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10 months ago

Best third-party wristbands for the LG Watch Urbane

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Best third party wristbands for the LG Watch Urbane

You've already got sleek and sexy covered with your LG Watch Urbane. Now, accessorize.

We've reached a point where we can accessorize our accessories. The LG Watch Urbane is where fashion meets functionality in a big way, so why not continue to amp up the fashion with different bands?

You don't have to stick to just LG's bands. If you want to truly personalize your Watch Urbane, then you need to look at some third party options.

We've assembled a quick roundup of the best third party LG Watch Urbane straps out there. Strap in!

MODE Band

MODE Band

The days of annoying pins and cumbersome tiny tools are over! Google has released its MODE bands (currently only manufactured by Hadley Roma BND) and they might just be the most interchangeable watch bands of all time. At least for Android Wear. There's a neat video on the MODE site that shows you exactly how these bands connect to your LG Watch Urbane, and we have to say, it's pretty sweet.

Basically, all you do it remove the original pin that presently in your Urbane, then you add the MODE pin, slide your MODE band over the pin, and lock it shut, kind of like a carabiner. That's it.

So, once you have 10 different bands (when cheaper ones become available; Hadley Roma's models start around $50), you'll be able to make a change on the fly with ease. Just remember that when you go to order yours you need the 22 millimeter band.

See at Google

GadgetWraps silicone wristband

Gadgetwraps

Let's get things started with the most versatile of the wristbands we'll discuss: the GadgetWraps silicone wristband. These bands are great for those who put comfort and durability above all else, but still want to maintain the dapper design of the LG Watch Urbane.

GadgetWraps are available in eight colors to match your style and with a price tag starting around $20, they won't break the bank.

There's also beauty in the GadgetWraps installation process, since they feature quick-release pins, which means no tools necessary.

Some of the bright colors might not really match the sophistication of the LG Watch Urbane, but, like I said, they're there to match your style.

See at Amazon

Ritche mesh stainless steel wristband

Ritche

The problem with many "cheap" mesh wristbands is that they can be incredibly inflexible to the point of not even forming to the contour of your wrist. You just end up with a weird square around your wrist.

No problem with the Ritche mesh band, which is super flexible and surprisingly comfortable. You do need a watch band too, but that's provided and it means a little more security when you do attach it to the watch unit itself.

You'd probably want to pair this with the silver Urbane, though it may add some funky flair to the gold watch, again, depending on your style.

See at Amazon

Barton Quick Release

Barton

Add a big splash of color to your LG Watch Urbane, with Barton's line of quick-release watch bands. They're made of soft silicone, so they're comfortable and won't tarnish the way leather or metal bands will.

You can choose from nine colors, ranging from a very punchy bright orange to a more muted charcoal. Starting around $15, you can grab a few and switch them out daily, thanks to the quick-release – no need for annoying tools and tedious installation!

Barton also claims that their bands will fit 95 percent of wearers and that, if you happen to be in the 5 percent their bands does not fit, they'll gladly refund your purchase.

See at Amazon

Yesoo stainless steel wristband

Yesoo

Getting back to a more traditional steel band, Yesoo offers a flashy band with a quick-release butterfly buckle, making this easy to put on and take off, with none of the painful pinching that can come with some other types of buckles.

The Yesoo band comes with the necessary installation tools and shouldn't present too much of a hassle in that department, since it's just like any other metal wristband. You can remove links if it's initially too big and you're on your way to shiny urbanity.

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RaySun genuine leather brown wristband

RaySun

Let's look at some brown leather, the way leather was meant to be (or so I've heard). This offer from RaySun is has an anti-slip texture and it's waterproof, so it won't dry and crack like leather generally does.

With the many buckle holes, this strap is designed to fit even the slimmest wrists, which makes it an ideal option for slighter folks. Like all the other bands we've discussed that are traditionally installed, RaySun provides all the necessary tools to get this breathable band on your LG Watch Urbane and out where everyone can ogle it.

