for Moto G 2015

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Designed to mitigate damage like a boss, the OtterBox Defender Case for Moto G 2015 steps up the protection unlike any other.

The OtterBox Defender isn't a case that most users would instantly opt for due to its rather bulky form. Those who can appreciate its incredible protection and additional grip, though, will enjoy everything the Defender has to offer. Featuring 2 durable layers, an integrated screen protector, and a matching belt holster to boot, this rugged combo is the real deal.

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4 months ago

A quick look at the Samsung Fast Charge Qi Wireless Charging Pad

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Samsung Fast Charge Qi Wireless Charging Pad

This is how fast all wireless charging should be, but unfortunately right now your choices are limited.

Building on the announcement of built-in wireless charging on the Galaxy S6, Samsung did us one better with the inclusion of so-called "Fast Charge" wireless charging on the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+. Problem was there actually weren't any wireless chargers out there that actually output enough power to take advantage of it — that is, until Samsung started selling its own Fast Charge Wireless Charging Pad.

It looks, feels and acts much like the last version announced just a handful of months ago with the Galaxy S6, but has the additional power to juice up your Note 5 or S6 edge+ even quicker — here's our quick take on the accessory.

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4 months ago

Speck CandyShell Grip Case for Galaxy Note 5

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There's no way around the obvious. This Galaxy Note 5 case got grip.

Protecting the Galaxy Note 5 from drops and scratches while enhancing grip enough to help prevent them in the first place is the CandyShell Grip's specialty. This fused hybrid cover packs both a flexible polycarbonate and a shock absorbent TPU that's careful not to bulk up that Note 5 any more than it needs to be. The hard shell is as glossy as it gets, which means fingerprints — and lots of 'em. There's the usual TPU stripping that wraps around the edges of the case, and over the back.

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4 months ago

Amazon reportedly plans to stop selling Google's Chromecast as of October 29

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Amazon is reportedly planning to end sales of two popular streaming video products because they don't support Amazon's own Prime Video service. One of them is Google's Chromecast HDMI dongle, while the other is the Apple TV set-top box.

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4 months ago

Top 10 best cases for Moto X Pure Edition

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It's wise to protect your investment. These cases for the Moto X Pure Edition are the best for doing just that.

Although the Moto X Pure Edition is still relatively fresh off the shelves, we're not seeing as many big name case manufacturers with options for the device. Popular picks like Spigen and Seidio are opting to take a pass this time around — which is a bummer, but it doesn't mean there aren't great options available to keep you covered. We've selected the best cases for the Moto X Pure Edition that include bumpers, hybrid cases, rugged cases, clear cases, and even some favorites from the forums that are worth checking out.

Supcase Unicorn Beetle Hybrid Case

The Unicorn Beetle is back! This unique hybrid cover for the Moto X Pure Edition adds texture, grip, and amazing impact protection that looks great around the device. It packs both a shock absorbent TPU and a durable, see-through polycarbonate shell. Although it's not the slimmest case of the bunch, it adds a cool aesthetic to the Moto X Pure Edition and does a jam-up job at handling impacts and scratches.

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i-Blason Clear Case

Since Ringke seems to have decided to overlook the Moto X Pure Edition / Style this time, there's a suitable substitute in town that lets the original look of the device shine through beautifully. i-Blason's Clear Case snaps on around the Moto X Pure Edition for a slim fit and transparent look. The 3H hardness rating of the polycarbonate shell helps to resist scratches and enhance grip. The front bezel even elevates the display enough to lay it screen-side down on any table or flat surface.

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JOTO Hybrid Armor Case

If you're after a case for the Moto X Pure Edition that's simple, effective, and most importantly — affordable, then JOTO's Hybrid Armor Case is a solid choice. This cover uses an inner TPU layer to absorb impacts while the easy-grip polycarbonate shell that sits on top keeps everything together. There's access to the camera, display, and ports, while the side buttons are raised for an easier press. Available colors include black, gray, gold, green, silver, and orange.

