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5 days ago

Best Samsung Galaxy S6 cases


With all the options available to protect your Samsung Galaxy S6 from damage, how is one to decide which case is best?

We all have different needs to be met, but there are particular covers out there that stand out among the rest, providing both quality protection and exceptional design.

After careful consideration and input from members of the Galaxy S6 forums, we've selected cases that have made the biggest impression. These choices aren't limited by their size, manufacturer or price — only tried and true options that keep your Galaxy S6 safe from the inevitable drop.

OtterBox Defender Series Case

OtterBox Defender Case

First up, we have the OtterBox Defender Case for the Galaxy S6. Easily the most rugged of the bunch, this hybrid case comes loaded with 3 layers of protection along with a tough belt-clip holster to keep on your belt or pocket. Its size isn't meant for everyone, but those who do use it are keeping their Galaxy S6 safe from the worst impacts.

Speaking of its size, the Galaxy S6 OtterBox Defender is actually the slimmest version we've seen to date, and that's really saying something. You've still got all the familiar features of the Defender series, including an interior foam that seats your device safely, port covers to keep out dirt and other debris, an exterior slipcover that helps absorb impacts while enhancing your grip around the case, topped with a high-impact polycarbonate shell that keeps it all together.

Let's not forget the built-in screen protector, either — great for shielding against those pesky scratches. The Defender's holster holds the Galaxy S6 with the case on, allowing quick and easy access when you need answer a call, text or email while you're out and about. Many users opt out of utilizing the holster, but it's definitely handy for certain occasions.

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OtterBox Commuter Series Case

OtterBox Commuter Case

The slimmer option of the OtterBox series is the Commuter Case, providing just about everything you'd need to protect your Galaxy S6 from scratches, drops and dirt intrusion.

Surprisingly lightweight for its design, the Commuter Case features a smooth polycarbonate shell on top of a shock absorbing silicone interior that slides together for a compact fit. It comes with port covers pre-installed to keep out dust and other debris, but are able to be permanently removed if they're more annoying than useful.

With this hybrid case around your Galaxy S6, you can enjoy an enhanced grip thanks to the skinned edges and easy-press side buttons. It comes in black, blue or glacier color combinations and even includes a self-adhesive screen protector.

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Ringke Slim Case

Ringke Slim Case

There's always a total transparent option that makes it to the top of the list, and the Ringke Slim Case is ranked most popular this time around. And, if clear's not your thing — there are 6 other colors to choose from.

Perfect for slim, casual protection, this clear cover keeps bulk out of the equation and the good looks of the Galaxy S6 in. There's complete access to the side buttons, ports, camera and display while the case is worn, too. Included with the Ringke Slim Case is a complimentary HD film for shielding the back and front of your Galaxy S6 from unwanted scratches — so that's a plus.

Keep in mind, however, that you're not getting a huge amount of protection with this case. It's slim, yeah, but when it comes to more serious impacts — don't expect a whole lot. For everyday use and minor drops it'll do the job, though.

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Urban Armor Gear Composite Hybrid Case

UAG Composite Hybrid Case

If you're into rugged looks, the Composite Hybrid Case from UAG Read our hands-on review is definitely worth considering. Don't be put off by its damage-resistant design, though, because it's actually slim for the level of protection it provides. Both the TPU and polycarbonate shell are fused together with extra impact protection around all 4 corners.

There's obviously a lot to grip with the Composite Hybrid Case, between the TPU side grips and busy pattern on the back shell — dropping your Galaxy S6 becomes a rare occasion. There aren't any port covers to get in the way, but the case meets military drop-test standards — including a screen protector to ward off any scratches.

This case comes in some pretty cool color options, too. Solid colors include: black, white, rust and slate — for more transparency, there's ice and ash.

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Spigen Slim Armor Case

Spigen Slim Armor

An all-around favorite is Spigen's Slim Armor Case, sporting dual layers in an incredibly low profile. It's no secret that Spigen has been at the forefront of the popularity list for quite some time now, and for good reason. They're consistent with their quality and design, offering options for both heavy duty and average users.

