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2 months ago

Ricoh Theta S review: 360 degrees done better

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Ricoh Theta S

The quick take

If you're looking to get started with 360-degree photography but don't want a huge rig with loads of cameras — and don't want to spend a fortune — then this is the camera to look at. It does very well with still images, but struggles some with video — as do many cameras of this type. Ricoh also has its own ecosystem for sharing pictures and videos, which is good since nobody else does just yet.

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2 months ago

SanDisk announces faster, higher-capacity USB-C Dual Drive flash drive

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SanDisk is one of the big names you expect to see at a show like Computex 2016, and this year it has a brand new version of its Dual Drive flash drive to show off. As we've seen in previous versions of the product, the Dual Drive is a dual-sided flash drive that gives you a full-sized USB-A plug for use with a computer on one side, and a USB-C plug on the opposite side from use with a smartphone, tablet or one of the handful of computers with the port.

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2 months ago

Here's why Amazon doesn't sell the Chromecast anymore

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There's a reason Amazon doesn't sell the Chromecast anymore, and it has to do with the lack of Prime Video on the platform. The retailer de-listed the product — as well as the Apple TV — last October, and according to CEO Jeff Bezos, the company wants "acceptable business terms" before it can bring its video service to the platform.

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2 months ago

Best accessories for Nexus 5X

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Best accessories for Nexus 5X

Take your Nexus 5X to the next level with these great accessories.

LG's Nexus 5X is a great phone that you can make even greater with the right accessories, and we are here to help you choose the right ones.

We have compiled a list of fantastic accessories to enhance your experience with your Nexus 5X.

Vinsic USB-C car charger

Vinsic USB-C car charger

If you find your Nexus 5X always crying out for more battery power due to an on-the-go lifestyle, you may want to consider picking up a Vinsic USB-C car charger.

Rated at 5V 3A output, you should be able to rapid charge your Nexus 5X, meaning your battery will get a significant boost during your daily commute. Plus, this charger features over-voltage protection and short-circuit protection.

The Vinsic charger has both a USB-A and USB-C port, allowing you to plug in two devices at once.

See at Amazon


Anker USB-C to USB 3.0 Cable

Anker USB-C to USB 3.0 Cable

If you have misplaced the cable that came with your Nexus 5X or you just want an extra one for your workplace, the Anker USB-C to USB 3.0 cable is a solid choice.

It's 3.3 feet long, which is a pretty standard size for a charging cable and it supports USB 3.0. Since the Nexus 5X supports USB 2.0 you will always get great transfer speed for data.

See at Amazon


Cambond 6.6 foot USB-C to USB-C cable

Cambond 6.6 foot USB-C to USB-C cable

If you find yourself in need of a longer charging cable for the Nexus 5X, or in need of a cable that's a little more durable, the Cambond 6.6-foot USB-C to USB-C cable is perfect for you.

It's rated for use with 2A wall chargers, meaning you should be able to rapidly charge your 5X in less time with the right charger. It's 6.6 feet long, which is double the length of the cable that ships with the Nexus, so you aren't tethered so close to the wall every time you plug in.

The cord is well-protected and features nylon fiber wrapped around the outside of the cable, which help prevent the wire from becoming frayed.

See at Amazon


Anker USB-C to MicroUSB adapter (2 pack)

Anker USB-C to MicroUSB adapter (2 pack)

Although it seems that USB-C might become the preferred connection for phones in the future (because it is), you've probably got a lot of MicroUSB cables lying around. Good news! With the Anker USB-C to MicroUSB adapter, you don't have to let those old cords sit around collecting dust.

This simple adapter can be placed on the end of any MicroUSB cable to make it compatible with a USB-C port. The adapter is capable of receiving USB 2.0 transfer speeds and 2A charging speeds, so as long as your cable is up-to-snuff, this adapter won't feel any different than a standard USB-C cable.

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iCarez tempered glass screen protector

Protecting your screen is important and getting an iCarez tempered glass screen protector can go a long way to making sure your phone lasts for the long haul.

This screen protector covers the entire screen and features a dry application method meant to prevent bubbling.

See at Amazon


NXET USB-C charge dock

NXET USB-C charge dock

Keep your desk, counter, or nightstand looking neat and tidy, while charging your Nexus 5X with the NXET USB-C charge dock.

This dock will keep your Nexus completely accessible, making it super easy to swipe through the news of the day, check your calendar, or reply to messages all with one hand. The dock adjusts to three different viewing angles, which means you will always be comfortable when you are looking at it.

