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1 year ago

Amazon Fire TV will soon gain Alexa voice commands, 4K YouTube and more

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Amazon will roll out new features for its Fire TV set-top box in the near future. Many of them will allow users to access more voice commands via Alexa, such as launching apps, starting videos and more.

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1 year ago

Spigen Ultra Hybrid for the Galaxy S7

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Spigen Ultra Hybrid for the Galaxy S7

Ultra hybrid: all that is hybrid (apparently).

Galaxy S7s are pretty fragile if dropped the right (wrong?) way. You're gonna need a case, so we went hands-on the Spigen Ultra Hybrid, to give you a better idea of whether or not it's the right fit for your phone and your habits.

If you want to let the beauty of your S7 shine through, with a case that feels a little sturdier than those soft TPU cases, then this is the one for you.

We'll break things down in terms of style, features, and design.

Style

Spigen Ultra Hybrid for the Galaxy S7

The Ultra Hybrid comes in three color options: Mint, Crystal Clear, and Rose Crystal. The colors are only around the outer rim, maintaining a transparent back to show off your S7 in all its glory.

With a hard polycarbonate back and a softer TPU bumper around the rim, the Ultra Hybrid can feel a bit slippery at times, especially if your hands get a bit greasy. However, there is a seam that runs all around the rim of the case, where the TPU and polycarbonate meet, that helps keep it stable in your hand.

This is by no means an "ultra-slim" case, but it doesn't add a ton of bulk or weight to the S7; although, it being clear may create an illusion of thinness.

Features

Spigen Ultra Hybrid for the Galaxy S7

The Ultra Hybrid is just about as basic as cases get, aside from being made of two materials, but the thinner polycarbonate backing does allow for wireless charging. Many polycarbonate cases are just too thick, but not Spigen's, which is a great feature, since you don't have to take it off your phone every night to charge.

Design

Spigen Ultra Hybrid for the Galaxy S7

This particular Spigen case underwent the military drop test, which the Department of Defense uses to approve devices for military applications. We still wouldn't take this one off to war, but it's built to withstand some pretty solid drops.

Each corner has a small air pocket that helps with shock absorption — an ideal feature for the Galaxy S7, since dropping it on its corner results in a big ol' spider web of cracks (Google "Galaxy S7 dropped on corner" and you'll see). The front features a raised bezel, so you can safely lay your S7 on its face without worrying about it getting dinged up.

The Ultra Hybrid covers all the buttons, but leaves all the ports at the bottom wide open, so you're entirely unencumbered for using third-party cables. The power button isn't an issue, but if you happen to get an ill-fitting Ultra Hybrid, the volume buttons might be a tad finicky.

This case is designed for those who want their phone to feel protected, because it certainly does feel sturdy and formidable in your hand, albeit a bit slippery.

The bottom line

Spigen Ultra Hybrid for the Galaxy S7

This case is for you if you want a case that's easy to put on and remove, one that'll provide solid protection, and one that won't drastically change the look of your Galaxy S7.

If clear cases are what you're after, but this one doesn't quite do it for you, then you should check out our roundup of the best clear cases for the Galaxy S7.

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1 year ago

Grab Mpow's latest waterproof speaker for just $15 at Amazon with coupon code

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Right now you can pick up the Mpow Buckler, the company's latest waterproof Bluetooth speaker, for just $15 at Amazon with coupon code NJB5QCK7. It has an IPX4 rating, so it will work great by the pool, out camping and even in the shower with its suction cup.

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1 year ago

Best accessories for the Galaxy Note 5

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Bump up the functionality and the awesomeness of your Note 5 with some sweet accessories!

Beautiful, functional, and fun to use, Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 has a lot going for it. But there are a lot of ways you can bump up that functionality and fun-factor to astronomical levels.

We've done some looking, and we've put together this roundup of amazing accessories for your Galaxy Note 5.

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1 year ago

Best cheap cases for the Galaxy S7

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Best cheap cases for Galaxy S7

Protect your phone while protecting your wallet.

Now, it's no secret that buying a really cheap case probably won't offer you the best degree of protection or the nicest look, but not all cases need to break the bank. So, for all you dollar-wise budget beaters, we've rounded up some of the cheapest cases we could find that still have something to offer.

EasyAcc

EasyAcc's clear case is as simple as you can get and, while it's nothing special to look at, this case is made out of TPU, which is extremely flexible and feels super grippy.

This case is not only completely transparent, allowing you to enjoy the natural beauty of your Galaxy S7, but also totally seamless. The edges of EasyAcc's case are slightly raised to help prevent damage to the screen if you drop your phone on a flat surface.

