Phandroid » Accessories http://phandroid.com Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:06:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 How to watch 360 videos with the Gear VR http://phandroid.com/2014/12/19/360-video-gear-vr/ http://phandroid.com/2014/12/19/360-video-gear-vr/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:15:56 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=155632 360-video

Just as the Samsung Gear VR can be used to watch your own imported 2D and 3D movies, it can also be used to view content shot and compiled for 360-degree presentation. These are the videos that allow the Gear VR (and other virtual reality devices) to really shine, giving the viewer the ability to “look” around at a 360-degree environment thanks to head tracking capabilities built into in the the Oculus-powered platform.

The Gear VR’s capabilities are demonstrated with a set of included videos and others available from the Oculus Store ( a Cirque du Soleil experience, a virtual tour of Iceland, to name a few), but users can import their own 3D, 360 content and get the full experience thanks to the Oculus 360 Videos app. You’ll only need to know a simple file naming trick to get everything working properly.

As with playing 3D videos in the Oculus Cinema app, the software of the Gear VR experience will inherently convert video files for proper playback format based on where in the directory a file is placed and certain conventions of the file naming scheme. Unlike traditional 2D and 3D videos, which are placed under the “My Videos” folder found within the “Movies” directory, videos with 360-degree field-of-view should be placed directly into the “360Videos” folder.

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For standard 2D videos with a 360-degree FOV this should work without any further modification. Simply don your Gear VR, navigate to the Oculus 360 Videos app, and choose your file. You should be able to peer around the environment of the 360 video by simply moving your head.

If your video features both 3D and 360-degree FOV, you will need to follow one more step.

For videos formatted in an over/under configuration:

  • Rename the file so that it ends with “_TB” just prior to the extension name [Example: mymovie_TB.mp4]

For videos formatted in a side-by-side (SBS) configuration:

  • Rename the file so that it ends with “_LR” just prior to the extension name [Example: mymovie_LR.mp4]

Once you have properly named the files and placed them in the “360Videos” folder, open the files as normal through the Oculus 360 Videos app. If you followed the above steps, you should now have full 3D, 360-degree playback.

While the Gear VR has no native way that we have yet discovered to play 180-degree field-of-view content, you can similarly try your luck by loading such files into the “360Videos” folder. Playback will generally work, but the 180-degree FOV will be stretched to the full 360 degrees, creating distorted video with inaccurate head tracking.

For some examples of 3D, 360 FOV video, 360Heros has a selection of demo content available and plenty of standard 360 video content. Kolor also features some standard 360 videos, and Oculus Share is also a source worth checking out. Not every video will translate perfectly to the Gear VR (some have been designed to function specifically with other VR or Oculus headsets), but all provide a glimpse of the Gear VR’s true potential.

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Gift idea: always know where your keys or smartphone is hiding with these great accessories [CONTEST] http://phandroid.com/2014/12/19/bluetooth-connected-key-smartphone-finders/ http://phandroid.com/2014/12/19/bluetooth-connected-key-smartphone-finders/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:20:41 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=155610 Motorola Power Pack Micro

We’re back with another day of Phandroid’s Gift-a-Day Giveaway, giving you guys not only another great new gift idea, but a chance at winning some pretty awesome prizes. Today, we’re taking a look at next-gen key finders, Bluetooth enabled devices that can not only help you find where you left your keys, but your smartphone as well. Oh, and if you’re running Android 5.0 Lollipop or above, you can even bypass your lock screen when in proximity to them. Let’s take a look.

Motorola Keylink

Motorola Keylink

The Keylink is Motorola’s tiny little Bluetooth 4.0 enabled key fob. It’s water resistant (not proof) and using Motorola’s Connect app for most Android devices, can make either the key fob or your smartphone ring up to 100 feet away. Motorola says the battery will last up to a full year using a standard coin cell battery.

Buy: Motorola Keylink $25

Motorola Power Pack Micro

Motorola Power Pack Micro

The Motorola Power Pack Micro works much in the same way as the Keylink. Pairs with your smartphone via Bluetooth, and can either ring your smartphone using the Motorola Connect app, or use the app to ring the power pack. The difference is the Power Pack Micro features a 1,500mAh battery that can be used to juice up your smartphone in emergencies. It comes in a wide variety of colors and finishes: dark canvas, light canvas, spice, red, violet, lemon lime, turquoise, and royal blue (pictured above).

