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Best wallet cases for the Galaxy Note 7

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What are the best wallet cases for my Galaxy Note 7?

Not everyone loves a wallet case for their phone, but those that do love the convenience of having practically everything they need — money, ID, and smartphone — all in one package when they're on the go.

Given the beautiful design of the Galaxy Note 7, if you're going to cover it entirely with a wallet case, you'll want your case to look classy in it's own right. So we've broken down the best wallet case options that combine stylish design with functionality.

Story Leather Aspen

The Galaxy Note 7 is a premium device. That fact is reflected in the build quality and the price. If you want a case to match that premium quality, look no further than the offerings from Story Leather. They actually offer a range of wallet and other leather-backed cases for the Note 7 which are all custom made to order, but we'll specifically recommend the Aspen wallet case for it's stylish-yet-simplistic design.

Made with premium genuine leather and personalizable with a monogram or corporate logo, this case is perfect for the fashionable consumer. You can choose from over 50 different leather colours to truly make it your own. On the inside, the case features slots for three cards as well as a side pocket for holding cash. It's all built around a sturdy polycarbonate shell that will protect your phone.

With a production lead time of 25-30 days and prices starting around $100, this is not the case to buy if you're looking for a quick cover to protect your new phone. But the handmade quality you receive in return will be well worth the money spent for some folks.

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Spigen Wallet S Leather Case

Spigen is a trusted name for phone accessories, and their Wallet S case for the Galaxy Note 7 is one of the most versatile cases you can buy to protect your Note 7.

Made of faux leather, the Wallet S looks good without costing an arm and a leg. It features a magnetic strap that's reversible — it will securely hold the cover open and closed. The Note 7 securely snaps into the polycarbonate shell on the inside, which also features three slots for your credit cards and ID, as well as a pocket for money or other valuable items. The case also folds over into itself to create a horizontal kickstand for hands-free media viewing.

You have to be consciously aware of how you insert your cards in the case, because the placement of the magnet strap could wreck the magnetic strip on a credit card. Other than that design flaw, which is addressed in a leaflet included with the case, the Wallet S does a great job of combining a wallet and phone case into a stylish option for travelling or enjoying a night out on the town — and all at a reasonable price.

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Incipio Stowaway Credit Card Case

If you want a case that will store your ID, cash and a credit card, but want something a bit more inconspicuous than a fold-over wallet case, there's the Incipio Stowaway Credit Card Case.

At a glance, this case just looks like a sturdy and smooth polycarbonate outer shell to protect your phone — until you notice the compartments on the back. Open the bigger one and you'll find room for three cards (or an ID card and some cash), which are held down with a little lip that make sure they don't pop out if the case takes a hard fall. The smaller compartment reveals a kickstand which, admittedly, is probably not worth using. But the main stowaway compartment will be extremely convenient for travellers or folks that don't like taking their whole wallet or purse to the bar.

Incipio also includes a rear protective film for the back of your phone, so that it isn't scuffed or scratched by any of your cards — a little detail that goes to show phone protection is the top priority here. Best of all, it still mostly preserves the look of the Galaxy Note 7's sleek design and curves.

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J&D Wallet Stand Slim Fit

This wallet case option from J&D is quite similar to the Spigen Wallet S, but separates itself from the pack with a few small but important details.

It features three card slots and a pocket for cash, a magnetic strap to keep things secure, and can be folded over into a horizontal kickstand for media viewing. But we love the clear sleeve for the first card slot, making it the ideal spot to store your ID. Then there's the removable wrist strap which provides added security when you're carrying it around with you. And finally, it's available in four colours (aqua, black, brown, and red) as well as white Dog and Cat versions, that feature a cute graphic on the back. Starting at around $11, it's also one of the most affordable wallet cases you'll find.

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What's your favourite wallet case?

As we're still early into the Galaxy Note 7's product life, there will no doubt be more wallet cases coming out in the future. We'll add them as we find them, so let us know if there's anything we missed in the comments.

