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LG K3 launches on Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile for under $100

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Sprint has announced that it is launching the sub-$100 LG K3 on both of its prepaid brands, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile.

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1 week ago

BioRing crams a fitness, sleep, and nutrient tracker onto your finger

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The team at BioRing is looking to change the way fitness trackers work by creating one that goes on your finger and can calculate the number of calories you are consuming daily on its own. That's right, this tracker will not only count your steps, heart rate and tell you how intense your workout was, but it will also be able to automatically calculate how many calories you are consuming daily without you needing to input the data into an app manually.

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Best accessories for the Dell Chromebook 13

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Best accessories for the Dell Chromebook 13

Giving you ideas on how to accessorize your Dell Chromebook 13.

The Dell Chromebook 13 is a small, lightweight laptop that's powerful enough to get the job done, whether you bought it for work or for school.

It's great on its own, but there are many accessories that help you get the most out of your Chromebook experience. Here are a few of our favorites.

Dell Premier Briefcase

Dell Premier Briefcase

Whether you travel a lot for business or are taking a full load at school, you'll want a bag for your Dell Chromebook 13.

Dell's Premier Briefcase was designed with the business traveler in mind; however, students can make use of it too. It has multiple pockets for paper, pens, other tech, and even textbooks. If you're traveling on business, you'll appreciate how it helps you stay organized while you're on the road.

Additionally, its compartments are padded, so you don't have to worry about your expensive laptop getting smashed while you're struggling to navigate the packed center aisle of your airplane (or the campus bookstore). It's TSA-friendly too.

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iPearl mCover Hard Shell Case

iPearl mCover Hard Shell Case

Protect your Dell Chromebook's carbon fiber and magnesium alloy finish from scratches and other damage by snapping on this light, durable hard shell case from iPearl.

Made with Dow polycarbonate material in two pieces, it easily snaps onto the top and bottom of your Chromebook, surrounding it in a protective cocoon. It comes in clear and a variety of translucent colors that will enhance the sleek aesthetic of your laptop.

Another benefit is that it has retractable feet at the bottom for comfortable typing, as well as providing your laptop with extra ventilation.

If you're looking for a protective shell for your Dell Chromebook, the iPearl mCover is a great choice.

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Dell In-Ear Headset - IE600

Dell In-Ear IE600

Whether you want to tune out your overly chatty seatmate on the plane or listen to your favorite band while you're studying, you'll love the IE600 In-Ear Headset from Dell.

With audio drivers adjusted to perfection by Grammy Award winner Wave Maxx Audio, these earbuds will surround you with sound, while dampening outside noise.

You'll also appreciate the included microphone — whether you're chatting over Skype or Google Hangouts, the person on the other end of the line will be able to hear your clearly and distinctly.

Whether you enjoy listening to music, podcasts, or you simply need a communications device to go with your Dell Chromebook, the Dell In-Ear IE600 headphones would be great for you.

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Chromecast

Chromecast

Ok, maybe Chromecast can't help you focus on your work or your studies, but everyone needs a little break.

Why waste money on pay-per-view when you can slip this magic piece of tech into the back of any TV with an HDMI port? As long as you have Wi-Fi, you can stream an entire season of the Walking Dead from your Netflix account or all the YouTube you want; you can even mirror your phone's screen.

Go ahead and butcher your focus and productivity, at least for a little while, with Chromecast.

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Linksys USB 3.0 Ethernet adapter

Linksys USB3.0 Ethernet Adapter

If you prefer a wired internet connection when it is available, you'll need an Ethernet adapter, since the Dell Chromebook 13 does not have an onboard Ethernet card.

The Linksys Ethernet adapter leverages its USB 3.0 and RJ-45 Gigabit ports to give you fast data transfer speeds so that you can download large files or stream Netflix without a problem.

If you don't want to rely on your Dell Chromebook's wireless card all the time for your internet connection, this adapter could be for you.

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SanDisk 200GB microSD card

SanDisk Ultra 200GB MicroSD card

Even if you went with the 32GB solid state hard drive on your Dell Chromebook 13, you'll likely want to take advantage of its microSD card slot to increase your laptop's storage. You'd be surprised by how quickly your hard drive space gets eaten up.

Sandisk's Ultra 200GB microSD card is a good option because of its capacity and its high performance. It gives you 200 GB of additional storage, and with a read-write speed of up to 90MB/s, it's fast too. It's a Class 10 microSD card, so it can record and play back full HD video, also.

