Phandroid » Accessories Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:08:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Noke is the world’s first Bluetooth-enabled smart padlock [Kickstarter] Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:06:27 +0000 noke 4

Anyone who has used a padlock knows how much of a burden they can be. Whether it’s the keyhole-equipped contraption that requires you to stumble through your key ring or a combination-based lock where you not only have to remember the combination, but pray that you actually input it correctly, it can make you clinically insane.

That’s where Noke hopes to help improve your life. This Kickstarter claims the honor of being the world’s first Bluetooth smart padlock. It’s one of those things you didn’t think you’d need until someone actually showed it to you. Noke uses Bluetooth to communicate with a smartphone app. The app acts as your digital “key,” and the Noke can automatically sense when you are nearby and unlock your lock for you.

It also makes it easy to give access to your friends or family. Instead of having to give them a key or a complicated password to remember, you can simply give them access through the app and it’ll work for them just as it does for you. It’s even safer in that regard — instead of worrying that someone you don’t totally trust has your combination forever, you can grant them one time access and make sure they only get access to that lock just that once. You can customize access for different people, too, so good ol’ mom can get permanent access while your friend Butchie stays limited.

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One of the first pitfalls that came to mind for me was “what happens when your smartphone dies?” Thankfully the designers at Fuz thought that out carefully, and had good mind to implement a click-based method that would let you get into the lock in the event that you can’t use your smartphone.

The lock’s internal battery is rated for more than a year’s worth of use, so you won’t have to constantly worry about whether or not it has enough juice to remain useful. The battery is user replaceable, thankfully. Also, should the lock be used for outdoors you won’t have to worry about it getting wet thanks to the lack of external buttons and ports, and a waterproof build.

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It all sounds like the makings of a great, well-designed product, and it makes me wish I had the need for a padlock in this day and age. If you do need one, though, this isn’t a bad way to go. Noke is being offered at $59 for the cheapest option, which is said to be $30 cheaper than its targeted retail price.

You can add $20 more if you want a bike mount and cable to go along with it. The project is currently sitting at $66,393 out of its goal of $100,000 as of the time of this writing, and there’s still 29 more days to go. As good as Noke looks to be we’re sure it’ll hit that goal in no time. Should it succeed the project owners are targeting a February ship date, but as we all know these things can be as flakey as a good bowl of cereal.

[via Kickstarter]

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Best LG G3 Accessories Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:52:40 +0000 On its own, the LG G3 is just about as good as it gets when it comes to Android smartphones. But if you are looking to step up your G3 game, you can start by checking out some of the great accessories available for the handset. From cases to car docks, memory cards to wireless charging, there are options aplenty for the discerning G3 owner.

Check out our LG G3 Review

Best Cases for the LG G3


LG Quick Circle Case

The LG Quick Circle case is unique for its seamless fit and direct integration with the LG G3. Unlike cases from third-party vendors, this LG-made unit features an innovative circular window that allows users to access notifications, deploy the camera, interact with the handset’s music player, and more, all without opening the folio or unlocking the device. When it comes to offering protection there may be better options, but none other brings the ability to transform the G3 experience. A wireless charging-compatible version is also available. [LG G3 Quick Circle Case ($49.99)]

Other options:

Best Memory Cards for the LG G3


64GB SanDisk MicroSDXC Class 10 Memory Card

If you’re looking to expand the internal storage capacity of your LG G3, you can’t go wrong with the name that started it all. SanDisk offers their MicroSDXC cards in a variety of storage capacities, but 64GB hits the sweet spot. Plenty of storage space at a reasonable price. The kit also comes with a standard SD adapter to easily transfer files between your phone and PC. [64GB SanDisk MicroSDXC Memory Card with Adapter ($39.95)]

Other options:

Best Portable Battery Pack for the LG G3


Incipio offGRID 8000mAh Portable Backup Battery

The LG G3’s capacious 3000mAh battery offers solid performance, but there is bound to come a time where it just won’t cut it. Don’t be left without a quick charge on hand, even if a power outlet is nowhere to be found with Incipio’s offGRID portable battery pack. Rated at 8000mAh, the rugged offGRID battery can juice up the G3 two times over (and then some). [Incipio offGRIB 800mAh Portable Battery ($89.99)]

Other options:

Best Wireless Charging Pad for the LG G3


LG Qi Wireless Charging Pad (WCP-700)

