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12 min ago

Best heavy duty cases for LG G4

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Best heavy duty cases for LG G4

The best rugged cases for the LG G4 must withstand the rigors of your daily environment — inside or out.

Not every case out there can hold up to the extremes of a busy lifestyle, where drops are commonplace and expected throughout your daily routine. Like it or not, heavy duty cases are important for those of us who require extra layers, screen covers, and sturdy belt clip holsters to get our LG G4 through to the next day.

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52 min ago

Getting to know Nest Cam

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Nest Cam

Nest has now fully absorbed Dropcam and graduated its core products and services into the Nest ecosystem, and the result is Nest Cam and Nest Aware. If you've ever seen or used Dropcam services, you should feel right at home with this upgraded piece of technology. As connected cameras go, there's a lot to explore an appreciate with Nest Cam, and the Nest Aware software that powers the experience is well worth taking a look at as well.

With that in mind, lets wander through this updated Nest Cam experience and see what is happening behind all the buttons.

For the uninitiated, Nest Cam is a web-enabled security camera with a powerful app and web interface to communicate with the camera from wherever you are. The camera can be a private security system for yourself, or a public camera that can be shared with the world. It has a speaker baked into the camera casing, so you can speak through your web or app interface and whoever is on the other end — kids, pets, someone breaking into your house and stealing your laptop — can hear you. Unlike its predecessors, Nest Cam is a 1080p camera with a UI that supports optical zoom and a night-vision mode that will kick in automatically if you tell it to. It's also incredibly easy to set up and use. As indoor security cameras go — this thing isn't waterproof, so don't try to stick it outside — it's one of the better overall experiences out there.

Powering the other features in the Nest Cam lineup is Nest Aware, which comes with a pair of monthly ($10 for 10 days of video history, or $30 for 30 days) or yearly ($100 or $300) subscription options depending on your needs. Nest Aware adds computer vision to Nest Cam, using cloud computing to sharpen and enhance the image you are seeing, especially when you use the app to zoom in on something in the room you are monitoring. The enhance button on zoom shows almost immediate results, and can be incredibly useful for things like facial recognition should the worst happen. Nest Aware also allows you to set custom zones in the room you are monitoring, like a door frame or a window, and the Nest app will notify you if there's any motion in those zones. When motion is detected, the app will create a special icon in the video timeline, so you can instantly tap and see what was happening at that time.

Nest Aware's services also come with aforementioned online storage options, allowing the camera to store either 7 or 30 days of video in the Nest app. Through this, users are able to create and export video clips of things they caught in the recording. The app lets you export up to an hour of enhanced recorded video at a time, but also lets you create timelapses from your video feed. These clips are stored on the Nest service until you decide to download or share them, and several social networking hooks are baked in to the service.

Nest Zone Aware

There's a lot to like about Nest Cam, just like there was a lot to like about its predecessors. The subscription options that power most of the good stuff is a little off-putting for a lot of users, but it's also pretty useful. Ultimately it's the cost of computer vision and cloud computing, which are critical components in making these feature work as seamlessly as they do. The folks at Nest have a long history of adding features year round, however, so whether you're already impressed with the service or on the fence it's clear there's always going to be something new around the corner.

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1 hour ago

Pelican Protector and Voyager cases for the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge

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Pelican Protector and Voyager cases for the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge

Most people need basic phone protection, then there are people who need Pelican cases.

The Pelican name is associated with protecting valuables — particularly electronics and camera gear — against basically anything you can think of, and its Protector and Voyager phone cases bring that idea down to your Galaxy S6. The two cases each offer something different, but are both a step above any "average" cheap case you can throw on your phone.

Extra protection, a specialized look and a name that you can trust is what you get with Pelican cases — here's what they look like for the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge.

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2 hours ago

ARCHOS announces the 50d Helium, a 5-inch device availble in July for £99

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ARCHOS has announced its latest device, the 50d Helium, which is set to release later this month and carry a price tag of £99.99. This 5-inch Android 5.1 smartphone features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage.

