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3 days ago

Grab two of these keychain USB-C adapters for just $6

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Update: We've got a new coupon code for this one! Use DEZU2DFW for the savings!

Right now you can pick up this awesome little USB-C adapter for just $6 with coupon code DEZU2DFW, a savings of $2 on the two-pack. Why would you need something like this? Well, ever been out and about and everyone has either a Lightning cable or a Micro-USB, and no USB-C cables? Now you can take that Micro-USB cable and turn it into a USB-C cable with this adapter that you can fit right on your keyring.

It has a built-in 56KΩ resistor to for safety and reliability, and even better is that two come in the pack. For the cost of what many spend on a cup of coffee or some afternoon snacks, you'll be able to ensure that your phone is able to be charged while on the go. Remember, you need coupon code DEZU2DFW for the full savings here.

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3 days ago

Best Minimalist Cases for Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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Show off the sleek design of your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 with these minimalist cases.

If you're the type who shies away from putting a case on your phone because you don't like all that added bulk in your pocket, then you need to consider a minimalist case. They offer protection from scratches and scuffs while keeping the overall look and feel of your phone intact.

Without further ado, let's dive in and look at the best minimalist options for your Galaxy Note 7.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Clear Protective Cover

Let's start with a minimalist case offered by Samsung themselves. Offering basic protection for your Note 7, this slim and clear case is an ideal option for showcasing your phone's beautiful design. This case also features harder plastic around the corners to help protect against drops.

And since it's made by the same company that makes the phone, rest assured that this case is precisely designed to stay snug to your phone while keeping all your ports, speakers and the S Pen perfectly accessible.

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CUVR Carbon Fibre Ultra-Light PC Case

Ultra-light with a slick carbon fibre look along the back plate, this case brings its own stylish touches to your phone while barely adding any bulk to the Note 7. This is a two-piece case, with a tough polycarbonate bumper — available in either rose gold or grey — and a shell that features the carbon fibre pattern on the exterior and soft TPU material on the inside to help with shock absorption from drops.

Of course you'll have full access to all your ports and the S-Pen, and the CUVR case also fully supports wireless charging. It's all backed by a one-year warranty with a 30-day return policy if you're not immediately satisfied with your purchase.

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Spigen Slim & Soft Liquid Crystal

The first of two minimalist Spigen cases to make this list, the Slim & Soft Liquid Crystal is a pliable TPU case that offers solid protection against scratches and scuffs from drops while remaining virtually invisible once installed. This case is about as minimalist as they come, offering about a millimeter of raised lip around the camera on the back, and roughly the same for the lip around the display. If you're bothered by the sight of fingerprints you'll want to look elsewhere, as the glossy finish is a magnet for them.

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CaliCase Premium Ultra Thin Case

The CaliCase Premium is the perfect case for those looking for a paper thin option. Featuring a thickness of just 0.35mm, you're really not going to get much real protection from a serious drop, but it will help prevent your phone from getting scratched and scuffed. It's made of polypropylene and adds virtually no bulk to your phone, with a matte finish that won't show fingerprints or dirt and cutouts for the S Pen, ports, buttons and speakers.

It's available in clear white, clear black and solid black, so you can opt for the style that suits you best.

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Spigen Galaxy Note 7 Thin Fit Case

The Thin Fit case by Spigen offers a stylish, sturdy shell for your Note 7 — and that's about it. The buttons are left fully exposed on the sides and there are cutout on the bottom for the S Pen, ports and speakers.

There are breaks in the plastic around the corners so it's easy to slip on and off, but this also means that there's less protection for drops on the corners. That just the sort of compromise you need to be comfortable making when you're in the market for a minimalist case.

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Did we miss anything?

Are there any minimalist cases for the Note 7 that should be on this list? Let us know in the comments!

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3 days ago

New Galaxy Note 7 sales begin October 28 in Europe

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New release is almost two months after the original street date, as Samsung announces 57% of old Note 7s have been returned.

Samsung has today announced that new Galaxy Note 7 sales will recommence from October 28, after battery safety problems scuppered the original launch date of September 2. The company says the new date is "subject to a full completion of the exchange program" — so all (or at least the overwhelming majority) of old, potentially dangerous Notes need to be returned before new sales can begin.

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3 days ago

Go Time! Episode 11: A different kind of hunting

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Episode 11 of Go Time has arrived!

Jen, Russell and Erin return for another week of representing their respective teams.

This week, we're all in the middle of a different kind of hunt. That's because we're looking for the new Pokémon Go Plus accessory, with very little luck so far. Team Mystic also takes us down the rabbit hole to talk about Pokémon Go and rooting your phone. There's also a spirited discussion about how complex Pokémon Go is becoming, and whether this alienates new players.

Join us as we explore the big world of Pokemon Go!

