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Dash Pro Case for Galaxy S4 by X-Doria

If you are fortunate enough to have a new Galaxy S4, surely you will want to protect it from the rigors of life out there in the real world. If so, you will certainly want to give the new X-Doria Dash Pro case a look-see.

This handsome case comes in your choice of four colors: black, brown, and cabernet. It costs $29.99, and you can check them out here

The leather like cover folds open to make a multi-angle stand for your phone.


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Simple is Beautiful Galaxy S3 Case with Diffusion/Crystal Swarovski Elements


From the Simple is Beautiful Collection by Ayano Kimura, this designer case is highlighted with a Milky Way pattern composed of handset Sworovski elements by skilled craftsmen from Bling my Thing.

Swarovski elements are high quality man-made crystals used for high fashion creations in jewelry, clothing, and lighting offered only by the finest designers.


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A Must Have Travel Companion: The Geneva XS Speaker System

For fear of dating myself, I remember not leaving home without a folding, windup, analog travel alarm clock. Now, there's probably not a hotel room in the world without a radio alarm clock. Now most people probably use their phone for waking up in the morning. But there's a better way.

I've discovered a speaker system to die for that does it all. The Geneva Sound System Model XS is highly portable. It folds into a study case measuring 6 1/4" x 3 3/4" x 1 1/2" making a compact unit in your suitcase. It weighs about one pound.


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Archos 80 G9 Tablet Review

My relationship with the Archos 80 series has been of growing interest with a few disappointments. Overall, I would say that it is a nice tablet worthy of your consideration depending on your needs.

I have to say I was not too impressed with the first Archos 80 I tried. The first problem with the 3.5 mm charger port, which only worked on occasion. I never could get the USB port to work, and it lacked an SD expansion slot.

As if by magic, somehow the developers received my concerns and addressed the issues in the next release.


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Cellink U: a veritable Swiss Army Knife

What will Cellink U do for you? It's an amazing multifunctional Swiss Army Knife everyone will want to have in his or her pocket.

It's a power backup. If you run out of battery on your mobile device, Cellink U can come to the rescue. It will give you an extra 90 minutes of talk time. or two days of standby time. It is supposed to give your device battery a 40% charge boost. It can be used with phones, GPS, cameras, and other mobile devices.

You can charge this Cellink Uback up battery pack from your computer, car, or AC source.


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Cellink U: a veritable Swiss Army Knife

What will Cellink U do for you? It's an amazing multifunctional Swiss Army Knife everyone will want to have in his or her pocket.

It's a power backup. If you run out of battery on your mobile device, Cellink U can come to the rescue. It will give you an extra 90 minutes of talk time. or two days of standby time. It is supposed to give your device battery a 40% charge boost. It can be used with phones, GPS, cameras, and other mobile devices.

You can charge this Cellink Uback up battery pack from your computer, car, or AC source.


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Archos 32 Internet Tablet

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I must say that I was surprised when I received this "tablet" for review. Somehow I was expecting a 7 to 10 inch screen, but instead, this unit is about the size of an iPod touch. In fact, that's the best way to describe it. It's an Android iPod touch. It's a bit thicker than an iPod with a smaller touch screen at 3.2 inches with a 400 x 240 resolution and 18 bit color depth.


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Stocking Stuffers: Powerskin

If you are a gamer, and you like to go mobile with your IOS, Blackberry, or Android phone, you'll want to take a look at Powerskin. It not only protects you device, but it makes the handheld gaming experience more exciting and longer lasting.


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Stocking Stuffers: Tankbots

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They come in a colorful array of orange, green, blue, and black. They are more fun than a barrel of monkeys, and they are aptly named Tankbots. They sort of look like little Smart Cars on tractor treads.


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Stocking Stuffer: Verbatim Ultra-Slim Keyboard

The Verbatim Ultra-Slim keyboard really is slim. It measures just over 1/8" think by 8 3/4 x 4/3/4 and weighs about as much as a hummingbird beak. So, it's compact and easy to carry on the road, yet it's a full-size Qwerty board with lots of special key features. It makes the perfect stock stuffer for the dedicated road warrior or for at home/office use to increase productivity.


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It was the best of reads; it was the worst of reads

I haven't had such a horrible reading experience since I think about 1998 or 1999. I had forgotten that it was like trying to wrestle an octopus in the dark. It's better when you have light, lots of light. The worst part is not so much trying to see the blurry, small print on cheap paper as it is trying to keep the page from curving and the whole thing closing and slipping out of your hands--hands because the unpleasant process takes two hands to make it viable. And your arms get tired and maybe cold if you don't have the heat turned up sufficiently.


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HTC Rhyme Unveiled!

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HTC announces a new phone designed with accessories to enhance the overall smartphone experience, called the Rhyme. Includes a dock and some very unusually stylish colors. Read on for full press details...


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SPB Software adds new features to SPB Shell 3D!

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SPB  has added more cool features to their already popular Shell 3D product, including more 3D features, landscape support and more. Read on for full PR info or go here...


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Rick Steves' Audio Europe for Android available!

I've taken a handful of trips requiring travel through Europe in the past 10 years. Would have been nice to have taken some extra time to actually tour the best sites and sounds in the area. A virtual tour guide on my phone or computer might have convinced me to do it! Now you can not only bring along one of the best sources of travel information on Europe, you can bring him along for free! Read on for full press info on the new Rick Steves app (now available for Android)...


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HTC Status coming this Summer to AT&T!

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If you are a serious Facebook user, you might want to consider a phone built just for you. The Android-based HTC Status is that phone. Coming later this summer, the Status will include a Facebook Share button that keeps all your Facebook friends updated on your location, pix and much more. Read on for full press release details...

 


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Migrating data from Nokia phones to Android; other Android and OS X (Windows virtualization) tips

Today, I've played a bit with Nokia feature phone -> Android migration, file system access and Skype. I elaborate on them, should you face the same problem

Let's start with the second: file system and the phone with probably the best price/value ratio, the ZTE Blade. To make it visible for XP, you'll want to download the file system drivers from HERE.


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Synchronizing PIM data on Android

This won't be strictly a programming-related post, but as you may find this information useful, particularly if you want to quickly get your new Android phone synchronized without reading through tons of (largely outdated) articles and spending hours reading forums for user opinions, I still post it.

Unfortunately, synchronizing PIM (Personal information management) data (calendars and contacts; let alone tasks!) with Android phones is in no way as seamless as is with, say, Palm OS, Windows Mobile or even the iPhone.


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Spb Releases Time app for Android!

The timeless time app from SPB software now available for Android, with skin features (and free skins), World time, multiple alarm settings, and much more...Read on for full release info and links.


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Droid Incredible 2 Available on Verizon!

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Wow, another powerhouse Android phone building on the success of the Incredible is available on Verizon ($199 with contract). The part deux version now sporting an 8mpxl camera, and 4" Super LCD display! Read on for full press kit details...


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