Just beware of stretching and yellowing of the plastic. The TPU will absorb light super easily, which is what causes the discoloration.

This case is super cheap, starting around $2.60.

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Tekcoo Tbaron series

The Tbaron series from Tekcoo is surprisingly rugged for only starting around $7.99. It's a two-layer system that consists of a silicone skin that your phone sits in and a back plastic cover that clips on over the silicone shell. Even with both layers, all the buttons and ports of the Galaxy S7 are easy to access.

The case looks and feels very similar to Otterbox's Commuter series except with one major difference: that hard plastic back cover feels pretty slippery, which means it will be great for sliding in and out of your pocket. However, slipping out of your hands could happen, so tread carefully with this one.

Coming in a wide variety of vibrant and bright colors is an added bonus of the Tekcoo Tbaron series. If you're looking for a cheap case that adds some bulk and some flash to your S7, this could be the case for you.

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Spigen Exact-Fit

It's a simple and unassuming-looking hard polycarbonate shell that easily fits around the Galaxy S7 and will protect your phone from minor scratches to its back and sides. It does have a bit of a lip above the screen; however, it's not quite enough for us to say laying it down screen-first is 100 percent worry-free.The case does get a little thicker around the camera at the back to protect the lens from getting scratched. Even so, it still manages to feel pretty light.

The sides of the Galaxy S7 are a little more exposed that some of your average cases, especially around the headphone jack and charging port located at the bottom of the phone. So it probably would be wise to use this case if you expect to be bumping the sides of your phone on objects.

All-in-all if you are looking for a pretty simple case that is also highly functional and only around $9.99, look no further than Spigen's Exact-Fit.

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Cimo heavy duty shock absorbing hybrid

Who says cheap can't mean fun? Cimo's heavy-duty shock-absorbent hybrid case is great for anyone looking to make a statement, especially if that statement is "I like pink!" And, although this case may cause your eyes to catch fire with it's brightness, it actually has some decent features.

It's a one-piece case that is both a mix of hard polycarbonate and silicone that adds a little bit of bulk, making you feel like the phone is safe in your hand. The back of the phone has a pleasant texture that isn't slippery at all, and it's thick enough around the camera to protect the lens from scratches.

Of course, the funky colors and embedded rhinestones aren't really going to make this case for everyone. However, we should mention that it does also come in non-eye-assaulting colors such as black, so for the low price of around $7.98, it's worth checking out.

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ArtMine window view wallet case

This wallet case has one card slot so you can always have your bank account at the ready, and the flip cover will protect most of your phone screen. It does have a big square hole in the front cover, which is a good way to always be able to see the time whenever you want. This case is also very thin and won't make your Galaxy S7 seem bulky at all which is kind of rare for a wallet case.

Now, this case is probably best for people who are looking for a wallet case that won't break the break. After all, it starts around $8.90 which is pretty good for a case that has some screen protection built-in.

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What do you use?

Have you found a super-cheap case that you think should be added to our list? Sound off in the comments below and let us know why you think it's the best!

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1 year ago

Where to buy LG G5 modules

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Where to buy LG G5 modules

You've heard about modules for the G5, now where can you get them?

The LG G5 has been designed so you can swap in and out component modules to add extra function or utility to your phone. This is a cool option for people who hope to customize their phones for enhanced photo-taking abilities, improved audio playback, or functions yet to be imagined. But when talking about the G5, what exactly is a module?

What are modules?

Modules are attachments which add new or expanded capabilities to your LG G5. LG has created an accessories category for the G5 called "Friends." This means every module is a Friend; however, not every Friend is a module. Make sense? Sorry.

The generic term LG is using to classify its tech accessories for the LG G5 is "friends." These Friends include modular devices that can be swapped on and off of the phone, but among the Friends there are non-modular accessories like the LG Rolling Bot, LG 360 Cam and LG 360 VR headset.

If you're looking for current, first-party modules available for your LG G5, your options are limited at this point.

What modules are available?

At this point there are only a few available modules, but LG and third party manufacturers will presumably be creating new ones to add to your phone in the future:

  • LG Cam Plus — Makes your LG G5 feel and function like a professional camera. It includes physical buttons for shooting and focusing, as well as a zoom wheel, for added convenience when taking photos or video.
  • LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O Play — Designed in collaboration with Bang and Olufsen (B&O), this module is for true audiophiles who want the best audio quality from their smartphone. Currently unavailable in North America. Learn more about the LG Hi-Fi Plus here..
  • LG Tone Platinum Wireless Stereo Headset — These futuristic, wireless headphones feature a stylish design with retractable earbuds, and provide you with quick access to all sorts of features and controls via Bluetooth.
  • LG 360 VR — Experience the world in glorious 360 VR with these visor goggles build specifically for the LG G5. Learn more about how the VR headset and the 360 cam work together.
  • LG 360 Cam — The perfect pair for your 360 VR headset, this LG Friend lets you take epic 360 degree pictures and video — including directional sound — so you can share exactly what you're seeing and hearing are with friends, family and the rest of the world.

