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5 months ago

Preorder your HTC One Dot View Case from ShopAndroid.com!

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HTC One Dot View Case

The HTC One Dot View case is now available for preorder at ShopAndroid.com. This is the same Dot View case showcased this week on Android Central. It protects your phone while allowing important notifications to shine through the front, and it does so in a way that no other case has done before. It'll be available in Warm Black, Imperial Blue, Baton Rouge, Atlantis and Orange Popsicle.

Be sure to sign up for ShopAndroid.com deal alerts to get the latest on new accessories for the HTC One M8.

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5 months ago

The SuperTooth Disco 4 speaker

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SuperTooth Disco 4

We've long been fans of the SuperTooth Bluetooth speaker here at Android Central — from the original (and some still say the best) SuperTooth Disco to the Disco 2 (you might remember this video from that one) to the iterative Disco 3. At CES this year, we got our first look at the Disco 4, which we now present for your approval.

The bottom line? This is a pretty damn good Bluetooth speaker in a small, portable form — and for just $49.

The basic specs are you've got an 8-Watt rechargable speaker. It's got one driver and one bass port (and, yeah, it's stereo). It's got Bluetooth 4.0, A2DP, NFC and can pair a maximum of eight devices at once, but only have one connected at a time. The design is that of a horn loudspeaker, with a handle on top. Disco 4 is, by design, a short-term, portable speaker. It stands 5 inches tall by 6 inches wide, and it's about 5 inches deep. The Disco 4 weighs just over a pound. It's a little large for a suitcase, perhaps, but it's still a pretty portable device.

Operation is blissfully simple. Round back there's a power button, Bluetooth LED, microUSB port and a 3.5mm jack. Charge it up — takes about 2 hours, SuperTooth says — hold down the power button to turn it on, and you're good to go. You can initiate the Bluetooth connection via NFC by placing your phone on top of the speaker, at he aft end of the handle. Or to pair manually, hold down the power button until the pairing light starts to flash. (The Disco 4 Bluetooth pairing code is 0000.)

Note that there are no volume buttons — that's all handled on your phone or tablet.

As for battery life, SuperTooth rates the Disco 4 at 2 to 3 hours at full volume, 12 to 15 hours at a more moderate level.

The most important part, of course, is sound. And while we wouldn't necessarily expect much from a small $49 speaker, the Disco 4 is surprisingly good. There's a decent amount of bass, and highs are crisp and clear. You might get a little bit of distortion at max volume, however, but that's not overly surprising. Again, it's a no-frills portable accessory — you're not going to be pairing it to a second D4 for use at home or an office. But for what it is, the sound is remarkably good.

The Disco 4 is available in black, white, gray, red and blue. You can pick one up for $49 directly from SuperTooth.

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5 months ago

In video: The HTC One M8 Dot View case

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You've already read about the HTC One M8 Dot View case — the innovative folio that shows information and protects your phone will maintaining an interesting level of functionality, all while still looking cool. Now watch the video.

As you'll see, though, there's still the matter of the front cover not sitting flush against the back of the phone, due to one being flat and the other decidedly curved. And that's a pretty major bone of contention for us.

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5 months ago

Amazon sets April 2nd event, likely a media streamer for your TV

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Today Amazon sent out an invitation for an event on April 2nd, and by all expectations we'd be surprised if we didn't see a TV media streamer announced. The invite — sent to TechCrunch and others — simply reads "Please join us for an update on our video business". It also displays a couch (a living room staple, if you were not aware) and popcorn (which, you know, people eat while watching things).

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5 months ago

Samsung introduces new Smart Bulbs controllable by Bluetooth

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Bulbs provide 10 years of efficient light before burning out

Never to be outdone in any consumer electronics category — especially by LG — Samsung is introducing a new range of LED "Smart Bulbs" for residential lighting. The new line consists of a standard lightbulb shape, a higher-performance lamp style (in two variants) and a more efficient tube form factor. The basic Smart Bulb (shown above) will provide up to 15,000 hours — equivalent of 10 years of normal use — of lighting, with the ability to dim down to just 10 percent brightness and tune from 2700K to 6500K for different ranges of whites.

