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2 months ago

Wrap yourself in Android's tasty treats with this shirt from Virginia Poltrack!

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Please don't lick my shirt. It's new.

When she's not making incredible watch faces for all of us to enjoy or contributing artwork to groups like IDEAA and Women Techmakers, Virginia Poltrack is taking her delightful designs from pen and paper to cotton and polyester. Her latest design needs no explanation, really. Just take a look.

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2 months ago

5 great leather bands for the ZenWatch 2

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Which leather bands are great for the ZenWatch 2?

What could be better than a fine leather band to go with your amazing Asus ZenWatch 2? Here are five of our favorite picks for leather bands.

Asus ZenWatch 2 Premium Leather Strap

If you want a leather band that's made for the Asus ZenWatch 2, then look no further than the Asus ZenWatch 2 Premium Leather Strap.

It's made of genuine leather, so you know that it will last a long time. It's also comfortable to wear, and as with all leather products, will mold to the shape of your wrist the more you wear it — it'll get even more comfortable over time.

The band is made for the ZenWatch 2, so there is no question whether or not it will fit your watch. Also, it fits a wide range of sizes — whether you have a bony wrist or a thick one, chances are that this band will fit you well.

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Choicecuts Horween Leather Watch strap

Choicecuts specializes in handmade-to-order leather products. Their Horween Leather Watch Strap is a fine example of their craftsmanship. People like this watch strap because it looks unique and is well-made.

Made of genuine Horween leather direct from the Horween tannery in Chicago, Illinois, this watch band is hand-stitched and custom-made for you. The default stitching is natural-toned, but you can request other colors when you order.

It's available in both 18mm and 22mm, so it will fit both sizes of the ZenWatch 2.

If you're looking for hand-made, unique watch strap for your ZenWatch 2, take a closer look at this one.

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Nogis Genuine Leather Wristband

The Nogis Genuine Leather Wristband is a stylish leather band that comes in an assortment of colors, is well-made, and easy to put on and take off. People give it high marks for how easy it is to put on and how comfortable it feels to wear.

What makes this watch strap so comfortable to wear is the softness of the leather it's made from. Of course, the longer you wear it, the more comfortable it will feel on your wrist.

This watch strap will only fit the 22mm (1.63 inch) ZenWatch 2 model. It comes in black, brown, blue, orange, and pink and features a buckle strap

If you're looking for an inexpensive, yet well-made leather watch strap, and you have the 22mm ZenWatch 2, this could be the one for you.

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Rerii 22mm Genuine Leather Band

The Rerii 22mm Genuine Leather Band is a quality watch band that people like because of its soft leather construction and quick release pins. It'll fit only the 22mm (1.63 inch) model of the ZenWatch 2.

The Rerii watch band is made from a lightweight genuine Italian leather with a stainless steel buckle. It looks and feels expensive, even though it is priced reasonably. It's available in black with black stitching, brown with tan stitching, or black with white stitching.

If you're looking for a watch band for your 22mm ZenWatch 2 that will last you a long time and that looks rich and stylish, this one is a good pick.

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JP Leatherworks Genuine Italian Leather Watchband

Another leather watch band with an upscale appeal comes from JP Leatherworks.

It's made from top grain Italian leather with a water-resistant nubuck leather lining. This lining makes it really comfortable to wear, as attested to by several people who own this watch band.

It also has rugged stitching for durability and sizes include 18mm and 22mm, so it will fit either ZenWatch 2 model. However, its thicker construction may be better suited to the 22mm model.

If you want a leather watch band that's got that coveted upscale look, but not the upscale price, this watch band may your best bet.

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Tell us all about it

We've given you our five choices for great leather bands for the ZenWatch 2, but what do you think? Have you seen any terrific leather bands that you'd recommend? Shout out your opinions in the comments below.

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2 months ago

This portable wireless charging pad is just $10 at Amazon

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Right now you can pick up RAVPower's mini wireless charging pad for just $10 at Amazon with coupon code V3NGLULB. This wireless charging pad has a small and compact design, which makes it perfect for traveling with as it won't take up much space in your bag. All you have to do is plug the USB cable into power, place your compatible phone on the pad and the charging will begin.