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3 weeks ago

How your phone can help before and during a hurricane

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Hurricane season is upon us, and your smartphone is now one of the most important tools in your preparedness kit.

You don't want to be caught unawares when a hurricane hits, and as we've learned recently, they can arrive unexpectedly, and in unexpected places. There's no better time than now to bone up on some of the best ways to keep current on what's out there, and how to stay safe if a storm comes your way.

And just like with everything else, our smartphones now play an integral part with that.

I've lived on the Gulf Coast my entire life. I've been through storms. God willing, I'll never go through another. But either way, I'll be ready. Let's take a look at a few ways you can be, too.

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3 weeks ago

Has my Galaxy Note 7 been recalled?

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7

How do I know if my Note 7 has been recalled?

When it comes to product recalls, there's usually a process for finding out just which units have been recalled. In the case of the Galaxy Note 7 recall, Samsung has announced that every phone sold has been recalled, removing any questions you may have had as to whether or not your phone is headed back to the manufacturer.

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3 weeks ago

How to download and manage apps from the Google Play Store

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How do I download and manage apps and games through the Google Play Store? {.intro}

Whether this is your first smartphone or just your first using Android, there's a lot to love here, and it all starts with finding some apps to fill that new phone (or tablet) with. Google Play is the app store that Google runs, and it's also an important piece of Android's security as it scans apps before and after they're downloaded and monitors them for unusual activity. It can be a bit overwhelming when you first open up Google Play, but don't worry, we're here to help you get started!

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3 weeks ago

Turing promises the moon with the 2017 Cadenza: dual Snapdragon 830, 60MP camera, 12GB RAM

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The Sailfish OS-based Turing Phone offers secure software combined with a proprietary liquid-metal alloy chassis that's touted to be stronger than aluminum and steel. The phone was initially slated to launch last year, but ran into significant delays, with the first wave of pre-orders going out in July. Turing Robotic Industries, the company behind the phone, has detailed plans for its 2017 handset, the Cadenza. The company is looking to integrate artificial intelligence to "dramatically improve our day to day mobile communication," promising specs that sound far too good to be true.

According to Turing CEO Steve Chao, the Cadenza will feature a 5.8-inch QHD display, two Snapdragon 830 SoCs with a total of 16 Kryo CPU cores, a 60MP "iMAX 6K Quad Rear Camera with Triplet Lens/T1.2", 20MP front camera, 12GB of LPDDR4X RAM (2 x 6GB modules), four SIM card slots, and a staggering 1TB of storage.

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3 weeks ago

Samsung announces global Galaxy Note 7 recall following battery explosions

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7

All Note 7s sold to be recalled and European launch delayed as Samsung tackles defective batteries.

Following reports of explosions due to defective batteries in some units, Samsung has announced a global recall of Galaxy Note 7 handsets.

Samsung says that due to a "battery cell issue," 35 "cases" (of overheating, fire or explosions) have been noted so far, adding "we are currently conducting a thorough inspection with our suppliers to identify possible affected batteries in the market."

More: Everything you need to know about the Galaxy Note 7 recall

All Note 7s sold to consumers will be replaced "over the coming weeks," Samsung says and NPR's Elise Hu reports that unsold units will also be recalled. Gizmodo Australia reports that the number in consumers hands right now makes up 1 million of the 2.5 million units produced. The only exception is China, where Samsung uses a different battery supplier.

In the meantime, Samsung has halted sales of the phone. Samsung U.S. says it's working with carrier partners to announce details of a product exchange program "as soon as today."

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3 weeks ago

Google reportedly launching new phones, 4K Chromecast, and Daydream VR headset on Oct. 4

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Get ready for new hardware next month.

With Google dropping the Nexus branding from its handsets, we're starting to see the biggest shift in the company's strategy for its Android handsets since the program started in 2009. According to a new report from Android Police, Google will unveil its phones along with a Chromecast capable of 4K playback, Google Home, and Daydream VR headset on October 4.

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3 weeks ago

Lenovo's beautiful Yoga Book should run Chrome OS, not Android

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Lenovo's best convertible ever would be even better with Chrome OS.

