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7 months ago

Where to buy the HTC Vive Deluxe Audio Strap

Where to buy the HTC Vive Deluxe Audio Strap

Can I buy the Vive Deluxe Audio Strap?

The HTC Vive's Deluxe Audio strap delivers a significantly different VR experience, both in how the Vive fits on your head and how everything connects together to deliver sound. Now that the new strap has hit the market, you might be wondering exactly where you can pick one up.

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7 months ago

Skip your Starbucks run and try Vtin's Bluetooth headphones for just $7

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Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a set of Bluetooth headphones you'll want to instantly impulse purchase!

These days you can find Bluetooth headphones starting around $20 up to as much as $500, but picking the right pair can be a hard task. Is there a benefit to dropping a large sum of money on a set of headphones, or will the basic ones do just fine? This is a question that is easier to answer by trying the cheaper ones and seeing how they work for you. Vtin is currently offering its Bluetooth sports headphones for just $6.99 with coupon code TPQZL422. This is a savings of $9 from the regular price and drops them down into total impulse purchase territory.

  • QY8 Upgraded Version. Featuring latest Bluetooth CSR4.1 and built-in gold-plated antenna design, the signal is two times stronger than the common one, supporting 33ft(10meters) working range. It also allows pairing with two devices simultaneously.
  • High-Quality Sound. CVC6.0 noise-isolation technology can filter the majority of ambient noise to ensure crystal clear sound. APT-X audio decode tech provides you high stereo music experience with deep bass. Built-in HD mic makes it can be used as a hands-free kit.
  • Long Battery Life. Adopted high-performance polymer lithium battery, the Swan series sports headphone allows about 7hours playing time and 175 hours standby time. The remaining battery life of the earphones can be display on the IOS status bar.
  • Unique Design. With a buckle, you can adjust the cable length as you like, gaining better sound experience while exercising.
  • Stylish Appearance. With UV process, they are sleek, in black with silver detail. Ergonomic in-ear design offers you snug and stable fit. Ideal for exercising, running, cycling, walking and all kinds of indoor or outdoor activities.

Sure, you won't get top of the line audio quality, and they may not last for years to come, but they are $7. Think about the things you spend that on daily, like coffee, fast food, snacks, and more. Cut back on those extras for just one day and try out these headphones that you'll be able to use for the months to come. Your future self will thank you.

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7 months ago

FLIR One Pro preview: An Android-powered thermal imaging camera made for professionals

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If you require thermal imaging to get the job done, the FLIR One Pro is one of the best solutions for doing so with your smartphone.

Contractors, road warriors, electricians, plumbers — whatever your occupation is, if it's dealing with scalding hot things or even temperate metal, chances are you'll get plenty of use from a little plug-in thermal imaging camera like the FLIR One Pro.

This is the professional version of the FLIR One, one of the few affordable thermal cameras powered by a smartphone. At $400, the FLIR One Pro is twice the price of the third-generation FLIR One, but it's equipped with a better camera sensor and more durability. Unfortunately, that extra cash doesn't pay for better battery life.

See the heat

If you're not familiar with thermal imaging, it's the best way to measure how much heat is being radiated by a person, object, or area. Almost everything around us either gives off or reflects heat in some manner, and if you're doing work that relies on the details of how hot or cold something is, a plug-in thermal camera could be especially useful.

Those of you who remember the last FLIR One may recall that it was a bit hard to orient in the way you'd like. That's because it used microUSB, which required that you plug it in a certain way. If the port was backwards, however, it meant that the camera was facing inward. That's fine if you're taking a thermal selfie, but how often is there a need for that? The FLIR One Pro features an adjustable 4mm USB-C plug to make it easier to plug in the camera even when there's a honking case on it.

The core camera of the FLIR One Pro has been upended a bit to offer more vivid imagery.

The thermal camera sensor in the FLIR One Pro is higher resolution than the more-affordable FLIR One. Like the rest of its device family, it utilizes MSX, which stands for Multi-Spectral Dynamic Imaging — essentially FLIR's proprietary thermal imaging processing. (You can read more about it here.) The tech relies on one regular camera for detail and one Lepton camera for heat, and together they morph their final product into a single image. The actual photos you snap are saved to your camera roll at 1440x1080 and they're relatively easy to export when in need.

A selection of samples shot with the FLIR One Pro. From left to right: Inside the house with the windows open; the flame of a burning candle.

Unfortunately, I didn't have a last-generation FLIR camera on hand to do the apples-to-apples test, but I can report that the One Pro seemed to capture even the most minor of heat points from around the room. It also works in the dark if you're requiring a bit of night vision action. However, it's still weird shooting at things with a camera placed at the bottom of the device, which can make it hard to maneuver the camera around smaller objects in tight corners. Thankfully there are additional features in the app, like the ability to use multiple spot meters, that can help with measuring polarizing surfaces.

