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1 week ago

Goal Zero Venture 30 waterproof battery pack review

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This summer I went camping with the Goal Zero Venture 30 7,800 mAh backup battery. My grand ambitions of getting a tan from something other than a computer screen led me to find a battery that could handle all sorts of treacherous terrain, and the Venture 30 is built for the job. Not only does it have a grippy, rubberized rim for impact protection while stomping around in the woods, it is waterproof without needing extra gaskets to cover up the plugs.

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1 week ago

ASUS Chromebook Flip (C100) review

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ASUS Chromebook Flip

This isn't the Chromebook for everyone, but it offers enough to be a compelling option for those who need ultimate portability.

The quick take

The Chromebook Flip is pushing the envelope of what we consider a "standard" Chromebook, with extreme portability, good components and the option to convert into a pseudo-tablet. At 10.1 inches and less than two pounds it's easily the smallest Chromebook we've used, and that has positives but also makes it tough to work with when compared to a "full-sized" laptop. The internals offer solid performance while also keeping battery life long and heat to a minimum despite not having fans, and the LED backlit display looks great while also packing good multitouch capability.

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1 week ago

Monument Valley, Goat Simulator, and more games discounted by up to 90 percent on Google Play

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Google Play is currently hosting a big sale, in which it is offering a variety of games for up to 90 percent off. With prices varying from as low as $0.10 up to $0.99, these are some deals you won't want to miss. The sales are running now through July 27, so you will want to act quickly. Some of these deals include:

For a full list of savings, and to grab even more great apps, be sure to hit the link below.

Save up to 90 percent on some great Android games

Thanks for the tip, Jay Lee!

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1 week ago

Moto G 2015 gets revealed yet again, this time in real form

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The Moto G 2015 has been the center of quite a few leaks already, and with an official Motorola event right around the corner, its not all that surprising. We have already seen the various customization options that Motorola may offer with the phone, as well as the specs, but what we had yet to see was a fully functional model, in clear pictures.

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1 week ago

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge in green emerald now available from Vodafone UK

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Vodafone UK has announced that customers are now able to purchase the green emerald variant of the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge. The green variant was announced for general release in the UK at the beginning of July, though Vodafone has only just now announced that it can be purchased. Internally, the phone is identical, featuring the double-rounded display; the only difference here is the color.

Plans start at £39 per month on a 24-month contract with 1 GB of data, and a £29 upfront payment for the 32GB model. For the 64GB model, you are looking at £44 per month on a 24-month contract with 1 GB of data, and a £119 upfront payment.

Purchase the green emerald Samsung Galaxy S6 edge from Vodafone UK

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1 week ago

Hands-on the KONA waterproof case for Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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A quality waterproof case for Galaxy Note 4 that works wonders above or below the drink.

Summer's in full swing right now for those of us on the top half of the planet. And for a lot of folks that means time around, on and in the water. Instead of packing my Galaxy Note 4 away in my dry box before launching my boat, I opted to give the KONA Waterproof Case a try to see how it held up to a scorching hot day on the Gulf of Mexico — diving and all.

First off, it's important to note that this waterproof case comes in two sizes, and isn't strictly for the Galaxy Note 4 — meaning it will gladly accommodate other devices of similar and smaller sizes. That said, I found the Note 4 to have a perfect fit (minimal wiggle room) with the standard model. If you're rocking a case, you may want to check out the extra large option for a more appropriate fit. It's opened and closed using a swivel-lock system at the top, protecting anything you put inside from water intrusion.

The case is completely clear on both sides, making it easy to utilize your touchscreen and even take pictures and video above or below the water. Technically, you can talk on the phone through the case, but it's a bit like talking to Charlie Brown's teacher for anyone on the other end. The TPU material isn't overly thick and actually feels nice to use over the touchscreen, but can be a bit spotty underwater at times. Using the included lanyard, I dragged my Note 4 with me as I went about my hunt for a fruitful spot for scallops. Even after a nearly a 9-hour day of being on the water, not 1 drop managed to get inside the KONA waterproof case.

I also didn't notice any fogging inside, which is usual complaint of mine with other waterproof cases. You can always pack other items inside, too. I was able to fit my Aukey 10k Portable Quick Charge 2.0 Battery, along with a USB cable, some cash, and my ID with no problem.

Is the KONA a keeper?

$13 Buy Now

That's a definite yes from me. I love the fit and the clear TPU on both sides that let's me access just about anything I need without the worry of water damage. Sure, Ziploc bags are probably the most inexpensive way to go, but I never feel completely confident that my device is safe for these kinds of activities. Besides, the KONA's $13 price tag is worth every penny for a true waterproof solution instead of a makeshift one.

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1 week ago

Enter now to win a FREE BioLite CampStove!

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This week we've been taking a look at some great gadgets, apps, and smartphone accessories for the summer. Simon shared his Geek's Guide to Camping, highlighting a ton of great options for when when you go adventuring but you just can't leave all the tech at home. One of the products Simon mentioned in his guide is the BioLite CampStove, and this is your opportunity to enter to win one!

