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Mophie launches new Juice Packs for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

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Mophie’s line of Juice Pack-branded battery cases are quite popular, and today the company has unveiled a trio of new such offerings, tailor made for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. What’s more, all three are already up for pre-order at the Mophie website (although when they’ll start shipping is still a mystery).

The iPhone 6 gets two options, the Mophie Juice Pack Air and the Juice Pack Plus, while there’s only one Juice Pack available for the iPhone 6 Plus. Read more »

Razer launches Forge TV Android gaming console and Nabu X smartband

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Razer is getting out of its comfort zone for CES 2015. The gaming peripheral company announced an Android-based gaming console dubbed Forge TV. For good measure, Razer also revealed the Nabu X, a simple and affordable smartband with just three LED lights.

The Razer Forge TV is quite compact at just 4 x 4 inches and houses a Snapdragon 805 chipset with a quad-core 2.5GHz Krait 450 CPU, 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 420 GPU. Read more »

ZTE Spro 2 is a pico-projector/LTE hotspot with Snapdragon 800 chipset

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ZTE brought out the second generation of its pico-projector/Wi-Fi hotspot. The ZTE Spro 2 features a powerful Snapdragon 800 chipset, full access to the Play Store and a 720p built-in projector.

The Spro 2 also acts as an Wi-Fi hotspot, sucking up 150Mbps of LTE data and spitting it back out over Wi-Fi. Read more »

Google announces Cast for audio, connecting speakers to music in the cloud

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So far the Google Cast streaming protocol has been used with video in mind – after all, it is powering the Chromecast, the company’s very successful HDMI stick. But today Google has announced Cast for audio.

This will work in a very similar way to video casting, but it naturally won’t send video, just audio, to supported speakers. Like with the Chromecast, these won’t get the content from your mobile device – rather, they’ll connect directly to the Internet and fetch it from there, saving you battery life for your phone or tablet in the process. Read more »

Reach79 is a rugged iPhone 6 case which boosts signal strength

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The ambitious California-based startup accessory maker Antenna79 took the wraps off a rugged case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that improves the device’s network connectivity. Dubbed Reach79, the case boosts the signal of a device up to 2x (1.6x on average).

The PhD scientists from Antenna79 have done the trick by embedding the case with a micro-thin, gold-plated antenna. Read more »

Amazon US discounts SanDisk microSD cards, 128GB one is $90

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In February this year SanDisk unveiled the first-ever 128GB microSD card. It launched exclusively on Amazon and Best Buy for a pricy $200. Still, cramming that much storage into something smaller than a stamp was pretty impressive.

Amazon currently has the latest version of that card plus all smaller capacities on a promotion with heavy discounts reaching 60%. Read more »

Samsung outs a duo of futuristic-looking wireless speakers

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Samsung took the wraps off a pair of decidedly futuristic-looking wireless speakers. Samsung WAM7500 and WAM6500 will be showcased during CES 2015 in Las Vegas next week.

The WAM7500 is a stand-type model. Its WAM6500 relative on the other hand is easily movable. Read more »

Spigen Aluminum Fit case for iPhone 6 review

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The Spigen Aluminum Fit case for iPhone 6 is the successor of last year’s Saturn model for iPhone 5s. The ultra-thin cover is designed for users who like to protect their smartphone without adding much bulk to it.

At a quick glance, the Aluminum Fit case for iPhone 6 trades ruggedness for light weight and good looks. Read past the break to find out more about the Korean manufacturer’s metal-clad offering. Read more »

Spigen Slim Armor case for iPhone 6 review

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The Slim Armor family of cases have always been among the most popular offerings by Spigen for any smartphone. Unsurprisingly, the Korean manufacturer of mobile accessories offers a number of versions of the cover for the Apple iPhone 6.

Over the past several weeks, I spend quality time with the Spigen Slim Armor case for iPhone 6 and its kickstand-toting Slim Armor S sibling. Read on to find out if the duo of protective covers are worth your hard-earned cash! Read more »

Zerolemon offers 10,000mAh extended battery for Note 4

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With the Galaxy Note 4 already on the market for over a month it comes as no surprise that manufacturers are working hard to bring interesting accessories for the new phablet. Thanks to its brilliant Super AMOLED screen the Note 4 is a solid all-day phone with a pretty good battery life score.

While it does compare admirably to its peers the Galaxy Note 4 is still a modern day smartphone and as such is more or less prone to disappoint you with an empty battery at the most inopportune moment. This is where extended battery pack come in and the folks at Zerolemon have created one heck of a power house. Read more »

Phiaton BT 220 NC wireless in-ear headphones review

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Phiaton BT 220 NC is the Korean manufacturer’s latest wireless in-ear offering. The noise-canceling Bluetooth 4.0 headset replaces the already stellar Phiaton PS 210 BTNC on top of the company’s in-ear lineup.

In past encounters, I found Phiaton headphones to offer a good balance between design, build quality, sound, and value. Read on to find out if the BT 220 NC matches the standards set by its predecessor! Read more »

Pebble Android beta app update brings actionable notifications to the smartwatch

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An update to the Pebble Android beta app brought actionable notifications to the smartwatch. Version 2.3 of the beta app is available to users with devices running Android 4.0 and up.

The new functionality allows Pebble smartwatch users to reply to and delete messages among others, just like on an Android Wear device. Read more »

Samsung showcases the Gear Circle in a promo video

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Samsung released a promo video, which showcases the Gear Circle wireless headset. The high-end accessory was announced alongside the Samsung Gear S back in September.

The minute-long clip showcases the nifty touch controls of the Samsung Gear Circle, its ability to deliver notifications, as well as its well-sorted ergonomics. Read more »

Nexus 9 Magic Cover can now be ordered from HTC

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Since the Nexus 9 tablet was announced, we’ve been expecting its two cover accessories to become available. They have both been up for pre-order for quite a while, but only the keyboard folio has so far actually started shipping. Until today, that is, when the Magic Cover for the Nexus 9 is finally in stock at HTC’s US-based online store.

The cover costs $39.99, like previously unveiled, but there is a huge caveat you need to take into account: only the ‘Coral Amethyst’ color is available right now (the one pictured above). Read more »

Apple now requires cases to protect its devices from 1 meter drops

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In an effort to ensure better protection of its hand-held devices, Apple has reportedly updated its Made for iPhone (MFi) licensing guidelines for case manufacturers.

The new guidelines require manufacturers to ensure that their cases are able to protect Apple devices from drops up to 1 meter (3.2 feet) onto a hard surface in any orientation. In addition, the Cupertino-based company has also made it mandatory for cases to provide a buffer of at least 1mm between the cover glass and a flat surface, either by covering the display entirely or having the front lip protrude slightly from the glass to keep it from touching the surface. Read more »