FLIR One Pro video sample.

Battery life for the FLIR One Pro is up to an hour when it's fully charged, but I was lucky enough to eke out about 40 minutes — and that's with the device being on standby. Using the camera will suck a ton of energy from a full battery. With ten minutes of constant usage, the battery dropped about 11 percent after snapping some pictures. You can still use the One Pro while it's charging, however, which bodes well if you're carrying a separate battery pack.

About the app

Screenshots of the FLIR One camera app.

During my week with the FLIR One Pro, I was utilizing a beta version of the FLIR One app for Android so that I could preview the next-gen dongle. The app itself is not particularly impressive. Since the technology is technically cross-platform, the apps have been designed in a one-size-fits-all manner for both iOS and Android. The result is a Jelly Bean-esque interface with slow-to-load menu screens and permissions prompts that freeze on screen. In fact, due to the beta nature of the app, I experienced plenty of crashes as I attempted to use the device. At the very least, it uses a similar menu schematic to what you're used to on Android, so there's no learning curve there.

There are some added features that will make the droll-looking interface worth navigating.

There are some added features that will make the droll-looking interface worth navigating. As I mentioned, there is spot meter you can use to get the reading on a specific area — say you're shooting a power strip, for instance, and you want to see the heat coming out of a particular adapter. You can set the spot meter exactly where you want it and have the temperature readout just for that area. There's even a time lapse mode you can set up so that you can measure the heat of an object over time. You'll probably want the phone to be plugged in while it's set up to do this, however, since the battery on the FLIR One Pro is fast to go.

FLIR has also provided links for finding more reasons to use the One Pro. There's a community link available if you have a specific question that may seem unanswerable, as well as a link to download additional thermal imaging apps from the Play Store. And if you're really stuck, FLIR made all of its support pages readily available from the main menu screen.

A worthy work tool

The bigger sensor on the FLIR One Pro will cost you an extra $200, but if you're planning to use this device in conjunction with your smartphone in the field, the $400 investment may be worth it for the better imaging sensor.

If you're merely looking for one to use around the house, however, the third-generation FLIR One is just as viable, not to mention it'll save you some cash. And since both models are only meant to last up to an hour, it's not like you're getting any battery gain for buying the professional version.

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7 months ago

This rare Sonos discount makes it the perfect time to fill your house with wireless music

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Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a pair of Sonos discounts you won't want to miss!

If you've been looking into wireless speakers for your house, Sonos is likely a brand that you have seen pop up multiple times. It's no secret that Sonos products are a bit on the more expensive side, but there is a good reason behind that: they are amazing. I got my first two speakers over 6 years ago, and thanks to online updates from Sonos the older speakers have all the same features and functionality as my brand new addition that I got this year.

One thing about Sonos speakers is that they don't go on sale very often, so when they do you want to be sure to pick them up. Right now the company is offering $50 off the 2-pack of Play:1 speakers, and $100 off the Sonos Sub.

These deals are available at a variety of retailers, including:

Both the speakers and subwoofer are available in black and white, and you can mix and match the speakers if you want. Whether you are looking to get your Sonos system started, or want to expand one that you already have, you won't want to miss out on this deal!

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7 months ago

Best hard drive for upgrading your PlayStation 4 storage

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Get all the space you need with an external hard drive.

While your PlayStation 4 might initially seem like it has all the space in the world for games, apps, and movies, eventually you're going to run out of room. Instead of deleting old saves or removing games from your system entirely, you can upgrade your space with an external hard drive. We've got the details on how to pick the right one here!

Why you'll want to upgrade

Depending on the size of your PlayStation 4 hard drive, it may be months or even a year or two before you start to really run out of room. In the past when this happened, you'd have to delete games and try to wiggle enough room to install the new shooter you just picked up.

However that all changed back in March when PlayStation added external hard drive support to its consoles. This means that all you need to do to upgrade your storage space is go ahead and plug in your preferred external hard drive and format it to your PlayStation 4. After that, you'll be good to go!

There are a few things to remember when trying to pick out an external hard drive. First, be sure that it is USB 3.0, because your console is compatible with USB 3.0. You'll also want to consider what storage size you want to pick up for your external drive; while a 1TB drive might be sufficient for some folks, others may want to err on the side of caution for more storage space. Lastly, it's worth mentioning that while you might be tempted to pick up an SSD external drive, it isn't going to make much of a difference when you are playing.

Toshiba Canvio Basics 1TB

The Toshiba Canvio Basics is your run-of-the-mill 1TB hard drive. It comes in three different colors, has USB 3.0, and has no required software to update or install.

