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1 week ago

Moto responds to iFixit battery size confusion

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There's been some hubbub in the past few hours over the Moto 360 not having the size battery it claimed — iFixit's teardown showed 300 mAh versus 320 mAh claimed on the spec sheet. Perhaps not a huge difference, but every little bit of juice counts in a smartwatch, particularly since the 360 has proven to be a little finicky.

Motorola has responded to inquiries about the matter, and they gave a statement to ComputerWorld.

Here's the deal:

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1 week ago

Tasker advanced use

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I love Tasker. And I say it a lot. I say it so much that my keyboard's prediction now pops up Tasker after I type the word love. And Tasker can do a lot. A whole lot. But in order to do it, it needs to be programmed or you need to stick a button on your home screen, or a gesture control. I covered voice controls last time, and today, rather than using them for media controls, we'll be using them for something far more helpful: squeezing more battery out of your phone. I was also contacted by the wonderful wizard of Tasker plugins, João Dias, and he gave me a more targeted manner of playing media using his AutoShare plugin, which I'll share later in the article.

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1 week ago

Our 'Anything but Apple' contest — win a new Moto 360!

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Moto 360

There's going to be just a wee bit of Apple news today. And while we love shiny new tech of all kinds, it's going to be a bit nuts. And if you just can't take it anymore, well, this post is for you. We're going to give away a shiny new Moto 360 for your trouble.

How to enter? Just leave a comment in this post. That's it. It's that simple. And it's not the iPhone 6.

We'll shut things down at 5 p.m. EDT. One entry per person, please. Good luck.

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1 week ago

Apple realizes Samsung was right, releases the new 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus

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iPhone 6 Plus

Look at that thing. I mean, who wants to buy that? You can't even get your hand around it. It's as big as a Hummer.

Behold, the new 5.5-inch iHummer

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1 week ago

Rogers rolls out KitKat 4.4.4 for first-gen Moto X

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The original Moto X is getting a long-awaited update to Android KitKat 4.4.4 today on Canadian carrier Rogers. Check out your device settings for an update notification if you haven't already.

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1 week ago

Netflix adds Post-Play support to Chromecast from phones and tablets

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Netflix has just announced that it has added its Post-Play feature to Google's Chromecast HDMI dongle for users who are streaming videos from Netflix's Android and iOS smartphone and tablet apps.

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1 week ago

Dell Cast brings wireless tablet mirroring to the boardroom

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Dell has launched a new dongle awfully similar to Google's own Chromecast, except with a few key differences. Like Chromecast, the Dell Cast plugs into the HDMI slot on a TV or projector, and is powered over USB. However, you can then pair up a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard, and once set to Productivity mode through the coupled Android app, the Dell Cast builds a classic desktop-style layout on the larger screen.

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1 week ago

Celebrating 15 Years of Mobile Nations!

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15 Years!

On September 9th, 1999, the origin story for Mobile Nations began when VisorCentral launched from my student apartment at University of Florida. Immediately the website became a fixture of the Handspring Visor online community by delivering high quality and reliable news, articles, reviews, and an active forum.

While today the Visor is a relic — I'm sure many of our younger readers have never even heard of it before — 15 years later we are stronger than ever delivering the same experience that made VisorCentral a success. Over the years we have navigated the many shifts in mobile platforms, and today Mobile Nations reaches over 32 million readers every month through Android Central, iMore, WPCentral, CrackBerry and our newest site, Connectedly.

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1 week ago

Sprint offers its own smartphone trade-in program that will 'meet or beat' competitors

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Sprint has fired back at T-Mobile with its own smartphone buyback program, claiming that "it will meet or beat all competitors' pricing to ensure the best trade-in values." That includes instant store credit and up to $300 towards a new phone purchase or account credit.

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1 week ago

LG's throwing in a spare battery and cradle with new G3 purchases

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LG is trying to win over some G3 sales by offering a free back-up battery pack for anyone in the U.S. who picks up the handset at a major carrier or retail outlet. Just have your IMEI and proof of purchase handy (so long as your purchase was not before today), then head over to www.LGG3promo.com to redeem.

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1 week ago

The best Android RPGs without in-app purchases

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best Android RPGs without in-app purchases

There are tons of role-playing games available on Android, but plenty of them adopt freemium models which will nickel-and-dime you in order to fast track progression. Hardened, old-school RPG players want none of that, and for them we've assembled our favorite Android RPGs without in-app purchases. If your tolerance for IAPs is a little higher, check out our top 10 Android role-playing games overall, which includes some of those below and some freemium titles.

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1 week ago

Android 4.4.4 KitKat update rolling out to Sprint Galaxy Note 3

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Owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 on Sprint's network should be prepared to download a new update for the smartphone, which will include upgrading its OS to Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

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1 week ago

Moto 360 teardown reveals antiquated hardware, smaller battery

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The Moto 360 is finally available for purchase, and true to form, the folks at iFixit have managed to get their hands on the circular-screen smartwatch, which they promptly disassembled.

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1 week ago

Tesco puts Hudl smartphone dream on hold

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UK supermarket giant Tesco has announced it will be putting plans to launch a smartphone on hold. The company planned to launch its own branded smartphone under the same Hudl umbrella as its tablet (pictured above), which would see Tesco develop an affordable 4G smartphone. But after analyzing the highly competitive smartphone market, Tesco has decided to put the smartphone dream on hold for now and focus on its Hudl tablet.

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1 week ago

Apple is inventing bigger smartphones today!

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iPhone 6

Unless you've been living under a rock (which, coincidentally, is where you'll need to be to avoid the obvious news today), Apple's set to announce something new today. Probably a couple of bigger iPhones. Maybe something new. We dunno.

But we do know this: Our pals from iMore at at the Apple event today. Live. In the flesh. In living color.

Please join them (and join us joining them) for their liveblog, starting at 10 a.m. Pacific time. (That's 1 p.m. on the east cost.) Whatever it is, it'll be revolutionary. Or something.

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