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1 month ago

Oculus and Samsung launching paid apps and games, free short films on Gear VR today

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Samsung and Oculus VR will be launching paid apps and games, as well as new free content offerings, on the Gear VR today. Well-timed after the announcement of an updated Gear VR that works with the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, the new content offerings are a welcomed addition to the current content available on the headset.

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1 month ago

Hands-on with Microsoft's Android-compatible Universal Foldable Keyboard

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Microsoft has announced a new foldable Bluetooth keyboard that works on cross-platform devices. Dubbed the Universal Foldable Keyboard, Microsoft's latest accessory works with iPads, iPhones, Android smartphones and tablets as well as Windows tablets. Also announced is compatibility with Windows Phone, starting with Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 as well as Windows 10 for phones, which is scheduled to launch later this year.

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1 month ago

Sandisk's new 200GB microSD card brings massive storage in a tiny size

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SanDisk bills their latest microSD card has having the world's highest capacity, and at 200GB we have little trouble believing them.

The just-revealed 200GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I "Premium Edition" is indeed the most capacious card we've seen, topping the 128GB we've previously seen from several manufacturers, including SanDisk.

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1 month ago

Seidio Spring Clip Holster for the Motorola Droid Turbo

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There are belt clips and then there are belt clips. This is the latter, and that's a good thing.

Not wanting a case on your Droid Turbo is one thing. Not wanting any protection at all on your shiny new Android phone is another. With its slick woven Kevlar backing (or ballistic nylon if that's your thing) it sure looks like it could survive a drop or two on its own, but that doesn't mean you should test fate. Seidio's holster for the Droid Turbo offers a spring loaded clip that locks the phone in place when its not in use, providing just enough protection in the process to give you some extra peace of mind.

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1 month ago

Seidio SURFACE case with Metal Kickstand for the Droid Turbo

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Picking a case for the Droid Turbo is not as easy as it sounds, due mostly to the battle between bulk and protection.

While the Droid Turbo is not uncomfortable to hold on its own, many of the cases sold to protect this phone carry it well over the comfort line and cause the device to be just plain monstrous. It's not an easy problem to solve, especially if you're not a fan of the jelly or TPU cases that are so common nowadays. Seidio's SURFACE case for the Droid Turbo is one of the only cases out there that actively works to exist between bulky impenetrability and overly flexible jelly. What's more, it's packing a kickstand that generally stays out of the way.

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1 month ago

Motorola's Turbo Charger will be available in the UK mid-March for £24.99

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The Motorola Turbo Charger – based on Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0 technology – is all set to make its debut in the UK for £24.99 ($39), with sales set to commence mid-March.

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1 month ago

Seidio DILEX Pro Case with Metal Kickstand for the Droid Turbo

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Some people don't want a case for their phone, they want armor plating with a built in cinema mode.

Big phones and kickstands go hand in hand, especially if you're the type to watch video on your lunch break or while waiting in the car for soccer practice to be over. The folks at Seidio are far from new at putting kickstands in their cases, but their DILEX Pro line take keeping your phone and go kinda nuts. It's a two-stage case that puts a rubbery interior in between a rigid plastic casing that adds some significant bulk in the process. It's also the first of the Droid Turbo cases with rubbery bits we've played with that doesn't flex inappropriately near the speaker grill at the top, which means you're way less likely to get sand or pocket fuzz where it shouldn't be with this case, but in exchange you have to live with the rigid plastic being a fingerprint magnet.

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1 month ago

Amzer Pudding TPU Case for the Droid Turbo

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Generally speaking, people who want a case on their phone that doesn't add a lot of bulk are at a disadvantage from the start.

The Droid Turbo is not a thin phone by any stretch, but Motorola worked hard to make it comfortable to hold despite the bulk added by the battery. It's a great device on its own, which makes putting a case around it complicated for some. Adding even more bulk, especially with a case that doesn't offer the same grip points on the sides and back, makes the phone noticeably less enjoyable to use. Case makers have to be careful with the finishing textured used in Droid Turbo cases if they want happy customers, and that's clearly what Amzer was aiming for with their Pudding TPU case.