With 1TB of storage space, you've got enough room for about 25 games, not including updates and save files. That means that 1TB might not be quite enough space for every gamer, and that's fine. For the ones who only need some extra space, this is a great external hard drive to check out.

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Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB Portable

If you want a slightly beefier external hard drive, then a 2TB might be more up your alley. Seagate delivers a great portable hard drive with enough room for 50 full games.

It's fully compatible with PlayStation 4 after the firmware update to 4.5 and comes in 4 different colors. It's also available for just $10 more than many 1TB models. That means that getting twice the space is more affordable than ever, which leads to having plenty of space for all the games you haven't discovered yet.

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WD 4TB My Book Desktop

If you don't really care about portability, and you're really just concerned with making sure you have as much room as is physically possible, then it's time to consider a desktop external drive. They may be a bit bulkier, but once you've got it set up, you'll never need to move it again, which can be handy.

This 4TB external hard drive from Western Digital has enough space to keep you downloading all of your favorite games, movies, and apps without any thought as to how much space they take up. It's even available in larger sizes if you really want every bit of space you can possibly get.

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Have you considered upgrading your storage?

Have you picked up an external hard drive for your PS4? Which one? Let us know about it in the comments below!

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7 months ago

Best Tempered Glass Screen Protectors for Amazon Fire 7" Tablet

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Protect your new Amazon Fire 7 tablet with a tempered glass screen protector.

Amazon has refreshed its line of Fire tablets, delivering a lighter and thinner tablet than its predecessor with Alexa built right into the OS. It's a compelling option at $50, and that means you should have some money left over to spend on accessories to keep your new device protected.

Here're your best bets for tempered glass screen protectors for the 7-inch Amazon Fire tablet.

Mr Shield 2-pack

When you're buying accessories, it never hurts to get a spare. Mr Shield offers a two-pack of screen protectors for the 7-inch Fire Tablet, giving you more bang for your buck.

Each screen protector is made of HD clear ballistic glass, which has been precisely cut with lasers with polished, rounded edges to exactly fit the dimensions of the Fire 7 screen. Not only do you get two screen protectors here, but Mr Shield backs up its products with a lifetime, no-hassle replacement warranty.

If you're planning to buy a Fire tablet for you and your loved one, this is a great deal to keep both devices safe from damage.

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AILUN Case-friendly Screen Protector

If you only need one screen protector for your device and don't want to spend more than $10 to get it, you'll want to check out this option from AILUN.

It includes all the features you'd want from a tempered glass screen protector — it's scratch- and shatter-resistant, features an oleophobic (oil-resistant) coating to prevent smudges and fingerprints, and is also compatible for use with a case. The package comes with guide stickers, wet and dry wipes, and dust removal stickers to ensure a clean, bubble-free installation.

AILUN offers a 12-month warranty for its Fire 7 tempered glass screen protector.

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Spigen GLAS.TR Slim

Spigen offers a two-pack of tempered glass screen protectors for the Amazon Fire 7 tablet. Regularly priced at over $45 (that's nearly the cost of the tablet!), you can get the pair for under $15.

Each screen protector is made of rugged tempered glass with rounded edges to help avoid any chips, and there's an oleophobic coating to help prevent your fingerprints from smudging up the screen.

Spigen offers really great customer support if you run into any issues during installation, and it consistently makes great accessories, so you can buy with confidence.

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Hi-Tech Wireless Screen Protector

Hi-Tech Wireless makes a highly-rated screen protector that will fit edge-to-edge on your 2017 Amazon Fire 7-inch tablet. It's ultra-thin at just .23mm thick, yet is tough enough to protect your screen free from scratches and cracks. It's also hydrophobic and oleophobic so that fingerprints and smudges wipe off easily.

Hi-Tech Wireless also includes a comprehensive installation guide if you've never installed a screen protector before or are buying this as a gift. Get yours and keep your tablet safe for just $12.99.

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Worth the price?

Are you upgrading to the new Amazon Fire 7 tablet? If so, will you be picking up a screen protector to keep that screen protected? Let us know in the comments!

Update January 2017: Added the Hi-Tech Wireless screen protector to our list.

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7 months ago

Getting the most out of the PS4 share function

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Share all your epic gaming highlights with the PS4's Share function!

Video game consoles can let you explore an irradiated planet, or try to survive the night while a pack of murderous Wendigos hunts down you and your friends. No matter what kind of adventures you are diving into, there may come a time when you want to share your epic quests with your friends. That is where PlayStation 4's share function shines. It allows you to quickly take screenshots and video clips, and you can even use it to broadcast your gameplay.

