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2 months ago

Where to buy Google Cardboard

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Google Cardboard

Google Cardboard looks cool. Where can I get one?

We've been getting this question a lot as of late. We talk about Google Cardboard, the cool stuff you can do with it, and speculate on Google's future plans for the platform. People want to use it, so they need to know where to get it into their hot little hands.

Google isn't selling the new version 2.0 Cardboard viewers themselves. They never sold the original, so that's not surprising. And version 2.0 is what you want if you already don't have a viewer — it works for larger phones like the Nexus 6 or Note 4, and the new "input" method of a small capacitive tape-covered lever means it works on phones that didn't support the magnetic slider-switch like some from Sony or LG.

Let's see how you can get yourself a new Cardboard viewer.

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2 months ago

How to use Google Cardboard

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Google Cardboard

Google's simple VR platform can be used anywhere and everywhere, but there are a few things you should do for an optimal experience.

One of the great things about Google Cardboard is how portable it is. While not every version of Cardboard is fully collapsible, even when fully set up these accessories don't take up a lot of space, and for the most part you can just pop your smartphone in and get up and running. It's the perfect platform for quick VR experiences, and is simple enough that you can pass things around to the group and not have to worry about a learning curve for use — which makes comparing it to full immersion platforms like the HTC Vive-powered Steam VR platform easy.

Here's a quick intro to using Cardboard, as well as a few tips for getting the most out of the platform.

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2 months ago

Qi or Powermat? What's the difference and which should you choose?

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Making the switch from cables to platters means picking a standard, which unfortunately isn't as easy or obvious as it sounds.

Wireless charging has been around for some time now, though for a myriad of reasons has never really picked up steam. Now that we're seeing more devices support the tech by baking it right into the device instead of making you purchase some ill-fitting or less-than-ideal accessory, there are plenty of folks out there ready to make the switch and abandon their microUSB cables entirely.

The only catch is there are two different kinds of wireless charging — Qi and Powermat — and you probably need to choose one and stick with it. Here's what you need to know.

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2 months ago

Grain Audio PWS.01 Wireless Speaker review

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Grain Audio PWS.01 Bluetooth Speaker

Say hello to the Bluetooth speaker that not only looks amazing in your home, but provides studio quality sound for your favorite tunes.

It's hard to not fall in love with the beautiful walnut enclosure of this Bluetooth speaker, but having legit sound processing technology to boot makes this handsome devil all the more appealing. Designed for those who truly want the best sound from a portable speaker, Grain Audio's PWS.01 is one worth writing home about. Jump past the break to get the full scoop of what it's pushing and the goodies bundled with.

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2 months ago

What is Google Cardboard?

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Google Cardboard

Google Cardboard gives you a rich virtual reality experience without a big price tag.

You might have seen a bit of interest in Google Cardboard rise to the surface lately. At Google I/O 2015 we saw the launch of a more universal viewer as well as a new classroom experience dubbed "Expeditions" where teachers and students can have synchronized virtual fieldtrips. The Google Cardboard app was even made available on the App Store for iPhone 6 and 6-plus users. Some very cool stuff, which is why people are talking about it. Never mind that everything at I/O 2015 was made of cardboard.

Seeing and reading about this stuff doesn't help much if you don't understand just what Google Cardboard is, though. So lets take a few minutes and get that sorted.

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2 months ago

A quick look at the Rhinoshield Crash Guard Bumper for Galaxy S6

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Need a case for your Galaxy S6 that keeps things simple? This Rhinoshield bumper case works to absorb impacts without the extra layers.

Bumpers are awesome for protecting against impacts around the edges of your device, and while they don't offer extraordinary insurance like other cases for the Galaxy S6, there's still plenty to appreciate. I had a chance to use this Crash Guard Bumper from Evolutive Labs with my S6 for a short period of time, and was pleasantly surprised how it held up to a few fumbles. Check out some additional observations and a nail-biting drop test video after the break.

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2 months ago

Turtleback Case leather holsters for your bulky cased Galaxy S6

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Sized for the Galaxy S6 owner that goes the extra mile for protection, these leather holsters grant the room and good looks to keep your device at your side without removing your case.

