You probably don’t see Incipio as more than the company who made your phone case or external battery pack. However, it’s quietly becoming something of an accessory powerhouse: it owns brands like Braven and Incase. And now, it’s getting even bigger. Incipio is paying $177 million to acquire Skullcandy, best known for its ostentatious (if not usually top-rated) headphones. The move not only gives it a dedicated headphone brand, but dips its toes into the waters of gaming gear thanks to Skullcandy’s Astro Gaming badge.
Incipio tells The Verge that the deal won’t erase the Skullcandy brand, so it’ll likely retain much of its identity. However, don’t be surprised if this leads to devices that Skullcandy wouldn’t have otherwise made on its own, or crossovers where some of Skullcandy’s influence rubs off on Incipio’s other gadgets. Either way, the accessory world could look very different in the near future.
The PlayStation VR headset might not be the only new PS4 accessory you’re grabbing this fall, as Sony unveiled this add-on for use with the game Farpoint. The PS VR Aim Controller picks up where the PlayStation Move shooting attachment and Sharp Shooter left off a few years ago, promising direct 1:1 tracking — wherever you point the controller, your in-game gun points the same way. Farpoint is a PS VR exclusive and developer Impulse Gear is already claiming it enables “things in Farpoint that just are not possible in a standard FPS game.” We’ll hopefully have a chance to judge that on the E3 show floor this week, but first you can check out a trailer below.
Follow all the news from E3 2016 here.
When LG announced its modular G5 phone last month, it also revealed a line of “Friends” companion devices to go along with it (See what it did there?). Included in the lineup are the 360 VR headset, 360 Cam, the Harman Kardon-powered Tone Platinum audio headset and the Cam Plus camera grip. While the phone itself is already available in the US, these gadgets that the company intends for you to use with the handset were not until now.
LG says that the major carriers in the States will offer these add-ons or you can purchase them directly from the company. The Cam Plus module that adds a grip, camera controls and takes advantage of the G5’s modular design is the most affordable of the group at $70. If you’re looking to nab the VR headset, Tone wireless audio headset or 360 Cam, be prepared to hand over $200 for each of those. Unfortunately, there’s no mention of the BB-8-like Rolling Ball, but LG did note that more third-party companion devices were on the way.
Source: LG (PR Newswire)
Ah yes, phone cases. A necessary purchase if you’re accident prone or tend to drop your handset on the regular. Unfortunately, adding that accessory usually makes for a headaches whenever you try to use another mobile add-on like a thermal camera or lens clip. Typically, you would have to remove your protective case before you could use any of those other gadgets. Well, Otterbox is looking to rid you of that frustration with the new Universe system and it’s swappable “accessory modules.”
On the back side of the phone case, there’s a slot that allow you to attach add-ons like a super compact speaker, Square reader or additional memory. The full line also includes things like Olloclip lenses, a Seek Thermal camera, tripods and more that can all be used without having to take you phone out of the main case. Otterbox’s Universe system is available May 29th for iPhone 6/6s and iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus with the case itself priced at $50. There’s a collection of 15 accessories that work with the case that are available at launch, except for the Goal Zero battery which will arrive in June. Here’s the full list and pricing info:
- Square contactless and chip card reader: $50
- Olloclip 4-in-1 lens: $80, includes fisheye, wide-angle, 10x and 15x zoom options
- SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive: $60-$120, available in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities
- Nite Ize Steelie vent mount kit: $40
- Goal Zero slide battery: starting at $60, adds a full charge to your iPhone
- Manatee Works StingRay barcode scanner: $95
- Seek Thermal compact camera and case: starting at $249
- Influx WiFi booster: $40
- PolarPro Trippler tripod: $50
- PolarPro Stance compact tripod: $30
- PolarPro PowerPack removable battery pack: $50
- PolarPro Beat Pulsar wireless mobile speaker: $60
- PolarPro Fisheye wide-angle lens: $30
- PolarPro Trail Blazer armband: $35
- PolarPro Stash Slim mobile wallet: $20, stores cards on the back of the case
The LG V10 is a great phone for a lot of reasons. Chief among them, the V10 looks very nice and feels very sturdy thanks to its stainless steel frame and rugged plastic back cover. The device can take more than a few hits, but of course you probably don’t want to tempt fate and walk around without any sort of protection for your investment.