The LG G3 is one of the few smartphones that comes with wireless charging capabilities as a standard option. To take advantage you will need to get your hands on a wireless charging pad. We recommend a Qi-compatible unit (though LG offers accessories to make the device Powermat-compatible),  namely LG’s WCP-700. With it, charging is as easy as dropping your G3 on the pad and letting it do its magic. [LG Qi Wireless Charging Pad WCP-700 ($69.99)]

Other options:

Best Smartwatch to pair with the LG G3

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LG G Watch

A high-ticket accessory but a useful one nonetheless, the LG G Watch is an Android Wear-powered unit that easily integrates with your smartphone to offer at-a-glance notifications, a selection of apps, and more. The G Watch is a no-brainer for G3 owners looking to take their Android game to the next level. [LG G Watch ($229.00)]

Other options:

Best Bluetooth Wireless Speaker


Braven BRV-X

Whether enjoying some tunes or looking for the perfect audio companion for the G3’s brilliant Quad HD display when streaming video, the Braven BRV-X is a portable wireless speaker that touts excellent performance in a durable package. Designed to provide great sound both indoors and out, the BRV-X easily pairs via Bluetooth and adds a whole new dimension to the G3. [Braven BRV-X ($199.99)

Other options:

Best Headphones for the LG G3


Audio Technica AX5iS SonicFuel over-ear headphones

While in-ear headphones seem to be the go-to option for smartphone users, the comfort and added sound quality of a nice set of over-ears can’t be argued with. Audio Technica updates the form factor for the smartphone age by including in-line controls and a microphone as part of their SonicFuel offering. The real draw here, however, is Audio Technica’s legacy in the pro-audio industry, delivering on the promise of great sound. [Audio Technica AX5iS SonicFuel Over-Ear Headphones ($89.95)]

Other options:

Best Vehicle Dock for the LG G3


Air Dock with wireless charging

The Air Dock kills two birds with one stone (sorry, avian conservationists). It’s not only a clamp-free vehicle dock utilizing a micro-suction foam face and magnets, but it features an embedded Qi charging pad that tops off your battery while you go. It doesn’t get much better than that when it comes to car mounts. [Air Dock (68.99)]

Other options:

Want to get even more out of your LG G3? Check out our list of must-have apps and games for LG’s latest and greatest. Have an accessory suggestion of your own? Head over to Android Forums to join the discussion or sound off in the comments below!

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Navdy proves to be a hit, gains $1 million in first week pre-sales Fri, 15 Aug 2014 22:18:18 +0000 Navdy Screenshot projector

We have to admit, when we first told you guys about Navdy — a HUD projector for your car that displays notifications from your phone — we thought it was cool, just not $300 cool. I guess not everyone felt the same way. The device, described by many as “ Google Glass for your car,” seems to have been an early success, gaining over $1 million in first week pre-orders (that’s roughly around 3,333 units sold). But that’s only half the story.

According to TechCrunch, Navdy CEO and co-founder Doug Simpson says he’s been seeing a huge response not only from consumers, but from developers looking to get their apps up and running with with the new tech. What’s more, Navdy seems to have caught the eye of automakers who are also expressing their interest in Navdy, but more to the tune of having the device  pre-installed into vehicle dashboards.

Navdy depth of field

Using a combination of voice-guided gesture controls, Navdy will display notifications from your smartphone over a Bluetooth connection. The device then projects it’s UI on a transparent display acting similar to the way the prism in Google Glass works, forcing the driver to focus further away than just the display. Of course, the device doesn’t come without it’s share of controversy, mostly from safe driving proponents who feel this is yet another way to distract drivers from the current task at hand (like getting home in one piece).

Just like we saw with Coin, Navdy is using direct pre-order system, skipping fund raising sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo altogether. For those interested, there’s still 20 days left to pick up a Navdy at a discounted $300 (40% off) before it jumps up to the full price offering of $500 early next month. You can pre-order a Navdy here.

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Coin taking shipping info from backers next week, will provide shipping dates inside Android app on Sept 25th Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:12:49 +0000 Coin Coined

As one of Coins first backers, we were beginning to worry the tiny device might have been nothing more than vaporware. I mean, c’mon — the promise was huge. A tiny Bluetooth device that allows users to scan in and consolidate all their credit cards into 1 electronic card — that’s straight future sh*t right there. Like Motorola, Coin was targeting a “summer” release date but as we near the end of the season, people are looking for some kind of update on when they can expect their Coins to arrive.

