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Znaps Adapter Gives Your Mobile Device MagSafe Powers


If you’ve ever owned a MagSafe-equipped device, you’ll know how great it is to be able to magnetically snap your power adapter in place, and just as easily tug it free. You can now give that same functionality to any mobile device, thanks to the Znaps adapter. You simply plug the small dongle into the MicroUSB or Lightning port, and just leave it there. Then you insert a special sleeve over the connector of your existing power cable, which converts it to work with the dongle on your mobile device. In less than a minute you’ve given your device magnetic charging capabilities, allowing you to plug it in one-handed, unplug it with a tug, and do any of the things that MagSafe-like connectors allow you to do. The best part is that at an $11 pledge, you’ll have to pay very little for this cool new functionality.


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Deal Of The Day: 13% Off On Smashbox Pro Portable Speaker


The Smashbox Pro Portable Speaker is an interesting device. It’s partway case, partway speaker, and sort of a little bit of both. You put your phone in there, plug the 3.5mm jack in, and close the case. The external speakers will blast your music, while the whole thing protects your phone.

Keep the music flowing, the adventures rolling, and your phone pristine along the way with this portable speaker case. Safely slip your phone inside and use the handy external controls to take calls and play tunes. SmashBox conveniently clips to your belt, backpack, bike, etc., and will protect your device through rain or shine.

– Built-in microphone for hands-free speakerphone capability
– High-quality stereo
– Convenient external controls (power, play/pause & volume)
– Secure zipper closure to safely enclose your smartphone
– Portable design including hanging clip, carabiner & Velcro straps

The best part is the price. It’s pretty inexpensive to start with, at $15. But with today’s deal you only have to pay $12.99!


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Nexpaq Case Gives Your Current Phone Ara-like Functionality


Remember Phone Bloks? No? What about Project Ara? In case you need a refresher, this is one of Google’s projects, one that will create a completely modular smartphone, where individual hardware components can easily be replaced, independently of others, at your discretion. Well, it’s a nice idea but it’s taking a while to get to market. Meanwhile, we have a cool case here that purports to do much the same thing, only with an iPhone 6, Galaxy S5 or Galaxy S6 Edge. The case comes with a 1,000mAh battery, and you can add up to 6 different modules that can do a variety of things, like a breathalyzer, an Air Quality sensor, an SD card reader, extra battery modules, a Super LED flashlight, and more. The integrated battery powers the modules, and can also give your phone extra juice. Modules can be swapped between cases, so an Android user could technically trade one of his modules with an iPhone 6 user. And of course the SDK is open so third party developers are free to make new modules that will work with the Nexpaq case.

It’s an awesome idea, and if it works as advertised, we can’t wait to try it out. Better yet, the pricing seems to be just right, with the case and four modules starting at $89, or $109 if you miss the Early Bird pricing. It is fully funded, but you’ll sadly have to wait until August 2016 to get yours.


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Interested in a new phone? How About The ASUS ZenFone 2?


Sponsored post. -Ed.

ASUS has outdone itself again with their newest smartphone release. The ZenFone 2 features top of the line specifications for a middle-end price, making it a top competitor on the current smartphone market. Its display is based upon a 5.5” Gorilla Glass 3-protected screen with a 1080 x 1920 resolution. It is backed with Intel’s own 64-bit Atom Z3560 mobile processor that packs 4 cores clocked at 1.8ghz each. This is paired with a PowerVR G6430 GPU that is sure to be able to drive any mobile game or application smoothly. ASUS is releasing two models that have difference in the RAM including a 2GB model and a 4GB model. Due to these high-class specs, ASUS is claiming seven times better gaming performance as compared to the original ZenFone. Most smartphone users want a good camera to match their superior internal specifications, of course. The ZenFone 2 supports a 13-megapixel camera with 5 element f/2.0 aperture lens and a 5-megapixel front facing camera. All of these components are powered by a 3000mAh battery that is sure to last for the whole day.

This phone is unlocked and is available on service providers all around by supporting GSM, WCDMA, and LTE-FDD. It ships with Android 5.0 Lollipop, providing the optimal software for the phone. This ensures a smooth interface that is sure to fit any user’s needs.

An enormous benefit of this phone is a newly released coupon code. is offering a hugely decreased price of over $30. After making an account on and adding either the 2GB or the 4GB model of the ASUS ZenFone, users can specify the coupon code of “ASUSZ2”, which will then apply the promotion. Originally the 4GB model is priced at $367.20 and then is reduced to $330.74 (308.44 Euro) and the 2GB model is normally $288.30 and is slashed to $244.98 (228.46 Euro).