Buy: Motorola Power Pack Micro $40

HTC Fetch

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By now you know how things little things work. The HTC Fetch features Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy to keep battery draining at a minimum (about 6 months before you need to replace the battery). It can connect from about 15 meters away and can even be used as a remote for the camera on your Android device. It’s only $25 right now, but you’ll probably want to get 2-day shipping for $6 extra if you’re looking to get this as a gift.

Buy: HTC Fetch $30

Tile

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The Tile, while a veteran so to speak when it comes to smartphone/key finders has only just recently become available for Android devices. The companion app — available here on Google Play — can either play a tone on whatever the Tile is attached to, or show you the last known connection of the Tile before you came out of contact with it. It’s only available for Android 4.4 KitKat devices and up, so that’s something to consider.

The best part is you can connect up to 8 these, attaching them to anything you frequently misplace. Also, the more you buy in a pack (up to 12), the bigger the discount. Could make a really great stocking stuffer and with available Amazon Prime shipping, it’s sure to arrive before Christmas.

Buy: Tile $25

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How to watch 3D movies on the Samsung Gear VR http://phandroid.com/2014/12/18/3d-movies-on-the-gear-vr/ http://phandroid.com/2014/12/18/3d-movies-on-the-gear-vr/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:06:44 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=155542 cinema3d

The Samsung Gear VR has plenty of potential, but it is limited by a sparse content store out of the box. The positive is that Samsung and Oculus have made it easy to import and watch your own movies (even 3D) in virtual cinema mode. So how do we accomplish this?

The short answer is to import your movie files (the Gear VR by default supports most common file formats including MP4, AVI, and FLV) into the “My Videos” folder on your SD card. To watch your 3D videos, however, there is an additional step, and it’s not entirely straightforward.

The following will allow for perfect 3D playback of videos set up in a side-by-side (SBS) format (the left and right video channels are contained within the same file and appear as a near-mirror image when played back using a standard media player). To view your SBS 3D video files on your Gear VR, follow these steps:

  1. On your MicroSD card file directory, navigate to Oculus > Movies > Your Movies
  2. Create a new folder within “Your Movies” and label it “3D”
  3. Import or move your side-by-side 3D videos into your newly created “3D” folder

Once you have created your 3D content folder and imported compatible video files, insert your MicroSD card into your Galaxy Note 4 (if it isn’t already), dock the phone in your Gear VR, and don the virtual reality headset. Then:

  1. Navigate to Oculus Cinema from the main menu
  2. Navigate to “My Videos” from the Oculus Cinema content library menu
  3. Select the 3D video you wish to view (if you followed the above steps it should have a “3D” label in the upper righthand corner)
  4. Choose the cinema mode to begin playback

The software is coded to automatically convert any video in the “3D” folder for 3D playback. While the included documentation and tutorials don’t make the process completely obvious, the answer is buried in the literature accompanying the Gear VR’s Oculus Mobile SDK along with plenty of other tips on importing your own content for viewing on Samsung’s virtual reality headset. We’ll be sharing more of these helpful tips and tricks in the coming days.

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Gift idea: 2 years later, the Mountek nGroove CD slot car dock is still our top pick [CONTEST] http://phandroid.com/2014/12/18/mountek-ngroove-cd-slot-car-dock-gift/ http://phandroid.com/2014/12/18/mountek-ngroove-cd-slot-car-dock-gift/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:00:24 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=155517 nGroove right angle

We’re back with yet another day of Phandroid’s Gift-a-Day Giveaway, giving you guys not only another great new gift idea, but a chance at winning some pretty awesome prizes. Today we’re showing you a Phan-favorite, a product we covered 2 years ago here on this very site and have used nearly every day since then.

The Mountek nGroove is car dock unlike most others. Instead of suction cupping to your dash, window, or fitting into your car’s cigarette lighter, the nGroove is outfitted with an adjustable fin that fits snugly inside your car’s now obsolete CD slot. The places the your smartphone in an optimal position for quick viewing and interaction — the same spot as your car’s existing controls.

Mountek nGroove front back

The model we’re showing you above is the “Grip” model and the one we actually recommend, but there’s also the “SNAP” version which requires placing a magnetic sticker on the back of your phone and is really only ideal for flat backed devices.

