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6 months ago

Hale Dreamer - smart alarm dock for Android - looking for backers on Kickstarter

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Smart alarm dock crafted for Android compatibility

Hale Dreamer is a smart alarm dock specifically made with Android devices in mind. Tailored to cater to your device and your preferences, Hale Dreamer pairs with SmartSilence, an unique application that allows you to choose which contacts can get through to you, and which ones are silenced while you enjoy your snooze. Calls or texts sent from your "VIP" contacts will automatically come through. Alternatively, notifications from contacts who aren't VIP, but are still privileged enough to be included in your custom groups, will be responded to with an automated text message asking if there is an emergency. In the event that there is an emergency, they can choose to respond with "E," prompting a notification on your end. Contacts who are not grouped, or numbers that are unknown will respectively be silenced.

Refined not only in software, the hardware is also crafted to give the ultimate user experience. With dedicated and defined volume knobs, screen brightness controls, snooze button, and music controls, this is one dock that will be a breeze to navigate in the optimum sleeping environment. 

Currently in its first phase at Kickstarter, the developer is looking to get a minimum pledge of $35,000 by the end of October. If the minimum goal is not met, the product will be scrapped, and any and all pledges will not be filled. Catch the video after the break for more information on the Hale Dreamer, or click the source below.

Source: Kickstarter

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6 months ago

The Griffin Motorola X car dock

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Now that we've taken a look at the official Griffin Desktop Dock for the Moto X, it's time to turn our attention to the Griffin Moto X Car Dock. This one's also a pretty simple affair. You get the dock that affixes to either your dash (via the included plastic disc) or windshield — and that's it. No charger, no cables — just a dock to hold your phone and keep it (and you, hopefully) safe and usable in your car.

Inserting your phone into the dock is easy enough, though you'll want to take your time to make sure things fit properly. Start on the end with the microUSB plug, and make sure things are situated. Then ease in the top of the phone. There's enough pressure from that end of the dock to make things stay fast, and there are little rubber tabs on the inside of the dock (you can see them in this picture) that give it some grip over the phone.

And that, basically, is that.

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6 months ago

Griffin desktop dock for the Moto X

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A simple and effective desktop dock for the Moto X

 

Here's a quick look at the official Griffin desktop dock for the Moto X. This is about as simple as it comes, folks. You get a desktop dock on which you place your phone for charging (and syncing, if that's your thing). The phone sits top the microUSB plug just as you'd expect, with a vertical back adding some stability. For power, there's a microUSB port in the back of the dock.

That's it, really. Connecting the phone automatically launches Daydreams — Android's screensaver app, basically — and Touchless Control still works great, so you can bark orders to your phone while it's sitting there.

The base of the dock is beefy, but the phone is going to rock forward and aft a little bit when you touch the screen. To that end, the microUSB plug will tilt forward a few degrees, so you don't have to worry about breaking anything.

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6 months ago

Motorola shipping seems to have ramped up, docks and dev units on their way to happy hands

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If you've ordered a Verizon dev unit, or one of the docking stations for the Moto X from Motorola.com, you'll want to check your order status. 

We're getting reports (as well as shipping notices of our own) that Verizon Moto X and Droid MAXX developer edition phones are shipping, and accessories like docks and cases are on the way as well. We've ordered a couple of docks, which shipped today, but our GSM developer edition phone is still waiting. Moto did mention there could be up to a 7-day lead time on those, though.

Here's hoping your stuff is on the way, so you can stop checking your orders out of frustration multiple times a day. And yes, when our stuff gets here we'll show you all you need to know about it!

Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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7 months ago

Best Motorola Moto X Cases and Covers

The time is now or never to start shopping for the best Motorola Moto X case for you, and we've chosen a handful of staff and community favorites to help you make your decision.

While the Motorola Moto X is still relatively fresh from its release across multiple carriers, the selection of cases is still pretty minimal. That's not to say that there aren't great cases and covers for the Moto X currently available, because there certainly are. And we're going to dive right in to some of those after the break.

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7 months ago

Avivo is releasing some Galaxy S4 cases that are just plain sexy

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A unique three-piece design and countless color combinations offer both protection and great looks

Avivo has been selling their very stylish and unique cases for a while now, and the good news is that they are about to release a line specifically for the Samsung Galaxy S4. The phone is a thundering success, and with so many of them out there it's only natural for some of the "designer" premium case manufacturers to offer their top-of-the-line gear for the Galaxy S4. And that's exactly what Avivo did with the new RAIL Carbonate cases.

Jump past the break, and let's have a good look at what Avivo is bringing to the table.

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7 months ago

ShopAndroid.com end of summer sale: Save a Sizzling 15% on ALL Android cases and Accessories!

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As much as we hate to say it, summer is coming to an end. It's back to school, back to work, and depending where you live ... back to cold weather. We're going to keep the heat with us a little longer though thanks to some sizzling savings in our ShopAndroid.com End of Summer Sale!

Android Central readers can save 15 percent on all Android accessories for the next few days when using coupon code SS13 at checkout. We have tons of cases, batteries, chargers, Bluetooth accessories and more.

The sizzling savings won't last forever though, so take advantage while you can. The sale ends at Midnight PST on Sunday, Sept. 22.

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7 months ago

Chromecast update brings a few 'maintenance' fixes

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Google this morning announced an update to the Chromecast stick that'll roll out over the next week. It's calling this "largely a maintenance release." Here's what's new:

  • Kernel update
  • Security fixes
  • Robustness improvements
  • Security enhancements

Find more in our Chromecast forums.

Source: Google Chrome Releases

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7 months ago

EverDock wants to be the one charging dock for every device you own

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A simple universal dock with a few neat features seeks crowd funding

Well-made and nice-looking universal docks that work with a variety of devices are hard to come by, and the folks at FUZ Designs are hoping to solve that problem with a Kickstarter campaign to make the EverDock. The goal of EverDock is to provide a single docking solution that can work with any phone or tablet by providing a basic stand that can incorporate with any cord and connector of your choice.

The dock, which is made out of solid aluminum, has a channel underneath that can accommodate any plug, including standard MicroUSB, Apple Lightning or 30-pin and other similar multi-pin proprietary connectors from other manufacturers. The EverDock also takes advantage of micro-suction technology, meaning that the dock will stick to almost any surface and let you easily remove your phones or tablets without the dock moving.

If you choose to back the project on Kickstarter, you'll have a variety of options. The cheapest way to get in will be with an "Early-bird Special" at $39 for a silver EverDock or $59 for a silver EverDock Duo (that holds two devices). Upwards from there, you'll find options for two and three packs of EverDocks and EverDock Duos in a variety of color options as well. As for timing, assuming the project is funded FUZ Designs expects to ship the EverDock by the holidays.

You can find more information and a full description of the item at the source links below.

More: FUZ Designs; Kickstarter

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7 months ago

Mugen Power Case for the Nexus 4

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Battery cases are big. This is, of course, because they are cases that contain not just your phone, but another battery with which you will charge your phone.

And so here we give you a quick look at the Mugen Power Case for the Nexus 4. It's a big battery case — 4,500 mAh and easily double the thickness of the Nexus 4. But it's also simple to remove (without you having to worry that your phone will go flying out. But unlike most battery cases, in which the phone slides onto the microUSB plug somehow to get its juice — Mugen opts for an external plug. It (mostly) tucks away into the soft-touch case when not in use. When you need that extra power, you unstow it, connect it to your phone and pray nobody sees what you've done.

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