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4 months ago

Add a map, photo and customizable button to your Nexus with Google's new case

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Google has just announced a new case for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and even the Nexus 6, the Nexus Live Case. The case allows you to customize your design, from your favorite picture to your favorite map view, to make the case more personal. In addition to being able to customize it, the case has a built-in button that will launch your favorite application when pressed.

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4 months ago

LG announces Bluetooth-enabled Rolly Keyboard 2 for South Korean market

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LG has announced the Rolly Keyboard 2, a followup to the original Rolly Keyboard Bluetooth accessory, for its home market of South Korea.

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4 months ago

Logitech acquires wireless earbud maker Jaybird for $50 million

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Logitech has announced that it has agreed to acquire wireless audio accessory company Jaybird.

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4 months ago

Where to buy the LG G5 Friends in Canada

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Get a (camera) grip!

The LG G5 is now available in Canada, and though it's garnered rather tepid reviews, including from our own Phil Nickinson, its Friends accessories help it stand out from the crowd.

While they're certainly not must-buy products, the three Friends available in Canada can only be purchased through select carriers. Here's where you can find them.

LG 360 CAM

LG's 360-degree camera, the aptly-named 360 CAM, transits photos and video footage wirelessly to the G5 with two wide-angle 13MP cameras. It is available exclusively at Bell for $299 CAD.

See LG 360 CAM at Bell

LG Cam Plus

It seems that almost everyone who pre-ordered a G5 received a Cam Plus camera grip with their G5, and that's a good thing: the module adds a camera shutter button, zoom dial and large hand grip, plus a 1,200mAh battery. It is available at Wind Mobile, Videotron and Bell for $99 CAD.

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LG 360 VR

The third and final Friend available in Canada is LG's own Gear VR competitor, the 360 VR. While it's unclear how the company will build a content library to rival that of the Oculus-powered Gear VR, it has to start somewhere — even if that start is an unnerving $299 CAD. The 360 VR is available at Bell.

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4 months ago

HTC is working on USB-C-powered noise-canceling headphones with JBL

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If you're in the market for a pair of premium earbuds to use while you run or work out, HTC and JBL are bringing a pair to market that you might be interested in. In conjunction with the HTC 10 launch, the Reflect Aware C headphones are targeted directly at smartphone users who want a little more.

It's not just the design and construction. The headphones come with three different sizes of both standard tips and sport tips, are to be "sweat proof" and have a reflective surface on the tangle-free cord. Anyone doing a little jogging or otherwise exercising appreciates that. The Reflect Aware C set also has active-noise canceling with adaptive noise control. This combo should allow for the fine-tuning to hear things like a car horn or siren (important while running!) while still keeping background noise to a minimum. And because the USB Type-C connection can pass both audio and power, there's no need for batteries.

HTC also promises the "JBL signature sound" and we expect good things when paired with the new BoomSound HiFi powered HTC 10.

We'll take a good look at these and have all the information about pricing and availability soon.

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4 months ago

HTC's 'Ice View' case replaces the lower-res Dot View

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HTC 10 Ice View Case

A major new phone means a new kind of case — and the HTC 10 Ice View case is an intriguing way to protect (and still use) your phone.

With the announcement of the new HTC 10, we also have a new kind of case to go along with it. HTC's old Dot View cases were fun, but pretty limited, sort of an 8-bit peek at the screen. With the HTC 10, we now have the Ice View case.

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4 months ago

The weBoost eqo hopes to blanket your home in great cellular coverage

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If you want to boost the cellular reception in your home, weBoost's latest product, the eqo Cellular Signal Booster, might be what you're looking for. Compatible with Verizon, AT&T, and other major networks, eqo enhances cellular signals for greater reach across your home. You can find the eqo on Amazon now for $349.99.

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4 months ago

LG 360 CAM review: A relatively fun way to capture the whole world

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LG 360 CAM

Some software quirks aside, LG's entry into the 360-degree video and photography world is a fun little way to show off everything that's going on around you.

A picture is worth a thousand words, the old cliche goes. And it's not wrong. There's something about a good photograph that brings out the seen and the unseen. That answers as much as it leaves up to the imagination. What's going on just outside the frame? What was happening just before the shutter snapped? What happened after? What was going on behind the camera?

Photography in 360 degrees is officially becoming a thing. And not just something photo geeks get to play with after spending thousands of dollars on rigs that look like fly eyes — but personal 360-degree recording devices.

