Motorola to open pre-orders for new Moto X, restock Moto 360 on Tuesday

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Last week, Motorola finally took the wraps off of a handful of new products. The new Moto G and Moto 360 went on sale almost immediately, but the new Moto X was teased as being available later this month. Today, however, the company has officially announced that starting Tuesday, September 16th, you will be able to pre-order the new Moto X for AT&T. The unlocked, “Pure Edition” of the device will also go up for pre-order that same day.

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PSA: Samsung Galaxy Alpha now available at Carphone Warehouse

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The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is now available to purchase from Carphone Warehouse through the UK retailer’s website and brick and mortar locations. The 4.7-inch metal frame smartphone will set you back £33 a month with no upfront costs. Available today in Charcoal Black and Dazzling White, the Sleek Silver and Carphone Warehouse exclusive Scuba Blue will be ready to ship on October 3rd.

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HTC reportedly working on an Android compatible camera to compete with GoPro

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HTC is reportedly working on a new GoPro-like waterproof camera that can be used to capture footage of extreme sports and other activities, according to Bloomberg. Such a device would be the company’s first camera that’s not permanently attached to a smartphone. Little is known about the unannounced gadget, however it’s said to feature a wide-angle lens, a 16-megapixel sensor and compatibility with both Android and iOS.

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AT&T says it will roll out WiFi Calling for Android in 2015

 

526px-AT&T_logo_(horizontal).svgTelecommunications site LightRead reports that AT&T is committing to supporting WiFi Calling for its subscribers beginning sometime in 2015. The feature allows subscribers to carry voice calls over their home or office WiFi connection, for instance, when the cellular network may be poor in strength.

Speaking Friday at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference, he said the carrier would use WiFi calling in 2015, but only as a complement to voice-over-LTE and 3G voice. [...]

“We’re very focused on making sure it’s a great experience for customers, but we see it as a complement, not a replacement,” he said. “We feel good about a great nationwide network with unlimited talk and text.”

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Motorola to offer an unlocked bloatware-free Moto X later this month

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Between manufacturer and carrier gunk, Android is often weighed down by unwanted bloatware. When looking for a high-end handset, software purists are often pushed towards Nexus devices from Google, or stripped down ROMs furnished by software development communities. However, the folks at Motorola are looking to break this cycle with the release of its 2014 edition Moto X.

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Google almost created a company in 2003 to deter an employee’s balloon popping habits (video)

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Who wants to take a trip down memory lane? Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt does! The one time company CEO recently took to Google+ to do a little reminiscing. The year was 2003 and Google had been going strong for about five years. In its earlier days, the lighthearted tech company would welcome new employees to the fold by presenting them with a smiley helium balloon to float around their office space. A kind gesture, the balloon was also an easy way for seasoned employees to spot a “Noogler” (new Google employee).

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60 percent of apps fail basic privacy tests, finds international cross-governmental study

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A review of 1,211 apps carried out by a coalition of privacy officials across 19 countries found that 60 percent of them failed at least one basic privacy test, reports the WSJ.

The officials found that 60% of apps raised privacy concerns, based on three criteria: They did not disclose how they used personal information; they required that the user give up an excessive amount of personal data as a condition of downloading the app; and their privacy policies were rendered in type too small to be read on a phone’s screen …

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Google announces first batch of Android apps available on Chromebooks

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Google announced today that it’s bringing Android apps to Chromebook users with the first four apps now available for the platform. The apps come to Chrome OS users as a result of Google’s App Runtime for Chrome (Beta) project launched earlier this year at Google I/O as an effort to bring Android apps over to Chromebooks. The first first set of apps include: Read more

eBay for Android updated with a new design and in-app notifications

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If you’re eyeing a new smartphone and plan on unloading your old gear on eBay to finance your next purchase, you’ll be glad to know that the world famous e-commerce company has redesigned its Android app. Hopping on the Material Design bandwagon, version 2.7 ships with a simple, flat, sterile look that features larger photos and refined search results.

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HTC will reportedly release an Android Wear-powered smartwatch in early 2015

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HTC is gearing up to launch an Android Wear-powered smartwatch early next year, according to CNET. Recent rumors suggested the company had canceled its smartwatch efforts due to the steep competition in the growing space, but its plans are reportedly alive and well. The Taiwanese electronics maker is taking its time to make sure its watch stands out and will focus on the device’s design and “features that consumers will more immediately gravitate toward.”

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