Motorola to offer Moto X with football leather back

moto x football backHere’s some exciting news for American football fans; it looks like you’re soon going to be able to pick up a Moto X with a football leather back.

Motorola already offers a leather option for devices created with MotoMaker, but this new back will reportedly look and feel just like a football. The company that supplies Motorola with their leather also happens to be the sole supplier of the NFL’s footballs, so expect something high quality.
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Google fined $2,250 for exposing Canadian woman’s cleavage on Street View

Google_Street_View_Car_01Unless you’re new to the internet, you’ve probably heard of some of the crazy stories surrounding photos and images on Google’s Street View services. Everything from crime scenes to urban legends have allegedly been captured on the service, if you know where to look.

This situation is more than just an internet rumor, though. A woman in Canada filed legal claims against Google for capturing a shot of her leaning forward on her porch and exposing her cleavage, showing her off to anybody that bothered to look up her address on Street View. Apparently whoever is in charge of blurring out things like license plates and addresses didn’t think this was worth censoring. 
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Tablets see 11.5% growth in third quarter of 2014, Samsung still top Android tablet manufacturer

tabletShareThe back to school shopping season gave tablets a pretty solid boost in the third quarter of the year helping manufacturers to ship 53.8 million tablets over those three months. Tablets still seem as if they have more room for growth than smartphones do in an overly saturated market, although smartphones are still an extremely valuable commodity.

Year-over-year, those 53 million tablets helped market share for the devices grow about 11.5% from last year. Compared to the second quarter of 2014, tablets also saw an 11.2% sequential growth. 
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LG announces 5.3-inch HD smartphone screen with incredibly small bezel

LG small bezel screenLG has always been proud of the small bezels on their devices, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to stop trying to shrink them even smaller. Today, the company has announced a full HD 5.3-inch smartphone display that has the world’s narrowest bezel on a screen that size. The bezel comes in at just 0.7 mm, and as you can see from the picture above, it’s ridiculously slim. For reference, LG mentions that a credit card typically has a width of about 0.8 mm.

LG is citing their “Neo Edge” technology as the reason why this slim bezel is possible. The display uses adhesive instead of double-sided tape to attach and seal the internal hardware to the backlight unit, which removes the need for a plastic guide panel. It’s some pretty sophisticated technology that LG is no doubt very proud of.
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Nexus 6 will run $199 on contract with major carriers

Nexus 6 pressWe knew Google’s latest flagship was going to see a release on all major US carriers, but none of the carriers, nor Google or Motorola, said much about pricing. Since the device retails for $649 with no type of service contract, many people assumed it pick up a $199 price tag with a 2-year agreement. Turns out that was a pretty smart guess, as Google confirmed the price point yesterday.

If you’re interested in purchasing a Nexus 6 with a carrier like Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint, you can sign a 2-year contract to get the massive Nexus for about $200. Of course, all major carriers are now offering some type of device installment plan, so you can also opt for a monthly payment for the device, too. Decisions, decisions.
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Star Wars: Galactic Defense officially released on Android

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Earlier this year, Star Wars: Galactic Defense was announced as a tower defense games with elements from the Star Wars universe. The game has finally been released onto the Play Store as a free app with some in-app purchases.

The game lets you choose between siding with the Light or Dark side and offers some unique gameplay experiences on both ends, so there should be some replay value here. It’s still a tower defense game at its core, so if you’re a fan of tower defense games and Star Wars, you’ll probably want to pick this one up at least to try out.

Hit the break for the download and some screenshots.
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Amazon offering Moto 360 in several new colors and options

moto_360_stone_gray_strap_compare_regular_grayWhen the Moto 360 first launched, it was only available in a few colors. If you didn’t want anything flashy, the stainless steel and black finishes were okay, but I’m sure many of you have been waiting on something that sticks out a bit more. It looks like Amazon has finally listed a few new color options and bands for the Moto 360, so the wait is almost over.
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Xiaomi takes 3rd place for world’s largest smartphone manufacturer

xiaomi-pageXiaomi has been aggressively selling phones since the company was founded just three years ago, and according to the latest shipment metrics, they’ve finally got something to show for it. The company moved about 19 million smartphones in the third quarter of 2014, which officially makes them the third largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. That puts it above other large companies like Lenovo and LG.
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