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4 months ago

OnePlus One Bamboo StyleSwap Cover unveiled, to be available in August for $50

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Looking to customize your shiny new OnePlus One? Look no further than the Bamboo StyleSwap Cover. Unveiled yesterday by OnePlus, the cover will be available by the end of August for $49.

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4 months ago

Check out Kickstand4u - a kickstand and tripod adapter for all your mobile devices

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This one comes from mouseglider, straight out of Mobile Nations' own Android Central forums. If you're looking for a kickstand, or a tripod adapter, or just a way to hold something bigger than one hand in one hand, it's worth a close look.

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4 months ago

Turn your Android into a monitor for your DSLR with a cheap accessory and an app

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Instead of an expensive monitor use your Android phone or tablet

A little while ago we looked at using an Android phone with a DSLR and how the experience was actually pretty good. Using the Chainfire app with a Canon DSLR opens up a world of possibilities. Before we looked at importing your DSLR photos, but there's more to it than that. With a cheap accessory on top of this you can actually create a low-cost, yet still effective external monitor for your camera.

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4 months ago

Samsung's premium Level headphones and speakers coming to the US

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Samsung today announced that their premium Samsung Level headphones and a Bluetooth speaker will be available in the US starting tomorrow.

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4 months ago

T-Mobile announces installment plans for accessories

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Leading up to the back-to-school season, T-Mobile is preparing to equip soon-to-be-impoverished students with mobile gear thanks to a new Equipment Installation Plan payment option for accessories priced $69 - $250. That means you can get fancy stuff like Bluetooth speakers or smartwatches for $0-down and pay it back over the course of 24 months.

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4 months ago

Logitech announces a Galaxy S5 case and magnetic car mount

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Logitech protection+ case for Galaxy S5

If you're looking for a new Galaxy S5 case and a way to mount your phone in your car, Logitech might just have you covered. The company today announced its protection+ case and +trip (italics ours, annoying lowercase and plus-sign styling theirs) car air-conditioner mount for the GS5.

The protection+ case is a polycarbonate shell with a good chunk of metal embedded in the back to make it compatible with Logitech's car mounts as well as bring the whole thing up to a military-standard 810 G for protection against drops from 5.9 feet.

The +trip mount clips on to your car air-conditioning mount, and the phone (with the protection+ case) is affixed via a fairly powerful magnet. It's a pretty good bond, as well, though you'll need to work to get the right angle. (And as always, maybe try to not fiddle too much with your phone in the car if you can help it.)

The case runs $34.99 when it's available in August, and the magnetic mount is currently $29.99.

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4 months ago

Lumsing Ultrathin Wireless Keyboard review

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Lumsing Ultrathin Wireless Keyboard Android EVGA Tegra Note 7

Android tablet users have no shortage of keyboards from which to choose. If you own a highly popular tablet like the Samsung Galaxy Tab S, you could get a keyboard case made just for that model of tablet. But someone like me who owns the less widely known (but no less excellent) Tegra Note tablet will probably have to look to universal keyboards instead of device-specific ones.

Seeing as how the Tegra Note is a 7-inch tablet, I recently decided to check out one of the smaller keyboards around: the Lumsing Ultrathin Wireless Keyboard. Lumsing's keyboard is extremely small and thin and works great with Bluetooth-enabled Android, Windows, and iOS devices. If you need portability and compatibility in a keyboard, give this one a look.

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4 months ago

Incipio announces series of cases for LG G3 for all types of situations

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Accessory company Incipio has announced a series of cases for the newly released LG G3 smartphone, ranging from lightweight designs to models designed to take a lot of use and abuse.

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4 months ago

A look at the Logitech Type-S Bluetooth Keyboard case for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S

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For many of us (myself included), for a good tablet to be more than just a content consumption device, an equally good keyboard is mandatory. With the release of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S — especially the larger 10-inch version — we see a tablet that can do just about anything we throw at it, and do it well. It's a perfect content consumption device out-of-the-box. But like any touchscreen device, actually working on the thing leaves a lot to be desired.

The addition of the Logitech Type-S Bluetooth Keyboard case makes all the difference, and turns your Tab S into a little workhorse.

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4 months ago

HTC adds themes to its Dot View Case

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HTC Dot View Case

HTC today updated the app for its Dot View Case for the HTC One M8, adding a handful of new options. The coolest probably is the addition of themes for wallpapers. You can choose one of the 18 included with the app, or add your own from your gallery, or by taking a new picture. Normal pictures probably won't look all that great, though, so you'll need to play around until you find something with the right detail. The stock images HTC has included are pretty cool, though.

You also now have the option to redial the three most recent calls, and you can swipe left or right to get more notifications.

The Dot View case, as you'll recall, adds protection to the front and back of the phone while allowing for functionality thanks to its semi-transparent cover and touchscreen capability. You can get the time and weather, see some notifications, and act on them all by swiping on the cover.

Thanks, brainimpact, for the tip!

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4 months ago

Microsoft wants beta testers for Android version of OneNote

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Microsoft is looking to get some of its Android OneNote users to try out upcoming beta versions of its popular note taking app through a newly announced feedback program.

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4 months ago

More details of Samsung Gear VR headset surface

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Virtual reality headsets are all the rage these days, and Samsung's long-rumored take on the Oculus Rift is now being projected for later this year at IFA. As far as virtual reality headsets are concerned, the Samsung Gear VR will bridge the gap between the complicated and highly immersive Oculus Rift and the fold-your-own Google Cardboard — this one apparently will dock the phone to your face.

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4 months ago

Swich wireless charger base looks for funding via Kickstarter

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A company called Lutman Design is seeking funds, via a Kickstarter campaign, for Swich, a wireless charger base for smartphones that use the Qi standard. Many Android devices, such as the LG G2 sold by Verizon Wireless, have Qi charging built into their phones, while others can support it with an optional case.

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4 months ago

GOkey is an all-in-one smartphone utility device looking for Indiegogo contributors

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Crowd funding sites like Indiegogo have spurred a tons of mobile-focused innovation, and the latest huge campaign looking for more contributors is called GOkey. The basic idea behind GOkey is being a bit of an all-in-one smartphone tool — a large key-sized device that is a battery, a charging and data sync cable, a device locator and a file storage device all in one. It's a pretty neat idea, and it's pulled in nearly $1 million after looking for just $40,000 to start.

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4 months ago

Pressy review: The little 3.5mm plug that could

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Pressy

The surprisingly handy accessory opens up a new world of hardware actions

Many of us with Android devices have tasks we would like to accomplish without looking at our screens, but which may not have a dedicated or customizable hardware button (and some devices don't have any hardware buttons at all). Many of us also have headphone jacks on our devices we rarely (if ever) use, particularly given the vast number of Bluetooth audio solutions. If you're in both categories, Pressy, a new Android-only accessory originally funded through Kickstarter and now shipping (first to backers and pre-orders), may be exactly what you're looking for.

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