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4 weeks ago

Tile introduces the Slim, its thinnest way to keep track of your stuff

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Tile has introduced a thinner way to keep track of your favorite devices with the Tile Slim. Previously, Tile needed to go on a key ring and was a bit clunky, but their development team has redesigned it to be much thinner. Now you can stick a Tile to your computer, tablet and other devices.

For those not familiar, Tile is a Bluetooth tracking device that can help you locate your items by sound when it is out of sight. If the audible alert doesn't help you find it, you can hop into the app and check its last known location on a map, and even use the Tile community to help you find the item.

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4 weeks ago

Best cases for Galaxy Note 5

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What's the best case for Galaxy Note 5? Here are a few of our favorites!

Your Galaxy Note 5 is a big phone, which means more phone to love, but more phone to break. Protect it with a decent case - from rugged, armored types to thin, low-profile cases, there are a ton to choose from.

We've curated the best of the best, just for you.

UPDATE: We're constant researching the absolute best cases for the Galaxy Note 5. This latest update on August 30th, 2016, represents the best of the best.

Abacus 24-7 wallet case

Abacus 24-7

Your Note 5 is a BIG phone and there isn't much sense in carrying around both a wallet and your phone, so combine the two with the Abacus 24-7 wallet case!

You have three spots for cards and a little slot for some cash, so grab your essentials and ditch the extra bulk in your pockets. The Abacus 24-7 is made of synthetic leather, which makes it nice and flexible, so folding it back into a stand is easy and hands-free viewing is comfortable – you won't have to constantly adjust.

Comes in black, brown, blue, or purple.

For around $10, you really can't go wrong with this one from Abacus.

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Ringke Fusion Crystal

Ringke Fusion

The Ringke Fusion comes out on top for a solid clear case for the Galaxy Note 5. Not only is this hard case slim, but it shows off the Note 5's good looks through its transparent plastic. Although it features a scratch resistant coating, it's likely you're going to pick up some imperfections on the case over time, but better on the case than your Note! You'll find TPU plugs on the bottom that keep debris from infiltrating your ports, and a bonus screen protector is included in case you haven't picked one up yet.

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Poetic Affinity

Poetic Affinity

Poetic's hybrid Affinity case has a hard polycarbonate back with a TPU bumper around the edge, so you're covered from bumps, dings, scratches, and drops all around. The raised bezel on the front prevents your Note 5's screen from getting scratched if you lay it face-down, and you still have access to all buttons, ports, and the S Pen.

You can also add a sense of your personal style to your Affinity, since you can opt for black, blue, pink, or clear TPU.

The TPU bumper around the edge of your Note 5 is ridged, allowing you to securely grip the phone and making it pretty hard for it to slide out of your hand.

If you want to maintain your Note 5's natural beauty, but also want a protective case with a little something extra in terms of style, go for the Poetic Affinity.

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SUPCASE Heavy Duty Case and Holster

SUPCASE Heavy Duty

Just because you want superior protection for your Galaxy Note 5 doesn't mean you need to drop big bucks on an OtterBox. SUPCASE's Heavy Duty Combo provides that next-level protection at a fraction of the price. A built-in screen protector shields your display from scratches and the polycarbonate shell with a flexible TPU enhances grip while handling impacts like a boss. Its rugged design looks tough in any color — especially matched with the included belt clip holster.

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Spigen Slim Armor Case

Spigen Slim Armor

Rocking a built-in kickstand and dual-layers that do a lot for impact control, the Spigen Slim Armor Case for Galaxy Note 5 is a great choice for protection and functionality. The TPU core helps to enhance grip around the edges while the smooth polycarbonate shell looks and feels great in the hand. While side buttons are raised, they sit flush with the rest of the case to retain a slim design. The Slim Armor Case comes in gunmetal, champagne gold, metal slate, or violet.

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Urban Armor Gear Case

UAG

Offering a rugged design that doesn't bulk up your Galaxy Note 5 any more than it should is the Urban Armor Gear Case. This slim hard cover snaps around your new Note and features a feather-light way to protect against even some of the harshest drops. Constructed to meet military standards, the hybrid design features both TPU and polycarbonate materials fused into one solid solution. There's plenty of texture to enjoy on this case along with reinforced corners for optimal impact control. Colors include black, clear, gray, orange, red, and white.

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Spigen Ultra Hybrid

Spigen Ultra Hybrid

The Spigen Ultra Hybrid case is the perfect blend of a hard polycarbonate back and flexible TPU bumper that makes for excellent protection from bumps and scratches and helps to prevent shattering, thanks to the shock-absorbing air cushions in each of its corners.

The best part of this clear case is how well it fits – it feels sturdy and strong on your Note 5 and fits very snugly, so you don't feel your phone moving around inside.

Don't worry about the smooth polycarbonate either – the TPU bumper is textured and won't slip out of your hand.

If you're after a well-fitting clear case that amps up protection better than some other clear cases, then check out the Spigen Ultra Hybrid.

