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Deal Of The Day: 50% Off On Universal Smartphone Shadow Mount

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You’re not supposed to have your phone in your hand while inside your car. You’re aware, we’re sure. So instead of tossing it in that little compartment between the seats, or wedging it under your leg, why not put it up somewhere where you can see it, see who texted you, see your GPS guidance, but don’t have to actually touch it or get overly distracted? The Universal Smartphone Shadow Mount is an easy, inexpensive way to do that.

Every car should have a mount for your smartphone, and the Universal Smartphone Shadow Mount should be that mount. The Shadow Mount provides a strong magnetic attraction that will hold any smartphone firmly in place so you can keep your eyes on the road, and not fumbling with the navigation on your phone.

– High quality rubber construction of the base guarantees the magnetic head will be held in place regardless of vibrations
– Display rotates & swivels so you can orient your phone any way you’d like
– Complementary design fits any smartphone

Normally $20, it’s $9.99 with today’s deal, shipped for free. That’s cheaper than two Starbucks drinks!

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Walabot Lets You See Through Walls

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If you’ve ever done any sort of semi-serious home renovations, you might have ended up buying a stud finder. So you might be familiar with the concept of peeking behind your drywall in the hopes of figuring out what’s there. But regular stud finders are limited. Walabot is a device that connects to an Android smartphone (running 5.0 (Lollipop) and above with OTG) and lets you peek up to 4 inches deep, drawing a digital representation of what it finds, right on your screen. It detects plastic and metal pipes, electrical wires, as well as studs. You’ll see their shape an orientation, and will be able to cut through without worrying about severing something important. The $200 you’ll have to spend on this will be money well spent for anyone who takes their DIY game seriously.

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Beastgrip Pro Turns Your Smartphone Into A Serious Photography Tool

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The sensor packed inside most modern smartphones is pretty decent. It’s not full-frame dSRL decent, sure, but the limiting factor in the quality of smartphone pics these days lies more often in the lack of other features, rather than in the sensor. So the Beastgrip Pro is there to help you up your phone photography skills.

It gives you a stable frame that makes it easier to handle your camera when shooting photos and videos, along with mounts for adding accessories. Plus, it works with almost every smartphone in existence. It comes with five 1/4?-20 UNC mounts for adding tripods, microphones, and other accessories. There’s also a cold shoe mount and a three-axis, adjustable 37mm threaded mount for pairing it with any compatible filters and lenses. In other words, this rig will let you do some serious photography with your phone.

You can also get optional accessories like a wide-angle lens, a fisheye lens, and a DOF attachment for using the BeastGrip Pro with full-sized SLR lenses.

The Beastgrip Pro alone will set you back a relatively modest $139, but of course that’s without any of the accessories. Think of this item as a frame that opens the door to some serious expansion of your phone’s photographing abilities.

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How To Decide if you Need Smartphone Insurance

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Featured post by Todd Green. -Ed.

Whenever you sign up for a new cellphone plan, there is one moment that is always the same — the moment where you are asked if you want insurance. There are many different opinions on what you should say in that moment; some people swear by cell insurance, while others decry it as a scam. Below, you’ll find some shopping strategies to help you decide if insurance is right for you — and where you should get it.

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At the heart of it, deciding on phone insurance is about a simple equation: How much does the insurance cost versus how much the phone would cost to replace. Newer phones, of course, are going to have a higher replacement cost, and getting insurance for your latest pricey gadget is probably a good idea. On the other hand, the cheap pay-as-you-go model you pick up at Walmart may not be worth the monthly premium. Instead of thinking of phone insurance as a monthly expense, you can think of it as putting aside a bit of money for a new phone with every payment.

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Here’s What Your Smartphone Always Needed: An Integrated E-Cigarette

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They’ve been talking about convergence for years; once separate items now fuse together into one device, the way GPS units and video cameras now both conveniently co-exist within our smartphones. But sometimes we see unusual items declare themselves bedfellows, like this questionable fusion of e-cigarettes and smartphone called Jupiter IO 3, by Vaporcade. It’s a full-fledged smartphone running Android KitKat 4.4, and has 16 hours of runtime thanks to two batteries, one for the phone and the other for the vape. They are shared, so if you don’t smoke much you’ll get more phone time, and vice versa. It uses liquid cartridges that cost $15 a piece, come in several flavours and last about 800 puffs, about as much as 4 packs of smokes. With the companion app you can track usage, liquid levels, and other metrics, which could come in handy for anyone trying to cut down on their smoking habits. The 3G version will set you back $299, while a forthcoming 4G variant is expected to fetch $499. The device has been cleared by the FCC since November 2015, so it seems they’re ready to hit the market. Whether anyone will think this has any worth beyond a cool party trick remains to be seen.

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Huawei Boldly Enters The US Market With Its Flagship Phone, The Nexus 6P

This post brought to you by Huawei. The content and opinions expressed below are that of OhGizmo!.

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Hey guys, have you heard about Huawei? For those of you who haven’t already, they’re a leader in mobile technology based in China, and have just entered the US market this past September; they’ve been taking it by storm! They firmly believe that by giving you the ability to purchase beautiful, premium, and high performance smartphones without the need for a contract, they can help redefine the smartphone buying experience.

How did they come to this conclusion you might ask? Well, in the last three years, Huawei listened carefully to people and their needs. What they found was that people want solid features, reasonable pricing, no contracts, premium products, and rock solid customer service. Sounds pretty reasonable if you ask me, and Huawei promises to deliver on all fronts.

Now, we all have come to expect that in order to have a high-end smartphone for an affordable price, we have to deal with phone carrier’s multi-year contracts, for their subsidies. I mean, if you want to go outside the carriers and buy the phone yourself, you could end up paying more than

$1000! This has kept us from experiencing true mobile freedom that Huawei is now offering through their current and future commitment to the US market, and their aspirations to become a leading unlocked wireless solutions alternative. 



In order to achieve this, they’re starting their US inroads with their flagship smartphone, the Nexus 6P (which was developed alongside Google). It was just launched in September 2015 and looks phenomenal on paper and in person. Just to give you an idea of how impressive this phone is, let’s take a quick look at the spec sheet: it sports a CNC machined aeronautical grade aluminum back, a 5.7” AMOLED display with a mind blowing 518ppi, 3GB of RAM, a 12.3 megapixel rear facing camera and an 8 megapixel front facing camera, a fingerprint scanner, USB Type-C port, dual front facing speakers, all while running the latest version of Android, Marshmallow. With those specs in mind, how much do you think the Nexus 6P would cost? $700? $800? Try $499!

Clearly, Huawei is serious in delivering incredible phones for incredible prices. I, for one, cannot wait to get my hands on the 6P. Head over to http://www.gethuawei.com/ to check out this phone and other cool gadgets from Huawei, like their latest smartwatch which is already being hailed as one of the best Android Wear devices on the market.

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Znaps Adapter Gives Your Mobile Device MagSafe Powers

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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

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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

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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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