Amazon officially prohibits non-compliant USB Type-C cables, but consumers still need to be vigilant

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Remember when Google’s Benson Leung took it upon himself to test the various USB Type-C cables in order to find out which ones met the standard, and which ones didn’t? Well, it seems that Amazon has decided to help in a different fashion by prohibiting USB Type-C cables that aren’t compliant with the standards set by the USB Implementers Forum Inc. Read more

[TA Deals] Take 22% off the SNES30 Bluetooth game controller

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On Talk Android Deals, the SNES30 Bluetooth game controller and phone hold is on sale for 22% off. The controller, which works with all major platforms, works with and without wires to enable a comfortable gaming experience in a retro design. The SNES30 from 8Bitdo is compatible with Android, iOS, Windows, and OS X despite not having a touchscreen of its own for mobile games.

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Xiaomi launches new Mi Ecosystem smart appliances with a rice cooker

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As smartphone markets become more mature around the world, even in places like China that lagged for a while, manufacturers are looking for new places to apply their technological know-how to continue to generate profits. One area that is ripe for growth is in home automation, which is why Xiaomi is ready to jump on that bandwagon with their new Mi Ecosystem sub-brand. Leading things off is an interesting choice, a pressure rice cooker. Read more

[Deal] Save on these Tronsmart chargers with Quick Charge 2.0

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Many devices released in 2015 and 2016 ship with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology that enables faster charging. The chargers needed to unlock this benefit, though, can get pricey. But right now on Amazon, Tronsmart is hosting a sale on three of its Quick Charge 2.0-ready accessories. Tronsmart has a wall charger, car charger, and charging station available with sizable discounts. And all you’ll need to do is enter promotional codes that the company sent us.

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[Deal] Aukey’s Quick Charge 2.0 and 3.0 products are discounted with these codes

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Through early next week, Aukey is hosting a sale on select products that are backed by Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 and 3.0 technologies. The sales includes a desktop charging station, an external battery, a car charger, and a wall charger. But you’ll need promotional codes, which you can get from Talk Android, to save money and get and of these commendable power accessories.

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LG 360 VR and LG 360 Cam up for pre-order at B&H Photo

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As LG suddenly starts lurching forward with the release of their latest line of flagship devices that were announced at MWC 2016, like the LG G5 that is now dropping on April 1st, some other hardware is also starting to surface for buyers to place pre-orders. The latest to join the field are the LG 360 VR virtual reality headset and the LG 360 Cam spherical camera device that are now listed on the B&H Photo site. Read more