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Moto X Pure Edition is now available for pre-order, ships September 17th

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Right on schedule, the Moto X Pure Edition is now available for pre-order in the US! Pricing begins at $399 for the 16GB version, though the pricing will increase depending on the options you select.  If you want 32GB storage it’ll cost $50 extra, the 64GB will come in at $100, and wood or leather backs bring up the price tag another $25. That means the highest price combination would be $525, giving you a Moto X Pure Edition with 64GB storage and a premium back.

For those need a refresher, the Moto X Pure Edition is powered by a Snapdragon 808 with 3GB RAM. Other specs include a 5.7-inch Quad HD LCD display, 16/32/64GB storage, expandable storage up to 128GB, a sizable 3,000mAh battery. You also get a high-end 21MP camera, and a near stock Android build of 5.1.1 Lollipop.

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The Moto X Pure Edition is unlocked out of the box and designed to work with all US carriers, including Verizon and Sprint. That means that you can use your phone on virtually any network and move to a different network whenever you wish — regardless of whether it is a GSM or CDMA carrier.

For those that order from the Moto Maker today, you can expect your handset to start shipping around September 17th. What do you think, anyone planning on picking up a Moto X Pure Edition?


Motorola Moto 360 (2nd Gen.) officially announced – everything you need to know


After numerous rumors and leaks over the past few months, Motorola has finally unveiled the second-generation Moto 360! The new Moto 360 collection comes in both men’s and women’s models, and there’s also a sport variant that will become available at a later date.

The regular (non-sport) model comes in both 46mm and 42mm options for men, and the women’s line comes in at 42mm. All variants feature a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of on-board storage. The 46mm option comes with a 400mAh battery and a 1.56-inch LCD display with 360 x 330 resolution, while both 42mm variants come with a 1.37-inch LCD display with 360 x 325 resolution. Both sizes are covered in Gorilla Glass 3.

As you can see from the images above, there are a few different design elements this time around. For starters, Motorola has added traditional lugs to the watch, which will let you change out your watch band much easier. The power button has also been moved to the 2 o’clock position, as opposed to the 3 o’clock position on last year’s model.


As for the Moto 360 Sport, it features a GPS, a silicon band, and an AnyLight display that will allow for easier reading in both light and dark situations.

You’ll be able to customize the Moto 360 via Moto Maker, with the ability to choose from different bands, casing colors, and sizes. There are quite a few different color options to choose from, including Black, Gold, Silver and Rose Gold (women’s variant only), and you can also choose from leather, stainless steel and Rose Gold (women’s only) straps, as well.

The non-sport variants of the watch are available for pre-order starting today from the Google Store, and Best Buy. Prices range from about $299 to $429, depending on which style and watch band you select. The new watches will also be available in-store in late September at Nordstrom, Best Buy and Verizon as well. Motorola says it will share Moto 360 Sport availability with us sometime soon.


New Apple TV reportedly starts at $149, packs universal search

The current Apple TV

No, the torrent of rumors surrounding the next Apple TV hasn’t ended yet. Sources for both 9to5Mac and BuzzFeed News now believe that the media hub will start at $149 — still much higher than Apple TV boxes from recent memory, but better than the $199 mentioned in the past. Whether or not that’s your only option is up in the air, though. Apple has reportedly “considered” a two-tier lineup with both a base 8GB model and a 16GB option for those who want to run more apps. It may just as easily offer a lone 16GB version at that price, though, so don’t count on anything just yet.

Both leaks also suggest that one of the biggest additions may be the previously hinted-at universal search. As with many rival devices, a single search (including through Siri voice recognition) will pull up content from a host of services, not just those from Apple or whichever app you’re using. To put it mildly, that’s a big deal. While the Apple TV has long been friendly to competing media services, universal search would give them even better treatment — you’d know at a glance whether or not you can save some money by watching that movie on Netflix instead of iTunes.

These latest scoops otherwise tend to back up claims that we’ve heard before. The set-top is expected to use a dual-core A8 processor (much better than the single-core A5 from today), and won’t play 4K video. That’s a bummer given the price, but the rumors suggest that Apple is less interested in competing on specs and more on hard-to-quantify features like app support and an intelligent interface. If the murmurs are accurate, you’ll get the full skinny on September 9th.

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Robots can learn from their mistakes in real-time

UT Arlington's Frank Lewis surrounded by technology

Robots and other artificial intelligences can already learn from their mistakes, but they typically have to pause what they’re doing to process what happened. They might not have to take a break in the future, though. Researchers have patented a technique, Integral Reinforcement Learning, that has devices continuously refining their actions based on each previous decision. If a machine doesn’t already know the optimal way to handle a task, it can keep walking through the scenario (whether by predicting the outcome or actually trying) until it gets things right.

