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1 month ago

Best Charging Stands for Google Pixel

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Elevate your Pixel off the table while it charges with these charging stands.

Finding a charging stand for your Google Pixel is, as we learned, a matter of making compromises. One of the best features of the Google Pixel is its fast charging ability, but you'll get the best results using the charging cable and wall outlet that came with your phone.

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1 month ago

Best Philips Hue Alternatives

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What's the best alternative to Philips Hue? Here are our favorites!

Updated February, 2017: Added Sylvania Lightify by Osram

Philips Hue smart lights are some of the coolest on the market and they're definitely some of the most popular, but they can be quite expensive, especially once you get into colored bulbs. If you're looking for a less expensive alternative or just something other than what's popular, then check out these other awesome options.

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1 month ago

Grab the Android variant of Bose's SoundTrue headphones for just $100

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Our friends at Thrifter are back again with another great deal, this time saving you $30 on the Bose SoundTrue headphones!

Bose is currently offering its SoundTrue around-ear headphones for just $99.99 through its Amazon store with free shipping. The headphones come in both an iPhone and Android flavor and we've seen the iPhone ones hit this price before, but this is the first time for the Android version. Normally priced closer to $130, this $30 savings makes these great headphones a bit more affordable. They offer a padded headband, memory foam ear cushions and more to ensure comfort while using, and the inline mic makes it easy to take calls without taking them off.

The headphones come in both a Charcoal Black and Navy Blue option, so you can pick the one that matches your style the best. You don't need any coupon codes or anything for the savings here, so be sure to grab a pair for yourself now before they are gone.

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2 months ago

Best Screen Protectors for the LG Watch Sport

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Keep your new LG Watch Sport protected with a quality screen protector.

The new LG Watch Sport is one of the first smartwatches running Android Wear 2.0, and it's also our pick for the Best Android Wear Smartwatch you can buy right now. If you've ever worn a smartwatch before, you know how susceptible they can be to taking bumps against door frames or tables.

The last thing you'd want is a big ugly scratch or crack on your new smartwatch, so it's wise to invest in some screen protectors for your wearable tech. Fortunately most come in value packs so you can really get your money's worth while keeping your investment protected.

Dmax Armor Tempered Glass Screen Protector [3-pack]

Tempered glass is the ideal material for a screen protector, so this 3-pack from Dmax is a great option. It features the 9H hardness that tempered glass is know for, which protects your watchface from scratches and high-impact drops and collisions. Each screen protector features hydrophobic and oleophobic coatings to resist sweat and oil residue from fingerprints and other objects.

Everything you need for a bubble-free installation is included in this package, and it also comes with a no-hassle lifetime replacement warranty, so you can buy with confidence.

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Supershieldz Tempered Glass Screen Protector [3-pack]

Supershieldz is a trusted name in screen protectors. These tempered glass screen protectors come in a three pack and provide you with a rugged screen protector that will take all the scuffs and scrapes life throws your way so your watch screen doesn't. With 9H level hardness and hydrophobic and oleophobic coatings, your LG Watch Sport will be protected against pretty much everything.

These screen protectors also come with Supershieldz no-hassle lifetime replacement warranty,

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Skinomi TechSkin Full Body Skin

Skinomi's screen protector offers not only protection for the screen, but also a back cover to keep the body of your watch protected as well. The back cover comes in metallic grey, so if you opted for the Dark Blue watch it might not match as nicely. The screen protector is made of plastic film — with only .1 millimeter of thickness it'll be barely noticeable on your watch, but it also won't provide as much protection as a tempered glass protector.

This package also comes with a lifetime warranty from Skinomi.

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iLLumashield Anti-glare Screen Protector [3-pack]

While iLLumiShield's screen protectors are also made of PET film and not rugged tempered glass, it does aim to tackle a major issue that plagues wearables all too frequently — bad glare when trying to use your watch outside. This is accomplished with a matte finish that doesn't compromise the crystal clarity of the watch screen.

You get three screen protectors in this pack, all featuring a self-adhesive backing and are resistant to bacteria, oil, and fingerprints.