What's great about the Slim Armor Case is its ability to shield against impacts without bulking up the Galaxy S6 to the point that it's no longer attractive. It leaves precision cutouts for everything you'd need, including the camera, flash and ports. The side buttons are raised for a more uniformed look, and are easy to press.

On the back shell is a fold-out kickstand for convenient viewing when you need it, and it doesn't protrude from the rest of the case like we've seen with the Trident Kraken AMS. It's designed to allow you to face your Galaxy S6 down on any flat surface while elevating the display, keeping away any possible scuffs or scratches. The Slim Armor Case comes in gunmetal (as shown), metal slate, shimmery white, and blue topaz.

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Speck CandyShell Grip Case

Speck CandyShell Grip Case

Speck's CandyShell Grip is back by popular demand with the Samsung Galaxy S6. It's got serious grip, and we can't blame users for enjoying that level of security.

Featuring an easy, snap-on installation the CandyShell Grip Case provides a soft, rubbery interior that keeps your Galaxy S6 safe from wear. Each corner has been reinforced to help handle impacts if and when they occur, while the raised bezel keeps the display from touching flat surfaces.

The polycarbonate shell is glossy, so fingerprints and smudges can be an issue over time, but are easily manageable. The most notable feature of the CandyShell Grip is its rubber stripes that wrap from side to side, enhancing grip in the most important areas. The symmetrical pattern has a unique look, too. If the black and grey (pictured) isn't your style, choose from 5 other color combinations.

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Spigen Neo Hybrid Case

Sporting excellent grip with its textured TPU skin is Spigen's Neo Hybrid Case for the Galaxy S6. This slim cover combines a thin polycarbonate bumper with a shock absorbent skin that's design to keep things slim yet protective. Metal coated buttons along the sides add to the case's good looks, too. Bumper colors include slate, gold, blue, and silver.

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Obliq Thin Bumper Case

This slim bumper case for the Galaxy S6 is designed to offer easy installation and removal while keeping you safe against minor impacts. The back cover rocks a brushed aluminum finish that looks amazing around the Galaxy S6 in any color. Ports and buttons are left open for easy access as well. Take your pick from 7 different color combinations.

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Verus Card Case

Who says a wallet case has to be a flip cover? The Verus Card Case for Galaxy S6 features a dual-layer design that provides optimal protection against impacts while adding storage under the shell for your personal items. Keep your ID, credit card, even some cash in your new case by sliding it open when you need. Available colors include silver, red, yellow, gold, and dark silver.

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Supcase Unicorn Beetle PRO

The next best thing to an OtterBox is the Unicorn Beetle for Galaxy S6. This rugged case turns your device into a beast that's ready for anything. Between the textured exterior shell, built-in screen protector, and shock absorbent skin inside, impacts don't stand a chance in damaging your Galaxy S6. Also included is a rugged belt holster for keeping your protected device at your side. The Unicorn Beetle comes in black, blue, green, pink, and white.

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Caseology Wavelength Series Case

If you're after grip, then Caseology's Wavelength Case for Galaxy S6 is right up your alley. This incredibly slim cover utilizes both polycarbonate and TPU materials to handle impacts. The grippy "wave" patterned skin on the back is what makes this case stand out. Choose from a handful of different color combinations to find the Wavelength that suits you and your Galaxy S6 best.

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Which is your favorite case?

How do you keep your Galaxy S6 protected? Let us know in the comments!

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5 days ago

Top 5 Android 7.0 Nougat features you need to know!


From new multitasking and notification features to battery and data-saving modes.

Android 7.0 Nougat is finally upon us, bringing a wealth of new features and some pretty significant changes to the way Android looks and behaves. We've already give you a comprehensive guide to everything new in Nougat, but the broad strokes are equally important — from new multi-tasking features on phones and tablets to smarter notifications.

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5 days ago

First Android 7.0 Nougat factory images now available


Better late than never: Now you can download Nougat factory images for the Nexus 9, Nexus Player and Pixel C

A little later than usual, Google has started rolling out the first of the Android 7.0 Nougat factory images for Nexus devices and the Pixel C. In addition to the Google-made tablet, Nexus 9 (WiFi-only) and Nexus Player owners can grab the new version of Android in its entirety and directly update over a USB connection.