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1 month ago

Aukey's official Quick Charger on sale for $15

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If you're looking for a spare quick-charger, go ahead and pull the trigger on this wall charger from Aukey, currently on sale at Amazon for just $15.

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1 month ago

Incipio DualPRO Hard Shell Case with Silicone Core for the Droid Turbo

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No smartphone is invincible, even one rocking carbon fiber like the Droid Turbo.

Cases for your phone are one of those things you either go the bare minimum to keep things as thin as possible or you go all out to make sure your hardware can survive anything. For those interested in the latter for your Droid Turbo, Incipio's DualPRO line has you covered. It's a two-stage case, meaning a squishy silicone on the inside with a hard plastic shell on the outside. These pieces are put on one later at a time, with the end result being a shock absorbent squishy later combined with an impact repellent exterior.

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1 month ago

This travel-sized quick charger hides the pointy parts, keeps the bulk

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Qmadix Quick Charge Travel Charger

Our chief complaint about quick chargers is that they're not small. In fact, they're big. Travel chargers should be smaller, right?

So if you're going throw a quick charger in your gear bag, you're either going to have to choose carefully (and that's assuming you've got more than one brand on you, and most folks won't), or you're going to want to possibly consider a travel charger.

We've picked up one from Qmadix — which is on Qualcomm's official list of quick-charge accessories — and are taking it for a spin.

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1 month ago

Seidio DILEX Pro case with metal kickstand for the Nexus 6

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Seidio DILEX Pro

Stylish protection for your Nexus 6

The Nexus 6 is a big beautiful phone. Chances are you'll want to keep it beautiful and free from dings and scratches with the right case, and I think we've found the right case with the Seidio DILEX Pro. It's easy to put on and take off, allows for full use of all the features, and the soft-touch finish (in multiple colors) looks and feels great in your hands.

Have a read and see if the Seidio DILEX Pro is the right case for you, too.

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1 month ago

Ask AC: Can I use a Quick Charge 2.0 accessory on an older device?

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Quick Charge

If you've used Quick Charge 2.0 already, you know it's a pretty sweet new feature for your phone to have. We've been exploring all of the Quick Charge 2.0 options this week, and as a result came across a question that needed to be answered. As more devices are released with Quick Charge 2.0 support out of the box and third-party accessories for your home and car start filling the shelves of your local accessories section, it'd be nice to make absolutely sure you're able to use this new hardware with everything you already own. Can you plug any phone or tablet into a Quick Charge 2.0 power supply?

The short answer is yes, you can use a Quick Charge 2.0 accessory with anything you're already plugging a USB cable in to charge. What you'll find in doing so, however, is that your older tech isn't going to charge any faster than it currently is capable of charging.

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1 month ago

Ask AC: Can I use one company's quick charger with another's phone?

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Quick Chargers

If you're one of the few whose shiny new phone has come with a Quick Charge 2.0 power supply in the box (here's a list if you're not sure, and even then some of then come with legacy chargers), you've come to a terrible realization. All of your other power supplies are woefully inadequate in comparison, and it's time to replace a few of your other chargers. This raises a few interesting questions, as you'll quickly notice that both smartphone manufacturers and third party suppliers have tech that claims to work with Quick Charge 2.0.

It turns out this isn't particularly complicated, but understanding the difference between the different Quick Charge 2.0 power supplies out there and how you can use them will likely make shopping for your next charger a little easier.

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1 month ago

A quick look at three quick-charging car chargers that charge quickly

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Car Quick Chargers

Maybe having a quick-charging car charger won't change your life. But it makes plugging in during a 20-minute commute so much more useful.

I'm used to maybe getting 10 or 15 percentage points on my way to or from the office while using my old, standard charger. It's not a long commute really, about average, according to the US Census bureau. But after taking a look at a few Quick Charge 2.0 for the car, I'm that much more excited about this tech that's finally hitting the mainstream in 2015. The short version: The charger and your phone work together to safely allow more juice to flow, then slow down the charge after that initial burst. So you'll go from dead to, say, 60 percent much faster, then slow the rate to finish the job.

And in the car, when you might just have a quick drive and a short amount of time to juice up, that makes a big difference. So let's take a quick look at two car chargers from a couple of respected accessory manufacturers.

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