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2 months ago

Best Touchscreen Gloves for Winter

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Best Touchscreen Gloves for Winter

What are the best touchscreen gloves? The ones that keep your hands warm and actually work!

Updated: February, 2017: Added the 180s Sustain gloves

There are still a few weeks left in winter, and that means that using your phone outside is uncomfortable and makes for frigid digits. That is, unless you have some awesome touchscreen gloves that let you use your phone with toasty phalanges.

Not all gloves of this nature work very well, so here are the best of the best to keep you texting even when Jack Frost is nipping at your butt.

Mujjo double-layered touchscreen gloves

Mujjo

These dual-layer gloves are Mujjo's response to customers asking for something a bit thicker for colder climes. They added a layer of wool (just like grandma used to do!) so you can now have your phone and keep your hands warm too.

Silicone grips all over the palms of these gloves make sure your phone doesn't slip out of your hands in slippery weather, and Mujjo has made it so that you can use any fingertip, knuckle, and even the palm or heel of your hand. It's almost like you're wearing nothing at all… Nothing at all… Nothing at all!

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Agloves

Agloves

These acrylic gloves have ten-finger functionality, meaning you can use any finger to use your phone, while keeping warm.

They come in black, red, brown, navy, or white. These aren't the thickest gloves around and probably won't do the trick when temps drop below zero, but what are you doing standing around long enough to use your phone when it's that cold anyway?

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The North Face ThermoBall Etip

North Face ThermoBall Etip

As a Canadian, I can attest to The North Face's quality. The ThermoBall Etips are a little on the bulky side for touchscreen gloves, so movement is somewhat difficult, but they work exceptionally well, even in colder weather.

They come in men's and women's sizes and styles, so there's a ThermoBall Etip for everybody.

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Glove.ly Classic Touch Screen Glove

Glove.ly

The Glove.ly Classic lets you use any part of your hand to control your phone. They're not for arctic temperatures, but they're warmer than most of the thinner touchscreen gloves you might find.

If your screen gets smudged and dirty, you can use the built-in microfiber label to keep it clean, and magnets hidden under the logo help to make sure you don't lose a glove.

They come in small or medium/large, so make sure you choose the right size.

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Moshi Digits

Moshi Digits

The Moshi Digits are excellent touchscreen gloves that do a great job of keeping your hands warm and work very well when it comes to using your phone while wearing them.

They feature a double-layer of material that helps keep your fingers warm, even when it's quite chilly outside (better than most touchscreen gloves). Each glove also features Moshi's "GripTrak" pattern on the palm to ensure that you never drop your phone, even in icy weather.

Though they're dual-layered gloves, they shouldn't slow down your texting ability, even if you have fingers of lightning.

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180s Sustain

180s Sustain

If you live where it gets below 20 Fahrenheit, the 180s Sustain will keep your paws toasty while still allowing you to use your phone, thanks to touchscreen-compatible tips. The Wirecutter says they're not exceptional in terms of touchscreen capabilities, but they do work, and they're excellent as heavy duty gloves.

If you wanna keep texting while you're out ice fishing or take a call on your snowmobile, then the Sustain gloves are your best option.

They come in men's and women's sizes, so make sure you choose the right on before checkout.

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Nanotips

Nanotip

Don't feel like buying a brand new pair of gloves? Nanotips makes it so you don't have to. Just paint a coating onto the thumb and fingertips of your favorite gloves and they become touchscreen gloves.

The efficacy of Nanotips really depends on the what material your gloves are made of, and you may see varying results with different pairs of gloves. Nanotips does make a leather formula and one for fabric/acrylic, so make sure you choose the correct formula.

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Got a favorite?

Do you have a favorite pair of touchscreen gloves? Do you even use them? Let us know in the comments below!

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2 months ago

Keep one of these three USB-C converters in your pocket at all times for just $6 right now

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Update: This popular deal is back again! Be sure to use coupon code AUK3USBC at checkout for the savings!

Our friends at Thrifter are back with another great deal, this time scoring you three USB-C adapters for just $6!

