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1 year ago

Belkin updates WeMo app with new WeMo Light Switch features

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Belkin has updated their WeMo home automation apps for iOS and Android with a few new features. Chief among them is a long-press option for their Light Switch, which is recognizable through the popular IFTTT service. There are also new controls to recognize sunrise and sunset, and an away mode which flips the lights on and off randomly to make it look like someone’s home.

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1 year ago

The HTC One M8 Flip Case

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HTC One M8 Flip Case

Next up on our tour of HTC One M8 cases — we've already taken a look at the extremely popular Dot View case and HTC's TPU case — is HTC's Flip Case. This is a more traditional endeavor. No crazy 8-bit dots. No quick-peek windows.

And so what you get here is a pretty straightforward matter. Plastic shell on the back. Rigid cover for the front, with cutouts for the BoomSound speakers (which, by the way, work just fine with the flap closed, including during a phone call). Cutouts for the DuoCamera setup, flash and secondary microphone. Plenty of room to get to the microUSB port, 3.5mm headphone jack, and the power button and IR port up top.

Put simply, this is a no-frills, high-function (and not bad-looking) flip case.

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1 year ago

Quick look: HTC's official TPU case for the HTC One M8

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HTC One M8 TPU case

Some regions of the world get al little extra from HTC along with their HTC One M8 — a TPU case. And here's a very quick look at it.

Nothing spectacular here. Just your basic TPU case that wraps around the back and sides of the phone. It keeps the display lifted off of flat surfaces, the better to protect it. Cutouts are there for the cameras and microphones, and there's a little flap to seal up the microUSB port and 3.5mm headphone jack. The HTC logo gets highlighted thanks to a little design work on the case as well.

This isn't the most flashy of HTC One M8 accessories — that prize still goes to the Dot View case. But if you're lucky enough to have gotten one of these guys in the box with your phone, it's worth taking a look at, if only for the additional grip it provides to an otherwise sleek (and slick) phone.

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1 year ago

Samsung shows us how we should be using the Gear Fit in new commercial

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Now that folks are able to get their hands on the new Samsung Gear Fit along with the Galaxy S5, Samsung has taken to YouTube to post a commercial showing us all how we should be using the device on a daily basis.

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1 year ago

Seidio Ledger Flip Case for Nexus 5

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Seidio Ledger flip case for Nexus 5

Extra protection and functionality for your Nexus 5, as long as the extra bulk is worth it for you

 

I'm not sure when it happened, but there's a renewed sense of value in having a larger smartphone case that can provide more than simple coverage for the sides and back of the device. It's no longer unusual to have a flip-over folio style case for a phone (a function usually reserved for tablets), and with those screen covers also integrating slots of credit cards, IDs and business cards just like your wallet normally would.

Seidio has adapted one of its great hard plastic kickstand case designs to also include a folio-style flip cover for the front of your Nexus 5. And while the design ideas can seem a little disjointed at times on the Seidio Ledger Flip Case, it provides a different look and feel than you'll find on your standard case choices. Read along with us and see the merits of this functional Nexus 5 case.

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1 year ago

Amazon Fire TV review

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Amazon Fire TV and Fire Game Controller

Fire TV is possibly the best single set-top box available, but it still can’t be everything to everyone

In what has been colloquially called the "battle for the living room" (or as I like to call it, the battle for your HDMI inputs), competition is heating up but hasn't exactly hit a flash point. Modern products in the small set top box space like the WD TV Live, Boxee Box and Google TV never really caught on, and even the "big" successful players like Roku and Apple TV have relatively small sales numbers in the grand scheme of television watchers today. Whether it's out of complication from yet another box, the inherent redundancy of having several boxes that all do most of the same things or the price of more hardware and subscription services, these little set top boxes have yet to break though.

But if there's one thing Amazon knows how to do, it's create products that can find mass appeal with the general consumer. With the announcement of its new set-top box, Fire TV, Amazon is betting that it can get a good number of people to buy this $99 thing, and pay another $99 per year to deliver more Amazon content to it. And then pay still more for premium movies and TV shows and apps that aren't free as part of Prime. Building on the experience of launching the relatively successful Kindle Fire line of tablets, there's indication that Amazon can do just that. The real question is: has Amazon figured out something that Roku and Apple have not?

In this ever-hyped fight for a foothold in the living room, is Amazon's Fire TV offering a sure-fire hit? Read along with us and see what this little box can do.

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1 year ago

Speck CandyShell and Candy Shell Grip for the Galaxy S5

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Speck CandyShell Grip case for Galaxy S5

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is upon us, and we're starting to take our first look at some third-party cases. Up first are the Speck CandyShell and CandyShell Grip cases. They're similar in form, function and design, with the Grip case adding, well, grip. Both cases sport a glossy finish to them. That in and of itself tends to be just a wee bit slick, but the matte edging — and the grip on the grip case, which is made of the same material — helps you keep a hold on the edges.

It's simple enough to get the Galaxy S5 into the case — just slip it in there, making sure you've got all the edges properly seated. You don't have to remove the phone's battery door or anything, which is nice.

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1 year ago

HTC Flip Case for One M8 now in stock at ShopAndroid!