Now, it’s important to survey the car where this will be installed. The nGroove isn’t a perfect fit for all cars and can block certain controls and/or navigation displays. The beauty of the nGroove is its simplicity which doesn’t require any sort of glues, screws, or clips. Should the CD slot not be the most optimal place for the nGroove, keep in mind it can also fit in any of your cars other grooves and spaces.

You can buy the Mountek nGroove from Amazon for less than $20 via the link below.

[Buy on Amazon: Mountek nGroove $18.69]

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Sony built their own Google Glass competitor and it’s flippin’ huge http://phandroid.com/2014/12/17/sony-single-lens-display-module/ http://phandroid.com/2014/12/17/sony-single-lens-display-module/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:08:56 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=155509 Sony Single-Lens Display Module 1

Sony is no stranger when it comes to the wearable tech, often times jumping in head first without really testing the waters. They were one of the first out of the gate with a smartwatch, and more recently, we saw their take on the virtual reality headset with Project Morpheus.

Back when Google Glass was just getting off the ground — and people were still excited about the idea of strapping a computer to their faces — we heard rumors that other manufacturers would soon try their hand at an augmented reality headset.

Sony Single-Lens Display Module 2

Sony is now putting these rumors to rest with the announcement of their “Single-Lens Display Module,” a wearable computing device that attaches to existing eye wear, giving it “smart” capabilities. Like Google Glass, Sony’s headset uses a tiny “High-Resolution Color OLED Microdisplay” that brings varying types of visual information front and center to its wearer.

Applications are very much the same as Google Glass, with Sony saying they’re more or less targeting entertainment and/or sports enthusiasts, the latter making more sense given physical activity like biking tends to keep your hands tied. They’re already busy preparing an SDK that developers can use to build apps with Sony saying they’re planning for mass production sometime next year.

Sony Single-Lens Display Module apps

We can’t help but notice that, while admittedly more versatile than Google’s implementation, Sony’s headset actually makes the already clunky Google Glass look like a svelte piece of science fiction. What do you guys think? Even if they could drop 10 strokes from your golf game, would you wear these things outdoors?

Sony says they’ll be showing these off during CES 2015 in just a few short weeks time and we’ll be sure to bring you a heads-on.

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Save almost 50% on this 2-in-1 MicroUSB/Lightning cable at AndroidArea.com http://phandroid.com/2014/12/17/2-in-1-microusb-lightning-cable-deal/ http://phandroid.com/2014/12/17/2-in-1-microusb-lightning-cable-deal/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:57:39 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=155485 redesign_2in1Cable-mf-1_1209

You use an Android phone, but your tablet is an iPad. Don’t worry, we’ll keep your secret. It doesn’t chance the fact that both those devices will need occasional charging, and all those cables can become a real tangled mess. Streamline your charging experience with this 2-in-1 MicroUSB/Lightning from AndroidArea.com, yours now for only $21 (a savings of 47%).

2-in-1 USB/Lightning charging cable from AndroidArea.com

This extra long 6-foot cable is compatible with all devices that utilize either MicroUSB or Lightning connections for charging. MFi certification means this cable is 100% supported by Apple devices along with Android smartphones and tablets. One ends terminates in a convertible male Lightning/MicroUSB connector, while the other ends with a standard-sized USB. Pair with a USB wall outlet or port on your computer and charge without any hassle.

 

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Samsung Gear VR Forum now open for business! http://phandroid.com/2014/12/17/samsung-gear-vr-forums/ http://phandroid.com/2014/12/17/samsung-gear-vr-forums/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:41:39 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=155450 samsung gear vr

You might have seen our Samsung Gear VR unboxing yesterday, and we’ll have a complete review coming soon, but did you know we have a full forum dedicated to Samsung’s virtual reality goggles over at Android Forums? Yes, the Samsung Gear VR Forums are now open for business.

Samsung Gear VR Forums at Android Forums

Whether you are a new owner or planning to pick up the Gear VR in the near future (maybe it was on your holiday wish list), our new forum is your one-stop destination for answers to frequently asked questions, helpful tips and tricks, and other discussion centering on this innovative wearable. If you are an early adopter, here is your place to share what you’ve learned so far and give your thoughts on the Oculus-powered experience.

So if you have ever sat inside a waterfall or explored an ancient cage from the comfort of your living (Gear VR users will know what I am talking about), this is the place for you. Virtual reality. It’s the future, man.