For more advanced applications, there's also a PAR (Parabolic aluminized reflector) style light, which offers a swivel head and improved lighting suitable for professional lighting applications. There's also a "Classic Lamp" that's designed to fit larger light fixtures and provide a simple light that is reminiscent of incandescent lights. Finally there's the L-Tube style light, which is most likely to be used in commercial or garage applications, and comes in 600, 1200 and 1500mm sizes.

What sets these new Samsung Smart Bulbs apart from others is that they're controlled directly by your phone over Bluetooth rather than via Wifi with a router in the middle. By just installing an app on your phone or tablet you'll be able to control up to 64 Smart Bulbs at a time. While this cuts down on the usability when you're not in the room, it makes setup and control drastically simpler for a number of applications where a router just isn't available.

Samsung isn't spilling the beans on pricing or availability on these, but you can expect them to make their way out at prices higher than your average lightbulbs.

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5 months ago

ShopAndroid Spring Sale: Save 20% on all Android accessories!

Spring is finally here! Well, according to the calendar at least. It's warming up now, the snow is melting and it's almost time to get back outside and enjoy the weather. That means you'll want to make sure all your Android phones and tablets up the challenge as well.

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5 months ago

Fitbit expands sync compatibility, now includes 44 devices

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18 new devices added in latest update

Fitbit has expanded the sync capabilities of their wearable fitness trackers, and now 44 Android and iOS devices are fully supported. Devices that can wirelessly synchronize with Fitbit products require Bluetooth 4.0 on-board, but in the past even devices with the required hardware we not officially supported, and users were forced to try a reverse-engineering approach to get sync up and running. With today's news, that should no longer be an issue for folks with recent Android phones.

In addition to the new devices — we've got the full list below — Fitbit was pretty pumped to announce that their app will come pre-installed on the new HTC One (M8). This should expose more people to their products, which leads to more sales and happy customers.

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5 months ago

The HTC One M8 Dot View Case

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HTC One Dot View Case

An innovative case for your HTC One M8, with one major flaw

HTC's got a pretty intriguing phone in the new HTC One M8 — be sure to read our review — and it's got a pretty intriguing case to go along with it. The Dot View case does a few things at once. First and foremost, it protects your phone in that folio style that everyone seems to be doing these days. And it does so while still allowing information to come through, and while allowing you to interact with your phone, but in a much different way.

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6 months ago

Ventev Powercell 6000+, Wallport r2200 and Chargesync Micro USB cable review

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Ventev Powercell 6000+

High-end charger accessories with a few neat tricks will keep all of your mobile devices charged up and ready to use

There's no shortage of ways to keep your phone and tablet charged up nowadays. Between reverse-charging technologies, battery packs, wireless charging mats and plain old wall chargers, you have more choices than you probably need. At the same time, every single manufacturer you've heard of — and dozens you haven't — make these accessories.

Ventev is one of the companies you probably haven't heard of, but it makes some pretty nice charging accessories to keep your phones, tablets and other accessories charged up and ready to go. Its latest lineup consists of the Powercell 6000+ dual-port battery pack, the Wallport r2200 dual-port 2.1A wall charger and some great no-tangle colored USB cables.

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6 months ago

MicroSD cards are ridiculously cheap today on Amazon

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If you're in the market for a new microSD card — and we can think of a couple reasons (Exhibit A and Exhibit B) coming on why you should be — they're on sale today as Amazon's Gold Box deal. The bottom line? a 64GB card for as low as $35. Head on over there now and check it out.

A reminder, though, that SD cards work a little differently in Android 4.4 KitKat.

For more great accessories for your Android phone and tablet, be sure to visit our store at ShopAndroid.com!

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6 months ago

Buying a Nexus 7 Folio case? Watch out for discoloration on your tablet

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Nexus 7 (2013) with discolored corners

The 'Bright Red' Nexus 7 Folio is pretty great, except when it tarnishes your Nexus 7

One of Google's official Nexus 7 cases, the Nexus 7 Folio, came out back in December as it started to build up first-party case offerings for the tablet. It set folks back a cool $49, but when I reviewed it I found that it wasn't as extravagantly expensive as it may seem at first glance. The case is solid, has sleep/wake functionality, a nice dual-mode stand and kept out of the way as much as possible. I liked the case so much I've kept it on my Nexus 7 pretty much permanently since then.