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Caseology Wavelength Series

Caseology Wavelength

This unique hybrid cover has grip written all over it. The Caseology Wavelength Series Case for Galaxy Note 5 adds a bit of flare to your device while shielding it from impacts and scratches. There's a durable polycarbonate frame that's smooth to the touch, but the matching TPU that surrounds most of it is what adds a firm grip when held. Side buttons are raised through the plastic frame for an easier press, while the camera and ports are left open. The Wavelength Case comes in black, pink, navy blue, or mint.

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What's on your Note 5?

Are you using a great case for your Note 5 that I didn't mention? Let us know in the comments below!

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4 weeks ago

Sonos opens its platform to Spotify Connect and Amazon's Alexa

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Your Sonos hardware is about to become a lot more useful.

Sonos has announced that the company will be opening up to Spotify Connect beginning in October, allowing you to control your music from within the Spotify app. This is a huge change from the way that Sonos has operated to date by pushing all music management through its own controller app. Using the Spotify app on both mobile and desktop, you'll soon be able to select the songs you want to play, the speakers you want to play them through, without having to bounce between various apps.

You and your guests will now be able to open the Spotify app and change the music instead of having to download the Sonos controller.

Sonos says that more than 50% of its users are also using Spotify with Sonos hardware. With people having friends over and entertaining using their Sonos speakers, guests will now be able to open their Spotify app and change the music instead of having to download the Sonos controller and set it up. As part of these changes, a future update will allow you to no longer need to be on the same wireless network as your speakers to control it. You'll be able to control what is playing, and how loud it plays, from a cellular connection as well.

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4 weeks ago

Best GPS trackers for kids

Best GPS trackers for kids

What are the best GPS trackers for kids?

It can be difficult to keep track of your children, and it can also be hard to gauge when it's appropriate to get them a cell phone or something a bit more mature in order to keep in contact with them.

GPS trackers are fantastic, potentially life-saving tools that help keep track of your little ones, so you won't have to worry about where they are. Just have them wear their GPS tracker like a watch, and the rest is up to your watchful eyes.

Here are a few great options to check out if you're looking for the best GPS trackers for your kids!

KOREX Waterproof Babysitter Smartwatch

KOREX Waterproof Babysitter Smartwatch

Waterproof, reliable, and programmed with real-time GPS tracking, the KOREX Waterproof Babysitter Smartwatch is a cost-efficient tracker to consider if you're looking for a wearable GPS device for your kids.

The KOREX comes with a plethora of features, including smooth two way talking, waterproofing, immediate SOS emergency alert, and a Smart Alarm for homework reminders, waking up in the morning, and more. The smart watch even comes with an Electric Fence feature in which parents will be notified if their children leave a specifically indicated secure area.

By using two tracking methods – GPS+LBS – parents are able to get a more accurate reading on precisely where their child may be. Parents can even use a remote listening option to simply hear where their child is to check up on them without being too intrusive.

The KOREX can be set up with up to 16 contacts, so your child will be able to get in touch with numerous people if something goes wrong, and if you're worried about a stranger reaching out to your child via the watch, the KOREX can only dial and receive calls from numbers already programmed into the device.

The GPS tracker comes in two different colors: baby pink and powder blue, and will only work with a SIM card that supports 2G Gaud-band.

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Tinitell

Tinitell

Stylish looking with a simple, modern design, the Tinitell GPS tracker is an innovative new smartband that worked effortlessly with an app from your smartphone.

Tinitell isn't only an interesting-looking, modern device, it's also an incredibly durable and resilient GPS tracker. Tinitell is designed to take some abuse, including splashing water and dirt (although the device itself isn't 100% waterproof by any means).

With your smartphone, you can connect and monitor your child with a precise GPS tracker, and you can even call your child using the Tinitell app. The smartband can have up to 12 contacts listed, so they never have to worry about being stranded without anyone to reach out to if they're in trouble. To make a call, all they have to do is press the front of the band, say the name of the person they'd like to contact, and that's it!

The Tinitell comes in four different, vibrant colors, including aqua, coral, charcoal, and indigo. You can use a Ting SIM card with your Tinitell for around $12 a month.

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GBD-GPS Tracker Kids Smartwatch

GBD-GPS Tracker Kids Smartwatch

With all-day tracking, three-way positioning, and even an additional fitness tracker element, the GBD-GPS Tracker Kids Smartwatch aims to make monitoring your children as effortless (and as accurate!) as possible.

Using a micro-SIM card, the GBD-GPS tracker is not only able to make two-way calls, but also immediate SOS emergency calls if your child comes in contact with unexpected danger. While some GPS tracking devices use one or two ways of triangulating your child's location, the GBD-GPS uses GPS, AGPS, and LBS positioning to paint a more accurate picture of where your child may be.

The GBD tracker allows parents to erect an Electric Fence, giving your child boundaries that will set off an alarm on your smartphone if crossed. If need be, parents can also call their child on their smartwatch for easy two-way talking, and can even use the app to set remote alarms and reminders for their children.

