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1 year ago

Speck CandyShell Grip Case for Galaxy Note 5

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There's no way around the obvious. This Galaxy Note 5 case got grip.

Protecting the Galaxy Note 5 from drops and scratches while enhancing grip enough to help prevent them in the first place is the CandyShell Grip's specialty. This fused hybrid cover packs both a flexible polycarbonate and a shock absorbent TPU that's careful not to bulk up that Note 5 any more than it needs to be. The hard shell is as glossy as it gets, which means fingerprints — and lots of 'em. There's the usual TPU stripping that wraps around the edges of the case, and over the back.

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1 year ago

Amazon reportedly plans to stop selling Google's Chromecast as of October 29

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Amazon is reportedly planning to end sales of two popular streaming video products because they don't support Amazon's own Prime Video service. One of them is Google's Chromecast HDMI dongle, while the other is the Apple TV set-top box.

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1 year ago

Top 10 best cases for Moto X Pure Edition

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It's wise to protect your investment. These cases for the Moto X Pure Edition are the best for doing just that.

Although the Moto X Pure Edition is still relatively fresh off the shelves, we're not seeing as many big name case manufacturers with options for the device. Popular picks like Spigen and Seidio are opting to take a pass this time around — which is a bummer, but it doesn't mean there aren't great options available to keep you covered. We've selected the best cases for the Moto X Pure Edition that include bumpers, hybrid cases, rugged cases, clear cases, and even some favorites from the forums that are worth checking out.

Supcase Unicorn Beetle Hybrid Case

The Unicorn Beetle is back! This unique hybrid cover for the Moto X Pure Edition adds texture, grip, and amazing impact protection that looks great around the device. It packs both a shock absorbent TPU and a durable, see-through polycarbonate shell. Although it's not the slimmest case of the bunch, it adds a cool aesthetic to the Moto X Pure Edition and does a jam-up job at handling impacts and scratches.

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i-Blason Clear Case

Since Ringke seems to have decided to overlook the Moto X Pure Edition / Style this time, there's a suitable substitute in town that lets the original look of the device shine through beautifully. i-Blason's Clear Case snaps on around the Moto X Pure Edition for a slim fit and transparent look. The 3H hardness rating of the polycarbonate shell helps to resist scratches and enhance grip. The front bezel even elevates the display enough to lay it screen-side down on any table or flat surface.

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JOTO Hybrid Armor Case

If you're after a case for the Moto X Pure Edition that's simple, effective, and most importantly — affordable, then JOTO's Hybrid Armor Case is a solid choice. This cover uses an inner TPU layer to absorb impacts while the easy-grip polycarbonate shell that sits on top keeps everything together. There's access to the camera, display, and ports, while the side buttons are raised for an easier press. Available colors include black, gray, gold, green, silver, and orange.

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Supcase Water Resistant Rugged Case

This rugged hybrid case from Supcase offers multiple layers of protection for your Moto X Pure Edition. Everything from the built-in screen protector, water resistant coverage, and dual-layer design keeps the device safe from the elements and brutal impacts. Included with this rugged case are 3 interchangeable back covers (gray, silver, and gold) for when you desire a different look around your Moto X Pure Edition.

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Cimo Flexible TPU Case

You can't go wrong with a durable skin case for the Moto X Pure Edition, and the Cimo Premium TPU Case is one worth its attractive price point. Its slim design makes it easy to handle and slip in and out of your pockets. The glossy edging matched with the matte finish on the back enhances grip, too. As you might expect, there's complete access to everything your Moto X Pure Edition / Style has to offer. Take your pick from black, blue, purple, or smoke.

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OtterBox Defender Series Case & Holster

Surprisingly enough OtterBox has stayed in the game with their popular Defender Case for the Moto X Pure Edition / Style. There's the same brute protection we've come to know and love, including the matching rugged holster — not required to purchase separately. Along with its multi-layer design and integrated screen protector are port plugs to keep out dirt and debris. Although this rugged case certainly isn't everyone's cup of tea, it's perfect for those that want the ultimate protection for their Moto X Pure Edition.

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Case-Mate Tough Frame Case

If the OEM bumper case for the Moto X Pure Edition doesn't cut it for you, you may want to opt for Case-Mate's Tough Frame. This slim bumper offers 4-corner drop protection without all the extra layers or built-in screen protectors. Its simple snap-and-go design makes handling your device easier while elevating your display from flat surfaces. It's currently in production, but will be up for grabs very soon.

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Incipio Octane Case

The Octane Case from Incipio features a fused dual-layer design that provides optimal shock absorption and grip when wrapped around the Moto X Pure Edition. The back "plextonium polycarbonate" cover is slightly transparent, too. Side buttons are raised through the flexible bumper while the ports, camera, and display remain open.

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Incipio Feather Case

If you're not into multiple layers and only desire the bare minimum when it comes to protecting your Moto X Pure Edition, the Incipio Feather Case fits the bill quite nicely. This ultra-slim snap on case is made of durable polycarbonate that leaves out the frills — just simple security against minor drops. The shell actually adds a bit of grip, too, but can be a stickler for fingerprints.

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From the forums: Your favorite cases for Moto X Pure Edition

Earlier this month we asked the members of our Moto X Pure Edition forums what cases they were most looking forward to getting their hands on. We've gotten a bunch of feedback from everyone since then, with cases of all sorts — including some we've mentioned in this article. If you're interested in hearing what others are buzzing about or getting an opinion on a particular Moto X Pure Edition case from other members of the Android Central community, feel free to hop over and join the discussion!

