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4 months ago

Chromecast and Chromecast Audio reportedly launching in Australia soon

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Chromecast

Australian residents soon will be able to purchase Google's new Chromecast and Chromecast Audio streaming media dongles. The price for both products will be $59.

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4 months ago

HTC Vive Pre manual answers a ton of setup questions

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HTC's living room VR setup is that much closer to launch now.

Anyone excited about desktop-class VR has had a couple of questions about the way you set up the HTC Vive in your house. Every demo station HTC and Valve has assembled for people to try the VR headset happens in an empty space larger than most people have in their personal space, and until recently HTC has been quiet about the minimum distance required to enjoy Vive in your home.

The instruction manual for the HTC Vive Pre, which was unearthed recently, puts these and several other questions about using the HTC Vive to rest.

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4 months ago

Score big game savings on all accessories at ShopAndroid through February 8!

It's time to kick off our Big Game Sale where you can save 20% on all Android accessories!

Ramp up the defense with a protective case, stay active with the charger of your choice, or call the shots completely hands-free with a new Bluetooth — it's all up for grabs right now at ShopAndroid. There are plenty of products to choose from for popular devices including the Galaxy S6, Note 5, Nexus 6P, and older (but still awesome) Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5.

Use coupon code BG16 upon checkout to instantly save 20% on your entire cart, and don't forget about FREE shipping on all orders over $50 within the continental US. Expedited and international options are also available for a little extra. You're going to want to tackle these savings while you can, because this sale expires midnight, February 8!

Hit up ShopAndroid

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4 months ago

What to do when your tracker won't sync to the Fitbit app for Android

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Sinking into a sea of despair because your Fitbit won't sync? We're here to throw you a life preserver.

Ever notice that every time you launch the Fitbit app to see your progress you see your stats update from the last time you looked at them? Although it may be tempting to believe there is a magical presence inside your phone updating the numbers and moving your progress bars around, it's actually happening because of a process we call syncing.

What is Syncing?

Syncing is the term to describe the data transfer from your Fitbit tracker to your Fitbit app. It happens via Bluetooth connection, and it's what the causes the Dashboard on your phone to stay updated with all your daily stats. Syncing also transfers data back to your Fitbit tracker, like newly set alarms, for example, so your tracker and your Fitbit app are always on the same page.

How often does my tracker Sync to the Fitbit app?

Anytime you open the Fitbit app it will initiate a sync. You can also turn on the All-Day sync option which will allow your tracker to sync to the Fitbit app periodically through out the day. Fair warning, the All-Day sync option can cause your phone and tracker battery to drain more quickly.

Can I make a sync happen manually?

You sure can. Inside the Fitbit app you can tap Sync Now button to initiate a sync anytime you want.

My tracker won't sync, what do I do?

If you find that your tracker won't sync to your app there are a few things you can try to try and get rolling again. The list below goes from the simplest fixes to the more drastic measures.

  • Make sure your tracker's battery is charged. If your tracker is dead it won't be able to sync with your phone.
  • Close the Fitbit app and then open it again. Every time you open the app it should initiate a sync.
  • Turn off Bluetooth, then on again, and then open the Fitbit app. This will temporarily stop the Bluetooth connection which will force it to reconnect and could help the problem.
  • Try turning your phone off and on again. This old faithful trick can sometimes snap your phone back to reality and fix mysterious problems.
  • Uninstall and re-install the Fitbit app. This could be especially crucial if you have recently updated the Fitbit app and that's why you started having problems.
  • Try resetting your tracker. This is an option for dire circumstances but in some cases can certainly help re-establish any connection issues. Restarting your tracker is different for every model and take take several minutes to complete.

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4 months ago

Smartphone accessory maker Zagg buys battery case builder Mophie for $100 million

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The number of players in the phone accessory market just got a little smaller, as Zagg has announced that it has acquired Mophie.

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4 months ago

Google OnHub routers are getting a guest Wifi mode

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Google OnHub

Google's OnHub routers (there are two models as you'll recall from our review) are simple devices that were lacking one pretty major feature at launch — guest networks. That's about to change with a new firmware update on the routers themselves, and the companion apps that go along with them.

