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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

Mobile World Congress

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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4 months ago

This Galaxy S7 case from Samsung offers swappable camera lenses

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The Galaxy S7 is shaping up to have a wonderful camera experience that can even best the already-great Galaxy S6, and Samsung is leveraging that focus on camera quality with a new case. We've seen clip-on and magnetic camera lens attachments for phones before, and now Samsung is offering up its own take on the idea with these screw-on lenses that attach directly to a thin silicone case.

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4 months ago

Samsung's Galaxy S7 battery case uses Qi wireless charging to keep your phone powered up

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The Galaxy S7 brings a considerable bump in battery capacity over the Galaxy S6, and the Galaxy S7 edge's battery even outdoes the marginally-larger Galaxy S6 edge+ launched late last year. Even still, there are folks who will have higher battery life expectations, and for those who push their phones hard it's going to come down to adding a battery case or a mobile battery charger.

Samsung has made a really interesting battery case for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge to launch right alongside the phone, and while it offers the same tradeoff of additional size for battery capacity as any other battery case, it has a few tricks up its sleeves to differentiate it.

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4 months ago

Samsung Galaxy S7 launch sees a new angled wireless fast charger

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Wireless charging has long been a popular feature in smartphones, and for Samsung's recent offerings in particular. But the official Fast Charge wireless getup from Samsung has — until now — been a purely horizontal endeavor. You put your phone flat on on the charger, and it charges. And that's fine and all. But It also means your phone is at a pretty harsh angle to your eyes, and glancing down at notifications isn't all that much fun. That's where angled chargers have always had an advantage. But third-party chargers didn't always get the job done properly.

So with that we present Samsung's new angled wireless charger, debuting with the Galaxy S7. It'll work with other Samsung smartphones, of course, and the gist is the same. You place the phone on the charger, and it charges. There's a little foot on the bottom to hold things neatly in place, and the base of the charger is rubberized to keep the whole thing from moving around.

It's powered by a microUSB cable, which plugs into the base at the back.

All in all, a nice little update to a very capable fast wireless charger. We'll update with more pricing and availability information once we've got it.

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4 months ago

This is the Galaxy S7 edge S-View Flip Cover

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Samsung Galaxy S7 edge S-View case

The launch of the new Samsung Galaxy S7 brings with it, of course, a host of accessories. And one of the most hotly anticipated Galaxy S7 accessories is, as always, the S-View Flip Cover. This is Samsung's simple-but-useful case for protecting the phone while adding a little bit of functionality.

Here's a quick look.

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4 months ago

Samsung's new Gear 360 camera lets you capture 360° video anywhere, edit it right on your GS7

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Samsung Gear 360

Samsung has made VR viewers affordable, and now the Gear 360 plans to bring VR capturing into the same arena.

Mobile World Congress

Watching 360° video on Samsung's Gear VR or Google Cardboard is a ton of fun, but it's not yet particularly easy or affordable create those experiences yourself. Most of the high-end 360° camera rigs involve several GoPro cameras and some heavy-duty video editing software, which is both understandable and mildly frustrating. The best solution would be a reasonably priced camera with an app for easy 360° recording and publishing, and while we've seen several companies try over the past year there have been tradeoffs in quality or performance with each.

Samsung is hoping to create an all-in-one 360° capture experience with its new camera, the Gear 360.

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4 months ago

Samsung Connect Auto brings KNOX security and Tizen OS to your car

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Samsung has announced Samsung Connect Auto, a new dongle that will bring both KNOX security and Tizen OS to your vehicle. This will plug directly into the ODB II port of your vehicle, which is often times found beneath the steering wheel. Once connected, it will offer a Wi-Fi connection thanks to a partnership with AT&T.

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4 months ago

LG Smart Controller lets your LG G5 control your Parrot drone

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On stage at Mobile World Congress, LG showed off a Parrot Drone controller accessory for its recently-announced LG G5. The LG Smart Controller allows you to take advantage of the modular design of the phone by docking it right into a controller for your drone. Once docked, your phone becomes the viewfinder for the drone, as it will offer a "three-dimensional control dial" for your Parrot drone.

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4 months ago

Snag GOOLOO's dual USB car charger for just $3 at Amazon with coupon code

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GOOLOO is hosting a deal at Amazon that drops the price of its dual USB car charger down to just $3 with coupon code PVL7RNOX, a savings of $4. With having two outputs, you'll be able to charge multiple devices at the same time without having to have a splitter or alternate between what gets charged. One of the outputs is at 2.1A while the other is at 1A, so one will charge faster than the other.

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4 months ago

LG's new 360 CAM and 360 VR can image your entire world in 360 degrees

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LG 360 VR lenses

LG's slipping into the burgeoning VR market with a pair of new products: the lightweight and compact LG 360 VR headset and the LG 360 CAM for capturing 360-degree photos and video.

Mobile World Congress

LG's "Friends" concept extends to more than just the swappable Hi-Fi and camera control modules — you can also pair it up with a handheld 360-degree camera and a lightweight VR visor: the LG 360 CAM and the LG 360 VR.

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4 months ago

Best laptop bags: The Mobile Nations editors' top picks

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If you have a laptop there's a strong chance you'll want a good bag to carry it around in.

Laptop computers are incredibly popular these days, and with portability comes actually wanting to carry it around with you. Whether you're spending a little on a cheap Chromebook or throwing all your cash at a Pixel, you want to look after it. After all, you're probably going to keep it for a fair amount of time, longer than you might a smartphone.

There are hundreds, thousands of laptop bags out there. There are also a number of folks working at Mobile Nations who spend a good deal of time with a laptop stashed inside a bag. So, we've rounded up the editorial team and come up with a decent selection of our top choices for hauling around our laptops and anything else that may need to go with them.

Let's jump right in.

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4 months ago

Karma ditches its Neverstop unlimited Wi-Fi data service for new Pulse tiered plans

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Just a few months after Karma launched its $50 Neverstop unlimited data plan for its Wi-Fi hotspot, the company has ditched that plan. In its place, it has launched Pulse, which offers Karma hotspot users three different data tiers without throttling speeds. However, there will be extra fees if users go over their subscribed tiers.

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4 months ago

Motorola launches VerveLife, a new line of wearable accessories

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Motorola has announced a new line of wearable products under the VerveLife branding. The company will release a number of 'Verve' branded accessories, from wearable cameras to headphones and even a GPS pet tracker. At this point not a whole lot is known about each of the products, though they will be on display during Mobile World Congress, which is just around the corner.

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