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6 months ago

Quick look: Poetic Affinity Series Case for Galaxy Note 5

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For clear protection that adds a firm grip to your Galaxy Note 5, the Poetic Affinity Case does a damn good job.

The Affinity Series Case from Poetic features a completely clear design combining a durable polycarbonate with a shock absorbent TPU that accents the edges and all 4 corners. It's built as a single cover that easily snaps around the Note 5 leaving easy access to the charging port, S-Pen, auxiliary port, speaker, and microphone. The side buttons are slightly raised, but remain clear with the rest of the case — that is, if you opt for the clear version — the black/clear option keeps a mostly transparent design with the exception of black accents that include the side buttons.

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6 months ago

T-Mobile's 4G LTE CellSpot is a mini-tower for your home

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T-Mobile wants to make sure its customers will have 4G LTE coverage wherever they are, including in their homes. The carrier will soon offer the new 4G LTE CellSpot, which is basically a mini-tower that gives customers up to 3,000 square feet of 4G LTE coverage.

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6 months ago

Gadgets of the week: PLAY:5, AirBolt, Altwork Station and more!

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It's time for another round of awesome gadgets! Let's see what's hot, shall we?

This week we saw some unique gadgets get announced for pre-order, but not all of them are exactly affordable — such is often the story for new tech toys. The PLAY:5 speaker from Sonos is the company's latest and possibly best-evet connected speaker, the AirBolt Smart Lock that features amazing location tracking, proximity alerts, and incredible battery life, and Teforia's Brewer that uses algorithms to pour the best cup of tea you've ever tasted with its own Android app. Check out the complete lineup below!

Altwork Station

If your standard, everyday desk isn't cutting it, the Altwork Station may be the answer you're looking for. This workstation redefines comfort and flexibility, building on the research that slouching has been shown to decrease productivity and creativity (not to mention just being bad for your back). After working through several prototypes since 2011, the finalized Altwork Station allows users to work in 4 key positions: sit, stand, share, or focus. No matter how you decide to adjust this workstation, the entire setup moves with you and, yeah, it's pretty incredible. You can pre-order the Altwork Station starting at $3,900 for the base model or opt for the Signature Edition that allows to choose from 10 custom upholstery colors, 3 frame colors, and 4 desk and accents colors with an engraved commemorative plate and unique serial number (if such things are important to you).

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Sonos PLAY:5

The latest addition to the Sonos connected speaker lineup is the PLAY:5, featuring 6 custom digital amplifiers and speakers. It packs 3 tweeters and 3 dedicated mid-woofers for an amazing audio experience. You can also pair two PLAY:5's together for left and right channels to provide a thicker stereo sound. New to the PLAY:5 is Trueplay, which uses an app on your phone to measure the acoustics in the room and adjusts the speaker's output to compensate for room size, layout, and furnishings. This new PLAY:5 comes in black or white, and is up for pre-order right now for $499.

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Teforia

Brewing tea seems like something that's pretty straightforward, but Teforia takes the process to a whole new level and uses an Android/iOS app to do it. This new tea brewing robot utilizes machine-learning algorithms to brew the perfect cup of tea — whether it's using loose tea leaves or Teforia pods. It's similar to a Keurig in some ways, only the machine seeps the tea leaves a few times at a different temperatures to extract vital components for a unique blend. If you think a particular blend needs adjustment, you can provide feedback on the app so it brews your next cup more or less sweet. The first 500 units are up for pre-order for $649, but then will retail at $1,299 when it launches in spring 2016.

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UsBidi Charger

Providing a smarter way to charge your mobile devices is the UsBidi Charger that comes in both Micro-USB and Lightning models. This unique smart charger features a durable braided cable that reduces tangles and the affects of common wear-and-tear, and is available in lengths of 1, 3, or 6 feet. The end of the cable has an LED indicator that lets you know when it's charging and packs an automatic shut-off feature to prevent overcharging and battery wear. It even has a magnetic end for attaching to your nightstand, desk, or dashboard for quick and easy access. You can still back the UsBidi charger on Kickstarter even though they've already greatly exceeded their $25,466 goal.

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AirBolt Smart Lock

Keeping your luggage safe like never before is the AirBolt Smart Lock. It uses Bluetooth and a designated app for Android or iPhone to unlock your belongings. This TSA-approved smart lock is extremely compact and provides location tracking, proximity alerts, and a variety of privacy controls that can be accessed from your smartphone. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery lasts up to one year before needing a recharge via a Micro-USB charger. Even if you don't have your smartphone handy to wirelessly unlock the AirBolt, you can use the backup button feature to get to your goods. You can back the AirBolt Smart Lock on Kickstarter right now to reach their $36,168 goal.

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6 months ago

A quick look at the Diztronic TPU Case for Moto G 2015

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This skin case keeps a simple design that doesn't bulk up the Moto G 2015, but adds a light buffer for minor impacts.

Many folks, including myself, aren't looking for a rugged option to protect the Moto G 2015. With the device's already chunky design, having a slim case that adds just enough protection and grip seems like the better route to go if you have to use a case at all. Diztronic's TPU Case fits the bill nicely and doesn't feel cheap despite its affordable price point.

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6 months ago

Ringke FUSION Crystal Case for Moto G 2015

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Ringke's FUSION Crystal Case allows you to protect your Moto G 2015 from minor damage without compromising its original design.

This clear cover is about as basic as cases go, keeping everything clear and easy to access. The polycarbonate shell doesn't do much for hiding fingerprints, scuffs, or scratches after its been used for a couple days. There's an opening for the camera and flash with a slight indentation below where the Motorola logo resides. Surrounding the shell is a more flexible TPU bumper that features port plugs to keep out dirt and other debris while your charging and/or auxiliary cables aren't in use. Unless I'm purposely using a rugged case, I'm not much of a fan of port plugs and end up cutting them off with a razor to keep them from getting in the way.

