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10 months ago

Otterbox Defender cases now available for the LG V10

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If you've got yourself LG's latest smartphone, the V10, and want to make sure its properly protected, you'll be excited to see that Otterbox's Defender series cases are now available. Otterbox has been making cases for smartphones for years, with a simple and somewhat stylish design that provides you with a great deal of protection. The Otterbox Defender series is a two piece design, one plastic shell that goes over the phone with a built-in screen protector, then a rubber outer shell that provides additional drop protection.

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10 months ago

Hands-on with Playmation: Marvel Avengers

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Playmation Avengers

It's like a video game, only there's no screen and you feel everything.

"They're coming in for another pass, eyes up Avenger!" is the last thing I hear before the 11 year old on the other side of the book I am reading performs a barrel roll in the middle of the living room, knocking over a laundry basket and sending a pile of folded laundry crashing to the ground. Before I have time to express my irritation, she jumps to her feet and thrusts her palm forward with the most aggressive stance I've ever seen her take. The repulsor on her wrist emits a loud pulse, and instantly the figurine sitting on the little pedestal on the other side of the room is send flying into the air. The mission was over, her enemy defeated, and the day had been saved.

Instead of scolding her for not paying attention to her surroundings, I head to Amazon and start looking at prices for a repulsor gauntlet of my own. This is Playmation, a Mattel initiative aimed at creating interactive, real world games you can play just about anywhere. The first effort in the Playmation series, as you can probably guess, is themed after Marvel's Avengers, and it is a ton of fun.

Let's take a closer look.

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10 months ago

AYL Portable Mini Speaker review

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Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, the AYL Mini Speaker extends to promote a full sound that's pretty jam-up for its size.

Miniature is the name of the game with this wired speaker. Its compact design collapses when you need to tote for travel, lengthening by a simple twist when it's time to kick back and enjoy some music. There's no Bluetooth to be had with the AYL Mini, but that's where Chromecast Audio adds the magic to free you up from that auxiliary cord.

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10 months ago

OontZ Angle 3 Bluetooth Speaker review

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Not every portable speaker can take up residence poolside or even in the shower, but the OontZ Angle 3 stands up to the challenge.

Measuring 5-inches in length, this Bluetooth Speaker is built for easy toting with a natural resistance to minor water damage — whether it be inside or out. Its triangular design makes it stand out from the traditional rectangular box speakers that have flooded the market and is incredibly easy to operate wirelessly or directly connected.

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10 months ago

Amazon card holders can pick up an Echo for $130 for a limited time, a $50 savings

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Right now, if you have or sign up for an Amazon card, you can save $50 on the price of the Echo when using the coupon code ECHODEAL, dropping the price to $130. The process is simple, add an Echo to your cart, select your Amazon Store Card or Amazon Prime Store Card as the payment method, and then use the coupon code ECHODEAL for a $50 savings.

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10 months ago

Kmashi's waterproof speaker keeps your music loud and phone charged for $22 at Amazon

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Kmashi's waterproof Bluetooth speaker is on sale for $22 with coupon code AQTSBZHK from Amazon, a savings of $38 from its normal price of $60. Not only is the speaker portable, durable, and waterproof, but it also has a built-in 4800mAh battery pack to keep your tablet or smartphone charged as well.

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10 months ago

Quick look: Poetic Affinity Series Case for Galaxy Note 5

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For clear protection that adds a firm grip to your Galaxy Note 5, the Poetic Affinity Case does a damn good job.

The Affinity Series Case from Poetic features a completely clear design combining a durable polycarbonate with a shock absorbent TPU that accents the edges and all 4 corners. It's built as a single cover that easily snaps around the Note 5 leaving easy access to the charging port, S-Pen, auxiliary port, speaker, and microphone. The side buttons are slightly raised, but remain clear with the rest of the case — that is, if you opt for the clear version — the black/clear option keeps a mostly transparent design with the exception of black accents that include the side buttons.

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10 months ago

T-Mobile's 4G LTE CellSpot is a mini-tower for your home

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T-Mobile wants to make sure its customers will have 4G LTE coverage wherever they are, including in their homes. The carrier will soon offer the new 4G LTE CellSpot, which is basically a mini-tower that gives customers up to 3,000 square feet of 4G LTE coverage.

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10 months ago

Gadgets of the week: PLAY:5, AirBolt, Altwork Station and more!

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It's time for another round of awesome gadgets! Let's see what's hot, shall we?

This week we saw some unique gadgets get announced for pre-order, but not all of them are exactly affordable — such is often the story for new tech toys. The PLAY:5 speaker from Sonos is the company's latest and possibly best-evet connected speaker, the AirBolt Smart Lock that features amazing location tracking, proximity alerts, and incredible battery life, and Teforia's Brewer that uses algorithms to pour the best cup of tea you've ever tasted with its own Android app. Check out the complete lineup below!

Altwork Station

If your standard, everyday desk isn't cutting it, the Altwork Station may be the answer you're looking for. This workstation redefines comfort and flexibility, building on the research that slouching has been shown to decrease productivity and creativity (not to mention just being bad for your back). After working through several prototypes since 2011, the finalized Altwork Station allows users to work in 4 key positions: sit, stand, share, or focus. No matter how you decide to adjust this workstation, the entire setup moves with you and, yeah, it's pretty incredible. You can pre-order the Altwork Station starting at $3,900 for the base model or opt for the Signature Edition that allows to choose from 10 custom upholstery colors, 3 frame colors, and 4 desk and accents colors with an engraved commemorative plate and unique serial number (if such things are important to you).

