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2 months ago

Grab SanDisk's 128GB microSD card for just £25 at Amazon

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Amazon UK is selling the 128GB SanDisk Ultra microSD card for just £25. The deal shaves more than half off the card's usual retail price of £59. If you're looking to expand the storage on your phone or tablet, now is the ideal time to do it.

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2 months ago

Latest LG G5 video shows how you can play with the 360 CAM

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LG 360 CAM

LG's 360 CAM is an interesting addition to its "Friends" range of accessories available for the LG G5. The handheld camera lets you shoot 360-degree photos and videos, offering two 13MP imaging sensors that record directly to a microSD card in the base.

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2 months ago

Are the Galaxy S7's in-box headphones worth your time?

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Galaxy S7 in-box headphones

Most headphones that come with phones aren't worth much, but these are actually alright.

Aside from HTC's phones that launched during the now-defunct partnership with Beats, even high-end phones have historically come with a pretty crappy pair of headphones in the box. Many mid-range phones — and even more pricey devices like the Nexus 6P — eschew headphones altogether, understanding that folks aren't likely to use them and it can be an area of cost savings.

But what about your $700 Galaxy S7? Sure it comes with a pair of headphones nestled in the box, and nobody would blame you for being skeptical that they're worth a damn. Recently I set down my many pairs of nicer headphones to take the Galaxy S7's included earbuds for a spin — here's what I found.

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2 months ago

How much does the design of your 360 camera matter?

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Your 360 camera isn't a GoPro, but that won't stop people from trying to use them like one.

Even though relatively few people use action cams compared to more traditional cameras and smartphone cameras, the GoPro camera designs have become iconic. This is fascinating for a couple of reasons, not the least of which is the design itself. With exception to the Hero Session, GoPro cameras are not what most folks would consider attractive or stylish. They're purpose built, industrial by nature, and they get the job done. There's also a nearly endless supply of incredible videos captured through these cameras, which surely doesn't hurt.

While you can take a handful of GoPros and arrange them to take 360 degree videos, the cost and complexity of doing so has lead to a rise in consumer-priced 360 cameras from an increasing number of manufacturers. 360 cameras are not necessarily action cameras, but the variety of designs seen over the last couple of months calls into question how careful manufacturers need to be with the design of such a device.

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2 months ago

Spigen is offering a variety of Galaxy S7, S7 edge and LG G5 cases for under $4

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Spigen is hosting another sale on its Amazon store, bringing the price of a variety of cases down to less than $4. The accessory maker is offering a number of case options for the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge and the LG G5. Each case has it's own coupon code, with prices either at the $2.99 or $3.99 mark.

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2 months ago

Samsung's Qi wireless charger is just ₹899 in India

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Samsung's wireless charger is on sale at Amazon India for just ₹899. The charger made its debut last year with the Galaxy S6, and uses the Wireless Power Consortium's Qi wireless charging standard.

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2 months ago

Don't forget — BB-8 can now watch The Force Awakens with you

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Your BB unit wants to watch a movie with you.

Now that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been released everywhere, both in physical and digital versions, it's a good time to remind those of you with a BB-8 by Sphero droid of a recently added feature. If you set BB-8 down in front of your television with The Force Awakens on the television, your happy little robot will watch the movie with you.

Here's how it works.

Set BB-8 in its charging cradle down near your television, and fire up the BB-8 app on your phone. The new "watch with me" mode lets you point BB-8's head at the television, and then the app keeps your phone awake to listen to the movie and sync up with BB-8. While the movie is playing, BB-8 will shake and chirp along with the action in the film, and the app will offer up BB-8's thoughts on things that are happening in the movie. For example, the first time you see FN 2187 take his helmet off, BB-8 lets you know that it has detected a member of the Resistance. Obviously BB-8 knows a few things you don't if you've yet to see the movie.

It's cute, and kind of a battery hog, but if you've got kids or you want another excuse to bust out BB-8, this is a fun new option in the app. Also, with the recent price drop, If you have been waiting for the right time to pick up a BB-8 of your very own, now seems to be the time.

See BB-8 at Amazon See The Force Awakens at Amazon

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2 months ago

Beyond Ink Pen tries to mesh pens with technology

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Beyond Ink makes a passable attempt at combining a pen, stylus, charger and flash drive.

