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3 months ago

HTC will throw in a free headset when you buy an HTC 10 for Father's Day

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HTC is currently offering a few nice deals for Father's Day. Customers can get their hands on some discounted accessories, and in one case, they could get a free headset or pair of headphones with the purchase of an HTC 10.

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3 months ago

Best car mounts for Samsung Galaxy Note 5

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Best car mounts for Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Keep your hands to yourself when driving, with a car mount for your Samsung Galaxy Note 5.

Don't be that guy (or gal) who's got their phone in their ear while driving at 60 miles per hour down the road. It's dangerous and you could get a hefty ticket — really. We mean it.

Stay safe while you're driving and use one of these car mounts with your Samsung Galaxy Note 5 instead.

Logitech Drive One-Touch Smartphone Car Mount

Logitech Drive car mount

If you drive more than one vehicle regularly, then take a look at Logitech's Drive car mount.

It has a suction cup that you can attach to your dashboard or the windshield — a single twist mounts and unmounts it — no screws or sticky adhesive residue to worry about.

What's more, you don't have to fumble around with latches or brackets — the Drive secures your Samsung Galaxy Note 5 using magnets. It comes with magnetic adaptors that you stick on the back of your phone or case. Once you've attached one of the adaptors to your phone, just place it on top of the mount and drive. It's that simple.

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Tylt VU Wireless Charging Car Mount

Tyllt VU Wireless Charging car mount

Take advantage of the Qi wireless charging capabilities of your Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and enjoy hands free functionality at the same time with this car mount from Tylt.

You have the option of securing it to either your dashboard or the windshield, depending on which location works the best for you. Its Micro-Gel suction cup will stick to most surfaces and it supports landscape and portrait orientations. Since it uses three charging coils, it will charge your device no matter how it sits in the cradle.

Another nice thing about this mount is that it has an extra USB port so that you can charge two devices at the same time. If your friend's phone is running low on juice, it's no problem — they can charge it while you carpool.

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ProClip Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Phone Holders

ProClip car mount

ProClip has car mounts for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 in just about every situation you can think of.

Strong and durable, all ProClip car mount configurations are made from high-grade ABS plastic — known for staying glossy and resisting scratches.

The mount itself supports viewing your device in landscape or portrait orientations and your phone will slide in and out of the mount easily. You'll never have to worry about fumbling with your phone while you're in the car again.

Whether you want a mount with a phone charger or one that will work with an Otterbox Defender case or both, ProClip has you covered.

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Kenu Airframe+

Kenu Airframe+ car mount

The Kenu Airframe+ works well with larger phones such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 because it has a spring-loaded jaw that's expandable up to 3.4 inches. Even if your phone is in a heavy-duty case, it will still fit on this mount.

It fits securely in your car's air vents, so there are no screws and no adhesives to worry about. It's small enough to fit in your pocket, and when you're not using it in your car, it transforms into a stand for your phone so that you can read or play games in comfort, no matter where you are.

This mount is adjustable and holds your device, whether it's in landscape or portrait mode, and you can change the viewing angle for ultimate visibility in the car.

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Ram Mount Twist Lock Suction Cup Mount

Ram Mount car mount

Ram Mount's Twist Lock Suction Cup Mount provides a strong and flexible solution for operating your Samsung Galaxy Note 5 hands-free in the car.

It attaches to either your windshield or dashboard with a suction cup and, like the Drive from Logitech, mounts and dismounts securely with a twist.

Using a rubber ball and socket system with two adjustment points at either end, its arm is very flexible — the positions you can adjust it to are almost endless.

Like the Kenu Airframe+, the Ram Mount has a spring-loaded holder that adjusts for a perfect fit around your phone, whether or not it's in a bulky case.

If you want a car mount that you can adjust to a tee and that fits your Samsung Galaxy Note 5 like a glove, then this might be the one for you.

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Logi ZeroTouch car mount and app

Logi ZeroTouch car mount

Logi, the company formerly known as Logitech, has created a unique smartphone car mount solution with its ZeroTouch mount and accompanying app.