It's worth mentioning this dock won't allow you to charge your 5X rapidly; however, it's a good quality dock that still supports USB 2.0 transfer speeds for when you plug the dock into your computer.

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Anker PowerCore+

Anker PowerCore+

If you find your Nexus 5X is always dying on you when you aren't around outlets of any kind, you may want to consider getting a Anker PowerCore+ power bank.

With a huge capacity of 20100 mAh, the Anker PowerCore+ can fully charge your Nexus 5X seven times and still have some juice left. It has two USB-A ports and a USB-C port allowing you to charge three devices at once, meaning all your favorite electronics will always be charged and ready to go.

While this is a great power bank, the cord that it comes with is not as high quality. We recommend using a better cable to ensure your devices are properly charged and protected from damage. The Cambond cable we mentioned earlier in this list would be a perfect choice.

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Photos Live case

Photos Live case

The Photos Live case is a case for your Nexus 5X that is as unique as you are. It's a one shell case that features a photo of your choosing, making it perfect for treasuring a precious moment, highlighting your favorite photo, or even using a unique print from your favorite artist.

The Photos Live case has a companion app you can download to turn your wallpaper into an entire slideshow, making it seem as though your case is integrated into your Home screen!

A cool case to make you the talk of the town, or a timeless gift for a close friend or loved one.

See at Google


Ringke Fusion clear case

Ringke Fusion clear case

If you want a case that offers your Nexus 5X some protection while keeping the beautiful natural look of the phone, the Ringke Fusion case is perfect for you.

It's a one-piece TPU sleeve that fits the 5X snuggly and doesn't block the usage of any buttons or ports. It has a dust cover over the headphone jack, so you can rest easy knowing dirt will stay out of there.

It's a little thicker around the edges of the phone to protect the phone from falling damage, and it even comes with a screen protector, so it protects the entire phone.

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UE Roll/UE Roll 2

UE Roll/UE Roll 2

The Ultimate Ears Roll is a mini Bluetooth speaker you can take with you wherever you go. It has a fantastic water-resistance rating, meaning you don't have to sing alone in the shower anymore. Plus, it also comes with a floating life preserver, meaning you can bring this speaker to a pool party and have it float along the surface.

The sound quality of this tiny guy is impressive, and you can pair two together for a stereo experience. Download the UE app to control playback so you can control it from afar.

UE has released the Roll 2, which includes all the features of the older model along with a few key improvements. The Roll 2 has better sound — both in volume and tone — while also increasing the Bluetooth range to 100 feet.

The Roll 2 costs about $99; however, you can find the original Roll on sale, and it could be worth keeping an eye on the price as time goes on.

To some people, the value of the upgraded UE Roll 2 is offset by the potential savings of the original Roll. We have links to both versions below, so you can decide between the new and the old.

See UE Roll at Amazon See UE Roll 2 at Amazon

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2 months ago

Score SanDisk's 200GB microSD card for just $60 today!

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Right now you can pick up SanDisk's 200GB microSD card for just $60, a savings of $20 from its normal price. We've seen the price of these cards drop significantly over the past couple of months, and at $60 this is an absolute bargain. Whether you are looking to add storage to your phone, tablet, camera or just to have it for backing up files, this card makes a great addition to any collection.

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2 months ago

Red, white and blue sale: Save 20% on Android accessories!

In honor of the brave men and women who gave their lives for our country, we're offering 20% off all Android accessories at ShopAndroid.

Starting today until Tuesday, May 26, you can pick up a new case, quick charger, screen protector or wireless charger for your Android device and enjoy a 20% savings by using coupon code: RWB2015 at checkout. There's an extensive selection of Android accessories to choose from, along with a convenient 60-day return policy and free shipping on all orders over $50 in the US and Canada.

Save big on accessories for the latest devices including the Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge, HTC One M9 and LG G4. Haven't upgraded just yet? No problem — we're fully stocked on accessories for favorites like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4 and many more!

Take your time, browse, and enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!

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2 months ago

Test-driving OBD2 readers and Android

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Or, how my phone saved me from throwing money away on my car.

I am not all that mechanically inclined. I can do basic home improvement stuff, sure, but I'm not above paying someone to help do things I don't know how to do, or aren't good at. Same goes for my car. I have a basic understanding of how things work, and I can open the hood (beer in hand, of course) and point and grunt and call upon some basic low-level dude knowledge. (My two young daughters, of course, are unimpressed.)

But when something goes wrong? Hell if I know. And the dumb warning lights on most of our cars don't do us any favors.

