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2 days ago

Google Play Books brings bigger bubbles to your comics with machine learning

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Google Play Books for Android has received a new feature that's sure to make a few comic book fans happy. Bubble Zoom can make comics easier to read, finding and automatically enhancing speech bubbles one at a time as you read.

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2 days ago

Periscope's 'Highlights' will let you peek at the best parts of a replay before diving in

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Live streaming app Periscope is rolling out some new features intended to boost the experience of checking out replay broadcasts.

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2 days ago

Don't miss the special Mr. Robot VR experience before it disappears for a week

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Mr. Robot fans, prepare to immerse yourselves in the world of virtual reality. Within, an app that offers a number of VR experiences, has teamed up with the Mr. Robot creative team to make an exclusive, one time-only VR presentation. The 12-minute experience debuts today, July 21, at 1:45 p.m. ET.

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2 days ago

Borderlands 2 is now available for a wacky playthrough on NVIDIA Shield

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Those of you who have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Borderlands 2 on NVIDIA's Shield platform will be able to load the title as of today and enter into a world of crazy amounts of loot and insane gameplay. Borderlands 2 is now available on both Shield Android TV and Shield tablet, allowing you to play the game how you so desire.

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2 days ago

Win the Ultimate Pokémon Go Survival Pack!

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We know you wanna catch them all, so enter this contest and you could win an essential bundle of goodies that will not only help you play for as long as you like, but help you do it safely too! We've teamed up with FosPower and GreatShield to bring you guys a huge giveaway, and TWENTY people are going to be taking home a cool prize!

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2 days ago

Check out our video review of the Moto Z and Moto Z Force!

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For those who aren't down with the written word, we've got 6-plus minutes of Moto Z in moving pictures for you. From the streets to New York to ... streets that are in other places ... we'll take you inside Moto's latest flagship (and its Verizon-exclusive counterpart), plus its Moto Mods, and get to the most important question of all:

Is this something you should spend your hard-earned money on?

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2 days ago

Grab a 32GB Nexus 5X for $290 at Groupon right now!

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If you are in the market for a Nexus 5X but don't want to pay the full price for one, you'll want to check this deal out. Groupon is offering the unlocked 32GB version for just $290, a savings of more than 30%. We've seen a number of deals on the Nexus 5X lately, and while this may not be the lowest price it has been, it is still a great deal.

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2 days ago

BBC launches its iPlayer Radio app in the U.S.

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The BBC has launched its official iPlayer Radio app in the United States. The app allows you to tune in to news, sports, music, and more on your iPhone and iPad.

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2 days ago

Twitter adds Canada's first custom emoji to celebrate TD Bank's LGBT commitment

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Twitter is helping TD Bank in Canada to launch the country's first custom emoji. The #ForeverProud circle was created to show TD's support for the LGBT community.

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2 days ago

Magnets and the Moto Z: How Moto made modules work, while LG was a nonstarter

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We've seen optional modules before, and they pretty much were a nonstarter. Here's how Moto modules actually work in the Moto Z.

Ask anyone who's ever played with magnets. There's something strangely satisfying when the two pieces come together. Almost like there was no stopping them. Some invisible force working its magic.

Nerdy? Yeah. But there's something about that effortless force, ya know? And it's been a bit of a crapshoot over the years when it comes to magnets and mobile devices. Either they work great, keeping everything where they should be, or you end up with a mess that takes too much force to unstick.

And that brings us to magnets and the Moto Z.

Actually, let's back up. The Moto Z is the second phone we've used this year that employs modular — in this case, Moto Mods — optional accessories that add some sort of functionality to the phone. And the Moto Z, at launch, has three — an extended battery, a speaker, and a pico projector. (There's actually a fourth — the Style Shell back that comes with every phone.) To switch modules, you just break the magnetic bond on the back of the phone, and pop the new back on. The Moto Mods have chips in them that talk to a co-processor on the phone, and the two sync up seamlessly.