Right now you can purchase the LG Cam Plus which is a camera grip accessory for your phone to make it feel and function more like a traditional digital camera.

Where do you buy modules for the LG G5?

The LG Cam Plus is the only module that is available right now in the U.S. for the LG G5. It's available through certain carriers and online retailers. LG allows you to search for a retailer near you on their website.

If you don't want to go that route, you can also put in an order through Amazon for this handy camera accessory.

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The Hi-Fi Plus with B&O Play module is only available in Europe for the time being, and until the U.S. models of the phones receive software updates the module won't work with devices stateside anyway. So unless you have a European LG G5, you're going to have to wait for the B&O Play module.

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LG is also selling the LG 360 Cam, LG 360 VR, LG Cam Plus and the LG TONE Platinum directly from the company website.

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Folks in the U.S. can also buy the LG 360 Cam, LG 360 VR and LG Cam Plus directly from ShopAndroid.

Should you buy a module?

The LG G5 is already an excellent phone right out of the box with its 5.3 inch Quad HD display, lightweight body, and versatile camera. If you have specific areas you want to improve your G5 in, then adding a module might be advantageous. Overall, modules for the G5 are a nice-to-have but not a need-to-have.

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1 year ago

Best cases for the Nextbit Robin

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Best cases for the Nextbit Robin so far

If it's colored like a robin's egg, you should probably protect it like one.

The Nextbit Robin isn't flashy in the same way a metal or glass phone is, but it is pretty to look at with its square edges, unique colors and porportions and rather thin design. That being said, you drop that sucker on its corner and it's bye bye birdie.

We've rounded up the best cases that you can buy today to keep your Robin safe and sound, so you can keep Tweeting.

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1 year ago

Philips finally has an amazing app for its Hue bulbs

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A long time coming, but so worth the wait.

Early adopters of the Philips Hue bulbs are used to messing around with third-party apps by now. Philips opening up its APIs at an early stage was a smart move, and the number of incredible apps to have come from that are well worth talking about. At the same time, one of the big reasons many users turned to third-party apps in the first place was due largely to how confusing and downright featureless the Philips Hue app was.

Recently Philips released Hue Gen 2, a replacement to the original Hue app. We've been using it for a few days now, and it is without a doubt the most complete app you can have for your smart bulbs today.

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1 year ago

Pick up Sony's 128GB microSD card for just $33 at Amazon

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If you are looking to add some storage to your phone or tablet, you'll want to check out this deal from Sony on microSD cards at Amazon. You can grab a 128GB card for just $33, its lowest price yet. Should this be too much storage or more than you wanted to spend, Sony is also offering discounts on its other cards as well.

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1 year ago

LG 360 CAM, CAM Plus and 360 VR are now available at ShopAndroid

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ShopAndroid now carries all the best LG G5 accessories, including the LG 360 CAM, CAM Plus and 360 VR. If you recently picked up a G5 and have been looking to add some of these accessories to your collection, there is no better time than now. From the immersive virtual reality experience that the 360 VR brings to the stunning 360-degree pictures and video you can capture on the 360 CAMm, these accessories are great for just about anyone.

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1 year ago

Best heavy duty cases for the Galaxy S7

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Best heavy duty cases for Galaxy S7

Treat your phone a little less than kind? Get a heavy duty case!

Let's face it, sometimes keeping your phone protected is the most important thing. After all, you carry it around everywhere so it's bound to be put into some dangerous situations. If you are prone to dropping your phone on the ground, down the stairs, or even in the water, you may want to think about a heavy duty case.

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1 year ago

How to restart your Fitbit fitness tracker

How to restart your Fitbit tracker

When it comes to solving problems, sometimes the best thing you can do is restart.

Ideally, you shouldn't have to ever restart your Fitbit. Alas, we don't live in a perfect world. Each model has different method to initiate a restart, and usually the process only takes a few minutes. The following problems could potentially be fixed by restarting your Fitbit:

  • Your tracker won't sync
  • Your tracker doesn't respond to button presses, taps, or swipes
  • Your tracker won't turn on even when it's charged
  • Your tracker isn't tracking your activity

The great thing about restarting your Fitbit is it won't delete any of your tracked activity. So you don't need to be too worried about all the hard work you have put in to reach your goals.