Right now you can pick up Aukey's 3 pack of USB-C converters for just $6 at Amazon with coupon code AUK3USBC. The package comes with two converters to turn Micro-USB cables into USB-C and one to turn a regular USB-A cable into USB-C. Odds are you'll have a much easier time finding one of those two cables when you need some extra charge than you are to find a USB-C cable laying around, so this makes those cables useful to you. When you break it down to just $2 per adapter, you really can't go wrong with this deal.

Even if you've already invested in a few USB-C cables, these are still great to keep around. Keep one in your pocket at all times, just in case your friends don't have the right cable for you and you need some extra battery life. Don't forget to use coupon code AUK3USBC for the full savings!

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2 months ago

Best Leather Cases for Google Pixel

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What are the best leather cases for my Google Pixel?

Slapping a case on your Google Pixel is always a smart idea to protect it from general wear as well as any accidental drops. But not everyone likes the plastic brick look that most cases offer.

Fortunately, you do have more stylish options. Whether you're looking for a functional wallet case or just prefer a more premium look for your phone, check out these great leather cases for your phone.

BELK Retro Slim Wallet Case

This stylish folio case lets you keep your phone, cards, and cash all in one place making it ideal for a night on the town or travelling. Your phone is kept secure and protected by the flexible TPU sleeve built into the interior of the phone, and stitched into the faux leather exterior.

There's ample cutouts for the ports, speaker and fingerprint scanner, although the cutout around the camera seems slightly too small and might make an appearance in your photos or videos. This might be a deal breaker for some. There's a magnetic clasp that keeps the front flap closed when in your pocket, which also folds over to double as a kickstand for hands-free media viewing. There are six different color options available, so you can find the case that best fits your style.

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LK Luxury PU Leather Wallet Case

This wallet case option features a front cover with three card slots (including a see-through slot for your ID) as well as a pocket for some cash. It's not real leather — if the budget price wasn't a dead giveaway — but it does come in four bold color options to choose from.

This case also might be susceptible to the same flaw for photography as the BELK case — which seems to be a common issue with wallet cases for the Pixel in general. Other than that, you'll get a secure fit for your phone and ample cutouts for your phone's ports and the fingerprint scanner on the back.

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X-Level PU Leather Luxury Back Cover

For a case that has all the look and feel of a leather case for a budget price, check out the X-Level Vintage Series PU Leather case. This bumper case provides adequate protection, though it does leave the bottom of your phone wide open. It's available in black, brown or pink-colored synthetic leather.

It's a very sleek option that keeps your Pixel's profile slim while providing a premium leather look and feel.

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Abacus 24-7 Slim Wallet Bumper Cover

If you're looking for a more minimalistic option with leather accents, you might want to consider this case. It's a simple wallet case that offers a card slot on the back panel which you might be able to squeeze two cards into if you try really hard. It's an unobtrusive bumper case that incorporates some leather for a classy and functional addition.

It's available in four color options, with the black case featuring stylish red stitching.

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DavisCase Genuine Leather Case

If your leather case just has to be genuine leather, prepare to pay for the premium materials. DavisCase makes a collection of great wallet-style leather cases for your Google Pixel. Handmade with oiled vintage leather, this is truly the real deal and features four card slots including one with a clear window for your ID. You'll also be able to fit some folded bills into the cash pocket.

You can browse through the varieties available on Amazon and take advantage of Amazon Prime shipping.

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2 months ago

This cheap accessory will protect your privacy if your webcam is hacked!

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People could hack your webcam and spy on your; here's how to stop them!

Yes, in case you didn't know already, your webcam can be hacked, meaning people can turn it on remotely and theoretically use it to film you without your knowledge. Scary? Most definitely, but how maybe people are actually concerned about this? Let's take a look at one famous example.

Mark Zuckerberg

Last year CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg posted this photo.

Look at his laptop at the left side of the photo, notice his webcam is covered? If you've ever seen The Social Network, you know Mark Zuckerberg has some personal experience with hacking, so at the very least this photo should confirm that it's a real issue.

How can I protect myself from the webcam peeping toms?

You could do the Mark Zuckerberg approach, and just use a piece of tape or a post-it note for over your webcam and it won't cost you anything; however, you could leave marks on your laptop or PC and it doesn't look very elegant.

Of course, you shouldn't do anything in life just because a famous billionaire does it, but I personally believe personal privacy is worth some minor investments and investing in an inexpensive webcam cover is a good idea.

