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5 months ago

Amzer Pudding TPU Case for the Droid Turbo

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Generally speaking, people who want a case on their phone that doesn't add a lot of bulk are at a disadvantage from the start.

The Droid Turbo is not a thin phone by any stretch, but Motorola worked hard to make it comfortable to hold despite the bulk added by the battery. It's a great device on its own, which makes putting a case around it complicated for some. Adding even more bulk, especially with a case that doesn't offer the same grip points on the sides and back, makes the phone noticeably less enjoyable to use. Case makers have to be careful with the finishing textured used in Droid Turbo cases if they want happy customers, and that's clearly what Amzer was aiming for with their Pudding TPU case.

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5 months ago

Aukey's official Quick Charger on sale for $15

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If you're looking for a spare quick-charger, go ahead and pull the trigger on this wall charger from Aukey, currently on sale at Amazon for just $15.

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5 months ago

Incipio DualPRO Hard Shell Case with Silicone Core for the Droid Turbo

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No smartphone is invincible, even one rocking carbon fiber like the Droid Turbo.

Cases for your phone are one of those things you either go the bare minimum to keep things as thin as possible or you go all out to make sure your hardware can survive anything. For those interested in the latter for your Droid Turbo, Incipio's DualPRO line has you covered. It's a two-stage case, meaning a squishy silicone on the inside with a hard plastic shell on the outside. These pieces are put on one later at a time, with the end result being a shock absorbent squishy later combined with an impact repellent exterior.

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5 months ago

This travel-sized quick charger hides the pointy parts, keeps the bulk

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Qmadix Quick Charge Travel Charger

Our chief complaint about quick chargers is that they're not small. In fact, they're big. Travel chargers should be smaller, right?

So if you're going throw a quick charger in your gear bag, you're either going to have to choose carefully (and that's assuming you've got more than one brand on you, and most folks won't), or you're going to want to possibly consider a travel charger.

We've picked up one from Qmadix — which is on Qualcomm's official list of quick-charge accessories — and are taking it for a spin.

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5 months ago

Seidio DILEX Pro case with metal kickstand for the Nexus 6

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Seidio DILEX Pro

Stylish protection for your Nexus 6

The Nexus 6 is a big beautiful phone. Chances are you'll want to keep it beautiful and free from dings and scratches with the right case, and I think we've found the right case with the Seidio DILEX Pro. It's easy to put on and take off, allows for full use of all the features, and the soft-touch finish (in multiple colors) looks and feels great in your hands.

Have a read and see if the Seidio DILEX Pro is the right case for you, too.

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5 months ago

Ask AC: Can I use a Quick Charge 2.0 accessory on an older device?

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Quick Charge

If you've used Quick Charge 2.0 already, you know it's a pretty sweet new feature for your phone to have. We've been exploring all of the Quick Charge 2.0 options this week, and as a result came across a question that needed to be answered. As more devices are released with Quick Charge 2.0 support out of the box and third-party accessories for your home and car start filling the shelves of your local accessories section, it'd be nice to make absolutely sure you're able to use this new hardware with everything you already own. Can you plug any phone or tablet into a Quick Charge 2.0 power supply?

The short answer is yes, you can use a Quick Charge 2.0 accessory with anything you're already plugging a USB cable in to charge. What you'll find in doing so, however, is that your older tech isn't going to charge any faster than it currently is capable of charging.

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5 months ago

Ask AC: Can I use one company's quick charger with another's phone?

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Quick Chargers

If you're one of the few whose shiny new phone has come with a Quick Charge 2.0 power supply in the box (here's a list if you're not sure, and even then some of then come with legacy chargers), you've come to a terrible realization. All of your other power supplies are woefully inadequate in comparison, and it's time to replace a few of your other chargers. This raises a few interesting questions, as you'll quickly notice that both smartphone manufacturers and third party suppliers have tech that claims to work with Quick Charge 2.0.

It turns out this isn't particularly complicated, but understanding the difference between the different Quick Charge 2.0 power supplies out there and how you can use them will likely make shopping for your next charger a little easier.

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5 months ago

A quick look at three quick-charging car chargers that charge quickly

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Car Quick Chargers

Maybe having a quick-charging car charger won't change your life. But it makes plugging in during a 20-minute commute so much more useful.

