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Trident Aegis Case for the Samsung Galaxy S5

Trident Aegis Case for the Samsung Galaxy S5

Next up in our parade of Galaxy S5 cases is the Trident Aegis Case. This is one of those two-for-one deals (three, really) that provides a lot of protection for your phone.

Start with the layer of shock-absorbing silicone rubber, really that fits around your phone. Presumably it'll help against dust and moisture, too, though the Galaxy S5 is already pretty good at that on its own thanks to its IP68 rating. On top of that rubber skin goes a hard plastic shell let's just call it an exoskeleton, 'cause it sounds cooler that not provides even more protection. Some of the rubber skin is exposed, giving you some nice grip points.

There are holes for the microphones and IR port, and a large cutout for the camera and rear speaker. There are rubber flaps that go over the 3.5mm headphone jack and the (already sealed) USB ports, but they're a wee bit flimsy, and we worry a little bit about their longevity. (The headphone jack flap in particular has a habit of not always seating itself correctly.)

Otherwise, no real complaints here. You get a some extra bulk, of course this is a bit of a tank-like case but it's not all that bad. Just take your time when seating the rubber around the phone, and again into the plastic shell, and you should be good to go. And if you want, there's also a screen protector (and cleaning cloth) included with the case, so you'll be protected from all sides.

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AT&T shows off the PadFone X once again, but still no release date


AT&T has continued teasing the Asus PadFone X with a video, despite the conspicuous absence of an actual release date. They're highlighting the screen mirroring capabilities of the tablet/phone pair, as well as the smartphone's high-speed, low-light-sensitive 13 megapixel camera.

We've been looking at the PadFone X since CES, and the only thing we've really got since then is a full specsheet. Asus has been working on the idea of a physically integrated smartphone and tablet, and though they're certainly making progress, it's easy to feel like the novelty is starting to wear off.

What do you guys think? Anybody actually going to get both of these devices, or is it just a neat idea?

Source: AT&T


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Xiaomi will soon sell smartphones in 10 more countries

Xiaomi will soon sell smartphones in 10 more countries

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has announced plans to expand their sales into 10 more countries. Though they currently sell very well in China 7% of sales in a market with well over a billion customers, as well as being available in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and most recently Singapore, the company understandably thirsts for the opportunity to sell their wares in other lucrative markets. Xiamoi's smartphones tend to be well built and decently specced with competitive prices, which will serve them well in their expansion plans.

Hugo Barra, Former Android VP of Product at Google, is heading Xiaomi's international expansion as their VP of Xiamo Global. The expansion plans include the nations of Brazil, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, Russia, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam.

Xiaomi Co-founder and president Bin Lin said in an interview with Bloomberg that "It's our mission and our belief that this model should be able to achieve some level of success outside of China."

Source: Bloomberg


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Motorola Solutions makes investment in Recon Instruments

Motorola Solutions makes investment in Recon Instruments

Motorola Solutions invests in heads-up glasses start up Recon Instruments Motorola Solutions (no, not that Motorola the other one) has given a bag of cash to heads-up glasses maker Recon Instruments. Recon, whose Recon Jet HUD glasses we've been looking forward to for some time, didn't disclose the amount of the investment, but that it was enough to warrant a press release tells us it was at least marginally substantial to their bottom line. The investment will be "used to accelerate product development and to ramp up global marketing and distribution."

Recon Jet has focused on glasses for sports, though it seems that Motorola Solutions' investment is aimed at getting them to build glasses and accompanying software for their more corporate business applications. Said Motorola Solutions Venture Capital managing director Tony Palcheck:

"Recon Instruments is well known as a pioneer in the smartglasses market, with a focus on utility, durability and comfort. Those same attributes make their product relevant to the vertical markets that Motorola Solutions serves. Our customers need to have access to situation-specific information, instantly and hands-free in the moments that matter, and Recon's modular, ruggedized hardware, innovative user interface and flexible software can enable that. We believe their solution can be easily adapted to many first responder applications. All the elements for growth are in place."

That promised accelerated product development is something Recon Instruments could sorely use. Despite their announcing the Recon Jet glasses back in June of 2013 for $499 (in comparison to Google Glass at $1500) and selling out their pre-order allotment in July, the Recon Jet was delayed late last year for a redesign that was completed in January with production supposedly starting soon after that. The glasses have yet to ship at this point.