Smooz Webcam Cover 3-Pack

These thin little metal cover stick right over your webcam and allow you to slide a shutter back and forth to expose the webcam or cover it up.

The Smooz Webcam Cover is minimalist in design and will cover almost any onboard webcam on most laptops and PCs, without covering any other sensors your computer may have located in the area.

Plus, for just about $10 you'll get three webcam covers, meaning you could install them on your PC, your laptop, and heck even your phone if you felt it was necessary.

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What about external webcams?

If you use an external webcam, you can find covers for those plenty of models out there. Alternatively. If you don't mind a little extra hassle, you could always unplug your webcam when it's not in use.

Do you use a webcam cover?

Are you worried about webcam intruders? Let us know if you cover your webcams by leaving a comment down below.

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2 months ago

Spigen is offering a variety of its LG G6 cases for as little as $4 for a limited time

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Our friends at Thrifter are back with another great deal, this time saving you 70% on select Spigen LG G6 cases!

The LG G6 is now official and it has a huge display and lots of glass, so odds are you'll want to keep it in a case of some sort. If you're looking for a great option that doesn't add too much bulk or make it look ugly, you'll want to check out Spigen. Right now the company is offering 70% off a variety of its cases for the LG G6 ahead of its release, so you can have one delivered before you get your phone so it is protected from the start.

Whether you are looking for a clear slim case, or a wallet case, there is likely something here that will meet your needs, so see which one you like! Some of the cases are available right now, others are listed as pre-order with shipping dates of as late as March 13, so be sure to check on the one you want for its availability.

These deals are only good for one day, February 27, so if you are interested be sure to grab one now! Which option will be protecting your new LG G6 when it arrives? Let us know in the comments!

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Best gaming controllers for the Amazon Fire TV

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Best Controllers for the Amazon Fire TV

Gaming on your Amazon Fire TV? You have more controller options than you might think.

Looking to invite friends over for a multiplayer session on your Amazon Fire TV but not sure what controllers are compatible with it? Well, for starters you're going to have an easier time connecting third-party controllers if your still rocking the first generation of Fire TV.

But worry not. We've broken out a list of some of your best controller options for the Amazon Fire TV — and chances are you may already own something that's compatible without knowing.

Updated February 24: Added the Matricom G-Pad BX Wireless Gamepad and Mad Catz Micro C.T.R.L.R. Mobile Gamepad to the list.

Amazon Fire TV Gaming Controller

Amazon Fire TV Bluetooth controller

An obvious but necessary inclusion on this list, if you enjoy the gaming controller that came with your Amazon Fire TV Gaming Edition, you can buy extra controllers from — where else — Amazon.

The Amazon Fire TV controller connects via Bluetooth and has a number of features specifically designed to get the most out of your Amazon Fire TV box. For starters, it includes a built-in microphone, which gives you full access to Alexa features and allows you to search for games, movies, music, and more information, using only your voice.

The controllers also feature a headphone jack, so you can fully immerse yourself in a movie or game without bothering the people around you. This will also be your best option if you have a second generation Fire TV, as support for third-party game controllers with the newer Amazon box is spotty at best compared to its predecessor.

The Amazon Fire TV controller takes two AA batteries, so you should stock up on those if you plan on becoming a heavy gamer.

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Matricom G-Pad BX Wireless Gamepad

Matricom G-Pad BX Wireless Gamepad

There's a number of features that makes the Matricom G-Pad a compelling third-party Bluetooth controller to buy for your Amazon Fire. For starters, it's powered by a rechargeable lithium ion battery which means you won't need to stock up on AA batteries, and if you're running low you can plug the mini-USB cable to your Amazon Fire and play wired.

Since it's Bluetooth, it'll work just fine with your Samsung Gear VR, other Android devices and, of course, Matricom's own G-Box Android TV box. If features dual modes for control, so you can switch over to mouse emulation whenever you may need it. Best of all, it's the cheapest controller on the list offering a comfortable and lightweight design for a budget price. Given it's near-universal compatibility and simple-yet-conventional design, Matricom's G-Pad Wireless gamepad is worth your attention.