The Beyond Ink Pen aims to bring writing instruments into the future by combining the ballpoint pen we've all used for years, with the new technology that has become integral to our lives. You get access to a ball point pen, stylus, battery, charger, and flash drive all in one place. The Pen is well designed in that it looks like you'd expect a pen to look, right until you look up close.

It is a bit larger that your normal writing instruments though, something you might not realize until you pull it out of the box. It's longer, heavier, and bigger in your hand, which can feel bulky. The design is done in black and grey with steel and brass, with a smooth feel that is really well done. There aren't any buttons, rather getting access to various features involves twisting the appropriate portion of pen.

In that respect it works about as well as any other pen you could pick up at the store.

At it's core, Beyond Ink is a ballpoint pen. In that respect, it works about as well as any other pen you could pick up at the store. There aren't any issues with ink running dry or skipping, and the mechanism is a simple twist to engage. The problem that crops up is when you're using the pen for more than just a few lines at a time. If you're just jotting down notes, then you probably won't have any issues.

The thing is, Beyond Ink is quite heavy and bulky in your hand comparative to a normal pen. It's not just the weight of the pen that becomes problematic either, it's much bigger around than most writing instruments. The bigger size combined with the increased weight means that if you try to write out a few pages you'll really be feeling it. It makes the pen something that you might use to sign checks, but tends to somewhat limit it's use as a pen for extended writing sessions.

Using it as a stylus is slightly different, because you aren't using your hand quite the same way. You can certainly use it for longer than you can when writing out things longhand. However eventually the same problems of becoming uncomfortable, or starting to hurt your hand after prolonged use. It's a shame, but not necessarily a surprise. Located inside the pen is a 1000mAh battery which you can use to charge your phone when you're out and about.

The microUSB is nestled underneath the pen clip to keep it out of your way when you don't need it. When you do it's pretty easy to access and easily gets the job done. Popping it out from under the clip wasn't particularly difficult, but there's likely to be some damage-related anxiety as you go to use it. The included cable is dainty, you can actually see the individual wires under the thin rubber protector. That means when you do plug your phone it, it'll be practically on top of the pen. Still, having the ability to quickly top up the charge when you're in a hurry is quite handy.

What will happen is entirely dependent on whether the pen clip is facing up, or down.

Underneath the screw off pen cap, you'll find the 16GB USB flash drive. When you plug the Beyond Ink into your laptop, what will happen is entirely dependent on whether the pen clip is facing up, or down. The pen clip facing up will charge the 1000 mAh battery, giving you a green indicator light to show when it's charging. Plugging it in with the pen clip facing down, will let you access the flash drive itself. The flash drive itself works as well as any USB 2.0 flash drive that you can pick up today, this one just happens to be attached to a pen. While it works as well as any other flash drive, you aren't going to find any bells and whistles here. For example, connecting the microUSB cable to your phone does not allow you to access the storage, it's only for power.

Beyond Ink is available in white or the black pictured here for $70, and gets you access to several different features that may come in handy during the course of your day. You'll have to decide for yourself if having a charger, 16GB flash drive, pen and stylus, all in one place, or if you'd prefer to deal with each of those features separately.

See in white at AmazonSee in black at Amazon

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2 months ago

Grab Kmashi's 20000mAh Quick Charge 2.0 power bank for $20 at Amazon with coupon

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Right now you can grab Kmashi's 20000mAh power bank for $20 at Amazon with coupon code 3Z9KLROS, a savings of $13. The power bank is Quick Charge 2.0 compliant, so you'll be able to charge your phone fast while on the go. The ultra-slim design keeps it at just over half an inch thin, and the built-in LED flashlight can come in handy during an emergency situation.

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2 months ago

Roku updates popular Streaming Stick with faster processor, dual-band Wi-Fi

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Roku has announced that its Streaming Stick, the company's Chromecast and Fire TV competitor, has received a significant hardware and software upgrade.

Now available for pre-order for $49.99 USD ($59.99 CAD), the Roku Streaming Stick boasts a quad-core processor that the company claims is eight times faster than its predecessor, along with dual-band MIMO Wi-Fi for connecting more quickly, or more further away, to home wireless networks.

The Streaming Stick, like the Chromecast, plugs into the HDMI port of any HD television, offering many of the Roku 4's best features, such as Netflix, YouTube, Spotify and Hulu streaming, along with casting from your phone to the television.

