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2 years ago

Amazon Echo Dot makes Alexa compact, Amazon Tap goes portable

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Amazon Echo Dot makes Alexa compact, Amazon Tap goes portable

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Amazon Tap

Echo Dot

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.

2 years ago

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

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

Samsung giving free wireless charging pad

Samsung giving free wireless charging pad

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.

2 years ago

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

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

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Fitbit Flex on Phil Nickinson

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!

2 years ago

Choosing the best headphones

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Choosing the best headphones

AKG Headphones
Oppo PM-3
LG V10
EQ settings

Headphones, man

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.

2 years ago

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

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

Spigen is offering Galaxy S7 and S7 edge cases for $5

Spigen is offering Galaxy S7 and S7 edge cases for $5

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.

2 years ago

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

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

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Aukey QC 2.0
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Quick Chargers

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.

2 years ago

Here are your favorite Google Cardboard apps

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Here are your favorite Google Cardboard apps

Google Cardboard

Google Cardboard

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.

2 years ago

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

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

Save on Tronsmart's QC 2.0 wall charger at Amazon

Save on Tronsmart's QC 2.0 wall charger at Amazon

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.

2 years ago

Getting to know USB-C

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Getting to know USB-C

USB-C

USB-C

There's a new port making its way to phones and laptops this year.

For years now, nearly every smartphone and smartphone accessory on the planet has used a similar port for power. It's called microUSB, and while it did wonders for creating a unifying standard that basically meant nearly everyone's charger was the same, this year we're going to see the rise of a new standard. It's not going to be quick, and it's not going to be universal at first, but this new plug at the end of your charging cable is the start of a whole new kind of universal port.

It's called USB-C, and whether you're already using the port or you're looking at buying something that uses this port, there's a few things you should know.

2 years ago

Zagg announces InvisibleShield screen protectors for Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

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Zagg announces InvisibleShield screen protectors for Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

Zagg announces InvisibleShield screen protectors for Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

Zagg announces InvisibleShield screen protectors for Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

Accessory maker Zagg has announced a new line of InvisibleShield screen protectors for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, just in case you need a little bit of extra protection on Samsung's latest.

2 years ago

Trident reveals its LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 edge cases

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Trident reveals its LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 edge cases

Trident reveals new cases for upcoming phones

Trident reveals new cases for upcoming phones

Trident, an accessory manufacturer, has revealed its new cases for the upcoming LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. Many of Trident's cases focus on keeping your phone protected, but without making it look like a tank. LG G5 owners will get to check out the Aegis Pro Series line, which is constructed of a blended polycarbonate and overmolded ThermoPlastic Elastomer so it can create an impact resistant shield.

2 years ago

Hands-on with 360fly, a 360° action camera

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Hands-on with 360fly, a 360° action camera

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360fly app

360fly

Ease of use is what 360fly is all about, and it doesn't get much easier than this.

Capturing video is usually about telling a single story. You're sharing the events from your perspective, and the viewer gets to see this window into the world you're trying to capture. The ability to share a story from a 360° perspective has become increasingly appealing over the last year, because it opens that window and gives the viewer some choice about what parts of the event you're capturing are the most interesting. This has lead to a huge push from several tech companies to produce 360° cameras that are significantly easier to use than strapping several GoPro cameras into a cube and stitching the video together later.

360fly is easily the most stylish of these alternatives, and the message with this little camera ball couldn't be more clear. If you've got one of these cameras and a smartphone, you have everything you need to capture everything around you and quickly share it with the world. Here's a quick look at how this camera works.

2 years ago

Speck announces CandyShell cases for Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

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Speck announces CandyShell cases for Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

Speck announces CandyShell cases for Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

Speck announces CandyShell cases for Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

Speck is the latest case maker to announce its lineup for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge with a set of five new cases in its CandyShell line.

2 years ago

OtterBox reveals lineup of rugged cases for Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

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2 years ago

Ballistic's Galaxy S7 and S7 edge cases combine protection and style

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Ballistic's Galaxy S7 and S7 edge cases combine protection and style

Ballistic Urbanite Select Galaxy S7 cases
Ballistic Jewel Mirage Galaxy S7 cases

Ballistic Urbanite Select Galaxy S7 cases

Ballistic has announced two new series of cases that the company will offer to protect the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. The mobile accessory maker will offer both a Jewel Mirage and Urbanite Select line of cases, both available in a variety of colors and styles. Of the two lines, the Jewel Mirage will be the lower priced one, with cases starting at $29. These are clear cases with designs etched in them in various colors.

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