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2 months ago

Don't miss out on the lowest price we've seen for this fitness tracker

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If a fitness band is on your list of things to purchase, you'll want to check out this deal from Amazon before it is gone. Right now you can pick up Garmin's vivofit fitness tracker for the lowest price we've seen it, just $40. The tracker sells at some places for as high as $100 still, making this a great deal for anyone looking at a new fitness tracker.

There are a number of color choices available, like black, blue, purple, red and green, so you should be able to find one that you like.

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2 months ago

How to get the Huawei stainless steel link bracelet look for less

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Huawei Watch with steel links

You can get a stainless steel bracelet for the Huawei Watch without breaking the bank.

The original bracelet from Huawei is a timeless accessory for your new favorite timepiece, the Huawei Watch, but at a whopping $129 it might not be the price you're prepared to pay. If it's still the look you just can't be without, we've got options that will give the real thing a run for its money.

Hoco Huawei watch stainless steel link band

Hoco stainless steel links

The stainless steel links by Hoco are a standout match for the Huawei Watch. If need be, links can be removed in order to get a better fit for smaller wrists, and all the tools you'll need to get them out are included with the band.

The hidden butterfly buckle provides security when you're having an active and on-the-go kind of day. The links are beautifully detailed and flexible enough for a comfortable fit. Tough to tell if this one is the real thing or a look for much less, and less means around $13.

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Rerii stainless steel watch band

Rerii stainless steel links

As is the case with all of its watch bands, Rerii offers a one year warranty on its stainless steel links for the Huwawei Watch. Its customer service is just about second to none, and that alone is reason enough to include its band in our roundup. And the band is awesome, just so you know.

It comes with all of the tools you'll need to remove links or install the pins. The steel links look and feel like an expensive accessory, but at roughly $19, you're getting the link look you love for a lovely bargain.

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YESOO stainless steel butterfly buckle watch band

YESOO stainless steel inks

One of the best reviewed bracelets comes from YESOO, and a perk that comes with the band is a 180-day warranty. Although, we have to say that based on the way people rave about the brand, you won't need to worry about using that warranty; it's just nice to know it's there.

No need to worry about any wear and tear while you put your Huawei Watch through the paces; the watch band is flexible enough to stand up to whatever your day has in store for you. The YESOO bracelet is also just about on par with the weight of the Huawei original, which is something to boast about at around $19.

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MOTONG stainless steel watch band

MOTONG stainless steel links

Another brand giving the Huawei band a run for its money is MOTONG. The easy installation and removable links are top features for fans of the brand who can't stop admiring how much this bracelet looks like the real deal at only a fraction of the cost.

The clasp is a fold-over with single button release; it's easy to maneuver and comfortable against the inside of your wrist, which is just what you want after a full day (and maybe night) of wear. For around $19, grab one for yourself and one for a fellow watch aficionado.

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Lucco stainless steel watch band

Lucco stainless steel links

Let's say you want it all: the weight and feel of the original Huawei bracelet, removable links (as many as six for those with a narrow wrist), beautiful polished stainless steel, and a fabulous looking replica of the real thing. Lucco has a band that ticks all the boxes.

The double push-button clasp is secure and smooth against your wrist, and the links are flexible enough to be comfortable no matter what your day involves. For around $25, it is excellent quality and still only a fraction of what you'd pay for the Huawei version.

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Treat yourself

Still not convinced that our picks can stand up to the Huawei stainless steel link bracelet? Have a look at the Huawei bracelet and do a little comparison of your own.

If you've found a fantastic alternative link bracelet for the Huawei Watch, make sure to tell us about it in the comments section below.

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2 months ago

Nintendo is thinking about making game controllers for smartphones and tablets

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Nintendo executive Shinya Takahashi stated recently that it's possible the Japan-based game developer could create controllers for smartphones and tablets in the future.

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2 months ago

Get a refurbished UE Boom Bluetooth speaker from Amazon for just $54

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If you're in the market for a portable Bluetooth speaker, you should check out Amazon's latest deal on the Logitech UE Boom. For a limited time, you can get a refurbished speaker in white for $54.

