EFF files petition with U.S. Copyright Office to ensure that rooting an Android device remains legal

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) announced this week that it has filed a petition with the U.S. Librarian of Congress and the Copyright Office to extend and expand the exemption that makes rooting an Android device or jailbreaking an iOS device possible without violating the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) in the United States. Read more

Uber could take on Amazon as it taps Google’s head of same-day delivery business

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Uber has already disrupted taxi service in metropolitan areas like San Francisco, New York and Chicago with its affordable and convenient ride-sharing service, and now the multibillion dollar startup could be planning to use its massive fleet of vehicles and drivers to take on delivery services like Amazon Prime, Google Express, FedEx and UPS. Read more

New OnePlus One update addresses touchscreen and black bar bugs

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CyanogenMod has rolled out a new software update for the OnePlus One today which looks to resolve a few issues that have been troubling the device for the past few months. CM 11S 44S tackles some potential security flaws and looks to resolve a longstanding touchscreen problem that affected typing or just about anything that involved using the phone’s display. There’s also a fix for the “black bar” issue that would occasionally cause lines to appear across the OnePlus One’s screen.

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Google Genomics can store your genome in the cloud for $25 a year

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From modular phones to cancer detecting nanoparticles, Google sure has a lot in its pipeline. But lurking behind those high-profile projects is Google Genomics, a project that will store complete copies of genomes. The search giant started working on this particular moonshot about a year and a half ago, partnering with scientists and developing an API that allows them to move DNA data into its servers.

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Verizon announces fumble-proof football leather Moto X

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The second-generation Moto X has been on sale for about two months and while we love the Moto Maker’s customization options for the Lenovo-owned company’s flagship smartphone, Verizon has just raised the stakes. Today, the carrier announced a new football leather Moto X as a Big Red exclusive. Available now for $120 under a new two year service agreement, this stylish option gives the Moto X’s wooden backing a run for its money.

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Here’s a look at Android 5.0 Lollipop running on a Samsung Galaxy S4 (video)

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When it comes to Android, Samsung has some ambitious goals. Each year, the company cranks out an unfathomable number of smartphones and tablets, but Google’s latest and greatest software appears to reserved for its top-shelf hardware. We’ve already seen Android 5.0 running on a Galaxy S5 and today the folks at SamMobile are giving us a look at Lollipop on a Galaxy S4.

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Android Lollipop unofficially ported to Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10 and Xperia Z

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While the wait continues for Google to release Android Lollipop as an over-the-air software update and post official factory images of the latest operating system version, a number of developers over at XDA-Developers have taken it upon themselves to take the Lollipop source code and create builds for the Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10 and other devices. Read more

Motorola now selling Nexus 6 online from $649 (or monthly financing), but it’s backordered

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With preorders for Google’s new Motorola-made Nexus 6 smartphone going live late last month, the only option or getting a device so far has been Google Play. That hasn’t gone so well for everyone, however, as the store is fast running out of stock despite Google’s best efforts to restock the device every week. Now there is at least one more option with Motorola kicking off sales of the device direct through its website. That doesn’t mean you’ll get your hands on one faster than units shipping from Google Play later this month, though, as the site currently lists all models of the phone as “backordered.”  Read more

Google Drive for iOS adds Touch ID unlocking, video saving, iPhone 6/Plus support, more

In addition to updating its Maps app with an overhauled design, Google has released a new version of its Drive app for iPhone and iPad users adding support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as well as some new iOS 8 features.

The Google Drive file storage app can now be secured using Touch ID so users with supported devices (iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3) can unlock the app using the fingerprint scanner. The new version of Drive also includes an extension to “open form and save to Drive in other apps” for iOS 8 users, and videos can now be saved from Drive to the Photos app (instructions below). Google says the new version of Drive for iPhone and iPad also includes full iOS 8 compatibility, bug fixes, and performance improvements.

Google Drive 3.3 for iPhone and iPad is available for free on the App Store. Full change log below. Read more

Verizon’s Ellipsis 8 XLTE tablet will set you back $150 with a two year service agreement

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Are you in the market for a new tablet, but a $400 Nexus 9 might restrict you to a diet of ramen noodles and tap water? If so, Verizon’s new low-cost slate might be more appealing to your wallet and less taxing on your grocery list. Today, the carrier announced the availability of the Ellipsis 8, an entry-level tablet that features an 8-inch 1,280 x 800 HD display, a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 16GB of storage, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 5,000mAh battery.

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