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1 year ago

Nexus 7 (2013) official premium cover

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A premium Nexus 7 cover comes with a premium price — but it's worth it

This "official premium cover" for the 2013 ASUS Nexus 7 is not cheap. Of course, it kind of says so right there in the name. "Premium." But, still, this case and cover is $38 and change. That's going to be hard for a lot of us to stomach. But after just a few seconds with it attached to your tablet, you'll find it's quite deserving of that name.

Yes. It's expensive. But, yes. It's good. Very good.

Read on for our look at this expensive piece of kit.

(Note: This accessory is for the newer, 2013 Nexus 7 — not the older, 2012 Nexus 7.)

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1 year ago

Mophie Juice Pack for the Samsung Galaxy S4

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The premier name in battery cases brings an extra 2,300 mAh to your GS4 with a new Juice Pack

Behold, the Mophie Juice Pack for the Samsung Galaxy S4. This guy brings an extra 2,300 mAh to the GS4 in a big but stylish case. That's the gist of the Juice Pack, of course. Protect the phone while offering up more battery life. Specifically, this model adds about 80 percent more battery to the stock GS4. 

Obviously it adds a good bit of bulk, too. Specifically, it more than doubles the thickness of the GS4. It's more than a half-inch taller, too, and adds nearly a quarter-inch to the waistline.

The Juice Pack will run $99.99 direct from Mophie and will be available in black, white, pink and red.

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1 year ago

Barnes & Noble releases Nook Video app to Google Play, specialty version for Nooks

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A great step in the right direction for B&N's content store

Working to build up its digital media presence, Barnes & Noble has released a Nook Video app to both Google Play and its own range of Nook tablets. The new app, which is available today, gives customers access to thousands of movies and TV shows for either purchase or rental, which can then be watched on a variety of devices.

B&N is quick to point out that unlike some other services (we all know they mean Amazon), there's no annual subscription required to have access to their entire content catalog. The content is also flexible and can be either downloaded or streamed, whichever is more convenient for you.

The app is available from Google Play for Android phones and tablets, and will show up automatically on your Nook tablet when connected to Wifi. Smartly, B&N is also making iOS and Roku apps available the same day — having content available across multiple devices is the best way to go.

Source: Barnes & Noble

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1 year ago

Seidio Active Kickstand Case for the Galaxy Note 2

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A bit of that 'rugged' look with protection to match.

 

The Galaxy Note 2 is already and unapologetically large device, but if you don't mind making it just a touch larger you can pick up some serious protection and features with a new case. Today we're taking a look at the Seidio Active Kickstand case for the device, which gives a bit more ruggedness and better grip to the Galaxy Note 2, along with a kickstand to take advantage of that huge screen while out of the house.

Hang with us after the break where we give you a tour of the case and its features.

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1 year ago

Nexus 7 Sleeve review

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High quality, just the right amount of protection and a little Nexus flair

Google historically hasn't had the best track record with making a lineup of accessories available for their Nexus devices. Between the almost nonexistent Galaxy Nexus accessories and the horribly late Nexus 7 dock, there haven't been too many highlights. With the Nexus 4 Google stepped in the right direction offering a bumper, headphones, charging cables and a Qi wireless charger.

We now have our hands on the first official accessory in the era of the new Nexus 7, the aptly-named "Nexus 7 Sleeve", available directly from Google Play for $30. Original snafus about the absurd shipping prices aside, this still isn't a cheap case. After all, the Nexus 7 itself starts at just $229 so why spend so much on protection for it?

Well, we find that you get what you pay for.

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1 year ago

Motorola Skip will be free (at first) for custom Moto X owners

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After a little bit of a false start yesterday, Motorola has officially announced Skip, its thumb-sized NFC clip that'll let you unlock your Moto X quickly and easily. Tap your phone to it, and it unlocks. (Of course, your thumb can do that, too, and not cost $20.)

But along with each skip purchase you'll get three "Skip dots," which Motorola says will create a "Trusted Zone" for your Moto X, allowing it to stay unlocked while it's within range. So put one in your car, and you won't have to unlock the phone, for instance.

If you snag a custom Moto X through Moto Maker, you'll get a free Skip (and the Skip Dots, we presume) with your phone. For now, you can have it in any color you want, so long as it's gray. More colors care coming this fall.

Source: Motorola

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1 year ago

Motorola has a snazzy desktop dock for the Moto X, too

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Another Moto X accessory goes on sale before the device itself.

Motorola is going another step in the direction of having a full accessory lineup for the Moto X at launch now with the new Griffin "PowerDock" for the device. There are very few frills here, and what we see from the two product shots included in the listing are a basic base with a Micro USB plug to charge the phone and a cradle in the back to hold it up at a steep angle. Around the back you can see another Micro USB input for the power adapter into the wall, just as we'd expect.

This dock is prominently displayed as being made by Griffin, just like the car dock, so we have to assume that we may see an even broader lineup of Moto X-specific Griffin accessories in the pipeline. Remember the phone isn't even on sale yet, so we applaud Motorola for having accessories ready to go out of the gate — we certainly can't say the same for Nexus accessories over the years.