Lenovo's new Yoga Books are simply beautiful. If you haven't yet seen what I'm talking about, take a minute, scroll down and watch our hands-on video — really, you need to see it. With a full size (10.1-inches) touch screen keyboard that doubles as a drawing surface, 64GB of storage and modest but adequate internals (Intel Atom, 4GB RAM) it flips all the switches that tell me to buy it. Except one. It should be running Chrome OS.

Lenovo was smart enough to make two versions — one runs Windows 10 and one runs Android — so potential buyers have a choice. Unless you're an ultra power user of some sort, the Windows version should be able to handle anything you need while away from your desk, and the Android version gives the mobile experience for folks that prefer it. We still get to make a choice, but either can be a sleek Yoga Book with a sexy Halo Keyboard. It remains to be seen how well the fancy keyboard and drawing surface actually works for people who need or want to use either input method. I can't see myself fiddling around in the back-end of AC at 60 words per minute too often while typing on glass, but it's so damn pretty I want to try the Windows version.

All this gushing (dare I say excitement?) is echoed by most people talking about the Yoga Book, so Lenovo is probably happy. Yet every time I watch that video or read the words someone had to say about it, the Android model is still just an Android tablet. There's plenty you can do with an Android tablet, and some things are even better than they are on other platforms — watching YouTube or Google Play Movies, for example. But when it comes to using it on the internet through a browser, nothing is better than a Chromebook. I'll say it — a Yoga Book running Chrome OS would be better for folks who primarily work or play through the browser than both the Windows and Android models. Chromebooks are faster, more secure and maintenance free. Plus, they run Android apps. All the Android apps.

A Chromebook can run all the Android apps as well as the very best web experience.

That's the kicker. A Yoga Chromebook could have been done exactly like the ASUS Flip. It runs Chrome OS, which includes a complete Android subsystem and everything from the Google Play Store(s). Any app you can use on the Android model would also run — exactly the same — on a Chrome model. And when it comes time to hit the web, Facebook or Google Docs or any other website is better on a desktop browser with full extension support than it is on anything built for Android. This is a no-brainer. Nothing is lost, and for all of us who would primarily use the thing on the web, things just got a whole helluva lot better.

The Yoga Book is both innovative and beautiful. And I really do want to try the Windows 10 version and see if it could be a MacBook Air replacement or if the keyboard just doesn't cut it. If nothing else, I could use it to draw cartoons of me being frustrated at the keyboard. But I have no desire to buy the Android model. I already have a Pixel C and Google's folio keyboard, and the pretty factor doesn't sweeten the deal enough for me to spend my hard-earned dollars. And honestly, with an ASUS Flip in my bag I couldn't go back to using something only half as good.

Unless there is a third model coming later in the year, I haven't found the Flip replacement I've been looking for. Sorry, Lenovo.

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3 weeks ago

Best cases for HTC 10

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HTC 10 Ice View

HTC's new flagship is handsomely designed. Protect it from bumps and scratches.

Like any responsible phone owner, you're probably considering a case for your HTC 10. It's a brand new phone and you want to keep it as pristine as possible for as long as possible.

With a new phone, it can be hard to find a good case because not everyone is jumping onboard the new phone train, so reviews are limited. For the most part, we're seeing TPU cases galore, but there are a few rubber and wallet cases and there'll likely be many more to come upon the phone's release.

We've rounded up the best cases (so far) for your gorgeous new HTC 10 that'll hopefully keep it looking like new until the HTC 11 comes out!

HTC Ice View

HTC Ice View

We'll start with the coolest case you can buy for your HTC 10, which is HTC's own Ice View. With the One M9, HTC had the Dot View to give us a peek at what's happening on the phone. Ice View adds more detail to match the 10's cleaned-up design.

The flip cover allows you to interact with your phone in so many ways that some people might not even need to lift it. You can take photos, read texts, control volume and music, turn on the flashlight, and tons more. Plus, the Ice View supports third party notifications like Instagram, Google+, and more.

