New Google+ lead David Besbris says it’s here to stay

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It was automatically assumed that Google+ was doomed once Vic Gundotra announced his departure back in April, but there is a new sheriff in town and he says no way.

Shortly after Vic’s departure, VP of engineering at Google +, David Besbris, was announced as the new lead. He recently sat down with re/code and said that Google intends to continue its investment in the social network. Rumors of the team being scaled back are also unfounded since they opened new offices on the east side of Google’s Mountain View campus. In fact, the staff is bigger than ever.

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ASUS ZenWatch to launch in November, but could be very limited

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The ASUS ZenWatch is already up for pre-order in the UK through Expansys, but we don’t have an official word on when it will be available. The latest rumor has it pegged for sometime in November for the Taiwanese market, but more importantly, it will be very limited.

Nothing was mentioned about other regions, but with it being so limited, one has to wonder if we will see it offered in other areas until December.

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Unlocked 2nd gen Moto G now available through Best Buy

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Consumers interested in the latest version of the Motorola Moto G can now grab an unlocked version from Best Buy for $179.99. The retailer is carrying the 5-inch smartphone in black or white versions, though you will have to get the white version shipped to you whereas the black version is available in store or for pickup.

The Moto G (2014) is similar to the previous version of the device in offering a decent hardware package at a budget price point. Motorola did let the device grow a bit as the Moto G (2014) sports a 5-inch display versus the previous version’s 4.5-inch display. One notable missing feature for some buyers though will be the lack of 4G support.

If you are interested in placing an order, just hit one of the source links below.

source: Best Buy (white), Best Buy (black)

Google Fiber’s Achilles’ heel: The cost of doing business with TV studios

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Google Fiber just might be the best thing that ever happened to the internet, but it might not grow as fast as we would like. We can talk about cord cutting all we want, but the bottom line is that most Americans like the triple play bundle that cable companies offer. You know, those package deals that consist of TV programming, phone service, and the internet.

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New leak about Samsung Galaxy A7 seems to confirm previous info

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As Samsung continues the march to launching a new line of devices based on the Samsung Galaxy Alpha design, bits of information about the three devices continue to leak. We recently saw images surface of two of the devices, the Galaxy A3 and the Galaxy A5. Information has been less readily available about the third device, the Galaxy A7. However, a new source seems to have confirmed some previously suspected specs for the device.

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You can now pre-order the ASUS ZenWatch, LG G Watch R, and Sony Smartwatch 3 in the UK

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The latest and greatest Android Wear smartwatches from ASUS, LG, and Sony are now available for pre-order in the UK through Expansys.

The ASUS ZenWatch, which is supposed to be pretty limited, is going for £159.99 ($257). If you want to spend a little more, you can grab the Sony SmartWatch 3 for £189.99 ($305) or you can get the best of best, the fully round LG G Watch R for £219.99 ($353).

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 6, 2014

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Apps

Adobe releases preview of Creative Cloud for Android

Google enables MMS for Google Voice for North American carriers

Google rolls out more image editing options for Google Slides

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Google rolls out more image editing options for Google Slides

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Google has rolled out some new changes to the Google Slides app for creating presentations. The improvements add some new options for editing images that are placed on slides.

A few months ago Google added the ability to crop and add borders to images without leaving the Slides application. The new features add a few more adjustments that users can make without resorting to a different application. Read more