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Mad Catz Micro C.T.R.L.R. Mobile Gamepad

Mad Catz C.T.R.L.R. Mobile Gamepad

But since we're talking about third-party controllers for the Amazon Fire, we gotta include this smaller option from Mad Catz — a household name in third-party gaming accessories. This is a compact option, and probably the smallest controller on this list, but it is jam packed with features you'll love.

For starters, Mad Catz claim the Micro C.T.R.L.R. is "future-proof", featuring dual-mode Bluetooth that works with Bluetooth Classic and Bluetooth Smart devices. That helps this controller achieve near-universal compatibility, with controller modes specific to the device you're connected to: Mouse Mode, PC Mode, and GameSmart Mode (for near-universal compatibility with laptops, tablets and smartphones). It also features built-in media buttons for controlling your favorite media streaming services including Netflix, Youtube and Hulu Plus, so you can use this little kitty for nearly everything on your Amazon Fire.

For great quality and versatility that won't break the bank, you can't go wrong with this travel-sized controller.

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Xbox 360 Wired Controller

Microsoft Xbox 360 Wired Controller

The wired version of the Xbox 360 controller works nearly flawlessly with the first generation of Amazon Fire TV. Simply plug in the controller to the USB port on the back of your Amazon Fire TV and you're good to go. With the second generation, you may need to go into settings and ensure that USB debugging is turned off before the system will find the controller.

Looking to attach more than one USB controller? It's as simple as first plugging in a USB hub then plugging in up to four controllers. If you've got a couple plugged in, you'll even notice the player indicator lights will light up properly — a small but reassuring feature.

There's a whole bunch of third-party controllers that work with the Amazon Fire, including the wireless versions of the Xbox 360 controllers, but the reason why we're not recommending the wireless variant is because you'll also need to own Microsoft's Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver for Windows.

If you happen to already have a few of the wireless Xbox 360 controllers around, the dongle receiver may be the better option. If you don't, the wired variety are your best bet, as you won't have to worry about batteries or connectivity issues.

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DualShock 4 Bluetooth Controller (for PS4)

PS4 DualShock 4 Bluetooth Controller

The DualShock controller has been an industry standard and trailblazer since first being introduced for the original PlayStation back in 1998. While the technology inside the controller has improved, the overall design has remained largely unchanged and it's clear to see why — it's incredibly comfortable to hold.

Sony's DualShock 4 Bluetooth Controller is a great option that's compatible with your Amazon Fire TV. It's quick to pair — simply go into the Amazon Fire TV's Bluetooth controller settings, then hold down the Share and PS button on the DualShock controller to start the pairing.

The DualShock 4 controller is a surprisingly versatile controller; beyond using it with your PS4 and Amazon Fire TV, it's also compatible with Windows for PC gaming.

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SteelSeries Stratus XL

SteelSeries Stratus XL

The SteelSeries Stratus XL is a great controller that works for gaming on your Windows PC, Android phone, and Amazon Fire TV. SteelSeries has basically taken the best features from the DualShock and Xbox 360 controllers and combined them to create the Stratus XL.

It connects via Bluetooth and plays for up to 40 hours on two AA batteries. It's got nearly perfect weight to it and has been designed to fit comfortably in your hands for marathon gaming sessions.

Starting at over $60, the price might give you pause, but you really can't go wrong with this versatile, comfortable controller.

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Logitech Gamepad F310

Logitech Gamepad F310

If you're looking for a cheaper USB controller option, the Gamepad F310 from Logitech is a good choice.

It features the same analog stick layout as the DualShock and a cord that should be long enough to reach from the Amazon Fire TV to the couch. This one is also plug-and-play, meaning you shouldn't have to worry about setting things up.

And since this is a cheaper option, starting at $19.99, you could stock up on a couple of them, along with a decent USB hub and always be prepared for some multiplayer action.

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What's your preferred controller?

Do you have a favorite Amazon Fire TV gaming controller that didn't make our list? Tell us about it in the comments!

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How to accessorize your Black Onyx Galaxy S7

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Black is always in style.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 looks absolutely gorgeous in black. Like really good. So good, you may want to make sure that all your accessories for it match.