If you struggle with covering up such a pretty phone but still want it protected, you might as well cover it up with a case that's super cool and offer a ton of functionality on top of that protection.

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Cimo Premium Slim Fit

Cimo Premium Slim Fit

A great standard for anyone who wants a simple, minimalist case that offers solid protection without breaking the bank, Cimo does it again. It's got a tactile, satisfyingly grippy feeling and leaves all the essential ports open.

The beveled front edge leaves you worry free when leaving your HTC 10 face-down and the slim design means no unnecessary bulk in your pocket. If you're looking for a case just because you know it's the right thing to do, then Cimo is a solid place to start.

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Spigen Neo Hybrid

Spigen Neo Hybrid

Spigen makes great phone cases. That's just a fact. The Neo Hybrid is no exception, with it's flexible TPU shell and hard polycarbonate bumper, it protects the most fragile points on your HTC 10 – those corners.

Some folks reported issues with previous versions of the Neo Hybrid, notably a loose polycarbonate bumper that was weak around the buttons. But Spigen has upgraded the design for the HTC 10 and now everything should fit snugly and feels sturdy in your hand. This is an excellent blend of protection and a slim form factor, since it really doesn't add a ton of bulk to your HTC 10. It's by no means a "slim fit" case, but it's also not heavy, nor is it too thick.

If you like a great-fitting case and having your phone truly feel like it's protected (without the extra weight), then go for Spigen's Neo Hybrid.

The PC bumper comes in champagne gold, gunmetal, and Satin Silver.

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SUPCASE Full-body Rugged Holster

SUPCASE

The HTC 10 is a solidly built aluminum phone that feels sturdy and strong in your hand, even without a case. That being said, it's still fragile and if you lead a fairly active lifestyle, a rugged case is a great investment.

SUPCASE's Full-body Rugged Holster is designed to protect your phone from some pretty harsh stuff. It's made of hard polycarbonate and soft TPU, so it's shock-absorbent and protects against bumps, scratches, and drops. Despite being a rugged case, the Full-body Rugged Holster is relatively slim, covering all of your HTC 10 except the screen. Even the earpiece is protected.

And if you're not one for carrying your phone in the pocket, this case comes with a belt clip, so you can wear it on your hip for easy access and a bit of extra stability.

You have your choice of black-on-black or black-on-blue.

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Diztronic full matte TPU series

Diztronic

This case from Diztronic is made entirely of flexible TPU, which means extra bouncy shock-absorption all around for your HTC 10.

The matte finish resists fingerprints and gives the case an overall grippy feel, so you know your phone isn't slipping out of your hand. The buttons are covered, but the TPU over them is very responsive and you can feel the click, so if you're controlling volume or shutting off an alert while it's in your pocket, you'll know you're hitting a button.

You have your choice of black, charcoal gray, or a very lovely navy blue.

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Love Ying Crystal Clear Ultra

Love Ying Crystal Clear Ultra

Another great TPU cover that offers minimal bulk with cushioned shock absorbency is the Love Ying Crystal Clear. Like Tauri, Love Ying offers as view different colors to match your style; theirs are a little more vibrant and playful.

The cover is raised both on the front and the back, so you're not putting your HTC 10 down right on its screen or right on the camera lens, which is a nice feature if you happen to drop it flat. It's dust and scratch resistant and fits like a glove.

As with other TPU cases, just be aware that your case may yellow over time thanks to the Sun. Also be careful putting it on your HTC 10 and taking it off too much, since it might stretch and stop fitting so well. Other than that, it's a great way to protect your phone without adding a ton of bulk or breaking the bank.

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What do you think?

When you get your HTC 10, let us know which case is your favorite by sounding off in the comments below!

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3 weeks ago

Samsung expected to recall Galaxy Note 7s over battery quality concerns [Updated]

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Samsung seems to be taking the proper cautious approach to quality control standards.

Update: Samsung has announced that it will halt sales of the Note 7 and issue a recall for up to 1 million phones that could be at risk.

