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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 days ago

Leaked photo shows Motorola Shamu breaching for the camera as next Nexus

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After yesterday's render that suggests that the next generation Nexus, which may or may not be known as either the Nexus 6 or Nexus X, would sport a design aesthetic similar to Motorola Mobility's Moto X smartphone, we now have the first leaked photo. Today's image confirms that, and the code named Moto Shamu phone is shown with its oversized footprint, aping even the 5.5-inch LG G3 next to it.

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6 days ago

Moto X Review (2014)

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Moto X in black leather

Android’s most unassuming smartphone gets even more impressive in its second iteration

There's nothing overly surprising about the new Moto X. Let's just get that out of the way. There's no one real whiz-bang feature that you're going to see repeated in commercials, or hear heralded by bloggers.

No, truth be told, the new Moto X — same name as last year's model — is one of those rare phones that is a near seamless transition from one model to the next.

And you know what? That's not a bad thing at all.

And that's not to say that we don't have a lot to talk about. Because we do, both good and bad. So let's jump into it. This is the Android Central review of the 2014 Motorola Moto X.

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6 days ago

You can catch Phil on TWiT's Tech News Today episode 1100!

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While we all get the opportunity to see Phil do his thing on the Android Central Podcast each week, he was also a guest today's Tech News Today show on the TWiT network. Phil was on the program this morning to talk about HTC's upcoming announcements and a whole bunch of other things.

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6 days ago

Latest Verizon update tightens security on Droid DNA

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Verizon is starting to roll out a new software update for the HTC Droid DNA, which brings a number of performance improvements and the update also patches some security flaws. In particular, Verizon says that "device root vulnerability has been resolved" with the latest software patch, suggesting that users who need root access may lose that capability once the update is applied.

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6 days ago

Google updates Distribution Agreement, gives devs 3 days to respond to inquiries

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Google Developer Distribution Agreeement

Google today announced changes to the Developer Distribution Agreement that should make things a little easier on us, the paying customer.

Three things of note:

  • Developers who offer paid applications or in-app purchases will have three business days to respond to customer support inquiries, or 24 hours if it's something "stated to be urgent by Google." Contact info must also be correct, and Google now has more leeway to pull apps that are deemed security risks. That could get interesting. (Section 3.6)
  • Google's updated some of the marketing language, crossing the i's and dotting the t's — wait, reverse that — so it can promote apps and introduce new features more quickly and easily. (Section 5.1)
  • And Google's updated some of the language regarding the VAT tax for customers in the EU. It'll now handle VAT tax for apps and content — devs won't have to do a thing on that end. (Section 3.4)

You can read the full Developer Distribution Agreement here.

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6 days ago

Sony sends out invites for Oct. 9 NYC event for possible Xperia Z3 announcements

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Sony has sent out invites to select members of the media to attend a press event in New York City on October 9, where the company will likely have some US-based announcements for their new Xperia Z3 smartphone family.

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6 days ago

Nest thermostat and Nest Protect now on sale in Belgium and the Netherlands

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Nest Labs has now expanded the reach of its Nest connected thermostat and Nest Protect smoke detector devices to include the countries of Belgium and the Netherlands via the Google Play Store.

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6 days ago

Archos launches budget themed Platinum Android smartphones starting at $99

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Archos continues to offer consumers new smartphones that don't have a high price tag. Today, the company revealed that it has started selling two new Android KitKat devices from its Platinum brand; the previously revealed 50b Platinum model and the new 45c Platinum smartphone.

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