The mount itself comes in two flavors: a dashboard/windshield version and an air vent version. Regardless of which one you choose, it secures your Samsung Galaxy Note 5 with magnets, like its other car mount, the Drive.

The unique thing about this mount is that it has an app that you can download for free that helps you control your Samsung Galaxy Note 5 with your voice.

Take a look at our review to find out more about the mount and its app.

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Like our selection of mounts but don't love it? Check out our list of the best universal car mounts for more options.

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3 months ago

Best shower speakers of 2016

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Best shower speakers of 2016

Sing along with your favorite tunes in the shower with these great speakers.

If you're sick of belting out your favorite tunes in the shower a cappella you may want to consider getting a speaker to use in the shower.

We've compiled a list of the best shower speakers you can find to help you sing like nobody's listening.

Polk Audio BOOM Swimmer

Polk Audio BOOM Swimmer

This tadpole-looking device was conceived by the folks at Polk Audio to be as versatile as possible. The tail-end of the speaker is bendable, making it easy to wrap around shower curtain rods or even your shower head pipe, meaning there is always a convenient place to put it.

The Swimmer's waterproof rating is even greater than it needs to be for use in the shower. It can be submerged in up to 3 feet of water for half an hour without suffering any damage, meaning it can even fall into the tub when you're taking a bath.

The sound quality is not bad; although, there is very little bass, which isn't a surprise when you're talking about something this small.

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Photive Hydra

Photive Hydra

The Photive Hydra is perfect for people that want a shower speaker and are more concerned about sound quality than convenience. Sporting a passive subwoofer and two 40mm drivers, the Hydra delivers a fuller sounding low-end, while still providing pleasing, clear treble.

Its IP66 rating won't allow the speaker to be submerged, but it can handle water jets and splashing just fine, making it more than durable enough to withstand your daily shower.

The Hydra is a little bulkier and bigger than most of the other speakers on the list, but it's still compact enough to fit on the edge of your tub or on your shower caddy.

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SoundBot SB510

SoundBot SB510

The SoundBot SB510 is perfect for people who want an easier way to control their music while they are listening in the shower.

The simple interface on the front of SoundBot will let you control playback or adjust volume with just a tap of its buttons, meaning you don't need to get out of the shower and touch your phone to change songs. Plus, there is even a speaker and microphone for taking calls, so you won't miss anything important just because you're bathing.

It's water-resistant rating only protects the SoundBot from splashing; however, It installs super easily with a suction cup that is attached to the back of the speaker, so you should have no problem finding a place for it that's out of harm's way.

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UE Roll/UE Roll 2

UE Roll/UE Roll 2

The Ultimate Ears Roll has an IPX7 rating, meaning submerging it in up to 3 feet of water for about half an hour won't cause any damage, so your daily showers won't affect it at all. Plus, on the back, it comes with a bungee cord loop, making it easy to wrap or tie the speaker around your curtain rod or shower head, so it stays out of your way while you're headbanging in the shower.

The Roll 2 was just released and it does come with a couple of improvements. It has better sound, regarding both volume and quality, than its predecessor, and it also has an increased Bluetooth range of 100 feet, meaning your phone or tablet doesn't even have to be in the hot, steamy bathroom while you're getting clean.

We have links to both versions below because you may be able to find the original model of the Roll on sale, though the value of slightly better sound may not be worth the price difference. That's a decision best left up to you.

See UE Roll at Amazon See UE Roll 2 at Amazon

Braven Mira

Braven Mira

The first thing you will notice about the Braven Mira is the impressive sound quality for such a small device. It manages to stuff two drivers and a passive radiator into its small protective housing, giving the Mira the ability to sound full and provide some decent bass.

The hook on the back of the speaker allows it to hang easily from your shower head or it can even be used as a kickstand, allowing it to sit nicely in the corner of your tub. Plus, the battery lasts for up to 12 hours of playback, so even the longest shower takers should get more than enough time between charges.

Its waterproof rating is IPX5, meaning it can handle being hit by the stream from your shower head, which is more than enough protection for the average user.

