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15
May

Deal: Original Moto X (16GB) for only $189.99, in new condition


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When the original Motorola Moto X arrived it really changed the way we thought of smartphones. Instead of delivering a flagship with bleeding-edge specs and tons of gimmicky features, Motorola gave us a clean, near-stock device with meaningful extras like touchless control and active display technology. Even today, this handset manages to deliver an excellent Android experience, despite packing rather dated specs.

For those that have modest needs are a looking for a hassle-free Android device either as a backup or simply as a way of saving some money, the Moto X is still worthy of your consideration, especially at the current price of $189.99 on Ebay. Although we’ve seen the Moto X for even cheaper in the past, this has typically been for manufacturer refurbished models. The model here is a brand new 16GB Verizon version, which also supports unlocked GSM capabilities for using on networks outside of Big Red.

As a quick recap, the Moto X features a 4.7-inch 720p display, Motorola’s X8 computing system (centered around a Snapdragon S4), a 10MP rear cam, 16GB storage, and is capable of being updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop. Not bad specs considering this is basically the same price as you would pay for a brand new Moto G (2014). For a full rundown of what to expect, be sure to check out our review.

So how about it, anyone planning on picking up the original Moto X for just a little under $200?

Buy now!

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15
May

Collect your crew and jump into the sun with Noodlecake’s Sunburn!


Popular game studio Noodlecake has just released a new puzzler to the Google Play Store. The game is called Sunburn!, and the premise is simple: you’re an astronaut that’s stranded in space, and it’s your job to bounce from planet to planet to collect your crew and guide everyone into the sun. I mean, are you really planning on someone saving you in outer space?

There are over 50 unique levels in all, each with a different variety of planets and obstacles. You use your jetpack to navigate around to gather up your 14 different crew members, all while trying to avoid deadly comets. Oh, and you need to make sure you don’t run out of oxygen before you collect everyone, making the game that much more difficult.

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The game costs $2.99 and there are no in-app purchases to be found. After a short time playing this game, and discovering no release day bugs, I’d highly suggest downloading this title. Head to the Play Store link below if you’re interested.

Get it on Google Play

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15
May

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Journeyman Leather Messenger Bag from Intrepid Bag Co [Mac Blog]


For this week’s giveaway, we’ve teamed up with Intrepid Bag Co to give MacRumors readers a chance to win one of the company’s high-quality Journeyman Commuter Leather Messenger Bags. Priced at $379, the Journeyman is a cross-body messenger bag made from Latigo Saddle Leather in a rich brown color.

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The bag has a minimalist design with a simple flap held by two buckles, but it’s equipped with lots of pockets to hold all of your gear. There’s a suspended laptop pocket that can hold a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro (or smaller) and an iPad, plus there are additional pockets for the iPhone, chargers, documents, passports, pens, and more.

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There’s a herringbone lining on the inside, steel hardware, and a side-mounted padded strap to distribute weight comfortably.

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The Journeyman’s unique styling and fit makes it a true stand out with its 2″ padded side-mounted strap that disperses weight evenly across your shoulders and stays in place perfectly. Think of this as your new lifelong traveling partner for all your EDC that only gets better with age.

Intrepid’s Journeyman Messenger Bag, one of its first products, was the result of a Kickstarter campaign, and in the very near future, the company is expanding to offer several other bags and accessories.

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Intrepid’s latest collection, Explorer, recently debuted on Kickstarter. The Explorer collection includes the company’s all new Wayfarer Messenger bag, which is its biggest yet and capable of holding a 15 to 17-inch MacBook, plus it includes a convertible backpack/messenger bag and a Tech Roll that holds cords, hard drives, and other loose accessories. Each piece in the collection, which ships in August, can be pre-ordered from Kickstarter.