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2 months ago

4th of July Sale: Save 20% on your favorite ShopAndroid accessories

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Before you fire up the grill and fireworks this 4th of July, swing by ShopAndroid to save 20% on your favorite accessories.

Starting today, everything in store including the most popular wireless chargers, cases and covers, screen protectors, and quick chargers are all up for grabs at a boomin' 20% discount! There's plenty to check out for popular devices like the LG G5, Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy Note 5, and many more.

After you've filled your cart, use coupon code: stars16 to enjoy instant savings on everything. If that's not enough to spark your interest, we even offer free shipping on all orders over $50 within the continental U.S., along with reasonable rates on expedited options. Don't miss out this holiday week, because the gettin's only good until midnight, July 5.

Light'em up and let's shop!

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2 months ago

Samsung Clear S-View Flip Cover review for Galaxy S7 edge

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Samsung Clear S-View Flip Cover

If you need a case that looks great with the Galaxy S7 edge, the Clear S-View Flip Cover might be what you're looking for.

The Clear S-View Flip Cover is a stylish way to protect your phone, but you also get some extra features. The case lets you see through the cover to interact with calls, alarms, and events. Should you get it? Watch our review to find out.

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2 months ago

5 great silicone bands for the ZenWatch 2

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5 Great silicone bands for the ZenWatch 2

What are some great silicone bands for the ZenWatch 2?

While the ZenWatch 2 comes in two different sizes – 18mm and 22mm – any watch band with an extra set of pins, regardless of its size, should work with the ZenWatch 2.

While there are plenty of customizable, fun options for the watch face itself, what about picking out a band that works seamlessly for you and the watch? Here are a five great silicone bands and straps for the ZenWatch 2 that are worth checking out!

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2 months ago

How to keep your phone looking good inside a case

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I know it's not always a popular position, but I love me a good case.

A quality phone case adds grip, style, and color; it protects my handset even as it shows off the craftsmanship of the device. And a good case doesn't necessarily mean shelling out for an Otterbox or a Trident. A good case is a case that offers the right mix of protection, comfort, grip, and style for the user's situation. Regardless which case you own, be it a Spigen Neo Hybrid case, a Cruzerlite Bugdroid TPU case, or something in between, I've got news for you:

Most of you are using your case wrong.

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3 months ago

Samsung S-View Flip Cover review for Galaxy S7 edge

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Samsung S-View Flip Cover

When searching for the best case for your Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, you should look at the official options first.

The official S-View Flip Cover is a popular choice for the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. It protects your screen when you're not using it and gives you access to some of your phone's features through a window interface. The S-View window is not a gimmick. We'll show the features in our review.

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3 months ago

These awesome charging accessories are up to 70% off right now!

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Right now you can save up to 70% on a variety of chargers and charging accessories from RavPower at Amazon. From desktop charging stations to wireless chargers and portable power banks, these deals will help you keep your phone and tablet charged in just about any situation.

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3 months ago

Best wireless mice for Chromebooks

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Best wireless mice for Chromebooks

Which wireless mice are best for Chromebooks?

While your Chromebook's trackpad works well enough for most situations, there are some tasks for which a wireless mouse is better.

Whether you need a wireless mouse to scroll through long documents faster, or to perform fine manipulations, there's a great wireless mouse out there with your name on it. Here are a few of our favorites.

Microsoft Touch Mouse

Microsoft Touch Mouse

The Microsoft Touch Mouse is unique in that it has no buttons or a scroll-wheel, yet it functions as though it has them.

Instead of pressing physical buttons or using a scroll-wheel, you tap and swipe, much like you would on the touchscreen of your phone.

It is comfortable to use with either hand and has the benefit of Microsoft's Bluetrack technology, which helps it work on pretty much any surface.

If you're looking for a unique mouse that works well with either hand and on most surfaces, then the Microsoft Touch Mouse might be the one for you.

