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9 months ago

This USB-C problem isn't going away anytime soon

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There's a lot to say about how great USB-C is, but there are also very serious issues that aren't being quickly addressed.

A generation of users who have only ever used micro-USB to charge their phones and accessories have made a terrible discovery: not all USB-C cables are created equally, and some of them can do serious damage to your hardware. While you can always rely on the cables that come in the box, and should use those cables any chance you get, you probably need more than one. UPDATE: Apple just issued a recall for their USB-C cables. It's not obvious by looking at these cables which is good or bad, and the companies selling these cables on Amazon aren't all that interested in confirming their products are safe for the massive array of things you can use with USB-C.

It's not a good situation to be in, and unfortunately it's not a situation that is going to go away anytime soon.

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9 months ago

Wear your Android love with a limited-edition 'I ❤ Android' t-shirt or hoodie!

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It's February, so what better time to show the love? Now you can proudly display your affection for the world's greatest mobile operating system!

This is your last chance. The campaign ends today, so order now. These limited-edition Android Central t-shirts and hoodies are finally available in all colors and sizes from small to 5XL. The front features the "I ❤ Android" message you've been waiting to broadcast to the world; except that the heart is that of the classic Android you know and love. On the back you'll find Lloyd, the official mascot of Android Central, right below the neck. Our premium t-shirts for men and women go for $20, but if you're after something on the warmer side, hoodies are up for grabs for $38.99.

Make sure you reserve yours soon, because this campaign ends today!

Reserve your t-shirt

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9 months ago

Keep it clear or make your own design with Ringke's Fusion Crystal Case for Galaxy S6

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The Ringke Fusion allows you to get creative with your clear case or stick with the traditional transparent design that shows off your Galaxy S6.

Quite possibly one of the most popular clear cases on the market for the Galaxy S6 is the Ringke Fusion, catering to the customer who desires a simple but still moderately-protective case that doesn't cover anything up. Since it features a hard polycarbonate shell on the back with a more flexible plastic along the sides, there's enough protection to handle common drops, but shouldn't be put into the same category as an OtterBox or LifeProof case.

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9 months ago

Spigen Ultra Hybrid clear case for Galaxy S6: Protection in the clear

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The Ultra Hybrid clear case is perfect for the Galaxy S6 owner who wants protection without bulk or color to take away from the phone's design.

Spigen's crystal clear option to their Ultra Hybrid series for the Galaxy S6 has the advantage of being completely transparent from front to back, utilizing an all-in-one TPU bumper and slim plastic shell. The beauty of this clear cover is in its simplistic design — it might not be ideal for those after a more serious solution against damage, but it's still viable as a light buffer against everyday drops, bumps, and wear.

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9 months ago

LG G5's Quick Cover case will pass your touches to the screen

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Despite the fact that the LG G5 hasn't yet been revealed, LG has unveiled the Quick Cover case for the upcoming smartphone.

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9 months ago

Hands-on with Particle Electron, a DIY IoT kit with cellular radios

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The confusing mess of products and services in the Internet of Things exists in two basic forms right now. You have the off-the-shelf products that only support a handful of things you have to buy separately in order to make that thing truly useful, or you have a pile of developer boards and starter kits that encourage you to build something yourself. The DIY space for IoT is a lot of fun if you know what you're doing, but if you're not already familiar with a lot of this equipment it can be more than a little challenging, especially if you want to do more than connect to the local Wifi network to do things.

Particle's new Electron kit hopes to fix this by offering a board with access to 2G and 3G networks as part of the package, meaning your project can go anywhere you go by default.

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9 months ago

Sweet Valentine's Day gifts for the tech lover in your life

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Set your significant other up with some awesome tech gifts this Valentine's Day that expand beyond the traditional cards and candy.

Looking for a fun way to surprise the tech lover in your life this Valentine's Day? We're here to help with our unique gift guide that encompasses everything from smart mood lighting and key finders to fitness trackers and amazing speakers.

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9 months ago

Protect and show off your Galaxy S6 with the Unicorn Beetle hybrid clear case

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The Unicorn Beetle hybrid case offers as much grip as it does protection for the Samsung Galaxy S6 while staying relatively clear.

As one of our favorite clear cases for the Galaxy S6, the Supcase Unicorn Beetle hybrid cover is more than your average hard case. It sports both a durable polycarbonate and TPU bumper that not only keep a clear design, but also do a great job at protecting against those grim impacts.

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9 months ago

Amkette Evo Gamepad Pro 2 takes smartphone gaming to the next level

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After the launch of the Evo Gamepad Pro in August last year, Amkette, an Indian lifestyle technology brand, has introduced an upgraded version of its wireless Bluetooth controller for Android smartphones, the Evo Gamepad Pro 2.

