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2 weeks ago

The new Moto X — hands-on!

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The new Moto X

One of our favorite phones gets bigger, stronger, and hopefully has fixed the camera

Motorola Mobility doesn't look doesn't look like a company that's been bought and sold twice in the past couple years. It doesn't look like a company that's still waiting to find out if Lenovo is its new master, or if Google (which all but admits it was about the patents) will continue to control it. No, as Motorola hosted scores of journalists at its new downtown Chicago headquarters, it looked very much like the Motorola we became reacquainted with in 2013 — the maker of one of our favorite Android phones (and its extremely popular siblings).

And now, it's bringing us the new Moto X.

Yes, that's the name. No Moto X+1. No Moto X2. Just Moto X. And that very much feels right. Motorola has taken what we loved about the original Moto X and improved it. It's taken our biggest criticism to heart, it says — that'd be the overhyped camera — and worked on it. And it's done all this in a package that mostly appears to stay true to the spirit of the original, and the direction Motorola has taken in its rebirth.

So let's dive in and take a look at the brand-new Moto X.

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2 weeks ago

Hands-on with the new Moto G

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Moto 360 (2014)

If it ain't broke, don't fix it

Motorola released the original Moto G back in November 2013 as a mid-range counterpart to the Moto X in an effort to round out its device portfolio. It was clear that the Moto G provided an excellent value at just $179 unlocked — a real go-to phone for any value-minded smartphone buyer around the world, particularly internationally.

Just over three months later, Motorola announced that the Moto G was the best selling smartphone in its history, and not by a small margin. Motorola has consistently expressed that the Moto G is an important part of its refreshed product strategy, and even doubled-down on the value segment with the Moto E.

Coming around on 11 months since its release, it's tough to see why Motorola would want to mess with such a great device. And with this, the new Moto G, Motorola has stuck with its proven recipe and improved it in just a few key areas. Read along and see our first impressions of the latest generation of Moto G.

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2 weeks ago

Trade in your old phone for up to $300 off a new Moto X from Moto Maker

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Motorola wants you to trade in your old phone for a new Moto X

Motorola has a nifty little trade-in program all set-up for buyers of a new Moto X from the Moto Maker site. When you buy a new custom Moto X, you can send in your old phone and get a Motorola Visa Prepaid Card back in the mail.

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2 weeks ago

Moto X availability

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Moto Xs

The wait is almost over. For Moto X fans, it's been rough seeing HTC and LG and Samsung and the rest show us new phone after new phone, while we waited to see what sort of goodies Motorola would bring with the Moto X refresh.

I don't think anyone will be disappointed.

You'll be able to buy your new Moto X in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia sometime later this month. It will set you back $99.99 with a new two-year ball and chain through "select" carriers in the U.S. For those looking to buy off-contract, it will be available unlocked and off-contract in the U.S. for $499.99 at motorola.com.

While we all wanted to see it right now, I think we can wait a couple weeks. Maybe. You know I'm buying one — who is with me?

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2 weeks ago

Moto G availability

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The Moto G, Motorola's best selling smartphone of all time (they need a fancy gold belt to go with that) has been updated to something bigger, stronger and faster. You want to know where to buy one. We want to tell you.

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2 weeks ago

Moto 360 availability

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Moto 360

We've been looking longingly at the Moto 360 forever (or since we saw it at Google I/O) and the biggest question everyone has is: when?!

Now we have an answer. The Moto 360 will be available in black leather and a limited edition gray leather (with suede finish) in the US today noon EST. You can buy it direct on Google Play or Motorola.com, as well as online at BestBuy.com and select Best Buy stores. The cost is $249.99 US with your choice of three different colors of leather bands.

But wait, there's more! The 360 will be available later in the fall in the two metal options for $299.99 US. If you buy the leather-banded version today, you'll also have an option to buy a metal band for $79.99, or purchase another leather band for $29.99 later in the fall.

Who is buying?

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2 weeks ago

Moto G (2014) specs

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We've got an all new Moto G on it's way, and it looks to be a great update to the 2013 model — Motorola's best selling smartphone ever. Bigger screens and the latest version of Android (with a promised update to Android L) make the Moto G a favorite all over the world.

While specs are never the defining part of any smartphone, here they are for your approval:

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2 weeks ago

Moto X (2014) specs

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Motorola has finally made the new Moto X official. And that's the official name, in fact, just "Moto X." It's bigger. It's faster. It's got a better camera.

And these are the complete new Moto X specs:

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2 weeks ago

Chrome for Android updated with Material Design

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Chrome 37 is now available in the Google Play Store. Today's update is notable for bringing over a new look and feel the Material Design refresh we saw recently in Chrome Beta.

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2 weeks ago

Motorola Mobility has something to reveal at 2 am Eastern time Friday

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Motorola Mobility will start revealing some new "stuff" they have in the works at 2 am Eastern time early on Friday morning. That's 1 am Central time, midnight in the Mountain time zone and 11 pm tonight if you are in the Pacific time frame.

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2 weeks ago

Seidio Convert Combo with Kickstand case for the Nexus 5

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Seidio Convert with kickstand

This case probably won't take a bullet, but it feels like it would

When you read most case reviews online, you see words like slim, form-fitting, or not bulky. This review doesn't use any of them, with good reason. The Seidio Convert Combo (with a metal kickstand) case for the Nexus 5 isn't designed to give a bit of protection while keeping everything pocket friendly and slim. It's big. It's bulky. But it's tough as hell and built for folks who need a case that's tough as hell.

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2 weeks ago

BBM update makes attaching photos and files simpler

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BBM update makes attaching photos and files simpler

The cross-platform BlackBerry Messenger app has received an update today. It's not too big an update but it does seem like BlackBerry has made it simpler to attach photos in BBM. Currently, by default, when you tap the paper clip icon to attach a photo, the voice note option is selected. You then had to tap the picture icon to then get the option to attach one. Now, it defaults to attaching file or photos when you tap the paper clip icon.

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2 weeks ago

Email app Acompli arrives on Android, helps you focus on what's important

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The popular email app Acompli has been available on iOS for a while now, and today has officially arrived on Android as well. It not only handles many of your email accounts, but it also features a Focused Inbox that really looks to keep you on task when it comes to email. You can easily add in your Gmail, Exchange, Yahoo, or Outlook.com addresses.

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2 weeks ago

First look at the Alcatel Onetouch Hero 2

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Alcatel Hero2

An octa-core CPU, 6-inch full HD display, integrated stylus and a wealth of connected accessories

IFA 2014 At IFA 2014 in Berlin, Alcatel Onetouch has pulled the wraps off its latest higher-end Android offering, the Hero 2. With a 6-inch 1080p display, the Hero 2 is trying to be a little more than just another "me-too" large smartphone. It has an integrated stylus with some custom applications and a whole host of interesting looking connected accessories to accompany it.

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2 weeks ago

The Room Three coming to Android this spring

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Fireproof Games has announced that their runaway hit puzzle game series, The Room, will be launching its third iteration this spring. There's not a ton of information to run on here, but the devs promise "to evolve the mysterious story and take puzzle solving to higher and weirder places than ever before."

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