A mere $50 gets you a good Bluetooth music streaming device from Motorola
This, folks, is the Moto Stream. It's a Bluetooth device that kicks music from your phone into a proper set of speakers. And that's all it is. It's not the Nexus Q reborn. For one, it's much smaller. And while it's cute in that icosahedronic sort of way, it just doesn't have the same feel that the Nexus Q did. Yes, both flash lights at you, but the Motorola Stream does so in a more muted, understated way. Not in that same sort of "Take me to your leader" way.
What the Moto Stream is, we'll tell you, is about $250 cheaper than the Nexus Q — which by the way was never actually sold — and is available now from Motorola for $49.99.
If you want to take things seriously with protecting your Galaxy S5 from the elements, the Incipio DualPro Shine case may be the choice to go with. This durable two-piece case combines the protection and shock resistance of a rubber case with the hard outer shell of a plastic case, bringing the two together with some nice design to boot. This is the so-called Level 3 of 4 in terms of protection, according to Incipio, and once you toss this case onto your phone you'll know why.
While it takes some time to properly align the rubber and hard plastic pieces together, once you do your phone feels like it's built to take a beating. The added thickness and somewhat slippery hard plastic portion of the case make it slightly more difficult to handle the phone, but this is going to be the case with any high-protection case. The best part about this two-piece solution is that the rubber inside can protrude out, giving you some grip to work with around the exterior.
When it announced the Moto X a little less than a year ago, Motorola also brought forth a partnership with SOL Republic for accessories, and with that the DECK Bluetooth speaker that allows up to five people to serve as DJs through a "Heist" mode. Today we've got a new accessory — Moto Stream — which connects directly to your stereo and lets adds that same Heist functionality.
Amazon is now offering a bundle discount for those who are looking to buy both the Fire TV set top box and the Kindle Fire tablet together as a nice way to kick start the summer with some entertainment. The deal will bundle the Amazon Fire TV along with a 16 GB version of Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX 7 tablet with Special Offers for just $249, a savings of $79 from the $328 list price if purchased separately.
So while you may not be able to get your hands on a OnePlus One smartphone just yet due to tight supplies, the company is now showing off a line of branded accessories if you're interested. Unveiled on the OnePlus blog, the OnePlus One accessories will come in a variety of colors and are designed to complement your smartphone. Pricing still is not yet announced, but hopefully the company will make the accessories just as equally affordable as the OnePlus One's wallet-friendly $299 entry price.
When the Asus PadFone X is ready for pre-order on June 6th, AT&T is also offering a couple of accessories. Let's take a look at one of them. Watch the video for a closer at the Asus PadFone X Folio Bundle.
The Asus PadFone X Folio Bundle is a set of protective covers for the phone and PadFone Station. They're designed to work together even when the phone is docked.
Sonos is meant to stream your music wirelessly to speakers throughout your house, and now it can help you do the same for less. The company is now running a promotion wherein you can purchase any Sonos product (excepting the all-connecting Bridge) and get a free six month trial of Google Play Music All Access thrown in on top of that. That's not a bad deal, though you'll be shelling out a minimum of $200 for a Sonos Play:1 speaker to be able to take advantage.
But you can't go hunting around for these weird little inserts, these "blue wireless receiver cards" that fit between the battery and the battery cover. It's basically just a Qi coil, controller board and contacts for phone — a surprisingly simple answer for just a few dollars.
Sony has announced two new wireless charging accessories for the Xperia Z2. The accessories include a wireless charging cover (WCR12 Wireless Charging Cover if you want the official product name) that has been designed specially for the Xperia Z2 and a wireless charging plate (WCH10 Wireless Charging Plate). Both accessories conform to the Qi wireless charging standard.
LG improves upon last years QuickWindow case with a circle and better functionality
Much like its predecessor, the G2, LG's new top-of-the-line G3 comes with a special, windowed case. This time out they're calling it the QuickCircle and functionality is certainly improved in this years model. As the name implies, the window this time around has become a circle, and it's a circle that has its uses.
As before you get a variety of different clock faces to display when you close the case, some analog, some digital, and there's still the option to have the current weather conditions, too. You can still activate the window by double-tapping on the display and a swipe across in this years model opens up a whole host of things to do.
Looking for the best wireless charging options for your Galaxy S5? We can help.
When it comes to the Samsung Galaxy S5, wireless charging is where it's at. There are a few reasons for that. The first is convenience. Because of its IP67 rating for water resistance, the Galaxy S5 has a flap covering the microUSB port. You have to remove that flap any time you want to charge your phone. The second reason also is for convenience. It's simply easier to plop your Galaxy S5 down on a Qi-compatible charging pad.
There is a trade-off, of course. One is that your phone won't charge quite as quickly. The other is that the Qi-enabled wireless backs for the Galaxy S5 make the phone a little thicker.
Call me old fashioned, but the words “audio” and “Bluetooth” together tend to scare me. I’m a child of a time where Bluetooth audio was a fantastic concept that failed to produce passable results. I’ve had one too many bad experiences with loss of fidelity, cut out audio, and interference – not the most pleasant experiences when you’re trying to listen to music.
Formerly known for their tinny sound, unreliable connections and bulky designs, Bluetooth speakers have come a very long way in the past two years – now, and for a fairly reasonable price, you can walk away with full, rich sound that can easily fit in a small bag and connect to your phone and tablet with little to zero interference. The future of mobile audio is here.
One such product is the Fugoo Style (Amazon), a compact and beautifully designed speaker that produces some seriously impressive audio. It fits six proprietary acoustic drivers, dubbed the Core-X, into a slim body that’s just 7.4 inches long and weighs 1.1 pounds. And what’s remarkable about the Style is that it’s not just beautiful, but durable as well – it’s IP67 rated to be dust proof and waterproof for up to one meter for 30 minutes. Not only will it survive being jostled around in your bag, but it’ll also survive wind, sand, moisture, and more.
If you're new to this sort of Galaxy S5 case, here's the deal: You remove the existing back to your Galaxy S5 and snap on this whole thing instead. It's also got a front cover that you flip open (thus the name) when you want to use your phone. There's a clear window that measures in at 4.5 square inches, and through you it you see certain notifications. You also can touch the screen through it to unlock the phone, accept or reject calls (which is really useful since you can still talk with the cover closed), and launch the camera. (And the camera, as you'll recall, shoots in a 1:1 aspect ratio when you're using it with the cover closed.)
The stitching is still on the case, as is the faux leather treatment. You still have the indicator for the volume up and down buttons, and the case adds a little bit of thickness to the phone, and just a smidge more than the non-charging S-View Flip Cover. And the window, for as nice as it is, still gunks up at the mere mention of fingerprints and dust.
The big difference here, of course, is wireless charging.
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