You can also join our Facebook page to keep up on all things Pokémon Go. See you in the world!

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3 days ago

LG V20 cameras: What you need to know about the manual shooter's dream phone

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Here's a peek at what the LG V20's cameras can do.

The LG V20 still isn't on sale just yet, but it's coming. And when it officially launches, it will arrive chock full of camera features that your current smartphone probably can't do — at least not without some serious trickery.

If you're looking to upgrade to a better camera phone, but you're not sure if the V20 will have much to offer, here's a quick glance at some of the camera features LG stuffed into its new smartphone.

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3 days ago

Let's talk about the Pixel's crazy new on-screen keys

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Android's on-screen buttons get a big overhaul as part of the new Google UI on the Pixel phones. So let's take a look at what's new, and revisit what's come before.

So the first proper render of one of the new Google Pixel phones has leaked out, and with it we're getting a look at some new UI tweaks in that device's software. The Pixel phones put the Google brand front and center, and so we're seeing some significant UI tweaks — not least of which is in Android's soft keys.

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4 days ago

How to keep the Pokémon Go Plus from disconnecting from your Android phone

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How do I keep my Pokewatch from disconnecting?

If you're one of the many people out there who recently decided to dive deeper into the world of Pokémon Go by picking up a Pokémon Go Plus for your wrist, you may have noticed it plays by slightly different rules than the rest of the game. You can use it without the screen on your phone even being on, and through it you can catch Pokemon, check in to Pokéstops, and gain all the steps necessary for egg hatching and candy earning. It's a fun little accessory, right until it disconnects from your phone and you realize the last mile you walked didn't count towards anything.

You aren't along in being frustrated by this. The Pokémon Go Plus is a simple accessory, and disconnects aren't always easy to immediately detect. Here's how you can tell you're disconnected, and what you can do to avoid future disconnections during gameplay.

How to tell you've been disconnected

For the most part, Pokémon Go Plus is pretty good about letting you know when it has disconnected from the phone. The wristband will vibrate and flash red as soon as it is disconnected from your phone. This is east to detect if you're walking and feel the vibration or see the LED, but if you're doing something important and can't stop to look at your wrist or you just plain didn't feel the vibration you may not know right away. This disconnection notification only happens once, so your window is limited.

The other way to know you've been disconnected is by tapping the LED button in the center of the watch and looking for a slow pulsing blue light. That pulsing blue light is the Pokémon Go Plus trying to connect to your phone, which naturally means it has been disconnected. If you tap this button and feel a single quick vibration pulse, it means you're connected to your phone and everything is fine. If you see the slow blue pulse, it means you've been disconnected.

Why did my Pokémon Go Plus disconnect?

There are a couple of reasons why your Pokémon Go Plus would disconnect from your phone. For starters, the watch is designed to disconnect when you are actively using the Pokémon Go app on your phone to play the game. If you're busy playing the game, you don't need a separate reminder on your wrist that Pokémon are showing up around you. It's also possible you've walked too far away from your phone, in which case the Bluetooth connection between your wrist and your phone will have been interrupted.

Your Pokémon Go Plus may have also disconnected if your GPS loses track of where you are. Pokémon Go needs the GPS in your phone to function, and when connected to your Pokémon Go Plus the phone has a constant connection to GPS services. If that connection fails, your watch will disconnect until you reconnect it.

Finally, several users have found issues with specific Android phones that don't currently have a resolution. Some phones by OnePlus and Motorola, for example, disconnect from Bluetooth a little more easily than other. This means the Bluetooth Low Energy connection between your phone and Pokémon Go Plus may disconnect easily with interference. To deal with these problem, disable Wi-Fi on your phone and make sure Bluetooth Scanning is disabled.

How to reconnect to Pokémon Go Plus

Being disconnected is a bummer, but reconnecting is easy.

  1. Open Pokémon Go on your phone
  2. Tap the dark Pokemon Go Plus icon in the top left
  3. Tap the LED button on your Pokemon Go Plus

You'll feel a vibration on your wrist and see a notification in Pokémon Go when the two are connected. From here you can close the app and go back to using your phone as you see fit. You will also see a notification icon in your tray letting you know you are connected to Pokemon Go, which will tell you about the last thing you did in the game as you continue to play.

Enjoy!

Still having problems?

Are you still struggling to get your Pokémon Go Plus accessory to connect to your Android phone? Let us know in the comments below!

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4 days ago

Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus unveiled with Snapdragon 821, 6GB RAM, 13MP dual rear cameras

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This is what the Mi 5 should've been.

At a media event in China, Xiaomi unveiled the Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus. Both phones offer high-end internals in the form of a Snapdragon 821, with the Plus variant getting 6GB of RAM, and dual 13MP cameras at the back. The phones will be available in Gold, Rose Gold, Silver, and White color options, and will go up on sale in China starting this Thursday.