See at Amazon

The Urbane Professional

Do you have a watch strap that you absolutely love that's not on our list? Make sure to leave a comment and tell us which band you have and why you think your strap is the best one ever made!

See LG Watch Urbane at Amazon

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10 months ago

AKG N60NC noise-canceling headphones review: Flip a switch and shut out the world

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AKG N60NC noise-canceling headphones

AKG keeps these headphones compact, while also bringing all of the features you want at a solid price.

If you travel, work in a busy office or just have trouble concentrating on tasks at home, chances are you've looked into noise-canceling headphones. The basic technology behind noise cancellation is pretty much commoditized at this point, but companies add their own flavor to it, with varying levels of effectiveness. Beyond that, these of course work as standard headphones, too, giving companies more ways to differentiate.

AKG is a well-known name in audio, but definitely doesn't have the general brand awareness that a company like Bose does when it comes to noise-canceling headphones (just walk through any airport and you'll see). AKG's new N60NC on-ear noise-canceling headphones are out to take a slice of the market, bringing a few neat features to differentiate from other options — and to make you feel a bit better about dropping big money on a set of on-ear headphones.

AKG sent us a set to check out. Here's how we've been enjoying them over the past few weeks.

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10 months ago

Amazon's Alexa devices can tell you what happened on your favorite Syfy TV show

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Syfy is the first cable TV network to add support for Amazon's family of devices that use the Alexa digital assistant such as the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot speakers and the Fire TV boxes.

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10 months ago

Samsung Gear 360 launches in Korea alongside Galaxy J series

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Samsung has launched the Gear 360 in South Korea for 399,300 Korean Won, or the equivalent of $350. The 360-degree camera is now available for purchase online in the country, and will be heading to over 450 stores starting from May. At launch, the Gear 360 is compatible with the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge, and Galaxy S6.

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10 months ago

Best minimalist cases for the Galaxy S7

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Best minimalist cases for the Galaxy S7

Protect my phone, fine, but don't bulk it up!

Aside from the edge, the Galaxy S7 is Samsung's thinnest offer right now. Sure, you want to protect it, but you definitely don't want any of the bulk that comes along with some of the heavy duty cases.

We've rounded up some of the best minimalist cases for your S7; just remember that toning down the thickness of the case may make your phone a little more vulnerable when dropped from on high.

REDShield gel skin case

REDShield gel skin case

If you want minimal, you've got it with REDShield. This case is so thin, you can't even really see it in photos. Clear is a great way to go if you want to protect your phone while making it seem like your phone is naked. If clear is what you're after, we've rounded up the best clear cases for the Galaxy S7 just for you.

The RedShield gel skin case has a rubberized matte finish, so grip won't be an issue and there won't be any glare off the back of your phone. Your volume and power buttons are left easily accessible, so it's really like your phone is wearing nothing at all (stupid, sexy Flanders!).

See at Amazon


Cimo Premium Slim Fit

Cimo Premium Slim Fit

This is the little black dress of phone cases, offering sleek protection in the form of soft TPU. The benefit of having a case made out of black TPU as opposed to clear TPU is that the black stuff won't yellow over time due to sunlight.

Though this one is quite form-fitting, there is still a touch of a lip (0.8 mm) on the front, so when you place your phone face-down, it's not sitting on the screen. The non-slip TPU feels grippy in your hand and it's dust-resistance helps with an all-black case. If you couldn't care less about goofy designs or bling, then pick up a slim, black case and be done with it.

See at Amazon


Maxboost Vibrance Series Protective Slider

Maxboost Vibrance Series Protective Slider

If you're looking something with a little more pizzazz, but don't want any bulk, then the Maxboost Protective Slider is a solid choice, combining just enough protection with some cool colors to give you just what you want: slim sexiness.

This line isn't called the "Vibrance Series" for nothing; these cases come in two color combinations: turquoise and "Champagne Gold" or "Italian Rose" and "Champagne gold." It comes in black, too, but I don't see how that's very "vibrant."