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5 days ago

Back to school gift guide: The best tech for your student

Back to School Guide

What can I get for my back-to-school student?

It's that time of year when students are gearing up for their return to school. These days, gearing up doesn't just mean textbooks and pencils. Your budding academic is going to want some of the best tech available to enhance their student life — both in the lecture hall and in the dorms.


Best option: Dell XPS 13

Dell XPS 13

The ideal laptop for a college student is compact enough to fit comfortably on one of those side table dealies found in older lecture halls, but still reliably powerful for everything that college life throws their way.

Enter the Dell XPS 13, a 13-inch laptop with a decent amount of power under the hood and a brilliant display. We're talking a Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, up to 256GB solid-state drive, and a battery Dell says will last up to 18 hours on a full charge. This won't be enough for heavy video editing or top-end gaming, but it will be more than serviceable for most students to get through a full day. And then there's that sweet InfinityEdge display that goes edge-to-edge, maximizing every possible inch of the display.

It's so good, we gave it a Windows Central Choice Award.

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Budget option: Acer Chromebook 14

Acer Chromebook 14

If you're student is looking for a reliable budget laptop for the upcoming school year, you should seriously consider getting an Acer Chromebook.

The Acer Chromebook 14 is a well-built machine, especially for a budget laptop. Featuring an all-aluminum body and a simple yet well-executed design that includes the 1080p LCD screen with a semi-reflective covering for better shared viewing, two USB 3.0 ports, and an HDMI port, your student won't be embarrassed when they take it out in a study group or lecture hall filled with MacBooks. Hardware-wise, this Chromebook is powered by an Intel Celeron 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory — no SD card support is an issue, but one easily mitigated with efficient use of cloud storage or an external hard drive.

Chromebooks run on Chrome OS, which is still something of a work in progress but still fully capable to handle the workload of a typical college student, along with some basic entertainment in the downtime — gamers ought to look elsewhere.

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Noble Security Wedge Profile XPS 13 Lock Kit

Noble Security Wedge Profile XPS 13 Lock Kit

It's every student's nightmare: you step away from your computer for only a minute in a busy study hall and when you turn back around, your laptop is gone. All those important lecture notes and ongoing assignments gone — but at least you backed up the most important stuff somewhere safe… right?

Either way, you just can't trust people not to jack your shit. That's why if you get your student a Dell XPS 13, you should definitely also get something to keep it safe and secure. The Dell XPS 13 wedge lock kit from Noble Locks gives you added peace of mind that your laptop will never walk away on you. It's quick to click into the locking port built into the laptop's top-right corner, and lets you use the loop-ended galvanized steel cable to tether the XPS 13 to something secure as you work.

It's also perfect for shared dorms. Your student might trust their roommate, but their friends... maybe not so much.

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WD My Passport Ultra

WD My Passport Ultra

These days, an external hard drive is as essential for students as a backpack or textbooks; every student needs to know that all their most important digital files and projects are backed up and secure in case something horrible happens.

Western Digital is one of the most trusted names in external drives, and their My Passport line is a reliable and convenient option. We recommend getting 1TB model, since that will give your student more than enough space to backup everything on their laptop, their notes and project — with some space remaining for their favorite movies and TV shows to bring along with them wherever they go.

It connects via USB 3.0 for quick file transferring and is preloaded to work out of the box with any PC running Windows 10 or earlier, but can also be easily reformatted to work with a Mac with the included software. With a three-year limited warranty, My Passport is durable and portable, so your student can confidently keep it in a bag pocket without worry.

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Best option: Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

If your student says they definitely need a tablet this year, you can't go wrong with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2. It's a capable tablet they will love to use for school or play, and will last them a long time. While it comes with Lollipop 5.0 out of the box, it's upgradeable to Marshmallow 6.0.

Watching videos or playing games on the Super AMOLED 8-inch display is pretty glorious, and powered by a Quad 1.9GHz + Quad 1.3GHz octacore processor and 3GB of RAM, your student will be able to run multiple apps at the same time.