The GBD-GPS comes in three neon colors, including blue, green, and bright pink, so there's a color option to match almost every child's favorites.

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LG GizmoPal

 LG GizmoPal

Reliable, well-priced, and easy to setup and use, the LG GizmoPal is a popular GPS tracker for kids that won't break the bank.

The LG GizmoPal is a simple GPS tracker that works in tandem with your smartphone and uses a voice clock that calls out the time rather than have it displayed on a watch face. The device communicates through beeps and sounds and doesn't have a screen, meaning it's more of a simple accessory than a traditional watch.

Parents are able to call their children, set reminders, and monitor where their child is throughout the day using the GizmoPal's compatible app. Parents are even able to set up their own Electric Fences which will set off an alarm if its boundaries are broken at any time.

Unfortunately, the GizmoPal only comes in one design and can only store up to four contacts. It comes in a powdered and royal blue design with a cartoon car and truck pattern all over the front of the GPS tracker.

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dokiWatch

dokiWatch

Though the dokiWatch is designed for children 6 to 12, its sleek and modern looking design, high-quality, reliability, and wide range of color options make it a stylish (and incredibly practical) GPS tracker for people of all ages.

The dokiWatch claims that it's the world's most advanced 3G smartwatch for kids, and there's a lot to support that statement. The dokiWatch combines precise GPS, GSM, and Wi-Fi tracking technology with video call capabilities, voice calling, one-way text messages, fitness tracking, and so much more.

The smartwatch automatically uploads location data directly to your smartphone, meaning you'll never have to guess where your child is. Video and voice calling is almost instantaneous, while parents can remotely schedule their child's appointments and reminders from the dokiWatch's compatible app.

With the dokiWatch, children can send out SOS alerts if they're in immediate danger to their preset contacts, including their location and a recording of their surroundings. Parents can even enable Class Mode which will remove the distraction of the device while their child is in class by deactivating it at specific times.

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What's your favorite?

Is there a GPS tracker you've been using that you're extremely happy with? Please let us know which model is your favorite in the comments and we'll be sure to check it out!

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4 weeks ago

SanDisk Extreme 64GB is yours for just £17 on Amazon

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Amazon is selling the SanDisk Extreme family of microSDXC cards, in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants. This promotion is part of Amazon's Lightening Deals and will be ending at 2p.m. BST. The 64GB option is usually £30.99, but for the limited time it's only £17.49.

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4 weeks ago

Wear your Android '7' Nougat pride with this delicious new t-shirt

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The best way to celebrate Nougat isn't by eating it — it's by wearing it!

Android 7.0 Nougat is rolling out to the world right now, and if you're running a Nexus phone, you may even have it (with or without our help)!

To celebrate its launch, we've designed a special edition, limited run t-shirt that shows the new confectionary in its best light: in the form of a "7"! The shirt (and matching hoodie) is inspired by the life-size pistachio-filled nougat bars that grace the front of the Google campus, a design (and name) that was unveiled after months of teasing.

The shirt is available in men's and women's styles, and in four colors (the hoodie in two colors) so you can find the Nougat that fits your life. And, of course, there's a little AC logo on the back — because you have to represent.

Get one now — before they're all gone!

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4 weeks ago

The new Fitbit Flex 2 and Charge 2 are worth your time

What are the new Fitbit Charge 2 and Fitbit Flex 2 and where can you get them?

Fitbit always seems to offer the right product at the right time. It anticipated the rise of fitness wearables all the way back in 2008, when it debuted the original titular product, and has slowly iterated on that basic design since its first commercial undertaking, the Ultra, in 2011.

Fitbit had its iPhone moment in 2013 when it debuted the Flex, its first wrist-worn wearable, to much acclaim. The proposition was simple: a small module that lived inside a comfortable rubberized band, that tracks steps and sleep and uploads them to the cloud through an Android app.

Since then, the company has enjoyed plenty of success with follow-up products like the Charge and Charge HR, and no shortage of controversy (and lawsuits) from people complaining that the metal in them causes irritation. Fitbit even fully recalled its Force band in 2014 stemming from a high number of complaints.

But through all of this, it has maintained a strong dominance in the fitness tracker market, even as companies like Apple and Google have encroached with more expensive and far more capable (and confusing) alternatives. Now, Fitbit is debuting two new products, sequels to its two most popular lines, the Flex 2 and Charge 2, and they feel like the products that, in many ways, should have happened years ago.

Read more at iMore

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1 month ago

Best wireless charging pads for Galaxy Note 7

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Best wireless charging stands for Galaxy Note 7

What's the best wireless charger for Galaxy Note 7? Any that are Fast Charge-enabled!

The Galaxy Note 7 has a big ol' 3500 mAh battery, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's going to last you all day if you push the phone hard. That huge 5.7-inch screen and high-end specs take a lot to power and you might need to charge up throughout your day.