The Moto Z isn't the first to try optional accessories, but it's the first to make them work.

LG tried its hand at this sort of thing earlier in the year with the LG G5. It was a very different experience. I (and other journalists) got an early look at the LG G5 ahead of its unveiling at Mobile World Congress, in late February in Barcelona. Figuring out how to remove the modular section in the G5 was simple enough. There was a button to start the ejection process, the butt would slide out a few millimeters, and the connected battery would come with it. But I remember standing there the first time, clueless as to how the battery could come off the butt. (Hint: With a decent amount of force.)

It wasn't overly intuitive, it wasn't without effort — and you had to reboot the phone to get it to work. And complicating matters for those of us in the United States was that the the more compelling of the two modules — a high-definition digital-to-analog audio converter — was never made available.

The Moto Z? You remove the back with a fingernail. The Moto Mods have a convenient little slot for getting things started. Then you just pop on a new one. And by the time you flip the phone back around to get to work, the software has done its thing, and it's ready to go. That's not to say that the Moto Z will enjoy success with its modules that LG didn't. That's all but certain. It's just that Moto has implemented them infinitely better than LG did.

Two phones. Two sets of optional accessories that add functionality to the host device.

And only one that you can use without any explanation whatsoever.

Moto Z and Moto Z Force

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2 days ago

Best Buy is offering $200 off the Moto Z and a free speaker Moto Mod

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Best Buy has announced a pretty awesome promotion for the Moto Z that scores you $200 off the phone as well as the speaker Moto Mod for free. This total package is valued at $280, which is a big savings on a brand new phone.

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2 days ago

Buy a mod for your new Verizon Moto Z and you'll enjoy up to 40% off additional mods

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Update: The original announcement from Verizon indicated that it was a 20% savings, and Verizon's website states 40%. Customers who make their purchase in-store will save 20%, and those who purchase online can save 40%.

Verizon has set a date as to when you'll be able to pick up your new Moto Z and Moto Z Force, and should you be on the hunt for some mods to spice up your imminent experience be sure to take note that when picking up a mod you'll get 40% off additional mods when placing your order online, or 20% for in-store purchases. This will help make it more affordable to not only pick up the battery powerhouse, but also a projector or boombox.

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2 days ago

We're answering your Moto Z questions in our forums!

The lid has come off the Moto Z. The reviews have dropped. We now can share pricing and availability.

But we get it. You still have questions. Well we have answers! Phil has spent a week with both the Moto Z and the Moto Z Force on Verizon, and he's going to spend the rest of the day answers your questions in our forums. As in, he's not getting let out to feed until it's all over.

So if you've got a burning question about either of the phones, or their Moto Mods, hit the link below and get to askin'!

Click here to ask your Moto Z question!

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2 days ago

T-Mobile provides unlimited high-speed data for the Rio Games in Brazil

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T-Mobile has announced the U.S. carrier will be rewarding Simple Choice customers with unlimited high-speed data throughout Brazil from August 1. All you need to do is activate roaming while in Brazil and you'll be able to enjoy speeds up to 4G LTE to Skype, WhatsApp, Instagram and share special moments from not only the Olympic Games, but Brazil as a whole.

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2 days ago

Which Moto Mods should you buy?

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These are the Moto Mods you need to consider buying along with the Moto Z smartphone.

When it comes to the Moto Z (and Verizon's Moto Z Force Droid Edition), the phone is only half of the story. The other half is Moto Mods — the optional (but very desirable) replaceable backs. Some of them are just backs. Others add a good deal of (albeit very specific) functionality.

You don't need to buy every Moto Mod to get the most out of the Moto Z. Hell, you don't even have to buy any if you don't want. You'll get the most basic of Moto Mods in the box with the phone.

But you should at least check out the others. And we've gotten a chance to do exactly that. Here are the Moto Mods you need to consider.

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