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3 months ago

SD 5.1 spec will help you identify if your card can handle apps with new 'A1' badge

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It will soon be easier to identify when a microSD card is best suited for app performance.

The SD Assisciation (SDA), which handles the specification for SD cards of all types, has unveiled its latest spec, SD 5.1, including a new distinction for SD cards that are designed for application use rather than just media storage. The new specification, called "A1" (or App Performance Class 1), shows that a given SD card meets certain performance standards set by the SDA that determine it's good enough to be used as a storage device for apps.

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3 months ago

Xiaomi is making a 'global' announcement at CES

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A big announcement from a growing player in the global tech game.

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Xiaomi has been making waves in the U.S. in recent months despite having never officially launched a phone in the region. Between the impressive Mi Note 2 and the innovative Mi Mix concept phone, an increasing number of people are able to identify the Chinese company's brand and ambition without ever interacting with one of its products.

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3 months ago

Protect your OnePlus 3T with one of these cases for just $6

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If you're thinking about picking up a OnePlus 3, you'll want to have a nice case to protect it from the first day. Ringke is currently offering up its clear back TPU bumper case for just $6 at Amazon with a coupon code. This is a 50% savings on the case, which is quite a deal, and at $6 there is very little reason that you wouldn't grab one.

You can pick between an all clear version or a smoke black version which adds some tint to it.

These coupon codes won't last long, so if you are interested, be sure to grab one now!

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3 months ago

Best Cases For Moto G4 Play

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What are the best cases you can buy today for the Moto G4 Play?

The Moto G4 Play is one of the best smartphone deals you can find today, and if you're aching to equip it with some stylish protection, here are a few worthy considerations.

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3 months ago

Sony's Xperia Ear finally launching Dec 13 for $199

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Do more without picking up your phone with the Xperia Ear.

First announced back at Mobile World Congress in February, Sony has revealed its always listening in-ear Bluetooth piece, the Xperia Ear, will be available December 13 on Amazon. It will also be available through retailers such as Fry's, B&H and other retailers. Retail price for the Xperia Ear has been set at $199.99.

The Xperia Ear is a lightweight earpiece that's designed to fit snugly in your ear. Packed into its tiny Graphite Black casing, Sony has included an accelerometer, gyroscope, and proximity sensors which allow the Xperia Ear to turn itself on automatically once inserted and allow users to use head gesture commands, such as a quick nod to confirm. If that sounds familiar, you're not alone — it's very similar to the idea of the Moto Hint from Motorola.

It comes with multiple earbud tips to find your comfortable fit, along with a storage case that doubles as a charger with a 300 mAh battery. The device itself features a 65 mAh battery and is capable of 4 hours of talk time and 80 hours of standby. From Sony's release:

Utilizing a proximity sensor and Sony Agent Technology, Xperia Ear users can send and receive messages, hear personalized information, get the latest news updates, check their schedule, search and navigate without ever having to look at their smartphone. Xperia Ear also uses voice command technology, allowing users to dictate text that can be sent immediately or saved for later. Additionally, users can also accept or ignore phone calls with simple head gestures.

The Xperia Ear is NFC and Bluetooth 4.1 enabled, and will be compatible with any phone running Android 4.4 via the Xperia Ear app.

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3 months ago

Snag the excellent Ecobee3 smart thermostat at one of the best prices we've seen

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Make your home a little smarter and save a few bucks while you do it.

If you're looking to add some extra smarts to your home and save a little money over the long-term, a smart thermostat is a great place to start.

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3 months ago

AT&T subscribers can now send text messages through Amazon Echo

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Alexa, text Mom: I need money to buy an Echo.

AT&T is the first carrier to launch a "skill" on Amazon's Echo platform, allowing its subscribers to dictate text messages through the always-listening assistant.

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3 months ago

Grab a Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S7, or S7 edge case for just $7

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The folks at Caseology are currently offering a variety of cases for the Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S7, or S7 edge for just $7 at Amazon with a coupon code. Whether you are looking for something clear or something protective, there is likely a case here that will meet your needs. Each case has its own coupon code that you will need to be sure to use depending which one you end up wishing to purchase.

You will need to make sure that you are picking the option that is fulfilled by merchant and not fulfilled by Amazon. If the coupons don't work for you the first time, be sure to check your seller option and they should work. Quantities here are limited on each coupon code, so if you are interested in one of them you will want to act quickly.

Galaxy S7

Galaxy S7 edge

Galaxy S6

Galaxy S6 edge

Galaxy S6 edge+

This deal won't last long, so be sure to grab the one that you are interested as soon as you can. If you were able to grab one, drop a comment and let us know which one you picked up!

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3 months ago

Best clear cases for the Galaxy S7 edge

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Best clear cases for the Galaxy S7 edge

Don't wanna cover up your phone? What do you do? Protect it. Clearly.

There's a reason clear cases are the most popular: phones are getting prettier and prettier. Have you seen the S7 edge in silver?!

