Google IO 2016 Coverage

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

nexus_5x_usb_type-c_portUSB 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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

Verizon delays shipping free Gear S2 offered in Galaxy S7 promo until May

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Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge (reviewed here) handsets are certainly proving to be popular thanks to both the handsets being well-received as well as Samsung and the carriers giving away a Gear VR with each pre-order. Verizon customers had the added bonus of being able to choose between the Gear VR headset or Samsung’s Gear S2 smartwatch but it seems that demand has outstripped supply of the Gear S2 wearable, with Verizon now informing affected customers of delayed delivery times. Read more