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Fugoo Sport

Fugoo Sport

Although it's another speaker you will need to rest on a shelf or the side of your tub, the Fugoo Sport is an awesome device.

The thing that stands out the most is its 40-hour battery life. If you are truly using this in just the shower, you could probably go for weeks without needing a charge. With a waterproof rating of IP67, not only can you submerge the speaker in 3 feet of water for 30 minutes, but it's also dust-proof, meaning dirt and other particulates won't cause you any problems.

On top of it all, the sound quality is very good. The Fugoo Sport has six drivers that are spread out across all four sides, giving you clear, well-balanced 360 degree sound.

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What's your favorite?

Are you a shower singer? Let us know your favorite speaker to take into the shower with you by leaving us a comment below!

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3 months ago

UE Roll 2 review: A small speaker that packs a big punch

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Logitech's UE Roll 2 is a waterproof Bluetooth speaker that offers great sound quality in a small package.

In a flooded market it can be hard to stand out, but Ultimate Ears (UE), a sub-brand of Logitech, does a pretty great job with its speakers. Speakers range in price from as low as $10 to over $200, and the differences can be hard to spot at times. Ultimate Ears has been around for a while, making a variety of Bluetooth speakers, headsets and more. In that time, the company has dialed in on some great designs that offer lots of benefits.

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3 months ago

Spigen Crystal Shell case for Galaxy S7

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A closer look at Spigen's Crystal Shell case for the Galaxy S7.

So you're looking for a phone case for your Samsung Galaxy S7, and you come across Spigen's Crystal Shell case. Sure, it's unique from some of the other Spigen cases with its transparency, and its light frame doesn't make your phone a bulky mess — but is it worth your money?

We break down the style, features, and design of the Crystal Shell case to see if it's worth picking up to protect your Galaxy S7.

Style

Spigen Crystal Shell case for Galaxy S7

The first thing you'll notice about this case is its crystal-clear transparency.

From top to bottom, there aren't any colored parts or dark bits muddling up the look of this case. Because of this, it's one of the only Spigen case that'll look 'invisible' with your phone (so if you're not into big bulky cases, you may want to check this model out.) However, if you're nervous about the Crystal Shell's lack of rubber bumper or additional protection, there are other Spigen cases that are more heavy-duty that could ease your anxiety.

In your hand, the case feels smooth and soft. Except for the ribbed corners, it could be mistaken for holding the bare phone with your eyes shut. Form-fitted with a screen-protecting raised bezel, and air cushion technology in the corners, the Crystal Shell keeps your S7 looking sleek and utterly stylish while offering good protection..

Features

Spigen Crystal Shell case for Galaxy S7

Like most Spigen cases, the Crystal Shell is drop tested military grade, which means Spigen's protective cases have been tested by a third-party lab to be certified in Military-Grade protection. Even though the case may not have an additional rubberized bumper like some of the other brand's cases, it's just as sturdy and strong. The bumpers on the phone's corners also make dropping your phone a lot less excruciating, as they'll absorb some of the shock.

Design

Spigen Crystal Shell case for Galaxy S7

The most striking part of the Crystal Shell's design is its crystal-clear back. Aside from that, it's a pretty standard case — the ports at the bottom are easily accessible, the volume buttons and lock buttons are quick to use, and the camera isn't covered up or obscured by the case at all.

It's important to note that clear cases are prone to discoloration or yellowing, so be sure to keep an eye out for that as you use the case.

The Bottom Line

Though it doesn't look like much, Spigen's Crystal Shell case for the Galaxy S7 is a durable, reliable, and stylish accessory for your phone. Any details about the case we missed? Let us know in the comments below!

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3 months ago

Samsung LED View Cover review for Galaxy S7 edge

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Samsung LED View Cover

There are several accessories available for the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, but the official cases made by Samsung are worth a closer look.

One of the official cases available for the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge is the LED View Cover. In addition to some protection against scratches or drops, the LED View Cover provides LED notifications directly on the front cover and adds a pocket for a credit card, business card, or cash. See it in action in our hands-on video.

