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11 months ago

Fitbit Force fitness wearable announced, arriving soon for $130

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Latest Fitbit device inches closer to smartwatch territory

Fitbit has today taken the wraps off its latest fitness accessory, a watch-like device known as the Fitbit Force. Consisting mostly of rubber strap, with only a tiny display, the Force is unlike most other smartwatch-type devices — and though you can use it to tell the time and get caller ID information, the main focus is still detailed exercise and sleep tracking. That info can be displayed in more detail once the device itself thanks to the inclusion of an OLED display.

The Fitbit Force will launch in 3 to 4 weeks for $129.95, according to Fitbit's official promo email. Right now you can only sync Fitbit products with a small number of Android devices, however. The official compatibility list shows support for only the Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 2 and OG Galaxy Note 10.1.

Source: Fitbit

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11 months ago

Dropcam introduces its next-generation home monitoring system, Dropcam Pro

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Connected home gadgets are gaining popularity, and Dropcam is right there with its latest offering

When it comes to home monitoring solutions, one name you might be familiar with by now is Dropcam. Over the past few years they've been reworking their home video monitoring and do-it-yourself security solutions for the masses. Today, they've announced their next-generation solution known as Dropcam Pro that the company says offers great video performance, premium audio quality, better wireless connectivity, fast mobile setup and more.

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11 months ago

HTC BoomBass: Bringing some low-end to your HTC One

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... and only to your HTC One

For as impressive as BoomSound is on the HTC One — nothing comes close to those front-facing speakers yet — the phone is still a bit lacking on the low end. Physics are funny like that, of course. And, so, we have the HTC BoomBass.

We've previously taken an early look at a pre-production BoomBass. Now, we've got a working product.

As the name implies, this little square speaker adds bass to your BoomSound experience in a simple and stylish package. But it's not a full-blown Bluetooth speaker. Rather, BoomBass adds some low-end — and only low end — to your HTC One experience, working in (ahem) concert with those front-facing speakers.

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11 months ago

Nexus 7 (2013) Case shows up in Google Play for $49

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A new hard case specifically made for the Nexus 7 and available in four colors

Google's second official case in the Play Store for the Nexus 7 (2013) has just arrived, and it's a hardcover microsuede version that comes in multiple colors. Simply named the "Nexus 7 (2013) Case," it is a molded hard plastic case that wraps around the sides and back of your tablet, with a stitched fabric flap to cover the screen and turn into a stand. 

The case comes in four different color combinations as well, to help fit your style — black/black, white/red, gray/blue and gray/red. Unlike the Nexus 7 sleeve this case is specifically made for the latest version of the Nexus 7, as you would expect with a hard plastic frame.

If the Nexus 7 Sleeve was any indication, the Nexus 7 (2013) Case is priced rather highly at $49.99 before shipping. Shipping options look to break down at $3.99 for 5-10 day, $7.99 for 3-5 day and $11.99 for 2 day. Add in any state sales taxes and you're easily going to break $60 on this case. If you do choose to order, the case is expected to ship by October 9th.

Via: +Nexus

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11 months ago

DODOcases for the Nexus 7 (2013)

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A different kind of case with sophisticated styling and high-quality materials

DODOcase may be best known in the past for making beautiful book bound cases for the iPad since 2010, but in more recent years this San Francisco company has been branching out to phones and tablets from all manufacturers. The case maker prides itself on making its products with that old hand-crafted quality and timeless look, and its selection of cases for the Nexus 7 (2013) are no exception.

While these DODOcases may be more expensive than you're used to paying, you won't feel like you're not getting something for that money. Each of the following four cases seem painstakingly well made, built with quality materials and designed to take the edge off our technology and make it feel a little more friendly. Hang tight after the break and see the entire collection of DODOcases for the Nexus 7 (2013).

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12 months ago

The MiniSuit Keyboard stand case for Nexus 7 (2013)

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Maybe full keyboards just aren't supposed to be made this small

There's no denying that the Nexus 7 is an extremely popular device for gaming, video watching and reading. But even with its small size some people want to do a little more with their tablet in terms of content input. That's where keyboard cases come into play, and on these smaller devices they're walking a fine line between compactness and functionality.

We recently took a look at another keyboard case for the Nexus 7 (2013) by MiniSuit and came away impressed by how capable of a keyboard it was given its size. Can this slimmer, lighter and less bulky version live up to the same standard? Read on after the break and see how it stacks up.

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12 months ago

Hale Dreamer - smart alarm dock for Android - looking for backers on Kickstarter

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Smart alarm dock crafted for Android compatibility

Hale Dreamer is a smart alarm dock specifically made with Android devices in mind. Tailored to cater to your device and your preferences, Hale Dreamer pairs with SmartSilence, an unique application that allows you to choose which contacts can get through to you, and which ones are silenced while you enjoy your snooze. Calls or texts sent from your "VIP" contacts will automatically come through. Alternatively, notifications from contacts who aren't VIP, but are still privileged enough to be included in your custom groups, will be responded to with an automated text message asking if there is an emergency. In the event that there is an emergency, they can choose to respond with "E," prompting a notification on your end. Contacts who are not grouped, or numbers that are unknown will respectively be silenced.

Refined not only in software, the hardware is also crafted to give the ultimate user experience. With dedicated and defined volume knobs, screen brightness controls, snooze button, and music controls, this is one dock that will be a breeze to navigate in the optimum sleeping environment. 

Currently in its first phase at Kickstarter, the developer is looking to get a minimum pledge of $35,000 by the end of October. If the minimum goal is not met, the product will be scrapped, and any and all pledges will not be filled. Catch the video after the break for more information on the Hale Dreamer, or click the source below.

