Nest working on less expensive thermostat, home security systems

Anyone who has shopped for a smart thermostat or smart home security systems knows they are not cheap. This often forces consumers to make some decisions about long term returns on investments. Alphabet’s Nest division is hoping to make it a little easier for buyers to purchase several of these items according to new reports. Nest is working on a new, less expensive version of their Nest thermostat, a home security system and updates to their indoor security cameras.

Giveaway: Win a case for your Google Pixel (XL)!

The Google Pixel (XL) is a beautiful phone, but not all of us are gentle on our stuff. You could use a little protection for Android’s premier phone that costs a fortune. That’s why we’ve partnered with three companies who make cases to co-host a giveaway for you on Talk Android. Together, you’re able to enter a giveaway to win one of eight cases that pair nicely with the Pixel (XL), offering both protection and style without being bulky. These are high-end cases for a high-end phone.

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Giveaway: Win a case for your Google Pixel!

The Google Pixel is a beautiful phone, but not all of us are gentle on our stuff. You could use a little protection for Android’s premier phone that costs a fortune. That’s why we’ve partnered with three companies who make cases to co-host a giveaway for you on Talk Android. Together, you’re able to enter a giveaway to win one of eight cases that pair nicely with the Pixel, offering both protection and style without being bulky. These are high-end cases for a high-end phone.

Let’s give you a free case for your Google Pixel. Enter the giveaway below.

Nokia to eliminate Withings brand starting this summer

It may not seem like it, but almost a year ago Nokia announced they were buying Withings for the price of $191 million. At the time of the announcement, there was no indication as to whether Nokia would stick with the Withings branding. In an announcement at MWC 2017, the company confirmed that starting this summer, hardware produced by the now former Withings division would be branded as Nokia devices. The rebranding will join some changes to apps and platforms that Nokia plans to introduce for the predominantly health-technology oriented products.

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Wires make many things difficult, but they really make being active tough. Between limiting mobility and getting tangled, wires are just no good! The BK Sport wireless earbuds featured on Talk Android Deals eliminates the hassle caused by wires. The wired connection between your device and ears goes away at a slim price courtesy of our online store.

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Linc is a Moto Mod that turns your phone into a walkie talkie

Walkie talkies are definitely a little dated compared to a new smartphone, but there’s no denying they had some very useful situations where a smartphone just isn’t as good. When you’re out hiking, for example, you need to be able to just push and talk to someone and not have to worry about dialing a phone number. That’s where Linc comes in. 

HTC’s next virtual reality headset will be more than an extension of your phone

One of the companies who hasn’t immersed itself in mobile-based virtual reality is HTC. Putting its phones into a virtual reality headset isn’t something you’ve been able to do despite the Vive hardware being around for a couple of years. Competitors, including Samsung and Google, have effectively gone all-in on the technology for mobile devices in the meantime.

HTC, with its bottom line hungry for a catalyst, is now preparing to get involved with virtual reality for mobile devices. It just won’t be in the way you expect.