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4 days ago

Samsung: 60 percent of old Galaxy Note 7s exchanged so far

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90 percent of customers choosing to stick with the device, as opposed to getting a refund or a different Samsung phone.

Samsung's Korean HQ has given an update on the progress of its global Galaxy Note 7 recall problem, as we approach a month since the company first halted sales of the potentially explosive phone.

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4 days ago

OnePlus 3 'exclusively' coming to O2 in the UK

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OnePlus's first UK carrier partnership kicks off sales from September 29.

OnePlus is best known for direct-to-consumer sales at low prices, but in the past year it's started teaming up with select carriers, like Finland's Elisa, with strong sales resulting. And now the company has partnered with O2 in the UK to get its latest handset, the OnePlus 3, onto store shelves. Sales kick off from September 29, with prices starting at £28 per month on O2 Refresh.

The OnePlus 3 is available on a range of O2 Refresh tariffs, offering from 500MB to 20GB data. Tariffs include £28 per month for 500 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data, and £35.50 per month for unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 3GB data. Both tariffs come with no upfront payment.

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4 days ago

Google's vision for India: Fast Wi-Fi for everyone, 2G-ready Play Store, and YouTube Go

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Here's how Google is connecting the next billion users.

At its Google for India event, the search giant talked about connecting the next billion users. Google is looking to India as a key market for growth, and as such the company is debuting a host of new features that will be exclusive to Indian users initially. Google kicked things off by talking about the incredible growth in the country, stating that every single second, three Indians are making their way online for the first time.

Caesar Sengupta, Google's VP for Next Billion Users, outlined the company's vision:

Our goal has not just been to help more Indians get online — but also to help Indians create the online experience they want; one that serves their needs and enables them to have an impact on the entire world. So we have been thinking about how to build products and services for this wave of new users — products that work for any level of connectivity, in local Indian languages, and across the devices that are most frequently used in India.

The company's free Wi-Fi initiative got off to a great start, and Google is now expanding the platform. With average broadband speeds hovering around the 3Mbps figure, Google is optimizing its services to work better on 2G connections. Here's what's in store for Indian customers.

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4 days ago

Lenovo lays off hundreds of Motorola employees

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Over 95% of Motorola's workforce has departed the company in the last four years.

Lenovo has announced a new round of layoffs. Globally, the layoffs impact "less than 2 percent of its 55,000 employees," with a majority of the job cuts targeted at Motorola employees in the U.S. According to Droid-Life, over 50% of Motorola's workforce in the U.S. is being let go, affecting over 700 jobs out of the remaining 1,200. That's a reduction of over 95% from the 20,000 employees Motorola had when Google acquired the company in 2011.

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4 days ago

Google's Pixel smartphone surfaces in leaked render, shows off new navigation buttons

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Leaked render of the Pixel shows off new software tweaks.

We're one week away from the launch of the Pixel and Pixel XL. The handsets have leaked in live photos last week, and this time around we're being treated to an alleged press render of the Pixel. The leak comes from Evan Blass, and showcases the new home screen with the Pixel Launcher, circular icons, and redesigned navigation buttons. The phones will be built by HTC, but Google's branding is set to take center stage.

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4 days ago

Evening news brief: Android's getting a reboot

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Android chief teases historic day, while Roku debuts a new line of set-top boxes, and the Honor 8 gets its first big update.

It rained a lot here this morning, and it occurred to me, during my second cup of coffee, that the Android news cycle is pretty predictable. So I took a look at rumor mills in the weeks prior to previous Nexus events, and it confirmed my suspicions: there's always a few nuggets of truth amidst the pure BS. This year, history is repeating itself, but there appears to be something on top of the rumors and leaks, which is a sense of wonder and, dare I say it, hope, that we haven't seen for quite some time.

In particular, people appear to be more excited about the prospect of Google taking a more active role in the phones that, for better or worse, bear its name. The Pixel phones are going to be just that — iterative improvements to the Nexus 5X and 6P, but they're also representative of a change within Google itself. Perhaps it's the leadership of former Motorola CEO Rick Osterloh that's led to this decision, but I see it as being years in the making.

As Hiroshi Lockheimer tweeted last week, whatever is announced next week, it's going to be amazing for Android — and Google — fans everywhere.

And now, to tonight's news.

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4 days ago

A new Huawei Nexus tablet? Here's what the branding difference could mean

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All the Nexus 6Ps

Whether or not there are any longterm plans for Nexus, the idea of a new Huawei-built tablet isn't completely crazy.

It's been a pretty wild day for Google hardware and software rumors. Aside from Chromecast Ultra, "Andromeda" OS and a possible next-gen Pixel in 2017, there's now a report suggesting that despite Google moving to Pixel for this year's phones, the long-rumored Huawei/Google tablet will actually use the Nexus brand.

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