Take your Nexus 5X to the next level with these great accessories.

LG’s Nexus 5X is a great phone that you can make even greater with the right accessories, and we are here to help you choose the right ones.

We have compiled a list of fantastic accessories to enhance your experience with your Nexus 5X.

Vinsic USB-C car charger

If you find your Nexus 5X always crying out for more battery power due to an on-the-go lifestyle, you may want to consider picking up a Vinsic USB-C car charger.

Rated at 5V 3A output, you should be able to rapid charge your Nexus 5X, meaning your battery will get a significant boost during your daily commute. Plus, this charger features over-voltage protection and short-circuit protection.

The Vinsic charger has both a USB-A and USB-C port, allowing you to plug in two devices at once.

See at Amazon

Anker USB-C to USB 3.0 Cable

If you have misplaced the cable that came with your Nexus 5X or you just want an extra one for your workplace, the Anker USB-C to USB 3.0 cable is a solid choice.

It’s 3.3 feet long, which is a pretty standard size for a charging cable and it supports USB 3.0. Since the Nexus 5X supports USB 2.0 you will always get great transfer speed for data.

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Cambond 6.6 foot USB-C to USB-C cable

If you find yourself in need of a longer charging cable for the Nexus 5X, or in need of a cable that’s a little more durable, the Cambond 6.6-foot USB-C to USB-C cable is perfect for you.

It’s rated for use with 2A wall chargers, meaning you should be able to rapidly charge your 5X in less time with the right charger. It’s 6.6 feet long, which is double the length of the cable that ships with the Nexus, so you aren’t tethered so close to the wall every time you plug in.

The cord is well-protected and features nylon fiber wrapped around the outside of the cable, which help prevent the wire from becoming frayed.

See at Amazon

Anker USB-C to MicroUSB adapter (2 pack)

Although it seems that USB-C might become the preferred connection for phones in the future (because it is), you’ve probably got a lot of MicroUSB cables lying around. Good news! With the Anker USB-C to MicroUSB adapter, you don’t have to let those old cords sit around collecting dust.

This simple adapter can be placed on the end of any MicroUSB cable to make it compatible with a USB-C port. The adapter is capable of receiving USB 2.0 transfer speeds and 2A charging speeds, so as long as your cable is up-to-snuff, this adapter won’t feel any different than a standard USB-C cable.

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iCarez tempered glass screen protector

Protecting your screen is important and getting an iCarez tempered glass screen protector can go a long way to making sure your phone lasts for the long haul.

This screen protector covers the entire screen and features a dry application method meant to prevent bubbling.

See at Amazon

NXET USB-C charge dock

Keep your desk, counter, or nightstand looking neat and tidy, while charging your Nexus 5X with the NXET USB-C charge dock.

This dock will keep your Nexus completely accessible, making it super easy to swipe through the news of the day, check your calendar, or reply to messages all with one hand. The dock adjusts to three different viewing angles, which means you will always be comfortable when you are looking at it.

It’s worth mentioning this dock won’t allow you to charge your 5X rapidly; however, it’s a good quality dock that still supports USB 2.0 transfer speeds for when you plug the dock into your computer.

See at Amazon

Anker PowerCore+

If you find your Nexus 5X is always dying on you when you aren’t around outlets of any kind, you may want to consider getting a Anker PowerCore+ power bank.

With a huge capacity of 20100 mAh, the Anker PowerCore+ can fully charge your Nexus 5X seven times and still have some juice left. It has two USB-A ports and a USB-C port allowing you to charge three devices at once, meaning all your favorite electronics will always be charged and ready to go.

While this is a great power bank, the cord that it comes with is not as high quality. We recommend using a better cable to ensure your devices are properly charged and protected from damage. The Cambond cable we mentioned earlier in this list would be a perfect choice.

