The HTC Vive gets the teardown treatment

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It’s been a long time coming, but the HTC Vive is finally in the hands of consumers, and we all know what that means. Yup, breakage. Regardless of how hardy the HTC Vive is, Joe Public will find a way to break it. Which then means a repair bill, resulting in a lot of angst. Luckily, the guys at iFixit have taken a look inside the HTC Vive to access its repairability, giving it a surprisingly good score. 

This Google employee doesn’t want you to buy the LG G5 or HTC 10

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Updated (4/25/16): Qualcomm supplied Talk Android with the following statement:

“Qualcomm Quick Charge is designed to be connector-independent. It can be implemented in a device that supports a variety of connectors, including USB Type-A, USB micro, USB Type-C, and others. When an OEM chooses to implement Quick Charge into their device, they can configure the voltage to fit within the specifications of the USB Type-C standard. We have received no reports of user experience or device malfunction issues with or without USB Type-C connectors. At Qualcomm Technologies, we are continuously working to provide the best solutions for our customers and consumers. Qualcomm Quick Charge is a leading edge fast charging solution with more than 70 devices and 200 accessories supporting one of the two most recent versions of Quick Charge, with even more currently in development.”

Qualcomm responds to Quick Charge vs USB Type-C concerns

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Consumers in search of extra USB Type-C connectors that work with some of the newer devices hitting the market have discovered some pitfalls along the way that could potentially ruin a device. Those problems led at least one Google employee, Benson Leung, to set off on a crusade to test Type-C connectors and try to inform the public about this new technology. Recent targets of Leung include the LG G5 and HTC 10, which he says he cannot recommend due to the use of Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology. Qualcomm has now responded to the issue.

Giveaway: Win one of nine LG G5 cases from VRS Design!

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VRS Design, formerly known as Verus, relaunched its branding with new cases. Among the first devices supported with sweet new accessories is the LG G5. We actually just labeled two VRS Design cases as the best ones you can get for LG’s 2016 flagship.

We’re partnering with them for a giveaway that has nine cases for the G5 as prizes. Once the entry period ends, we’ll randomly select nine winners to receive one G5 case from VRS Design.

Hit the break to enter the giveaway.

[Deal] Get a Nekteck clear case for your Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge for $3

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Two very premium materials make up the exterior of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge — metal and glass. While those look and feel good in the hand, they’re very susceptible to damage if dropped. That’s why it’s a great idea to buy a case and secure your phone; however, people out there just don’t like covering up a $700 device with a case. For them, there are clear cases.

Right now, Nekteck’s clear cases for the Galaxy S7 and S7 are available for less than $5.

Hit the break for details.

New USB Type-C spec should keep a faulty cable from destroying your device

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USB Type-C is great! It’s reversible, charges quickly, and it’s fast on data transfers. It’s quickly becoming the standard for tons of devices, including smartphones, tablets, and laptops, which we’ve already seen on Nexus devices, the HTC 10, LG G5, and several other phones. But on the other side of things, bad USB Type-C cables can also destroy your device.

HTC Ice View is next era for company’s flagship case

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One of the more unique items HTC brought to market with past flagship smartphones was the Dot View case that permitted some limited access to phone notifications with the case closed. For the newly released HTC 10 announced today, HTC also released an updated version of a smartphone case. The HTC Ice View is the company’s next evolution in smartphone cases and expands on the capabilities of the Dot View case.

JBL’s latest noise cancelling headphones use a USB-C plug

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The writing is on the wall for the 3.5mm headphone jack; the rumor mill is talking up its demise in Apple’s iPhone 7, but even manufacturers on the other side of the fence are bracing for a new technology. JBL, for instance, is releasing its latest pair of noise cancelling headphones that use a USB Type-C connection instead of the old-fashioned 3.5mm jack.