It's got a soft interior to protect from scratches and a grippy exterior, so you're styling and protected with minimal bulk.

See at Amazon


Caseology Skyfall Series

Caseology Skyfall Series

You just know that a case with a James Bond-related name is going to be sleek, sexy, and slim. The Caseology Skyfall Series case is a two-piece with a rubberized cover and harder wraparound edge piece. This case is best for those of you who chose the gold S7, since that outer edging is gold. So, you'll have a seemingly 100 percent clear case.

There are air pockets in each corner of the Caseology Skyfall, so if you drop your S7 from a reasonable height, you probably won't shatter the entire outer layer of your phone.

That harder polycarbonate edging won't impede buttons, since it wraps around your phone behind the buttons.

See at Amazon


Samsung Galaxy S7 Clear Protective Cover

Samsung Galaxy S7 Clear Protective Cover

Some folks are brand-loyal all the way to their accessories, so we've included Samsung's minimalist offering, since it's a great choice.

This one covers less of your phone than any of the other cases we've discussed, but that doesn't mean your GS7 is any less protected. There are full openings for the buttons, so that you're guaranteed to be unimpeded when pressing them.

Protection-wise this would only be a vulnerability if you were to drop your phone on the edge of something like a table or a curb. It is a harder plastic, which some folks might not trust, but it is a great choice if you're looking for something less bulky.

See at Amazon


Bear Motion

Bear Motion

Looking for customizable minimalism? Then get going with Bear Motion. These cases come in nine colors, with a matte finish, which give them an excellently grippy feel, so you know your phone is protected and won't be slip-sliding out of your hands.

At only 0.3 ounces, these Bear Motion cases add no real bulk to your phone, but protect it from drops while leaving the necessary ports, buttons, and sensors open for easy use.

Starting around $6, there's no reason not to give Bear Motion a try, especially if you're after a very thin case that feels great in your hand, looks great on your phone, and adds a splash of color to your S7.

See at Amazon

Sick of cases altogether?

If you just plain hate cases, but still feel like your phone is naked and vulnerable, you may want to consider a skin, like the ones Dbrand makes.

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10 months ago

Amazon's first third-party Alexa partner adds style to your kitchen

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The first accessory that makes use of Amazon's Alexa platform is now available. The Triby is a small portable speaker that has access to Alexa's voice services, can make VoIP phone calls and is even magnetic so it can stick to your fridge when you don't want to hold it. Additionally, the speaker can get the news, set alarms, play your favorite Spotify playlist, and even draw and share doodles and texts from your phone to its always-on display.

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10 months ago

Amazon Fire TV Stick is available for $34.99 for one day only

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Amazon Fire TV Stick is on sale for $34.99 for one day only, down $5 from its usual retail price of $39.99. The bundled version with the voice remote is also discounted to $44.99.

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10 months ago

Samsung will begin Gear 360 sales online in select countries on April 29

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On stage during its annual developer conference, Samsung announced that sales of the Gear 360 will begin on April 29. The sales will be online-only to start, and only in select countries, with more available in the coming months.

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10 months ago

Spigen is offering a variety of its HTC 10 cases for just $3 at Amazon with coupon

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Update: Well that was fast! The coupons have exceeded their limits and are no longer valid. Stay tuned for more in the future!

Spigen is offering a variety of its HTC 10 cases for just $2.99 at Amazon when using a coupon code. Since the HTC 10 is not even officially available yet, now is a perfect time to buy a case so that you have it when your phone arrives. Whether you are looking for something clear, thin or with lots of protection, there is an option for just about everyone here.

To make it even sweeter, Spigen is offering free shipping on these orders, even if you don't have Amazon Prime. When making your purchase, you will want to make sure that you are selecting Spigen as the seller, not Spigen fulfilled through Amazon in order to get the savings here.

These coupons won't last long, so be sure to get your order in before it is too late! Which case did you pick up? Let us know in the comments.