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5 months ago

Sony's new flash drive features dual connectors for USB-C and full-sized USB-A

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Sony has introduced a new portable flash drive that can be used with both traditional USB-A connectors, along with newer USB-C ports. This flexibility makes the new drive, the USM-CA1, a great tool for moving files from your older computer to a new Chromebook Pixel.

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5 months ago

LG's 'White Card' universal payments card reportedly set for March unveiling

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LG is said to be jumping into the universal payments card game with their new "White Card". The idea, as with startups Coin and Plastc, is to put all store your various magnetic strip cards on just one card, equipped with a small display, controls to switch cards, and a reprogrammable magnetic strip on the back — all packed into a credit card-sized package that's barely heavier or thicker than a single plastic card.

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5 months ago

Under Armour Headphones Wireless review

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Under Armour Headphones Wireless

Another partnership, and another piece in Under Armour's connected fitness ecosystem.

The benefits of wireless headphones are pretty clear for daily listening needs, but not having cords get in your way is basically a requirement when you're exercising. While wired headphones may be a simple annoyance when you're walking down the street, they could really hinder your ability to run, bike, hit the gym or engage in other sporting activities. And even though Bluetooth doesn't offer the same sound quality as a wire, it's a worthwhile trade-off in this situation.

Alongside the release of the HealthBox, Under Armour also announced a partnership with JBL to bring its audio expertise to the table in further connected fitness products. The new Under Armour Headphones Wireless are one of two products to come out of this new partnership. A light, comfortable and fitness-focused set of headphones seems to be a great companion to Under Armour's new connected fitness products — we're going to see how it works out in our full review.

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5 months ago

Charge up your USB-C phones and tablets in a hurry with these USB-C power banks

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Your USB-C devices deserve a power bank that can provide the proper 3-amp output, but pickin's are slim — even at this stage of the game.

There are a plethora of power banks with Quick Charge 2.0 technology inside, allowing many current smartphones to power-up significantly faster than the norm, but even that's not enough for what's in store for 2016. As devices continue to adopt USB-C as the new standard, the selection of compatible power banks that can push 3 amps is still minimal. We've dug-up a couple available options that will definitely meet your need for USB-C speeds.

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5 months ago

Choetech's USB-C cables are as low as $7 at Amazon with coupon code

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If you're still looking to add some more USB-C cables to your arsenal, you'll want to check out this deal from Choetech which drops them as low as $7 per cable. Choetech is offering savings on both the USB-A to USB-C as well as USB-C to USB-C cables in various lengths. You'll need to use a coupon code for the savings here, and the codes vary depending on which cable you are interested in.

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5 months ago

Panasonic announces the Android-powered DMC-CM10 camera, headed to Japan

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Panasonic is back again with another Android-powered camera, this time the DMC-CM10 which is destined for Japan. The design here may look rather familiar, as it is actually the same as Panasonic's CM1, which was both a camera and a phone in one. This time around, however, Panasonic has not included a phone inside.

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5 months ago

Under Armour HealthBox review

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Under Armour HealthBox

Nobody else is offering a connected fitness system like this — and if you're willing to pay, it can be yours.

The quick take

Android Central Choice Award

For an up-front $400 price, you get three connected fitness devices that can help you track just about everything in your life and help you reach your ambitious fitness goals. The UA Band, UA Scale and UA Heart Rate are set up to work together right out of the box, and keeping everything working couldn't be easier. The hardware is great, but the real glue is Under Armour's Record app, which can pull in data from all three sources, but also your existing apps and fitness gear. The HealthBox is very clearly targeted at those willing to spend a bit on serious fitness equipment, and in that market it has a real shot and winning over customers.

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5 months ago

NVIDIA Shield game controller now available on the Google Store for $59

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Fans of NVIDIA's Shield Tablet and Shield Android TV can now order extra game controllers for those devices from the Google Store. The controller works with both the Shield Tablet and the Android TV box.

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5 months ago

The best clear cases for Galaxy S6 to protect and preserve that classy design

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Staying protected from drops and scratches doesn't mean you have to compromise the look of your Galaxy S6.

Regular cases with solid colors are great for those that are okay with covering up their Samsung Galaxy S6, but a quality clear case can offer exceptional protection while still showing off your phone's original design. Some factors come into play with these transparent options like how the glossy finish will show fingerprints and scratches, but the main goal here is still to keep the Galaxy S6 itself free from damage. Let's check out some of our top choices.

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