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Znaps On Kickstarter Adds A MagSafe-Style Connector To Your Phone For $9

Even if you figure out which way the connector plugs into your phone, it's still plugging in, right? That's awkward to do with one hand and provides a great way to get your phone yanked off the table if you trip over the cord. Znaps is a product that's currently tearing it up on Kickstarter that could make everything better. For $9 you get a tiny magnetic adapter that makes plugging in your phone a snap, er—Znap.

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[Video] Power Down: Using Your Phone While It Charges May Cause It To Throttle Your Charging Speed, A Lot

If there's one thing I think we can all agree on, it's that when our phones are low on juice, we're willing to jump through a hoop or two to power back up. Be it an awkwardly placed public wall outlet, regularly carrying around external chargers, or buying a phone with a user-replaceable battery so that swapping in a spare is quick and easy.

We also all know somewhat instinctively that using our phones while they're on a charger will decrease the rate at which they charge - that's just common sense. Even if the phone is charging, using the device obviously consumes power, and that cancels out some of the net effect charging has.

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[Android M Feature Spotlight] Toggle 'Charging Sound' On And Off In System Settings

Stock Android may not make a special noise when plugged in to charge over USB, but it does play a tone when your device comes in contact with a wireless charger. Until now though, it hasn't been possible to disable this sound without adjusting the system volume. In Android M that will apparently change, as a new toggle joins the lineup in "Other sounds."

Dial pad tones, screen lock sounds, touch sounds, and touch vibration entries are all still present.

This is a small change, but - even if they're buried in settings - sometimes adding more granular controls can be a good thing, and that seems to be one of the themes of Android M so far.

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[Update: Winners] Win One Of Three Travel Bundles From Satechi, ECOXGEAR, Scosche, And Android Police

Brace yourselves...summer is coming. (That's the saying, right? Yeah.) You know what that means: vacations, camping, time outside of the house, and other stuff. And you know what THAT means: your devices are going to need more juice than ever and you're going to need a way to blast some music while doing your thing outside.

This contest is now over.

The final results are listed below. If you've won, you will be contacted in the near future. Congratulations!

Everyone else - keep participating and stay tuned to Android Police so that you don't miss our upcoming giveaway announcements. You can follow AP on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and RSS.

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Wear Charging Widget Emulates And Improves Upon The Moto 360's Charging Screen — Available For All Wear Watches

Ever wanted the Moto 360's charging screen on another Android Wear watch? Ever wished you could see more information on that charging screen? If you answered yes to at least one of these two questions, then you might be interested in Wear Charging Widget.

The application automatically triggers when your Android Wear watch is charging. With a Moto 360-inspired design, it has an evolving circle that shows the current amount of charge on the watch, along with the time, date, and weather. Then if you want to disable it for some reason, you simply long press the screen to exit the app.

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[Deal Alert] 5-Port 25W/5A Desktop USB Charger On Sale For $11.95 ($8 Off) With Coupon Code

If you've got more than one or two devices sitting around, you may find that you start running short of plugs. You can attach them to a computer, but they won't charge very fast that way. The Photive 5-port desktop charger seems like a good way to fix that, and it's on sale for $12 if you use a coupon code at checkout.

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[Update: Winners] Win One Of Seven HUB IT Multi-Device Sync And Charge Stations From Eggtronic And Android Police

There comes a time in ever person's life when they need to charge and/or sync like seven things at once. For years we've been left on our own to figure out how to deal with this quandary – do we use seven different chargers scattered all throughout the house? Fewer chargers and alternate devices on charge? Try to use the same charger for everything? There really isn't a good solution.

The folks over at Eggtronic knew there had to be a better way. A way to help users break out of this charging prison that seemingly rules our lives. So they built HUB IT.

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LG Issues G Watch Update In Response To Complaints About Corrosion And Skin Irritation

Reports began circulating over the last couple of days about an OTA update making its way out to owners of the LG G Watch, bumping the build number from KMV78V to KMV78Y. No official changelog has been posted for the update, but it looks like its main purpose is to fix the growing problem of corrosion buildup on the exposed POGO pins located on the back of the smartwatch.

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Photos collected by Ariel Ruff.

An explanation for the update was first posted by a commenter going by the name of Jack, who received this statement from an LG representative during an online chat.

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Reports Surface Of The Samsung Gear Live's (Horrible) Charging Mechanism Breaking Off

Not all that many Samsung Gear Lives have made it into the hands of users, but already we're seeing reports of the smartwatch's charging mechanism breaking and preventing users from continuing to power the device without resorting to wildly impractical measures. Some disgruntled Google I/O goers have taken to Google+ to share pictures of their damaged hardware.

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The user who shared the image above contacted support to arrange for a replacement and came to the conclusion that "Samsung can die in a fire." He was unable to find success through Samsung's site due to an inability to find a "model code" that the website insisted on.

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OnePlus One Gets OTA Software Update XNPH25R Fixing Slow Charging Issue

People who have received a OnePlus One through one means or another are now receiving an over-the-air software update that addresses a charging issue affecting the device. Sometimes the phone would think it's plugged into USB when it's actually plugged into AC power and, as a result, charge only half as fast, if not slower. The handset would display Charging (USB) instead of Charging (AC). This information is available in the Status screen under settings, which is visible at the top of the third screenshot below.

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Following the update, things seem to work just fine. This is good, because considering the OnePlus One's sizable 3100mAh battery, no one wants to sit around for hours waiting for that bad boy to charge.

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