To enter to win one of the Journeyman Messenger Bags, use the Rafflecopter widget below. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube Channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page. Due to the intricacies of international law regarding giveaways, this giveaway is open only to U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older.

a Rafflecopter giveawayThe giveaway will run from today, Friday, May 15 at 11:15 a.m. Pacific Time through Friday May 22 at 11:15 a.m. Pacific Time. Winners will be chosen randomly on May 22 and will be contacted through email. A response to our email is required within 48 hours or the winner will forfeit the prize and we will pick a new winner.




15
May

Swipe into your new home with the Knocker real estate app


A new app, billed as the “Tinder of Real Estate”, is allowing homebuyers in the UK to shop for a new home the same way they shop for new partners: by swiping. It’s called Knocker and was recently created by a pair of programmers at the Ignite100 accelerator in Newcastle. The app runs atop the British property website Zoopla, allowing users to easily browse the site’s enormous database of available homes. And, like Tinder, potential matches are served up based on the user’s location. Swiping left cycles through nearby properties while swiping right contacts the listing agent to arrange a viewing. The app is currently free for iOS users, though there’s no word yet on when (or whether) it will be coming to Android.

Filed under: Internet

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Via: The Next Web

Source: iTunes

15
May

FOMO in the digital age


We’ve all been there. You sit slack-jawed swiping and swiping past dozens of movies you’ve seen/want to see/added to your queue all in the hopes of selecting one to watch. But that doesn’t happen. Your friend is late to meet you at the bar, so you swipe and swipe and swipe down your Twitter and Facebook feeds to refresh and stop to open a new video link every now and then, pausing only to look up and remember which world’s the real one. You’re on line at Walgreens and people ahead of you are taking their sweet time and talking over their purchases and you don’t even care because Amy Schumer just released a new video and the only thing that matters is that you’ve watched it all before it’s your turn at the checkout. And it’s nighttime and you’re in bed, but you can’t sleep because the FOMO is real and what if something’s happened and people are talking about it. So you take out your phone from under your pillow and it’s cool glow illuminates the dark of your room and now everything’s okay because you’re swiping. You’re swiping and watching.

This boy is you.

[Image credit: Ornana]

Filed under: Cellphones, Home Entertainment, Internet, HD

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15
May

Android Wear 5.1.1 is making its way to the Asus ZenWatch


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It’s been almost an entire month since Google announced the big Android Wear 5.1.1 update, and up until now we have yet to see it on any device aside from the LG Watch Urbane. That’s now beginning to change, according to a few Asus ZenWatch owners on Reddit. Although it doesn’t look like the update is rolling out to the masses quite yet, some ZenWatch users are reporting that the update is hitting their devices now.

Android Wear 5.1.1 brings a number of great features to the wearable platform, including the ability to set always-on applications, new gestures for scrolling through Google Now cards, and a much more refined contacts/app menu. Perhaps the most interesting feature that’s present in the update is that Android Wear now supports watches with built-in Wi-Fi, allowing you to receive notifications on your watch, even if your watch isn’t connected to your phone. Unfortunately the ZenWatch doesn’t have Wi-Fi support, so owners of the wearable won’t get to take advantage of the feature.

More great Android Wear watches

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Want to see the 5.1.1 update in action? Check out our review of the LG Watch Urbane. Have you gotten the update yet? If so, be sure to let us know!



15
May

Android Wear vs Apple Watch Software Comparison


Wearables have slowly been finding their feet over the last couple of years, and were given a much needed boost with the arrival of Android Wear. That said, whether we love it or hate it, what has further pushed this technology into the mainstream is the Apple Watch. Apple’s take on the smartwatch is finally here, and understandably, the first question on everyone’s mind is with regards to how it stacks up against the competition. Today, we’re going to find out what is similar and what is different between the two, in this close look at Android Wear vs Apple Watch!

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For starters, it has to be mentioned that this comparison is mostly pertaining to the software side of things, as there are some differences in hardware depending on which Android Wear watch you have. For the purposes of this comparison, we will be using the LG Watch Urbane, given that it is currently the only Android Wear smartwatch to run the latest Android 5.1.1 update.