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Logitech Wireless Mouse M320

Logitech Wireless Mouse M320

Available in black, blue, red, and two-tone gray and yellow, the Logitech Wireless Mouse M320 has received positive reviews from users and reviewers alike for its long battery life and its functionality.

Logitech states that this mouse will last up to two years on a single AA battery. Mileage may vary, but in general, users report that the battery does last a while — maybe a year or more on average.

Another benefit of this mouse is that its curved, asymmetric shape and rubber surface make it comfortable to use for long periods of time.

If you want a wireless mouse that has a long battery life, is comfortable to hold, and comes in different colors, then check this one out.

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Logitech Performance MX

Logitech Performance Mouse MX

Logitech's Performance MX is meant for people who do a lot of mouse work on a daily basis. Reviewers and consumers alike praise it for its well-crafted, durable design and for its superb functionality.

Made for right-handed users, its sculpted shape fits easily and comfortably in your hand and if you use your mouse a lot, then you'll really appreciate how good it feels to grip. Its Darkfield Laser also tracks on most surfaces, including glass.

This mouse has a rechargeable battery that you can charge either by connecting it to your Chromebook via the USB cable it comes with, or by connecting it to its wall charger, which is also included. If you plug it into your Chromebook, you can continue to use it while it is charging.

If you use your mouse a lot, want one with a rechargeable battery, and you want it to work on glass, then consider the Logitech Performance MX.

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AmazonBasics Wireless Mouse with Nano Receiver

AmazonBasics Wireless Mouse

The AmazonBasics Wireless Mouse is a 2.4 GHz mouse that connects to your Chromebook via a small USB transceiver. Customer reviews state that it works well and is easy to use, providing an amazing value for a bargain price.

This optical mouse comes with a one year warranty, so if anything goes wrong, you can always get a replacement.

If you're looking for an inexpensive wireless mouse that does the job, then the AmazonBasics Wireless Mouse is for you.

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Logitech Marathon M705

Logitech Wireless Marathon M705

The Logitech Marathon M705 is another wireless mouse that has received accolades from reviewers and consumers raving about well it works and how long it lasts on a single set of AA batteries.

Designed to conserve battery power, this mouse can last as long as three years on one set of batteries. Customers who have been using it for a while confirm that it indeed uses less power than comparable mice.

Sculpted for right-handed people, the Logitech Marathon M705 remains comfortable to hold, even after many hours of use.

In addition, its laser-tracking keeps its clicks precise and gives you the ability to whiz through long documents and web pages with ease.

If you are looking for a mouse with a long battery life that is comfortable to hold for long periods of time, then the Logitech Marathon M705 is a great choice.

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Logitech MX Master

Logitech MX Master

The Logitech MX Master is the master of all wireless mice because of its ability to track well even on glossy surfaces and its long battery life. Reviewers and users agree that it's a top-notch wireless mouse.

With a shape sculpted for your right hand, it is comfortable to use all day. In fact, it was designed for people who use their mice a lot, all day, every day.

It has a rechargeable battery, so you never have to replace it. Simply connect it to your Chromebook using its USB cable and continue using it while it charges. If you don't have an extra USB port, you can use its wall-charger unit instead. Either way, four minutes gives you four hours of use and a full charge will last you up to 40 days.

If you're looking for a wireless mouse that will work, even on glass, and has a long-lasting rechargeable battery, the Logitech MX Master is a great choice.

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Which wireless mice are your favorites?

We've looked high and low for great wireless mice that work with the Chromebook, but we're only human, and we might have missed something super-amazing. Tell us all about it in the comments below.

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3 months ago

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?

No worries. 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.

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.

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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Xbox 360 Wired Controller

Microsoft Xbox 360 Wired Controller

The wired version of the Xbox 360 controller works nearly flawlessly with the 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.

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 third-party controller?