Overall, the ASUS ZenFine 2 is one of the best smartphones on the market and is to satisfy the needs of even the most powerhungry user with the top-notch Intel Atom Processor and the large 3000maH battery. Paired with the low cost due to the promotion, this phone is a steal for the performance it will bring.

The ASUS ZenFone 2 can be purchased through GearBest with the promotion code ASUSZ2 at

Wonder Cube Is A Swiss Army Knife Of Smartphone Accessories


You’re looking at a 1 inch cube that packs a bunch of different tools for your smartphone. Here is a sampling:

Phone charger. Through the flip-out USB and either micro-USB or Lightning connectors, you can connect your phone to the mains and get it charged.
MicroSD Card Reader. A built-in card reader means you can add up to 64GB of storage on the go.
Phone Stand.A micro-suction cup plate lets you stick it to the back of your phone and props it up at an angle for your viewing pleasure.
Sync.The same connectors that you use to charge can be used to sync.
Emergency charger.If you’re nowhere near an outlet, you can just pick up a 9V battery and use this to give yourself up to 3.5h of extra talk time.
LED Torch. Use it to light your way with its built-in LED torch.

The thing is splash-proof and is meant to be taken with you everywhere. Considering how much functionality it packs, it’s hard not to recommend it. Better yet, at $49, it’s really not expensive. The campaign is fully-funded and shipping should start in August.


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Oaxis inkCase i6 Puts an eReader Screen On The Back Of Your iPhone 6


Some of you may have looked at the Yotaphone with some lust. You know, it’s that crazy Russian phone with two screens, one of which is an eInk display? Yeah, nice phone, but getting yourself a Yotaphone also means giving up your iPhone 6, and that won’t do. So take a look at Oaxis’ inkCase i6 instead. It features its very own 800 x 480 4.3″ anti-glare eInk display that communicates with your mobile via Bluetooth. This way you can display any number of things while using no power from your device, things like the weather, wallpapers, sports score tracking, etc. And since the eInk only uses power when being updated, the integrated 300mAh of battery, small as it seems, should be enough to last for several days without needing a charge.

There’s no word on price or availability, other than “this spring.”

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Windbreaking Foam Balls Keep Your Phone Conversations On The Quieter Side


As sophisticated as modern smartphone noise cancellation algorithms are, they still struggle against the havoc wind can cause on your phone conversations. So someone thought it would be a good idea to design these Windblocker foam balls, which are designed to prevent wind from getting into your phone’s mic and disrupting your calls. Sure, it kind of looks like a clown costume for your phone… but if you have a really important call to make, outside, it wouldn’t hurt to carry one of them in a pocket, strange looks be damned. They have a little clip that lets them easily be put on or taken off your device and while pricing info hasn’t been revealed just yet, we would be shocked if you were expected to pay anything more than $5-$10 for them.


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Deal Of The Day: 16% Off On Neutron Mount, A Phone And Tablet Mount


Your smart devices are at home in your hands, but that doesn’t mean you always want them there. Tossing them in the car’s center console bin is one way to deal with their presence, but there are other, better options. The Neutron Mount is an Aluminum-encased Neodymium magnet that you stick onto a surface with strong 3M double-faced tape, and to which you affix whatever device you want, as long as it’s below 1lbs. in weight. You will have to stick a small metal disc to your device so that it can be attracted by the magnet, but it’s slim and unobstrusive. And just like that you can temporarily stick your phone or tablet to your fridge, to your car’s dashboard, or even your iMac . Normally the Neutron Mount would cost you $30, but you can have it for $24.99 today.


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Zano Drone Follows You For A Fraction Of The Price


A while ago we wrote about The Airdog, a somewhat heavy-duty drone whose distinguishing feature was that it could follow you around, filming you, while you did whatever stunts you wanted. It was, and is, a great idea, but the AirDog was expensive at $1,200 or so. Now we have news of the Zano drone, which purports to do much the same thing. Granted, this is a palm-sized device that may not offer the same kind of stability or robustness as the AirDog, but at $335 (£215) it’s hard to dismiss. The Zano tethers to your phone through WiFi and can fly itself. Press ‘hold’ and it stays in place, filming you in 720p from as far as 30 meters away. Press the Follow button, and it finds a way to keep the set distance between itself and you, while trying to keep you in the frame. IR sensors all around the drone make sure that it doesn’t run into any obstacles while it’s filming. When you’re done, a press of yet another button will cause it to return to base, for you to easily retrieve it.

There are several more features on this drone, such as a customizable 8X8 LED panel on the front, but we won’t list them all. Check out their fully funded Kickstarter for more details. A pledge will get you a drone by June of 2015.

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