Your student can easily take it with them to their classes without having to worry that it will run out of charge with a battery life of up to 8 hours on a single charge. It also has a microSD card slot so that your student can expand the built-in 32GB to over 200GB of storage space, perfect for taking all their music, movies and TV shows wherever they go.

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Budget option: Fire HD 6

Amazon Fire HD 6

If size actually doesn't matter to your student, you really can't beat the value of a Fire HD 6. Amazon's 6-inch tablet is pretty capable considering it's well under $100.

Featuring an HD display with 252 pixels per inch, the screen may be small but it sure looks sharp. That means it will work as a fantastic e-book reader, as one would expect. It also comes with 16GB of storage (an 8GB model is also available) as well as free cloud storage for all your Amazon content and photos taken with your Fire device.

And let's talk about that Amazon content for a minute. Beyond e-books, with which Amazon built their e-reader authority on, there are tons of apps and games available in the Amazon Underground app store, and of course there's easy access to all the content on Amazon Prime Video and Music streaming services.

If you're looking to get the absolute best value for your money, the Amazon Fire HD 6 is great value for a budget tablet.

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Best Option: Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7

If your student needs a new phone for the school year, your best option is the Samsung Galaxy S7. Heading into the second half of 2016, the Galaxy S7 has cemented itself atop AC's best phones of 2016. And it's pretty clear to see why.

Samsung decided to build on the stylish unibody design they introduced with the Galaxy S6 by adding a microSD slot, a bigger battery and making the whole package water and dust resistant. It's a powerful phone with an industry-leading camera.

If you're still not convinced, just check out our full review. It's also compatible with the Samsung Gear VR, which is currently your best modest-budget option for checking out VR today.

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Budget Pick: Moto G4 Plus

Moto G4 Plus

If you're looking for a good balance between quality and cost, you can't go wrong with the Moto G4 Plus. It's the best budget phone you can buy for around $249.

This 5.5-inch phone is all-round great, sporting a camera far better than its price tag would suggest, with and a battery that should provide more than enough juice to get your student through their busiest days. It comes with Android 6.0.1 out of the box, and has all the cool Moto gestures, like a twist of the wrist to launch the camera, or a karate chop to fire up the flashlight.

With the ideal balance of function and style at a very reasonable price, it's definitely worthy of your consideration.

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Battery Pack

Anker Powercore 10000

Anker PowerCore 10000

With how busy college life can be, your student might not have the time to stand around tethered to the wall waiting for their phone to charge. That's where a quality battery pack comes in real handy.

The Anker Powercore 10000 holds 10000 mAh of power, which Anker claims will charge most phones at least three times or a tablet at least once. Thanks to Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 technology, it should charge a compatible phone up to 80% in around 35 minutes, so your student can get on with their day without worrying about their phone's battery life. And best of all, the Powercore 10000 is smaller than a deck of cards making it incredibly portable — it fits perfectly into a pants pocket or bag. Also small? The price, starting at $30.

If your student is worried about the charger overcharging their phone or causing damage they can rest easy; the Power Core 10000 has surge protection and temperature control to keep both your device and your student safe when the phone is charging.

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Dorm Room TV

Vizio E-Series E32-D1

VIZIO E-series E32-D1

No dorm room would be complete without a TV. But gone are the days of crowding around a small tube TV playing Mario Kart 64 with your floor friends (although I'm sure that person would be the hipster king or queen of their college with such a setup).

Smart TVs are becoming a must-own device these days, when you consider the trend of younger generations cutting cable and streaming their news and entertainment from the Internet.

We're recommending the Vizio E-Series 32-inch Smart for a number of reasons. For starters, it comes loaded with apps such as Netflix, Spotify, YouTube, Facebook, and more, so your student can kick back and relax in style after class. The size is about right for a dorm at 32-inches, so it should fit nicely on a modest desk or shelving unit. And the cost will makes it an affordable yet cherished back-to-school gift for any student heading off to college.

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Best option: UE Boom 2

UE Boom 2

There's a reason why this little speaker is called BOOM — it's going to knock the ears off whoever's listening.

Its 360-degree design allows it to deliver sound to an entire room even when it's sitting right in the middle. Users can't stop raving about the quality of sound that comes from a speaker about the size of an energy drink can.