Like many of us, I've left that light alone for way too long. While at the dealer one day dealing with that airbag recall, I asked about getting that checked out while I was there. It'd be $90 to just read the code, I was told. That sounded insane. And it is, in fact, insane. On many levels.

I learned what so many of you out there already knew. There's a better way.

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3 months ago

Best accessories for Fossil Q smartwatches

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From watchbands to tempered glass protectors, we have your accessories covered for the (super stylish) Fossil Q.

Fossil's Q series smartwatches come in two styles: the digital display Q Founder and the more traditional Q Grant. The brand also released two stylish and functional bracelets, called the Q Reveler and Q Dreamer — fitness trackers that come in a variety of styles.

No matter what device is on your wrist, you'll want to some accessories to protect your investment, or customize your Fossil Q smartwatch to take your sense of style to the next level.

Tempered glass screen protector

Tempered glass is often known as safety glass– and for good reason! Screens covered with a tempered glass protector are more resistant to breakage than they would be with a standard one. That's why this Fossil Q Founder screen protector is perfect.

Designed to fit edge-to-edge with bubble-free application, this screen protector will cost you around $18 on Amazon for the tempered glass option (and around $13 for the crystal clear and anti-glare protectors.)

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Fashionable watchbands

Customize and accessorize your Fossil Q smartwatch with their wide variety of dynamic watchbands!

Both the Q Founder and Q Grant smartwatches are compatible with 22 millimeter watchbands, so don't forget to browse for your perfect color and style combination!

See at Fossil


Fossil Q activity trackers

If you really want to get the full experience from Fossil's dynamic new wearable devices, then check out the brand's activity tracker. Functional and unbelievably stylish (think the classic-ness of Tiffany's with the fashion-forward flare of Marc Jacobs), Fossil's Q Dreamer and Reveler pieces look like a bracelets, but function like an activity tracker.

How does it work? Well, the band receives filtered notifications and tracks everything from steps to calories, while cueing you to complete "creative weekly curiosity challenges."

If you find the Q Reveler or Q Dreamer are more your bag, you can also swap out those bands as well for any 12 millimeter band.

See at Fossil

What's your favorite Fossil Q accessory?

Because the Fossil Q smartwatches are newer products, there aren't a ton of exciting accessories to go along with the device... Yet! Let us know what your favorite version of the Fossil Q is, and how you choose to customize it in the comments below!

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3 months ago

Best screen protectors for the Nextbit Robin

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Best screen protectors for the Nextbit Robin

Though it may not be as brittle as a robin's egg, you should probably protect your Robin's screen.

All day long you're swiping and tapping on your Nextbit Robin's screen and dirt and dust on your fingers can cause little imperfections. If you keep your phone in your pocket, your change or keys can slice and dice your screen as well, even if it's scratch-resistant (eventually, they all get dinged up a little).

For now, Nextbit Robin screen protectors are kind of hard to come by, which is why we've rounded up some of the best ones we've found.

Nextbit tempered glass

Nextbit Tempered Glass Screen Protector

If you're the brand-conscious sort, you could get your screen protector straight from the horse's mouth (or robin's beak, as it were). At $25, Nextbit's tempered glass screen protector is a little expensive, but it gets the job done, covering up the most important part of your Robin.

The protector only covers the screen, so the glass edges surrounding it are left open, which might be a turn-off for some folks, but pair it with a Bruises case and you'll be good to go.

Nextbit's screen protectors are extremely thin, so it'll seem like your phone's wearing nothin' at all. Tempered glass is four times stronger than regular glass, so your Robin will be nigh-bulletproof (helpful for when it's out with Batman, i.e. you and your bad self).

See at Nextbit


Casebase tempered glass

Casebase

Casebase offers a two-pack of tempered glass screen protectors, which, starting around $13, isn't a bad deal. These screen protectors have an oleophobic coating, meaning they'll repel the oils from your hands and other sources, keeping your screen free of smudges and fingerprints.

The ultra slim design maintains screen sensitivity, so you won't be having to tap apps twice or go back over your keyboard because you missed a few letters.

This Casebase screen protector comes with all of the necessary tools to make installation a breeze, and having the second protector is a godsend, just in case you screw up.

See at Amazon

Orzly tempered glass

Orzly

Orzly are all over accessories for the Nextbit Robin and their tempered glass screen protector is no slouch when it comes to keeping your screen scratch-free.

This tempered glass screen protector is four times harder than regular glass and shatterproof, so if it breaks, you phone's screen won't. It's also got rounded edges to prevent any chipping.

