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April 1, 2015 • Reviews

Ballistic Tough Jacket & Jewel Cases for Samsung Galaxy S5 Reviewed

So I had the chance to review the Ballistic Tough Jacket as well as a shiny yellow Ballistic case for the Samsung Galaxy S5 over the week, and there was a lot to love about them with only a few minor quirks

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March 19, 2015 • News

Refuse to Use Carrier Insurance on Your HTC Device? You May Be in Luck

If you are a fan of HTC devices, you’ll be pleased to know the company announced late Wednesday a new program named ironically named Uh Oh Protection for its flagship HTC One M9; it’s an option to carrier insurance.

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March 19, 2015 • News

Amazon Celebrates Google Play Birthday with $100 worth of Free Apps

Celebrating their Google Play birthday today, Amazon is sharing their joy with everyone by offering an unheard of amount of paid apps for FREE today. We don’t know exactly what time this deal will end, but with over $100 in apps (a total of 34) this is a HUGE free apps sale for some of the …

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March 16, 2015 • Editorials

How the Pebble Smartwatch Became My New Fitness Tracker

I posted recently about my quest for a new fitness tracker, and I found one that (so far) I love. It’s only been 24 hours but it seems to check off all my boxes…and it wasn’t any of the ones on my initial list! It isn’t even that new, but my new Pebble is exactly …

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March 16, 2015 • News

Apple to Offer iPhone Trade-In Program for Android Defectors

Are you thinking about making the switch from Android to possibly getting an iPhone? You may be in luck. Apple is reportedly looking to expand their iPhone trade-in program to include their biggest rival, Androids smartphones.

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March 16, 2015 • News

Specs are Everything, According to SayGus’s V2 Smartphone

The is a lesser-known Android smartphone that’s features look so good on paper, it’s surprising that the specs aren’t in all devices. Available for pre-order since February ($549), the phone packs everything you’d probably expect out of a laptop, not a mobile device.

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March 14, 2015 • Reviews

Apply Straight Protection to Your Galaxy S5 Screen with the TYLT ALIN

One problem I’ve always had about screen protectors: I cannot put them on. Three out of every four times I attempt to do it myself the end result is either fingerprints UNDER the screen protector (even when I touch the sides like instructed) or the one really, really good time I put it on, there’s …

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March 12, 2015 • News

Facebook Owned WhatsApp Celebrates One Billion Android Installs

That makes two Facebook apps in Google Play hitting a billion! Jan Koum of Evernote tweeted yesterday: WhatsApp crossed 1B Android downloads. btw our android team is four people + Brian. very small team, very big impact. pic.twitter.com/sW4F9SlKKv — jan koum (@jankoum) March 11, 2015

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March 12, 2015 • News

Redesigned Evernote for Android Features Material-Like Layout

Evernote has updated their Android version of their note-taking app; the new version features a major overhaul, including a material design courtesy of Android lollipop. The material design provides app guidance and has a visual design that is clean and intuitive. Tactile elements like shadows and depth make the interface more user-friendly while still giving …

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March 12, 2015 • News

Nexus 6 with Lollipop 5.1 Headed to Verizon March 12th!

Just a few hours ago, Verizon announced that they will finally release their Nexus 6 today, March 12th online. After months of whispers and speculation the time has finally come.

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March 4, 2015 • Editorials

Do You Pick Gadgets Based on the Accessories?

This week’s flurry of news and smartphone announcements, combined with the impending launch of the Apple Watch, has me thinking a great deal about my next phone. Now, Android versus iOS versus Windows Phone is one part of the debate, but even when I narrow it down there’s another piece: how many accessories are out …

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March 4, 2015 • Events, Gear Bits, News

Domino’s Latest Innovation: Ordering on Pebble & Android Wear Smartwatches

Last year we celebrated 20 years of ordering food online (pizza – surprised?), and by now most of us have ordered some sort of food online – and many have used smartphone apps to place and track orders. Now Domino’s (is leading the way by allowing customers to place and track their order via Pebble …

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March 2, 2015 • News

VLC for iOS Returns! The Do-All Media Player for All Devices

After being pulled from the App Store in 2011, and a brief return before being removed in 2014, the popular open source media player “VLC for iPhone” is now back! VLC allows you to play nearly every kind of video format you can possibly think of.

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February 27, 2015 • News

Omate Racer X VMK Will Be the First Smartwatch made in Africa

In January, Omate announced their $99 Racer smartwatch with much fanfare. Earlier today, Omate Announced what looks to be a first in a blooming Smartwatch community, with their limited edition Omate Racer X VMK. It has been announced that the new smartwatch will be heading to Africa in locations in Congo, Ivory Coast, and Cameroon …

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February 26, 2015 • Editorials, News

2014 Smartphone Sales: iOS/Android Dominate, Blackberry & Windows Disappear

In an unsurprising announcement, IDC revealed their latest smartphone sales research indication that iOS and Android accounted for more than 96% of smartphones sold worldwide for both the fourth quarter and for the full year of 2014. Everyone else? Once again they were left scrambling for table scraps – not just in sales but in …

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February 24, 2015 • Gaming, Gear Bits

Marvel Mighty Heroes Game Announcement

More Marvel comic book characters are on the way to iOS and Android phones and tablets! DeNA and Marvel Entertainment have announced Marvel Mighty Heroes, a fighting game with cooperative gameplay in real-time.

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February 23, 2015 • Reviews

Verizon Droid Turbo by Motorola Phone Review

The Motorola Droid Turbo mobile phone, a Verizon Wireless service contract exclusive, packs great power into less than 6 ounces of prime technology.

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February 9, 2015 • Editorials

Tablet Market Shrank in 2014, Here are Some Possible Reasons Why

Last week we learned iPad sales declined … again. It was another sign of a shift in the tablet market different from the smartphone market. Now we hear from the IDC that the broader tablet market shrank with both Apple and Samsung along with ASUS and Amazon taking large hits and only Lenovo and ‘others’ …

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January 31, 2015 • Gaming, News

Duke Nukem 3D: Hail to the King Collection Coming to Android This Spring

I loved Duke Nukem 3D from the moment it was released for the PC in MS-DOS, which was 19 years ago this week. Since then I have played it on Mac, Windows, OS X, iOS, Android, the Nintendo GBA version, and most recently the Playstation Vita. VoidPoint has acquired the rights and is publishing a …

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January 28, 2015 • Editorials, News

Doomed Apple Manages to Circle the Drain for One More Fiscal Quarter

We all know that Apple is doomed… it must be, people have been saying so since the Mac vs. PC days of the late 1980s. In spite of their inevitable demise, Apple chose yesterday to announce that it had exceeded profit and revenue estimates while selling 74.5 million iPhones and 21.4 million iPads last quarter.

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January 14, 2015 • News

Nexus 6 Shortage Appears to Be Over

  Last week I sold my Moto X 2014 on Swappa in anticipation of receiving a Nexus 6 I  from the Google Play store. The Nexus 6 has been in short supply and often is available only for a few hours at a time on Google’s site. Devices are often available each Wednesday but only recently …

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