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TYLT Energi+ backpack, hands-on

When traveling, you want to take it all with you. Computers, tablets, smartphones — our connected lives dog us with devices, and chargers to boot. Cobbling together all your power cables and chargers can be a nightmare, but the TYLT Energi+ Power Backpack just might be what you need. With a massive 10,400mAh battery pack on board, it can power just about anything you can carry. Recently, we took a week and went hands-on with the pack, running it through it’s paces to find the powered pack was just hype, or worth the hoopla.

Hands-on with the Pelican ProGear Voyager for Galaxy S5

If you recently purchased a Galaxy S5 from Samsung, you know it’s a dynamite device that is deserving of its praise. If you want to protect it from the world around you, Pelican has you covered with their ProGear Voyager case. Using the same material as they do in their military endeavors, Pelican has one of the boldest, safest cases we’ve seen for the Galaxy S5 yet.

HTC One (E8) officially official

After being leaked last week on HTC’s Chinese website, the One (E8) is now official. Bringing in new materials, HTC hopes to build on the styling form the One (M8) flagship, released earlier this year. At a lower price point, the One (E8) keeps many of the same features from big brother, but has a few disappointing omissions.

Our LG G3 battery life test gives impressive early results

The LG G3 has a lot going for it, packing a lot of muscle beneath a gorgeous 5.5-inch screen. Though it’s got a massive 3,000mAh battery, we questioned whether battery life would suffer under normal use. As it turns out, the battery life is not only impressive, it’s outstanding.

HTC “One Wear” smartwatch coming this fall, report says

HTC is releasing a smartwatch, that much we know. Their CEO has committed to it, and they’ve long said wearables are important to their future. A small Taiwanese blog has reportedly had a hands-on with the device, claiming it’s called “One Wear”, and will launch in the busy release timeframe of August-September of this year.

LG G Watch, Android Wear detailed in new video

The LG G Watch, which can be claimed as the first Android Wear device, was recently run through its paces in London. Via a German website, we get our first look at the G Watch. Up close, personal, and working, the G Watch is detailed below, so check it out!

HTC One E8, or One (M8) Ace, now on sale in China

The HTC One (M8) Ace we’ve been seeing around has been officially unveiled, and is known as the One E8 in China. using plastic rather than the metal unibody construction, HTC aims to offer a more budget-friendly flagship to the Chinese market. In doing so, they may have undercut the competition, giving the emerging Chinese market one important feature others aren’t.

Reuters: T-Mobile sale to Softbank nearly final

If you’re not a fan of the T-Mobile/Sprint merger, this news may not make you happy. Reuters is reporting that T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom has agreed to terms with Sprint parent company Softbank to sell T-Mobile. This would move Sprint and T-Mobile closer together, likely merging the two US carriers.

TYLT ALIN Galaxy S5 screen protector, hands-on

If you’re looking for a screen protector for your Galaxy S5, there are a lot of options out there. While most will do an adequate job, there are those which offer a touch better protection than others. In addition to being one of the better screen protectors we’ve tested, the ALIN kit from TYLT has a really interesting way of applying their product.

Apple buys Beats for $3 billion; will Android get iTunes?

Apple’s Beats deal has been confirmed, with the Cupertino firm snapping up the flashy headset maker for $3 billion. In the deal, Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine will get seats on the Apple board, and Beats CEO Ian Rogers will report to Apple’s Eddy Cue. The deal will keep Beats operating separately from Apple, which could be big for Android users.
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