The second generation Philips Hue app comes with a modern UI and and added functionality

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If you have the Philips Hue lighting system installed in your house, you’ve probably been left a little dissatisfied with its clunkiness, possibly to the point of having to rely on one of the many serviceable third-party apps. It seems that Philips may have taken notice because it’s just published a new app to the Play Store called Philips Hue Gen 2. The second generation Hue app includes a new, dare we say, even modern UI and some added functionality.

[Deal] NVIDIA is throwing in a second controller for free with the SHIELD for a limited time

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NVIDIA’s SHIELD set-top box has been out a while now, but it’s still the king of the castle where Android TV is concerned. It’s most recent firmware update saw the SHIELD gain mouse support via the controller’s right stick. Usually, the SHIELD bundle comes with one gaming controller, but for a limited time only, NVIDIA is throwing in a second controller free of charge.

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.