The approach could be useful for just about any computing task where constant optimization is important, such as autopilot systems or your car’s emission controls. However, it might be most useful in robotics. Many robots don’t adapt well to unexpected conditions — this technology could help them improvise and otherwise make the best of a bad situation. No matter where the invention ends up, it’s safe to say that autonomous devices will be both smarter and more efficient while they’re at work.

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 is twice as friendly to your battery

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Qualcomm is clearly bent on drumming up hype for its Snapdragon 820 chip by drip-feeding facts, but its latest revelation is a big one. The company has revealed that the Kryo CPU at the heart of the chip is up to twice as power-efficient as the Snapdragon 810, even though it’s up to two times faster. While that doesn’t necessarily translate to twice the battery life, it does promise significantly better performance without a hit to your phone’s longevity.

Part of this leap comes through the use of energy-efficient 14-nanometer FinFET manufacturing and a truly customized 64-bit CPU. However, the real party trick is the 820’s use of heterogenous computing, where the chip doesn’t have to rely as heavily on its main processor as in past designs. It can ask for the help of the graphics core (the Adreno 530), digital signal processor (the Hexagon 680) and imaging processor (Spectra) in combinations that make the most of what each part can do. Snap a photo, for example, and it’ll put all of the above components to work (plus a few more) in relative harmony. That should help the new Snapdragon both reach its peak performance and save power, since it can operate multiple processors in short bursts and quickly shut down those elements it doesn’t need. It’s not clear just how much these upgrades will translate to real-world improvements, but this definitely isn’t a Snapdragon 801-style speed bump.

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Amazon reimburses you for Dash Buttons after your first purchase

In late July, Amazon quietly made its Dash Buttons available to all Prime members, without any announcement or fanfare. Today, the company finally made its new program official, and added products from 11 new brands in the process, though it’s still limited to Prime subscribers only. The new additions bring the total to 29 brands that tally over 500 products — all of which can be ordered with the push of a button. What’s more, Amazon will also reimburse you for the $5 buttons when you use them to make your first purchase. In other words, you can give it a shot and if you end up not liking it (or even if you do), you’ll get your money back. In addition to household items like laundry detergent and food, you can now use the buttons to order mints, gum and protein powder, among other things. For a full list of the available items, take a look here.

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Video Review: The Solpro Helios Smart Battery Pack Charges Your iPhone Using the Sun

For our latest video review, we went hands-on with the Solpro Helios Smart, a solar-powered battery pack that can recharge using three built-in solar panels.

It sports a 5,000mAh battery that can charge an iPhone 6 from dead to full twice over, and when the battery is exhausted, it can be charged through an included micro-USB cable or by opening its solar panels and sticking it in the bright sun.

We liked the size of the Solpro Helios. It’s about the size of an iPhone but slightly thicker, which means it’s small enough to stick in a pocket or a backpack when on the go. It can charge an iPhone or an iPad with dedicated ports, and there are some built-in LED indicators that let you know the battery level and whether its solar panels are working.

In our testing, it took about six hours for the Solpro Helios to recharge in the sun after it was drained, but the amount of power you’re getting is going to vary a lot based on location and the brightness of the sun.

It’s not the fastest charger, nor the cheapest, but the Solpro Helios definitely works and it can be handy when you’re in an area where traditional power is unavailable.

Solpro’s Helios Smart Solar Battery Pack is available from the Solpro website or for $119. It comes in white, orange, and black.


Google Now version 5.2.33 rolls out with new logo [APK Download]

Google updated their company logo and inevitably the updates to their apps followed. This particular update sees Google Now be bumped to version 5.2.33 and their Google Now Launcher feature the new logo as well as some new animations and a splash of colour.

Google has decided to add lots of colour to their launcher, and even the microphone icon now has colour. There’s a visual refresh when it comes to the Google Now part of the system, with new animations for swiping away. I like the new design as it seems to add a bit of character to an otherwise flat design.

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You can find a detailed rundown of the APK over at AndroidPolice. You’ll see the new Maps version 9.14 app rolling out to the Google Play Store, but if you’d like to download it now, you can grab it below.

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Google reportedly set to unveil new Nexus devices on September 29th in San Francisco


Google’s upcoming Nexus smartphones have been leaking like crazy, and it looks like we’re finally getting word of an announcement date. Although it’s not official, according to the folks at CNET, Google plans to unveil both new Nexus smartphones at an event on Tuesday, September 29th in San Francisco. This rumored launch date lines up perfectly with just about every other Nexus launch in the past, which is why we wouldn’t be surprised if this rumor turned out to be true. Moreover, a Korean tech site recently reported that LG’s new Nexus device would be available from September 29th, which means Google might make the new smartphones available on launch day.

So far, we’ve heard tons of rumors and even seen a few leaked photos of both Huawei and LG Nexus devices. The LG-made Nexus is rumored to come with a 5.2-inch display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM and a 13MP rear-facing camera. The Huawei-made device is said to sport a 5.7-inch Quad HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and 3GB of RAM. Both devices will likely come with USB Type-C ports and rear-mounted fingerprint scanners, as well.