Even stainless steel can be scratched and nicked, so if you’re looking for some good cases for the LG V10, you’ve come to the right place. We have a selection of cases for all tastes and budgets, from minimalist clear ones to rugged creations designed to take a beating. Let’s get right to it.
Spigen Slim Armor Protective Case for LG V10
LK Luxury Wallet Flip Case For LG V10
Spigen Slim Armor Protective Case for LG V10
Verus Minimalistic Crystal Bumper For LG V10
Impact-resistant dual layer construction from premium TPU and polycarbonate.
Obliq Flex Pro Bumper Protective Case for LG V10
Spigen Rugged Armor Case for LG V10
What do you think of our best LG V10 case list? which is your favorite V10 case?
While the USB Type-C standard has yet to find mass adoption in the mobile world, 2015 saw a decent uptick in the number of devices embracing such technology such as the OnePlus 2, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P. Things aren’t going to slow down any in 2016 either, as we anticipate that many other major manufacturers will be jumping into the fray, offering Type-C ports on their flagship, and even mid and low-end phones and tablets.
One of the biggest downsides to the new standard however, is that you have to either buy a ton of adapters so you can keep using your chargers, portable batteries, and other microUSB accessories — or you have to start over again from scratch. If you already have invested heavily into power packs and other accessories, going the former route might make the most sense. That said, a portable battery charger designed for USB Type-C has its advantages over using an adapter with one designed for microUSB. First, charging speed will be much faster with a Type-C connection. Second, less adapters and other cables to bring along with you.
It’ still very early days for USB Type-C portable battery chargers, but a quick look at Amazon turns up about a dozen or so options. Below we listed just five that we felt were worth highlighting due to their brand recognition, as well as their positive ratings and reviews.
Anker PowerCore+ 20100 mAh
The Anker PowerCore+ packs 20100 mAh and is comes in at $50.99 on Amazon. Along with the 10 LED capacity indicator, the PowerCore+ has 2 USB ports outputting power at 2.4A each, and a USB Type-C port. Included in the box is the power bank, a USB to USB Type-C cable which is used to quickly charge the power bank, a travel pouch, and a micro USB cable. Keep in mind that you don’t just charge the power bank using type-C, there’s also Type-C output, meaning you can charge your Nexus 6P (or whatever have you) from the battery charger as well.
The Anker PowerCore+ is also utilizes a number of special technologies to help ensure the best experience possible, such as PowerIQ, a proprietary technology used to replicate the charging protocol of each device to ensure safe and efficient charging. VoltageBoost is another proprietary technology that detects cable resistance in order to provide a steady charge. It is worth noting that Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 is not supported with this one however.
CHOETECH 10400 mAh
The CHOETECH 10400 mAh portable battery pack can be yours for $31.99 on Amazon. The pack has two USB ports, one of which is compatible with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology. The USB Type-C port is compatible with a variety of devices such as the Macbook, Nexus 6P, and Pixel C. Included in the box, is the power bank, and a USB to USB Type-C cable. The warranty lasts for 18 months. The device can be charged via micro USB and by USB Type-C.
At half the capacity and only about $20 cheaper, the CHOETECH might not seem as impressive as the Anker, but it’s lighter size/weight and the offering of Quick Charge 2.0 support still make it worthwhile.
RAVPower 20100 mAh
The RAVPower 20100 mAh External Battery pack is offered for $59.99 on Amazon. The battery pack is a simple black box with a four dot LED battery indicator. The battery pack has a micro USB port used to charge the battery pack, a USB 3A Type-C port, a USB port capable of supporting Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 and 3.0 technologies, and an iSmart USB port.
