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1 week 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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1 week 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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1 week 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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1 week 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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1 week 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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1 week 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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1 week ago

Google Pixel sales are strong at Verizon as big advertising spend continues

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U.S. Pixel buyers seem to be picking Verizon as their carrier of choice.

Much as everyone (myself included) has bemoaned the "exclusive" launch of the Pixel on Verizon, it seems to be a winning strategy in the U.S. for both Google and the carrier. Even though you can buy a Pixel through several different channels unlocked, including Google's own store, research has revealed that the Pixel is selling extremely well at Verizon directly.

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1 week ago

Put some island beauty on your desktop with these Moana wallpapers

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Get the island vibe with these Moana-themed wallpapers!

Moana came out today in the U.S., and if there's anything I want to do more than sit around a table filled with stuffed birds and mediocre sides, it's go to the movies. Moana couldn't have shown up at a better time, and to celebrate, we've got some wallpapers of our new favorite Disney heroine.

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1 week ago

Best Amazon.ca Black Friday Deals for Canadians

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Amazon just can't wait until Black Friday to start offering amazing deals.

Over the next three weeks, Amazon.ca will be featuring thousands of deals as they countdown the days to November 25, aka Black Friday. There will also be some exclusive deals available to customers using the Amazon mobile app, and even more if you're a Prime member, which you can try for free if you aren't already a member.

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1 week ago

With its recent update, the Pixel is now almost perfect

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A small update makes a big difference.

A lot of people were very upset by a fairly big omission in the Pixel's Android 7.1-based Nougat software when it first came out: the fact that, unlike the Nexus 6P, the phone's useful ambient display didn't magically appear whenever the phone was picked up. It seemed like a strange thing to leave out given the phone's lineage, but I am happy to say that with build NPF26J, first released to Canadians earlier this week, the functionality has returned, along with the ability to double-tap to turn on the screen.

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1 week ago

These cases are just $5 for a limited time

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Enjoy these deals on cases for the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 edge, S6 and S6 edge.

Caseology is offering deep discounts on cases for the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, along with a bunch of popular Samsung phones — the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge and even a few for the Samsung S6, S6 edge, and S6 edge plus.

Because this is a limited quantity sale, the promo code will expire once the limited quantity has sold out. When going through checkout, make sure you choose Caseology as the seller and not fulfilled by Amazon. It's the only way to get the promotional codes to work, and also get free shipping.

Google Pixel Case

Google Pixel XL Case

Galaxy S7 Case

Galaxy S7 Edge Case

Galaxy S6 Case

Galaxy S6 Edge Case

Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Case

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1 week ago

Spoiler Alert! If you're using a Note 7 ROM, you're going to get Note 7 notifications

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No, Samsung is not collecting your ROM'd phones.

Samsung's recall of the Note 7 means two things — lots of people curious about whether their phone might be next, and lots of misinformation about how Samsung is handling the recall. We've seen reports claiming Samsung will send kill signals to phones, claims that Samsung has been monitoring existing Note 7 users, and now claims that Samsung is pulling phones running Note 7 software.

The one thing all of these stories have in common is that they aren't at all true, but that last one is what happens when you don't fully understand how rooting and romming works.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was running some interesting software that isn't available to all other Samsung phones. As a result, some of the more clever Samsung users out there have flashed modified versions of the Note 7 software to other phones. Samsung doesn't know (or care) about the difference between a real Note 7 and a phone running Note 7 software, which means when Samsung pushes a recall notification to all active Note 7 phones reminding them of the need to submit the phone for a recall everything gets it. One of those people, a Redditor with a Note 4 running Note 7 software, got that message and shared it. What happened next on tech blogs eager to write anything new about the Note 7 will surprise no one.

Is this a reason to panic? Of course not. If you are smart enough to root and flash Note 7 software to your Note 4, you're more than smart enough to know Samsung's recall notification doesn't apply to you. Samsung isn't sending updates to disable your phone, and there is no massive surge in people sending in Samsung phones that aren't the Note 7 for a recall because they're running Note 7 software.

If you'd like to explore applying Note 7 software to something that isn't a Note 7, you should start with our guide to rooting your Android phone and learn from there!

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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1 week ago

Best Galaxy S7 Cases

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What's the best case for Galaxy S7? These should do the trick!

The Galaxy S7 is Samsung's best phone and you'll want to protect it with a great case.

Here are our favorites!

Spigen Liquid Crystal

You don't have to hide the beauty of your phone to keep it protected, and the Liquid Crystal case from Spigen proves that. This case offers protection without sacrificing the ability to see the color choice that you made on your initial purchase.

You'll get a nice form fit from this case, and the embossed buttons are easy to press while the case is on the phone. You can grab one on Amazon for just over $10.

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LifeProof FRE

For the ultimate protection, LifeProof is a brand that sits at the top. While the Galaxy S7 may already be waterproof, some additional waterproofing along with drop protection is a no-brainer for many.

The case is designed this time around to be thinner than previous generations, while still providing the same amount of worry-free protection for your phone. You'll pay for the added protection, but it beats the constant worry about breaking your new investment.