At only 0.24 millimeters thick (or thin), all of your screen sensitivity is maintained and high definition shines through as though your screen is bare.

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Skinomi Tech Skin

Skinomi Tech Skin

Skinomi's entry is made of soft TPU with a fascination ability: it's self-healing. This means that any little imperfections will eventually be smoothed out by heat and moisture. This is also UV-resistant TPU, so it won't turn yellow over time, which means you might only need one for the whole time you have your phone.

This one comes with a liquid solution that allows for adjustments during installation, so if you don't nail it the first time, you can still move it around and get it just right. Once it's on, it conforms well to the size of your screen, giving you total, top-to-bottom protection.

All Skinomi screen protectors come with a lifetime replacement warranty, so if anything goes wrong, you just ring them up and they'll send you a new one for free.

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IQ Shield LiQuidSkin

IQ Shield LiQuidSkin

What separates IQ's LiQuidSkin from other screen protectors is that it's a single-layer film, which means ultimate clarity and sensitivity, so it's like your phone is naked but protected.

This is another TPU protector that's UV-resistant, so there's no worry of it yellowing as time goes by, leaving your Robin's screen completely clear. Installation is particularly simple with the LiQuidSkin, thanks to IQ Shield's own adhesive and their wet-install method, which allows you to make adjustments before your protector is in place forever.

Like all the other screen protectors in our round-up, this one only covers the screen, so the rest of the glass on the front is bare. If you're looking for total protection, then you probably want to pair your Robin with a case.

IQ Shield screen protectors are backed by a lifetime warranty and a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee, so if yours doesn't work, you can get a new one for free. If it isn't as promised, you can send it back for a refund.

See at Amazon

What are you using?

Are you using a Nextbit Robin screen protector that we didn't mention? Sound off in the comments below and let us know why you think it's the best.

Nextbit Robin

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3 months ago

Best mini Bluetooth speakers

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Best mini Bluetooth speakers

Good things come in small packages!

Mini Bluetooth speakers are smaller and often cheaper than traditional Bluetooth speakers. Don't worry though, small and less expensive doesn't mean you have to lose sound quality. We've compiled a list of some of the best mini Bluetooth speakers that you can find on today's market at three different price points.

Best options under $150

Best options under $100

Best options under $50

Best options under $150

Sony SRS-X33

Sony SRS-X33

This is one of Sony's smallest speakers, but it still weighs 1.5 lbs, so it isn't as comfortably portable as others.

Like a lot of Sony's portable speakers, the SRS-X33 has two separate passive bass radiators to deliver a great low-end sound without muddling the rest of the higher tones.

Not only does it work with Bluetooth, but it also has NFC compatibility, making it super easy and user friendly to pair with your phone. It also has a standard 3.5 mm jack, so it's compatible with anything that has a headphone jack.

This speaker also has a Micro-USB port for charging your phone on the go. Top this all off with a seven-hour battery life and you have yourself a mini Bluetooth speaker to be reckoned with.

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Bose Soundlink Color

Bose Soundlink Color

Bose has always been a sound quality giant, and that hasn't changed with the Soundlink Color.

Available in some cool colors , like red, blue, and mint, the Soundlink Color looks a little different than most mini Bluetooth speakers. It's square design allows it to easily fit into bags or purses making it ideal for taking with you.

The sound quality is superb for such a small package and can even pair with two devices at once. Switching back and forth from the music on your phone and your friend's phone has never been easier, plus, it's battery life is approximately eight hours which gives you plenty of time to enjoy that high quality audio.

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Best options under $100

UE Roll/UE Roll 2

UE Roll

The UE Roll has a cool design meant to follow you wherever you go. It has a great waterproof rating, meaning it can even follow you into the shower! Plus, it also comes with a little life preserver that allows it to float, meaning you can bring this speaker to a pool party.

The sound on this tiny guy is impressive and can be even more impressive if you pair another UE Roll with it. It has an app you can download to completely control playback so you can control it from afar.

Ultimate Ears has released the Roll 2, which has all the great features of its predecessor but with a few key improvements. The Roll 2 boasts a slightly better sound — both in volume and tone — while also increasing the Bluetooth range to 100 feet.

The Roll 2 will run you about $99; however, you can find the original Roll at Best Buy for around $50. You could draw the conclusion that the value of the upgraded UE Roll 2 is offset by the savings of the original Roll. We will link to both version below and you can decide for yourself which way you want to go.