The iSmart port is used for devices that have been identified by RAVPower, and is optimised on a device by device basis. There’s certainly plenty of juice here too, as 20100 mAh is enough juice to power a Galaxy S6 close to 5 times, and an iPhone 6S nearly 8 times. The pack has overcharge and circuit protection to protect your devices from the very thing that keeps them running.
While the RAVPower is the more expensive than the first two options, it’s big battery combined with Quick Charge 2 and 3 support make it a pretty compelling option.
Talentcell 10400 mAh
The Talentcell 10400 mAh power bank the least expensive device on the list, at just $26.99 on Amazon. The power bank is charged via micro USB 2.0 and has a USB Type-C port, a full sized USB port, and an LED flashlight. Included in the box is the power bank and a male to male USB Type-C. This power bank supports a variety of Type-C devices other than the 12 inch Macbook, and can charge up to two devices simultaneously.
If you are looking for the cheapest option out there, the Talentcell fits the bill, and is still relatively well reviewed. Of course, there’s something to be said for brand recognition and trust, so if that’s a factor for you — you may be better off considering one of the previous power banks.
Once again, a lesser known brand name but the ivoler is aggressively priced at $31.99, making it a tad more expensive than the Talentcell. The ivoer 10000 mAh offers one standard USB port and one Type C that supports up to 5v 3a. While the iVoler doesn’t have Qualcomm quick charge support, it does claim to offer rapid recharge capabilities that lets it top off many devices from 0% to 100% in around 3.5 hours or less using Type-C.
Personally, we’d probably pick the TalentCell over this one, but it never hurts to have a few more options.
Any other solid options you are aware of that didn’t make it onto our list? Give us a shout in the comments and we’ll be sure to take a look.
Ever since the first cell phones hit market companies have been making vehicle mounting systems. More recently those mounting systems have become less expensive and less permanent. Infernal Innovations has many innovative products, but in this review, I will be focusing on their CD player magnetic phone mount.
CD player magnetic phone mount overview
The concept of Infernal Innovations CD player magnetic phone mount is simple. Use the existing CD player slot in your car to mount your phone. The best part is that you don’t have to remove the CD from the CD player to use it. The worst part is that you can’t remove the CD without removing the magnetic phone mount.
The mount contains 4 powerful magnets that grip a metal plate that can be attached to the phone using several available methods. All you need to do it place the phone on the mount where the metal plate is attached to the phone.
CD player magnetic phone mount setup
The setup is fairly easy. First attach the metal plate to your phone. If you have a phone with NFC and/or wireless charging, you’ll want to make sure that the plate is affixed below the coils or the plate will interfere with NFC and wireless charging operation. The plate can be attached either directly on the back of the phone, inside your phone’s case, on the outside of the case, or if your phone has a removable back, you may be able to mount the plate inside the back cover. To affix the metal plate, simply remove the adhesive cover and stick it where you want it.
In my case, I use a Zerolemon removable battery that adds a lot of weight to the phone. In order to have a good grip on the phone, I needed to mount to the plate to the outside of my phone case. This worked out very well.
The only other thing you need to do is attach the mount to the CD player slot. To accomplish this, all you need to do is insert the mount in the CD player slot and depress the lever. If there mount feels loose, there are 3 included rubber spacers to allow it to fit any CD player almost universally.
CD player magnetic phone mount usage
One of my concerns going into the review was whether the mount would hold my heavy phone with the plate mounted at the bottom. After setting everything up, not only did it hold up my phone, but the magnets were sufficiently powerful to hold it in a landscape position as well as portrait. In a portrait position, the phone did not move at all, even when hitting bumps. In a landscape position, the phone would drop ever so slightly after my car would hit a bump, but it took several bumps before I had to adjust the phone back up.
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In a portrait position, I never had to readjust the phone. It stayed upright the whole time.
Needless to say, I was rather impressed with how strong the magnets on the mount were. Not only did they hold my phone in position, but they did it with a huge extended battery adding a ton of weight and they did it with the plate mounted at the bottom of the phone instead of the middle, which is where they recommend the plate be mounted. This means that you don’t have to sacrifice your NFC and/or wireless charging to have the convenience of a magnetic mount.
