The AmazonBasics Mid-Back Mesh Chair is on sale for $49.16. It normally sells for around $10 more and has received 4.2 out of 5 stars from over 2,700 customer reviews.

This comfortable office chair has a contoured mesh back for breathability. It also features a padded seat, pneumatic seat-height adjustment, and dual-wheel casters. Your purchase is backed by a one-year warranty.

Keep the office upgrade party going with this AmazonBasics Mesh Wastebasket for $9.

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Don’t know when I’ll be back again.

I will soon be leaving on a jet plane, connecting to another jet plane, and then, a few days hence, a third, fourth, and fifth. Two weeks later, I’ll be doing it all over again.

Traveling isn’t a particularly pleasant activity for most people — the waiting, the scrutiny, the running through terminals, bags flailing, to catch tight connections — but more and more these days, it’s the packing I find most intimidating. The clothes and toiletries part I have down to a science, though; it’s the technology side of things I am always unsure about.

On a trip like this, where part of it is for work and part for fun, I have a baseline tech packing list that is, I’m sure, pretty familiar to most people: phone, laptop, tablet, camera, headphones, battery packs, and chargers. But what about an e-reader, for which I’ll have the best intentions but likely won’t touch at all, and my Nintendo Switch, which I’ve brought with me on my last three trips and have neglected each time. My backpack usually has a hornet’s nest of cables — a mix of USB-C, Micro-USB, and Lightning — and AC adapters, though I’ve effectively consolidated them to a single multi-port adapter.

It’s not clear to me why North America uses the clearly-inferior 110V standard, and don’t get me started on the Imperial system.

I’ll be traveling through several countries, totaling three different plug designs, all of which support 220V input, so I’ll be packing a bevy of adapters while ensuring that all of my electronics support the change in voltage. Ultimately, though, I’m going to minimize wall charging by using high-capacity battery backups and charging my portable electronics through them wherever possible. But those packs will need to be charged, and thankfully my largest one holds 22,000mAh and can be charged overnight with USB-PD.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining — these tools definitely enhance the travel experience. But as they get further entrenched in our home lives, they become more indispensable when we’re away, too. The tablet will go unused for all but a few hours on the plane, for example, but I’d rather lug it around than watch the same content on my phone or laptop. It’s a problem of my own creation.

A walk through the Barcelona streets at last year’s Mobile World Congress. Photo taken with the LG G6.

You want to account for every possibility while traveling, so you bring everything. On the other hand, purposefully (or accidentally) leaving something behind forces you to contend with the unknown, from wiling away the long plane hours watching someone else’s movie sans sound (we’ve all done that, right?) to reading all of those magazines you’ve been reluctant to throw away for this very occasion. Should my adapters not work or my batteries deplete, I will gaze instead at the unfamiliar stars of an unfamiliar city, or aimlessly walk the streets to learn more about them. That’s the point of traveling, isn’t it? When tech becomes a chore, or interrupts the moment, or just doesn’t work, it becomes a burden, a weight I wish I wasn’t carrying in the first place.

So maybe, while packing this week, I’ll choose to bring fewer gadgets and leave more room for being lost, confused and aimless.

At least that’s the intention. Thankfully, good intentions don’t weigh anything.

And now, onto some other matters.

We’re only a few days away from the start of Mobile World Congress, and we’re already awash in details on what’s to come. Obviously, Samsung’s Galaxy S9 series will top the list of important announcements, but it’s not the only show in town. LG has scaled back its plans, but we’re expecting a V30 refresh of some sort, while Sony will likely announce its latest flagship in the Xperia XZ2.

ASUS is looking to make its first big splash at MWC with the ZenFone 5 series, and we already know that Alcatel has at least three phones to talk about at this year’s show. Alcatel’s sister company, BlackBerry Mobile, unveiled the KEYone’s name and availability at MWC 2017, so it’s possible we’ll see its sequel this time around. We already know that Huawei isn’t unveiling the P20 until March, but it’s possible we’ll see new MediaPad tablets from the Chinese giant, and Lenovo is sure to show off a few of its innovations, too.

As usual, I’m excited to hang out with the AC team in the beautiful city of Barcelona, so follow my adventures on Instagram for the behind-the-scenes shenanigans, if you’re so inclined.

Take care!

-Daniel




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Wobble wobble.

Amazon has the Gaiam Evolve Balance Board for Standing Desk on sale for $40.49. This is a match of its lowest price ever and down from its usual selling price of $70.

This balance board is fit for offices with standing desks, clerks, cashiers, and anyone who stands for long periods of time. The rocking motion creates a low-impact movement that engages your muscles in the back, core, legs, and ankles. The design is ergonomic and promotes neutral positioning with a non-slip texture is secure on hard floors and carpet. It has received 3.9 out of 5 stars based on 68 customer reviews.