However, it is important to note that if your tracker stores calls, texts, or calendar notifications those will be deleted during the restarting process.

How to restart your Fitbit Zip

Since the Zip has a removable battery the restart process is essentially a battery pull.

  1. Open the door to the battery in the back using the battery door tool
  2. Remove the battery
  3. Wait 10 seconds
  4. Put the battery back in with the "+" facing up and close the battery door.

Your Fitbit Zip will now restart and you should see the version number on the screen followed by a series of smiley faces.

How to restart your Fitbit One

  1. Plug your charging cable into your computer
  2. Plug your One into the charging cable
  3. Press and hold down the tracker's button for 10-12 seconds
  4. Unplug your One from the charging cable
  5. Press the tracker's button.

Your Fitbit One should boot up in just a few seconds and be ready to track once again.

How to restart your Fitbit Flex

  1. Plug your charging cable into your computer
  2. Plug your Flex into the charging cable
  3. Insert a paperclip into the small pinhole on the back of the charger.
  4. Hold down the paperclip for 3-5 seconds
  5. Unplug the Flex form the charging cable.

Your Flex should show some flashing LED lights for a couple seconds and then the restart will be complete.

How to restart your Fitbit Charge

  1. Plug your charging cable into your computer
  2. Plug your Charge into the charging cable
  3. Press and hold the button for 10 to 12 seconds until you see the Fitbit icon and a version number on the screen
  4. Let go of the button

Your Charge should be up and running again. You should probably go do the same slacker!

How to restart your Charge HR

  1. Plug your charging cable into your computer
  2. Plug your Charge into the charging cable
  3. Press and hold the button for 10 to 12 seconds until you see the Fitbit icon and a version number on the screen
  4. Let go of the button

Now, strap on that Charge HR and get that heart rate up!

How to restart your Fitbit Alta

  1. Plug your charging cable into your computer
  2. Plug your Alta into the charging cable
  3. Press the button on the charging cable three times with a slight pause between each press but within 8 seconds. The button is on the end of the charging cable.
  4. After you see the logo on the Alta's screen you can unplug it from your charging cable.

Get that stylish band back on your wrist and start strutting your stuff!

How to restart your Fitbit Blaze

  1. Press and hold the Back and Select buttons - the button on the left and bottom right - until you see the Fitbit logo on the Blaze's screen.
  2. Let go of the buttons

That should turn that dumbwatch back into a smartwatch!

How to restart your Fitbit Surge

  1. Press and hold the Back and Select buttons - the button on the left and bottom right - until you see the Fitbit logo on the Blaze's screen.
  2. Let go of the buttons
  3. When your screen turns off, wait 10 seconds and press the Home button to turn your Surge back on.

Take that GPS tracker for a run you track star!

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1 year ago

Logitech ZeroTouch review: A pretty good way to go hands-free in your car

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Logitech ZeroTouch

If you just want to safely do the basics in your car, hands-free, ZeroTouch is mostly aces.

One of the most important things you can do with your smartphone is to not use it in your car while you're driving. You're going to ignore that advice, of course. We all have. So the trick is to use your phone as safely as possible. And that means keeping it out of your hands.

There are myriad ways to do this. Android Auto is a good one. (And I've been using it for more than a year.) Various car docks are available, too, so you only have to touch the phone when you need it to do something — or let you use your phone's built-in hands-free options.

Logi (née Logitech) has just unveiled its own option. Dubbed ZeroTouch, it's an excellent system for safely doing four basic things while driving. Let's take a look.

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1 year ago

Logitech's new car mounts bring smart hands-free to Android

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Logi ZeroTouch

Logitech has announced a new pair of hands-free car mounts that work in concert with a voice-controlled app to keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel.

ZeroTouch is available either as a vent mount ($59.99) or a dash mount ($79.99). The free app then connects with the the mount via a small metal plate or a disk hidden underneath a case, triggering a Bluetooth LE connection. When you remove the phone from the mount, the ZeroTouch app shuts down, so you only have to use the voice commands when you want.

Read: Our Logitech ZeroTouch review

ZeroTouch focuses on four basic hands-free operations — text messages, phone calls, navigation and music playback. You also can share your location via voice, with built-in Glympse support.

ZeroTouch is available today at Logitech's website, or on Amazon.

See at Logitech

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1 year ago

Samsung's 256GB EVO Plus microSD hits the market in June for $250 with blazing speeds

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Samsung has announced plans to release the EVO Plus 256GB microSD card. The card, which can store up to 12 hours of 4K UHD video, will go on sale in June worldwide for $249.99.

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