See at Amazon

Photos Live case

The Photos Live case is a case for your Nexus 5X that is as unique as you are. It’s a one shell case that features a photo of your choosing, making it perfect for treasuring a precious moment, highlighting your favorite photo, or even using a unique print from your favorite artist.

The Photos Live case has a companion app you can download to turn your wallpaper into an entire slideshow, making it seem as though your case is integrated into your Home screen!

A cool case to make you the talk of the town, or a timeless gift for a close friend or loved one.

See at Google

Ringke Fusion clear case

If you want a case that offers your Nexus 5X some protection while keeping the beautiful natural look of the phone, the Ringke Fusion case is perfect for you.

It’s a one-piece TPU sleeve that fits the 5X snuggly and doesn’t block the usage of any buttons or ports. It has a dust cover over the headphone jack, so you can rest easy knowing dirt will stay out of there.

It’s a little thicker around the edges of the phone to protect the phone from falling damage, and it even comes with a screen protector, so it protects the entire phone.

See at Amazon

UE Roll/UE Roll 2

The Ultimate Ears Roll is a mini Bluetooth speaker you can take with you wherever you go. It has a fantastic water-resistance rating, meaning you don’t have to sing alone in the shower anymore. Plus, it also comes with a floating life preserver, meaning you can bring this speaker to a pool party and have it float along the surface.

The sound quality of this tiny guy is impressive, and you can pair two together for a stereo experience. Download the UE app to control playback so you can control it from afar.

UE has released the Roll 2, which includes all the features of the older model along with a few key improvements. The Roll 2 has better sound — both in volume and tone — while also increasing the Bluetooth range to 100 feet.

The Roll 2 costs about $99; however, you can find the original Roll on sale, and it could be worth keeping an eye on the price as time goes on.

To some people, the value of the upgraded UE Roll 2 is offset by the potential savings of the original Roll. We have links to both versions below, so you can decide between the new and the old.

See UE Roll at Amazon
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Since we all love great deals, we thought we’d let you know that Amazon has cut the price of SanDisk’s 200GB microSD card from $80 to $60. Amazon has offered this price once before, but the deal only lasted for … Read More

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Hurricane season is upon us, and your smartphone is now one of the most important tools in your preparedness kit.

June 1 marks the official start to hurricane season. And while we’ve actually gotten off to a bit of an early start this year, with a bit of a development off the East Coast, there’s no better time than to bone up on some of the best ways to keep current on what’s out there, and how to stay safe if a storm comes your way.

And just like with everything else, our smartphones now play an integral part with that.

I’ve lived on the Gulf Coast my entire life. I’ve been through storms. God willing, I’ll never go through another. But either way, I’ll be ready. Let’s take a look at a few ways you can be, too.

Websites and apps

If you only use one website for tracking tropical activity, it needs to be the National Hurricane Center’s site, found at www.nhc.noaa.gov. (They’ve got a mobile version, too, if you’re into that sort of thing.)

I also recommend Weather Underground’s site, too, and the blog written by Jeff Masters.

What about apps, though? I’ve used a few over the years. Mostly they’re wrappers for the NHC website, and for the most part the apps themselves are pretty crap. And you don’t really need them. They can, however, be good for notifications of new updates, which the NHC puts out every six hours. If you don’t want to spend a few bucks, you could just hit up the NHC site, or follow their Twitter feed, or use RSS or e-mail. (The NHC has a lot of ways to stay informed.)

The one app I’ve used off and on during hurricane season is SeaStorm Hurricane Tracker, which costs $1.99. Even then, I only really use it for the alerts.

And if you just don’t want to bother committing all of these tips to memory, go for the America Red Cross’ hurricane app.

More: The best weather apps for Android

Your phone

There’s almost nothing worse than knowing a hurricane is headed your way. They’re big. They’re often slow. You could have days or even weeks of warning. That gives you plenty of time to prepare. And our phones make it easier than ever.