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10 months ago

The LG G5 spare battery coffin is a brilliant little charger

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LG G5 spare battery charger

This is what you can get for free in the U.S. if you get an LG G5 by April 30.

One of the more important features of the LG G5 is the battery. Specifically that it's removable. And because you can swap in a spare battery whenever you feel like it, it makes sense to have an extra on on hand. To that end, LG is giving a good many folks who ordered early a free spare G5 battery, complete with charging cradle coffin — and a sweet little adapter to boot.

As you might well have guessed, this isn't just a charging cradle.

Let's take a quick look.

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10 months ago

Grab Coocheer's Bluetooth speaker with built-in NFC for just $9 at Amazon with coupon

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Right now you can pick up this Coocheer Bluetooth speaker for just $9 at Amazon with coupon code TUFIEZWH, a savings of $11. In addition to being Bluetooth, the speaker also has built-in NFC for quick and easy pairing to any phone that is compatible. The premium sound with bass enhance technology will give you a great quality of audio output for keeping the party going.

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10 months ago

HTC and Under Armour bringing UA HealthBox to Canada in May

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HTC and Under Armour are bringing the UA HealthBox kit to Canada this May.

Available May 23 for $549.99 CAD, the UA HealthBox features three HTC-designed, Under Armour-operated health products: the UA Band, which tracks steps, heart rate, sleep, and calories; the UA Scale, which tracks weight goals; and the Heart Rate, a chest strap that accurately tracks heart rate during runs. All of the data is tracked by the UA Record app, available for Android and iOS.

The bundle also comes with one year of membership to Under Armour's MyFitnessPal and MapMyFitness health social networks.

Earlier this year, our Andrew Martonik had many positive things to say about the bundle in his review:

Each of the products in the HealthBox is executed extremely well. The UA Band is light, comfortable and tracks your activities as well as any simple wearable can. The UA Scale is beautiful, and offers effortless tracking of your (and your family's) weight and body fat percentage. The UA Heart Rate might be a tough sell at first, but once you get over the awkwardness of it it'll become second nature. And of course you can't forget the UA Record app, for without it none of these products would be worth your time — tying everything together into a central place completely makes the experience of the HealthBox.

HTC and Under Armour do plan to sell the products separately. Both the UA Band and Scale will run $229.99 CAD, while the Heart Rate will go for $99.99. Pre-orders go live today.

See UA HealthBox at Under Armour

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10 months ago

Pick up a pair of Mpow's newest Bluetooth headphones for just $15 at Amazon with coupon

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Update: Mpow has offered another coupon code (DM5PUY7O) which will now work to drop the price down to $15.

Mpow is currently offering its newest Bluetooth sports headphones for just $15 at Amazon with coupon code DM5PUY7O. Designed to be lightweight and long-lasting, these new headphones are great for your sporting adventures and more. They have 8 hours of battery per charge and offer noise cancellation to keep the outside sounds out and help you focus.

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10 months ago

This LeEco mountain bike fuses exercise and your favorite mobile operating system

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One of the more exotic products we had chance to look over at the recent CE China show out in Shenzhen was this smart bicycle from LeEco. A company with a broad range of connected hardware, this pretty outrageous looking mountain bike isn't something we come across every day.

Oh, and it runs Android.

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10 months ago

Samsung Galaxy S7 Wireless Charging Battery Pack review

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Wireless Charging Battery Pack review

What at first seemed like a throwaway feature on yet another battery case ends up making it a realistic charging option.

As you may recall, I'm not the biggest fan of battery cases. They're cumbersome, come with a load of compromises and in the end don't add much of a charge to your phone. At the same time, the Galaxy S7's larger battery removes the need for a battery case for most people.

Samsung launched a new style of battery case with the Galaxy S7, which at the time seemed a little confusing. Rather than plug into the USB port like every other battery case, it uses Qi wireless charging to keep your phone powered up. Initially I wrote it off as a superfluous feature addition that didn't make a whole lot of sense for a case that's attached to the phone.

But then I used it, and it makes so much sense I can't believe it wasn't done before.

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