Full-metal upper mid-range Samsung Galaxy A7 embraces Lollipop

While typically Samsung would look to upgrade the software on Galaxy phones in reverse order of their commercial launches, also favoring advanced hardware over seniority, a slew of older and/or lower-end Korea-made gadgets have recently scored Lollipop.

Apple Introducing a 12.9-Inch Tablet in the iPad Pro

As if your normal iPad wasn’t enough, Apple is introducing a newer, bigger iPad Pro.

Surprisingly stylish Asus ZenPad 8 shows up in press-friendly form

Unearthing an impending Android gadget while it scores FCC certification is all well and good, especially when there are also credible tipsters to confirm its identity and a few key specifications. But it’s far more desirable to check out unreleased devices in the flesh, particularly in high-resolution marketing render style.

HTC apparently has low-cost One E9+ alternative in the works

Who’s up for yet another boring HTC One-series entry? Crickets, huh? Well, to be fair, the WF5w, aka One E9sw (yes, really) doesn’t look all that bad… if budget gear is your cup of tea. In fact, it’d probably make for a respectable mid-range Desire family member.

Finally. A selfie-stick for non-narcissists/-psychopaths

Considering the overwhelming backlash and criticism of “selfie sticks”, it takes a set of cojones to market a new product with such striking resemblance and overlapping use. Coachella made a point to ban selfie sticks and narcissists at their 2015 show. But “totems” and “stuffed animals” were also listed as prohibited, so I’m not sure how serious to take them.

Lenovo unveils trio of low-cost laptops, including $250 Chromebook rival

On the back of an inspired and not-so-costly Motorola purchase, Lenovo has quickly leapt to number three in the smartphone manufacturer ranks, only behind industry giants Samsung and Apple. But at the same time, the Chinese tech outfit remains the PC landscape’s ruler, with HP breathing down its neck.

Sony Xperia Z3+ now available to pre-order from Clove UK

To the surprise of no one, Sony just went global with the previously Japan-limited Xperia Z4, rebranding the “new” flagship as Z3+ to better suit its marginal upgrades. What the Asian device manufacturer “forgot” to tackle were the familiar 5.2 incher’s specific targeted markets, ETAs and price tags.

8 waterproof gadgets for your summer pool parties

Memorial Day was this past weekend so as far as I’m concerned it’s officially summer, especially since my friend’s pool finally opened up. Thus, I’m gathering up my swimsuits from the basement and investing in a couple $1 beach towels (Ninja Turtles themed obviously). In fact, I already invited myself over this weekend for a pool party/BBQ in celebration of summer’s long-awaited arrival. But, what’s a good pool party without beats to keep your party going and tech accessories to keep your existing gadgets safe.

So, to help you turn your pool party into a pool rager, I’ve assembled 8 waterproof gadgets to cover all your bases.

Google Store slashes Nexus Player price, possibly hinting at imminent sequel

Powered by Android TV and running the newest 5.1 Lollipop iteration of Google’s mobile OS, Google Cast-ready and offering full access to Netflix and Hulu Plus, as well as basic game-streaming capabilities, the Nexus Player is certainly richer in features than its Chromecast “cousin” or Amazon’s Fire TV Stick.

LG G4 goes on sale at T-Mobile with free 128 GB microSD card

Can LG make its newest flagship Android phone even more desirable? Apparently, yes, with a little help from America’s leading “Uncarrier.” In a bid to eclipse both Sprint’s uber-attractive Lease offers and Best Buy’s incredible gift card promos, T-Mobile just announced their take on the G4 will sell with on-the-house 128 GB memory cards.

LG G4 headed to Sprint on June 5 starting at $0 with leases, $200 on-contract

While T-Mobile and Verizon are both expected to foreshadow LG G4’s Now Network launch, Sprint has already begun taking pre-orders for the 5.5-inch powerhouse in metallic gray and genuine leather black.

LG G Pad F 8.0 debuts May 29 at AT&T with stylus and full-size USB port in tow

As difficult as it may seem at a first glance to distinguish between the half a dozen or so LG G Pad variants currently available stateside, the newest affordable family member actually succeeds in standing out without much effort.