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6 months ago

Save up to 67% on PNY microSD cards, Flash drives and more today at Amazon

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Today is President's Day in the US, and PNY has chosen this federal holiday to run one of its big mobile accessory sales on Amazon. Prices in this collection of products. which include microSD cards, SD cards, Flash drives and battery packs have been cut by between 23% and 67%.

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6 months ago

A quick look at OEM quick-charging chargers that charge quickly

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Quick chargers

One of our favorite features of late 2014 has got to be Rapid Charging. Or Turbo Charging. Or Fast Charging. The oversimplified version is that Qualcomm has a new standard — officially called Quick Charge 2.0, but phone manufacturers like to give it their own names — by which it can feed more juice more quickly into your phone, for a quick burst of energy. It then slows down the charging to finish the job. That initial burst comes with the byproduct of heat — and that's also something you want less of when it comes to smartphone performance and longevity of the battery itself.

But for us end users it really means getting our Android smartphones back into the game quicker than ever. And once you use it, you'll never want to use anything else.

There is one other downside, however. Chargers that use this technology need a little something extra that plugs into the wall, and that little something extra has turned out to not be as little as we're used to.

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6 months ago

HTC One M8 $150 off for the weekend, Re Camera $50 off and HTC cases 50% off

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This weekend, through Monday, Feb. 16, you'll be able to save big on the the HTC One M8 directly from HTC. Sure, the HTC One M9 might be right around the corner, but that doesn't mean the One M8 is any less of a phone one year later. The discount rings in at $150, which brings the 2014 HTC flagship down to $499.00. And it's available for all colors on all carriers, so you don't have to go unlocked if you don't want to (or, you know, you're buying for Sprint or Verizon.)

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6 months ago

View-Master is getting a VR upgrade this fall thanks to Google Cardboard

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Google and Mattel are teaming up to relaunch the classic View-Master toy this fall as a virtual reality accessory for smartphones. It's based on the Google Cardboard design but still uses a version of the View-Master reels.

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6 months ago

Sling TV now streaming live television to the Amazon Fire TV

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You can now watch live TV via the internet on the Amazon Fire TV, thanks to the just-launched Sling TV app for the little set-top box. Sling's $20-a-month service includes many of the most popular "cable" channels, including TBS, Food Network, TNT, Bloomberg, Cartoon Network, Disney, CNN, and ESPN. As an added bonus, new customers that sign up for 3 months of Sling TV can get $50 off a Fire TV box or a free Fire TV Stick. Sling just earlier this week opened up its service to all customers after being limited at launch to invited customers only.

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6 months ago

Valentine's Day Sale: 20% off all Android accessories!

Love is in the air this weekend and so is the scent of sweet savings on all the hottest Android accessories here at Android Central.

Why not give your significant other the gift of wireless charging this year? Or, maybe the crystal-clear quality of the latest Bluetooth headphones to spice up their daily workouts. If you're feeling indecisive, protection is always a safe bet—for their Android device, that is. Just take a look at our extensive selection of cases for the perfect fit.

When you're ready to take things to the next level, use coupon code: SWEET2015 at checkout to apply 20% off to your entire cart. There's also FREE shipping for any order over $50 in case you want to pick up a little something for yourself, too.

Don't wait until it's too late because this offer is only valid until midnight, February 16.

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6 months ago

TYLT VU SOLO Qi charger review

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TYLT VU SOLO charger

Qi chargers are commodities, but TYLT keeps coming up with new ideas

You can get a Qi-compatible wireless charger from any number of manufacturers in every shape, size, style and quality level. And in this sea of chargers TYLT has continued to make interesting and appealing options that make you look at them instead of the no-name ones out there. They always bring an unmistakable design, to be sure, but are also just well-made and functional accessories.

The latest charger TYLT has to offer, the VU SOLO, is no different — it gets the job done as any other wireless charger would, but also throws in a couple neat features to set it apart from the pack. See how it holds up to our review treatment.

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6 months ago

There's a $6 Google Play credit waiting for Chromecast owners

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Owners of the Chromecast streaming TV dongle should be able to claim a $6 Google Play credit (£5 in the U.K., sorry no-go in other countries!) today. Google is sending out the generous freebie to encourage folks to rent a movie (or maybe two) for Valentine's Day next week.

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6 months ago

Seidio Spring-Clip Holster for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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Putting your phone in your pocket is all well and good, but sometimes it's just not convenient. Fortunately, Seidio has a simple but effective holster for the Galaxy Note 4 to keep your device protected and within reach at all times.

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6 months ago

Olympus Air is a wireless lens camera that you can control with your smartphone

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Sony launched the QX10 and QX100 smartphone-controlled lens cameras back in 2013, and now Olympus is offering its own take on the concept. Dubbed the Olympus Air 01, the wireless camera features a 16-megapixel Live MOS that can take 320 photos on a single charge.

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6 months ago

Seidio SURFACE Case with kickstand for Galaxy Note 4

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A slim, tough and functional case with an added kickstand

If you've browsed for and bought a few cases for past phones there's a good chance you've looked at a Seidio Surface case, and the well-known slim case option with a kickstand is also available for the Galaxy Note 4.

Just like the version of this case for other phones, the Surface is a solid option for Note 4 owners who want a hard case with a little added grip and an integrated kickstand — read along for our full review.

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7 months ago

Case-Mate Naked Tough Case for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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Case-Mate Naked Tough Case for Note 4

Case-Mate brings us a sturdy yet unobtrusive case for the Note 4

As a general rule, the more protection a case offers, the bulkier it tends to become, and the more it tends to obscure the original design of your phone. Case-Mate's latest Naked Tough Case for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 strikes a decent balance between the two, however, with a clear shell that promises to protect your device without making it unnecessarily cumbersome.

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7 months ago

ZENS Qi Wireless 4500mAh Power Bank review

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Charging on the go

Power for your pockets

External battery packs are something most smartphone users take for granted. They're not glamorous accessories like cases or headphones or car mounts, but they're important. When you're running out of battery while running through the airport trying to catch your connecting flight because your first flight was stuck on the tarmac for three hours, having a battery pack that is not only dependable but easy to use on the go is not a luxury, it is a necessity. And while I've been using the Zens Qi Wireless Power Bank, it has seen airports, long car rides, stormy nights, and the bottoms of a lot of different bags.

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7 months ago

iOttie Easy One Touch 2 Car Mount review

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Hold me tender with this smartphone car kit

The iOttie Easy One Touch 2 Car Mount is quite a mouthful. It's also quite a handful when you pick it up, as it resembles some sort of unholy union between a medieval torture device and a siege engine. Don't get me wrong, the iOttie is a wonderful mount with a lot of bells, whistles, and especially a lot of moving parts. It's also sporting a budget friendly price, but do all those moving parts add up to a stand that's worthy of your dashboard or a massive mechanical migraine?

Stick around.

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7 months ago

The world seems to be ending in Mophie's first Super Bowl ad

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Smartphone battery case company Mophie has decided to join the Super Bowl TV commercial train for the first time this year, and they have already posted their 30-second commercial online. The ad shows the entire world on the brink of destruction.

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