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3 months ago

Smartphone accessory maker Zagg buys battery case builder Mophie for $100 million

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The number of players in the phone accessory market just got a little smaller, as Zagg has announced that it has acquired Mophie.

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3 months ago

Google OnHub routers are getting a guest Wifi mode

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Google OnHub

Google's OnHub routers (there are two models as you'll recall from our review) are simple devices that were lacking one pretty major feature at launch — guest networks. That's about to change with a new firmware update on the routers themselves, and the companion apps that go along with them.

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4 months ago

Sony's new flash drive features dual connectors for USB-C and full-sized USB-A

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Sony has introduced a new portable flash drive that can be used with both traditional USB-A connectors, along with newer USB-C ports. This flexibility makes the new drive, the USM-CA1, a great tool for moving files from your older computer to a new Chromebook Pixel.

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4 months ago

LG's 'White Card' universal payments card reportedly set for March unveiling

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LG is said to be jumping into the universal payments card game with their new "White Card". The idea, as with startups Coin and Plastc, is to put all store your various magnetic strip cards on just one card, equipped with a small display, controls to switch cards, and a reprogrammable magnetic strip on the back — all packed into a credit card-sized package that's barely heavier or thicker than a single plastic card.

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4 months ago

Under Armour Headphones Wireless review

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Under Armour Headphones Wireless

Another partnership, and another piece in Under Armour's connected fitness ecosystem.

The benefits of wireless headphones are pretty clear for daily listening needs, but not having cords get in your way is basically a requirement when you're exercising. While wired headphones may be a simple annoyance when you're walking down the street, they could really hinder your ability to run, bike, hit the gym or engage in other sporting activities. And even though Bluetooth doesn't offer the same sound quality as a wire, it's a worthwhile trade-off in this situation.

Alongside the release of the HealthBox, Under Armour also announced a partnership with JBL to bring its audio expertise to the table in further connected fitness products. The new Under Armour Headphones Wireless are one of two products to come out of this new partnership. A light, comfortable and fitness-focused set of headphones seems to be a great companion to Under Armour's new connected fitness products — we're going to see how it works out in our full review.

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4 months ago

Charge up your USB-C phones and tablets in a hurry with these USB-C power banks

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Your USB-C devices deserve a power bank that can provide the proper 3-amp output, but pickin's are slim — even at this stage of the game.

There are a plethora of power banks with Quick Charge 2.0 technology inside, allowing many current smartphones to power-up significantly faster than the norm, but even that's not enough for what's in store for 2016. As devices continue to adopt USB-C as the new standard, the selection of compatible power banks that can push 3 amps is still minimal. We've dug-up a couple available options that will definitely meet your need for USB-C speeds.

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4 months ago

Choetech's USB-C cables are as low as $7 at Amazon with coupon code

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If you're still looking to add some more USB-C cables to your arsenal, you'll want to check out this deal from Choetech which drops them as low as $7 per cable. Choetech is offering savings on both the USB-A to USB-C as well as USB-C to USB-C cables in various lengths. You'll need to use a coupon code for the savings here, and the codes vary depending on which cable you are interested in.

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4 months ago

Panasonic announces the Android-powered DMC-CM10 camera, headed to Japan

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Panasonic is back again with another Android-powered camera, this time the DMC-CM10 which is destined for Japan. The design here may look rather familiar, as it is actually the same as Panasonic's CM1, which was both a camera and a phone in one. This time around, however, Panasonic has not included a phone inside.

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4 months ago

Under Armour HealthBox review

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Under Armour HealthBox

Nobody else is offering a connected fitness system like this — and if you're willing to pay, it can be yours.

The quick take

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For an up-front $400 price, you get three connected fitness devices that can help you track just about everything in your life and help you reach your ambitious fitness goals. The UA Band, UA Scale and UA Heart Rate are set up to work together right out of the box, and keeping everything working couldn't be easier. The hardware is great, but the real glue is Under Armour's Record app, which can pull in data from all three sources, but also your existing apps and fitness gear. The HealthBox is very clearly targeted at those willing to spend a bit on serious fitness equipment, and in that market it has a real shot and winning over customers.

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4 months ago

NVIDIA Shield game controller now available on the Google Store for $59

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Fans of NVIDIA's Shield Tablet and Shield Android TV can now order extra game controllers for those devices from the Google Store. The controller works with both the Shield Tablet and the Android TV box.

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4 months ago

The best clear cases for Galaxy S6 to protect and preserve that classy design

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Staying protected from drops and scratches doesn't mean you have to compromise the look of your Galaxy S6.

Regular cases with solid colors are great for those that are okay with covering up their Samsung Galaxy S6, but a quality clear case can offer exceptional protection while still showing off your phone's original design. Some factors come into play with these transparent options like how the glossy finish will show fingerprints and scratches, but the main goal here is still to keep the Galaxy S6 itself free from damage. Let's check out some of our top choices.

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4 months ago

Keep charged with Kmashi's 15000mAh power bank for just $12.50 with coupon code at Amazon

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Kmashi's 15000mAh power bank is on sale at Amazon with the coupon code FBDXPO7W, dropping the price to just $12.50 from its usual $20. That's right, you can save $7.50 on this battery pack to keep your favorite electronics charged by just entering a simple code at checkout. Featuring dual-USB outputs, you are able to charge more than one thing at the same time.

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4 months ago

The head of Google's Cardboard team is now in charge of all of its VR projects

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Google is apparently getting more serious about entering the virtual reality market. A new report, which Google has confirmed, says that Clay Bavor, its vice-president for product management and leader of its apps team, will now be in charge of all of its virtual reality projects. Bavor was also the leader behing Google's Cardboard VR viewer team.

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4 months ago

Snag iOrange's USB-C cables for as low as $8 with coupon code at Amazon

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If you're in the market for some new USB-C cables, you'll want to check out this deal from iOrange at Amazon. Whether you are in the market for a short cable, like just one foot, or need something longer, like ten feet, you are in luck. Each cable length has its own coupon code, so you'll want to pick from the list below.

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4 months ago

Grab Anker's 13000mAh power bank for $25 at Amazon with coupon code

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Anker is offering its 13000mAh power bank with dual-USB output for just $25 at Amazon with coupon code WRS5DIQV. That's right, you can save $8 on this large battery pack that will provide you with enough power to charge your phone, tablet or just about any other electronic.

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