Press release:

Recon Instruments Secures Investment from Motorola Solutions

Support based on shared vision for delivering critical information instantly, unobtrusively in challenging environments April 23, 2014 12:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

VANCOUVER & SCHAUMBURG, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Recon Instruments, the award-winning technology company behind the world's leading consumer Heads-up Displays (HUD) for sports, is pleased to announce that Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI), through its strategic investment arm Motorola Solutions Venture Capital, has made an investment in the company. Having shipped three generations of products already, Recon is a leading pioneer in wearable computing and Heads-up Display technology. The investment from Motorola Solutions will be used to accelerate product development and to ramp up global marketing and distribution.

"Our products are designed to deliver contextual visual information, instantly and hands-free, in the most demanding environments" said Dan Eisenhardt, CEO of Recon Instruments. "As we extend our scalable smartglasses platform into industrial and public safety markets, we can leverage Motorola Solutions' strength. Motorola Solutions is a global leader in ruggedized communication devices and data services, designed to perform in the most high-stress, high-focus situations imaginable, so the synergy is clear and powerful."

"Recon Instruments is well known as a pioneer in the smartglasses market, with a focus on utility, durability and comfort," said Tony Palcheck, managing director, Motorola Solutions Venture Capital. "Those same attributes make their product relevant to the vertical markets that Motorola Solutions serves. Our customers need to have access to situation-specific information, instantly and hands-free in the moments that matter, and Recon's modular, ruggedized hardware, innovative user interface and flexible software can enable that. We believe their solution can be easily adapted to many first responder applications. All the elements for growth are in place."

Motorola Solutions is a leading provider of mission-critical communication solutions and services for government and enterprise customers.

Complete information on Recon Instruments and its newest product, Jet, can be found at www.reconinstruments.com.


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Sprint Samsung Galaxy S5 update squashes bugs and drops Google from S Finder

Sprint Samsung Galaxy S5 update squashes bugs and drops Google from S Finder

Samsung Galaxy S5

Sprint has issued a software update for the Samsung Galaxy S5 with a few tweaks and fixes, but the most notable one is that it makes it so S Finder doesn't offer up Google search results anymore. The update also intends to fix resonsiveness with the S View Cover, let you take pictures during a voice call, and squash a few alarm and e-mail bugs.

As is, S Finder has generally been more about searching for results locally on the device than out on the web, though new search categories can be enabled by apps you install later. Though two of our international S5s never had Google web search through S Finder to begin with, apparently T-Mobile's did (and still does).

Moves like this illustrates both Samsung's willingness to push beyond Google's Android platform, and also why nobody uses Samsung's apps. Despite its front-and-center location in the notification tray, S Finder hasn't seen a lot of use on my S5, but maybe your situation is different. S5 owners, is S Finder (or any preloaded Samsung apps for that matter) a big deal for you? What do you make of Samsung's gradual drifting away from Google services? Sprint customers, are you getting this update yet?

Source: Sprint; Thanks to slackerjack in the forums for the heads up


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Deal of the Day: LLOYD T-Shirt: Overlord

Deal of the Day: LLOYD T-Shirt: Overlord

Bow down to Lloyd! Our first high quality T-shirt with the popular Overlord print is finally available for you to own. These shirts are eco-printed in San Francisco on the finest charcoal colored 100% combed cotton jersey that we could find. We love these T-shirts and they have survived stringent wear and wash tests!

The LLOYD T-Shirt: Overlord is available for just $9.95, 67% off today only. Sizes: S, M, L and XXXL

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The Zens Qi USB wireless charging pad

The Zens Qi USB wireless charging pad

Zens USB charger

OK, OK. Wireless charging isn't really wireless charging. At some point you have to actually plug it into something. We get that. And the Zens Qi USB wireless charger as you might have guessed does things just a little differently. It's powered by a USB port.

This single-spot charger is just a bit smaller than a Nexus 5. And it's not the quickest of chargers, either just about a trickle. But in this case, it's convenient. No having to worry about finding an outlet. Just plug it into your computer, place your phone on the pad, and let it do its thing. There's a small LED on the front face of the charger. It may be hidden, depending on the size of your phone, but it flashes while the device is charging and glows steady when it's done.

All that said, this thing's a bit pricey. And not all that fast. But it is convenient. So there's that.

Zens USB charger


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