So we've collected our favorite accessories that'll not only look smashing alongside your black Galaxy S7 but also add a ton of added functionality for your phone. Let's dive right in!

Samsung Gear VR

While the best VR experience is still to be had with the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, Samsung is arguably leading the mobile VR sector with the Samsung Gear VR. This updated headset is designed to work with the Samsung Galaxy S7 along with USB-C devices such as the now-defunct Note 7. The 2016 edition is all-black, which fits perfectly with accessories that match your black S7.

Virtual Reality is an entirely subjective experience, and it's possible that VR is just not your bag. But if you've got the itch to dive right in and see what VR has to offer, the Samsung Gear VR is a great entry point. Available for well under $100, it's the best value for VR you'll find. And make sure to check in with our pals over at VRHeads.com, who have a growing list of the best games for the Samsung Gear VR. You're definitely going to want to invest in a few games to show this thing off to friends and family.

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Samsung Wireless Charging Pack

There are a number of great external battery packs that'll work great with your Samsung Galaxy S7, but carrying around a separate accessory and cable to keep your phone charged is cumbersome.

The Samsung Wireless Charging Pack is a case that not only offers basic protection from your phone from drops but will also help keep your battery topped up throughout the day with an extra 3,100mAh of extra power available via wireless charging, which also leaves your ports at the bottom of the phone completely open. Buying a battery case can be tricky because they often add a ton of extra bulk to your phone. That's not an issue here, as Samsung has designed perhaps the slimmest battery pack you'll find. It's also available in black, of course.

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Samsung S-View Flip Case

When it comes to cases for your phone, you got options — like a ton of great case options depending on your needs. But in keeping with our theme of accessorizing your black Galaxy S7, we got to give the nod to this proprietary case from Samsung that offers a bunch of added functionality that will keep your phone protected yet accessible at all times.

Using the Samsung ID chip, your phone knows when the case is closed and will display specific information that can be viewed through the frosted front of the case and will allow you to interact with the phone through it. This lets you cool things like answer calls without having to flip the front cover open. Your phone snaps in quick and easy into the hard plastic back plate, which also features extra protection in the corners — a particularly vulnerable area for your phone to fall. You can get yours in black to match your phone.

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Spigen Style Ring (black)

This one is always a somewhat contentious accessory pick because not everyone is down with adding a mounted hook on the back of your expensive phone. We get that. But, the Spigen Style Ring is seriously one of those accessories that will not only grow on you with time, you'll absolutely come to rely on the added functionality it provides.

It works as a kickstand for hands-free viewing, includes a very handy mount to install in your car for hands-free calls and directions as you drive, and also comes in real handy when inserting and removing your phone from your Samsung Gear VR. It comes available in multiple different colors and is fairly painless to remove without leaving any marks or residue on the back of your phone. It will impede with some NFC functionality and wireless charging, so if those are important features for you, then you're best off slapping it on the back of a case instead. It's just a super versatile accessory that seems unconventional at first but becomes essential in short time.

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Samsung Wireless Charging Pad

This wireless charging pad from Samsung is a great accessory for your black Galaxy S7 for a number of reasons; it'll charge your phone faster than any other QI wireless charging pad, you don't need to worry about plugging or unplugging your phone at your desk and, perhaps most important of all, it lets you show off your beautiful phone to all your office mates.

This is an upgrade over Samsung's older wireless charging pad, which laid flat on your desk. Having your phone tilted up at a 45-degree angle lets you easily keep tabs on notifications and incoming calls while offering a bigger charging surface and a grippier rubber surface to keep your phone in place. AC's Andrew Martonik summed it up quite well in his official review:

"Combine the easier positioning with the subtle improvements in the charging status LED, while also keeping the same fast wireless charging tech inside, and this is quite easily the best wireless charger that Samsung has ever made."

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2 months ago

How to clean your PlayStation 4 console

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Keeping your console clean is mandatory for the best gaming experience!

Your PlayStation 4 is a behemoth when it comes to delivering awesome games, movies, and even VR content. However, you may start to notice some slow down if you let dust build up over time, and nobody wants that. To keep your console running as efficiently as possible, you definitely need to keep it clean. Thankfully this is an easy task that should only take about 10 minutes of your time.

