Amazon Bans USB Type-C Cables Not Spec Compliant

Googler Benson Leung has been on a well-documented journey to out all of the sneaky, cheap cable manufacturers on Amazon who are selling potentially dangerous USB Type-C cables to those of us just getting into Type-C phones for the first time. Leung started reviewing cables on Amazon after the new Nexus phones were released last November, highlighting both the good and the bad through his reviews profile. We aren’t sure what his end-goal is, other than to let you and I know which cables are worth investing in, but his work seems to have been noticed by Amazon, who recently updated their “Prohibited listings” guidelines for sellers, effectively banning those who sell Type-C cables that aren’t spec compliant.  (more…)

DEAL: dbrand Hosting Storewide 30% Off Sale Because Bamboo

dbrand, sponsor of half of the internet’s content, but also maker of fine skins for your tech products, is hosting a storewide 30% off sale to celebrate the fact that bamboo skins are back. Bamboo, kid!

If you want something as simple as a new back for your Galaxy S7 or Nexus 6P, you are looking at spending just $5.97 at the moment. If you want a bigger option for something like a Macbook, a top skin could run you as little as $15. Of course, their skins still come in a variety of textures and colors, including metals, matte finishes, wood, leather, and yes, bamboo. (more…)

DEAL: Nest’s Thermostat (3rd Gen), Which is Almost Never Discounted, is Discounted $50 Today

Nest’s newest Thermostat, the 3rd gen model with bigger display, is discounted for the day by $50 over at eBay to $199.99. That’s a big deal and worth considering because Nest products are almost never discounted. I think we saw a deal around Black Friday, but other than that, this is just not a line of products that ever sees many price drops.  (more…)

DEAL: Verizon Fast Charge Bundle Features Samsung Fast Wireless Charger, Battery Pack, Car Charger for $99 ($85 Off)

If you are pre-ordering a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge, or you own a Galaxy Note 5, Verizon currently has a fast charging accessory bundle on pre-order that you may want to take a look at. The bundle includes a Samsung fast wireless charger, Samsung 10200mAh battery pack, and a car charger with “fast charge technology” for just $99.99.  (more…)

DEAL: SanDisk’s 200GB MicroSD Card is Still Just $79.50 on Amazon

The SanDisk 200GB microSD card, a card that originally retailed for around $250, seems like it is always on sale at prices that only get lower with each deal. For example, the 200GB class 10 card that Amazon sells, has been on sale at a ridiculously low $79.50 price for a good week now, plus it comes with Prime shipping.

I can’t help but point out the deal again because a whole bunch of Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge pre-orders are shipping early and throughout the next week. Of course, this card is a perfect match for those phones since they mark the return of the SD slot to Samsung phones, but they also just so happen to hold a maximum of 200GB of extra storage.

Oh, the 128GB class 10 card from SanDisk also seems to be deeply discount at just under $50.

Amazon Links:  200GB SanDisk ($79.50) | 128GB SanDisk ($49.94)

DEAL: Jaybird Original Bluebuds X Just $72 at Amazon Today (Updated: Gone)

Jaybird’s Bluebuds X, arguably one of the most popular sets of sport Bluetooth headphones of all time, are currently available on Amazon through a lightning deal for just $72. These headphones originally retailed for around $170, but have dropped a lot in price in recent years as new models have been introduced.

This is the original pair of X headphones from Jaybird that have since been replaced by the X2 and soon-to-be-released X3. They still offer pretty incredible sound quality for sport Bluetooth buds, 8 hours of play time, controls over your phone, and a bunch of adjustable pieces to help you get the best fit.

As a long-time user of Jaybird X products, I’d highly recommend considering this deal if you are in the market for some of the best Bluetooth headphones money can buy at a reasonably low price, even if these are the original model that have been replaced. I’ve used the X and X2, and will likely upgrade again to the X3 once they come out. The quality and sound with this line is unmatched, in my opinion.

UPDATE:  Ugh, it looks like they already sold out at $72. I refreshed just before posting and thought it was at 22% claimed. Sorry, folks.

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Quick Look: Carved Wood Cases Offer Unique, Earthy Protection for Your Phone

Carved, a company out of Indiana, is creating cases for smartphones, but these are not your average plastic covers or skins. Using real wood and a mixture of colored resin swirls, Carved is able to produce true pieces of art that not only protect your phone, but look fantastic while doing it.

The Satellite Series (pictured above and below), accentuates the knots and burls in the wood, creating a unique look with each case. Since real wood is being used, in addition to the fact that they are all hand made right here in the good ol’ US of A, no two cases are the same. Carved also offers a variety of different wood traveler case options for Android devices, as well as full wood cases and wood skins for iPhone owners.  (more…)