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1 year ago

Google's Nexus 6P case is surprisingly good

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If you're going to put your Nexus 6P in a case, make it this case.

We've been playing with Google's Nexus 6P for a couple of days now, and without a doubt this phone a big. On top of being big, the metal body makes is a little on the slippery side. This isn't the best combination in the world, so there are more than a few people out there who are going to want to put this thing in a case. Picking a case that doesn't ruin the ergonomics of this phone or make the fingerprint sensor on the back difficult to access would normally be a concern, but Google's got your back with a case of their own design.

Lets take a look.

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1 year ago

Reminder: The Nexus 5X doesn't come with a USB-A cable to use with your computer, car or external battery

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We mentioned this first thing in our Nexus 5X unboxing, but it's worth a big reminder now that more phones are hitting doorsteps: The phone comes with a USB-C to USB-C cable, which is used in conjunction with the wall charger, but that won't do you much good for anything else right now. If you want to plug your Nexus 5X into a computer, or Android Auto, or an external battery, or an existing charger, you're going to need a USB-A to USB-C cable.

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1 year ago

Where to buy the View-Master for Google Cardboard

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Looking to scoop up a View-Master for Google Cardboard? Here's a list of retailers where it's currently available.

We saw the latest in inexpensive VR when Russell gave us a closer look at Mattel's View-Master for Google Cardboard — a modern twist on the classic version that sticks you in amazing 360-degree environments using a mixture of virtual and augmented reality.

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1 year ago

Best Cases for Nexus 5X

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Can't stand to rock your Nexus 5X naked? Carry with confidence using any of these great cases that will keep you covered.

If you're after a quality case for your Nexus 5X that will handle the occasional drop and shield against device wear, you've come to the right place. Whether you need heavy duty protection that can take a beating or just a simple slim cover that adds extra grip without bulking up your Nexus 5X, choices are available. There are quite a number of great options available to browse between, and we took some time to break down the best ones.

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1 year ago

Aukey's Quick Charge USB batteries will charge your phone in a hurry

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Charging on the go has never been faster and easier than it is now with Aukey's Quick Charge batteries.

Easily one of the best new tech features in the past few years has been the implementation of Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0, which dumps power from a charger into your phone at a blazing clip. But for most of us, that's limited to a charger block plugged into a wall outlet. But for when you're on the go, that won't do — and that's why Aukey's been making Quick Charge batteries. But now there's a pair of Quick Charge batteries that offer dual USB ports and up to 15,000mAh in capacity. That's up to 5 full charges!

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1 year ago

Crock-Pot Wifi-Enabled WeMo 6 Quart Slow Cooker review

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Now there's a way to have complete control over your slow cooked meals whether you're on the couch or at work. Meet your new smart Crock-Pot.

Crock-Pots are undeniably one of easiest ways to cook incredible tasting meals without sweating over a stove for hours on end. A little bit of prep work goes a long way with any Crock-Pot meal, and with this new Wi-Fi slow cooker you can set and adjust your timer, cooking temperature, or turn it off completely from your mobile device using Belkin's WeMo app.

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1 year ago

Stay charged with Aukey's 10400mAh power bank for only $17 from Amazon

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Aukey is offering its 10400mAh power bank for only $17 on Amazon with the use of coupon code ** 6PHZZRAF**, down from its original $40 price. Featuring two full sized USB ports, one of which utilizes Qualcomm's Quick Charge capabilities, the power bank also has a microUSB port and a flashlight.

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1 year ago

Where to buy a USB-C cable to use your Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X with an existing charger

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A new standard means new headaches, for now ...

The Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P each is equipped with a USB Type-C connector, and that means the cables and accessories you have now (that have a micro USB connector) aren't going to fit in the plug.

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1 year ago

Misfit introduces new Shine 2 wearable activity tracker, available now for $99

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Misfit, a continuous competitor in the fitness wearable space, has just announced its newest wearable, the Shine 2. This new model builds on the success of the original Shine, and adds plenty of new features. The Shine 2 has a new three-axis accelerometer as well as a three-axis magnetometer for finer activity tracking, as well as a new set of LEDs for information display and a vibration motor inside for call and text alerts from your phone.

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1 year ago

Speck's CandyShell Grip case for the Nexus 5X could be better

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It'll keep your Nexus 5X safe, but there's a usability cost involved.

Hard cases are hit-or-miss if you want to avoid bulk and still keep your phone protected, and with the new Nexus phones there's the added challenge of making sure the fingerprint sensor on the back is accessible while keeping everything safe. If you feel the need to put your Nexus 5X in a case you're likely going to have to do some homework. Speck has an offering available in the Google Store right now, but it may not be exactly what you're looking for.

Lets take a look.

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1 year ago

Where to buy Google's OnHub wireless router

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Google's latest hardware partnership play, the OnHub home wireless router, is now widely available after an initial release from just a couple retailers in "pre-order" status. The $199 router comes in both black and blue colors, which you'll want to choose between wisely because Google's hoping you'll keep the OnHub out in the open for best performance.

There are eight retailers (including Google itself) currently offering the OnHub, but not every retailer carries both colors or has it consistently in stock. Between all of the options you'll surely find a store that works best for you that has the configuration you want.

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1 year ago

Gadgets of the week: DJI Osmo, August Doorbell Cam, and more!

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May we interest you in some fine gadgetry?

