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2 weeks ago

Homido Mini is the most pocketable Google Cardboard kit ever

No matter where you're going, the Homido Mini can come with you.

Google Cardboard kits brought VR into a far more accessible space. By using your phone, and a headset to dive into VR, anybody with a compatible phone suddenly had the option of checking out VR. Now, Homido Mini is bringing that accessibility a step further with their travel sized Homido Mini. This tiny, and excellent, Carboard kit will make jumping into VR easier than ever.

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2 weeks ago

Essential accessories for Moto Z Force

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Essential accessories for the Moto Z Force Droid

What are the essential accessories for the Moto Z Force?

Now that you've got your shiny new Moto Z Force, it's time to shop around for the must-have accessories to match it. Not to worry — we've done the digging, and we have a rundown of the absolute essentials for your Moto Z Force!

Moto Mods

Motorola wins the mod game with the first three Moto Mods that are available for the Moto Z Force. Using powerful magnets, they snap right onto the back of the phone and then snap off when you want to attach the next one. Get one or get them all!

Incipio offGRID Power Pack

Incipio offGRID Power Pack

This slim power pack will add to the battery life of your Moto Z Force – up to 20 additional hours before the phone's internal battery needs to kick in.

It also adds a little bit of weight and protection to the back of your phone, which is helpful since it's a slim and slightly slippery fella. Keep it nearby for those long days (that turn into long nights) when you know you'll be using your Moto Z Force nowhere near an outlet or computer.

See at Motorola

JBL SoundBoost

JBL SoundBoost speaker

Forget about having to pair a portable Bluetooth speaker to your Moto Z Force; the JBL SoundBoost is a powerful speaker that's automatically recognized by your phone when you snap it into place.

It has up to 10 hours of independent battery life, so the party can go on and on. The built-in kickstand lets the speaker have its full sound range without you placing your Moto Z Force face-down. It's also great for speakerphone conference calls with multiple listeners in the room.

See at Motorola

Moto Insta-Share Projector

Moto Insta-Share Projector

Why crowd around your phone screen to watch a video when you can turn your Moto Z Force into a stellar projector? The Moto Insta-Share Projector will do just that in any space.

The integrated kickstand means you can watch videos hands-free and this tiny projector will make any flat surface into a flat screen that can measure up to 70 inches; hang a sheet in the backyard or use that blank wall space in the living room for a massive movie night anytime you like. It also adds up to an hour of projection time beyond your phone's battery life.

See at Motorola

Vinsic USB-C car charger

Vinsic USB-C car charger

Always in the car and concerned about keeping a strong battery charge? Not to worry; the Vinsic USB-C car charger has you covered.

It features over-voltage and short circuit protection, so you have very little (if anything) to be concerned about. It also has 5V/3A output, so your Moto Z Force will charge quickly while you're on the go. The additional USB-A port allows you charge a second device while you're at it and it's small enough to tuck into the glove compartment when it's done.

See at Amazon


APLUS desktop charging cradle

APLUS desktop charging cradle

Keep your desktop organized and your Moto Z Force always in your sights with the APLUS desktop charging cradle, designed especially for your new phone.

This USB-C dock charges your Moto Z Force and makes it easy to sync the phone to your computer. How's that for multitasking? It also keeps your phone at an ideal angle for viewing and hands-free usage, whether it's charging, or you just want to use it as a hands-free helper and safe place to put your phone so you don't misplace it.

See at Amazon


Cambond 6.6-foot USB-C to USB-C cable

Cambond USBC cable

An extra cable is always a good idea, and whether you just need another one around the house because you can never seem to find one, or you'd like to have a spare at the office, the Cambond 6.6 foot USB-C to USB-C cable is a great choice.

The cord is wrapped in nylon fiber, which helps to prevent fraying over time. It's also a little longer than some standard cables, so you don't have to feel stuck while your Moto Z Force is plugged in.

See at Amazon

Headphones

You have a couple of options when it comes to headphones for the Moto Z Force. You can opt for Bluetooth connectivity, or you can use the headphone jack adapter for a wired pair. You choose, and we've got an excellent pick from each category.