Reports have surfaced indicating that the Galaxy Note 7 launch has been delayed in parts of Europe — Germany in particular — as sales were set to commence this week. The news lands corresponding with multiple reports coming out of Korea that Samsung has plans to issue recalls for phones — anywhere from just some Exynos variants up to all Galaxy Note 7s that have been sold.

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3 weeks ago

Anker PowerHouse Review: UNLIMITED POWER (kinda)

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Usually when I refer to portable power packs, I'm talking about the kind of battery you slip in your pocket to power your Pokemon hunt. The Anker PowerHouse … is not one of those.

With a theoretical capacity of 120,000mAh / 400Wh, the PowerHouse is hours and hours of energy in a nine-pound box. But the laws of physics are fickle things, and even such brute-force power density doesn't guarantee this battery bank will give you the endurance you're looking for. Join me as I take the biggest power pack I've ever seen for a spin in MrMobile's Anker PowerHouse review!

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3 weeks ago

Google Play Early Access is now open to even more developers

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Google rolled out the Early Access program on Google Play earlier this year, giving users the ability to try out beta apps before they made their debut. Google hand-picked the apps that were allowed into Early Access during the initial rollout, but the company is now letting developers nominate apps and games for inclusion in the category.

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3 weeks ago

Labor Day Sale: Save 20% on your favorite Android accessories

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We're slashing prices on Android accessories, so getcha some while they're on the cheap.

Some of us will be enjoying our long Labor Day weekend by grilling up some BBQ with friends and family or getting our splash on at the beach. No matter how you spend your day off, starting today you can save 20% on everything from ShopAndroid through midnight, September 6. There's plenty to choose from for the latest devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, Galaxy S7, LG G5, HTC 10 and more.

Use coupon code: LD16 at checkout to apply the 20% discount to your entire order, and remember that we offer free shipping on orders over $50 within the continental US.

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3 weeks ago

Withings Steel HR brings heart rate monitoring to an analog tracker

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A better fitness tracker from the design heroes at Withings!

Withings has announced its latest analog fitness tracker, the Steel HR. This is the first analog fitness tracker that adds heart rate monitoring to it, without taking away from the incredible design of the watch. At first glance, it is hard to tell that it is a fitness tracker, let alone that it can monitor your heart rate as well. It will be available in both 36mm and 40mm cases this time around, so depending on your wrist size you'll be able to purchase the one that fits you best.

You won't need to worry about charging the Steel HR every day as it is said to last for around 25 days per charge with heart rate monitoring. After 25 days of monitoring, it will transition to a power saving mode which gives you an additional 20 days of battery life. While in power saving mode, the Steel HR will continue to track your activity, just not your heart rate.

As for pricing, the 36mm will retail for $179.95 and the 40mm for $199.95 and both will be available beginning in October.

Press release:

Nokia Launches Withings Steel HR, the First Analog Activity-Tracking Watch with Heart Rate Monitoring

Steel HR brings a new level of health tracking: Heart rate monitoring with style, ease, and unsurpassed battery life

September 1, 2016

BERLIN, GERMANY–Withings, part of Nokia and a leader in the connected health revolution, today announced an extension to its activity tracker portfolio with the introduction of Withings Steel HR, a connected health watch with fully-featured activity tracking, heart rate monitoring and smartphone notifications. Continuing to spearhead the unique category of beautifully designed trackers within fashionable timepieces, Steel HR marries classic French design with advanced heart rate monitoring and a 25-day battery life. Steel HR can automatically measure continuous heart rate during workouts, average heart rate during the day, and resting heart rate while sleeping, while also offering a dynamic digital screen that displays your overall health data and smartphone notifications.

Seamless, Modern Design Steel HR has all the features of a stylish analog watch that users actually want to wear: French design, stainless steel casing, chrome hands, and modern silicone straps. In addition, Steel HR will be available in two sizes: 36mm and 40mm. The standard 36mm case with an 18mm strap will be available in black and white. The new 40mm case will be available in black and comes with a 20mm strap.