A few tips I’ve picked up the hard way:

  1. Inventory your home and car. Use notes apps that sync to the cloud (that’s the really important part) to keep track of everything you own, for insurance purposes. If it’s not documented, it might as well have never existed.
  2. Take pictures. Lots of pictures. The outside of your home. The inside of your home. Pets. Kids. Anything of value. Insurance fraud, unfortunately, is a thing. You’ll want to prove your car didn’t already have that tree on it. Again, make sure your pictures are uploaded to a cloud service like Google Photos or Dropbox.
  3. Charge early and often. When the power goes out, it goes out.
  4. That said, data could well be down after a strong storm. (Though operators will be quick to tell you they’ve been hardening against storms.) If that’s the case enjoy the silence, and don’t waste battery if you don’t have to.

Speaking of charging …

Batteries are our lifeblood. I mean, our phones’ lifeblood. If you want any hope of communicating after a storm, or keeping up with folks during a storm, you’ll need to stay charged. The good news is that even if you don’t (or can’t) use a full-blown generator, we’ve got options.

We’ve seen an explosion (figuratively, that is) of small and inexpensive external batteries. This very much changes the game for post-storm charging. You should have a few on hand. We’re fans of this 20,000 mAh battery from Anker. USB-A and USB-C, so it’ll charge pretty much everything. (And, yes, it’s on that “good” list for USB-C.)

A good bit more expensive, and maybe a little crazy (in a good way) is the Anker PowerHouse — a 434Wh (that’s somewhere in the neighborhood of 120,000 mAh) gianormous AC or solar-powered backup battery/inverter.

Unfortunately for most of us, it’s still a little early for this future-tech solution.

Other random things worth buying

Batteries are obvious. So are lamps of some sort. And food that doesn’t spoil.

I also recommend picking up a sun shower of come sort. These are large PVC bags that use the sun to heat the water within, and gravity to rain it down upon your body. I used them on boats growing up, but they’re perfect for post-storm showers. You don’t need electricity to heat the water, they’re portable, and they’re easy to store.

This one looks just fine — but you’ve basically got your pick on Amazon. If you’re buying locally, any sporting goods store or boat store should have them in stock.

I’d also recommend picking up a battery-powered AM/FM Weather radio. Again, you need to conserve things like your phone for when you really need them. These ancient little radios run on batteries and will keep you up with important local info as well with NOAA weather radio. They’re indispensable once the power goes out. (It’s what us old people had before Twitter, and with less trolling.)

Be safe out there.




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HTC fans hoping and praying for an HTC-build Android wear device will to wait even longer. The rumored June 6 launch of HTC’s first smartwatch has apparently been scratched in favor of a fall release. No specific date has been … Read More

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LG has launched the latest iteration in its budget tablet series, the G Pad III 8.0. The tablet now features an 8-inch Full HD (1920 x 1200) TFT display, and is powered by a 1.5GHz octa-core CPU. There’s 2GB of RAM on offer, 32GB internal memory, and a microSD slot that can accommodate cards up to 2TB.

Other specs include an 8MP camera at the front, a 5MP shooter at the back, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 4.1, microUSB connectivity, 4800mAh battery, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. The Korean model is priced at ?330,000, which comes out to $278.

Canadian carriers Rogers and Fido are now offering the tablet, with a few differences in specs from the Korean variant. The Canadian version picks up LTE connectivity (Bands 2, 4, 5, 7, 12, 17), offers Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and Bluetooth 4.2.

However, the internal storage is decreased from 32GB to 16GB, and the camera at the front is a 5MP offering. Both carriers are selling the G Pad III 8.0 for CAD 240, which comes out to the equivalent of $185. We’ll let you know once the tablet makes its way to other regions.

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Snapdragon Wear 1100 is aimed at ‘kid and elderly watches,’ as well as fitness trackers and other wearables.

