Motorola Announces the New Moto X: Initial Impressions and Hands On

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Motorola has been through a lot, to say the least. It was only a few years ago that Motorola had become an OEM struggling to stay afloat, as it was effectively an ODM for network operators in the US. We saw phone after phone pushed out with no real cohesive strategy or market. After its acquisition by Google, we saw a major shift. Motoblur was removed, and we saw a move to using the AOSP UI to facilitate faster updates and smoother experience. The only real changes were Motorola’s custom apps and features, which were still following Android’s design principles. However, the Moto X seemed to lack in certain areas. The Snapdragon S4 Pro just couldn’t keep up with the Snapdragon 800 in performance also used more power. The Clear Pixel camera was definitely interesting from an academic perspective, but at launch it was rather disappointing. Combined with Moto Maker exclusivity to AT&T and general exclusivity to the US, the Moto X was a great idea held back by timing and distribution. Today, Motorola hopes to make things right with the new Moto X.

Remember that time Steve Jobs announced ‘Halo’?

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Next week sees the release of Destiny, Bungie’s biggest game to date and one of the most anticipated titles of the year. It’s coming out across multiple platforms, but its blockbuster inception belies Bungie’s humble origins as a Mac-focused developer. That’s the reason Steve Jobs was on hand to announce Halo, the game that put the studio on the map (and eventually got it acquired by Microsoft), just over 15 years ago at Macworld. Watch and wonder what might have been.

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The New Moto G Offers A Bigger Screen And Removable Storage At $179.99 Unlocked

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moto-g Along with a new flagship Moto X, Motorola is taking the wraps off its new Moto G today, and the new version of its affordable smartphone continues to be one of the best values in modern mobile devices. Motorola’s new mid-range phone offers a larger 5-inch display with 1280×720 resolution for 294 ppi pixel density, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz,… Read More

The All New Moto X Arrives Later This Month For $499.99 Unlocked

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Screen Shot 2014-09-04 at 6.08.05 PM Motorola is updating its flagship Moto X, and it’s an improvement that makes one of the best deals in mobile even better, even if it doesn’t completely revolutionize what came before. The original Moto X was one of the best phones last year, and despite a change in the company’s ownership from Google to Lenovo, this new Moto X looks to be a worthy successor. Google’s… Read More

The new Moto X could be the best Android phone ever made

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Today, Motorola announced its second-generation Moto X, the successor to the company’s rebooted flagship smartphone that was unveiled just over a year ago. Yes, the phone will simply be called Moto X again — not X+1, as some rumors had suggested — and it’ll be available for the same $499 unlocked as the original when it launches later in September (that’s for 16GB; the 32GB version runs at a $50 premium). Carriers will be offering it starting at $99 on contract.

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Moto 360 review

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I lost my phone this morning.

Normally that’s impossible. My phone is always either in my pocket or in my hands, because missing an email or a text or a killer snap is just entirely unfathomable. But this morning, I was reading an email on my wrist, and walked out the door without even checking my pockets. That’s what the Moto 360 has done to me: I already feel naked without it, but I don’t notice my smartphone so much anymore.

The Moto 360 is the smartwatch I’ve been waiting for,…

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You Can Stand Under My Umbrella Here

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Umbrella Here 2 As a staunch introvert who prefers wide swaths of personal space, I find the idea behind Umbrella Here frightening, yet strangely compelling. The creators of the project, which is currently raising funds on Kickstarter, want to “bring strangers together on rainy days” with a Bluetooth light that attaches to the top of your umbrella and an app alerting people that you are willing… Read More

The Moto 360 Smartwatch Is Finally Here, Available Today For $249.99

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moto-360 The Moto 360 has been unveiled previously, and is arguably the most anticipated Android Wear smartwatch, owing partly to its attractive round face. The wearable is finally landing, complete with heart rate monitor, in both black and gray metal finishes, with retail availability kicking off today at noon EST from Motorola.com, Best Buy and Google Play for $249.99. Two new metal band options will… Read More

FCC Chairman: America needs more broadband competition

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The US government needs to stimulate more competition in broadband connectivity, said America’s top communications regulator today, in comments related to Comcast’s proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable. “Meaningful competition for high-speed wired broadband is lacking,” Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said in a speech in Washington. “Americans need more competitive choices.” [Los Angeles Times]

AmazonFresh tries using the US Postal Service to deliver its groceries

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AmazonFresh, the grocery delivery service run by the retail giant in selected US west coast cities, has started a trial program which sees the US Postal Service shipping its items. The 60-day program, which started in August, tasks the USPS with delivering food items, toiletries, and other everyday essentials to customers in the San Francisco area. Items are scheduled to be delivered between 3 AM and 7 AM, when most of the USPS’ trucks aren’t in use anyway. AmazonFresh’s perishable food items come shipped in insulated bags, meaning that the trucks don’t need to outfitted with costly refrigeration units.