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HTC Flip Case for One M8 now in stock at ShopAndroid!

Got a new HTC One M8 and you're wondering just how to protect it? Fret not, for ShopAndroid.com is here to save you with a shipment of brand new HTC One M8 Flip Cases! This case, made by HTC for their brand new flagship, wraps your precious in a colorful and protective layer of premium material, while also allowing access to important features like buttons and cameras. There are even cut-outs for the speakers so you can pump out the tunes while rocking out in style.

ShopAndroid has the HTC One M8 Flip Case in stock and shipping now in Warm Black, Light Brown, and Sweet Lilac (otherwise known as "pink"), and you can pre-order Imperial Blue, Poppy Red, Orange Popsicle, and Atlantis (i.e. "green"). And should you want something that shows a bit more of what's happening with your HTC One M8, the [HTC One M8 Dot View Case is also available for pre-order).

Order Now: HTC One M8 Flip Case from ShopAndroid

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1 year ago

Otterbox launches tough cases for the Samsung Galaxy S5

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The venerable OtterBox folks are showing off their Samsung Galaxy S5 cases just ahead of the launch this Friday. The heavy-duty Defender Series and hybrid Commuter series are available right now, and the colorful Symmetry Series and a wallet variant for the Commuter Series is on the way. There’s no pricing information with the announcement, but the Commuter Series usually starts at $35, and the Defender Series goes as high as $60.

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1 year ago

Jawbone UP24 review

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Jawbone UP24

Jawbone's latest has to be worth your attention if you're looking for a fitness band

Everybody wants to make a wearable and the health and fitness space has had its fair share in recent times with efforts from the likes of Nike and Fitbit. What we have here is the latest effort from Jawbone, the UP24. And if you're looking for a fitness band – especially one to hook into your Android phone – it's worth your attention.

It may not be much to look at, but it packs a punch where it matters. Let's take a closer look.

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1 year ago

Amazon Fire TV game controller on backorder, now expected to ship in late April

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The game controller for the Amazon Fire TV is now on backorder. New orders are now expected to ship on April 24. Amazon is noting the delay as being "due to popular demand." It's also limited the number of controllers you can buy at one time to nine, which isn't really a limit for more normal folks.

For more on the Fire TV, be sure to read Andrew Martonik's first impressions of the device, including the game controller.

Are you planning on getting a game controller with your Fire TV?

To get on the controller waiting list, hit up Amazon.

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1 year ago

Samsung shows off official Galaxy S5 wireless charging covers

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Update: We're tracking the best in Galaxy S5 wireless charging here.

While most of the world is still waiting for a chance to get their hands on a Samsung Galaxy S5 of their very own, that doesn't mean Samsung isn't ready to sell some accessories. Case in point — the wireless charging covers, which made an appearance today.

You'll have four different models to choose from, but the only colors shown so far are white and black. You have a "standard" back plate with a Qi charging module in black and white for $30, or an S-View Flip Cover model also in black or white.

All four covers include the gasket that is part of the S5's water-resistance feature, and are done up in the same dimpled finish as the stock cover. The chargers should work with any Qi-compatible charger, including Samsung's own model.

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1 year ago

Apple TV vs. Amazon Fire TV: Which one deserves a spot next to your TV?

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 Which one deserves a spot next to your TV?

With streaming boxes all costing about the same these days, the process of choosing one has become a little more difficult. Amazon added yet another option this week with the Fire TV. We've already given you a hands-on first look of the Fire TV and came away pretty impressed. If you're currently debating between an Amazon Fire TV and an Apple TV, we've put together a comparison over on iMore to help you decide. Hit the source link below to check out the comparison. Then let us know, what streaming service are you using? Does the Fire TV tempt you to switch?

Source: iMore

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1 year ago

Nest halts sales of Nest Protect smoke alarm over potential safety issue

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Nest has put a halt to sales of their connected Nest Protect smoke detector over concerns that the alarm could be unintentionally deactivated. Protect smoke alarms have a "Protect Wave" feature which allows users to deactivate the alarm when it's activated under not dangerous conditions (say, smoke from cooking) by waving at the alarm. The Nest Wave feature has been found in Nest's own testing to be possible to be deactivated under "a unique combination of circumstances".

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1 year ago

Amazon Fire TV and Fire Game Controller hands-on and first impressions

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Amazon Fire TV and Fire Game Controller

A compelling experience, and yet another great way for Amazon to have its content in front of as many people as possible.

For the past few weeks rumors have been building that Amazon was ready to make a big step into the living room with some sort of streaming media and gaming device. When the Fire TV was announced, it turned out to be far more than a simple "streaming stick" — this is better described as a latest-generation Kindle Fire, minus the screen and plus a remote and TV-friendly interface. It has a quad-core processor, a full-featured operating system and access to one of the largest media and app libraries in the world.

Thanks to Amazon Prime overnight shipping we have our hands on the Amazon Fire TV and the (optional) Fire Game Controller, and we're already putting it through its paces. Spoiler alert: our first impressions are pretty darn positive. Read along and see what you'll be getting with an Amazon Fire TV on day one — you may find it tough to keep your mouse away from the Amazon 1-Click order button.

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