Coin in real life

Today the makers of Coin are breaking their silence in an email to backers, notifying those who’ve already pre-ordered the device that next week they’ll finally be able to specify the address Coin will be shipping to in a follow up email. Only then will backers be able to download the iOS and Android apps to reveal the exact date they can expect their Coin to ship. iOS users get the jump (as usual) with the Coin app officially launching on August 28th, while Android users will have to wait almost a full month later for September 25th.

Coin mentions shipping dates are based on when you pre-ordered Coin, so those that got the early jump can expect it before everyone else. For those that have any questions about Coin, the company provided a handy FAQ which we covered in a previous post here.

Don’t forget Coin is still available for pre-order for $50 (50% off) and you can buy it from their website here.

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Samsung’s upcoming VR headset pictured ahead of official IFA reveal Tue, 12 Aug 2014 23:49:01 +0000 samsung-project-moonlight-3.0

Samsung is almost ready to put the final touches on this year’s IFA 2014 show where we expect the manufacturer to reveal a handful of new devices. As so often is the case with Samsung, it appears the OEM will cover all their bases, unveiling a wide range of products they hope will catch consumers’ eyes. While we’re already expecting Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to be in attendance, it seems Samsung will finally take the wraps off their upcoming VR headset. Codenamed Project Moonlight, the headset signals Samsung’s entrance into the virtual reality gaming arena, one we’ve seen manufacturers take interest in after Facebook purchased Oculus Rift for $2 billion back in March.

Today, The Verge has nabbed a photo of device — who’s official name could be the Samsung Gear VR — showing off a VR headset that closely resembles Google’s Cardboard in both form and function (only with less cardboard and more of Samsung’s trademark plastic). You can see a plastic case to attach a Galaxy smartphone to one end, while specially fitted adjustable lenses help the user focus on the content being displayed into each eye. Because the display is only one component of the unique gameplay the VR headset offers, Samsung’s control pad is also picture alongside the headset.

And there you have it. We expect to learn more during Samsung’s IFA even which will kick off simultaneously in both Berlin, and New York. Of course, Phandroid will be in attendance bringing you some hands-on/eyes-on with Project Moonlight and more, so stay tuned.

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Android Deals: Top smartphones on sale, Robin Williams honored, and more Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:44:54 +0000 deals

Searching for a new phone? This week we dig up deals on some of the hottest handsets on the market plus a Google Play tribute to Robin Williams, a Minuum Keyboard sale, and more. Remember, all deals here were accurate at time of posting but they won’t last forever. Act quick!

Hardware & Accessories


Save 66% on an ASUS Transformer Pad TF-300 as part of eBay’s Daily Deals. Normally priced at $265, this budget-friendly version of ASUS’ popular transforming Android tablet sees its pricing drop to an even friendlier $135 for a limited time only (plus free shipping). [eBay]

Knock $100 on select smartphones at Best Buy including the LG G3 (Verizon, now $99), Samsung Galaxy S4 (AT&T, only $1.00), and HTC One M8 (all carriers, $99). Other deals include the Samsung Galaxy S3 for only a penny, LG G2 for $50, and HTC One M7 for $1. [Best Buy]

Get the an ASUS Iconia tablet bundle for $120 including a Targus QuickFit case, 16GB PNY memory card, and screen cleaning kit. Combined, this bundle would normally sell for $200. [Best Buy]

Apps & Games


Get three years of VPN Unlimited premium access for $19 and browse the mobile web with confidence. Operting over a secure Virtual Private Network, VPN Unlimited keeps your browsing habits private and encrypts your data, making it perfect for use when surfing a public network. A premium subscription offers unlimited browsing speeds and bandwidth. VPN Unlmited is available for Android and PC, and the price includes access for up to five separate devices. [AndroidArea]

Become a master Android programmer for $19 with this Learn & Master the Fundamentals bundle. The price includes 105 lectures spread over 9.5 hours that will give you all the tools you need to become proficient in programming for the Android ecosystem. [AndroidArea]

App Deals

Game Deals

Music & Media


After the tragic passing of Robin Williams, Google Play has a collection of the comedians more memorable films featured at reduced prices for all to commemorate his body of work. You’ll also find free Shark Week and a large selection of discounted albums at Google Play and Amazon.