A wireless charger lets you remain free of annoying cables, so you can just pick up your phone, do what you need to do, and put it right back on the charger. There are a ton of wireless charging stands, but not all of them are compatible with Samsung's Fast Charge.

We've rounded up the best of the best and all of these chargers are Fast Charge-enabled so that you don't have to wait around all day for a fill-up.

Note: For all of these charging stands and pads (except Samsung), you must use the wall adapter that came with your Note 7. Otherwise, you'll be getting regular Qi charging and not Fast Charge.

Samsung Fast Charge Qi wireless charging stand

Samsung Fast Charge

The best route to go when looking at proprietary charging methods is the manufacturer itself and Samsung's Fast Charge Qi wireless charging stand is the sure-fire way to true Fast Charging for your Note 7.

Samsung Fast Charge wireless charging stand review

This model is upright, so that you can keep an eye on your Note 7 and keep it on display without having to stop charging.

The Samsung Fast Charge stand even comes with a Fast Charge wall adapter, just in case you lost the one that came with your phone or would rather keep it by your bedside and have an extra to carry around with you.

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Seneo Fast Charge wireless stand

Seneo

Seneo's stand is another great option that lets you keep using your Note 7 without having to interrupt charging. It's a larger charger (rhyme time!) than Samsung's, but that just means more support for your Note 7 and less rocking back and forth if you're using the S Pen or texting with your thumbs.

The nice part about this stand is the way the coils are placed – you can charge your Note 7 vertically or horizontally, so you can keep your movie or YouTube video while charging.

An excellent safety feature is the LED indicator which turns blue when the stand is receiving power and turns green when it begins charging your Note 7.

If you like your Note 7 to remain upright while charging so that you can remain productive, then check out Seneo's wireless stand.

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Pleson wireless charger

Pleson

Pleson's wireless charger is your typical wireless charging fare in a stylish, clear package that has a sleep-friendly LED indicator that turns on to let you know your Note 7 is charging and turns off after 10 seconds.

The neatest thing about the LED indicator is that it tells you whether or not you're charging normally or Fast Charging. Blue is normal and a green indicator means Fast Charge.

This charger also features surge and short circuit protection, so you won't fry your big, beautiful, expensive phone.

If you like an unobtrusive wireless charging pad that allows you to make sure you're fast charging, check out the Pleson wireless charger.

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Nekteck Fast Charge wireless charger

Nekteck

Nekteck's Fast Charge wireless charging pad is your classic black wireless charging pad that reliably gets the job done.

It's got a rubber ring on the bottom so that it isn't slipping and sliding all over your desk or table and its LED indicator will let you know when your Note 7 is charging.

If you want a sharp-looking, reliable wireless charging pad, check out this one from Nekteck.

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Itian Qi charging stand

Itian

Itian's upright charging isn't just Fast-Charge compatible — it's only for Samsung phones with Fast Charge capability. That's probably a bit downside for some who may have other Qi phones now or in the future, and something to seriously keep in mind.

This is a 10W charger, so you'll want to be somewhat careful with it, but don't fear it. It does exactly what it's supposed to: Fast Charge your Note 7. It will only work if you place your phone on it vertically; horizontal is a no-go.

If you want an exclusively Fast Charging wireless charging stand, then Itian's stand is the only way to go.

See at Amazon

What keeps you charged?

Are you using an awesome Fast Charge wireless charger not mentioned here? Sound off in the comments below!

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1 month ago

Grab this ultra-slim wireless charging pad for just $9

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Right now you can grab Seneo's Qi wireless charging pad for just $9 at Amazon with coupon code MKLDCW5I. This price is an $11 savings from its usual $20 price point, making it quite a deal. Coming in at only 7mm thin, this charging pad is ultra-portable and you likely won't notice it in your travel bags, on your desk or nightstand. You will need a phone that supports wireless charging in order to make use of it, but if you are tired of trying to plug your phone in while it is dark, this is a great investment for you.

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1 month ago

Best accessories for the Nexus 6P

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Best Accessories for Nexus 6P

Want to get the most out of your Nexus 6P? Check out these great accessories!

Your Nexus 6P is a powerful device, and right out of the box it works like a dream. Of course, you can always turn your Nexus 6P into a force to be reckoned with by getting a few little extras.

Accessories are the spice of life — they change your phone from ordinary to extraordinary. If you want to kick up the wow-factor with your Nexus 6P, take a look at these awesome accessories we have rounded up for you.

Chromecast

Chromecast

If you haven't heard of Chromecast you probably live under a rock! All joking aside, we can't recommend this great device enough.

Chromecast is a small, little receiver that plugs into your TV via the HDMI port and allows you to stream the display from your phone onto your TV screen. You can look at pictures, watch video, and even play music through Chromecast, making it great for entertaining everybody.

There are plenty of Chromecast-compatible apps and the number is growing. As long as you have Wi-Fi in your home (or wherever you plan on using it) Chromecast will take you to bigger and better screens!

