Kenu Airframe+ portable car mount review

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Finding the perfect car mount is difficult because there are hardly ‘one size fits all’ options. The Kenu Airframe+ portable car mount ditches suction cups, adhesives, magnets, and special cases for a simple design. After all, this is Kenu and we have seen the company produce compact products that are practical before. The Kenu Airframe+ even maintains versatility unlike so many other products in its class.


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Kenu Stance compact tripod review

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Is it possible for a tripod to be so compact even if it is holding just a smartphone? The people at Kenu would say absolutely. The Kenu Stance compact tripod manages to hold smartphones big and small in place with ease. It allows for the smartphone to be setup in various positions which can each serve a different purpose. If that’s not enough, the Kenu Stance doubles as a bottle opener.


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SkEye, the perfect companion app for any stargazer

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Without a doubt, one of the most wonderful pieces of equipment a person can own is a telescope. For centuries, these optical devices have been used to bring objects afar close to both the eye and the soul. And, now that most of the gift-giving this holiday season has passed, you, like a few people I know, may have received one of these instruments.

I could spend pages talking about Newtonian reflectors or laser collimators, but this being Talk Android, I’d like to give you my review of an app I have used for a few years that has made stargazing incredibly fun and easy. The app is called SkEye and it brings a planetarium straight to your smartphone or tablet.
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YouTube Music Key Review

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Google has long been rumored to be working on a YouTube music service. In the fall of this year we were promised multiple times that we were weeks and weeks away from the YouTube service. Finally, in mid-November the music service was announced.

YouTube Music Key as it’s called, goes for $7.99 a month (for the promotional period where it will then jump up to $9.99 a month) and offers an ad-free music and music video experience. Much like Google Music — and most other music streaming services — the service can be used both on the web and from the mobile app. The service is said to be a YouTube lover’s dream, but is it a streaming service worth your monthly coin? Hit the break to find out.


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[App Review] Artkick turns your television into a digital gallery with Chromecast

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Photographs are an integral part of our lives. We take photographs of everything and display them on walls, shelves, and tables throughout our homes. Why? Not just because we capture moments at a standstill. We display photos so that other people can see them and experience the same feeling that the photographer did. If photos are so important, they should be put on the largest screen in the house. Artkick is an application that turns televisions into digital galleries full of content created by the user as well as high resolution photos taken by professionals.

The way in which Artkick operates is downright simple. All that is required is the free Artkick app and Google’s Chromecast. The latter costs $35 and is an incredible value. Once the Chromecast is connected to a television, launch Artkick on an Android (or even iOS) device.


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Acer Chromebook 13 review

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It is hard to come by a laptop at a low price that does not sacrifice quality hardware. There are trade-offs to be made. Even laptops running Windows are not alone in this. When Google launched Chrome OS in 2011, the hardware was pretty bad. It was not until very recently that hardware manufacturers started to build respectable Chromebooks. In time for the holidays, Acer released the Chromebook 13. It combines a simple design with specifications that you would find in a high-end tablet, such as the NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, which might make it the most powerful Chromebook ever.

Everything looks good on paper, so how does the Chromebook 13 perform in real life? Hit the break to get started.


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Sony Xperia Z3v review: A Sony flagship finally comes to the U.S.

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Sony is known for great TVs, cameras, and the PlayStation, but a lot of people, at least in the U.S., don’t know they make smartphones. Sony is a heavy duty name brand, but for whatever reason, it has taken a while to leverage it with U.S. wireless carriers. The tide might be turning as the Xperia Z3 made its way to T-Mobile and a variant known as the Z3v made its way to Verizon Wireless. Why a variant? Knowing they have more control, Verizon loves to force the up and coming manufacturers to alter their devices. The guts of the phone is almost the same, but the outside appearance is dramatically different. Many might say it’s a lot worse. However, the bigger issue here is if you should be considering Sony for your next smartphone?


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HTC Desire Eye review: The selfie lover’s dream phone

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There is no question that we live in a self-indulged generation that is in love with capturing pictures of themselves and sharing them online. We have seen a number of manufacturers try to capitalize on that trend this year, but HTC’s Desire Eye might be the best attempt. By offering a 13 megapixel front-facing camera with dual LED flash, it has to be a selfie lover’s dream. It’s not all about selfies however. Even the most narcissistic person has to do something else with their phone at some point right? In other words, is the Desire Eye good for only one thing or is it that perfect all around phone that selfie lovers have been craving?


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