Show off your gorgeous phone loudly and proudly with a clear case. We've rounded up the best of the best for your viewing pleasure.

Spigen Neo Hybrid Crystal

Spigen Neo Hybrid Crystal

This offer from Spigen is the two-piece type that has a flexible body with a harder plastic edging. Normally, those hard plastic outer edges don't fit the softer silicone properly, but in the case of this… case… the fit is superb.

The phone feels solid and neither the rim nor the silicone impede any functionality of the edge features. Sometimes the plastic has a habit of being a bit loose, so if you push near the power or volume buttons, they'd engage. Not with the Neo Hybrid Crystal; everything fits snugly and the buttons are only pushed when you want them to be.

It should be noted that the outer plastic piece could become loose over time, since it is rather flexible; however, if you aren't constantly taking the case off your S7 edge, you shouldn't have a problem. The reason we chose this case over Spigen's Ultra Hybrid, which doesn't have the harder outer plastic piece, is that you can't feel any seams on the Neo Hybrid. The Ultra Hybrid has a rather sharp seam that's just uncomfortable.

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Samsung Clear Cover

Samsung Clear Cover

Samsung's own clear case adds a nice thin layer of protection to your Galaxy S7 edge, so it's great for all the minimalists who want little to no bulk added to their phones.

The top, bottom, and buttons are cut out, so all ports can be easily accessed and you're not fiddling with the buttons trying to find some tactile feedback that's never coming.

For black and silver Galaxy S7 edges, these cases have a silver rim, and for gold, they're gold.

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Trianium Clear Cushion

Trianium

The Trianium Clear Cushion is a great option for those of us that love a 100 percent clear case that's seamless and sleek, while offering the necessary protection. With the S7 line-up being notorious for shattering when dropped on a corner, Trianium offers some peace of mind with its thicker corners and lifetime warranty. If you start to notice imperfections, then you can apply for a new one.

The Clear Cushion fits great and is less than a millimeter thick, so it's almost like your phone's wearing nothing at all, nothing at all, nothing at all…

The case is slim, but it's also proportioned in all the right places; the edges come up just enough to block you from accidentally hitting buttons, but they don't block the edge features at all. Use the edge when you want to, not when your case fits poorly.

You also have the added benefit of Trianium's scratch-resistant coating, so your pretty phone stays pretty longer.

Just watch out if you have a screen protector on your edge, as the Clear Cushion fits so snugly that it might curl up the edges.

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Abestbox Ulta Hybrid Air Cushion Crystal Clear

Abestbox

Another great one-piece entry, the Abestbox Crystal Clear is a solidly built case and when they say, "crystal clear," they mean it. It's really clear, which is great if you're someone that can't stand having to case your phone, but understand that it's probably a good idea.

Once again, this is another great fit that does not impede any edge function at all, and the super slim design doesn't add any bulk or weight to your phone. It's not slick, so you'll have no trouble gripping your S7 edge and holding on to it.

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i-Blason Clear Halo Series

i-Blason

If you're looking for heavy duty scratch resistance, then this is the case for you. It's rated 3H (pencil hardness) for scratch resistance.

Actually, i-Blason is great for all-around scratch protection, since its raised front bezel makes it ideal for phones with screen protectors. The raised bezel is also good idea, just in case you drop your S7 edge on its face.

Once again, the Clear Halo Series is really clear, leaving the beauty of Samsung's flagship on display.

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EasyAcc

EasyAcc

EasyAcc's clear case is as minimalist as we can get while still talking about a case that offers solid protection. This is the most flexible entry in our round-up, so if you like the grippy rubber feeling of TPU, then this is the one for you.

It's totally seamless and tear-resistant, so you need not worry about it being too flexible. The edges of EasyAcc's case are raised just enough, just in case you drop your phone on a flat surface.

This case is ideal if you're looking for something incredibly minimalist with great grip. Just beware of stretching, since it is so flexible and also be aware that the case may yellow over time, since TPU absorbs light very easily.

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LUVVITT ClearView

LUVVITT

With all the poor S7 and S7 edges that have been dropped on their corners and turned into spider webs come LUVVITT's interesting and effective answer: air.

There are small spaces for air in each corner of their ClearView case, which offer more impact support while not affecting the fit in any way. You'd think that space in a case would make it loose, but that's just not the… case (how many more can I fit into this post?).

There are raised lips on both the front and back of the case to protect your screen and the hard plastic back. The harder plastic makes for a clearer view of your S7 edge, while the rubber edging cushions impacts well.

LUVVITT offers a lifetime warranty, so if you start to notice imperfections that may compromise protection, let them know. The rubber edge is made of TPU, so keep in mind that it may yellow over time.

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Speck Candyshell Clear

Speck Candyshell

Speck's Candyshell is a dual-layer case that has a hard polycarbonate exterior and a soft acrylic interior so it's kind of like a bike helmet for your phone. There's less risk of these materials turning yellow, so your S7 edge will shine through for a long time to come.