If you want more storage on your Dell Chromebook 13, you can't go wrong with the SanDisk Ultra 200GB microSD card.

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AmazonBasics Microfiber Cleaning Cloth - 24 pack

AmazonBasics Microfiber Cleaning Cloths - 24 pack

Keep your Dell Chromebook 13 looking pristine with microfiber cleaning cloths. They're great for cleaning electronics because they're soft, super-absorbent, and don't leave any residue behind.

This set from AmazonBasics brings you amazing value, since you get 24 cloths, which you can reuse again and again to keep your Dell Chromebook 13 looking like it's fresh out of its box.

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How about you?

What accessories do you like to use with your Dell Chromebook 13? Let us know in the comments below!

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Here's the lowest price we've seen on the Nexus 5X

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B&H Photo is currently offering the 16GB Nexus 5X for just $229, and the retailer is even throwing in two free screen protectors. That's right, not only can you save $120 on the purchase, but you also can keep your screen protected at no additional cost. We've seen a number of deals pop up on the Nexus 5X recently, but this is one of the lowest price points we have seen it hit.

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What companies need to know when creating a BYOD work environment

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Increase workforce agility and mobility by going BYOD.

If you're considering implementing a BYOD (bring your own device) policy in your workplace, there are a few things you should consider before diving in and giving employees' personal devices access to sensitive information. Do you have the right security in place? Are there any restrictions on device usage during work hours? Are you and your employees using the right apps?



We've got a few tips that could keep your safe and on the right track when setting up a BYOD environment in your workplace.

It's not as cost-effective as you think

Some employers may think that by creating a BYOD strategy, they'll save thousands on computers and other network devices that would otherwise be owned by the company.

This isn't really the case, since security measures and support for employee-owned devices will likely just replace those costs. Implementing a BYOD policy is about employee efficiency and mobility, and should not be considered a cost-saving measure, since the savings may be minimal or nonexistent. Let's just get that out of the way off the bat.

Create a framework

Before even mentioning BYOD to your employees, you need to set up a BYOD framework. The framework address issues like: who gets to use their devices while on the job and for what purposes; which types of devices may be used; and, how support for these devices will be carried out.

Your framework should also include your roll-out strategy. It should be careful and calculated, so as not to become vulnerable to security risks.

Prior to development, it's a good idea to perform a cost-benefit analysis, to make sure it's worth it to set up support for all the devices that will be added to your network.

You framework should include the input of your IT and HR staff, legal and financial advisors, and anyone else who should be involved in the decision-making process.



Get some policies going

The BYOD framework is a top-down view of how BYOD will be implemented. Your policies fill in the details. These will explicitly define what your employees may and may not do when using their personal devices for work.

This is where you can talk about any specific apps that have to be on employee devices and any apps that cannot be on employee devices, for security reasons.

This is also where you'll outline how IT will support employee devices. If devices are malfunctioning, will it be up to IT to fix them or, in the case of smartphones, the wireless carrier in question? These are questions that are to be addressed and their answers outlined.

Cover your endpoints

An endpoint security management system is pretty much a necessity at this point, if you're considering a BYOD environment. Endpoint protection is like anti-virus on steroids. It involves an integrated system of anti-malware, data input/output management, user management, and more.



This is where you can add log-in restrictions, block unsafe websites, monitor network traffic, and much more. Endpoint security is imperative if you want to protect your data and make your network safe for both you and your employees.

You may want an endpoint security system that involves MDM or Mobile Device Management software. This will allow you to control employee devices if they become lost or stolen. Any device employing the MDM software can be remotely accessed and erased.

An endpoint security management system should be factored into your cost-benefit analysis.

Choose safe apps

If you're requiring your employees to use specific apps on their own devices, then make sure the apps you're using are safe and do not contain harmful code. This could be damaging to both your network and your employees' devices, which could entail costly replacements for them and potential data loss or worse for you.

A good endpoint security management system can assume app control and prevent harmful apps from executing on your and employee devices.

Educate your employees

A lot of people know the risks of computer viruses and spyware, but believe that smartphones are all but invincible. This is absolutely not the case and employees should know the possible security risks associated with bringing their own devices to work.

They should be walked through your framework and policies and educated in the use of any MDM software you implement. They should also be made aware of any NAC (Network Access Control) tools are in place, like website blockers.

Test it!