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Apple Will Add Extra Security Measures To iCloud, Says Tim Cook

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Tim_Cook_in_2012_WWDC Apple has added extra security measures to iCloud, including alerts if someone tries to change your account password, download iCloud files to a new device, or a log a new device onto an account. Users can then change their passwords immediately or notify Apple security. The alerts will start in two weeks, CEO Tim Cook told the Wall Street Journal. In addition, Apple will also increase its use… Read More

Tim Cook says Apple will send security alerts to help stop iCloud hackers

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Apple CEO Tim Cook told The Wall Street Journal today that his company is soon to introduce measures to protect iPad, iPhone, and Mac users’ information and keep hackers out of their accounts. In two weeks time, Cook said users would start to receive emails and push notifications on mobile devices when iCloud data was restored, passwords changed, or when a new device logs into an account for the first time.

Cook’s comments come after hundreds of photos of nude celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence and Ariana Grande, were leaked online. The pictures were reportedly obtained the pictures through Apple’s iCloud service. The company has denied that private accounts were accessible through security flaws in the cloud storage system, but…

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Disrupt SF Hackathon – More Prizes Than You Can Hack A Stick At

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disrupt hackathon We’re fewer than 48 hours away from the start of the TechCrunch Disrupt SF Hackathon. To make your experience even better, we’ve partnered with some wonderful companies that have agreed to pony up some great prizes for best use of their systems. Clover Network  Clover, one of the fastest growing point of sale systems in the World has a robust collection of APIs, both Android… Read More

Healthcare.gov hacked but no personal data stolen

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US government officials have confirmed that a hacker was able to access the Healthcare.gov earlier this year and upload malicious software to the insurance website. The breach, which was only discovered by the Department of Health and Human Services last week, took place in July. The officials reported the hack marked the first successful attack on Healthcare.gov, but specified the hacker wasn’t specifically targeting the site, and that no personal records of the 5.4 million people who have used the site to buy health insurance since it launched were stolen.

The hacker reportedly uploaded malware that would allow Healthcare.gov’s server to be used as a weapon in a DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack. With the software uploaded,…

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Lego is now the biggest toy company in the world

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Lego has been a childhood institution for decades, but the business has been growing rapidly over the last decade — so much so that it has now surpassed Mattel as the biggest toymaker in the world in terms of both revenue and profit. That’s only over the first six months of 2014, though, so Mattel has time to claw back this holiday season. The empire the company has built by licensing franchises like Star Wars, Harry Potter, Marvel, DC, and more has truly paid off — not to mention its recent successful foray into the movie theater.

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HP is launching a new pair of Chromebooks next month, one with Nvidia’s K1 processor

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Not to be outdone by Toshiba and Acer, HP today announced a new pair of Chromebooks. Like its current models, HP will be offering two screen sizes, 11 and 14 inches. At first glance, the 11-inch model appears to be a big step up over its predecessor — instead of the ARM-based Exynos processor found in HP’s current model, this new Chromebook will feature Intel’s Bay Trail Celeron processor. It won’t be as fast as the Chromebooks running Core i3 processors, but it should still be an improvement in the speed department.

Another benefit will be the ability to get one of these computers with 4GB of RAM — the older 11-inch HP Chromebook only came with 2GB. Other specs include the expected 1366 x 768 screen resolution, 16GB of storage (plus…

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Tesla confirms its battery Gigafactory will be built in Nevada

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Days after the deal was first reported, Tesla Motors has announced that its giant battery-producing Gigafactory will indeed be built in Nevada. The factory is set to produce over 50 GWh in battery power each year by 2020 — enough for half a million Tesla cars — and will be powered by renewable sources to help it become a “net zero energy” facility. Panasonic will help build and operate the factory.

“I would like to recognize the leadership of Governor Sandoval and the Nevada Legislature for partnering with Tesla to bring the Gigafactory to the state,” said Tesla CEO Elon Musk. “The Gigafactory is an important step in advancing the cause of sustainable transportation and will enable the mass production of compelling electric vehicles for…

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