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Sonos PLAY:5

The latest addition to the Sonos connected speaker lineup is the PLAY:5, featuring 6 custom digital amplifiers and speakers. It packs 3 tweeters and 3 dedicated mid-woofers for an amazing audio experience. You can also pair two PLAY:5's together for left and right channels to provide a thicker stereo sound. New to the PLAY:5 is Trueplay, which uses an app on your phone to measure the acoustics in the room and adjusts the speaker's output to compensate for room size, layout, and furnishings. This new PLAY:5 comes in black or white, and is up for pre-order right now for $499.

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Teforia

Brewing tea seems like something that's pretty straightforward, but Teforia takes the process to a whole new level and uses an Android/iOS app to do it. This new tea brewing robot utilizes machine-learning algorithms to brew the perfect cup of tea — whether it's using loose tea leaves or Teforia pods. It's similar to a Keurig in some ways, only the machine seeps the tea leaves a few times at a different temperatures to extract vital components for a unique blend. If you think a particular blend needs adjustment, you can provide feedback on the app so it brews your next cup more or less sweet. The first 500 units are up for pre-order for $649, but then will retail at $1,299 when it launches in spring 2016.

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UsBidi Charger

Providing a smarter way to charge your mobile devices is the UsBidi Charger that comes in both Micro-USB and Lightning models. This unique smart charger features a durable braided cable that reduces tangles and the affects of common wear-and-tear, and is available in lengths of 1, 3, or 6 feet. The end of the cable has an LED indicator that lets you know when it's charging and packs an automatic shut-off feature to prevent overcharging and battery wear. It even has a magnetic end for attaching to your nightstand, desk, or dashboard for quick and easy access. You can still back the UsBidi charger on Kickstarter even though they've already greatly exceeded their $25,466 goal.

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AirBolt Smart Lock

Keeping your luggage safe like never before is the AirBolt Smart Lock. It uses Bluetooth and a designated app for Android or iPhone to unlock your belongings. This TSA-approved smart lock is extremely compact and provides location tracking, proximity alerts, and a variety of privacy controls that can be accessed from your smartphone. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery lasts up to one year before needing a recharge via a Micro-USB charger. Even if you don't have your smartphone handy to wirelessly unlock the AirBolt, you can use the backup button feature to get to your goods. You can back the AirBolt Smart Lock on Kickstarter right now to reach their $36,168 goal.

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11 months ago

A quick look at the Diztronic TPU Case for Moto G 2015

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This skin case keeps a simple design that doesn't bulk up the Moto G 2015, but adds a light buffer for minor impacts.

Many folks, including myself, aren't looking for a rugged option to protect the Moto G 2015. With the device's already chunky design, having a slim case that adds just enough protection and grip seems like the better route to go if you have to use a case at all. Diztronic's TPU Case fits the bill nicely and doesn't feel cheap despite its affordable price point.

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11 months ago

Ringke FUSION Crystal Case for Moto G 2015

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Ringke's FUSION Crystal Case allows you to protect your Moto G 2015 from minor damage without compromising its original design.

This clear cover is about as basic as cases go, keeping everything clear and easy to access. The polycarbonate shell doesn't do much for hiding fingerprints, scuffs, or scratches after its been used for a couple days. There's an opening for the camera and flash with a slight indentation below where the Motorola logo resides. Surrounding the shell is a more flexible TPU bumper that features port plugs to keep out dirt and other debris while your charging and/or auxiliary cables aren't in use. Unless I'm purposely using a rugged case, I'm not much of a fan of port plugs and end up cutting them off with a razor to keep them from getting in the way.

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11 months ago

Pick up Mpow's Cheetah Bluetooth headphones for just $10 from Amazon

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Mpow's Cheetah Bluetooth headphones are currently on sale at Amazon for just $10 with coupon code VQQQF2PW. The list price on these headphones is $80, with a sale price showing as $28, but you can grab them for a limited time for even less. The headphones are available in a variety of colors, including blue, green, yellow and pink, so you can pick a pair to fit your preference.

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11 months ago

DKnight Magicbox Bluetooth Speaker review

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This portable speaker has been on the market for some time now, scoring great ratings and reviews on Amazon. It's definitely not the largest and most robust unit we've had our hands on, but its sound quality should be something that leaves an impression. Let's get a closer look at how this Bluetooth speaker performs over Bluetooth and via Chromecast Audio.

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11 months ago

The ASUS OnHub router lets you wave at it to speed up Wi-Fi

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Google has announced a second OnHub Wi-Fi router, adding to the hardware family that launched earlier this summer. Like the previous router, this ASUS-made OnHub is designed to be displayed out in the open, where Wi-Fi signals transmit more easily. Also like the TP-Link router, the ASUS OnHub is a AC1900.

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11 months ago

I played a multiplayer FPS game in VR, and it was fantastic

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Smartphone games need to start thinking about VR right now if they don't want to get left behind.

I'm standing in the middle of an arena with a rifle of some description in my hand, and while the arena itself was not unlike the hundreds of others I've seen in multiplayer FPS games throughout my life, seeing this particular arena through VR goggles made it special. My crosshair moved as my head moved, and I could look around and see in ways that would never work if I were just playing this game on the phone currently powering this experience.

I ran up a ramp and discovered a grenade launcher, and as soon as my character finished switching to it a red blip appeared on my HUD. Turning my head to the left revealed the hallway my opponent was entering to find me, and a pair of grenades down that enclosed space made it real clear I could see them. Because I was able to quickly tilt my head up and adjust the trajectory of the third grenade, the woman standing arms reach from me cried out as her character crumpled to the ground and put another point in my killstreak.

The hardware that made this possible is IONVR, and while it's not quite ready for public consumption the ideas driving the team responsible for this demo are impressive.

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