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2 weeks ago

How far Motorola's mid-range has come

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From a 3G-only phone in late 2013 to a fully functional high-speed (and low-cost) alternative in 2015, the new Moto G carves a niche in the mid-range.

What a difference a couple of years can make. OK, call it 21 months. But the journey from the original Moto G (announced in November 2013) to today's model (available now) shows just how far the mid-range smartphone has come. And it's definitely a flourishing segment of the Android ecosystem, with similarly spec'd phones from the likes of ASUS (with the ZenFone 2), Alcaltel OneTouch (the Idol 3), Huawei (the good-but-running-KitKat P8 Lite) and others in the very affordable price range.

But let's take a look back at what Motorola's done. How far we've come from that original Moto G, to what we have today.

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2 weeks ago

Hands-on the PLAYBULB LED Bluetooth Candle

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Forget traditional candles. Now you can control colors and effects on just one, or an entire group of these LED Bluetooth candles.

I don't use candles often unless the power goes out or I'm enjoying some Frasier Fir scents during the holidays. The PLAYBULB LED Bluetooth Candle has me considering different setups around my house where these mini lights would look best, and I'm certain that 1 just isn't enough for the full effect I'm after.

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2 weeks ago

T-Mobile Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge receiving Stagefright fix [Update: Galaxy S5, too]

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T-Mobile has begun pushing out an update to both the the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge, bringing along a patch for the so-called Stagefright messaging exploit.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung Experience Stores not affected by Carphone data breach

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UK retailer Carphone Warehouse notified customers of a major data breach this weekend, resulting in the personal information of up to 2.4 million customers being obtained by hackers. In the wake of this news, there's been some speculation as to whether Samsung's UK-based Experience Stores were affected by this hack, as these are operated by Carphone Warehouse, with orders being processed by the mobile retail giant.

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2 weeks ago

Google Voice users will get group SMS support thanks to Hangouts 4.0

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Along with its new design, and speed improvements, Hangouts 4.0 will bring along with it the ability for Google Voice users to participate in group SMS (sometimes referred to as group MMS) conversations. While there are a few catches, this is a huge step in the right direction for Google Voice users.

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2 weeks ago

OnePlus 2 shipments to the US and Canada to be delayed by two to three weeks

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The upcoming OnePlus 2 smartphone won't be coming to US and Canadian buyers as quickly as first announced. OnePlus revealed today that shipments of their latest phone will be pushed back by two to three weeks after shipments are sent out to its European buyers, "due to production schedules".

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2 weeks ago

Flir One update adds panorama and time lapse support

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Flir has been making great strides in the world of small and relatively inexpensive thermal cameras, and a big part of that experience has been software. An update to the Flir One Android app rolling out today improves that experience with new camera and video modes, as well as a new OTA update mechanism that lets the Flir One app update the firmware on the camera directly.

The plug and plan Flir One camera is a lot of fun if you've got the $250 to spend, especially if you've got a handful of phones nearby and you want to see which one gets hotter, but it's also got some serious industrial and service applications. Today's update adds a new Panorama Mode to the Flir One camera mode, an a new Time Lapse Mode to the Flir One video mode. These new camera modes are in line with the other camera modes, and plays nice with all of the thermal filter color modes you have access to when capturing. The only problem you run into with a thermal panorama is capturing something with extremes. Something well over 300 degrees for example makes everything around it seem much cooler in a thermal image, and if you're stitching a large image that can cause some color distortion.

The update should be rolling out to everyone today, though when you connect your Flir One again there will be an additional prompt to install a new firmware update to the camera. It should only take a minute, after which you'll be ready to enjoy the new features.

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2 weeks ago

Final Fantasy Record Keeper gets enemy HP bars and more in second major update

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The second major update to Final Fantasy Record Keeper tweaks characters, adds enemy HP bars, and much more.

If you're into the Final Fantasy role-playing game series, you can't do much better for mobile-original games than Final Fantasy Record Keeper. The free-to-play game from DeNA and Square Enix is basically a "Final Fantasy All-Stars," which characters from nearly every numbered Final Fantasy teaming up to battle against enemies and bosses from all across the series – complete with authentic sprites and music from the various games. It's seriously great!

After publishing Record Keeper's first major update in June, DeNA has just released the game's second big update. This one includes welcome character balance improvements, plus some extremely handy tweaks like enemy health bars, a "Remove all" equipment option, and more. Read on for full impressions of Final Fantasy Record Keeper's latest update!

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2 weeks ago

Galaxy Note Edge, Note 4, and S5 are the first Verizon phones to receive the Stagefright fix

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Verizon is pushing out an update to the Galaxy Note Edge, which contains the patch for the Stagefright exploit. We have already seen Sprint and AT&T push out updates for a few phones, as well as Google roll out new factory images for the Nexus line.

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2 weeks ago

Hangouts 4.0 brings a new interface and speed improvements

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Google is finally pushing Hangouts 4.0 for Android phones and tablets, bringing along with it the long-awaited new design. After first rolling out for the iPhone, Google is now bringing the new design and speed enhancements to Android.

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2 weeks ago

Save $25 on a Huawei phone, and get some freebies with its Back to School promotion

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Huawei has announced its Back to School promotion, which not only saves you $25 on the phone of your choice, but also lands you a bunch of freebies as well. The promo, which runs now through August 15, includes a free Huawei Bluetooth speaker, a Net 10 SIM card and $50 of airtime, which provides 30 days of unlimited calls, texts, and data.

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2 weeks ago

4.7-inch version of the Alcatel IDOL 3 will be available in the US and Canada this Friday

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While smartphones continue to increase in screen dimensions, many consumers still prefer to remain below 5-inches. Alcatel is looking to cater for this group of consumers with the launch of the IDOL 3 4.7, which is essentially the same as the IDOL 3 already available, but without the massive 5.5-inch display.

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2 weeks ago

The Redmi 2 Prime is Xiaomi's first locally manufactured phone in India

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At an event in Visakhapatnam, Xiaomi launched its first handset manufactured locally in the country, the Redmi 2 Prime. The Chinese manufacturer stated last year that it was looking to set up a facility in India, and with the government looking to boost manufacturing through the "Make in India" program, Xiaomi was able to get a deal fast-tracked.

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2 weeks ago

Microsoft updates Cortana beta, lets you replace Google Now as default assistant

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The Cortana beta available for Android users has been updated by Microsoft. The company has added the feature to enable users of the assistant to set Cortana as default, replacing the pre-loaded Google Now. This alteration will also enable you to press and hold the home button to activate the personal helper.

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2 weeks ago

Xiaomi's MIUI 7 global debut slated for August 19 in India

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Xiaomi has announced that it will launch the global variant of MIUI 7 on August 19 in New Delhi. The Chinese manufacturer is set to unveil its upcoming OS on August 13 in China, with the Indian event showcasing the global ROM, which comes bundled with Google's Play Services.

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