Like its predecessors, Steel HR features hand dials that show the time and a sub-dial that shows the percentage of personal daily activity goal achieved. The activity goal (e.g. 10,000 steps) is set within the free Withings Health Mate application (available on iOS and Android) and keeps users up to date on their progress. Steel HR also boasts a new dynamic digital screen at the top of the watch face, which displays health data and smartphone notifications. Users can choose the information they would like to be shown on this screen through a multifunctional button on the side of the watch. This button allows users to navigate through data options including calories burned, daily steps, distance, sleep duration and smart alarm, and to receive notifications forcalls, new emails, texts and event reminders.

Best-In-Class Battery Life

Steel HR is powered by a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 25 days, the best battery life for a heart monitoring activity tracker available. After approximately 25 days of heart rate monitoring, Steel HR will transition to power save mode, giving users an additional 20 days of battery life. In power save mode, Steel HR will continue to track basic activity, including steps and swims.

Holistic Approach to Heart Rate Monitoring

Steel HR goes beyond tracking steps by providing users with a more detailed look into their overall health and fitness performance. This is accomplished through a technology called photoplethysmography (PPG), which monitors heart rate using green LED lights to detect variation in the level of blood in the wrist.

During a workout session, users can launch a continuous heart rate session simply by pushing the multifunctional button on the watch. Moreover, Steel HR will automatically initiate continuous heart rate while running. During exercise, seeing real-time heart rate at a glance can help optimize workout intensity and can motivate the user to improve performance. Post-workout, user will then be able to view maximum heart rate, calories burned, and a "time in zone" graph directly within Withings' free Health Mate App.

On a daily basis, users can visualize how much time was spent in each heart rate zone, providing a holistic picture of their activity output. At night, Steel HR also automatically monitors the user's pulse while sleeping to provide resting heart rate - a key metric to assess overall health over time.

"Whether you're an athlete or simply trying to lose a few pounds and get a better handle on your health, knowing your heart rate can help you better understand your overall health and reach your fitness goals,"said Cédric Hutchings, VP of Digital Health, Nokia Technologies. "With the wealth of insights it provides and the extended battery life for a health watch of its type, Steel HR truly is the first of its kind."

Automatic Activity Tracking

Steel HR, like all activity trackers from Withings, has highly-advanced automatic activity recognition capabilities that detect a wide variety of movements and speeds associated with various activities. For walking and running, the device analyzes number of steps, distance covered, and calories burned as well as the duration of the running session. Steel HR is also water-resistant (5 ATM) and automatically recognizes when the user starts swimming, providing the time of the session and the calories burned. At night, Steel HR analyzes light and deep sleep cycles, as well as wake ups, to give users a full understanding of their sleep patterns.

Personal Health Coach

The new Steel HR connects to the free, award-winning Withings Health Mate iOS and Android application. Acting as a powerful resource to manage many aspects of everyday health, Health Mate provides detailed information about activity including heart rate summaries, a daily timeline, personalized advice, and advanced food logging capabilities. It even allows users to share their data and challenge friends via "in app" interactive leaderboards and through social media channels. Health Mate also integrates with over 150 top health and fitness apps to further add to the 360° wellness experience.

Availability

At the beginning of October, both versions of Withings Steel HR will be available exclusively at www.withings.com. The 36mm will retail for $179.95 and the 40mm for $199.95. Retail availability for both versions will follow at the end of October.

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3 weeks ago

Five must-have games for your Oculus Rift

Consider this your Oculus Rift starter kit.

There's a lot going on in the Oculus Store, which is the primary place you get games for your Rift headset. Titles range wildly when it comes to price and description, due in no small part to Oculus pulling content that was originally made for the Samsung Gear VR into the store so you can experience it in a higher resolution. It's a lot to take in, and that's only going to get more interesting when you start playing games for your Oculus Rift that come from Steam instead of the Oculus Store.

To help you get started with your Oculus Rift, we've put together a quick lift of titles everyone should have in their library in order to fully appreciate this incredible VR experience.

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