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Speck Candyshell

If you want to keep your phone protected, but also want it to be as stylish as possible, you may want the Speck Candyshell case. Available in a variety of different patterns, Speck does a great job of combining style and protection in their cases.

The single piece construction makes it easy to slide your phone in, and keep it protected. From a clear case to show off the beauty of the phone itself, to a fully decorated floral pattern, there is a case here for just about everyone.

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Urban Armor Gear

Urban Armor Gear is known for its rugged designs and great protection with a unique style. The company has announced a variety of cases for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, including one that will also double as a wallet with a place to store some of your credit cards. You can order your case now, with shipments starting around the release date of the phone.

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Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro

Searching for something a little more on the rugged side? The Unicorn Beetle Pro provides front and back protection for the Galaxy S7, including a durable swivel holster for quick-draw access at your side. On the front is a built-in plastic screen protector that's surrounded by a thick rim to keep the display raised from flat surfaces. The case itself utilizes a shock-absorbent TPU and durable polycarbonate to handle harsh impacts. The Unicorn Beetle Pro's rugged design is great for enhancing grip, too, with plenty of texture on each side of the case. This protective bundle is only $10 and available for pre-order right now.

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Ringke Fusion Crystal Case

For those who prefer to protect their Galaxy S7 with a case while still showing off the phone's sleek appearance, Ringke's Fusion crystal case is definitely one the best options out there. Its simple design is protective enough to handle common drops without bulking things up. Port plugs on the bottom help to keep out dirt and debris, but can always be permanently removed if they're more of a nuisance. Side buttons are easily accessible through the clear flexible plastic along the edges, and the smooth polycarbonate shell sports a large cutout for the S7's camera features.

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Vena vCommute

This is probably the most innovative wallet case I've come across. It's basically a fusion-style case, featuring a TPU bumper and a PC shell, with a wallet slot on the back. The slot is covered by a strong magnetic flap that's three-tiered, so you can open it just a smidge to grab something quickly or open it all the way to fill it up.

I comfortably fit three cards in this one, but you can snugly fit four, though it's a little difficult to get a card out when they're that tight. If you have three, however, it's incredibly easy to remove cards, right down to the last one.

This case is the perfect blend of wallet and protective cover.

Comes in gold/black and silver/black.

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Spigen Tough Armor Case

Spigen's Tough Armor case rocks military-grade protection with its dual-layer design and Air Cushion Technology. The inner skin features a webbed design that the Galaxy S7 rests on, including air pockets in all 4 corners that help handle shock. The raised lip around the front ensures the Galaxy S7's display is always clear from rubbing on flat surfaces, and the glossy bezel around the camera grants clear photos at all times. Unlike the Spigen Slim Armor, the Tough Armor case comes without a flimsy kickstand, leaving a smooth look and feel to its exterior plastic shell. This case comes in gunmetal, champagne gold, and black, starting at $19.

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Samsung S View Cover

Samsung's S View Cover series for the Galaxy S7 is just about as cool as it gets for phone cases. So long as you have NFC enabled on your phone, you essentially get a small window to your Galaxy S7 that lets you answer and decline calls, view message previews, activate the camera, and a bunch more.

Your Galaxy S7 clips into the bumper inside and then you just fold the cover over and, though the display is turned off, the preview screen still shows up through the window. Many folks want a flip cover to protect their phone, but it can be cumbersome to pull it out and open it up, and it's definitely conspicuous in class or at a meeting.

The S View Cover is available in black, gold, and silver to match your Galaxy S7. If you want a super cool, interactive case that does a lot more than just protect your Galaxy S7, then the S View Cover is definitely worth a look.

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Caseology Wavelength

Caseology's phone cases are excellent. I have yet to come across one that doesn't fit perfectly and doesn't feel great in the hand.

The Wavelength series has a wavy pattern on the back (duh!), which offers a wonderfully textured grip. The buttons are covered, but the tactile response is very present, so you're not pressing multiple times wondering if you're even hitting a button.

If you want a great-fitting case with precise cutouts, at phenomenal price (about $15), then check out the Caseology Wavelength. In fact, check out its whole collection — you can't go wrong!

Comes in five color combinations.

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What's your favorite Galaxy S7 case?

Those are just a handful of the best cases to consider protecting your Galaxy S7 with. If you're holding out for a different case, we'd love to hear about it!

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1 week ago

Samsung brings Gear S3 and Blue Coral Galaxy S7 to Canada

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Canadians can now get in on the Blue Coral GS7 love.

Samsung is bringing more of its highly-awaited mobile products to Canada this week with the Gear S3 classic and frontier, and the Blue Coral Galaxy S7.

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1 week ago

Samsung Galaxy S7 Android 7.0 Nougat release date: When to expect the GS7's biggest software upgrade

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Galaxy S7 Nougat

It's possible — but by no means guaranteed — that updates for some models could arrive by the end of the year.

The Galaxy Beta Program is allowing some Galaxy S7 and S7 edge owners to get an early taste of Android 7.0 Nougat. But as for anyone who doesn't want to use potentially buggy pre-release software, we're left waiting on an official rollout for what's turning out to be a substantial update.

So when's it due out? Officially, Samsung's not saying. But there are a few clues out in the wild.

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