The updated Stick is also the first Roku product to boast Roku OS 7.1, which adds additional categories in the Feed. But perhaps the best addition is the ability to stream the Roku's sound output to the company's Android or iOS app. More expensive Roku boxes boast a headphone port in the included remote, but to cut costs the Streaming Stick's remote lacks that option. So here Roku decided to route the Stick's audio to a connected smartphone app. The company says that other devices will receive the same Roku OS 7.1 update later in April.

Pre-orders begin April 5, and the Roku Streaming Stick will be available later this month for $49.99 USD at Roku.com, Best Buy, Target, Walmart and other retailers.

In Canada, the Roku Stream will run $59.99 CAD from Best Buy, London Drugs, Staples, Walmart, Amazon.ca and others.

See Streaming Stick at Roku

Press release:

New Roku Streaming Stick Combines More Power and Portability in Sleek New Form Factor

Only Pocket-Sized Streamer to Feature Quad-Core Processor and Private Listening with Headphones via Mobile Device

LOS GATOS, Calif. – Apr. 5, 2016 – Roku Inc. today announced the new Roku® Streaming Stick® designed for streamers who are looking for the ultimate in power and convenience in a sleek, pocket-sized form. Priced at just $49.99, the latest model of the popular device has been developed with a focus on performance and features a quad-core processor giving it more processing power than any other pocket-sized stick in the industry. The new Roku Streaming Stick has 8X more processing power than its predecessor to get consumers to their favorite entertainment fast with smooth and responsive navigation. It's also the first Roku device to offer private listening through the Roku Mobile App.

"The Roku Streaming Stick is one of our most popular models. Consumers appreciate having access to the complete Roku streaming experience in a portable, low-cost device," said Sharad Sundaresan, SVP product management for Roku. "The new Roku Streaming Stick takes our popular experience to the next level with a significant upgrade in power and performance, as well as features that are specifically designed to get people to the entertainment they want to watch quickly and easily whether they're at home or on the go."

The New Roku Streaming Stick: Powerful and Portable • Only pocket-sized streamer with a quad-core processor; more processing power than Amazon Fire TV stick and Google Chromecast™ • Private listening via a mobile phone or tablet using the Roku Mobile App for iOS and Android™ devices • Dual-band MIMO wireless for great connectivity • Included remote for easy navigation and control • Small, sleek design makes it simple to move between TVs in the home or use while traveling • Cast video from Netflix and YouTube mobile apps directly to the TV • Control with Roku Mobile App for iOS and Android - play personal video, photos and music on TV using the Play On Roku feature • Hotel and Dorm Connect for easy connection to wireless networks away from home

The new Roku Streaming Stick runs Roku OS 7.1, the latest version of the company's operating system, also announced today. Roku OS 7.1 enhances the search and discovery experience by adding new categories within Roku Feed that enable customers to view popular TV Shows and Movies in one place. Similar to the existing Movies Coming Soon feature, consumers can now easily view these new categories to discover popular movies and TV shows across a variety of streaming channels on the Roku platform. They can then choose to watch a popular movie or TV show immediately, or Follow it in the Roku Feed to receive automatic updates when the availability or price changes, or the movie or TV show becomes available to watch for free.

Additionally, a feature available exclusively for the new Roku Streaming Stick enables consumers to use the Roku Mobile App for iOS and Android on their phone or tablet to listen through wired or wireless headphones. The Roku Mobile App offers a companion experience and can act as a remote control, enable voice search or provide an on-screen keyboard. Consumers can use the Play On Roku feature within the app to stream their personal videos, music and photos to the TV using the Roku Streaming Stick.

A Complete Streaming Entertainment Experience

The new Roku Streaming Stick provides consumers with the complete experience of the Roku streaming platform in a small device. Consumers in the US have access to more than 3,000 streaming channels, including 300,000 available movies and TV episodes. Unlike its competitors, Roku offers a comprehensive and unbiased universal search feature that looks across 30 top streaming channels to return search results. In addition, the Roku Feed is a first-of-its-kind discovery feature that lets consumers know when favorite entertainment, such as movies and TV shows, becomes available for streaming – and at what price.

Ultimate Portability

The new Roku Streaming Stick is smaller than the previous version and has a compact, sleek design that makes it the ideal streamer for virtually any HDMI® enabled TV including wall-mounted flat screen TVs. Whether they want to move it between multiple TVs in the home, take it with them to a friend's house, or pack big entertainment into their vacation; the Roku Streaming Stick makes it easy for consumers to stream wherever they go.

