PhoneSoap promises to zap the bugs on the surface of your smartphone

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Usually when we write about bugs and smartphones we are referring to the code that keeps everything working like it should. Based on a new product hitting the market, there are some other bugs that we should be worried about – the germs covering the outside of our devices. According to the creators of the new PhoneSoap cleaning solution, the smartphones are eighteen times dirtier than public restrooms and a stunning one in six has some fecal matter on it somewhere. The PhoneSoap charging case uses UV light to sanitize handsets, killing 99.9% of the germs that are present. Read more

Case schematics offer more Galaxy S 6 details

Samsung-Galaxy-S6-Case-Schematics-01Earlier in the week an Amazon listing for a Galaxy S 6 case revealed that the heart rate sensor and LED flash will move to the right side (from below) of the rear camera lens. Today a leaked case schematic gives us even more clues such as dimensions and ports.

The Galaxy S 6 is expected to come in at 143.52mm x 70.70mm x 7.19mm, which makes it a little taller, but a little less wider than the Galaxy S 5. Probably more importantly is the thickness, which will be almost a full 1 mm (7.19 vs 8.1 mm).

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Samsung Gear VR now available through Best Buy

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Hot on the heels of their latest promo video, or perhaps in conjunction with the new video, Samsung has expanded availability of the Samsung Gear VR headset. Best Buy is now listing the device as available for order on their web site for a price of $199.99. That is the same price that you will find it for on the Samsung site or through AT&T. With free expedited shipping, buyers could have the device in their hands, or strapped to their head, by this weekend. That does assume they already own a Samsung Galaxy Note 4, or plan to get one in the next couple days, since that is currently the only device that the Gear VR is compatible with.

The expansion to Best Buy is certainly going to put the Gear VR in front of a lot more consumers. That will be especially true if they get a few units to have available in the Samsung Experience areas of Best Buy retail locations.

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Samsung releases new promo video for the Gear VR

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Apparently not content to watch Microsoft get all the press for virtual reality solutions with their recently announced HoloLens device, Samsung has released a new video promoting their Samsung Gear VR device. You may recall the Gear VR is powered by the same technology developed by Oculus for their Oculus Rift device. Currently the Gear VR only works with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, but that should change over time. Probably one of the biggest points Samsung would make though is that the Gear VR is available now, at least the Innovator Edition, for people who are excited about the world of virtual reality.

You can check out the full promo video from Samsung after the break. Read more

Galaxy S 6 case gives us some information about the design

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The Galaxy S 6 will be here in just over a month, but we still have no idea what it’s going to look like. We do have one small clue this morning as a rugged case has popped up on Amazon.

Since the case covers the phone completely, there isn’t a whole hell of a lot to go on. However there is one detail and that’s the flash / heart rate sensor. Samsung placed that below the rear camera lens on both the Galaxy S 5 and the Galaxy Note 4. It appears they will move it to the right side of the lens. Why the move you ask? Good question. Since the sensor is also used for capturing selfies, does this move make it easier to touch when trying to frame a selfie?

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Tipster claims Samsung Galaxy S6 will have interchangeable back covers, bringing differing perks to phone

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Polish Android website android.com.pl claims it has gotten its hands on some insider information that details Samsung’s newest venture with the S6: interchangeable back covers that bring an aspect of modular design to the 2015 flagship.

The site’s author, Lucas Spider, says his source states that we could see a back cover that expands the functionality of S Health, a Yota Phone-like e-ink display, advanced camera options, and a back cover that serves as an attachment to fitness machines. Just when you thought your treadmill couldn’t get more exciting, right? Read more

HTC jumps into e-sports arena, sponsors teams and teases new home entertainment device

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A few days ago, HTC announced on Twitter that it was heading off to the e-sports arena, particularly in League of Legends. It will be sponsoring three teams: TSM, Team Liquid, and Cloud 9. Each of the three teams have historically competed in Counter Strike and Dota 2 as well, but LoL is the only game mentioned by HTC.

Differing from other tech companies like Razer, HTC doesn’t really have any of its products that are associated with e-sports gaming. The Verge explains that after Q1 of this year, that may no longer be the case. Read more

Motorola officially announces the Moto X, Moto X Pro, Moto G, and Moto Hint for China

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As promised, Motorola has officially re-entered China with the Moto X, Moto X Pro, Moto G, and Moto Hint for China.

The Moto X 16 GB version is already available at Motorola.com.cn, JD.com, T-Mall, Gome, Suning and DXT for RMB 3,299 , but there is no Moto Maker option just yet. Instead they are launching 6 of the most popular colors that were voted on my over 10,000 people. The most popular color was turquoise, and that will be at a special price of RMB 2,999. Motorola has promised that leather, bamboo, and wood models with 32 GB of storage will be available soon. Pre-orders have already started Motorola.com.cn and JD.com for those models for RMB 3,699. Moto Maker will also be launched soon, but no time frame was given.

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