Everything we know about the Motorola Moto X (2015)

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The Moto X, despite not being as commercially successful as the competition, remains one of the most respected devices in the world. Motorola keeps its phones simple and focuses only on areas that consumers actually care about. The jump from the original Moto X to last year’s model was quite the jump, but still lacked something to make it stand out from Samsung and Apple’s offerings for the holiday season. This year, Motorola once again has an opportunity to come out on top with a flagship device.

What is Motorola up to and will an anticipated refresh be as major as we’re making it out to be?

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Best tech items to make your next BBQ amazing

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We are in the middle of summer and that means a lot of things: all the kids are out of school, you might be taking your vacation, and backyards are bound to be filled with entertainment.

For most people, that means buying fancy napkins and attention-grabbing cups. Those of us who love tech, however, use this time to impress everyone else with all of our gear and show them how much better BBQs can be with today’s technology.

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Best podcast apps [2015]

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Podcasts are a great source of entertainment, information, and education. Whether you want to know about the latest happenings in Hollywood, what’s going on in technology, or just learn a new topic like economics, podcasts are the perfect medium.

Things can quickly get unorganized and chaotic quickly when subscribing to a lot of podcasts. That’s why you need a good app that can keep track of all your subscriptions while keeping things neat, organized, and easy to access.

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Best ways to speed up mobile browsing [2015]

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After using a mobile browser for some time, you may notice a slight drop in speed and performance, particularly due due to cache, cookies, and history. It can get even worse if you don’t have the luxury of HSPA+ or even LTE speeds, as 3G and 4G networks can be subject to a lot of hang ups and sometimes even disconnects.

No one wants to deal with slow Internet speeds, though. When trying to access information quickly, it can get severely frustrating, especially when you’re trying to share a video with a friend, only to be met with the annoying loading indicator. Fortunately, there are a couple of handy ways to speed up your mobile browsing, regardless of what type of network you’re on.

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Best weather apps [2015]

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When smartphones first hit the market, it seemed like one of the “core” apps every smartphone got was a weather app. Part of this was probably due to the graphic nature of weather information and forecasts that could benefit from a smartphone screen. Add in the mobile nature so users could always have up to date weather no matter where they were and it makes absolute sense. The fact that weather apps came pre-installed did not stop developers from working on third-party weather apps, especially if they could be tied into an existing service on other platforms like the ubiquitous Weather Channel on virtually every cable and satellite service lineup and appearing in every hotel lobby.

Like the constantly changing weather, apps to keep up with the weather frequently change as well, so we are taking a look at some of the top weather apps this summer.

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Best keyboard replacement apps [2015]

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The keyboard on your device is probably one of the most used apps on your phone whether or not you realize it. Unless you’re the kind of person to use a ton of voice dictation, you probably tap out tons and tons of words each day through messaging, web browsing, looking up YouTube videos, and anything and everything in between. Having a good keyboard can make your smartphone experience significantly better, but using a bad keyboard can ruin the whole thing.

From minor glitches to lack of features to bad autocorrection and word prediction, we’ve all seen some poor keyboards that take the fun out of using your device. Now we’ll go over the best keyboard replacement apps that you can find in the Play Store.

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Best media player apps [2015]

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Taking your movies and music everywhere you go is one of the many benefits of having a smartphone or tablet. You never know when you’ll have some downtime to listen to some music during a break or watch a movie during a long flight. A big problem with the stock Android video player is that, in some cases, it doesn’t have all the necessary codecs you might need and a few helpful features are missing. Google’s in-house media player may be limited for some people, but luckily the Play Store is flooded with alternatives.

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Best calendar apps [2015]

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For me, digital calendars are a go-to for scheduling, planning, and inviting others to events. Whether it be a lunch, business meeting, or simply a barbecue, a digital calendar can be handy. They’re convenient and go anywhere you are.

If you haven’t made the jump yet, and want to take one for a spin, we’ve put together a list of our favorites. Check it out and see if any of these calendar apps work for you and improve your productivity.

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Best text messaging apps [2015]

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If you’re tired of the native texting app on your smartphone, Google Play has a plethora of great alternatives. When choosing a new solution you need to be careful, as not all of them incorporate SMS. The Play Store is filled with apps for messaging services that lack any SMS integration. Many options disguise themselves as a text messaging app when they are actually an instant messenger, which would require you to get your friends and family on-board to put it to use.

That, of course, limits our scope quite a bit. But there are still plenty of great options out there, some even built by Google itself. Be sure to check them all out below and find the one for your needs.

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