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OnePlus celebrates 1-year anniversary with open sale and a new 10,000mAh power bank http://phandroid.com/2014/12/17/oneplus-one-anniversary/ http://phandroid.com/2014/12/17/oneplus-one-anniversary/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:02:27 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=155432

In case you didn’t know, it’s the one-year anniversary of OnePlus, and they’re doing something a little special to celebrate. For starters, they’ve put on another opportunity to buy the OnePlus One without an invite. Both the Sandstone Black and Silk White are available if you’re still in the market for one of the best values in mobile. We’re sure the opportunity won’t last long so be sure to take advantage right here if you aren’t keen on waiting for an invite.

Any new company doesn’t come without their bumps and bruises as they grow, and OnePlus isn’t shy about reflecting that. They talk about all the things they’ve learned over the past year in their blog post and video (embedded above), and it’s definitely an interesting watch if you’re even remotely interested in how the company came to be. OnePlus is also doing a giveaway that’ll give you a chance to win a OnePlus One for wishing them happy birthday on Vine, so be sure to partake if you’re feeling lucky.

To top all that off, the company has introduced their next big accessory — it’s a power bank. A quick $15 gets you 10,000mAh of juice that can be used to charge your smartphones, tablets or any other USB-based devices that need charging. It comes with two different 5V2A ports which should provide a fast enough current to get your smartphones juiced in a reasonable amount of time.

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Finally, OnePlus is giving you a chance to help name the company’s own-built ROM that they’re working on (which we won’t be hearing about until early 2015, unfortunately). You can enter the contest here, and the winner receive a trip to Hong Kong to meet the OnePlus team, a OnePlus One and the aforementioned power bank. Not a bad deal at all. Let us know if you’ll be taking advantage of any of this.

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Gift idea: Nest smart thermostat and Dropcam webcam [CONTEST] http://phandroid.com/2014/12/17/nest-smart-thermostat-and-dropcam-webcam/ http://phandroid.com/2014/12/17/nest-smart-thermostat-and-dropcam-webcam/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:37:34 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=155409 nest dropcam

We’re back with yet another day of Phandroid’s Gift-a-Day Giveaway, giving you guys not only another great new gift idea, but a chance at winning some pretty awesome prizes. Today we’re kicking it up a notch with the Nest thermostat and Dropcam security cameras. Both of these products are very popular, and they also happen to be owned by Google. Let’s take a look.

Nest Thermostat

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The Nest Thermostat was the first device to shake-up the thermostat industry since perhaps the stone age. A thermostat may not seem like a sexy gadget to care about, but it controls a good chunk of your energy bill. The Nest learns your patterns and automatically adjusts to save you money. It also has great integration with Google Now.

  • Auto-Schedule – Remembers the temperatures you like and programs itself
  • Auto-Away – Saves energy by automatically turning itself down when you’re away
  • Remote control – Connect the Nest thermostat to Wi-Fi to control it from your smartphone, laptop or tablet
  • Easy install – Most people install the Nest thermostat in 30 minutes or less

Buy on Amazon: Nest on Amazon ($247)

Dropcam Webcam

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Dropcam is a series of wireless Wi-Fi webcams that can be placed around your house. Like Nest, the Dropcam webcams are a breathe of fresh air in the previously stale home security industry. You can monitor your home via mobile apps, speak through the webcam from afar, and get alerts when someone is in your house.

  • 60 Second Setup – Use your computer to find your Wi-Fi network, live stream in under a minute.
  • High Quality Video – Get into the details with 720p high-definition video.
  • Fast and easy setup – online and securely streaming 720p HD video in 60 seconds.
  • Field of View – 107 degrees diagonal, plus Night Vision and Zoom, means you don’t miss a thing.
  • Cloud Video Recording (CVR) – Review footage and make clips with optional secure offsite recording.
  • Stay connected with Two-Way Talk, Intelligent Alerts, Scheduling and Mobile & Web apps.

Buy on Amazon: Dropcam ($150) | Dropcam Pro ($200)

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Unboxing: Samsung Gear VR http://phandroid.com/2014/12/16/unboxing-samsung-gear-vr/ http://phandroid.com/2014/12/16/unboxing-samsung-gear-vr/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:42:12 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=155350 samsung-gear-vr-unboxing

The Samsung Gear VR is Samsung’s latest and perhaps most unique wearable. Announced alongside the Galaxy Note 4, the Gear VR relies on the handset to create a virtual reality headset for viewing video, playing games, and experience other types of immersive content. Backing the Gear VR is technology from Oculus, makers of perhaps the most well-known virtual reality platform the Oculus Rift.