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1 year ago

Our forums for the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Pixel C and new Chromecasts are now open!

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It was an impressive day of announcements for Google. We saw two new Nexus phones, a Pixel C tablet, a refreshed Chromecast for video, an all-new Chromecast Audio and plenty of other updates on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Google Photos and Google Play Music. While everyone is trying to digest the news of the day, we opened up new forums for the discussion to get going.

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1 year ago

Protect your Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P with one of these new cases

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To go along with your new Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P, Google is selling a collection of cases for both phones. Four cases are currently available for each model, offering a variety of ways to protect your brand new phone.

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1 year ago

Google announces new Chromecast hardware with improved Wifi, same great price

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Google announced that it has sold 20 million Chromecasts to date, and it isn't stopping there — we're getting a brand new Chromecast model with improved performance, features and design. At its 2015 press event, Google released a fresh new Chromecast at the same great price of $35 — and it's available today.

The all new Chromecast is a small flat circle, and rather than having a built-in HDMI plug on the side it has a short length of cable with the HDMI plug on it instead — that gives you more options for positioning of the Chromecast dongle, particularly if your TV is up against a wall. The cable also magnetically latches to the bottom of the Chromecast's body, keeping everything tidy.

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1 year ago

Sonos overhauls PLAY:5 wireless speaker with new design, vastly improved sound

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Sonos has updated its flagship wireless speaker, the PLAY:5, with a new modern design and a more immersive soundstage.

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1 year ago

Gadgets of the week: Glowforge, Anki Overdrive, and more!

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We're diving into yet another weeks-worth of accessory releases. As always, we've got an eye out on the world of wearables, the connected home, and just about anything else that plays nice with your Android phone or tablet. This go-around we've spotted Glowforge, a sharp 3D laser printer that you can control with your nearest Android tablet. Meanwhile, Anki's newest connected toy racecars can speed along on a modular track. That's all well and good, but the last release on our list will probably make you die a little inside. Check out the other Android gadget releases of the week below!

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1 year ago

New version of Samsung Gear VR headset coming in November for $99

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Samsung will release a new version of its Gear VR headset in November. The new version will cost $99 and will go on sale first in the US, and Samsung says it will be available for consumers in time for the "Black Friday" holiday shopping season, The headset will be available in other parts of the world shortly afterwards.

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1 year ago

Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick available for pre-order in Japan

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Amazon is expanding the reach of its Fire TV set-top box and its Fire TV Stick HDMI dongle to Japan. Both products are now available for pre-order in that country and Amazon Prime Video is also accessible in Japan as well.

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1 year ago

A quick look at the Cruzerlite Case for Moto G 2015

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If you enjoy a cover that adds a firm grip, this hybrid case from Cruzerlite does the trick around the new Moto G 2015.

This dual-layer case can snap on around the Moto G 2015 all together, or by separating the layers and installing the skin first. The inner TPU is just thick enough to handle severe impacts, poking through at the top, bottom, edges, and lip around the display. While the phone is faced down, that TPU lip keeps the display raised plenty enough from any flat surface.

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1 year ago

Best screen protectors for Samsung Galaxy Note 5

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Whether you go with a PET film or a tempered glass screen protector for the Galaxy Note 5, having scratch security on that beautiful display is a smart move.

There are a lot of options for Galaxy Note 5 screen protectors available, but choosing the ones that offer a good fit with exceptional protection is key. The feedback on our Galaxy Note 5 forums and across the web suggest that even the most popular brands, including ZAGG and BodyGuardz have the possibility of adding the dreaded halo — a milky border around the edges of a screen protector that doesn't lay flush on the display.

Since the Note 5's display has a slight curve towards the edges, this known issue is why we're seeing different cuts with different manufacturers. These five Galaxy Note 5 screen protectors have proven to work fine, however, when applied with patience and precision.

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1 year ago

Karma Go mobile hotspot review

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Karma Go mobile hotspot

Having a pay-as-you-go hotspot is genuinely useful, and Karma Go offers a solid experience.

As anyone who has had a smartphone for any length of time knows, dealing with a mobile carrier and buying data is a pain. No matter what the situation is you always feel like you're getting the short end of the deal (spoiler: you are) — and even when you find a plan that you think is right for you, that might not be the case a month or two down the road. The choices are even slimmer when it comes to hotspots, where the prices per gigabyte of data are cost-prohibitive, and you have few options for plans.

Early last year, the Karma hotspot came on the scene to try and break away from the standard model of monthly plans and yearly contracts for hotspots, going purely on a pay-as-you-go system. We loved the flexibility and business model of the Karma for those who only need a hotspot from time to time, but it was hamstrung by Sprint's aging WiMax network.

But after a little stumble, the new Karma Go is here with better hardware, the same great usage model and yes, a proper LTE network behind it. Here's our full review of Karma's second shot at a hotspot — read on.

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1 year ago

Elite: Dangerous to explore space on the HTC Vive later this year

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The HTC Vive virtual reality headset will support the popular PC massively multiplayer space sim Elite: Dangerous sometime this "Holiday" season. The game's developer, Frontier Developments will update the game to support SteamVR, which the HTC Vive will use as its virtual reality operating system.

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1 year ago

Anki Overdrive races its way to retail stores, available now for $149

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The Anki Overdrive, the company's successor to the Drive, is now available, with prices starting at $149 for the Starter Kit. Anki Overdrive is a battle-racing game, that puts the controls on your smartphone, and lets you race against friends and family.

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