4 hours ago

Moto 360 review

Moto 360

The first of the round Android Wear watches is stylish but imperfect.

The Moto 360 has been a long time coming. Never mind the wait between the watch being announced and finally finally getting into folks' hands. From the first time we saw the Moto 360, it was clear this wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment product. Clearly designed with purpose, it’s not just a display on your wrist. This was the Android Wear smartwatch we wanted to wear. Round. Black. Big, but sleek. (And not quite as big as you think.)

It’s a smartwatch that looks like a watch. Not just a gadget.

A good bit of that will be in the eye (and on the wrist) of the beholder. The practical matters of Android Wear in the round form factor are more easily discussed here, and in the case of the Moto 360 aren’t all that different from what we’ve experienced on other Android Wear devices.

This, then, is our review of the Moto 360.

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1 hour ago

No wood for OnePlus One as bamboo StyleSwap cover now canceled


OnePlus announced that the company has cancelled production of the bamboo StyleSwap cover for the OnePlus One phone. Originally created to give more flexibility and allow for customization of the affordable handset, similar to what Motorola Mobility offers for the Moto X, the cover proved too challenging to manufacture for OnePlus and the company has canceled its plans to mass produce the bamboo back shell.

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1 hour ago

Read everything you ever needed to know about iOS 8 at iMore


While the majority of us aren't busy updating to iOS 8 today, we know there's a pretty big group of folks that have an Apple product or two, and probably want to know more about what's new, how it all works, and why we want to update to Apple's newest version. That's where Rene and his crew over at iMore come into the picture. They've been going on no sleep and Red Bull for a few days, and they've assembled everything you will ever need to know about iOS 8 all into a mega-day of posting.

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1 hour ago

Google drops new video explaining how Ingress works


Google's global augmented reality game Ingress has a new video to help you better understand it. Ingress is GPS-based game that's all about urban exploration as you fight for control of 'portals'. Check out the video to learn more about this game available on Android and iOS.

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1 hour ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Statues


Whether they're fun, serious or somewhere in between, we see plenty of statues around. They often take painstaking amounts of time and effort to create, and can take on a variety of different styles and shapes. We want to see the best shots you can take of a statue of any kind, big or small, this week.

We're going to select two winners again this week, with each winning a just-announced Motorola Power Pack Micro!

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 (Sept 23) 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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2 hours ago

Starbucks 'shakes' up its Android app with new tipping feature


Starbucks has updated its Android app for coffee drinkers in the U.S., U.K., and Canada, adding a feature to let patrons add a tip to their baristas. Now, when you use the Starbucks app to pay for your drink, you can also add a tip amount with the payment so you don't need to tip with cash.

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3 hours ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Treats' winners!


The photo contests are back on a regular schedule, and we're glad that things are back to normal. We just closed the most recent photo contest, "treats," last night and got to take a look at dozens of great entries this afternoon. Unfortunately we could only pick two this week, but rest assured there are even more photo contests ready to go in the coming weeks. Read along and see this week's winners.

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4 hours ago

BitTorrent Bleep is a P2P messenger that provides end-to-end encryption


BitTorrent is looking to make communications more secure with the launch of a new P2P service called Bleep. The service launched earlier this year in pre-alpha form for Windows users, and now BitTorrent is expanding the alpha program to Android users.

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4 hours ago

Verizon Wireless: We won't support Wi-Fi calling until mid-2015


A Verizon Wireless executive stated this week that the company won't be adding support for Wi-Fi calling for its smartphones until sometime in mid-2015, stating that it will take "some technological work in our network to make it available."

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5 hours ago

Beach Buggy Racing now ready to tear up the track on Android


Developer Vector Unit has just launched its newest mobile game, Beach Buggy Racing, for Android devices, a few months after it was first announced in June.

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5 hours ago

The Moto 360 with the Pebble Steel bracelet

Moto 360 with Pebble Steel Bracelet

Sure, the Horween Leather on the Moto 360 is mighty fine, but watches are all about customization, particularly when it comes to the straps. But because of the size and shape of the Moto 360, we've had to be a little careful of shoving just any old strap in there. A good many have turned out to just be too thick to fit in the curved plastic casing.

Meanwhile, a good many of us are waiting for the official steel bracelets to be made available (at a hefty a la carte price of $79.99). But it turns out that you might already have an alternative on hand, or can get one for a mere $20.

For that, we turn to Pebble Steel.

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6 hours ago

Punit Soni, Motorola senior product management exec, leaves company

Senior product executive leaves Motorola

Punit Soni, Motorola's VP of Product Management, has departed the company. He announced his departure on Google+, saying that the first time he visited Motorola's old suburban Chicago campus, he was struck by "this sense of awe at being in a company whose invention, the cell phone, would forever change the world."

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6 hours ago

HTC Gallery adds new Duo Camera effects for HTC One M8 and Butterfly 2


HTC has issued a small update for its HTC Gallery app on Google Play, adding some new features specifically for owners of the HTC One M8 and HTC Butterfly 2 smartphones.

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7 hours ago

How to manage your saved passwords in Chrome


Chrome can keep track of your passwords so you don't have to

One of the many things Chrome can keep and sync between devices for you are passwords. And while for lesser things this can be a great help, it is also something that you may not want to use for say your bank, or shopping site like Amazon.

But if you accidentally hit save that one time, or that you got a new account somewhere but the old one keeps popping up, you'll need to adjust things.

So this, here, is how you manage your passwords in the Chrome browser on Android.

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