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Maxboost tempered glass screen protector

It's hard to enhance the wow-factor of your Nexus 6P if the screen is cracked or smashed — that's why screen protectors are so great!

This is a tempered glass screen protector which means it's going to give you the best protection against scratches and scrapes. The Maxboost protector is hydrophobic and oleophobic which means you shouldn't have to keep wiping your screen as it will be resistant to the oil on your fingertips.

It's worth mentioning that Maxboost has a lifetime warranty for their screen protector, so if it ever does scratch they will ship you a new one free of charge!

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Anker PowerCore+

If you are constantly running out of battery power on your Nexus 6P, we have the ultimate solution for you.

Anker's PowerCore+ is a beast! It has a huge capacity of 20100mAh, which means it can fully charge your Nexus 6P five times before you need to charge it again! On top of its huge capacity, it also has two USB ports, allowing you to charge multiple devices at once.

It's quite small for having such a large capacity, making it perfect for carrying around. It's also a rugged in design, so minor scrapes and drops shouldn't hurt it too much, making it great for camping or road trips!

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Cable Creation 10ft charging cable

You may be thinking this seems a little ridiculous, but you have no idea just how useful a long charging cord can be until you try it.

This 10-foot long cable will allow you to move around while still charging your Nexus 6P. Vacuuming the living room? Cooking in the kitchen? It's never been easier to have the freedom to roam around the room.

The cord is wrapped in a fabric weave to give it a stylish look, but it also makes the wire inside fully protected from the outside. If you spill anything on this cord it could stain, but it shouldn't really affect it's performance at all.

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Photos Live Case

Photo Live case

Straight from Google themselves, the Photo Live case is meant to be as unique as you want it to be. It's a simple one shell case that features a photo of your choosing, making it perfect for treasuring a precious moment, highlighting your favorite photo, or even using a unique print from your favorite artist.

The Photos Live case also has an app you can download in order to turn your wallpaper into a rolling slideshow, making it feel like your case is integrated into your Home screen!

A case like this, could make you the talk of all your friends or even make a timeless gift for a close friend or loved one. The Photo Live case is available for all Nexus phones.

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What's your best accessory?

Tell us how much you love your favorite accessory for your Nexus 6P. Leave a comment in the comment section below!

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1 month ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 accessories are now available at ShopAndroid

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ShopAndroid is now full of the best Samsung Galaxy Note 7 accessories, so check them out!

If you've recently picked up the Galaxy Note 7, odds are that you have been looking around at some accessories to pick up for it. Luckily, ShopAndroid has you covered with all of your needs, from cases to battery packs, Bluetooth speakers, memory cards and much more. We've got top brands like SanDisk, Belkin, Seidio and more in stock, and some pretty great bundles as well.

Whether it is protection that you seek for the phone or something to keep it mounted in the car, we've got you covered. Be sure to head over to the ShopAndroid Store for all your Galaxy Note 7 accessory needs, and remember, orders over $50 ship for free!

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1 month ago

Best clear cases for OnePlus 3

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Best clear cases for OnePlus 3

What's the best clear case for OnePlus 3? Here are our favorites!

The OnePlus 3 might be a budget phone option, but that doesn't mean you don't want to protect your investment.

Its aluminum body is beautifully designed and if you love your OnePlus 3 naked but know you should protect it, go with a clear case!

Here are a few to get you started.

TUDIA Ultra Slim

TUDIA Ultra Slim

TUDIA's clear cases are some of the best money can buy, and that's because they fit very well and stand up to short drops, bumps, and scratches quite valiantly.

The Ultra Slim is made of clear TPU, which is soft and flexible, but not so smooth that your OnePlus 3 will fall out of your hand. Quite the opposite, actually – it has a grippy textured that makes it feel solid in your hand.

The raised bezel on the front and back keep your screen and camera safe from scratches and all ports and buttons are precisely cut out, so there's no need to take it on and off to charge.

If you're after a well-fitting, great-feeling clear case for your OnePlus 3, then check out the TUDIA Ultra Slim.

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Love Ying Ultra Slim

Love Ying

Love Ying makes some great minimalist cases that show off your OnePlus 3 in style, since you can opt for the completely clear version or you can go for translucent mint, pink, or purple.

No matter what color you choose, you'll get a great-feeling case made of soft TPU, which is excellent for shock absorption and its flexibility makes it easy to put on and take off.

All the necessary buttons and ports are cut out, so there's no hassle when it comes to usage and its ultra slim design means that there's little to no bulk or weight added to your OnePlus 3. It's like one of those flesh-colored body suits – for your phone! (Also it's clear).

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Ringke Fusion

Ringke Fusion

The Ringke Fusion is the perfect blend of solid bump and scratch protection and flexible shock absorption. It's made of hard polycarbonate, but all around the edges of your OnePlus 3 is soft TPU. Having your corners covered in TPU is paramount, since we all know what happens to a phone when it's dropped on its corner (if you don't, Google it and weep along with the owners).

