Best Heavy Duty Cases for Google Pixel

What are the best rugged cases for the Google Pixel?

The Google Pixel is quite possibly the best phone of 2016. It’s a beautifully designed phone (and rather expensive to boot). If you’ve got one, you’ll want to make sure you keep it protected.

And therein lies the problem with any new phone — should you forgo a case and risk scratches and scuffs or keep it looking brand new with a rugged case? If you fall into the latter category, we’ve got some great options for you and your new phone.

Note: These are cases designed for the 5-inch Pixel, not the larger Pixel XL.

Spigen Rugged Armor

OtterBox Commuter

YOUMAKER Rugged Belt Clip

Wellci Hybrid Dual Layer Armor

Lifeproof FRE

Spigen Rugged Armor

We trust the cases Spigen makes, and you should too. Spigen’s durable Rugged Armor cases are typically among the best heavy duty cases you can buy for your phone. For their Pixel case, Spigen has gone an extra step in incorporating some of the unique design elements of the Pixel right into the case.

Along with the tough TPU providing edge-to-edge protection of scratches and scuffs and military-grade drop protection in the corners, the back of the case around the fingerprint scanner is designed to look like the iconic glass sheet on the top third of the Pixel. That way people in the know will recognize you’re using a Pixel even when you’ve got it covered in a case. This is the only one-piece case on this list, so if you’d prefer the added protection of a two-piece design keep reading.

For protection that’s stylin’, Spigen’s got what you need.

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OtterBox Commuter

OtterBox is another trusted name in phone cases, and their Commuter case for the Pixel is equal parts rugged and stylish.

This two-piece case features a rubber slipcover and a polycarbonate shell to offer superior protection for both drops and scratches. On the back, the case features a smart, ergonomically-designed channel to help your finger quickly find the fingerprint scanner.

Amazon provides your best deal on this case, but as of writing it is currently out of stock. If you’re not patient enough to wait, you should be able to get one right away from OtterBox .

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YOUMAKER Rugged Belt Clip

If protection is your top priority, this option from YOUMAKER offers layers of full-body protection along with an included belt clip if that’s your style.

With a thick TPU shell on the back, and a hard polycarbonate front plate featuring a built-in screen protector, this case is as rugged as they come. Clipped into the belt clip, your phone is fully protected from everything, making this a great option if you work on your feet and need the phone to be accessible and protected. Precise cutouts keep all the ports and buttons accessible, and the big loop around the fingerprint scanner makes it quick to find without looking. It’s a great option for those looking for quality protection and features at a reasonable price.

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Wellci Hybrid Dual Layer Armor

Sometimes the best way to prevent your phone from suffering drop damage is to make it harder to drop. The first thing you’ll notice about this case from Wellci is the pattern on the back of the polycarbonate shell, which helps to make this one of the grippier heavy duty cases you can get for your Pixel.

The shell works with the TPU slipcover to provide impact resistance and protection against scratches and scuffs. It’s also the cheapest case on this list, making it a great frugal option if you’re still looking for quality protection for your new Pixel.

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Lifeproof FRE

One of the glaring features omitted from the Pixel’s design was waterproofing. Considering the latest iPhone and Samsung devices have included it, some were a little disappointed Google didn’t match those specs with the Pixel.

A guide to waterproofing your Pixel

If the threat of water ruining your phone is a major concern for you, you’ll want to get a Lifeproof case. Their cases are some of the best you can get if you’re willing to spend top dollar to keep your phone protected. Currently, the Lifeproof FRE is not yet available for the Pixel, but you can learn about it and sign up for an email alert when it’s ready to ship.

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Protection or style: What do you prioritize?

Are you the type to buy a case as soon as you get a new phone? Or do you prefer to show it off in it’s full splendor? Let us know in the comments!

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Foursquare’s CEO says Yelp is shaking down local businesses

Jeff Glueck compares Foursquare to Robin Hood … so does that make Yelp the Sheriff of Nottingham?

Foursquare started out as a consumer app, and it’s still thinking about the next phase of personal computing. But under new CEO Jeff Glueck, the company is now making most of its money from other big businesses, not everyday people.

