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1 month ago

A quick look at Amzer's Hybrid Kickstand Case for LG G4

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If you don't mind adding some chunk to your LG G4, this hybrid kickstand case from Amzer does a fine job at absorbing impacts and adding a little extra convenience for watching movies on the go. Check out how it looks from front to back along with some additional deets past the break.

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1 month ago

How to handle wireless charging in big phones

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Making everything bigger introduces new problems, but the solutions are often fairly simple.

We might as well call facts facts; big smartphones aren't going anywhere anytime soon. If anything, our mobile devices are going to continue to push the envelope. For the most part, the people who enjoy these devices can all agree it's a good thing. There are a couple of situations, however, where having a big phone can present unique challenges. A perfect example is wireless charging, which seems like it would be easier with a larger phone but more often than not means you have to be unreasonably specific about how your phone sits on whatever platter you've purchased.

In a perfect world these devices would all have guiding magnets to make things easier — RIP Nexus 5 — but since that doesn't happen we've got some quick tips on making wireless charging a little easier.

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1 month ago

Review: Making every speaker smarter with Beep

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Beep controller

Beep is the start of a fantastic way to handle multi-room audio in your home, and with any luck it'll end the same way.

Exactly 16 months from the day I heard about a new company being formed with a pair of ex-Googlers to tackle the challenges associated with connecting all of the speakers in your home and granting them access to all of the great music services we have on our phones, the folks behind Beep put their finished hardware on my desk. Connected speakers are everywhere nowadays, but the core idea that sets Beep apart from the crowd — mainly that there needs to be a physical component to connected audio controls — is still a big deal. Unfortunately, the things that will move this product from being a cool idea with a fantastic design to something everyone should have in their homes and offices aren't yet available.

Here's our review.

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1 month ago

Hands (and ears) on the Samsung Level On Wireless Headphones

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Samsung Level Wireless Headphones

Whether you're rocking out wired or wireless, these latest on-ear headphones from Samsung provide a comfy fit for extended use and plenty of EQ options to make any audiophile ecstatic.

Need a serious boost in audio quality when jamming your mobile tunes? Samsung's Level On Wireless Headphones are awesome for any genre of music and they don't get uncomfortable after those long sessions. Add a few unique touch controls and a nifty carrying bag and you might just be looking at your next pair of wireless headphones.

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1 month ago

Where to buy Google Cardboard

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Google Cardboard

Google Cardboard looks cool. Where can I get one?

We've been getting this question a lot as of late. We talk about Google Cardboard, the cool stuff you can do with it, and speculate on Google's future plans for the platform. People want to use it, so they need to know where to get it into their hot little hands.

Google isn't selling the new version 2.0 Cardboard viewers themselves. They never sold the original, so that's not surprising. And version 2.0 is what you want if you already don't have a viewer — it works for larger phones like the Nexus 6 or Note 4, and the new "input" method of a small capacitive tape-covered lever means it works on phones that didn't support the magnetic slider-switch like some from Sony or LG.

Let's see how you can get yourself a new Cardboard viewer.

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1 month ago

How to use Google Cardboard

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Google Cardboard

Google's simple VR platform can be used anywhere and everywhere, but there are a few things you should do for an optimal experience.

One of the great things about Google Cardboard is how portable it is. While not every version of Cardboard is fully collapsible, even when fully set up these accessories don't take up a lot of space, and for the most part you can just pop your smartphone in and get up and running. It's the perfect platform for quick VR experiences, and is simple enough that you can pass things around to the group and not have to worry about a learning curve for use — which makes comparing it to full immersion platforms like the HTC Vive-powered Steam VR platform easy.

Here's a quick intro to using Cardboard, as well as a few tips for getting the most out of the platform.

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1 month ago

Qi or Powermat? What's the difference and which should you choose?

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Making the switch from cables to platters means picking a standard, which unfortunately isn't as easy or obvious as it sounds.

Wireless charging has been around for some time now, though for a myriad of reasons has never really picked up steam. Now that we're seeing more devices support the tech by baking it right into the device instead of making you purchase some ill-fitting or less-than-ideal accessory, there are plenty of folks out there ready to make the switch and abandon their microUSB cables entirely.

The only catch is there are two different kinds of wireless charging — Qi and Powermat — and you probably need to choose one and stick with it. Here's what you need to know.