What is the share function

Unlike earlier game consoles where taking a screenshot or video was an involved process that often required extra accessories to pull off, PlayStation 4 has baked everything right into your console. This means that you can snag a screenshot, record a video, or even stream your gameplay, all with just the press of a few buttons on your controller.

This, of course, means that sharing and streaming your best gaming moments is easier than ever on the PlayStation. So the next friends you want to make your friends drop their jaws, be sure to have a few video clips of that epic firefight you've been talking about all week.

How do I use it?

Using the Share function is as easy as you might hope. In order to take a screenshot, all you need to do is press the share the button. A small icon of a photograph will pop up on the screen to let you know the screenshot has been saved.

In order to broadcast your gameplay, take a video clip, or take advantage of Share Play you'll need to press and hold the share button. This will open up a menu on the right side of your screen, with all of your options laid out for you.

To share a video clip all you need to do is select 'Video clip', and then decide where you want to share your video. Use this feature to easily share to Facebook, YouTube, and even Instagram. If you'd prefer to save your video clip instead of instantly sharing it, all you need to do is scroll down and choose 'Save video clip'.

You also have access to broadcast and sharing settings.

If you're more interested in streaming, then you have the option to Broadcast your gameplay directly to Twitch, YouTube, or Dailymotion. All you need to do is connect your account, and you're good to go. For those who like to have control over everything going on, you also have access to Broadcast and sharing settings from this menu. It's here that you can adjust the length of video clips, link with other services, adjust your audio sharing settings, and tweak your Broadcast settings.

You also have access to one final function from within the share menu — PlayStation Shared Play. This allows you to share your game with a friend using the internet, even if they don't have the game that you are playing. Essentially you're able to invite one friend into a private party so that the two of you can game together. You can even play a single player game in this manner, choosing to hand the controller back and forth, even if you aren't using the same console or aren't in the same place. The only catch is that both you, and your friend will both need to be active members of PlayStation Plus.

Have you used the share function for PlayStation 4?

PlayStation 4 makes it easy for you to save, share, and broadcast your gameplay, all with the press of a controller button. Whether you want to share your gameplay with one friend, or the whole of Twitch, that's an option that you can take advantage of. Have you used any of PlayStation 4's share functions? Be sure to let us know about it in the comments below!

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7 months ago

Motorola's GamePad Moto Mod is arriving this summer for $79.99 alongside other fresh Mod options

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Game better, charge better and listen better with new Moto Mods coming soon for the Moto Z lineup.

Back at Mobile World Congress, Motorola announced a number of interesting Mods for its Moto Z line, and we now know how much they'll be and when they'll be available.

If you're not familiar, Moto Mods are Motorola's take on augmenting smartphone features by magnetically attaching accessories through very strong magnets to a high-speed data port on the back of the phone. Exclusive to the Moto Z series, the accessories run the gamut from simple batteries to a Hasselblad-branded camera and portable pico projector.

Now, there are three new ones coming in July, with a fourth, the much-anticipated GamePad accessory, arriving later in the summer. And remember, these aren't exclusive to the new Moto Z2 Play — they're backwards-compatible to the rest of the Moto Z line as well.

The ultimate list of Moto Mods

JBL SoundBoost 2

Not sure that this one needed a sequel, but JBL's second SoundBoost speaker Mod is rounder and considerably more portable than the first, with the same excellent bassy sound and 10-hour battery life.

It now comes in black, red, and blue variants, with a reinforced metal kickstand that props it up when listening on the go. It's also splashproof, which is nice that, along with the Moto Z line's water resistant nano-coating, it can stand up to being by the pool or caught in the rain.

Coming in July for $79.99.

Moto TurboPower Pack

Love this one. A 3490mAh battery that's barely thicker than all of Motorola's previous battery Mods, the TurboPower pack charges using Moto's fast charge spec — up to 15 watts — which should bring any of the Moto Z products up to very, very quickly. It's also easily rechargeable using USB-C independent from the phone, which is a bonus.

Coming in July for $79.99.

Moto Style Shell with Wireless Charging

This one is fairly simple: it's a regular textured Style Shell that, for $39.99, adds both Qi and PMA wireless charging to your Moto Z. Looks pretty good but adds too much thickness to keep it permanently attached to the back of my Moto Z or Z2 Play. Maybe just leave it next to the bed and swap it in every night.

Coming in July for $39.99.

Moto GamePad

I got to try an early prototype of this one, and it's really neat. There are two analog sticks and nice, clicky buttons, and while Motorola won't currently comment on whether it is working with developers to optimize specific games for the GamePad, all games with built-in controller support will work out of the box.