Fast forward three months, and I took the case off my Nexus 7 for a change of pace. What's that? Deep reddish-orange lines all around the back of my tablet. Around all four corners and everywhere there's a cutout on the case, a deep red line on my otherwise pristine black Nexus 7. I can scrub all I want, and the lines don't seem to want to come off.

The big culprit here is likely the slightly loose nature of the case because it has an open-backed design. The edges are pretty rigid and have a ribbed design on the inside to make them tough, but they flex just enough that they can move around on the tablet over the course of daily use. everywhere the case can flex, it's leaving its mark on the back of the tablet.

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6 months ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 cases now available for pre-order at ShopAndroid

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As we ready ourselves for the official release, we've added over a dozen cases for the Samsung Galaxy S5 here at ShopAndroid.com, including popular names like Spigen, Incipio, Trident, Belkin, Qmadix and Amzer.

Jump past the break to get a closer look at some of the skins, hybrids, hard cases and flip cases for the Samsung Galaxy S5 that you can call first dibs on!

Take a peek at Belkin's 2-in-1 Wallet Folio Case for the Galaxy S5 which gives you incredible protection against drops and scratches while providing you with plenty of storage space for your credit cards, cash, receipts, you name it. When it's not managing your loot, fold it out into your own personal viewing stand to comfortably watch movies or browse the web.

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6 months ago

9 watt Nexus wall charger now available in Google Play

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Nexus all the things

Looking for a dedicated AC to micro USB wall charger? Google has your answer, and you can grab it from Google Play for just $15.

It's a nine-watt charger, which means it's going to charge the heck out of your phones compared to their puny factory-issue chargers. And don't worry, because the circuitry should keep things from catching on fire. Just kidding. These are surely UL and CE mark certified and safe. Just like that HP charger was ...

All kidding aside, this looks like a great way to charge all your Nexus devices quickly. Grab one before they sell out.

Source: Google Play

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6 months ago

Zens introduces two hot new high-capacity Qi wireless chargers

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Zens' new 4,500mAh Power Bank chargers bring the juice and the tunes

We're big fans of the Zens Qi wireless chargers around these parts, and we're really digging the news Zens sent us today.

They have two 4,500mAh Qi wireless Power Banks in the works to dole out all sorts of electrons to keep your compatible device going and going. The standard Power Bank charges via USB, and the huge capacity means you're always close to power when you need a top off or when that battery dips into the red. Since it uses the Qi standard, there are hundreds of different devices that are compatible. Set the Power Bank down, drop your phone or tablet up top, and the magic flows.

Their next product takes everything above, and adds a wireless speaker to the mix. Using Bluetooth, the two 5-inch speakers should deliver a lot of sound, even when you're charging your Qi-compatible device up. The ZENS Qi Wireless Portable Audio Speaker also uses NFC to tap and pair with phones or tablets automatically.

The Power Bank will retail for about € 69.99, and should be in stores by March 30. The Qi Wireless Portable Audio Speaker will retail for € 99.99 and will also be available March 30. The units are a little pricey, but as we've all experienced, you get what you pay for sometimes. We'll be checking them out as soon as we can.

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6 months ago

Bell Canada drops Galaxy Gear price to $99, available in 3 colors

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$250 price drop as Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo get ready to hit stores

With the official launch of the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo on the horizon, Bell Canada has cut the price of the original Galaxy Gear to $99.97 at its online store. No special strings to pull or promo codes to apply -— the price has simply been cut by $250 for the smartwatch. You'll even have your choice of black, ivory (white) or orange.

We saw Best Buy drop the price of the Galaxy Gear to $150 recently, but this drop to $99 is as low as we've seen it. If you're in Canada and want to give the Gear a shot, it may be worth a look from Bell.

Source: Bell

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