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

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img { width: 100%; height: auto; } .devicebox ul { display: table; margin: 0 0 10px; width: 100%; } .devicebox ul li { background: #f7f7f7; margin: 2px 0; padding: 4px 15px; } .devicebox ul li:hover { background: #fff; } .devicebox ul li:before { display: none; } .devicebox p ~ p { line-height: 1.25; } .devicebox p:first-of-type + p { padding: 15px; } .devicebox a.buy-link { border-radius: 5px; display: inline-block; font: 14px/31px "Proxima Nova Extrabld",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; text-align: center; } .devicebox a.buy-link, .devicebox a.buy-link:link, .devicebox a.buy-link:active, .devicebox a.buy-link:visited { background: #37B5D7; color: #FFF; } .devicebox a.buy-link:hover { background: #2694B2; text-decoration: none; } .devicebox a.buy-link:before { content: "\e61e"; font: 40px/0 "ac_iconset" !important; margin: 0 3px 0 -8px; vertical-align: middle; } @media all and (min-width: 1025px), all and (max-width: 800px) and (min-width: 660px) { /* div:not(.columns-3) excludes help menu content */ .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox { padding: 20px 0 25px; } .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox .video { float: left; margin: 0 30px 0 0; width: calc(100% - 375px); } .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox h3 + p { bottom: 37px; display: block; overflow: hidden; position: absolute; top: 60px; width: calc(100% - 375px); } .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox p img, .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox p > img { position: absolute; top: 50%; transform: translateY(-50%); } .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox p:nth-child(n+3), .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox ul { box-sizing: border-box; margin-left: calc(100% - 345px); width: 340px; } .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox p.list-head { margin-top: -5px; } } @media all and (max-width: 1024px) and (min-width: 801px), all and (max-width: 660px) { .devicebox h3 { text-align: center; } .devicebox ul, .devicebox p { display: block; } } @media all and (max-width: 800px) and (min-width: 660px) { .devicebox { padding: 20px 0 25px; } .devicebox .video { float: left; margin: 0 30px 0 0; width: calc(100% - 375px); } .devicebox h3 + p { bottom: 37px; display: block; overflow: hidden; position: absolute; top: 60px; width: calc(100% - 375px); } .devicebox p img, .devicebox p > img { position: absolute; top: 50%; transform: translateY(-50%); } .devicebox p:nth-child(n+3), .devicebox ul { box-sizing: border-box; margin-left: calc(100% - 345px); width: 340px; } .devicebox p.list-head { margin-top: -5px; } } @media all and (min-width: 1025px), all and (max-width: 800px) and (min-width: 661px), all and (max-width: 500px) { /* 2x buy buttons */ .devicebox a.buy-link { width: calc(50% - 2.5px); margin: 0 5px 5px 0; } .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-of-type(even) { margin: 0 0 5px 0; } .devicebox a.buy-link:last-of-type:nth-of-type(odd) { width: 100%; } } @media all and (max-width: 1024px) and (min-width: 801px), all and (max-width: 659px) and (min-width: 501px) { /* 3x buy buttons */ .devicebox a.buy-link { width: calc(100%/3 - 10px/3); margin: 0 5px 5px 0; } .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-of-type(3n):not(:nth-last-of-type(2)) { margin: 0 0 5px 0; } .devicebox a.buy-link:only-child { width: 100%; margin: 0 0 5px 0; } .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(2):nth-of-type(3n+1), .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(2):nth-of-type(3n+1) ~ a.buy-link, .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(4):nth-of-type(3n+1), .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(4):nth-of-type(3n+1) ~ a.buy-link { width: calc(50% - 2.5px); } .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(2):nth-of-type(3n+1) ~ a.buy-link, .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(4):nth-of-type(3n+1) ~ a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(odd) { margin: 0 0 5px 0; } } @media all and (max-width: 800px) { .devicebox { margin: 0 0 30px; max-width: none; width: auto; } } @media all and (max-width: 500px) { .devicebox { margin: 0 0 30px; max-width: none; width: auto; } .devicebox a.buy-link:before { display: none; } } .page-admin .devicebox {max-width: 350px;} .page-admin .devicebox .video_iframe {position: relative; height: 0; padding-bottom: 56.9%;} .page-admin .devicebox .video_iframe iframe {width: 100%; height: 100%; position: absolute;} /*-->*/ /*-->*/ /*-->*/

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