Whether you're headed to work, a fancy dinner or just need a presentable case at your side that compliments your Samsung Galaxy S6 (or S6 edge), these premium bonded leather cases from Turtleback are choice — made in the USA and roomy enough to accommodate the bulkiest of the bunch.

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2 months ago

There's a 512GB microSD card coming in July, but you likely can't afford it

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There's a microSD card coming in July that will have 512GB of storage, but its price won't be on the cheap side.

Even as internal storage on smartphones keeps increasing, the amount of space on microSD cards also continues to grow. This week, the California-based company Microdia announced plans to launch a microSD card with a new storage milestone: 512GB.

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2 months ago

This is the Urban Armor Gear Case for Galaxy S6 in 5 colors

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Meet the rugged hybrid case for the Galaxy S6 that provides an unbelievable grip without the unattractive bulk.

Hybrid covers really do come in all shapes and sizes, giving smartphone owners more peace of mind when those unforeseen drops occur. Where the Urban Armor Gear Case stands out amongst many other dual-layer cases is its ability to pack extra layers and grip in a lightweight, manageable form factor. Check out how it looks and performs with the Galaxy S6 in 5 available color options.

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2 months ago

HTC celebrates dads and grads with $50 off the RE camera, 50 percent off accessories

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In celebration of graduations and Father's Day, HTC is offering some new sales that save you $50 on the RE camera, as well as 50 percent off accessories.

HTC's latest promotion is geared towards dads and grads, offering a $50 savings on the RE camera, along with a 50 percent savings when purchasing three or more accessories. In addition, HTC is giving 50 percent off to those who create personalized greeting cards with HTC Print Studio.

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2 months ago

Huawei TalkBand B2 sprints its way to the US, priced starting at $179

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The Huawei TalkBand B2 fitness tracker has made its way to the US, as it is now on sale with prices starting at $179.

As though there aren't already enough fitness trackers on the market, Huawei has announced that its TalkBand B2 is now available for purchase in the US. With prices starting at $179, the TalkBand B2 sits on the higher side of the market, but it does offer some unique functionality that most others don't.

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2 months ago

Motorola announces TurboPower 15 car charger for quick charging on-the-go

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Motorola has announced the TurboPower 15 car charger, providing quick charging for your devices right from your vehicle.

The TurboPower 15 Car Charger is the latest Quick Charge product to be added to Motorola's line up of chargers. Quick Charge capability is something that not everyone needs, but the ability to get an extra eight hours of power from just 15 minutes on the charger sure is handy.

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2 months ago

Hands-on with the Aukey 12000mAh External Battery Charger

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A great portable battery that charges two devices simultaneously and sports a built-in flashlight for emergencies.

Whether you're heading off to work or on a flight to visit friends and family, having a solid portable battery on hand is always a great idea — especially if you suffer from lousy battery life. I've had a chance to utilize Aukey's 12000mAh External Battery Charger these past couple weeks with my Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, putting every feature to the test. Take a closer look at how this portable battery performs and if it's a viable solution for your Android device.

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3 months ago

Musio is an Android-powered robot friend that connects to your home

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In a world filled with digital assistants, this robot just wants to be your friend and help you out.

One of the things that makes Google Now and Amazon Echo so useful is the way the technology seeps into your surrounding world and becomes the hub of everything you want to do, but the interactions are still mostly call and response. As clever as the Amazon Echo is, it won't adjust your thermostat simply because you walk into the living room and mention how cold you are. Google Now does a little better with this kind of interaction when looking at the data on your phone or tablet, but still doesn't quite get there in voice interactions.

The folks at AKA claim to have the perfect solution to this interaction gap, and they are calling the little robot designed to facilitate this solution Musio.

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3 months ago

Top 5 best cases for HTC One M9

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We've had plenty of time to consider our favorite cases for the HTC One M9, but which ones deserve to be in the top 5?

Many HTC One M9 owners out there prefer to rock their device without a case, feeling that HTC Uh-oh protection provides enough insurance in case of a serious drop. The rest of us, however, need that extra protection to make us feel safe. And rocking a case doesn't necessarily mean we have to compromise on style or slimness, either.

Our top 5 best cases for the HTC One M9 have been selected for their popularity in the HTC One M9 forums and staff favorites here at Android Central. Jump past the break to check out which cases made the cut.

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