We don't have a specific shipping date other than late summer, but we know that it's coming soon for $79.99.

More: Moto Z2 Play review

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7 months ago

Does your PlayStation VR need extra cooling fans to avoid overheating?

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Heat is part of the deal when you're playing PlayStation 4.

PlayStation 4 delivers tons of great content — from VR experiences to Netflix and Hulu, to its massive library of great games for you to dive into. You might be worried about how hot your system gets when it's in use though, and whether you need to bite the bullet and pick up an additional fan for cooling. While this is a fairly normal reaction, it shouldn't be necessary! We've got the details for you here!

Heat is normal when using PlayStation 4

When you notice heat coming off of your console, it's easy to get pretty worried. After all, many gamers still remember not being able to play certain consoles for more than two or three hours before they started to heat up and affect gameplay. Here's the thing though — when it comes to playing your PlayStation 4, a certain amount of heat is pretty normal.

We mean it's going to be warm, bordering on hot, when you touch it. This is especially true if you're touching around the back of the console where the main exhaust fan is housed. Don't panic, though. So long as your system has adequate room to vent, that heat isn't anything to worry about. Just hot air.

This is a good time to remind that you do want to ensure there's adequate space around your console. Rather than putting it in a cupboard inside of your entertainment center, we suggest leaving it open to the air so that the exhaust fan can do its job properly. The fan in your system is fairly beefy and was designed to ensure that you wouldn't need any additional cooling options, so as long as it is working properly adding additional fans ought to be unnecessary.

How to cut down on excess heat

Now if your system is getting some serious heat, there are a few things you might want to take a look at before you start thinking about ordering an aftermarket fan. Namely, you'll want to consider how long the system has been running, as well as how dusty it's become.

PlayStation 4 is basically covered in vents on the side and back of the console and if these vents get choked up with dust they aren't able to do their job properly. To this end, if you notice your console getting particularly hot then a solid call is to ensure that no vents are obscured by dust.

Clearing out dust or debris from your PS4's vents will help keep things cool.

You can clean them out in about 10 seconds, provided you have a canister of compressed air on hand. All you need to do is use short, controlled bursts with the nozzle pointed towards the vents. This ought to clear out any dust or debris and allow the console to properly vent heat.

If you still notice more heat than usual then you might want to consider how long you've been running your console for. While PlayStation 4 is a pretty hardy console, it still has its limits. If you've been running the console for more than 6-8 hours then you might want to give it a break for an hour or so to return to a normal temperature.

Have you considered an external fan?

While your PlayStation 4 system is going to heat up after you've been playing for a clip, this isn't something that ought to worry you much. So long as the exhaust fan is running, there is no dust blocking the vents, and you've ensured that there is room for the heat to vent off, then you should be in excellent shape. Have you considered picking up an additional fan for your PlayStation 4 console? Let us know about it in the comments below!

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7 months ago

Amazon's 1-day networking and storage sale is full of big price drops

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Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with some great deals on popular networking and storage brands!

Amazon Gold Box Deals of the Day is offering up to 40% off top network and storage brands like NETGEAR, TP-Link, ASUS, and more. Whether you are in need of a new router to replace your aging one, or a network extender to get a better signal in areas of your house, you won't want to miss out on this deal. You probably have a bunch of random flash drives laying around your house, but likely none of them can store 128GB and are the size of your fingernail. Pick up SanDIsk's super popular Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drive in today's sale for only $25.

Here are some of the best deals from the sale:

This one-day offer is valid on May 31, 2017, or while supplies last.

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7 months ago

Best Galaxy S7 Cases

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Best Galaxy S7 cases

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

If you have a Galaxy S7, then you probably didn't upgrade to the Galaxy S8, because the S7 still holds up wonderfully a year later.

That being said, if you want you phone to feel brand new, why not dress it up in a new case? Here are the best available.

Here are our favorites!

Spigen Liquid Crystal

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

LifeProof FRE Galaxy S7

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

Speck Candyshell Galaxy S7

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 Galaxy S7

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

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 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 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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OtterBox Symmetry

Everyone's perennial favorite case, OtterBox comes through yet again with the Symmetry Series, which offers guaranteed protection and comes in a wide range of colors and patterns so that you can add a bit of your own flair.

Keep in mind that this case will add some bulk to your S7, but it'll also make it feel substantial in your hand, protected all around by the blend of silicone and polycarbonate plastic for excellent shock absorption and drop protection.

If OtterBox has always been your go-to, then why mess up a good thing? Check out the Symmetry Series.

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MagicSky

If you really wanna dress up your Galaxy S7 and bling is the name of the game, then check out MagicSky's studded rhinestone dual-layer cases, which feature and array of patterns and colors. The edges are a soft silicone bumper, while the rest is harder plastic, which makes for great shock absorption and drop protection.