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1 year ago

Moto X car dock goes on sale for $40 direct from Motorola

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Basic 'Navigation Dock' with few frills made specifically for the Moto X.

It seems Motorola is gearing up for the launch of the Moto X more than ever, and has released its second official accessory for the device. Even though you can't buy the phone yet, Motorola has put up for sale an official car dock, made by Griffin specifically for the Moto X.

The accessory looks like a basic suction cup mount with a grippy plate that is adjustable for "all but the bulkiest cases" for the phone and an adjustable arm to pivot the phone towards you. The dock will enable car mode when the Moto X is placed in it, and naturally the extra software features for hands-free use should work just fine as well.

The dock is selling for $39.95 directly from Motorola at the source link below.

Source: Motorola; Via: Moto X Forum

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1 year ago

Moto X 'Skip' unlocking accessory now available for $20

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Unlock your phone via NFC with a tap on this wearable accessory.

Motorola has just put up an odd Moto X accessory for sale called the "Skip" which unlocks your Moto X when you take it out of your pocket. The "wearable accessory" clips onto your shirt or pants near where you keep your Moto X in your pocket, and unlocks the device via NFC when you swipe past it. Yup, that's all it does and Motorola is asking $20 for this accessory to boot.

A support document showing setup and troubleshooting information for the Skip indicates that it's simple to set up by tapping your Moto X to it once and following the settings prompts. But we're still unsure how this is any notable amount faster to unlock your phone than pulling it out and hitting the power button with your thumb. Presumably you'll have to hold the phone for some amount of time over the NFC antenna in the device to make sure it works.

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1 year ago

The Samsung Galaxy S4 extra battery kit

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Samsung's official kit gives you an extra battery, an external charger and a protective battery case

 

Removable batteries in smartphones are becoming less common, but Samsung still includes a removable juicer with each of its handsets, allowing a second one to be swapped in on a long day. And Samsung's official extra battery kit for the Galaxy S4 provides you with a second battery, along with a couple of extra things to help you manage the switchover.

Check past the break to take a closer look.

Buy: Samsung Galaxy S4 extra battery kit on ShopAndroid.com ($47.95)

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1 year ago

Save on microSD cards from Amazon today

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Amazon's got SanDisk storage cards as its Gold Box deal today, should your phone still support expandable storage. Here's the breakdown:

Thumb drives and SD cards are on sale as well.

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1 year ago

Nexus 7 Sleeve hits Google Play in US and Canada for $29

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Neoprene and microfiber protection for every model of Nexus 7.

Along with the announcement that the Nexus 7 is now available in Canada, Google has also put up the first official accessory for the device in the Play Store. The simply-named "Nexus 7 Sleeve" is a neoprene and microfiber zip-up case designed to protect your tablet. The styling seems to be pretty basic and is black on the outside with grey cloth on the inside, and has a second pouch on the outside for other cables and accessories.

The Play Store listing indicates that the Nexus 7 sleeve will work with both 2012 and 2013 editions of the tablet, which is nice. The sleeve is now on sale in the U.S. and Canada for $29.99 and indicates that it will ship in 1-2 business days, with some pretty expensive shipping options starting at $17.98. If this design isn't your thing, Google also sells a generic 7-inch tablet sleeve from its own store for less.

Let's hope this is just the beginning of official Nexus 7 accessories from Google this time around.

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1 year ago

Loewe's Speaker 2 go is a premium speaker for your Android devices

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Premium sound does come at a price, but Loewe's portable works with pretty much everything

If you're in the market for a new home/portable speaker system for your mobile device, and you want something a bit special, this is well worth a look. I first came across the Loewe Speaker 2 go at the IFA Global Press Conference in Italy where it was announced, and now it's available here in the UK I've had the time to play with it. The full review is up over on iMore, so I won't duplicate it here, but it's well worth highlighting a few key points. 

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1 year ago

Incipio DualPro Carbon Fiber case for HTC One

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Flashy carbon fiber design meets seriously tough device protection

 

Ranging from no case at all to heavy duty hard cases, some people's phones need more protection than others. The Incipio DualPro Carbon Fiber case for the HTC One is certainly pushing that higher boundary of hard cases, and it offers some serious coverage without hindering usability in the process.

It's a tough line to walk but we think Incipio has done it with this case. Read along after the break and learn a little more about the DualPro CF case for the HTC One.

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1 year ago

Review: The ZeroLemon Nexus 4 Juicer Removable Battery Case

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With great power comes great hideousness ...

How badly do you want to have a battery case — with a removable battery — for your Nexus 4? Or, let's ask it another way. How much ugly are you prepared to put in your pocket — assuming you have oversized pockets and they don't turn inside-out out of fright — to use a battery case (again, with a removable battery) for your Nexus 4?

The ZeroLemon Juicer is huge. And it's quite possibly the ugliest accessory we've ever seen for a smartphone.

But, yeah. It brings extra power to your Nexus 4. So what's it worth to ya?

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