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We've had this sort of photography for a while now thanks to Google's "Photosphere" effort. You'd use your smartphone to take a serious of pictures, capturing as much of the world around you as you good before the phone would stitch it all together. (Pros can and still do stitch together shots from SLRs, but that almost seems like cheating.) But Photospheres are as tedious as they are fun.

A new wave of 360 cams is hitting this year, starting with two of the mobile manufacturers. LG is first out of the gate with the 360 CAM, and Samsung is coming later this summer with the Gear 360.

We've been using LG's 360 CAM for a week or so now. And this is our full review.

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4 months ago

Grab SanDisk's 128GB microSD card for just £25 at Amazon

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Amazon UK is selling the 128GB SanDisk Ultra microSD card for just £25. The deal shaves more than half off the card's usual retail price of £59. If you're looking to expand the storage on your phone or tablet, now is the ideal time to do it.

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4 months ago

Latest LG G5 video shows how you can play with the 360 CAM

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LG 360 CAM

LG's 360 CAM is an interesting addition to its "Friends" range of accessories available for the LG G5. The handheld camera lets you shoot 360-degree photos and videos, offering two 13MP imaging sensors that record directly to a microSD card in the base.

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4 months ago

Are the Galaxy S7's in-box headphones worth your time?

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Galaxy S7 in-box headphones

Most headphones that come with phones aren't worth much, but these are actually alright.

Aside from HTC's phones that launched during the now-defunct partnership with Beats, even high-end phones have historically come with a pretty crappy pair of headphones in the box. Many mid-range phones — and even more pricey devices like the Nexus 6P — eschew headphones altogether, understanding that folks aren't likely to use them and it can be an area of cost savings.

But what about your $700 Galaxy S7? Sure it comes with a pair of headphones nestled in the box, and nobody would blame you for being skeptical that they're worth a damn. Recently I set down my many pairs of nicer headphones to take the Galaxy S7's included earbuds for a spin — here's what I found.

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4 months ago

How much does the design of your 360 camera matter?

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Your 360 camera isn't a GoPro, but that won't stop people from trying to use them like one.

Even though relatively few people use action cams compared to more traditional cameras and smartphone cameras, the GoPro camera designs have become iconic. This is fascinating for a couple of reasons, not the least of which is the design itself. With exception to the Hero Session, GoPro cameras are not what most folks would consider attractive or stylish. They're purpose built, industrial by nature, and they get the job done. There's also a nearly endless supply of incredible videos captured through these cameras, which surely doesn't hurt.

While you can take a handful of GoPros and arrange them to take 360 degree videos, the cost and complexity of doing so has lead to a rise in consumer-priced 360 cameras from an increasing number of manufacturers. 360 cameras are not necessarily action cameras, but the variety of designs seen over the last couple of months calls into question how careful manufacturers need to be with the design of such a device.

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4 months ago

Spigen is offering a variety of Galaxy S7, S7 edge and LG G5 cases for under $4

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Spigen is hosting another sale on its Amazon store, bringing the price of a variety of cases down to less than $4. The accessory maker is offering a number of case options for the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge and the LG G5. Each case has it's own coupon code, with prices either at the $2.99 or $3.99 mark.

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4 months ago

Samsung's Qi wireless charger is just ₹899 in India

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Samsung's wireless charger is on sale at Amazon India for just ₹899. The charger made its debut last year with the Galaxy S6, and uses the Wireless Power Consortium's Qi wireless charging standard.

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4 months ago

Don't forget — BB-8 can now watch The Force Awakens with you

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Your BB unit wants to watch a movie with you.

Now that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been released everywhere, both in physical and digital versions, it's a good time to remind those of you with a BB-8 by Sphero droid of a recently added feature. If you set BB-8 down in front of your television with The Force Awakens on the television, your happy little robot will watch the movie with you.

Here's how it works.

Set BB-8 in its charging cradle down near your television, and fire up the BB-8 app on your phone. The new "watch with me" mode lets you point BB-8's head at the television, and then the app keeps your phone awake to listen to the movie and sync up with BB-8. While the movie is playing, BB-8 will shake and chirp along with the action in the film, and the app will offer up BB-8's thoughts on things that are happening in the movie. For example, the first time you see FN 2187 take his helmet off, BB-8 lets you know that it has detected a member of the Resistance. Obviously BB-8 knows a few things you don't if you've yet to see the movie.

It's cute, and kind of a battery hog, but if you've got kids or you want another excuse to bust out BB-8, this is a fun new option in the app. Also, with the recent price drop, If you have been waiting for the right time to pick up a BB-8 of your very own, now seems to be the time.

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