LG now including extra battery and charging cradle with purchase of new G3

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According to a LG press release, the company will now be including an extra battery and charging cradle with the purchase of a new G3.

The promotional period starts today, but only goes until Sept. 22, so you have some time to decide if you want to go in on the G3.

The free extra battery and charging cradle are valued at a total of $70, so this is a pretty solid offering from LG.

Source: PR Newswire

Moto 360 to be made available by AT&T at a later date

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The Moto 360 sold out in minutes of it being first available online and has created a ton of buzz since its initial announcement.

Pretty soon, you’ll have another option for where you can pick one up.

According to an AT&T release, the carrier will be adding the device to its accessory portal on its website — customers will be able to purchase the Moto 360 as an accessory.

The release says pricing and availability will be announced at a later date, but don’t expect it to cost any more or less than what it can be gotten for now from other retailers/carriers.

Source: ATT

Motorola Turbo Charger goes live on Motorola’s website with $35 price tag

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One of the accessories mentioned with the new Moto X was Motorola’s Turbo Charger. This charger provides an extremely quick battery boost to the Moto X using Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 tech which can give a device up to 8 hours of additional battery life after just 15 minutes on the charger.

Apparently, this Turbo Charger won’t come in the box with the Moto X, but Motorola has updated their accessory page on their website to detail pricing for the accessory. We don’t know when you’ll be able to buy one, but whenever they become available, it’ll run about $35. Fairly expensive for a cell phone charger, but charging up half of your device in just 15 minutes might be worth it. We’ll let know as soon as we hear any more details.

source: Motorola

Motorola unveils Moto Hint, a new discreet Bluetooth earbud [Hands on Video]

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Bluetooth headsets work well in general, but they are still clunky. Well here comes Moto Hint to solve that problem. It’s so small and discreet, you almost don’t know it’s there. It fits in your ear comfortably with no bulk.

What’s even cooler is that it will work in conjunction with Moto Voice on the Moto X. So you can easily respond to texts or even find out who won that big game without whipping out your phone. Of course, you can still use it with any other smartphone sans those capabilities.


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Nest Protect gets new features

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Google’s Nest Protect, the conscious in-home thermostat and smoke alarm, has released new features that will be rolling out to users starting today. One of the features is a 10-day history of  use which details what has happened day-by-day and displays graphical data to help you understand what is going on in your home. The new history feature should help you identify potential sources for false alarms in order to avoid them in the future.
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Google may push out Android Wear 2.0 update in October

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Android Wear is still a pretty new piece of software from Google, but it’s looking like we might see Wear version 2.0 hitting smartwatches in the middle of October. Rumors suggest that some Wear devices will start getting an OTA update on October 15th that might bring things like GPS support and Bluetooth headphone pairing capabilities, plus typical improvements and bug fixes.
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Carriers announce Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge availability

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With the announcement of the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge out of the way, the only thing left to find out is when and where you’ll be able to pick one up. Fortunately, all of the major US carriers have released some information and sign-up pages so you’ll be able to get your hands on one.

Verizon plans on selling the Note 4 and Note Edge, but they haven’t said anything about the Gear VR or a specific release date. They do have a sign-up page for those of you that are interested, however. AT&T has listed pages for both devices, and they are going to sell the Gear VR as an accessory to the Note 4. No release date here, either.
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Montblanc to offer high-end Galaxy Note 4 styluses and cases

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Samsung certainly had a busy day with a some really nice hardware announcements, but we shouldn’t forget about the accessories.

Samsung announced a partnership with Montblanc for custom styluses. They will offer both the Pix and e-StarWalker, which resemble the classic pen they have offered for years. They aren’t referring to them as S Pens, but instead, “digital writing devices.” They also offer swappable nubs that mimic different pen nibs.

In addition to the styluses, they are going to offer two different leather flip covers.


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Sony adds QX30 and QX1 models to its lens camera lineup

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Last year, Sony unveiled their “lens cameras,” a unique camera that attached to a smartphone to snap photos. Today at IFA, Sony unveiled the follow ups to last year’s models.

The first model, the QX30, works very similarly to the QX10 and QX100 from last year. It attaches to the back of a smartphone and has its own microSD card slot and rechargeable battery. Photos can be saved to the lens or instantly moved to the smartphone via WiFi Direct, and the companion app for using the accessory has been updated with the launch of the news lenses. The QX30 offers a 30x zoom and burst shots of up to 10 fps, which is significantly better than what you’ll find on any smartphone. The QX30 will run $350 and should be available in September.
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