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3 months ago

These are the Moto Mods, swappable backs for the Moto Z

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Moto Mods exist, and they seem pretty useful.

We've heard rumors of the Moto line going modular this year, and it looks like those rumors are true. Called Moto Mods, accessories designed to connect to the back of your Moto Z and offer additional functionality without dramatically altering the look and feel of your phone.

That sounds great, but what do these mods actually do? Here's a quick breakdown of what you can expect at launch.

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3 months ago

Best smart locks

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Best smart locks

Looking to make your house smarter and safer? Here are the best smart locks full of brains and brawn to protect your home.

Whether you're just tired of losing your keys, or you're already in the process of automating your home, a key part of this process is choosing a smart lock that fits your needs. Take a look at our list of the best smart locks to help you decide.

August

August

The August smart lock's appearance is immediately striking and will give any door a futuristic look with your choice of dark gray or silver finishes. You can use your smartphone to remotely unlock or lock your door, or you can set up a proximity lock: your door will unlock when you approach with your phone, and lock when you move away.

August also lets you create virtual keys for friends and family staying at your place, and lets you keep tabs on the comings and goings of your household using a built-in 24/7 activity log. The August smart lock requires no wiring and installs using an existing deadbolt.

Consider the August if you'd like a smart lock that keeps track of activity and is compatible with both Android and iOS.

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Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt

Schlage Sense

For those especially concerned with security, the Schlage Sense smart lock meets the highest industry rating for security. Access combinations can have up to eight digits, and its memory holds up to 30 access codes at a time making it perfect for large families with frequent, trusted visitors. It has a built-in alarm which goes off during tampering attempts or following damage to your door, and it comes with a lifetime mechanical warranty.

The Schlage Sense is available in three colors so it can better fit in with your existing exterior appointments: aged bronze, satin nickel, and matte black. This is a great option for anyone who wants a high security rating with the convenience of a smart lock.

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Yale Real Living

Yale Real Living

Yale's Real Living smart lock features a backlit touchscreen keypad that makes your door look futuristic and secure at the same time. If the appearance of security isn't enough to deter would-be thieves, a built-in alarm will sound when someone attempts to tamper with the lock or when too many attempts have been made with the wrong code. The Real Living smart lock features Z-Wave technology so you can tie it into most home automation systems and control it remotely with your phone. Up to 250 unique entrance codes can be created for friends and family, and you can lock them all out with privacy mode — ideal for when you're out of town.

Available in three colors — oil-rubbed bronze, polished brass, or satin nickel — you should check out Yale's Real Living smart lock if you're in the market for a lock that is easy to install and set-up.

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Schlage Lever

Schlage Lever

The Schlage Lever smart lock is ideal for those of you with no deadbolt on your door. It features Z-Wave technology so you can hook it up with your home automation system and control it remotely with your phone. Communication works both ways: you can receive text or email alerts anytime your door is locked or unlocked.

This smart lock has a back-lit keypad used to punch in one of 19 user codes saved in its memory. There's also a vacation mode to disable all codes while you're away. The two-piece system is available in aged bronze, polished bright brass, or a satin nickel finish to suit your home's style.

If you enjoy receiving up-to-the-minute information about the activity in your home, have a look at the Schlage Lever.

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Your favorite smart lock?

Let us know is the comments section below what you use to keep your home safe!

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3 months ago

Father's Day gift guide

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Father's Day gift guide

Wondering what on Earth to buy Dad this year? Wonder no more.

Don't stand in the middle of a department store wondering which windbreaker is going to look good on the old man this year. We've checked in with Dad and we know what he's really hoping to get this Father's Day.

Ring Doorbell

Ring Video Doorbell

Whether Dad's at home or not, he'll be able to see exactly who's at the door with the Ring Doorbell. If Dad's living by himself or he's constantly on the go and concerned about security, a video doorbell is a good idea.

Real time sound and video will play on his phone when a visitor rings, and he'll be able to respond as if he's right there in the house (even if he's at work). Everything is synced with the free Ring app so that Dad has a handle on who is coming around the house. Motion sensors will even detect unexpected movement anywhere on his property.