Compressed Air

The first thing that you want to do while cleaning your system is to go ahead and grab a can of compressed air. Your PlayStation 4 is covered with vents located at the front, sides, and back of the system, and these have a tendency to get absolutely covered in dust. To take care of this all that you need to do is go ahead and point the nozzle of the can at those vents, and then spray in short measured bursts. You ought to see the dust clear out of all the vents very quickly, and since PlayStation 4 consoles are black it's easy to see where the dust has evacuated the system.

Now when you're using compressed air you want to keep the nozzle a fair few inches away from the system so that the dust can escape properly. Likewise, you want to ensure that you hit all the vents on the system so you don't miss built up dust somewhere. By cleaning out all of the vents, you're ensuring the system is able to expel excess heat which helps reduce strain on the internal components.

PS4 in need of a good dusting? You can order a two-pack of compressed air via Amazon.

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Microfiber Cloth

Now if your system frequently turns gray with dust, you might be tempted to hit it with a wet wipe of some kind. Do not, we repeat, do not do that. You never want to introduce any kind of moisture to the system. Instead what you'll want to use is a microfiber cloth. Using the cloth you'll want to wipe the entire system down. This includes the top, sides, front, and back. Depending on how you have your console set up, wiping down the bottom isn't a bad call either. Depending on how much dust you are dealing with you may need to clean the cloth off a few times, but the shiny black of a clean console is very easy to differentiate. You can stock up on microfibre clothes for cheap with this Amazon Basics 24-pack.

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Cleaning your Dualshock 4 controllers

Much like your system, if your controllers sit on a rack all day long they are going to accumulate dust. All that you need to do is go ahead and use a cleaning cloth to wipe down the controller. While wet wipes are still a general no-no, they can be used on the controller so long as you are avoiding the headphone jack, and charge port. When wiping down the controller you'll want to pay special attention to all of the buttons, the analog sticks, and the light bar at the back of the controller.

Specifically, you want to ensure theres no dust or grime blocking that light bar, especially if you are playing PlayStation VR games, since the camera needs to be able to properly see that light bar. Likewise, nobody wants to use a controller with sticky buttons caused by dust or debris. If that's exactly what you're dealing with, your best bet is to turn off the controller and then use a wet wipe to clean away the dust and grime. This can also be particularly handy for those times when you can't actually see what is causing a button of analog stick to get stuck. Just ensure that the controller has plenty of time to dry out before use, and limit the amount of moisture as much as possible to avoid damage.

Cleaning your PlayStation Move controllers

The first thing that you want to do is pick your compressed air back up. With controlled bursts, spray all of the ports and crevices on the controller to make sure there isn't any dust hiding in a sneaky spot. From there, all you need to do is go ahead and wipe down the rest of the controller with a microfiber cloth. If there is any sticky residue, use a slightly damp paper towel or wet wipe while avoiding all ports.

If you have a pair of Move controller that you want to bust out, but that are particularly dusty, there are a few things to remember. The PlayStation camera reads Move controllers by tracking the lights in the bulb of each controller, so you want to ensure that they are as clean of dust and debris as possible. Likewise, cleaning out the ports, and around the button ensures that you won't get distracted while playing a game.

Tips

It's basically impossible to keep your system entirely clear of dust, but there are a few things that you can do to help minimize the amount of dust or debris you need to clean. Just keep in mind that the PlayStation 4 console is essentially a dust magnet thanks to that shiny black exterior.

  • Keep it away from pets: If you have dogs or cats, try to keep the console as far from the floor as possible so that animal hair isn't getting stuck on your system.
  • Avoid glass entertainment centers: Glass already has a tendency to attract dust, so if you set up your PS4 on a glass entertainment center you can expect your system to need a good cleaning about once a week or so. You can set your system in vertical orientation or invest in a dust cover to help keep the dust to a minimum.
  • Don't smoke in the house: Cigarette smoke causes faster dirt accumulation, and this definitely includes your console.

