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2 weeks ago

UE Roll 2 review: A small speaker that packs a big punch

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Logitech's UE Roll 2 is a waterproof Bluetooth speaker that offers great sound quality in a small package.

In a flooded market it can be hard to stand out, but Ultimate Ears (UE), a sub-brand of Logitech, does a pretty great job with its speakers. Speakers range in price from as low as $10 to over $200, and the differences can be hard to spot at times. Ultimate Ears has been around for a while, making a variety of Bluetooth speakers, headsets and more. In that time, the company has dialed in on some great designs that offer lots of benefits.

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2 weeks ago

Moto Z and Moto Z Force Droid Edition — what's the difference?

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So, which Moto Z version is right for you? We have the details on the differences between models.

As was the case in 2015, Motorola has announced multiple versions of its flagship phone. This year, we have the Moto Z ... and then there are the "Droid Edition" variants, a Moto Z Droid Edition and Moto Z Force Droid Edition. Thankfully for everyone, the difference between each model isn't all that substantial — there are just a few key points differentiating the Moto Z from the Moto Z Force, and Verizon hasn't changed things up too much in the Droid Edition versions either.

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2 weeks ago

Bluetooth 5 will go further and faster than ever; announcement coming June 16

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Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has revealed that the group will formally introduce its fifth-generation standard next week in London. Bluetooth 5 is set to see much faster speeds and range over the current Low Energy specification, with a particular emphasis on location services that don't rely on the internet, such as in-store Bluetooth beacons.

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2 weeks ago

Spigen Crystal Shell case for Galaxy S7

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A closer look at Spigen's Crystal Shell case for the Galaxy S7.

So you're looking for a phone case for your Samsung Galaxy S7, and you come across Spigen's Crystal Shell case. Sure, it's unique from some of the other Spigen cases with its transparency, and its light frame doesn't make your phone a bulky mess — but is it worth your money?

We break down the style, features, and design of the Crystal Shell case to see if it's worth picking up to protect your Galaxy S7.

Style

Spigen Crystal Shell case for Galaxy S7

The first thing you'll notice about this case is its crystal-clear transparency.

From top to bottom, there aren't any colored parts or dark bits muddling up the look of this case. Because of this, it's one of the only Spigen case that'll look 'invisible' with your phone (so if you're not into big bulky cases, you may want to check this model out.) However, if you're nervous about the Crystal Shell's lack of rubber bumper or additional protection, there are other Spigen cases that are more heavy-duty that could ease your anxiety.

In your hand, the case feels smooth and soft. Except for the ribbed corners, it could be mistaken for holding the bare phone with your eyes shut. Form-fitted with a screen-protecting raised bezel, and air cushion technology in the corners, the Crystal Shell keeps your S7 looking sleek and utterly stylish while offering good protection..

Features

Spigen Crystal Shell case for Galaxy S7

Like most Spigen cases, the Crystal Shell is drop tested military grade, which means Spigen's protective cases have been tested by a third-party lab to be certified in Military-Grade protection. Even though the case may not have an additional rubberized bumper like some of the other brand's cases, it's just as sturdy and strong. The bumpers on the phone's corners also make dropping your phone a lot less excruciating, as they'll absorb some of the shock.

Design

Spigen Crystal Shell case for Galaxy S7

The most striking part of the Crystal Shell's design is its crystal-clear back. Aside from that, it's a pretty standard case — the ports at the bottom are easily accessible, the volume buttons and lock buttons are quick to use, and the camera isn't covered up or obscured by the case at all.

It's important to note that clear cases are prone to discoloration or yellowing, so be sure to keep an eye out for that as you use the case.

The Bottom Line

Though it doesn't look like much, Spigen's Crystal Shell case for the Galaxy S7 is a durable, reliable, and stylish accessory for your phone. Any details about the case we missed? Let us know in the comments below!

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2 weeks ago

Twitter acknowledges major leak of usernames and passwords

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Twitter has acknowledged that "numerous" usernames and passwords seems to have been leaked. The company says that while it is confident that its own servers haven't been breached, it would appear that the leaks came from attacks on other websites and services.