There are two versions of Ring: one that works on homes without a pre-existing doorbell and one that can be hardwired to a pre-existing doorbell. Either way, installation is simple and straightforward.

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Nest

Nest products are designed to work alone or together. Help Dad build a smart home system with one or more of Nest's offerings.

Nest Learning Thermostat

Nest Learning Thermostat

After one week of use, the Nest Thermostat programs itself. It learns when you typically go to bed, wake up, and leave for work. It also adapts to the seasons, recognizing when summer heat or cooler winds settle in.

If Dad's looking to save money on his heating costs or you know he fidgets with the thermostat he's currently got, the Nest Thermostat will be an easy-to-install replacement.

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Nest Protect Smoke and CO Alarm

Nest Protect Smoke and CO Alarm

How about a smoke detector that tests itself? The Nest Protect recognizes when testing is due and lights up to indicate that everything's in working order. Now Dad doesn't have to mark alarm testing on the calendar or kick himself when he forgets.

Rather than piercing alarms, a human-sounding voice provides an early warning that there's something overheating. If the alarm does go off and Dad's got the smoke under control, he can silence the alarm from Nest's phone app. No more visions of Dad waving a dish towel at a blaring smoke alarm.

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Nest Cam

NestCam

The Nest Cam is a smart camera that mounts anywhere with ease. Dad can point it at the main entrance of the house, a particular door or window, or up in the corner of the family room.

The camera uses Dad's phone's location to automatically turn on when he leaves the house. Multiple phones can trigger these sensors as well. It's not only a wise tool for home security, but it works as a baby monitor or pet cam as well, sending sound and images directly to Dad's phone or any other phone that has permission to view.

How often can you say that you gave your dad peace of mind in a nicely wrapped box? Keep in mind that you're responsible for the gift wrap.

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Accessories for Dad's phone

A simple way to celebrate Father's Day this year could be accessorizing the phone Dad's already using and loving. No shortage of great ideas here and many of them are decently priced, so you can treat Dad to something without breaking the bank.

Samsung Galaxy S7 cases

Dad has a Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 edge:

Dad has a Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Dad has a Nexus 6P

Dad has a Nexus 5X

Dad has the HTC 10

Dad has the LG G5


Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

For the Dad on the go, we're recommending the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2. The Super AMOLED display makes photos and movies look better than the real thing and the battery life will hold up to travel and daily use as well.

It's easy for Dad to share between Android devices such as his phone, and the memory is expandable with the purchase of a microSD card. The built-in dual cameras will let you video chat with Dad from anywhere in the world while he unleashes his inner shutterbug. Get ready for a ton of pics of his latest projects around the house.

You'll have two sizes to choose from: the 8-inch and the 9.7-inch, so make sure that you select the one that's best for Dad before you check out.

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Samsung SmartThings

Samsung SmartThings Monitoring Kit

A complete security and home monitoring system could be just the thing for Dad this year. Samsung SmartThings are that and so much more. You can purchase individual items if you want to give Dad a singular introduction to the product line or if you want to help him build on what he's already bought.

A good deal for your dollar is the SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit. It comes with a variety of items such as a hub, outlet motion sensors, a power supply, ethernet cable, and batteries. They all work together and they're all controlled by Dad. Later, he can create a wish list of add ons, like the SmartCam, dimmer switches, and arrival sensors.

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Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo hands-free speaker

A voice-controlled, hands-free speaker that is way more than just a speaker would sound great at Dad's place. The Amazon Echo works in any room and is so user-friendly that Dad will wonder why he didn't invest in one before.

All Dad has to do is ask and the Echo will play his favorite music from Amazon Prime, Spotify, and much more. Echo will even read him audiobooks and update him on the weather. More good news? The Amazon Echo is compatible with Nest and Samsung SmartThings. Think of the endless gift giving possibilities.

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Amazon Echo Dot

Amazon Echo Dot

If you or Dad are already Prime members, the Amazon Echo Dot is an exclusive offer only available through Alexa Voice Shopping. It's a smaller Echo that is also voice-controlled and compatible with Nest and Samsung SmartThings.