We’ll be sure to keep you posted if we hear anything official from Google, but as for now, mark your calendars for the 29th!


Lenovo announces YOGA Tablet 3, YOGA Tablet 3 Pro and several new smartphones at IFA 2015

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We’re here at IFA 2015 in Berlin, where Lenovo has just taken the wraps off a number of new devices. With today’s announcements, the Chinese device manufacturer has added two new tablets to its YOGA lineup with the YOGA Tablet 3 and YOGA Tablet 3 Pro. Additionally, the company has announced two new smartphones, the Lenovo PHAB and PHAB Plus. There’s quite a bit to cover here, so let’s jump right in!

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  Lenovo YOGA Tablet 3 (8-inch) Lenovo YOGA Tablet 3 (10.1-inch) Lenovo YOGA Tablet 3 Pro (10.1-inch)
Display 8.0-inch IPS LCD display, 1280 x 800 resolution 10.1-inch IPS LCD display, 1280 x 800 resolution 10.1-inch IPS LCD display, 2560 x 1440 resolution, 299ppi
Processor 1.3GHz Qualcomm APQ8009 1.3GHz Qualcomm APQ8009 Intel Atom x5-Z8500
Storage 16GB on-board, expandable via microSD 16GB on-board, expandable via microSD 32GB on-board,
expandable via microSD
Camera 8MP AF Rotatable camera 8MP AF Rotatable camera 13MP rear-facing camera, 5MP front-facing camera
Battery 6200mAh 8400mAh 10200mAh
Software Android 5.1 Lollipop Android 5.1 Lollipop Android 5.1 Lollipop
Sound 2x front-facing large-chamber speakers,
Dolby Atmos 3D Surround Sound
2x front-facing large-chamber speakers,
Dolby Atmos 3D Surround Sound
4x front-facing speakers,
Dolby Atmos 3D Surround Sound on Speakers
4G LTE option Yes Yes Yes
Projector No No Yes

Starting out with the tablets, Lenovo’s new YOGA Tablet 3 comes in both 8-inch and 10.1-inch variants, and both carry the same 1280 x 800 resolution. Both feature quad-core Qualcomm processors, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage as well as microSD expansion. Each tablet also comes with two front-facing large-chamber speakers with Dolby Atmos 3D Surround Sound technology and a rotatable 8MP camera. The tablets also come in both Wi-Fi and LTE variants, too.

Lenovo has also introduced the YOGA Tablet 3 Pro, featuring a 10.1-inch display with Quad HD resolution. It comes with a quad-core Qualcomm processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board storage and microSD expansion. There’s also a 13MP rear-facing camera, a 5MP front-facer, a big 10200mAh battery, and four front-facing speakers with Dolby Atmos 3D Surround Sound technology as well. The big news with the Tablet 3 Pro is the inclusion of a rotatable 70-inch pico projector that features digital focus, gesture control and can achieve a brightness of 50 nits.

The YOGA Tablet 3 (8.0-inch) will be available in retail stores in the U.S. on October 1st for just $169, while the larger 10.1-inch variant will launch for $199 on November 1st. The YOGA Tablet 3 Pro will be available for $499 starting November 1st, as well.

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  Lenovo PHAB Lenovo PHAB Plus
Display 7.0-inch IPS LCD display, 1280 x 720 resolution 6.8-inch IPS LCD display, 1920 x 1080 resolution
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon Qualcomm Snapdragon 615
Storage 16GB on-board,
microSD expansion up to 64GB
32GB on-board,
microSD expansion up to 64GB
Camera 13MP rear-facing camera, 5MP front-facing camera 13MP rear-facing camera, 5MP front-facing camera
Battery 4250mAh 3500mAh
Software Android 5.0 Lollipop Android 5.0 Lollipop
Sound Dolby Atmos 3D Surround Sound Dolby Atmos 3D Surround Sound
Dual SIM Yes Yes

Lenovo has also announced two new smartphones, the PHAB and PHAB Plus. Both devices are quite large, coming in at 7.0-inches and 6.8-inches, respectively. The PHAB Plus has a Full HD display, a Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and microSD expansion. It’s also made of metal and sports a big 3500mAh battery, which should keep the device running all day.

The PHAB, on the other hand, comes with a bigger 7.0-inch display with 720p resolution, an unspecified Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage and microSD expansion. The PHAB comes with a larger 4250mAh battery, and even some one handed usability features on the software side. Both devices come with dual SIM support, Dolby Atmos 3D Surround Sound technology, 13MP rear cameras and 5MP front-facing cameras.

The PHAB Plus will be available in Southeast Asia, China, India, the Middle East, Latin America and Eastern Europe this month for $299 unlocked, while the PHAB will be available for just $179. Unfortunately, neither handset will be available in North America.

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