1 month ago

VR for G3 — Google Cardboard for LG folk

VR for G3

LG's first step into mobile VR doesn't stray far from the current offerings, but G3 owners will still want one of these ASAP.

While the world of virtual reality gaming is heating up at an unprecedented pace, due in no small part to massive contributions from Samsung in Oculus Rift and HTC in Steam VR, there's a whole different kind of VR development happening in mobile. Games are a part of it, but not nearly to the scale of desktop-class systems. Instead, mobile VR is looking for ways to expand upon entertainment consumption. Samsung wants to put you in the middle of a live concert while you sit on your couch, while Google chooses to open up their platform to every idea — including a deep focus on inviting kids to the party.

Google Cardboard is an incredibly cool idea that grows in functionality every day, but if you've tried to stick a recent LG phone inside of these enclosures you might have noticed a slight design conflict. To resolve this, as well as test the waters for their own VR interests, LG has released VR for G3 as a free accessory to anyone who buys one of these phones from select retailers.

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1 month ago

Hands on with the ZENS Bluetooth Speaker and Qi Wireless Charger


The portable wireless charger that rocks your favorite tunes via Bluetooth while juicing up your device.

We've seen some pretty unique wireless chargers that stand out above your typical charging pad, but after spending some time with the ZENS Bluetooth Speaker and Qi Wireless Charger, it's become clear that this accessory is amazing to have around the house or workspace.

If combining music with portable wireless charging is up your alley, read on for the whole review.

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1 month ago

Top accessories for the Moto X (2014)


A phone can be awesome all on its own, but when you bring accessories to the party, it can reach new heights.

While users could certainly just buy a phone and have that be the end of it, if you want to help get the most out of your Moto X, there's a few accessories you should consider investing in beyond a simple case. And after our months with the Moto X, here are the accessories that we believe can take your Moto X experience to the next level.

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1 month ago

The best cases for the Moto X (2014)

It's dangerous to go alone. You better cover up.

Finding the right case for your Moto X can be tricky.

There may be a few reasons for this. First, the first Moto X was the first true Motorola flagship in a few years and casemakers weren't quite sure it'd do well enough to warrant making a case for it. Second, because of Moto Maker's customization of the phones, casemakers might have feared that users would forgo cases that would hide their design.

This year, things are different. The Moto X (2014) isn't an unknown. The Moto X (2014) is a phone people are starting to recognize. It is a phone that many are turning to in lieu of a Nexus they feel is simply too big. It has been here for months, and yet, compared to phones like Samsung's Galaxy line, case selection can be a little sparse.

Here are the best of the bunch.

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1 month ago

Top 4 battery packs for the Samsung Galaxy S6 available right now

Samsung Galaxy S6

The 2,550 mAh battery inside the Galaxy S6 isn't great, but that's okay — there are backups of all sizes that'll keep you going.

You never know when battery life may become an issue, especially while rocking your new Samsung Galaxy S6 everywhere you go. And, it's not like you can utilize a regular charger just anywhere. That's where having a battery pack for your Galaxy S6 comes in handy: Bailing you out of a bad situation.

We've selected our top four favorite battery packs for the Galaxy S6 that range from 3,000 mAh all the way up to 25,600 mAh. So, no matter what size you decide to go with — you'll have enough battery life to get you through the most demanding of days.

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1 month ago

Google said to be close to getting Android Wear watches to work with iPhones


Sure, the Apple Watch is just around the corner, but that's not going to stop Google from continuing work on getting Android Wear to work with iOS.

It's been rumored and reported for a while now that Google was working to get Android Wear to be properly compatible with the iPhone, and it appears that they're rapidly approaching the point of actually seeing a release.

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1 month ago

Top 5 chargers for HTC One M9


Need help finding the best chargers for HTC One M9? We've got you covered with 5 favorites that will do the job.

We know for certain that the HTC One M9 comes packed with Quick Charge 2.0, which is awesome. But, why not include a quick charger with the device to make the most of that feature? Instead, HTC's provided a standard 1.5A charger — which still has us scratching our heads — but there it is.