These cases go on and come off easily, thanks to a snap design, and the prints are actually gorgeous, not tacky (unless you opt for the tackier few that are available — to each their own!).

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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!

Updated May 2017: Added the durable OtterBox Symmetry and the blinged out MagicSky cases.

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7 months ago

Best Fitness Trackers Under $50

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For those interested in checking out fitness trackers on the cheap!

It's nearly summer which means many of us are scrambling to get more active and maybe slim down a bit before hitting the beach. And a fitness tracker can help you reach your goals, but there's nothing worse than investing hundreds of dollars into a top-of-the-line Fitbit or fitness smartwatch only to wear it for a few weeks and then leave it to collect dust in a drawer.

Fortunately, there are plenty of affordable fitness trackers out there for your consideration. They're offered across a range of designs, and you're sure to find one that will meet your needs without breaking your bank.

Here are the best fitness trackers you can buy for under $50!

Xiaomi Mi Band 2

The Xiaomi Mi Band 2 is the latest fitness tracker from the Chinese company which is known for delivering quality products at a low price of around $30. It's a great option for someone looking for a more traditional wrist tracker on the cheap.

This tracker is packed with features: it's water resistant (IP67) and will track your daily exercise and sleep, give you message and call notifications on the OLED display, and also includes an ADI photoelectric heart rate sensor (though you'll need to load up Xiaomi's Mi Fit app to see those stats).

Basically, Xiaomi managed to offer all the features you'd expect from a premium fitness tracker and pack it into the sleek and affordable Mi Band 2. With its replaceable wrist strap, you're able to swap for colorful bands — you can get an 11-piece set of colorful bands to chose from for under $20.

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Fitbit Zip

Fitbit is the leading brand in the fitness tracker space, but its wrist accessories aren't for everyone. Fortunately, there's the Fitbit Zip that conveniently clips onto a coat, shirt or jeans pocket and tracks your steps, distance traveled, and calories burned throughout your day.

It connects to your phone via the Fitbit app, allowing for wireless syncing of data so you can view your weekly progress. There's also a popular social element built into the app which lets you connect with friends in fun challenges to keep yourself motivated.

The Fitbit Zip is available in a variety of fun color options and is water resistant. Best of all, you don't have to worry about recharging it since it comes with a replaceable watch battery that lasts up to six months of wear. For a hassle-free Fitbit experience when you're just looking to track steps, the Fitbit Zip is an affordable and convenient option.

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Moov Now

The Moov Now fitness tracker is different, in that it's more of a coaching tool than a fitness tracker. When you wear it on your wrist, it tracks your daily activity via the Moov Now app. And unlike most other fitness trackers there's no distracting screen, no need to charge it nightly, and it's waterproof enough for tracking swims.

The real fun begins with the coaching. Moov offers a selection of workouts and activities that work with the Moov Now to monitor your body's movements and provide instant coaching feedback. By strapping the Moov Now to your ankle, it's able to not only follow your time and distance progression, but also specifics related to your stride and how your feet land as you run.

There are several different training modes for running and walking, which help you to train different aspects of your stride. There are programs for improving your form and run more efficiently, improve your pace and distance, or work on sprint intervals to burn fat. The feedback it provides is surprisingly accurate and helpful, offering quick tips on maintaining a steady breath, feedback if you're stepping too heavily or landing heel first, or encouragements to pick up the pace a bit. As someone who's injured himself because of poor form in the past, it's nice to have a subtle piece of tech looking out for me.

It doesn't track steps or calories, but Google Fit still does a decent job of that for me. Plus, since it's an ambient fitness tracker I can comfortably wear it to sleep and get statistics on my sleeping habits as well. Plus, at under $50 you can afford to buy two, which opens up the ability to do shadow boxing training. You may also be interested in the Moov HR Burn, a heart rate monitor that's used for High-Intensity Interval Training via the Moov app.

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Misfit Flash

The Misfit Flash includes all the tracking abilities you'd expect from a fitness tracker: sleep, steps, and calories. It's also very water resistant with an IPX7 water-resistance rating — not quite enough to guarantee it for swimming, but certainly able to survive a rainstorm.

If you hate the idea of charging your fitness tracker each night, you'll be happy to know the Flash features outstanding battery life; it can last roughly six months on a single watch battery. It wirelessly syncs to your smartphone and transmits its data via the Misfit app.

Misfit Flash starts at around $18 and goes up to about $30 depending on which color you'd prefer.

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Update January 5, 2018: Added the Moov Now fitness tracker and real-time audio coaching tool, now available for under $50!

