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2 weeks ago

Best Stocking Stuffers Under $25 For Android Fans

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Fill those stocking with cool stuff, for less!

It's just about that time when folks around the world will be hanging their stockings over the fireplace with care. Just what will end up in those stockings? Yet to be determined.

Here's some quick gift ideas that will make perfect stocking stuffers for anyone on Santa's list.

Google Play Store gift card

Yeah, yeah, we know. Gift cards are pretty lazy as far as gifts go. But everyone can appreciate just how versatile a Google Play gift card is! You can not only spend Google Play cash on awesome Android games and apps, but also get music, movies, TV shows, books, and even magazines.

You can buy a Google Play Store gift card a over 40 different stores including most convenient stores, making them the perfect last-minute gift idea for pretty much anyone on your list.

Find a store near you

Phone cases

As long as you know the type of phone your gift-givee is rocking, gifting a phone case shows that you care — about them not wrecking their expensive smartphone. This is an especially good gift idea if you're buying it for your kids, and you know they'll come asking for help buying a new phone when they drop their phone and shatter the screen. ShopAndroid has great deals on cases for all the most popular phones. Take a look around!

See at ShopAndroid

Portable power pack

Everyone could use a little extra boost of battery life throughout the day, so a portable battery pack makes for a perfect stocking stuffer, both for its size and convenience. There's a ton of options out there, but if you're looking for an affordable external battery pack that will still provide ample charge for most devices, this 10400mAh power pack from Aukey will do the trick.

NOTE: This particular power pack is not compatible with Motorola phones.

See at Amazon

Touch Screen gloves

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but your phone is buzzing and you want to answer it — but that means taking off your gloves. Or not, if you've got a pair of gloves with conductive threads in the fingertips. Touch screen gloves make a great gift, and the one's we've recommended below are more affordable than other options out there. They aren't the best for those absolutely frigid, windy days, but you probably shouldn't be loitering outside on your phone when the weather is that bad, either.

See at Amazon

Car charger

Another great stocking stuffer option is a car charger, so your loved one can keep their phone topped up when they're on the road. Again there are a number of different options out there for car chargers, and you don't want to end up buying a dud. But we'll recommend this dual-USB charger from Tronsmart. It supports Quick Charge 2.0, comes packaged with two Micro-USB cables, and is guaranteed to fully protect against over-current, overcharging and overheating.

See at Amazon

What's in your stocking?

What little accessories have caught your eye this year? Leave a comment below.

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2 weeks ago

Chromecast now on sale for $25, includes three months of HBO Now

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Go buy a Chromecast already.

If you haven't picked up a Chromecast yet, now is the ideal time to do so. The device is now on sale for $25, and Google is throwing in three months of HBO Now — a $45 value. The offer is limited to new users, so if you've already subscribed to HBO's streaming service, you won't be eligible.

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2 weeks ago

Google Pixel review: Jerry's opinion

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Not enough words have been written about the Google Pixel. At least not by me

The Pixel is one of the phones on a very short list of candidates for a place in my pocket and I've taken my time to decide how much I love or hate it after relying on it for a little while. We don't always get that luxury and each of us has based an opinion too early on something because we had to. Sometimes this job wants to paint you into a corner that way. Most everyone wrote a really glowing review for the product launch — including Alex, who I witnessed bust his ass to get it done on time while on a plane to China. But I didn't have to put my neck out this time.

I agreed with everyone during that initial break-in period where everything is shiny and new. I still mostly do weeks later. The good far outweighs the bad when it comes down to the things I want when I get a new phone. Have a look and see how much you agree or disagree with me. Maybe it can help you decide if you're thinking about getting one.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung Gear Fit 2 gets updated with new workout tracking features

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The Gear Fit 2 gets even better at tracking your workouts.

Samsung is rolling out an update to the fitness-focused Gear Fit 2 that brings a slew of new features aimed at optimizing the tracking experience. There's now an auto pause function that pauses activity tracking when it detects that you've stopped in the middle of a run or a workout. It automatically starts monitoring your activity once you resume, picking up from where it left off.

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2 weeks ago

Android Central 316: How to bake a turkey

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Happy Thanksgiving! Take care, and be good to one another!

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2 weeks ago

Android Central Offers is giving away a Pixel XL, and it could be yours!

Looking to get your hands on a Google Pixel XL but don't have the money available to purchase one for yourself right now? Well, Android Central Offers is hooking up one lucky person with a Pixel XL, and it could be you. All you have to do is sign up for the offer, which is completely free, to be entered for a chance to win it.

Sounds simple, right? That's because it is, and there is very little reason you shouldn't click through and enter for your chance now. The only way to know you won't win is not to enter, so don't do that to yourself.

See at Android Central Offers

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2 weeks ago

Best games for Google Daydream

What are the best games for Google Daydream?

For many people, Daydream View is more than Google's take on VR. It's the first VR headset for a lot of Pixel owners, and that means there's plenty of room to explore and have some fun. It also means there are a lot of apps in the Play Store asking for some money from you without a whole lot of assurance that the game will be worth the cash.