Music Singles

Music Albums


TV Shows

[Find any great deals not included here? Be sure to send them our way or share in the comments below!]


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Our favorite car mount is now 52% off on Amazon but for today only [DEALS] Mon, 11 Aug 2014 22:30:26 +0000 nGroove groovin

It’s been a good couple of years ago since we last told you guys about the Mountek nGroove CD slot car mount for smartphones and phablets. Finding a good, solid car mount is thing to do these days, but we fell in love with Mountek’s design which puts to use that old CD slot gathering dust inside your car. Over years, the car mount has gotten more than enough good use and we find it’s one of the best purchases we’ve made through the years. We absolutely love it.

Normally priced at $25, Mountek’s nGroove CD slot car mounts are the subject of today’s Amazon Gold Box deal. The 24 hour deal sees both the nGroove Grip (picture above) and nGroove Snap (magnetic) discounted a full 36% and 52%, respectively. That’s an insane deal for a product we gave a glowing review back in 2012.

In fact, you can find our review should you still find yourself a little wary of making an impulse buy and while a CD slot design probably isn’t for everyone, it definitely comes in handy should you find yourself streaming all your music from your Android device (I mean, who uses CDs anymore?).

The deal wont last long and is only valid until the end of today. So, if you’ve been looking for a solid car mount (one that wont obstruct your view), links to purchase the Mountek nGroove on Amazon can be found below. Cheers!

Mountek nGroove CD slot car mount ($16)

Mountek nGroove Snap 2 CD slot car mount ($19)

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Navdy is like Google Glass for your car, looks to make even the oldest beater “smart” Wed, 06 Aug 2014 00:48:41 +0000 Navdy jpeg-3

2014 is gearing up to the be year we finally see a big push into the software side of our automobiles. Google and Apple are both looking to go head-to-head with various implementations of their own, gathering bannermen in an effort to finally make our cars as smart as our mobile devices. While you’re busy choosing sides, here comes a new cross-platform device called Navdy that plays well with just about any smartphone.

Navdy looks to take that same basic principal of Google Glass (displaying information in front of you) but in a way you can still pick up chicks on the street without looking like a total douche. Because not very many people have the wallet (or the self-esteem) to wear something like Google Glass, Navdy is already looking much more appealing in the automotive space.

Navdy Screenshot projector

Think of it like a really advanced speaker phone, but one that runs on Android and has its own UI. Using a tiny projector, Navdy presents the driver with visual cues of incoming calls, SMS messages, and shoots them on its tiny, transparent display.

But that’s not all it can do. Each Navdy is outfitted with an infrared camera and microphone, allowing you interact with Navdy either by using very basic hand gestures, or by voice. Notifications are handled by Navdy’s Android or iOS apps, allowing you to customize what pops up on the HUD.

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Navdy hardware specs

  • 5.1″ wide transparent Head-Up Display (HUD)
  • High quality projector
  • IR camera for touchless gesture control
  • Accelerometer, e-compass, ambient light sensor
  • WiFi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0/LE
  • Audio out via Bluetooth or 3.5mm minijack, mini-USB port
  • Internal speaker and microphone with noise canceling DSP
  • Dual core processor running Android 4.4
  • OBD-II power and data connection to car computer, with optional 12 volt power adapter
  • Portable, bendable, non-marking, powered friction mount, with magnetic connection to the device
  • Dimensions (excluding mount): width: 130mm, depth: 140mm, height: 95mm (including display)

Of course, Navdy isn’t without some controversy. The ongoing debate on whether or not we need more distracted driving on our roads and even if Navdy is designed to be safer than looking down at your phone, there are those who feel it’s just as distracting as all those Glassholes making headlines a few months back. Like most things, we’ll let you decide for yourself.

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This seems like a really bad time to take a call from Mom

You can check out Navdy’s funny new promo video with Adam Lisagor — Silicon Valley startups’ favorite video director –  who you may remember as the “Coin” guy down below. If you like what you see, the Navdy isn’t cheap and is set to launch in “early 2015″ at $500. But for the next 30 days, early adopters can pre-order one at a much discounted $300 (40% off). Any takers?