Unlike most polycarbonate cases, this one has a slim build and doesn't add a ton of bulk to your phone, though it can be a tad slippery, especially if your hands are dry. It's also not as clear as other cases we've mentioned, but it still offers solid protection while showcasing your S7 edge.

The Speck logo is etched into the inside of the case, so you can kind of see it on the lighter-colored S7 edges, but on block it's not horrible visible.

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Supcase Unicorn Beetle Hybrid

Supcase Unicorn Beetle

If nothing else, you should probably just pick up this case for the name! The Supcase Unicorn Beetle hybrid is for those of us who want something rugged that can withstand more than a little jostle.

I should point out up front that this case isn't totally clear but more translucent. The outer edge is black as well, so if you really want to show of your S7 edge, this may not be the case for you. However, if you want rugged protection and would still like to see your phone if you can, then have at 'er.

You've got a shock-absorbent TPU bumper around the outer edges and a hard polycarbonate back panel that come in a rather slim design for a "rugged"-style case. The corners are all reinforced and there's a raised lip on the front that protects from a faceplant while still allowing for full edge functionality.

If you want to appreciate the craftsmanship of your S7 edge while truly feeling the protection, then this case is ideal for you.

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If you're having second thoughts about clear cases, then check out our roundup of the best cases for Galaxy S7 edge for more options.

Your picks?

Which clear case do you use with your Galaxy S7 edge? Let us know in the comments below!

This article was originally published on April 22, 2016. It was recently updated in November, 2016 with the following changes: Added the Samsung Clear Cover.

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3 months ago

Save $17 on this protective Moto G4 Play case today!

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Want to keep your Moto G4 Play well protected? If so, Ballistic's Tough Jacket is a great option to consider. The raised lips and protective edges will help during a fall, and the reinforced corners will aid in preventing displays from shattering. Today you can grab one for just $17.95, a savings of $17.

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3 months ago

Best Philips Hue Alternatives

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What's the best alternative to Philips Hue? Here are our favorites!

Updated February, 2017: Added Sylvania Lightify by Osram

Philips Hue smart lights are some of the coolest on the market and they're definitely some of the most popular, but they can be quite expensive, especially once you get into colored bulbs. If you're looking for a less expensive alternative or just something other than what's popular, then check out these other awesome options.

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3 months ago

VINCI 1.5: The World's most ambitious wireless headphones

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What do you get when you mix Amazon Alexa, Spotify, Soundcloud, Google Play Music, a heart rate monitor, GPS, 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth with a neon-colored headset fitted with a huge LCD display running a custom build of Android? You get VINCI: the most ambitious wireless headphones I've ever used.

To be clear, VINCI 1.5 – and its higher-end sibling, VINCI 1.5 Pro – aren't quite ready for primetime so I wasn't able to test all of their promised functionality. But if even half of VINCI's features work as designed, this is definitely a "hearable" series worth keeping your eye on – especially at the Kickstarter price.

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3 months ago

Save 50% on select Ringke Fusion cases for the Google Pixel!

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Looking to pick up a new case for your Google Pixel but don't want to spend a ton? Right now Ringke is offering 50% off its bumper clear case in a variety of colors. The quantities here are limited for this deal, so if you are interested you'll want to act quickly to pick up one of these slim cases. While the case itself is clear, you can get it with an accent color, as noted below. If you want to prevent scratches and dings from gunking up the back and sides of your phone, you'll want to get one of these.

For the coupons to work you will need to select the option to have it fulfilled by merchant (Ringke in this case) and not fulfilled by Amazon. You may need to click on see more sellers in order to view the other option, so if the coupon doesn't work at first make sure that you are purchasing it from the correct place.

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Google Pixel XL

These codes won't last long, so if you are interested be sure to get your order in sooner than later! Which color did you end up grabbing? Let us know in the comments!

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3 months ago

RAVPower's awesome portable power banks are as low as $20 right now!

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Right now you can save big on RAVPower's portable power banks at Amazon, dropping the prices as low as just $20. There are a variety of capacities available to pick between, depending on your needs from the pack. With batteries starting at 12000mAh and going as high as 26800mAh, you'll easily be able to charge multiple devices on the go, and even several times at that. These small power banks have dual outputs so you can hook up two phones, a phone and a tablet, or any other combination of electronics that you need to charge.

This deal is only good for today, November 14, so don't miss out. Which capacity will you be picking up? Let us know in the comments which works best for you.

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3 months ago

This tiny accessory will make your USB Type-C transition way less painful

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They're not expensive, but it would be a good idea for more companies to bundle a USB Type-C adapter in the box.

Over the course of 2016, most phones have transitioned from Micro-USB to USB-C. The change is ultimately good, both for charging speeds and convenience. But what about all those old Micro-USB cables you have in a drawer somewhere? Should you just throw them away? No, you need a USB Type-C to Micro-USB adapter, which makes it easy to use all of those legacy cables.

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