The new Roku Streaming Stick also includes the Hotel and Dorm Connect feature to make it easy for consumers to connect to wireless networks that require sign-in through a web browser like those commonly found in hotel rooms, college dorms and other public locations. Consumers simply connect their Roku device to the password-protected network, sign-in with their login credentials using the browser on their mobile phone, tablet or laptop, and they're ready to start streaming.

Availability

The new Roku Streaming Stick is available for pre-order today from www.roku.com for an MSRP of $49.99. It will be available later this month in national retailers such as Best Buy, Target, Walmart and others.

Roku OS 7.1 is available on the new Roku Streaming Stick. It will be rolled out to all other current-generation Roku players through a software update that is expected to be completed this month. The update is expected to be rolled out to Roku TV models shortly after. The latest version of the Roku Mobile App for iOS and Android is available for download today.

In addition to introducing new features for consumers, Roku OS 7.1 includes a number of platform updates and new software development kit (SDK) tools for Roku developers. Information for developers can be found on the Roku Developer Blog.

About Roku OS

At the heart of the Roku streaming platform is the Roku OS, a powerful operating system purpose-built for the TV screen rather than being adapted from an existing mobile OS. Designed to run on affordable streaming players and smart TVs, the Roku OS gives consumers a superior entertainment experience while enabling channel developers to effectively grow and monetize their audiences through advanced development, billing, and advertising tools. Using the Roku SDK, content providers can quickly develop custom streaming channels and deliver content to millions of devices worldwide. Roku Billing offers seamless, one-click subscription to certain Roku channels, streamlining users' access to content, while accelerating developers' user acquisition efforts. Roku's Ad Framework enables advertisers to reach Roku's large audience of TV streamers with sophisticated advertising tools, while helping developers bring more, free, ad-supported content to Roku users. 

About Roku, Inc.

Roku is the creator of a popular streaming platform for delivering entertainment to the TV. Roku streaming players and the Roku Streaming Stick are made by Roku and sold through major retailers in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., the Republic of Ireland, France and Mexico. Roku licenses a reference design and operating system to TV manufacturers to create co-branded Roku TV models. Under the Roku Powered™ program, Roku licenses its streaming platform to Pay TV providers around the world who want to use the Internet to deliver entertainment services through streaming players. Roku was founded by Anthony Wood, inventor of the DVR. Roku is privately held and headquartered in Los Gatos, Calif., U.S.

Roku and Streaming Stick are registered trademarks and Roku TV and Roku Powered are trademarks of Roku, Inc. in the U.S. and in other countries. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners in the United States and/or other countries.

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2 months ago

The Best in-ear headphones

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Our editors share their picks for the best in-ear headphones available today!

Choosing a pair of in-ear headphones is tough. We all have different tastes, budgets, and needs. So we rounded up a group of people used to making tough choices — our Mobile Nations editors. They've shared the in-ear headphones they're using and, more importantly, why!

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2 months ago

Grab the Logitech UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker for just $149.99

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The Logitech UE Boom 2 portable Bluetooth speaker is currently on sale for just $149.99 at Amazon, a savings of $50.

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2 months ago

It's back, grab a 200GB SanDisk microSD storage card for $80

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You can now get SanDisk's 200GB microSD card today on Amazon for $79.99. If you need some extra storage for your phone, tablet, or camera, this is a good deal on this card, which is normally priced at $249.99.

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2 months ago

The best cases for LG G5

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Stay safe from drops and scratches with a durable case for your LG G5.

Looking for a way to keep your new LG G5 safe for the long haul? Go with a protective case that suits your lifestyle, whether that means a slim cover, clear case, or something more rugged to handle a harsh outdoor environment. Here are a handful of excellent cases for LG G5 to consider scooping up to steer clear of damage.

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2 months ago

Best Galaxy S7 cases

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Need protection against drops and scratches? These durable Galaxy S7 cases will do the trick.

Unless you're planning on rocking your new Samsung Galaxy S7 without any protection, you'll want a worthy case to help keep the phone safe from wear and tear. Even this early on, there are some excellent cases for the Galaxy S7 that are available to purchase and pre-order. Popular manufacturers such as LifeProof, Speck, Spigen, Obliq, Ringke, and Supcase all make the list with suitable options for protecting the Galaxy S7. Let's dive in and look at the best Galaxy S7 cases.

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