You can opt for the Crystal View version, which features a totally clear TPU bumper, or you can go with the Smoke Black version, which has a translucent black bumper, for a bit of added flair.

The neat thing about the Ringke Fusion is that you're sent a DIY template for dressing up the back of your case. It's basically a piece of cardboard that's the perfect size so that you can cut out photos, trim them, and stick them in your case. Change the look of your case every day if you want or just keep it clear.

The Ringke Fusion is the perfect blend of minimalism and protection and the option to customize the back is just gravy!

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Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit

Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit

Cruzerlite's Bugdroid Circuit case is a must-have for any Android superfan. The case is clear with a circuit pattern and the Bugdroid logo featured on the back. So, if you want a case that shows off your OnePlus 3 but still want a bit of a design and something to spruce it up, it's perfect.

You don't have to go with totally clear, if that's not your jam. The Bugdroid Circuit case comes in eight translucent colors, from black to bright teal, so take your pick or buy a few, since they're only about $10.

These cases aren't just pretty faces for your OnePlus 3; they're made of durable TPU that absorbs falls and keeps scratches at bay.

If you're up for a clear case but want something with a little more oomph, then check out Cruzerlite's Bugdroid Circuit.

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Orzly Fusion

Orzly Fusion

Orzly's version of the Fusion features a hard, totally clear polycarbonate back and a reinforced rubber bumper all around the edge of your OnePlus 3 that really takes the cake for shock absorption.

Instead of being cut out, the buttons are covered and raised, which makes pressing them – especially while in your pocket – that much easier. The cutouts for the ports are precise and do not impact function whatsoever.

The rubber bumper around the case gives your OnePlus 3 a solid, grippy feel that's secure in your hand and that reinforced rubber adds a teeny bit of weight, but it's a good, strong-feeling weight.

If you're up for some excellently solid protection, then check out the Orzly Fusion.

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HOTCOOL Ultra Thin

HOTCOOL Ultra Thin

If you really want to go for the absolutely naked look, then the HOTCOOL Ultra Thin is your best choice by far. It's incredibly thin, weighs less than 2 ounces, and honestly looks like it's not even there.

It's made from soft, flexible TPU, which is better for shock absorption than hard cases. It covers the power and volume buttons and raises them slightly so that you can be more accurate when your OnePlus 3 is in your pocket, but they won't feel obtrusive with your phone in your hand.

The best part of this case is just how minimalist it is. A great phone feels great in your hand and this case is about as close as you'll get to that naked feeling without compromising protection. That being said, the thinner the case, the less protection you'll receive, so understand that the HOTCOOL Ultra Thin is best-suited to protecting from scratches, light bumps, and short falls – it is by no means rugged.

If you don't want to go for clear, it also comes in translucent black, gold, mint, and pink.

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What's on your phone?

Are you using an awesome clear case on your OnePlus 3 that I neglected to mention? Let me know what you recommend in the comments below!

OnePlus 3

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1 month ago

How to capture amazing video on your Galaxy phone

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How do I capture better video on my Galaxy phone? With a little help from these tools!

Almost anyone, regardless of age or skill level, can play around with experimenting and shooting video on their Galaxy device.

With the help from some tools, a couple of simple tips, and some editing apps, you can turn your phone videos into some beautiful, memorable visual masterpieces. Plus, shooting video with your Galaxy is a blast because of its wide selection of toys and gear, room for creativity, and overall ease.

Shooting professional-looking video with your Galaxy phone is better than you think, so here's what you need to get started on your next mobile Hollywood blockbuster!

Gear

Just like someone who shoots professionally, you need some decent gear to capture the best quality video. However, because we aren't shooting anything too terribly intense, there's no need to break the bank or purchase crazy expensive equipment (unless you really really want to).

There are many inexpensive options available out there to bump up your overall Galaxy video quality, and the best part is you can choose to use one piece of gear, or all of them at once!

These are a few pieces of video equipment to consider using while shooting with your Galaxy phone.

External Lenses

External Lenses

Similar to a DSLR camera, switching up your lenses can change what your videos look like, how they feel, and the overall quality of your clips.

With the help of an external lens, it's easy to get creative and shoot your subject at different angles. You'll be more likely to do something unique with a fisheye, wide-angle, macro, or any other external piece rather than just your standard Galaxy camera. All you have to do is attach the lens, aim, and start recording.

Depending on the type of lens you're looking at shooting with, the prices can vary. Some can cost as little as a couple of dollars online (with decidedly low quality), while others can go up to $500+ for more serious phone videographers.

At the end of the day, the way you shoot will also influence the type lenses you buy. If you're looking to shoot more still, calmer videos, then magnetized or clamp-based lenses may be a great idea; if you're looking to shoot video that's a bit more fast-paced and intense, then you'll have to spring for a set of lenses that attach with a case (or even maybe find one that's waterproof).

Check out the XENVO Premium Lens Kit as a high-quality, reliable first lens option that won't leave you bankrupt.