Qualcomm in February introduced the first of its Snapdragon Wear lineup, and today at Computex in Taiwan it’s introducing the Snapdragon Wear 1100 processor. The 1100 is a more purpose-built processor than the general-purpose 2100, aimed at “the fast growing targeted-purpose wearables segments such as connected kid and elderly watches, fitness trackers, smart headsets, and wearable accessories.”

Snapdragon Wear 1100 provides for a Cat 1 modem for LTE and 3G support globally, an application processor for Linux-based apps, plus voice, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support. And it does location services through Qualcomm’s iZat system.

In addition to the new Snapdragon Wear SOC, Qualcomm also is announcing a new tri-radio Wi-Fi solution (with a pair of 5GHz radios and a single 2.4GHz radio) for better networking, “GigaDSL” for faster networking over existing phone lines (specifically for Japan and Korea), and a new QCA4012 processor for “Internet of Things” connected devices.

Press release:

Qualcomm Extends Industry-Leading Snapdragon Wear Lineup with New Processor, Platforms and Support for Targeted-Purpose Wearables

Snapdragon Wear 1100 SoC Ideal for Connected Kid and Elderly Watches; New Reference Platforms Support Fast Development Time; New OEM Products Bring Innovative Experiences to Consumers

Taipei, taiwan — May 31, 2016 — Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced at COMPUTEX 2016 that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., is introducing the new Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Wear 1100 processor for the fast growing targeted-purpose wearables segments such as connected kid and elderly watches, fitness trackers, smart headsets, and wearable accessories. The Snapdragon Wear 1100 processor complements the Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, which is designed for multi-purpose wearables, and joins the Snapdragon Wear product family.

Snapdragon Wear 1100: Designed for Targeted-purpose Wearable Devices

Snapdragon Wear 1100 is designed for the next generation of targeted-purpose wearable segments where consumers are demanding a smaller size, longer battery life, smarter sensing, secure location, and an always connected experience. This processor excels in meeting these requirements with low power features such as Power Save Mode (PSM), industry leading compact packages, and next gen Cat 1 modem with LTE/3G global band support.

The Snapdragon Wear 1100 also features an integrated applications processor for Linux-based applications and scales to support voice, Wi-Fi®, and Bluetooth®, thus supporting a seamlessly connected experience. Additionally, the Snapdragon Wear 1100 incorporates the Qualcomm® iZat™ integrated location engine to offer enhanced accuracy and power optimization through such features as multi-GNSS, cell-ID positioning, and ability to support applications that utilize geo-fencing for safety monitoring. Integrated in the chipset are the hardware cryptographic engine, HW random number generator, and TrustZone, which supports a highly secure environment for consumers. Snapdragon Wear 1100 is commercially available and shipping today.

“We are excited to have established a technology leadership position in the highly innovative wearables ecosystem, where the breadth of products and our connectivity, location and compute solutions bring differentiation to our customers,” said Anthony Murray, senior vice president and general manager, IoT, Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd. “We are delighted to add Snapdragon Wear 1100 to our Snapdragon Wear family, thus making it easier for customers to develop connected wearables with targeted use cases such as kid and elderly tracking. We are actively working with the broader ecosystem to accelerate wearables innovation and are excited to announce a series of customer collaborations today.”

New Reference Platforms Support Fast Development Time

Qualcomm Technologies announced a series of collaborations with Aricent, Borqs, Infomark, and SurfaceInk who showcased reference platforms based on Snapdragon Wear 2100 and Snapdragon Wear 1100. These platforms represent reference implementations targeting the kid and elderly watch segment and enable OEMs to commercialize in an accelerated fashion.

“Aricent is thrilled to collaborate with Qualcomm Technologies and take the Snapdragon 1100 SoC into the consumer wearables segment from gameplay, wellness and safety,” said Walid Negm, chief technology officer, Aricent. “Combining the Aricent ADAPT Wearable Platform with frog’s design and strategy services allows us to accelerate the creation of unique experiences that children and caretakers will enjoy. By wrapping the Snapdragon Wear 1100 with a rich set of modular capabilities such as 3G/LTE, gesture control and interactive apps we enable companies to seize opportunities at the best price and performance.”

