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Hands-On With MODO, The Modular Desktop Organizer Built With Mobile In Mind

Back in January, we told you about MODO, an incredibly versatile desktop organization system. At the time, it was just a Kickstarter project hoping to find its way into the world of retail; thankfully, enough "Kickstarters" saw the value in it and helped more than double its original $17,000 goal. It's been about four months since project was funded, and MODO is just about ready for prime time. Artem and I have been playing with a couple of production units for the last several weeks, and almost immediately it's difficult to deny the incredibly amount of utility packed into such a simple package.

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Parrot Zik Bluetooth Headphones Review: A Glimpse Into The Future Of Wireless Headphones

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. And when it comes to copying, I have no doubt that the Parrot Ziks will be imitated, reimagined, and otherwise "inspire" a new generation of Bluetooth headphones in the coming years. Yes, they're that different. The Ziks are also, to be blunt, an experimental product. They don't sit on your head very well, and they don't sound fantastic. Even their game-changing features, like the touchpad controls on the right ear housing, aren't quite fully baked yet.

It doesn't matter. The moment I started using the Ziks, and every moment thereafter, I simply thought: "this is the future of wireless headphones." I think this is particularly telling, as I do not actually like wireless headphones.

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Ultimate Ears BOOM Review: Finally, A Portable Bluetooth Speaker That Doesn't Sound Like A Portable Bluetooth Speaker

We've covered some of the best Bluetooth speakers on the market over the last few months – everything from small and affordable to large and pricey. But I can promise you that we've never covered anything like the Ultimate Ears (UE) BOOM ($199). It's simply the best Bluetooth speaker I've ever heard, price be damned.

For those who may not be familiar with the BOOM, here's the skinny: it's a cylindrical, 360 degree, plasma coated, waterproof, stain resistant, NFC-enabled speaker. Really, it's a Bluetooth speaker that's designed for life. But the design is just part of what makes this speaker so good – it also has 15 hours of battery life, and (most importantly) it sounds incredible.

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Three Weeks With The Nokia Lumia 928, An In-Depth Look From An Android Perspective

After a two week stint with the BlackBerry Z10 last month, I happened upon another chance to go across the platform border, this time into the Windows world - with the Nokia Lumia 928.

Microsoft and mobile have had a tumultuous, off-again on-again relationship. However, there is little doubt that MS's smartphone success peaked with Windows Mobile 6, and then very, very rapidly fell off as iOS and Android rolled onto the scene. I remember the announcement of Windows Phone 7, in 2010: a bold step forward visually, though in the minds of many a WinMo diehard, a huge step back functionally.

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Killer Concepts Rocksteady XS 1.5 Quick Review: If Unadulterated Volume Is What You're After, This Is Probably The Speaker To Buy

The portable Bluetooth speaker market has exploded lately, with new offerings seemingly popping up everyday. Despite this, the guys at Killer Concepts couldn't find something that had all the features they were looking for, so, like any logical human being would, they set out to create their own. The end result was the Rocksteady XS, a speaker that claims to be "louder, clearer, and longer lasting" than the competition. The original iteration brought some interesting features to the table, including a removable/replaceable battery; it also has pause/play/forward/reverse controls directly on the front of the unit, which is something all BT speakers should offer.

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Quick Look: Octa WhaleTail And MonkeyTail Tablet Stands/Mounts/Hands-Free Holders

We're always looking for new and practical ways to prop tablets up (or otherwise use them without tying up at least one hand). While we've looked at several different tablet stands in the past, we've never seen anything quite like the MonkeyKit ($99) and WhaleKit ($49) for Octa's TabletTail. Before we get into that, though, a little explanation of the TabletTail is in order.

TabletTail itself isn't one particular thing, but rather a series that encompasses a few different components for different uses: the vacuum dock, MonkeyTail, and WhaleTail. The vacuum dock is the meat and potatoes of the entire setup; without it, the WhaleTail and MonkeyTail are completely useless.

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Wren V5PF Wireless Speaker Review: Premium Build and Brilliant Audio Quality Almost Cut Down By A Mediocre App

In the last few years, wireless speakers have exploded onto the scene with prices ranging from sub-$100 utility speakers up to a few thousand dollars for large home theater packages. A fairly new competitor, Wren, is trying to place itself in the ever more lucrative high-end bookshelf market. With a lineup of 3 wireless speakers priced at $399 each, the company is trying to take some attention away from the current leader, Sonos. Having spent a bit of time with the V5PF, the model intended for use with Android devices, I'm definitely impressed with the quality and looks, but the control app turned out to be a disappointment in an otherwise fantastic package.

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JBL Flip Bluetooth Speaker Quick Review: This May Be The Best Portable BT Speaker On The Market

We don't often throw around the accolade "best" when it comes to product reviews here at Android Police. The dreaded "B" word can land a reviewer in hot water. But if there's one product niche I've been scouring for a long time, it's Bluetooth speakers. There are a vast array of choices out there, many of them quite well known (eg, Jambox), and others, a bit more obscure (like this guy).

I've been fortunate enough to try some of the best of them. But there always seems to be a significant compromise involved, no matter where I go. Whether in portability, sound, or price - something's always got to give, it seems.

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Nocs NS400 Earbuds Quick Review: A Small Premium For A Small Upgrade

I reviewed the Nocs NS200 earbuds a little over a year ago. At the time, the 200s were the company's only Android-friendly offering. I was pleasantly surprised with the audio quality and comfort of the NS200s, especially given their reasonable (for a more serious product) price of $70.

Well, now I'm back with another Nocs product: the NS400s. The pair I'm reviewing also costs $70, a $10 premium over the "universal" NS200s. (Nocs sells 'universal' versions of the NS200 with a single button for $10 less than the Android-specific version with 3-button support for some devices. There is no "Android" 3-button NS400.

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[Quick Look] ChargeCard (MicroUSB Edition): A Quirky Little Thing, But It Gets The Job Done In A Pinch

Fun fact: I never leave home without a microUSB cable. I have a short cable that stays in my bag at all times – you know, just in case. The need for charging and the like is constant, so it's hard to say when that cable could come in handy. Several months ago, a new Kickstarter campaign hit the scene that could end my need for a USB cable in my bag, and instead put one in my wallet. I'm talking about ChargeCard, a project that ended up getting more than triple its $50,000 target goal.

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Here's the gist: it's a credit-card sized device with a pop-out full-size USB plug on one end, and (in this case) a microUSB plug on the other.

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