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While aesthetically very different, the latest version of Android Wear and Apple’s Watch OS 1.0 couldn’t be more similar in terms of features and capabilities. Both receive notifications, answer phone calls, track fitness data, and have customizable watch faces, along with a laundry list of other features, and of course, also tell the time. Granted, there are some significant differences as well, including when it comes to the implementation of what are essentially identical features.

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We begin by taking a look at how each watch handles notifications. In the case of Android Wear, notifications show up in a Google Now-esque card style format that pile up in a vertical list as more notifications are received. All of them can be dismissed easily with a simple swipe, and most come with a set of actions, such as replying to a text message or email, deleting them, or the option to open the relevant application on the phone directly from the watch.

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On the other hand, the Apple Watch takes on a more mobile-like implementation with regards to how it manages notifications. Whenever a notification arrives, it briefly appears on the display, and if you happen to miss it, or want to see all your notifications, you can find them with a swipe down from the top of the display to reveal the notification shade, from which you can also dismiss them. Unlike Android Wear, only a certain set of notifications can be responded to from the watch, making for an implementation that feels less robust. Applications like Google Hangouts and Gmail require you to open them on the phone, but messages on Apple’s iMessage can be responded to from the watch itself, either via a preset message, or using voice dictation.

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Speaking of voice dictation, just like their phone OS counterparts, you are dealing with Google Now on Android Wear and Siri on the Apple Watch. Google Now integration on Android Wear means that any cards that you normally get on your phone or tablet like sports scores, stocks, and weather information, will also show up on the watch. While Siri doesn’t necessarily offer that on the Apple Watch, a swipe up from the bottom of the display reveals what Apple calls “Glances,” which houses a lot of the same information that one might get from Google Now. Glances is also a management hub for other things like media controls, navigation, and even Instagram and Twitter.

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For fitness junkies, both operating systems are capable of keeping track of calories burned, exercise, and heart rate monitoring, with the Apple Watch also giving you a reminder to stand and move around a bit if it thinks you’ve been sitting idle for too long. There is possibly a third party Android Wear that offers this additional feature, but is something that isn’t available out of the box.

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Watch faces are also highly customizable on either OS, but for now, there are a lot more options available for Android Wear, likely due to the open nature of the platform and its third party support. Along with the appearance, watch faces on both can be customized to show pertinent information like battery life, current date, and weather, to name a few.

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With the update to Android 5.1 Lollipop, Google added some new features to Android Wear, such as Wi-Fi support to allow the watch to sync with your phone without a Bluetooth connection, wrist gestures to scroll through notifications by flicking the wrist, screen lock, a dedicated app and contacts screen, as well as the ability to send emoticons. With the exception of Wi-Fi and wrist gestures, all the other features are also available on the Apple Watch, but again, in a different implementation.

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For example, screen lock on Android Wear is in the form of a pattern lock, while it is a PIN iteration in the case of the Apple Watch. Applications on Android Wear can be found in a simple vertical scrolling list, compared to a series of floating circles on a black background on the Apple device, which might seem confusing, but is actually very easy to navigate. Granted, these are negligible differences, but differences nonetheless.

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The big difference between these two platforms comes in what purpose they are trying to serve. Android Wear feels like a companion to your smartphone, with access to all the essentials without being too much of a distraction. On the flip side, the Apple Watch is akin to a miniaturized version of your phone, offering a lot of what your phone can also do, including taking phone calls directly from the watch, and making purchases with Apple Pay.

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Most of the disparity really has to do with the app selection. Even though the Apple Watch is very new, there is already a wide selection of apps available that you won’t find on Android Wear, at least not yet, and with better integration, at least in some cases. For example, while you can receive notifications from Instagram and Twitter on Android Wear, you will still have to get your phone out to use the app. With the Apple Watch, you can scroll through Instagram or Twitter and like, comment, favorite, and retweet just like you would on the mobile, and even book an Uber ride directly from the watch.

