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1 year ago

Adventures in 3D Printing with Android

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3D Printing

We're taking a look at this vast, exciting world where — in theory — you are only limited by your imagination.

You'd be hard-pressed to find someone in the tech world who doesn't think 3D Printers are cool. The ability to create a design and have a machine assemble that design out of little more than a coil of plastic is fascinating stuff, and knowing that this technology isn't remotely new leads to this exciting part of the conversation where anyone can own and use a 3D Printer. Since "anyone" includes us, we figured it was time to see what can be done with this technology and where our Android devices fit into the equation.

It turns out the answer to those questions is a little more complicated than just pushing a button, but that doesn't mean there aren't incredibly cool things to be done here.

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1 year ago

Google says to look out for more USB-C Chromebooks and Android phones

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USB-C arrived in Google-land with the new Chromebook Pixel, but it's not going to stop there. Google says the new all-in-one connector's coming to more devices soon.

The reversible USB-C connector has made quite the splash this week, arriving in the new Apple MacBook and the just-updated Google Chromebook Pixel, but that's just the beginning of the all-in-one port and cable that can handle power, accessories, and even 4K displays.

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1 year ago

Will you be using a case for the Samsung Galaxy S6?

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Protection has always been a controversial topic when it comes to our favorite devices. Will the Galaxy S6 be any different?

We're curious as to what steps, if any, future owners of the Samsung Galaxy S6 will be taking to keep their smartphone out of harms way. Maybe you're going all-in with one of OtterBox's Galaxy S6 cases they recently announced, or something on the slimmer side, like a low-profile skin or bumper case that won't put your device into beast-mode. And hey, even if you're into the naked look—we're not here to judge.

Let us know your preferred style is in the poll below and if there's a specific case you're after, we'd like to hear what it is!

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1 year ago

This is the HTC One M9 Dot View Case

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One of the most innovative cases of 2014 is back with a new model for a new flagship phone.

Here's a quick look at the new Dot View Case for the HTC One M9. If you used the case on the M8, you pretty much know what you're getting here. It's a sort of rubberized case that protects the back of the phone as well as the front. But the display has holes in it that allow images to show through. So you get some cool designs, and information such as the time and weather, missed calls and other notifications. And if that's not enough, you'll even have a game or two to play this time around.

We'll take a deeper look once we've got retail units and finished software. And most important is that we'll see if the case is a little more usable this time around — a number of us took issue with the front flap trying to spring back around when it was folded to the back, making it a little tough to type.

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1 year ago

Otterbox Samsung Galaxy S6 cases announced!

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The choices include cases in the company's heavy-duty Defender Series along with the hybrid Commuter series.

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1 year ago

Mophie Juice Pack for the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge promises to double their battery life

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The battery cases will be launched around the time the new Galaxy smartphones are released later this spring for $99.95

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1 year ago

Huawei's new TalkBand B2 and N1 blend fitness and style

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[custom:mwc15]Fitness trackers can be useful tools for keeping up on daily exercise goals, but they often aren't much to look at. With the TalkBand B2 and N1, Huawei is hoping to take fitness-focused wearables and add some style so you'll consider wearing them more often. The new TalkBand B2 is a complete refresh of the more mundane B1 of last year, while the TalkBand N1 isn't a band at all — it's a set of bluetooth earbuds.

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1 year ago

These are Samsung's first Galaxy S6 and S6 edge accessories

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Samsung Galaxy S6 cases

The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are thin and covered in glass — that may make you want a case.

[custom:mwc15]Samsung's no stranger to offering a variety of first-party cases for its devices while also partnering with known brands for more "fashionable" choices, and that's the case here with the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. Though Samsung hasn't yet listed all of its accessories for sale considering we're a month out from the phone's release, we've had a chance to see and use a few of the initial offerings.

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1 year ago

Lenovo's Pocket Projector is an affordable way to pump videos to your wall (or ceiling)

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Lenovo Pocket Projector

Whether it's in the kids' play room or the boss' boardroom, the Lenovo Pocket Projector is a quick, easy and affordable way to up-size videos for group viewing.

[custom:mwc15]It used to be the only folks who carried around those little pocket projectors were those who got paid to do it — road warriors who have to be able to give presentations whenever, wherever. And they were either big and clunky, or smallish and expensive. Lenovo's got the best of both worlds in its Pocket Projector, making its debut at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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1 year ago

SanDisk's new embedded iNAND flash storage boasts stupid fast write speeds

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There are bottlenecks throughout the modern smartphone, but SanDisk is working to make their path as wide as possible with their new iNAND 7132 embedded flash storage.

[custom:mwc15] While SanDisk is well known for their consumer memory products — SD cards, microSD cards, USB flash drives, replacement SSDs, and so forth — a major (and under-appreciated by the general consumer) part of their business is actually in selling embedded flash storage to device manufacturers.

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1 year ago

Oculus and Samsung launching paid apps and games, free short films on Gear VR today

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[custom:mwc15]Samsung and Oculus VR will be launching paid apps and games, as well as new free content offerings, on the Gear VR today. Well-timed after the announcement of an updated Gear VR that works with the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, the new content offerings are a welcomed addition to the current content available on the headset.

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1 year ago

Hands-on with Microsoft's Android-compatible Universal Foldable Keyboard

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[custom:mwc15]Microsoft has announced a new foldable Bluetooth keyboard that works on cross-platform devices. Dubbed the Universal Foldable Keyboard, Microsoft's latest accessory works with iPads, iPhones, Android smartphones and tablets as well as Windows tablets. Also announced is compatibility with Windows Phone, starting with Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 as well as Windows 10 for phones, which is scheduled to launch later this year.

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1 year ago

Sandisk's new 200GB microSD card brings massive storage in a tiny size

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SanDisk bills their latest microSD card has having the world's highest capacity, and at 200GB we have little trouble believing them.

[custom:mwc15] The just-revealed 200GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I "Premium Edition" is indeed the most capacious card we've seen, topping the 128GB we've previously seen from several manufacturers, including SanDisk.

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1 year ago

Seidio Spring Clip Holster for the Motorola Droid Turbo

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There are belt clips and then there are belt clips. This is the latter, and that's a good thing.

Not wanting a case on your Droid Turbo is one thing. Not wanting any protection at all on your shiny new Android phone is another. With its slick woven Kevlar backing (or ballistic nylon if that's your thing) it sure looks like it could survive a drop or two on its own, but that doesn't mean you should test fate. Seidio's holster for the Droid Turbo offers a spring loaded clip that locks the phone in place when its not in use, providing just enough protection in the process to give you some extra peace of mind.

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1 year ago

Seidio SURFACE case with Metal Kickstand for the Droid Turbo

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Picking a case for the Droid Turbo is not as easy as it sounds, due mostly to the battle between bulk and protection.

While the Droid Turbo is not uncomfortable to hold on its own, many of the cases sold to protect this phone carry it well over the comfort line and cause the device to be just plain monstrous. It's not an easy problem to solve, especially if you're not a fan of the jelly or TPU cases that are so common nowadays. Seidio's SURFACE case for the Droid Turbo is one of the only cases out there that actively works to exist between bulky impenetrability and overly flexible jelly. What's more, it's packing a kickstand that generally stays out of the way.

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