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5 days ago

Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+ pose for the camera in latest leaked pics

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+ have been the center of attention recently, with various images surfacing, and a reported August 13 launch date. And today even more images of the unannounced Samsung phones are doing the rounds.

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5 days ago

Best waterproof power banks for Android

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These waterproof power banks are great for emergencies and surviving through the thick of things.

When it comes to summer accessories that really stand out and make a difference, having a waterproof power bank can really save your skin in a variety of tough situations. Not only are they built to take a beating, they're great for providing battery life to your smartphone or tablet when there's not an outlet in sight. Dive in as we line up the best waterproof power banks we've found that will survive the hot and heavy this summer.

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GJT Solar Panel 8000mAh Waterproof Power Bank

$18.99 Buy Now

Charge up this GJT Solar Panel Power Bank before you head out for a complete backup of 8000mAh. And if you end up draining it while you're out in the wild, let the sun do the rest. The built-in lithium polymer battery charges via the monocrystalline solar panel when there are no outlets to be found, and it's completely waterproof and shockproof. On the back is an LED flashlight that's great for emergency situations in the dark, and there are 4 charging indicator lights on the front to identify exactly how much life remains. It even packs over-charge/discharge and short-circuit protection.

UNIFUN 10400mAh Waterproof Power Bank

$19.99 Buy Now

Great for just about any activity, water-related or not, the UNIFUN Power Bank holds an impressive 10400mAh of backup battery life for all your favorite mobile devices while you're away from a regular power source. It features an IP66 rating and has dual USB outputs (1A and 2.1A) for simultaneous charging when battery life gets critical. You've got port plugs that cover everything up when it's not in use, and a built-in flashlight at the top that's able to keep up 6-8 days after a complete charge. Its durable construction keeps it from sliding on most surfaces and is completely waterproof and shock resistant.

JJF Bird Solar Panel 12000mAh Waterproof Power Bank

$39.99 Buy Now

Here's a solar charging power bank that holds a bit more juice than the GJT option, but still packs all the same waterproof and shock-proof features. Charge up the JJF Bird Power Bank using the microUSB cable or even via the monocrystalline solar panel. There are 2 USB outputs for simultaneous charging, battery life LED's on the front for quick and easy monitoring, as well as an emergency LED flashlight up top for those hard to see situations. It comes with a carabiner clip for hooking to your backpack or pants, too.

EasyAcc 9000mAh Waterproof Power Bank

$23.99 Buy Now

Rocking an IP67 protection rating, the EasyAcc Power Bank comes in handy for camping, beach days, fishing, hunting, or hiking. Its 9000mAh capacity is enough to provide a solid 2 complete charges to most mobile devices, and serves as a great companion for both day and night time use. Along with its built-in flashlight, the EasyAcc Power Bank comes with a compass, carabiner clip, carry strap, and a couple microUSB charging cables. The 2.1A output will boost your device's battery when it hits the red, whether you're miles away from civilization or lounging by the pool. There's no fretting when this tough power bank takes a dip in the drink.

Novobeam 3000mAh Compact Waterproof Power Bank

$17.49 Buy Now

For those occasions when you're certain battery life isn't a serious concern, but need just a little extra security, the Novobeam Compact Power Bank is an excellent solution that's discrete, and fits just about anywhere. Since it only packs a mere 3000mAh, you're likely to only get a single charge out of it for most modern devices. It's the Novobeam's slim size and lightweight design (less than 3oz) that make it such an ideal companion for single-day hikes or fishing trips. With a 1A output, it's not out set any records in charging speeds, but it'll certainly be your savior if caught in a sticky situation.

What's your favorite rugged/waterproof power bank?

See a waterproof power bank on the list you're interested in, or do you have eyes on a different portable battery? Either way, we're interested in hearing what your go-to power bank is for those wet and extreme conditions. Drop us a line below!

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5 days ago

Introducing Mobile Nations' Kicked TV, bringing you the latest and greatest in crowdfunding projects!

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Sorting through the thousands and thousands of Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and other crowdfunding projects that go live every day can be daunting. That's why we're thrilled to welcome Kicked TV to the Mobile Nations family! Kicked is built around the Kicked Weekly show, a quick look at the top new and exciting crowdfunding projects out there that you might want to check out, and maybe even back yourself.

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5 days ago

NVIDIA Shield Portable Android 5.1 update adds Chromecast support, drops Miracast and some games

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NVIDIA is pushing out an update to its Shield Portable, which brings along with it Android 5.1, and Chromecast support. Unfortunately, while bringing some new features along with it, this update also removes support for Miracast, Sonic 4, the Android Browser, and more.

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5 days ago

The Big Android BBQ is making its way to Europe in November

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The Big Android BBQ is heading across the pond this fall, as it heads to Amsterdam for the first time ever. From November 12 to November 14, developers and enthusiasts will be able to gather together for a fun filled Android event. Senior developers and Android thought leaders from around the world will be speaking at a variety of breakout sessions, which are being referred to as tracks.

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5 days ago

Subway Surfers travel down under to Sydney in its latest update

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It's time once again for publisher Kiloo to update its popular endless running game Subway Surfers. This time, the team travels down under to Sydney, Australia in the next leg of its world tour.

