DROID ULTRA Wallpapers Now Available for Download


One of the nicest things about a new phone is that we’re graced with new wallpapers. We’ve already seen what the Moto X has to offer and now it’s the DROID ULTRA‘s turn. In this round of wallpapers you’ll see the usual DROID eye, beautiful landscapes, and some other abstract wallpapers.

If you’re interested you can hit the download link after the break. There’s also a gallery so you can browse what the ULTRA has to offer before you download. As always you can head on over to the forums to show off your homescreen. Enjoy!

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Motorola Moto X accessory skips in view then out again


Earlier today a new accessory for the Motorola Moto X surfaced on the Motorola website with a companion app in the Google Play Store, but has now disappeared. The Skip for Moto X is a wearable accessory that you can use to unlock a Moto X phone with a single tap. For users who tire of entering a PIN or pattern to unlock their phone, this could make things easier for them while retaining some security if the wrong hands get hold of the device.

The device was briefly listed at $19.99 which may just been an introductory price. A support page for the device indicates it uses NFC to perform the unlocking function. The device itself appears to be a small clip-on device that could slide on a belt or maybe a purse strap.

It is not clear why the device and app have been pulled from the Motorola web site and Google Play Store, respectively.

source: Motorola
via: Droid Life

Yahoo! Weather app undergoes redesign, features gorgeous new UI

Yahoo_WeatherThe Yahoo! Weather app has undergone a complete redesign and the results so far look great. It’s got all the same great features that you would expect from any weather app, and also includes detailed information such as 10-day and 24-hour temperature forecasts, interactive radar, satellite, heat, and wind maps, severe weather alerts, animated sunrise & sunset times and wind & pressure modules, humidity sensor, UV index, and chance of precipitation and new home screen widgets. All photos in the app match your location, time of day, and current weather condition— any they aren’t corny mocked up photos either— all photos are submitted by users, which is a really neat feature as well. Check out the app for yourself to see how great the update truly is. Screenshot gallery and link to the app in the Play Store after the break.

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LG G2 Verizon variant to come exclusively with wireless charging


Verizon hasn’t handled its flagships very well throughout the past few months, but it looks like they may be turning a corner with the upcoming G2. LG’s newest phone came without mention of wireless charging capabilities, but on Verizon’s sign-up page for the device they mention that the CDMA version will come with “exclusive Wireless Charging.” Not only this, but it looks like the rear buttons also have a slightly different design as well. Good work, Big Red.

ASUS to jump into Chromebook market in fourth quarter after experiencing poor Q3 numbers

Asus_ChromebookAfter seeing less-than-promising numbers in Q3 2013, ASUS will be looking to jump into the Chromebook market as soon as the fourth quarter in an effort to gain back some of its notebook sales (which are currently sinking).

It’s a bit of a desperation move by the company, but hey— if they think it’s going to get them back to the sales numbers they were experiencing before, then all the power to them. Hopefully ASUS can bring some excitement back to the Chromebook brand, which has seemingly faltered a bit since its initial announcement. No news on how many Chromebooks the company will be creating, or on any of the specs we can expect to see.

Source: DigiTimes

Google confirms cryptographic vulnerability in Android that resulted in $5,700 Bitcoin heist


Last week, about $5,720 of bitcoins were stolen out of a digital wallet and the reason is a weakness in Android’s Java Cryptography Architecture. Google security engineer Alex Klyubin confirmed this in a blog post earlier in the week. He also warned that other apps could be compromised unless developers change the way they access pseudo random number generators (PRNG).

“We have now determined that applications which use the Java Cryptography Architecture (JCA) for key generation, signing, or random number generation may not receive cryptographically strong values on Android devices due to improper initialization of the underlying PRNG,” he wrote. “Applications that directly invoke the system-provided OpenSSL PRNG without explicit initialization on Android are also affected.”

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Motorola offering $100 rebate on purchase of Moto X or new DROID models

Motorola_DROID_Mini_Ultra_MAXX_TA_Verizon_EventHave you been salivating at any of the upcoming Motorola phones, patiently waiting to finally get your hands on them? Do you have an old Motorola phone that you want to get rid of? Good news— Motorola is offering a trade-in rebate program for customers to get $100 off the purchase of the Moto X or any phone from the new DROID line. (As well as a bunch of other “newer” Motorola phones.)

Unfortunately, the list of phones that are eligible for trade-in only has mid-range/older phones, and doesn’t include my good old Droid Bionic… Hit the break for the phones that you can trade in: Read more

HTC had similar plans for Moto X-like customizations but nixed it.


Motorola is going to be known for the first company to offer color customizations, but were they the first to think of it? Apparently HTC had plans for a similar project with Sprint. It dealt with the 8XT, which is a Windows Phone device. In concept, customers would be able to choose from a range of colors from an HTC Design Studio website. They could also choose accent colors and two-tone highlights as well as an engraving. Not too far off from what Motorola is doing with the Moto X.

HTC and Sprint cancelled the plans over the cost and complications. One has to wonder if this concept takes off, will HTC will be forced to jump back in?

source: TheVerge

Moto X review: finally a smartphone with features that matter


Love it or hate it, the Moto X will probably go down as the most controversial phone of 2013. It had as much hype as the Galaxy S 4, and although just about every bit of information about the device was leaked before the event, there was still one major surprise that left a lot of people shaking their head: the price. How can a phone with specs from last year be priced the same as a phone with up-to-date specs? The Moto X isn’t about the specs, it’s about the overall performance and user experience. But is Motorola really doing anything different here?¬†While HTC, LG, Samsung, and Sony try to outdo one another with specs, they still offer features they feel differentiate themselves and provide a fantastic user experience for their customers.¬†After much R&D, Motorola thinks they have the recipe for success: A phone that responds to you, is made for you, and is designed by you. Not to mention it’s assembled in the good ole USA. Is this a recipe for a disaster or is Motorola on to something? Hit the break to find out.

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