Jaybird X2 Sport wireless Bluetooth headphones

Jaybird X2 Sport Bluetooth headphones

There's much to love about the Jaybird X2 Sport wireless Bluetooth headphones. Let's start with the lifetime sweatproof warranty; that's a great feature by itself, but we're not going to stop there.

These headphones give you up to eight hours of music and talk time with your choice of over-or-under ear fit. They ship with a variety of in-ear tips so you're virtually guaranteed to find a comfortable fit. They also come in a wide range of colors that will be as subtle or stand out as you like.

See at Amazon

Ghostek Turbine Series wired earbuds

Ghostek Turbine Series earbuds

If you prefer a wired headphone option, have a look at the Ghostek Turbine Series earbuds. They're available in either black or white (so they match everything) and they come with a one-year warranty.

The built-in microphone and remote controls mean you don't have to go fishing around in your bag for your Moto Z Force to take a call or bump up the volume. They come with several variations of in-ear comfort tips so that you find the fit that works for you, and they're made of a durable ceramic material that gives them a solid, well-constructed feel.

See at Amazon

PLESON ultra slim crystal clear case

PLESON ultra slim clear case

Show off the original hardware of the Moto Z Force with PLESON's ultra slim crystal clear case. The flexible TPU case is anti-watermark and anti-fingerprint, so say goodbye to that foggy, muddy look your last clear case had.

This case offers some extra grip and drop protection for the slender Moto Z Force. The precise cutouts give you access to buttons and ports while protecting the camera lens and and screen edges.

See at Amazon

For more case options, including the Moto Style Shells, take a look at our rundown of the best cases for your Moto Z Force.

How do you accessorize?

What do you consider an essential accessory for your Moto Z Force? Already a fan of some of our picks? Tell us all about it in the comments below!

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2 weeks ago

WhatsApp for Android: The ultimate guide

How to use WhatsApp for Android

Send text, photos, video, and more, using WhatsApp!

WhatsApp has 1 billion users, and it's not hard to see why.

You can send text messages, photos, videos, contacts, and locations, make calls, receive calls, and manage messages like a boss, for free. Yeah, free. No per-minute rate for calling internationally, or premium per text message sent or text message received. It's all free. All you need is an internet connection and an existing phone number and away you go!

It's not just sending messages and making calls that make WhatsApp a great alternative to your stock messaging app; you can manage all of your messages right in the app. You can star messages to look at later, double-check the statuses of messages you've sent, and much more.

WhatsApp seamlessly blends multimedia messaging to give you an easy-to-use platform wherein you create an account and you're off. Invite friends to join, and you can easily create group chats. If you've got friends that already use WhatsApp, it'll find them for you to make integration a breeze.

Need a hand getting started? We've created a handy guide to introduce you to the world of WhatsApp, and we literally mean world.

How to get set up with WhatsApp

WhatsApp has lots of features, but it's easy to set up. Here's how to get started.

How to use search in WhatsApp

WhatsApps' search feature lets you limit your search by chat or call. You can also search your contacts list, which is quite handy when you need to send someone a message and need to scroll through a hundred names.

How to manage notifications in WhatsApp

WhatsApp lets you manage your notification settings according by message-type. For instance, you can set up a Lady Gaga ringtone for WhatsApp calls while your chat notification is set to Chopsticks.

Security and Privacy settings in WhatsApp

Maintaining your privacy is an important part of staying safe online. Not everyone needs to see your profile photo or know that you are online right now. Let's take a look at how you can protect your privacy in WhatsApp.

How to send messages in WhatsApp

Sending messages is one of the core tenets of WhatsApp for Android. Here's what you need to know.

How to make calls in WhatsApp

WhatsApp still has you covered with their wonderful call feature. You can place and receive calls via an internet connection and it doesn't cost you a penny (except, perhaps, for data charges).

How to back up and restore messages in WhatsApp

WhatsApp recently added the ability to back up and restore messages through Google Drive.

How to delete your WhatsApp account

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's a green speech bubble with a white outline and a white telephone receiver inside.
  2. Tap on the more options button. It's the three vertical dots in the upper right-hand corner of your screen.
  3. Tap on Settings. It is the last choice in the pop-up menu.

    Launch whatsapp, then tap more options button, then tap settings

  4. Tap on Account.
  5. Tap on Delete my account. It's the second option up from the bottom of the list on the Account screen.