While there's plenty of fun to be had with the free apps available for Daydream, some of the other experiences are on an entirely different level. Here's where you need to start if you're looking for quality games for Daydream.

Read more at VR Heads!

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2 weeks ago

Honor 8 now on sale for just £299 in the UK

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The Honor 8 is a great buy for under £300.

As part of Black Friday, the Honor 8 is receiving a £70 discount in the UK. The phone is now available for £299 until November 28. The first 1,000 customers to pick up the phone at a discounted price will get three months of premium insurance for free.

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2 weeks ago

HTC Desire 10 Pro with FHD display, Helio P10 SoC lands in India for ₹26,490

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It's time to stand out.

HTC has launched the Desire 10 Pro in India, with the phone all set to be available in retail stores starting December 15. HTC has also announced that the global variant of the Bolt — the HTC 10 evo — will make its debut in India before the end of the year.

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2 weeks ago

HTC offering free USB-C to 3.5mm headphone adapter to all Bolt buyers [Update]

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The second best option is still pretty good.

Update: HTC's head of PR, Jeff Gordon, noted to me on Twitter that "future production runs will include the headphone adapter in the box." Good to know!

The HTC Bolt is a pretty great phone, but the Sprint exclusive has one pretty major omission — one increasingly common these days — in the lack of a headphone jack. Worse, unlike the iPhone 7 and Moto Z, two other phones lacking in that ubiquitous circular port, the Bolt doesn't come with a headphone adapter in the box.

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2 weeks ago

MrMobile's Black Friday Tech Deals 2016

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I have never in my life gone shopping on Black Friday, a track record I hope to maintain until my very last holiday season. But for hardier souls, the one-two punch of Black Friday and Cyber Monday brings a bevy of deals that mean big savings for tech fans – at least those with quick "Buy Now" fingers.

So whether you're looking to snag a smartphone on the cheap or shave a couple hundo off the latest Surface, MrMobile's got you covered with the guide to the best Black Friday Tech Deals of 2016! Take in the video, and then visit the official Mobile Nations guide to Black Friday 2016 for up-to-the-moment money-saving scoops!

Here are the products I mentioned in the video:

Wearables

Smartphones

Convertibles

Accessories

Additional Sites

As always, stay social my friends!

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2 weeks ago

Best microSD Cards For Galaxy S7

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What are the best microSD cards for the Galaxy S7?

Although the option to add a microSD card to the Galaxy S6 was absent, Samsung listened to consumers this time around and added the feature back with the new Galaxy S7. This means more room to save photos, record HD video to, and upload your extensive library of music. There are many sizes and speeds to sort through when it comes to choosing a microSD card for the Galaxy S7, but we'll be sticking with mostly 64GB options as a good starter card — shedding light on some of the best ones worth considering.

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2 weeks ago

Verizon's Black Friday sale offers a Pixel for just $240 [update]

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This is probably the best deal you're going to find on a Pixel this year.

Update: Verizon has updated its sale page to indicate that the discount is only applicable to the standard Pixel, not the Pixel XL. It's very possible the same amount of discount ($410) could be applied to the Pixel XL, but that of course means you'll pay the small markup necessary for the larger phone.

Original story: If you're in the market for a new high-end phone, Verizon has an amazing deal available for a new Google Pixel or Pixel XL. The sale will drop the Pixel or Pixel XL to just $240 on Friday only. Just like other major retailers, Verizon is also offering Google Home for just $99, or $30 off.

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2 weeks ago

Google Play 'Cyber Week Deals' discounting just about everything

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Holiday shopping isn't just about physical goods — you can get great deals on digital, too.

Google Play has just kicked off its "Cyber Week Deals" that run through November 29, sharply discounting games, apps, books, movies, TV shows, comics and more — basically, every category has something on sale.

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2 weeks ago

Swappa now offers protection plans so you're never without a phone!

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You can now protect your Swappa purchases!

When you buy a phone new, there's usually an option to protect your investment should you accidentally leave it on the hood of your car and drive off holding a taco in your hand instead of listening for notifications. You pay a little extra for that peace of mind and hope you never need it, but accidents happen.

When you buy a phone secondhand, there are usually fewer options for protecting your investment. This isn't a huge deal for some, since the whole point of buying secondhand is to save some cash, but a broken phone sucks no matter what you paid for it. The folks at Swappa get that, and are now rolling out protection plans so you aren't trying to swipe around on broken glass until you can afford your next phone.

Swappa's protection plan is fairly simple. You pay an extra $50, $60, or $70 at checkout depending on the cost of your phone, and if your phone breaks they'll either repair or cover the full value of your phone for a year. Coverage includes:

  • Cracked glass and screen repair
  • Water damage from drops or spills
  • Power surge protection

Those prices are competitive with what you'd get when covering just about any new phone, and unlike Google's Pixel Protect plan there's an option to repair your existing phone instead of swapping out for a whole new one. If you're a regular Swappa customer, or just someone who regularly values tacos over the safe storage of their phone, this seems like a solid add-on.

Take a look at Swappa's Protection Plan for more!

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