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Tripod

Tripod

If you're looking to keep your shots steady and even, then using a tripod with your Galaxy is a must.

It doesn't matter if you're trying to capture a time lapse video, or attempting to get the perfect angle for your Instagram post, a tripod keeps your footage looking crisp and clean, taking your video from "Obviously shot on a Smartphone" to "Woah!"

Tripod types vary depending on the size of camera it's meant to mount, so it's unnecessary to spend a ton of money on something that specifically holds a larger DSLR or a video camera.

Smaller, less rigid tripods that move, twist, and bend in all directions work extremely well in tight spaces and weird positions, making them the best for shooting with your Galaxy phone as you can get the most creative results. You can pick up something like the JOBY GripTight GorillaPod to get the intended result.

As a bonus, smaller tripods that bend are also easier for storage, so it's great for shooting video on the go.

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External light source

External light source

Whether you're taking video of a friend's party, shooting action-packed skateboarding stunts, getting a timelapse at the lake, or anything in between, there's probably going to be room for an external light source to amp up your video quality.

Even though your Galaxy phone's flash produces quite a bit of light, it may not work while recording video. And although you can use the recording option in tandem with some flashlight apps, this can unfortunately oversaturate the image and wash-out the video if you don't have control over how much light is let in.

An external light is a great piece of equipment for recording video because there are plenty of options to pick from depending on the type of video you want to shoot. For example, the Universal Dimmable cell phone light is a great option if you're looking to brighten up your photos without jumping through any hoops.

There are more durable ones for action-packed videos, or simple LED lights for interviews, and with lights like these you can typically adjust and control the flood of light that you let into frame so nothing looks too washed-out.

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Microphone

Microphone

If you're just looking to film fun little montages or music videos, a microphone isn't a necessary piece of gear to have — your phone's mic will do just fine. But if you're looking to talk to people on camera and have every syllable picked up on audio, or record crystal-clear ambient sound, then looking into a portable microphone for your Galaxy phone might be a great option to consider.

Microphones can give some incredible sound quality to videos, even if the footage isn't 100% top-of-the-line: people watching videos can't stand barely-intelligible audio. Even though most modern Android phones have numerous microphones, having something like a case attached, or even the way you hold the phone, can cover the holes, severely distort the sound quality.

While microphones for video and DSLR cameras can be a few hundred dollars, you can find some compatible microphones for your Galaxy online that won't be too terribly expensive. The Rode Videomicro Compact microphone is under a hundred dollars and makes sound clear as crystal!

Keep in mind that while you're shooting video, the microphone will add some weight to your phone, so shooting with a tripod or a stabilizer might be a great option to keep your footage steady and pro-looking.

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Gear bag

Gear bag

Keeping your items stored can make sure that none of your gear gets damaged as you're moving around and shooting. Whether you're spending a lot or a little on video equipment, you want it to be working properly when you find the perfect shot.

You can either opt for a large, bulkier gear bag, or something a bit smaller depending on what you use to shoot.

If you're just shooting with external lenses, then a smaller roll-like bag, like the Photojojo Photographer's Pouch, could be good at keeping everything separated and neat, but if you're shooting with various tripods and lights, you might want something a bit bigger.

There are tons of options to pick from, but the key is to find something compartmentalized. Keep in mind that all this gear isn't as gigantic as DSLR gear, so even using DSLR bags designed for lenses that have multiple sections may be a good idea for hauling you Galaxy video equipment.

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Shooting Tips

The ability to capture decent video is something most smartphones are capable of nowadays.

The difference between a cool video and an amazing video usually has way more to do with the person holding the camera, and the cool thing about people is they don't require a software update.

With that in mind, here's a couple of quick tips for shooting video on Android.

Vertical Videos

There's no nice way to say this, so I'll just come out and say it: if you're holding your phone vertically while recording video, you're doing it wrong.

The video you capture in portrait looks terrible to anyone watching the video, because the video doesn't fill the screen and makes enjoying the video you captured much more difficult. Any chance you have to turn your phone landscape to record video, you should absolutely do so. The resulting video will look much better, especially if you upload to services like YouTube for the world to see.

It's also worth pointing out that if you start recording a video vertically and rotate your phone to horizontal in the middle of recording, the video will not rotate with you. Instead you'll get something that is entirely unwatchable, because not only will the video be vertical but it will also be sideways.

Know when to use 4K

Lots of modern Android smartphones let you crank up the video resolution to 4K, and while this is an incredibly cool way to future-proof your videos by making sure the quality stands up to the test of time there's a few things about 4K that can cause problems for you.

Not only is recording 4K video incredibly expensive as far as processing power and local storage goes, but most of the first and second generation 4K-capable Android phones sacrifice things like video smoothing and stability for that higher resolution. This means 4K recording by someone with shaky hands or an attempt to capture something moving especially fast can actually wind up looking worse when recording in this higher resolution mode.

The best way to be sure your videos are going to be the best is to test out things like 4K before you go to capture something important, and be aware of the limitations found in whatever device you are recording with.

