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802.11ac is the latest, fastest WiFi standard. And over the last year we’ve seen a lot of hardware really start embracing it. Now, any flagship phone (and many mid-range offerings) are coming with AC support as are numerous hardware devices such as laptops, tablets and IoT (internet of things) things. That said, there are an ever increasing number of AC routers to connect your AC devices to. Today, we’re taking a look at D-Link’s DIR 880L AC router to see if it can manage to impress in the $150-$200 (~$169 retail) price range. Hardware The router itself is more traditional…

It’s fitting that this review is coming out just after announced their new S6 and S6 Edge, the latter of which takes the Note Edge’s right side curve and copies to the left side as well. The age of curved displays is entering the mainstream. For now, though, we’re focusing on just one curve and the Note Edge. It’s not new at this point but we’d say it’s reached a nice point weeks after release that we can form some longer term opinions about it. Carry on… Hardware and Design The physical appearance of the Note Edge is much like…

While the iPhone 6+ is truly a chart topper thanks to it’s gigantic dimensions and equally gigantic battery, the iPhone 6 is perhaps the loser of the group. It’s mildly larger than the 5s’ battery but packs in upgraded hardware that at the end of the day, make’s it only a minor upgrade at best in the battery department. Alas, battery cases/packs save the day once again. Today, it is Unu’s DX 6 battery case we’re trying out. We’ve reviewed Unu gear many times in the past and most every time come out of the review period pleased. They make…

Google’s flagship whale phone, “Shamu” as it was internally called, the Nexus 6 has been upon us for a couple months now. The release is at an odd time. This time of year there isn’t much in the way of new hardware. Come spring, though, it’s a mad race through summer and into the fall. That said, Google’s Nexus 6 marks a new journey for the Nexus program as it abandoned the mid-range(ish) hardware and affordable unlocked pricing for a more traditional method that involved hardware with more premium design and materials as well as playing nice with carriers and…

Running out of juice is never a fun thing. And it never fails, the party stopping battery alerts almost always occur when you are most dependent on your phone for some specific function. Good battery life is of course one of the things you can factor in when buying a device. Aside from that, though, you’ve got battery packs and lastly, going old school and plugging in to recharge your device. The last option is often ignored. Owners of multiple gadgets who have to carry multiple cables will gladly take anything that makes their lives easier and their bags less…

Running low on juice while on the go? You could look for a wall outlet or USB port to plug into. But if you’re truly “on the go”, that’s not an option. Option 2: battery charger. They’re not always super portable though. Option 3: something super portable like Proporta’s new TurboCharger 1000. What is it? It’s an ultra portable battery charger for emergency situations. Why should you want it With only 1,000 mAh of power on board, you’re not going to recharge your phone to 100%. Hell, you probably won’t make it past 30-40%. But there-in is the beauty. This…

We’ve been pretty fascinated with Material Design as of late and eagerly searching through numerous articles, subreddits, G+ communities and more for new and interesting apps. Today’s treasure: Weatherlove & widgets. Truth be told, WL&W has been around awhile but only more recently got some Material Design love. That said, once you fire up the app itself you’ll quickly forget about the name. If what you’re after in a weather app are simplicity and Material Design, Weatherlove & widgets will definitely be to your liking. The top most view shows current weather conditions as well as 500px sourced images for…

I’ve gone through a slew of weather apps on multiple platforms over the years. I’m kind of a weather junkie, and an impossible one to please at that. Every few weeks I’m using a different weather because…. I can. Needless to say, though, I’m always looking for the next latest and greatest. Unfortunately, finding a weather app that is 1) feature filled, 2) designed well and 3) unique is hard to find these days. But I just broke a dry spell by stumbling onto Weather Timeline by designer and developer Sam Ruston. Design Materal Material Material (design)! It’s easy to…

Custom keyboards have been one of those highly lauded bullet points on Android users’ checklist vs. their iOS friends for years. But with iOS 8, Apple finally listened to customers and made available the ability to install and use custom, 3rd party keyboards. Thus far, though, while we’ve seen some big names from Android (like Flesky and Swiftkey) make the jump, it hasn’t been perfect. That’s more of an issue that Apple needs to address. How Apple has implemented keyboards is great from a security perspective. However, being new and all, bugs are still present. Present day and after a…

Bluetooth speakers are a dime a dozen. Every company around has a handful of options to choose from, and we’ve tried most of them, and even reviewed a lot of them here. Trying to figure out what is fluff and what is actually a viable option has been fun, interesting, and tiresome. We’ve dedicated tons and tons of hours into reviewing, testing, dizzying, and listening to tons of hours worth of horrible music, finding the perfect bluetooth speaker for you. Offering a speaker giving you the bang for your buck that you are probably looking for isn’t as easy as…

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