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Braven 705

Braven 705

Embracing the all-in-one mentality, the Braven 705 model packs a punch with it's sound and versatility. With two built-in drivers and a passive rad for the low end, it's easy to enjoy the sound quality of this speaker at all ends of the volume spectrum.

It has all the connections you need to listen to your favorite tunes on your favorite devices. And, it even has a USB port that will allow you to charge your phone. Perfect if you need a boost to get you through a late-night dance party.

The 705 is yet another mini speaker that has a waterproof rating. While it can't be submerged in water, it can be splashed or spilled on without having to worry and the outer silicone shell provides some shock proofing, making the Braven 705 quite rugged for such a small device.

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Best options $50

Cambridge Soundworks OontZ Curve

Cambridge Soundworks OontZ Curve

The OontZ Curve has a very unique shape. We will admit right off the bat, it's not the best sounding speaker on the list, but it is the cheapest and it makes our list because for the price, the sound is great! It can have a little trouble with music that is very tonally complex, meaning this probably won't be the speaker for you if you like listening to dubstep.

It only has five hours of battery life, which is considerable less than most of it's competitors, but it does have speakerphone capability making it especially useful when using Bluetooth.

For the under $30 price, you aren't going to find a mini Bluetooth speaker that packs the same punch. Money savers, this is a great option for you!

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JBL Micro Wireless

JBL Micro Wireless

JBL's entry into the mini Bluetooth speaker world is quite impressive. This small circular speaker comes with a carrying case and a five-hour battery life, making it a great portable option for short trips!

The cool thing about the Micro Wireless is the impressive bass sound. It has a built-in bass port that offers almost unrivaled low-end sound in a speaker this small and inexpensive.

The JBL Micro Wireless can sound a little distorted if you crank the volume all the way up; however, it handles all types of music really well and doesn't seem to lose any quality when there is a lot going on in a song.

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How do you get your groove on?

Do you have a mini Bluetooth speaker that you love to use? Leave us a comment in the comment section below and tell us what you love about your mini speaker!

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3 months ago

Red, white and blue sale: Save 20% on all Android accessories from ShopAndroid

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In honor of the brave men and women who gave their lives for our country, we're offering 20% off all Android accessories at ShopAndroid.

Now through Tuesday, May 31 you can pick up a new case, quick charger, screen protector or wireless charger for your Android device and enjoy a 20% savings by using coupon code: RWB16 at checkout. There's an extensive selection of Android accessories to choose from, along with a convenient 60-day return policy and free shipping on all orders over $50 in the US and Canada.

Save big on accessories for the latest devices including the Samsung Galaxy S7, S6 edge, HTC 10 and LG G5. Haven't upgraded just yet? No problem — we're fully stocked on accessories for favorites like the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S5 and many more!

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Zagg's Glass Curve screen protectors now available for Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

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If you're looking for a good way to protect the screen of your Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 edge, Zagg's Curved Glass screen protectors are now available for purchase.

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Powering up with Mophie Juice Packs for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

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When it comes to battery cases, Mophie is at the top of everyone's mind. But what about this year with the Galaxy S7?

Samsung unexpectedly impressed us with its own wireless charging-enabled battery case for the Galaxy S7, with a few clever design decisions that made it the only one to date we'd recommend. But when a company like Mophie that's known for its battery cases offers up its latest Juice Packs, we can't turn down an opportunity to try them out.

Mophie makes the new Juice Packs for both the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, and at $99 charges more than Samsung does while offering a higher capacity and a different set of features (and trade-offs). Does it all add up to the best possible combination in a battery case for your Galaxy S7 or S7 edge? We're here to find out.

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Grab a Spigen case for your Galaxy S7 edge, Note 4 or Note 5 for as little as $3 at Amazon with coupon

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Update: The codes are now expired. Be sure to keep an eye out for future deals!

Spigen is offering a number of its cases on Amazon for as little as $3 with coupon code. If you have a Galaxy S7, Galaxy Note 4 or Galaxy Note 5, you'll want to check this deal out. Whether you are in the market for something thin or protective, you won't want to miss out on this opportunity.

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Zivix's jamstik+ smart guitar now has Android support

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Zivix has announced that the jamstik+ MIDI smart guitar now works with Androids running version 6.0.1. Jamstik has been available for iOS devices for a while now, with the improved plus model first introduced in April 2015. Changes to Android that come with the latest version of Marshmallow now make it possible to support the Bluetooth MIDI device, and after a quiet initial launch in April 2016 (with excellent user reviews), they're ready to ramp things up as well as bring more tools and third-party partners on board with one of the first Bluetooth MIDI devices of its kind for both Android and iOS users alike.

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