“Borqs has strategically invested in IoT for smart connected wearables with tailored solutions for kids, elderly, enterprise and youth,” said George Thangadurai, senior vice president of international business, Borqs. “We are pleased that our close collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies as a Snapdragon Wear platform ecosystem provider has resulted in ready to commercialize innovative reference designs exploiting the leadership features of Qualcomm Technologies’ SoCs. Borqs is delighted that we could accelerate the launch of different wearables from our global OEM partners.”

“Since SK Telecom’s launch of Infomark’s first generation JooN Kid’s Watch in 2014, we have created a trend in Korea for parents to equip their kids with the JooN watch,” said Dr. Choi, chief executive officer, Infomark. “The JooN series of watches provides parents a means for locating and connecting with their child while minimizing the distraction and addiction from smartphones. With the adoption of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 in our design, we will launch our third generation JooN watch for SK Telecom in second half of 2016, and further expand our market to North and South America, Europe and other continents.”

“We are excited to team up with Qualcomm Technologies as a Snapdragon Wear platform ecosystem provider, delivering reference designs that will give our customers a head start on their product development,” said Eric Bauswell, founder and chief executive officer, SurfaceInk. “Our work together on WeBandz is just the tip of the iceberg, and we look forward to future products and innovation that will result from this collaboration.”

OEM Products Bring Innovative Experiences to Consumers

In addition to the platform announcements, a number of OEMs launched connected kid watches at the event:

Anda Technologies announced plans to launch its kid watch, based on the Borqs reference design, for the Latin America region. “As a father of two young children, I conceived the original idea of creating a symbol-based communications product out of my own need to stay emotionally connected to them throughout the day,” said Jose Delmar, chief executive officer, Anda Technologies. “Our Android-based connected wearable, based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, offers a plethora of unique functions, innovative design, and top of the line materials, making it unlike any other children’s wearable product available in the marketplace.”

inWatch announced two kid watch SKUs, one for boys and another for girls, based on the Borqs reference design, specifically for the China region. “The always-on low power consumption and small size of the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 greatly increase the reliability and enhanced the design of in919,” said Neo Wang, chief executive officer, inWatch. “Children’s watches have two fundamental but important functions: good communication and secure location, and Qualcomm Technologies’ ecosystem support for the Snapdragon Wear 2100 significantly enhances these two core performances of in919.”

WeBandz showed off its smart tracking modular device, based on the SurfaceInk design, which can be customized for the kid, elderly, and pet segments in the U.S. “It’s clear to see where the wearables market is headed,” said Ryan Shapiro, founder, WeBandz. “We are fortunate not only to have our hands on the best technology available for wearable tracking, but especially to be working with a great group of people within Qualcomm Technologies who share our vision for the future of wearables.”

Qualcomm-based Wearable Products Hit a Milestone

Reinforcing Qualcomm Technologies’ product and technology leadership, the company recently announced that more than 100 wearables products are now available with processors from Qualcomm Technologies. Leading product families such as the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100, CSR102x Bluetooth® Smart 4.2 SoC and Qualcomm® SiRFStar™ location are now incorporated in a variety of innovative products across the range of smart eyewear, smart watches, smart bands, smart headsets, and smart accessories. With the launch of the Snapdragon Wear 1100, customers will now be able to bring additional connected use cases in such targeted devices as kid and elderly watches.

About Qualcomm Incorporated

Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) is a world leader in 3G, 4G and next-generation wireless technologies. Qualcomm Incorporated includes Qualcomm’s licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of its patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, substantially all of Qualcomm’s engineering, research and development functions, and substantially all of its products and services businesses, including its semiconductor business, QCT. For more than 30 years, Qualcomm ideas and inventions have driven the evolution of digital communications, linking people everywhere more closely to information, entertainment and each other. For more information, visit Qualcomm’s website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.