Source: Kickstarter

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12 months ago

The Griffin Motorola X car dock

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Now that we've taken a look at the official Griffin Desktop Dock for the Moto X, it's time to turn our attention to the Griffin Moto X Car Dock. This one's also a pretty simple affair. You get the dock that affixes to either your dash (via the included plastic disc) or windshield — and that's it. No charger, no cables — just a dock to hold your phone and keep it (and you, hopefully) safe and usable in your car.

Inserting your phone into the dock is easy enough, though you'll want to take your time to make sure things fit properly. Start on the end with the microUSB plug, and make sure things are situated. Then ease in the top of the phone. There's enough pressure from that end of the dock to make things stay fast, and there are little rubber tabs on the inside of the dock (you can see them in this picture) that give it some grip over the phone.

And that, basically, is that.

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12 months ago

Griffin desktop dock for the Moto X

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A simple and effective desktop dock for the Moto X

 

Here's a quick look at the official Griffin desktop dock for the Moto X. This is about as simple as it comes, folks. You get a desktop dock on which you place your phone for charging (and syncing, if that's your thing). The phone sits top the microUSB plug just as you'd expect, with a vertical back adding some stability. For power, there's a microUSB port in the back of the dock.

That's it, really. Connecting the phone automatically launches Daydreams — Android's screensaver app, basically — and Touchless Control still works great, so you can bark orders to your phone while it's sitting there.

The base of the dock is beefy, but the phone is going to rock forward and aft a little bit when you touch the screen. To that end, the microUSB plug will tilt forward a few degrees, so you don't have to worry about breaking anything.

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12 months ago

Motorola shipping seems to have ramped up, docks and dev units on their way to happy hands

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If you've ordered a Verizon dev unit, or one of the docking stations for the Moto X from Motorola.com, you'll want to check your order status. 

We're getting reports (as well as shipping notices of our own) that Verizon Moto X and Droid MAXX developer edition phones are shipping, and accessories like docks and cases are on the way as well. We've ordered a couple of docks, which shipped today, but our GSM developer edition phone is still waiting. Moto did mention there could be up to a 7-day lead time on those, though.

Here's hoping your stuff is on the way, so you can stop checking your orders out of frustration multiple times a day. And yes, when our stuff gets here we'll show you all you need to know about it!

Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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1 year ago

Best Motorola Moto X Cases and Covers

The time is now or never to start shopping for the best Motorola Moto X case for you, and we've chosen a handful of staff and community favorites to help you make your decision.

While the Motorola Moto X is still relatively fresh from its release across multiple carriers, the selection of cases is still pretty minimal. That's not to say that there aren't great cases and covers for the Moto X currently available, because there certainly are. And we're going to dive right in to some of those after the break.

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1 year ago

Avivo is releasing some Galaxy S4 cases that are just plain sexy

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A unique three-piece design and countless color combinations offer both protection and great looks

Avivo has been selling their very stylish and unique cases for a while now, and the good news is that they are about to release a line specifically for the Samsung Galaxy S4. The phone is a thundering success, and with so many of them out there it's only natural for some of the "designer" premium case manufacturers to offer their top-of-the-line gear for the Galaxy S4. And that's exactly what Avivo did with the new RAIL Carbonate cases.

Jump past the break, and let's have a good look at what Avivo is bringing to the table.

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1 year ago

ShopAndroid.com end of summer sale: Save a Sizzling 15% on ALL Android cases and Accessories!

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As much as we hate to say it, summer is coming to an end. It's back to school, back to work, and depending where you live ... back to cold weather. We're going to keep the heat with us a little longer though thanks to some sizzling savings in our ShopAndroid.com End of Summer Sale!

Android Central readers can save 15 percent on all Android accessories for the next few days when using coupon code SS13 at checkout. We have tons of cases, batteries, chargers, Bluetooth accessories and more.

The sizzling savings won't last forever though, so take advantage while you can. The sale ends at Midnight PST on Sunday, Sept. 22.

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1 year ago

Chromecast update brings a few 'maintenance' fixes

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Google this morning announced an update to the Chromecast stick that'll roll out over the next week. It's calling this "largely a maintenance release." Here's what's new:

  • Kernel update
  • Security fixes
  • Robustness improvements
  • Security enhancements

Find more in our Chromecast forums.

Source: Google Chrome Releases

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1 year ago

EverDock wants to be the one charging dock for every device you own

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A simple universal dock with a few neat features seeks crowd funding

Well-made and nice-looking universal docks that work with a variety of devices are hard to come by, and the folks at FUZ Designs are hoping to solve that problem with a Kickstarter campaign to make the EverDock. The goal of EverDock is to provide a single docking solution that can work with any phone or tablet by providing a basic stand that can incorporate with any cord and connector of your choice.

The dock, which is made out of solid aluminum, has a channel underneath that can accommodate any plug, including standard MicroUSB, Apple Lightning or 30-pin and other similar multi-pin proprietary connectors from other manufacturers. The EverDock also takes advantage of micro-suction technology, meaning that the dock will stick to almost any surface and let you easily remove your phones or tablets without the dock moving.

If you choose to back the project on Kickstarter, you'll have a variety of options. The cheapest way to get in will be with an "Early-bird Special" at $39 for a silver EverDock or $59 for a silver EverDock Duo (that holds two devices). Upwards from there, you'll find options for two and three packs of EverDocks and EverDock Duos in a variety of color options as well. As for timing, assuming the project is funded FUZ Designs expects to ship the EverDock by the holidays.

You can find more information and a full description of the item at the source links below.

More: FUZ Designs; Kickstarter

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