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BlackBerry Passport review: For every benefit, there’s a compromise

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This isn’t a straight-forward review. If it was any other phone, I’d set it up, connect my usual accounts and go about my business of using it as much as possible, as with any review. However, and while this isn’t going to be a long moan about a lack of apps, I can’t do that with the Passport. Nor do I work for an organization tied to BlackBerry’s BES services either, so there’s no chance to test out things like BlackBerry Balance or corporate email; for all intents and purposes, I’m a pretty average consumer user in this scenario. That’s…

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QiStone+ wireless portable charger review: For people who really, really hate carrying cables around

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Running out of power is a pretty dependable occurrence for anyone who forgets to charge their phone or other devices on a regular basis. Everyone knows that most smartphones can’t get through more than a day or so without depleting their battery. One solution is to carry a portable charger around with you. This adds a few extra hours battery life, but at the cost of having to carry yet another cable in your bag or increase the bulk of your phone with a charging case. However, FoneSalesman’s QiStone+ portable wireless charger eliminates this problem by using the Qi standard for wireless charging…

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Samsung Gear Live review: Finally a smartwatch you could wear every day

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For what seems like forever, companies have been telling us that wearables are here to stay and trying to sell them to the public in all types of crazy forms but nothing has really stuck. We’ve seen everything from fitness bands to smartwatches but nobody has managed to convince us that we need to wear something on our wrists all the time. That may have finally changed when Google announced its Android Wear platform last week at I/O, the company’s annual developer event. I saw the company unveil the platform first hand and have spent the week using the Gear Live as I travel…

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Review: Videohance for iPhone offers expert video options but keeps shooting and editing simple

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Some people go to their local animal shelter every week in search of the perfect dog or cat. Other people go to Apple’s iTunes store — arguably much more often than that — to hunt down the perfect video editor. Which brings me to Videohance, a new entry into the space that touts some expert video options while keeping the shooting, editing, and sharing process dead simple. With Videohance, you can shoot within the app with either a 1 x 1 square or 16 x 9 HD aspect ratio or you can do post production work on any video you already have…

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Samsung Galaxy S5 review: Incremental is the new cool

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Apple is under siege. Samsung is moving from strength to strength with every new version of its flagship Galaxy phones and this year is likely to be no exception, with the S5 on the horizon. What started out as a poor alternative to the iPhone is quickly becoming a powerful adversary; Samsung is quickly matching or outpacing features on the iPhone, desperate to keep up in the race, to make sure that it can always be directly compared to Apple’s flagship. Not only does Samsung directly target Apple, it’s also got the most popular Android based handset and most of…

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Dark Energy Reservoir review: An 8,000mAh slimline battery pack for charging two devices at once

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While modern smartphones, tablets and all kinds of other devices offer up a world of possibilities, they all require one thing – power. They mostly share a common trait too, they’re generally not that power-efficient and can burn through a full charge in what seems like no time at all – this is certainly true for a lot of the power-hungry high-end smartphones you can buy today. It’s no surprise then that there are a wealth of portable battery chargers (like the Satechi 10000 mAh or the Fluxmob) on the market promising to keep your devices fully juiced when you’re away from…

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