The convenience is really the selling point of a magnetic mount. All you have to do is place your phone on the mount when you get in your vehicle and remove it when you get out. It’s that simple. No fiddling with adjusting the mount or anything. Just place and go.
4 out of 5 stars
Overall this is a great solution for mounting your phone in your car. You don’t have to fiddle with suction cups or worry about one of your AC vent being blocked and the phone takes a whole 3 seconds to attach to the mount. There are only two downsides with using this type of mount. The
There are only two downsides with using this type of mount. The first I already mentioned. It takes up your CD players slot. The other downside is that not all vehicles have a conveniently placed CD player. If your CD player is mounted too low, it will cause you to take your eyes off the road
The other downside is that not all vehicles have a conveniently placed CD player. If your CD player is mounted too low, it will cause you to take your eyes off the road and reduce your reaction time. Plus not all vehicles have a CD player. If you fall into either of the latter categories, then you should look into a vent or suction cup style mounting system.
Luckily Infernal Innovations also has vent and suction cup magnetic mounting systems. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.
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Xiaomi is definitely one of the fastest growing mobile tech companies in the world right now. It is currently the fourth largest smartphone maker in the world and with good reason. They make great products at reasonable prices and is now making its way into the U.S. market. They have a full featured activity tracker in the Mi Fitness band 2 for less than $15, a full featured 7.9″ Android 5.1 tablet for less than $200, and an all metal fully loaded smartphone in the Redmi Note 3 for less than $200.
Xiaomi even makes accessories like battery packs and premium headphones too. Check out the Xiaomi specials running at everbuying.net. All items come tax free and with free shipping.
Xiaomi Mi Band 2 Smart Wristband – LINK ($12.59)
Stop spending hundreds on fitness trackers when you can buy the Mi Band 2 for less than $15.
• Xiaomi 2: Magnesium-aluminum alloy dial surface that is very light; TPSiV band gives you ultimate wearing comfort.
• 30 days standby time: Top-level Bluetooth chip and military gravity sensor ensure 30 days ultra-long standby time for a full charging.
• Call reminder: Xiaomi 2 will tell you when a call comes, you never need to worry about missing any important calls.
• Sports tracking: Track your sports, record steps, distance and calories, help you achieve your sports target.
• Sleep monitoring: Let you know your deep sleep and shallow sleep, also APP will give you periodical evaluation, help you develop good living habits.
• Silent alarm: Wake you up every morning, will not be late for work; Remind you with vibration, never worry about missing anything.
• Free password to unlock the phone: Forget complex unlock password and gesture, simply raise your hand to close to phones, immediate and safe unlocking. (Support Xiaomi 3 / 4 with Android 4.4 above system and other phones with Android 5.0 above system )
XIAOMI REDMI Note 3 3GB RAM 32GB version – LINK ($194.99)
Easily one of the best deals of 2015, the Redmi Note 3 is fully loaded at a spectacular price point. It is one of my favorite phones of the year and will have a full review in early 2016.
Redmi Note 3 retains Helio X10, adds full metal body, fingerprint sensor and massive 4000mAh battery!
13MP/5MP cameras on Redmi Note 3 take gorgeous pictures.
The Redmi Note 3’s fingerprint sensor unlocks in just 0.3s. Body has a smooth sandblasted metal finish too.
