Spring is nearly upon us. If you are gearing up to get out this Spring you now is the time to consider a battery bank. My family loves weekend getaways to the beach, and we have enjoyed a camping trip or two over the years. One great thing about true camping is that you get away from the grid, but that can also be a downside. To keep you will need a serious battery bank. RAVPower has reduced the price of their 22,000mAh battery bank on Amazon for today only.
The battery bank includes 3 charge ports that max out at 2.4A per port, and a total current output of 5.8A. You can charge three cell phones or a tablet and two cell phones all at once. This battery pack even has enough juice to power up your laptop with a USB-C port. You can charge a Galaxy S7 up to 5 times with a single charge. I always like to keep a large battery pack in my backpack when heading out to my favorite theme park. Head to the link below to grab this power bank for only $29. The deal ends in 5 hours.
For the next few hours you can follow the link below to grab the LG V20 for only $499. The Original cost of the device was closer to $700 so this is a pretty good deal. The "V" lineup is LG's more premium phablet lineup and did a pretty good job of filling in the gap for the Note 7 to wrap up 2016. The V20 packs a 2.15GHz Snapdragon 820 Quad Core processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 5.7" IPS LCD QHD Display and secondary display, 16MP and 8MP dual lens rear facing camera, 5MP front facing camera, Hi-Fi Quad DAC Audio, and 3200mAh user replaceable battery.
This may be one of the last major flagship phones that includes a user replaceable battery and removable back as LG looks to be doing away with the feature on the LG G6 in favor of waterproofing the device. This phone is essentially a power user's dream. The removable battery allows you to carry several charged batteries for virtually endless use. The sdcard slot means you will be able to carry all the content you love, and the quad DAC allows you to listen to music the way it was meant to be heard. The clock is ticking on this deal which will last for another 2.5 hours!
Get the secure folder on Galaxy S7/S7 Edge devices running Nougat. This was one of the features that stood out to me on the Note 7. I am glad to see Samsung will allow it to live on. I personally have been using AppLock as an alternative since I do not have a Samsung device.
Sometimes its just better/easier to communicate via walkie talkie. Any place that doesn't have a good cell phone reception like hiking or on a cruise ship can make communicating with others in your party difficult. Walkie Talkies use a radio signal and don't require cell service. The Linc Moto Mod adds a traditional walkie talkie to your Moto phone! The mod supports 22 channels and has a range of 5 miles. It can also handle sms messages and GPS tracking which is pretty amazing. The Linc can also be used with any phone since it is essentially a bluetooth device. The Linc is currently on Iniegogo. You can order yours through the campaign for just $99.
Some international versions of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have been updated to official Nougat for a while now, and US carriers are finally beginning to jump on board. The T-Mobile version of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge received their updates yesterday, and now today AT&T is rolling out the update to Nougat. This is still Nougat 7.0 and not 7.1. It does include the February 1st security patch. Some features include quick settings, new multi-window implementation, and some UI enhancements. Head to Settings, and check for updates to force the update.
The Nvidia Shield TV is still my favorite Android TV set top box! I love the fact that I can do all my streaming from Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Google Play as well as stream basically anything and everything with KODI. This box is not just about the content streaming though it is a serious gaming device as well. NVIDIA GeForce allows you to play full PC Quality games right on your TV which is pretty awesome! The NVIDIA Shield TV experience just got better with the Experience Upgrade 5.1.
The new upgrade brings support for rumble when playing certain GeForce Now titles. Rumble support is currently available for games like Lego Star Wars : The Force Awakens, Tomb Raider, ABZU, Darksiders II, Lego Movie: The Game, The Witcher 3, Sonic and Sega All Star Racing, Mini Ninjas, Just Cause 2, Metro 2033 Redux, Dirt 3 Complete Edition and Deus Ex: Human Revolution. A few other features include improved surround sound and remote control responsiveness for Amazon Video. There is also support for encrypted VP9 subsampling. You can grab the update for your 2015 or 2017 model today!
The HTC U Ultra is a great phone. It checks all the boxes when it comes to specs and features. The phablet includes a premium metal and glass build with a shiny symmetrical back. It also features a dual display, 5.7" Super LCD display, Snapdragon 821, 4GB of RAM, 12MP rear camera, 16MP front camera, and a 3,000mah battery. While the phone is a fine phone it hit the market a bit stale. The specs are not ground breaking, and there is nothing on this phone that we have not already seen. It feels like HTC has decided to play it safe with the HTC U Ultra. That being said this is a great option for anyone in the market for a smartphone that can't wait a few weeks for the Galaxy S8 or LG G6.
If you have chosen the U Ultra you will be happy to know that the device now has its own build of TWRP. With the custom recovery you will be able to fully backup and restore your phone. This will also allow you to run a custom version of Android. Head to the link below to grab TWRP for your device.
Last year Asus was the clear king in the Chromebook department with the flip, this year they are looking to retain the crown with an updated device with updated specs that puts it ahead of the competition. But we have a challenger in the Samsung Chromebook Plus/Pro this year. Looking to redeem themselves for last fall Samsung looks to be coming out of the gate swinging this year and they brought their award winning display tech with them as well as their S-pen. This is clearly going to come down to performance vs display and as I am currently having this discussion with myself now, being in the market for a Chromebook this year, I am excited that manufacturers are stepping their game up and making the decision even tougher this year.
HTC has what is arguably the best virtual reality headset on the market with the HTC Vive. In fact it is pretty obvious that they have sunk most of their eggs in the VR headset basket over the past several years. All this work may actually pay off for HTC. They are possibly about to go mobile with their VR division this year. HTC CFO "Chia-Lang Chang" confirmed that HTC is working on a Mobile VR headset that isn't just a phone in a headset like what we have seen with the Gear VR from Samsung.
The HTC Vive is a high end product that requires a powerful PC, and it is more than most of the market is willing to buy. HTC is looking to provide a similar high quality VR experience in a more mobile friendly way. Hopefully the device will have a dedicated display and PC unit built into the headset so you don't have to worry about lugging around a PC in a backpack.
Spring is coming of course, but as it stands we still have another 6 weeks of winter. While it is still quite nippy outside you may want to sit around the fireplace and play some video games. NVIDIA Shield is making the best of the rest of winter with their Winter Game Sale. Starting tomorrow February 16th - February 19th you can save up to 70% on some of the most popular games on NVIDIA Shield.