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3 months ago

I played a multiplayer FPS game in VR, and it was fantastic

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Smartphone games need to start thinking about VR right now if they don't want to get left behind.

I'm standing in the middle of an arena with a rifle of some description in my hand, and while the arena itself was not unlike the hundreds of others I've seen in multiplayer FPS games throughout my life, seeing this particular arena through VR goggles made it special. My crosshair moved as my head moved, and I could look around and see in ways that would never work if I were just playing this game on the phone currently powering this experience.

I ran up a ramp and discovered a grenade launcher, and as soon as my character finished switching to it a red blip appeared on my HUD. Turning my head to the left revealed the hallway my opponent was entering to find me, and a pair of grenades down that enclosed space made it real clear I could see them. Because I was able to quickly tilt my head up and adjust the trajectory of the third grenade, the woman standing arms reach from me cried out as her character crumpled to the ground and put another point in my killstreak.

The hardware that made this possible is IONVR, and while it's not quite ready for public consumption the ideas driving the team responsible for this demo are impressive.

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3 months ago

TUDIA Lucion Hybrid Case for Moto G 2015

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For a dual-layer case that fits the Moto G 2015 comfortably, TUDIA's Lucion Hybrid is a protective option that doesn't break the bank.

Since this case combines both TPU and polycarbonate materials, there's a difference in texture between the bumper and the frosted shell on the back. The TPU bumper features glossed accents on all 4 corners along with hexagonal shapes on both sides that add to the case's grip and slightly rugged appearance. The back shell isn't exactly clear, but is more of a semi-transparent plastic that allows you to barely make out the Moto G 2015's battery door when installed. There is a large cutout for the camera and flash, too.

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3 months ago

Gadgets of the week: Neato BotVac, Merge VR Goggles, and more!

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Are you ready for your weekly dose of the latest Android-related gadgets? Getcha some.

This edition of Gadgets of the week includes some enticing products that include the Misfit Shine 2 wearable, Neato's Wi-Fi robot vacuum that's controlled from the Neato app on your Android device, the Ditter U32 Android TV Box that supports 4K ultra high-def video, Merge VR Goggles that offer 360-degree video, and a brand new charging dock for the 2nd gen Moto 360. Let's dive in, shall we?

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3 months ago

Best 10 cases for Motorola Moto G 2015

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If you plan to protect your Moto G 2015, any of these 10 cases will keep your device safe from the inevitable drop.

Unless you're comfortable with rocking your Moto G 2015 naked, you've probably scooped up a case or are on the hunt for one that suits your needs. We've selected 10 of the best cases for the Moto G 2015 that include popular names like Ringke, OtterBox, and Tudia. Whether you're after a multi-layer case that is built for rugged use or a simple slim skin that adds just enough protection without bulking up your device, there's a little something for everyone here.

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3 months ago

Go wireless with these Google Cast-enabled speakers

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The number of Google Cast-enabled speakers is few for the time being, but they certainly make for a tidy presentation.

The new Chromecast Audio allows for uninterrupted streaming of your music to any Bluetooth or standard speaker, however the accumulation of wires can tend to look a bit messy if they're not tucked behind a bookshelf or the speaker itself.

Those interested in a neater way to take advantage of utilizing Chromecast on your devices do have options, albeit few and pricey. These speakers have Google Cast built-in, eliminating the need to connect your Chromecast Audio all together.

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3 months ago

Top 6 best cases for Nexus 6P

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If you plan to protect your Nexus 6P, you'll need a worthy case to do job right. These 6 selects will do the trick.

With the announcement of the Nexus 6P came a handful of cases to match the device, including snap on covers and flip cases. If those didn't peak your interest, manufacturers like Supcase and Verus have popular cases for the Nexus 6P already listed that should do you just fine in keeping a damage-free device. As always, keep an eye on our Nexus 6P cases thread in the forums to see what others are buzzing about. Let's get to it, shall we?

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3 months 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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3 months 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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3 months 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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3 months ago

The 5 best cases for Nexus 5X

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Can't stand to rock that new Nexus 5X naked? Carry with confidence using any of these 5 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. We've selected 5 of the best that vary in style, size, and color — so there's a little something for everyone. 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.

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3 months 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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3 months 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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3 months 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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3 months ago

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

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The Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P both are equipped with new USB Type-C connectors, 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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3 months 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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