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Microsoft's first fitness tracker works on Android too

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Microsoft's first fitness tracker, the Microsoft Band, went on sale today across retail and online stores for $199. Featuring a total of ten sensors, the tracker also works with Android smartphones via a free, downloadable app called Microsoft Health, which is now available in the Play Store.

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Lenovo completes $2.91 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility

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Motorola

Motorola has today announced on its official blog that the company has become part of Lenovo's family of businesses, essentially finalizing everything we've reported on thus far regarding the $2.91 billion acquisition. It's said that both companies share similar missions, enabling Motorola to tap into Lenovo's global reach to better serve its customers with PCs, wearables and mobile hardware.

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EE switches on 150 Mbps 4G+ network in London

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EE customers in London will be able to enjoy blazing fast speeds on their smartphones and tablets as the carrier announced the completion of its 4G+ (LTE-A) network in the city. Live at 150 sites across London, EE's LTE-A network allows you to download at 150 Mbps on a compatible device.

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Flipboard undergoes major redesign, launches curated daily news section

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Flipboard

News magazine app Flipboard picked up a major update today, which brings forth a new design as well as the addition of over 30,000 topics. Also new is a curated daily news magazine called The Daily Edition, which features a list of general news stories from a variety of categories.

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Xiaomi is now the third largest smartphone manufacturer in the world

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Xiaomi has had a great year, both in its home market and in India, where the vendor debuted earlier this year. According to Strategy Analytics, Xiaomi's strong showing in these markets has resulted in the vendor claiming third spot in the global smartphone manufacturers list, up from number five from just a few months ago.

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Microsoft Health available for Android to sync your (future) Microsoft Band

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We just saw the official Microsoft Band sync app for Mac, which gave us our first look at Microsoft's fitness tracker. Now we're seeing a new Microsoft Health app on Windows Phone, Android and iOS. These apps allow you to personalize your Microsoft Band and offer fitness tracking thanks to the wearable.

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Samsung's Q3 earnings dragged down by weak smartphone sales

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Given intense competition in the global smartphone race, Samsung Electronics reported its third quarter earnings, showing a steep decline in profits of almost 60 percent compared to a year ago. Global profits during the quarter came in at $3.9 billion, which is in line with the guidance Samsung had previously issued. Revenues fell by about 20 percent to $45 billion when compared to the same quarter last year.

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Pebble's Android beta updated to bring new notifications menu, lets you end calls from your wrist

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Pebble has launched its beta app update for Android smartphones. The new app is said to be entirely redone from the ground up to be more stable and deliver a better experience to users. Additionally, there are some new features like a new notifications menu and the ability to end a call straight from your watch without having to pull the phone from your pocket. The app requires Android 4.3 or later to work.

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1 day ago

How to clean the leather back of your Moto X (and make it smell oh-so-fresh)

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Clean that moto x

This is a story all about how
My Moto X got dirty, but it's clean now
And I'd like to take a minute
Just sit right there
I'll tell you how I cleaned my phone 'cause I likes to share

In West Virginia, born and raised
Drinking coffee is how I spend most of my days
A couple of speed bumps were up to no good
And spilled my java all over the phone and my food ...

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Google Drive gets Material Design with latest update

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It looks like the Material Design makeover is continuing in full force. Google Drive received an update today, bringing with it some subtle design tweaks as well as new animations.

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Soon, you'll be able to command 'OK Google' to search in third-party apps

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Rather than having to search through apps like Yelp, soon you'll be able to simply wake up your phone with the "OK, Google" command that's baked into Google Search and use your voice to search useful information. Once developers update their apps with just a few short lines of code that Google is allowing, you'll be able to perform voice searches like "Ok, Google. Find me the nearest pizza place on Yelp" all without having to touch your screen.

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Google sends more Inbox invites; current users can invite more friends Thursday

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Google is giving out more invites to join its new Inbox party. The app, based off of Google's Gmail service, allows user to better manage and deal with emails in a new layout. So far, the service has been by invitation only, and fortunately Google is sending out more invites now. Additionally, the Internet giant announced that current Inbox users will have more invitation themselves to send to friends starting Thursday.

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Piracy concerns spur Google Glass, wearables ban in movie theaters

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When it comes time to date night on Friday and you're ready for that dinner and a movie, be sure not to don Google's wearable Glass to the theaters, no matter how cool and fashionable you think the eyeglasses may be. Inconsistent rules and a new wave of piracy concern is now spurring a hard ban on Google Glass and other wearable devices in movie theaters. The ban is created by the National Association of Theatre Owners and the Motion Picture Association of America.

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Weekly Photo Contest: Evening

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We always have our phones on us, and that means we take a good number of evening photos. Whether it's while enjoying dinner, waiting for a train home from work or sitting on the couch at home, these are the times we take the quick evening shots with mobile devices. As such, we want to see your best "evening" photos this week.

Two entries will be worthy of winning this week, and each one will take home an LG Tone Pro Bluetooth Headset!

Entering is easy. Just drop your entry in a forums post at the link below. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We'll pick a winner Tuesday (November 4) night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday's contest.

Enter this week's photo contest

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Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Fast' winners!

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Our latest photo contest was a quick one — well, actually it ran the same length of time but you know what we mean. We racked up dozens of entries this week, and now we're here to show off the winners who will be taking home prizes.

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