I'm used to maybe getting 10 or 15 percentage points on my way to or from the office while using my old, standard charger. It's not a long commute really, about average, according to the US Census bureau. But after taking a look at a few Quick Charge 2.0 for the car, I'm that much more excited about this tech that's finally hitting the mainstream in 2015. The short version: The charger and your phone work together to safely allow more juice to flow, then slow down the charge after that initial burst. So you'll go from dead to, say, 60 percent much faster, then slow the rate to finish the job.

And in the car, when you might just have a quick drive and a short amount of time to juice up, that makes a big difference. So let's take a quick look at two car chargers from a couple of respected accessory manufacturers.

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5 months ago

These are the Android devices that support Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0

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Samsung Fast Charging

We're still in the early days of Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0 technology, which gives an extra boost of charging on the front end and then slows things down to finish the job.

But already we've got a number of Android smartphones and even a couple tablets that support the new technology. This is going to be a big deal in 2015, especially as there are so many phones that don't have removable batteries. And it's an even bigger deal in the car, as a 20-minute drive can mean you get a lot more juice in the same amount of time.

And the list of phones that support Qualcomm's Quick Charge standard are growing. A number of devices released in 2014 already support it, and we'll see even more as new devices are released in 2015.

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5 months ago

What is Qualcomm Quick Charge?

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Quick Charge

Being able to charge your phone or tablet faster at home — and more importantly when you're on the go — may be one of the biggest improvement we've seen in mobile tech in some time.

And while one of the many cool things about living in 2015 is not necessarily needing to understand how a lot of the tech around you works, if you take the time to better understand what you are using there's a good chance you'll get more out of the experience. A perfect simple example is the power supply you use for your smartphone.

If you've purchased a new phone recently, there's a good chance the power supply in the box is capable of charging your phone significantly faster than any of the other chargers you have in the house. This little slice of magic is called Quick Charge, and it's a two-step process that promises to safely charge your phone faster than any other tech out there right now.

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5 months ago

Save up to 67% on PNY microSD cards, Flash drives and more today at Amazon

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Today is President's Day in the US, and PNY has chosen this federal holiday to run one of its big mobile accessory sales on Amazon. Prices in this collection of products. which include microSD cards, SD cards, Flash drives and battery packs have been cut by between 23% and 67%.

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5 months ago

A quick look at OEM quick-charging chargers that charge quickly

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Quick chargers

One of our favorite features of late 2014 has got to be Rapid Charging. Or Turbo Charging. Or Fast Charging. The oversimplified version is that Qualcomm has a new standard — officially called Quick Charge 2.0, but phone manufacturers like to give it their own names — by which it can feed more juice more quickly into your phone, for a quick burst of energy. It then slows down the charging to finish the job. That initial burst comes with the byproduct of heat — and that's also something you want less of when it comes to smartphone performance and longevity of the battery itself.

But for us end users it really means getting our Android smartphones back into the game quicker than ever. And once you use it, you'll never want to use anything else.

There is one other downside, however. Chargers that use this technology need a little something extra that plugs into the wall, and that little something extra has turned out to not be as little as we're used to.

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5 months ago

HTC One M8 $150 off for the weekend, Re Camera $50 off and HTC cases 50% off

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This weekend, through Monday, Feb. 16, you'll be able to save big on the the HTC One M8 directly from HTC. Sure, the HTC One M9 might be right around the corner, but that doesn't mean the One M8 is any less of a phone one year later. The discount rings in at $150, which brings the 2014 HTC flagship down to $499.00. And it's available for all colors on all carriers, so you don't have to go unlocked if you don't want to (or, you know, you're buying for Sprint or Verizon.)

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5 months ago

View-Master is getting a VR upgrade this fall thanks to Google Cardboard

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Google and Mattel are teaming up to relaunch the classic View-Master toy this fall as a virtual reality accessory for smartphones. It's based on the Google Cardboard design but still uses a version of the View-Master reels.

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5 months ago

Sling TV now streaming live television to the Amazon Fire TV

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You can now watch live TV via the internet on the Amazon Fire TV, thanks to the just-launched Sling TV app for the little set-top box. Sling's $20-a-month service includes many of the most popular "cable" channels, including TBS, Food Network, TNT, Bloomberg, Cartoon Network, Disney, CNN, and ESPN. As an added bonus, new customers that sign up for 3 months of Sling TV can get $50 off a Fire TV box or a free Fire TV Stick. Sling just earlier this week opened up its service to all customers after being limited at launch to invited customers only.

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