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7 months ago

Hands-on with the HTC RE camera

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HTC RE camera

This grippy little guy is fun to use, but the $199 price may have many thinking twice

The idea behind a handheld, standalone camera isn't exactly new. I can remember sporting a Flip camera back in the day, a (relatively) affordable, easy-to-use digital video camera. It was quickly killed off as smartphone cameras took over.

And the idea of the auxiliary camera, tied to a smartphone, has been done before. Sony rolled out its quite-good QX line in Berlin in 2013. And while they weren't cheap definitely had a bit of a Borg feeling to them, they never really took off. (Kodak has its own clone as well.)

And today we have the new RE camera from HTC — a small, sleek, nicely designed handheld camera (yes, it looks a lot like a tiny periscope, or perhaps an upside-down asthma inhaler — that works on its own, or connects to an Android or iOS device. It's $199 retail, and will be available in the U.S. in the coming weeks, with other markets to follow.

We've spent a little time with the RE camera this week in New York City. Don't look for the future of HTC to be found in this singular product. But it is a fun little accessory.

Let's take a closer look. Here's our hands-on with the HTC RE camera.

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7 months ago

Backdrops for Chromecast can show personal photos and more

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An update to the Chromecast app for Android will let you activate a nice screensaver for your TV populated with all sorts of web content. Backdrops can include Google+ photos, curated artwork, news and lifestyle pictures, and satellite imagery.

If you're looking for more information, just crack open the Google app and ask "What's on my Chromecast?" The Chromecast app itself will also have more information on what images are being shown.

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7 months ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 8

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We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments!

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7 months ago

Olloclip for Samsung Galaxy S5

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Anyone who's previously been familiar with an iPhone will likely know of Olloclip. Producers of arguably the best clip on lenses for the iPhone and more recently, the iPad, Olloclip has now branched out to Android for the first time with lenses for the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S4.

It's not hard to understand why they first started with Samsung's two biggest selling Galaxy S phones, the numbers game certainly has to be a factor. We first saw the new lenses at IFA, where they first launched, and we've had a little play around with them to see if they're worth your time.

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7 months ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 7

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We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments!

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7 months ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 6

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We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments!

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7 months ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 3

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We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments!

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7 months ago

Using the LG Tone Infinim (HBS-900) Bluetooth headset

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LG Tone Infinim HBS-900

Harman-Kardon audio is the big-ticket feature, but retractable earbuds may be the best improvement to LG's wraparound headset

The best part about the LG Tone Infinim (HBS-900) Bluetooth headset (available from ShopAndroid.com, AT&T, and at Amazon) has nothing to do with its top bullet point, the inclusion of Harman-Kardon sound. No, the most important part of this neck-wraparound device is much more simple than wave form algorithms or any other sort of audio jargon. It's not even the slick integration of notifications, so you can hear what folks are pinging you for without having to look at your phone. It's not even the redesigned buttons.

No, it comes down to this: No more loose wires.

That's it. That's all you need to know.

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7 months ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 2

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We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments!

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7 months ago

Hands-on with the Seek Thermal camera add-on accessory

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Want to see in the dark? There's a cool accessory for your phone that is going to make that possible. Seek Thermal (thermal.com) is a portable camera that plugs into smartphones which adds the ability of thermal imaging. Multi-thousand dollar thermal cameras have been used by firefighters, law enforcement and the military to see through smoke or in complete darkness. Now, you can use that kind of imaging technology with your smartphone.

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7 months ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 1

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We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments!

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7 months ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for September 30

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We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments!

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8 months ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for September 29

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We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments!

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8 months ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for September 26

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We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any discounts out in the world that isn't listed, let us know in the comments!

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8 months ago

Nest thermostat and Nest Protect now on sale in Belgium and the Netherlands

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Nest Labs has now expanded the reach of its Nest connected thermostat and Nest Protect smoke detector devices to include the countries of Belgium and the Netherlands via the Google Play Store.

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