Put simply, the company takes the data from its consumer apps — Swarm and Foursquare, which let users check in at and review local businesses — and sells all that data to advertisers and enterprise customers. Glueck threw shade at competitor Yelp, implying its listings are biased.

“It’s almost a Robin Hood thing,” Glueck said on the latest episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher. “Unlike Yelp — they have several thousand people who dial the pizzeria and the bar to try and get them to pay each month. Our ratings are really neutral. We recommend the great banh mi sandwich shop or the great ramen place, we’re not biased in any way.”

(Worth noting: Foursquare does sell ads that cause paying businesses to show up first in search results.)

And a quick refresher on English folklore: Robin Hood stole from the rich and gave to the poor. Here’s why it’s “almost” a Robin Hood story:

“At the aggregate, that data is powering Apple Maps or Uber pickups or better widgets in Samsung phones around the world, or Microsoft is using it to make Cortana smarter,” Glueck said. “We’re helping the little guys, but we’re charging the big Fortune 500 companies.”

For the other side of the coin, check out our podcast with Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman from last year:

You can listen to Recode Decode in the audio players above, or subscribe on iTunes, Google Play Music, TuneIn and Stitcher. On Wednesday, we’ll have a bonus episode of Decode in which we review some of the most interesting and important things our guests have said about diversity.

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Google is officially cracking down on Play Store fraud

Integrity is a loaded word, but it’s one that Google takes particularly seriously given the skeptics who have questioned the reliability of Android’s Play Store.

Google has announced that it’s rolling out improved detection and filtering systems to help rid the visibility of less-than-stellar applications in Android’s app marketplace. This includes apps from developers who may have attempted to manipulate the placement of their apps through illegitimate means such as fraudulent installs, fake reviews, and even incentivized ratings. As written in the Android Developers Blog:

These attempts not only violate the Google Play Developer Policy but also harm our community of developers by hindering their chances of being discovered or recommended through our systems. Ultimately, they put the end users at risk of making wrong decisions based on inaccurate, unauthentic information.

As a user, you won’t have to worry about much on your end. If there’s an app in the Play Store that’s engaging in unethical practices, Google’s systems will detect it and filter it out of your search results. Developers will also be fine as long as they continue to abide by the Google Play Developer Policy. Google also asks that developers take caution with third-party marketing agencies that promote apps to ensure that they also follow the rules.

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If DraftKings and FanDuel merge, DraftKings CEO Jason Robins would be new CEO

FanDuel CEO Nigel Eccles would become chairman of the new company.

Fantasy sports sites DraftKings and FanDuel are closing in on a merger, but there are still a number of details to be ironed out.

The most important piece of the puzzle: Deciding who would run the new joint entity.

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FanDuel CEO Nigel Eccles would become chairman of the new company.

That decision has now been made. DraftKings CEO Jason Robins will run the new DraftKings/FanDuel entity as CEO if and when a deal gets done, according to a source familiar with the discussions. FanDuel CEO Nigel Eccles would become chairman of the board. Bloomberg first reported that a potential management decision had been made.

That’s not a bad compromise. Robins will get to run things as CEO, but Eccles will still retain some influence given the CEO technically reports to the board.

This deal, which has been long rumored, has still not been announced. But solving this key management issue — both Eccles and Robins have not historically gotten along — seems to be a sign we’ll be hearing about DraftDuel or FanKings in the not-so-distant future.

A FanDuel spokesperson declined to comment. A DraftKings spokesperson sent Recode the same statement they sent on Friday.

As we have stated previously, a potential combination would be interesting to consider. However, as a matter of policy, we don’t comment on rumors or speculation, and there can be no assurances at this time that any discussion about a combination would result in an agreement or merger.

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Shadow Brokers reveals list of Servers Hacked by the NSA

The hacker group calling itself the Shadow Brokers, who previously claimed to have leaked a portion of the NSA’s hacking tools and exploits, is back with a Bang! The Shadow Brokers published more files today, and this time the group dumped a list of foreign servers allegedly compromised by the NSA-linked hacking unit, Equation Group, in various countries to expand its espionage operations. (Swati Khandelwal) #HackerNews #News #Security #Internet