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    Update: More specs are from a Verizon press release which is sourced below. Update 2: CNET is reporting that the Moto Z does not have a headphone jack. Lenovo is said to box in a USB-C adapter. The exclusion of the port is likely thanks to that 5.2mm thickness on the device. Lenovo has made its largest impression on Motorola's brand of smartphones since it acquired the Chicago-based manufacturer in 2014. It has officially shed its Moto X lineage. CEO Yuanqing Yang took the stage at Lenovo Tech World '16 to announce its "most important product today," bigger than even its Tango phone it ...

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    We may be approaching a turning point in mobile technology, which in many ways is actually coming full circle. The time was that you had "accessories" like a camera, a PDA, a phone, a laptop, a watch, and a host of other devices on you that all performed a specific function. The best part was, all of those devices generally performed that function exceptionally well and if one of them happened to break down, you didn’t have to replace all of them. Gradually, we have shifted to a world where all of those devices have coalesced into one super device – the smartphone, with functions that ...

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    The last thing you think of when you hear about a "modular smartphone" would be Apple. It's not Project Ara, it's not PuzzlePhone, it's not even a Fairphone. An iPhone is all about what's on the phone and the accessories you can get for it. Well, case maker OtterBox has an idea of what accessories you'll want to get for your iPhone and it starts with its uniVERSE case. The uniVERSE case supports the current and last generations of iPhones and can plug into a whole bunch of third-party attachments made by SanDisk, olloclip, Square and many others. You can pop an extended battery in through ...

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    The little startup that essentially laid the foundation for your Apple Watch, Samsung Gear S timepieces, Android Wear gizmos and so on appears to be going through an identity crisis of sorts, as many rivals undercut its prices and build quality, with substantial layoffs prompted by flagging sales and profits. Ironically, the healthy future of Pebble might be in the hands of not just its own engineers and developers, but software and especially hardware partners working on ways to squeeze the last possible drop of functionality and productivity out of the Time and Time Steel. Partners like ...

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    Are you a hapless Lumia owner? Disappointed by Microsoft on how it's handled software for its latest flagships? Disappointed at the darn flagship hardware? Well, we might not be able to do much for you for the first two, but Mozo can definitely help out on the last one. The Microsoft store now has the Finnish craftsmaker's cognac (or "Brown" as the outlet inelegantly puts it) leather back cover for the Lumia 950 XL, the black leather cover for the Lumia 950 and two covers for the Lumia 550 — one is a flip cover with a leather-style finish while the other is a cyan rubberized cover. The ...

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    The HTC 10 has a lot of things going for it. A pair of world class cameras, as promised, with OIS on both the rear and front. Excellent audio, despite the iconic BoomSound stereo speakers being effectively gone. A powerful Snapdragon 820 processor, at least in its top-shelf configuration. And the list goes on and on. But the Taiwanese OEM takes the time to emphasize and detail in its latest press release a couple of key selling points you might otherwise choose to ignore. There’s software, on one hand, and accessories, on the other. Now, it’s pretty obvious the HTC 10 falls ...

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    How sweet would it be if you could wrap any smartphone, not just Motorolas and the OnePlus X, in elegant bamboo? What about tablets, laptops, even smartwatches and gaming consoles? Well, now you can once again, as acclaimed maker of the “most precision-fitted skins on the planet” dbrand reboots its wildly successful and previously short-lived series of bamboo covers. The sleek, premium-looking skins aren’t manufactured of actual wood, but no one will be able to tell the difference, and they’re going to fit your device like a glove. Whether you’re thinking of customizing a Galaxy ...

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    With any discussion on emergency preparation, it's never a bad idea to consult guides like the one posted by the Red Cross, or your own local law enforcement/first responder web sites. We recently produced a review on the SpareOne Emergency GoPhone, a no frills back up phone designed to make sure you can easily make calls or share your location if you're ever in trouble. Depending on what area of the world you live in, you likely face some kind of regionally specific disaster. Earthquakes, fires, flood, tornadoes, we often see similar recommendations for people when making an emergency ...

