Spigen is a well-known and well-respected manufacturer of accessories for Apple’s lineup of iPhones and iPads, and in today’s video review, we took a look at the company’s line of iPhone cases for Apple’s newest devices, the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. Spigen has a huge number of cases available, from those that are super thin to those that offer more coverage and better protection from drops and damage.
The thinnest cases we looked at include the Air Skin and the Thin Fit. The Air Skin is the thinnest case Spigen makes, and it’s really just designed to keep the iPhone safe from scratches. It’s not going to offer much protection when dropped, and it’s not very sturdy – ours broke.
Spigen’s Liquid Crystal TPU case is slightly thicker, but it offers a lot more protection than the two thinnest cases. And it’s clear, so it’s a great way to show off the new Rose Gold iPhone. When it comes to thicker, more protective cases that still won’t overwhelm a device, Spigen’s got the Rugged Capsule and the Ultra Hybrid.
There’s also a line of two-piece cases, and our favorite of these was the Neo Hybrid, which we thought had the cleanest look of all the Spigen cases. It offers a good compromise between a streamlined look and protection.
For the maximum amount of protection, Spigen has the Slim Armor and the Tough Armor, Spigen’s thickest, toughest cases. These are much bulkier than the other cases Spigen offers, and we weren’t a fan of the kickstand, which we found tough to deploy.
All of Spigen’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus can be purchased from the Spigen website. Prices range from $14.99 to $34.99.
Google Fiber even in its limited availability is seeing some serious success. And now, Google is looking at expanding its Fiber service in three more cities: Tampa, Florida; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Jacksonville, Florida.
Keep in mind that Google is in the planning stages for these three locations, which by no means guarantees that it will be a Fiber location. It’s a long and lengthy process where the search giant works with local leaders to create detailed reports of the metro areas. As Google points out in its blog post, building a new Fiber network is no small feat. If the process is successful, these three cities will join 15 other metro areas where Google Fiber is available.
Google Fiber, at least right now, isn’t meant to be a rapid expanding service. Right now, the goal of Google Fiber seems to be to encourage Internet providers to move towards offering a similar service of the same speeds. And if Google were to do a major Fiber rollout, well, I’m certain many of us wouldn’t mind jumping ship from Comcast or Time Warner.
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UK startup WileyFox revealed the Storm and Swift Cyanogen-powered smartphones in late August. Meant to take on the likes of OnePlus’ devices, the Storm and Swift are both smartphones with very nice specifications at a low price point. After opening up pre-orders in late August for the Storm, WileyFox’s more high-end option, it’s now available in the UK for £199.
As a quick refresher, the Storm sports a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a 20-megapixel Sony-made rear sensor, and an 8-megapixel front camera. Under the hood is a Qualcomm 1.5GHz Snapdragon 615 CPU with integrated LTE, 32GB of storage, 3GB RAM, and has microSD support up to 128GB.
The Storm (and the Swift) will be available exclusively online in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Interestingly, there’s no word on it hitting North American shores, which is a slight disappointment. Either way, WileyFox is doing something right: those in the UK can purchase the Storm at the aforementioned £199 without an invite from WileyFox’s online store. Just be sure to hit the source link below!
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Next week, Cricket Wireless customers will be able to purchase Alcatel OneTouch’s flagship phone, the Idol 3. For the first time ever, the Idol 3 will be sold by a carrier online and in stores from Cricket Wireless starting November 6. The two companies announced today that the Idol 3 is a Cricket Wireless exclusive priced at just $149. This price is down from the unlocked price of $249 directly from Alcatel OneTouch. Cricket Wireless, in addition to offering the handset at a lower price, is emphasizing its 4G LTE network as an advantage over the competition. In case you forgot, Cricket Wireless is owned and operated by AT&T.
Cricket Wireless also announced that cusotmers on its Smart and Pro plans can travel to Canada and Mexico without incurring any extra roaming charges. The carrier says this is part of its “roundtrip feature” that allows customers to call, text, and message throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico at no extra charge.
Cricket Launches Data Roaming in Mexico and Canada Plus New Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3 4G LTE Smartphone
ATLANTA, Oct. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Cricket has expanded its international offerings and phone portfolio once again. Now, customers on Cricket Smart ($50/mo) and Pro ($60/mo) plans can use their rate plan data in Mexico and Canada at no extra charge. This new data roaming feature complements Cricket’s existing “roundtrip” feature which gives customers unlimited calling, texting, and messaging in between Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. Primary usage must still be in the U.S.
Plus Cricket will be adding the IDOL 3 to our smartphone line up — from one of the most popular mobile phone manufacturers in Latin America and now the U.S., ALCATEL ONETOUCH. Available in stores and online, starting November 6, the IDOL 3 is a Cricket exclusive and features the ALCATEL ONETOUCH Mix app – giving users an immersive music experience on a 4G LTE network that has more coverage nationwide than T-Mobile, MetroPCS, Sprint, and Boost. Customers can listen to music directly from the app and add effects, transition songs, sync, mix, scratch or insert samples just like a DJ!
“Our customers don’t want limits – they want to be able to call relatives, send selfies or listen to the latest hits when traveling across North America*. They want a seamless experience and Cricket delivers,” said Janna Ducich, chief marketing officer, Cricket Wireless. “Our new data roaming feature is another in a long line of benefits that makes Cricket a smart choice for consumers who want great service, flexibility and value.”
More About Cricket’s International Features
In addition to our “roundtrip” calling features, Cricket offers international add-ons to countries in Latin America and the Caribbean such as Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Haiti. Plus customers on the Smart ($50/mo) and Pro ($60/mo) plans already have unlimited texting to 38 countries.
