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Leaked 'Moto X+1' shots show wooden back, metallic trim

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The still-unannounced Moto X+1 has been leaked in what are claimed to be new images of a "near-final prototype" from Motorola. It's alleged the photos show the Moto X successor in all its pre-launch glory, and by judging the overall look and design of the device in the photos, we can clearly see at least some resemblance to the Moto flagship. The wooden backplates that were previously rumored can be found on the rear of this handset, along with the trademark Moto logo. Also visible are what appear to be metallic sides, in contrast to the all-plastic nature of Moto's current lineup.

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1 day ago

HTC One M8 exclusively available at Carphone Warehouse in pink

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The HTC One M8 is now available at Carphone Warehouse... in pink. Just in case you were looking to really spice up your technology arsenal, the smartphone can be picked up from the retailer as part of an exclusivity deal. Available today for pre-order, and bundled with HTC's Dot View flip case, Carphone Warehouse has the HTC One M8 listed from £28 per month (with no upfront fee) on select network providers.

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1 day ago

Transport for London rolling out contactless payment support this September

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Transport of London (TfL) has today announced that the capital's public transport network will accept contactless payments from September 16. Buses already support the payment method, while the London Overground, Underground, DLR and Tram networks will be upgraded. This will enable the general public to utilize their contactless payment cards or even a smartphone with NFC to access the transport network in London.

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1 day ago

Amazon's Fire Phone gets the teardown treatment

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It looks like iFixIt had gotten their hands on Amazon's Fire Phone, and the outfit subjected the phone to its usual teardown treatment. Opening the phone would activate a tab that reveals that the phone has been opened, thus signaling to Amazon that your warranty is void if you attempt this at home.

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1 day ago

Yahoo Aviate review

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Aviate for Android

Aviate is a popular launcher acquired by Yahoo earlier in its development, and through a short closed beta, it's become a very mature option for those looking for a polished overall Android experience.

The main gist of it is that Aviate builds collections of your apps based on different types of activities. You can, of course, tweak those collections manually as well, and Aviate can offer suggestions to fill in collections (though this is really just a form of advertising rather than intelligent suggestions). Aviate figures out where you are and what time of day it is, and serves up relevant collections in custom-built interfaces called Spaces so you can better handle those activities. For example, if you plug in your headphones, it offers you quick access to media controls and your favorite music apps. Hit the road, and you'll be offered shortcuts to navigation home and to the office. It's a great idea on paper, but let's see how it pans out.

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1 day ago

Amazon posts $126 million loss despite sales growth and new services

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For its second quarter earnings for the 2014 fiscal year, Amazon is promoting its growth in sales as well as new products and services, but despite the positive outlook the web retailer's earnings paint a different picture. Amazon saw losses widen to $126 million for the quarter, which is quite the jump from a $7 million loss from a year prior.

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1 day ago

Google's $1 billion play for Twitch reportedly finalized

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Google's YouTube was rumored to be in the process of buying video game streamer Twitch for over $1 billion a few months ago. That deal has allegedly closed and Google will be buying Twitch for $1 billion.

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1 day ago

The Moto 360 will display information just like everything else

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Moto 360

Square, round — it's all the same to Android Wear

While LG and Samsung have already offered up everything we need to know about how Android Wear functions and what kind of features we can expect from future devices — at least until Google changes things, which certainly will happen in some respect — the unique shape of the Moto 360 still leaves some room for discussion. The round design is undeniably beautiful, as we know from our brief time with it, and we know that it certainly looks and feels like a significantly higher-quality device than the current Android Wear offerings.

But what exactly does that round design give or take away? It turns out you don't really gain or lose anything, but a handful of subtle differences could push you further into the yes category for a Moto 360.

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1 day ago

Official Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game hits Play Store

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Just in time for the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, an official action game has just gone live in the Google Play Store. Players pick one of the four classic turtles, and use specific swipes and taps to lay the beat-down against Shredder's minions in a number of different ways.

Tapping the screen when an enemy is about to attack launches a counter, while upward swipes send baddies into the air, and horizontal ones deliver devastating attacks.

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1 day ago

Samsung shows off Galaxy S5 HDR camera performance from 'Sunrise to Sunset'

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In a short film titled Sunrise to Sunset, Samsung is highlighting the strength of the Galaxy S5's camera, in particular shooting videos in HDR mode. Shot in Trieste, Italy, the video shows that Samsung was able to pull out great colors and details in some pretty hard shots, like those with dark shadows lit by a bright background, a great function of the HDR mode.

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