The Echo Dot connects to devices via Bluetooth or to an existing home stereo with an audio cable. It automatically updates itself, and Dad can manage every aspect of the Echo Dot with the free Alexa app. If either of you is a Prime member, it's time to get one for Dad and one for you.

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HTC Vive

HTC Vive

Has Dad been buzzing (like everyone else) about the HTC Vive? Get his name on an order pronto and maybe he'll reward you by letting you take a turn with it every now and then...maybe.

The Chaperone guidance system and two base stations establish a safe play area so that Dad's not bumping into walls or couches. The 2 wireless controllers have 24 sensors that make every gesture natural and intuitive, and the front-facing camera blends the real world and the simulation seamlessly. Whether Dad wants to roam around a shipwreck at the bottom of the sea or explore stunning natural terrain, the HTC Vive will take him there.

The HTC Vive is preloaded with three fantastic apps: Tilt Brush, Fantastic Contraptions, and Job Simulator, so Dad can paint, build, and give everyone at the office a piece of his mind in the privacy and comfort of his home.

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Samsung Gear VR

Samsung Gear VR headset

If your budget can't involve breaking the bank, but you still want to treat Dad to an awesome and immersive experience, the Samsung Gear VR is the gift to get. Movies, games, and simulated worlds have never been so accessible.

The comfortable headset is compatible with Samsung phones such as the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, the Note 5, the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. Just slide the phone into place and whatever is on the screen suddenly appears everywhere. The headset provides a 96 degree field of vision and comes equipped with three sensors that keep the virtual reality extra-real. Samsung's library of games and apps is ever-expanding, so there will always be something new for Dad to try.

If Dad's a movie buff, he can purchase and watch movies in the Oculus Cinema and watch his favorite blockbusters in home theater or multiplex cinema style. He'll wonder how he ever enjoyed movies before.

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More to give

Found a great gift that you know every Dad would love to get this Father's Day? Shout it out in the comments below and tell us why it's the perfect present for Pop!

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3 months ago

Belkin's new USB-C car charger will intelligently charge your phones and tablets

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Accessory maker Belkin has announced a brand new USB-C car charger that delivers all of the power your phone, tablet, or computer needs while on the go. The charger offers up to 27W of power, and intelligently manages how your device is charged.

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3 months ago

SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick allows you to access data on the flash drive wirelessly

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It looks like any other thumb drive, but offers way more.

The SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick is a flash drive with wireless connectivity and inbuilt battery that allows you to access, stream and transfer your files over 802.11n Wi-Fi. Available with 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 200GB storage options, the Connect Wireless Stick is a pretty neat wireless flash drive to extend storage on your post-PC devices without any wires or internet connectivity.

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3 months ago

Best watch bands for Samsung Gear S2 Classic

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Best watch bands for Samsung Gear S2 classic

Class up your Samsung Gear S2 Classic with some great watch bands.

If you've bought or are looking into buying the Samsung Gear S2 classic, then you're probably someone who enjoys the traditional watch look with some sweet tech under the hood.

We've rounded up the best watch bands for your Gear S2 Classic so that you can match your smartwatch to your personal taste and lifestyle.

SLG D7 Buttero Italian leather band

SLG Buttero

SLG (Small Leather Goods) make some beautiful leather straps and the Buttero Italian leather band is our favorite. It blends the classic, sophisticated look of leather with a modern and fresh design.

SLG, based in South Korea, makes its bands from high-quality Italian leather from the Walpier tannery. While most leather bands can feel somewhat oppressive, becoming soggy from sweat, SLG's Buttero bands are designed with patterned holes to make sure your wrist can breathe.

That and they just look great. SLG Buttero Italian Leather bands come in beige, black, and blue. We particularly dig the blue, but they'll all look great with any color Gear S2 Classic.

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Infantry

Infantry

Infantry makes another awesome leather band that eschews sophistication for the more rugged, distressed leather look. The inside of the band is soft and comfortable, while the outside is a deep and warm brown.