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9 months ago

The Pagaré smart band could add NFC payments to the Pebble Time

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You may soon be able to pay for purchases with your Pebble Time smartwatch thanks to a startup known as Fit Pay and their smart watch strap. The Pebble Time line of watches can accept straps and bands that add functionality to the watch, and the Pagaré strap, currently on Kickstarter, is meant to add NFC payments. You can store all of your cards in the Paragé Pebble app, with the hope of offering both a convenient and secure payment option.

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9 months ago

Snag Kmashi's 11200mAh power bank for just $8 with coupon code at Amazon

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Kmashi's 11200mAh power bank is on sale at Amazon for just $8 with coupon code FVSA9NY2, a savings of 50 percent from its regular price. This battery pack is small and portable, but packs a large capacity inside to keep you charged on the go. While many other power banks have more than one USB output, Kmashi has opted to go with just one this time around, so you'll only be able to charge one smartphone, tablet or other electronic at a time.

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10 months ago

Chromecast and Chromecast Audio reportedly launching in Australia soon

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Australian residents soon will be able to purchase Google's new Chromecast and Chromecast Audio streaming media dongles. The price for both products will be $59.

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10 months ago

HTC Vive Pre manual answers a ton of setup questions

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HTC's living room VR setup is that much closer to launch now.

Anyone excited about desktop-class VR has had a couple of questions about the way you set up the HTC Vive in your house. Every demo station HTC and Valve has assembled for people to try the VR headset happens in an empty space larger than most people have in their personal space, and until recently HTC has been quiet about the minimum distance required to enjoy Vive in your home.

The instruction manual for the HTC Vive Pre, which was unearthed recently, puts these and several other questions about using the HTC Vive to rest.

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10 months ago

Score big game savings on all accessories at ShopAndroid through February 8!

It's time to kick off our Big Game Sale where you can save 20% on all Android accessories!

Ramp up the defense with a protective case, stay active with the charger of your choice, or call the shots completely hands-free with a new Bluetooth — it's all up for grabs right now at ShopAndroid. There are plenty of products to choose from for popular devices including the Galaxy S6, Note 5, Nexus 6P, and older (but still awesome) Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5.

Use coupon code BG16 upon checkout to instantly save 20% on your entire cart, and don't forget about FREE shipping on all orders over $50 within the continental US. Expedited and international options are also available for a little extra. You're going to want to tackle these savings while you can, because this sale expires midnight, February 8!

Hit up ShopAndroid

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10 months ago

What to do when your tracker won't sync to the Fitbit app for Android

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Sinking into a sea of despair because your Fitbit won't sync? We're here to throw you a life preserver.

Ever notice that every time you launch the Fitbit app to see your progress you see your stats update from the last time you looked at them? Although it may be tempting to believe there is a magical presence inside your phone updating the numbers and moving your progress bars around, it's actually happening because of a process we call syncing.

What is Syncing?

Syncing is the term to describe the data transfer from your Fitbit tracker to your Fitbit app. It happens via Bluetooth connection, and it's what the causes the Dashboard on your phone to stay updated with all your daily stats. Syncing also transfers data back to your Fitbit tracker, like newly set alarms, for example, so your tracker and your Fitbit app are always on the same page.

How often does my tracker Sync to the Fitbit app?

Anytime you open the Fitbit app it will initiate a sync. You can also turn on the All-Day sync option which will allow your tracker to sync to the Fitbit app periodically through out the day. Fair warning, the All-Day sync option can cause your phone and tracker battery to drain more quickly.

Can I make a sync happen manually?

You sure can. Inside the Fitbit app you can tap Sync Now button to initiate a sync anytime you want.

My tracker won't sync, what do I do?

If you find that your tracker won't sync to your app there are a few things you can try to try and get rolling again. The list below goes from the simplest fixes to the more drastic measures.

  • Make sure your tracker's battery is charged. If your tracker is dead it won't be able to sync with your phone.
  • Close the Fitbit app and then open it again. Every time you open the app it should initiate a sync.
  • Turn off Bluetooth, then on again, and then open the Fitbit app. This will temporarily stop the Bluetooth connection which will force it to reconnect and could help the problem.
  • Try turning your phone off and on again. This old faithful trick can sometimes snap your phone back to reality and fix mysterious problems.
  • Uninstall and re-install the Fitbit app. This could be especially crucial if you have recently updated the Fitbit app and that's why you started having problems.
  • Try resetting your tracker. This is an option for dire circumstances but in some cases can certainly help re-establish any connection issues. Restarting your tracker is different for every model and take take several minutes to complete.

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