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Ben Schoon

@NexusBen

Ben Schoon's Favorite Gear

June 5

Wear OS is still in a bit of a rut as far as hardware goes, but plenty of fashion brands have been releasing new devices from time to time. Now, with its first touchscreen smartwatch, Marc Jacobs is jumping into the Wear OS market.

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May 11

The selection of Google Assistant speakers has grown massively over the past year, with a speaker available for any setup. Now, Polk Audio is jumping into the ring with its new Polk Assist speaker…

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May 1

Back at CES, Sony showed off a few new phones, but what really caught my attention were the company’s new Xperia Ear Duo concept headphones. Today, the company has officially announced pricing and availability details for these new headphones.

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April 26

expiredGoogle Local Guides can score $5 off movie tickets with Atom, just in time for ‘Infinity War’

If you were planning to hit the movies this weekend, say for some Avengers goodness, Google has partnered up with Atom Tickets to give its local guides a special treat – $5 off any ticket!

April 17

Truly wireless earbuds have been hitting the market left and right for the past couple of years, and most agree that the best are Apple’s AirPods. Today, Chinese wearable maker Mobvoi, the company behind the Ticwatch family, is taking a stab at it with the new TicPods Free.

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February 19

expiredSamsung including a pair of Gear IconX (2018) earbuds w/ Galaxy S8 or Note 8 purchases

Truly wireless earbuds are becoming very popular thanks to Apple’s AirPods, and competitors are getting better and better. Samsung’s Gear IconX wireless earbuds are pretty fantastic, and now the $200 earbuds come free with the S8 or Note 8 for a limited time.

February 15

expiredRefurbished Google Pixel 2 goes for as low as $534 today on Woot (Reg $649)

Google’s latest Android smartphones are some of the best you can get, but it’s not often they get discounted outside of carrier sales. Today, though, Woot is offering Google’s Pixel 2 for over $100 off its retail price…

February 10

Behind the Screens is a weekly 9to5Toys series that takes you through our writers’ setups, be it mobile, desktop, gaming or home theater. Next up is Ben Schoon, a 9to5Google writer.

My workspace has evolved a lot over the years, but now that I’ve recently moved to a larger home, I finally have the flexibility I’ve always wanted for producing content on 9to5Google.

Unlike many of my colleagues here at the 9to5 network, my setup is based around a desktop computer powered by *gasp* Windows 10. While none of them agree with me on OS preference, it has long been the core of my daily work, and has ended up inspiring a lot of my setup as a result.

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December 6, 2017

Portal is a beloved gaming franchise for many, and while fans still want a proper sequel to the game’s last release, it’s probably not happening anytime soon. Luckily, Portal is making a return, but by means of Bridge Constructor.

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September 21, 2017

Some of the most popular noise-canceling headphones on the market for the past year or so have been the Bose QuietComfort 35. Today, the company is refreshing that product with a new button and integration with Google Assistant.

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September 11, 2017

One of my favorite things about the Nintendo Switch is the versatility it offers. With the system, you aren’t limited to just one method of control, but rather have several different options for playing your favorite games. However, you’ll still need to keep everything charged. Thanks to Nyko, it’s incredibly easy to do just that.

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September 8, 2017

For most of us, the TV is where we spend more time than anywhere else when it comes to entertainment, and a huge part of the experience with your favorite movies, video games, and especially music comes down to the audio.

There are two ends of a spectrum when it comes to your TV audio experience. On one hand, there’s the speaker built into your TV, and on the other, expensive surround sound systems. Sound bars have proven to be a great middle ground, but Fluance’s SoundBase takes that idea to a whole new level.

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August 31, 2017

Following Google Assistant’s hardware SDK from earlier this year, third-parties are finally stepping into the smart speaker game with their own hardware. Today at IFA 2017, Sony has announced its first smart speaker, and it has some, familiar attributes.

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August 17, 2017

Making a console your own isn’t something all that difficult. You could get a skin to customize it, but at the end of the day that doesn’t feel quite as natural, especially with a controller. You might lose grip or even some of the shape that the controller once came with. Thanks to Colorware, though, there’s a better way…

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August 15, 2017

Smart home tech is rapidly growing in popularity, and there’s also a ton of new options hitting the market. Schlage has had its Sense smart home locks on the market for a couple of years now, and today it finally adds compatibility with Android devices.

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August 14, 2017

Google offering up to 60% off select Daydream VR games this week, from $2

From 9to5Google:

Daydream VR is easily at the top of the list when it comes to mobile VR, and the content library for Google’s platform continues to expand. Now, Google is offering a Summer Sale which gives a handful of Daydream titles discounts of up to 60% off.

August 10, 2017

Motorola’s Gamepad Moto Mod costs $80, available for pre-order now at Verizon

Launching alongside the Moto Z2 Force is Motorola’s new Gamepad Moto Mod. Unveiled back at MWC, this Mod attaches to your phone and enables a set of physical gaming controls. Unlike a Bluetooth controller, this method ditches all of the lag, and also gives the phone a few extra hours of power thanks to the embedded battery.

August 9, 2017

Of Google’s various Nexus phones, one of my favorites was 2014’s Nexus 6. The “shamu” that it was, it turned out to be a pretty spectacular phone, and one that is still in use in my family. However, today’s Amazon Gold Box deal that cuts the price to $230 isn’t the best idea. Here’s why.

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July 14, 2017

Summer is in full swing and with it, some awesome opportunities for photography. For those of us looking to get that perfect shot, it usually requires taking a camera or two, our favorite assortment of lenses, some spare batteries, and maybe even a drone.

That’s not exactly an easy group of things to carry on a hike, not without the right backpack, that is. Recently I’ve been testing out Incase’s new DSLR Pro Pack and Capture Sling Pack, two bags that are ideal companions to your camera and even your drone.

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June 30, 2017

Fandango offering $3 off any movie ticket with Android Pay checkout

Google regularly works with partners to offer up deals for Android Pay users and its latest deal works with Fandango to celebrate the addition of Android Pay checkout to the service’s Android application.

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