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5 days ago

The Wear Mini Launcher makes getting to your apps easier than ever

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Smartwatches have brought the ease and accessibility of modern technology to our wrists, but even with the most recent Android Wear update being able to get to the app you need in a pinch can take longer than you'd prefer. Wear Mini Launcher has been solving this problem since the early days of Android Wear, and has continued to remain relevant as the platform evolves.

Wear Mini Launcher for Android Wear is opened by swiping from the upper left corner of your screen. You'll get a column with all of your currently installed apps in a list, similar to the current stock setup in Wear 5.1. Just tap the one you need and it'll open up for you without any issues. If you swipe from the top left a second time, you'll get access to all of your smartwatch settings. Instead of manually going into the settings you can use the launcher to easily adjust your screen brightness, turn on Wifi, check your phone and smart watch battery life, and more.

Like most things in the Android world, things start getting interesting when you customize the experience to your own preferences. While there aren't any options for customization from your smartwatch, if you open the app on your phone you'll see there is plenty you can tweak to your preferences. There are four tabs — Behavior, Customization, Tools, and Other, and each has it's own array of options. The Behavior tab has options like how you access the Wear Mini Launcher, how apps are organized in the launcher, and whether there are apps you don't want to appear in the launcher at all.

If you were hoping to be able to adjust the color of your background or foreground, then you just need to hop into the Customization tab. This is also where you can edit how many columns your apps appear in within the launcher, and the size of the app icons. Tools lets you adjust notifications if you go out of range of your phone, whether music will be played through your watch, and whether the brightness slider appears when you open the second launcher screen. The Other tab allows you to send anonymous crash info, and check out the app licenses.

With more customization options than you can shake a stick at, along with an easy interface that you can make your own, Wear Mini Launcher is a great addition to your app line up for Android Wear. Whether you use it to get to all of your apps easily, or to tweak and adjust your smart watch settings, this is a solid app with plenty of use in your day to day. Have you used the Wear Mini Launcher, or are you more partial to a different experience? Let us know below!

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5 days ago

Uber teams up with Xiaomi to deliver the Mi Note in Malaysia and Singapore

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Uber is now delivering phones. The company has teamed up with Xiaomi to deliver the Mi Note in Singapore and Malaysia, just as you would order an Uber cab. Ordering the smartphone through the Uber app will see your attached credit card charged, and you'll subsequently be able to track the package as it makes its way through Uber's delivery service.

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5 days ago

Samsung pulls 128GB Galaxy S6 and S6 edge in India

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Samsung removed the microSD card slot in the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, offering the phones in three storage variants: 32, 64 and 128GB. However, it looks like the manufacturer has pulled the 128GB model from its Indian store, which is currently listing just the 32 and 64GB versions.

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5 days ago

See how Huawei will package its luxurious Android Wear smartwatch

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Huawei has yet to officially reveal pricing and availability details for the company's upcoming wearable, but that won't stop us from throwing our wallets at the monitor. The Huawei Watch is one of the finest looking smartwatches to-date and now we've got some idea as to what packaging the watch will ship in. It's a luxurious experience, closely resembling that of a traditional time piece.

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5 days ago

Moto Maker customization options for the Moto G (2015) revealed

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Motorola is rumored to unveil the third-generation Moto G (2015) on July 28, with the phone set to be the first in the G series to be customizable via Moto Maker. Today's leak details the color options that will be available with the phone, which include two front housing options (black and white), along with ten colors for the back housing.

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5 days ago

Here's the Moto X (2015) in gold and white

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Yesterday, we looked at some leaked photos of the Moto X 2015, which is set to be announced at next week's Motorola event. Today, we're taking another look at the very same handset, but in gold and white. While the shots of this unique phone do not reveal any new details of the hardware, it's good to see such a luxurious looking option could be made available.

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5 days ago

LG Display invests in new factory to mass-produce flexible OLED displays

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LG Display has announced that it will invest $908 million over the course of two years in setting up a facility in South Korea tailored for the production of plastic OLED displays. Using plastic instead of glass allows the screen to bend, as seen in devices like the LG G Flex 2.

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5 days ago

Poll: What's your favorite Android music player?

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Android Music Player

We talk a lot about streaming music and the services available for our Androids, but this time we want to talk about music player apps.

You have music you have stored on your phone, possibly in a high-quality format, and you need a way to play it. And it's not just folks who don't want to use data to stream music, some of us just want to hear our most favorite of favorites on a nice pair of headphones from a nice-sounding player. My wife calls me a hipster, but that's the only way I want to hear my Emerson Lake and Palmer library. Therefore, hipster I will be. I've been called worse.

Anyhoo, there are plenty of options available for just listening. Chances are one or more came on your phone when you bought it. If not, Google Play has you covered several times over. We gathered the popular choices and tossed them into a poll, and now it's your job to vote. If your favorite isn't listed, be sure to vote "other" and drop a comment so we can be sure to look at it. We're on a mission to find the best music players, and you fine folks can help.

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5 days ago

Connect Ability tech challenge has developers creating applications and hardware for those with special needs

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AT&T and NYU are sponsoring the Connect Ability tech challenge, a global competition for developers and makers to create tech to help those with special needs, and we're seeing a few examples of the great work the enterprising participants have come up with. The winners of the $100,000 prize will be announced July 27, 2015, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

While everyone, participants and users alike, is a winner when bright engineers are working on tech to empower those of us with disabilities, some of the ideas we see today are astounding.

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