Cricket’s ‘Roundtrip” International Features
With $5 Auto Pay Credit
High Speed Data Access
Unlimited Nationwide Talk, Text and Messaging
Unlimited Talk & Messaging (SMS and MMS) to and from Mexico, Canada and the U.S.
Unlimited International Texting from the U.S. to 38 countries
More about the ALCATEL ONETOUCH IDOL 3
This feature-packed 5.5-inch smartphone, available for $149.99 with activation, is exclusive to Cricket and includes awesome experiences like:
- Technicolor® Color Enhance Full-HD display for a crisp picture and clear viewing from any angle – even in direct sunlight
- Dual front-facing 1.2w speakers featuring JBL® Audio for an immersive surround sound experience
- Fast face-focus 13MP main camera and 8MP 85-degree wide-angle front camera for great selfies and group photos
- The only smartphone with a fully reversible user experience, so no matter if you’re browsing through social media, reading emails or watching movies, the display will always be right side up, even if you’re holding the phone upside down
About the new Cricket Wireless
Cricket is bringing consumers more value with a simple, friendly, and reliable nationwide wireless experience with no annual contract. The power of Cricket is our nationwide 4G LTE network that covers more than 300 million people; easy and affordable plans prices that include taxes and fees – no surprises; and a great selection of phones customers love. Cricket, Something to Smile About. To check out the new Cricket or find a store near you, visit www.cricketwireless.com. And connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cricketnation and Twitter at www.twitter.com/cricketnation.
Cricket is a subsidiary of AT&T Inc. Coverage not available everywhere. © 2015 Cricket Wireless LLC. All rights reserved. Cricket and the Cricket logo are trademarks under license to Cricket Wireless LLC.
*North America incl. Canada, Mexico and the U.S. Int’l coverage ltd. Other restr’s apply. Click here for details.
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The Arrow Launcher for Android, a Microsoft Garage project, is now available to download in the Play Store for free. Arrow isn’t just another AOSP launcher, but aims to bring all of your favorite applications and social networking to the forefront.
The more you use Arrow, the more it can learn from you, and thus providing you with a more enjoyable and seamless user interface. Microsoft wants you to let Arrow do all of the “heavy lifting” so that you can focus on the things that matter to you.
Arrow Launcher has three home pages in tow. The left screen offers a quick look at your contacts, the middle shows your most frequent and recently used apps, and the right screen is for Notes and Reminders. It basically takes the Android experience and simplifies down to just a few home pages, giving you no need to stammer around looking for apps or contacts. It’s all right on your home screen and can be accessed quickly and easily.
I’m going to be giving it a try this evening, that’s for sure. How about you?
Come comment on this article: Microsoft Arrow, Redmond’s own Android Launcher, now available in the Play Store
Google Keep today in a new update now allows you to draw on your notes. For example, if you had a note with an image embedded in it, you could draw on that image. To initiate drawing, you’ll just need to tap on the pen icon, which will open a action bar with a handful of other drawing options.
The update is rolling out in stages, so expect to see it over the next couple of days.
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Snapchat’s focus of late has been on showcasing mainstream content, while simultaneously continuing to enhance its core business: quick-and-dirty pictures and videos. To make those even more entertaining, the Snapchat apps for iOS and Android are now getting slow-motion, fast-forward and rewind filters, which the startup is calling Speed Modifiers. Once you record a clip, all you have to do is swipe to try each one of them out. In addition to that, iPhone 6s and 6s Plus users are getting something a little extra, with the application now supporting Apple’s 3D Touch feature. Force pressing your home screen’s Snapchat icon will give you easy access to two options: Chat With and Add Friends, both self-explanatory. It’ll be interesting to see how creative people’s snaps get with the new filters.
Humans might not be the fastest things on two wheels before long. Yamaha has unveiled Motobot, a robot designed to ride superbikes much like you would — it even has to twist the throttle to get moving. This initial version travels slowly and needs training wheels to avoid tipping over in a turn, so it’s not about to compete on the MotoGP circuit just yet. However, Yamaha ultimately hopes to get Motobot blasting along at more than 120MPH on a race track. It goes so far as to put racing legend Valentino Rossi on notice, as you’ll see in the promo video below.
The Skype team doesn’t have it easy these days — it not only has to compete with legions of live chat apps, but also the back-and-forth video messaging of Snapchat. What’s it going to do? Fight on Snapchat’s home turf, apparently. Microsoft has released Skype updates for Android and iOS that let you add “fun” filters to your video messages, such as a creepy inverted color scheme or goofy face stretching. Yes, it comes across as trying to stay hip with what the kids are doing, but it could be helpful if your birthday greeting just isn’t festive enough. And don’t worry if you like plain vanilla videos, since there’s something new for you as well. Skype now supports 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, so you can quickly start a call or peek at a conversation.
When Alcatel first unveiled the Idol 3 earlier this year, we were pleasantly surprised by what the company had on offer. With fairly solid specs and a price tag that was very aggressive, there was a lot to like about the new mid-range flagship. For this reason, the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 has occupied a slot on our “best cheap phones” list ever since its release, but now it’s getting even better with its arrival to Cricket Wireless.
On November 6th the Idol 3 will hit Cricket’s network for a price of just $149, a whole $100 cheaper than the unlocked model. For those that are a fan of the AT&T-backed prepaid service, this is one heck of a deal.
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As a refresher, the Idol 3 is powered by a Snapdragon 615 with 2GB RAM, with other specs including a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 16GB storage, microSD, a 13MP rear cam, 8MP front cam, and a 2910 mAh battery. There’s also Android 5.1 Lollipop right out of the box.
When it comes to price/value, the Idol 3 is easily one of the best phones available directly through Cricket. Anyone planning on picking this one up? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.