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2 weeks ago

Cyanogen OS 13.1 brings mods from Microsoft and more to the OnePlus One

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Cyanogen OS 13.1 is currently rolling out for OnePlus One owners. It includes new mods from Microsoft as part of its partnership with Cyanogen.

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2 weeks ago

Beta impressions with Pokémon Go!

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The long wait for Pokémon Go is almost over, and it's time for a first look.

For quite some time now we've been waiting to get that first official glimpse at Pokémon Go, the new game from Niantic. Pokémon Go brings the handheld pocket monster game to the mobile platform, and lets anyone in the world became a world class Pokémon trainer. The game is only available in Beta right now, but we should see a full release later this year.

If you want all the fine details you can check out our Pokémon Go game guide, or keep reading to see our thoughts on how the game feels so far.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung Gear Fit 2 review: A great fitness wearable, but with a little extra

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Samsung Gear Fit 2

The fitness band world has some very entrenched incumbents, but Samsung wants to get in on the party.

The quick take

Samsung learned a lot of lessons with its Gear S2 smartwatch and applied them smartly to the Gear Fit 2, its newest fitness tracker. The light, comfortable, powerful and nice-looking wearable handles all your fitness and activity tracking needs, while also adding in a little bit of the experience you'd expect to find on a fully fledged smartwatch. The software can be a bit more than some will want to deal with, and not everyone wants to use S Health for their data tracking, but the price is right and Samsung has put together a great total package.

The Good

  • Dedicated GPS
  • Smartwatch-like notifications
  • Great display
  • Solid hardware

The Bad

  • Too big for small wrists
  • Screen shape isn't ideal for notifications
  • Less battery life than other fitness bands
  • Some won't want to use S Health

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2 weeks ago

Pokémon Go game guide: It's time to catch them all!

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Time to take hold of your dreams, become a Pokémon trainer, and catch 'em all!

Just about everyone knows about Pokémon, a game where you travel the world in order to collect every pocket monster on the planet. For over a decade it has won hearts, and now, Pokémon Go is coming to a mobile phone near you. Whether you are rocking an Android or an iPhone, this game is going to be available to play.

We've got all the details that you need to hit the ground running. We cover how to find and catch Pokémon, how Gyms and teams work, what items you can hope to find, and how evolution is going to work. Pokémon Go is still in the beta phase and not yet available to download but we've been deep in the trenches, catching, hatching, and evolving Pokémon ahead it's official launch, which is scheduled for sometime later this year. We've got the definitive guide to Pokémon Go. Keep reading for all the details!

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2 weeks ago

Take advantage of the Massive 24-hour Vainglory Spring Sale

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The mobile MOBA Vainglory is having a massive spring sale tomorrow for 24 hours where every hero is a whopping 25% off. Not only that but each and every hero will be in the free rotation too, allowing you to try before you buy. The promotion will start at 6 a.m. ET on June 11.

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2 weeks ago

Xiaomi is launching a dedicated Mi Community in India, beta signups now live

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Xiaomi is launching a Mi Community for its Indian fans. The manufacturer is taking registrations for 500 beta testers, and the forum is set to go live on June 20. Through the Mi Community, fans will be able to share feedback, suggest new ideas, take part in contests, and more. The members in the community will also be eligible to attend product launches, and win "exclusive prizes."

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2 weeks ago

Samsung exec says bendable displays are 'right around the corner'

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A Bloomberg report from earlier this month suggested that Samsung will unveil two phones with foldable screens at next year's Mobile World Congress, but according to the head of Samsung North America, the technology is "relatively right around the corner."

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2 weeks ago

Samsung rolls out June security patch to the Galaxy Note 5 in Australia

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2 weeks ago

Samsung Pay is going live in Singapore on June 16

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Earlier this year, Samsung announced that its contactless payments service will debut in Singapore, its first market in Southeast Asia. Today, the manufacturer revealed that Samsung Pay will go live in the country starting June 16. Customers using the Galaxy S7, S7 edge, Note 5, and the S6 edge+ will be able to access the digital payments service.

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2 weeks ago

India rejects Street View

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The Indian government has rejected Google's bid to bring its fleet of Street View vehicles into the country. The country's Home Ministry said that giving Google the ability to record street-level imagery would be detrimental to national security, as the vehicles could potentially record sensitive government installations.

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