Before rolling out a company-wide BYOD policy, test it in very small doses. Have your IT department monitor usage and strains on the network and have HR monitor its effect on employee relations, efficiency, and satisfaction.

Thoughts?

Is your workplace a BYOD environment? What is your experience?

Sound off in the comments below!

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1 week ago

The affordable Galaxy J3 V is now available on Verizon for $168

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Verizon has announced that two versions of the Galaxy J3 are now available on its network with the J3 V being added to the catalog. Both the new 16GB Galaxy J3 V and 8GB Galaxy J3 (2016) support Verizon's LTE network allowing owners to take advantage of 4G transfer speeds. Not only that, but you're also looking at a 5-inch S-AMOLED display and a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor.

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1 week ago

LeEco's beefy Le Max 2 and budget Le 2 will go up for sale starting June 28 on Flipkart

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LeEco has announced that its latest phones, the Le 2 and Le Max 2, will be up for sale exclusively on Flipkart starting June 28. The budget Le 2 is priced at ₹11,999, while the Le Max 2 with 4GB of RAM and 32GB storage will retail for ₹22,999. LeEco will bundle its CDLA in-ear USB-C headphones — priced at ₹1,990 — with every purchase as well.

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1 week ago

LeEco will make its debut in the U.S. this Fall

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Chinese handset maker LeEco will make its foray into the U.S. market this Fall. The vendor made its debut in India earlier this year, with the budget Le 1s becoming one of the best-selling handsets in the country with over 400,000 sales. According to LeEco's PR director Todd Witkemper, the vendor will introduce phones and its video streaming service in the U.S.

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1 week ago

Honor 5C: China's Moto G4 killer headed to Europe and India

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Honor's latest packs impressive specs, metal construction, fingerprint security — and could be shockingly cheap.

The Honor 5C — a new budget-centric option from Huawei's Honor brand — landed in China last month, bringing surprisingly decent hardware specs at a staggeringly low price point. The Chinese version of the phone packs Huawei's homemade octa-core Kirin 650 chip, 2 or 3 gigabytes of RAM, a 5.2-inch 1080p display, fingerprint security and a 13-megapixel main camera, backed up by an 8-megapixel selfie shooter. The price? 899 yuan — that's around £100, or US$140.

And it looks like Honor is poised to launch this highly affordable, potentially really good phone in Europe and India.

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1 week ago

Google opens dedicated machine learning research center in Europe

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Google has opened a new Machine Learning research group in Europe. Based at its Zurich offices, Google Research in Europe will be able to further develop ideas and projects released to AI and the like. The Zurich office is already responsible for Google tech like Knowledge Graph, as well as the conversation engine powering the assistant in Allo.

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1 week ago

Soft Gold OnePlus 3 coming in latter half of July

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The OnePlus 3 made its debut earlier this week for $399, and by all acocunts, it looks like an awesome phone for the price. While OnePlus has mentioned that the phone will be sold in two color variants — Graphite and Soft Gold, only the former option is up for grabs. Earlier today, co-founder Carl Pei said that the Soft Gold variant will be available sometime in the latter half of July.

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1 week ago

The Beatles come to India as Saavn scoops up streaming rights

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Indian streaming music service Saavn has picked up rights to stream The Beatles, bringing 13 remastered studio albums and six collections to listeners on its platform. Music from The Beatles' debuted on streaming services late last year, including Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Amazon Prime Music, and Tidal. This is the first time the group's tracks are available on an Indian streaming app.

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1 week ago

Google makes it easier than ever to find Android Pay promotions

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Google has started listing all Android Pay promotions in a single page, making it easier to track all the deals you'll be eligible for should you sign up for the contactless payments service.

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1 week ago

Chrome OS developer channel 53 brings the Play Store to the ASUS Chromebook Flip

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The ASUS Chromebook Flip has picked up developer channel 53, bringing the Play Store to the device. Google said as much a month ago when it stated that Android apps would be coming to Chrome OS, and with the update now live for the Chromebook Flip, we're starting to see the first instance of full-fledged Android apps and games making their way to Chromebooks.

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1 week ago

Moto G4 and G4 Plus — what's the difference?

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Big differences, small prices.

When Lenovo unveiled its latest Moto G products in mid-May, we were surprised to see the company release two variants of the fourth generation smartphone, the Moto G4 and G4 Plus (along with a smaller, lower-cost Moto G Play that we haven't seen yet). Aimed at different markets and price points, the two devices are identical in all but three ways, but those differences are significant.

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