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6 months ago

HTC plans to bundle and sell its Vive VR headset with optimized PCs

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HTC has already started pre-orders for its HTC Vive virtual reality helmet for the price of $799 in the US. However, the company also plans to sell the Vive bundled with PCs that have been made to run the headset as well.

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6 months ago

Samsung's free Gear VR offer with Galaxy S7 and S7 edge purchase goes live

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As promised a few weeks ago, Samsung has started offering people in the U.S. who purchase a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge a free Gear VR headset. (Or, in some instances, the Gear S2 smartwatch.)

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6 months ago

Amazon Echo Dot makes Alexa compact, Amazon Tap goes portable

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Amazon's much-loved and constantly-updated Amazon Echo smart speaker has some new Alexa-enabled companions: the compact Echo Dot and the portable Amazon Tap.

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6 months ago

Samsung again offering free Wireless Charging Pad to new Samsung Pay users

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Samsung is again offering a free Qi Wireless Charging Pad in its latest Samsung Pay promotion. The company has offered various different free gifts and credits for new customers who add cards to the service since it launched.

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7 months ago

Best Fitbit to buy: Here's what our editors are using!

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Fitbit is one of the most popular wearables on the planet. Here's what the Mobile Nations editor's wear, and why.

There are lots of reasons to get a Fitbit. More than just a fitness-focused wearable, it comes a whole social platform that its some 21 million users can all be a part of. For some, it means bragging rights over their friends, for others it's a way to keep motivated to stay in shape.

It's also a favorite among the Mobile Nations editors at iMore, Android Central, CrackBerry, and Windows Central. So, if you're looking to buy a Fitbit but aren't sure which one to get, we can help!

We've rounded up our Fitbit wearing colleagues and they're here to tell you what they wear and why they like it so much. Let's get to it!

Let's get to it!

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7 months ago

Choosing the best headphones

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Everyone with a smartphone needs a good set of headphones. Our phones make noise, and usually it's when we want them to make noise — watching a video, listening to music, playing a game or even talking on the phone are sounds we want to hear, but everyone around us probably doesn't. Luckily, there are plenty of companies out there that have just what we need and are happy to sell headphones of one type or another to us.

For some of us, the headphones that came in the box or a pair we picked up from a big-box store are fine. And that's OK. Nobody here thinks we all should spend time and stress over headphones unless you're having fun while doing it. But if you want to try and find the best headphones for you, we have a few tips that can help.

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7 months ago

Spigen is selling select Galaxy S7 and S7 edge cases for $5 at Amazon with coupon

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Spigen is offering its selection of Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge cases for just $4.99 with a coupon code at Amazon. Each case has its own code, and the discounts only work on the Prime listings for each. Should you be an Amazon Prime member — which you should be by now — you can save on some cases for your new phone before it even arrives.

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7 months ago

Ask AC: Can I use a Qualcomm Quick Charger with my Nexus 6P or 5X?

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As long as you use the right cable, yes. But you can't get quick charging without the right quick charger.

We get this question a lot. "Is it OK to use my Quick Charge 2.0/3.0 charger with my new Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X?" I completely understand why we get the question, and am happy to see people asking. With several different methods of rapid charging, new USB connectors, new USB standards (that nobody is fully using because they aren't finished) and cables that can burn up phones and laptops, asking questions is a good idea. Nobody likes it when things go boom. Except this guy.

The short answer — as long as you're using a good cable, your phone will charge. It will charge slower than it does with the included Nexus charger, but it doesn't get too hot or catch on fire or pop the circuit breaker when you plug it in. But that's a boring answer and doesn't let me sit at my desk and play with things. Let's take a closer look.

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7 months ago

Best Philips Hue alternatives for your home

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Looking for an energy-efficient bulb that's able to be controlled from your smartphone or tablet? Here are five smart bulbs that make great alternatives to Philips Hue.

Set up specific bulbs in a group to manage them all at once or adjust the lighting in your living room to set the mood, it's all still possible with the proper smart bulb. We've selected five options, colored and plain white, that are easily controlled from your smartphone or tablet and simple to set up.

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7 months ago

Here are your favorite Google Cardboard apps

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Google's Cardboard platform is really taking off this year. Here's some apps you may not have seen.

It feels like new apps are being added to the Play Store every day that support Google Cardboard. Some are simple passive viewers, some are action-packed space shooters, and some are simple educational apps you can share with your kids. There's no shortage of incredible ideas for this platform right now, and that's why we decided to ask you which apps were your current favorites.

It turns out everyone is using VR in a slightly different way, and that's fantastic. Here are some of your favorites that are worth checking out right now.

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7 months ago

Tronsmart's Quick Charge 2.0 wall charger is just $5.50 at Amazon with coupon code

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Tronsmart is offering its Quick Charge 2.0 wall charger for $5.50 with coupon code WALLCHAR, a savings of $5. Being QC 2.0 compatible, you'll be able to charge your phone or tablet at an even faster pace, giving you that extra battery to make it through the day.

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7 months ago

The top 5 best Chromeboxes

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Looking for the best Chromebox that's easy to set up and use? Here are 5 great options that will work for everyone.

Whether you're looking to replace your old desktop PC that's too slow to surf the web or you just need an all-in-one accessory to manage your tasks on your TV, a quality Chromebox could be the answer. These small, desktop-like boxes run Chrome OS and feature decent hardware for web searches and streaming movies online. Let's highlight some Chromeboxes worth considering adding to your home.

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7 months ago

Getting to know USB-C

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There's a new port making its way to phones and laptops this year.

For years now, nearly every smartphone and smartphone accessory on the planet has used a similar port for power. It's called microUSB, and while it did wonders for creating a unifying standard that basically meant nearly everyone's charger was the same, this year we're going to see the rise of a new standard. It's not going to be quick, and it's not going to be universal at first, but this new plug at the end of your charging cable is the start of a whole new kind of universal port.

It's called USB-C, and whether you're already using the port or you're looking at buying something that uses this port, there's a few things you should know.

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7 months ago

Zagg announces InvisibleShield screen protectors for Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

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Accessory maker Zagg has announced a new line of InvisibleShield screen protectors for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, just in case you need a little bit of extra protection on Samsung's latest.

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7 months ago

Trident reveals its LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 edge cases

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Trident, an accessory manufacturer, has revealed its new cases for the upcoming LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. Many of Trident's cases focus on keeping your phone protected, but without making it look like a tank. LG G5 owners will get to check out the Aegis Pro Series line, which is constructed of a blended polycarbonate and overmolded ThermoPlastic Elastomer so it can create an impact resistant shield.

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