We're gathering up the best new product releases over the last week, spanning the gamut of connected home, wearables, wireless audio, and whatever else plays nice with your Android phone or tablet. With the new DJI Osmo rig, you can shoot super-steady videos with an electric gimbal stabilizer. Your Android phone acts as a viewfinder to make sure everything stays in frame. August's new Doorbell Cam lets you see who's at your front door, and if you're rocking their smart lock, you can let them in easily from your device. There are plenty more goodies in our weekly gadget roundup, so take a look!

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1 year ago

A quick look at Incipio DualPro Cases for Galaxy Note 5

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The Galaxy Note 5 DualPro Cases double up on grip and impact control without the look or feel of too much bulk.

We're looking at the regular DualPro and DualPro SHINE from Incipio, both featuring identical designs apart from the SHINE's brushed aluminum polycarbonate shell. These cases use a stretch and tear resistant TPE core that does most of the protecting when it comes to drops. There's a cutout for just about every feature of the Galaxy Note 5, including the S-Pen, which is a bit tight without using a fingernail to snatch it out. Side buttons are raised on the skin itself, allowing for a more accurate press while both layers are worn.

The standard DualPro Case has a softer shell on the back that adds slightly more grip than its SHINE sibling, but also tends to pick up fingerprints and smudges a lot easier. If you use your pockets to tote your Note 5, you may want to opt for the SHINE version since that smooth shell slides in and out way easier. Both options have their strengths, but I find myself using the DualPro SHINE more often for its looks and smooth exterior.

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Wireless charging and NFC work great through both DualPro Cases on the Galaxy Note 5. With the screen faced down, the TPE lip keeps the display elevated enough from scuffing any surface. The camera cutout on the back leaves plenty of room for unhindered shots along with easy access to the heart rate sensor.

As a whole, the Incipio DualPro Cases for Galaxy Note 5 are decent options for moderate protection against drops and scratches. Aside from the S-Pen being a bit hard to access, both versions are crafted quite well. If you're after more grip, I'd suggest the regular DualPro Case, but if you like the smooth, brushed aluminum finish of the DualPro SHINE, your pockets will appreciate your choice.

DualPro Case on Amazon $20

DualPro SHINE on Amazon $20

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1 year ago

Get some defense with these NFL cases for Galaxy S6

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Kick off this football season with your Galaxy S6 in hand while protected in your favorite NFL case.

No matter what team you're rooting for this year, there's an NFL case for your Galaxy S6. For slimmer protection, hybrid cases and clear covers keep things low profile while still adding enough defense against scratches, scuffs, and fumbles. If you need all the grip you can get, opt for an OtterBox NFL Defender Case of your choice to handle those heavier hits.

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1 year ago

Best Quick Charge 2.0 car chargers

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If your device can utilize Quick Charge 2.0, you should be using a car charger that takes advantage of that technology.

There are a good number of devices that support Quick Charge 2.0 these days, but many still haven't added a Quick Charge car charger to their vehicle. We've selected 5 of our favorites that will provide a snappy boost in juice so that you're ready to roll by the time you reach your destination. And while we know Quick Charge 3.0 is coming, we've still got some time before we see devices packing that kind of heat. In the meantime, these are excellent options to consider for any commute.

Anker PowerDrive+ 1 Car Charger

This miniature car charger from Anker features a single USB port on the front that packs Quick Charge 2.0, Power IQ, and VoltageBoost technology. Connected devices are protected from surges, overheating, overcharging, and short circuits. Its compact design is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and is wrapped in a glossy polycarbonate with a single charging LED on the front. The Anker PowerDrive+ 1 comes with an 18-month warranty and is CE, FCC, and ROHS certified.

$6.99 on Amazon

Nekteck Quick Car Charger

Measuring 2.95-inches in length, the Nekteck Quick Car Charger sports 2 USB ports on the front that both offer Quick Charge 2.0 speeds. You can happily share this charger with any device — QC 2.0 compatible or not — and never need to second guess whether you're using the right port. Standard devices will be charged at a max of 2.4A, while the charger's built-in safety features keep all connected devices safe from over-current, overcharging, and overheating. Included with the Nekteck Quick Car Charger is a 3.3ft microUSB charging cable and a 1-year warranty.

$15.99 on Amazon

Tronsmart Dual USB Turbo Car Charger

Rocking a more durable design that doesn't collect fingerprints is Tronsmart's Dual USB Turbo Car Charger. Both ports on the front utilize Quick Charge 2.0 and feature premium circuitry that keep your connected devices safe from overcharging and overheating. The VoltIQ technology intelligently delivers the fastest possible charge for any device connected, QC 2.0-compatible or not. Bundled with the car charger is a 20AWG 3.3ft microUSB cable.

$19.99 on Amazon

Incipio Quick Car Charger

Incipio's single port Quick Car Charger features a sleek black matte exterior that's built very well and lined silver accents along the sides. It's great addition to the front or back of any vehicle and the LED charging light above the USB port lets you know when your device is properly connected. Although you're limited to only charging one device, it's a solid option if you don't need any more than that.

$15 on Amazon

Aukey Dual USB Quick Car Charger

Since our initial review of this Dual-USB Quick Car Charger from Aukey, its held up to consistent use in both hot and cold climates. While its construction doesn't feel as solid as the Tronsmart charger, its much smaller in size and features a dedicated Quick Charge 2.0 port next to a standard 2.4A port for all other devices. Built with a full array of safety features, this car charger is still a favorite for its incredibly low profile design. Included is a 20AWG 3.3ft microUSB charging cable and an 18-month warranty from Aukey.

$16.99 on Amazon

What's your favorite?

Those are our top 5 best Quick Charge 2.0 car chargers that'll keep your compatible devices powered up quicker than the norm. Let's hear what quick chargers you're using while on the road in the comments!

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