The Moto X line of phones has always been neat, but the new Pure Edition is something everyone can enjoy.
There are so many great Android phones to choose from this year, and for the most part you'll find each great offering appeals to specific kinds of users. For Motorola, it's all about context and helping the user out in every part of you day to day life. The Moto X Pure Edition is the latest and by far the most functional example of this vision, but in order to dig in and truly appreciate what is happening with this phone you're going to need to know a few things.
Here's everything you need for choosing a Moto X Pure Edition, whether you're an Android expert or this is the first time you've considered something with that little M on the back.
October is here which means there are suddenly witches, warlocks, trolls and other monster all over the place since Halloween is almost here! If you're a fan of getting into this spooky season, then you should definitely check out the Halloween Watch Face for Android Wear. This simple analog face is just the thing if you wanted to feel spooky when checking the time.
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The Halloween Watch Face is a simple and fantastic analog face. The background is dominated by a Jack-O-Lantern in the middle of the screen. The numerals and hands of the clock appear over the pumpkin to clearly tell the time. At the top of the screen bats fly over, and skeletal trees reach against the color of the pumpkin.
There really aren't many options for this face. The options you do have are limited to adjusting the date and time, as well as the color effect on the Jack-o'-Lantern telling the time. The date and time setting correlate directly to the date and time settings in your phone. Additionally because this is an analog watch face it only displays in 12 hour mode.
The color effect options are pretty cool though. Once again there isn't much by way of customization here. Rather, when you open up the color options on your phone you'll be given four choices. There is the Normal orange color scheme, the Dark scheme in purples, Bright which displays as a virulent pink, and Black and White which is a haunting monochrome color choice. All four are pretty awesome and worth checking out before you decide on which to display.
The Halloween Watch Face is available now for free on The Google Play Store. It's a great way to get into the holiday without going so far as dressing like a witch everyday. With four awesome color schemes to choose from, and a great visual when you're reading the time, we definitely recommend this spooky watch face for sure.
LG has announced that the recently introduced V10 will come equipped with LG GATE to bring enterprise-level security to the smartphone. LG GATE meets US Federal Government Standard with FIPS 140-2 Certification, and meets AES-256 standards.
Nexus is on the tip of everyone's tongue right now, but there'a case for picking a Note 5 instead.
Though the Galaxy Note series is the "original" big phone, you can now get any number of devices with a big screen and plenty of extra functionality. The new Huawei Nexus 6P offers the same 5.7-inch screen size (and QHD resolution) as the recently-released Galaxy Note 5, as well as a one-touch fingerprint sensor and high-end materials.
But while the Nexus 6P may be the new hotness right now, there's a solid case for going with the already-launched Galaxy Note 5 — here are a few reasons to consider it.
Netflix will soon raise the price of its most popular streaming option by $1 per month. Currently $8.99, Netflix's option that allows you to watch two screens at a time with HD quality will soon cost $9.99 for new members.
SwiftKey has released another Greenhouse project, this time its the first ever smartphone keyboard that uses an artificial neural network. So, how does this differ from their existing keyboard? SwiftKey is well known for its current keyboards, and its smart word predictions, but the company says using the neural network it can make that even better.
Facebook is beginning to test a new way for users to express themselves beyond the standard "Like" or comment. Now users can express their feelings using a variety of Reactions, little emoji characters that they can place on posts.
Verizon may soon be raising the price of its unlimited data plan for those who are grandfathered in if they are not under contract anymore. This report, which comes from The Verge, states that Verizon will be hiking the cost of the plan up to $49 a month, up $20 from the current $30 a month fee.
Motorola has launched the Moto X Style in India, pricing the phone at ₹29,999 ($450) for the 16GB model, and ₹31,999 ($485) for the 32GB version. The handset will be up for sale exclusively at Flipkart starting October 15.
Chinese manufacturer Gionee has launched the Elife E8 in the Indian market. The differentiating feature of the phone is the 24MP camera, which can stitch photos together to produce a final image that has a resolution of 120MP. The camera comes with a six-element lens with sapphire glass, OIS, lossless zoom up to 3X, 4K video and phase detection autofocus that can detect objects as fast as 0.08 seconds. There's also a dedicated camera shutter key on the left hand side, dual-tone LED flash and an 8MP shooter at the front.
Samsung's new Gear S2 smartwatch is now available, and while it doesn't support a standardized watch band connection it is designed for easy swapping if you do have a properly-designed replacement. Whether you just want to switch between the two sets of bands — large and small — included in the box or have a different style to use, it's a simple process.
My list of targets to which I can send content via Chromecast is growing. And it's growing quickly, especially now that Chromecast Audio is available.
But look at my list here. I actually only have two video targets, and I have four audio targets. You just wouldn't know it from the icons in the list here. Chromecast Audio stands out, of course. So the kitchen and solarium are covered. But confusing things a tad is Sonos, which still has the "old" Cast target icon. (One of the "Bedroom" entries and the "Living Room" entry are Sonos speakers.)
This is very much a niche problem, of course. First you have to have some Sonos hardware — and even then you'll only see this issue in the Google Play Music app. Outside of GP Music and things are a little more standard. Icons are the same for all targets, but you also get a description of what kind of target it is — but even that layout isn't universal.
In any event, it's a good reminder to name things appropriately and a bit more descriptively.
Earlier today a report from The New York Times said that LoopPay, the company that Samsung acquired to help power its Samsung Pay mobile payments service, had been the target of a recent "sophisticated" hack. However, Samsung has now responded to the article noting that Samsung Pay was in no way compromised, and the hack was limited to LoopPay's office network and was quickly addressed.
Keeping up with what time it is is pretty important. Some of us have an inherent feel for what time it is, and others need to glance down at a watch, a phone or a clock regularly to keep up with the day. For our latest photo contest, we want you to capture any kind of time-telling mechanism. Whether that's an ornate clock in a city square or just a standard kitchen wall clock, we know you can take a great photo of it.
We'll be picking three winners, and each one will receive a new Chromecast!
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 (October 20) night at 11:59 p.m. ET, and announce them on the blog with the next contest.
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