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1 year ago

What I learned while using a 360 camera

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Using a 360 camera is a surprisingly human experience, as long as you don't have it on the end of a selfie stick.

For the most part, people tend to look at cameras like 360fly the same way they look at a GoPro. It's a camera you bust out when you want to do something cool, and capture that cool thing in a unique perspective. These cameras are treated like they're a way to make someone feel like they were there when the thing happened, and frequently nothing else. While the results often are incredible, I spent some time taking a 360fly with me everywhere to see how different it was to capture things this way.

It turns out there's a lot to like about using a 360 camera the same way you think about using a regular camera. Here's what I learned.

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1 year ago

Spigen is offering its Galaxy S7 and S7 edge cases for $5 at Amazon!

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Update: All the cases at this price are now gone! Be sure to stay tuned for future deals!

Spigen once is again offering its selection of Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge cases for just $5 at Amazon with coupon codes. The company is offering eight options for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, so you can look for the one that will best meet your needs. From slim, clear cases, to more protective and rugged cases, Spigen has a solid offering of choices here.

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1 year ago

Grab Silicon Power's 128GB microSD for $35 at Amazon

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Amazon currently has the 128GB microSD card from Silicon Power for just $35, which is a savings of $20 on the regular price. We've seen the price of storage drop over the past few months, and this is an absolute steal for anyone looking to have extra space to keep their favorite songs and movies.

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1 year ago

Portal to take center stage in Valve VR demos at GDC 2016

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Valve will be showing off new virtual reality demos next week in San Francisco during the 2016 Game Developers Conference. The demos will almost certainly be using the HTC Vive headset which the smartphone company has developed in partnership with Valve and its SteamVR platforms.

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1 year ago

Xiaomi's latest 10000mAh power bank offers USB Type-C for $22

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With the Mi 5 coming with USB Type-C connectivity, Xiaomi has launched a new power bank that supports the standard. The Mi Powerbank Pro has a 10000mAh battery capacity and offers fast charging across a wide variety of voltages (5V/2A 9V/2A 12V/1.5A), which means that you can charge accessories like Xiaomi's Mi Band fitness tracker and Bluetooth in-ear headphones.

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1 year ago

HTC plans to bundle and sell its Vive VR headset with optimized PCs

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HTC has already started pre-orders for its HTC Vive virtual reality helmet for the price of $799 in the US. However, the company also plans to sell the Vive bundled with PCs that have been made to run the headset as well.

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1 year ago

Samsung's free Gear VR offer with Galaxy S7 and S7 edge purchase goes live

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As promised a few weeks ago, Samsung has started offering people in the U.S. who purchase a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge a free Gear VR headset. (Or, in some instances, the Gear S2 smartwatch.)

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1 year ago

Amazon Echo Dot makes Alexa compact, Amazon Tap goes portable

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Amazon's much-loved and constantly-updated Amazon Echo smart speaker has some new Alexa-enabled companions: the compact Echo Dot and the portable Amazon Tap.

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1 year ago

Samsung again offering free Wireless Charging Pad to new Samsung Pay users

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Samsung is again offering a free Qi Wireless Charging Pad in its latest Samsung Pay promotion. The company has offered various different free gifts and credits for new customers who add cards to the service since it launched.

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1 year ago

Best Fitbit to buy: Here's what our editors are using!

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Fitbit is one of the most popular wearables on the planet. Here's what the Mobile Nations editor's wear, and why.

There are lots of reasons to get a Fitbit. More than just a fitness-focused wearable, it comes a whole social platform that its some 21 million users can all be a part of. For some, it means bragging rights over their friends, for others it's a way to keep motivated to stay in shape.

It's also a favorite among the Mobile Nations editors at iMore, Android Central, CrackBerry, and Windows Central. So, if you're looking to buy a Fitbit but aren't sure which one to get, we can help!

We've rounded up our Fitbit wearing colleagues and they're here to tell you what they wear and why they like it so much. Let's get to it!

Let's get to it!

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1 year ago

Choosing the best headphones

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Everyone with a smartphone needs a good set of headphones. Our phones make noise, and usually it's when we want them to make noise — watching a video, listening to music, playing a game or even talking on the phone are sounds we want to hear, but everyone around us probably doesn't. Luckily, there are plenty of companies out there that have just what we need and are happy to sell headphones of one type or another to us.

For some of us, the headphones that came in the box or a pair we picked up from a big-box store are fine. And that's OK. Nobody here thinks we all should spend time and stress over headphones unless you're having fun while doing it. But if you want to try and find the best headphones for you, we have a few tips that can help.

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1 year ago

Spigen is selling select Galaxy S7 and S7 edge cases for $5 at Amazon with coupon

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Spigen is offering its selection of Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge cases for just $4.99 with a coupon code at Amazon. Each case has its own code, and the discounts only work on the Prime listings for each. Should you be an Amazon Prime member — which you should be by now — you can save on some cases for your new phone before it even arrives.

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1 year ago

Ask AC: Can I use a Qualcomm Quick Charger with my Nexus 6P or 5X?

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As long as you use the right cable, yes. But you can't get quick charging without the right quick charger.

We get this question a lot. "Is it OK to use my Quick Charge 2.0/3.0 charger with my new Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X?" I completely understand why we get the question, and am happy to see people asking. With several different methods of rapid charging, new USB connectors, new USB standards (that nobody is fully using because they aren't finished) and cables that can burn up phones and laptops, asking questions is a good idea. Nobody likes it when things go boom. Except this guy.

The short answer — as long as you're using a good cable, your phone will charge. It will charge slower than it does with the included Nexus charger, but it doesn't get too hot or catch on fire or pop the circuit breaker when you plug it in. But that's a boring answer and doesn't let me sit at my desk and play with things. Let's take a closer look.

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1 year ago

Here are your favorite Google Cardboard apps

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Google's Cardboard platform is really taking off this year. Here's some apps you may not have seen.

It feels like new apps are being added to the Play Store every day that support Google Cardboard. Some are simple passive viewers, some are action-packed space shooters, and some are simple educational apps you can share with your kids. There's no shortage of incredible ideas for this platform right now, and that's why we decided to ask you which apps were your current favorites.

It turns out everyone is using VR in a slightly different way, and that's fantastic. Here are some of your favorites that are worth checking out right now.

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1 year ago

Tronsmart's Quick Charge 2.0 wall charger is just $5.50 at Amazon with coupon code

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Tronsmart is offering its Quick Charge 2.0 wall charger for $5.50 with coupon code WALLCHAR, a savings of $5. Being QC 2.0 compatible, you'll be able to charge your phone or tablet at an even faster pace, giving you that extra battery to make it through the day.

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