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5 days ago

Vine updated with video trimming and undo

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Vine for Android has seen several significant updates over the past few months, and the latest brings improved editing tools to the party. The app, now up to version 2.5.0 sees the following improvements:

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5 days ago

Get moving with Just Dance Now and your Android phone

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Just Dance Now recently launched for iOS and Android, which offers booty-shaking gameplay minus the console. Players use their smartphone as a motion controller, and any screen with browser access as the primary game display. You need to match up with the movements of the dancer on the TV, laptop, or tablet, and are scored based on how closely you mimic the movements. If you're feeling brave, you can share video clips of your sweet, sweet dance moves to social media.

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5 days ago

Here's everything you can command your new Moto X to do by voice

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Moto Voice on Moto X

What's easier than telling your new Moto X to tell you all the things you can command it to do with your voice? Why, getting one of us to tell you first.

Moto Voice is the new-and-improved voice integration that does a lot of what you get with Google Now, but with a few Moto X-specific features as well. When you first set up Moto Voice it'll recommend you take a spin through this list. But if you're still trying to figure out if the Moto X is right for you (and we highly recommend taking a read through our full Moto X review first), here's a preview:

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5 days ago

We're podcasting live today at 4 p.m. EDT!

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And just like that, things got crazy again. We've got our review of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha to talk about. And we'll finally wrap up the Moto X. (We'll keep it short, we promise.) Plus the Nexus X appears to have possibly made an appearance (6 inches!!!), and we'll answer more of your questions live.

Join us at this link at 4 p.m. EDT — that's 9 p.m. in London — as we get this thing done.

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5 days ago

The first Moto 360 ad highlights quality design, and it's a smartwatch too

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You've seen the first ads for the new Moto X, and now Motorola's taking to showing off the Moto 360 in similar fashion. The first 58-second video, titled "Choose Moto 360" offers a quick look through the physical design of the Android Wear-powered smartwatch, from paper conception to stainless steel milling to the leather strap.

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5 days ago

There's a reason you're seeing more Google on new Android phones — Google wrote the contracts that way

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If it seems like Google's apps and services have been becoming more prominent on newer Android phones, it's because they are, and Google's mandated it be so. While Android is technically an open source operating system, as the likes of Amazon have shown with their own complete customizations, the version that most of us see comes with stipulations from Google. Namely, if you want the flagship Google Play Store on the new smartphone you're building, you will do as Google demands.

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5 days ago

The new Moto X, as promised, now on Verizon

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OK, folks. If you've been waiting to order a new Moto X on Verizon, today's your day. It'll run you $$499 outright, $99 on a two-year contract or $24.99 a month on Verizon EDGE, and you can a custom model via Moto Maker if you'd prefer.

Be sure to read our complete Moto X review, and swing by our Moto X forums if you've got any more questions.

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5 days ago

Pocket Casts' web-based podcast player in beta now!

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Pocket Casts Web

This one's been in the works for a while now, and we're finally allowed to give you a little peek. Pocket Casts — one of our favorite Android apps for listening to podcasts — is working on a web version. It syncs up with your Pocket Casts account (which we still would love to see have some single-sign-in action), and generally is as awesome as you'd expect.

The web player is in limited beta testing now, and you can get more info and sign up to possibly give it whirl here.

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5 days ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for September 26

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We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any discounts out in the world that isn't listed, let us know in the comments!

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5 days ago

Amazon completes deal to purchase Twitch for $970 million

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Amazon went official with its plans to acquire popular streaming website Twitch back in August. The deal was announced to be worth $970 million and everything now appears to be finalized, according to a recent SEC filing. Amazon has just taken over the hotspot for video game streams, which boasts over 55 million active monthly viewers.

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5 days ago

MySmartPrice turns WhatsApp into a price comparison tool

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The price comparison website MySmartPrice is now enabling millions of consumers in India to check out better deals online, even when they have little connectivity. The web service will allow users to utilize WhatsApp, the massively popular cross-platform messenger, to make quick and speedy product price comparison searches.

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5 days ago

Bent iPhone 6 got you down? Conan O'Brien says Samsung is the solution

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Nobody wants to take a phone out of their pocket and find that it's been permanently bent. The ever-hilarious Conan O'Brien has an idea of how you can fix that problem, though — with a new Samsung Galaxy. We just hope Samsung wasn't involved in this one in any way ... watch the clip and you'll get why.

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6 days ago

It's hard to go wrong recommending the new Moto G

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Moto G (2014)

The Moto G will do everything most people ask of their smartphone, and do it for at least half the price

Shortly after I finished reviewing the new Moto G, concluding a couple weeks of use, our very own Phil finally powered his own Moto G on and started using it for the first time. His immediate response was, "How could you NOT recommend this to someone?" He figured out in just a few minutes of use what I had taken a couple weeks to come to a conclusion on. [Ed. note: That's why dude is the boss!]

It was validation that my findings were in line with his, of course, but it also drives home a serious point about this new Moto G — you really can't go wrong recommending this phone to someone.

Even with the vast number of devices everyone here at AC sees, the value represented by the Moto G is immediately evident as soon as you take it out of the box and turn it on. And that value doesn't decrease after using it full-time. After spending a good amount of time with it personally, I'm pretty convinced that the next time someone asks me for a phone recommendation, the Moto G is going to be on the list.

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6 days ago

AT&T brings connectivity improvements, updated Google apps to Galaxy S4 Active

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AT&T has rolled out a firmware over-the-air update for the Galaxy S4 Active. The update brings an updated version of Google Maps, security improvements, and better connectivity via voice and SMS. In order to download the update, you'll need to connect your Galaxy S4 Active over WiFi.

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6 days ago

FBI wants you to lock up data, but allow tech companies to keep the keys

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FBI Director James Comey expresses deep concern about the new encryption technologies that Apple had built into the release of iOS 8 and Google will implement with the forthcoming launch of Android L. These new encryption methods are designed to keep data safe and for tech companies to avoid the uncomfortable position of being compelled to hand over private personal data to law enforcement officials. However, Comey says that this move could thwart the fight and prevention of crime.

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