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Supcase Water Resistant Rugged Case

This rugged hybrid case from Supcase offers multiple layers of protection for your Moto X Pure Edition. Everything from the built-in screen protector, water resistant coverage, and dual-layer design keeps the device safe from the elements and brutal impacts. Included with this rugged case are 3 interchangeable back covers (gray, silver, and gold) for when you desire a different look around your Moto X Pure Edition.

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Cimo Flexible TPU Case

You can't go wrong with a durable skin case for the Moto X Pure Edition, and the Cimo Premium TPU Case is one worth its attractive price point. Its slim design makes it easy to handle and slip in and out of your pockets. The glossy edging matched with the matte finish on the back enhances grip, too. As you might expect, there's complete access to everything your Moto X Pure Edition / Style has to offer. Take your pick from black, blue, purple, or smoke.

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OtterBox Defender Series Case & Holster

Surprisingly enough OtterBox has stayed in the game with their popular Defender Case for the Moto X Pure Edition / Style. There's the same brute protection we've come to know and love, including the matching rugged holster — not required to purchase separately. Along with its multi-layer design and integrated screen protector are port plugs to keep out dirt and debris. Although this rugged case certainly isn't everyone's cup of tea, it's perfect for those that want the ultimate protection for their Moto X Pure Edition.

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Case-Mate Tough Frame Case

If the OEM bumper case for the Moto X Pure Edition doesn't cut it for you, you may want to opt for Case-Mate's Tough Frame. This slim bumper offers 4-corner drop protection without all the extra layers or built-in screen protectors. Its simple snap-and-go design makes handling your device easier while elevating your display from flat surfaces. It's currently in production, but will be up for grabs very soon.

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Incipio Octane Case

The Octane Case from Incipio features a fused dual-layer design that provides optimal shock absorption and grip when wrapped around the Moto X Pure Edition. The back "plextonium polycarbonate" cover is slightly transparent, too. Side buttons are raised through the flexible bumper while the ports, camera, and display remain open.

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Incipio Feather Case

If you're not into multiple layers and only desire the bare minimum when it comes to protecting your Moto X Pure Edition, the Incipio Feather Case fits the bill quite nicely. This ultra-slim snap on case is made of durable polycarbonate that leaves out the frills — just simple security against minor drops. The shell actually adds a bit of grip, too, but can be a stickler for fingerprints.

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From the forums: Your favorite cases for Moto X Pure Edition

Earlier this month we asked the members of our Moto X Pure Edition forums what cases they were most looking forward to getting their hands on. We've gotten a bunch of feedback from everyone since then, with cases of all sorts — including some we've mentioned in this article. If you're interested in hearing what others are buzzing about or getting an opinion on a particular Moto X Pure Edition case from other members of the Android Central community, feel free to hop over and join the discussion!

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4 months ago

Our forums for the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Pixel C and new Chromecasts are now open!

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It was an impressive day of announcements for Google. We saw two new Nexus phones, a Pixel C tablet, a refreshed Chromecast for video, an all-new Chromecast Audio and plenty of other updates on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Google Photos and Google Play Music. While everyone is trying to digest the news of the day, we opened up new forums for the discussion to get going.

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4 months ago

Protect your Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P with one of these new cases

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To go along with your new Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P, Google is selling a collection of cases for both phones. Four cases are currently available for each model, offering a variety of ways to protect your brand new phone.

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4 months ago

Google announces new Chromecast hardware with improved Wifi, same great price

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Google announced that it has sold 20 million Chromecasts to date, and it isn't stopping there — we're getting a brand new Chromecast model with improved performance, features and design. At its 2015 press event, Google released a fresh new Chromecast at the same great price of $35 — and it's available today.

The all new Chromecast is a small flat circle, and rather than having a built-in HDMI plug on the side it has a short length of cable with the HDMI plug on it instead — that gives you more options for positioning of the Chromecast dongle, particularly if your TV is up against a wall. The cable also magnetically latches to the bottom of the Chromecast's body, keeping everything tidy.

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4 months ago

Sonos overhauls PLAY:5 wireless speaker with new design, vastly improved sound

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Sonos has updated its flagship wireless speaker, the PLAY:5, with a new modern design and a more immersive soundstage.

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