    Tap account then tap delete account

  6. Type your phone number in the box provided.
  7. Tap the DELETE MY ACCOUNT button.

    Type phone number then tap delete my account

  8. Tap DELETE MY ACCOUNT again on the next screen. You can give a reason for why you're deleting your account there, if you like.
  9. Tap the DELETE MY ACCOUNT button on the final screen.

After you tap the big red button, your WhatsApp account and all of your data will be deleted from your phone and WhatsApp's servers. If you want to get back into using WhatsApp, you'll have to start from scratch and create a new WhatsApp account.

See at Google Play Store

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2 weeks ago

Does Pokémon Go work on your phone or tablet?

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So Pokémon Go has had a bit of a rough start. Server problems, mostly. A hijacked APK. (Seriously, folks. Be careful out there.) Limited regional availability.

The burning question for most people? Will Pokémon Go work on my phone. Let's take a look at the official requirements.

Will Pokémon Go work on my phone or tablet?

Here's what you need to play Pokémon Go:

  • Android 4.4 and up: So you'll need to be running KitKat or higher. Niantic — the company that developed Pokémon Go — says that it'll support Android 7.0 Nougat once it's officially released later this year.
  • A strong internet connection: Seriously, this thing's going to suck down the megabytes. Pokémon Go is not an offline game. So keep an eye on your data usage, and your data plan. That means Wi-Fi only tablets aren't really going to work, since you have to walk around ... even adding in a hotspot is sub-optimal, since you need...
  • GPS and location services: Pokémon Go also needs to know where you are. So if you've got your tinfoil hat turned up and your location services turned off, this isn't going to work. If you are receiving GPS errors, head to our guide to learn how to fix it!

More: How much data does Pokémon Go use?

That's it for now. Happy hunting!

Pokémon Go

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2 weeks ago

Pokémon Go: A beginner's guide

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Pokémon Go is here and we've got all the details to get you started.

If you haven't already heard, Pokémon Go is already the most popular mobile game of all time. It allows you to wander the world catching adorable pocket-sized monsters and finding awesome new landmarks around your city as you do so. There's a lot going on with this game, but we've put together a guide to get you started.

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2 weeks ago

Acer Predator 8 review: Gaming, flawed

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Acer Predator 8

Acer's gaming brand has an Android tablet that shouts a big game, but doesn't quite hit the mark.

Acer has made Android tablets for years, but it is getting into a more niche space with its first Predator-branded product for the ecosystem, the Predator 8. How does it stack up? Read on.

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2 weeks ago

Pokémon Go goes live in Taiwan, the Philippines, Singapore, and more Asian countries

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Developer Niantic Labs has once again expanded the reach of its hugely popular augmented reality game Pokémon Go. It has officially gone live in 15 Asian countries, including Taiwan, the Philippines and Singapore.

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2 weeks ago

Essential accessories for Moto Z

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Essential accessories for the Moto Z Droid

What are the best accessories for the Moto Z Droid?

The Moto Z Droid was only just released, but it's never too early to start looking at must-have accessories for Motorola's latest flagship. Here are a few that we think are worth your money.

Moto Style Shells

Moto Style Shells

Moto Style Shells are the solution to when you want to change the look and feel of your Moto Z on the fly — they just snap on to the back of the phone and magnets hold them in place. You can quite literally have a day look and a night look for your phone if you feel like it.

As of this writing, the shells come in three textures, fabric, faux wood, and leather, with six varieties to choose from, including crimson ballistic fabric, washed oak, black leather, and more.

Just don't rely on them to provide much protection, since they don't cover the phone's edges — they just cover the back. That being said, they do keep the phone's back from heating up too much.

See at Motorola

Tudia TPU Bumper Shock Absorption case

Tudia TPU Shock Absorption case

The Tudia TPU Bumper Shock Absorption case is not going to give you much protection from drops, but its flexible TPU composition will give you something to hold on to, which is a good thing because the Moto Z Droid is an exceptionally thin phone.

It comes in clear, as well as several other colors, so whether you just want some extra protection that you can wrap around one of the Moto Style Shells without covering it up, or you want a different look, you have options.

