17 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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54 min ago

Here's when you will be able to buy the Galaxy Note 4 in the UK

Galaxy Note 4

Samsung has today announced that the Galaxy Note 4 will be available to pre-order in the UK from this Friday, Sept. 19. Samsung retail stores in the UK will get first dibs on Note 4 pre-orders, while Three, Carphone Warehouse and other outlets will open up pre-orders the following Friday, Sept. 26. The Galaxy Note 4's general UK release is slated to take place in just over three weeks, on Friday Oct. 10.

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1 hour ago

You can now purchase Nest products through Google Play in France and Ireland


It's now possible to purchase the Nest smart thermostat and smoke detector directly through Google Play in both France and Ireland. Nest was purchased by Google earlier this year, enabling the tech giant to pick up new hardware that helps consumers keep their homes warm and safe, while saving some pennies on the side.

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2 hours ago

Sony set to rebuild mobile division, starting with 1,000 job cuts


After announcing a "goodwill impairment charge" yesterday that sees Sony's losses mounting to $2.1 billion for the annual year, the handset vendor has mentioned that it is looking to restructure its electronics arm. The first stage involves cutting 1,000 jobs from the mobile division, which amounts to 15 percent of the unit's total workforce.

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10 hours ago

Amazon fans its tablets' Fire with refreshes: Fire HDX 8.9, Fire HD 6, and Fire HD 7


Amazon is offering up a refreshed hardware edition of its Kindle HDX 8.9, which is up for pre-order today alongside the Fire HD 6 and Fire HD 7 slates. The refreshed hardware gives the HDX 8.9 some added power to make it stand out in the crowd, and Amazon says that its latest flagship slate will be the first to come with Dolby Atmos with simulated 3D sound for all that multimedia streaming you'll be doing with Amazon Prime Instant Video and Music.

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10 hours ago

Amazon announces Sangria, version 4 of Fire OS


Amazon has just announced Sangria, the next version of its mobile operating system Fire OS. Fire OS 4 "Sangria" is based on Android 4.4 KitKat and is launching with the just-announced Fire tablets. The latest OS version brings UI refinements (still focusing on Amazon's content), user profiles, Family Library content sharing and Firefly to all compatible devices.

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11 hours ago

Chromecast support added for Slingbox owners who have Android smartphones


Chromecast owners who also have a Slingbox connected to their television should be happy today as Sling Media announced today it has added support to Google's HDMI dongle for Android smartphones.

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14 hours 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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14 hours 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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15 hours 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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15 hours 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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15 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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16 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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17 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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18 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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