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    Sure we have wireless charging and cloud data back ups, but we still rely on cables for a lot of our power and data management. iOS users went through a connector transition several years ago, moving from the wide, flat, 30 pin dock connector to the smaller lightning connector. Now the rest of the smartphone industry is migrating to USB Type C. Which cable design offers the better feature set? Which connector has more longevity? Can we call something a “standard” when certain companies remain holdouts? Apple deserves a lot of credit in being the first to transition to a smaller ...

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    Despite its unusual design, with neck-hanging band and retractable earbuds, we unintentionally found ourselves learning to love LG's old Tone Ultra Bluetooth headset. It may not have been the accessory we expected, but dammit – it was pretty solid at doing its job. In the time since that model debuted, we've seen it followed up by more premium models like the Tone Infinim, and now in the days leading up to CES 2016, LG's getting a head start on its new product launches as it reveals a next-gen Tone Infinim design. The new Tone Infinim doesn't attempt to verge too far away from what ...

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    The Microsoft Lumia 950 is the highest-end Windows Phone in years, and we're enjoying test driving it on the way to our full review. But while its Quad HD display, integrated wireless charging, Continuum technology and feature-packed camera are all very impressive, the cladding surrounding those features is ... somewhat less so. In a sea of hefty metal and glass phones, the Lumia 950's lightweight polycarbonate casing seems like a holdover from the Nokia days (which of course it is). But the Lumias of yore shone in playful shades of yellow, green and orange that hinted at something ...

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    Apple did a remarkable job in keeping its latest mobile accessory secret, and it wasn't until yesterday that details on a new magnetic charger for the Apple Watch first managed to reach the public eye. The dock offers users a convenient way to power their wearable, giving them the option to prop the Watch upright as it charges – or lay the Watch flat, if that's what they prefer. Now, just one day later, the dock is already going official, as Apple begins online sales and preps for the accessory's arrival in stores. Looks like what we heard about US pricing was right on the money, with ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are both spectacular in so many different ways. Both deliver high quality, performance, and a fabulous camera in a package that is also beautiful. It is, by some standards, the best smartphone of 2015. But there is one small thing that keeps it from being our perfect smartphone. And by "small" we mean that the battery is literally too small to keep this powerhouse running. As we mentioned in our Galaxy S6 review and rebuttal, the battery life on the GSM variant of the GS6 is less than optimal. Actually, we won't sugarcoat it. The battery life is ...

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    The iPad Pro was launched alongside the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and also the iPad mini 4. It will be the last product introduced during Apple's September event that will have made it to stores. The iPad Pro, along with all the Apple Pencils that are to be sold, will soon do so. How soon? We expected a date in early November and indeed, it will be November 11, according to sources. In addition to the Pencils, there's also the Smart Keyboard accessories that will be out on that date. Apple is scheduled to complete all support staff training on the product by November 6. Source: 9to5Mac

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    There's a lot of talk floating around about the latest Galaxy Note. From one perspective, it's Samsung's most beautiful phablet yet, porting the top-notch design of the Galaxy S6 to the Note family and bumping some specs in the process. From another, it represents a watering down of an iconic brand once partly known for its no-compromises feature load. We made the case for both sides on the latest episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast (coming soon) but there's one thing we're pretty sure most folks can agree on: that keyboard case Samsung's selling alongside it is a very special ...

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    What's it take to make a pair of Bluetooth headphones exciting? Well, a good first step is launching them alongside some highly anticipated smartphones at a widely publicized press event and giving a sample to everyone in attendance. But free swag is a momentary thrill; making the excitement last takes an authentically impressive product. The Moto Pulse bluetooth headset is just that. I've been using it as my primary audio accessory for a solid week, and in that time I've gotten to know its highs and lows – in every possible sense. With the Pulse, Motorola has crafted a solid set of ...

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    If you are looking for some HTC hardware in the US, today is the day for you. HTC has just flipped the switch on their HTC Deals Summer Sale, a US campaign that runs until July 28th 11:59 p.m. PST, so if you like something you see, make sure to be quick on the trigger as the offer is only valid for one day. If you're looking for a tablet, you'll be able to get the Nexus 9 at 40 percent off. If a smartphone is what you're looking for, the HTC One M9 with UhOh protection can be yours 25 percent cheaper. You can accessorize your newly purchased hardware at 50 percent off accessories, and you ...