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7 months ago

Best Watch Bands for Samsung Gear S2 Classic

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Best watch bands for Samsung Gear S2 classic

Class up your Samsung Gear S2 Classic with some great watch bands.

Updated May 2017: Added Moretek's great silicone band — perfect for fitness fanatics.

If you've bought or are looking into buying the Samsung Gear S2 Classic, then you're probably someone who enjoys the traditional watch look with some sweet tech under the hood.

We've rounded up the best watch bands for your Gear S2 Classic so that you can match your smartwatch to your personal taste and lifestyle.

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7 months ago

Mophie Juicepack for Pixel XL: A beast of battery burden

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What do you get someone who has a nearly perfect phone? More battery life, of course.

Google's Pixel XL is a lot of things. It's the phone to have if you're into tinkering. It gets updates before any other phone. It's got a camera that's considered one of the best available today.

But battery life? That's not always been its strongest asset, even considering its 3,450mAh capacity.

For years, the Mophie Juicepack has been the go-to battery case. Mostly for the iPhone, but more recently for Samsung's Galaxy S line. And now, it's available for the Pixel XL.

What you need to know: This case will make the phone thicker. Longer. Heavier. It'll make the fingerprint sensor harder to get to.

And it'll increase battery capacity by more than 75%.

Notice I don't say "battery life." Actual usage time is one of those things that very much will vary from person to person, even with the extra 2,950mAh. But with that sort of increase, you know that you'll be running much longer than you would have otherwise. (And reminder that you gain wireless charging with this thing.)

The soft-touch coating on the case is exactly what we've come to expect over the years — just about perfect, if still prone to the oil from your fingers. The seam where the top half of the case meets the bottom is well out of the way and nicely matched in any event. And the case itself should do its usual protection job.

Oh, this doesn't feel like a Pixel XL anymore. There's nothing svelte about this phone when it's wearing a Juicepack. I'm now showing 9.75 ounces on the scale (up from the naked phone's 5.83 ounces). The flat back is demolished by what I want to describe as something more whale-like.

We've all seen these cases before. They're beasts.

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8 months ago

Best Accessories for Samsung DeX

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Equip your desktop-wannabe with the right peripherals for taking it on the road with the Galaxy S8.

The Samsung DeX helps unlock the desktop experience that's hidden deep within the code in your Galaxy S8 or S8+. If you've purchased one with the intention of getting work done on the road, however, you'll want to equip it with the right stuff. Here are some suggestions on what to grab if you're grabbing the Samsung DeX.

Logitech MX Anywhere 2

The Logitech MX Anywhere 2 wireless mouse has been my favorite since its first-generation iteration many years ago. This portable mouse works anywhere – on a desk, on glass, on high-gloss finishes, and even on your naked knee. It also offer dual wireless connectivity, so you can connect it to the DeX with the tiny Pico Unifying receiver or simply pair it via Bluetooth.

This mouse also features switches on the bottom, so you can pair up to three devices at a time, making it easy to switch between the DeX and your actual desktop computer. Best of all, it doesn't require batteries, and you can easily charge it from any powered USB port with merely a Micro-USB cable.

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Arteck HB030B wireless bluetooth keyboard

In need of something slim and chic that won't break the bank? This Bluetooth-connected keyboard from Arteck features thin chiclet keys and barely weighs 6 ounces. It's compatible with both Mac and PCs, too, and it features seven different backlight colors that you can sort through depending on your mood. When the keyboard is losing steam, you can quickly charge it via the DeX with the included USB charging cable. Arteck even offers a 24-month warranty with purchase.

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Anker SoundBuds slim wireless headphones

Unfortunately, the Samsung DeX dock doesn't come with its own headphone jack, so you'll be stuck listening to music or conducting conference calls through the Galaxy S8's built-in microphone and speakers. But you don't have to get stuck making everyone listen to your life! Get a pair of affordable Bluetooth-connected headphones like the SoundBuds from Anker. They support Bluetooth 4.1 and they're lightweight and thin enough to cart around in your pocket. They're also water-resistant, if that's your sort of thing, and they feature an in-line microphone and remote.

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Tera Grand retractable HDMI cable

Be ready to connect the Samsung DeX to any TV set or monitor you lay your eyes on. This retractable HDMI cable ensures you've always got 4 feet of cord on you when you need it without requiring too much room in your bag. This HDMI cable also supports resolutions up to 4K, if you're into that sort of thing, as well as dual direction 1080p. Best of all, it's cheap enough if you want to get a couple of them to toss into the emergency cords box somewhere in your house. (I know you've got one. We've all got one.)