There is one downside to Infantry's band in that it does cover your Gear S2 Classic's heart rate monitor. Oh well. Fashion first!

Infantry leather bands come in different shades of brown and black, with different color combinations for buckles and straps. You might as well get a few, since they start around $12 each.

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Geckota

Geckota

Geckota shark mesh bands are a unique blend of cool and functional. They resemble Milanese loop watch bands, but feature a more spread-out design that looks like a series of woven chains, which looks really neat and offers excellent durability and strength. Your Gear S2 Classic is never coming off your wrist accidentally and you should have a pretty hard time breaking the band.

The clasp is an easy to use stainless steel fold-over with a brushed finish. Even if you rest your wrist on hard surfaces, scratches shouldn't mare the clasp or scuff it up too badly like they would with a glossier finish.

It's worth mentioning that the black features ion-plated coating which could chip off over time, though these Geckota bands are of high quality.

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Casetify

Casetify

Casetify has partnered with Samsung to make bands specifically for the Gear S2 Classic. Each band is made of comfortable and flexible TPU, which is often used to make phone cases. That means that Casetify bands are durable and strong, so you shouldn't have to worry about everyday wear and tear.

These bands come in five quirky designs, which will certainly add a definitive accent your Gear S2 Classic. You can get Casetify bands in Gold and Coral, White Marble, Dark Marble, Diamond (which features a multi-colored geometric pattern), and Woodland Camouflage.

If you're looking for a band that makes a statement while also fitting comfortably, then check out Casetify's line. If the band you want isn't available now, you can ask Casetify to notify you by email when it does become available.

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Barton Ballistic Nylon

Barton nylon

Barton makes great watch bands, and its Ballistic Nylon line is there for you to mix and match. At around $12 apiece, you might as well grab all 21 colors and color combinations (well, maybe not all of them).

Ballistic nylon was originally developed by DuPont as a material for flak jackets for airmen during WWII.That's why these types of bands are sometimes referred to as "NATO-style." It's a tough and durable material that'll secure your Gear S2 Classic, but it'll also breathe and move with you.

Like the Infantry bands above, Barton bands unfortunately block your Gear S2 Classic's heart rate monitor. However, if that's not a huge deal and you put comfort and fashion above that function, then you really can't go wrong with a Barton band.

Make sure you select the right size – 20mm – before checking out.

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Baban

Baban

Baban stainless steel watch bands are for those who want the quintessential watch look. Paired with the Samsung Gear S2 Classic, Baban bands exude sophistication (plus, it's fun to say – Baban bands, Baban bands, Baban bands).

Stainless steel bands like this one are a little on the bulky side and can be a little heavy. You'll want to go with this band only if that particular look and feel is what you're after. That being said, Baban's stainless steel band is a somewhat modern take on the traditional link-style band, having trapezoidal links rather than the old-school rounded shape.

Baban stainless steel bands come in black or silver with a brushed finish.

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Barton Quick-release

Barton silicone

Barton makes silicone bands that definitely deserve a mention in our best list. They're thin and lightweight, while also breathable and very comfortable.

These quick-release bands come in vibrant colors and are the epitome of convenience. A little slider on each side of the band allows you to quickly change bands on the fly. And for around $13 each, you might as well grab a few and change them daily!

The best part of silicone is that it's waterproof and washable. If you're wearing a Barton band because you'll be pretty active, easily remove it and wash it with some gentle dish soap. No stinky wrists (like leather bands can cause).

If you like the comfort, durability, and versatility of silicone, then check out Barton's line up.

Make sure you have 20mm selected before you check out.

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What's your favorite?

What's your favorite watch band for your Samsung Gear S2 Classic? Sound off in the comments below!

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3 months ago

Feet on: Withings Body Cardio Scale adds tons of sensors for better health

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This scale might be the only connected health gadget you need.

