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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 Wi-Fi, 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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1 year ago

Gadgets of the week: 4K Amazon Fire TV, Roomba 980, and more!

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I, for one, welcome our new Roomba overlords.

It's time for another round of the best new releases in the world of Android accessories. We keep tabs on Bluetooth audio, connected home, wearables, and anything else that can talk to your phone or tablet. The latest Roomba has added more intelligence for cleaning your home's floor independently, while the newly-updated Amazon Fire TV supports 4K streaming without cranking up the pricetag. There are plenty more new Android-friendly gadgets this week, so take a look!

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1 year ago

Hands-on the Spigen Premium Wallet Case for Galaxy Note 5

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Going for a flip cover? Spigen's Wallet Case offers secure protection and storage for your essentials, freeing up your pockets permanently.

There's a lot going for this Galaxy Note 5 flip case from Spigen, and if you're used to handling these book-style covers, this one's a prime example of quality design and functionality. The exterior is made up of a synthetic leather that looks and feels like the real deal — stitching and all. What holds the Galaxy Note 5 inside is a slim polycarbonate case that's attached to the pleather exterior with a strong adhesive. Once you snap the Note 5 inside, it's there to stay.

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1 year ago

Second-generation Chromecast with improved Wi-Fi and Spotify support may launch later this month

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Google may launch the second-generation Chromecast later this month, offering improved hardware and new features. According to 9to5Google, the upcoming Chromecast may feature Wi-Fi ac connectivity, which will be an upgrade from the Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n on offer with the first-gen model.

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