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1 month ago

The Logitech Keys-To-Go keyboard for Android is small enough to fit in a purse


Logitech has announced plans to launch a version of its Keys-To-Go portable keyboard for Android devices later in April for $69.99.

The Keys-To-Go keyboard was previously released for iOS products, but now Logitech is offering a version of the accessory that will work with both Android and Windows devices.

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1 month ago

Monoprice announces new USB-C accessories for your new Chromebook Pixel


Monoprice has announced a new line of USB-C cables and adapter accessories designed for USB-C devices such as Google's new Chromebook Pixel.

The new cables from Monoprice offer USB-C connections for USB 2.0, 3.0, and 3.1, and they'll let you use almost any USB accessory through the single USB-C port on your new Chromebook Pixel.

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1 month ago

Quick Look: PowerBot PB1020 Qi Wireless Charging Pad


Compact in size and simple in design, PowerBot's PB1020 Wireless Charger does everything you'd expect without the huge price tag.

We're always after the best wireless chargers that hold up to repeated use and don't require a lot of finagling to hit that sweet spot. PowerBot's PB1020 is currently one of the highest rated wireless charging pads available on Amazon, but what makes it such a popular choice?

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1 month ago

Flir FX takes aim at both home surveillance and action cameras


Flir's been working in the world of infrared imaging for years, but now they're delving into a new market: home security and action cams with the Flir FX.

Flir is taking on both Dropcam and GoPro with the Flir FX. This little camera is a roughly 2x2x1-inch block with a circular lens sitting front and center. There's an available home base that it can mount onto for home security purposes, as well as options for exterior mounts, car mounts, and even a waterproof sport case that you can strap onto your helmet, bike, or what-have-you (à la GoPro). With Wi-Fi, remote monitoring, and a nifty "RapidRecap" feature that compresses hours of activity into minutes, Flir's system is going toe-to-toe with Google-owned Dropcam.

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1 month ago

Top 5 heavy duty cases for HTC One M9


Searching for a rugged HTC One M9 case that can take a beating? You've come to the right place.

Designed to mitigate damage better than anything else out there, these cases for HTC One M9 are packed with layer upon layer of solid protection, inside and out. While some are bulkier than your standard skin case or hard case, they serve their purpose in absorbing impacts so your HTC One M9 doesn't have to.

There are a number of cases for HTC One M9 already available, but we've selected the ones that stand out and above the rest. Jump past the break to get the full line-up.

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1 month ago

A look at the new Samsung Qi Wireless Charging Pad

Samsung Qi charger

Samsung needed a new wireless charger to pair up with the Galaxy S6, and it's a pretty nice piece of gear.

Even though it didn't actually offer a phone with Qi charging built-in, Samsung has previously sold a basic Qi charger for those who added it after the fact to their phone. Now that the Galaxy S6 has wireless charging from the start, it was as good a time as any for Samsung to refresh its wireless charger with a new design. The Wireless Charging Pad, as it's simply known, now looks like it belongs in the same design category as the GS6 and will likely be added on to plenty of phone orders in the coming months.

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1 month ago

Best Galaxy S6 cases under $10


Shopping for the best cases for Galaxy S6 can be tough, especially if you're on a tight budget.

It's a breath of fresh air to see the amount of affordable options available for protecting the Galaxy S6, especially this early on. While it's easy to drop a few bucks on a typical gel case you can find at any mall kiosk, why not spend a few more and get a case that's going to look way better and last longer? This brief buyers guide includes 5 of the best cases for Galaxy S6 that will run you under $10.

The holy grail, if you will, for the economical online shopper.

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1 month ago

Hands-on: Aukey 10000mAh External Battery Quick Charger


This new backup battery rocks a sleek design and Quick Charge 2.0.

We finally have our hands on one of Aukey's most popular external batteries, and first impressions are better than we expected. This battery seems to have it all: attractive design, moderate size, and the ability to rapidly juice up devices using Quick Charge 2.0. We'll dive a little deeper and check out how it works and if it's a respectable accessory to go with current Quick Charge compatible devices.

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