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1 week ago

LG Bello II makes its way to India as the LG Max

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Announced earlier this week, LG's Bello II has made its debut in India as the LG Max. The phone will retail for ₹10,900 ($170), although a specific launch date was not revealed.

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1 week ago

Xiaomi slashes price of 64GB Mi 4 to just ₹17,999 in India, MIUI 7 coming in August

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As part of its week-long anniversary celebrations in India, Xiaomi has reduced the price of the 64GB variant of the Mi 4 to ₹17,999 ($283), valid for 24 hours on Flipkart. The Chinese manufacturer decreased the price of the 64GB model from its launch price of ₹23,999 ($377) to ₹19,999 ($314) over the course of the last two months, with today's deal lowering that price even further.

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1 week ago

YouTube update brings new design, video editing tools

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The YouTube app picked up an update today that breaks the interface down into three tabs — Home, Subscriptions and Account — making it easier to discover new content. From the Home tab, you will be able to see your recommendations as well as customized playlists based on your watch history. Subscriptions is where you can view all the latest videos from the channels you're subscribed to, with the Accounts tab giving you access to your watch history, uploads, purchases and playlists.

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1 week ago

LG Tone Active Bluetooth headset is going on sale later this month

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LG has announced that it will commence sales of its Tone Active Bluetooth headset from later this month in North America and Korea. The headset will be available in select countries in Europe, Commonwealth of Independent States, Asia and Latin America over the course of the third quarter.

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1 week ago

Catching up on the weather with Instaweather for Android Wear

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Being able to glance at your watch, and get your weather forecast is a luxury that really can't be overstated. Sometimes though the temperature, and current conditions just don't quite cut it. Whether you want to see radar of that storm rolling in, or know how hard the wind is going to kick up, finding the info you need can be a hassle. That's where the Instaweather Watchface comes in, with all the weather information you could need-and all at a glance.

The Instaweather Watchface comes stocked with 9 different watch faces. That's right, nine of them. Each one is a little bit different, and has it's own options. We've broken them down into three categories Infographic watch faces, Analog watch faces, and Radar/Map watch faces. With nine faces there are tons of options, and features to check out.

Five of the watch faces fall into infographic faces; Meteogram, IW Hourly Forecast, IW Weather Forecast, IW Bar Chart Forecast, and IW Daily Fit. Each of these has a slick, colorful display with different metrics. All of them have the time, date, and different style options as far as the look of your watchface goes. There are colorful bar charts with the daily forecast, line graphs with icons for your weather, and even a face that will show you your activity synced with Google Fit. Each of these faces has a functional and colorful look to them that is definitely pleasing to the eye. They also each have their own options which include the type of measurements used, color, and placement of graphs on your screen.

IW LCD Weather, and IW Analog are reminiscent of analog watchfaces. The analog face gives you 3 forecasts at three hour intervals with icons for the weather, and a readout of the temperature. The time is readout with an hour and minute hand. The IW LCD Weather face almost looks like a readout you'd find in an older model car. Once again there is an analog face, this time on the top half of the screen. The bottom half has current temperature and conditions, along with two more forecasts at three hour intervals.

Then you have the IW Weather Radar face, and the IW Weather Map face. IW Weather Radar will give you a radar readout of the weather moving into your area. This highlights how fast and severe weather patterns in your area are currently moving in. The IW Weather Map face is essentially the same thing, except its a map of your general area with the weather moving in. Both of them are definitely handy on days when the weather is calling for scattered or severe thunderstorms. It is worth it to mention that the weather is only updated every 60 minutes unless you buy into a premium membership, when that number drops down to every 5 minutes.

This app is fantastic for anyone who wants a running update on the weather for the day. With nine different faces there are tons of options in how your weather is displayed, what information you get, and how you get it. You also have options to customize how the different faces look, to make sure it fits your style. So if you've been looking for a better weather app, then the Instaweather Watch face app for Android Wear should certainly be on your list. Have you already used this app, or is there a better weather app you prefer? Let us know in the comments.

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1 week ago

Google Store cuts Chromebook prices by up to $30 in Back to School promotion

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Google is looking to get students ready for the new school year with a back to school sale on the Google Store. In all, while Google is boasting price cuts on a number of products, it looks like the only new sales are on select Chromebooks from Acer.

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1 week ago

Honda's first car with Android Auto will be the 2016 Honda Accord [Update]

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At an event in Silicon Valley today, Honda revealed that the 2016 Honda Accord will be the first of its models to sport Android Auto, bringing the connected platform to both sedan and coupe models of the car.

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1 week ago

Google Voice voicemail transcriptions are now 49 percent less confusing

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If you've been flummoxed at some of the errors you've gotten in Google Voice's voicemail transcription, you'll be happy to know that things are getting better. Google announced that they have used user-submitted feedback to improve voice transcription accuracy for Google Voice and Project Fi users by 49 percent.

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