The speaker is Bluetooth-enabled and your student can stay connected up to 100 feet away. Not to mention up to eight people can connect their devices to the speaker, meaning their friends can all share DJ duties. A 15-hour rechargeable battery will keep the party going late into the night and will still have some juice the next morning when your student catches up on recorded lectures.

A companion app regularly delivers updates and even entirely new features to the speaker, and because it's waterproof and shockproof, it won't be going anywhere anytime soon. Check out this awesome speaker that starts at about $180.

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Budget option: UE Roll

UE Roll

What looks like a pincushion and delivers amazing 360-degree sound? The UE ROLL Bluetooth speaker! Your student will be able to carry this speaker around campus in their pocket or attached to their bike or backpack using the marine-grade bungee cord. How cool is that?

Current users love this speaker because of its waterproofing, durability, and sound. Even though it's so small, it delivers deep bass and clean treble that can be heard inside and outside. The battery lasts for up to nine hours, and your student can wander up to 65 feet away and still remain in Bluetooth range.

The speaker doubles as an alarm clock thanks to the companion app, so your student won't be late for class ever again. Want to give a portable speaker with amazing sound that won't break the bank? Check out the UE ROLL — it starts at about $70.

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If your student is complaining their dorm TV lacks the functionality of their neighbor's smart TV, there's no need to drop serious coin on a new TV. Just get them a Chromecast.

Don't let the small package fool you: Google's Chromecast is an incredibly handy accessory that turns any TV with an HDMI port and access to a WiFi network into a smart TV. With a Chromecast, your student will be able to stream their favourite movies, TV shows, YouTube, play music — even casual party games! Seriously, there are a lot of really cool apps that are compatible with Chromecast (even if someone has an iPhone).

Set up is dead simple, and it's portable enough that your student can bring it along with them wherever they go. Anyone with a phone and Wi-Fi access is able to connect up to the Chromecast, allowing for collaborative playlists of party jams, or a convenient way of sharing hilarious YouTube videos without everyone crowding around a laptop screen.

Ready for more good news? It's also dirt cheap at under $40. Thanks, Google!

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Best Option: Bose QC25

Bose QuietComfort 25

Give your student the gift of amazing Bluetooth audio with the Bose QuietComfort 25 over-ear headphones.

Bose is the premiere name for quality audio, and its QuietComfort 25 headphones are top of the class. Designed to be lightweight and comfortable enough to wear all day, your student is sure to get hours of enjoyment from the crystal clear sound we've all come expect from Bose.

And with superb noise cancellation, your student deal with a noisy roommate, or just to turn off the sounds of the outside world for awhile — extremely helpful when they're hitting the books in a noisy study hall, or deep into binge watching their favorite show on Netflix for the umpteenth time. If your student would prefer a Bluetooth option for headphones, there's the wireless Bose QC35s, which will set you back an additional $100 while offer the same outstanding sound quality without the hassle of dealing with wires.

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Budget Option: AmazonBasics OnEar Headphones

AmazonBasics On-Ear Headphones

Don't be fooled by AmazonBasics headphones' $15 price tag — these are quality headphones. They fit on your student's ear, but the soft padding and lightweight construction ensure they stay comfortable over extended periods. Although they aren't equipped with active noise-canceling tech, the on-ear design does a lot block out sound.

Users have reported that the bass is deep and clear, and the treble is crisp and full. Your student is going to love listening to their favorite music on the go or in the dorm, and when they're finished listening the headphones can be folded flat for easy storage.

The 47-inch cable fits any 3.5mm jack and is more than long enough to not have the headphones ripped off your head when moving around. Want to surprise your student with rich sound for a cheap price? Check out AmazonBasics lightweight headphones.

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Best Option: Huawei Watch

Huawei Watch

If your student is as fashion-conscious as they are tech-obsessed, get them the supremely stylish Huawei Watch. Launched in 2015, it was the Chinese tech giant's first entry into the smartwatch space and a conscious effort of choosing form over function.

The circular watch face is designed to look exactly like a traditional watch, and from a glance with the right watch face, the Huawei Watch will look like a stylish, chronograph watch on its 42mm diameter screen. Combined with the included black leather strap, what you get is a very fashionable piece of wearable technology.

