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3 months ago

Ask AC: Can I use a Qualcomm Quick Charger with my Nexus 6P or 5X?

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As long as you use the right cable, yes. But you can't get quick charging without the right quick charger.

We get this question a lot. "Is it OK to use my Quick Charge 2.0/3.0 charger with my new Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X?" I completely understand why we get the question, and am happy to see people asking. With several different methods of rapid charging, new USB connectors, new USB standards (that nobody is fully using because they aren't finished) and cables that can burn up phones and laptops, asking questions is a good idea. Nobody likes it when things go boom. Except this guy.

The short answer — as long as you're using a good cable, your phone will charge. It will charge slower than it does with the included Nexus charger, but it doesn't get too hot or catch on fire or pop the circuit breaker when you plug it in. But that's a boring answer and doesn't let me sit at my desk and play with things. Let's take a closer look.

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3 months ago

Best Philips Hue alternatives for your home

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Looking for an energy-efficient bulb that's able to be controlled from your smartphone or tablet? Here are five smart bulbs that make great alternatives to Philips Hue.

Set up specific bulbs in a group to manage them all at once or adjust the lighting in your living room to set the mood, it's all still possible with the proper smart bulb. We've selected five options, colored and plain white, that are easily controlled from your smartphone or tablet and simple to set up.

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3 months ago

Here are your favorite Google Cardboard apps

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Google's Cardboard platform is really taking off this year. Here's some apps you may not have seen.

It feels like new apps are being added to the Play Store every day that support Google Cardboard. Some are simple passive viewers, some are action-packed space shooters, and some are simple educational apps you can share with your kids. There's no shortage of incredible ideas for this platform right now, and that's why we decided to ask you which apps were your current favorites.

It turns out everyone is using VR in a slightly different way, and that's fantastic. Here are some of your favorites that are worth checking out right now.

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4 months ago

Tronsmart's Quick Charge 2.0 wall charger is just $5.50 at Amazon with coupon code

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Tronsmart is offering its Quick Charge 2.0 wall charger for $5.50 with coupon code WALLCHAR, a savings of $5. Being QC 2.0 compatible, you'll be able to charge your phone or tablet at an even faster pace, giving you that extra battery to make it through the day.

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4 months ago

The top 5 best Chromeboxes

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Looking for the best Chromebox that's easy to set up and use? Here are 5 great options that will work for everyone.

Whether you're looking to replace your old desktop PC that's too slow to surf the web or you just need an all-in-one accessory to manage your tasks on your TV, a quality Chromebox could be the answer. These small, desktop-like boxes run Chrome OS and feature decent hardware for web searches and streaming movies online. Let's highlight some Chromeboxes worth considering adding to your home.

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4 months ago

Getting to know USB-C

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There's a new port making its way to phones and laptops this year.

For years now, nearly every smartphone and smartphone accessory on the planet has used a similar port for power. It's called microUSB, and while it did wonders for creating a unifying standard that basically meant nearly everyone's charger was the same, this year we're going to see the rise of a new standard. It's not going to be quick, and it's not going to be universal at first, but this new plug at the end of your charging cable is the start of a whole new kind of universal port.

It's called USB-C, and whether you're already using the port or you're looking at buying something that uses this port, there's a few things you should know.

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4 months ago

Zagg announces InvisibleShield screen protectors for Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

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Accessory maker Zagg has announced a new line of InvisibleShield screen protectors for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, just in case you need a little bit of extra protection on Samsung's latest.

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4 months ago

Trident reveals its LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 edge cases

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Trident, an accessory manufacturer, has revealed its new cases for the upcoming LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. Many of Trident's cases focus on keeping your phone protected, but without making it look like a tank. LG G5 owners will get to check out the Aegis Pro Series line, which is constructed of a blended polycarbonate and overmolded ThermoPlastic Elastomer so it can create an impact resistant shield.

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4 months ago

Hands-on with 360fly, a 360° action camera

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Ease of use is what 360fly is all about, and it doesn't get much easier than this.

Capturing video is usually about telling a single story. You're sharing the events from your perspective, and the viewer gets to see this window into the world you're trying to capture. The ability to share a story from a 360° perspective has become increasingly appealing over the last year, because it opens that window and gives the viewer some choice about what parts of the event you're capturing are the most interesting. This has lead to a huge push from several tech companies to produce 360° cameras that are significantly easier to use than strapping several GoPro cameras into a cube and stitching the video together later.

360fly is easily the most stylish of these alternatives, and the message with this little camera ball couldn't be more clear. If you've got one of these cameras and a smartphone, you have everything you need to capture everything around you and quickly share it with the world. Here's a quick look at how this camera works.

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4 months ago

Speck announces CandyShell cases for Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

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Speck is the latest case maker to announce its lineup for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge with a set of five new cases in its CandyShell line.

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4 months ago

OtterBox reveals lineup of rugged cases for Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

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Popular case maker OtterBox has unveiled its line of tough and rugged cases for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.

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4 months ago

Ballistic's Galaxy S7 and S7 edge cases combine protection and style

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Ballistic has announced two new series of cases that the company will offer to protect the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. The mobile accessory maker will offer both a Jewel Mirage and Urbanite Select line of cases, both available in a variety of colors and styles. Of the two lines, the Jewel Mirage will be the lower priced one, with cases starting at $29. These are clear cases with designs etched in them in various colors.

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4 months ago

LifeProof FRE case for the Galaxy S7 will be available on launch day

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LifeProof has announced that it will make its FRE case for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S7 available when the phone launches. While the Galaxy S7 already has built-in waterproofing, the FRE will add another layer of protection against dirt, dust, water and falls.

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4 months ago

A quick look at the Galaxy S7 LED Flip Cover case

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Samsung Galaxy S7 LED Flip Cover case

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If there's one thing you can count on with any Galaxy phone launch, it's flip-style covers. One of the case staples is the LED Flip Cover, which we've seen a version of for prior Galaxy phones and is now available for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.

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4 months ago

Sony announces Xperia Ear wireless earpiece, teases Xperia Eye, Projector and Agent concepts

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This MWC Sony is launching more than just phones with the announcement of two new products, the Xperia Ear and RM-X7BT in-car Bluetooth commander. But it isn't done there — we're also getting a quick look atthree conceptual products, the Xperia Eye, Xperia Projector and Xperia Agent. Throughout all of the products, simple design and voice control are common themes.

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