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LG G Watch Charging Cradle lands on Google Play, grab a spare/replacement for only $20 Tue, 05 Aug 2014 18:32:02 +0000 LG G Watch charging cradle

Ah, we knew it was only a matter of time before LG started making available accessories for their LG G Watch in the Play Store. As G Watch owners ourselves, the one we were most concerned with was the charging cradle, LG’s proprietary method for charging their smartwatch. When the smartwatch first launched, if you misplaced your cradle you were completely bum out of luck as there was no way to replace it.

Thankfully, the wait wasn’t too long and now we can all rest easy knowing there’s a replacement available. At $20, the cradle wont come cheap, but it’s your only option until 3rd party options become available. Buy a spare (or replacement) LG G Watch Charging Cradle via the link below.

Buy on Google Play: LG G Watch Charging Cradle

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Exclusive Deal: Galaxy S5 Spigen Tough Armor Bundle only $38 at Mon, 04 Aug 2014 17:15:15 +0000 spigen-androidarea-bundle

Last week we announced the all new and teased some great exclusive deals we have on deck. Today we’re bringing you the first, the Galaxy S5 Tough Armor Bundle from Spigen, which is now available for almost half off the regular price.

For $37.99 you score a Spigen Tough Armor case for your Galaxy S5, a matching GLAS.t Nano screen protector, and a Steinheil LCD Cleaner Set. Without the super savings of this AndroidArea bundle you could expect to pay upwards of $75 for this same level of protection elsewhere.

Spigen’s Tough Armor uses Air Cushion technology to create a durable design without the bulky footprint of other bomb-proof cases. Likewise, the GLAS.t Nano screen protector is one of the thinnest on the market to be constructed from hard coated tempered glass, offering superior scratch protection without interfering with touchscreen responsiveness. The air bubble remover included as part of the LCD cleaner set insures the protector will be nearly invisible once properly installed.

The Galaxy S5 already features a waterproof design that can hold its own against the elements, but as we’ve learned that is no guarantee that your handset is indestructible. The right level of protection could mean the difference between a dinged-up device or cracked screen and one that will look great and work flawlessly for the long haul. With this offer from AndroidArea you can preserve your expensive investment as well as some of the cash in your wallet. How could you argue with that?

If you’re not a Galaxy S5 owner, don’t worry. There is plenty more to check out over at our AndroidArea deals area. Head over and take a look now, and don’t forget to register for your chance to win part of $1000 in prizes as part of our Google Play Giveaway while you’re there.


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Rumor: Google Workshop could let users create the case they’ve always wanted Fri, 01 Aug 2014 19:10:18 +0000 nexus gogle workshop case

An interesting new rumor has surfaced this morning suggesting Google wants to allow you to buy the case you want for your Nexus 5, and potentially other devices. Dubbed Google Workshop, this service — which we imagine would be hosted on Google Play and accessed whenever you shop for accessories — is said to be offering up at least two options for users to customize their device:

  • MapMe: put in a location, and Google will give you a map-patterned case based on that area (with options for changing the color and adding text, natch).
  • Moments: you can upload a photo to be used as the imagery on the case.

Another element to all of this are customized live wallpapers that may also be made available to you in some way. MapMe could show you a dynamic map that displays location-based Tweets and check-ins, for example, while the Moments option would cycle through additional photos you upload through the service.

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Unfortunately it sounds like this isn’t something Google is 100% confirmed to be launching just yet. With that, there’s no word on if this is just a Nexus 5 exclusive or if they’ll be extending functionality to other Nexus or Google Play Edition devices.

Google is said to still be in the “exploration” stages, so we imagine it’d be too soon for them to consider anything but their flagship smartphone (and perhaps tablet) right now. If the Moto X taught us anything, though, it’s that people love to customize things, and we’re sure this would sell a lot more accessories than they’re selling right now. Make it happen, Google!

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Deal: up to 50% off Transcend memory from today only Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:04:07 +0000 transcend logo

Quick heads-up on a deal for those of you in the market for cheap memory. Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day is putting Transcend’s silicon on sale at up to 50% off for the entire day, but you’ll only have today to take advantage. Highlights include a 32GB Class 10 UHS-1 microSD card for $13.99, down from its usual $37.40. The 64GB version of that same card is $28.99, down from its usual cost of $49.99.

There are an assortment of other storage options available at discounted prices, including 64GB and 128GB full-sized SD cards that write at 60 megabytes per second costing $37.99 and $79.99, respectively.

