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Sep

Motorola launches trade-in program for new Moto X and Moto G


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Eyeing up a new Moto X or Moto G? Then Motorola have just launched a trade-in program that will reduce the outright cost of the new handsets that will help you get that new handset.

The trade-in program allows customers to send in their old devices for a Visa prepaid card which is sent out after purchasing a new Moto X or Moto G within 30 days of receiving a quote for your old device.


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6
Sep

New Android Wear update rolling out to Samsung Gear Live



Google have pushed out an over-the-air update for the Samsung Gear Live moving the software version of Android Wear to 4.4W.1. This update is aimed at improving the navigation experience and enhancing the voice activation feature to make it more consistent. The update should make its way to other Android Wear devices in the next… Read more »

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6
Sep

AndroidGuys are giving away a OnePlus One 64GB Invite


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Our readers are everything, and you guys and girls are what keep us running so to say thanks to our dedicated readers, we’re giving away an invite for a 64GB OnePlus One.

The OnePlus One is the latest flagship killer, offering top end specs at a low price point. You are currently only able to get hold of a device if you have an invite, and these invites are quite hard to come by and are only received from others who have purchased the device.

But you already knew that, right?

To enter our giveaway for the OnePlus One invite, then all you have to do is follow us on Twitter and retweet it using the buttons below.

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And that’s it! The winner will be selected using the #AGOnePlusOneInvite in 3 days. The winner will be contacted via Twitter and the invite will be emailed. The invite has 5 days left on it so you’ll have time after receiving the update to purchase the device. Just to clarify, the giveaway will provide one winner with an invite which will enable them to purchase the device at full price.

Special thanks goes to UnstableApps for providing us with the invite.


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6
Sep

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 gets an LED flip cover accessory


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HTC have their DotView case, LG have their QuickCircle, and Samsung had their S View case, but now they’ve brought a new accessory to the party with the Note 4′s LED flip cover.

Unlike most cases that reveal a portion of the screen to display crucial information such as notification count or missed calls, the Galaxy Note 4′s LED flip cover accessory uses LED’s in the front of the case to display text and icons while the devices display is turned off.

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The LED”s can display battery consumption, notifications, music playback, and the current time. It’s not clear at this point just how easy it will be for 3rd-party apps to hook into this feature, but a pretty cool addition to the Note 4 nonetheless.


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6
Sep

Galaxy Note Edge, hands-on with the G Watch R and other stories you might’ve missed


This week, we went hands on with the G Watch R, took a closer look at the Galaxy Edge’s bent display, gawked at Dyson’s robotic vacuum cleaner, strapped on Samsung’s Gear VR, and more! Read on for Engadget’s news highlights from the last seven days. Oh, and be sure to subscribe to our Flipboard magazine!

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6
Sep

Behind the watch: the Moto 360 story


“It’s not a smartwatch,” said Iqbal Arshad, Motorola’s Senior VP of Global Product, to a roomful of journalists in Motorola’s Chicago headquarters. Instead he, and by extension the rest of Motorola, prefer to think of the Moto 360 as a reinvention of the humble wristwatch — more of a modern timepiece than a futuristic gadget. It’s with that philosophy in mind that Motorola made the 360 the way it is. That’s why its face is round. That’s why its leather strap is sourced from the Horween Leather Company, a premium tannery located in the Windy City. That’s why Motorola took care to encase the 360 in polished stainless steel. That’s why it’s providing a premium metal band option later this year. The Moto 360, as far as Motorola is concerned, is watch first, fancy mobile computer second.

That’s not to say Motorola didn’t consider the square shape. In a behind-the-scenes tour of Motorola’s spacious facilities, we were shown early prototypes of the 360 that were decidedly rectangular. Design director Dickon Isaacs explains that it was simply the only option for smartwatches at the time. However, when they tested the square mockups with plastic wrist trees — rough approximations of male and female wrists — they saw that the fit was clunky and awkward. “They just weren’t very wearable,” he said. Further, he said that when most people think of a watch, they think of a circle with straps attached. It’s what he calls a “stored shape” — a universally accepted idea of what something should look like.

So the team decided to go all-in on a round watch. But even that had its challenges. Beyond working with Google to come up with an Android Wear UI that’d play nice with a circular screen, they also wanted a round face that was wide enough to accommodate “glanceable information.” So instead of creating a round watch with a thick bezel, they opted for as much screen as possible — it’s why the 360’s glass goes almost edge-to-edge. Unfortunately, that meant they had to house the watch’s display drivers and ambient light sensor in a rather noticeable black slice at the bottom of the display. That was the price Moto was willing to pay to get more screen out of a round display.

The result is the watch that got arguably the most buzz when Android Wear was announced earlier this year. Sure, LG and Samsung came to market first with their square iterations, leaving Motorola to be third out of the gate. But seeing as LG is also now dabbling in the round watch territory (and Samsung too apparently), Moto’s instincts might not be off the mark. For more on how the Moto 360 came to be, take a look at the gallery above where we walk you through the early mockups, the 3D printers they used for the initial prototypes and more. As for our final thoughts on the 360? Well, that will have to wait for our full review. Stay tuned.