Connected health tech usually is all about strapping gadgets to your body in order to feed data to an app on your phone. Wear this thing when you run, this thing when you sleep, this thing when you go swimming, and so on until you're never not wearing some kind of connected health bauble. Using data to help keep yourself healthy is great, but sometimes the way we go about it is clumsy. The folks at Withings have released a new model in their line of highly successful connected scales that takes aim at some of these other connected health gadgets, making it so your bathroom scale is all you really need for a detailed look at how healthy you are.

We've been using one for a couple of days now, and here's how it works!

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3 months ago

Great keyboard options for the Galaxy Tab S2 9.7

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Great keyboard options for the Galaxy Tab S2 9.7

Working and messaging are made even easier with a compatible keyboard.

If you like to work on the go and don't want the bulk of a laptop, then adding a keyboard to your 9.7-inch Galaxy Tab S2 is a great solution.

Check out our roundup of the best keyboards for your Tab S2!

Samsung Keyboard Cover

Samsung Keyboard Cover

Samsung's own Bluetooth keyboard cover fits your Tab S2 perfectly. It's not magnetic but instead snaps onto the built-in mounts on the back for your Tab S2.

Don't be afraid to put a little pressure on there because it does take some doing to get it on. After that, it's smooth sailing and seamless typing.

The cover folds back to become a handy stand so you can type comfortably on your lap or on a table. When you're not typing away, the cover provides protection for your screen.

Samsung's keyboard cover is lightweight, adding very little bulk to your Tab S2, so your tablet remains as portable as ever and even more convenient.

Of course, this keyboard features Android hot keys so that you can seamlessly interact with your tablet.

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Logitech Type-S

Logitech Type-S

A titan in the accessories market, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention Logitech's Type-S keyboard for your Galaxy Tab S2.

The Type-S is incredibly portable, thanks to its thin design. You can also go roughly 6 months without recharging its battery, so you just have to worry about keeping your Tab S2 topped up daily. The handy auto on/off feature ensures that you're never wasting power.

Your tablet easily snaps into the Type-S, which has magnets to keep the cover closed and to create the stand. Like most keyboards, this one connects via Bluetooth.

If you're looking for lightweight protection for your Tab S2 with a wide-set keyboard that makes typing easy, then give the Logitech Type-S a whirl.

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Fintie Blade X1

Fintie Blade X1

Fintie's keyboard cover features a removable keyboard that integrates via magnets, so if you're wanting to protect your Tab S2 but feel like a little less bulk, you can take it out. That being said, the Blade X1 adds minimal girth to your tablet even with the keyboard in place.

If, for some strange reason, you happen to be far away from your tablet, the keyboard will work up to 10 meters away.

This particular keyboard cover also adds a touch of style to your Tab S2, thanks to its textured PU leather cover that comes in eight different colors from vibrant robin's egg blue to a toned-down purple.

The stand is adjustable, so you can change the angle of your tablet on the fly to suit your comfort. If you're looking for a customizable case option that can change with your daily needs, then Fintie has you covered (pun intended).

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KuGi Ultra-thin Portfolio Case

KuGi Ultra-thin Portfolio Case

KuGi's well-reviewed case features a detachable keyboard and gives you up to 90 hours of uninterrupted work time, so you can enjoy having to charge this one maybe once a week, if not less.

This is another PU leather case, but with a softer finish giving your Tab S2 a refined and sleek look, while keeping it well-protected.

This is also an excellent option if you're on a budget, since you can find it for around $30. This is a sophisticated-looking case the functions well and protects your Tab S2 from bumps and dings, while leaving the necessary ports, buttons, and the camera available for quick and easy use.

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What do you use?

Are you using a great keyboard cover with your 9.7-inch Tab S2? If it's not on our list and you think it's tops, sound off in the comments below!

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3 months ago

ZTE Spro 2 now projecting at T-Mobile for $499

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T-Mobile has announced that customers will now be able to purchase the ZTE Spro 2 smart projector on its network for $499. The Spro 2 is an Android-based smart projector that has access to Google Play on its built-in 5-inch touchscreen. With it, you'll be able to project up to 120 inches at a 720p resolution, and while that isn't the best it is still good for a portable solution.

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