Transcend’s brand doesn’t carry quite the same weight as Sandisk, Samsung or Sony, but they still offer a solid product that not many have complained about. Don’t be afraid to take a chance on them if you feel these prices are too good to pass up. The full suite of goods can be browsed at Amaozn’s site right here if you’re interested.

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Android Deals: Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 for $279, super savings on super hero movies, and more Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:40:48 +0000 deals

If you’re in the market for a new tablet, today’s deals might be for you. The savings start with the Galaxy Tab Pro but they don’t end there. Deals abound on plenty of apps and games as well as music and movies to help round out the month of July. Speaking of rounding out the month, you’ll want to check back Friday as we’ve got some big news and even bigger deals coming your way in the very near future. For now, all deals below were active as of the time of posting. Act quickly, they won’t last forever.

Hardware & Accessories

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Get the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 for $279.99 at Best Buy, though you will have to make it all the way to checkout to reveal this deep discount. Normally priced around $329 for the 16GB WiFi-only model, this deal sees $50 knocked off the standard price. [Best Buy]

Snag a refurbished ASUS MeMo Pad for $64.99 at Newegg. Not the most amazing tablet by any means, but it’s a killer deal for this aging 7-inch Android slate. A savings of over 50%. [Newegg]

Save $80 on Beats by Dre Wireless On-Ear headphones as part of eBay’s Daily Deals. These headphones normally go for an asking price closer to $300, but now you can keep some cash in the wallet and still snag a pair of great sounding Bluetooth wireless headphones that pair perfectly with your Android smartphone. [eBay]

Apps & Games


The folks at Runtastic have knocked down the pricing on several of their fitness-oriented apps. If you are feeling a bit more sedentary, perhaps you can take advantage of great savings on KING OF FIGHTERS as wells as Sprinkle Islands.



Music & Media


Google has a solid selection of super hero flicks to help ease us out of ComicCon weekend. Also, there are some great deals to be had on classic albums at both Amazon and Google Play.

Music Singles

Music Albums


TV Shows

[Find any great deals not included here? Be sure to send them our way or share in the comments below!]

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Chromecast’s first birthday sparks 90 free days of Google Play Music All Access offer Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:38:56 +0000 Chromecast-featured-LARGE

It’s been a year since the launch of Chromecast, which has taken the world by storm as 2013′s top gadget and one of the hottest selling items on Amazon and Google Play. To celebrate all of that goodness Google has decided to give users a nice treat for being part of the early wave of consumers to get in on the fun.

They’re offering 90 days of Google Play Music All Access, a premium subscription that gives you unlimited access to a library of over 20 million tracks. You can easily add these tracks to your library and playlists or listen to radio stations based on them. They won’t be there for you once your subscription ends, though you obviously have the option of paying for each individual track or album you want to keep should you decide to give up your membership.

The offer is good for anyone who has bought a Chromecast, and is available from today’s date all the way through September 30th. You’ll have to fork up about $10 per month at the conclusion of the offer if you want to keep on listening, though that’s not a terribly high price to pay for unlimited access to such a big library of music. Of course, the offer doesn’t apply to you if you already have a subscription so feel free to continue enjoying it as you always have. You can head right here to get started.

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You can now unlock your Moto X using “digital tattoos” [VIDEO] Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:01:50 +0000

Ever wanted to unlock your smartphone by pressing it up against your body? Me neither, but Motorola felt the need to introduce new “digital tattoos” that stick to your skin and can unlock your Moto X via a simple tap. The tattoo is a super thin adhesive that shimmers on your wrist and can last for up to five days showering, swimming and other “vigorous activities.”

The stickers are made by VivaLink, a company that specializes in miniaturizing RF technology and making it flexible enough to use in scenarios like these. They say it’s so thin and light that you won’t even notice you’re wearing it from day to day.

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Their motive? They say they want people to start taking smartphone security seriously. Motorola found that it takes most people around 2.3 seconds to unlock their smartphone using traditional methods, and that they tend to do it around 40 times a day. That’s so inconvenient that most people don’t even bother setting up lock-screen security.

We’re not sure how accurate that statement is, but I can tell you I’m one of those people (though I guess it doesn’t hurt that I’m mostly at home anyway). So how can you get some of your own?


VivaLnk sells them in packs of 10 at their website. They cost $10 per pack, though, which just might be too expensive when considering they don’t last for more than a few days. But if you’re OK with that price and wouldn’t mind a new way to unlock your Moto X this is one interesting option. Head here to purchase a pack.

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