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In an effort to get feedback on its latest upcoming flagship, OnePlus is launching a program through which fans will get a chance to test out its latest flagship phoen before anyone else. Called “The Lab,” the effort will see 30 fans getting their hands on a OnePlus 3 to review before submitting their thoughts to the company.

From OnePlus:

We want to give a voice to those who matter most: our fans that use OnePlus products on a daily basis. Think of it as a trial by fire – the ultimate test for the OnePlus 3. And, of course, we want to give our fans a chance to get their hands on the OnePlus 3 before anyone else.

You’re odds of securing a spot are pretty slim: more than 1,000 people have signed up at the time of this writing. However, if you’re interested, you can head to OnePlus website and sign up for your chance at one of the reviewer spots.




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There’s a lot happening at Computex 2016, so check it all out here!

Computex is Asia’s biggest and more important annual technology trade show, and this year it has started with a number of great announcements from ASUS and ARM, with more to come. Looking for everything in one place? You’re in the right place.

We’ll be updating this article throughout the show as more things are announced.

Phones, big and small

At Computex, ASUS unveiled three new Android-powered Zenfone 3 smartphones: the Zenfone 3, Zenfone 3 Deluxe, and Zenfone 3 Ultra. Available for $249, $499 and $479, respectively, they’re arriving in the coming months.

ASUS PC, laptops and robots

As it does every year, ASUS began the show with a number of great Windows products, including the new ultra-slim ZenBook 3 laptop, and the super powerful Transformer 3 and Transformer 3 Pro tablets. From our friends at Windows Central.

The ZenBook 3 is a pretty typical 2016-era Ultrabook, specced with Intel’s sixth-gen Core i processors, but comes with a Type-C charging connector with USB 3.1 support, as well as a Thunderbolt 3 port and fingerprint sensor with Windows Hello support.

The Transformer 3 and Transformer 3 Pro tablets are really interesting, too, bringing the fight right to Microsoft’s Surface line. With high-resolution 12.6-inch displays, support for up to a Core i7 with 16GB of RAM and a 1TB PCIe SSD, they promise excellent performance and build quality at a great value. Can’t wait to try these out.

On the gaming front, ASUS’s Republic of Gamers brand unveiled a number of cool products, including a prototype modular PC called the Avalon. There’s also a crazy ROG gaming laptop with a dual-GPU setup

ASUS Transformer 3 Pro hands-on

ASUS Transformer 3 hands-on

ASUS ZenBook 3 hands-on

Elsewhere from the show

In other news, ARM, the microarchitecture company whose designs partners like Qualcomm, NVIDIA, MediaTek, Huawei and others turn into chips that power our phones, tablets and even laptops, unveiled its latest high-end chip design, the Cortex-A73.

Though devices with the new design won’t ship until early 2017, they will offer 30% better performance over existing Cortex A72-powered chips, along with 30% better efficiency per clock.

ARM also unveiled a new Mali G71 reference GPU manufactured using a crazy new 10nm FinFET node. Look for this chip in Vulkan-optimized devices running Android N, and those optimized for VR.




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It’s Appday Sunday and that means we’re back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

Russell Holly — VR Free Climb

We’re all hopped up on the sweet news about Daydream, but there’s still plenty of great things to do with Google Cardboard. A recent demo from the folks at BrickSimple is a perfect example. VR Free Climb is a simple Cardboard game where you scale a rock wall. You use the Cardboard button to move from brick to brick, but if you miss you’ll fall quite fast. It’s a fun, quick experience that will absolutely turn your stomach if you fall, but ultimately makes for a fantastic quick thing to show someone new to Cardboard.

Download: VR Free Climb (Free)

Ara Wagoner — My Disney Experience

The apps for Disneyland and Walt Disney World have some overlap, just as the parks themselves do. The effect that app can have on your vacation is worlds apart. Whereas the Disneyland app is at most a superfluous map with some wait times, My Disney Experience is damn near required for a vacation to sunny Orlando.