Display: 5.5 inch, 1920 x 1080 Pixel Screen with 403 PPI
CPU: Helio X10 64bit Octa Core 2.0GHz
GPU: PowerVR G6200
System: Android 5.0
RAM + ROM: 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM
Camera: 5.0MP with f/2.0 aperture front camera + 13.0MP with 78 degree wide-angle, f/2.2 aperture back camera
Sensor: Light sensor, G-sensor, Proximity sensor, Hall Sensor
Feature: GPS/ A-GPS / Glonass / Beidou
SIM Card: Dual SIM dual standby, dual Micro SIM cards
2G: GSM 900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100MHz
4G: FDD-LTE 1800/2100/2600MHz
XiaoMi Mi Pad 2 – LINK ($185.99)
Original XiaoMi Mi Pad 2 Android 5.1 7.9 inch Retina Screen Intel Atom X5-Z8500 64bit Quad Core 2.2GHz 2GB RAM 16GB ROM WiFi Bluetooth 4.1 Cameras
Mi Pad 2 offers the same advanced graphics features of a gaming console with Intel Atom X5-Z8500 Quad Core 2.2GHz processor, which uses the same Intel HD Graphics architecture used in next-gen PC gaming
RAM + ROM: 2GB + 16GB gets the best out of gaming and HD videos with 2GB LPDDR3 RAM and 16GB eMMC 4.5 flash storage
7.9 inch display and 4:3 aspect ratio with retina
With 2048 x 1536 resolution at 326 PPI, Mi Pad’s IPS high resolution display renders text and images beautifully whether you are reading an e-book, browsing the web, watching videos or playing games
Android 5.1 OS system: The latest system, with more excellent interface and compatibility, makes your tablet PC run quickly with all your favorite apps and desktop software
6190mAh Lithium-ion Polymer Battery supports both 5V 2A power inputs
Dual cameras: With 1080P Full HD video recording and excellent low-light performance with back-side illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensors, videos and photos look outstanding captured from either the 8MP rear or 5MP front cameras. Huge f/2.0 aperture also lets you get more background blur and bokeh out of your images
Type-C: High-tech Type-C interface, charging faster. The USB plug is reversible,so that you can connect it to the phone in whichever way you want
Bluetooth 4.1: Supports fast transmission of data, pictures and files
Support Gyroscope/Light sensor/Gravity sensor/Digital compass
XiaoMi Mi Pad 2 – 64GB version LINK
Xiaomi Quick Charge 10400mAh External Backup Battery – LINK ($18.45)
|Special Functions||Long Lasting, Super Slim, Quick Charge|
|Connection Type||Micro USB|
|Battery type||Li-ion Battery|
XiaoMi Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker – LINK ($45.08)
● Equipped with Avnera AV3102 chip, the tone is exquisite and balanced.
● Stereo loudness will up to 90 dB (A).
● Compatible with Bluetooth 4.0.
● With 2.0 sound channel.
● Built-in 1500mAh large capacity battery, which can achieve 8 hours music playback to meet your need.
● Features with volume control and songs track function, convenient to operate.
● Built-in microphone for hands-free calls
Xiaomi Foldable Hi-Fi Low Impedance Headset – LINK ($94.66)
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Some love touch screen laptops, others can’t stand them. I am still a bit on the fence myself. While reaching up and tapping a link or image is sometimes easier than using a touch pad to move a cursor, I still rarely touch my screen. Which is odd since all our phones and tablets are touch screens. It is nice to have the ability for scrolling through lengthy pages of a website, document or book though. There are a number of Chromebook offerings that offer touchscreens as part of their feature set, but often times the price reflects the technology with a minimal jump in hardware additions. The other side of the coin is that your Chromebook, or even your Windows-based laptop, is a pre-touchscreen generation device and the added expense just isn’t worth it. Welp, there is an accessory for that called the AirBar.
Swedish company Neonode Inc. will be showcasing the AirBar at CES in Las Vegas this January. The accessory is a small bar that you place just under your laptops screen and plugs into an open USB port. The AirBar uses invisible light to detect where on the screen you are actually touching. It is capable of recognizing your simple taps, swiping, pinching, zooming and scrolling. The additional perk is since it uses light, it will recognize your touches even if you are wearing gloves, have long nails or want to use a pencil eraser tip.
“Imagine taking a non-touch PC, and within seconds making it a touch interactive device. Our sensor does not require installation of new drivers or lengthy instructions. The user simply connects AirBar and can then start to interact with the display immediately – it´s Plug and Touch. Compared with today’s PCs with built-in touchscreens the AirBar sensor keeps your high quality matte display glare free and without greasy finger prints,“ said Remo Behdasht, SVP Business Development at Neonode.
