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1 year ago

Nexus 5 QuickCover, Bumper Cases and Wireless Charger now in stock!

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Google now has the three main Nexus 5 accessories in stock — that includes the bumper cases, QuickCover and wireless charger — available for purchase.

First, the links:

  • Nexus 5 Quick Cover (white or black) for $49.99
  • Nexus 5 Bumper Case (yellow or red) $34.99
  • Nexus Wireless Charger (Works with Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and Nexus 7) for $49.99 — U.S. and Canada only, apparently.

We've yet to get a good look at the QuickCover or Wireless Charger, but be sure to swing by our full look at the Bumper Case

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1 year ago

Poetic Slimline case for the Kindle Fire HDX 7

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Affordable protection for your new Kindle

Amazon has their new Kindle Fire HDX tablets ready to roll out for this holiday season, and if you're buying one for yourself or a loved one, you'll probably want some sort of case to protect that big sheet of glass and keep that soft touch back from getting all grimy. And that something needs to be well built, look good, and from a name you know. 

That's where the Poetic Slimline case comes in. It will protect your Kindle Fire HDX 7 well, has that look and feel you want without the big price that Amazon has listed for the Origami cover accessory. And Poetic is a name plenty of us know.

Hit the break and see if the budget-friendly model will suit your needs.

(Note: This accessory is for the newer, 2013 Kindle Fire HDX 7 — not the older, 2012 Kindle Fire HD 7.)

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1 year ago

Hands on with the new Moto G accessories

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Flip cases, replaceable rear shells, bumpers, headphones and battery packs accompany Moto's new affordable wonder

Launching alongside the new Moto G is a pretty decent stack of official accessories. During the launch event presentation, Motorola spoke of how important they feel customization is, and while we won't be seeing a Moto Maker for the Moto G, there is a bunch of different colored cases, shells and bumpers to make your new phone your own. 

Beyond customization, Motorola was also showing off new battery packs and color matched headphones, while also talking about forthcoming wireless speakers produced in partnership with JBL. 

Here in the UK, the Flip Shell will cost a respectable £18.99, while the Grip Shell aka the bumper is even more wallet friendly at £9.99. The wired earphones will run you for £34.99, and the battery packs we were told would vary in price depending on region. 

We didn't see all of the accessories in all of the colors, but we did manage to grab plenty of snapshots of what we could get our hands on, so jump on past the break for the full gallery. For more on the Moto G, be sure to check out our first hands-on, and jump into the Moto G forums where we're hosting a Q&A. 

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1 year ago

Philips hue review: instant atmosphere for your home

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I’ve been using the core set of the Philips hue light bulbs for a little while now, and they’re pretty great. For those unfamiliar, these are Wi-Fi-enabled LED light bulbs that can change color through an Android or iOS app. Many of the color schemes are prepackaged with the app, based on photos fed into it, though you can can input and color pick from your own pictures too.

There are a few presets that are “scientifically proven” to enhance concentration, relaxation, reading, and energy. This is all enabled through a hub that you plug in directly to your Wi-Fi router, which  communicates to the light bulbs over ZigBee, which is a decentralized, low-energy, low-speed wireless standard. Setup is super-easy; just replace your lightbulbs, plug in the hub, start the app, and hit the button on the hub in the pairing process.

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1 year ago

Hold any device with one hand for just 6 bucks

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No phone or tablet is too big when you have crazy cheap technology from the late-night Internet to help

We've seen similar gizmos, but never for just six dollars. Hook it to the back of your Note 3 or Nexus 7 and free that thumb to reach right around and tap tap tap. Complete with free shipping.

I just grabbed a couple in white and a couple in black, and if they're worth a hoot I'll let you know. 

If you'd rather get in on them while they're cheap and find out for yourself, hit up Daily Steals at the link below.

Source: Daily Steals

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1 year ago

IK Multimedia's iLoud portable Bluetooth speaker is, well, loud

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$299.95 buys you one of the loudest portable speakers you'll find anywhere

This week IK Multimedia — the folks behind the iRig range of music accessories for mobile — launched their latest product, the iLoud. And true to its name, it's loud. We're not short on premium Bluetooth speakers to use with our Android devices, but if you really like to crank it up to 11, this might be right up your street. Peter Cohen from iMore got his hands on one, and is mightily impressed.