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    The HTC One M9 does many things well, but being "active" is not among them. Its IPX3 splash-resistance rating doesn't cover accidental dunks in the swimming pool; its soft aluminum housing is more scratch-prone than some of its plastic competition; and its cover glass may or may not be the latest from Corning. For those in search of a rough-and-tumble smartphone, there are certainly better options out there – but what if you want a device that can look good when it needs to, hold up to abuse when it doesn't, and even (when necessary) walk the fine line in-between? That's what its ...

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    Smartphones are becoming more and more capable, but, sadly, the same can not be said about battery technology. While devices are faster, have larger screens and resolution, thinner cases, battery life is a major issue. While there are several solutions for countering that, they all require an accessory that, most of the times, has to be also charged. What you choose to extend your battery life is up to you. With this self charging smartphone case, your phone will be able to charge itself. Up on Kickstarted, Nikola Labs' case (for the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6) will be able to capture ...

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    By now you've seen the stories coming out of San Diego Comic Con featuring the new top contender for nerdiest phone gadget of 2015, the Wand Company's Star Trek Bluetooth Communicator. Some folks close to the manufacturer have known about the project for months, while others attending SDCC are going hands-on with the prototype even as I type these words. Because I'm in neither of those groups, I've spent the afternoon sitting in a New York sidewalk cafe fruitlessly throwing money at my computer screen and waiting for it to cough up a communicator of my own. I'm taking a break from that ...

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    The Apple Watch may not be so bad after all when it comes to battery life, but it's definitely no Pebble Time either. You can get 1.5 days on average with it, so long as you don't train at the gym for more than an hour, or simply don't use it for fitness. We thought the idea of bringing extra functionality through watch straps was only a Pebble idea, but it isn't. Reserve Strap for Apple Watch is planned to make its debut on November 3, and it's main selling point is adding an extra 30 hours of battery life to the 1.5 days you already get, which would pretty much mean doubling it. It's not ...

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    LG is doing its best to promote the 2015 flagship, the LG G4, by trying to make the purchase sweeter, throwing in, every now and then, some freebies. There's a buy-one-get-one-free deal on leather backs, and there's also an LG G4 accessory bundle deal that was supposed to be initially valid until June 21. The company has apparently extended its offer and it looks like now it's going to be valid until the end of the month, June 30, to be specific. The rest of the terms in the deal remain unchanged: you "get a free 32GB microSD card, extra battery and battery charging cradle when you order ...

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    I recently wrote a piece on the things I'd still like for iOS to do before I'm ready to fully commit and move from my One M9 to an iPhone. Most of those things were features I'd essentially just like to see ported over from Android, but if that's the case, why wouldn't I just stick with what I have? I mean, if Android already has the features I want like custom launchers, tight Google integration, and gesture typing, what sense would it make to switch to a totally different platform? Well ... the iPhone has some pretty sweet accessories. Cases I'll be honest, I don't use cases. I'm ...

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    This may come as a shock to you, but ever since I was a kid, I’ve wanted a handheld computer/communicator/sensor device like the tricorders on Star Trek. And while today's smartphones have done a good job on the computing and communicating ends of that spectrum, they’ve left something to be desired on the “sensor” front. So when we were offered a thermal camera accessory for a SEEK Thermal review video, I didn't even mind that it was last-generation hardware; I jumped at the chance. The Seek Thermal hardware is a tiny peripheral that comes in both Android- and iPhone-compatible ...

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    From review units to concession devices to press samples, we get a lot of demo products at Pocketnow – so many that we can’t always get around to covering them during the work week. But that's what the weekend is for, right? Introducing Swag Bag Sundays: quick videos giving you a quick look at some of the accessories that cross our review desk. Today we’re taking a look at a wearable that charges your gadgets while it carries them: the TYLT Energi+ backpack, sent to us by ZTE after our visit to the company's booth during CES 2015. With 13 total pockets, a laptop compartment ...

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