Dropcam Tabs Put on Hold, Pre-orders Canceled, as the Company Begins Work With Nest

Dropcam Tabs, sticky movement sensors that can be placed anywhere around your house and used to send notifications when things like doors, gates or windows open, have been put on hold by the IP cam company, thanks to their recent acquisition by Nest.

The products were first introduced back in May, going up immediately for pre-order. Unfortunately for those who pre-ordered, your order will never be fulfilled. This afternoon, Dropcam sent out status updates on pre-orders, stating that they are excited to begin “collaborating closely with Nest,” but that because of the acquisition, they are reassessing future product plans and canceling pre-orders. Those who ordered will receive full refunds within the next couple of weeks.  (more…)

Qi Wireless Charging Version 1.2 Will Leave Space Between Your Phone and Charging Pad

While wireless charging is somewhat useful, it doesn’t actually make charging a device any easier, considering you can’t remove the device from the charging pad without ending the charge. At least when your phone is hooked up to the wall charger you can use it like a normal phone still. Hopefully, with the newest version of the Qi Wireless Charging standard, this pain point of wireless charging will be kind of addressed. (more…)

New Android Collectibles “Heroes and Villains II” Set Available at 8AM Pacific

The “Heroes and Villains II” set of special edition Android collectibles from Dead Zebra goes on sale in just a couple of minutes (8AM Pacific). For collectors of mini Bugdroids, this is a must-have set. First introduced last week as an exclusive to Comic-Con, the DZ  crew is making a limited number available, since they know we all couldn’t make it out to the show.

The box of four (2 heroes and 2 villains) runs $40.  (more…)

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller Review

With the Android platform continuing its growth, mobile app and game developers, as well as hardware manufacturers, are all looking to slice themselves off a piece of the pie. NVIDIA, known for their long history in desktop computing, has always seemed highly focused on mobile gaming on Android, going back as far as the release of the Tegra 2 processor which powered the DROID X2.

Now, NVIDIA has the Tegra K1 quad-core processor, capable of running PC grade games on mobile devices. Not only are mobile processors stronger than ever, but the hardware game has changed significantly in the past few years, with the company releasing the SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller as of this morning.

Both devices broaden the newly-named “SHIELD Family,” which also includes last year’s SHIELD Portable, previously known as just SHIELD. This new tablet and controller are NVIDIA’s commitment to make mobile gaming on Android an experience like you have never had on Android. I’m not sure anyone could have imagined when we all got our first DROID devices back in 2009, that this is where we were headed in terms of mobile gaming. Below, we take a look at NVIDIA’s new Android-powered gaming offerings, putting them to the ultimate Android fanboy gaming test.

This is our SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller review.
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Deal: SanDisk Micro SD Cards Up to 76% Off at Amazon, 64GB for $36.95

Since 2014 is turning out to be the year of the micro SD slot – G3, Galaxy S5 and One (M8) all have them – you should probably think about picking up a new high-speed micro SD card if you don’t have one already. Amazon is currently hosting one of their regularly scheduled deals on SanDisk cards, with prices slashed at up to 76%.

You can grab a 16GB micro SD card for $11.12 (44% off), 32GB card for $16.76 (76% off), or a 64GB card for $36.95 (63% off). All cards are Class 10, so they can produce transfer speeds up to 30MB/s. All cards also come with an adapter.

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FYI: AT&T’s LG G3 Doesn’t Support Qi Charging, They Went With the Charging Standard No One Uses

If you plan on picking up the LG G3 from any of the carriers in the US, you likely already know that the US carriers are forcing you to buy optional accessories in order to enable wireless charging. The G3 in the UK and other countries includes wireless charging backs out of the box, much like the Verizon G2 did last year, but things have changed this time around in our home country. Carriers are greedy, we get it. They want you to spend more on the phone you just locked into for two years or spent hundreds on to get the most out of it.  (more…)

Spigen LG G3 Cases

Spigen, one of our favorite case manufacturers, was kind enough to send over a box of cases that included their entire line-up for the newly launched LG G3. In the box of samples, we received a Slim Armor, Ultra Fit, Ultra Hybrid, and Wallet S. These range of cases covers the needs of just about anyone, so we in the video below we take each for a spin to let you see how they look, talk about how they feel on the device, and some of their individual benefits.  (more…)

Samsung’s Level Premium Audio Products Available in the US Tomorrow

Level, the premium range of audio products introduced by Samsung back in April, will become available in the US starting tomorrow on Gilt.com. After the line passes through its 72-hour stint on Gilt, all products will come to Amazon (July 20), Samsung.com (July 21), and Samsung Experience Shops in Best Buy stores (July 27) shortly thereafter.

For those new to Level, you are looking at four different products. The Level Over is an over-ear Bluetooth headphone that delivers an “immersive sound experience.” It runs $349.99. The Level On is an on-ear, wired headphone that “packs a powerful, clear and pure sound in a compact design,” running $179.99. The Level In is a pair of in-ear buds that runs $149.99. Finally, the Level Box is a Bluetooth speaker that costs $169.99. We have yet to test any of these products, but hope they have something special in-store to justify those prices. At least they look pretty, right?

To see images and read the full specs, jump below and then through the source link.  (more…)