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3 months ago

Seidio accessories keep your Android phone protected, and keep you going!

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BIG Thanks to Seidio for sponsoring our #CESlive coverage at CES 2014!

CES 2014 has come to an end, as has our #CESlive coverage for the year. It was an amazing week (and a busy one to boot!), with 70 guests taking to our stage over 4 days.

One of our big sponsors for the year was Seidio, a company we were extremely excited to have come onboard. Like Mobile Nations, Seidio has been around since the beginning of the smartphone era, going back to 2002. Over the years they've always made a great selection of cases, charging docks and extended batteries for popular smartphones on all platforms.

Be sure to hit up the video above for a video walkthrough of Seidio's booth at CES 2014. Derek from Seidio walks us through some of the different products they had on display, including the new OBEX case for the Galaxy Note 3 which is tough and waterproof yet great for everyday use. 

For more info and to buy, you can visit seidioonline.com, or view our selection of Seidio accessories at ShopAndroid.com.

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3 months ago

The sound of Samson Technologies #CESlive

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Samson's new Bluetooth speakers bring big sound at a not-so-big price

Cali and Phil take 10 minutes of CES and spend it talking to James from Samson Technologies, and we get to see some excellent new wireless speakers that are more than just wireless speakers.

Starting at just $99 for the Expedition Express model, these speakers have extras like smartphone charging or instrument inputs built right in, and the larger XP 106 comes with a 2.4GHz wireless mic for seamless presentations or Karaoke. And of course, we get a close look at a couple Samson microphones as well.

Samson has been in the audio business for a while, and several of us here at AC use their products. These new speakers and mics look pretty awesome, and we're loving the prices.

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3 months ago

Phiaton combines style and portability in new headphones #CESlive

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Light weight, portable and extremely comfortable

John and Rene talked to Lindsay Stuart from Phiaton to talk about their latest ultra light weight, portable headphones, the Fusion MS-430. Trying to stand out in the headphone space is not the easiest of tasks, and features are something that Phiaton takes very seriously.

From adding the ability to change the cord, to having microphones built into over the ear headphones, Phiaton has a new models to support a large crowd.

If you are serious about sound quality and portability you will definitely want to check out the full interview above for all the details.

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3 months ago

Power to go with Wagan #CESlive

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Charge All The Things — all at once — with the Wagan Power Hub

Quite a few of us have more than one device or accessory that needs charged. Maybe you have a phone and a tablet, or a Bluetooth headset, or just a spare battery in its own cradle. The new digital age means more devices are going to need plugged in.

John P. and Rene spent a few minutes with Ales Hsu from Wagan, and we get a really good look at one beastly charger. The Wagan Power Hub will plug into the cigarette lighter in your car or use a DC adapter, and it has enough oompf to charge four tablets at the same time. Available for just $30 on Amazon, this is one gadget I saw at CES that I already ordered — I can always use more powered USB ports in my truck.

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3 months ago

Seeing the light with Striker Hand Tools #CESlive

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These aren't your granddad's hand tools

If you're thinking of screwdrivers and hammers, think again. Striker Hand Tools sells tools and gadgets for geeks like you and me. Tough gloves, a space-age carpenter's pencil, and some of the coolest "flashlights" you'll see anywhere are a few of their cool products.

John P. and Rene sat down with Brandon Hoover from Striker Hand Tools, and had a look at their Light Mines (tre cool) and some other neat products. If you geek-out over little gadgets like I do, you're going to love this segment.

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3 months ago

Monoprice is much more than just cables #CESlive

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This new action camera from Monoprice has all the bells and whistles, without the big price tag

There's a good chance you have a cable or connector from Monoprice in your collection. For things that are important to Android users like Micro HDMI and MHL cables, or USB OTG cables, Monoprice is hard to beat. But they do more than cables — a lot more.

Cali and Phil spent 10 minutes talking with Luke from Monoprice, and we get a good look at their new action-camera, complete with Wifi, a wrist remote and a waterproof case. And it's just $170.

Stick something extra in the box with your next cable order from Monoprice.

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3 months ago

In praise of SOL Republic's Jax earbuds

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Surprisingly great sound comes from the​se $39 earbuds

I tend to look at the bundling of accessories with smartphones as unnecessary up-sells — particularly earbuds. More often than not they're uncomfortable or just sound horrible, cheap throwaways, really.

With the SOL Republic Jax earbuds that are being sold alongside Motorola's new fare (that'd be the Moto X and Moto G), I was proved wrong. Motorola slipped us a pair of the $39 1-button Jax earbuds in a holiday greeting in December, and I took them along for the ride at CES last week. (Yeah, I was a little late in picking up my mail.)

I don't test earbuds for a living, but for under $50, these are a great buy.

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3 months ago

MyCaseBuilder talks creating the perfect custom case #CESlive

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MyCaseBuilder can help keep your stuff safe from life's bumps and bruises

Phil and Cali talk with Steve Holland from MyCaseBuilder about how they are conquering the issue of everyone carrying different gear with them. Whether you have a video camera, a DSLR and multiple lenses, or some audio gear with you on the go, MyCaseBuilder helps you create a fully custom case. Utilizing their software you can create a layout on their website using the shape library that they are constantly adding to, and preview what it will look like in 3D form.

Using a water jet they are able to precision cut the foam to the exact specifications that you desire, and the customization is endless. If you are in the market for a custom case to haul your gear, head over to MyCaseBuilder and check out the full interview above for some additional information.

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3 months ago

The Eye Tribe gaze tracking enables finger-free Fruit Ninja on Android

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The Eye Tribe was at CES 2014 showing off their eye-sensing bar, which lets users navigate without tapping or clicking anything. This has been available for awhile for $99, but what was really interesting was the micro USB dongle they showing running on an Android device. This enabled gaze tracking on a few productivity apps, but most the most impressive demo it ran was Fruit Ninja, so you could play just by looking at different points on the screen.

The more serious and slightly foreboding application here is that tracking gaze can be used by advertisers to figure out which ads you look at and for how long. Obviously that kind of data would be hugely useful, especially to an ad giant like Google, but this is likely pushing the boundaries of what people are comfortable with. 

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3 months ago

Staying alive at conferences with Seidio

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Your phone goes through a lot at a show like CES, so gear up!

It’s the last day of CES 2014. People are heading home. Stalls are being taken down. Feet are being dragged. Batteries, both human and otherwise, are drained. Well, most batteries. When we got to our freakin’ sweet stage in South Hall a few short days ago, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for the show, we were greeted by a giant pile of accessories from our gracious sponsor, Seidio. Before long, I had my Galaxy S4 decked out with their extended battery and purpose-built Active Extended case, plus their Charging Vault as a back-up. Of course I slapped one of our new AC stickers to represent while out on the show floor. For all of its usefulness, I normally don’t rock the holster, but at a show like this, the fashion police aren’t exactly going to be writing me up.

I had used a few Seidio cases in the past, and even their extended battery for the Galaxy Nexus way back, but it was great to get reacquainted. It also reminded me about how absolutely vital extra battery life is at a show like CES. We had a huge crew coming, so we all leaned on our phones for chatter on Google Hangouts, figuring out who’s grabbing what taxi, where we need our video guys, and finding our way through the massive, sprawling convention area to our next meeting. I expect that the last week has been the busiest ever for any phone I’ve had in my pocket, and it wouldn’t have made it through any day without some extra juice.

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