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1 year ago

Money to burn? Check out these stereo megaphones for your HTC phone

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3D-printed Gramohorn II boosts your BoomSound

As part of its "Here's to Creativity" program in the UK, HTC has teamed up with designer Justin Wolter to introduce a new (and very expensive) stereo acoustic amplifier for the HTC One. A follow-up to the monaural iPhone original, the Gramohorn II is a 3D-printed megaphone-for-your-phone, which boosts volume and bass from the HTC One's BoomSound speakers through resonance and amplification. The cradle captures the output from the One's already thunderous output through two gramophone-like chambers, amplifying output without the need for any electronics.

However the Gramohorn doesn't come cheap — you're looking at £999 (around $1600) for a plaster resin build, or £4999 ($8040) in "a selection of milled metals" for the custom-made dock.

Engadget reports that separate cradles can also be used to pair the Gramohorn II with an HTC One Mini or One Max, if that's your thing.

Source: HTC, Gramohorn II; via: Engadget

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1 year ago

What I'm using: The Zens Wireless Charger with the Nexus 5

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Oh, wireless charging, how I missed you. Having used the HTC One and Moto X for the past 8 months or so, I'd been resigned to plugging in my phone every night. Not a huge deal, of course, but it does become a bit of a pain if you're like me and tend to top off at your desk while you're working.

The Nexus 5 can charge wirelessly, of course. That is, you don't actually have to plug the phone to do so. There are any number of wireless charges out there — and if you have one that's Qi-compatiable, you should be good to go. But I've very much been enjoying the Zens Wireless Charger of late, as provided by our pals at ShopAndroid.com.

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1 year ago

UK retailer Zavvi offering Chromecast for £40

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A slight premium over U.S. pricing, but it's in stock and ready to ship

While Google's Chromecast app for Android broke U.S. exclusivity, the dongle itself still remains M.I.A. At least, officially, anyway. There was a brief time when Amazon customers could get their hands on them, but if you're wanting one now, online retailer Zavvi is the place to go. It'll cost you £39.99, which is more than it costs in the States, but shipping is free and they're in stock and ready to go according to its product listing. 

What it doesn't say is how many there are, so if you really want one, acting quickly is your best bet. Hit up the source link below to order, and if you're still undecided, check out our full Chromecast review for everything you need to know. 

More: Google Chromecast Review

Source: Zavvi

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1 year ago

The Nexus 5 bumper case

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Here's our first look at the official Nexus 5 bumper case that's being sold by Google. Ours is in the currently unavailable "bright red" color, which to our aging eyes looks more like a DayGlo orange and should be appreciated by anyone who's ever had to do search-and-rescue on the high seas.

Anyhoo. We're not quite sure when a "case" became a "bumper case," because this guy covers everything save for the front of the phone. The case is more rigid than flexible, with the Nexus logo printed on the back. (We'll see how long that holds up.) Wireless charging still works with the case on the phone.

It's thin, but definitely makes the phone a wee bit larger. You've got cutouts for all the ports and nubs for all the buttons. The phone slips in easily enough, and it's not going anywhere once it's there. But it's also not hard to remove. 

What is difficult, however, is stomaching a $34.99 price on this thing. That's not cheap, at all.

We've got more pics and hands-on video after the break.

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1 year ago

Sony SmartWatch2 review

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Sony’s third try at a smart watch hits almost all the bases

Sony is no stranger to the concept of smart wearables. We’ve seen the Sony Ericsson LiveView (which is best forgotten by everyone) and the original SmartWatch introduced at CES in early 2012, which was a little bit better but suffered from connectivity issues. Their latest version, aptly (yet unimaginatively) dubbed the SmartWatch 2 has a history to build on, and to try and not repeat.