As we dive into exploring the features of the Gear VR and its integration with the Note 4, we thought we’d share a quick unboxing and hardware walkthrough of the so-called Innovator Edition of the headset. Aside from the goggles themselves, the set includes a 16GB MicroSD and and adapter, a screen cleaning cloth, and an extra bit of cushioning should it be needed. Perhaps the best touch is the inclusion of a nice soft-shell travel case to hold the entire package.

We’ll be giving the Gear VR a thorough once over in the coming days. Stay tuned for more coverage of Samsung’s wearable headset.

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Deal: Today’s #HTCHotDeals takes 50% off all HTC accessories http://phandroid.com/2014/12/16/htc-accessories-deal/ http://phandroid.com/2014/12/16/htc-accessories-deal/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:14:25 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=155343 htc hot deals accessories

HTC has come through with yet another #HotDeal, a holiday promotion they’re running where they’ll introduce insane discounts on accessories and devices every Tuesday. Today’s offering? They’re chopping 50% off the cost of all accessories, so now would be a good time to stock up on some speakers, cases, chargers and whatever else you can find over at HTC’s store.

They say it’s only while supplies last, so you should make your purchase as soon as you can to ensure you don’t miss out. The decision shouldn’t be terribly hard depending on what you’ve already bought so get on over there and check out everything they have to offer, then keep some money tucked away for what we imagine should be an insane deal on the Tuesday right before Christmas.

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Gift idea: Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 wall charger for only $24 with free Amazon Prime shipping [CONTEST] http://phandroid.com/2014/12/16/qualcomm-quick-charge-20-wall-charger-on-amazon/ http://phandroid.com/2014/12/16/qualcomm-quick-charge-20-wall-charger-on-amazon/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:52:27 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=155333 Tenergy Quick Charge 2.0 charger 1

We’re kicking off yet another day of Phandroid’s Gift-a-Day Giveaway, giving you guys not only another great new gift idea, but a chance at winning some pretty awesome prizes.

You may remember our “must-have” charging accessories from week 1 of our gift ideas. I devoted a large section of Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 accessories because, at the time of writing, my favorite accessory was actually sold out on Amazon (with no date stock would be returning). But now, it looks like stock has finally returned, and you guy can now get your hands on the Tenergy 18W universal USB featuring Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 technology.

For as long as smartphones have been around, I dare say Quick Charge 2.0 is one of the single greatest advancements we’ve seen in the mobile space. I know, it sounds silly. But once you experienced it for yourself — and see how charging a nearly completely dead smartphone to 50% will only take a few minutes — you’ll become a believer.

Tenergy Quick Charge 2.0 charger diagram

The model we’re showing you today from Tenergy ($24) is not only cheaper than the Motorola Turbo Charger which runs $35 + shipping, but better in that it has a colored LED light to tell you when Quick Charge 2.0 is active. Because not all devices are compatible with Quick Charge 2.0, this takes the guess work out of wondering if your phone is charging at crazy Quick Charge 2.0 speeds, or just regular (it works fine for non-Quick Charge 2.0 devices too).

A partial list of some of the more popular Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 compatible devices can be found here and includes:

The best part is you can order the Tenergy Quick Charge 2.0 wall charger from Amazon today for only $24 and if you have Prime, it’ll be on your doorstep by Thursday. I’ve already ordered 3 (2 for myself, and 1 as a gift) and they work fantastic. Link provided below.

Buy: Tenergy Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 charger on Amazon

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Today is yet another chance to enter our massive giveaway for a chance to win Nexus devices and smartwatches. Be sure to enter every single day to improve your chances of winning. Entries for this day will remain open until 11:59 PM (Eastern) on December 21st. Good luck!

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Gift idea: Pulse smart LED light bulbs with built-in JBL Bluetooth speakers [CONTEST] http://phandroid.com/2014/12/15/pulse-led-lights-with-built-in-bluetooth-speakers/ http://phandroid.com/2014/12/15/pulse-led-lights-with-built-in-bluetooth-speakers/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:21:10 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=155201 LED light Bluetooth speaker

We’re back with another gift idea for our Gift-a-Day Giveaway! If you live in a relatively modern home, you might be fortunate enough to have a recessed speaker system wired throughout every room. A luxury for sure, for all us normals living on a budget, we’re forced to get a little more… creative. Especially when it comes to looking for thoughtful, unique gift for the holidays. The Sengled Pulse LED lights are just such a gift.

