Today’s Deal – Anker MicroUSB Cable 5-Pack for $10.99

Today’s Deal over at Amazon is a great one for those who need a a few spare MicroUSB cables.  Right now you can pick up a 5-pack of Anker MicroUSB cables in various lengths for $10.99.  Normally this pack sells for $39.99 so it is a substantial 73% savings.  In the pack you get the following:

  • 2 – 1′ cables
  • 2 – 3′ cables
  • 1 – 6′ cable

All of the cables are constructed with bulletproof Kevlar fiber and reinforced stress points with a 10000+ bend lifespan.

Microsoft Updates Arrow Launcher for Android

Microsoft has once again updated their Android launcher app, Arrow Launcher, with some nice improvements.  The update, version 1.4 for those keeping score at home, brings several improvements in user controls.  For example, you can now hide page headers, a feature that many users of the launcher had requested.  Users can also hid SMS preview on the People and Recent page.  This change is done in the Settings of the launcher.  Both of these changes represent the fact that Microsoft is indeed listening to users of their apps as both were heavily requested changes.

Samsung Pay Now Available in Australia

Samsung has announced that their contactless payment service, Samsung Pay, is now available in Australia.  Australia becomes the fourth country that the service has been enabled, joining the ranks of the United States, South Korea and Spain.  As you may remember, the service is also coming to Singapore on Friday of this week.  While the countries the service is available is limited, Samsung has had a lot of success so far with the service, claiming some 5 million users of Samsung Pay are already registered across the available countries.

“Today’s launch of Samsung Pay offers more than a secure and convenient way for Samsung smartphone owners to pay,” said Prasad Gokhale, Vice President, Mobile Division, Samsung Australia. “It’s the next development for Australians who use their smartphone as the central device to live, organise and enjoy their lives.

“Australia is a market of early technology adopters and by providing a platform open to all partners, ranging from government to financial institutions and retailers, while upholding the highest standards of security and data privacy, Samsung is fueling the transition to a truly digital wallet.”

Users of select Samsung devices in Australia can start using the service today.

Download The OnePlus 3 Wallpaper

As everyone knows by now, the OnePlus 3 was launched today by OnePlus.  You can get all the specs on this year’s “Flagship Killer” from the company from this post I made earlier.  As with any new phone however, the real treat for many is getting the stock wallpaper.  Now you can do that right here.  After the break you will find the stock or default wallpaper for the OnePlus 3 available for you to download and put on your own device.  It is beautiful wallpaper in my opinion that is colorful and artistic.

OnePlus 3 Launches With Excellent Specs and a Great Starting Price of $399

As expected, OnePlus announced the launch of the OnePlus 3, their 2016 “Flagship killer” device.  As the name suggests, this is the 3rd OnePlus smartphone and as they say, the 3rd time is a charm.  The specs of this new phone are outstanding and with a starting price of just $399 it should be on everyone’s short list for consideration.  Oh, and the best part:  You can get it today!  No more invites as they have done in the past.

The OnePlus 3 is powered by the Snapdragon 820 processor which is a Quad-Core clocked at 2.2GHz.  It has the Andreno 630 GPU, has 6GB (yes, you read that right) of RAM and 64GB of storage.  The storage is not expandable but for most people, 64GB will be more than enough storage.

Review of The Coocheer CH-080 Bluetooth Speaker – Excellent Sound in A Small Package

When it comes to Bluetooth speakers that you can connect to your Android phone, the field of choices is bountiful.  You can spend a little money and not get a lot of sound or you can spend a lot of money and, well, get great sound at a high dollar-per-decibel rate.  Then enters Coocheer.  The little company based in the Silicon Valley area has what may be the best compromise of price, performance and functionality.  At only $11.99, the CH-080 Bluetooth Speaker is an outstanding value for what you get in this compact, well designed, easy to use and excellent sounding speaker.  Recently the company sent me the CH-080 to review I have to say, it is pretty darn impressive.

Today’s Deal – Anker USB Type-C Cables 2 Pack for $16

Today’s deal over at Amazon is for those of you who have a USB Type-C compatible device.  Right now you can pick up a 2-pack of Anker Type-C cables for $15.99.  That’s a savings of 68% off the regular price.  The pack comes with 2 cables:

  • USB Type-C to Type-C USB 2.0 3′
  • USB Type-C to Type-A  USB 3.0 3′

That means that whether you are using a Type-C charger or want to plug your phone in to charge while in your car or on an airplane, one of these cables will do the trick for you.

HTC 10 Update Brings Improvements and The June Security Update

Good news for those of you who have an unlocked HTC 10 here in North America.  A new software update is rolling out to you that brings several fixes and improvements along with the June Android Security Update.  The new build, version 1.80.617.1 for those keeping score at home, is rolling out now and should be hitting all devices over the course of the next few days.  The update is actually pretty big all-said at just over 300MB and as most users will know, after you download it and install it, your phone will be restarted.

Android Marshmallow Comes to The Blackberry Priv on T-Mobile

Today is a good day Blackberry Priv owners on T-Mobile.  The carrier has just updated their support page for the device and the OTA update to Android Marshmallow is starting to roll out to devices today.  The update you are looking for is build AAF153 and users will be prompted to update to this build between now and Friday, June 17th.  Once the update is available to you, you will need to make sure you are connected to Wi-Fi to download the 1.3GB update and you can expect the install time to take 20-30 minutes including a reboot in the process.

Review of StilGut Leather Case for The Nexus 6P – Affordable Luxury and Protection

When it comes to protection of your devices, a case can go a long way in getting the job done, but finding one that looks good while it protections can be challenging.  Further, when you do find that nice looking case you wouldn’t mind carrying around, the price gives you pause.  The German company StilGut has solved that with some excellent, well designed leather cases at an affordable price.  Making cases for a wide range of devices, StilGut produces all handmade leather cases that are well designed, provide good protection and just look good on any device.  I recently picked up the cognac brown leather folio case for my Nexus 6P and it is a purchase I do not regret.  Here is my review of the case if you are considering picking one up for your 6P or other devices.

Today’s Deal: Anker USB Type-C Wall Charger – $21.99

Today over at Amazon you can pick up a great deal on the Anker Quick Charge 3.0 USB Type-C wall charger.  Normally this wall charger and Type-C cable combo is $51.99 but today you can pick it up for $21.99, a savings of 58%.  The package comes with the wall charger which has a Type-C connection and supports Quick Charge 3.0.  That means that if you need to charge your phone, you can get up to 80% of full battery power in about 15 minutes of charging.

Microsoft to Acquire LinkedIn for $26.2b

This morning, Microsoft has announced that they will be acquiring the social-meets-professional network for $26.2 billion.  The agreement will keep LinkedIn as a separate organization within the Microsoft umbrella and LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner will remain on board as CEO of the company, now reporting directly to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

“The LinkedIn team has grown a fantastic business centered on connecting the world’s professionals,” Nadella said. “Together we can accelerate the growth of LinkedIn, as well as Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamics as we seek to empower every person and organization on the planet.”

The news will certainly have a ripple effect through the tech sector today given the strategic nature of the move by Microsoft and the value of LinkedIn as outlined in this deal.

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