Wearables are going to be a lucrative business for the right people. We all saw how the Pebble ripped through its Kickstarter goals, so the desire is out there. It will take a company that can get the form and the function just right to steal it all. Could Sony have done it with the SmartWatch 2? Sales say no, but we all know that best selling doesn’t mean best. Hit the break, have a read, and see what you decide.

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1 year ago

Google Play adds new colors of Nexus 7 Sleeve, HP Chromebook Sleeve

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Google expanding its accessory options, but they can't be ordered just yet

While the Nexus 5 and its associated accessories hit the Play Store today, Google quietly also updated the case offerings for the Nexus 7 and HP Chromebook 11. The Nexus 7 Sleeve, which was released back in August and works with either generation of the tablet, has picked up a neon yellow and subtle grey color. The sleeve will still set you back a hefty $29.99, but you're getting a well-made case for the money. We're still seeing "coming soon" for both new colors, unfortunately.

On the larger side of things, the newly-announced HP Chromebook 11 Sleeve is getting a new color — a red inside with white outside combination. It's the same $49.99 price as the other colors, and again is still "coming soon."

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1 year ago

Whole bevy of official Nexus 5 cases also available in Google Play

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Stylish (and expensive) ways to protect your new Nexus 5

Along with the announcement of the Nexus 5 on Google Play, Google is rolling out an assortment of different cases for the phone. There's both a "bumper" case available for $34.99 (£24.99 in the U.K.) and "QuickCover" for $49.99 (£34.99). The bumper isn't much of a bumper at all, and actually covers the back of the phone as well. it is made of a "hard outer shell and soft rubber lining," and is offered in black, grey, red and yellow — while it seemed to actually be on sale for a moment, it is dropped to "coming soon" in all colors.

The QuickCover case is much the same, but has a flap that covers the screen as well. Both black and white varieties are "coming soon" at this point in the US, with the black version currently shipping in the U.K.

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1 year ago

Hands-on with the Cisco DX650 Android-powered office phone

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Bringing Android into the enterprise market in a new way

Android isn't just for the consumer smartphone market — Cisco is hoping to bring the power of this operating system and ecosystem to the world of enterprise desk phones as well. The DX650 is Cisco's latest offering to the business side of things, basically grafting a full-featured Android tablet running Jelly Bean onto what would otherwise be a basic office phone.

You get the basic set of phone features with a physical dial pad, speakerphone and receiver, but everything can also be handled through Cisco's custom phone, contacts and video conferencing apps that are loaded on the device. A front-facing webcam can connect you to folks in a more personal way, and live HDMI out also lets you link up to a larger display if you'd prefer to run more of a true video conference. If you don't have a traditional phone system, you can even link up the DX650 to a smartphone over Bluetooth and use the speaker and handset just like any other connected device.

Now we realize this sort of product may not be on many regular consumer's wish lists, but for those who have to use an office phone all day this may be a cool way to step things up to the high-tech world. Hit the break for a video walkthrough and more pictures of the Cisco DX650.

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1 year ago

Viewsonic to release giant 24-inch underpowered Android serving tray that doubles as a PC monitor

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Yo dawg, I heard you liked Android so we put Android in your computer monitor

If you are looking for a 24-inch Jelly Bean tablet with last years internals, Viewsonic has just the thing for you. The VSD241, a concept which we first saw last January at CES with the VSD240, is what Viewsonic calls a "smart display." This means it can double as a monitor through its HDMI input, or act as a stand-alone Android tablet. And at 24-inches, I almost hate to use the word tablet.

In all fairness, it's not such a bad idea. Hook it up to your laptop for a second display, or if you need access to Android you can use the VSD241 stand alone. The internals, however, may not be up to the task of pushing modern Android apps out to 24-inches.

It's packed with a Tegra 3 inside, which Viewsonic says will deliver blazing performance, but there is no mention of how much memory will be on board, or the resolution. The VSD240 we saw at CES had a 1080p resolution, so we imagine this model will be the same.

It's good to see companies push the envelope. I think we all agree on that one, but I can't help but think this is one envelope best left un-pushed. What say you? Speak out in the comments and let us know if there's any interest in this one. The full press release is after the break.

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