You can order the AirBar today, but they aren’t officially available for shipping just yet. The first variant of the AirBar is designed for a fairly common 15.6″ screen and comes in the matte black finish seen in the video and images. It will work on all Windows 8 or 10 PC’s as well as Chrome OS devices with a minimal price tag of $49 to pre-order now. Feel free to check it out on more detail at www.air.bar and pre-order one for your device.
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That time of gift-giving is quickly approaching. Most of us don’t quite have the cash to gift full-on devices, but that doesn’t mean we can’t give something valuable to those among our friends and family who are tech-oriented. There are plenty of potential gifts under $25 which they would appreciate, so we’ve gathered up a list to assist with your brainstorming this holiday season.
This one might take a little reconnaissance on your part for who you plan to gift it to, such as what phone they have and if they have more preference for either form or protection. There are a ton of cases out there, so chances are that they’ve overlooked an offering they would really like.
|OBLIQ Metal Note5 case – $13.99||Spigen Armor Nexus 6P case – $12.99||Spigen Galaxy S6 wallet case – $21.49|
We’re seeing more and more phone compatibility for cases with integrated batteries. If that person you’re thinking about could always use more battery life and wouldn’t mind the extra thickness, a battery case could be a smart choice.
Skins and Screen Protectors
If you know that your giftee isn’t into phone cases, that’s not the only option. Skins are gaining popularity, because a quick 10-minute application transforms your device anew and blooms excitement once again. Here are a couple examples dbrand skins on the Nexus 5X and 6P courtesy of our own Derrick Miyao. They start at $10.
A screen protector can also be a good idea. Shop online for these, you’d be surprised how much they’re marked up in stores like Best Buy. For instance, Skinomi screen protectors run from $7-$10.
Battery life is often the largest pain-point with phones, hence why external batteries are aplenty on the market. You can really go wrong with giving the gift of extended battery life. I would just suggest to get a feeling if the person is a power user or just needs an extra boost here and there. Battery packs have a wide range of sizes depending on capacity. You may also want to consider one with an attached charging cable – most people prefer to not have to carry around extra supplies.
Anker Ultra Compact 10000mAh Power Bank
EasyAcc Cable 9000mAh Power Bank
If someone close to you is a music-lover and uses Apple Earpods as their daily driver, do them a favor and gift them a real pair of headphones. It doesn’t even have to be expensive to beat out Apple’s earbuds. However, first find out what type of headphone they like.
Sennheiser HD 202 II
Sony MDRZX110 ZX
Sennheiser CX 200
Bluetooth-connectable speakers are a big thing these days. They can be pretty pricey when you look at well-known brands (Bose, UE, JBL, etc.), but you don’t necessarily need to spend an arm and a leg to get something that sounds decent.
SoundBot SB571 Bluetooth Speaker
VicTsing Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker
Everyone Android lover would welcome a collectible. There are tons! Most commonly collected are the mini Android figures. There are a multitude of different kinds.
Play Store Gift Card
Another great gift idea for Android users is a Play Store gift card. The Play Store has all the content we’d want – movies, games, music, apps, and books.
Google provides an easy way to email your friends and family Play Store credit as a gift, which they will be able to redeem instantly.
But wait…there’s more!
- LG Optimus Exceed 2 (Verizon) prepaid phone – $14.99
- TYLT Capio 2 Universal Car Mount – $20.63
- TYLT Dual-port Car Charger – $7.99
- Momoday Bluetooth Headset Beanie Cap – $13.69
- Play Music Subscription gift, 1-month – $9.99
- Netflix Subscription gift card
- Samsung EVO Class 10 MicroSD card, 64GB – $18.98
- POP! Google Cardboard VR kits – $14.90
I hope you found our list helpful. The end of the month is approaching fast, so you better get cracking!
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