Thanks to fastpasses being shoved into an app or kiosk instead of physically going to a ride and getting a pass, the app is essential to getting fastpasses and securing a decent wait at new or highly popular attractions like Seven Dwarves Mine Train or Toy Story Midway Mania. It’s also the best way to make restaurant reservations. Disney puts a lot of features into this app… But some visitors aren’t quite aware of how freaking important it is to have up and running before arrival. Two of my family members didn’t even have Disney accounts yet, much less have their MagicBand linked to their account and their app. This led to an extra visit to Guest Services when the app errored out on them in the park. Well, at least it’s an app with in-person tech support.

When it works and it’s set up well in advance, My Disney Experience will help you make the most of your expensive Walt Disney World vacation. But if you don’t have this set up… you’re gonna have a bad time.

Download: My Disney Experience (Free, in-park purchases)

Andrew Martonik — MLB Ballpark

If you follow baseball at all you’re probably aware of the MLB At Bat app, but for those who live near a major league team and attend games, MLB has a separate app called MLB Ballpark to enhance your in-stadium experience.

The MLB Ballpark app offers information on stadium amenities, concessions (even at-seat ordering at some parks) and public Wi-Fi. You can also see game stats, replays and even upgrade your seats once you’re in the stadium. As someone who doesn’t go to games in person all that often, it’s super useful to have an app like MLB Ballpark to put everything in one place.

Download: MLB Ballpark (Free)

Daniel Bader – Lumi News – Tinder for news

Fancy a way to source high-quality news stories the same way you swipe right on that potential date? Lumi promises just that, with a personalized feed of news articles that improves the more input you give it. And how do you give it that input? You guessed it: you swipe right for articles you like, and left for ones you’d rather not see again.

Similar to the popular Nuzzel News, Lumi has a social element, too, allowing you to follow your friends’ likes as well. It’s a simple premise, but like Flipboard and other card-based news apps, it’s a refreshing and fun way to discover great reading material. Let the app plug into your Facebook and Twitter accounts and the recommendations become even more accurate as it scans for sources, like Android Central, that you already follow.

Download: Lumi News (Free)

Jerry Hildebnrand — SB Security Booster

I’m reluctant to recommend this app, because I know not everybody reads all the words in a blog post. You need to read them so it makes more sense.

Unless you disable the built-in security on your Android, you probably don’t have any need for a “virus” scanner. Likewise, apps that do things like kill background services always lead to problems, and will have you searching through forums for ideas about what’s wrong with your phone. SB Security Booster is a virus scanner that has a tool to kill apps in the background. But that’s not why I’m recommending it.

The app also has a feature that sniffs out apps that do really shitty things with ads. Things like add them to your lock screen or as a notification. Nobody wants that, and nobody needs apps that do that. Use SB Security Booster to ferret them out so you can uninstall them — then uninstall SB Security Booster once you’ve found them.

I’ve seen several cases where SB Security Booster was able to identify apps that smother you with ads and other apps designed to find them couldn’t. If you’re in that situation, give this one a try.

Download: SB Security Booster (Free)




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In honor of the brave men and women who gave their lives for our country, we’re offering 20% off all Android accessories at ShopAndroid.

Starting today until Tuesday, May 26, you can pick up a new case, quick charger, screen protector or wireless charger for your Android device and enjoy a 20% savings by using coupon code: RWB2015 at checkout. There’s an extensive selection of Android accessories to choose from, along with a convenient 60-day return policy and free shipping on all orders over $50 in the US and Canada.

Save big on accessories for the latest devices including the Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge, HTC One M9 and LG G4. Haven’t upgraded just yet? No problem — we’re fully stocked on accessories for favorites like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4 and many more!

Take your time, browse, and enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!

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