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1 month ago

Grain Audio PWS.01 Wireless Speaker review

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Grain Audio PWS.01 Bluetooth Speaker

Say hello to the Bluetooth speaker that not only looks amazing in your home, but provides studio quality sound for your favorite tunes.

It's hard to not fall in love with the beautiful walnut enclosure of this Bluetooth speaker, but having legit sound processing technology to boot makes this handsome devil all the more appealing. Designed for those who truly want the best sound from a portable speaker, Grain Audio's PWS.01 is one worth writing home about. Jump past the break to get the full scoop of what it's pushing and the goodies bundled with.

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1 month ago

What is Google Cardboard?

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Google Cardboard

Google Cardboard gives you a rich virtual reality experience without a big price tag.

You might have seen a bit of interest in Google Cardboard rise to the surface lately. At Google I/O 2015 we saw the launch of a more universal viewer as well as a new classroom experience dubbed "Expeditions" where teachers and students can have synchronized virtual fieldtrips. The Google Cardboard app was even made available on the App Store for iPhone 6 and 6-plus users. Some very cool stuff, which is why people are talking about it. Never mind that everything at I/O 2015 was made of cardboard.

Seeing and reading about this stuff doesn't help much if you don't understand just what Google Cardboard is, though. So lets take a few minutes and get that sorted.

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1 month ago

A quick look at the Rhinoshield Crash Guard Bumper for Galaxy S6

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Need a case for your Galaxy S6 that keeps things simple? This Rhinoshield bumper case works to absorb impacts without the extra layers.

Bumpers are awesome for protecting against impacts around the edges of your device, and while they don't offer extraordinary insurance like other cases for the Galaxy S6, there's still plenty to appreciate. I had a chance to use this Crash Guard Bumper from Evolutive Labs with my S6 for a short period of time, and was pleasantly surprised how it held up to a few fumbles. Check out some additional observations and a nail-biting drop test video after the break.

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1 month ago

Turtleback Case leather holsters for your bulky cased Galaxy S6

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Sized for the Galaxy S6 owner that goes the extra mile for protection, these leather holsters grant the room and good looks to keep your device at your side without removing your case.

Whether you're headed to work, a fancy dinner or just need a presentable case at your side that compliments your Samsung Galaxy S6 (or S6 edge), these premium bonded leather cases from Turtleback are choice — made in the USA and roomy enough to accommodate the bulkiest of the bunch.

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1 month ago

There's a 512GB microSD card coming in July, but you likely can't afford it

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There's a microSD card coming in July that will have 512GB of storage, but its price won't be on the cheap side.

Even as internal storage on smartphones keeps increasing, the amount of space on microSD cards also continues to grow. This week, the California-based company Microdia announced plans to launch a microSD card with a new storage milestone: 512GB.

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1 month ago

This is the Urban Armor Gear Case for Galaxy S6 in 5 colors

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Meet the rugged hybrid case for the Galaxy S6 that provides an unbelievable grip without the unattractive bulk.

Hybrid covers really do come in all shapes and sizes, giving smartphone owners more peace of mind when those unforeseen drops occur. Where the Urban Armor Gear Case stands out amongst many other dual-layer cases is its ability to pack extra layers and grip in a lightweight, manageable form factor. Check out how it looks and performs with the Galaxy S6 in 5 available color options.

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1 month ago

HTC celebrates dads and grads with $50 off the RE camera, 50 percent off accessories

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In celebration of graduations and Father's Day, HTC is offering some new sales that save you $50 on the RE camera, as well as 50 percent off accessories.

HTC's latest promotion is geared towards dads and grads, offering a $50 savings on the RE camera, along with a 50 percent savings when purchasing three or more accessories. In addition, HTC is giving 50 percent off to those who create personalized greeting cards with HTC Print Studio.

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1 month ago

Huawei TalkBand B2 sprints its way to the US, priced starting at $179

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The Huawei TalkBand B2 fitness tracker has made its way to the US, as it is now on sale with prices starting at $179.

As though there aren't already enough fitness trackers on the market, Huawei has announced that its TalkBand B2 is now available for purchase in the US. With prices starting at $179, the TalkBand B2 sits on the higher side of the market, but it does offer some unique functionality that most others don't.

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