Speaking of technology, the Huawei Watch is no slouch there. Running on a basic Android Wear platform, it has 512MB of memory and 4GB of internal storage so your student can store and keep their favourite music with them at all times and enjoy via a decent pair of Bluetooth headphones. Once paired to your student's phone, they'll be able to recieve all the important texts and notifications at a glance, so they can stay focused on their work.

Check our our full review from back in 2015 for more on why this is the best smartwatch for heading back to school.

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Budget Option: Samsung Gear S2

Samsung Gear S2

Samsung did a lot of things right when they updated their smartwatch offering in 2015 with the Samsung Gear S2. Featuring a novel rotating bezel for navigating through menus, a nice bright screen, and a battery big enough to get your student through a busy day the Gear S2 is a capable piece of wearable technology.

On the software side of things, as we mentioned in our full review, Samsung has thrown a lot of features into the Gear S2 that might make things feel a bit bloated or clunky at times, but key features such as S Voice are just so damn cool and useful that your student will surely find their rhythm using it on a daily basis. They'll be able to easily manage notifications from their favourite apps while on the go, so they can stay organized and in the loop while jetting between classes.

A sleek, minimalist design paired with a flexible elastomer band out of the box gives the Gear S2 a sporty look and feel, which can ideal if your student is more active. If they're not too thrilled with the default strap, it's quick and easy to swap one out for a different band to add a splash of personality or classic style to this essential accessory.

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Ikea Micke desk

Ikea Micke Desk

Dorm rooms are small, but your student is still going to need to cut out a quiet space for them to study and store all their things. For those reasons, Ikea's Micke desk is an ideal candidate to send out with your student as they head off to college.

As with most Ikea furniture it's intelligently designed to keep cords organized and out of sight, while also providing a built-in drawer for some added dorm storage. Plus, it's reasonably cheap and available in a classy black-brown or modern-chic white.

Some assembly definitely required.

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Booq Daybag

Booq Daybag

Every student needs a reliable bag for carrying all their textbooks and supplies, along with a laptop, tablet, and any other tech or accessories they carry on a daily basis around campus. What's more, you want it to be comfortable to wear and look really cool.

The Booq Daybag checks off all those boxes. This deceivingly compact bag opens right up and provides enough space to hold a 16-inch laptop, along with your student's texbooks, binders of notes, and whatever else they might need during the day. With a bevy of pockets inside and out, comfortable shoulder straps, soft back padding, and a high-quality handle it's both comfortable and convenient to carry around throughout the day.

Side pockets remain flush, or can expand out to accommodate a water bottle or umbrella. Speaking of rain, the zippers are also waterproof, meaning your bag might get a little wet, but your valuables inside will remain protected and dry.

Starting at $90 and available in four colors, the Booq Daybag is a perfectly stylish and functional option for your student.

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5 days ago

Go Time! Episode 6: Dab like Spark


Go Time is back for Episode 6!

We're back for another week of discussing Pokémon Go with a member of Valor, Mystic, and Instinct. This week Jen and Russell are joined by a guest: Serenity from iMore. We start out by discussing the day we all knew was coming: Niantic has started banning cheaters. We also talk about catching Pokémon at conventions, and discuss gym battles in better detail.

We're gonna keep coming back every week to talk about Pokémon, and we're hoping you'll join us!

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How to manually update your Nexus

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Get the latest version of Android on your Nexus on your own terms.

Nexus, the line of Android phones and tablets developed in partnership between Google and various hardware manufacturers, is a program that helps developers to get their hands on a 100% stock Android experience. It can help to develop applications for the platform quicker and easier than using a device with a manufacturer skin onboard, and that's a good thing.

But Nexuses aren't just bought by developers. If there's a single reason for consumers to buy a Nexus device, it's this: the newest software first. Period.

When Google works on major updates to Android, it's also building them to work specifically on Nexus devices. This means when Google releases an update to the Android code itself, it will come quickly to the supported Nexus devices first, if not immediately.