Of course, all of this could change in just a short period of time, as both platforms continue to evolve and compete, in much the same way their mobile OS counterparts have. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, and while they share a lot in common, the implementation and overall experiences are very different. At the end of the day, it is all going to come down to personal preference, just like it always has, in this never ending competition between Apple and Google, with a focus now on the domination of your wrist.



15
May

Deal: Save up to 20% on Pebble and Pebble Steel smartwatches for a limited time


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If you’re in the market for a smartwatch and don’t want to break the bank, Pebble may have a great deal for you. From now until the end of Saturday, May 16th you can grab any of Pebble’s classic smartwatches for up to 20% off. That means you can pick up a brand new Pebble for just $89.99, or a higher-end Pebble Steel for just $149.99. If you want to spring for the metal band on the Steel model, that will run you $20 extra.

If you don’t mind waiting for a new wearable, though, Pebble has successfully funded its new line of smartwatches, the Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel, on Kickstarter not too long ago. Bringing voice dictation functionality and a color display, there’s no doubt that the Pebble Time will be a worthy successor to the company’s original smartwatch. However, the new wearables will cost quite a bit more when they make their way to market, so Pebble’s classic smartwatches may be worth your time.

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If you’re interested in picking up a Pebble or Pebble Steel for yourself, be sure to head to the source link below. But you better hurry, the deal is only available for a limited time!



15
May

New partnerships for ADT promise smarter security


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Today ADT announced new partnerships, one with LG Electronics and another with Nest, that will deliver an “all-in-one” smart security product backed by ADT’s security services. By partnering with Nest, ADT will enhance Nest’s learning Thermostat with its Pulse ecosystem. On top of that LG has plans for smart security as well.

The electronics company plans to introduce a smart security product later in the year that combines ADT’s professional monitoring and video monitoring service with a security gateway solution. The plug-and-play device will allow users to monitor home conditions remotely and the ability to add ADT’s service to it. The integration with Nest will come along this summer and will add the ability to add ADT to the learning thermostat.

ADT is also working on enhancements to its mobile platform with more rapid development, integration and support of third parties, their services and devices. The new mobile application will be released this summer and allow voice authentication and control and will give users a piece of mind straight from their handheld devices.

So if you’re an ADT user or want a more secure smart setup, for your house, new partnerships between ADT, LG and Nest may give you the smart setup you’re looking for.

source: Market Watch

 

 

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15
May

Get the Moto X, Nexus 6, and Moto 360 for a hefty discount in the UK on May 18


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If you’re in the market for a new smartphone and are looking to snag a deal, you might want to consider picking up a device from Motorola.

Once the bell rings midnight on May 18, Motorola is hosting a 48-hour sale on the Moto X, Nexus 6, and Moto 360 smartwatch. This is quite a hefty sale, too. The Moto X will get slashed by £96, bringing the 16GB to £299 and the 32GB solution to £339.

Up next is a fan-favorite, the Motorola-made Nexus 6. You can pick up Google’s 16GB flagship device for £449. If you want the 32GB option, it’ll run you £512. That’s a savings around £30 on the original price. Finally, we have the Moto 360 smartwatch, which will be priced at £150, for a whopping £50 discount.

Next weeks flash sale will certainly save those a chunk of money who were intent on purchasing one of these three devices. However, with recent rumors on a possible new Moto X and Moto 360, we can’t help but think Motorola is trying to clear out stock to make way for new and improved devices. After all, they have been putting on a lot of excellent sales for their devices lately. It makes you a little bit suspicious.

Either way, take advantage of the discounts while you can. There’s nothing like outstanding sales on some quite admirable devices. Then again, you may want to hold off until there’s more definite news on a couple new Motorola devices.

Are you picking one up? Let us know in the comments.

source: Motorola
via: Engadget

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