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Take advantage of these deals while they last.

If you just want to get into the PlayStation virtual reality world, you can start with the standalone headset at its lowest price since Black Friday, just $199.99 at B&H. It’s normally $300, and this price will only last through March 3.

Dive into the deep end of PlayStation VR with some of the bigger bundles on sale as well. For example, the Doom VR Bundle includes the headset, the PlayStation camera, and the virtual reality version of Bethesda’s shooter, Doom. It’s on sale for $299 from a street price around $350.

The PlayStation VR Skyrim bundle is down to $349 from $400. It includes two PlayStation Move controllers along with the game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR.

The headset features a 5.7-inch OLED 1080p display and runs up to 120 frames per second. The 3D audio technology allows you to pinpoint sounds above, below, and all around you making your experience that much more realistic.

The LEDs around the PlayStation VR headset, on the DualShock 4 wireless controller, and the PlayStation Move motion controller are tracked by the PlayStation Camera, capturing your exact natural movement in virtual space.

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It’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with the ever-changing world of physical information storage. New hard drives and flash drives are constantly hitting the market and obsolescence is inevitable. There has never been a better time to store your data in the cloud, and cloud security has also never been better.

Cloud services, however, can be costly or they just don’t offer enough storage. You need a service that’ll securely back you up for life, and you need a service that won’t cost you thousands a year because you need terabytes of storage. This is especially prudent in a business scenario where you may have to provide cloud storage to multiple employees.

Zoolz Cloud Storage is the perfect solution. Through Android Central Digital Offers, you can get 2TB of highly secure cloud storage data for just $59.99. How? Degoo typically charges $3,600 for a lifetime subscription, but thanks to Android Central Digital Offers you won’t pay anywhere near that much.

Degoo offers supremely secured cloud storage from which to manage and share files with awesome simplicity. You can retrieve files instantly and send things to friends via email or links, and all your data is encrypted before it even leaves your devices, so you know it’s safe and secure. This weekend, you can save an additional 40% on this already outstanding deal by using coupon code USA40 at checkout! Happy Presidents’ Day!

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What are the best wireless chargers for Galaxy Note 8?

If you ask Apple, wireless charging is the latest and greatest feature for smartphones — and one that Samsung has been perfecting on its line of Galaxy phones since 2014.

Samsung’s big and beautiful Galaxy Note 8 carries on that tradition with the same Wireless Fast Charge abilities as the Galaxy S8, and many of the best wireless chargers available are compatible with old and new Samsung phones alike.

So let’s dive in and take a look at your best options!

Samsung Fast Charge Convertible Wireless Charging Pad

It’s always best to lead with the accessories made by the phone manufacturer, and Samsung redesigned wireless charging pad/stand sure stands out from the crowd. Launched alongside the Galaxy S8, it features a premium leather-like appearance and ingenious design which allows you to easily convert this pad into an angled charging stand.

The charger also comes with a spare Samsung Fast Charge wall charger which is another accessory that ensures your phone charges safely, and allows you to fast charge your Galaxy Note 8 wirelessly at your home or office. you can snag one of your own from Amazon now for just $55. It’s a great price, considering it’s regularly sold on Samsung’s site for close to $80.

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Samsung Wireless Charging Pad w/ 2A wall adapter

If functionality and cost are your two biggest buying factors, you’ll want to consider Samsung’s old style of wireless charging pad, which has been deeply discounted on Amazon to around $15.

These charging pads look like mini-UFOs and are Fast Charge-compatible for devices that support it such as the Galaxy Note 8. It also comes with a Samsung 2A wall charger — always great — and comes with a standard one-year warranty.

This is a great option if you’re looking to set up wireless charging at your home and at work because they’re so damn cheap right now. You can also get the older style as a charging stand if you prefer that look instead. You may also want to consider this bundle which includes Samsung’s car charger along with two cables (Micro-USB and USB-C) for just $39.99.

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Tronsmart Chocolate Qi Wireless Charging Pad

Tronsmart is a trusted brand for charging accessories, and produces a unique looking charging pad that’s designed to look like a bar of chocolate — and who doesn’t love chocolate?

The top of this charging pad is made of a silica gel that’s designed to ensure your phone stays in place while also preventing the charger itself from slipping around on your desk. It’s compatible with all of Samsung’s other fast-charge capable phones, so the Note 8 should be no exception.

You’ll need to supply your own Adaptive Fast Charger wall adapter to get the most out of this charging pad, Other than that, this is a fairly minimalist charging pad that can be yours for just $13.

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Spigen Qi Wireless Charging Stand

Spigen is one of the best accessory makers, and its Qi Charging Stand is a fine example to back that claim.