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3 hours ago

AT&T pushes out small update for the Samsung Galaxy S5

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AT&T is currently pushing out an update for the Samsung Galaxy S5, which bumps the device from version OC4 to OF2. Unfortunately, AT&T has not provided a list of changes that are made in this update, but we do know that it is still based on Android 5.0.

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3 hours ago

Chevrolet is adding Active Phone Cooling to some future models to keep your phone from overheating

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Chevrolet is adding a new system to its upcoming 2016 Impala and Malibu lines called Active Phone Cooling. This system will come with vehicles that are equipped with wireless charging, in an effort to ensure that phones stay cool and don't overheat.

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4 hours ago

Subway Surfers runs its way to Rio de Janeiro

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The popular free-to-play endless runner game Subway Surfers keeps getting new content. The latest update brings Jake and his crew to the party city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil:

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5 hours ago

Swappa's phone valuation experience now exists in app form

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There are plenty of ways to sell your phone when you decide you're ready to move on to something new, and since some of us experience to urge to swap phones a whole lot more often than others there's usually some research needed to determine the best price to list your hardware. Researching this kind of thing can often be a lot of work, since listings usually disappear as soon as the transaction is complete, and in many sites there are private conversations that can have a significant effect on the final price tag.

The folks at Swappa have been doing this whole third-party smartphone and tablet sales thing for a while now, and one of the best tools on their website is the record of what devices have sold for in the past. That experience now exists in app form, so you can quickly see what your phone or tablet would be worth when considering selling it. The app is called Swappa Price, and as the name suggests it's all about letting you know what other devices have sold for on Swappa. Like the Swappa site, you can break things down by carrier, unlocked, and if you've decided you're interested in buying or selling based on that information you can tap either of the big friendly buttons in the search results and be taken to the Swappa site.

It's fairly simple stuff, but for folks who are constantly buying and selling phones and tablets in the search of something new this app can reduce a lot of the research time. Enjoy!

Download: Swappa Price (free)

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6 hours ago

Anki Overdrive fuses together track racing and video games, available September 20

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Anki has announced that Overdrive will start shipping in the US, UK, Germany and Canada on September 20. The battle-racing game will commence shipping to retailers on the day, blending together robotic racing and video games. You'll be able to control physical supercars through the power of mobile devices and compete against friends and family, or even AI commanders.

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7 hours ago

Nexus 6 receives substantial price reduction in the UK, now available for £304

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Motorola had the Nexus 6 on sale for the UK last month, but the smartphone can now be yours for just £304. Google has slashed the listing price on arguably the best flagship smartphone you can buy today.

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7 hours ago

Dead Among Us is a zombie first-person shooter for your mobile

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Dead Among Us is an addictive, first-person shooter themed around zombies and the rise of the dead. Multiple quests spanning various cities task the player with putting their gold medal in archery to good use by surviving the onslaught and taking out flesh craving mutants.

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10 hours ago

OnePlus 2 spotted on Bluetooth SIG website, set to arrive in three variations

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Three variants of the upcoming OnePlus 2 smartphone have been spotted on the Bluetooth SIG website. All three models have been certified with hardware version 2.2 and software version 2.01 for Bluetooth 4.1. The company plans to unveil the OnePlus 2 at a virtual reality event later this month.

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11 hours ago

Sprint teams up with Europe's Carphone Warehouse to launch new US stores

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Sprint and Dixon's Carphone Warehouse have announced a new partnership, pairing the US carrier with the European retailer. It's expected this deal will accelerate Sprint's retail transformation, an effort to increase the number of retail stores dedicated to pushing out hardware and wireless plans.

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12 hours ago

Xiaomi sells 34.7 million handsets in the first half of 2015

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Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi has announced that it sold nearly 35 million handsets in the first six months of 2015, a year-on-year increase of 33 percent.

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