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"Nest is being run independently from the rest of Google, with a separate management team, brand and culture. … For example, Nest has a paid-for business model, while Google has generally had an ads-supported business model. We have nothing against ads — after all Nest does lots of advertising. We just don't think ads are right for the Nest user experience."
Samsung's extra battery kit gives you a second battery for your GS5, a protective case and an external charger
If you've got a phone with a removable battery, like the Samsung Galaxy S5, you might as well put it to good use. Sure, you can use an external USB battery pack with just about any mobile device, but that doesn't beat the instant refill you get by swapping out a dead battery for a fully-charged replacement.
And that's exactly what Samsung's official extra battery kit for the Galaxy S5 lets you do, while also providing an easy way to charge your spare battery outside of your phone.
Professional photographers who use a light meter can now use their phones instead to get proper exposure information thanks to the Luxi Kickstarter campaign. Luxi, which was previously available for iPhone, is now expanding the campaign to support Android and iPad tablets. The Luxi for All attachment is a small accessory that clips onto your device and measures the light level that will be available so that you can program in the correct exposure settings for your photographs, resulting in photos that are properly exposed so that the images aren't too bright (overexposed) or too dark (underexposed).
We recently took a look at the Incipio Feather Ultra Thin case for the Galaxy S5 and found it to be a fine minimalist choice, but for those who need a bit more protection there's the NGP Impact Resistant case. The styling of these two cases is nearly identical, but for extra protection this NGP model is extra thick and provides a bit more cushion.
It's easy to notice the extra material surrounding the phone on the top and bottom, which are more comprehensively covered to protect from unexpected tumbles. You can also see extra coverage around the power and volume buttons, which are completely covered due to the extra thickness on the sides. Thankfully none of the extra rubber and plastic changes the usability of your phone — it just gives you a little more to hold onto.
Every time someone says the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is too big, another person just smiles and opens a video file and watches it on the big, vibrant screen. The only thing missing is a kickstand. A phone like this needs a kickstand. Amzer's Snap On Case with Kickstand for the Galaxy Note 3 is the affordable answer. Add in the protection that a hard snap-on case provides, and a nicely done textured look that gives plenty of grip, and you've got a great accessory.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 wireless charging cover adds a little bulk — but it also helps you keep your GS5 topped up throughout the day
The daily chore of charging our phones is one we're all familiar with. In the case of the Samsung Galaxy S5, this process is a little more fiddly than most, due to the plastic flap protecting the phone's ports from water damage. Fortunately Samsung's preparing to launch a wireless charging back for the GS5 — officially dubbed the "S Charger Cover" — which allows you to place the phone on a Qi-compatible wireless charging mat and charge it without messing around with USB cables. And we've today managed to get hold of one to give it the full hands-on treatment.
A day after it first went on sale on Google Play, we now have the official Nexus 5 Snap Case in our hot little hands. It's a $29.99 plastic shell that fits onto the back of your Nexus 5, and it's available in five colors — black (which has that nice matte, nearly soft-touch finish), aqua, gray, white and clear.
The phone sort of clicks into the case, and at that point it's not going anywhere. (It actually takes a little bit of prying to get it back out again.) The entire back of the phone is protected, as are the sides. The top and bottom are left exposed, as is the camera house and, of course, the display. The case keeps the display from touching the desk when it's left face-down, though, so you get a little extra protection that way. The power button and volume rocker are left exposed by cutouts in the case. It's thin enough so that Qi wireless charging still works.
Google's got its logo on the back, so bye-bye LG. We're fine with that. Can't say the same for the phone's manufacturer.
All in all, not a bad little accessory, though it's maybe a wee bit expensive. The matte finish also tends to pick up fingerprints, so keep that in mind when you're picking a color.
Google Play has just added yet another case offering for the Nexus 5, this time called the Snap Case. It's a hard-sided case (hence why it'd need to "snap" on) that fits around all sides of the Nexus 5, and is a harder-looking material than the previous Nexus 5 Bumper case.
It's available in five color options — black, aqua, grey, white and clear— for $29.99 from Google Play, and shows to be shipping in 1-2 business days. This probably isn't the cheapest case of this style out there, but if you have a thing for the first-party case offerings and have a little "Google" swag at the same time, this may be a better choice than the previous Google Play offerings.
A simple case that will protect your new GS5 but won't get in the way
As much a we often want to use a phone case to express ourselves and add a bit of flair to our devices, sometimes you just need a simple and effective piece of protection for your new purchase. If you've recently picked up a Galaxy S5, Incipio has you covered with its Feather Ultra Thin case. There aren't any fancy bells and whistles here, or unnecessary design flourishes, but the Feather Ultra Thin case covers every vulnerable piece of your Galaxy S5 with a nice bit of soft touch plastic.
The case feels great while giving you an extra bit of grip, and best of all it doesn't get in the way of the way you'd use your phone without a case. There's enough material there to keep the sides and back of your Galaxy S5 from picking up the daily wear-and-tear of tossing it on tables and maybe dropping it a few times — and for most people that's all you want or need in a case.
Samsung and Seagate have come together and created an external wireless hard drive designed to work with Android devices. The Samsung Wireless media device has a capacity of 1.5TB, so it can hold up to 750 movies, 375,000 MP3s, 425,000 photos or any combo of the three — as well as countless documents and assorted files.
The device is designed so that up to five users can connect wirelessly, with no Internet connection required. Users can stream media from Android devices running Gingerbread or higher, as well as Windows XP or higher and OS X 10.6 or later. The Samsung Wireless can also connect and act as an Internet gateway for those five devices. Users are also able to connect via USB 3.0 for direct access to the device, and Android users can also charge their device from the Samsung Wireless itself.
Tado has taken to Kickstarter with their new Tado Cooling air conditioning controller, a Nest-like device which aims to make your AC unit smarter. Connecting to existing air conditioners, Tado features auto-off, indoor presence detection, single-room control, and more. The device connects to your AC unit through IR, and is controlled through a smartphone app.
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