Conclusion

PlayStation 4 consoles are going to get dirty; it doesn't matter if they are sitting up on a shelf or hanging out on the entertainment center. What matters is knowing how to properly clean it up and get it back up and running in tip-top shape after it's gone gray with dust. Armed with just a microfiber cloth and some compressed air, you can easily dispatch the army of dust bunnies that has taken up residence on your console and its controllers. Do you have a particular tip for cleaning your system? Is there something we missed? Be sure to drop us a comment below and tell us about it!

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Best Clear Cases for Moto G4 + Moto G4 Plus

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Best clear cases for Moto G4

Your phone doesn't have to be an expression of your true self. You can cover it up with something clear from this list.

You bought the Moto G4 or Moto G4 Plus in your favorite color. You shouldn't have to hide it behind a colored or patterened case. Choose a clear case to show off your hardware and protect it from the elements.

Orzly FlexiCase

Orzly FlexiCase

It's slim, it's cheap, and it'll protect your Moto G4 or G4 Plus from dirt and scratches. The Orzly FlexiCase is laser cut, so it fits snuggly on your device, and offers access to all ports, buttons, and cameras. It's made of non-slip, flexible plastic that's resistant to scratches. It's display covers are affordable and protective, too, so be sure to add one of those in tow for extra protection.

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Cimo Wave Slim protective case

Cimo Wave Slim protective case

The Cimo Slim Protective Case is worth adding to your Amazon cart of stuff. The case is made of flexible plastic and features a slight wave design on the backside for some added flair. It's available in four different tints, including a light teal and neon pink. If you're feeling attracted to more than one type of case from the available selection, it's affordable enough that you could probably purchase all four to start yourself a little collection of coverings for your Moto G4 or G4 Plus.

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Poetic Affinity Protective Bumper case

Poetic Infinity Protective Bumper Case

Just because you didn't pay a fortune for the Moto G4 or G4 Plus in your hand, doesn't mean that the phone has to suffer when it falls. Give it a bit of a buffer between its frame and the ground with the Poetic Affinity Protective Bumper Case, which offers protective protrusions on either sides of the chassis to help the G4 absorb any impact. It's available in three clear varieties and features raised edges so that it's never touching the surface it's laying on.

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Ringke Fusion

Ringke Fusion

Prefer a hard shell clear case? The Ringke Fusion is a sure bet. It's shock absorbant and offers certified military grade drop protection. It's got a sightly raised design, so when you lay the phone down it's never touching a surface. It also features the appropriate cut-outs for all the ports and cameras of the Moto G4 and G4 Plus. And if you'd prefer it, this particular case comes in a smokey black color.

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2 months ago

Bose QC35: Wireless, noise-canceling, and near-perfect

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If you fly a lot — or maybe even just a little — you need a good pair of noice-canceling headphones. My new go-to cans absolutely are the Bose QC35.

First Serenity Caldwell, then MrMobile, and now Modern Dad. At this point I think it's safe to say the Bose QC35 wireless noise-canceling headphones have reached a trifecta here.

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I've been using Bose buds on planes for years. I've burned through two sets of the QC20 earbuds. They're great, too. But I wanted something wireless. And I wanted something more comfortable for those REALLY long flights.

The QC35 fit that bill. They're wireless with Bluetooth for use with your phone. They've got a cable and airplane adapter for when you want to use them for in-flight movies. And I've yet to kill the battery at an inopportune time. (20 hours is more than enough to get me from one end of the world to another.)

There's a companion Android app that you might be tempted to skip — but don't. Bose is using this to push firmware updates. They take a few minutes — like, 20 — to download and apply. But it's great to see a product like this get some fairly regular upkeep.

The only real negative I have here is that my ears can get a little sweaty after a couple hours inside the cans. Is that the headphones' fault, or poor design of the user? Pick your poison.

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2 months ago

Sony launches the 'world's fastest' SD cards

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Sony's latest SD cards are designed for photographers shooting in 4K.

Sony's upcoming SF-G series of SD cards will be the fastest in the world, according to the company. The SD cards will be debuting sometime in the month of March, and will be available in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB storage configurations. The cards feature read speeds of 300MB/s and write speeds of 299MB/s, which Sony says will come in handy not only for shooting 4K content, but also for transferring large amounts of data to a computer.

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