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Bagsmart Electronics Travel Organizer

You don't need to bring a bag like this on the road with you to hold your stuff, but it is a good idea if you plan to travel with the Samsung DeX. This organizer case from Bagsmart is made of durable and water-repellant nylon and features well-passed covers. There's also two longer and one shorter velcro divider packed on the inside so that you can customize your own compartments, as well as a zipper section with a small SD card pouch.

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img { width: 100%; height: auto; } .devicebox ul { display: table; margin: 0 0 10px; width: 100%; } .devicebox ul li { background: #f7f7f7; margin: 2px 0; padding: 4px 15px; } .devicebox ul li:hover { background: #fff; } .devicebox ul li:before { display: none; } .devicebox p ~ p { line-height: 1.25; } .devicebox p:first-of-type + p { padding: 15px; } .devicebox a.buy-link { border-radius: 5px; display: inline-block; font: 14px/31px "Proxima Nova Extrabld",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; text-align: center; } .devicebox a.buy-link, .devicebox a.buy-link:link, .devicebox a.buy-link:active, .devicebox a.buy-link:visited { background: #37B5D7; color: #FFF; } .devicebox a.buy-link:hover { background: #2694B2; text-decoration: none; } .devicebox a.buy-link:before { content: "\e61e"; font: 40px/0 "ac_iconset" !important; margin: 0 3px 0 -8px; vertical-align: middle; } @media all and (min-width: 1025px), all and (max-width: 800px) and (min-width: 660px) { /* div:not(.columns-3) excludes help menu content */ .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox { padding: 20px 0 25px; } .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox .video { float: left; margin: 0 30px 0 0; width: calc(100% - 375px); } .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox h3 + p { bottom: 37px; display: block; overflow: hidden; position: absolute; top: 60px; width: calc(100% - 375px); } .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox p img, .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox p > img { position: absolute; top: 50%; transform: translateY(-50%); } .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox p:nth-child(n+3), .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox ul { box-sizing: border-box; margin-left: calc(100% - 345px); width: 340px; } .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox p.list-head { margin-top: -5px; } } @media all and (max-width: 1024px) and (min-width: 801px), all and (max-width: 660px) { .devicebox h3 { text-align: center; } .devicebox ul, .devicebox p { display: block; } } @media all and (max-width: 800px) and (min-width: 660px) { .devicebox { padding: 20px 0 25px; } .devicebox .video { float: left; margin: 0 30px 0 0; width: calc(100% - 375px); } .devicebox h3 + p { bottom: 37px; display: block; overflow: hidden; position: absolute; top: 60px; width: calc(100% - 375px); } .devicebox p img, .devicebox p > img { position: absolute; top: 50%; transform: translateY(-50%); } .devicebox p:nth-child(n+3), .devicebox ul { box-sizing: border-box; margin-left: calc(100% - 345px); width: 340px; } .devicebox p.list-head { margin-top: -5px; } } @media all and (min-width: 1025px), all and (max-width: 800px) and (min-width: 661px), all and (max-width: 500px) { /* 2x buy buttons */ .devicebox a.buy-link { width: calc(50% - 2.5px); margin: 0 5px 5px 0; } .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-of-type(even) { margin: 0 0 5px 0; } .devicebox a.buy-link:last-of-type:nth-of-type(odd) { width: 100%; } } @media all and (max-width: 1024px) and (min-width: 801px), all and (max-width: 659px) and (min-width: 501px) { /* 3x buy buttons */ .devicebox a.buy-link { width: calc(100%/3 - 10px/3); margin: 0 5px 5px 0; } .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-of-type(3n):not(:nth-last-of-type(2)) { margin: 0 0 5px 0; } .devicebox a.buy-link:only-child { width: 100%; margin: 0 0 5px 0; } .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(2):nth-of-type(3n+1), .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(2):nth-of-type(3n+1) ~ a.buy-link, .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(4):nth-of-type(3n+1), .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(4):nth-of-type(3n+1) ~ a.buy-link { width: calc(50% - 2.5px); } .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(2):nth-of-type(3n+1) ~ a.buy-link, .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(4):nth-of-type(3n+1) ~ a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(odd) { margin: 0 0 5px 0; } } @media all and (max-width: 800px) { .devicebox { margin: 0 0 30px; max-width: none; width: auto; } } @media all and (max-width: 500px) { .devicebox { margin: 0 0 30px; max-width: none; width: auto; } .devicebox a.buy-link:before { display: none; } } .page-admin .devicebox {max-width: 350px;} .page-admin .devicebox .video_iframe {position: relative; height: 0; padding-bottom: 56.9%;} .page-admin .devicebox .video_iframe iframe {width: 100%; height: 100%; position: absolute;} /*-->*/ /*-->*/ /*-->*/

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