If you're not looking for heavy-duty protection and/or you want a clear case that shows off your Moto Z Droid Style Shell, try the Tudia TPU Bumper Shock Absorption case.

See at Amazon


NXET USB-C Charge Dock

NXET USB-C Charging Dock

If you're tired of having to fuss with USB cables everywhere, then the NXET USB-C Charge Dock is for you. It doesn't take up much space on your desk, or wherever you typically charge your Moto Z Droid, and since it's USB-C, it will work right out of the box without the need for adapters.

While charging, your Moto Z Droid will remain totally accessible, so you can swipe through your notifications, check the time, or play some tunes one-handed. It also lets you place your phone at three different angles, so you can always find the most comfortable view for you.

It is important to note that the NXET USB-C Charging Dock does not support fast charging, nor is it a wireless charger; however, it's a great option if you have limited space. It also supports USB 2.0 transfer speeds when connected to your computer.

See at Amazon


Bose QuietComfort 35

Bose QuietComfort 35

The Moto Z Droid does not have a headphone jack. While it does have a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter, having to lug around another cord that you can easily lose is less than ideal; a much better solution is to use Bluetooth headphones.

Featuring top-notch sound, an impressive battery life, best-in-class active noise cancellation, and extended listening comfort, you can't do better than the Bose QuietComfort 35 for Bluetooth headphones.

The QC-35 can last up to 20 hours on a single charge, so you can keep listening all day without worrying about your headphones dying out on you, and what's more, its Active EQ adjusts tone and balance automatically so that regardless of the volume, you'll hear every sound with almost no distortion.

See at Amazon

Moto Mods

Moto Mods are Moto Z add-ons that add to or enhance the functionality of the Moto Z phones. They are very easy to install and use: just snap them onto to the back of the Moto Z — that's it. They're held in place by magnets, so mounting and dismounting them is simply a matter of breaking the magnetic seal. There are three Moto Mods as of launch-day: The JBL SoundBoost Speaker, Moto Insta-Share Projector, and the Incipio offGRID Power Pack.

JBL SoundBoost Speaker

JBL SoundBoost

One of the three initial Moto Mods available for the Moto Z Droid, the JBL SoundBoost Speaker snaps onto the back of the phone and turns it into a miniature boombox. Yes, party like it's 1989, but without the acid-washed jeans, big hair, and bulky stereo.

With its two speakers pumping out sound at 3W each, you'll be banging your head and bopping to the beat with no distortion, and with its built-in battery, you can enjoy your tunes for an extra 10 hours. The best thing? You don't have to worry about pairing or setting these up: just snap the speaker mod into the back of your phone and listen.

Grab a JBL SoundBoost Speaker if you like to rock your tunes without headphones, or if you want to pump out the jams at home or anywhere. We won't judge if you bring out your (or your parents') old parachute pants or bangle-bracelets.

See at Motorola

Moto Insta-share Projector

Moto Insta-Share Projector

When you want to share those photographs of your last vacation to Disney World or your expedition to Chichen Itza with your cousins, you can pop on the Moto Insta-Share Projector, another Moto Mod and voilá! You have a 70-inch projector that transforms any flat surface into a gigantic screen.

It really is that simple to use: just snap it into place, aim it at an available wall, and you've got a huge screen on which to display photos or watch Netflix. The kickstand it comes with can adjust to any angle, so you can position the screen however you like. You'll also love the additional hour of projection time you get before the Insta-Share Projector starts using your phone's battery.

Whether you want to share pictures at a family get-together, or you want to watch the latest blockbuster on Netflix with friends, the Moto Insta-Share Projector is a must-have accessory for your Moto Z.

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Incipio offGRID Power Pack

Incipio offGrid Power Pack

As our own Phil Nickinson said in our review of the Moto Z, the Incipio OffGRID Power Pack is the Moto Mod that he would buy right away. According to him, it's well worth the money for that extra bit of juice.

The 2,220 mAh battery pack boosts the life of the phone by up to 22 hours and comes in designer options from Kate Spade New York and TUMI. I don't think Phil gives a hoot about that, but you might care about that sort of thing. There is also one that will recharge wirelessly.

Just go out and get the Incipio offGRID Power Pack. You won't regret it.

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