This charging stand is angled so you are still able to see your display easily while your phone is charging. If you need a way to quickly top off your phone on your desk or a new place to keep it safe on your nightstand, this may be the choice for you. Pick yours up for under $30 at Amazon.

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Aukey Wireless Charging Pad

Aukey’s wireless charging pad for Qi-enabled devices is sleek and minimalist, which might jive well with your personal tastes. It’s an updated version of Aukey’s coaster-sized charger, and has a pretty stylish and minimalist look to it and won’t take up much space on your desk or nightstand. And unlike other options on this list, it actually uses a USB-C cable to supply power which should make for more an efficient energy transfer.

You can get one for your home or office for just $25.

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iOttie iON Wireless Qi Charging Pad

This wireless charger from iOttie might seem like the bulkier option based on pictures, but it’s actually very intelligently designed. It’s Qi-compatible with a triple-coil charging zone that’s capable of 5V/1A output with a non-slip ring to hold your phone in place on top while it charges. And that hollow opening in the middle isn’t just for the stylish look — it’s also a docking bay for the iOttie PowerPack 3400mAh External Portable Charger which is super convenient and cool.

You can even get a bundle pack that includes the iOttie PowerPack 3400mAh External Battery for just $50, so you can have a fully charged battery pack to take along with you if you think you’ll need it. Otherwise, you can get the wireless charging pad for just $19.95.

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Update February 2018: The Samsung Convertible Charger is back in stock on Amazon — and at the lowest price yet! Also confirmed availability and pricing for the other options on our list.




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It’s been a while since HTC has released a Desire phone. Some were hoping that HTC had finally killed off the budget-friendly sub-brand since cheaper devices like the HTC U11 Life did a good job of filling that category. But, … Read More




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If you don’t care about the S9, get on this deal now.

In a little more than a week, Samsung hopes to tantalize us with the launch of its Galaxy S9 flagship. We’re expecting the S9 to be one beast of a phone, but if you don’t care about having the very latest and greatest, Cricket’s running one heck of a deal on the Galaxy S8.

If you have an existing cell number and bring it over to Cricket, you can get the Galaxy S8 for just $349 with activation on a data plan starting at $30/month. The phone typically costs $699 on Cricket, meaning you’re looking at a 50% savings.

The Galaxy S9 will obviously be a better phone compared to the Galaxy S8, but that doesn’t mean the S8 isn’t still worth considering. It’s still got a great camera, one of the best designs of any phone on the market, and its Infinity Display continues to be downright gorgeous.

Cricket’s running this deal now through March 29 as an online-only offer, and you can check it out below.

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No longer limited to beta users.

Android Oreo has a lot of different goodies to play with, but one of my favorite features to use is the Autofill API. This makes entering usernames, passwords, and other info a lot simpler than previous Android versions, and it allows password management apps to be more convenient than ever before.

LastPass, one of the world’s most popular password managers, first got support for Autofill last August alongside the release of 8.0 Oreo. Autofill was first made available for the LastPass Beta app, and it was expected that the primary one would soon see similar treatment. However, after months and months of waiting, nothing ever happened. That is, until today.

The latest v4.4.1749 update for LastPass is rolling out to the Play Store now, and once you open the app after updating, you’ll get a pop-up letting you know that Autofill is available to use.

To access this, go to Settings -> Autofill and there you can choose if you want to use Oreo’s Autofill or stick with the legacy method the uses Android’s Accessibility Services.

If this update for LastPass isn’t showing up for you on the Play Store and you want it now, feel free to download the APK file here.

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Try to avoid playing with the Plumbus too much, and you’ll be fine.

One of the most popular PC VR games of 2017 is making its way to PlayStation VR on April 10, and in a big way. Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality lets you play as a Morty clone whose job is to wander around and do the things Rick and Morty don’t have time to do. As long as you follow the rules and don’t poison yourself my mixing the wrong chemicals, you can even avoid dying most of the time! It’s a great puzzle game in a universe loved by millions, and now the game is coming to the most popular VR platform in the world today.

While it will be possible to buy the digital copy of Virtual Rick-ality and dive in, the physical box is going to be a special Collector’s Edition fans are going to want to own. This version of the game comes with:

  • Rick Pop! Vinyl Figure
  • 2-sided game poster
  • Physical Disc

One important detail to keep in mind is the motion controllers. If you only have the standard PlayStation VR kit, you’re going to want to grab the PlayStation Move controllers to fully enjoy the game.

We don’t currently have pricing for the game yet, but this game has been available on HTC Vive and Oculus Rift for $30, so you can probably guess the standard version will run the same price while the collector box runs closer to $60. Either way, you’re getting a lot of game and some cool swag for a reasonable price.




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