From the Editor’s Desk: Narrowing our focus

Let’s keep things a little light for this week’s column, shall we? Probably the biggest news of note is that we’re going to start doing more series work. That is, we’ll take a specific topic and do more cohesive coverage of it, instead of shotgunning stories here and there throughout the year. It’s the right way to do it, and so that’s how we’re going to do things going forward, especially when it comes to non-device content.

That said, we’re starting with a device this week, though not in the traditional phone-or-tablet sense. Any guesses as to what it might be?

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. It’s great to see that folks are enjoying Shen Ye’s Futurology series. (Check out Part 1 on batteries and Part 2 on displays. We’re hoping to have Part 3 ready later this week. (Anyone still want to complain that we only focus on the folks new to Android?) We’ve got some more cool series on the way as well. Stay tuned.

And, of course, we’re going to get way in deep on all the new phones that are about to hit. Nothing’s going to get in the way of that.

So with that, a few other thoughts on the week that was.





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These are Samsung’s Qi charging backs for the Galaxy Note 4

Qi doesn’t come free on the Note 4 — get ready for a couple of compromises

Samsung put a big ‘ol battery in the Note 4, and didn’t even cover up the USB port with a flap like the Galaxy S5 — but that doesn’t mean many of us aren’t still wishing that the phone came with wireless charging capabilities out of the box. Just as it’s done for the past few flagships, Samsung instead sells replacement back covers for the Note 4 that add Qi charging capabilities.

Both a standard back and S-View Flip Cover style are available — coming in at $ 30 and $ 60, respectively — that each add a little extra bulk but get your Note 4 charged up without any wires involved. There’s a trade-off to be had here in either case, but for most folks it’ll be worth it to forego plugging in every night — read along for a review of these two replacement charging backs.





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The Best Boost Mobile Phones

If you’re considering going prepaid on Boost Mobile, we’re here to help break down some of the best Boost Mobile phones you can buy. Boost Mobile is a prepaid mobile carrier with service across the United States.

As an alternative to bigger contract carriers, Boost Mobile offers unlimited prepaid plans as a subsidiary of Sprint in the U.S., running on its 3G and LTE networks. You can get Boost Mobile service for as little as $ 35/month with some great devices like the Samsung Galaxy S5 or Apple iPhone 6.

So if Boost Mobile sounds like the way you want to go, check out our full list of the top Boost Mobile phones you can get right now.





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Your first look at the second episode of the Game of Thrones adventure game

Telltale Games Game of Thrones

As our impatience for the impending fifth season of Game of Thrones reaches a boiling point, Telltale Games is doing everything it can to keep us from exploding. On Thursday, the development studio released the first footage of the second episode of its well-received adventure game, set in the same universe as the show.

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Amazon’s latest flop stinks even worse than the Fire Phone

Amazon Elements Diapers Pulled

Amazing but true: Amazon has created a product that’s even stinkier than the Fire Phone. GigaOM reports that Amazon has already pulled its Amazon Elements Soft and Cozy Diapers that it released just six weeks ago. The diapers were apparently pulled after Amazon listened to “early customer feedback” about them and it told early buyers that they’d be invited to try out future diapers whenever they became available.

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