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6 months ago

Pick up Mpow's Cheetah Bluetooth headphones for just $10 from Amazon

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Mpow's Cheetah Bluetooth headphones are currently on sale at Amazon for just $10 with coupon code VQQQF2PW. The list price on these headphones is $80, with a sale price showing as $28, but you can grab them for a limited time for even less. The headphones are available in a variety of colors, including blue, green, yellow and pink, so you can pick a pair to fit your preference.

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6 months ago

DKnight Magicbox Bluetooth Speaker review

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This portable speaker has been on the market for some time now, scoring great ratings and reviews on Amazon. It's definitely not the largest and most robust unit we've had our hands on, but its sound quality should be something that leaves an impression. Let's get a closer look at how this Bluetooth speaker performs over Bluetooth and via Chromecast Audio.

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6 months ago

The ASUS OnHub router lets you wave at it to speed up Wi-Fi

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Google has announced a second OnHub Wi-Fi router, adding to the hardware family that launched earlier this summer. Like the previous router, this ASUS-made OnHub is designed to be displayed out in the open, where Wi-Fi signals transmit more easily. Also like the TP-Link router, the ASUS OnHub is a AC1900.

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6 months ago

I played a multiplayer FPS game in VR, and it was fantastic

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Smartphone games need to start thinking about VR right now if they don't want to get left behind.

I'm standing in the middle of an arena with a rifle of some description in my hand, and while the arena itself was not unlike the hundreds of others I've seen in multiplayer FPS games throughout my life, seeing this particular arena through VR goggles made it special. My crosshair moved as my head moved, and I could look around and see in ways that would never work if I were just playing this game on the phone currently powering this experience.

I ran up a ramp and discovered a grenade launcher, and as soon as my character finished switching to it a red blip appeared on my HUD. Turning my head to the left revealed the hallway my opponent was entering to find me, and a pair of grenades down that enclosed space made it real clear I could see them. Because I was able to quickly tilt my head up and adjust the trajectory of the third grenade, the woman standing arms reach from me cried out as her character crumpled to the ground and put another point in my killstreak.

The hardware that made this possible is IONVR, and while it's not quite ready for public consumption the ideas driving the team responsible for this demo are impressive.

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6 months ago

TUDIA Lucion Hybrid Case for Moto G 2015

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For a dual-layer case that fits the Moto G 2015 comfortably, TUDIA's Lucion Hybrid is a protective option that doesn't break the bank.

Since this case combines both TPU and polycarbonate materials, there's a difference in texture between the bumper and the frosted shell on the back. The TPU bumper features glossed accents on all 4 corners along with hexagonal shapes on both sides that add to the case's grip and slightly rugged appearance. The back shell isn't exactly clear, but is more of a semi-transparent plastic that allows you to barely make out the Moto G 2015's battery door when installed. There is a large cutout for the camera and flash, too.

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6 months ago

Gadgets of the week: Neato BotVac, Merge VR Goggles, and more!

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Are you ready for your weekly dose of the latest Android-related gadgets? Getcha some.

This edition of Gadgets of the week includes some enticing products that include the Misfit Shine 2 wearable, Neato's Wi-Fi robot vacuum that's controlled from the Neato app on your Android device, the Ditter U32 Android TV Box that supports 4K ultra high-def video, Merge VR Goggles that offer 360-degree video, and a brand new charging dock for the 2nd gen Moto 360. Let's dive in, shall we?

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6 months ago

Best 10 cases for Motorola Moto G 2015

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If you plan to protect your Moto G 2015, any of these 10 cases will keep your device safe from the inevitable drop.

Unless you're comfortable with rocking your Moto G 2015 naked, you've probably scooped up a case or are on the hunt for one that suits your needs. We've selected 10 of the best cases for the Moto G 2015 that include popular names like Ringke, OtterBox, and Tudia. Whether you're after a multi-layer case that is built for rugged use or a simple slim skin that adds just enough protection without bulking up your device, there's a little something for everyone here.

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6 months ago

Go wireless with these Google Cast-enabled speakers

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The number of Google Cast-enabled speakers is few for the time being, but they certainly make for a tidy presentation.

The new Chromecast Audio allows for uninterrupted streaming of your music to any Bluetooth or standard speaker, however the accumulation of wires can tend to look a bit messy if they're not tucked behind a bookshelf or the speaker itself.

Those interested in a neater way to take advantage of utilizing Chromecast on your devices do have options, albeit few and pricey. These speakers have Google Cast built-in, eliminating the need to connect your Chromecast Audio all together.

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6 months ago

Top 6 best cases for Nexus 6P

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If you plan to protect your Nexus 6P, you'll need a worthy case to do job right. These 6 selects will do the trick.

With the announcement of the Nexus 6P came a handful of cases to match the device, including snap on covers and flip cases. If those didn't peak your interest, manufacturers like Supcase and Verus have popular cases for the Nexus 6P already listed that should do you just fine in keeping a damage-free device. As always, keep an eye on our Nexus 6P cases thread in the forums to see what others are buzzing about. Let's get to it, shall we?

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6 months ago

Google's Nexus 6P case is surprisingly good

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If you're going to put your Nexus 6P in a case, make it this case.

We've been playing with Google's Nexus 6P for a couple of days now, and without a doubt this phone a big. On top of being big, the metal body makes is a little on the slippery side. This isn't the best combination in the world, so there are more than a few people out there who are going to want to put this thing in a case. Picking a case that doesn't ruin the ergonomics of this phone or make the fingerprint sensor on the back difficult to access would normally be a concern, but Google's got your back with a case of their own design.

Lets take a look.

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