More than the typical “smart” bulbs you can find at your local hardware store, these Pulse LED bulbs actually pack JBL Bluetooth speakers in each bulb, making it possible to fill an entire room with surround sound music, and a speaker system that’s tucked away out of sight.

Installation is a snap. Simply screw the lights into the socket of your choice and pair them up with the companion Android or iOS app. Once paired, you can both dim the lighting or adjust speaker volume using the easy-to-use app. That’s it.

$170 lands you the master bulb with matching satellite bulb and they come in either Pewter (silver) or Candy Apple (red) colors. Users can purchase additional satellite bulbs (up to 8) that can be set up to 100 feet apart to really get the sound flowing throughout a house or apartment. The bulb — with audio — is only 15W with a peak of 30W. Anyone interested can get started by picking up the Pulse LED Bluetooth speaker bulbs from Amazon right here.

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Gift Idea: crank up the tunes with these headphones [CONTEST] http://phandroid.com/2014/12/14/gift-idea-headphones-contest/ http://phandroid.com/2014/12/14/gift-idea-headphones-contest/#comments Sun, 14 Dec 2014 15:00:50 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=155213 active headphones

Happy Sunday, and welcome to another gift idea for our Gift-a-Day Giveaway! Today’s gift ideas are all about headphones. Everyone listens to music, podcasts, or watches videos with their gadgets. If you want to really immerse yourself (or not bother the people around you) a good pair of headphones is important. We’ve got a trio of headphones on sale right now from AndroidArea.

ZipBuds SELECT

ZipBuds SELECT

A good pair of over-ear headphones can make sitting at your desk all day a much more pleasant experience. The ZipBuds SELECT are comfortable to wear, and they offer professional sound quality. But the coolest thing about the SELECT headphones is the zipper cord. You can literally zip the cord up to prevent tangling and to make it comfortable to wear all day. It’s pretty nifty.

SPBEAT9 Bluetooth Headphones

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Our next pair of headphones is perfect for the active person in your life. Running with headphones can be super annoying. They fall out out of your ears; the cord is swinging around. It’s a mess. The SPBEAT9 Bluetooth headphones are great because they don’t have any cords, and the wrap-around design makes them sturdy on your head.

Toccs Feather Buds

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The TOCCs Feather Buds are the perfect mix of comfort, convenience, and high-quality sound. They’re super lightweight, and since they use Bluetooth there is a minimal amount of wires that can get tangled. The Feather Buds also come with a set of ear hooks so you can use them without worrying about them falling off.

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Today is yet another chance to enter our massive giveaway for a chance to win Nexus devices and smartwatches. Be sure to enter every single day to improve your chances of winning. Entries for this day will remain open until 11:59 PM (Eastern) on December 21st. Good luck!

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Gift Idea: become a master archer with BowBlade and your phone [CONTEST] http://phandroid.com/2014/12/13/bowblade-controller-android-ios/ http://phandroid.com/2014/12/13/bowblade-controller-android-ios/#comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 15:00:33 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=155187 bowblade

We are officially over halfway through our 20 days of gift ideas for the Gift-a-Day Giveaway! For today’s gift idea we’ve got an awesome accessory that turns your smartphone into a bow. You can play games (and excercise} with a bow just like if you were at an arcade or in the Hunger Games. It’s called BowBlade.

The BowBlade looks like a normal-ish bow, but the big difference is a mount for your phone. Where you would normally look down the sites to aim you place your phone in the grips. BowBlade pairs with your phone to act as a controller for over 80 Android and iOS games.

BowBlade is not only for fun and games. It can be used as a fitness device since you have to use more than just your thumbs to play, but it’s also great for people in wheelchairs since you don’t have to stand up. It’s a fun and healthy time for everyone. Just make sure your aim is good.

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Today is yet another chance to enter our massive giveaway for a chance to win Nexus devices and smartwatches. Be sure to enter every single day to improve your chances of winning. Entries for this day will remain open until 11:59 PM (Eastern) on December 21st. Good luck!

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