Be quiet

Whether you're running after something to catch a video of it, or you're just a loud breather all the time, it's important to be aware of how the sounds you make affect the video you are recording.

Shouting at someone on the other side of a Baseball field while holding a camera three feet from your face, for example, is a sure-fire way to cause everyone watching your video to cringe. It's not just shouting, in fact when you record something in a quiet place your Android camera could easily pick up on the sound of you breathing and focus on that instead of whatever you are recording.

It's not an easy problem to solve unless you are aware it is happening, and the easiest way to do that is to just pay attention to the sounds you are making and your proximity to the camera.

Settings

Every Android manufacturer does things just a little differently, and on top of that there are plenty of apps out there to take things even further with photos and videos. Being aware of what your app is capable of sets you up to record even better videos, as well as new kinds of videos that you never thought would be fun to capture.

The video settings menu for your camera app is your friend, and through it you could find yourself capturing 4K videos with laser focus, slow motion videos of your friend getting thrown in the pool, or even HRD video when you're in a place with questionable lighting.

The end result is better videos for every occasion, which isn't a big deal until you pull your phone out to capture that perfect moment. Use your settings, and have fun with your video!

Editing Apps

After shooting video on your phone, you'll want to be able to edit together your footage without exporting it to a computer.

Some editing programs are quite expensive, but you can edit creatively straight from your Galaxy phone screen without much hassle as long as you have the right apps to work with.

Here are a couple of editing apps that go hand-in-hand with shooting video on your Galaxy!

FilmoraGo

FilmoraGo is one the best option you have for smoothly editing through the footage you've captured with your Galaxy. One, because it's easy to follow along and understand the app's instructions, two, because the app has an incredible amount of creative options, and three, because it's just a great, overall video-editing tool!

After selecting the video clips you would like to string together, Filmora will give you little tips as your go throughout your editing process. If you think this is annoying, you can turn the option off when you first start compiling your video.

The variety of themes within the app give the user a ton of fun creative control, and if you didn't want to waste your time doing step-by-step editing, popping on a theme is a great alternative. You can pick from themes like fashion, 80's, winter, Chaplain, and much more.

With FilmoraGo, you can also get a bit more detailed with your video editing, adding in colored filters, titles, overlays, and more, all while editing the speed, the volume, and the length of specific clips.

Overall, FilmoraGo is a really fantastic, easy to use app that makes editing from your phone not only simple and headache-free, but also super fun! You'll soon be playing around with your settings, finding weird ways to splice clips together, and figuring out all the ways to turn your Galaxy videos into true Hollywood blockbusters.

Download: FilmoraGo (free)

VivaVideo

Slap a filter on it, add some music, and edit to your hearts content with VivaVideo, an unique Instagram-like video editor for your Galaxy phone!

The theme option is particularly great if you want some flashing editing and transition effects along with a couple of colored filters and some funky music. The great thing about VivaVideo is the wide variety of options that come along with the app, including themes that cater to country life, romance, pop art, retro, and more.

You can also add music to your Galaxy videos, or choose to keep the music going underneath your video from the theme you pick. With VivaVideo, you can even add special effects to your video, along with transitions, text, filters, and stickers to make your final product truly unique.

The worst part about VivaVideo? The watermark in the lower right corner. While the app is free to download, it costs $2.99 to be able to export your video without a watermark, and $3.99 to remove the watermark, remove the video duration limit, and get rid of all those pestering ads on the app.

Download: VivaVideo (free)

Triller

Sometimes you want to shoot great interviews or more serious moments with your Galaxy device, but other times you want to have a little fun and make montages and music videos.

Triller is a really nifty video editing app worth checking out that combines social media with video-making creativity!

After picking out a song from your library or the recommended music from Triller, you get to throw a filter on your video and customize the look of your clip. Then just angle and begin shooting to record your mini music video. The music will begin playing out loud so you know exactly what lyrics and music to follow along to.

While Triller seems a bit barren compared to other video editing apps for your Galaxy device, the thing that makes it truly unique is the social media and sharing aspect. Like apps like Vine and Instagram, you can post your video straight to your feed to have it seen by others around the world. You can also view other people's videos and get inspiration for creative storytelling ideas from them.

Download: Triller (free)

What do you recommend?

Is there a tool, tip, or app that we missed that can make shooting pro video with your Galaxy phone easier? Let us know what you use to shoot in the comments below.

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Charge three devices at once with this $9 wall charger

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Aukey is currently offering its 3-port desktop charger for just $9 with coupon code 24UOYEHW, a savings of $7. One of the three ports is Quick Charge 2.0 compatible, allowing you to charge your device up to 75% quicker. The other two ports are just standard chargers, meaning they won't be as quick but they can all be used at the same time. This small unit is perfect carry around with you while traveling or on the go. It is a small piece that plugs into the wall and allows you to charge up to three devices at the same time.

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Best Galaxy S7 cases

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What's the best case for Galaxy S7? These should do the trick!

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