And Nexus devices actually are among the few that have several ways of receiving updates. Some are easier, some are faster, but all are available to you. Here's how to manually update your Nexus.

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6 days ago

The Big Android Dev Interview: Paul Lammertsma


From the Big Android BBQ Europe: Pixplicity CTO Paul Lammertsma on the importance of bouncing ideas off other developers, and Android's future beyond apps.

The Big Android BBQ Europe, held in Amsterdam, Netherlands recently, brings together some of Europe's top Android developers, enthusiasts and other community members in a celebration of Android, code and cooked meat. A spin-off from the U.S.-based Big Android BBQ, the European event is now in its second year.

In addition to the actual BBQ part, it's also host to two days of talks from Android developers, and this year's keynote was presented by Pixplicity's Paul Lammertsma. We caught up with Paul during the event to talk social coding, how his company pivoted into app development, and what lies ahead for Android on the desktop and on your body.

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6 days ago

Opera rolls out a dedicated VPN app for your phone


After integrating a built-in VPN in its desktop browser and rolling out a dedicated VPN app for iOS, Opera is now bringing the service to Android users. While there are several VPN services available for Android, Opera is looking to differentiate its offering by providing free unlimited access.

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6 days ago

Samsung unveils first 4G-enabled Tizen phone in India for ₹4,590 ($68)


Samsung has rolled out its third Tizen handset in the Indian market, the Z2 (the first was the Z1, and then Samsung launched the Z3). The phone is the first in the Tizen range to offer LTE connectivity, and will go up for sale starting August 29 via Samsung's offline channels and e-commerce store Paytm. Much like its predecessors, the Z2 is aimed at the entry-level segment, with a retail price of ₹4,590 ($68).

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6 days ago

Lenovo and Motorola phones will come with Office, Skype, and OneDrive pre-installed


Motorola's phones have stayed relatively free of any pre-loaded apps, but that's changing now as part of a new patent cross-licensing deal between Lenovo and Microsoft. The move will see select Lenovo and Motorola phones offering the Office suite along with Skype and OneDrive out of the box.

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6 days ago

MIUI 8 now rolling out for Redmi Note and Mi 4i, coming soon for other devices


It's time for a software update.

After months of beta testing, MIUI 8 is now available for download on select Xiaomi phones. The stable ROM is being rolled out via an OTA update to the Redmi Note (3G and 4G editions) and Mi 4i starting today, with other devices slated to receive the update in the coming days and weeks.

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6 days ago

First major Nougat update coming soon, new Developer Preview landing this fall

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Android is moving 'into a new regular maintenance schedule over the coming quarters.'

Now that Android 7.0 Nougat has been released we're starting to hear the first details on what's next for Google's OS. In a post on the Android Developers blog, Engineering VP Dave Burke lays out what's next for Nougat.

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6 days ago

Win a new Note 7 and metal kickstands from Spigen and Android Central!


We recently took a look at Spigen's new U100 Universal Kickstand. We put the kickstand through its paces and overall we were really pleased with its aesthetics, as well as its functionality. Make sure you check out the full review! So we've now teamed up with Spigen this week to give 100 of you a free Universal Kickstand for your phone, and what's even cooler is one other winner will also be taking home a brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 7! Keep reading for all the details and to get yourself entered!

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6 days ago

LG V20: Google gives us our first look at Nougat-powered phone


Google 'introduces' new LG phone on Nougat promo page.

As Google officially unveiled Android 7.0 Nougat, there's a small surprise waiting on the shiny new Nougat promo page — an early look at the upcoming LG V20.

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6 days ago

Android 7.0 Nougat: Everything you need to know

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The latest version of Android is here, and it's coming to a Nexus near you.

Android 7.0 Nougat is Google's way of refining what we already have, and adding some essential features to an operating system they were already happy with.

Since Android 5.0 we've seen how Google was shifting their design language on the phones they sell themselves and the apps and services that come on your phone. Android itself has followed this trend, and with Marshmallow we saw a flat but bold design that tied everything together.

Android Nougat doesn't make major changes to the way your phone looks or the way it "feels." But what Google has done under the hood brings some new features — and much needed polish — to our favorite smartphone operating system.

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