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6
Sep

Working next-gen iPhone reportedly spotted with payment support built-in


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We’ve seen way, way too many leaks of the next iPhone’s design, but none of them have showing a truly functional device — until today, apparently. With the help of cnBeta, Chinese leaker zzray has posted photos and video that reportedly show off a fully functional 4.7-inch iPhone. On the surface, it’s exactly what you’d expect: it’s the iPhone 5s on a grander scale, with more real estate for icons and other content.

Look closely, however, and you’ll see hints of something more under the hood. Notice that new Passbook icon? A new stripe in the icon shows a credit card, supporting claims that the new iPhone will include a mobile payment system (and thus NFC). It’s hard to say for sure that this is exactly what you’ll see when Tim Cook and crew take to the stage on September 9th — this could still be pre-production hardware or an extraordinarily clever knockoff — but it at least seems to represent the real deal.

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Source: cnBeta (translated), zzray (Weibo, translated)

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6
Sep

Apparent Working 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Reveals Home Screen Layout, Passbook Icon With Payments


Chinese site cnBeta highlights a series of photos posted by Weibo user zzray showing what is claimed to be an official, functional, and activated iPhone 6. While the authenticity of the device can not be confirmed, it does have some interesting characteristics worth noting.

working_iphone_6_5s_homeiPhone 5s (left) and claimed iPhone 6 (right)
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First, the overall design looks very polished and in line with previous iPhone 6 leaks. The tapered edges of the front glass can be clearly seen, and the round dual-LED True Tone generally missing in clones is present. The body also shows a recessed cavity for the volume buttons, as has been seen recently on a shell believed to be legitimate but also generally missing from clones.

working_iphone_6_5s_backClaimed iPhone 6 (left) and iPhone 5s (right)
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Photos of the home screen reveal a different icon for Passbook, adding a fourth horizontal stripe to the current stripes showing an airplane, a movie camera, and a coffee cup. This new red stripe appears to include an image of a credit card, likely indicating support for mobile payments through Passbook.

working_iphone_6_5s_sideClaimed iPhone 6 (left) and iPhone 5s (right)
The home screen layout includes the possibility of a sixth row of icons (in addition to the dock at the bottom), one more than on 4-inch iPhones. The horizontal layout remains at four icons, with simply a bit more separation between the icons.

working_iphone_6_app_store_aboutApp Store (left) and Settings “About” screen (right) on claimed iPhone 6
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The user has also posted a brief video showing the device being unlocked with Touch ID. Photos also show the App Store, as well as the About screen in the Settings app showing a 64 GB model running iOS 8.0 build 12A365, being accessed on the device.

While there is certainly a chance the device could be a fake or clone, there appear to be no immediate indications from the photos




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6
Sep

Huawei to release an Android Wear-powered smartwatch in 2015



Richard Yu, Huawei CEO, has confirmed during an interview that the company plans to release an Android Wear-based smartwatch next year. He wasn’t exactly specific though. In an interview with Engadget during IFA in Berlin he said the watch will be “innovative and beautiful” while saying they will outdo Samsung’s Gear S offering. There are… Read more »

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6
Sep

Recommended Reading: The legend of the TI-84 Plus


Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you’ll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read.

The Unstoppable TI-84 Plus: How an Outdated Calculator Still Holds a Monopoly on Classrooms
by Matt McFarland,
The Washington Post

Chances are pretty good that you’ve come in contact with a TI-84 Plus of some kind during the course of your education — if you’re been schooled in the last 10 years. The calculator debuted back in 2004 and it still has a firm grasp on the education market today. This piece takes a look at what that foothold means when compared to other devices’ market share, and how a new Silver Edition looks to keep the advantage with Texas Instruments in the foreseeable future.

Breaking Madden: Jadeveon Clowney’s Quest for 201 Sacks in a Game
by Jon Bois, SB Nation

By now, my love for the “Breaking Madden” series by Jon Bois at SB Nation should be well-known. Since the NFL started this week, the feature is back as well, and things get interesting when manual stat-tracking is required.

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Building a Better Mega Man
by Dan Whitehead
, Eurogamer

Last fall, we covered the crowdfunded Mega Man reboot from the creator of the original. Now, Eurogamer’s Dan Whitehead examines the beta version of Mighty No. 9 to see just what’s changed, what’s stayed the same and what could use some extra work before launch day arrives.

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Meet the Shadowy Tech Brokers that Deliver your Data to the NSA
by Zack Whittaker, ZDNet

Ever wonder who those “trusted third-parties” who you agree to share your phone data with really are? Turns out they serve up info in response to government warrants, and sometimes without your ISP even being alerted to the disclosure.

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Inside the Strange and Seedy World Where Hackers Trade Celebrity Nudes
by Ben Popper
, The Verge

You’ve likely heard about hackers posting nude photos of nearly 100 celebs last weekend. Guess what? The leak is just the beginning, and the online trade for such materials has been going on for years.

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